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Brenda Malatesta

Nov 11, 1962 - Nov 20, 2023

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Cambridge, MA

MALATESTA, Brenda Ann (Gould), of Arlington and Moultonborough, NH, passed away peacefully on November 20, 2023, at the age of 61. Beloved wife of 35 years to John 'Jack' Malatesta. Loving mother of Jake Malatesta of Moultonborough, NH. Dear sister of Donna Sargent of Bedford, Karen Gould of Arlington, and the late Steven Gould. Brenda was born in Cambridge to the late Francis Gould and Marion (Garrity). She worked in Real Estate for many years and was the proud owner of Metro Properties in Arli...Read More

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Luke Bailey Santos

Apr 04, 2003 - Feb 20, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Luke Bailey Santos, of Cambridge, February 20, 2024. A complete notice will follow with funeral and visitation information.

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Antonia Morales

Died : Feb 19, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Antonia Morales of Cambridge, passed away on February 19, 2024, at the age of 72, surrounded by her loving family. She was the devoted mother of Angel Morales and Glendalys Morales, beloved sister of Ana Marrero, Margarida Ortiz, Amelia Morales, Lucy Morales, Maria Morales, Wilson Morales, Miguel Morales, Esteban Morales, Fernando Morales, Carlos Morales, Jose Morales and the late Eladio Morales and Rafael Morales. Antonia will be greatly missed by her many nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends. Visitation at the Rogers Funeral Home, 380 Cambridge Street in Cambridge on Friday morning, February 23, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:00 am, with a prayer service to follow in the funeral home. Internment will be at the Cambridge Cemetery.

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Alfred Edward Gallant

Oct 20, 1928 - Feb 18, 2024

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North Cambridge, MA

GALLANT, Alfred Edward age 95, of North Cambridge, Massachusetts, passed away on 18 February, 2024. He was born on October 20, 1928 to Vandelin and Lucienne Gallant, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1954 Alfred married Yvonne Marie Mailhiot also of the same French parish, Our Lady of Pity in North Cambridge. Together they raised two sons, Steven, and David, with their lives centered on family, friends, and their church. At 17, he went off to join the Marines to serve his country. When arriving home, he joined the family business. Soon after he decided to leave to join the union (Local 40) where he served for 40 plus years. He was a very talented finish carpenter, and his work will live on. Alfred loved the beach, walking with Yvonne and selflessly helping the church, family, and friends. He had many friends from different facets of his life, and he was very loyal to them all. He spent countless hours working at his children’s homes. His work was always impeccable, and he took enormous pride in everything that he did. He loved Yvonne with all his heart, he loved his boys and most of all, he gained so much joy from being involved with his grandchildren. He was a man of strong Catholic faith and attended church every week. He loved his church, Our Lady of Pity, and his French-Canadian heritage, but most of all, he loved his family and would do anything for them. Alfred was predeceased by his wife of 66 years Yvonne M. Gallant (Mailhiot), brothers Norman, Richard, and Marcel, sisters Rita Gorham and Jean Regan. He is survived by his sons Steven (Mary Jane) of Andover and David, (Susan) of Watertown and his six grandchildren; Jaclyn Gagnon and her spouse Seth, Amanda Gallant, Trent Gallant and his spouse Mengting, Marielle Gallant, Grace Gallant and her fiancé Tarek, Sarah Gallant, two great grandchildren; Jane Gagnon and Liam Gagnon; sisters Lillian Gallant and Elaine Dwyer, sisters-in-laws Phyllis Bagdasarian and Laura Gallant. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to all his many caretakers, including Dr. Ricardo Wellisch, Hildy Eiten of All Care and Catherine Fordjour his nighttime caretaker. A private Mass will be held at St John’s Church in North Cambridge. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfred’s memory may be made to All Care https://allcare.org/giving/ or any charity of your choice. If you would like to send your condolences, please visit www.keefefuneralhome.com.

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Temitayo Ajayi

Apr 15, 1970 - Feb 03, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Temitayo Ajayi, age 53, of Cambridge, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024. A visitation for Temitayo will be held Friday, February 23, 2024 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at R. Stutzmann & Son, 224 39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428. A funeral service will occur Friday, February 23, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 224 39 Jamaica Ave, Queens Village, NY 11428. A cremation will occur Friday, February 23, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at All Souls Chapel & Crematory, 72-02 Astoria Boulevard S, East Elmhurst, NY 11370.

