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Friday, January 9, 2009


Ruth E. Waywell

Carlisle loses its oldest resident

Ruth E. (Tanner) Kenney Waywell, 101, a resident of Church Street, a ten-year resident of Carlisle, died Friday, December 26, at Life Care of Acton. She was the wife of the late Howard F. Kenney and the late Harry Waywell.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on December 24, 1907, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Frances (Chown) Tanner. She just celebrated her 101st birthday on Wednesday, December 24.

Mrs. Waywell grew up in Oswego, New York, and then moved to Brooklyn at the age of 18. In 1926, she married Howard F. Kenney (1899-1959) and moved to Long Island, where she lived for 44 years. In 1969, she married Harry Waywell. After his death, she moved to Del Ray Beach, Florida, where she resided prior to moving to Carlisle in 1998. She lived independently and never needed any daily medications.

In 2005 Mrs. Waywell was presented the gold-topped Boston Post cane that is presented to Carlisle’s oldest resident.

During WWII, she was a true “Rosie the Riveter,” building seaplane pontoons for EDO Aircraft in College Point, New York. She was very proud to have personally riveted the floats onto a plane for the “Ace of Aces” pilot Eddie Rickenbacker of WWI and WWII fame. Later, she managed the Charles of the Ritz Beauty Salon in New York City. She was very proud to have voted in every Presidential election since Herbert Hoover. She was always full of stories and could easily recall events from the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s as if they had just happened.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth (Kenney) DeCarolis Mangrum of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, six grandchildren, Barbra Weisman of Carlisle, Ali Walsh of Scituate, Bruce F. Kenney of Arlington, Texas, Gerard DeCarolis of California, Steven and Tom DeCarolis of Florida; and 28 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also the mother of the late Howard F. Kenney, Jr. and grandmother of the late Howard F. Kenney III, of Georgetown.

Per Mrs. Waywell’s request, her remains were donated to Harvard Medical School for research. Funeral services were omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For online guest book, please visit

Margaret Anne O’Brien

A gentle, caring person

Margaret Anne O’Brien, 79, of Lowell Street, formerly of Concord, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2008 in hospice care at the Rivercrest Deaconess facility in Concord after battling complications resulting from a fall in September. She was born on December 16, 1929 in Oak Park, Illinois, the daughter of Howard C. O’Brien of Deer Creek, Illinois, and Jennie R. Pollock of Uddingston, Scotland. Margaret began high school in Weymouth, Massachusetts and graduated in Henniker, New Hampshire. She attended the University of New Hampshire. Margaret worked at the family business in Boston. She was a volunteer at Emerson Hospital and received an award for her 2000 hours of service. An avid horsewoman, she enjoyed trail riding and rode with the local Hunt Club. She loved her cats, classical music, gardening and birdwatching.

Preceded in death by her brothers, John R. and David W. P. O’Brien, she is survived by her sister, Janet Olson of Walnut Creek, California; sister-in-law, Mary Louise O’Brien of East Bridgewater; nephews, Bruce O’Brien of Goodyear, Arizona and Ken Olson of Walnut Creek and nieces, Debbie Dean of Bridgewater and Jodie Olson of San Diego, California. She also leaves cousins in the U.K., South Africa and the United States.

“Maggie,” as she was known to her friends, was a gentle, caring person who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

No services are planned at this time. Burial will be in Cushing, Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 400, Kansas City, Missouri 64114.


Valerie Michelle Gilbert

Verna and Ira Gilbert of Pheasant Hill Lane are happy to announce the birth of their fourth grandchild, Valerie Michelle Gilbert, on December 17. Valerie joins her brother Vincent, age 1 1/2. Valerie and Vincent’s parents are Jeff and Isabel Gilbert of Palo Alto, California. Jeff grew up in Carlisle.

• Terry Golson of Stearns Street, well-known Carlisle cookbook author (The Farmstead Egg Cookbook, 2006), has written her first children’s book, Tillie Lays an Egg. Golson will take her hen Tillie to the Concord Bookshop on Sunday for an eggnog and champagne reception at 3 p.m.

In the future we should expect Golson and Tillie to show up at the Gleason Public Library’s children’s story hour as they make the rounds of local libraries in the area.

Lawrence Academy Honor Roll

Lawrence Academy congratulates Carlisle students who earned academic honors for the fall trimester.

High honors were awarded to junior Danielle Pedra of Elizabeth Ridge.

Honors went to juniors Katherine Boudreau of North Road and Michael Hernandez of West Street, and sophomore Jackson Forelli of West Street.

Fenn School Honor Roll

The Fenn School of Concord announces its Honor Roll for the first term:

Alaric Krapf - Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte High Honors

Miles Petrie - Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte High Honors

Hunter Moskowitz - Academic High Honors and Sua Sponte Honors

Joseph Colman - Academic High Honors

Stephen Lerner - Academic High Honors

Christian Wesselhoeft - Academic High Honors

Adam Jolly - Academic Honors and Sua Sponte Honors

Griffin Bishop - Academic Honors

William Golonka - Academic Honors

Lucas Mundel - Sua Sponte High Honors

Steve Anton - Sua Sponte Honors

Fenn’s motto, Sua Sponte, means “on one’s own responsibility.”

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