Obituaries – 07/26/09

Matthew Boyle Sr., 78

Winthrop High School Principal, Assistant Principal, teacher, mentor and coach

Matthew I. Boyle, Sr. of Topsfield died peacefully on August 24 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston following a brief battle with cancer. He was 78 years old.

The husband of Audrey (Modano) Boyle, he was born in Boston, son of the late Patrick H. and Mary K. (Ryan) Boyle. He was a graduate of Boston College, Class of 1953, and served his country in the US Marine Corps as a Drill Instructor at Paris Island, SC during the Korean War. “Mr. Boyle” devoted over 40 years as a Principal, Assistant Principal, teacher, coach and mentor at Winthrop High School.

Surviving him in addition to his wife of over 50 years are his six children, Matthew I. Boyle Jr. and his wife, Sherrill Steen, of Cary, NC; Mark F. Boyle and his wife, Margaret (Wilfong), of Rowley; Mary T. Consoles and her husband, Lou, of Millis; Margaret A. Sakowski of Williamsburg, VA; Michele F. Boyle of New York City; Monica A. Pennell and her husband, Eric, of Ashby; two sisters, Virginia Hoynes of Winnetka,Il, Georgianne Ellis of Evanston, IL; one brother, Arthur Boyle of Quincy; 17 grandchildren, Matthew I. Boyle, III, James M., Lauren E., Dominic D., Kelsey M., Mark F. Boyle, Jr., Luke, John, Julia and Andrea Boyle, Brian L., Victoria M. and Kevin A. Consoles, Megan Chatfield, Brandon and Bryce Baker, and Ryleigh K. Pennell; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church, Topsfield on Monday at 10 a.m. Visiting hours at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly (North Beverly Location) are Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to The Matthew I. Boyle Sr. Memorial Fund, c/o TD Bank North, 16 Main St., Topsfield, MA 01983. Information, directions, condolences at

Dorothy ‘Jean’ Calello-Lynch, 77

Retired receptionist

Dorothy “Jean” (Daly) Calello-Lynch of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on August 24. She was 77 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a receptionist for the Progressive Credit Union.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Calello and the late William P. Lynch; devoted mother of Diane Calello of Winthrop, Paula Addivinola of Chelsea and Jeannie Calello of Revere; step-mother of Caren Turner and her husband, Richie, of Peabody, Sandi Tierney and her husband, Kevin, of Danvers and William Lynch and his wife, Jill, of Salem; adored grandmother of Ryan and Mark McLean and Brianna Calello as well as several step-grandchildren; the cherished daughter of the late John S. and Dorothy (Gaddis) Daly; sister of Barbara Fucillo and her husband, George, Alice Lally and her husband, Tom, all of Winthrop, John “Jack” Daly and his wife, Joan, of Malden, and the late Richard Daly and Arline R. Mason. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to a charity of your choice. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. For guestbook and directions go to

Ruth Gunter, 84

Woburn resident

Ruth S. (Shaneck) Gunter of Woburn died on August 20. She was 84 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Herman W. and Murial Shaneck, she attended Winthrop High School and later began working as a medical and dental assistant for a local Boston firm. She also taught beauty, charm, and poise at the Andover Institute of Business.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Gunter; devoted mother of John “Jack” Gunter Jr. of Washington, Wayne Gunter and his wife, Barbara, of Methuen, and the late Stephen Gunter; dear sister of the late Charles and Herman “Bud” Shaneck Jr.; loving grandmother of John Gunter III and his wife, Kathleen, Michael and Sonia Gunter, and Amy Gunter and great grandmother of Colby, Justin, and Courtney Gunter, Connor Gunter, and David Arango.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in her memory to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 535 Main St., Woburn, MA 01801. For obituary and guest book:

Nicole Freitas, 21

Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea

Nicole M. Freitas of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on August 19. She was 21 years old.

She was the cherished daughter of James M. Freitas and the late Janice C. (Flugum) Freitas; devoted sister of Ryan J. Freitas of Winthrop; beloved granddaughter of Barbara Freitas of Chelsea and the late John T. Freitas and Harriet J. Flugum of Evanstown, IL and the late Einor Flugum; dear niece of Mariann Freitas of Groveland and William Freitas of South Natick, Stephen, Gregory, Thomas and Miss Kari Flugum, all of Illinois and is also lovingly survived by several grand aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

Theresa Caserta-Fahey

Winthrop resident

Theresa A. (Smith) Caserta-Fahey of Winthrop, formerly of Somerville, died on August 20.

She was the beloved wife of Salvatore J. Caserta with whom she shared 22 years of marriage; loving mother of Karen DiCecca and Donna Provencher and her husband, David, all of Tewksbury, Nancy Smith of Lynn and Richard Fahey and his wife, Tarna, of California; dear sister of Irene Kelley of Natick, Dorothy McMakin of Burlington, Bernard Smith of Concord and the late Edith Feltrup, Barbara Beale and John Smith; cherished grandmother of five and great grandmother of three.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Lung Asoc. 460 Totten Pond Rd, Waltham, MA. 02451. For guest book

Joseph Vitale M.D., 84

Boston University Professor Emeritus

Joseph J. Vitale M.D. died at Weymouth Healthcare Center on August 17. He was 84 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he had lived in Weymouth since 1967.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, Dr. Vitale will be remembered for his work in medical research and in teaching medical students. He traveled worldwide as a consultant on Public Health nutritional issues. He retired in 1994 from Boston University School of Medicine as Professor Emeritus.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Gilda J. (Camuso) Vitale; father of Ruth A. Vitale of Los Angeles and Dr. Laura V. Romo married to Dr. John Romo of Mansfield; brother of Rocco Vitale of Winthrop and Grace Weitzman of New Hampshire; grandfather of John Romo and Isabella Romo.

Funeral arrangements were by the East Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home. Donations in Dr. Joseph J. Vitale’s memory may be made to the Vitale Intern’l. Foundation for Medical Education c/o Dr. Tom Barber, 227 Wompatuck Rd., Hingham, MA 02043.

Joseph Godfrey, 67

GE Retiree

Joseph H. Godfrey of Bradford, formerly of Chelsea, died on August 17. He was 67 years old.

A retired General Electric employee, he was the husband of the late Sara Betty (White) Godfrey and is survived by his four stepchildren, Tina M. and her husband, Jeff Harrington, and Tracey McCormick, all of E. Hampstead, NH, John A. Coombes of Georgetown and Barry T. and his wife, Georgia, of Lowell; three sisters, Mary Jane Gildea of Winthrop, Catherine Raso of Everett and Ellen Godfrey of Chelsea, a brother, Jack, and his wife, Patricia Godfrey, of Winthrop, 10 grandchildren, Stefanie, Ashley, Emily, Jessie, Derek, Brandon, Molly, Nicholas, Tabitha and Morgan, his beloved German Shepherd, “Bailey” and several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Thomas Godfrey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Linnehan-Grondin Funeral Home, Haverhill. Private entombment was held in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Sacred Hearts Church, 48 S. Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835 or to the charity of one’s choice. For complete obituary and to send online condolences, please visit

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