Obituaries 09-21-2011

Dorothy Gladys Lynch

Everett resident

Dorothy Gladys (Hanson) Lynch, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on September 18 at Epoch of Melrose Nursing Home. She was 90 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur J. Lynch; dear and devoted mother of Kenneth T. Lynch of Everett and Douglas P. Lynch and his wife, Diane of N. Reading; sister of Arthur H. Hanson, Jr. and the late Charles Hanson; loving “Nana Dot” of Kristin Turcott and her husband, Brian and Matthew and Brian Lynch.

Funeral services will be held in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St.  (Corner of Main St.) Everett Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her  memory to Epoch of Melrose “Residents Activity Fund” 15 Green Street, Melrose, MA 02176, would be sincerely appreciated.

Leonard O’Neil

Retired Machinist, gardener and hospital volunteer

Leonard A. O’Neil died on September 4. He was 91 years old.

The son of the late Joseph and Leah (DeVeau) O’Neil of Canada, he worked as a machinist for I.B. Moore of Cambridge until his retirement in 1982. Besides being a devoted family man to his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, he loved gardening. His son, William said that he grew the best tomatoes in Everett and his garden is still going strong. Besides gardening, he volunteered for 14 years at the Whidden Hospital.

He was the loving husband of Priscilla (Larkin) with whom he shared 55 years of marriage; the devoted father of Leah Sellers and her husband, William of Dighton, William and his wife, Jean of Groveland, and Paul of Newburyport; the adored grandfather of Dawn Kelliher, William Sellers Jr., Erin, Patrick, Nolan, Connor, and Alyssa. He is also survived by five great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery.

Josephine ‘Midgy’ Walker

Active at Emmanuel Baptist Church

Josephine G. “Midgy” (Collins) Walker of Malden, formerly of Everett, was born in Boston in 1930 to the late Carl H. and Josephine G. Collins.  She was 81 years old.

She grew up in Everett but later moved to Malden. Nicknamed Midgy, she graduated from Malden High School in 1948.  After High School, she worked as a Dietary Food Supervisor at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She also worked as a Personal Lines Accounting Supervisor with The Travelers Insurance Company from which she retired in 1992. She also did tax work for H & R Block.

Mrs. Walker was an active member at Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, and Church Clerk for over 10 years. She was involved in the Music ministry in the United Chancel Choir. She had been the director of the Youth Choir and the Men’s Choir, a tenor voice for the former Les Chaunters.

She has been the Chairperson of the Angel Tree ministry, was involved with Daily Vacation Bible School, a member of the Nominating/Canvass committee, a Youth Fellowship leader, Chairperson of the 52nd Church Anniversary Committee and was also involved in many other activities.

She is survived by her husband, Carl T. Walker whom she shared 54 years of marriage;  two sons: Karl T Walker and his wife, Tina of Gaithersburg, MA and Lyle C. Walker and his wife, Thomesa of Everett; a daughter, Bonita F. Stuger and her  husband, Shaun Stuger of  Virginia.  She also leaves a sister, Cathi Phillips of Medford, her brothers in-law, Kenny Phillips and Edward Patterson II. She was also the sister of the late Jacqueline Thompson, M. Louise Rose, Jeanette Patterson and Carl C. Collins. Carl and Midgy Walker were blessed with seven grandchildren; Tayler Stuger, Jordyn Stuger , Gabriel Stuger, Lionel Walker, Nathaniel Stuger, Tatiana Walker and Khari Walker.

Josephine Walker will be lovingly remembered by her family and friends for her smile, her love for life and her genuine manner with people.

Her funeral service was held at The Emmanuel Baptist church with Reverend Wayne Gadie officiating. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements were by The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Please make memorial donations to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.

Josephine Giacobbe

Malden resident

Josephine I. (Magistro) Giacobbe of Malden died on September 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles J. Giacobbe; dear and devoted mother of Kathleen Skrabut and her husband, Stanley of Carver. Caroleann Hawko and her husband, Armand H. DesJardin of Malden and Charles J. Giacobbe, Jr. of Tewksbury; sister of Fred Magistro of Holbrook, Salvatore Magistro of Malden, Irene Giglio of Mashpee and the late Frank Magistro and loving Nana of five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in the National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472, would be sincerely appreciated.

Anita Barbato

Retired Teacher and Administrator

Anita M. (Lynch) Barbato, a 41 year resident of Ipswich, formerly of Everett, died on September 16. She was 71 years old.

Raised and educated in Everett, she was a retired teacher and administrator at the Shore Country Day School in Beverly, a board member of the North Shore YMCA and a member of Pi Lambda Theta, an Honor Society and Professional Association of Educators.

