Families of Mass. health care workers who died from COVID-19 share memories

Rose Taldon delighted in cooking for her loved ones — the bigger the family gathering, the better.

David Ferranti was a history buff, attentive to the needs of others, with a passion for gardening.

Cindy Locklear was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother who loved walking her dogs.

All three were dedicated to caring for others; their commitment to helping people leading them to careers in health care. For all three, it was a dedication that continued, unwavering, as they served on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in what would become the final weeks and months of their lives.

All three died after being stricken by the virus, part of the growing death toll from COVID-19 in the United States. Nationally, more than 200,000 people have died since the pandemic began, giving the United States the highest confirmed death toll in the world.

As of Thursday, the Centers for

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