Obituaries 12-08-2011

Belle Liberman

Owned Belle’s Little Shop in Winthrop Center

Belle (Epstein) Liberman of Winthrop died December 2 at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. She was 91 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Ida (Green) and David Epstein, she lived in Winthrop for more than 80 years. For many years she was the proprietor of Belle’s Little Shop in Winthrop Center. She was very active in local affairs and was a longtime member of The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and the Winthrop Rotary Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Abraham Liberman, devoted mother of Linda Durant of Beverly and Donald Liberman of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Services were held at the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Sharon Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Hospice of the North Shore, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. Memorial Observance was private. For online guest book go to

John Drohan, Jr.

Of Melrose, formerly of East Boston

John T. “Jack” Drohan, Jr.  of Melrose, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on December 5. He was 64 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, he was the beloved husband of 36 years to Maryann (Caggiano) Drohan; devoted father of Michelle Drohan of Melrose; loving brother of Theresa Rusnack and Kathleen Norwood, both of Brockton, Marilyn Drohan of Winthrop, Denise Gemma of Revere, Mary Trafton of Maine, Kevin Drohan of Revere and Arlene Savage of So. Weymouth; brother-in-law of Emily Burstein of Billerica and Anthony Caggiano of Florida and the loving uncle of many nieces and nephews and the late Christopher Norwood.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral on Friday at 9 a.m. from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main St., Melrose followed by his Funeral Mass in The Church of The Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours in the funeral home are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For obituary, directions and online condolences, please visit

A. Scott Dalrymple

Had many talents and interests

A. Scott Dalrymple, a lifelong Winthrop resident, died on December 2. He was 60 years old.

He attended Philips Andover Academy and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and was a talented craftsman and had a career as a carpenter. He enjoyed traveling, which often took him to the mountains he loved for climbing and hiking. He also loved sailing and skiing.

Scott’s greatest passion was music. He began playing the guitar in his formative years and played in musical ensembles with friends through high school. While attending the University of Massachusetts, he often performed with his group at the Top of The Campus. Throughout his life, he was an avid historian of jazz. His love of music also reflected an eclectic interest for many genres that was deep and informed.

Scott was also an avid reader, the topic of which often reflected his passion for understanding the profound mysteries of life. This same passion led him to the spiritual practice taught by Gurdjieff and he was a member of the Gurdjieff Group in Cambridge for close to 20 years.

He will also be remembered for his endearing sense of humor, great conversations, his big heart, sensitive spirit and his love of nature.

Born in Winthrop, he was the only son of Arthur and Charlotte (Taylor) Dalrymple and is survived by his son, John Foley of Belmont; his sisters, Peggy Walther of Windham, NH, Carol Sylla of Cambridge, Joy Dalrymple of Pepperell and Robin James-Teahan of Stoughton; nieces and nephews: Todd Walther of Ellicott City, MD, Tim Walther of Jackson Hole, WY, Lila-Charlotte Sylla of Buffalo, NY, Jordan and Taylor Alves, Rhyanna, Willow and Delaney Alves, all of Pepperell and Chartelle and Priscilla James of Stoughton and four great nephews and six great nieces.

Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop.  A time and date for the Memorial Service will be announced in the coming days. For complete funeral arrangements and guestbook, go to

Thomas McLaughlin

Hockey referee and coach

Thomas E. “Toddy” McLaughlin of Charlestown died peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, surrounded by his family, a proud lifelong resident of Charlestown, “God’s Country.”

A proud US Army veteran of World War II, he was a former referee and coach in the Charlestown Milt Schmidt Hockey Program, a member of the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association and a retired member of Teamsters Local 379.

He was the beloved son of the late Annie (Dolan) and Michael McLaughlin and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage to his devoted wife Marion F. (McCarthy) McLaughlin. “Toddy” was both father and friend to Joanne Connolly and her fiancé, Daniel Sullivan, Janet McLaughlin and her husband, Tom Petrocelli, Thomas and Michelle McLaughlin, Brian McLaughlin and Gerard and Suzanne McLaughlin; loving grandfather to Meghann, Erin, Jonathan, TJ, Sean, Kyle and Kelly and great grandfather to Drew and Tori. He was the brother of the late William, John, Francis, Alfred McLaughlin, Mary “Sis” O’Brien and Sr. Lorraine McLaughlin CSJ and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, 34 Lower Westfield Rd., Holyoke, MA., O1040.

