Obituaries – 10-21-09

Santina Ciampa, 88

East Boston resident

Santina (Indorato) Ciampa of East Boston died on October 20. She was 88 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Frank Ciampa Sr, she was the devoted mother of Linda J. DeMartinis and her husband, Stanley, of Lynnfield and Frank Ciampa Jr. and his wife, Diane, of East Boston; dear sister of Anna Dello Russo of Boxford and the late Octavio, James, Louis, Sabestian, Alfred and Angela; cherished grandmother of Stanley DeMartinis Jr. and his wife, Nikki, Salvatore DeMartinis and his wife, Janeen, and Frank III, Jonathan, Christopher and Santina Ciampa; adored great grandmother of Stanley III and Nicolas.

Mom, we will never forget your love, devotion and caring ways to your family. We Love You.

Her funeral will be held from the Ruggiero- Mazzarella Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday, October 22, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere Street, Revere. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For complimentary transportation to and from the Funeral Home please call 617 569 0990. For more information or to send an online condolence


Mary Lucy Elizabeth Donovan, 76

Former Dominican Nun, Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Evangelist Parish

Her brothers, sister and sisters-in-law mourn the death of Mary Lucy Elizabeth Donovan on October 14, a long time resident of Winthrop, who died at Bodwell House, Mid Coast Senior Living Facility, in Brunswick, ME after a short illness. Born in Cleveland, OH on June 13, 1933 to the late Leo D. and Lucy E. (Bueter) Donovan, the oldest of six children, she was raised in Columbus, OH, obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary of the Springs College, (nka Ohio Dominican University), Columbus, OH in 1956.

With the religious name of Sister Elizabeth O.P., she was a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs for 37 years, holding teaching and administrative positions at schools throughout the northeastern United States. In 1965, she earned a Masters in Education degree from Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN. She obtained a Masters in Sacred Theology from Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, MA in 1987 and was a trained Clinical Pastoral Counselor at Deaconess Hospital, Boston.

"Liz" moved to Winthrop in 1988 and lived on Shirley Street near her beloved ocean. She was an active communicant and Eucharistic minister at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Winthrop._ _She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John L. and Michele K. Donovan of Brunswick, ME; her sister, Patricia D. Kletzly of Columbus, OH, her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel L. and Donna G. Donovan of Upper Arlington, OH; numerous nieces and nephews; and her many Winthrop friends who so enriched her life. She was the sister of the late Monsignor Michael L. Donovan and Sarah H. D. Pschesang._ _Family and friends will celebrate her life at a Mass of Christian Burial today, Thursday, October 22 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign her online guestbook, please go to


Dorothy D’Ettore, 70

Retired Medical Assistant

Dorothy C. D’Ettore of Tileston Road, Winthrop died suddenly at the Salem Hospital on October 18. She was 70 years old.

Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Theresa and Carmello Iudica, she was a resident of Winthrop for more than five years and also lived in Revere and Malden. Prior to her retirement, she was a long time medical assistant for Dr. Usha DeSai.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent D’Ettore and the loving mother of Sandra Sparacino of Winthrop, Mark D’Ettore of Peabody, David D’Ettore of Revere and Steven D’Ettore of Winthrop; sister of Lillian Iudica of Revere and Robert Iudica of Saugus and the cherished grandma "dooda" to Ashley, Vinny and Mark Jr.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions or to sign her online guestbook, please go to


Margaret ‘Mickey’ Chalmers, 90

Retired Seamstress

Margaret "Mickey" Chalmers of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on October 16 after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Born in Everett, she attended school in East Boston at the Barnes and Donald McKay Schools and East Boston High School. She was later employed as a seamstress for more than 25 years for June’s Sportswear in Boston.

The beloved wife of the late Fred Chalmers, she was the dear daughter of the late Raphael and Rose Minichiello, devoted mother of Fred Chalmers and his wife, Kathy, of North Reading and Doug Chalmers and his wife, Mary, of Winthrop; loving sister of Rocco Minichiello and his wife, Shirley, of California, Janet and her husband, Don Blair, of Utah and the late Mickey, Johnny Ming Toy, Christy Minichiello and Caroline Calvino; dear grandmother of Nick and Chris Chalmers of North Reading, Gina and Brian Chalmers of Winthrop and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were private. A Memorial Mass will be conducted at St. John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Bowdon and Buchanan Streets, on Sunday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. The family asks that expressions of sympathy in her memory be donated to Hallmark Health & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148 or the Book of Remembrance % St. John’s Episcopal Church of Winthrop. Arrangements are by Frazier Funeral Home, 617-846-0050.

