Obituaries – 05/10/09

Saturday, June 13, 2009
By Cary Shuman

Helena Conroy, 91
Retired clerk for Jordan Marsh Co.

Helena M. (DuLong) Conroy, formerly of Golden Drive, Winthrop, died on June 8 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, following a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

A retired clerk for Jordan Marsh Co., she was born in Woburn, daughter of the late George E. DuLong and Helena Veronica (Hart) DuLong. She was the wife of the late John F. Conroy and mother of Marie C. Lynch of Bedford and Janice H. O’Maley of Winthrop and Gilmanton, NH; sister of the late George DuLong and the loving grandmother of Donna M. Francis of Acton, Kevin Lynch of Vermont, Brian Lynch of Providence, RI, Kathryn E. Bethoney of Tewksbury and Erwin M. O’Maley of Revere. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the O’Maley Funeral Home, 79 Atlantic St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, June 11, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of St. John the Evangelist. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Memorial donations may be made to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02172.

Catherine Askovitch, 87
Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Catherine E. (Sutkus) Askovitch of Palatka, Florida, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Palatka Medical Center, Palatka, Fla. on June 7. She was 87 years old.

Born in East Millinockett, Maine, daughter of the late Elizabeth (Aidaluskas) and Joseph Sutkus, she lived in Bangor, Maine prior to moving to Winthrop and subsequently to Florida. She was a former member of Our Lady’s Sodality of St. John’s Church and the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Askovitch; devoted mother of Ann Marie and James Kirkman and Veronica and James Karis, all of Palatka, Fla.; dear sister of Anna Foster of Winthrop and the late Elizabeth Fahey of Bangor, and the loving grandmother of Karen Marie Kirkman, Nadine Ellen Karis, Sarah E. Kirkman and Katherine Kirkman.

Her funeral will be held from the Caggiano Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery Visitation at the funeral home will be today, Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. To sign her online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Velleda Lynch, 99
Active in St. John the Evangelist Church of Winthrop

Velleda “Val” (Guidi) Lynch died on June 5 in Norwalk, Conn. at the age of 99.

Mrs. Lynch was the daughter of Ubaldo and Esterina Guidi, who immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900s. She was born in Boston in 1909 and lived in Winthrop for 67 years and in Florida for 28 years, where she sang in her church choir, enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing the piano.

She was a member of the Chatterbox Club in Boston in the 1920s and 1930s and the Deltona (Fla.) Country Club in the 1980s and 1990s, where she won many awards for swimming, diving and tennis.

She was active in St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop and Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Deltona.

She began her career as a bookkeeper at the Prince Macaroni Company in Boston in the early 1920s and ended it at the Town and Tweed Company, a department store, in Lynn, in the 1970s.

She was married to Frank Lynch for 25 years. She was the sister of the late Joseph “Pep” Guidi, Elviro “Viro” Guidi, Vera Guidi Fillion, Oberdon “Obi” Guidi, Mamali “Mali” Guidi, and Temi Guidi Marino. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie Lynch Lauer of Danville, Calif., Tami Lynch Green and her husband, Bob Green, of Darien, Conn., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop, on Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Arrangements are by the Caggiano Funeral Home. To sign her online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Jennie Bilikas, 71

Retired Hospital Dietician

Jennie (Plummerytheys) Bilikas of Pleasant Street, Winthrop, formerly of Everett, died at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on June 2, after a brief illness. She was 71 years old.

Born in Somerville, daughter of the late Stella (Andrelos) and Strato Plummerytheys, she lived in Everett for many years before moving to Winthrop five years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a dietician at the Cambridge Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Bilikas; devoted mother of Leo Bilikas, Jeannette Lanza and her husband, Mathew Lanza, of Kingston, Robert Bilikas of Winthrop and June Bilikas of Winthrop; dear sister of Virginia Casella of Billerica; and the loving grandmother of Tina, Leo, Alicia, Madison, Jacob, Kathlyn, Kelsi and Chloe.

Her funeral was conducted from the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign her online book of condolences, go towww.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Anna McCarthy

Winthrop resident

Anna (Frassica) McCarthy of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on June 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. McCarthy; mother of Joanne Barker of Winthrop, John McCarthy of Middleton and Madeline Tannen of Nahant; sister of the late John, Joseph, Frederick, Matthew, Philomena and Madeline Frassica and Lillian Gundersen; and she is also survived by seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Donations in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923, would be appreciated.

Agnes Brady, 76

Worked for Federal Reserve Bank of BostonĀ 

Agnes M. (Divers) Brady of Milton, formerly of Braintree, died on June 4. She was 76 years old.

A retired employee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late Charles E.; devoted mother of Theresa Steffano of Winthrop, Michael J. and his wife, Susan, of Milton, Mark S. and his wife, Donna, of Marshfield and Patrick J. Brady and his wife, Kim, of Easton; sister of Rosemary Reiser of Rockland, Patricia Lehane and Marguerite Buckley, both of Braintree; and she is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, Milton.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut St., Milton, MA 02186.

Michael Shand

Winthrop resident

Michael J. “Uncle Mike” Shand of Winthrop died on May 31.

He was the beloved son of Anna May (McLeod) and the late Lester A.; dear brother of Madeline “Dolly” and her husband, John MacDonald, of Winthrop; loving uncle of Frank and his wife, Renee, Gina May, John and James, all of Winthrop; and he is also lovingly survived by numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service was held at the Union Congregational Church of Winthrop. For his online register book, visit www.casperfuneralservices.com.

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