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Melvin Stairman

Jan 10, 1939 - Dec 01, 2023

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Swampscott, MA

Melvin Donald Stairman, age 84, of Swampscott, Massachusetts passed away on Friday, December 1, 2023.

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Ruth Y. Castleman

Jun 13, 1924 - Feb 26, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Ruth Y. (Green) Castleman of Swampscott, MA, entered into rest on February 26, 2024 at the age of 99. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 13, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Isadore and Ethel Green. Beloved wife of the late Gerald Wasserman, George Gerard, and Melvin Castleman. Ruth Castleman personified radiance. She outwardly showered love and affection on whomever she came into contact with. With dignity, an extraordinary intelligence, natural beauty, and always with a sense of humor, she embraced the world and all those she met and loved along the way. Those left to treasure Ruth’s memory include her loving son, Russ Gerard and his partner Nouchine Hadjikhani, her cherished grandchildren, Nayla Ruth and George Suhail Gerard, and her devoted son-in-law, Glen S. Hoffman. She leaves behind her loving three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Xavier and Ronan. She will be missed by all her cherished extended family and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gerald Wasserman, George Gerard, and Melvin Castleman, and very recently by her dear daughter and close confidant, Devora Claire (Gerard) Hoffman. A graveside service for Ruth will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at 12:45 PM at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham Street, Sharon. Attendees will gather behind the administration building between 12:15-12:45 PM. A memorial gathering will take place following the service at her son’s Gallery, Gurari Collections, at 460 Harrison Avenue, in the South End of Boston. Please use 460B entrance. Directions will be provided at the service.

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Ruthann Cohn

Oct 27, 1937 - Feb 10, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Ruthann (Cherry) Cohn – of Swampscott, entered into rest on February 10, 2024 at the age of 86. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Cohn. Devoted mother of Clifford Cohn and his wife Gail, Sheryl Cohn, and Allison Cohn and her spouse Luz. Cherished grandmother of Adam, Jack, Ansa, and Serwaa. Dear daughter of the late Albert and Celia (Frankel) Cherry. A funeral service for Ruthann will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 10:30AM at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, 10 Vinnin Street, Salem, MA 01970 with interment to follow at Temple Emanu-El of Marblehead Memorial Park, 16 Buxton Road, Danvers, MA 01923. To join virtual please go to - https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/2091196176 Shiva will be held at the Summit Estates Club House at 1000 Paradise Road, from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Additional Shiva will be on Thursday February 15, 2024 at the home of Cliff Cohn and Gail Doster from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Please contact the funeral home for more information. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Friends of Dana-Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., SW120, Boston, MA 02215 or to Saint Jude’s 313 Washington St, Newton, MA 02458.

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Dierdra L. Stevens

Aug 13, 1951 - Feb 04, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Dierdra L. Stevens, age 72, of Swampscott, Massachusetts passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024. A visitation for Dierdra will be held Monday, February 12, 2024 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01904. A funeral service will occur Monday, February 12, 2024 at 5:30 PM, 157 Maple Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01904. A burial - meet at cemetery will occur Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Swampscott Cemetery, Essex Street, Swampscott, MA 01907.

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Sandra Myerow

Apr 01, 1935 - Feb 04, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Sandra Myerow of Swampscott entered into rest on Sunday, February 4, 2024 at the age of 88. She was the beloved wife of the late Martin Myerow, devoted mother of Jeffrey Myerow and Ronald Myerow, and the dear daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Stone. Sandra grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Lasell University. She raised her family in Swampscott. In earlier years, Sandra worked at a law firm and later in retail. She loved the Boston Red Sox and cherished her time spent with family and friends. A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, February 9, 2024 at 10:45 am at Sharon Memorial Park located at 120 Canton St, Sharon, MA 02067. Shiva will be held from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Friday, February 9, 2024. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sandra may be made to Massachusetts Association for Mental Health at https://www.mamh.org/contribute/donate

