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August 10, 1924 – July 1, 2018

Florence Catherine Howard was born on August 10, 1924, in Dedham, Massachusetts to Ada Decoste Howard, age 27, and William Andrew Howard, age 34.

She was the youngest of their 4 children, Edna (1916), William “Sonny” (1918)  and Paul (1919). Her siblings were all born within 3 years of one another, but there was a 5 year gap between Paul and Florence and a 10 year age difference between Florence and her sister Edna, so she was truly the baby of the family.

Paul and Edna in back, William “Sonny” and Florence in front

When Florence was young the family lived in a house at #4 Bryant St, on the corner of Eastern Ave. in Dedham. Today a bank and gas station sit where the house stood.

Florence’s  mother Ada passed away on August 21, 1932, in Braintree, Massachusetts, at the age of 35. Her cause of death is listed as “consumption”, which was a term used at the time for tuberculosis.  She was ill for a period of time and knew she was going to die, but never told the children. Florence saw her cough up blood one day and her mother made her promise not to tell anyone, so she knew it was probably something serious.

Ada Decoste with 3 of her 4 children – William “Sonny” (left), Edna (right) and Florence (center) circa 1929-1930

Ada was buried in Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham, not far from where the family lived. Florence was only 7 at the time.  Edna had an argument with their father soon after and left to go live with Ada’s sister Auntie Florence and her mother’s parents, William and Mary (Levangie) DeCoste.

Florence’s maternal grandparents, William and Mary (Levangie) DeCoste

Paul Howard was the next to leave, followed by Florence (both due to illness). Their father could tell Sonny, the only remaining child, missed his siblings and told him it was OK for him to go too. Florence had very little relationship with her father after that point.

Florence’s lifelong love for reading started when she was very young. Her aunt brought her to the library in Dedham and got her a library card when she was just barely old enough to read on her own, probably 5 or 6 years old. She picked out a book, ran home and read it quickly and returned to take out another book, only to be told by the librarian that she needed to wait until the next day to take out more books. The family didn’t have a lot of money to begin with, and this was right at the height of the Great Depression. Access to an unlimited supply of free books at the library opened up a new world, and reading was her main source of entertainment.

She also had a wild streak from a young age. When she was in kindergarten, she skipped school one day to go pick wild blueberries. She had seen them growing on East street near Brookdale Cemetery and knew where to get them. US Route 1 was just being built at that time, but she could still cross High street over to East street, On the way she bumped into a friend’s mother who asked why she wasn’t in school and why she was doing walking around without an adult. “I’m going to pick blueberries!”. So the woman walked with her and helped her fill her hat with blueberries before bringing her home.  She heard the police show up at her house looking for her, so she hid under the bed. Her grandmother was not amused to find her there later.

Florence was a 1942 graduate of Dedham High School and worked at the John Hancock building in Boston for 4 years after graduation. She gave most of her paycheck to her grandmother to help pay the bills, but was allowed to keep a small amount for herself. There was enough left over for her to go to the movies or even catch a Bruins game at the Boston Garden.

Florence Howard graduation 1942

In June 1946, Florence married Wallace Gordon Fraser. Wally grew up near the Norwood and East Walpole line, and served in the Marine Corps in WWII. They had 2 children, Cynthia (b. Feb 1947) and Jimmy (b. Dec 1947), before divorcing in 1950.  

Wally and Florence on their wedding day in 1946.

After the divorce Florence and the children moved back in to her grandmother’s house, but it was a little cramped for them. She bumped into a friend from Dedham named Mary Hall one day, who offered to let them stay with her in her apartment in Norwood. Florence got a job at the 5 and dime to help with expenses, and Mary took care of the kids while she was at work. After a year or so, Mary bought a house and Florence and the kids had the apartment to themselves.

Around the end of 1950, Florence met Russell Webber from Norwood. He knew her from her time spent volunteering at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. Russ saw her walking home a few times and figured out her schedule, so he could conveniently be there with the car when she got done working. Florence was walking the kids in Norwood one day wearing an expensive pair of sunglasses when Russ pulled up in his car on the other side of the street and whistled at her. Then he said “Take the shades off, I know who you are under there!”.  At that time, Russ  shared the car with his brother Kenny, but he was using it so much he eventually bought it from him. After that he started driving her home regularly.

