Obituaries 02-18-2011

Donald Swansburg Sr.

Owned Beacon Sales

Donald E. Swansburg Sr. of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop, died on February 15 at Brooksby Village in Peabody. He was 96 years old.

He was a Life Member-3rd Degree of the Winthrop Knights of Columbus 162 and, prior to his retirement, he was the owner of Beacon Sales.

He was the beloved husband of the late Annette E. (Boutin) Swansburg. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late John G. and Ellen C. (McDonald) Swansburg; devoted father of Donald E. Swansburg Jr. and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, George F. Swansburg and his wife, Diane of Hales Location, NH, Edward P. Swansburg and his wife, Esther of Lynnfield, and John R. Swansburg and his wife, Cheryl of Prides Crossing; loving grandfather to 12 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one late grandchild.

A Funeral Mass will be held today, Thursday, February 17, in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop  at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial following the Mass will be private. Please omit flowers. Donations in his name may be made to American Parkinson Disease Assn. 72 E. Concord St. Boston, MA, 02118 or At the request of the family, there are no visiting hours. Please go directly to the church. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, go to

Carol Settipane-Curran

Winthrop resident

Carol (Chirichiello) Settipane-Curran of Winthrop, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on February 12. She was 60 years old.

She was the loving wife of Paul Joseph Curran of Winthrop; cherished daughter of Anna Chirichiello (Puopolo) and the late Rocco Chirichiello; beloved mother of John Settipane and his wife, Danielle, of Winthrop, and Paula Palmer of Saugus; devoted grandmother of Alessandra Palmer and John and James Settipane; loving sister of John Chirichiello of Revere.

Her Funeral will be held from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial Street, Boston on Friday, February 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 12 North Square, Boston at 10 a.m. The family will accept visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at

James Pinkman

Winthrop teacher, administrator

James W. ‘Jim’ Pinkman of Winthrop died suddenly at his home on February 8. He was 64 years old.

A U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, he was a retired assistant principal and teacher in the Winthrop School System for over 35 years.

Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of the late James W. and Anne V. (Coffey) Pinkman; dear brother of Janice DeGroot and her husband, Bob, of Gilford, NH and Jean Connelly and her husband, Tom, of Winthrop; adored uncle of Pam Fish, David DeGroot, Tricia Laglenne, Kathy Marsh, and Tricia Devlin and is also survived by several grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the James Pinkman Middle School Memorial Fund, c/o Winthrop Public Schools, Winthrop Town Hall, 1 Metcalf Sq; Winthrop, MA, 02152, attn. Susan Eccles. For guestbook, go to

Lorraine Quint

Winthrop resident

Lorraine M. (Sullivan) Quint of Winthrop died suddenly on February 9. She was 50 years old.

She was the beloved wife of Charles L. Quint; devoted mother of Sarah Rose and Emily Margaret Quint of Winthrop; born in Winthrop, she was the cherished daughter of the late John D. ‘Sully’ Sr. and Carol (Macdonald) Sullivan; dear sister of Andrea L. Lombard and her husband, Jack, of Ft. Myers, FL, Lynne M. Winter and her husband, Billy, and Paula A. Corbett, all of Winthrop, and the late John D. ‘Sully” Sullivan Jr. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Cremation was private. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Heart Assn., 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA, 01701. For guestbook, go to

Grace Butler

Retired secretary for Teamsters Union

Grace E. ‘Bettey’ (Burns) Butler of Winthrop died at her home on February 9. She was 81 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked as a secretary for Teamsters Union, Local 379.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles H. Butler. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Charles A. and Marguerite (Duffy) Burns; devoted mother of Mark C. Butler and his wife, Renee, of Winthrop; dear sister of the late Robert and Charles Burns, Sr. Marguerite Burns and Jean Kelleher and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guestbook, go to

Salvatore Struppa

Of Meford, formerly of East Boston

Salvatore Struppa of Medford, formerly East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 14.

He was the beloved husband of Camille ( Luongo) Struppa with whom he shared  32 years of marriage; loving father of Michael, Danielle, Amy and Briana Struppa; dear brother of Michele D’Itria of Revere, Giacoma of Winthrop, Vincenza of East Boston and the late Anthony “Nino” Struppa; cherished grandfather of Nancy.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Francis of the Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway, West Medford at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery Medford. For directions and guest book:

Mark Stephen Payne

Winthrop resident

Mark Stephen Payne of Winthrop, formerly of Tewksbury, died unexpectedly on February 11 at Mass General Hospital. He was 60 years old.

