Obituaries – 04-02-09

Thursday, April 2, 2009
By Cary Shuman

Anne O’Reilly
Assistant Manager of Workingman’s Cooperative Bank, Immaculate Conception Church volunteer

Anne E. (Driscoll) O’Reilly of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died on March 24.

She was a former assistant manager at Workingman’s Cooperative Bank and a volunteer at the Immaculate Conception Church.

The beloved wife of the late Denis William O’Reilly, MD, she was the loving mother of Denise O’Reilly Hurley and her husband, Owen, of New Hampshire, Mikel O’Reilly of Wendell, and her late husband’s son, Paul O’Reilly, and his wife, Linda, of New Hampshire; dear sister of Robert Driscoll of Winthrop and the late Mary Bachini and William and Edward Driscoll; cherished grandmother of Joshua, Jonathan and Liam Hurley; and fond aunt of many.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For her guestbook, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Salvatore Falzone Jr., 63

Retired Revere Police Sergeant

Salvatore J. Falzone Jr. of Revere died on March 24 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 63 years o/d.

A retired 27-year sergeant with the Revere Police Department and a US Air Force Vietnam veteran, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Boar) Falzone; beloved father of Michael of Winthrop, Frank of Revere and Julia Diaz of Epping, NH; dear brother of Carmelo Falzone of Weymouth, Rocco Falzone and Anna DePatto, both of Revere, and the late Cecelia Karagozian. He is also survived by one loving grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For his guestbook or flowers, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.


Joseph Barone
Baltimore resident

Joseph A. Barone of Baltimore, formerly of East Boston, died on March 27 after a long illness.

He was a past commissioner of the East Boston Little League, manager and umpire in chief; co-founder of East Boston Youth Football, former coach of CYO Holy Redeemer Baseball and the past president of the Blue Fins Diving Club.

He was the former husband of Rosemarie of East Boston; father of Donna Gorman of Hudson, Maureen of Winthrop, Michael of East Boston and Stephen of Revere; grandfather of seven and great-grandfather of two.

Private cremation services were held in Baltimore. Burial was at St. Michael’s in Roslindale.

Cards of condolence may be sent to The Stephen Barone Family, 140 Endicott Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

Gregory Hamilton Sr., 59
Vietnam veteran

Gregory M. Hamilton Sr., a 38-year resident of Chelsea and an East Boston native, died unexpectedly at Aventura Hospital in Miami, Florida, on March 24. He was taken ill while on vacation in Jamaica and then air raced to Miami, where he died. He was 59 years old.

A native of East Boston, he was a graduate of Savio High School, Class of 1968, Boston State Teachers College, Class of 1972 and attended Mass College of Pharmacy. He served his apprenticeship in pharmacology at Samuel’s Pharmacy in Winthrop and then changed careers, becoming a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 25, working as a yardsman in several of the local oil fields.

He served with the US Army during the Vietnam War and saw intense fighting action. He was a member of the American Legion Post 61 of Revere.

He leaves his fiancée, Elizabeth Caron of Chelsea. He is the father of Gregory M. Hamilton Jr. and his wife, Andora, of Cary, North Carolina; two grandsons, Austin V. and Dylan T. Hamilton, also of Cary, North Carolina.

Son of the late Gordon Hamilton and the late Ethel (Boland) Hamilton, He was the brother of Vincent Hamilton of San Francisco, Calif., Gerald Hamilton and his wife, Marie, of East Boston, Vivienne M. Andrews and her husband, Wayne, of Rehoboth, Frederick Hamilton of Haverhill, Gordon Hamilton and his wife, Yvette, of Merrimac, Susan Semetelli and her husband, Richard, and Linda Antonucci and her husband, Alex Moore, all of Canton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Event on Saturday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Irish Club of Chelsea, Clinton Street, Chelsea, in his honor. At his request, funeral services were private, with arrangements entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.

Clara Marcucella, 92
Of North Reading, formerly of East Boston

Clara (DeRota) Marcucella of North Reading, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, on March 25. She was 92 years old.

