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Stoughton Obituaries (October 14)

The following are obituaries for Stoughton residents or those with Stoughton ties for the week of October 7 - October 13.

Judith (Freitas) Ventresca

Judith A. (Freitas) Ventresca, 68, died Sunday, October 7 at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston after a period of failing health.

She was the wife of 49 years of Philip F. Ventresca. Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in Jamaica Plain. She was a resident of Stoughton for over 42 years.

Mrs. Ventresca worked as a bookkeeper for her family business, ESI Qual in Stoughton for many years. Mrs. Ventresca also worked as the Secretary and Caretaker of Dry Pond Cemetery in Stoughton for many years. In her free time, she enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family and grandchildren and caring for her dogs, Princess and Hailey.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two sons, Philip F. Ventresca, Jr. and his wife Toni of Stoughton and Vincent J. Ventresca and his wife Debbie of Plymouth. She was the grandmother of Michelle N. Ventresca, Vincent J. Ventresca, Jr. and Dante A. Ventresca.

Funeral was held from the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on October 11, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. James Church in Stoughton. Interment took place at Dry Pond Cemetery.

Donations in Judy's memory may be made to the New England Baptist Hospital, 125 Parker Hill Ave, Boston, MA 02120.

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Herbert C. Braley, III

Herbert C. Braley, III, 74, died Wednesday, October 10 at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, after a short illness. He was the husband of the late Cecelia A. (Fitts) Braley.

Born in New Bedford, he was raised and educated in Rochester and Middleboro. He was a longtime resident of Stoughton before moving to West Bridgewater for about 5 years and then to Lakeville 10 months ago.

Mr. Braley worked as a Tractor Trailer Driver for many years and was a proud Teamster. He was a dedicated father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a fan of the Red Sox and Patriots and enjoyed his Dunkin Donuts coffee and reading his daily Enterprise.

He is survived by his children, Betty Jean Lawson and her husband Richard, James Braley and Jerry Braley and his wife Jennifer all of FL, Pamela Boen and her husband Joseph of Sandwich, Lisa Simonds and her husband Mark of Lakeville, Bonnie Beaulieu and her husband Chris of Taunton, Lori Braley of Stoughton, Kathleen Fitting of Brockton, Charles Fitting of Quincy and the late Robert Fitting. He is survived by 25 grandchildren, two sisters and several great grandchildren and was predeceased by one brother and one grandchild.

Funeral Services were held at the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on October 13. Interment took place at Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton.

Donations in Herb's memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Unit 400, Waltham, MA 02451 or www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/.

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Warren H. Lincoln

Warren H. Lincoln, 89, died Sunday, October 7 at the VA Medical Center in Brockton. He was the husband of 67 years of Gertrude I. (Durkee) Lincoln.

Born and raised in Rockland, he attended Rockland Schools. He was a WWII Veteran of the US Army and served for over two years. During his time in the military, he was stationed in Europe and was a Prisoner of War.

He worked for Shawmut Mills in Stoughton for many years and later worked for Solar Seal in Easton. He retired in 1988. He was a member of the VFW in Stoughton. In his free time, he enjoyed music, fishing, camping, playing horseshoes and scratch tickets and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Warren H. Lincoln, Jr. and his wife Jean of Stoughton and Kenneth B. Lincoln of Raynham. He was predeceased by his 14 brothers and sisters and is survived by 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held at the Farley Funeral Home in Stoughton on October 11. 

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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Francis "Gus" Callanan

Francis A. "Gus" Callanan, 78, died Wednesday, October 10, at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton after a period of failing health. He was the husband of Mary B. (Devlin) Callanan.

Born in Boston, he was raised in Dorchester and was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston. Mr. Callanan worked as a Roofer for Roofers Local 33 and Gilbert and Becker in Boston for over 35 years.

He was a resident of Taunton for the past 11 years, previously living in Stoughton for over 35 years. He was an avid fan of the Patriots and Bruins.

He is survived by his children, Francis A. Callanan, Jr. and his wife Terri of Taunton, Kevin J. Callanan and his wife Lynne of Sharon, Maryann Callanan-Lundgaard and her husband Jeff and Robert M. Callanan all of WA, William J. Callanan and his wife Karen of Easton and Paul A. Callanan and his wife Debra of Mansfield. He was the brother of the late Joseph Callanan, Maryann Callanan and Sr. Gertrude Callanan. He was also survived by 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Funeral will be held from the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt.27) in Stoughton on Tuesday, October 16 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours are Monday from 5-8 p.m. Interment will take place at New Calvary Cemetery in Boston.

Donations in Gus's memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Unit 400, Waltham, MA 02451 or http://www.lung.org/associations/charters/northeast/.

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Mary (Ruane) Venckus

Mary M. (Ruane) Venckus, age 98 of Stoughton, formerly of Canton, passed away October 12 at the Copley at Stoughton after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Canton, she graduated from St. John’s School in Canton, Class of 1931. She worked as a Sales Clerk for Jordan Marsh in Braintree for many years before retiring in 1988. She lived most of her life in Canton, where she was a member of the Canton Catholic Women’s Club and enjoyed spending time at the Canton Senior Center. She has lived in Stoughton for the last 16 years.

Beloved wife of the late John Venckus; Mother of Mary Jo Everett and her husband Peter of VT and Judith A. O’Connell and her husband Paul of Stoughton; Sister of Bernadette Merchant of Canton and the late Julia Beck, Lillian Flynn, Joseph, John and Francis Ruane; Grandmother of Jennifer Barucci of Stoughton, Peter Everett of VT, Heather McGinley of Stoughton and Brian O’Connell of Burlington. Also survived by 5 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours at the Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, 455 Washington St. in Canton, Monday, October 15, 4-8 p.m. Funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Canton Tuesday morning at 10:30. Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Canton.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Canton Senior Center 660 Washington St. Canton, MA 02021.

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