He leaves a daughter, Kelly Silipigni; granddaughters Jenna and Krista Silipigni; sister, Laurel Hastie and her husband, Joseph Riley, of Methuen; brother, Blair Payne and his wife, Denise (Caso) Payne, of Bradford. He was the son of the late Robert W. and Gloria (Blair) Payne and also leaves a niece and nephews and many wonderful friends from Winthrop.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held in the spring at the Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be sent to Mass General Hospital, Development Office, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114 Arrangements are through the Tewksbury Funeral Home.

Fay Ediss Kaplovitz,

Former Winthrop Town Meeting member and Poll Worker

Fay (Ediss) Kaplovitz, a longtime Winthrop resident, died on February 4 at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea. She was 89 years old and had entered the Center on January 4 following treatment for a heart ailment at Massachusetts General Hospital on December 27.

Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, she graduated high school at age 16 and was employed by the Department of the Navy. She met and married her husband, the late Maxwell Kaplovitz (1913 to 1991) in Norfolk in 1942. After he returned from US Army service as a cartographer in New Guinea, the couple re-settled in Virginia. They relocated to Winthrop, Max’s hometown, in 1947.

A reluctant New Englander, she was nonetheless an enthusiastic Winthrop resident, combining homemaking, child-rearing, and family responsibilities for many years before returning to full-time work in the 1970s. She worked for 30 years as a bookkeeper and business assistant for a variety of enterprises. She also served one term as a town meeting member and volunteered several stints as a poll worker for town elections.

She is deeply mourned by her two children, Susan and Barry, both of Winthrop and warmly remembered by her sister-in-law Susan Ediss of Dayton, Ohio; by cousins Fran and Harry Berkman of Pittsburgh, Mike and Linda Tabris of Weston, Florida and Gloria Adelman, of Bayside, New York. She will be deeply missed by numerous nieces and nephews from both sides of her family and by many individuals – peers, friends of her children, children of her friends, and many others whose lives she followed with interest. Funeral arrangements and memorial week were private.Memorial donations to honor the life of Fay Ediss Kaplovitz may be made to:  MGH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Fund, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign her online guestbook go to

Pasquale Giubilo

East Boston resident

Pasquale V. Giubilo of East Boston died on February 10.

A past member of the Augusta Boston Club and Associazione Nazionale Marinai D’Italia, he was the beloved husband of more than 54 years of Carmela (Patania) Giubilo; devoted father of Domenica Coughlin and her husband, Kevin, of Quincy, Teresa Strazzulla and her husband, Domenico, of Italy, Carmen Giubilo, John Giubilo and his wife, Rosana, all of East Boston; dear brother of Anna Sicari of New Jersey, Sister Maria Giubilo of Italy, Concetta D’Amico of New Jersey, Giovanna Nizza, Francesca and Umberto Giubilo, all of East Boston and the late Joseph and Tomaso Giubilo; cherished grandfather of nine and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home  (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence to the Giubilo Family:

Cadyn Nathaniel Douglas


Cadyn Nathaniel of Winthrop died on February 9. He was two months old.

The many relatives and friends of Andre N. Douglas and Cherylene Coss of Winthrop will be saddened to learn of the loss of their infant son, Cadyn Nathaniel, in his second month. Besides his loving parents, he is survived by a brother Brendan Douglas; paternal grandparents, Brenda (Smith) and David Cross of Rutland, MA; maternal grandparents Carmen (Bracero) Garcia and her husband Manuel Garcia of Newburgh, NY, and William Coss of Bronx, NY; maternal great grandparents, Ralph and Estella (Pimentel) Garcia of Ellenville, NY; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in Cadyn’s name for a memorial fund to be announced.

Mary D’Amico

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Mary S. (Serino) D’Amico of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 11.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis D’Amico; loving mother of Robert D’Amico and his wife, Marie DiNocco, of East Boston, Donna D’Amico of Winthrop, Mary DeSimone and her husband, Stephen, of Newburyport and Louis D’Amico and his wife, Kim, of Saugus; dear sister of Lena Fiore of Revere, Joseph Fiore and his wife, Erna, of Virginia and the late Nancy and Gloria Fiore. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren Robert, Lisa, Angela and Louis; one great-grandchild, Skyla, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

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

Christopher Caldwell

Truck Driver, member of Amvets and Beachmont VFW

Christopher Caldwell of Golden Drive, Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on February 11 after a long illness. He was 75 years old.

Born in Boston, he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged as a Private First Class. After his discharge, he went on to work as a truck driver for many years for the Boston Concession group. He was also a member of the Amvets and the Beachmont VFW.

He was the beloved husband of the late Pauline (Winczewski) and the loving father of Paul Caldwell and Catherine Sheehan, both of Winthrop, Karen Slate of Athol and the late Robert Caldwell; the dear brother of Arthur Caldwell of Aurora, CO and is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home. The Rev. Donald Milligan celebrated the service and offered prayers at his burial in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery._Memorial donations may be made to All Care Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn MA, 01901. To sign the online guestbook go to

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