Michael Ardita, 91

Retired Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Manager

Michael Ardita of Winthrop died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on October 17. He was 91 years old.

A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps 5th Squadron, he was the retired manager of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

He was the beloved husband of the late Norma (Burns) Ardita; devoted father of Judith Merchant and her husband, John, of Winthrop and Marie E. Ardita of Mission Viejo, CA. Born in Boston, he was the dear son of the late Antonio and Maria (Ciampia) Ardita; adored grandfather of John R. Merchant and his wife, Suzanna, of Brooklyn Heights, NY, and Michael N. Merchant and his wife, Noelle, of East Boston; great-grandfather of Gabriella Marie Merchant of East Boston; brother of the late Albert, Frank, and Nicholas Ardita and Helen Spellino and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home 17 Lafayette Ave, Chelsea, MA, 02150. For guestbook, go to


Nancy Blaikie

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Nancy V. Blaikie of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on October 16.

She was the beloved mother of Charles Geraci; sister-in-law of David Souza; grandmother of Jenna Geraci; sister of Robert Blaikie, Jeannie Faretra, Peggy Corrigan and the late Patricia Souza and George Blaikie Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.


Richard Hughes, 75

Union Organizer, Worked for State House of Representatives

Richard G."Dick" Hughes of Everett died on October 16. He was 75 years old.

Mr. Hughes was employed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the past 36 years, currently serving as Research Director in the Department of Personnel and Administration and, until 1990, he was the Director of Constituent Services for the Speaker of the House.

He was a 19 year member and former organizer for the Teamsters Union. A former employee of Whitings Milk Company, he was a member of the Winthrop Golf Club.

Mr. Hughes enlisted in the US Army and served in the Infantry in Korea during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.

He was the beloved husband of Rosemary "Bunnie" (Catalucci) Hughes; dear father of Elizabeth A. Vander Aarde and her husband, John, of Minnesota, Richard H. Hughes and his wife, Deborah, of Melrose, Rosemary A. Hughes of Everett and her dear friend, Keith Houghton, Meaghan E. Verri and her husband, Joseph, of Marlboro; brother of the late Ann Hughes; son of the late Henry G. and Madeline Rose (Barry) Hughes; dear brother-in-law of William "Billy" Catalucci and his wife, Christine, of New Hampshire and is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren, Jack, Sam, Max Vander Aarde, Kaitlin, Joseph, Madeline Hughes, Jack and Nicholas Verri.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church, Building Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea MA. 02150 or the Recreation Fund at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea MA, 02150.


Virginia MacDonald, 85

Quincy resident

Virginia K. (Garrity) MacDonald, a 67 year resident of Quincy, died on October 12 at Milton Hospital after a long illness. She was 85 years old.

Mrs. MacDonald was a 1941 graduate of Weymouth High School where she was an enthusiastic cheerleader. During the World War II years, she worked at the Fore River Shipyard. She was passionate about sailing and her garden. She was an avid reader and enjoyed bowling. In her earlier years, she was active in the Squantum Catholic Womens Club and she taught Sunday School at Star of Sea Church in Squantum. Most of all she was a devoted wife and cherished mother to her family. She will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.

The beloved wife of 67 years of John A. MacDonald, Sr., she was the loving mother of John A. MacDonald, Jr. of N. Quincy, Gary M. and his wife, Fran, of Winthrop, Clifford J. and his wife, Cindy, of Pleasanton, CA and Pauline F. Riley and her husband, Stephen, of Squantum. She is survived by 10 beloved grandchildren, John III, Kristen, Douglas, Gary, Jr. Sara, CJ, Candice, Caitlin, Megan and Craig and four great grandchildren. She was the sister of Eugene Garrity and his wife, Edith, of North Weymouth. She was the daughter of Michael and Katherine Garrity and sister of the late Joseph Garrity and Eleanor "Bebe" Skowron.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Burial was in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy. Memorial donations may made to Alzheimer’s Association Mass Chapter, 311 Arnsenal St. Watertown, MA 02472. See for online condolences


Flora ‘Fay’ McPhee

Winthrop resident

Flora "Fay" (Campbell) McPhee of Winthrop died on October 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward McPhee; loving mother of Joseph and his wife, Donna, of S. Weymouth and John and his wife, Rose, of Winthrop; cherished Nana of Joseph, Frank, Paul, John, Stephanie and Catie; dear daughter-in-law of Catherine (Dellorfano) McPhee of East Boston and is also survived by loving relatives in America and Scotland.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. Visit memorial at

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