Obituaries 05-19-2010

Miriam ‘Mim’ Forster

Active in many Winthrop Organizations

Miriam K. "Mim" (Kilduff) Forster of Winthrop died on May 14 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea.

A member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club, she was a member of the Winthrop Council on Aging, Life member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, and a former member of St. John the Evangelist Church Choir. Prior to her retirement, she worked at New England Telephone, and then at Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital in Boston in the communications dept.

She was the beloved wife of the late James J. "Jim" Forster Sr.; cherished daughter of the late William and Ellen T. (Long) Kilduff; dear sister of the late James Kilduff; proud mother of Maureen O’Donnell and her husband, Patrick, of Ipswich, Paula Bagley and her husband, Frederick, of Melrose, Christine Berg and her husband, Christopher, of Winthrop and James J. Forster Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Winthrop; loving "Nana" to Kristen Macchiavelli of Georgetown, Justine Romanos of Winchester, Kathryn Schadinger of Saugus, Matthew Bagley of Boston, James Forster III and Julie Forster, both of Winthrop, and great-grandmother to Chloe Macchiavelli, Nicholas Romanos, Dillon Schadinger and Damon Romanos.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations can be made to either St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop, MA, 02152 or to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA, 02150. For guestbook, go to


William Allison

Of Ayer, formerly of Winthrop

William G. Allison of Ayer, formerly of Winthrop and Woburn, died on May 16. He was 85 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia B. (Bailey) Allison and brother of Martha I. Allison of Tampa, FL. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service with military honors was held at the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne with arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home, Ayer


Karyn Mary Conlon, 34

Financial Analysis Manager

Karyn Mary (D’Agostino) Conlon died at her Winthrop home on May 12 surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 34 years old.

A 1993 graduate of Winthrop High School, she was a cum laude graduate of Suffolk Universtiy, Class of 1997, where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. She went on to receive a Masters of Science in Accounting from Suffolk University in May of 2005.

Mrs. Conlon was employed by Liberty International Underwriters, a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group in Boston, as a Financial Analysis Manager._She loved all animals, especially her three cats, Eddie, Tom and Randy. She was a passionate fan of both the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, attending as many home and away games as possible._

The beloved wife of eight years of Sean M. Conlon, she was the cherished daughter and best friend of Susan M. Gervasi (Baxter), devoted sister of Ellen P. D’Agostino and loving stepdaughter of Michael Gervasi. She is also survived by her loving aunts, Lois A. Baxter, Nancy J. Dudley, Amy E. Miccichi and Paula D’Agostino and her three cousins, Michael and Christopher Miccichi and Leighann Hardy, all of Winthrop. She was the beloved granddaughter of the late Arthur and Janet Baxter and the daughter in law of the late Diane Kwiatkowski. She leaves behind many supportive family and friends.

Her family would like to thank all of her doctors and nurses at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital for their care and compassion, especially Terry and Lori for their care during her time at home.

Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Ellen D’Agostino, ID# 57006-4, Pan Mass Challenge, 77 4th Ave., Needham MA 02494. To sign her online book of condolences go to


Marion Bateman

Worked for Mass. Department of Public Health

Marion D. (Driscoll) Bateman of Revere, a Winthrop resident until 1987, died on May 14. She was 93 years old.

Mrs. Bateman was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1934, former Public Health Worker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and a volunteer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett, from 1995 to 2007.

Born in Winthrop, she was the loving daughter of the late Maurice F. Driscoll and Agnes M. (Fitzgerald) Driscoll; the beloved wife of the late Chester E. Bateman; devoted mother of Bonnie M. Bateman of Winchester and Cheryl M. Egan and her husband, Albert P. Egan, both of Winthrop. She was predeceased by the late Maurice F., John F., William F. and Leo Driscoll, Dorothy ("Dede") Bowditch, Agnes M. Dunphy and Elizabeth Grady. She left several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

At her request, burial will be private. Visiting hours will be held on May 22, 2010 at the Winchester Unitarian Church, 478 Main Street, Winchester from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers MA. 01923. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, go to


Richard Gordon

East Boston resident

Richard A. Gordon of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died recently.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the beloved husband of Susan (Sacco) Gordon of East Boston and former husband of Joann (Russo) Gordon of Winthrop; loving father of Michael Gordon, Michele Tauro and Richard Gordon, all of East Boston and cherished papa of Steven, Matthew, Isabella and Joseph.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. For directions and guest book,


Eva Plagenza

Resident of Boston’s North End

Eva F. (Flammia) Plagenza of the North End of Boston died on May 14.

She was the beloved wife of Leo S.; mother of Roberta Aiello and her husband, Lenny, of Missouri and Antonette LaRosa of Everett; sister of Jennie Gonchar of Somerville, Dorothy Arrigo of Winthrop, the late Michael, Frank, Frances Rigolino and Anna Catalano and is also survived by five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.


Mchelle Florence Smiddy

North Carolina resident

Michelle Florence Smiddy of Hillsborough, NC died recently. She was 43 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Marcella and William A. McDonald, she was class president of East Boston High, Class of 1985 and attended Bentley College School of Business. She worked for Fidelity Investments for 20 years and as Principal Financial for the last two years.

She was a loving and cherished wife, mother, and friend who left a legacy for her family that will shape the way they live. A member of Newhope Church in Durham and a devoted Christian, she lived life to the fullest to please God. She was a volunteer for numerous charities and was always ready to lend support when needed. Her smile could light up the room and she was extremely kind and gracious. She could always make you laugh or lift your spirits up if you were having a bad day. She was a self-less person who wanted to help and make others happy. Those traits are invaluable in life and have surely touched countless hearts. She will be missed greatly by her family and friends and her memory will surely live on in our hearts forever.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph D. Smiddy, Jr.; two daughters: Kayla E. Smiddy and Morgan B. Smiddy; one son, Conor J. Smiddy; three sisters: Anna Pierce and her husband, Kenneth, and Nancy McCreedy and her husband, Daniel, both of Winthrop, and Patricia McDonald of East Boston and two brothers, Michael Demeo and his wife, Maureen, of Kissimmee, FL and William McDonald, Jr. of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by Walker’s Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NC. In lieu of flowers, please donate or help someone in need and you may touch or change their lives forever.


Doris Eleanor Connery

Florida resident

Doris Eleanor Connery of Summerfield, Fl, formerly of Winthrop, died on May 12. She was 91 years old.

A former resident of Wayland and Bradford, NH, she retired to Lady Lake, Florida 25 years age. She was a member of St Timothy Catholic Community, loved gardening, home decorating and her loving pets, Luck and Gonzo.

She was born in Winthrop and was the wife of the late Robert Kent and Walter Connery, Jr. and sister of the late Joseph McKim, Mary Gardner, Helen Lynch, and Charles McKim.

Her survivors include her adopted son, Russ Hietpas, of Lady Lake, FL; her sister-in-law, Katherine McKim, of Burlington, MA and nieces Betty Connery of Wildwood, FL; Judy Stocks of Lady Lake, FL. And Uxbridge, MA; Patti Mencoboni of Wells, Maine; Ellen Cotto of Holliston; Josie Lynch of Salem and numerous nieces, grand nieces and grand nephews. Private services will be held at a later date. On-line condolences may be made at Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, 3231 SW 34th Avenue, PO Box 4860, Ocala, Florida 34474. Funeral arrangements are by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Service, The Villages, FL. 352-753-8353.

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