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Obituaries published June 26

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 12:00 am

Obituaries were reported for Robert Leiper, 83, of Attleboro, Diane Marie Quinlan, 44, of Wrentham, Gerda Stenfeldt, 87, of Attleboro.

Robert Leiper, 83

ATTLEBORO - Robert J. Leiper, 83, of Edna Drive died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in the Madonna Manor Nursing Home in North Attleboro. He was the husband of the late Nancy P. (Gunrud) Leiper, who died in 2002.

Born Jan. 6, 1925, he was the son of the late James G. and Lois (Rose) Leiper.

He was a member of the North Attleboro High School Class of 1942 and a 1950 graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, where he was a member of the Phi Mu Delta National Fraternity.

Bob was a former member of Highland Country Club and enjoyed music and was an avid sports fan. He coached Little Attleboro League baseball as well as Church League baseball.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy with Dive Bombing Squadron 87 during carrier battles in the Central Pacific and the Japanese Home Islands, for which he was awarded numerous medals.

During his business career, Bob was associated with the L.G. Balfour Co. for many years in different managerial positions as well as the Burr Patterson Co. of Indiana and the Weygand Co. of North Attleboro.

He is survived by his son, Gary and his wife Joan Leiper and their daughter, Kaitlin of Pawtucket and his daughter, Susan and her husband, Gordon Nelson and their daughters Lindsay, Jillian, Hayley, Abbey and Hannah of North Attleboro. He was the brother of Lois (Leiper) DiLorenzo of Wrentham.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro, followed by burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery & Arboretum, Attleboro Falls. Visiting hours will be held immediately prior to the service in the funeral home from 10 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics of Rhode Island, 33 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI 02886.

To sign an online guestbook for Mr. Leiper, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.

Diane Marie Quinlan, 44

WRENTHAM - Diane Marie Quinlan of Wrentham, where she lived for 20 years, died Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at her home, surrounded by her loving family, following a 17-month heroic and valiant battle with cancer. She was 44.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of John B. and Maureen F. (O'Grady) Quinlan of Walpole, and was a graduate of Norwood High School, Class of 1981, and University of Maine, Orono, in 1986.

She was the loving and devoted mother of Anya Maureen and Casey Ksenia Quinlan of Wrentham.

In addition to her parents and daughters, she is also survived by her siblings, J. Barry Quinlan Jr. of Wrentham, Brian Quinlan and his wife Pamela of Norwood, Denise Sullivan and her husband John of Walpole, Debbie Quinlan of Wrentham, and Mark Quinlan and his wife Sheila of North Attleboro. She was the loving aunt of Jenna, Kellie, Kevin, Justin, Rory and Valerie.

Diane worked until she became ill, for 22 years at the Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center, formerly Glover Hospital in Needham, as a registered nurse, and enjoyed gardening and raising her daughters, whom she traveled to Yekaterinburg, Russia to adopt in 2002.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 140 South St., Wrentham, with Rev. George Hines, pastor, officiating.

Visiting hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the R.J. Ross Funeral Home, 135 South St., Route 1A, Wrentham. Burial will be in Centre Cemetery in Wrentham.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Diane's memory may be made to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, 66 Commonwealth Ave., Concord, MA 01742.

Gerda Stenfeldt, 87

ATTLEBORO - Gerda Alice Marguerite Stenfeldt died Sunday, June 22, 2008 at the age of 87. She was the widow of Nils T. Stenfeldt, a longtime employee of Englehard Industries, and the daughter of the late Gerda Anderson Moreau and Jean Moreau.

Mrs. Stenfeldt was born in Barrowsville, but lived most of her life in Attleboro.

Gerda was a registered nurse and an employee of Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for more than 40 years until retiring in 1993 at age 72. She was also employed part time by Swank, did years of private nursing and was a lifetime volunteer for the United Way.

She was a member of the Brown University and Johns Hopkins Nursing School Alumni Associations. She enjoyed membership in many nurses groups over the years and OPEL (Old People Enjoying Life).

She graduated from Pembroke University in 1941, Johns Hopkins Nursing School in 1944 and completed additional coursework at Bryn Mawr.

She taught nursing at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and then opened a nursing school at the Sylacauga Hospital in Alabama from 1944 to 1946. She thereafter taught nursing at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro for 40-plus years, from 1946 to 1991. She was also the evening nursing supervisor at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for many years.

She was a devoted friend to many colleagues, students and patients over the years. She shared her humor generously and always enjoyed making those around her see the funny side of even grim situations. Her loud boisterous laugh and voice were her trademarks.

She leaves two children, Richard Stenfeldt of Attleboro and Lillian Mansour Stenfeldt of Hillsborough, Calif. She leaves seven grandchildren: Sergeant First Class (U.S. Army) Lance Stenfeldt of Adams, N.Y., who just returned from a 16-month tour of duty in Afghanistan; Mimi and Michael Mansour of Hillsborough; and Rima, Paul, John and Richard Stenfeldt of Plainville. She also leaves three great-grandchildren, Cassia, Lance and Angela of Adams, N.Y.

In recognition of her lifetime love of learning and the nursing profession, and all the fun she had while teaching and working at Sturdy, donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated. Please send donations to the Sturdy Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 2963, Attleboro, MA 02703 and indicate the funds are to be applied to the "Gerda Stenfeldt Nursing Education Fund."

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 5 at 11 a.m. at the Florence H. Sweet Club House, 44 Peck St., Attleboro, MA 02703. Their Web site, for directions, is http://www.sweetclubhouse.com">www.sweetclubhouse.com.

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