Obituaries 07-07-2011

Ralph Mele

Retired Museum of Science Exhibit Maintenance Director

Ralph F. “Freddie” Mele of Prospect Avenue, Winthrop died at home on July 4 after a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Madeline (DeMattia) and Salvatore Mele. Growing up in the West End of Boston, he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served for two years before being discharged as a Private First Class. After his discharge from the Army, he moved to Winthrop and worked at various jobs including as a machinist at the Charlestown Navy Yard for over 28 years, a shipfitter, a clock repairman, short order cook and finally as Director of Exhibit Maintenance at the Museum of Science.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Marra) and the loving father of Salvatore Mele and his wife, Linda of Salem, NH, Madeline Keogh and her husband, Robert of Winthrop, Marietta DeGiovanni and her husband, Vincent of Westford and Alfonse Mele and his wife, Linda of Holyoke; dear brother of Marian Driscoll of Boston and the late Josephine Alessi, Frances Moran, Lucy Anselmi, Clara Amato, Anna Donnaruma, Louis Mele, Albert Mele and Willaim Mele; cherished grandfather of Tina Marie Talvi, Laura Freeman, Aimee and Julia DeGiovanni, Victoria Hopkins, Karen Lukeman and Sarah Mele. He is also survived by eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, July 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, July 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston MA 02284-9168. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Judith Menz

Longtime Home Health Care Aide

Judith A. (McDonough) Menz, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died at Penacook Place in Haverhill on July 4. She was 69 years old.

A loving mother, sister, aunt, cousin, niece, and friend and a longtime home health care aide, she was the beloved wife of the late George Menz Jr., the mother of  Timothy Menz of Dracut, John Menz and his wife, Cheryl of Somersworth, NH., Christopher Menz and his wife, Paula of Gonic, NH., Pattianne Caponigro and her late husband, Richard of Amesbury and Paula Carey and her husband, Steven of Plymouth, MA. She is also survived by  one brother, Walter McDonough of East Boston and two sisters, Jayne McCarthy of Nahant and Anne Bowen of Amesbury. She was the grandmother of Danashia Morall, Nicholas, Alexander, and Gregory Caponigro, Victoria and Matthew Menz, Jennifer Baker, and Virginia and Joseph Carey.

Calling hours at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., Amesbury are today, Thursday, July 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her Funeral Mass will be Friday, July 8 at 11:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Burial will be in Cross Street Cemetery in Winthrop. Memorial donations can be made to Penacook Place Resident Fund, 150 Water St., Haverhill, Ma. 01830.

William Frank

Former Winthrop Police Officer and Auto Body Shop Owner

William G. Frank of Attleboro, a former lifelong resident of Winthrop, died surrounded by his loving family on July 1 following eight months of a rapid case of ALS at the McCarthy Center in Sandwich, Mass. He was only 54 years old.

Born in Cambridge on December 15, 1956, he was raised and lived in Winthrop until seven years ago when he moved to Attleboro with his wife and children. He served as a Winthrop Police Officer for five years and owned his own auto body shop for 10 years. He enjoyed spending time with his children, working on cars, and going to the gun range. His dream in life was that pigs will some day fly.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years, Marilyn Frank and his children Jennifer Anne, Robert Patrick, Melissa Anne, Meaghan Carolynn and Christopher Richard.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial  Service at Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, 18 Baltic Street, South Attleboro on Saturday July 9 at 11a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Billy’s Flying Pigs Inc. 375 Washington Street Attleboro, Ma 02703.

Lloyd Marcom

Past Exalted Ruler Revere BPOE Elks

Lloyd G. Marcom of Revere died peacefully at home on July 2 surrounded by the love an affection of his family following a long and valiant battle with metastatic lung cancer. He was 73 years old.

Born and raised in Rose Hills, Virginia, he came to Revere more than 34 years ago. His long association with the Revere Loge of Elks, #1171, gave him much pleasure and sociality for more than 25 years.  He served as Exalted Ruler for two separate terms, 2004 to 2005 and 2007 to 2008, a most unusual honor that speaks clearly or his devotion and enthusiasm for the lodge. He found great joy in the sport of Deep Sea Fishing which he particularly enjoyed with his son, Matthew.

Most of this working career was as a truck driver for several local trucking and busing firms. A serious accident more than 25 years ago forced his early retirement.

He was the beloved husband for 40 years of Isabell M. (Curley); dear and devoted father of Janette M. Coyle and her husband, Dean of Centerville, PA., Pamela J. Marcom of Winter Springs, Florida, Roseanne E. Hunt and her husband, Richard of Sanford, Florida, Lloyd G. Marcom,  Jr. of San Diego, California and Matthew J. Marcom and his wife, Antonette of Saugus; cherished brother of Geraldine Marshall and her husband, Kenny of Midlothian, Virginia, Linda Powers and her husband, Kenny of Chesterfield, Virginia and Gail Robinette of Indianapolis, Indiana. He is also lovingly survived by 12 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

Joseph Brown

US Postal service retiree

Joseph W. Brown of Winthrop died on July 2 after a brief illness. He was 87 years old.

