Obituaries were reported for Lee Ryberg, 74, of Wrentham, Doris Doucette, 74, of Mashpee, Robert Gimler, 59, of Mansfield, Peggy Holfelder, 80, of Franklin, and Margaret Fawcett, 86, of Smithfield, R.I.
Lee Ryberg, 74
WRENTHAM - Lee Ander Ryberg, 74, of Wrentham, and formerly of Holliston, and Norwood, died on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008 at the New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. He was the beloved husband of 30 years to Muriel Wellington.
Born in Galveston, Texas on Aug. 11, 1934, he was the dear son of the late Frederick and Geraldine (Holland) Ryberg.
A graduate of Ball High School in Galveston, he had also attended the University of Houston.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his nation during the Korean War while stationed in Panama.
Always interested in computers, he was a systems analyst, and owner of Red Rock Systems. He had started the company in 1983 and retired in 1993. He had done computer work as a software analyst for the Humble Oil Company in Houston, and for various other firms in California, Florida, New York City, and Boston. While in Boston he had been employed by the accounting firm of Touche Ross.
An avid sports fan, he loved the New England Patriots, and he very much enjoyed a good round of golf.
In addition to his loving wife, he is also survived by a beloved brother-in-law, Paul Wellington of Billerica, and had been the much-loved son-in-law of the late Edward and Carrie Wellington, formerly of Billerica.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call Thursday, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the RJ Ross Funeral Home, 135 South St., Route 1A, Wrentham Center. A service will immediately follow in the funeral home at noon, with the Rev. Kenneth Landin, pastor of the Original Congregational Church of Wrentham, officiating.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Wrentham Fireman's Relief Association, PO Box 614, Wrentham, MA 02093, or to the New England Sinai Hospital Foundation, PO Box 837, Stoughton, MA 02072-0837
For additional information or to sign a guestbook, visit rjrossfuneralhom einc.com.
Doris Doucette, 74
MASHPEE - Doris A. "Aunt Do" Doucette, 74, a resident of Mashpee for 16 years, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 after a brief illness.
Born in Attleboro, she graduated from Foxboro High School in 1951.
She was employed by Engelhard in Plainville for 37 years.
Doris was an avid Yankees fan and enjoyed beaches, animals and eating out. She was a generous woman who enjoyed spending time with her family and she will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her two sisters, Beverly Kane of Mashpee and Claire Nolan of North Attleboro. Also surviving are seven nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. in the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave., at Route 151, in Mashpee. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mashpee Environmental Coalition, P.O. 274, Mashpee, MA 02649.
For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.
Robert Gimler, 59
MANSFIELD - Robert W. Gimler, 59, a longtime resident of Mansfield, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Jackson) Gimler.
Born in Boston, he was a graduate of Foxboro High School and Lesley University.
He was a resident of Mansfield for 25 years after growing up in Foxboro.
Mr. Gimler was a cost estimator for Senior Aerospace in Sharon for 12 years. He had formerly worked at the Northrop Company in Norwood for many years.
An avid fisherman, he loved trips to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Gimler is survived by his sons: Ryan W., Erik J. and Craig A. Gimler, all of Mansfield, and Robert, Sean and Derek Gimler.
He was the son of Elizabeth "Betty" (MacRae) Gimler of Foxboro and the late Robert L. Gimler.
He was the brother of Paul and Eric Gimler, both of North Attleboro, and Bruce Gimler of Foxboro.
His funeral, to which relative and friends are cordially invited, will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. from the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, 55 North Main St., Mansfield, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at noon in St. Mary's Church, 330 Pratt St. (Route 106), Mansfield.
Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Burial will take place at Rock Hill Cemetery in Foxboro.
Donations in Bob's name may be made to the Kevin M. Jackson Memorial Fund, 3 Court Farm Lane, Newburyport, MA 01950.
For additional information, please visit www.shermanjackson.com.
Peggy Holfelder, 80
FRANKLIN - Peggy A. (Dock) Holfelder, 80, formerly of Franklin, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 at her son's home in Cumberland, R.I., where she resided for the past year. She was the wife of Robert G. Holfelder, who died in 2007.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 30, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Melva (Andrews) Dock.
Peggy was a resident of Franklin from 1972 and 1985 until moving to Amherst, Ohio, where she lived until 2007. She graduated from Lorain High School in Lorain, Ohio, and the Oberlin School of Business.
While living in Franklin, Peggy was an active member and choir director at the Franklin Federated Church. She was also involved with the Community Concert Association, and the Newcomer's Club, and a volunteer for Meals on Wheels.
She is survived by three daughters: Lee Holfelder of Blackstone, Lynn Mukavitz of Sheboygan, Wisc., and Lori Edsall of Plainville; her son, Robert of Cumberland, R.I.; and four granddaughters.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin (www.ginleyfuneralhomes.com), 131 Main St. in Franklin.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday evening prior to the service from 5 to 8 p.m.
Burial will take place in Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst, Ohio at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peggy's memory to the Residents Activity Fund at Life Care Center of Attleboro, 969 Park St., Attleboro, MA 02703.
Margaret Fawcett, 86
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Margaret A. "Maggie" (Corrigan) Lanni Fawcett, 86, of Austin Avenue, Greenville, died unexpectedly on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008 at the Our Lady of Fatima Unit of St. Joseph's Hospital in North Providence, R.I. She was the wife of the late Edward Lanni, who died in 1959 and the late John Fawcett Sr., who died in 1992.
Born in Condon, Ore., on Aug. 12, 1922, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Bessie (Corcoran) Corrigan. She was a 1941 graduate of St. Mary's Academy of the Visitation in Providence and was a 1945 graduate of the former St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Providence.
She retired in 1974 from St. Joseph's Hospital and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital as the director of operating room services, following 30 years of employment.
A Greenville resident for the past three years, Mrs. Fawcett previously resided in North Providence for a year and was a resident of Wickford from 1972 to 2004, having moved to her seaside home from North Providence, where she had resided for many years.
While residing in Wickford, Mrs. Fawcett was a communicant of St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church. She was a member of the North Kingstown Women's Club, the alumnae association of her high school and was a member of the St. Joseph School of Nursing Alumnae Association.
Her special interests included traveling, taking cruises and playing golf.
Mrs. Fawcett was proud of her Irish heritage and treasured the time spent amongst her family.
She leaves a daughter, Margaret A. Iacovelli, superintendent of Johnston public schools, and her husband Robert L. Iacovelli of Smithfield; two stepsons: John Fawcett Jr. and his wife Virginia Fawcett of North Providence and Dr. Stephen Fawcett and his wife Dr. Kathleen Fawcett in Kansas; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Colgan of South Yarmouth, Mass.; a brother, John Corrigan of West Warwick; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home - the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson House, 161 Commonwealth Ave. (exit 5 off I-95 N or S, go right at end of ramp, 3/4 mile on left), Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 622 Putnam Pike, Greenville.
Burial with follow in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston.
Following cemetery services, an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of continued fellowship and refreshments at a location to be announced.
Please omit flowers.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the newly created Maggie Fawcett Nursing Scholarship Fund to benefit a Johnston High School graduate who matriculates in a nursing program. Donations may be sent to the fund c/o Sovereign Bank, 622 Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave., Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, 508-695-0200, www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com.