Obituaries 09-20-2012

Maureen Gould

Of the South End, Formerly of Charlestown

Maureen R. (Sweeney) Gould of the South End of Boston, formerly of Charlestown, died on September 14.

She was the beloved mother of Eric Gould of Malden and Leslie Gould of Winthrop; devoted friend of Richard Dole of Charlestown; sister of Katherine Ronan of Brookline, Edward Sweeney and Timothy Sweeney, both of Boston, Helen Hollien of New Bedford and Kevin Sweeney of Boston and is also survived by three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Christine Rowsell

Of New Hampshire, Formerly of Charlestown

Christine (Russell) Rowsell of Enfield, NH, formerly of Charlestown, died on September 11

She was the beloved wife of Robert Rowsell; devoted mother of Stephen Rowsell of Enfield, NH; loving sister of Frederick W. Russell, Stephen Russell and his wife, Lisa, all of Medford and Helen Russell of California. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Alan Bekkenhuis

Stoneham Resident

Alan J. Bekkenhuis of Stoneham died on September 16. He was 64 years old.

He was the devoted husband of Janice (Irgens) Bekkenhuis; devoted father of Allan Bekkenhuis and his wife, Stephanie, Daniel Bekkenhuis and his wife, Danielle, Lisa Bekkenhuis, Katie Bekkenhuis, Brian Ludemann and his wife, Briana; beloved grandfather of Ashley, Danny, Alex, Shaun, Aidan and Brady; brother of Jack, Wayne, Paul, Larry and Stephen Bekkenhuis and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. Please honor Alan by making donations in his memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, by visiting: www.woundedwarrior To send a memorial condolence,

Frances Campbell

Charlestown Resident

Frances P. “Fran” (Walsh) Campbell of Charlestown died recently. She was 79 years old.

The beloved wife of the late John C. Campbell, she was the devoted mother of John Campbell, Doreen LaGrega, Stephen Campbell, Daniel Campbell and the late Edward Campbell Sr.; loving sister of Irene Reeder, Anna Didomenico, Veronica Boyden and the late Edward McGonagle, Catherine Powers and David McGonagle and loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Services were private.

Robert Black, Sr.

Retired Truck Driver, Formerly of Charlestown and Chelsea

Robert G. Black, Sr., died on September 16 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers.  He was 83 years old.

Born in Buffalo, NY, he was the beloved son of the late William and Maude (Robbins) Black.  As a young boy he grew up in Keene NH and Charlestown where he received much of his early education.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1947,  was honorably discharged and worked as a professional truck driver as a member of Teamsters local 25.  He drove a truck for Scanlan Scaffolding and Construction Company for most of his career.

He retired in the early 1980’s and settled in Chelsea about that same time.  A resident of Chelsea for 20 years, he relocated once more to Salem where he resided with his step daughter for the past 10 years. He was preceded in death by his beloved companion Alice Manning, his first wife Priscilla Bodkin, his infant child William Black, a sister Diane Galvin and a brother William Black.

He is survived by his children and their spouses;  Pamela Black, Jean and Craig Barton, all of Malden,  Robert Black Jr. of Everett, Daniel and Elena Black of East Boston; his step daughter, Diane Buckley and her husband, Robert of Salem; two brothers, Wayne Black of Charlestown and John Black of Minnesota.   He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

His Funeral will begin from the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Ave., Chelsea today, Thursday September 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., “Soldiers Home” Chelsea at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.   For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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