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Thomas J. Plsek

Died : Feb 12, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Thomas J. “Tom” Plsek, a long time resident of Woburn, passed away at Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Monday evening, February twelfth, with his long -time best friend and wife, Stephany, there at his side. Sadly, for the last four years, Tom struggled with Lewy Body Disease. As a result, this illness forced him to retire from a position he so loved, Chair Emeritus and Professor at Berklee College. Tom had been Chair of the Brass Department for over forty years, where he taught Acoustics and Trombone. In his free time, Tom would put his skills to work in a musical organization called the Mobius Group. Here, he truly unleashed his creativity. He worked alongside many talented artists of various fields, including Tom’s participation in the Gu Series. These monthly concerts would eventually be nominated as one of the top ten dance events in Boston of 2002. His passion for teaching was obvious! Students were what it was all about for him. He felt strongly that students came to him with “so much enthusiasm, so many different backgrounds and cultures, along with an extreme range of abilities and experiences. Each one was a challenge to teach!”. His philosophy was easy to follow but was very effective for his style of teaching, showing his eye for detail. Quote: “I believe in doing simple things as perfectly as possible. If you can do simple things really well, the difficult things will develop”. Tom’s prowess with the trombone was recognized internationally. He was a true pioneer in expanded brass techniques, music improvisations, and multi-media performances, performing in numerous venues and prestigious concert halls across the globe. Such locations included a solo performance at the Forfest Festival in Kormeriz, in the Czech Republic; and the Hochschule fur Musik in Trossingen, Germany. When it came to travelling, Tom and Stephany spent a wealth of time in Galway, Ireland. Whether it was on a sabbatical or just a vacation, Galway was the place. It became a second home for them, where they had the good fortune of having family and close friends alongside them throughout the years. Flying planes was always an adventure! Tom received his pilot’s license some years ago and truly enjoyed the freedom of flight! Even after pulling into the hangar for the last time, aviation remained a big interest for Tom. He even got to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C., a trip he no doubt found very informative and exciting. Summertime in Rockport with family and friends was also a favorite time for Tom. Walks on the beach, in the woods, communing with nature, it was all so fascinating, tranquil, and comforting. During one of his long stays in Ireland, Tom found himself taking frequent walks along the cliffs of Kerry. Occasionally, a raven would appear, and through his expertise in sound and love for birds, Tom had learned to communicate with them! So, strolling across the steep shores of the Emerald Isle may at times, take just a little longer. At home in Woburn, Tom would often find himself visited by a flock of wild turkeys. Every day he would throw bird seed into the yard for them, and every fall they would return. Soon they came to recognize him and would come poking around out back even when he wasn’t home. One of Tom’s greatest passions was getting to cook a meal. A visit from his grandson was always a great occasion for him to prepare his most revered dish: blueberry pancakes. A wise and observant man, Tom never turned down a good conversation. A native Texan, he always shared his opinions with the slightest hints of a southern accent in his slow and deliberate cadence. Often he would mix in slang from his Czech heritage, before having to explain these phrases he used out of habit. From his childhood, and life as a young man, he always shared tales of his funny moments and profoundest experiences. Flying planes, walks in the woods, on the beach, in a concert hall or on the streets of Galway, Tom loved it all! A gentle soul, he always made an effort to better the lives of people around him, whether through a sage lesson, a musical display, or simply sharing a joke. Tom loved life, Tom loved music, Tom loved people. Beloved husband of Stephany Tiernan. Loving father of Ian King and grandfather of Rowan King of Salem. Cherished brother Bob Plsek of West, Texas. Remembrances may be made in honor of Tom to The MGH Parkinson’s Lewy Body Fund, Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, Attention: Kylie Wojcicki. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home and Services are private.

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Kenneth R. Johnson, Jr.

