Obituaries 01-26-2011

Marilyn Abkowitz

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

Marilyn (Berger) Abkowitz of Raymond, NH died on January 23.

The beloved wife of 39 years of Alan Abkowitz, Marilyn was born in Brookline and attended the Everett Schools and high school.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she was an Educational Tutor for the Hooksett, NH Memorial School and enjoyed astrology, numerology, reading and following biorhythms.

She was the devoted mother of Jeff Abkowitz, the dear sister of Theodore Berger and Sheila Genica of Thomasville, GA and is was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA  02493.  For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website,

Ruth Ann McCarthy

Longtime Stop & Shop employee

Ruth Ann (Collins) McCarthy, a 40 year resident of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died unexpectedly on January 10  at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She was 61 years old.

A 15 year employee of Stop & Shop in Revere until January 1, she was born and grew up in Winthrop. She was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1967.

A devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt, niece and cousin, she was the beloved wife of 40 years to John T. McCarthy Sr.; devoted mother of Kerri A. Rudy and her husband, Brett, of Wakefield, Karen J. Hanlon and her husband, Brendan, of Providence, RI, John T. McCarthy Jr. and his wife, Carryl, of Newton, NH, Patrick M. McCarthy and  Colleen P. Botte and her husband, Stephen, all of Everett; cherished daughter of Ruth C. (Lane) Collins of Winthrop and the late Joseph F. Collins, Sr.; dear sister of Edward L. Collins and his wife, Gail, of West Peabody, Joseph F. Collins Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Fort Mill, SC, Jane E. Hatch of Greenville, SC and Jean M. West and her husband, David, of West Newbury. She is also lovingly survived by her mother in law, Marie B. McCarthy of Revere, her grandchildren Colin, Rianna, Isabella, Ainsley and the late Declan and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Susan B. Komen for the Cure , 89 South St., Boston, MA 02111.

Joseph Pais

Everett resident

Joseph M. Pais of Everett died on January 20.

He was the son of the late Joseph and Ethel (Blaisdell) Pais; beloved brother of Richard Pais and his wife, Jo Ann Johnson, of Nashua, NH and Linda Pais of Everett; uncle of Nicholas Johnson of New Hampshire.

His Funeral will be held from the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to The Community Family, 106 Wyllis Avenue, Everett, MA 02149.

Vincent English

Retired Everett Alderman

and City Councillor

Vincent B. English died on January 19 after a brief battle with Mesothelioma. He was 86 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Everett, he entered the US Coast Guard and served aboard the U.S.S. Leonard Wood during World War II following his graduation from high school. After he completed his service to the country, he joined the Pipefitters Local 537 and spent his career working as a Union Pipefitter on major projects throughout the Boston area.

“Vinny” was passionate about politics and served as both an Alderman as well as City Counselor in Everett. He was a life member of the Elks and was past exalted ruler in 1956 and1957. He also loved to smoke cigars and spend time at the horse races.

He married his second grade sweetheart, Gertrude Crowley, in 1946, a marriage which lasted 57 years until her passing in 2003. He was the father of the late Vincent who died in 1994.

He is survived by two sons, James (Toby) English of Everett and John English of W. Yarmouth. He also leaves his sisters, Grace English, of Malden and Margaret Richardson of Naples FL. as well as four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are by the Doane Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 160 W. Main St., Hyannis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Wednesday, January 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, South Street, Hyannis. Donations in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3, South Dennis, MA 02660.

Leontina Bartkin

Retired LPN

Leontina A. (Bujnevicie) Bartkin of Everett died on January 20. She was 96 years old.

A retired Licensed Practical Nurse, she was the beloved wife of the late Walter L. Bartkin; loving mother of Barbara Arcanti of Foxboro, MA, Robert Bartkin and his wife, Janis, of Tega Cay, SC; loving sister of Tina Jurczyk of Gilbertville, MA; cherished grandmother of Amy Hanson, Alexander Bartkin, Alyssa Wright, and Andrea Arcanti. She is also survived by six cherished great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In her memory, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online guest book, visit:

Ronald Pouliot

Educator, Past Exalted Ruler of Everett Elks, veteran of two wars

Ronald A. Pouliot of Whitman, formerly of Medford and Everett, died with family at home on January 18. He was 80 years old.

