Obituaries 01-26-2012

Mary Jo Brown

Tufts Medical Center Admitting Director

Mary Jo (Bonasoro) Brown of Wilmington died suddenly at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston on January 21 with her family and friends by her side. She was 59 years old.

Born in Boston, she graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1970. For the past 35 years, she worked at Tufts Medical Center in Boston as the Director of Admitting. A former 25 year resident of Wakefield, she has been living in Wilmington for the past 12 years. She enjoyed travelling and loved vacationing and visiting her friends in Hawaii. She also loved hosting large Fourth of July celebrations at her home.

Mary Jo will be remembered as a kind and compassionate person who would go out of her way to help everyone whether you were a stranger, friend or family member and never asked for anything in return. Mary Jo’s family would like to thank her extended family at the Tufts Medical Center for their support during this difficult time. She was the beloved best friend, soulmate and wife of 42 years to Thomas Brown of Wilmington; loving and caring mother of Christina and her husband, Kevin Furlong of Methuen; devoted daughter of Salvatore and Mary (Kelly) Bonasoro of Revere; dear sister of James Bonasoro and his wife, Mary of Danvers and Ellen Babcock and her husband, Walter of Wilmington; cherished “Auntie” of James Jr. and Anthony Bonasoro, Chelsie, Christopher and Sara Babcock. She is also survived by many extended family members and dear friends.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, January 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Judith Ann Temme

Bedford Resident

Judith Ann (Colpak) Temme of Bedford, formerly of Concord, died January 9 at her Bedford nursing home residence. She was 79 years old.

Born in Boston on March 6, 1932, she was the beloved daughter of Frederick and Linda (Ferrara) Colpak.

She earned her Masters Degree in Nursing at Tufts University and went to work for the Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford. She married Donald Temme in 1955 and put her all into raising her family of three boys and providing a loving household. She was a devoted, loving wife, mother and grandmother who excelled in cooking and gardening and enjoyed swimming (a mile a day, three days a week!), birding and walking.

Survivors include her brother, Donald of Winthrop; her sons, Bruce of Winston-Salem, NC, Steve of Boston and Paul of Houston, TX.

Burial will be on January 31 at 1 p.m. in the family burial plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. A memorial service will be held at 3:15 p.m. at Carleton-Williard Village at 100 Old Billerica Road in Bedford, in the main auditorium. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee of Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in Mrs. Temme’s guestbook, please visit

Louise Christopher

Retired Salesperson

Louise Christopher of Winthrop Street, Winthrop died at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on January 21 after a long illness. She was 92 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Ursula (Pastore) and Alberico (DeChristoforo). A resident of Winthrop for more than 70 years, she was employed as a salesperson in the retail business for many years.

She was the dear sister of the late Augustus, Frank, Carl, John, Helen, Michael, Vincent and Juliet Christopher and Florence White and Claire Interbartolo; the loving aunt of Jeffrey, John, Mark and Michael Christopher and Michael Cummings and Leslie Jesson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to

Elmer ‘Al’ Whelan

John Hancock Life Insurance Retiree

Elmer F. “Al” Whelan, formerly of Bowdoin Street, Winthrop died at the Neville Center in Cambridge after a long illness on January 18. He was 100 years old.

Born in Cambridge, he was the beloved son of the late Mary (Ready) and Moses Coutanche. A resident of Winthrop for over 60 years, Mr. Whelan was employed as a manager for John Hancock Life Insurance. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, the John Hancock retirees club and was the longtime secretary at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop.

He was the devoted husband of the late Margaret (Riley) and the loving father of Patricia Whelan of Cambridge and Edward Whelan and his wife, Helen of Saugus. He was the dear brother of the late Raymond Tierney, Edwin Ready and Sr. Marie Ready of the Maryknoll Sisters; the cherished grandfather of Colleen Graziano and Patrick Whelan and the great grandfather of Nicholas Graziano.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to

Robert Durante

Accountant, Broker and Educator

Robert J. “Bob” Durante of East Boston died on January 17. He was 59 years old.

He was a 1971 graduate of St. Dominic Savio High School, a 1977 graduate of Bentley College and a 1982 graduate of Suffolk University. An accountant and broker, he served on several boards and experienced one of his greatest joys teaching finance at the college level for 18 years.

He was the beloved fiancé of Anita Belmonte of Winthrop and East Boston; loving father of Nicole Wade and her husband, Michael of Melrose and Michelle Durante and her fiancé, Craig Hanson of Rowley and their mother, Judith (Beal) Durante of Revere; dear brother of Dorothy Curran and her husband, Daniel of Revere and Carlo Durante and his wife, Patricia of Revere. He is also survived by his niece Danielle Durante of Revere, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Allcare Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901. For online condolences please visit

Alicia Nazzaro

Of Wilmington and Everett

Alicia S. Nazzaro of Wilmington and Everett died unexpectedly on January 19. She was 20 years old.

