Framingham Obituaries

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.

Dr. Frank Alphonso Crossley 4/15/2018 12:00:00 AM Mansfield,MA / Framingham,MA

DR. FRANK ALPHONSO CROSSLEY FEBRUARY 19, 1925 – APRIL 15, 2018 Dr. Frank A. Crossley, of the Village at Willow Crossings in Mansfield, MA, passed away at his daughter’s side on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the age of 93 of Alzheimer’s Disease. Frank was born to parents, Joseph and Rosa Lee Crossley (nee Brefford) on February 19, 1925, in Chicago, IL, the second of four children. He and his older brother Joe lived briefly with their paternal grandparents in Summit, MS, where a neighbor taught Frank, age four, and Joe, to read. Frank and Joe would graduate together from Du Sable High School in Chicago in 1942. A black chemist would speak before Frank’s Du Sable science class, planting the dream that changed his life. Frank, about to launch an academic career in Nashville, TN, met ELAINE J. SHERMAN at a July 4th picnic in Dayton, OH, while on vacation in 1950 and proposed marriage on their first date. Elaine thought him crazy but consented on their third date. Frank had the kindest eyes she had ever seen. They married at the home of Elaine’s parents, ARTHUR ALEXANDER “LABE” SHERMAN, SR. and ROSA HIGHTOWER SHERMAN in Cincinnati on Thanksgiving 1950, their “eighth date.” The newlyweds lived in Nashville, TN, from 1950-1952. Frank disliked the South so much that he refused to have children until they relocated. Their daughter, Desne, was born in Chicago in 1954. “People envision their options based on what others like them have done and are doing. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a meaningful one-on-one exchange is worth a thousand pictures.” Frank was a recognized authority in the field of titanium metallurgy and awarded six patents—five on titanium-base alloys including the “Transage” alloys. He published 60 technical papers and made eight presentations at national symposia, not published in print media. He was past chairman of the Titanium Committee of Minerals, Metals & Materials Society of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers. He served on the Materials Technical Committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics from 1979 through 1981. His work incorporated academic, government and corporate worlds—teaching, research and development, and management in the following organizations: Aerojet Propulsion Division, 1987 – 1991; Aerojet Propulsion Research Institute, 1986 – 1987; Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Sunnyvale, CA, 1966 – 1986; Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 1952 – 1966; and Tennessee A&I State University, 1950 – 1952. He felt fortunate to apply his curiosity and skills across disciplines and professional roles, especially given the racism of his time. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Metals and received the Professional Service Award of the Northern California Council of Black Professional Engineers in 1981. He received the GenCorp Aerojet 1990 R. B Young Technical Innovation Award for “Improved Process for Diffusion Bonding Platelet Assemblies of Dissimilar Alloys.” He earned PhD and MS degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Art) from the Illinois Institute of Technology (1950, 1947, 1945 respectively). Frank Crossley was the first African-American to earn a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering, at 25-years of age in 1950. He was the first alumnus of Illinois Institute of Technology—of any color—to earn a PhD in Metallurgical Engineering. His dissertation was entitled, “Grain Refinement by the Particle Reaction in Aluminum and the Aluminum Base Alloys.” Frank is listed in many publications, including Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 27th – present editions, 2010 -; in Who’s Who in America since 1980; and in the chapter, “Stronger Than Steel,” of the book, We Could Not Fail: First African-Americans in the Space Program, written by Stephen Moss and Richard Paul, 2015. He was denied an employment interview, and once was overlooked for promotion because he “was ‘so advanced for a Negro’ the manager thought I was content.” Frank pushed back. Later, he would say, “self-confidence is the most important skill of all.” Frank was among the first African-American military officers in WWII, as a US Navy Ensign (active 1944-1946). He was a member of honor societies: Sigma Xi (science); Tau Beta Pi (engineering); Phi Lambda Upsilon (chemistry); and Pi Delta Epsilon (journalism). “It is important to encourage the dreams of others.” Frank was a volunteer math and science tutor from 1948 – 2012; a member of the Concerned Parents of Color at Greater Framingham Community Church; and he enjoyed painting in watercolors, Hatha yoga twice daily, photography, history, reading non-fiction, carpentry, hiking, and tree surgery. He was a man of patience, humanity, a quick smile, and one-liner jokes. Frank is survived by his daughter DESNE CROSSLEY and son-in-law KENNETH B. HOLLMAN; younger sister, INEZ CROSSLEY WILLIAMS; sister-in-law VERA CROSSLEY; daughters-in-law FREDDE HOLLMAN (Kenneth’s sister) and MAGGIE JEAN HOLLMAN; a host of nieces and nephews (WILLIAMS, BELL, CROSSLEY, SHERMAN, and HOLLMAN families). He is preceded in death by his beloved wife ELAINE SHERMAN CROSSLEY (d. 1996); his parents DADDY BUDDIE AND MOTHER ROSE CROSSLEY; Elaine’s parents, LABE AND ROSA SHERMAN; his brothers LEVERNE (younger) and JOSEPH, JR. (older); brothers-in-law: DALLAS, SR. (ELIZABETH), JACK, SR. (BEATRICE), CHARLES (HAZEL DIV; LILY), ARTHUR, JR. (JEANNE); brother-in-law GEORGE WILLIAMS; sisters-in-law: MARY SHERMAN BELSINGER (RALPH), LOUISE, and ROSE SHERMAN. Frank’s body will be cremated by the Sherman and Jackson Funeral Home, 55 N. Main Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; memorial services are being planned for Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin Street (at Park), Framingham, MA 01704, and in Cincinnati, OH. His ashes will be scattered next to Elaine’s at Walnut Hills Cemetery in Cincinnati. Beyond Frank’s GFCC church family, family and friends are spread across the country, so details will be forthcoming. “Time spent doing one thing is time that cannot be spent doing another.” God bless you, Dad, in your homegoing. You were and are the best father on the planet! Rest in Peace, sweetheart.