She was the beloved wife of 42 years of Richard E. Barbato, loving mother of Richard E. Barbato II and his wife, Erin of Branford, CT, Elizabeth H. LaPadula and her husband, John of Highland Park, NJ and grandmother of Richard and Joseph LaPadula. She was the eighth child of 12 children born to the late Joseph and Eliazabeth (Kelly) Lynch.

Burial was in Cowles Cemetery, Ipswich with funeral arrangements by the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, Beverly. Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Anita Barbato Scholarship Fund, c/o Shore Country Day School, 545 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915. Information and condolences at

Regina Mosher

Of Winthrop, formerly of Everett

Regina (Dunphy) Mosher of Winthrop, formerly of Everett, died suddenly on September 11. She was 55 years old.

A member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and the Point Shirley Association, she was presently employed as an Import Specialist for Oceanair Freight Company.

The beloved wife of Richard E. Mosher Jr., she was born in Everett, the daughter of the late Thomas F. and Helen M. (O’Malley) Dunphy. She was the dear sister of Joan B. (Dunphy) Hudd and her husband, John of Melrose, Donald Dunphy of Virginia and the late Tommy Dunphy and the cherished aunt of Kristine Quinn, Kimberly Pesculis, Erin Hudd and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her name may be made to the Shore Educational Collaborative, 100 Revere Beach Parkway, Chelsea, MA, 02150, or to the MSPCA-Angell Headquarters 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02130. For guestbook, go to

Jennie ‘Jean’ Picone

Among First Occupants of St. Mary’s Plaza

Jennie “Jean” (Podlecki) Picone died at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center on September 16 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Blanche (Walczynska) Podlecki and the wife of the late Joseph A. Picone. A formerly long time resident of Edwards Court, she and her husband were among the first occupants of St. Mary’s Plaza back in 1982. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, a former member of St. Michaels Church and a member of St. Michael’s Retirees.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. and her husband, Angelo Napolitano of Reading and Sandra and her husband, Michael Ozahowski of Burnsville, NH; two grandsons, Steven Napolitano and his wife, Elizabeth of Reading and Andrew Napolitano of Everett and two great grandchildren, Luke and Ava Napolitano. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Sylvester and Florence Podlecki, Helen Myslinski and Sophia Johnson.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn on Thursday at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

Nancy Spinale

New Jersey resident

Nancy E. (Morello) Spinale of Middleton, NJ died at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, NJ on September 14. She was 91 years old.

Born in Boston and a Middletown, NJ resident for the last 19 years, she was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her son, Salvatore and his wife, Patty Ann Spinale of Middletown, NJ; her grandson, Christopher Spinale of Yardville, NJ; her brother, Peter and his wife, Johanna and her sister Mary and her husband, Charles, all of Medford and her sisters-in-law, Marie and her husband, Emanuel, and Zinam, all of Everett. She was the wife of the late Umberto Spinale who died in 2003; daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Morello and sister of the late Frank and Lawrence.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure c/o Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to the breast cancer research foundation of your choice. For online guest book,

Alfred Snow

Everett resident

Alfred Snow of Everett died on September 13.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Frances (Napolitano); father of Deborah (Snow) Garcia of Everett, brother of Barbara Kureta of Peabody and is also survived by two grandchildren Holly Garcia and Rachel Brown and two great grandchildren Skylar and Nathan.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery with arrangements by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Service 1-877-71-ROCCO

Dorothea Derba

Of Everett, formerly of Revere

Dorothea V. (Hagerty) Derba of Everett, formerly of Revere and Milton, died on September 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Derba with whom she shared 53 years of marriage; loving mother of Jeanne Derba of New Hampshire and Joanne Joyce and her husband, Michael P. Joyce of Canton; dear sister of the late Marie Doherty; cherished grandmother of Kimberly Larkey, Dena Tolliver, Jeannemarie and Michael Joyce and great grandmother of Johnathan and Jeremy Larkey, Jackson and Madelaine Tolliver and Sean and Dellia Joyce.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Buddy Coholan Center, 121 Washington St,. Medford, MA 02155 or Sawtellle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867. For guest book.

Michael Joseph Bonvie


Michael Joseph Bonvie of Sandwich died September 13 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Medford, raised in Waltham and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. He devoted his career to nursing, serving for 25 years with New England Rehabilitation Hospital, Woburn/Braintree.

He loved his family and has been blessed with loving friends who he cherished. He had a passion for the ocean and music, enjoyed kayaking, singing, dancing and living life to the fullest. He was loved by all he touched.

