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.

Herbert L. Hilton 10/3/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Herbert L. Hilton, 83, died peacefully and comfortably in the care and comfort of his family on October 3, 2018 following a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. He was born in Brookline on April 8, 1935 the son of the late Maynard Hilton and Edith (Sabean) Hilton. Her was the beloved husband of the late Carolyn Ann (Main) Hilton who died on July 1, 1996. He was the loving and devoted father of Mark L. Hilton and his wife Sue of Ft. Myers, FL; Judith A. Dagg of Bellingham; Michael J. Hilton and his wife Lisa of Mendon and Sandra J. Kivlehan and her husband James of Hopedale. Grandfather of Margaret Antonino and her husband Christopher; Patrick Hilton, Jessica Dagg, Christopher Dagg, Elizabeth, Sam and Jon Hilton and Carolyn and Cameron Kivlehan. He was the brother of Edith Scannell and her husband Bill of Wayland; Bob Hilton and his wife Gale of Zephyr Hills, FL, Joanie Culliton and her husband Paul of Hopkinton and the late Maynard Hilton. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Herb has been a resident of Framingham for over 55 years and was a longtime resident of Wayland. He graduated from Wayland High School with the Class of 1953. Herb served his country proudly and with honor as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. For many years prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver with Consolidated Freight. He was the President of Teamsters Local 170 Retiree’s Chapter, Worcester. Herb was an active member of the Easy Rider Snowmobile Club as well as a current Board member. He was the Past President and Easy Rider Delegate to SAM (Snow Mobile Assoc. of Mass.) and was passionate about the commitment to supporting two children with scholarships to Camp Sno-Mo, an Easter Seals Camp for children with disabilities and special needs. He was an avid sports fan and was a Patriots season ticket holder for over 20 years and enjoyed Red Sox and Bruins games with friends and family. His greatest joy was spending time with his family – including attending his grandchildren’s activities, sports and special events. Visitations will be held on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland. His funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:00 am followed by interment in the Hilton family lot in Lakeview Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that memorial donations in Herb’s memory may be made to the Local 170 Scholarship Fund, c/o Teamsters Union Local 170, 330 Southwest Cutoff, Suite 201, Worcester, MA 01609. For condolences and directions please visit

Rhoda Bayley 9/28/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Hopkinton,MA / Natick,MA / Sterling,MA / Edgartown,MA

Rhoda Noble Bayley was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1921 to the late Robert and Alma Jente Noble. During the Great Depression, the Nobles moved several times, finally settling in Winsted, Connecticut in 1936 where her father co-founded the Dano Electric Company which was to become a regional leader in the coil and cable industry in the 1940s and 1950s. Upon graduation from Winsted’s Gilbert School in 1939, Rhoda entered Syracuse University where she was a Home Economics major and proud member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. While at Syracuse, she met the love of her life, Russell Bayley of Haverhill who was a Business Administration major and an Army ROTC student there as well. Rhoda and Russell were married in 1943, the beginning of a long and happy marriage that was an inspiration to family and friends. While her husband was overseas, Rhoda worked at the Aetna Insurance Company in Hartford as a dietician. After the war they settled in Natick where they would live for 38 years, first briefly on Timber Lane then for many years on Crescent Street where they raised their four sons. They were loyal and active members of the First Congregational Church in Natick. Mrs Bayley started teaching Home Economics in the mid 1960s, and worked 20 years for the Framingham Public Schools, first at Winch Park then at Walsh Middle School. She and her husband retired in 1984 and moved to Salisbury Beach where they rebuilt their long time summer cottage to allow for year round dwelling. They loved the beach and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Daily walks on the beach to the state line and beyond were her passion. Each February Rhoda and Russ would hit the slopes at their timeshare at the Trapp Family Lodge, then spend March in Florida with her only sister and brother-in-law, Muriel and Emil Weber. Rhoda Bayley leaves her 4 devoted sons, Russell Jr of Hopkinton, Richard and his wife Janet of Edgartown, Robert and his wife Barbara of Sterling, and Roger and his fiancee Janice Kilroy Skelley of Framingham. She also leaves 6 grandchildren Lori and her husband Gilbert Adams, Beth and her husband Robert Helmer, Steven and his wife Thao Le, Daniel and his wife Kara, Matthew and his wife Melanie, and Colleen. In addition, there are 4 great grandchildren, Courtney, Mai Thy, Jack and Natalie. The services for Mrs. Bayley will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Edward Kane 9/26/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA / Newton,MA