A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was a retired mechanic for the South Portal Annex-U.S. Postal Service, a  Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans, Fifteenth Air Force Assn. and a past member of the Winthrop Yacht Club.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved husband of the late Cecile P. (Cyr) Brown, son of the late William and Helen (Curtin) Brown; devoted father of Bill Brown of Tewksbury, Linda Donahue of Winthrop, Helen Janielis of Peabody and Kevin Brown and his wife, Jacqui of New Hampshire; companion of Norma Kent of Vermont and is also survived by his grandchildren Jennifer Donahue, Brian Donahue, Emily Janielis, Michael Janielis and his wife, Maria Pelletier, Steven, Christopher, Anthony, and Amelia Brown, and his great-grandchildren, Dylan, Sophia, Audrey, Michael and Jude.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop  today, Thursday, July 7, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Pancreatic Research Fund at the MGH, c/o Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo MD. 15 Parkman St. WAC460, Boston, MA, 02114. For guestbook, go to

Peter Capano

Retired Truck Driver

Peter J. Capano of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center on June 29. He was 87 years old.

Born in Revere, the son of the late Amelia (Calispotis), he lived in Revere prior to moving to Winthrop 42 years ago. He was a US Army veteran of the Pacific Theater of Operations in World War II.

Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver employed by Conrail and Dave’s Motor Express and a former member of the Malden Moose.

He was the beloved husband of the late Yola (Gallese) Capano, the devoted father of Angela Campo and James Devine of Winthrop, Patty and Jeff Velluxxi of Saugus and Ginas and Italo Freda of Saugus and the_loving grandfather of Christina, Gina, Gregory and Marissa.

His Funeral Mass was conducted at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed with military honors in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the Caggiano – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign his on line book of condolences go to

Tophill Namey

Retired shoe worker

Tophill Namey of Malden, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on June 26. He was 95 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Amelia and Naif Namey, he was a longtime resident of this area and resided for a period of time in Lebanon. He was employed in the shoe industry as a heel laster.

The beloved husband of the late Josephine (Mahanna), he was the devoted father of Lila and William Lucas of Malden, James Namey of Boston, John and Marie Namey of Revere, Philip Namey of Boston, Ann Marie Namey of Dolton, NC and the late Antoniette Namey and the dear brother of the late George and Charles Namey. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign his online book of condolences go to

David Richards

42 year GE Mechanical Engineer

David A. Richards of Saugus died on June 30.

Mr. Richards worked for 42 years traveling all over the world as a Mechanical Engineer in the Aircraft Division with General Electric, Lynn-Riverworks plant. He was an avid cyclist, skier and artist.

The beloved husband of Sheila M. (O’Donnell) Richards, he was the loving father of Denise M. Kastrinakis and her husband, Dr. William Kastrinakis-MGH Danvers of Beverly, David M. Richards of Saugus and his wife, Janice of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Lia, Alyssa and Kristina Katrinakis; brother of MaryAnn Richards of Colorado, Bruce Richards of Maine and the late Robert Richards.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences:

Contance Garmil

Of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop

Constance (Franklin) Garmil of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop, died on July 3. She was 70 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Byron Garmil, she was the dear daughter of the late Solomon and Edith Franklin; devoted mother of Wayne of Tewksbury, Richard and his wife, Breeda of Haverhill, and Ross and his wife, Rebecca of Springfield, IL; loving sister of Martin Franklin of Stoughton; cherished grandmother of Eliana, Sophia, Jennifer and Sonia and adored great-grandmother of Tianna, Angelice, J.P. and Vanessa.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Burial was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial observance will be held at her late residence today, Thursday. Charitable contributions in her memory may be made to Hadassah, 2001 Beacon Street, Suite 101, Brighton, MA 02135.

James Marino

St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church Usher

James A. Marino of East Boston died on July 2.

An usher in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church for many years, he was the loving son of the late Samuel and Louise (Lovett) Marino; dear brother of Mary Marino of East Boston and John Marino and his wife, Alida of Wakefield and is also survived by his cherished nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life will be held in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley St., East Boston today, Thursday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours in The Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights) East Boston will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with burial in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. For more information or to send an online condolence Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home East Boston (617-569-0990).

Patricia Russo

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Patricia A. (Sullivan) Russo of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on July 1.

The beloved wife of Salvatore “Sammy” Russo with whom she shared 51 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Thomas R. Russo and his wife, Jodi, Ronald Russo, Salvatore J. Russo and his wife, Andrea and Kenneth P. Russo, all of Winthrop and Patricia M. Lio and her husband, Anthony, of Westwood; dear sister of Marie Papandrea of East Boston, Margaret Selvage of Everett and Alice Teneriello of Florida; cherished grandmother of Thomas Russo, Rochelle Marzano, Amanda M. and Richard Russo, Amanda C. DiCicco and Philip and Anthony Lio; sister in law of Phillip Russo, Richard Russo and his wife, Joann, and Marie Guisti, all of Revere, Edward Russo and his wife, Louise, of Oklahoma and Josephine DiMinico of Norfolk; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. At her request, please no flowers. For directions and guest book

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