Obituaries – 04-08-09

Friday, April 10, 2009
By Cary Shuman

Barbara Ann Riley, 87

NE Telephone Operator

Barbara Ann Riley of Cottage Park Road, Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 3 after a brief illness. She was 87 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Barbara (Bushell) and Gerald McQueeney. She grew up in Chelsea and graduated from St. Rose Catholic School. A resident of Winthrop for over 65 years, she was employed as a telephone operator in the Winthrop Office of the New England Telephone Co.

She was the beloved wife of more than 59 years of the late George W. Riley and the loving mother of Rita Goulian of Arlington, Carolyn Smoot of Winthrop, George W. Riley and his wife, Carol, of Winthrop, Mayreen Ferri and her husband, Jay, of Winthrop and Debra Moretti of Revere.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign her online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

John ‘Harpo’ Dowd, 81

Teamsters member

John J. “Harpo” Dowd of Winthrop Street, Winthrop died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on April 5 after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

He was the son of the late Beatrice (Bushell) and Peter Dowd and is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ann Marie (Sullivan). He leaves behind his six children and spouses who loved him dearly, Dinny, Jack, Kevin, Nancy, Stephy, Leslie, Brian and Jennifer. He was immeasurably proud of his seven grandsons, Johnny Dowd, Brian Dowd Winter, Kevin and Anthony Dowd, Jake, Luke and Keith Smith. They will miss their “Grandpa Harpo.” He is also survived by one great granddaughter, AmberClaire.

For years after walking all around town with his brother, Harpo retired to his front porch on Winthrop Street which he described as his “Favorite place in the World.”

He was also a late member of Teamsters Local 379.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop on April 8 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed the Mass in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery next to his mother, father and his beloved older brother and best friend “Butch”. To sign his online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com._

“Happy is the man who has acquired the love of walking for it’s own sake”

W.J. Holland

Dorine Moore, 84

Member of Pleasant Park Yacht Club and Winthrop Senior Center

Dorine E. (Greene) Moore of Winthrop died on March 31 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 84 years old.

The beloved wife of the late C. Benjamin Moore, she was born on February 13 1925, in St. Johnsbury, VT, the daughter of the late Roy H. and Kathleen M. (Cox) Greene. She was raised and educated in St. Johnsbury. In 1955, she moved to Manchester, NH and was employed by a pharmaceutical company. In 1972, she married and the couple moved to Winthrop. She enjoyed renovating the home they purchased and spending time with her late husband designing and building a 40′ sailboat.

She was a member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and the Winthrop Senior Center where she enjoyed playing bingo. She also enjoyed taking long walks around the Point Shirley area.

She was a special aunt to Cynthia Mackin and her husband, Richard, of Berlin, N.H., James Greene of St. Johnsbury, VT., Michael Greene and his wife, Tina, of Ryegate, VT, Larry Greene and Gary Greene, both of Vermont, and many great nieces and nephews and the sister-in-law of Jane Greene of St. Johnsbury, VT. She was the sister of the late Leon and twins Kermit and Kenneth Greene and is also survived by her special friends, Ginny Cronin, Juliet Bettano, and Carol Ferrant, all of Winthrop.

Her Funeral Mass was officiated by Father Tom Dilorenzo in the Holy Rosary Church. A warm and comforting eulogy was read by Ginny Cronnin. The offering of the gifts was presented by Juliet Bettano. Those who knew her were made richer by her kindness and unselfish acts. May you find peace and comfort when you think of her. Live your life to the fullest as she did.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Assn. 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701, or to a charity of one’s choice. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Barbara Starratt, 84

Former Winthrop resident

Barbara A. Starratt of Sudbury, formerly of Gloucester, South Boston and Winthrop, died on April 1. She was 84 years old.

The loving wife of the late William C. Starratt II, she was the devoted mother of William and his wife, Christine, of Lowell and Jane and her husband, James, of Sudbury; dear sister of Jean Brenna of Winthrop; cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Stephanie, William, Matthew, Jeffrey, John, Taylor and Samuel; loving aunt of Beth Phillips and several other nieces and nephews and devoted friend of Dorothea Grigoropulos.

Funeral arrangements were by the Duckett-J.S.Waterman and Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, Sudbury. Burial was in Belle Isle Cemetery, Winthrop. For additional information, tributes and guestbook, please visit: www.mem.com

Virginia Crowley, 83

Needham resident

Virginia (Nowak) Crowley of Needham died on April 4. She was 83 years old.

She was a member of the Needham Historical Society and a Friend of the Needham Library, as well as a former member of The Great Plain Squares and Needham Garden Club. She was the Fashion Illustrator for the former Melania’s Bridal Shop on Newbury Street and for Brides Magazine in New York City. In Massachusetts, she worked for the former John C. Dowd Advertising Agency where she worked closely on the Kennedy campaign.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Paul Crowley; loving sister of Edward Nowak, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Needham and Lillian Nowak-Boyle of North Andover; dear aunt of Kenneth Nowak and his wife, MaryAnn, of Millis, John Nowak and his wife Pamela of Watertown, Peter Nowak of Medway, Kristina Bunce and her husband, Jeffrey, of Medfield, Thomas Nowak and his wife, Margaret, of Medfield, Kevin Boyle and his wife, Meredith, of Wakefield, Paula Coveney and her husband, James, of Dorchester and Dr. John Greene and his wife, Gerry, of Florida and cherished great-aunt of several nieces and nephews, as well as many grandnieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Eaton Funeral Home, Needham. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Needham. Donations in her name may be made to Partners Hospice, c/o 281 Winter St. Suite 200, Waltham MA 02451 or to St. Bartholomew’s Parish, 1180 Greendale Ave, Needham MA 02492. For obit or to send a note of condolence. www.eatonfuneralhomes.com

Frances Angela Epifania

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Frances Angela Epifania of Tampa, FL, originally from Winthrop, died suddenly on April 2.

