Obituaries 01-08-2013

Mary Theresa ‘Terry’ French

Former Bridgewell Employee

Mary Theresa “Terry” (Leger) French died at home on January 5, her 59th birthday, following a courageous battle with cancer.

The wife of Russell K. French, she was born in Lynn, the daughter of Desire and Zella Leger. She was a lifelong “Lynner” and attended St Jean’s Elementary School, Cobbett Jr. High and Lynn Classical High School. She was a former employee of the Greater Lynn Mental Health and Retardation Association (now called Bridgwell.)

“Terry” enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, country music and using the computer, especially enjoying games on Facebook.

In addition to her loving husband of 30 years, she will be dearly missed by her devoted and caring sons, Joseph H. Clapp, Jr. and Michael R. French, both of Lynn. She will also be missed by her dear sister and devoted caregiver Jeannette Burke and her husband, Thomas of Lynn; her three nieces with whom she was raised, Donna (Burke) Lucier, Deborah (Burke) Eldred and Denise (Burke) Erekson; her godson, James Eldred and by many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank All Care Hospice —  especially Jane, Mary and Geraldine.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the Goodrich Funeral Home, 128 Washington Street, Lynn today, Tuesday, January 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make a memorial gift to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901.

Robert ‘Bob’ Wiseman

A Very Religious Man

Robert (Bob) R. Wiseman of Peabody, formerly of Lynn, passed away on December 19. He was 70 years old.

He was born in Lynn on January 4, 1942 and even though he spent that last years of his life in Peabody, he always considered himself a Lynn resident where he was born and raised.

He was a very religious man who loved to pray and talk about the bible. He also loved to tell stories about his life.

He is now at peace with the love of his life, Mary D. Wiseman, who preceded him in death in 2009.  He missed her terribly.

He is survived by four children, four grandchildren, a sister and nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Goodrich Funeral Home in Lynn where he was waked on December 22. Burial was at St. Joseph’s cemetery on December 26.

Phillip Molea

Brick Layer and Member of Local 3

Phillip Molea of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 5 at Union Hospital in Lynn. He was 70 years old.

Born in Boston, he grew up in East Boston, the son of the late Stephen and Marie Sclafani and later moved to Revere. He was a brick layer and a member of Local 3.

He was the beloved husband of Rosemarie (Gaeta); devoted father of Stephen P. and his wife, Michele of Revere, Sheila A. Nappi and her husband, Adam of Freeport, Maine and Sheryl R. Molea of North Carolina; dear brother of Frank of Lynn, Stephen of California and the late Anna Shea, Katherine Izzo and Nicholas Molea.  He is also survived by six loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Tuesday, January 8 at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham Ma 02451. For guest book please visit

Lawrence Patten

GE Retiree

Lawrence J. Patten, formerly of Lynn, died at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH on January 2. He was 94 years old.

Born in Lynn, the son of the late John and Margaret (Linnehan) Patten and the husband of the late Audrey M. (Coleman) Patten, he lived in Lynn for 50 years and then moved to Nashua and Tilton, NH. A US Army veteran of World War II serving in the European African Middle Eastern Theatre, he worked as a Millwright in the Aircraft Division of the General Electric Company retiring 29 years ago. A communicant of St. Pius V Parish, he was also a member of the Quarter Century Club.

Mr. Patton is survived by two sons, Lawrence A. and his wife, Judy Patten of Hollis, NH and Michael J. and his wife, Leslie of Acton, MA; one brother, William Patten of Nashua, NH; two sisters, Barbara Proodian and Dorothy Doucette, both of Lynn. He was the beloved grandfather of five grandchildren: L.J. and his wife, Leann Patten, Jana and her husband, Michael Bardsley, Bethany Patten, Nick and Holly Patten and Jon Patten; two great grandchildren, Isabella Bardsley and Violet Patten. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Henrietta Bigas, Josephine Noon and John, Richard, Laura and Carole Patten.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Louis Cemetery in Nashua, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the NH Veterans Home, 139 Winter St., Tilton, NH 03276. For guestbook:

Madeline Libby

Revere Veteran’s Affairs Office Retiree

Madeline E. (Maskell) Libby of Bradenton, FL, formerly of Revere, born February 17, 1922, died on December 29 after a brief illness.  She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Libby retired from the Veteran’s Affairs Office in Revere and worked as a secretary at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key for many years.

Born in Boston, she lived in Revere until she moved to Bradenton in 1980.  She was predeceased by her husband, Sheridan, Revere Police Department Sergeant, and by her sisters, Eleanor Maskell of Lynnfield, Edith Cohen of Revere, Norma Greenberg of Ft. Worth, Texas and by a brother Lester Maskell of Lynn..  She was also predeceased by her grandson, Seth Hyatt in 1979.

She is survived by her daughters Susan and her husband, Arthur)Thevenin of Bradenton, Florida and Joan Libby and her husband, David Hawk of Seaside Park, New Jersey and Sarasota Florida, and two grandsons Matthew Hawk of New York and Simon Hawk of  New Jersey.

Memorial donations can be made to:  Lighthouse of Manasota, 7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl. 34243, Att: LaRetta.  A private service will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.  Arrangements are by The National Cremation Society.

Helen Farris

Craft Enthusiast and Second Mother to Many

Helen L. (Castle) Farris of Lynn died suddenly at Union Hospital on December 28. She was 88 years old.

Born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Wilbur and Louise (Hart) Castle and the wife of Robert H. Farris, Sr. with whom she shared 60 years of marriage, she was a craft enthusiast, enjoyed sewing, doll making, baking cakes and candies and was a second mother to so many.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons: Robert H. Farris, Jr. of Lynn and Bruce K. and his wife, Wendy Farris of Freemont, NH; two sisters, Earlene Jensen and Marilyn Tansey, both of Lynn. She was the beloved grandmother of three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and the sister of the late Frances Farris, Carolyn Barry, Lester Castle, Wilbur Castle, Jr. and Shirley O’Donnell.

At her request, private services were held at the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Please make memorial donations in her name to Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472. For guest book, visit:

Lorraine Dauwer

Worked for Philip Light Co. of Lynn

Lorraine M. Dauwer Of Revere died on December 29.

A late employee of Philip Light Co. of Lynn,  she was the cherished daughter of the late William N. and Mildred ( Hood) Dauwer, loving sister of Pauline Russo of Saugus, William Dauwer and Robert Dauwer and his wife, Phyllis all of Revere; adored aunt of many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book:

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