Donald Reardon

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop

Donald K. Reardon of Rochester, NH died November 23 at his home surrounded by his family and his dog, Bailey, after a long illness. He was 65 years old.

He was born in Winthrop on September 10, 1946, the son of the late Donald and Marion (Clarke) Reardon. He served in the US Navy and has lived in Rochester, NH for the past 34 years. For many years, he worked as a nuclear pump assembler for Westinghouse Company in Newington, NH. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and camping.

Members of his family include his wife of 43 years, Rachel K. (Oliver) Reardon; his sons, Keith and Kevin, all of Rochester, NH; his brother, Michael Reardon of Lynn; sister, Cathy Chandler of Arundel, ME, neice, Chrissy Libby of Shapleigh, Maine; nephew, Scott Reardon of Lynn, his dog, Bailey and his two granddogs, Spike and Gage. He was the brother of the late Scott Clarke and the uncle of the late Jacki Kelley.

At his request, there were no services.

Michael DeGregorio

Life member of the Winthrop Elks

Michael A. DeGregorio of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died December 1 at the Lighthouse Nursing Center, Revere. He was 89 years old.

Born in East Boston, the son of the late Concetta Buonopane and Michael DeGregorio, he moved to Winthrop, graduated from the Winthrop School System and entered the US Army serving during World War II. Prior to his retirement he was a testman for N.E. T. & T. He was a Past Venerable of Winthrop Lodge 2057 Order Sons of Italy and a life member of Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

He was the beloved husband of Florence M. (Fuccillo), devoted father of Michele Rios and her husband, Robert of Saugus, dear brother of Patrick DeGregorio of Winthrop, Robert DeGregorio of Winthrop, Richard DeGregorio of N. Reading and and Rosemarie French of Winthrop and the loving grandfather of Michael Rios. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Victor Keller

Retired Everett Fire Department Captain

Victor P. Keller of North Reading, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on December 3 at Mt. Auburn Hospital. He was 76 years old.

Born in Boston and a longtime resident Everett before moving to N. Reading a few years ago, “Vic” was a retired Captain with the Everett Fire Department, avid fan and follower of the Everett High School Crimson Tide Football and a U. S. Navy veteran.

He was the beloved husband of more than 50 years of  Sandra L. (Macauda); dear and devoted father of Victor S. Keller and his wife, Misha of Middleton, Scott M. Keller and his wife, Carroll of Revere, Laurieann Giannino and her husband, Thomas of Danvers, Jodi Meade and her husband, Peter of Stoneham and Eric Keller and his wife, Donna of N. Reading; brother of Mildred Morriarty of Everett, Ernest Keller of Winthrop, David Keller of Malden and the late Sylvia Sawyer, Sally Costanza, August and Carroll Keller and loving Papa of 15 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.   Contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701, would be sincerely appreciated.

John Snyder, Sr.

Supervisor for American Airlines

John M. Snyder, Sr. of Winthrop died at the Winchester Hospital on November 30. He was 96 years old.

Born in Poughkeepsie, NY. the son of the late Nellie Mae (Snook) and John P. Snyder, he resided in this area for over 90 years. He was a supervisor for American Airlines and a member of the Society of Pioneers of American Airlines. He was also a longtime member of the Winthrop Stamp Club.

He was the beloved husband of the late Regina (Ackerman), the devoted father of John M. Snyder of Boston, Mary E. Arena and her husband, John Arena of Stoneham and the late PVT James A. Snyder U.S.Army; the dear brother of the late Dorothy Fleming, Anna Heppler and Gertrude Snyder and the fond Opa to Elizabeth, Catherine and Grace.

Funeral arrangements were the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the family lot in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to St. John the Evangelist Conference St. Vincent de Paul Society, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA 02152 or to the charity of your choice.