She leaves behind her sisters, Joanne, Linda and Rita along with her brothers Anthony and Gino and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.

She will always be remembered for finding humor in the darkest of days. She may now reunite with her mother in the Heavens above as they glance down together to their loved ones.

Adam Visconti, 86

Retired Dept. of Defense Transportation Superintendent

Adam J. Visconti, a 50 year resident of Chelsea, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on April 2 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a short illness. He was 86 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a Retired Superintendent of Transportation for the Dept. of Defense having served six years in Quantanamo Bay, Cuba. His credible federal service spanned a career of 38 years, retiring in 1979.

He was the beloved husband of Lorraine P. (Nuzzo) Visconti; devoted father of Diane A. Bonfiglio and her husband, Albert, of Stoneham, John Adam Visconti of Chelsea, Cynthia M. Chadbourne and her husband, Dan, of Lynnfield, Stephanie E. French of Revere and the late Lorraine M. Fothergill; father-in-law of the late Richard Fothergill; dear brother of Jennie Durante of Quincy, Samuel Visconti of Winthrop, Alfred Visconti of Chelsea and the late Michael, Antonetta, and Carmela Visconti. He is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren Kara, Amy, Julie, Albert III, Robert, Allison, Adam, and Harrison.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Arthur Anderson, 57

Retired Truck Driver

Arthur W. Anderson of D’Amours Avenue, Gonic, NH died suddenly at home on March 18. He was 57 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Alice Bakersmith-Anderson (Adamson) and Joseph E. Anderson. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam. He was discharged in 1974 as a Private. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver.

He was the loving father of Alan Anderson of California, Andy Burhanu of Maine and Alexis Bogardus of New York; the brother of Jim Anderson of Boston, Mark Bakersmith of New Hampshire and Sherri Surdo of Saugus; the beloved step son of Robert Bakersmith of Winthrop and grandfather of six.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was at the New Hampshire Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, New Hampshire. For memorial donations or to sign his online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Leo Veilleux, 83

Retired Shoe Industry Accountant

Leo A. Veilleux of Crescent Avenue, Waltham died at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston on April 1 after a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

Born in Lynn, he was the beloved son of the late Malvina (LeClerc) and Henry Veilleux.

A resident of Waltham for the past 10 years, he also lived in Boston and Stockbridge. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an accountant in the shoe industry.

He is survived by his sister, Marie V. Raymond of Lynn and his brother, Arthur Veilleux of Winthrop. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was private. For memorial donations or to sign his online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Please note that we have run this Brenner obit before – Caggiano asks that we run it yet again and sent the following note with the copy of the obit ‘Could you please run this again next week. The family wrote the obit and they keep leaving out certain family members and cities. They really want it to run again. I apologize for the inconvienence”.

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, Massachusetts, she was the beloved daughter of the late Jean (Chapman) and Louis Trebby. She was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, later moving to Winthrop where she has resided 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), as well as a past member of the Vestry. She also served as a Sub-Deacon of the Parish.

The beloved wife of 21 years of Lawrence “Larry” Brenner, she was the loving mother of Samuel Brenner of Winthrop; the sister of Bettina Trebby-Preston of Hillsborough, NH, Maria Trebby of Boise, ID, John Trebby of Nantucket, Carla Metell of Melrose, Robert Trebby of Charlestown, Julia Fernandez of Gilbert, AZ 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 the St. John’s Episcopal Church 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop MA 02152 or the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Sq. Winthrop MA 02152. To sign her online guestbook, please go to: www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Paul Sivertsen

Of Mansfield, formerly of Winthrop

Paul J. Sivertsen of Mansfield, formerly of Winthrop, died on March 28.

He was the son of the late Francis and Dorothy (Minton) Sivertsen; brother of Joan Doyle and her husband, Vin, of Scituate, Sister Marie Esther of Terre Haute, Indiana, Ann Sivertsen of Dennisport, Judy Martin and her husband, Bruce, of Mansfield and the late Marie Sivertsen.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sherman & Jackson Funeral Home, Mansfield. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Mansfield Animal Shelter, 175 Fruit St., Mansfield, MA 02048. For complete obituary or additional information please visit www.shermanjackson.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 Vicente 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 and Aragorn and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr Brienza’s memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.

Gertrude Pauletti, 83

Medford resident

Gertrude Pauletti of Riverside Avenue, Medford died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on March 20 after a brief illness. She was 83 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Agnes (Russell); the beloved wife of the late Albert Pauletti and the loving mother of Albert Pauletti Jr. of Winthrop and Pamela DeThomas of Brockton. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Jennifer, and her great granddaughter, Marissa.

Private services and burial were under the direction of the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop.

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