Virginia A. “Ginny” Ehlers, of Melrose, died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on Oct. 13, 2016 at the age of 70. Ginny was born in East Boston and raised in Belmont. She was a graduate of Belmont High School, Class of 1956, and went on to graduate Secretarial School. Ginny resided in Melrose for 48 years and loved to spend her time with her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, going to antique stores and making quilts for family members. Ginny collected stamps, coins and anything Victorian. She was the beloved wife of Thomas E. Ehlers for 50 years. Loving mother of Thomas J. Ehlers of Salem, Daniel E. Ehlers and his wife Toni of Saugus, and Melissa L. Ehlers of Melrose. Cherished grandmother of Alexzandria, Christopher, Laura, Alyssa, Emily and Samantha. Caring sister of Earl McBride of Boston, Kenneth McBride and his wife Jeanne of Framingham, Patricia Galvin and her husband Brian of Belmont and Marybeth McBride of Beverly. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
William R. “Bill” Martin passed away at Lahey Hospital in Burlington on October 26, 2015. He was 69 years of age. Bill was born and raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School, Class of 1964. Mr. Martin was a longtime resident of Melrose and has lived in Wakefield the past 32 years. He later decided to continue his education and graduated from Springfield College in 1989.
Bill followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the police force. He started out in Wakefield and then as a police officer in Melrose for 28 years, retiring in 2001. Mr. Martin loved and was most proud of being the D.A.R.E Officer for many years in Melrose, helping numerous children in the Melrose Community. Bill loved all aspects of baseball; watching, playing, managing, coaching, and umpiring for many years. He coached many years for Melrose Babe Ruth, as well as managed the Senior Babe Ruth 16-18 year old travel team. Mr. Martin played fast pitch softball for the Hobo’s of Stoneham, the Nelson Bakery, and the CDI Melrose Mets. He also played slow pitch softball with the Melrose Elks, Melrose Police Softball Team, the Stoneham Police Softball Team and the Chelsea Police Softball Team. Bill was also an avid golfer and a 6 handicap player, he was a member of the Thompson Country Club in North Reading, Perry Hollow in NH; where he was senior club champion and also enjoyed playing at MT. Hood Golf Course in Melrose. He was a member of the Melrose Elks, the Wakefield Elks and the Knights of Columbus in Melrose.
Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife Norma to Canada, Oregon, Mexico and especially like taking trips to Florida to golf. Mr. Martin was the Beloved husband of Norma J. (Callis) Martin. Caring father of Bethany L. Martin of SC. Devoted brother of Martha J. Fantasia & her husband John of Farmington, NH and the late Warren F. Martin. Loving son of the late Joseph “Pesty” & Mary “Kishie” (Daniels) Martin. Cherished uncle of Daniel J. “DJ” Fantasia and Maryann Anderson. Cherished great uncle of Sandra, Samantha & Zachary Fantasia and Jonathan “JD” and Nathan Anderson. Loving Godfather of Derek Bowers. He will also be missed by the extended family he married into.
Kenneth S. Rivers
Rivers, of Punta Gorda, Fla., formerly of Melrose, died at the Tidewell Hospice on Port Charlotte, Fla. on Sept. 17 at the age of 88.
Ken was born and raised in Everett and a graduate of Northeastern University. He resided in Melrose for over 30 years and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He was a Melrose Police Officer for 35 years, an Emergency Medical Technian and was involved with the State Police Training School & Criminal Justice Training Program. Ken was also member of V.F.W. Norman Prince Post, American Legion and the Moose Lodge for many years.
He was the beloved husband of 64 years to the late Elizabeth Burns-Rivers. Fiancée of Elizabeth Sheilder of Punta Gorda, Fla. Caring brother of Arthur Rivers of Malden. Dea
r friend of Pauline and Edward Davin of Fla. Gloria Ward (like a daughter to Ken) of Saugus. Uncle of David Rivers of Ariz., Chris Rivers & his wife Jane Rivers of Ala., Ruthann Rivers of Fla. and Charles Rivers, Jr., and his wife Dorothy. Brother-in-law of Nancy Weymouth of Malden, Phyllis Amato of Melrose, Earl and Claire Strange of Everett.
Joseph A. Leary
Joe was born in Somerville on April 12, 1923 a son of the late Michael J. Leary and Agnes (Vogel) Leary. He grew up in Malden where he was educated at the Cheverus School and graduated from Malden High School in 1942. He enlisted into the United States Army on June 14, 1943 and served his country faithfully and with courage during World War II. He was honorably discharged on February 14, 1946 with the rank of Tec 5. Joe was sworn in as a Melrose Police Officer on October 1, 1951 and retired on January 26, 1988 after 36 years of dedicated service in law enforcement to the City of Melrose. He enjoyed bowling, attending Saturday night dances with his beloved wife and most of all he cherished the love and quality time he was able to spend with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joe was an avid Boston sports fan and loved watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.
Joe was the beloved husband of 69 years to the late Jewell A. (Booth) Leary who passed away on December 6, 2014. He is the devoted father of Janis Mastrorillo and her husband Roger of Melrose, Stephen Leary of Wakefield and the late Michael Leary. He is the loving Grampy to 9 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is the beloved brother of Mary Kwitkowski of Chelsea and the late Winifred Nugent, Sr. Louise Leary and Barbara Goldsmith. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.