An Obituary: Jane Cole Sutcliffe

Jane Cole Sutcliffe passed away on January 27, 2020, in Burlington Township, NJ. Mrs. Sutcliffe moved to Fletcher Road as a 5-year-old in 1927, living in the house built by her grandfather—and Town tinsmith—Quincy Cole. She came back to visit the house often, getting to know current residents.  More recently, Mrs. Sutcliffe returned to her childhood home and presented what her grandfather believed was Bedford’s Post Cane,  to the Bedford Historical Society.

An Obituary: Caro Lin Little

Caro Lin Little passed away on November 13, 2020, in St. Petersburg, FL.  Mrs. Little was open, generous, and kind, committed to her grandchildren, her gardens, and to the care and attention of the many horses and dogs who were also part of her life.

An Obituary: Loretta M. McKie

Loretta M. McKie passed away in Denver, NC on November 28, 2020. Ms. McKie grew up in Bedford and graduated from Bedford High School. In her youth, she enjoyed running and was a member of the ski

An Obituary: Ann Thoron Hale

Ann Thoron Hale passed away on November 25, 2020.  A resident of Carleton-Willard Village since 2012, Mrs. Hale’s ‘true home’ was Martha’s Vineyard. She spent summers on the Vineyard as a teenager and lived there year-round for 10 years before coming to Bedford. She will be remembered for her steady leadership on the board of Seven Gates Farm.

An Obituary: Dr. Eugene J. Isotti

Dr. Eugene J. Isotti passed away on December 2, 2020. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Isotti was a long-time member and chairman of the Department of Psychology at Emmanuel College where he retired as Professor Emeritus. In Bedford, he was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the choir at St. Michael Parish.

An Obituary: SSgt. Alan J. Rooney, USMC

SSgt. Alan J. Rooney, USMC,  passed away on November 20, 2020. SSgt. Rooney joined the U.S. Marine Corps out of Bedford High School in 2011 and spent the rest of his life as a Staff Sergeant and Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician in the US Marine Corps. He knew he wanted to become a Marine after 9/11, and starting training on Saturdays to prepare for boot camp. He loved being able to protect his country and was honored to serve in Afghanistan. After 10 years as a Marine, he looked forward to a future career as a firefighter so that he could continue serving the communities and people around him.

An Obituary: Deborah Throop Leighton

Deborah Throop Leighton passed away on November 23, 2020.  A resident of Carleton-Willard Village, Mrs. Leighton pursued community and friendship through a career as a professional volunteer in local and national campaigns, and later with WGBH, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Beacon Hill Village.

An Obituary: Lidiya Amirzadov

Lidiya Amirzadov passed away on November 22, 2020.  Mrs. Amirzdov received her degree in French and German Education Gertsen State Pedagogical University in Leningrad; in the late 1980s, she and her husband came to the US, eventually settling in Bedford. She had a passion for travel throughout Europe, relaxing on the island of St. Martin, fishing, and foraging for mushrooms.

An Obituary: Arlene DeVincent Manzelli

Arlene DeVincent Manzelli passed away on November 13, 2020.  Mrs. Manzelli was a woman with many talents and incredible resolve.  She enjoyed puzzles of any kind and loved new technology. A registered nurse, Mrs. Manzelli moved from patient care to the emerging field of Information Technology at Meditech, as well as Symmes and Youville hospitals. Among her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

An Appreciation: Jim O’Neil

Kyle Anderson’s last memory of his Clark Road neighbor Jim O’Neil was, typically, of a small act of kindness. On November 9, “he rolled the recycling and trash bins from the street to the garage of a neighbor who lives alone.”

Mr. O’Neil, 81, who died unexpectedly on November 10, “was a special man with a special place in Bedford history,” Anderson declared. “He cared deeply for his family, neighbors, and the Town of Bedford.”

Other friends, neighbors, and government leaders agreed.

An Obituary: Leonora G. Jarvis

Leonora G. Jarvis of Bedford, formerly of Carlisle and Burlington, passed away on November 12, 2020.  A wife and mother, as well as an enthusiastic member of the Lithuanian parish of St. Peter’s, South Boston; St. Timothy’s in Westwood; St. George’s in Norwood; and St. Irene’s in Carlisle, Mrs. Jarvis taught elementary school in Washington, D.C; Boston; Waltham; Westwood; and Dover, Massachusetts.

An Obituary: James A. O’Neil

James A. O’Neil passed away on November 10, 2020.

A resident of Bedford since 1967, Mr. O’Neil served on the Town’s Capital Expenditure and School Building Needs committees but maintained an ardent unofficial interest in many other committees.

An Obituary: Evelyn ‘Evy’ Pearl Saulich

Evelyn ‘Evy’ Pearl Saulich of Bedford passed away on November 1, 2020. Her career spanned decades, culminating with a position at Middlesex Community College where she worked for over 20 years with students in Disability Services. Mrs. Saulich touched so many lives and had a positive impact on each and every person who was fortunate enough to know her.

An Obituary: Ernst Ulrich

Ernst Ulrich passed away on October 30, 2020. Mr. Ulrich came to the United States from Germany in the 1950s as a visitor. He obtained an immigration visa, went on to serve in the US Army, completed his mathematics degree at UCLA, and became a computer engineer. The Ulrich family moved to Bedford in the 1960s when Mr. Ulrich began his career at Digital Equipment Company. One of the ‘tennis buddies of Bedford,’ he and his late wife were doubles partners who played at Wedgewood and the Bedford Glen Hotel.

An Obituary: Joan McNaught

Joan McNaught passed away on October 24, 2020.  A Bedford resident since 1937, Ms. McNaught lived in her family home until her death. After college, she joined Lincoln Labs and moved to MITRE Corporation as part of the SAGE team. Ms. McNaught became one of MITRE Corporation’s earliest employees and their first woman department manager. She retired in 1991 as MITRE’s Manager of Information Services. There were always dogs in her life: She bred several English Cocker Spaniel champions as well as raising other champions as a member of the Ladies Dog Club.

An Obituary: Edward Guerrant Spencer, Sr.

Edward Guerrant Spencer, Sr.  passed away on October 9, 2020 at age 100. A resident of Carleton-Willard Village, Mr. Spencer was a physicist who worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory and in the Solid State Division at Bell Laboratories, NJ

An Obituary: Georgia Mills Huenefeld

Georgia Mills Huenefeld passed away on October 22, 2020.  A long-time resident of Bedford, Mrs. Huenefeld worked for the Lexington Travel Bureau, founded Mills & Sanderson Publishers, and after retirement was an eager participant in Elder Hostel trips around the world. Following cremation and a private service, her ashes will be interred in the First Parish Memorial Garden, among those of her husband. Click this link to read Mrs. Huenefeld’s full announcement.