Obituaries 12-07-2010

Lorraine Pollard

Retired Boston Teacher’s Aide

Lorraine (Marmorale) Pollard of Winthrop died on December 7 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 81 years old.

A retired Teacher’s Aide in the Boston School System, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Anthony Marmorale and Caroline (Piscell). She was the mother of Anthony Pollard of Winthrop, Wayne Pollard of Stoneham, Roger Pollard of Revere and the late James Pollard; sister of Antonetta G. Moretti of Winthrop and the late Edmund Marmorale and is also survived by nine grandchildren, eight great granchildren and one niece and one nephew.

Funeral services will be held in the O’Maley Funeral Home, 79 Atlantic Avenue, Winthrop today, Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Visiting hours will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Robert Driscoll

President of Payne Elevator Company

Robert F. Driscoll, of Wellfleet, Green Valley, AZ, formerly of Newton, died suddenly at the Newton Wellesley Hospital on December 4.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Mary F. (McDonald) and William Driscoll, he lived in Newton for many years and in South Wellfleet on Cape Cod. He also had a winter residence in Green Valley, Arizona.

After serving in the US Army during World War II, he was employed by the F.S. Payne Elevator Company as a mechanic’s helper and rose to become the President of the Company. He was a past president of the National Elevator Association, a Board Member of N.E.P.I. and past president of Chequessett Yacht & Country Club.

He was the beloved husband of Frances T. (Caggiano); devoted father of Robert D. Driscoll and Karen Murphy of Norwood, Denise Walsh of San Diego, CA, Daniel and Donna Driscoll of Watertown, Linda M. Driscoll of Auburndale, and Donna M. Driscoll of Marion; dear brother of Helen Greene of Brighton and the late Jack Driscoll, Bill Driscoll, George Driscoll, Marion Campbell, Claire Flanders and Joan Martin and loving grandfather of Grace, Emma, Brendan, Dylan, Alden, Emerson and Arielle.

His funeral will be held today, Thursday, with a Funeral Mass in Our Lady Help of Christians Church, 573 Washington St. Newton at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Memorial donations may be sent to Dream Big !!!, P.O. Box 66297 Auburndale, MA 02466 or the Jimmy Fund, 375 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

Doreen Berry

Nursing Home Activities Director and Winthrop school volunteer

Doreen M. (Nicolai) Berry of Winthrop died December 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 61 years old.

Born in Somerville, the daughter of the late Marion (Sanderson) and Renato Nicolai, she lived in Malden prior to moving to Winthrop 15 years ago. She was employed as an Activities Director at a Nursing Home and was a volunteer in the Winthrop Public Schools.

She was the wife of Charles Berry, devoted mother of Dr. David Berry P.H.D. of Saginaw, Mich. and Major Denise Berry of West Point, NY; dear sister of Rhoda Pethoud of Beatrice, Nebraska and  grandmother of Tyler and McKinley who she loved and adored.

Visitation will be today, Thursday, December 9 at the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop from 5 to 9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the USO New England, 427 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02210. For directions or online book of condolence go to

Alice Claire Norton

Retired Insurance Adjuster

Alice Claire Norton died unexpectedly at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on December 3. She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Grammar School and a 1940 graduate of Fitton Catholic High School in East Boston. The Norton family were members and devotees of the former St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish for more than 100 years until its closing about 10 years ago. There, she was a member of both the Star of the Sea Sodality and the Legion of Mary. She retired in 1988 after 40 years of service in the insurance field retiring from Gray, Gove & Gray of Boston after 20 years of service as a Claim’s Insurance Adjuster.

She was the daughter of the late William F. and Ellen C. (Denning) Norton; beloved sister of Sister Denise Bourgeois, RSM of Manchester, NH and the late Mary E. Griffin and Sister Esther Norton, RSM; cherished aunt of Ellen C. Griffin-Hatton and John J. Griffin, both of East Boston and is also lovingly survived by five grand nephews, three great grand nieces and one great grand nephew.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family today, Thursday, December 9 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt 107) Revere beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Joseph-St Lazarus Church, Orient Heights, East Boston at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, 21 Searles Rd, Windham, NH 03087-1203.