Florence volunteering at the VA hospital in West Roxbury.

In November of 1950 Russ took her to the Thanksgiving football game between Dedham and Norwood, but told her he wouldn’t be seeing her that night. She knew he was also dating a nurse from Braintree who he was going to see later. When he was with Florence he would tell her stories about the nurse, and they would laugh about them, and he also talked about Florence to the nurse. The night of the football game the nurse had finally had enough and said “All you do is talk about her, maybe you should just go be with her tonight”, and Russ said “That’s a good idea!” and went back to see Florence. He never saw the nurse again.

Florence and Russ prior to their marriage.

At that time, Florence and the kids lived in an apartment on the corner of Cleveland St. at 69 Railroad Avenue in Norwood. This was the same apartment Mary Hall had let her move into the year before. After around 2 years of dating each other, on August 10th, 1952, Florence’s 28th birthday, she and Russ got married and Russ moved into the apartment.

Florence and Russell on their wedding day.

Russ’ sister Doris was the maid of honor, and Russ’ friend Pete Bamba was his best man. After the ceremony, they went to Chinatown in Boston for a nice meal, then hopped on the bus and went to San Diego, California for their honeymoon. Florence’s friend Kitty McDonough watched Cynthia and Jimmy while they were away.  Florence didn’t think Cynthia would mind, but she cried most of the time they were away, while Jimmy spent time with the other kids.

Florence and Russ on their honeymoon in Sand Diego.

Their honeymoon bus trip  across the country to San Diego was Florence’s first trip outside New England, and it began a lifetime of travel for the happy couple.  They especially loved to take long drives, with or without a destination.

Russ was always good to Jimmy and Cynthia. Florence never asked him to adopt them, but he said if they were going to be starting a family anyway, it was going to be one family, with no differences between the kids and no separate names. So both kids took the Webber name.

In March of 1953, Russ’ mother Margaret Colbert Webber died. His father Pa needed help running the house, so in December Russ, Florence, Cynthia and Jimmy moved in to his house further up  the street at 286 Railroad ave.

They bought the house from Russ’ brother Preston (who had financed the house for Pa) for $6000.  Richard was 2 months old when they made the move.   Once Russ and Florence started having more children, the house was getting cramped and the family needed more privacy so Pa moved in with his daughter Eva on Winter street. Todd, Sharon, Jeff and Mark were all born while they lived at 286 Railroad ave. The house still stands at the present location, although an addition was added in 2010.

In the mid 1950’s when her first few kids were still small, Florence worked at a fast food ice cream restaurant called Ellis’ on route 1.  Russ worked as a custodian for the Norwood school department, mostly at the Shattuck school across the street from their house.  The younger kids were regularly left in the care of Jimmy and Cynthia if they were around, or unattended if they weren’t. Working mother’s were still not common in those days but in those days kids would get up in the morning and go out until dinnertime even if their parents were home.

On August 9th, 1965 the family took out a $19,300 mortgage to pay off 286 Railroad Avenue and buy the house at 311 Nahatan st.  The monthly mortgage payment for the 30 year loan was $66, which was a good sum of money in 1966 but by the 1980’s was a bargain.

Because backyards of the houses almost touched, only separated by the yard at 3 School St, most of the family’s belongings were moved straight through these back yards. Built in 1910, it was a brown, wood shingled house, set up as an upstairs/downstairs two family residence. Russ’ brother Kenny and his wife Janet had actually rented the ground floor at one point while Russ and Florence lived at 286 Railroad Ave.  Kenny and Janet’s eldest daughter Susan was born while they lived there.

The upstairs kitchen was used as a bedroom for 19 year old Jimmy, with the plumbing left intact. Russ and Florence took the upstairs bedroom that overlooked Nahatan st. Downstairs, the current living room was a dining room and the front bedroom was the den. The current closet in the living room was the downstairs bathroom and the bathroom was  a den, used as a bedroom for Todd at one point.

