Obituaries – 05/21/09

Francis McDonald, 82

Former proprietor of Winthrop Television and past president of Winthrop Rotary

Francis James “Frank” McDonald, a seven-year resident of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and a former resident of Winthrop for more than 50 years, died May 17 at Springfield Gardens in Florida. He was 82 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was in the business of television sales and repairs for many years as the proprietor of Winthrop Television on Bartlett Road. Mr. McDonald was a former past president of the Winthrop Rotary Club and a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Port St. Lucie.

He was the husband of Rita McDonald and also was the husband of 36 years of his beloved late wife, Louise P. (Killion) McDonald. Mr. McDonald died on the anniversary of his late wife’s death. He was the devoted father of Louise Hitchko, and her husband, Michael, of Andover, Geraldine Scheibert, and her husband, Robert, of Derry, NH and Kathleen Roberts and her husband, Richard, of Winthrop; loving grandfather of Scott, Mark, Kevin and Peter Hitchko, Kerin, Kyle and his wife, Katie, and Ryan and his wife, Ravyn Scheibert and Sam and Dan Roberts.

He was the brother of the late Louise Landry, Elizabeth Whynot, Teresa Guidi and Cecilia Hurley, and he is also survived by three great-grandchildren and his stepchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25, and also at 10 a.m. the same day at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie, Fl.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Funeral arrangements in Florida were by the Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Gregory Rollo, 60

Shaw’s Supermarket Director of Real Estate, former Winthrop teacher and Parks and Recreation Director

Gregory J. Rollo of Plymouth, formerly of Georgetown and Winthrop, died at the Tufts New England Medical Center on May 16. He was 60 years old.

He was employed by Shaw’s Supermarket Company as the director of real estate. He was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, a former Winthrop Parks and Recreation director for five years and a former teacher at the Winthrop Junior High School for nine years.

The beloved husband of Heather (Tadgell) Rollo, he was born in Brookline, son of the late Lester J. and Grace F. (Wallace) Rollo. He was the devoted father of Lindsay Anderson and her husband, Cameron, of Vermontville, NY, and Allison Rollo of Plymouth; brother of James Rollo of Ashland, NH; and he is also survived by his uncle, James Wallace, of Ashland, NH.

At Mr. Rollo’s request, there will be no funeral service. A Celebration of his life will be held at the Winthrop Yacht Club at a time and date to be announced later.

In his memory, he asks that you donate blood to your local American Red Cross or send a donation to 139 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home Winthrop. For his guest book, go to

Charles Bakos, 85

Retired Furniture Finisher

Charles J. Bakos of Winthrop died at home on May 16, following a long illness. He was 85 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired master furniture finisher for Lexington Furniture.

He was the beloved husband of Christine (Panagiotopoulos) Bakos, with whom he celebrated 54 years of marriage; devoted father of Anna of Winthrop, Fr. Iakovos (William) of The Holy Monastery of Simonos Petras, Mt. Athos, Greece and Stephanie Keimig and her husband, Michael, of Rutland; loving grandfather of Stephen and William Keimig; cherished son of the late John and Anna (Fotopoulos) Bakos; dear brother of Louis Bakos and his wife, Pauline, of Melrose, Mary Bakos of Everett, the late George Bakos and his wife, Freda, of Lynn, and Sophie Fay of Everett. He will live on in the hearts of all who also loved him.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center, c/o Metropolis of Boston, 162 Goddard Avenue, Brookline MA 02445.

For his guest book, go to

Mary Pappalardo

Woburn resident

Mary G. (DeStefano) Pappalardo of Woburn died on May 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Pappalardo; devoted mother of Alfred Pappalardo and his wife, Anna, of Las Vegas, Donna Pappalardo and her partner, Elaine Collins, of Wakefield, William Pappalardo and his wife, Jane, of Woburn; loving grandmother of Christina Flanagan and her husband, Scott, Lorraine, Amanda, Ashley and Angela Pappalardo; sister of Frank DeStefano of Winthrop, Michael DeStefano of Everett and the late Rose Barresy; and she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McLaughlin-Dello Russo Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in her name in checks made payable to P.M.C/Jimmy Fund, C/O Ann O’Shea, 21 Swampscott Ave., Peabody, MA 01960 or, gift ID#AO0005.

For her obituary and guest book, visit

Joseph Regan Jr.

Medford resident

Joseph J. Regan Jr. of Medford died on May 14.

He was the beloved son of the late Joseph and Mary (Gillis) Regan; dear brother of Elizabeth Regan of Winthrop, Mary Perks of Oxford, England, Theresa Marshall of Haverhill, Rita Glynn of Medford, Christopher Regan of Cumberland, RI, Anne Marie Regan of Medford and the late Maureen Sereni; loving uncle of Elizabeth, Melissa, Mary, Matthew, Kaitlyn, Rachel, Jennifer, John, Casey and Connor.

At the request of his family, services were private.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451 or to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

For his online obituary and guest book, visit

Roberta Beebe, 73

Registered Nurse

Roberta H. (Hoyt) Beebe died at the Annemark Nursing Home on May 7, after a long illness. She was 73 years old.

Born in Boston, she was a registered nurse, formerly employed at the Whidden Memorial Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of Craig A. Beebe and the devoted mother of Sherry Giordano of New Hampshire and Gary Giordano of Maine, and the dear sister of Dee Hoyt of Stoneham.

Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Norman Leet, 80

Florida resident

Norman E. Leet of Wesley Chapel, Fla., died in Florida at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Center on March 9, after a long illness. He was 80 years old.

Born in Winthrop, son of the late Sadie (Prior) and George Leet, prior to his retirement, he was employed as a clerk in a tool rental business. He was a US Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his sister, Barbara Bland Pooler, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and many other relatives. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery, with funeral arrangements by the Caggiano Funeral Home of Winthrop.

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