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Christine Elizabeth (Getchell) Stafford

June 2, 2019
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STAFFORD, Christine Elizabeth (Getchell) of Watertown, June 2, 2019. Age 89.  Beloved wife of the late Merlin “Stanley” Stafford. Devoted mother of Steven C. Stafford of San Diego, CA formerly of Watertown and David F. Stafford of Watertown and mother-in-law of Katherine Stafford and Maria Stafford.  Dear sister of Thomas Getchell and the late Liquori “Lee” Raneri and David Getchell. Loving and proud grandmother of her five grandchildren and their spouses: Krystin Stafford and her husband Ethan Heller, Kara (Stafford) Joseph and her husband Jason Joseph, Matthew Stafford and his wife Kim (Deloge) Stafford, James Stafford, and Christina Stafford. Loving great-grandmother of Avery, Emersyn, and Hazel. Caring and dear aunt to many nieces and nephews. 

As a widowed, single mother, she worked at Jet Spray in Waltham until her retirement. Even in her late 70’s she would help care for elderly people. She was always spunky and direct. She lived for over 60 years in the same apartment and in the late 1970’s she was the Vice President and then the President of the Watertown Tenants’ Association. Her hobbies included being an avid reader and a very competitive Skip-Bo card player. She would regularly attend weekend arts and crafts fairs and always supported the local artisans. 

A visitation period and memorial service will be held in the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, 270 Main St.Watertown on Friday, August 2, 2019. Visitation from 11 AM to 12 Noon. Memorial service at 12 Noon and Interment of ashes to follow at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Watertown. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions for Meals on Wheels may be sent to: Springwell Services, 307 Waverley Oaks Road, Suite 205, Watertown, MA 02452, or made online at Please note in the memo section that it is for “Christine Stafford - Meals on Wheels”.

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