He was born in Limerick, ME, and was a graduate of the Teachers College in Gorham, ME. He worked as a teacher for 29 years, teaching in Dracut and in Connecticut.

He was a Lt. Colonel in U.S. Army retiring after 30 years as Unit Commander of 1204 Armor Recon. He served as a pilot during the Korean War and as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. He was former President of MOA Officers Club in Hanscom, MA, a former member and Past Commander of American Legion in Dracut, a member of Whitman VFW Post 697, Past Exalted Ruler of the Everett Elks Lodge and a recent member of Weymouth Elks. He was an avid reader and loved metal detecting on Revere Beach and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. He also loved spending time at the Costello family gatherings.

He was the beloved husband of retired Wakefield teacher Agnes (Costello) Pouliot; father of Sherree Lamb of Oklahoma, Linda Stankiewicz of Pelham, NH, Ronald Jr. of Pennsylvania, Jon of Dracut, and Randall of Oklahoma; He is also survived by his former wife, Lorraine Noviello, of Dracut, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the MacKinnon Funeral Home, Whitman. Burial was at Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, 3 Edgewater Dr., Norwood, MA 02062 or to Sisters of Providence, Owens Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.  To sign the guest book visit

Robert Schmidt

Melrose resident

Robert W. “Bobby” Schmidt of Melrose died suddenly on January 19.

He was the devoted husband of Joanne E. (Hennis) Schmidt; loving son of Alice E. (Libby) Schmidt and the late Edward A. Schmidt; caring brother of Edward A. Schmidt, Jr. and his wife, Jeanne, of Bristol, NH, Pamela J. Hurst and her husband, John, of Wilmington, Heidi J. Gostanian and her husband, Michael, also of Wilmington, Allison J. MacMillan and her husband, Edward, of N. Andover and the late Glenn A. Schmidt; son-in-law of Anna and Les Pike and the late Jeff Hennis; brother-in-law of Paula A. Taylor and her husband, Bruce, of Hamilton; special uncle of Edward A. III, Glenn and Erik Schmidt, John and Michael Hurst, Brandon and Bobby Gostanian, Alex, Kelsey and Lauren MacMillan, Meridith, Taylor, Kerrie and Natalie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210. For obituary or to sign his guest book, visit

William Johnston

Retired First Assistant Clerk

of Middlesex Court

William P. Johnston of Woburn died on January 14.

He was born and raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School and Boston College. For many years, he worked for the Middlesex Superior Court as the First Assistant Clerk. He was an avid sports fan, a life member at the Irish American Association in Malden and was also a member of the Malden Eagles

He was the beloved husband of the late Marion (Ferguson) Johnston; father of Anne Marie Jenkins of Thornton, NH, Paul Johnston and his wife, Roxie, of Medford and Derry, NH and the late Patricia McGonagle and her husband, Michael, of Wayland; grandfather of John, Dennis, Karen, Tim, Stephen, Eric and Jeremy; great grandfather of Brayden, Ethan and Trenton.

Funeral arrangements were by the Breslin Funeral Home,  Malden. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD 20852. For more information, visit:

Ruth ‘Bubbles’ Brady

A Unique Individual

Ruth F. “Bubbles” Brady of Bellaire Bluffs, FL, and Salem, MA, passed away peacefully on December 4 at her home in Belleaire Buffs, FL. She was 82 years old.

Born in Everett in 1928 to Arthur and Ruth King, she was the oldest of four children, Katherine, Sherry and is survived by Arthur King Jr. of Everett. She married her Everett High School sweetheart, Frank Brady, upon his return from an overseas tour of duty in World War II and was married for 49 years until his death in 1998.

Upon her husband’s promotion to Vice President of Atlantic Microfilm the couple relocated to Rockland County NY in 1964 with their two children Garry and Scott. She became active at the local Catholic School which her sons attended and also worked part time for Sears Roebuck. During this time she had the opportunity to travel extensively with her husband throughout the United States and Europe, where she developed her life long interest in political and economic affairs. She was an avid watcher of political news shows and with her intelligence and passion was often quite outspoken about issues she felt were at the heart of the changing American landscape.