Charles F. Fosberg 3/26/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA

Charles F. Fosberg 86 of Natick died Monday, March 26, 2018. He was the beloved husband of Norma (MacNeil) Fosberg formerly of Wellesley, sharing 67 years of marriage. Born in Natick and a lifelong resident, he was the son of the late Edwin Fosberg and Margaret (Jones) Fosberg. He grew up in the section of Natick that was known as “Pokeville” . He was educated through the Natick School System before serving in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany. He also received the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal while serving there. He worked for many years at the Wellesley Press Company and later retired from the Town of Wellesley School Department. Chuck was an accomplished golfer and member of the Nehoiden Golf Club of Wellesley College for many years. As an avid sports fan, he faithfully supported Natick High sports often referring to Natick as the “Home of Champions”. He is survived by his children Charles F. Fosberg, Jr. and his wife Rose of Natick, Ludell Cairney and husband James of Natick, Glenn Fosberg and wife Diane of Ashland, Peggy Hendricks and husband Brian of Whitinsville, Kristin Arena and husband Joseph of Natick. He was the beloved grandfather of Brian Hendricks Jr., Christopher (Bub) Hendricks, Jeffrey, Brendan and Daniel Cairney, Courtney Brillant, Erik Fosberg, Emily Fosberg, Tyler Nickels and Alison Arena. He was the great grandfather of 14. Step-grandfather to James Frederick and Patti of Auburn -MA, John Frederick and Trish of Dover – NH, and Jeffrey Frederick and Lori of Milford – MA. Brother of the late Robert Fosberg, Edwin Fosberg and Paul Fosberg. His sister-in-law’s are Phyllis (Fosberg) Burrows, Marsha Fosberg, Nancy MacNeil and Deborah Gile. Also, sister-in-law to the late Catherine Fosberg and Margaret McDonald. Brother-in-law to George MacNeil of Franconia –NH, Lawrence MacNeil of Ashland, Richard McDonald of Marlboro and Ron Gile of Alfred, ME. Chuck is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Service on Friday, March 30th at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial with Military Honors in Dell Park Cemetery. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 75851, Topeka, Kansas, 66675, or to The Framingham Cancer Care Center, 99 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01701

Azer Abdelmalak 3/19/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Azer Abdelmalak, 91, died surrounded by his loving and devoted family at his Framingham residence on Monday, March 19, 2018. He was born in Assuit, Egypt on June 25, 1926 the son of the late Melek Abdelmalak and Sara Gergis. He is survived by his wife Nabila Halim Attia of Framingham, his son Monir Abdel-Malak and his wife Donna of Waltham and his dauaghter Mary Abdelmalak of Framingham. Visitations will be held on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte. 30), Wayland, His funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 9:15 am at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Church, 145 Oak Street, Natick. Interment will follow the service at Edgell Grove Cemetery, Grove Street, Framingham.

