Nashua, NH — Dawn (DeFelice) Richards Machovic, 74, of Nashua, N.H., died Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Southern NH Medical Center in Nashua following a courageous battle with cancer.
Dawn was born December 10, 1938, in Wakefield, Mass., daughter of the late Paul and Theresa (Nasella) DeFelice. She was also predeceased by her first husband, John T. Richards, Sr. as well as by her brother, Paul DeFelice.
Dawn was the wife of Stephen A. Machovic, Jr. of Nashua with whom she married in 2011.
Dawn attended the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital School of Nursing and became an R.N. in 1959. She later attended classes at Northeastern University where she studied English. Dawn was previously the Director of Nursing for Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a maternity nurse at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and was an office nurse for Dr. Anthony V. Nigro with Reading Pediatrics. She resided and raised her family in Reading, Mass., for 30 years and moved to Nashua, N.H., in 1995.
While living in Nashua, Dawn was employed as an RN with St. Joseph Hospital satellite offices and more recently she was employed with Persian Rug Galleries where she worked in the Human Resources Dept. Dawn recently published her book, “The Cancer Table” of which she and her family were very proud. She enjoyed writing, floral design, public speaking and was a member of the Toast Masters. Dawn’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Besides her loving husband, Stephen, her devoted family includes two daughters, Linda Richards and her husband, Robert Naphen III, of West Bridgwater, Mass., Donna Lee Richards and her husband, Martin Walsh, of Nashua, N.H.; a son, John T. Richards, Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Rockport, Mass.; two grandchildren, Evan Richards and Tara Richards; two brothers, Lee DeFelice of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael DeFelice of East Hampstead, N.H.; also her stepmother, Darnell DeFelice of Nashua as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.