Joan C. Phelan, 74

Jun 17, 2021 by

Beloved by all who knew her Published June 17, 2021 PEABODY — Joan Carol (Lopez) Phelan of Peabody passed away on June 11, 2021 at the age of 74. Joan was a longtime resident of North Reading. She was born and raised in Somerville and was married for 53 years to her longtime sweetheart. She was the beloved wife of William Phelan Jr. and the devoted mother of William D. Phelan III and his wife, Amy, and John M. Phelan and his wife, Jamie. She was also the loving daughter of the late John Lopes and Aurore (Levasseur) Lopes and the dear sister of Maureen Longo and her husband, Ernie; Donna Lopes; Roberta Monroe and her husband, David, and Linda Monteith and her husband, Luke. She was the sister-in-law of Susan Buckley and the...

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Anthony R. Cota Sr., 79

Jun 10, 2021 by

Owner of Cota Family Funeral Home who comforted and eased everyone who came his way Published June 10, 2021 METHUEN — Anthony R. “Tony” Cota Sr., 79, of Methuen, formerly of North Reading, Reading and Somerville, passed June 6, 2021 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer and kidney disease. Born in Somerville, Mass., Anthony was the son of the late Anthony F. Cota and A. Adeline (Bocchino) Cota. Anthony attended Somerville schools then went on to graduate from St. John’s Prep. He always talked about his time at St. John’s proudly and would extend his hand always when someone would mention they were also an alumni or current student. He followed in his father’s footsteps and graduated from the New England Institute of Embalming and carried on the family...

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Dorothy H. Gillis, 84

Jun 10, 2021 by

A very outgoing woman known for her laughter and boundless love Published June 10, 2021 NORTH READING — Dorothy H. “Dottie” Gillis, 84, of North Reading, died March 25, 2020 at MelroseWakefield Hospital. Born in North Reading on May 21, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Helen (Lyons) Sarcone. Dottie was married to the late George F. Gillis for 56 years. She raised four children, three daughters and one son: Debra McCabe and her husband Carl and Kathleen Anderson and her husband Peter, all of North Reading; Dorothy Welch of Aurora, Colorado and George Gillis Jr., and his wife Wendy of Tewksbury. Dottie is also survived by her sisters, Rose Lussier of Sanford, N.C. and MaryAnn Shaw of Atkinson, N.H., and she was predeceased by her sister, Catherine Marfleet, and...

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George F. Gillis, 77

Sep 10, 2014 by

U.S. Navy veteran NORTH READING — George F. Gillis, 77, of North Reading and formerly of Wilmington, died unexpectedly at Winchester Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. Born in Wilmington on Feb. 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Malcolm and Ann (Connors) Gillis. He was raised and attended school in Wilmington. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. George was a retired truck driver for Berman’s Motor Express and Charles River Labs. He was a resident of North Reading for the past 56 years. He was a member of St. Theresa Church, Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4544 and a former member of the North Reading Auxiliary Police. George was also a member of the Teamsters Union. George had great enthusiasm for life and a remarkable ability to make and retain friends...

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