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Mariana W. (Westberg) Morse

April 14, 1927 July 12, 2018
Mariana W. (Westberg) Morse
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Obituary for Mariana W. (Westberg) Morse

Mariana W. Morse, 91, a long-time resident of Bradford, passed away peacefully, Thursday July 12.
Mrs. Morse was born in South Milwaukee, WI on April 14, 1927 the daughter of the late Spencer and Margaret (Gorham) Westberg. She earned a degree as a Registered Nurse and worked at Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital in Philadelphia until getting married and moving to Haverhill.
Widowed at an early age, she raised five children on her own, cared for her mother and aged in-laws, and involved herself in many community projects and organizations, all while building and maintaining a successful career. From the mid-1970s to the 1980s she sold real estate, eventually establishing her own business, Mariana W. Morse Realty, in Bradford. She was then appointed as an assessor for the City of Haverhill and served until her retirement in 1994.

As a well known and popular member of the community she was often approached to join several civic and community groups and she quipped “my only talent was saying yes.” She could be invariably counted on to do so with humor and grace. Her community activities included: trustee of the Haverhill Public library, president of the Friends of the Haverhill Public Library, president of the Realtors of Haverhill, president of the Whittier Club, member of the Haverhill Historical Commission, president of the Haverhill Day Nursery, director of the Merrimack Valley United Fund, and board member of both the Haverhill Girls Club and the Stevens-Bennett Home.

In 2006 she received the D. Raymond Taffe Memorial Award for her contributions to the community over 50 years. She always felt that the greatest reward “…was meeting so many wonderful people on all these committees and projects.”
Mariana also belonged to both the Hosford Club and the Leisure Hour Club and was a dedicated bridge player. She enjoyed learning new things, reading (especially murder mysteries), traveling, hosting parties and family trips to Popham Beach, ME.

She was predeceased by her husband Charles H. Morse Jr. who passed away in 1973.
Mrs. Morse is survived by her children: Anthony T. Morse and his wife Ann of Staunton, VA; Leigh A. Batruk and her husband Sigmund of New York, NY; Charles H. Morse III and his wife Susanne of Haverhill, MA; Kristin S. Morse of San Francisco, CA; and Jeffrey G. Morse and his partner April Aucoin of Bradford, MA; and her granddaughter, Abigail W. Morse of Haverhill, MA.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to her calling hours on Friday, July 27 from 5PM-8PM at the H.L. Farmer and Sons Bradford Funeral Home, 210 South Main St. (Rt.125) Bradford. Her funeral will be held Saturday, July 28, starting at 10am at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St., Bradford. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Bradford.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Haverhill Public Library 99 Main St. Haverhill MA, 01830. To share a memory or for more information, please visit

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5:00 PM 7/27/2018 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/27/2018 8:00:00 PM
H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home

210 South Main Street
Bradford, MA 01835

H.L. Farmer & Sons Bradford Funeral Home
210 South Main Street Bradford 01835 MA
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11:00 AM 7/28/2018 11:00:00 AM
Sacred Hearts Church

165 South Main St.
Bradford, MA 01835

Sacred Hearts Church
165 South Main St. Bradford 01835 MA
United States

Cemetery Details


Elmwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

94 Salem St.
Bradford, MA 01835

94 Salem St. Bradford 01835 MA
United States

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Haverhill Public Library

99 Main St.
Haverhill, MA 01830

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