Anne Marshall

Somerville resident

Anne M. (Keenan) Marshall of Somerville died on December 4. She was 73 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Joan P. Marshall and her life partner, Mina Peterson, both of Washington, David L. Marshall and his wife, Daniela, of Oregon, Lauren A. McCarthy and her husband, Brian, of Winthrop and the late Dean Marshall; devoted Nana of Mairead McCarthy; wife of the late Lawrence Marshall; sister of Fran Keenan and his wife, Bobbi, John Keenan and his wife, Barbara, all of Medford, Joan P. Brundage and her husband, Fred, of Somerville; loving companion of Gally Nichols of Allston. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Procession will be held from the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Sq.) Somerville, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Catherine of Genoa Church, Somerville at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd flr. Boston, MA 02114. For more information please visit

Walter VanDalinda

Well Known Community Activist

Walter A. VanDalinda of Winthrop died at his home on December 2. He was 99 years old.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a  former Town of Winthrop Selectman for 12 years, former President of the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns for two years, a Life Member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, a member of the Knights of Columbus-Winthrop Council #162, American Legion-Winthrop Post #146, Disabled American Veterans, and the Mass. Retirees of State Employees. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the City of Boston, under former Mayor Kevin White, as a Community Representative in the Elderly Affairs Dept.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved husband of the late Frances (Conway) VanDalinda; the son of the late William H. Sr. and Ellen (Ryan) VanDalinda; devoted father of Ellen A. VanDalinda of Winthrop; brother of the late John J., William H. Jr., Edward G, and Ruth M. VanDalinda; dear brother-in-law to Katherine VanDalinda of Winthrop and Marie Conway of Wayland. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the VA Adult Day Care c/o Chelsea Soldiers Home Recreation Dept. 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA, 02150. For guestbook, go to

Meredith Haapanen

Boston resident

Meredith L. (Burney) Haapanen of Boston died suddenly on November 21. She was 45 years old.

She was the loving mother of Tanya Haapanen of Providence, RI, and Tabitha Torres of Winthrop; dear sister of Priscilla Burney of Winthrop. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late Spencer and Gloria (Gregory) Burney.

Her Funeral Service will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St, Winthrop on Thursday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. For guestbook and directions, go to

Norma Piacenza

East Boston Savings Bank retiree

Norma M. (Hagan) Piacenza of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on December 4.

A retired 19 year employee of East Boston Savings Bank, cashier and avid shopper at Filene’s Basement and an active parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, she was the beloved wife of Nelson Piacenza; mother of Karen Piacenza-Gomes and her husband, Edward, of Methuen, Stephen Piacenza and his wife, Marie, of Winthrop and Nelson W. Piacenza of Beacon Hill; sister of the late Bernice Muise and Joseph Hagan; aunt of Susan and is also survived by her granddogs,  Jesse, Gracie and Stella.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Holy Family Center at Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston, MA 02128 would be appreciated.

Theresa Grifoni

East Boston resident

Theresa B. (Schipani) Grifoni of East Boston died on December 1.

The beloved wife of Anthony F. Grifoni with whom she shared 63 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Elizabeth Paull and her husband, Charles, of New Hampshire, Anthony M. Grifoni and his wife, Michele, of Beverly and Donald T. Grifoni and his wife, Patricia, of East Boston; dear sister of Elizabeth McCarthy and Leonora Schipani, both of Revere, Marie Bordwski of Florida, Anthony Schipani of East Boston, Robert Schipani of Winthrop and the late Donald and Thomas Schipani; cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of one.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For  guest book:

Pasquale Strangie

Decorated veteran

Pasquale Strangie of Seabrook, NH died on December 1. He was 89 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery during the Iwo Jima invasion, as well as many other personal awards during his career.

He is survived by his long time companion Virginia Stahler, his sisters, Marie Zambello and her husband, Joseph, of Winthrop, Jenny Luti of Saugus,  Rose Loconte of Winthrop,  and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Ms. Stahler’s  children, Marcia Anderson of Rowley, and Linda Pride of Boxford.

Arrangements were by the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton, NH. For his complete obituary and to sign an online guestbook visit

Elizabeth DeVito

40-year employee of Whidden Hospital

Elizabeth N. “Lee” (Consolante) DeVito of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on November 28.

A 40-year employee of the Whidden Hospital, she was the beloved wife of Joseph; the mother of Joseph A. and his wife, Diane, of Everett and Ella Ann D’Amico and her husband, Leo, of Virginia; sister of Anthony Consolante and his wife, Marilyn of Winthrop and the late Ella Consolante. She is also survived by her granddaughter Ariana Larson and her husband, Eric, and her grandson, John D’Amico.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was n Holy Cross Mausoleum.Memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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