NATICK: Edward Kane, 92, a life-long resident of Natick, died at home after a period of declining health on Wednesday, September 26th surrounded by his family. He was predeceased in 2015 by his beloved wife Irene (Khachadourian) Kane. Edward was born on December 22, 1925 to (late) Frank J. and Mary (Harvey) Kane. He was born and raised in Natick. After graduating from Natick High School, Edward enlisted in the Navy, where he served during World War II. He served aboard the U.S.S Wichita, which served in the Pacific Theater. The ship frequently provided antiaircraft defense during operations in the Central Pacific. He was aboard her, while the ship was heavily involved in the invasion of Okinawa, providing heavy gunfire support to the troops on shore. After, the Japanese surrender, Edward remained aboard while the ship continued to serve as part of the occupation force in Japan and assisted in the repatriation of American military personnel. Following his service in WWII, Edward returned to Natick, where he was a carpenter for the carpentry union. Edward even built his own home on Union Street. Edward met his wife, Irene, at Antoine’s Bakery in Natick, where his mother encouraged him to ask out the pretty French girl. They shared 41 happy years of marriage and enjoyed traveling to Florida and summers in West Yarmouth. Edward was known for his love of sports and being very friendly. He will be missed. Edward is survived by his niece Frances, Khachadourian, his nephews Timothy Kane and Edward Kane and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his siblings: Frank, Rita and Charles Kane. Visiting hours will be held in the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick, MA 01760 on Friday, September 28th from 9:00-10:45 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick’s Church, 44 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Pond Street, Natick, MA will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Edward’s name to: Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oakes Road, Waltham, MA 02452. The family has entrusted John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick, MA 01760.

Pearl Shea 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Pearl Swanson Shea, age 87, of Framingham, MA, died on September 21, 2018. Born in Ely, MN on November 21, 1930. Parents - Samuel Swanson and Eleanor Hyatt. She attended and graduated from Ely High School and Ely Junior College. Her first job was as a switchboard operator in Ely. After working as a secretary in Chicago, IL, she joined the Red Cross, working in Minneapolis and Walker, MN, before being assigned in 1952 to work as part of the Red Cross staff at Camp Chitose in Hokkaido, Japan. There she converted to Roman Catholicism and then met First Lieutenant Henry (Hank) Joseph Shea, who was returning from fighting in the Korean Conflict. On August 27, 1955, they wed at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Ely and then moved to Bay Village, Ohio. Between 1956 and 1961, Pearl gave birth to five sons. She spent the next two decades raising those sons in Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, with annual summer vacations in Ely. Between 1982 and 1986, Pearl and Hank lived in Singapore, and then in Houston, TX for four years. In 1991, they moved to Vero Beach, FL and spent each summer in Ely. Pearl and Hank were married for 50 years, until his death in 2006. Pearl was active in women’s organizations, Cub Scouts, St. Vincent DePaul, and each parish where she lived. She is survived by her sons Hank (Chris) of Tucson, AZ, Patrick (Jane), of Wilton, CT, Timothy (Eva), of Denville, NJ, Michael of Stratford, CT, and Daniel (Judy) of Natick, MA, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A memorial Mass has been held in Framingham, MA and a funeral Mass will be held in Ely, MN in early August. Pearl’s remains will be buried next to her husband, Hank, in the Ely Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Ely Area Food Shelf, P. O. Box 786, Ely, MN 55731-0786 or

