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Makinen, John E.

John E. Makinen, a 50 year resident of Dedham, died Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Pond Home in Wrentham.  He was 97.  John was born April 9, 1914 in Boston, Massachusetts, the only child of Finnish immigrants John and Limpi (Makinen) Makinen.  Mr. Makinen was  a World War Two Army Air Corp veteran.  He was honorably discharged as a sergeant.  He was employed as the Director of General Services for the John Hancock Insurance Company.  John was the husband of the late Dorothy M. (Welsh) Makinen.  He is survived by his daughter Marie Segersten of Hyannis, and his two granddaughters, Amanda and Vanessa.  Services and interment in Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit were private.  In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 would be appreciated.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Ed Rae
    January 22nd, 2012 | 4:16 pm

    John was my mentor, when I first joined JH. He had a variety of positions, as I knew him over the years.
    He excelled at them all,while never sacrificing his humanity. So many colleagues we knew, could never qualify.
    A Veteran, lover of family & hockey, he was a great American & solid citizen.

    I was the sole companion, one who walked out the door,saying farewell to him, on his last day, upon his retirement. He outlived many who were soon forgotten.

    A term he used : ‘horse sense.’ john had copious amounts.
    He shared it. I am grateful & so glad he was a friend.

    Ave atque vale Johnny!

    “Choose your companions from the best;
    Who draws a bucket with the rest soon
    topples down the hill.”
    —William Butler Yeats

  2. Bette Rietz Larsen
    January 26th, 2013 | 6:43 pm

    John Makinen was the husband of my Mom’s sister Dorothy, known to me as my “Uncle Jack”. My dad died when I was 4 years old, and Uncle Jack was an important and loved part of my life ever after. He was there for me and taught me how to swim, skate, coast down a hill, run a motor boat, and helped me with anything else I asked him to. He was a true gentleman, devoted to my Aunt Dot.

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