Obituaries 01-29-2015

Friday, January 30, 2015
By Transcript Staff

Leo Murphy

Retired Winthrop Firefighter

Leo J. Murphy of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 20. He was 80 years old. Leo retired from the Winthrop Fire Department after a long and distinguished career as firefighter. He was a U. S. Army veteran, serving from 1956 to 1958 and was also a member of the Local Firefighters Union #1070 He was the beloved husband of the late Joyce A. (Matson) Murphy. Born in Winthrop, he was the son of the late John and Agnes (Kirley) Murphy; devoted father of Anne M. Eruzione and her husband, Vincent, Barbara E. Murphy, and Sue J. Murphy-Perrotti and her husband, Jeff, all of Winthrop, and Michael S. Murphy and his wife, Susan of Plymouth; adored grandfather of Jessica, Nicole, Vinnie, Matt, Taylor, Catherine, Daniel, Jeana, Sam, Bella, and Chloe; great-grandfather of Skyla, Matthew and Jace and loving uncle of the Rev. Thomas R. Murphy SJ. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church and burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in his name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA, 02472. For guestbook, please visit,www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

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 Edmund DiRuzza

Past member of East Boston Kiwanis and Winthrop Golf Club

Edmond E. DiRuzza of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on January 26. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a past member of East Boston Kiwanis and the Winthrop Golf Club He was the beloved husband of Marie (Vitigliano) and the late Camille (Marcucci) DiRuzza; devoted father of Deanne DiRuzza-Priest of Winthrop and Edmond DiRuzza and his wife, Linda; cherished grandfather of Biancha, Camille and Ariana and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Edmond’s life by gathering Saturday, January 31 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights)East Boston before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church, Revere Street, Revere for a Funeral Mass celebrating his life at 11a.m. Services will conclude with Edmond being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring Edmond’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown 02472.

 Helen Mosher

Retired Clerk for Mass. Unemployment Division

 Helen M. Mosher of Otis Street, Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 20. She was 83 years old. Born in Winthrop and a lifelong Winthrop resident, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mildred (Hoyle) and Coleman Martin. She was employed as a clerk for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts working in the unemployment division. She was the devoted wife of the late Richard E. Mosher, Sr. and the loving mother of Patricia Messina of Revere, Richard E. Mosher, Jr. of Winthrop, Mary Pierzchala of Peabody and the late William Mosher; the dear sister of the late Patricia Pearce and the cherished grandmother of Matthew, Christopher, Erin, Diane, Heather, Billy, Sabrina and James. She is also survived by six great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 Alexander Coviello

Long time proprietor of Al-I Service Station in Everett; member of the Knights of Columbus, Winthrop Elks and the last surviving member of the Texas Athletic Club

Alexander Coviello of Pleasant Street, Winthrop passed away at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford on January 20. He was 98 years old. Born in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Rosa (Rosetti) and Antonio Coviello, he was a resident of Winthrop for over 60 years and the proprietor of Al-I service station in Everett for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the last surviving member of the Texas Athletic Club. He was the devoted husband of the late Lillian (Tomeo) and the loving father of Alexander A. Coviello and his wife, Anne of Wakefield, Robert Coviello of Winthrop, Carol Trapani and her husband, Gino of Revere and Debbie Amico and her husband, Michael of Winthrop. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, January 26 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Entombment followed the Mass in the Woodlawn Community Mausoleum, Everett. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Flynn

Member of Winthrop Elks

Marilyn J. (Ginsburg) Flynn of Winthrop passed away suddenly on January 14. She was 70 years old. Raised in Revere, she graduated from Revere High in 1962, married her high school sweetheart, David Flynn (who passed away in December of 2013) and then moved to Winthrop. They were married 51 years. Her passions included BINGO, bowling, gardening, cooking, boating and Jamaica. She was very patriotic and was a a member of the Elks Lodge 1078 of Winthrop. Marilyn was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She was also a mother, mentor and friend to many of her daughters’ friends. She is lovingly survived by her daughters TerriEllen Wood of Texas, Laurie Lee Pangburn of Florida, Wendi Towers of Woburn, Bonnie Flynn and her companion, David Carver of Revere; her sons-in-law: Mark E. Wood of Vermont and Michael Towers of Woburn; grandchildren Becky and Zack Wood of Vermont; grandson Daniel Zizza of Salem; her sister and brother Phyllis Ginsburg and her brother, Robert P. Ginsburg, both of Ohio and her faithful dog, Annie. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Winthrop Elks 1078 on May 30 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Joseph ‘Scole’ Skoczylas

