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Stoughton Obituaries (December 29)

The following are obituaries for Stoughton residents or those with Stoughton ties for the week of December 23-29.

William P. Hammel, Jr.

William P. Hammel, Jr., 62, a longtime resident of Stoughton, died peacefully at home in East Falmouth on Sunday, December 23. He was the husband of Sandra L. (Jones) Hammel.

Son of William P. and Barbara A. (Homer) Hammel of Stoughton, he was born in Brookline. He was a resident of Stoughton for most of his life and graduated from Stoughton High School, Class of 1968. He resided in East Falmouth for the past 2 years.

Mr. Hammel served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a Veteran of the Vietnam Era. He worked for the Stoughton DPW for 40 years, retiring 2 years ago as the Assistant Superintendent. Mr. Hammel was a member of the VFW Post 1645 in Stoughton. He enjoyed fishing, boating, NASCAR and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Hammel is survived by his children, Jason W. Hammel of Brockton, Erik E. Hammel of Troy, NY and Casey L. Hammel of Stoughton. He was the brother of Gerald Hammel of Little Compton, RI, Michael Hammel of FL, Cynthia Louko and Donald Hammel both of Easton and Francis Hammel of Stoughton. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral was held from the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on Thursday, December 27, which was followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton.

Donations in William's memory may be sent to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.

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Peter J. Melito, Sr.

Peter J. Melito, Sr., 83, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 26 at the Sturdy Memorial in Attleboro after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of over 60 years of the late Jean M. (Sullivan) Melito.

Born and raised in Boston, he was a resident of Stoughton for over 45 years. Mr. Melito was a truck driver at SS Pierce in Woburn for many years before working at Cirelli Foods in Brockton before retiring 15 years ago. He was an avid Boston sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Melito is survived by his children, Vincent "Mickey" Melito and his wife Rose of Attleboro, Jean Paciocco and her husband Wayne of Mashpee and Peter J. Melito Jr. of FL.

He was the brother of Jennie DeChazo of N. Attleboro, Mary Smith of ME, Beatrice Hernandez of FL, Helen Melito of Boston and the late Dominic and James "Chicky" Melito. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt. 27) in Stoughton on Saturday, January 5 at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours prior from 10-11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice.

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Barbara A. (Monti) Petta

Barbara A. (Monti) Petta, 70, died Sunday, December 23, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. She was the wife of the late Anthony N. Petta.

Born and raised in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy Schools. She was a resident of Stoughton since 1966. Mrs. Petta was a homemaker. In her free time, she enjoyed needlework, crocheting, arranging flowers, puzzles and painting.

She is survived by her daughter Linda L. Petta of Brockton and her sisters Carol Mazzeo of Randolph and Ruth Dincecco of Norton. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister Rose Graziano.

Funeral was held from the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on Thursday, December 27, which was followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton. Interment took place at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.

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Joseph Pearl

Joseph Pearl, of Stoughton, formerly of Pembroke and Sharon, passed away on Sunday, December 23.

Devoted son of Lori S. Robbins of Stoughton. Son of Arthur Perlmutter of Framingham. Loving father of Ben Pearl. Friend and former husband of Laurie Pearl. Dear brother of Eric Perlmutter and Heather Puliafico.

Memorial Service was held at Schlossberg Solomon Memorial Chapel in Canton on Friday, December 28.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.  

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John J. Connolly

John J. Connolly, 87, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at his home with his family by his side. He was the husband of 58 years of Regina A. (Cotter) Connolly.

Born in South Boston, he was raised and educated in South Boston Schools. As a young man, he played semi-pro football for the Chippewas. He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy, serving on the USS Bennington.

Mr. Connolly worked in the Charlestown Navy Yard as a pipefitter for over 30 years, retiring many years ago. An avid golfer, he was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Connolly is survived by his children, Patti Kovalski and her husband Tony, Jane McGuirk and her husband Stuart all of Duxbury, John J. Connolly MD and his wife Kathleen Connolly, MD of Marion and Diane M. Gemba and her husband Tony of Sharon.

He was the brother of the late Thomas and Joseph Connolly. He was the loving and devoted grandfather of Jennifer and Jillian Kovalski, Brendan, Caroline and Katie McGuirk and Gina Gemba. He is also survived by his sister in law Marie Cotter and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt.27) in Stoughton on Saturday, December 29 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Stoughton.

Donations in Jack's memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.jimmyfund.org.

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Kevin F. LaCivita

Kevin F. LaCivita, 62, died Wednesday, December 26, at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved and devoted husband of 41 years of Donna M. (Biggs) LaCivita.

Born in Brockton, he was raised and educated in Stoughton and was a graduate of Stoughton Schools.