Steven Lucas 9/19/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / South Yarmouth,MA / Framingham,MA

SOUTH YARMOUTH: Steven R. Lucas (Luke), 65, of South Yarmouth, formerly of Natick and Millis, MA died Wednesday, September 19th in Wareham Healthcare Center of Wareham, MA. Luke is survived by his daughter: Derri Lucas and her long-time partner David Oxton of Knox, ME; his grandchildren: Kiana Oxton and Anastasia Oxton of Knox, ME; his sister: Carole Lucas and her long-time partner Peter Cooney of South Yarmouth, MA; his brothers: Edward Lucas of Northbridge, MA; Wayne Lucas and his wife Lauren of Grafton, MA; David Lucas and his wife Jean of Watertown, MA; his ex-wife and lifelong friend; Patti Lucas and her companion Al of Belfast, ME; several aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. Luke was born on September 6, 1953 in Brookline, MA to the late Donald Lucas and Claire (Pickell) Fedrick. He attended Natick High School and enrolled in the ARMY at age 18. He earned his GED while in the service. Luke was friendly and kind, he always enjoyed talking to people and he had a great sense of humor. He was also strong willed and had a fighting spirit, always ready for the next adventure. He was compassionate towards animals and they always felt safe around him. He loved many animals throughout his life, most of all his dog Bowser and his cats Streaker and George. Luke enjoyed gambling, horse racing, casinos and traveling, especially with his mother, stepfather and Joan. He loved watching the Redsox and Patriots, playing cribbage, reading the newspaper and talking on the phone, often asking his favorite question, "What's for dinner?”, his favorite holiday being Thanksgiving! He also loved monitoring the weather with his long time friend John O’fria, aka "The Weatherman". Above all else, Luke loved his family. His family will miss hearing his voice and his signature nickname "darling" for all the ladies in his life. Luke is now in a better place and will no longer be struggling with his battle against alcoholism. Instead, he will be raising hell with his many loved ones on the other side, wherever that may be. In addition to his parents, Luke was predeceased by his life-long companion, Joan Flaherty with whom he shared many beautiful years, as well as his step-father, Marion Fedrick, who he shared a very special bond with. Luke's family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to all of the many caregivers throughout his life. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 5th in the chapel of John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street, Natick, MA 01760 from 9:00-11:15 A.M. followed by burial in Ridge Lawn Cemetery, Watertown, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Luke's name be made to: Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000 or SOAR Natick, c/o Needham Bank, 17 West Central Street, Natick, MA 01760.

Wilfred W. Nadeau, Jr. 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA

FRAMINGHAM: Wilfred W. “Junior” Nadeau, Jr., 67, died on Monday, September 17, 2018 at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham following a brief illness. He was born in Rumford, Maine on March 29, 1951 the son of the late Wilfred W. Nadeau, Sr and Frances Marion (Russell) Nadeau. Junior is survived by his wife Franny (Landry) Nadeau of Framingham. He was the father of Barbara J. Welsh of Holden, Angela N. Chin of Gardner and step-father of Jimmy Beaucage of Ashland. Brother of Patricia A. Reardon of Boston; Mary-Lou Philbrick of Bellingham; Carol E. Johnston of Medway; Brenda M. Van Houten of Northbridge; Florence R. Nadeau of Ashland; Skip Nadeau of Natick and the late Wallace W. Nadeau. Also survived by four grandchildren, six nieces and four nephews. Uncle of the late Johany M. Nadeau. He has been a resident of Framingham for many years and spent his formative years in Natick. Junior graduated from Natick High School with the Class of 1969. Prior to retiring, he was a laborer in the field of construction within the Metrowest area. Visitations will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (off Rte. 30), Wayland. Private family interment will be held at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests that memorial donations in his memory may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Charles Coudert 9/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Sherborn,MA / Natick,MA / Framingham,MA

