North Reading Obituaries

Anthony R. Cota Sr., 79

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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...

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Dorothy H. Gillis, 84

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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...

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David Thornton, 71

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A Vietnam veteran who loved to travel, loved all kinds of animals Published June 10, 2021 LEBANON, N.H.— David Thornton was born on September 11, 1949, in Lebanon, N.H. and passed away on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. He was the son of Burt and Eleanor (Chesley) Thornton. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Diane (Hashem) Thornton of North Reading; his stepson, Karl Russo Jr., also of North Reading; a brother and two nephews. He was predeceased by his twin brother William (Billy) Thornton. A Vietnam veteran,...

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John Herrick Sr., 74

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The biggest sports fan who loved to watch his kids and grandkids play Published June 10, 2021 STRAFFORD, N.H. — John (Jack) Herrick Sr. passed away peacefully at the age of 74 on June 6, 2021, at his home in Strafford, N.H., in the presence of his loving family. Jack was born May 10, 1947 in Boston to William B. Herrick and Julia M. Herrick, and grew up in Reading. He then lived in North Reading for over 40 years. After graduating from Reading High School in 1965, Jack...

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Joyce Sewall, 72

Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on Joyce Sewall, 72

Active in Big Brothers Big Sisters; enjoyed singing, theatre, traveling Published June 3, 2021 SARASOTA, Fla. — Joyce (Greene) Sewall of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of North Reading, Mass., and Edgecomb, Maine, passed away May 23, 2021 after a long illness. Joyce was born on July 30, 1948 in Framingham, Mass. She was the daughter of the late John and Helen Greene. She grew up in North Reading and was a graduate of North Reading High School, Class of 1966. She lived in Maine for many years before settling in...

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Margaret Crotty, 85

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Devoted wife, mother, sister and friend Published June 3, 2021 DALLAS, TEXAS — Margaret (Docherty) Crotty, who was born in Scotland and was a long-time resident of Charlestown, Mass., where she raised her six children, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2021 at the age of 85 in Dallas, Texas. Margaret was the loving wife of 54 years to the late Arthur Crotty, a life-long “Townie” and union member of the International Longshoreman’s Association (ILA). Margaret was the mother of Arthur Crotty and his wife Joan of North Reading,...

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Robert R. Hansen, 79

Posted by on May 27, 2021 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on Robert R. Hansen, 79

Retired GE machinist enjoyed golf, tennis Published May 27, 2021 WAKEFIELD — Robert R. Hansen, 79, of Wakefield, formerly of North Reading, died at his home on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Born in Lynn on November 30, 1941, he was the son of the late Robert and Alice (Hamilton) Hansen. Robert was raised in Lynn and graduated from Lynn English High School. He was a retired machinist for General Electric of Lynn. He was a longtime member of the Trinity Evangelical Church of North Reading. Robert loved to play golf...

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Kathleen Twiggs, 71

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Her strong will and dedication to her family was unmatched Published May 27, 2021 VERO BEACH, FLORIDA — Kathleen J. (Parsons) Twiggs, 71, of Vero Beach, Florida and Brownfield, Maine, formerly of North Reading and Winthrop, died Monday, May 17, 2021 at the Cleveland Clinic, Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida. Born in Winthrop on April 4, 1950, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Marie A. (Donovan) Parsons. Kathy was raised in Winthrop and was a graduate of Winthrop High School. She was a former...

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Denis J. Pelletier, 91

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Published May 27, 2021 NORTH READING — Denis Joseph Pelletier, 91, of North Reading, died on May 21, 2021. Born on December 14, 1929, he was the beloved husband of Nancy Louise (Dechene) Pelletier and the devoted father of Marc Pelletier and his wife Meg of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Monique Pelletier and her husband Michael Attili of Merrimac; and the late Daniel Pelletier. Denis was the loving son of the late Charles and Victoria (Michaud) Pelletier of Moncton, NB, Canada and the dear brother of Delia, Joseph “Leonard,” Firmin,...

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David E. Gunning, 59

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in North Reading Obituaries | Comments Off on David E. Gunning, 59

Faith, family and friends were central to his life Published May 20, 2021 OXFORD, MICHIGAN — David E. Gunning, 59, of Oxford, Michigan and formerly of North Reading, Mass., passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 13, 2021 after a period of declining health.He finished his Christian race strong believing God was always in control of his life. He was the husband of Christine (Smith) Gunning of Oxford, Michigan, and the son of Lillian F. Gunning and the late Mark L. Gunning of North Reading.Dave was born on August 16, 1961...

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