Russ and Florence loved to go for long rides in the car, with all the kids piled into the backseat.  Sometimes, when Mark was small, he would lay in the back window and fall asleep. Usually they would go to visit someone specific, like Russ’ sister Phyllis in New Hampshire, but often they would just head in a direction and see where they ended up. Their love of yard sales and flea markets began then and continued for the rest of their lives.

Later, after all her kids were in school, Florence got a job with Kitty McDonough at Raytheon putting together vacuum tubes on an assembly line.

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Russ and Florence attended various 1st Marine Division reunions in places like San Antonio, South Carolina, New Hampshire, New Orleans, South Dakota, Washington D.C., Baltimore, San Diego, and Chicago (which was Florence’s favorite). in 1965 the reunion was in New York city and they brought some of the kids with them. Mark was at boy scout camp on Cape Cod and Richie and Todd may not have been there, but Jeff climbed the Statue of Liberty with Florence all the way up to the crown, which was a very long walk.

Florence had just gotten her license before the Philadelphia reunion (1968).  She was 45 years old at the time. Growing up in Dedham, most things were a short walk away and cars were too expensive for her family to afford, so she never bothered to learn to drive. While they were away in Philadelphia at the reunion, Mark and Sharon were sent to her sister Edna’s house.  All the kids attended the Washington reunion the following year. Russ got a spider bite on his hand  right before the trip, which made him incredibly sick at the reunion and Florence had to drive all the way home. It was the longest she had ever driven and they barely made it home in one piece.

By the late 1970’s, she was hired to do housekeeping in “well to do” homes in neighboring Westwood and Dover. Many of her employers were physicians, who she would later see regularly when she got a job at Norwood Hospital in the patient transport department in the 1990’s. Well into her 60’s by then, she was in excellent physical shape and worked at the hospital pushing patients around on stretchers and in wheelchairs until the age of 78. Once she retired,  she volunteered at the hospital for many years afterward just to get out of the house and stay busy.

Well into her later years, she led a very active life. She loved to dance and would go to local establishments to listen to her family sing karaoke.

In her 70’s she and Sharon started going for long walks several times a week. Even after she had her knee replaced, she loved to walk.

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October 22, 1924 – June 28, 2005

Russell Howard Webber was born in Norwood, Massachusetts on October 22, 1924 to Edgar “Pa” Webber and Margaret “Ma” (Colbert) Webber.

Russ was the 8th of their 9 children. When their 6th child, Margaret, died at the age of two in 1919, it resulted in an age gap in the children. Because of this, Phyllis, Russ and Kenny ended up closer to one another than they were to their older siblings.

Russell (bottom left) shown with his sister Phyllis (back) and brother Kenny (bottom right)
Russell (bottom left) with his sister Phyllis (back) and brother Kenny (bottom right).

Like many families at the time, there were lots of children and not a lot of money to go around. By the time Russ was old enough for school, the Great Depression had begun and belts got even tighter. Russ and Kenny would walk the train tracks in South Norwood looking for coal that had fallen off the train. Occasionally the fireman on the train would see them and toss a shovel full off the side . They would take the coal home to heat the house.

Russell Webber, age 14, 1938
Russell Webber, age 14, 1938

Near Sumner street, the Bird Paper company would buy and collect old clothes and rags and use them to make paper. Coins, jewelry and other items would fall out during the process and settle into a holding pit.  The boys would comb through the piles in hip boots., almost always finding a few pennies. On a good day they might find a nickel or even a dime.  A dime in the early 1930’s would get you a hamburger, a movie ticket, or a newspaper and a cup of coffee. The boys spent lots of free time there. Russ even took his son Jimmy there when he was a small boy.

Russ’ grandmother, Christine McLeod Webber, owned a farm on Winter Street next to Highland Cemetery. The property stretched from what is now the dump road all the way to the Westwood line. Christine would offer to pay the grand kids a nickel if they helped pick strawberries on the farm. One day Russ came and picked strawberries for her but when Russ asked for his money, Christine explained she had to sell the Strawberries first. Russ was angry and said he would never work on the farm again.