She was the cherished daughter Vincent and Mary (Cannon) Nazzaro of Wilmington, beloved sister of Christine Savage and Karline Nazzaro, both of Everett, and Jes Nazzaro of Wilmington, loving granddaughter of Barbara Cannon, Rose and Andrew Nazzaro, all of Everett, dear niece of Andrew and Diane Nazzaro of Winthrop, Robert and Maria Nazzaro of Everett, Janice and Mike Underwood of Wilmington, Tom and Janice Cannon of Woburn, Mike and Barbara Cannon of Saugus, Rick and Judy Cannon of Randolph, John and Ronnie Cannon of Quincy, and Ronnie and Jodi Cannon of Pelham, NH, She is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chauncy Hall, 187 Lyman Street, Westboro, MA 01581. Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 978-658-4744

Esther Diane Kay

Of Maryland, formerly of Winthrop

Esther Diane Kay of Bethesda, Maryland, formerly of Winthrop, died on January 20.

She was the dearly loved wife of 56 years of Dr. Sanford Kay; devoted mother of Bruce and his wife, Marcia Kay, Teri and her husband, Richard Reinitz and Michael and his wife, Nancy Kay; beloved sister of Rona and her husband, Melvin Mael of Winthrop and Philip and his wife, Hadele Groman of Walnut Creek, CA; cherished grandmother of Jason, Joshua, Steven and David Reinitz, Jenny, Sara and Margaret Kay.

Funeral services were held at Congregation Beth El, Bethesda, MD. Burial was at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA. The family will observe Shiva at the residence of Dr. Sanford Kay through today, Thursday, January 26. Evening minyan will be at 7:30 p.m. Contributions may be made to Congregation Beth El or to a charity of your choice . Arrangements by Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, Inc. under Jewish Funeral Practices Committee of Greater Washington contract.

June Marie Butts

Amesbury Resident

June Marie Butts of Amesbury died on January 17.

She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Evelyn Powers and the cherished wife of Carl Butts. Together for 55 years, they blossomed a large, loving, and tightly knit family tree.

She was the beloved and devoted mother of James Butts of Amesbury, Lisa and Peter Sturgis of Winthrop, the late Kyle Butts and his wife, Andrea of Amesbury, Corinne Powers of Winthrop, Kevin and Terri Butts of Florida, Rene and Tom Preziosi of Pepperell, and Damon and Dawn Butts of Sanborn, ME. She was the dearly devoted grandmother of Jason, Erin, Justin, Christopher, Leighanne, Joshua, Jordan, Michael, Nicholas, Aaron, Thomas, Anthony, Joseph, Robin, Jonathan, Carl, Dean, Jeremy and Tanya and the loving great-grandmother to Aaron Jr., Jocelyn, Layla, and the soon to be born baby Butts.

A memorial service was held at the First Congregational Church of Revere.

Gerald ‘Gerry’ MacAdams

Medford Resident

Gerald M. “Gerry” MacAdams of Medford died on January 18.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of 65 years to Helen E. (Gallant); devoted father of Gary MacAdams and his wife, Maureen of Winthrop, Scott MacAdams and his wife, Donna of Medford and Stephen MacAdams and his wife, Michelle of Salem; loving grandfather of Katlyn, Meghan, Craig, Eric, Brandon and C.J.; loving great grandfather of Kayia and Marley and brother of the late Mac, Norma, Clara, Ann and Marie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For obituary and guestbook

Robert Trusselle

Melrose Resident

Robert S. Trusselle of Melrose died on January 22. He was 84 years old.

. Bob was born in Chelsea, raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1945. He attended Bridgton Academy in Maine where he played hockey for one year before going on to earn his degree from Wentworth Institute. Mr. Trusselle served in the Army during World War II. He resided in Melrose since 1959 and enjoyed playing golf, woodworking and was a pen maker. Bob was a founding member of Incarnation Church in Melrose, where he was active in CCD, renovations and the Holy Name Society for many years. Mr. Trusselle worked as a Draftsman for jet engines and the stealth aircraft for General Electric in Lynn for 42 years before his retirement in 1993. He was a loving, gentle and kind man and his family was the most important part of his life.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude I. (Garrity) Trusselle; loving father of Susan M. DeMatteo and her husband, Nicholas of Reading, Joan M. Mueskes and her husband, Edward of Methuen and James R. Trusselle and his wife, Rachel of S. Berwick, ME; cherished grandfather of Robert and Lauren DeMatteo, Matthew Mueskes and his wife, Jessica, Brian Mueskes, Megan Levesque and her husband, James, Jessica Mills and her husband, Shane; caring great grandfather of Chase Mills and Jonathan Mueskes; devoted brother of the late William Trusselle and his wife, Emily of South Carolina and the late Shirley Brackett and her late husband, Frank; brother in law of the Rev. Francis D. Garrity, Sr. Retired Priest of Salem and Virginia Grayson and her late husband, Bernard, also of Salem. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His Funeral was held from the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. today. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Memorial contributions in his name to Polycystic Kidney Foundation, 8330 Ward Parkway, Suite 510, Kansas City, MO 64114-2000. For  obituary, flowers or to sign guest book, visit

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