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OBITUARY: Kathleen ‘Kay’ Perry, 75
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OBITUARY: Kathleen ‘Kay’ Perry, 75

On Wednesday Nov. 30, 2022, Kathleen (“Kay”) Chauncey Perry, beloved mother, sister and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Born to Fred and Emma Chauncey in Washington, North Carolina, Kay was a youthful 75 years old at the time of her passing. Kathleen 'Kay' Chauncey Perry Kay grew up in Washington and was known to be an overachiever, heavily involved in high school academics and activities.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before getting married and having her three exceptional daughters. After her divorce, Kay made a wonderful home in North Carolina for her children with the help of extended family—especially her sister, Sue. In Kay's younger days, she was one busy woman, balancing her jobs and raising her...
OBITUARY: Katherine ‘Jean’ Jeanette Fisher
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OBITUARY: Katherine ‘Jean’ Jeanette Fisher

Jean Fisher, 93, of Marblehead and Richmond, Virginia, passed away at home on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Jean was born in Newport News, Virginia, and although she only lived there until age 7, her maternal family had strong roots there, and she was proud of her Southern heritage. Jean Fisher Her high school sweetheart became her husband in Audubon, New Jersey. Jean and Don were married 58 adventurous years until his passing in 2007. Their time together was a true partnership of equals. Always saddened that she could not afford to finish college, the two of them found a way for her to attend nine years of evening classes at Rutgers University for a bachelor’s degree while they both raised two young daughters. Once they became empty nesters, Jean found a career as a successful co...
OBITUARY: Barbara Anne (Baute) Dowd, M.D.
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OBITUARY: Barbara Anne (Baute) Dowd, M.D.

Barbara B. Dowd, M.D., of Marblehead, formerly of Reading, died at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Nov. 23, 2022, after a prolonged illness. Born in Providence, RI, on Oct. 31, 1929, Barbara was the second child of the late Joseph Andrew Baute, Jr., M.D., a general practitioner, and Helen Rose (Brueckner) Baute, who was a nurse. She was raised in East Greenwich and graduated from James T. Lockwood High School in 1947, where she was class valedictorian and a member of the Rhode Island Honor Society. Barbara went on to earn her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia, Fredericksburg, VA, in 1951 and then to medical school at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. It was there that she met Thomas Joh...
OBITUARY: Irene J. (Ferraro) Wastaferro, 76
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OBITUARY: Irene J. (Ferraro) Wastaferro, 76

Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11a.m. for Irene J. (Ferraro) Wastaferro, who passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Nov. 25. She was 76 years old. Interment will follow in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of Angelo & Rose (Fallavollita) Ferraro. She was raised in Everett and began her early education there before the family moved to Marblehead. She was a graduate of Marblehead High School, and she soon furthered her education becoming a licensed cosmetologist. She married James C. Wastaferro, and the couple settled in Revere where they raised their children. Irene has been a resident of Revere for the past 50 years. ...
OBITUARY: Martha Jane (Wade) Small, 80
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OBITUARY: Martha Jane (Wade) Small, 80

Martha Jane (Wade) Small, 80, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 21. Martha resided in Georgetown for 52 years where she raised her family. She was born in Marblehead and graduated from Marblehead High School in 1960. After high school Martha attended Katherine Gibbs College and was in the insurance industry until she retired. Martha was an avid cook in her younger years and enjoyed making many meals with her family. When not in the kitchen, you would find her attending her children's many athletic events. Martha enjoyed watching many New England sports teams and the Boston Red Sox were her favorite. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years of camping. As the Matriarch of the family, she took care of everyone. She was compassionate, understanding, and nurturing not only...
OBITURARY: Myron Stone, 97
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OBITURARY: Myron Stone, 97

Myron Stone of Swampscott, MA, Myron Stone, 97, passed away unexpectedly in his home of 66 years, in the community that he loved. Myron was a Patriot, devoted to Country, Community, and Family. A member of the greatest generation, he enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from High School and served honorably in WWII. Myron was predeceased by his spouse, Rosalind Stone. Devoted father of Jacob and Linda Stone of Sarasota, FL, Samuel and Donna Stone of Swampscott and Michael and Rosalie Stone of Swampscott. Myron grew up in Swampscott, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Cohen) Stone. He was the loving brother of Robert Stone of St. Louis and his sister, the late Esther Adelson. Myron's anchor throughout his life was his beloved Swampscott. He lived in the town for more than...
OBITUARY: Gary A. Spiess, 82
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OBITUARY: Gary A. Spiess, 82

Gary A. Spiess, a longtime resident of Marblehead, died peacefully November 25 with his family. He was 82 years old. Known for his humor, quick-wit, and wise spirit, Spiess was the Marblehead Town Moderator for 16 years and assistant Town Moderator for more than 30 years. Gary A. Spiess In an interview with the Marblehead Current in June 2022, he called the Town Meeting form of government “the purest form of democracy.” He was known for citizen advocacy in the town meeting process, ensuring proposals passed legal muster and all residents had the right to be heard. “He kind of was that classic Marbleheader in the sense that he didn’t beat around the bush. He told you what he thought, but he was also very generous and caring,” Marblehead Select Board Chair Moses Grader...
Longtime town moderator Spiess remembered for fairness, wit
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Longtime town moderator Spiess remembered for fairness, wit

Gary Spiess, the town moderator who led Marblehead Town Meeting with dexterity, fairness and a quick wit for 16 years, died on Friday, Nov. 25. He was 82. The cause of Spiess' death was not readily available, but it comes just months after he decided not to run for a 17th term as town moderator, opening an elected office that for nearly 60 years had been held by only two men, Spiess and Steve Howe. Gary Spiess, who served as town moderator for 16 years, died on Nov. 25. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD "It is sad to think that he will not be at Town Meeting as a citizen, instead of running the show," said Marblehead Select Board member Jackie Belf-Becker. "Gary Spiess was a wonderful man.” Voters elected Spiess in 2005 as Howe's successor after Howe had served as town moderat...
OBITUARY: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Broughton, 94
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OBITUARY: Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Broughton, 94

Elizabeth Frances (Atkins) Broughton, 94, of Marblehead, passed away on Nov. 11, 2022, with her beloved husband of 70 years and her family by her side. A proud Marbleheader, Elizabeth (known as "Betty" to many) was born the daughter of the late George W. and Margaret T. (Kieran) Atkins in Marblehead. She enjoyed a long and rich life, surrounded by four siblings and then husband and children, followed by grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was beloved by all who knew her, family and friends alike. She was a second mother to many of her children’s friends. Elizabeth 'Betty' Broughton Elizabeth graduated from Marblehead High School in 1946. While still in school, she started working part time at the telephone company “Ma Bell” as an operator. After graduation, she worked full...
OBITUARY: Doris (Crosby) Reebenacker, 91
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OBITUARY: Doris (Crosby) Reebenacker, 91

Mrs. Doris (Crosby) Reebenacker, age 91, of Peabody, formerly of Marblehead and Stuart, Florida, passed away on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Continuing Care at Brooksby Village. Doris was the beloved wife of the late Noel J. Reebenacker, with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. Doris (Crosby) Reebenacker Born in Wakefield, she was the daughter of the late Wendell and Ruth (Spear) Crosby. She graduated from Reading High School as the Class of 1949 President.    After marrying her high school sweetheart, Noel, they settled in Marblehead in 1958. Primarily a homemaker raising four sons, Doris also served as an administrative assistant with her husband’s real estate development company after his retirement as math teacher and head football coach at Marblehead High School. She loved ski...