Russ as a young teenager, playing basketball
Russ as a young teenager, playing basketball

Although he was shorter than average at 5’4, he was athletic and strong as an ox. South Norwood in those days was a rough place and he was considered one of the toughest guys in the neighborhood. He had more than his fair share of street fights and by all accounts he won more than he lost. Like most boys in the neighborhood he played baseball and basketball, but he really shined on the football field, where he kicked the ball well enough barefoot to practice with the Dedham High football team. Russ and Kenny learned to ice skate on the pond used for Bird and Son’ (now Hollingworth & Vose)near the Walpole line.

The house where Russ  was born was located at 717 Pleasant St. (Street View). It was torn down in the late 1990’s. Although family moved quite often in his childhood, they stayed in South Norwood (which Russ always called “The Flats”. ) , finally settling at 60 Highview St. (Street View). This is the address listed in military enlistment records in 1942 when Horace (31), Preston( 29), Edgar (27), Russell (19) and Kenny (17) all joined the armed forces in 1942. Elliot, aged 35, was considered too old to join and stayed home in Norwood to care for Ma and Pa.

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After the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, men from all over the country signed up for the armed services and Norwood was no exception.  Russ enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on January 12th, 1942, at the age of 18. Years later when asked why he joined the Marines instead of the other services, he said all the recruiters were lined up in a row, telling the people passing by why their service was the better one to join. When he passed the Marine recruiter, the man said “Semper Fi”, but Russ thought he said “Seventy Five” which was more than the Army paid, so he signed up for the Marines instead. This is the type of story Russ was known for- it could be 100% true, made up for the sake of a laugh, or somewhere between and you could never be quite sure.

Russ went to boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.   Nicknamed the “Blue Diamond,” or “The Old Breed,” the 1st Marine Division is the most decorated unit of its size in the United States Marine Corps.

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By March of 1942 Russ was stationed at New River, North Carolina and in April moved on to San Diego California for more training. Despite his short stature, due to his brute strength Russ was assigned the job of carrying the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) for his unit (company I), which weighed almost 25 pounds and was almost 4 feet long.

During his first campaign, Russ participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal (including the battle at Battle of Edson’s Ridge) from Sept 18 1942 – Jan 4 1943. He and his fellow Marines called it “starvation island”. They ran so short of food that some Marines resorted to eating Japanese rations. Russ said they were terrible compared to the American K rations he was used to but he was so hungry he didn’t care.

Marines hit three feet of rough water as they leave their LST to take the beach at Cape Gloucester, New Britain
Marines hit three feet of rough water as they leave their LST to take the beach at Cape Gloucester, New Britain

When the operation was over, the regiment was sent to Melbourne, Australia to rest and refit. During their stay, they were billeted in the Melbourne Cricket Ground which was near the center of the city. The 7th Marines were 30 kms South-East at the bay-side suburbs of Balcombe, Mt Martha and Frankston. The Australians treated the Marines like heroes and proved to be wonderful hosts.

On August 30, 1943 Russ wrote a letter to Elliot from San Diego. He said he was recovering from heavy fighting in the Pacific.

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During August  and  September of 1943 the bulk of the Division left Australia and moved North. As part of the campaign to secure New Guinea, the combat on New Britain took place in some of the most challenging and rugged terrain anywhere on earth. Paper, clothing and leather quickly rotted or fell apart in the intense humidity and heavy rainfall. Weapons and ammunition corroded quickly. Russ contracted Malaria there for the second time of the Pacific campaign, just after he turned 20.

During April 1944 the Old Breed deployed to its new home on Pavuvu in the Russell Islands. When they first set eyes on Pavuvu, the Division’s Marines were discouraged. Most of the island was covered by coconut plantations and rotting coconuts covered the island. Sand crabs infested the island and found their way into every tent and foxhole. Russ said it was the worst place they visited but as miserable as it was, at least there was no malaria.

