Following are obituaries of people who have recently passed away and either lived in Framingham at the time of their death, or were born in Framingham, or had other ties to the town.
Johannes Kirk 8/18/2019 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA
FRAMINGHAM: Johannes Kirk, 99, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, August 18, 2019 from complications due to a cerebral vascular accident which occurred on his 99th birthday.
He was born in Madum, Denmark on August 10, 1920 the son of the late Simon Opstrup Jensen Kirk and Ottelie Christine (Jeppesen) Kirk.
Johannes is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Vera Ann (Bokavich) Kirk of Framingham. He was the beloved father of Karen Kirk Adams and her husband Albert Adams of Ashland; Paul Kirk of Hopkinton and John Kirk and his wife Carolyn Kirk of Ashland. Cherished grandfather of Albert Adams, Jacqueline Adams, Peter Kirk, Thomas Kirk, John Paul Kirk and Daniel Kirk. Great-grandfather of Evalyn Adams and Clara Adams. Brother of Esther Kirk of Madum, Denmark and the late Jens, Martin, Frede, Ane Marie and Margrethe. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Johannes spent his formative years in Denmark and came to the United States in 1947 and was an American citizen. He has resided in Framingham for the past 61 years.
He earned his BS in Engineering from the Technical Institute of Civil Engineering in Horsens, Denmark. He had a long and distinguished career as a Civil Engineer with both Andersen Nichols Company and Howard, Needle, Tammen and Bergendoff of Boston. His work included the Massachusetts Turnpike, urban renewal, interstate highways, and flood control and drainage improvement projects. He worked for several years on the design of the Southwest Corridor project in Boston.
Johannes served proudly as a Sergeant First Class with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was a recipient of a Bronze Star. He also served with the Ohio National Guard.
He and his wife Vera and their family were one of the original communicants of Saint Anselm Church in Sudbury and were active within the church community.
He was very accomplished and created many designs in woodworking, some of which adorn the interior of Saint Anselm Church. Johannes was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and his family was the most important aspect of his life. He will be fondly remembered and loved by all who knew him.
Visitations will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30) Wayland.
Family and friends are invited to go directly to his Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 10:00 am at Saint Anselm Church, 100 Landham Rd, Sudbury.
Interment will follow in the Kirk family lot in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Framingham.
In lieu of flowers, his family kindly suggests that memorial gifts in Johannes memory may be sent to St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Gloria Cynthia (Baer) Finer 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM Dennis,MA / Revere,MA / Framingham,MA / Delray Beach,FL
Finer, Gloria Cynthia (Baer) of Dennis formerly of Framingham, Delray Beach and Revere on Monday, July 29, 2019. Devoted mother of Douglas Keith Finer and wife Therese English and the late Lawrence Scott Finer. Loving daughter of the late Louis and Esther (Hadgi) Finer. Loving grandmother of David, Marcus, Emily, Sean and Shannon. Great-grandmother of Marcus Jr., Jackson, Sophia, Eilish, Asher and Brayden. Gloria was a life-long member of the Kidney Foundation, Jack Satter House Tenants Assoc. and former member of Temple Beth Am-Framingham. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, August 1st at 11:45AM at the Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery- 40 Dedham Street, Sharon, MA. Memorial Observation will be held immediately following burial at the Jack Satter House-420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere. Donations may be made to the Brain Injury Assoc-30 Lyman St. #10, Westborough, MA 01581 or to the Jack Satter Tenants Assoc. 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guestbook and directions.
JENNIFER L. THOMPSON-BENDERS 6/15/2019 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Boston,MA / South Boston,MA
Celebrating The Life And Memory Of:
Mrs. Jennifer L. Thompson-Benders
July 10, 1971 - June 15, 2019
The Love of our life, Jennifer L. Thompson-Benders transitioned from this life on June 15, 2019.The wife of Harold Benders, mother of Quueneke and Phoenix Thompson, Grandmother of Amil Amore Thompson-Otis, Soleil L. Thompson-Brown, Sister Brandy Thompson, her two nieces Lennasia Dixon and Lennaya Dixon. Daughter of the late Raymond â€śHurkeyâ€ť Grant and Patricia Thompson, Grand-daughter of Barbara Clement, and brother Edwardâ€ť Eddieâ€ť Paul Thompson.
She was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister and loving friend. Jennifer graduated from Boston Public Schools, and attended University of Massachusetts. She worked in the Healthcare field working in many of Boston area hospitals. She also owned her own jewelry business â€śPhoenix Risingâ€ť, where she created and shared her love for jewelry making.
Jennifer had a zest for life, and was devoted to family and friends. She always had and encouraging, kind word or smile for anyone. Always lending a helping hand and never turning anyone away; her loving kindness, generosity was only some of the facets of her personality. Her light touched anyone who had the pleasure to meet and love her. Jen loved good food and to cook, (every time she cooked, she had fork down your throat to taste test, before you could even protest), she loved family gatherings, music, she was Princeâ€™s number 1 fan! You could catch Jen breaking out in song at any given moment. She also had a love for scary movies and was an avid reader of books. Jen was a homebody who enjoyed her family and friends. Jen will forever be missed but never forgotten.
Jennifer leaves to mourn Denise Thompson (deceased Aunt), Denise â€śNitaâ€ť Thompson (cousin), Tanisha Clady (sister & best friend), Valdez Crocket and a host of siblings, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
To my Family and Friends:
Donâ€™t grieve for me, for now Iâ€™m free. Iâ€™m following the path God laid for me. I took his hand when I heard him call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way; I found peace at close of day. If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah yes these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My lifeâ€™s been full, I savored much. Good friends, good times, a loved oneâ€™s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; donâ€™t lengthen it now with undo grief. Lift up your heart and peace to thee. God wanted me now, he has set me free. I love you all.
Repass to follow directly after the service. Location is as follows:
61 Columbia Road
Dorchester, Ma 02124
Phone #: 617-436-6868.
Mr. Charles Arthur Meeks 6/2/2019 12:00:00 AM Medford,MA / Groton,MA / Framingham,MA
Mr. Charles Arthur Meeks, a resident of Medford, formerly of New Mexico and beloved husband of Carol A (Puchalski) Meeks, passed away at his home on June 2, 2019.Â He was 81 years old.Â For his last 7 years, he fought a long and courageous battle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP).
Born in Newberry, So Carolina, he was the beloved son of the late John C and Thelma G (Black) Meeks.Â Mr. Meeks was a graduate of UMass Lowell, where he earned his bachelor's degree.Â He was retired from the New England Telephone Company, where he worked as a lineman and supervisor. In later years, he worked as a Verizon Site Engineer for the Massachusetts 911 system.
Prior to the onset of PSP, Charles enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife and playing golfÂ but continued to watch sports, especially hockey.Â He loved the years he spent in New Mexico. He will be dearly missed but more joyously remembered.
He was father to Charles Richard (Mandy) Meeks of Groton, step-father to Carla (Cole) Parker of Framingham, Edward Embriano of Medford and loving grandfather to Angela Meeks and Whitaker and Isabelle Parker.Â Charles proudly served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
His funeral service will be celebrated in the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors AVenue, Medford on Friday, June 7, 2019, at noon. Visitation will be held in the funeral home, prior to the service, from 11 AM to noon. All are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Charles Meeks, in support of PSP Research at Mass General Hospital and mailed to MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua St, Suite 540, Boston MA 02114, Attn: K. Wojcicki.Â Donation can also be made online at giving.massgeneral.org.Â Please be sure to indicate the gift is in memory of Charles Meeks for PSP research. For additional information, please visit, www.magliozzifuneralhome.com.