He was the devoted husband of 27 years of Linda (Sachetta) Bonvie; father of Christopher and Natalie; son of the late Joseph and Geraldine Bonvie and son-in-law of the late Elizabeth Sachetta. He is survived by his sister, Ellen Bonvie-Hart, his father-in-law, Salvatore Sachetta, sisters in-law Cathy Vedrani, Marian Caputo and Fran Aleci; brothers John “Jay” Hart, Salvatore Sachetta Jr., Gary Caputo, Paul Vedrani; nieces, Kimberly Stepanian, Michelle Harkins, Jill DiPaola, Jessica Caputo, Carolyn and Elizabeth Vedrani, Justine Sachetta and nephews Stephen Stepanian and Phillip Sachetta.

Funeral arrangements were the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, Sandwich. Memorial gifts in his name may be made to Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, 255 Independence Drive, Hyannis, MA 02601.

Irene Rainone

Of Saugus, formerly of Everett

Irene M. (Mirro) Rainone of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died at home on September14.  She was 91 years old.

Born in Pittston, PA, she was a longtime resident of Everett before moving to Saugus.

She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Rainone, Jr.; dear and devoted mother of John A. Rainone, III and his wife, Rosemary of Reading, Sandra M. LoRusso and her husband, Vincent, James Joseph Rainone and Corinne M. Rainone of Saugus, Grace A. Coppola and her husband, Gabriele of Revere, Irene Martins and her husband, Paul of Somerville and Helen Barry and her husband, Dennis of Cape Cod. She is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren and seven loving great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden.   In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Joey LoRusso Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1144, Saugus, MA 01906, would be sincerely appreciated.

Emma North Kerr

Known for her Peanut Butter Pie

Emma (North) Kerr of Concord, a former long-time resident of Everett, died September 13 at Rivercrest Long Term Care Facility. She was 95 years old.

The wife of the late Frederick B. Kerr, she was born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada on December 29, 1915,  the daughter of the late Arthur and Fanny (Taylor) North.

Mrs. Kerr married and settled in Everett. She was an active member for many years at the First Methodist Church and First Federated Church in Everett where she served as President of the Woman’s Society. She was also a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Kerr enjoyed spending time with her loving family as well as cooking and entertaining her wonderful friends. She was known for her “Peanut Butter Pie”. She also enjoyed crocheting items for many church fairs.

She is survived by her children, Rev. Dr. David A. Kerr and his wife, Faye of York, Maine and Janice Flight of Lynnfield; her grandchildren, Donald Kerr and his wife, Nicole of Kittery, ME, Mark Kerr and his wife, Robin of Kennebunk, ME, Christopher Kerr of Lynn, Kimberly Contardo and her husband, David of Lynnfield, her daughter-in-law, Deborah Kerr of Lynn and several great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Donald Kerr, mother in law of the late Jack Flight and grandmother of the late Brian Flight.

Funeral arrangements were under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, Concord Funeral Home, Concord. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, gifts in her name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 220 Main St., Suite 104, Natick, MA 01760 To share a memory or offer condolences, visit:

Charles Kelley Sr.

42-year employee of Monsanto Chemical Co.

Charles E. Kelley, Sr., a lifelong resident of Everett, died at home on September 12. He was 90 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he served on the USS Cogswell and received the Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Area Campaign Ribbon. He was a retired Maintenance Foreman for Monsanto Chemical Co. where he worked for 42 years.

He was the beloved husband of Lettie J. (Avellino) for more than 63 years; dear and devoted father of Deborah Curtis and her husband, Laurence of N. Reading, Charles E. Kelley, Jr. and  Lettie Kelley of Everett; brother of Alice Toto of Everett, Edna Tobin of Connecticut and the late Dennis, Thomas, Lawrence and Anne Kelley.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Rose Giannelli

Mother of Everett Councilman

 Rose (Caiazzo) Giannelli of Everett died on September 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carol “Ike” and loving mother of Everett Councilman Kenneth Giannelli and his fiancée, Lisa Federico of Everett, Maureen Faretra and her companion, Michael Scola of Melrose and Carl Giannelli and his wife, Susan of Everett; beloved sister of Mary Rodriquez of Everett, Frank Caiazzo and his wife, Jeanette of New Hampshire and the late Thomas, Sam, Peter and George Caiazzo and Netta Masiello. She is survived by her five loving grandchildren; Brian, Keith and Sharon Giannelli and Joel and Kenneth Faretra; and six loving great grandchildren.

Funeral services from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett will be held on Thursday, September 22 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church in Everett at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

The Family has special thanks for the Melrose Wakefield Hospital Cardiac Unit and the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center, Edgewood Unit.

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