A housewife, she was born in Boston and was educated in Boston schools.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Marcucella; mother of Annette C. Marotta and her husband, Joseph, of North Reading and Jane Vozella and her husband, Ralph, of Medford; daughter of the late Ettore and Rachel (LaPenna) DeRota; sister of Victoria Boniface of North Reading and Olga Elliott of Winthrop; grandmother of Kristine O’Rourke and her husband, Joseph, of North Reading, William Vozella and his wife, Jessica, of Reading, Joseph Marotta of North Reading and the late Ralph J. Vozella; and the great-grandmother of Marisa, Rachel, Spencer-Mary, Giana, Daria and Anthony.

Arrangements were by Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading.

Catherine McGilvery
Of Revere, formerly of Dorchester

Catherine (Buchanan) McGilvery of Revere, formerly of Dorchester, died on March 29.

She was an active member of St. Marks Parish in Dorchester and volunteered with CCD, CYO, the Ladies Guild and with other parish activities for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late John McGilvery; devoted mother of Mary McGilvery of East Bridgewater, Paul McGilvery of Dalton, Joann Armstrong of Lynn, Marcia McGilvery and Dominic Petrosino, both of Winthrop; dear sister of Jeanne O’Brien of Saugus and the late Paula Buchanan, Marjorie Marrotta, Robert and Carol Buchanan; cherished grandmother of six; great-grandmother of three and the late Michael McGilvery. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights), East Boston, on Thursday, April 2, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating her life in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. For more information or to send an online condolence to her family, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Frances Greissman, 82
Of Indianapolis, formerly of Winthrop

Frances L. Greissman of Indianapolis, formerly of Winthrop, died on March 31.

Born on October 20, 1926 in Winthrop to the late Abraham and Eleanor Marcus, she graduated from Winthrop High School and worked as an administrative assistant at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the New England Regional Office, Boston, from 1948 to 1955. From 1955 to1965, she worked as an administrative assistant at the Industrial Real Estate Market in New York. She then worked from 1985 to 1987 as the administrative assistant for the Bureau of Jewish Education, Indianapolis, from where she retired.

In 1993, she earned her associate’s degree in general studies from I.U.P.U.I. She was a member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and the Sisterhood Hadassah. She had the pleasure of being a volunteer at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Survivors include her beloved husband, Stanley Greissman; her loving daughters, Carol Greissman and Amy (Ron) Bache; her grandson, Nathan Alexander Bache; and her sister, Lois Sussman.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Vincent Hospice, Beth-El Zedeck Sisterhood, or Hadassah. Services will take place at 2 p.m. today, Thursday, April 2, at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary. Burial will follow at Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.arnmortuary.com.

Paolo ‘Paul’ Brienza
Malden resident

Paolo “Paul” Brienza of Malden died on March 29.

He was the beloved husband of Celia (Canas); father of Roxanne Brienza Murden of Beverly, Horacio of Malden and Sylvia of Winthrop; brother of Vincente of Argentina, Antonio of Brighton, Carmelo of Allston, Maria DeFilpo of Malden, Luisa Panzavecchia of Saugus and the late Rocky and is also survived by two grandchildren Lara, Aragorn; and several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St, Everett today, Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. His Funeral Mass will be at Sacred Hearts Church, Malden, at 11a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr Brienza’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Regina Brenner, 50
Worked for WGBH, active in Winthrop Community

Regina Brenner of Crest Avenue, Winthrop, died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 21. She was 50 years old.

Born in Oak Bluffs, she was the beloved daughter of the late Jean (Chapman) and Louis Trebby. She was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, and later moved to Winthrop where she lived for the last 23 years.

For the past 10 years, she was employed with WGBH as a unit manager. Very active in community affairs, she was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, Winthrop High School PTO, and the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Society. She was most active with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop, where she was a member of the Altar Guild, the Liturgical Committee, the choir, the ECW (Episcopal Church Women), and former member of the Vestry. She also served as a sub-deacon of the parish.

