Obituaries 01-24-2012

Barbara Pressman

First President of Lynn Chapter American Field Service

 Barbara (Karas) Pressman of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, died at home on January 19 after a long battle with Acute Leukemia. She was 75 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1954 and has lived in Lynn for the last 47 years.

Mrs. Pressman was admired and loved by many. She was the first Chapter President of the Lynn American Field Service International/Intercultural Program where she and her family hosted more than 100 students from all over the world. She was the former Co-President of the Ahabat Sholom Hebrew School PTA and member of the Sisterhood of Temple Ahabat Sholom of Lynn. She was a huge New England Patriots fan and loved going to Foxwoods, Las Vegas, reading, knitting, and playing canasta with friends.

She was the devoted mother of Lisa Pressman of Lynn, Lauren and Kurt Anderson of Peabody, Brian and Leslie Pressman of Charlotte, NC and Yukiko Tsuchihashi Pinder of Japan and Hawaii; the loving daughter of the late Samuel Zalman and Marion Karas of Chelsea; the dear sister of Michael and Nancy Karas of Peabody and Linda Karas Silver and Marcia Peterzell of San Francisco, CA. She was the loving grandmother of Kaitlin and Jennifer Anderson and Alyssa and Laura Pressman; the dear aunt of Max Karas and Emily Karas; the loving niece of Corinne Wolfe of Marblehead and Ida Meshulam of Indianapolis. She is also survived by many loving cousins, extended family, friends and especially her oldest friend, Roz Goldberg.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Barbara Pressman Foundation, 30 Red Rock Street, Lynn, MA 01902,


 Virginia Henderson

Former Lynn Resident

Virgina Henderson, formerly of Lynn, died Sunday evening, January 15 in a Natick nursing home after a long illness.  She was 92 years old. The beloved wife of the late Robert V. Henderson, Sr., she was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Henry H. and Irene (Marquay) Johnson.  She attended Lynn Schools, was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and later graduated from the Salem State Teacher’s College.  She was a resident of Lynn for more than 83 years.

An avid Red Sox fan, she greatly enjoyed the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  In earlier years, she had been a volunteer at Union Hospital.

She leaves her children, Robert V. Henderson, Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Amelia Island, Florida, Richard J. Henderson of Florhan Park, NJ and Barbara J. O’Neil and her husband, David of Holliston.  She was the grandmother of Robert III, Kathryn and Jason Henderson, Carrie Comerford, Richard Jr. and Thomas Henderson, Deborah Faichney, Susan Laidlaw and James O’Neil;  the great grandmother of Adam, Caitlin, Brooke, Morgan, Emma and Kate Henderson, Jenna, Matthew and Andrew Faichney, Kyle and Ryan Laidlaw and Daniel, Kaydence and Maeve O’Neil and the sister of the late H. Holton Johnson, III and Doris E. Peterson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit


Marjorie Irons

Lifelong Marbleheader

Marjorie S. (Stone) Irons of Marblehead died January 11 at Salem Hospital. She was 91 years old.

Born in Marblehead, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Marion (Chapman) Stone and granddaughter of the late Carrie (Green) Chapman.  She was a lifelong Marbleheader and proud of it!  She was the last of many generations born in town.  After graduating from Marblehead High School, she attended Essex Agricultural Institute in Danvers to become a nutritionist.  It was there that she met her lifelong friend, Judy Williams Dow from Beverly.

Marjorie worked at many jobs throughout her life.  Upon graduation from Essex Aggie, she cooked for the Army Troops stationed in Marblehead during World War II.  She was a secretary for Cranberry Industries in Marblehead, a sales clerk for Eaton’s Drugstore in Salem and a candy maker at Stowaway Sweets.  Her own soft caramels were locally famous with friends and family.

She loved to research the family genealogy and town history.  She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a tour guide at the Jeremiah Lee Mansion.  She knew almost everyone in Marblehead even if they didn’t know her.

“Marge” vacationed at the “Stone Camp” on Great East Lake in Acton, ME.  Her father, Howard built that camp in 1934.  Some of her favorite activities were visiting Fort Sewall, the lighthouses, swimming at Devereux Beach and sailing in the harbor.

 Most of the seafood restaurants and ice cream shops on the North Shore were checked out by Margie and her girlfriends.  She was also a lifelong parishioner of the First Church in Swampscott, Congregational.

