Obituaries 08-25-2011

Dorothea Tirrell

Winthrop resident

Dorothea M. (Crawford)Tirrell of Winthrop died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on August 21. She was 92 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Henry E. Tirrell Jr., she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Halpin) Crawford. She was the devoted mother of Maureen A. Barry and her late husband, Joseph, Karen A. Forristall and her husband, John F. Jr., Deborah M. Kearns and her husband, Daniel, all of Winthrop, and Bonnie M. DiMare and her husband, Charles of Peabody; adored grandmother of Courtnee Barry and her boyfriend, Robert Moore, Erik Barry and his wife, Julie, Jeff and Heatha Forristall, Tami D. Rich and her husband, Michael, and Carlie DiMare; cherished great-grandmother of Kaylin and Josie Barry, Lexi and Dorothy Forristall, and Michael, Jason, and Jonathan Rich; dear sister of the late William, Joseph and Harry Crawford. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Lillian Tirrell, Jimmy and Pat Tirrell, and Doris Tirrell, and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday 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. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations can be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA. 02150 or to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St. , Winthrop, MA. 02152.  For guestbook and directions, go to

Sebastiana ‘Anna’ Leo

East Boston resident

Sebastiana “Anna” (Salamanca) Leo of East Boston died on August 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Rocco Leo; devoted mother of Edith “Edy” Farago of Dorchester, Vincent “Jimmy” Leo and his wife, Vivan of Winthrop and the late Paul Leo; cherished grandmother of Billy and Rico Farago; dear sister of the late Mary Santangelo, Anthony, Manuel, Peter and Grace Salamanca and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, August 25 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop  at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In honoring Mrs. Leo, memorial donations may be to St John ‘s Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop or to Sacred Heart Church, 303 Paris St., East Boston. For complimentary transportation to and from the Funeral Home please call 617 569 0990. Mrs. Leo will be laid to rest with her husband and son, Paul, in Woodlawn Cemetery. May they rest in peace. For more information or to send the Leo family an online condolence:

Alvin ‘Pinky’ Davis

Retired Truck Driver

Alvin A. “Pinky” Davis of Pembroke, NH, formerly of Chelsea and Winthrop, died on August 19 at his home on Pembroke Street. He was 81 years old.

Born in Chelsea on August 7, 1930, the son of Abraham and Bella (Cohen) Davis, he studied dentistry at Northeastern and worked as a dental technician for the US Navy during the Korean War. Later he spent 28 years as a truck driver for the Boston Herald. Mr. Davis was a member of the Teamster’s Local 259. He was also a member of the Winthrop Golf Club and a pitcher for the AMVETS softball team.

Mr. Davis is survived by two daughters, Judy Doyle and her husband, Tim of Pembroke and Pamela Matoba of Penacook; six grandchildren, Timmy, Danny, Christy, Sean, Derek and Kimberly; one great grandson, Jonathan; and a sister, Selma Shahon of Florida. He was the brother of the late Sidney Davis.

Funeral arrangements were by the Petit Funeral Home,  Pembroke, NH. Burial was in the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. An on-line guestbook is available at

Arnold Francis Eydenberg

Retired Revere Fire Chief

Arnold Francis Eydenberg of Revere, retired Chief of the Revere Fire Department, died August 22 surrounded by his loving family at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. He was 93 years old.

Retiring in 1980, he was a member of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts, Past President of Local 926 IAFF, American Legion Post 61, 99th Bomb Group Historical Society of World War II, Minister of Hospitality at Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for more than 25 years and a decorated US Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of the late Edith Kenney Eydenberg with whom he shared 64 years of marriage;  the son of the late Monte and Geraldine Kelley Eydenberg and the brother of three late brothers and their wives, Sgt. Francis of the Revere Police Department and his wife, Muriel, Gerald and his wife, Dallas of Leominster and Colonel Monte and his wife, Dorothy of Colorado Springs; the devoted father of Nancy Mulligan of North Reading and the late Thomas, retired Deputy Fire Chief Robert F. Eydenberg and his wife, Peg of Mashpee, Lorraine DiGiovanni and her husband, Anthony of Revere and Kingston, NH, Roger W. Eydenberg and his wife, Maria of North Smithfield, RI, Joyce Bielen and her husband, Robert of Plymouth, Virginia Segee and her dear friend, Cynthia Mooney of Framingham, Maureen Franco and her husband, Ralph of Lynnfield and the late Eileen; the beloved grandfather of 18 and cherished great grandfather of 16. He is also survived by cousins, Eileene Sherriff of Revere, Gene Miret of Florida, Grace Jacobs of Westwood and Morton Eydenberg and Barbara Rubin of New York and he also leaves many nephews, nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews,  great grandnieces, great grandnephews and many dear friends.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere and at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Revere Firefighters Memorial Fund, 400 Broadway, Revere or the Restoration Fund of the Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St., Revere.

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