Feb 12, 1977 - Feb 12, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Kenneth R. Johnson, Jr. 47, of Cambridge and formerly of South Dennis, passed away on February 12, 2024 with family at his side at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Cambridge from complications following a stroke. Ken is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Katherine (Kate) Johnson, his sister Megan Warfield, her husband, Bill and his beloved nephew Cameron. He was a graduate of Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School, and a 1999 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor of Science degree in sport management. His first job after college was at Brown University where he learned the sport management business from his mentor, Chris Humm.  He was Sports Information Director at Manhattanville College, the University of Bridgeport, St. Anselm College and Assumption University.  For the past eight years, he has been Director of Communications, Promotions and Marketing for the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He loved MIT and all their 33 sports teams.  He especially enjoyed working with the MIT student-athletes.  In 2023 he received a College Sports Communicators award for 25 years in the athletic communications field.  He was an active member of several professional organizations throughout the years including CoSIDA, ECACSIDA (now East-Comm) and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). Over the years, he developed many enduring friendships throughout the country.  He will be dearly missed by his family and friends for his generosity, loyalty, sense of humor and enthusiasm for sports. Ken enjoyed traveling, was an avid golfer and finished three marathons including New York City. Donations may be made in Ken’s memory to the “Make A Wish Foundation” 133 Federal Street 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02110  https://wish.org/massri A remembrance of Ken will be held on Thursday, February 22nd from 4-8 pm at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick, MA.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  

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Michael Joseph Driscoll

Jul 30, 1948 - Feb 08, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

DRISCOLL, Michael Joseph was a gift to all of us and made the world brighter on July 30,1948, the day he was born to the late Michael and Margaret Driscoll in Cambridge, MA. Michael passed away peacefully on February 8, 2024 after a short illness surrounded by his loving wife and family by his side listening to his favorite music and with Beth Ford Luongo singing as he transitioned to life everlasting. Beloved husband and best friend of Donna Driscoll (Gwiazdzinski) of forty-six years, adored and proud father of son, Michael D. Driscoll, Arlington, MA and daughter, Kathryn Jupp (Rupert), and doting granddad to Orla, Finlay and Eliza Jupp, Azenhas do Mar, Portugal. Cherished brother of Mary Schunk (Jack), Portland Oregon, Kate Dolan, (Tom) Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Eileen Woods, (John) Cambridge, Massachusetts. Devoted uncle of many nieces and nephews and survived by loving cousins, relatives, amazing friends both here in the United States and Ireland. Michael embraced his Irish heritage with a profound love. Starting in 1991, Michael and Donna brought their young family to spend every summer on Bantry Bay, Ireland. They created a beautiful home while embracing the community and making life-long friendships. Michael became endeared to everyone. He loved to banter, joke and laugh with his neighbors. Rain or shine, Michael could always be found outside, hiking the mountains, taming the rugged land, or sailing the Ellie Rose with his family. Over the past 30 years he worked hard as the caretaker of the land his dad loved so much. He was overseeing the careful restoration of the traditional farmhouse built by his grandfather. It is a project he poured his heart into with much energy and with a commitment to preserving the original stone craftsmanship. Throughout his life Michael loved running, challenging hikes in nature, long daily walks and New England skiing. He followed sports with great enthusiasm on both sides of the Atlantic. His enjoyment of sports threaded through good times with his wide circle of friends across many years. He relished attending many seasons of Friday night BC Eagle hockey games with his close-knit friends. He enthusiastically cheered his favorite Ireland teams in both rugby and soccer competitions. Michael was known for his insightful, incisive and colorful commentary on the players and the teams he knew so well. Michael graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor's Degree in History; University of Massachusetts with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration; and Harvard University with a CAGS in Educational Leadership and Policy. Michael spent 37 years as an eighth grade Humanities teacher in the Cambridge Public Schools. As a teacher he modeled acceptance, tolerance, dignified discourse, respect and love for each other. He did everything with modesty and integrity. He won the hearts of his students, the respect of colleagues and the trust and admiration of parents. Michael demonstrated courage thirty-seven years ago when he fought and won a battle with leukemia. Michael’s legacy is that he modeled for us what is best in humankind and elevated the dignity of all. He was a true gentleman who set an example with deeds, not merely words. As a result, enthusiasm supplanted indifference, responsibility replaced evasiveness and excellence succeeded. Michael is described by many as the thoughtful, patient, kind man who is dedicated to his family. He cherished fun times with his three grandchildren. His steadfast, easy- going nature, his loyalty and kindness, and his sparks of wit and wisdom anchored deep relationships in every aspect of his life. To his closest friends, Michael is a brother. We celebrate his life, treasure all our memories with him, and will greatly miss his light-heartedness, generous spirit, and infectious smile. In lieu of flowers, remember as Michael did, go outside and play with your children/grandchildren, enjoy nature, or give a helping hand to a person in need. Donations in Michael’s memory to a charity of your choice.