The Bradys returned to Massachusetts when Mr. Brady opened his own business on the South Shore and Mrs. Brady helped in the design of their new home built overlooking Long Pond in Plymouth, MA.

Upon the birth of her grandson Kyle to Garry and Chris Brady, the couple decided to be closer to the new member of the family and moved to a home on Buttonwood Lane, situated on the Intercoastal Waterway in Belleaire Bluffs. She worked in the family business there but spent as much time as she could enjoying her new and only grandchild.

In 1984, the couple purchased a home in Salem, MA and split their time between Florida and Massachusetts. She maintained especially close relationships with her brother, Arthur, her two sisters in law, Pat Brady (Close) and Barbara Brady (Halcro).

She was a unique individual who valued family and honesty above all else and at times her honesty challenged those of less integrity. However, “Bubbles” remained at heart a loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and caregiver never straying too far from her roots growing up in Everett.

Ruth would like to thank  Hospice of NE and Suncoast in FL. Donations may be made in her name to either.

John Santora, Jr.

Saugus resident

John R. Santora, Jr. of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, died on January 19.

The beloved husband of Rachel (Cruikshank), he was the son of  Marie Santora of Everett, dear brother of Ernest Santora of Lynn and Maryellen Sheehan of Malden and is also  survived by one nephew and three nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701 would be sincerely appreciated.

Daniel Robinson Jr.

Virginia resident and Chelsea native

Daniel “Dee” “Danny” Robinson, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Virginia, a Chelsea native, died on January 9 at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, VA. He was 39 years old.

He was married to Tammy Robinson and was employed with Dixon Auto Sales as a Car Salesmen and was a member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, Chesapeake.  He graduated from North High School in Wichita, KS.

He was the grandson of Emerline Smith Cromwell and Walter Robinson and great-grandson of Leon and Ethel Smith and Donald and Elizabeth Sneed. Along with his wife, he leaves to cherish his memory one daughter, Nasenya, three sons, Jamal, Daniel, and Tyree, all of Virginia Beach, his mother and Pops Doreen (Smith) Hornbeak and Steve Hornbeak, Sr., and his father, Daniel Robinson, Sr.; three sisters, Kisha Thomas, Kalani Hornbeak and Kristina Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach, and one brother, Steve Hornbeak, Jr., of Virginia Beach, and his grandparents Lucy Robinson of Everett and Donald Sneed of Roxbury, a niece, Aliyah Hornbeak, his nephews, Brandon Robinson, Lequan Thomas, Lamont Thomas, Jr. and Allen Hornbeak, all of Virginia Beach.

Funeral Services were held in Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church,  Chesapeake, VA with Bishop Kim Brown presiding. Burial  followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were entrusted to the Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. at Town Center, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. www.beachfuneralandcremationservices

Alfred Feldman

Everett resident

Alfred Feldman died on January 17. He was 97 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Miriam (Richey) Feldman; beloved companion of Laurel Gordon; devoted father in law of Richard Staffier; loving grandfather of Jodi and Peter Waddington, and Lori Staffier; dear great grandfather of Kayla, Sean and Tanner.

Graveside services were held at the Walnut St. Cemetery,  Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor Brookline, MA 02445-7226 ATTN: Contribution Services. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website

Mary Mandracchia

Lifelong Everett resident

Mary (Cocorochio) Mandracchia of Everett died on January 14 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. She was 88 years old.

A homemaker, born in Everett, she was the beloved mother of Stephen C. Mandracchia and his wife, Judith, of Everett and Charlotte Romano of Malden, and the late John; sister of Thomas Cocorochio of Florida, Florence Vassallo of Winthrop, Corine Ferrante of Everett and the late John Cocorochio and Eleanor Parente; loving grandmother of Stephen Mandracchia,  Wendy Mandracchia, Lori Mancaniello, Joseph Romano and Christine Romano.  She is also survived by four loving great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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