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Howard M. Vatcher

Jan 28, 1929 - Jan 17, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Howard M. Vatcher, of Swampscott, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, just days short of his 95th birthday. He was the beloved husband of Teresa J. (Pagnotta) Vatcher, with whom he celebrated his 73rd wedding anniversary on January 1. Born in Saugus, he was the son of the late Howard H. and Fannie P. (Drinkwater) Vatcher. He was raised in Lynn and Saugus, and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1946. He received his Associates Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Howard was a proud WWII era veteran of the United States Army. He served in Italy and was a combat Veteran in Korea during the Korean War. He completed the GE Apprentice program, and worked as an engineer at General Electric in Lynn for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. He was a master craftsman and loved to build things; from a hand-carved carousel horse to the family home. Howard was a supporter of Swampscott youth sports, especially Big Blue Football. He was this year’s recipient of the Rev. Monsignor John P. Carroll Award at the Swampscott and Marblehead football Thanksgiving dinner. He will be remembered as an intelligent, giving, honorable man who made doing the right thing look easy.In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children and their spouses; Judith and William LaChance, Thomas and Laurie Vatcher, and Elizabeth Vatcher; five grandchildren and their spouses; James and Nancy LaChance, Katharine and Kevin Bibeau, Suzanne and Andrew Bartshire, Sophie Vatcher and John Vatcher; three great-grandchildren; Carmen, Jack and Charlie; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Philip and Edward Vatcher.His memorial service will be held on February 4th at noon in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St (Rt 1A), Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Bedford Healthcare System, CDCE (135) 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA, 01730; specify in memory of Howard M. Vatcher.

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Howard M. Vatcher

Jan 28, 1929 - Jan 17, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Howard M. Vatcher, of Swampscott, passed away at his home on Wednesday, January 17, 2024, just days short of his 95th birthday. He was the beloved husband of Teresa J. (Pagnotta) Vatcher, with whom he celebrated his 73rd wedding anniversary on January 1. Born in Saugus, he was the son of the late Howard H. and Fannie P. (Drinkwater) Vatcher. He was raised in Lynn and Saugus, and was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1946. He received his Associates Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Howard was a proud WWII era veteran of the United States Army. He served in Italy and was a combat Veteran in Korea during the Korean War. He completed the GE Apprentice program, and worked as an engineer at General Electric in Lynn for 38 years until his retirement in 1988. He was a master craftsman and loved to build things; from a hand-carved carousel horse to the family home. Howard was a supporter of Swampscott youth sports, especially Big Blue Football. He was this year’s recipient of the Rev. Monsignor John P. Carroll Award at the Swampscott and Marblehead football Thanksgiving dinner. He will be remembered as an intelligent, giving, honorable man who made doing the right thing look easy.In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children and their spouses; Judith and William LaChance, Thomas and Laurie Vatcher, and Elizabeth Vatcher; five grandchildren and their spouses; James and Nancy LaChance, Katharine and Kevin Bibeau, Suzanne and Andrew Bartshire, Sophie Vatcher and John Vatcher; three great-grandchildren; Carmen, Jack and Charlie; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Philip and Edward Vatcher.His memorial service will be held on February 4th at noon in the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St (Rt 1A), Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Bedford Healthcare System, CDCE (135) 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA, 01730; specify in memory of Howard M. Vatcher.

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Grace Marie Connor

Jul 27, 1940 - Jan 10, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Grace Marie Connor, 83, passed away peacefully at home in Swampscott, MA on January 10, 2024, surrounded by the love of her family, both near and far. She grew up in Watchung, NJ, and it was there as a teen where she met the forever love of her life, Peter Miles Connor. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together, building a life full of love and devotion to family, community, and friends.Grace was a wonderful mother to three daughters, but it was the coveted role of GG (Grandma Grace) that gave her the greatest joy. GG was cherished and will be deeply missed by her seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Anyone who met her, whether friend or chance encounter, was regaled with stories of her family… to say she was proud is an understatement.GG was the magic behind the traditions and special moments in our family. From her delicious Italian cooking that welcomed you as you walked in the door, to family holidays, to summer days on the beach, and “finding” surprise rolls of boardwalk tickets.Throughout her life, she showed tenacity and determination to accomplish whatever she set her mind to. When her daughters were young, she proudly launched the first 4-H Prep Club in 1968 from her beloved home in Hillsborough, NJ. She worked tirelessly to expand the program, which today is nationally recognized, and she is affectionately referred to as the mother of 4-H Prep. Her career expanded as she explored areas of interest as a painter, a realtor, and finally turned her favorite hobby, exploring garage sales, into a successful business. Her home was always filled with “great finds”, full birdfeeders, at least one Irish Setter, laughter, and a whole lot of love. To the very end, she was a role model of strength and faith for all who knew her.Grace is predeceased by her beloved husband Peter Miles Connor. Her three daughters Nancy Connor (Tom Rand), Cynthia Razzano (Mark), and Andrea Connor Souter (Don) will deeply miss her. Her ten grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, and her four great-grandchildren will forever be changed by her love. She had lifelong friends, old and young, each of them a treasure and she cherished their time together.In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to Somerset County 4-H Prep, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. If you would like to make a donation online, please use this link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=S5838XQWLDXTQ.Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11AM in Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, Marblehead.  Burial will be in Star of the Sea Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

