Obituaries 08-18-2011

Ronald Lombard

Of Winchendon, formerly of Winthrop

Ronald F. Lombard of 1250 Alger Street, Winchendon, formerly of Winthrop, died on August 10. He was 64 years old.

He was born in Winthrop on February 1, 1947, son of the late Robert A. and Eileen (DiNatale) Lombard and has lived in Winchendon since 1988. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1965, and before living in Winchendon, he was a policeman for the City of Winthrop and also held jobs at Raytheon and the Boston Kidney Center Dialysis Unit.

He later worked in construction throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He helped to build and co-owned the former House of Health in Saugus from 1977 to 1980. He later operated a gravel hauling and excavation business until he became too ill to continue. Most recently he worked for Waste Management in Fitchburg and was the construction engineer at Perennial Patch in Winchendon.

He loved his children and grandchildren and loved to talk to people and help them out. He enjoyed fixing things, going to the gym, going out to eat and baking desserts to bring to people. He loved the ocean, tools of any kind, and always saw the good side of everybody. He also spent a great deal of time working out at the Wendell P. Clark YMCA in Winchendon.

A transplant survivor, he loved to help at the Celebration of Life Ceremony at UMASS Medical Center, Worcester. He was always so appreciative of his physicians, especially Dr. Tricia Vorderstrasse of Gardner and Dr. Savant Mehta, Dr. Shimul Shah and Dr. Adele Borzogadeh at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester.

He leaves his life partner, Ann Marie Cook, the couple has been together for 23 years; three children, Ronald Campbell and his wife, Ellen of Pelham, NH, Tracy Ann Survilas and her husband, Jason of Winthrop and Jason Cook of Hubbardston; a sister Carole McCarey and her husband, Robert of Franklin, NH; two brothers, Robert Lombard and his wife, Diane of Venice, FL and Fred Lombard of Punta Gorda, FL; four grandchildren, Emmanuelle Cook, Andrew Survilas, Julia Survilas and Ruby Athena Campbell, as well as nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19 at 11 a.m. in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon. Calling hours in the funeral home are today, Thursday, August 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Liver Transplant Unit, UMASS Medical Center, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655.

Ruth Gallagher

Retired Secretary

Ruth A. (Higgins) Gallagher  of Winthrop died at home surrounded by her loving family on August 15. She was 93 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Gallagher worked as a secretary for Sears & Roebuck.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late George and Lillian (Shannon) Higgins, she was the beloved mother of James Gallagher and his wife, Patricia of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of James Gallagher and his wife, Margot of East Boston and Sean Gallagher and his wife Julie of Winthrop;  the dear great grandmother of Emma Ann and Liam Richard Gallagher. She is also survived by her son Paul Gallagher.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, August 19, at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Winthrop Senior Center, 35Harvard St., Winthrop, Ma 02152, or the charity of your choice. For guestbook and directions, go to

Providentia Petrone

Retired nurse’s aide

Providentia “Ann” Petrone of Andover, formerly of Windham, New Hampshire, Revere and Winthrop, died on August 15. She was 88 years old.

Born in Quincy on October 6, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Mary (Purpura) Calabro. She worked as a nurse’s aide at Bay View Nursing Home until her retirement.

She was the beloved mother of Ann Marie Melino and her husband, Carmine of Windham, and Nancy Aghassi and her husband, Ben of Andover; grandmother of Michael Melino and Sarah Melino, both of Windham, and Jacob Aghassi of Andover. She was the wife of the late Michael Petrone who died in 2003.

Funeral arrangements are by the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. in St. Matthews Church, Windham. Burial will be in Cemetery on the Plain, Windham. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Heaps of Hope, Inc., C/O Matrix Financial, LLC, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley, MA 02481. For more information, please visit

Carmello Graziano

East Boston resident

Carmello J. “Carl” Graziano of East Boston died on August 13.

A National Guard veteran of World War II, he was the beloved father of Carl V. Graziano of Malden; loving grandfather of Rocky Graziano of Winthrop, Nicole Etheridge and her husband, Jason of Lynn, and Michael Graziano and his fiancée, Colleen Whelan of Revere; dear great-grandfather of Nicholas Michael Graziano and is also survived by three brothers and a sister.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences, please visit

Carol Ann Brooks

Of Methuen, formerly of Winthrop

Carol Ann (Hamer) Brooks of Methuen, formerly of Winthrop, died on August 10 after a brief illness.

She was the wife of 51 years of the late Albert E. Brooks and leaves her daughters, Diane Brooks-Sherry, Deb McNall and Donna Kelley and six grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held today, Thursday, at 1 p.m. at the Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home, 42 Main St., Salem, NH. Burial of ashes will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society , 2 Commerce Dr. Bedford, NH 03110 in support of Relay For Life of Salem, NH. For directions or to make an online condolence, please visit

Agnes Toomey

AT&T Retiree and Telephone Pioneers member

Agnes F. Toomey of South Boston, formerly of Beachmont, Revere and East Boston, died on August 10 following a brief illness at Marian Manor Nursing Home in South Boston. She was 88 years old.

Miss Toomey had been living with her niece in South Boston for the past 11 years. She was born in Foxboro and lived in East Boston as a young girl. She came to live in Beachmont, Revere and lived here for more than 50 years before moving to South Boston 12 years ago.

She worked as a telephone operator for AT&T for over 40 years retirng in 1988. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America for many years, a devotee of her beloved Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Beachmont, Revere and a volunteer Sunday School teacher, worker in the parish rectory and in whatever capacity where she was needed. She was a committee worker for all the events that kept the parish afloat. Along with that, she was a surrogate mother and grandmother to her 28 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was the daughter of the late John A. and Catherine R. (Farrell) Toomey; cherished sister of Ellen Kanall of Winthrop, Margaret Vieira of Hull, Frances Bonner of Concord and the late Catherine Reynolds, Mary Tierney, Anna Pedro, Alice M. Toomey, Thomas and William Toomey. She is also lovingly survived by 28 nieces and nephews and many grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was in the family lot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Her love for children is legendary and because of that, the family asks that remembrances be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl., Boston, MA 02114.

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