She was the beloved wife of 21 years of Lawrence “Larry” Brenner and the loving mother of Samuel Brenner of Winthrop. She was the sister of Bettina Trebby-Preston of Hillsborough, NH, Maria Trebby of Nantucket, Carla Metell of Melrose, Robert Trebby of Charlestown, Julia Fernandez of Gilbert, Ariz. and Thomas Trebby of Vineyard Haven.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop Memorial donations may be made to either St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop MA 02152 or the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop MA 02152. To sign her online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Thomas Williams, 60
Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Thomas J. Williams of Pinellas Park, Fla., formerly of Winthrop, died on March 17, at the age of 60.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Trembly) Williams; father of Lisa Giarla and Lorraine Henson of Florida and Thomas Williams of Boston; loving grandfather of Tiffany, Tina, Nickie and Bobbie; son of Mary (Bucci) Williams and the late Earl Williams; brother of Meryl Foy, James Williams and his wife, Nancy (DiMuro) Williams, and Earl Williams, all of Winthrop, and Nancy (Williams) Anderson and her husband, John, of Lynnfield. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, and by many cousins near and far.

His name will be remembered at a Mass to be held on Sunday, April 5, at noon at St. John’s Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop. A small collation will follow at the home of Jim and Nancy Williams, 30 Temple Avenue, Winthrop.

William O’Neill
Worked for United Airlines

William M. O’Neill of South Burlington, Vt., formerly of Winthrop, died on March 4.

Mr. O’Neill retired from United Airlines in 1999 after 33 years of dedicated service. He spent the majority of his career at the Burlington International Airport, where he will long be remembered for his genuine kindness and warm smile.

He was the beloved husband of Harriet T. O’Neill; loving father of Kevin “Gerry,” and his wife, Andrea, of South Burlington, Vt., William and his wife, Linda, of Hull, Paul and Frederick and his wife, Susanne, all of Burlington, Vt.; dear brother of Alice Cappa of West Palm Beach, Fla. and James O’Neill of Revere, and the late Sonny, Joseph, Edward O’Neill, Virginia Webster and Mary DeFilippo.

A Memorial Mss will be held Saturday, April 4, at 11:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop Street, Winthrop.

Kirk Allen Rose, 47
Artist and Musician, of Michigan, formerly of Winthrop

Kirk Allen Rose of Coloma, Michigan, a Winthrop resident from 1980 until 1997, died quietly at home on March 20 after a brief illness. He was 47 years old.

He was born on December 28, 1961, in Durand, Mich. Following high school, he studied at M.I.T. and the Art Institute of Massachusetts in Boston where he lived for 17 years. He and his wife also owned Rose Wood Designs; a company started in Massachusetts and transferred to Michigan in 1997.

He is best known for his fine art furniture designs and restorations. He loved to work with wood, oils, charcoal, and pastels creating his own works of art. He also took pleasure in composing and listening to music and he played the guitar, trumpet, piano and drum. His paintings have been displayed at the Box Factory and at the Blue Barn and at other galleries outside of Michigan. He loved to spend time with family and friends, playing Jeopardy at home and taking his wife out to dance once in awhile. His outdoor activities included sailing, traveling, roller blading, ice skating and skiing. Other interests included watching wildlife, walking in the woods, climbing the White Mountains of New Hampshire, astronomy and taking care of the planet. When it came to religion, he always said he believed “all prayers go to the same post box.”

_He is survived by his wife, Pat Camarena-Rose; his son, Kael Aaron Rose; his mothers and their husbands, Myrna and Jerry Cervenka and Gladys and Robert Numerick; brothers, Phillip Johnson, Alva Johnson, T.J. Ferero, Eugene and his wife, Beth Numerick, Brian and his wife, Michelle Numerick; his sister, Dena Numerick; many nieces and nephews and second cousins by marriage and a multitude of pets. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack H. Rose, several uncles and all of his grandparents.

