Obituaries 08-25-2010

Kenneth Palmer Jr.

GE Retiree, active Shriner

Kenneth D. Palmer Jr. of Lynn died on August 20. He was 73 years old.

He was the husband of 17 years of Gerda (Kleuver) Palmer and of the late Carole A. (Balser) Palmer. Born in Lawrence on September 7, 1936, he was the son of the late Kenneth D. Palmer, Sr. and Amy R. (Franklin) Palmer. He moved to Lynn in 1960 where he raised his family and resided for the past 50 years.

Ken worked at General Electric in Lynn at the River Works where he retired as Computer Operations Manager in 1992 after 37 years of service. Early on, he was active as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts with Troop 9 in Peabody. As a Shriner, he devoted many of his retirement years as a volunteer driver for burn patients.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially in the Fall, and loved to spend time with friends and family at the camp in New Hampshire. He had unwavering devotion to his family and an uncanny ability for evaluating situations, getting things done, and doing the right thing. He will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and husband.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two sons, Kenneth D. Palmer of Peabody and Bruce A. Palmer, Sr. of Lynn; a step-daughter, Claudia, and her husband, Helmut Fahrig, of Cologne, Germany, and a grandson, Bruce A. Palmer, Jr., of Malden.

A private graveside service was held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, with arrangements by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Donations in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston 02114. For online guestbook please visit


Leonard Dzierzak

Electrical Engineer

Leonard M. Dzierzak of Peabody, formerly of Lynn, died suddenly at home on August 15. He was 52 years old.

He was born in Lynn, the son of Josephine (Domiziewicz) and the late Michael Dzierzak and was a graduate of Lynn Vocational Technical School and Wentworth Institute as an Electrical Engineer. He was employed by the Carl Deiss SMT Company and was president of the Tenants Association of the Mobile Estates in Peabody.

He is survived by his mother, two sisters, Patricia and Linda Dzierzak, both of Lynn, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.


Mary Denehy

Of North Reading, formerly of Lynn

Mary (Yannetty) Denehy of North Reading, formerly of Lynn, East Boston and Chelsea, died on August 14.

Mrs. Denehy was a member of the Lynn Senior Citizens YMCA Group, a long time volunteer at Union Hospital, attended Spectrum from 2004 to 2007 and was a member of the Red Hats Society of Spectrum.

She was the wife of Francis Denehy; mother of Jane Blake arid her husband, Richard, of North Reading and Fran King and her husband, Henry, of Danvers; daughter of the late Ceasar and Michelina Yannetty; beloved nonna of Christine MacNevin and her husband, Ryan, Gabriel Finocchietti and his wife, Elicia, Emily Blake, 1st Lt. US Army William King, James Blake and Lisa Finocchietti; sister of the late Caesar and Edward Yannetty; sister in law of Rosemary Yannetty of East Boston, Margueritte Yannetty of Winthrop and Lorraine Dockerty of Peabody. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to either the Spectrum Adult Day Health Program, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly, MA 01915 or Angel Flight NE, 492 Sutton St., North Andover, MA 01845.

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