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Ashley Michelle Santiago

Born : Dec 19, 1996

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Cambridge, MA

Ashley Michelle Santiago, of Cambridge, MA, was born on December 19, 1996. She was born to Brenda Iris Rodriguez and the late Angel Rafael Santiago Zayas. Ashley was a longtime resident of Cambridge and attended Cambridge Public Schools, including Fletcher-Maynard Academy and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. She participated in Cambridge Pop Warner, Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program, and many other programs and activities in the Cambridge area. After high school, Ashley was a loving and devoted personal care assistant to her client with Rett Syndrome. She was also an associate of Star Market for many years whom customers and employees loved dearly. In 2018, Ashley's life changed when she gave birth to her beautiful daughter Mariana Luisa Rosa. Mariana was Ashley's number one priority, and she loved her daughter tremendously. Another special moment for Ashley was when she became the proud aunt of Mason Benjamin Trinidad Santiago in 2022. Our beloved Ashley leaves to celebrate her life: her beautiful daughter Mariana Rosa, her devoted sisters Angelica, Aliyha, Angelina, Angeliz and Angelle Santiago, her one and only devoted brother Angel Rafael III, and her beloved nephew Mason Trinidad Santiago. She also leaves her mother Brenda Rodriguez, her stepmother Britne Nance, her maternal grandparents Tomas & Elba Rodriguez, and her paternal grandmother Antonia Zayas Rodriguez. Ashley leaves behind a host of loving aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends. Ashley was predeceased by her father Angel Rafael Santiago Zayas, her aunt Daisy Rodriguez, and her grandfather Angel Rafael Santiago Robles. Ashley's legacy will live on through all who love To to the family or in memory of Ashley Santiago, please

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Kathy Yubin Xue

Jul 30, 2003 - Feb 04, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

Kathy Yubin Xue, whose remarkable intellect and creative spirit illuminated the lives of all who knew her, passed away on February 4th, 2024 at the tender age of 20, following a valiant fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Born on July 30, 2003, in Arlington, MA, to Zhengmin Xue and Wei Shi, Kathy's journey was a testament to her extraordinary talents in mathematics and music, and an unwavering determination that inspired everyone around her. Kathy's academic brilliance shone brightly during her year at MIT, where she pursued a major in mathematics, furthering her passion and showcasing her exceptional abilities. Her time at MIT was not only marked by academic achievements but also by her active involvement in the MIT Video Game Orchestra (VGO) club, where she combined her love for music and gaming, contributing to the club's performances and community. Her mathematical journey was adorned with prestigious accolades, including two-times attendance to the USA Team Selection Test (TST) for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in 2020 and 2021, attendance at the USA Mathematical Olympiad Program (MOP) in June 2019, winning the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO) in April 2019, and achieving perfect scores in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 10) in January 2018 and 2017. Kathy's talent for mathematics was paralleled by her achievements in music, serving as a member and captain of the Music Composition Club from 2017, being recognized as a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2018, receiving Emerging Composer Nominations at the Tribeca New Music Young Composer Competition in 2018 and 2017, among others. Beyond her achievements, Kathy's legacy is imbued with the love she shared, the lives she touched, and the dreams she nurtured not only for herself but also for her beloved younger sister, Audrey. Her aspirations to blend her mathematical genius with her musical talents were a source of inspiration to all, demonstrating her multifaceted talents and compassionate spirit. Kathy is survived by her loving parents, Zhengmin Xue and Wei Shi, her brother Yu, her sister Audrey, and a vast community of friends, mentors, and admirers who were fortunate to have been part of her too-short journey. A funeral service to honor Kathy's life and legacy will be held at Mount Auburn Bigelow Chapel on February 11th 11:00 AM in memory of Kathy's courageous battle with DIPG and her indomitable spirit. Kathy's year at MIT, her involvement in the VGO club, and her contributions to the fields of mathematics and music are enduring reminders of her brilliance and the profound impact she had on those around her. As we remember Kathy, we celebrate her life, cherishing the moments we shared and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.

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Nancy

Mar 25, 1933 - Feb 05, 2024

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Cambridge, MA

A Private Burial will be held in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. A Celebration of Nancy's Life will be held in the Spring. A Complete Obituary will be forthcoming,

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