Charles Ohmer Coudert, 87, a longtime resident of Sherborn, Massachusetts and most recently Framingham, Massachusetts, died on September 16, 2018, after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Barbara Sullivan (“Robbie”) Coudert; his parents, Anita O. Coudert and Victor R. Coudert, Sr.; his brother, Victor R. Coudert, Jr.; his sister Marie C. Curry; his brother-in-law John T. Curry, Jr.; and his sister-in-law Cheryl F. Coudert. He is survived by his brother, Rene J. Coudert of Southport, CT; sister-in-law Virginia Beach Coudert of Greenwich, CT; sister-in-law Doris LeBlanc Sullivan of Fairhaven, MA; and was a devoted uncle to his many nieces, nephews, and their families. Born in Dayton, Ohio on February 26, 1931, he grew up in Greenwich, CT where he sailed with his siblings out of Indian Harbor Yacht Club. He was a graduate of the Canterbury School (1949) and was inducted into the Canterbury Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 for football. He was deeply involved in the school, served as a Trustee, and received the Canterbury Medal in 2004 for outstanding service to Canterbury. He was a graduate of Yale University (1953) where he played football and was a member of Wolf’s Head. Following his service in the United States Navy he began his career working for the United States Foreign Service and was posted at locations around the world including: Washington, DC; India, Pakistan, Egypt, France, and the United Nations in New York. Charles and Robbie thoroughly enjoyed their postings and made lifelong friends everywhere they lived. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1991. He was a world traveler who also enjoyed sailing and horseback riding. A devout Catholic, he was a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem and for many years attended St. Theresa of Lisieux Church in Sherborn, MA where he sang in the choir. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, September 29, at 10:00 A.M., at St. Theresa of Lisieux Church, 35 South Main Street, Sherborn, MA. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canterbury School, Attn: Office of Advancement, 101 Aspetuck Avenue, New Milford, CT 06776.

Michael Brian Hughes 9/16/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Framingham,MA / Wellesley,MA / Wayland,MA / Needham,MA

Michael Brian Hughes, 74, died Sunday September 16, 2018. Son of the late Francis Hughes and Blanche Bertrand Hughes and brother of the late David F. Hughes. Michael was born in Newton and graduated from Natick High School. After graduation he attended Bentley College. He had great admiration of the outdoors including hiking and climbing. He has climbed Mount Washington as well as Mount Everest. A good camping trip partnered with Formula One Car Racing event was also one of his biggest passions. Photography and automotive mechanics were also favorite pastimes. He was a parts specialist for Charles River Saab in Watertown, MA until retirement 2010. Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 52yrs Marie Frances Hughes, sons: Curtis and his wife Jessica Hughes and Richard Hughes, daughters: Faete and her husband Paul Grant and Kimberly Ruiz; his brother: Paul Hughes and his wife Ginger, his sisters in laws: Elizabeth O’Leary and Ruth Hughes, his grand-daughter: Alexandra and an expected grandson arriving in the coming weeks, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. He also leaves a special friend of 38 years Bill W. The family would like to thank the staff at Newton Wellesley Alzheimers Center for the excellent care Michael received from Eugenia, Kim, Ashley, and Kathleen. Additional thanks to the staff at Constellation Hospice for their services. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday September 21, at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of John Everett and Sons Funeral Home 4 Park Street, at Natick Common. Please bring a memory to share about Michael for the service. Visiting hours will be held Friday morning prior to service 9:00 A.M. -10:45 A.M. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Research 225 N. Michigan Ave Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601. The family also requests for people to perform Random Acts of Kindness in Michaels honor.