John L "Jay" Santello 3/19/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Franklin,MA / falmouth,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA

John L “Jay” Santello, 58, originally of Natick passed away peacefully Monday March 19, 2018, after a courageous battle for many years with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, at the Genesis Health Care center in Milford. He leaves behind his much loved wife of 26 years Danielle M (Marcotte) Santello of Milford. He was the beloved father of Kayla N. Santello and her fiancé Eric Hadley of Charlestown, as well as Kelsey J Santello and her boyfriend Andrew Doppstadt of Durham, NH and Milford. Born in Natick, and a Franklin resident of 18 years, he was the son of Ben Santello and his wife Patricia of Falmouth, and the late Marjorie (MacLeod) Santello. Jay followed the family career tradition becoming a Master Plumber. He was the owner and operator of J Santello Plumbing & Heating Company of Franklin, where he raised his family on Island Road. He began working with his father at Ben Santello Plumbing and later worked at Nyacol Products. He attended the Natick School system graduating from Natick High School class of 1978 and later attended Newbury College in Boston. He was an avid golfer and played for many years in the Framingham Union Golf League. Jay was happiest taking trips to any tropical destination, cruising and enjoying the island lifestyle. Jay was a avid NE Patriot’s fan. He is also survived by his siblings Bruce Santello and his wife Ester of Nashua NH, Peter Santello and his wife Gayle of Marion, Paul Santello and his wife Sharon of Berlin, Dana Santello of Ashland, sister in-law Heather of Dover, NH, Glen Santello of Northborough, Ben Santello and his wife Page of Londonderry NH, Margaret Sleeper and her partner Larry Smith of Natick, Pauline Santello of Marlboro, 30 nieces and nephews and 12 Great nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Steven Santello who died in May of 2017 and Richard Santello who died in July of 2017. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Tuesday March 27 at 10:00 A.M. in St Patrick’s Church. Visiting hours are Monday March 26 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Jay’s wish was to celebrate his life and the family asks attendees to be comfortable and casual by wearing Hawaiian shirts, bright colors and nothing somber. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater New England chapter.

Robert R. Devine 3/15/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Robert R. Devine passed away peacefully on March 15, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Born April 25, 1941 to John and Carrie Devine, in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He is survived by his wife, Sharon, brother Doug, sister Janet Murray (Roland), brother-in-law Philip Knowlton and Sister-in-law Sally Carmichael (Edward), a nephew and several nieces. Bob loved sports, especially curling. As a Canadian curler he played in Junior Nationals. and the Brier. In the U.S. he played in the U.S. Nationals three times. His curling experiences and friends meant the world to him, and he continued to curl several times a week into his 70s. He loved nothing better than the competition of a game well played. Bob received a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and an M.A. in Economics from Northeastern. He completed PhD coursework from B.U. before accepting an offer to teach at Framingham State University. He was there for 34 years until his retirement, loving every minute of it. He enjoyed his expansive model railroad and train travel. Bob and Sharon took many trips, especially enjoying traveling to New Orleans and a cross country trip to San Francisco. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M on March 31, 2018 at the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common, Natick, MA. Visiting hours will begin at 9:00 A.M. prior to service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, at, or P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011. Bob will be forever loved, and never forgotten.

Thomas J. Gerry 3/15/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Northborough,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

Thomas J. Gerry age 55, of Green Acres, Florida formerly of Natick, MA died unexpectedly at home on March 15, 2018. A resident of Green Acres for the past 18 years previously of Orlando and St Petersburg he was born and raised in Natick, MA son of the late Paul J. Gerry and Patricia (Brunnick) Gerry. Mr. Gerry was a 1981 graduate of Natick High School. He also attended St. Petersburg Community College. Mr. Gerry was employed in the restaurant management in Florida for over thirty years; Dave’s Last Resort in Lake Worth, Trade Winds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach and Just Deserts. He was an avid sports fisherman and was a longtime fan of the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and New England Patriots. He was the devoted brother of Patrice A. Roberts and her husband Francis of Natick, MA, Michelle Gillespie and her husband David of Northborough, MA, Paul J. Gerry, Jr., and his wife Kitty of Natick, MA, Jacqueline Gerry of Miami, FL, and Charlene Koagel and her husband Tom of St. Petersburg, FL; uncle of Benjamin, Justin, Jimy, Frankie, Kendra, Ryan, Kate, Alex, Paul, Kimberly, Jack, John, and Kathryn; and great-uncle of Danny, Henry, Theodore, and James. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 425 North M Street, Lake Worth, FL on Friday, March 23 at 12:00 Noon. Private burial will take place at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to Bring Change to MInd.