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Grace Marie Connor

Jul 27, 1940 - Jan 10, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Grace Marie Connor, 83, passed away peacefully at home in Swampscott, MA on January 10, 2024, surrounded by the love of her family, both near and far. She grew up in Watchung, NJ, and it was there as a teen where she met the forever love of her life, Peter Miles Connor. They celebrated 60 years of marriage together, building a life full of love and devotion to family, community, and friends.Grace was a wonderful mother to three daughters, but it was the coveted role of GG (Grandma Grace) that gave her the greatest joy. GG was cherished and will be deeply missed by her seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Anyone who met her, whether friend or chance encounter, was regaled with stories of her family… to say she was proud is an understatement.GG was the magic behind the traditions and special moments in our family. From her delicious Italian cooking that welcomed you as you walked in the door, to family holidays, to summer days on the beach, and “finding” surprise rolls of boardwalk tickets.Throughout her life, she showed tenacity and determination to accomplish whatever she set her mind to. When her daughters were young, she proudly launched the first 4-H Prep Club in 1968 from her beloved home in Hillsborough, NJ. She worked tirelessly to expand the program, which today is nationally recognized, and she is affectionately referred to as the mother of 4-H Prep. Her career expanded as she explored areas of interest as a painter, a realtor, and finally turned her favorite hobby, exploring garage sales, into a successful business. Her home was always filled with “great finds”, full birdfeeders, at least one Irish Setter, laughter, and a whole lot of love. To the very end, she was a role model of strength and faith for all who knew her.Grace is predeceased by her beloved husband Peter Miles Connor. Her three daughters Nancy Connor (Tom Rand), Cynthia Razzano (Mark), and Andrea Connor Souter (Don) will deeply miss her. Her ten grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, and her four great-grandchildren will forever be changed by her love. She had lifelong friends, old and young, each of them a treasure and she cherished their time together.In lieu of flowers, her family asks that donations be made to Somerset County 4-H Prep, 310 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807. Her Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, January 19, 2024 at 11AM in Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church, Marblehead.  Burial will be in Star of the Sea Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

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Stephen James Krom

Jul 30, 1948 - Jan 04, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Stephen J. Krom, 75 Stephen James Krom, age 75, of Swampscott, died on Thursday January 4, 2024, at his home in Swampscott after a short illness. He was the beloved husband of Christine Krom, with whom he shared 50 years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Nora Krom, the dear brother of Jane Maule and Paul Krom. He is also survived by a niece, Sarah Ambio, and two nephews, Philip Kaiser and Stephen Joseph Krom. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street on Saturday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stephen's name to the Building and Grounds Fund at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, or to the Trustees of Reservations at the trustees.org. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be made at www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com for the Krom family. .

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Marguerite A. Cunningham

Sep 10, 1945 - Jan 08, 2024

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Swampscott, MA

Marguerite A. (Harrington) Cunningham, 78, of Swampscott, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2024 at the Salem Hospital.Marguerite was born in Lynn on September 10, 1945 and was the daughter of the late William and Victoria (Mangini) Harrington.Marguerite was a lifelong Swampscott resident and was a graduate of Swampscott High School and later Burdett School of Business. After college, she worked for North Shore Employment Training for many years, and later Verizon. She loved shopping, bingo, playing cards and big family gatherings. She later married and raised her family and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.Marguerite was the beloved wife of the late John Cunningham. She was the loving mother of Debbie Nokes and her husband Richard of Swampscott, Sharon Cunningham and her husband Barry Rosenthal of Swampscott and Marie Sacco and her husband Steve of Salem, NH. She was the cherished grandmother of John Rosenthal, Brooke Rosenthal, Anthony Sacco, Stephen Nokes, Valerie Sacco, and Julia Sacco. She was the sister-in-law of Nancy Harrington. She was predeceased by her brother William Harrington.Her funeral will be held from the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., (Rt 1A), Lynn on Friday, January 12, 2024 at 10:30am followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 178 Humphrey St., Swampscott at 11:30am. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 4-7pm. Interment, Swampscott Cemetery, Swampscott.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Marguerite's name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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