Mr. LaCivita was a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was a decorated war veteran, having served his country gallantly in Vietnam from 1968-1970. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion in Stoughton.

He worked as the Transportation Manager for R & L Carriers in Canton for over 11 years. In his free time, Kevin enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Kevin was an integral part of his family and extended family and was a constant presence in their lives and the lives of others. He will be missed by all.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother Patrick A. LaCivita of Quincy. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret (Hickey) LaCivita and Michael J. LaCivita, who died November 28; and his siblings, Michael P. LaCivita, Francis J. LaCivita and Lynnette K. Labriola. He is also survived by 9 nieces and nephews. He played a significant part in the lives of his nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

Funeral will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt.27) in Stoughton on Monday, December 30 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Stoughton.

Donations in Kevin's memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or www.dana-farber.org/gift.

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Denise L. McDonough

Denise L. McDonough, 42, died suddenly at home in Beverly on Sunday, December 23. Daughter of the late Frederick T. and Mary T. (Joyce) McDonough, she was born in Dorchester and raised in Canton. Denise attended Canton High School. She resided in Stoughton before moving to Beverly.

She enjoyed playing softball and basketball but her greatest passion was spending time with her family.

Denise is survived by her sons, Joshua T. and Sean P. Chuba.

She was the sister of Joyce Albanese and her husband Michael of Arlington, Patricia Scott and her husband Richard of West Roxbury, Jean McDonough of Brockton, Kevin McDonough and Mary McDonough both of Stoughton, Mark McDonough and his fiancée Jacqueline Miller of Quincy, Fred McDonough of Canton and Carol (D'Alotto) McDonough of Bridgewater, wife of the late Brian McDonough. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral Service was held from the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on Friday, December 28.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Denise's memory may be made for her sons, payable to Mary McDonough, P.O. Box 806, Stoughton, MA 02072.

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Bernice A. "Bunny" (Harrigan) Pietro Gray

Bernice A. "Bunny" (Harrigan) Pietro Gray, 83, died at Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Canton on Saturday, December 22. She was the wife of the late Charles Gray of Mansfield where they resided for many years together and the wife of the late Carl Pietro, Sr. of Stoughton where they raised their children together.

Mrs.Gray was born and raised in Readville and educated in Boston schools. She was a homemaker and in her free time enjoyed crocheting, shopping, ceramics and gatherings with family.

Bernice is survived by her children, Carl Pietro, Jr. and Dennis Pietro both of Stoughton, Michael Pietro of FL and Carol Miller of VA. She was the sister of Cora Largesse of Mansfield, Hildegard "Tootsie" Frattasio of Halifax, Pauline Lanier of NH, Mildred Farnell of FL and the late Harry, John and Tom Harrigan. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service was held at Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on Friday, December 28. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton.

Donations in Bernice's memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Crafts St., Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458 or www.arthritis.org/massachusetts.

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Dorothy I. (Davies) Cash

Dorothy I. (Davies) Cash, 82, died on Wednesday, December 26 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. Born in Boston, she was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. She was a resident of Norton for the past 7 years after living in Stoughton for many years.

Dorothy was a secretary at Balsam's Card Shop in Brockton before retiring 22 years ago. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family.

Dorothy is survived by her children, George P. Cash and his wife Fran of Gettysburg, PA, Donna I. Burrill and her husband Peter of Norton, Charles R. Cash of Stoughton and Philip J. Cash of West Bridgewater. She was the grandmother of Christopher, Timothy and Ian Burrill, Jamie Lee, Samantha and Melissa Cash and the late Christine Cash. She is also survived by her former husband, Charles Cash of Stoughton.

Funeral will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt.27) in Stoughton on Wednesday, January 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. James Church, Stoughton at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. Interment will be private.

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Winifred I. (Meserve) Dzus

Winifred I. (Meserve) Dzus, 90, died at Southeast Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Easton on Friday, December 21. She was the wife of the late John Dzus. Daughter of the late Orville W. and Ada (Easter) Meserve, she was born in Arlington and raised in Stoughton. She graduated from Stoughton High School, Class of 1940 and Fisher Junior College.

Mrs. Dzus was a resident of Easton since 2007 after living in Brockton for over 40 years. She was a secretary in Boston before she was married and then was a homemaker. She was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed the outdoors.

Mrs. Dzus was the beloved mother of Kenneth J. Dzus of Wareham and Paul M. Dzus and his wife Alice of Bridgewater. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Paul K. Dzus, Andrea L. Lynch and Eva X. Dzus, as well as her great-grandson, John W. Lynch. She was the sister of the late Edward Meserve.

At Mrs. Dzus' request, there was an anatomical donation to Harvard Medical School. A Memorial Service for Winifred will be held at a later date.

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