On 15 September 1944, the First Marine Division assaulted Peleliu in the Palau islands. Peleliu was a brutally hot and humid place under the best of conditions and the Marines suffered in the heat. Air support blasted away much of the vegetation from the island’s ridges, leaving bare black coral that radiated the heat and offered little concealment from the enemy. Russ fought in the battle of Bloody Nose Ridge, considered by many to be the most difficult fight that the U.S. military encountered in the entire war. Over 70% of the 1st Marine Division were killed or wounded during the battle, and Russ was one of them. His wounds at Peleliu on September 29th earned him one of his two Purple Hearts and a ticket home.

After being honorably discharged as a Private First Class, Russ returned to Norwood and went back to work at Bird & Son’s in East Walpole. The Bird plant made roofing shingles and paper products and was the largest employer in both Norwood and Walpole at the time.

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Russ was a founding member of the 1st Marine Division Reunion Association in Boston after the war and was elected President. He was extremely proud of his Marine service throughout his lifetime.

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He began dating Florence Howard,  from neighboring Dedham, Massachusetts,  in 1951. She volunteered at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in West Roxbury and he would sometimes give her a ride home.

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Florence Howard and Russell Webber on their wedding day, August 10, 1952
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In November 1950, he took her to the Thanksgiving football game between Dedham and Norwood, but told her he wouldn’t be seeing her that night. She knew he was also dating a nurse from Braintree who he was going to see. When he was with Florence he would tell her stories about the nurse and they would laugh about them, and apparently he also talked to the nurse about Florence. The night of the football game the nurse had finally had enough and said “All you do is talk about her, maybe you should just go be with her tonight”, and Russ said “That’s a good idea!” and went back to see Florence. He never saw the nurse again.

Florence got an apartment on the corner of Cleveland St. at 69 Railroad Avenue in Norwood. She lived there with her friend Kitty McDonough for a while and when Kitty moved out she took over the rent. On August 10th, 1952, Florence’s 28th birthday, she and Russ got married in the apartment byt a Justice of the Peace and Russ moved into the apartment soon after. Russ’ sister Doris was the maid of honor, and Russ’ friend Pete Bamba was his best man. After the ceremony, they went to Chinatown in Boston for dinner, then hopped on the bus and went to California on their honeymoon. Kitty McDonough watched Cynthia and Jimmy while they were away.  Florence didn’t think Cynthia would mind but she cried most of the time they were away, while Jimmy spent time with the other kids.

The honeymoon bus trip was Florence’s first trip outside New England. She was surprised how much she loved the sightseeing out the window of the bus and her lifelong love of travelling began that day.

286 Railroad Ave in 2015
286 Railroad Ave in 2015 (2010 addition on the left)

In March of 1953, Russ’ mother Margaret Colbert Webber died. His father Pa needed help running the house, so in December Russ, Florence, Cynthia, Jimmy and 2 month old Richard moved in to his house further up  the street at 286 Railroad ave.

Once Russ and Florence started having more children, the house was becoming cramped, so Pa moved in with his daughter Eva. They bought the house from Pa for $6000 and Todd, Sharon, Jeff and Mark were all born while they lived at 286 Railroad ave. The house still stands at the present location, although an addition was added in 2010.

311 Nahatan St in the late 1970's. The front of the house has been painted red but the right side still has some brown shingles.
311 Nahatan St in the late 1970’s. The front of the house has been painted red but the right side still has some brown shingles.

Now with 7 children, they needed an even larger house. On August 9th, 1965 the family took out a mortgage to pay off 286 Railroad Avenue and bought the house at 311 Nahatan st.  The backyards of the houses almost touched, only separated by the yard at 3 School St. Most of the family’s belongings were moved straight through these backyards. Built in 1910, the house at 311 Nahatan st was a brown, wood shingled house set up as an upstairs/downstairs two family residence when they purchased it.

The family would go for long rides in the car, with all the kids piled into the backseat and often with Mark laying in the back window. Sometimes they would go to visit someone specific, like Russ’ sister Phyllis in New Hampshire, but often they would just head in a direction and see where they ended up. He continued to love long drives for the rest of his life.

