Today’s Obituaries: Jan. 30

Mary L. “Mary Lou” (Blinn) Dinges, 83, died surrounded by her family Friday, Jan. 25 at Wingate at Haverhill. A lifelong resident of the city, Dinges fostered over 100 children during her lifetime and had four children of her own. Calling hours are Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4-7 p.m. at The Grondin-Carnevale Funeral Home, 129 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

Mary ‘Mary Lou’ Dinges, 83, Loving Mother and Foster Mother

Mary L. “Mary Lou” (Blinn) Dinges, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family Friday, January 25, 2019 at Wingate at Haverhill. Mary Lou was born June 28, 1935 in Haverhill, MA the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Crocket) Blinn. She was raised and educated in Haverhill and was a lifelong resident of the city. Mary Lou dedicated much of her life to her family and providing a nurturing home for her adoring children. She continued to share her love and home with others by fostering over 100 children during her lifetime.

Today’s Obituaries: Jan. 28

Elaine M. (Villers) Allan, 89, of Haverhill, died Thursday, Jan. 24, at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Haverhill surrounded by her loving family. She was a 25-year employee of the city’s shoe industry. Calling hours take place Tuesday morning, Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-noon at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill, followed by committal in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill.

Today’s Obituaries: Jan. 24

Lawrence R. Panaro, 92, of Haverhill, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley surrounded by his family. A U.S. Navy veteran, Panaro worked as a salesman at Nissen Bread Company and was a 70-year member of the Garibaldi Club. Calling hours are Friday, Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill.

Today’s Obituaries (and New Death Notice Policy)

Today’s obituaries appear below. A generation ago, there were two types of funeral announcements—an obituary, written by reporters to present newsworthy information of residents’ passings, and paid “death notices,” placed by funeral directors. When journalists were in charge of obituaries, they were written to conform to journalism conventions governing style and abbreviations, satisfy curiosity and omit subjective hyperbole. On the other hand, families could say what they wished, and paid for the privilege to do so, in paid placements. During the intervening time, newspapers largely eliminated the news-style announcements and accepted only paid notices.

Robert P. Melendy, 58, Consultant, Pharmaceutical HR Director

Robert P. Melendy, 58, longtime resident of Charlestown and formerly of Haverhill, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18. Bob was born in Haverhill, Aug. 2, 1960, son of Diana (Gucciardi) and the late Gordon Melendy. He was raised in Haverhill and graduated from Haverhill High School, class of 1978.

Janice L. (Broadard) Alestock, 78, Former Northern Essex Employee

Janice L. (Broadard) Alestock, 78, the wife of the late Elmer C. Alestock, died Dec. 16 after a gradual decline in health at Wingate at Haverhill with her loving family by her side. Born in Worcester, she was the daughter of the late William H. Broadard, her mother Janet (Medley) Hamlett and stepfather Randolph Hamlett. Alestock moved to Boston and attended Boston schools. Later in life she married Elmer C. Alestock and moved to the Washington, D.C. area, where she remained for several years.

Shirley R. (Carr) Tilton, 89, Retired from Western Electric

Shirley R. (Carr) Tilton, 89, the wife of the late Omar E. Tilton, Sr., passed away Oct. 27 at Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill with her loving family by her side. Born in Haverhill, she was the daughter of the late George and Ruth P. (Packer) Carr. Raised and educated in Haverhill, she attended Haverhill schools. Tilton was employed at the former Western Electric before raising her family.