A Celebration of his Life, his Art and his Music will take place at the family’s residence, located at 2631 Park Road in Coloma, on Sunday, May 3, beginning at noon. Those wishing to sign the online guest book or leave a message of comfort for the family may do so at www.duffieldpastrick.com. Because his pride and joy was the Coloma Car Wash, which he and his wife, Pat, bought last July, to honor him and help fulfill his dream of renovating it as he wanted, Capt. Kirk’s Save the Coloma Car Wash Fund has been established in his memory. Donations may be mailed to Duffield and Pastrick Family Funeral Home, 6548 Paw Paw Avenue, Coloma, MI 49038.

Marshall Dana
Malden resident

Marshall S. Dana, a lifelong Malden resident, died on March 27.

He was the devoted father of Marsha A. Alpers of Florida, William James Dana and wife, Shayna, of Middleton, the late Glenda Beckwith and Cindy Dana; cherished brother of the late Richard Dana and Dorothy Dana; stepfather of Shirley Collins and husband, Brian, of Maine, Richard Ricupero and wife, Sally, of Winthrop and the late Susan Ricupero; father-in-law of the late Daniel Alpers; grandfather of Kim Dimaro and husband, Michael, of Malden, Thomas J. Digiantommaso and wife, Manouchka, of New Hampshire, Daniel Alpers of Florida, Jordan, Lindsey, and Michael Dana of Middleton and great-grandfather of seven.

Funeral services were private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the McFadden Manor, 341 Forest Street, Malden, MA 02148. For his online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.weirfuneralhome.com.

Willis Bird, 84
Electrical Engineer and Biblical Scholar

Willis A. “Will” Bird died on Sunday, March 8, at Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home in Natick, after a long period of declining health. He was 84 years old.

Born in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of Albert Glenn and Ingrid Caroline (Melen) Bird, and the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Voltmann) Bird. He was born on Christmas Day 1924, and he died on the couple’s 62nd wedding anniversary.

As a youth growing up in Winthrop, he was drawn most strongly to the ocean and to the study of electricity. He and his friends had kayaks, and would explore the islands around Boston Harbor. He was often invited to act as crew in the sailboat races in the Gloucester area.

These two loves became one after the United States entered World War II and he found himself in the US Navy. He spent most of the war at sea as an Electrician’s Mate 1st Class, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific. His ship was the second to reach the doomed Indianapolis, torpedoed in July 1945, with nearly 2,000 men aboard. Only 316 were rescued and, in his later years, he could never recount the story without weeping.

After the war, he attended colleges in New York and Boston, earning degrees in both electrical and industrial engineering, and spent most of his career in the field of electronics in companies from Massachusetts to Connecticut and from Florida to Western Massachusetts, eventually settling in Woodville, Hopkinton on Lake Whitehall, and was employed by then Datatrol, later Data Card in Hudson. He retired in January 1995.

He was an avid reader of the Bible, and taught himself Greek and Hebrew to be able to read the Scriptures as originally written. Over the years, he taught Bible studies in several churches and private homes, until he was prevented from doing so by failing health.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; his daughters, Kathleen “Kathi” Blais of Weymouth and Patti Ann Bird of Blue Bell, Pa.; his sons, Robert G. Bird and his wife, Dawn, of Bellingham, and Terry A. Bird and his wife, Patti, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; two granddaughters, Katie Bird and Jennifer Blais; a great-grandson, Jamison, and great granddaughter, Reese, both of Weymouth. He is also survived by his only brother, Howard G. Bird, of Vienna, Va.

A Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, April 4 at the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton, 84 South Street, Hopkinton at 1 p.m. Memorial gifts, in Mr. Bird’s name, may be made to the Vineyard Church of Hopkinton.

Alexander Stoupakis
Newton resident

Alexander G. Stoupakis of Newton died on March 25.

He was the son of George A. and Anne (MacDonald) Stoupakis of Nova Scotia; father of George A. Stoupakis of Maynard; brother of Laura Stoupakis and her husband, Brett J. Baurle, of Winthrop and David M. Stoupakis and his wife, Aprella Bruce, of New York and husband and best friend of Julie M. (Reardon) Stoupakis of Maynard; uncle of Asa and Ana Baurle. He is also survived by his aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, Watertown. Burial was in Ridgelawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit www.macdonaldrockwell.com.

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