Of Winthrop

Joseph J. “Scole” Skoczylas of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea and Woburn, died recently He was the devoted father of Joseph R Skoczylas and his wife, Michele of Winthrop; dear brother of Nancy O’Shea of Danvers, Linda Bogdanski of Medford and the late Katherine “Kay” Mooney and Gloria Savary; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Michael and Ryan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Joe’s life by gathering on Friday, January 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Saturday morning, January 31 in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Internment is private. In honor of Joseph, memorial donations may be made to Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop, MA 02152. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com

 Janis Sheppard

Active member of Cottage Park Yacht Club and Thursday Afternoon Ladies Bowling League

Janis E. (Karlsson) Sheppard of Winthrop passed away suddenly at home on January 20. She was 67 years old. Janice was an active member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club in Winthrop and was a member of the Thursday Afternoon Ladies Bowling League. Prior to her husband’s passing, Janice and Bob enjoyed many years sailing around Boston Harbor on their sailboat “Smooch”. Born in Newton, she was the cherished daughter of the late Allan M. and Marguerite F. (Fallon) Karlsson; the beloved wife of the late Robert L. “Bob” Sheppard, Jr.; dear sister of the late Karen and Paul Karlsson; sister-in-law of Patty Karlsson of Virginia, Janet Sheppard and her husband, Robert Brick of Northampton, Marianne Ronukaitus and her husband, Paul of Winthrop, Sue Ellen Fairbanks and her husband, Doug of New York and Danny Sheppard and his wife, Kara of Winthrop; loving aunt of Matthew Dunlop of New York, Lee Karlsson of Vermont, Laura Sheppard-Brick of Somerville, Andrea Sheppard of Danbury, CT, David Sheppard-Brick of Medford, Christine Fairbanks of Worcester, Daniel Sheppard of Winthrop and her “two angels” Kayla and Gianna Famolare of Winthrop. Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop on Monday, January 26. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her memory can be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation 1 Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA, 02114. For guestbook, please visit, www.mauricekirbyfh.com

Frank Skomro

Retired US Army Lt. Col.

Frank Skromo died on January 22. He was 95 years old. Frank was a LtCol (USA Retired) and a life member of the PPYC, Winthrop Lodge of Elks and a past member of Winthrop Golf Club and Point Shirley Association.  Frank’s greatest joy was his large family gatherings and vacations.  He had a quiet spirit and generosity, enjoyed music, golf, his computer and had many wonderful travels.

He was the beloved husband for 72 years of Marie (Boushell) Skomro; loving father of  Robert Skomro and his wife, Suzi Teegarden of Cambridge,  Ann Bertrand and her husband, Paul of Newburyport,  Karen Chouinard and her husband, Rene,  Gary Skomro and his wife, Carina Campobasso,  the late Barbara Camacho and her husband, Lou and  Lorraine DeFronzo and her late husband, John,  all of Winthrop; loving grandfather of Tina Wallace, Joshua Crossman, Julie Swanson, Isabel, Lily and Olivia Skomro, Nick, Maria and Vincent LoConte, Alex and Rachel DeFronzo; dear great grandfather of Sydney and Gracie Wallace, Noah, Caleb and Sophia Crossman and Eli Swanson; brother of the late Joseph Skomro of West Haven, Connecticut and the late Rev. Charles (Karol) Skomro White of the Paulist Fathers.  He was the son of the late Jan and Maria (Skwarlo) Skomro and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.

A private interment service was held at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to: www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Clifford Delphis Tardiff

Loved the world of competitive sports

Clifford Delphis Tardiff, a long time resident of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on January 25 after a long illness at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. He was 80 years old. Clifford was born on October 30,1934. He he was raised and educated in the town of Winthrop graduated from Winthrop High School. In his youth, Clifford was an exceptional athlete as a runner and football player. He loved the world of competitive sports. He was the son of the late Delphis E. Tardiff and Edna (George) Tardiff. He is survived by his compassionate and dedicated daughter, Leslie E. Gray and her husband, Robert D. Gray, of Bristol, NH, daughter Lisa Jane Rushford and her husband, Scott Alan Rushford, of Naples, Florida, and their mother Maggie Allen, of North Andover. Clifford was pre-deceased by his only son, the late Clifford Delphis Tardiff, Jr. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Jason Gray and his wife, Meagan Gray, of Gardner, Jessica Greenlaw and her husband, Justin Greenlaw of Moultonborough, NH, and Laura Eileen Rushford, of Boston, and by four great-grandchildren, Noah, Asher, and Hannah Gra, and Dustin Greenlaw. Clifford is also survived by his devoted cousin, Henry Irving Furlong Sr.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Clifford’s life during visiting hours from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Caggiano Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on February 2. A private family interment service will follow at the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Gifts in his memory may be made to a humane society of your choice. “The best thing of all is God is with us”, John Wesley. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

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