Laurie Chiacchia 9/14/2018 12:00:00 AM Framingham,MA / Natick,MA

Laurie Ann Chiacchia, 60, passed away on September 14, 2018 after a difficult battle with cancer with her loving family at her side. She was the loving daughter of the late Richard F. Chiacchia and aunt of the late John Rocco Franciose, Jr. Laurie was born in Framingham, MA and moved to Natick, MA when she was a young preteen. She spent her whole life tirelessly “giving” to others. The word “Angel” isn’t strong enough to describe how unselfish and loving she really was. Her beautiful and kind spirit radiated light and she was and will always be a brilliant star. Always being the first person in line to help someone in need, Laurie never asked for anything in return. She helped so many people along the way. Her beautiful smile, infectious laugh and her wonderful sense of humor brought such a warm presence everywhere she was. She was an extraordinary and talented manicurist and worked for Phillip DePalma for years, and excelled at her craft. She was an amazing cook and baker and loved to travel to Aruba every year with her beloved Warren. The two spoke about moving there one day. They loved the island and had made many friends over the last 30 years of traveling there. Laurie will be always be remembered as being a sweet, caring and magnificent person whose greatest passion included her family and Warren, and helping others. She was an “angel on Earth” and will continue in Heaven. We have truly lost one of the best. Laurie is survived by her life partner and soulmate, Warren P. Donnelly of Framingham, her mother Lorraine Chiacchia of Natick, her six siblings: Patrick Chiacchia of Milford, Thomas Chiacchia and his wife Donna of Whitinsville, Linda Balboni and her husband Robert of Franklin, Pamela Chiacchia and partner Robert Sullivan of Mansfield, Paula Franciose of Natick and Marcia Marinelli of Bellingham. She also leaves behind her treasured nephews and nieces: including her Godson, Tiler Balboni of Framingham, Briana Balboni of Canton, Olivia Chiacchia of Milford, Dante Chiacchia of Milford and Timari Marinelli of Franklin. At Laurie’s request “A Celebration of Life” gathering will be held at a future date with her family and closest friends. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Violet Steed 9/12/2018 12:00:00 AM Natick,MA / Weston,MA / Wellesley,MA / Framingham,MA / Wayland,MA

Violet Lee Allen Steed was born February 25, 1923 in Jiba, Texas. She graduated from Terrell High School, and worked in a variety of settings as a young woman, ranging from the farm she grew up on in Texas to the United States Navy in Washington D.C. Her life was characterized by service, family, and joy. She met her husband Paul on a blind date. The two of them raised their daughter Jane in Dallas, eventually having five grandchildren. She visited her family often as her grandchildren grew up, spending every holiday and summer with them in Natick, in Cape Cod, and at their lake house on Lake Winnipesaukee. Violet was committed to serving others in her community and beyond. She knitted over 1,000 pairs of slippers for men living in shelters in Dallas and Boston, and made hundreds of layettes for underprivileged newborns at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. A charter member of First Community Church in Dallas, Texas, Violet always had a collection of special coins with angels on them, which she gave to every service member she ran into. She had adventures around the globe, traveling to dozens of countries with her husband. But she was also known for creating an adventure or two closer to home. During a thunderstorm, it was not uncommon to find Violet walking alone on the beach, without an umbrella, embracing the rain. One of Violet’s greatest lessons, which she imparted to everyone she met, was that life is something to be enjoyed and celebrated. She was always ready to pop open a bottle of champagne, to take a trip to the casino, and to assume her role in the family as “the life of the party.” She was well known for her medical advice: anything that ails you can be fixed with a bit of brandy. Above all, Violet loved her family, and in particular, her grandchildren. She talked to them on a daily basis on the phone, and her refrigerator was always adorned with their artwork, even in her final days. She will be sorely missed. Violet is survived by her daughter Jane and son-in-law Jim, and her grandchildren Ashley and Frederic, Jessica and Christopher, Clayton, Kelsey, and Colton?. Her family would like to express gratitude to Good Shepherd Community Care and her caregivers Joseph, Lisa, Sauda, Liz, Julian, and Carline. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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