Obituaries 01-05-2012

Janet Winter

Lifelong Winthrop Resident

Janet A. Winter of Winthrop Street, Winthrop died at home suddenly on December 28. She was 72 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the loving daughter of the late Grace (Riley) and Edward Buontempo. A lifetime resident of Winthrop, she was the devoted wife of the late Arthur H. Winter and the beloved mother of Nancy B. Wilson of S. Berwick, Maine, William A. Winter of Peabody, Donna Winter of Winthrop, Karen G. Laurino of Winthrop and the late Cheryl Winter. She was the dear sister of Pat Duly of Marblehead and Jean Wall of Winthrop; the cherished grandmother of Nicholas and Danielle Berube, A.J. Winter and Sophia Laurino.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 7 at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook, go to

David (Baer) Lavoie

Of Virginia, formerly of Winthrop

David C. Lavoie (Baer) died peacefully at Inova Mt. Vernon Hospital on December 28 after a brave struggle with Primary Lateral Sclerosis.  He was 65 years old.

A native of Winthrop,  he had resided in Alexandria VA for the past 30 years. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1964, and Boston College, was an avid sports enthusiast and an ardent supporter of both schools’ various athletic teams.  He had a great sense of humor, loved to play golf, and always nurtured his “wicked” Boston accent.

He began his professional career as a Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Boston/New England area and later in the Headquarters Office in Washington, DC.   After serving as the Director of the OCC Field Office in Denver, Colorado, he joined The Farm Credit Administration in McLean VA as Chief Examiner and retired in 1997 as the Chief Operating Officer.

He was a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of the OCC Alumni Association and a member and past officer of the Santa Claus Yacht Club, a charitable Alexandria organization.

He will be dearly missed by his beloved sweetheart, Jeanette Reitz, several cousins, his cherished childhood friends from “up Nawth,” and his many friends and colleagues in both the Boston and Washington areas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Lavoie White.

A Visitation will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Saturday, January 7 starting at 9 a.m. followed by a prayer service at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Winthrop Cemetery. A Funeral Mass for David was previously celebrated at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Viking Pride Foundation, P.O Box 37, Winthrop MA 02152, which provides scholarships for Winthrop High School students and supports extracurricular activities. For guestbook, go to

Arthur Schultheiss

Owned Private Investigation Firm

Arthur J. Schultheiss of Winthrop died at the Sunrise of Wayland Assisted Living Center on December 27. He was 80 years old.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was the owner of Arthur J. Schultheiss Associates, a private investigation firm.

He was the beloved husband of Helen A. (Wytas) LaPorte-Schultheiss and the late Dorothy M. (Craven) Schultheiss. Born in New York, NY, he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Marie (Creegan) Schultheiss; devoted father of Arthur H. Schultheiss of Doylestown, PA, George E. Schultheiss and his wife, Linda of East Douglass, MA, Patricia M. Pattison and her husband, Keith of Fort Worth, TX, Elizabeth J. Schultheiss of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Dorothy M “Dolly” Stadelmann and her husband, Paul of Cincinnati, OH; step-father of Thomas W. LaPorte and his wife, Eileen of San Jose, CA, and Theresa A. McNelis and her husband, Dermot of Saugus. He was the adored grandfather of Christine, Stephanie, Julianne, Arthur “AJ”, Laurel, Marlee, Keith, Daniel, Katie, Ellie, Luke, Olivia, and Caroline and the dear brother of the late George Schultheiss.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A 2nd Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in Manhasset, NY. Burial was in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY. For guestbook, go to

Robert DeBonis

Retired Boston Globe Pressman

Robert V. DeBonis of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on December 29. He was 73 years old.

He served in the U.S. Army in the 82 Airborne Division and was a member of the 82 Airborne Assn., the Static Line Group, Danvers Fish and Game Club, Boston Globe Field and Stream Club, and the Boston Printing Pressman’s Union, Local 3. He was employed as a newspaper pressman for the Boston Globe for 40 years.

The beloved husband of Jacqueline J. (Slaney) DeBonis, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Vincent J. and Katherine (King) DeBonis. He was the devoted father of Robert V. DeBonis Jr. and his wife, Melinda of Lynnfield, Michael J. DeBonis and his wife Elke of Winthrop, Laurie A. Videtta of Swampscott, and Matthew J. DeBonis and his wife, Sherril of Del Ray Beach, FL; adored grandfather of Robert, Jessica, Christina, Mishelle, Matthew, Angela, Jonathon, and Julianna; dear brother of Arlene Motter of Ohio, Catherine Regan of Hull, John P. DeBonis of New Hampshire and the late Jean DeBonis. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on January 3. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to

Anna Oliva

Retired Nurse’s Aide

Anna M. Oliva of Alyssa Drive, Groveland, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers on December 29 after a brief illness. She was 84 years old.

Born in South Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Anna M. (Nutari) and Edward McDonald. A resident of Winthrop for over 20 years, she was employed as a nurse’s aide at the Cliff House Nursing Home and the Beverly Nursing Home.

She was the devoted wife of Vincent Oliva and the loving mother of Marie Sacco of Beverly, Vincent Oliva and his wife, Mary Ann of Virginia and Diane Melanson and her husband, Paul of New Hampshire;  the dear sister of Jeanne Hollenborg and her husband, George of Warren, Edward McDonald and his wife, Mary of Malden and Joseph McDonald and his wife, Joan of Billerica. She is also survived by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St. Winthrop today, Thursday, January 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery.

Francis McKinley 

Of Stoneham, formerly of Winthrop 

Francis W. McKinley of Stoneham, formerly of Winthrop, died on December 31. He was 88 years old.

A World War II veteran, he served in the 8th Air Force, was a member of the 490th Bomb Group and survived 35 Missions. He was a Polaroid employee for 38 years.

The beloved husband of Violet “Marie” (Fuller) McKinley, he was the devoted father of Ellen M. Swiniarski and her husband, Henry of Falmouth, and Lois Barenowski of Pennsylvania; loving grandfather of Kathryn Swiniarski of Kingston and Scott Swiniarski of Falmouth.

At the request of the family, all services are private and a memorial service will be planned at a later date. To place an on line condolence, visit:

Hubert Hanlon 

Carver Resident 

Hubert P. Carver of Carver, formerly of Medford, died on December 30.

He was the beloved husband of Rosemarie (Valente) Hanlon of Carver; loving father of Louis P. Hanlon of Medford, Hubert P. Hanlon Jr. of Northboro, Gina Marie Hanlon-Cavicchi of Carver, Peter Hanlon of Wilmington, William Hanlon of New Hampshire, Michael Hanlon of Patricia Hanlon and Colleen Argenzio, all of Revere; devoted brother of Paul Hanlon of California, Robert Hanlon of Winthrop, Arthur Hanlon of New Hampshire, Edward Hanlon of Wilmington, Dorothy Turner of California and the late William Hanlon and Albert Hanlon. He was the cherished grandfather of many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, dear friends and family.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Gaffey Funeral Home, 43 High St., Medford Square, Medford today, Thursday, January 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Frances of Assisi Church, Medford at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

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