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When the 1st Marine Division was trying to expand their membership, Russ drove all over Massachusetts knocking on doors to sign people up. Once when looking for a particular veteran, they went to Roxbury, where they were given a new address he had moved to in Needham. From there they went to another town, and another until they finally arrived in Weston. They never tracked the guy down, but the resident of the last house in Weston said Russ should join the FBI with those kind of detective skills.

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Russ attended various 1st Marine Division reunions throughout his lifetime in places like San Antonio, South Carolina, New Hampshire, New Orleans, South Dakota, Washington D.C., Baltimore, San Diego, and Chicago (which was Florence’s favorite). In 1965 they brought all the kids with them to the reunion in New York city, which they regretted because the kids were wild. Right before the Philadelphia reunion in 1968, Florence got her driver’s license. The day before the trip, Russ got a spider bite on his hand and new driver Florence had to drive all the way home from Philly.

They also loved to stop at flea markets, swap meats and yard sales. With so many children and not much money, they took advantage of any kind of deal they could get. Russ’ brother Kenny, who ran the town dump, would also call Russ if he saw anyone throwing away anything the family could use.

Russ was featured in an article in the Daily Transcript on August 28, 1985 where he talked about the Eiffel Tower.
Russ was featured in an article in the Daily Transcript on August 28, 1985 where he talked about the Eiffel Tower.

One day Russ and Florence stopped at a church on Chapel Street in Norwood where they were holding an event. One of the exhibits was an eight foot tall metal Eiffel Tower. She always wanted to visit France and never got to go, so Russ bought the Eiffel tower and put it on the front lawn. That was sometime before or around 1973.  The Eiffel tower was hidden from view by several pine trees in front of the house until the mid 1980’s, but as the trees fell or were removed, the tower became a local landmark. To this day people stop and take photos of it or with it. A photo in front of the tower is often listed on local scavenger hunt lists.

In the mid 1960’s Russ got a job as the junior custodian at the Shattuck School, across the street from the house on Nahatan st. Over the next 20 years,  Russ worked in every school in town. He retired from the school department in 1987 and volunteered as a playground monitor at the Oldham school until 1989 when he retired for good.

Once he retired, Russ loved a good cup of tea at home and liked to eat his meals in bed. For several years he would head down to McDonald’s on Broadway and have coffee with his friends and “shoot the breeze”. He was always a talented storyteller, and it was often hard to tell which ones were exaggerated or flat out made up.

Over the years, Russ invited many people to stay in the house at 311 Nahatan St. When there was a fire in the apartment across the street, a house painter from Ireland had no place to go, so Russ let him stay on the couch for a few months.

Grand Marshall Russell (with Florence) in the lead car of the parade. Taken on Washington st in downtown Norwood on July 4th, 2004.
Grand Marshall Russell (with Florence) in the lead car of the parade. Taken on Washington st in downtown Norwood on July 4th, 2004.

For many years he marched in the annual Norwood 4th of July parade and was chosen as the Grand Marshall of the parade in 2004.

Parties on the Fourth of July were an annual tradition in the Webber household going back to at least the early 1970’s. They started as smaller events with family and a few friends and grew larger and larger as the years went on.  By the 1980’s, most of the guest were friends of Russ kids, but many family members and friends of both Russ and Florence also attended each year. Motorcycles lined the sidewalk out in front of the house and either a live band played or there was karaoke in the backyard.   Russ loved to sing and really enjoyed being able to do it at home in front of so many family and friends.

And even though he was never a drinker, Russ never missed a chance to attend karaoke night at local bars and pubs.

Notorious for having a stubborn streak and a dislike for authority, he was known just as well for his generosity. He was always willing to do you a favor, even if it took him out of his way or caused him an inconvenience, but if you crossed him watch out!

Russ had a double hip replacement in 1980 that was expected to last him 10 years, but he did not have them replaced again. 20 years later, the pain in his hips was bad enough that he decided to explore another hip replacement. During the pre-op testing, doctors discovered that his arteries were badly clogged, and he had triple bypass surgery in January 2005. Recovery for the bypass was very slow and after a short rehab in Harrington House in Walpole, Russ was moved to Charwell House in Norwood where he died on June 28, 2005.

