An Obituary: Joan Locke Pfeiffer

Joan Locke Pfeiffer passed away on January 7, 2021.  Mrs. Pfeiffer moved to Bedford with her husband Donald W. Pfeiffer who later served as Bedford’s Town Accountant and Town Clerk in the 1950s. They became founding members of the First Baptist Church.

An Obituary: Barbara Russo Hawkes

Barbara Russo Hawkes passed away on Jan. 3, 2021. A competitive skater as a young woman, Mrs. Hawkes will be remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother with a particular knack for gardening and embroidery.

An Obituary: Christopher R. Johnson

Christopher R. Johnson passed away on January 3, 2021.  Mr. Johnson retired as manager of Bedford’s Stop and Shop supermarket.

An Obituary: Walter M. Weinfurt

Walter M. Weinfurt passed away on Jan. 2,  2021. Mr. Weinfurt retired as Director of Contracts at Raytheon Corporation after a 42-year career. He served as a lector, eucharistic minister, a religious education instructor, and a member of the finance committee at St. Michael Parish.

An Obituary: Frank M. Limoncelli

Frank M. Limoncelli passed away on January 5, 2021.  Mr, Limoncelli retired as Classified Advertising Manager at the Boston Globe after a 40-year career, starting as a messenger at the Globe as a student; he was immensely proud of the paper and its quality journalism. In his second career, Mr. Limoncelli was a longstanding professor of Oral Communications at Bunker Hill Community College.

An Obituary: Virginia Stoner Hill

Virginia Stoner Hill  passed away on December 7, 2020. A choral conductor, one of Mrs. Hill’s favorite times was as a nursery school teacher where she combined her love of music and young children; she was also an avid gardener who loved traveling.

Funeral services were private.

An Obituary: Barry Seidman

Barry Seidman, retired U.S. Air Force major and a familiar businessman near the MIT campus, has passed away. After graduation from Boston University where he was a member of the Arnold Air Society ROTC, he enlisted in the Air Force as a pilot in training, earning a Silver Star for Bravery in the Vietnam War. Until his retirement in 1982, Mr. Seidman served the Strategic Air Command at Portsmouth, NH, at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, and the Pentagon.  He was a member of the Bedford Jewish Community and Temple Emunah.

An Appreciation: Dorothy Carter Ahearn

“Every night after dinner, we would dry the dishes as mom washed,” recalled the three children of Dorothy C. Ahearn. And there was musical accompaniment. “She let us take turns in picking records to play, and she loved The Beatles!”

They thought of that as being a “cool mom,” and she was. But there also was a cultural connection – Mrs. Ahearn volunteered for the Red Cross during World War II, serving not only in England but also in Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge when she was 26.

Mrs. Ahearn, who died on Nov. 30 at the age of 102, was a Bedford Renaissance woman for three generations. She loved to read almost any book but mastered computer technology. She supported nascent enterprises, like the reconstituted colonial Minutemen, local public transportation, and the Minuteman Library Network.

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.