Obituaries 11-03-2010

Gertrude Louise Benson

Taught at E.B. Newton School in Winthrop

Gertrude Louise (O’Connell) Benson of Wilmington, Laconia NH, Jensen Beach FL, and formerly of Winthrop, died on October 29. She was 93 years old.

Born in East Boston, the third of six children, she lived her entire life in the East Boston/Winthrop area, only moving to Wilmington during the last 12 years. As a child, her family owned a small store in East Boston called Okies.

She was a very good swimmer and told tales of swimming with her brothers for miles in Boston Harbor and of rolling logs. She lived through the depression and World War II and often spoke of her friends who did not return from the war.

As a young lady she worked for the phone company, Boston Insurance, Suburban Electric in Winthrop, the Elks Club in Winthrop, and Harvey Radio in Cambridge, just to name a few. She taught first and second grade for almost 30 years at the E.B. Newton School in Winthrop.

She and her husband loved to dance and for many years went almost every Saturday night to the various hot spots in and around Boston. Her favorite singer was Dean Martin and she loved the music of the big bands. When her children were young she bought a cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee where the family spent many a summer. After she retired, she bought a home in Jensen Beach, Florida where she has been spending winters since 1992. She lived the last years of her life with her daughter Trudy and son-in-law Rob.

Born on July 11, 1917 in Boston, to the late William and Gertrude O’Connell, she was the wife of the late Charles Benson of Winthrop and is survived by her daughter, Trudy, and son-in-law Robert Crowell of Wilmington, and her son Charles, and daughter-in-law, July Benson, of Wilmington and her sister, Marie Healy, of Winthrop. She was the sister of the late William, Edmund, John and Geraldine Shamhart and is also survived by brothers-in-law Andrew Benson and Robert Benson and sisters-in-law Virginia O’Connell and Marguerite Benson. She was the sister in law of the late Alvin Shamhart , Robert Healy and Hermon Benson, Patricia Mastrangelo and Mary O’Connell. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews on both the Benson and O’Connell sides of the family.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to either of her favorite charities, The Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center, 322 Riverbend Road, Louisa, KY 41230 or St Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326. For guestbook, go to


William Murphy

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

William A. "Bill" Murphy of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on October 29. He was 83 years old

A retired plate maker for a lithograph company, he was the brother of the late Harold Murphy, Catherine Millar and Shirley Belyea; son of the late Arthur and Mae (Gillis) Murphy and is lovingly survived by two nieces and two nephews.

A Holy Eucharist Service was celebrated at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop with funeral arrangements entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.


Louis A. DelPrete Sr.

Formerly of Revere and East Boston

Louis A. DelPrete Sr., formerly of Revere and East Boston, died suddenly on October 3.

A graduate of Boston English High School and Wentworth Institute, he was the husband of Janice (Cataldo) of Winthrop and St. Petersburg, Florida; devoted father to Louis A. DelPrete, Jr. of St.Petersburg, Florida; son of the late Gennaro and Antoinetta (Maddalone) DelPrete of East Boston; beloved brother of Michael A. DelPrete and his wife, Mary, of Revere and St. Augustine, Florida and brother-in-law of Lorraine Guarino of St.Petersburg, Florida; cousin to Gennaro DelPrete of East Boston, Michael DelPrete of Revere, Rose Tacelli of East Boston, Saverio Maddalone of Swampscott, Frank Maddalone of Revere and their families and the late Phillip Maddalone. He was the cherished uncle of Michelle DelPrete of Revere, Andrea Gallagher of St.Augustine,Fl., Wendi Magliozzi of Saugus, John, James and Joseph Guarino of Florida and Wisconsin and their families. He is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Memorial services will be held at the Brett Funeral Home in St.Petersburg, Fl. on Saturday, November 6 at 2 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association.


Leonard Rosenthal

Former Winthrop resident

Leonard R. Rosenthal, formerly of Winthrop, Stoneham and Malden, died on October 28. He was 61 years old.

He was the devoted husband of Sonee Robinson-Rosenthal and the late Linda (Keller); beloved father of Kimberly and her husband, James Browning, and Kari Rosenthal; cherished grandfather of Carter and Addison Browning; dear brother of Paula and her husband, Marvin Harris, and Michael and his wife, Judith Rosenthal.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in North Reading. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA. 01867 or American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences go to:

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