Obituaries 05-06-2015

John McManus

Decorated Vietnam veteran and master carpenter

John McManus, of California, born in and formerly of Everett, died peacefully on February 8 surrounded by his family at the California Veterans Home in West Los Angeles.

The husband of Sindy McManus, John attended Everett Schools and was a master carpenter by trade. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam and was a purple heart recipient

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Matthew. He was the brother of the late Clayton McManus and his wife, Mary, Raymond McManus and his wife, Carol, Jacqueline (McManus) DiChiara and her husband, Joseph, Catherine (McManus) Doheney and her husband, John, the late James McManus, Donald McManus and his wife, Marie, Gail (McManus) Hadley, and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial service for John at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer Street, Saugus on May 16 at 9 a.m. A reception will follow.

Charles Giarratana

Retired auto mechanic

Charles A. Giarratana, a lifelong resident of Everett, entered into rest on  April 24 in the Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

Born in Everett, Charlie was an automobile mechanic by profession having worked for many automobile repair shops in the Everett and Malden area.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Raimo) and Mary D. (Gennetti); dear and devoted father of Charles A. Jr. and his wife, Diane of Everett and Arthur and his wife, Linda of Florida; brother of the late John Giarratana and Mary Fallica; loving grandfather of Christopher, Talia, Andrew and the late Charles A. Giarratana, III and great-grandfather of Michael, Cru, Haley, Charlie, Brittany and Dustin. Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Interment was at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden.

Evelyn Therese Cunningham

Registered Nurse and Lover of Books

Evelyn Therese Cunningham died on April 27 in Winchester after a full life and a brief illness.  She was 84 years old.  Born in Swampscott on October 9, 1930, she grew up in Revere (Point of Pines), the adopted daughter of Joseph John and Alice (Mahoney) Conway and sister of Olive Costin and Jack Conway.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, she went on to nursing education at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston.  She became an RN and had a career of adventure and experience working as a visiting nurse throughout the country and for many decades at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.  She lived in Florida for several years  in the 1980s, but at the end of the day, her life was centered in the Boston area (Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Woburn, Winchester.)

For 17 years she had the pleasure of working with a Winchester family and their daughter.  The parents knew that their daughter would thrive in the care of a pediatric/emergency room nurse, and Evelyn rose to the challenge, sharing with their daughter her love of books, among other things. As a prolific reader, Evelyn is said to have checked out 6,608 books from the Winchester Public Library alone!

She was the former wife of Francis X. Cunningham and together they had eight children:  Susan of Brookline, Francis X., Jr. “Buddy” (Charlotte) of Chevy Chase, MD, Denise (Ellen) of Takoma Park, MD, Carolyn of Sierra Madre, CA, Patrick (Debbie) of Revere, Kevin (Lisa) of Belmont, Daniel (Mary) of Takoma Park, MD and Joan (John) of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia.  She is also survived by 17 grandchildren.

It was clear that Evelyn was getting near the end when she said she could no longer read while in the hospital.  As a tribute to her memory, donations may be made to: Honor and Memorial Gifts (in memory of Evelyn T. Cunningham), Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington Street, Winchester, MA 01890.

Interment is private.  A memorial service to honor her life will be held during the summer.

Ida Porter

Of Melrose, formerly of Everett

Ida R. (Nerenberg) Porter of Melrose, formerly of Everett, entered eternal rest on May 4.

Born in Everett, Mrs. Porter worked as a pre-school teacher for the Gregg House Infant Toddler Center in Lynn for many years.

She was the devoted wife of David Porter for 53 years, beloved mother of Steven and his wife, Tami Porter, Joel Porter and his fiancee, Lori Katsiaicas and Hilary and her husband, Chris Tooley; adored grandmother of Rebekkah, Gabrielle, Hunter and Jessica and is also survived by her grandcats, Lexie and Gunner.

Services will be held at the Goldman Funeral Chapel, 174 Ferry Street, Malden today, May 6. Interment will follow at Tifereth Israel Memorial Park in Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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