Margie was able to live on her own until she was 90 and drove a car well into her eighties.  Visits with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren kept her busy and happy.  She lived a long and happy life and was loved by many friends and family.

She leaves her sons, Richard H. Irons and his wife, Linda of Limerick, ME and David E. Irons and his wife, Diane of Wakefield.  She was the grandmother of Kirk Irons and his wife, Elizabeth of Wakefield, Rick Irons and his wife, Tracy of Limerick, ME, Michael Irons of Saco, ME, Laurie Irons of Limerick, ME, Sally McCurry and her husband, James of Lyman, ME, Kayla Irons of Limerick, ME, William Irons of Limerick, ME and Kathryn Irons of Portland, ME.  She was the great grandmother of Max, Claire, Sofie, Lenora, Sabrina, Vanessa, Tabitha, Julin and Lenora and was the aunt of Betsy Gidley and Allan Stone.  She was the sister of the late William Stone and Pete Stone, grandmother of the late Keith Irons and aunt of the late John Stone.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, Lynn. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St. Marblehead, MA 01945.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

Joseph Zaborowski

Of Tennessee, formerly of Lynn

Joseph Zaborowski, Tennessee, formerly of Lynn and Chelsea, died suddenly on January 12. He was 60 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was a US Navy Seal and a member of the Carpenters Union Local 218 of Medford.

He was the beloved husband of Helen (Couto); devoted son of the late Zenon and Josephine (Pazyra) Zaborowski; surrogate father of Kristine and Katelyn Estes; dear brother in-law of Edward Docouto of Maine and is also survived by his loving uncle Charles Pazyra of Malden and three dear friends, James Coronis of Woburn, Lloyd Bell of Methuen and Robert Boyd of Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by The Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston Ma 02108. For guestbook please visit


Philip Paul Russano

Lynn Resident, formerly of Revere

Philip Paul Russano of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on January 14 surrounded by his loving family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 44 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of Fillipo Russano of East Boston and the late Eleanor Fay Russano. He is survived by his children, Philip Jr., Christopher and Alyssa of New Hampshire. He was also the father of the late Amanda Russano. He was the brother of Thomas and his wife, Missy Russano of Maine; John Kevin and his wife, Joyce of Florida,  Moreen Willoughby and her husband, Donald of East Boston and Denise Cacciola and her husband, Tony of Revere. He also leaves many aunts and uncles, nephews, nieces and grand nieces. He is also survived by his fiance and longtime companion, Suzanne Javery of Lynn.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105. Posts may be made to his Facebook page.


Dennis Briand Linehan

Retired Lynn Fire Lieutenant and Decorated Veteran 

Dennis Briand Linehan of Lynn died on January 13 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers with his family by his side. He was 69 years old.

He was born in Revere on June 13, 1942 to Col. Gilroy F. Linehan and Josephine (Murphy) Linehan.  Raised in Lynn, he attended Lynn Public Schools and was a 1959 graduate of Lynn English High School.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War serving as a helicopter crew chief from 1965 to 1970 with Company C 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division.  He graduated first in his class at Fort Rucker, Ala., Army Aviation School in 1965.  He was awarded two Bronze Star medals, the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Commendation Medal, the Aircraft Crew Member’s Badge and nine Battle Stars.  He was also a veteran of the Massachusetts National Guard.

He was a 1974 graduate of East Coast Aero Technical School and worked as a land surveyor and at the General Electric in Lynn before joining the Lynn Fire Department.  He also studied fire science at North Shore Community College.  He served the City of Lynn for 26 years as a Firefighter/EMT and was most recently a Lieutenant at Engine 1 before retiring in 2003.

He was an accomplished outdoorsman and expert birder who had a quick wit and clever sense of humor.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and trips to Maine and around the world, including travels to Ireland, Indonesia and Thailand.

He was a member of the International Association of Firefighters, Local 739, Box 41 Associates, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 507, the American Legion, the Massachusetts Audubon Society and the Appalachian Mountain Club.

He is survived by a sister and her husband, Christine and Richard Shafer of Lawrence; a nephew, Ryan Shafer of Lawrence; a niece, Mary Jo Shafer of Salisbury; an aunt, Virginia Linehan of Lynn as well as cousins and many friends.

His Funeral was held from the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

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