Tobey Kaplan

Tobey R Kaplan (Rosenberg)

Saturday, April 23rd, 1932 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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Tobey Kaplan died Sunday, March 29, 2020 at Maple Leaf Health Care Center in Manchester after a long illness.

She was born in 1932 in Boston MA., Mrs Kaplan was a second generation European immigrant. Growing up in the Boston area, she had one brother Robert Rosenberg (d. 1997), and their parents stressed the importance of education to them both. She attended Boston Latin High School, graduating valedictorian, and went on to major in Chemistry at Simmons College.

Upon graduation from Simmons College in 1953, Tobey married Albert Kaplan (d. 2008) and was employed for a time by Tech Ops Corporation, applying her science training to technical assignments in the burgeoning technology environment in the greater Boston area. They soon started a family, living in Boston, but soon moved to Hull, MA.

In the mid 1960s Tobey began substitute teaching in the Hull public schools and attended Boston College graduate school. She received her masters degree from BC in history and transitioned to full time Social Studies instructor at Hull Memorial Middle School where she remained through the 1970s and 1980s and eventually attained the title of head of the social studies dept at the middle school. Although a stern instructor enforcing disciplne, she taught the importance
of critical thinking, and was well loved and respected by her students. For many years she was a member of Temple Beth Shalom and the Hadassah chapter in Hull, MA.

In the early 1990's after retiring from teaching, Tobey and husband Albert toured the country from coast to coast in their RV, fulfilling a life long dream, visiting many sites of historical importance that she had taught about in school but had not previously visited. One such site was Gettysburgh, and she often spoke about the eerie presence and palpability
of the masses of fallen soldiers that had died there in battle.

Tobey greatly enjoyed her hobby of sewing and embroidery, and made gifts of clothing and accessories for friends and family.

Tobey is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Franchi, her son-in-law, Robert Franchi, and her son, Jay Kaplan, all of Merrimack, New Hampshire, and various cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws throughout New England and beyond.

SERVICES: There will be a private service for interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Plans for a remembrance gathering of extended family will be announced later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tobey’s name may be made to either the National Kidney Foundation, Attn: Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 ( or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (
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    Sharon Memorial Park
    120 Canton Street
    Sharon, MA 02067
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Posted at 11:51pm
Thank you to the Kaplan family for many of the great memories I have of growing up in Hull, MA. What a very special place McCormick's "drug store" was for every kid playing baseball at L Street. The candy, magazine rack, soda bar, burgers, milk shakes … I often think back to the many hours I spent there some 45-50 years ago. Also, I had Mrs. Kaplan as a teacher at Memorial Middle School. Such a professional. Definitely a teacher in the traditional mold. We had such great respect for her. And God forbid you got caught chewing gum in her class. Just a couple months ago I was telling my 7 and 9 year olds about her anti-gum speeches and her statement that gum was made out of the hoofs of horses! By chance I came across the obit tonight and had to write something. We in Hull were really blessed to have Mr. and Mrs. Kaplan as fellow Hullonians.

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