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February 18, 2018

William F. “Bill” Tracchia 83, of Peabody, loving husband of Alice H. (Connelly) Tracchia, passed away at Care One in Peabody on Sunday, February 18, 2018 with his family at his side.

Bill was born in Peabody on September 12, 1934, son of the late Philip and Mary (Russell) Tracchia. Raised and educated in Peabody he graduated from Peabody High School and was a lifelong resident.

Bill was employed by the City of Peabody as a heavy equipment operator a position he held until his retirement. His biggest joy in life were his family and later on he enjoyed spending time with his 5 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters.

Bill relished celebrating his Irish heritage and traveled to Ireland 7 times. He loved cooking, and a favorite of the family was his grandmother’s ravioli recipe. He enjoyed woodworking and built a cherished family grandfather clock.

In addition to his wife Alice with whom he shared 60 years of marriage, he is survived by his children and their spouse, Dianne Dumas and her partner Michael Provencher, Patricia A. and James Dumas, and William F. Tracchia Jr. and Julie Tracchia, all of Peabody; his cherished grandchildren, Kevin Dumas and his wife Bethany, Patrick Dumas, Michelle Dumas, William Tracchia, and Nicholas Tracchia, 2 great granddaughters, Olivia and Charlotte Dumas, 3 sisters-in-law, Dorothy Little of Salem, Kathleen Connelly of Peabody and -Lorraine Connelly of Plum Island, and many special nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by 3 brothers Quintin, Phil and Barry Tracchia and 2 brothers-in-law Daniel Connelly and Phil Little.

The family would also like to express their heart felt gratitude to the caring staff at Care One.

His family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday, February 21st from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at 82 Lynn St., Peabody. His funeral will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the funeral home followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 16 Church St., Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made to Care One patient activities, 199 Andover Street., Peabody, MA 01960. Burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Please visit for directions, online obituary and memorial guest book.


Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Alice Tracchia
18 Ruth Ave
Peabody, MA 01960 

Dianne Dumas
15 MacArthur Circle
Peabody, MA 01960 

Dorothy (Dottie) Little
61 Memorial Dr
Salem, MA 01970


January 29, 2018

Elaine Ryan Lander, 74, of Liberty Park, passed away peacefully at home with her family Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.

She was predeceased by her parents, Dr. Roswell Oliver and Mary Catherine Woods and her son, David Ross Ryan. She is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Warren Lander, their daughter, Karen Ryan, their grandsons, John and Andrew Kaligandis, her brother, Robert Woods and her sister, Catherine Hopp.

Elaine was a warm, kind and giving person. She contributed so much to her family, her friends and her community. From bringing therapy pets to visit residents in the nursing home to volunteering with Special Olympics to working with Habitat for Humanity. She was deeply committed to her family, with an especially close bond with her grandsons. She worked for many years in customer service at Verizon and then went on to become a Master Gardener. She enjoyed playing cards and socializing with her friends in The Villages.

Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 3, 2018


January 20, 2018

James E. Coppola, of Marblehead passed away peacefully on January 20 at the age of 94. He was the loving husband for 68 years to Lucy (Leonardi) Coppola. The son of the late Joseph and Frances Coppola, he was born in Chelsea and raised in Revere. After receiving his degree from Boston University, Mr. Coppola served as a sergeant in the US Army during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. After the War he obtained his law degree from Boston University and established a successful law practice working into his 90th year. Mr. Coppola was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Marblehead and the Knights of Columbus. He contributed his time and energy to many Church committees and functions. He loved playing cards, bowling, ocean liner cruises, the Red Sox, and the Patriots, and the warm climate of Sarasota, Florida, where he and his wife shared a winter home for twenty-five years. Most of all he loved the company of his wife and large family. He was a devoted father to his children: James Jr. and his wife Janet Coppola of Marblehead, Joseph (Nancy) of LaCrosse, WI, Rosemary (Edmund) of Holliston, and Thomas (Janine) of Salem, to his seventeen grandchildren: John, Lauren (Thomas), David (Elizabeth), Leah, Daniel (Kathryn), Elizabeth, James, Matthew, Peter, Anna, Colleen (Philip), Claire, James, Lucie, Angela, Samantha, and Roseanna, and to his seven great grandchildren: Emily, John, Meghan, Molly, Dennis, Hazel, and Thomas.
His Funeral will be held on Thursday at 10am from the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME 67 OCEAN STREET (RTE1A), LYNN, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11am in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Marblehead. Burial will follow in Star of the Sea Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Wednesday 3:00pm-7:00pm. Donations may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish, 85 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945 and to the Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:
Janet Scherger Coppola
212 Ocean Ave
Marblehead, MA 01945


January 15, 2018

We just learned that Steve Pressley's  Mom, Florence May (Williams) Pressley, died on January 15, 2018 at the age of 90 years in Philadelphia. She was the mother of 8 children and was pre-deceased by her husband.  Our sympathy to Steve and his family. May she rest in peace.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to:

Steve Pressley
11 Davis Road Apt #C-9
Acton, MA 01720


January 8, 2018

Catherine (Donnelly) Marchocki, age 92, of Lynn, died Monday in Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Barnislaw “Barnie” Marchocki and daughter of the late John M. and Winnifred (O’Brien) Donnelly. Born and raised in Boston, she was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. She had lived in Lynn for many years. 
Catherine had worked as an operator for AT&T for many years until her retirement. Prior to that she had worked at American Optical. 
She was an avid reader and enjoyed history and keeping up with current events. She loved to knit and crochet and listen to the radio. She and her late husband enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii. She was family oriented and enjoyed spending time with the three generations of her family. 
She is survived by her sister, Mary W. T. Donnelly of Lynn; her brother, John M. Donnelly of North Attleboro; as well as many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the sister of the late James, Thomas, Joseph, Robert, and William Donnelly. 
Her funeral will be held on Friday at 11AM in Sacred Heart Church, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visitation will be in the church on Friday from 10AM-11am, prior to the mass. Burial in Hull, MA will be private. Those who prefer may make donations to St. Vincent DePaul Society Sacred Heart Parish 571 Boston Street Lynn, MA 01905. Arrangements by the SOLIMINE FUNERAL HOME, Lynn. 
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: 
Mary Donnelly 
42 Catalina Rd 
Lynn, MA 01905