The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 17, 2009


Anna Theresa Macone

Long-time teacher in the schools of Concord

Anna Theresa Macone, 94, of Concord, formerly of Carlisle, long time Concord Public Schools teacher, died Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at Concord Health Care Center.

Born in Beverly Farms on August 18, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas R. and Margaret (Foley) Macone. At one-year-old her family moved to Concord. She attended Concord Public Schools, graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Waltham, and later received her teachers degree from Lesley College in Cambridge in 1938.

Miss Macone taught nursery school at the Fenn and Brooks Schools in Concord, along with doing social work with teenagers. She then opened her own nursery school in the home of Mrs. Edward James on Lexington Road in Concord.

Her long service and teaching career in the Concord Public Schools began at the Harvey Wheeler School, and then took her to Thoreau, Alcott, Willard and Ripley Schools. She retired from teaching in 1979 with 37 years of service to over 1500 Concord kindergarten children.

In 1964 Miss Macone moved back to Carlisle where she made her home on Concord Street. After retirement, she was involved in many organizations including the Lesley College Alumni, Carlisle Council on Aging and the Association of the Handicapped. She devoted her time to caring for her mother Margaret Macone, who passed away in 1995 at age 103. She enjoyed her many hobbies, which included sewing, gardening, reading and music.

She is survived by her brother, Robert J. Macone of Concord, 21 nieces and nephews and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Ralph A. “Peanut” Macone, Nicholas J. Macone, Richard J. Macone, Joseph F. Macone and Frederick W. Macone.

A funeral service was held Monday July 13 in the Farrar Chapel of the Dee Funeral Home of Concord. Interment followed in the family burial plot in St. Bernard’s Cemetery, Concord.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging, c/o Ray Taylor, 59 Hemlock Hill Rd., Carlisle, MA 01741.Arrangements were under the care of Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For the online guest book visit


Wyatt Benjamin Cragan

A gifted athlete, avid traveler, relentless optimist

Wyatt Benjamin Cragan, 25, of Rutland Street died from a fall in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, July 4. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Wyatt was the son of Mark and Brooke Cragan.

Educated in the Carlisle Schools, he graduated from Proctor Academy in Andover, New Hampshire. He attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and was completing his education in marketing and communications at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Wyatt was a loving and devoted son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to the hundreds who loved him. He was a gifted athlete, an avid traveler and a relentless optimist. He was charismatic and charming, a consummate “people person” who made everyone he met feel special. He lit up every room he entered. He made the most of each moment of a life that was far too short and his impact on those he touched will long outlast his passing.

Wyatt is survived by his brother Oliver, a sophomore at The College of the Holy Cross, his brother Alexander and sister Brooke, seniors at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, his paternal grandmother, Audrey Cragan of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and aunts and uncles Stephen and Kathy Cragan of Wilton, Connecticut, Peter and Kathy Cragan of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Claudia and Tom Holland of Paxton, Massachusetts, Andrea and Joel Berg of Wilmington, Vermont, and Elizabeth and Kimberley Farrell of Stratford, Connecticut. In addition he leaves twelve cousins and an untold number of friends and people whose lives he touched and enriched, including his best friend, Jade Bessette, of Boca Raton, FL.

A celebration of Wyatt’s life was held on Friday, July 10, in St. Irene Church, Carlisle. Interment was in Green Cemetery, Carlisle.

Donations in Wyatt’s memory may be sent to The Adirondack League Club Endowment Fund, General Office, P.O. Box 8, Old Forge, NY 13420.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dee Funeral Home of Concord. For the online guest book visit



Christina Fiorentino weds Timothy Young

Christina Marie Fiorentino and Timothy Patrick Young were married on June 6 in the Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Morristown, New Jersey. Christina is the daughter of Carole and Richard Fiorentino of Aaron Way. Emily Fiorentino, the bride’s sister, was her maid of honor. Sarah Atherton, a CCHS friend, was one of her bridesmaids. Christina is a product manager/designer of intimate apparel with Ariela-Alpha International in Manhattan. Tim owns his own executive recruiting firm, Vision Recruiting. The couple is living in their new home in Morristown, New Jersey.


• Tyler Manoukian of Westford Street graduated from Minuteman Career & Technical High School on Sunday, June 7. He was named to the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. Manoukian received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. He also received a scholarship from the Concord Lions Club, the Dr. Ronald J. Fitzgerald Scholarship Fund and the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship Fund. Manoukian also placed second at the Minuteman State Leadership & Skills USA Participation in the Tech Prep Showcase from April 30 to May 2. Manoukian will attend UMass Amherst in September.

• Kaitlin E. Mattison of Curve Street received a Masters of Education in Elementary Education degree at Lesley University’s commencement ceremony held at the Bank of America Pavilion on May 16. As a prerequisite of the program, Kaitlin successfully met the examinations and requirements for licensure by the Department of Education to teach students in grade 1 through grade 6. Kaitlin is a 2003 graduate of Concord-Carlisle Regional High School and a 2007 graduate of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.

• Adam Johnson of South Street was named to the Dean’s List at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota for the spring 2009 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes St. Olaf students with a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4-point scale.

• Thomas Schweer of School Street was named to the Dean’s List for the spring term at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

• Michael Louis Gerson of Westford Street, a junior at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2009 semester.

• Christina Sandwen of Suffolk Lane, a sophomore at American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in psychology, was named to the spring 2009 Dean’s List.

• Ryan Hussey of Curve Street and Stephanie Malis of Tophet Road graduated on June 4 from the eighth grade at Nashoba Brooks School of Concord.

16 Carlisle residents ride in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

On August 1 and 2, 16 residents of Carlisle will ride in the 30th annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC), the nation’s pioneer charity bike-a-thon that raises more money than any other athletic fundraising event in the country. They will be among the more than 5,000 cyclists who will ride with the collective goal of raising millions of dollars for lifesaving cancer research and care for adult and pediatric patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

The PMC is sponsored by the Red Sox Foundation and To become a virtual rider, or make a financial contribution to a rider from our town, visit or call 1-800-WE-CYCLE. Checks can be made payable to PMC, 77 Fourth Avenue, Needham, Massachusetts 02494.


There were two errors in the published one-mile results for the Carlisle Old Home Day Road Races: third place in the 12 to 14 age group was won by Henry Hedden, and the youngest finisher was Christopher Corfield. The complete list of results can be viewed on the Old Home Day site:

In addition, the Old Home Day Committee offers our “sincerest gratitude to Phyllis Hughes for her personal commitment to eradicate the infestation of poison ivy from the starting area of the races where hundreds of people congregate on the morning of the races.”

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