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School superintendent's funeral Saturday

Posted by Martin Finucane April 11, 2007 04:48 PM



A wake will be held for Rosemary Joseph, superintendent of the Northborough/Southborough public schools, Friday evening followed by a funeral Mass Saturday morning.

Joseph, 54, died at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Tuesday afternoon from complications of a brain aneurysm, according to friends and colleagues.

Joseph had been leading the regional district for less than a year.

“I very much enjoyed working with her and we’ll certainly all miss her,” said Linda Murdock, principal of Trottier Middle School in Southborough. “I’m definitely very sad.”

Calling hours are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 263 Hamilton St., Southbridge. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be sent to the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for a scholarship fund to benefit all three districts in which she worked.

Checks should be made out to the MASS Scholarship Fund and sent to MASS at 132 Lincoln St., Suite 6L, Boston, MA 02111.

Joseph leaves her husband of 35 years, Larry Joseph; two children, David C. Joseph of Malden and Leigh A. Joseph of Holland, an English teacher at Tantasqua Regional High School; and three brothers, Robert Gillette and William Gillette, both of Westford and Daniel Gillette.

- Jennifer Rosinski

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