An Obituary: Rhonda Michele Pattelena

Rhonda Michele Pattelena passed away on March 26, 2021.  A graduate of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, Rhonda went for her Medical Assistant Certificate at Lincoln Technical Institute and was a nursing assistant in urgent care. Rhonda had the biggest heart and could walk into any room and light it up. She was loved by so many people and she touched so many hearts.

An Obituary: John S. Fichera

John S. Fichera passed away on March 26, 2021. Mr. Fichera was a beloved fifth grade teacher in the Bedford Schools whose favorite quote was “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the car I drove, but the world might be different because I was important in the life of a child.”   A snowbird, Mr. Fichera died in Florida; he also maintained a home on the North Shore where he was a volunteer at the Plum Island Reservation.

Candlelight Vigils for Rhonda Pattelena

Angela Patch, Melissa Maria, and Ashley Caiazzo have organized a candlelight vigil in memory of Rhonda Pattelena, the Bedford woman who was murdered on Short Sands, Beach in York, Maine.

The vigil will be held this Friday, April 2  at 7:15 p.m. It will be live-streamed so that it can be viewed during a local vigil on Bedford Common, and by those at home.

An Obituary: Nancy Sterling Lundquist

Nancy Sterling Lundquist passed away on March 19, 2021. Recently of Kearsarge, NH, Mrs. Lundquist was a long-time Bedford resident where she was a member of First Church of Christ Congregational, Wedgewood Swim and Tennis Club, the Bedford Garden Club, and the Gourmet Club.

An Appreciation: Don Blake

Published with thanks to the Charles River Wheelmen and The WheelPeople editors

Don Blake was perhaps the longest-serving of the Charles River Wheelmen cycling club: he was club treasurer from 1972 until 2011, close to 40 years. Don passed away on February 15, 2021, at age 89. We extend our condolences to his friends and family and share memories from Bedford members and others who remember Don.

An Obituary: Carol Hermann Wallace

Carol Hermann Wallace passed away on February 21, 2021, at age 96. A resident of Bedford for more than 25 years, Mrs. Wallace earned her PhD in Chemistry in just three years, at age 24. She was a self-deprecating person who did not stand on formality; her own children had no idea she had a Ph.D. until the mid-60’s when they happened upon a piece of mail addressed to “Dr. Carol.”

An Obituary: Donald G. Blake

Donald G. Blake passed away on February 15, 2021.  A resident of Bedford for more than 60 years, Mr. Blake was a longtime communicant of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a volunteer for many church projects, providing administrative support for the Monthly Epistle and serving as a cashier at the snack table at the annual Advent Fair. He also enjoyed having breakfast with the Men’s Group and walking his dogs. An avid cyclist his entire life, he was Treasurer of the Charles River Wheelers and a supporter of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.