He was one of a kind and loved by so many. He is still missed very much by his friends and family.

Webber Graves HIGHLAND CEMETERY, NORWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS

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Emerson Webber

BIRTH10 Jun 1845 New Hampshire, USA
DEATH21 Feb 1921 (aged 75 )Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Mon, Feb 14, 1921 – The Boston Globe


Christine Mcleod Webber

BIRTH15 Oct 1849 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
DEATH25 Jan 1933 (aged 83) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Thu, Jan 26, 1933 – The Boston Globe


Minot Lee Webber

BIRTH9 May 1890 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH24 Sep 1937 (aged 47) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Eva Bessie Webber

BIRTH28 Apr 1881 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH12 Dec 1965 (aged 84) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Mon, Dec 13, 1965 · The Boston Globe


Donald Minot Webber (not listed on headstone, but Veterans marker is present)

BIRTH20 Jun 1918 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH17 Oct 1973 (aged 55) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Alice Ruth Whitmarsh (not listed on headstone)

BIRTH21 Apr 1887 Westwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH16 Mar 1977 (aged 89) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Katherine Lorraine Savage – (not listed on headstone, but a temporary marker is on her grave). State Ward cared for by Christine Webber and then Eva Webber. Lived the last decades of her life at Emerald Court Nursing Home at 460 Washington Street.


2 “Ma” and “Pa” Webber

Margaret “Ma” Colbert Webber

BIRTH5 Apr 1886
DEATH13 Mar 1953 (aged 66)

Obituary – 14 Mar 1953, Sat The Boston Globe


Edgar “Pa” Webber

BIRTH14 Mar 1884Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH30 Sep 1961 (aged 77)Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Mon, Oct 2, 1961 – The Boston Globe


3 Preston Webber

Preston James Webber

BIRTH15 Oct 1913
DEATH17 Oct 1988 (aged 75)

Obituary –19 Oct 1988, Wed The Boston Globe

Angela Chully Webber

BIRTH24 Jan 1913Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH18 Dec 2010 (aged 97)New Jersey, USA

Obituary Mon, Dec 20, 2010 – The Boston Globe


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Edgar Freeman Webber

BIRTH16 Jan 1916Westwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH28 Dec 2009 (aged 93)Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Wed, Dec 30, 2009 – The Boston Globe


Annette Bovin Webber

BIRTH4 May 1927 Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH5 Mar 2019 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Kraw Kornack Funeral Home


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Russell Howard Webber

BIRTH22 Oct 1923 Norwood, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH28 Jun 2005 (aged 81) Norwood, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Thu, Jun 30, 2005 – The Boston Globe


Florence Katherine Howard Webber

BIRTH10 Aug 1924Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH1 Jul 2018 (aged 93)Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Legacy.com


Jeffrey Christopher Clark Webber

BIRTH12 Dec 1958 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH3 Oct 2010 (aged 51) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary – Legacy.com


James Campbell Webber (not buried here but Veterans marker is present)

BIRTH9 Dec 1947Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH1 Sep 2001 (aged 53)Florence, Florence County, South Carolina, USA

Elliott Emerson Webber (listed on headstone, ashes scattered)

BIRTH20 Dec 1906 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH26 Aug 1982 (aged 75) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Veronica Galvenecki Webber (listed on headstone, ashes scattered)

BIRTH13 Aug 1913 Brockton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
DEATH7 Jan 1981 (aged 67) Norwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America

Emerson Burns Webber

BIRTH27 Jul 1935 Norwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America
DEATH20 May 2005 (aged 69) Norwood, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America

Obituary Sun, May 22, 2005 – The Boston Globe

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Kenneth Elmore Webber

BIRTH5 Dec 1925 Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
DEATH30 Nov 2011 (aged 85) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary for Kenneth E. WEBBER 01 Dec 2011, Thu The Boston Globe

Janet Anne McKeon Webber

BIRTH18 Nov 1929
DEATH31 Aug 2014 (aged 84) Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Obituary for Janet Anne WEBBER (Aged 84) Tue, Sep 2, 2014 – The Boston Globe