Susan Dirksmeyer

Educator, of Weymouth, formerly of Winthrop

Susan Dirksmeyer of Weymouth, formerly of Winthrop, died at the South Shore Hospital, Weymouth on December 3. She was 71 years old.

Born in Boston, she was a graduate of Boston State College receiving both a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree. She was a US Army Veteran and a longtime teacher in the Boston and other school systems.

She was the dear daughter of the late Alice (McGillicuddy) and Charles Dirksmeyer, beloved sister of Gretchen Collins of Winthrop, loving aunt of Marc Collins and Heidi Fantasia, both of Winthrop and is also survived by two grandnephews and one grandniece.

Arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son -O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Betheda, MD 20814.

Antoinette Vendetti

Revere Resident

Antoinette (Lupo) Vendetti of Revere, formerly of Everett, Somerville and Boston’s North End, died unexpectedly at her “Friendly Gardens” home in Revere on December 3. She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she lived in the North End, Everett and Somerville before moving to Revere 26 years ago.

She was the wife of the late John G. Vendetti who died in June of 1997; cherished mother of Janette M. Roselando and her husband, Samuel of Medford, and John Vendetti and his wife, Judith M. of Winthrop; devoted grandmother of Amy S. Vendetti of Winthrop, Lisa M. Vendetti of Somerville, Adam S. Roselando of Medford, and Daniel J. Roselando and wife, Kimberlee of Belmont. She is also lovingly survived by two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Millie Russo, Sadie Foti, Carmen and John DeLuca, Samuel, Jerry, David, and Vincent Lupo.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut Street, Wellesley, MA 02481.

Ruth Lack

Of Florida, formerly of Everett

Ruth (Bernstein) Lack of Aventura, Florida, formerly of Everett, died on December 2.

Mrs. Lack was the wife of the late Judge Harry M. Lack, who served as a Justice of the Cambridge District Court. She was born in Providence, RI, a daughter of the late Max and Gussie (Halpern) Bernstein, had been a long time resident of Everett and later moved to Hollywood, Florida and then to Aventura, Florida. She graduated with Honors from Central High School in Providence, RI in 1935.

Mrs. Lack pursued a successful business career in two periods. First, prior to her marriage, she owned a liquor store in Providence, RI. Later, at age 63, after having brought up her two sons, she passed the real estate broker’s exam in the state of Massachusetts. She then became a realtor at Century 21 in Malden for many years. She won several awards during her career as a real estate broker including a Gold Jacket as one of the highest producing brokers at her firm selling over $5 million homes that year.

Mrs. Lack leaves two sons, Michael and his wife, Marjorie and James and his wife, Candice. She also leaves her sister, Ella Persky and her brother in law, Dr. Max Lack. Her other sister, Rosella Cohen died in 2004. Her long time husband, Judge Harry Lack, died in 1991.

Services were private and entrusted to Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Memorial donations may be made to the Judge Harry M. Lack Scholarship Fund, C/o Suffolk University Law School Attn: Jane DiGangi, 8 Ashburton PL. Boston, MA 02108. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Marvin Flack

Of Winthrop, formerly of Lynn

Marvin W. Flack of Winthrop, formerly of Lynn, died on November 24. He was 33 years old.

He was the loving husband of Hannah (Morin) Flack; son of Kim Morrissey of Winthrop and Marvin Turner of Mattapan; stepson of Kevin Morrissey of Winthrop and grandson of Bessie Flack of Revere and the late Walter Johns, Georgia Turner of Mattapan and the late James Turner; brother of Terrance Ellis and his wife, Danelle of Everett, Keishaun Turner, Tiffanie Turner and her husband, Jorge White, Marcus Wise and his wife, Kathleen, Nakia VanLoan and Latia VanLoan, all of Boston; son-in-law of Kathleen Morin of Ipswich and the late Peter Morin and brother-in-law of Sam Morin and his wife, Melissa of Salem, Louis Morin and his wife, Jenn, William Morin and his wife, Michele, all of Lynn and Jocelyn Morin of Salem. He leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.

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