The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, August 29, 2008


Dr. James T. Sparks

A man who gave his all to patients, family and community

Dr. James T. Sparks

Dr. James T. Sparks, age 72, of Woodridge Road, died of pancreatic cancer on Sunday, August 17, at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington. He was the beloved husband of Ellen T. (Logue) Sparks.

Born in Brockton on July 31, 1936, he was the son of the late Clement and Elinor (Ryan) Sparks. He attended Brockton public schools. He received a bachelor of science degree in 1958 from Stonehill College in Easton, and in 1960 graduated from Boston College with a master of science degree. In 1964, Dr. Sparks graduated from Boston University Medical School in Boston.

He completed his residency and internship at Baltimore City Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland, and from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. He completed his hematology training at the Mayo Clinic. From 1972 until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Sparks worked in the Hematology and Internal Medicine Departments at Lahey Clinic in Burlington.

A Carlisle resident since 1972, he served for several years on the Carlisle School Committee and was a writer for the Forum column in the Carlisle Mosquito. He had a passion for the opera and was often in attendance at opera lectures at the Gleason Public Library. He enjoyed being with his family, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed telling jokes and stories. He especially enjoyed traveling to Europe, most recently aboard the Riverboat Cruise in Holland and Belgium.

In addition to his wife Ellen, he is survived by a son James T. “Jay” Sparks, Jr. and his wife Augusta of Arlington, another son Patrick R. Sparks and his wife Sheri of West Hartford, Connecticut, a daughter Maura L. Sparks and her husband Michael Soojian of Wilton, Connecticut, a brother John Sparks of Los Angeles, California, another brother H. William “Bill” Sparks of El Paso, Texas, and nine grandchildren.

Visitation was on August 21 at the Dee Funeral Home in Concord center. The funeral was held August 22 from the Dee Funeral Home, followed by a funeral Mass in St. Irene Roman Catholic Church in Carlisle.

The family requests that memorial donations be made in James Sparks’s name to the Lahey Clinic Cancer Center, c/o Development Office, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803.

Roberta A. Wessell

Master horticulturalist, Garden Club president

Roberta A. (Papalia) Wessell, 66, of Laurelwood Drive, died on August 20. She was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, on April 29, 1942, and graduated from Watertown High School. She received a master’s degree in Education from Boston State College and taught special education at several Boston schools, including the John Kennedy School for Special Needs Children. Her special interests were watercolors and horticulture. When she lived in Carlisle, she was president of the Carlisle Garden Club.

Mrs. Wessel is survived by her husband William, of Carlisle; two brothers, Roy Papalia of Belmont and his wife JoAnn Willis Papalia, and Frank Papalia of Albany, California. She also leaves her aunts Clorinda Barone of New York City, Eve O’Connell of Saugerties, New York, and Josephine Deyermenjian of Watertown, Massachusetts; her niece and nephew Lauren and Matthew Papalia; her brother-in-law Bernard Wessell of Roslindale, Massachusetts; as well as many cousins and friends, especially her dear friend Eileen Jones of North Andover.

A funeral was held on August 26 from the Lane Funeral Home in Winchester. Interment was at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. Donations in Mrs. Wessell’s memory may be made to Nashoba Nursing Services and Hospice, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01464.

Our sympathy to . . .

Grant and Helene Wilson on the death of Grant’s mother, Eleanor L. Wilson, 95, of Bedford, Massachusetts, on August 8.



Cole William Corfield

Linda (Moseley) and Eric Corfield are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Cole William Corfield. He was born August 8 weighing in at 7 lb. 5 oz. Cole joins sisters Grace and Hannah and brother Christopher at home. Grandparents are Phyllis and Miles Goff of Bedford Road and David and Eleanor Corfield of Edgartown, Massachusetts.

Cole’s birth date of 08/08/08 makes him a lucky baby, according to Chinese tradition. The Beijing Olympics began on that auspicious date at 8:08:08 p.m.


More “Wild Reads” results from Gleason Public Library

The Gleason Library’s summer reading program “Wild Reads at Your Library” encouraged teens and adults to log their reading over a six-week period starting June 23. Active participants logged up in the library and online through a statewide website. The grand total was 68,031 pages logged in the seventh grade and up category.

The reader with the most pages in the adult category was Phyllis Hughes, with 8,280 pages. Mary Boutet led the teen readers in page counts with 6,011 pages, and Nancy Boutet was the staff member with the most pages logged, with 8,319 pages. In our lucky prize drawings, Jennifer Albanese and Colleen Canavan are our winners. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out. Next year, consider tracking and be amazed at the results. To learn more about other library events, visit

Congratulations to Carlisle graduates

The following students graduated from Colorado College:

Laura Bliss Daum graduated in December 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish: Hispanic Studies. Her parents are Roslyn G. Daum of Winchester, Mass. and Frederick E. Daum, Jr. of Carlisle.

Nathaniel Lee Swift of River Road graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. His parents are Sally and Edward Swift of Carlisle. Swift’s degree was granted in August 2007.

The following students graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst on May 24, 2008:

Sarah S. Hay, Christopher W. Risso of Wolf Rock Road, Andrew D. Stone of Skelton Road and Chung S. Wong of Lowell Street.

Carlisle student named to spring Dean’s List

Sanne N. Wortel of Munroe Hill Road, a sophonore majoring in psychology at the University of Rochester, has been named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering for the spring 2008 semester. She is the daughter of Doctors Cornelis Wortel and Wytske Kingma.


  • Maya Gupta of Ledgeways has graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts degree, summa cum laude, majoring in Classical Studies (with Distinction) and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). She was a Benjamin
    Maya Gupta at dig site, Mt. Lykaion, Greece. (Courtesy photo)
    Franklin Scholar and named to the Dean’s List all four years at Penn.

    Maya spent her senior year reading Classics at the University of Oxford, U.K. The past two summers, with a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, she has been a member of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project team in Arcadia, Greece, helping excavate the sanctuary of Zeus on Mt. Lykaion.

    Starting this fall, Maya will be continuing her studies in the Ph.D. program in Classics at Yale University, where she has been awarded a Yale University Fellowship and stipend.

    Maya is a graduate of Concord Academy and the Nashoba Brooks School in Concord.

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