Phyllis Matto 3/14/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

Phyllis Marie (Balli) Matto, of Framingham, MA, passed away on March 14, 2018, at the age of 82, after a brief illness. She was born March 3rd, 1936 in Newton Massachusetts to Kosta and Olga Balli and graduated from Newton High School Class of 1954. She married George F. Matto (deceased) in 1956 and lived in California, Watertown, MA, and eventually settled with her husband in Framingham for nearly 50 years. Phyllis most notably spent more than 20 years as the Secretary to the Chief of Police of Wayland, MA. Upon her retirement, she loved to travel with her family and friends and spent much time volunteering at the Annunciation Orthodox Church in Natick. Most people will remember Phyllis for her vibrant sense of humor, her caring attitude, and a knack of making friends wherever her travels took her. Phyllis was pre-deceased by her parents, husband, and sister, Helen Verdy of Framingham. She is survived by her son, Glenn Matto, her daughter, Christine (Matto) Hampson and her husband Richard Hampson, grandchildren, Kelly and Jonathan Hampson, and her sisters Julia Vishnja, Sally (Jane) Yphantes, and Carol Kauzens; not to mention the many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews in her extended family. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service on Monday, March 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Annunciation Orthodox Church, 37 Washington Ave., Natick, MA. Interment will follow at Dell Park Cemetery. Visiting hours in the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common are Sunday, March 18th from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Josephine E. (Sanfilipo) Copeland 3/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

Framingham: Josephine E. (Sanfilipo) Copeland, 91, died peacefully on March 13, 2018 following a brief illness. She was born in Buffalo, NY on April 29, 1926 the daughter of the late Joseph Sanfilipo and Stella (Mosca) Sanfilipo. Josephine was the wife of the late Hugh M. Copeland, III who died on March 9, 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Levens of Wayland and Pamela Romagnoli of Wilmington. Grandmother of John Giancarlo Romagnoli; David Leo Levens and Elizabeth Ann Levens. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 am at Good Shepherd Parish at St. Zepherin Church, 99 Main Street (Rte. 27), Wayland. Interment will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Josephine’s memory may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Edda Brossi 3/13/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Wellesley,MA / Boston,MA

Edda (Raffi) Brossi 82, of Framingham died Tuesday March 13, 2018 peacefully at her home. She had a wonderful life and her last days were filled with love and we'd like to thank you all. She was the beloved wife of the late Bruno Anthony Brossi who died March 7, 1999 after sharing 42 years of marriage. Born in Bore PR Parma Italy, she was the devoted daughter of the late Graziosa Raffi and sister to a large family of ten siblings, many of whom live in the Boston area. Her brothers and sisters include Modesto (deceased) and his wife Caterina, Leonita and her husband John (deceased), Paola and her husband Orlando (deceased), Aride and his wife Maria (both deceased), Enos and his wife Marie, Alba and her husband John, Cristoforo, Peter and his wife Louise, Anna Maria (deceased), and Sergio and his wife Maria. Edda was also devoted to her own family and enjoyed her career as a professional tailor at Brooks Brothers in Natick. She loved to garden, dance, spend time with her extended family, spoil her grandchildren, and cook Sunday dinners - her home-made pasta dishes are legendary. Edda was a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to so many. She enjoyed volunteering at the Sons of Italy in Natick. Edda had a unique sense of style and her generous and outgoing personality touched everyone she met. She is survived by three children - a son Stephen A. Brossi and his wife Deborah of Hudson, MA, a daughter Annie Bresnick and her husband Adam of West Tisbury, MA, a daughter Caroline Yates and her husband Tom of Cambridge, UK - as well as her adoring grandchildren Anthony Brossi and his wife Erin, Benjamin Brossi, Zachary Bresnick, Samuel Bresnick and Owen Bresnick, and a large and loving extended family including nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Funeral mass will be held this Saturday, March 17 at St. George’s Church 74 School Street , Framingham at 9:00 A.M. Intermet will follow at St. Patricks Cemetery, Natick. Please let everyone know and thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 15, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick MA. In lieu of flowers contributions in her name to St George's Church in Framingham (, Natick Sons of Italy 37 Washington Ave, Natick Ma 01760 or Dana Farber ( would be sincerely appreciated.

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Woo 3/9/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Newton,MA / Wellesley,MA / Boston,MA / Framingham,MA

Benjamin Franklin “Frank” Woo, 94, of Natick, died peacefully Friday evening March 9, 2018 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Born in Charleston, WV, he was son of the late Matthew J. and Loo Shee Woo. Frank graduated from Charleston High School in 1940. He was an Army Veteran serving during WWII. In 1949, he graduated from the University of Virginia. In 1964, Frank married Blanche Wong Woo and they began their life together. He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers as a Civil Engineer for over 30 years at Hanscom AFB in Bedford, MA. After retirement in 1980, he then worked for H&R Block for 10 years. Frank is survived by his wife Blanche Woo of Natick; his sons: Gary Woo and his wife Jen of Natick and Brian Woo and his wife Amy of Newton. His grandchildren Brayden, Adelyn, Nicole and Kayla and his brother Raymond Woo and his wife Lynne also survive him. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, March 16, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. from the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. Visiting hours are Thursday from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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