Today’s Obituaries—Oct. 14: Amirian, Caswell, Descoteaux, Hughes

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Lena J. (Bengtsson) Amirian, a registered nurse who worked at the former Hale Hospital and in the Haverhill Public Schools, died Oct. 5. A trainer and breeder of hunting dogs, Amirian won best of breed as a trainer/handler at the Westminster Dog Show with her champion Spinone Rufus. A celebration of her life is planned for Nov. 2 at the family home at 500 East Broadway, Haverhill, starting at noon. Arrangements are under the direction of Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill.

Gretchen A. (Page) Caswell, 85, died Oct. 4 at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. A licensed practical nurse, Caswell worked in the psychiatric unit at the former Bon Secour Hospital, at the former Hale Hospital, and prior to her retirement in 1993, as charge nurse in the Alzheimer’s unit at the former Glynn Memorial Hospital. Calling hours are Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill. A memorial service will be celebrated on Friday, Oct. at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 217 Main St., Haverhill. Burial at Linwood Cemetery is private.

Norman J. Descoteaux, 71, a lifelong resident of Haverhill, died Oct. 11 at home surrounded by family following a courageous battle with cancer and arthritis. He worked for both Honeywell Information Systems and the Digital Equipment Corporation. Descoteaux also taught computer fundamentals to seniors through the SeniorNet Program at Merrimack Valley Elder Services. Calling hours are Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 3-5 p.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St. A time of remembrance will follow at the Bradford Funeral Home. Burial is private and at the convenience of the family in Haverhill’s Linwood Cemetery.

Beverly L. (Creeley) Hughes, 74, died Oct. 11 at her home with her family by her side.
Raised and educated in Lawrence, she worked at the Oxford Nursing Home in Haverhill. Calling hours are Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St., Haverhill. Funeral services begin in the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at St. Anne Parish, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, N.H. at 10 a.m. Burial follows in Elmwood Cemetery, 130 North Lowell St., Methuen.

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