Obituaries 02-02-2012

Helen Goodearl

Member of Many Winthrop Organizations

Helen C. (Farrell) Goodearl of Winthrop died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on January 26. She was 90 years old.

She was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League, Treasurer of the former Winthrop Hospital League, the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club, and the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association.

The beloved wife of 65 years to Arthur F. Goodearl Sr., she was born in Revere, the daughter of the late Frank and Isabelle (Monarch) Farrell. She was the devoted mother of Nancy J. Goodearl of Winthrop, Barbara G. Simione and her husband, Nick of Reading, and Arthur F. Goodearl Jr. and his wife Mary of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Stephanie, Stacy and Nicholas Simione and Tom, Jenna, and David Goodearl; cherished great-grandmother of Catherine and Emma and dear sister of the late Winthrop Farrell. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA,02152. For guestbook, go to

Antonino Di Maggio

Chelsea Resident

Antonino Di Maggio of Chelsea died on January 27. He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Rosmarinofski) Di Maggio of Chelsea; devoted father of Ginett Di Maggio of Revere, Salvatore Di Maggio of Wakefield, RI, and Debra O’Brien of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Brianna and Caitlyn Costa, Jordan Brady Di Maggio and Miguel Angel Marin; loving son of the late Salvatore and Crocifissa (Lemba) Di Maggio and dear cousin of Anna and Leno Giovannucci. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. His Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Wednesday, February 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem St., Malden, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Michael Emerson

Engineer and Attorney

Michael W.C. Emerson of Duxbury, formerly of Winthrop, died at home on January 3. He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, he attended Howe Military Academy and graduated summa cum laude from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow.

Emerson specialized in foundation engineering; he was a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and all the New England states and was responsible for many innovative and difficult foundation and structural designs including the Distrigas Terminal in Chelsea. Most recently, Emerson had supervised the dismantling of “Goliath”, the enormous crane which sat at the Fore River Shipyard for many years.

Emerson was also an attorney. He graduated cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 1983 and regularly consulted with other attorneys on construction litigation. He was a Construction Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

Emerson leaves his wife, Pamela (Laughlin), his second wife, Irene Dwyer, daughters Elizabeth Lijewski, her husband, Jeffrey and son, Jason of Duxbury, Michelle Stephany of Cape Coral FL, Kathleen Miller and her husband, Troy of Pacific Palisades, CA and Anne Emerson of Chicago, IL and a son Michael D.H. Emerson and his wife, Chona of Sacramento, CA. In addition to grandson Jason he is survived by grandsons Chase Emerson and Cole Miller and granddaughters Chelsea Emerson, Courtney Caldwell and Caitlin Stephany. He is also survived by his sister Isabelle Emerson of Durango, CO. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sandra Griffee and a grandson, Shawn Hough.

A memorial gathering was held at The Windsor House Inn in Duxbury. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Disabled American Veterans Organization at

Harry Rubitsky

Past President of Temple Tifereth

Israel of Winthrop

Harry Rubitsky, a resident of Winthrop for 60 years, died on January 30. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston, he attended Boston Public Schools and Roxbury High School and was a graduate of Mass College of Pharmacy. He worked as a Pharmacist and in Pharmaceutical sales. He also attended Hebrew College for Cantorial Studies until he was selected for Military Service during World War II.

He was the Past President of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop, Past President of B’nai Brith of Winthrop and a member of the Jewish War Veterans. He was recognized for his superior sales performance and was the manager of a little league team in Winthrop. He was also a member of the Tifereth Israel choir and enjoyed photography.

The beloved husband of Ida (Bodkins) Rubitsky, he was the devoted father of Marlene Moyer and her husband, Bruce, David Rubitsky and his wife, Debra, Gloria Himmelstein, Rachel Alix and her husband, Roland and the late Frederick Rubitsky; dear brother of Dr. Hy Roberts and Esther Sokol; dear nephew of Ruth Stein and loving grandfather of Ilana, Shira, Davita, Jason, Shoshana, Lilly, Edina and Andrew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to American Parkinson Disease Assoc., 720 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or Temple Tifereth Israel, 93 Veterans Rd, Winthrop, MA 02152.

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