An Obituary: Ida Palmeri Smith

Ida Palmeri Smith passed away on May 21, 2020, in Florida. Mrs. Smith was born in Bedford in 1922 and graduated from Lexington High School before Bedford schools went through Senior year. She worked for the Veterans Administration for 30 years and was a member of St. Michael Parish.

An Obituary: Nancy J. Hoeflich

Nancy J. Hoeflich passed away on May 28, 2020. Ms. Hoeflich was active in the Bedford Council on Aging during her years at Carleton-Willard Village, and with Mass Audubon and the Trinitarian Congregational Church when she lived in Concord. She shared her passion for science and nature in the Arlington Public Schools before her retirement.

An Obituary: Ruth H. McLaughlin

Ruth H. McLaughlin passed away on May 7, 2020. Mrs. McLaughlin was a resident of Carleton-Willard Village where she always had a beautiful smile for everyone who approached her.

An Obituary: Joan Fitzpatrick Dutra

Joan Fitzpatrick Dutra passed away on May 16, 2020. Mrs. Dutra was a Bedford resident since the early 1960s. She was a member of St. Michael’s parish who enjoyed reading and going out dancing every Saturday night.

An Obituary: Walter E. Pedroli

Walter D. Pedroli passed away on May 16, 2020. Formerly a Lexington resident, Mr. Pedroli more recently lived at Carleton-Willard Village. A World War II veteran, he was instrumental in the design and production of the Polaroid camera and film with a registered patent for use in conjunction with an exposed roll of self-developing film.

An Obituary: Steven Craig Schoorens

Steven Craig Schoorens passed away on May 17, 2020. A 1980 graduate of Bedford High School, Mr. Schoorens worked for R.R.Donnelly in Bedford for 35 years. He held a Black Belt in Karate and enjoyed skiing, skating, camping, doing projects around the home and yard, and taking walks along the beach and through the woods with his family.

An Obituary: Barbara Robleski Bennett

Barbara Robleski Bennett passed away on May 15, 2020. A former Bedford resident, Mrs. Bennett moved to Bedford in 1966. She was a nurse at Union Hospital in Lynn and ended her career at the Fernald School in Waltham 25 years later.

An Obituary: Robert Baxter Pillsbury

Robert Baxter Pillsbury passed away in Bedford at age 93on May 12, 2020. A psychotherapist, Mr. Pillsbury joined the New Black Eagle Jazz Band as the group’s pianist in late 1971.

An Obituary: Louis Ira Cooper

Louis Ira Cooper passed away on May 2, 2020. A resident of Carleton-Willard Village, Mr. Cooper’s diverse interests, from photography to billiards, brought him joy that he shared with others through a cheerful ‘Hello!’ a hug, or a parting ‘Luvya!’

An Obituary: James R. Kohm

James R. Kohn passed away on May 2, 2020. loved Bedford and volunteered in many capacities for the recreation department as a coach and referee for basketball and an umpire for baseball. He loved refereeing basketball so much that he became an IAABO official and worked high school games until he was 75. He was honored to be selected to referee the Dual County League All-Star Game. Jim also was an avid tennis player. He was a member of Wedgewood Swim & Tennis Club and was very proud to have won the doubles tournament one summer.

An Obituary: Mary Holt Hastings

Mary Holt Hastings passed away on April 26, 2020, just a month before her 105th birthday. Born in Wyoming, she last visited the Big Horn Mountains at age 99 and enjoyed several short hikes around a family cabin at 8,000 feet. Mrs. Hastings was a 28-year resident of Carleton-Willard Village. While there will be no calling hours due to current social distancing requirements, online remembrances may be shared at the Bedford Funeral Home’s website, Services will be private with burial in a family plot in Wyoming.

An Obituary: Paul Lund

Paul Lund passed away on April 29, 2020. A long-time resident and active member of First Church of Christ, Congregational, Mr. Lund served his country in the U.S. Air Force and then worked as a correctional officer at Norfolk County Prison before retiring in 1985. An active Mason, Mr. Lund served as a Master of the Frank W. Thompson Lodge and serving as Chaplain for several other Lodges.

An Obituary: Charles E. Webster

Charles E. Webster passed away on April 23, 2020. Mr. Webster inspired others through his life-long commitment to helping people and making the world a better place, such as volunteering to build houses for Habitat for Humanity or to develop bike trails for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.  He was the Scout Master for Bedford Troop #191 for several years.

An Appreciation: Lisa Marino Hafer

Writing a tribute to Lisa is like trying to trap sunlight in a bottle.  How in the world could I do her justice? It’s impossible to say what she meant to each and every one of us, but I hope I captured the essence of how extraordinary this woman was.

Lisa loved writing thank-you notes and sending cards, making candied pecans, eating salads, wearing chunky necklaces, volunteering for EVERYTHING, running, walking (very fast), pushups and burpees, her friends, and commenting on every friend’s Facebook post – not just liking – but commenting. 

An Obituary: Martha E. Smith

Martha E. Smith passed away on April 17, 2020. Mrs. Smith was a tireless and loyal public servant of U.S. veterans, working in Decedent Affairs at the E.N. Rodgers Memorial V.A. Hospital in Bedford for many years. She was a volunteer for “No Veteran Dies Alone” amongst other numerous programs she started and participated in for veterans in the V.A. system.