Obituaries 03-29-2012

Dorothy Edith Morrison

California Resident

Dorothy Edith Morrison, born January 29 1931 in Boston died on March 25 in Roseville, California.

The beloved wife of Charles E. Morrison of The Villages, Florida, she was the loving mother of Carol Backman of North Billerica, Eugene Sheehan of Milo, Maine, Peg Bailey of Saugus, David Sheehan of Winthrop, Paul Sheehan of Tyngsboro, Kevin Sheehan of Plano, Texas and the stepmother of Judi Batchelor of The Villages, Florida; sister of Helen Childs of Gold River, California and grandmother of six.

Funeral services will be today, Thursday,  March 29 at 10 a.m. at the North Sacramento Funeral Home, Sacramento, CA. Burial will be at Fair Oaks Cemetery, Fair Oaks, CA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Families of SMA at To sign the online guestbook, go to

Ruth Nolan

Retired Winthrop School Teacher

Ruth F. (Ford) Nolan, a longtime resident of Winthrop, died in Chelsea on March 23. She was 95 years old.

A graduate of Girls Latin and Regis College-Class of 1939, she was a member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club and a long time communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church. Prior to her retirement, she was a long time teacher in the Winthrop Public School System.

Born in East Boston the daughter of the late Arthur and Genevieve (Gribbons) Ford, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Nolan II; devoted mother of Joe Nolan and his wife, Maggie of Charlestown, Ruth Bing and her husband, Ed of Carlisle, and Bob Nolan and his wife, Dianne of Winthrop; dear sister of the late Gertrude, Arthur, Charles and Raymond Ford and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop, Ma, 02152. For guestbook, go to

Jackie Sheppard

Winthrop Treasurer’s Office Retiree

Jackie (Lawler) Sheppard of Winthrop died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center on March 24. She was 86 years old.

She was the Past President and member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League and a member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club. She was an avid Red Sox Fan but most of all, she enjoyed many summers boating and fishing with her husband, Bob. Prior to her retirement, she worked for the Town of Winthrop in the Treasurer’s office.

The beloved wife of the late Robert L. Sheppard Sr., she was born in Haverhill, the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary (Mayo) Lawler. She was the devoted mother of Janet Sheppard and her husband, Robert Brick of Northampton, Marianne Ronukaitus and her husband, Paul of Winthrop, Sue Ellen Fairbanks and her husband, Douglas of Salt Point, NY, Danny Sheppard and his wife, Kara of Winthrop, and the late Robert L. “Bob” Sheppard Jr. and his wife, Janis of Winthrop; dear sister of Ellen Lawler of Bradenton, FL; adored grandmother of Laura, Andrea, and David Sheppard-Brick, Dan Sheppard and Christine Fairbanks.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to either the Lighthouse House Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA, 02151, the Make-A-Wish Foundation- Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN, 56007 or to the Guardian Hospice, 1214 Park St. Suite 203, Stoughton, MA, 02072. For guestbook go to


Antonette Day

Retired Clerk for State of Massachusetts

Antonette E. Day of Seaview Avenue, Winthrop died at home on March 26 after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Rosa (Scorzelli) and Luigi DeMasellis. A resident of East Boston for many years, she moved to Winthrop more than 55 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a clerk for the State of Massachusetts.
She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Day and the loving mother of Jeanne M. Day of Melrose, Michael Day of Amesbury, Ellen A. Collins of Dedham and Billy Day of Revere; the dear sister of Gene DeMarsellis and his wife, Rita of East Boston and the cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Michael, Rachel, Benjamin, Sarah, Jarod, Dillan and Ethan.
Her funeral mass will be conducted from the St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Dominic Rizzotto

Longtime Proprietor of Blue Hills Riding Academy

Dominic J. Rizzotto of Summit Avenue, Winthrop died at Winthrop Place in Winthrop after a brief illness on March 25. He was 85 years old.

Born in the North End of Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Mary (Gerbasi) and John Rizzotto. A resident of Winthrop for over 50 years, he was the proprietor of Blue Hills Riding Academy for many years and was also a former member of the Revere Moose.
He was the devoted husband of the late Marie M. (Nigro) and the loving father of Mary Rizzotto and her husband, Ron Manucci of Winthrop, John Rizzotto of Carver and Daniel Rizzotto and Dominic Rizzotto, both of Winthrop. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
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 Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to

Linda LeWalker

Former Employee of Logan Airport Hilton

Linda LeWalker of Winthrop died on March 22.

A former Logan Airport Hilton employee, she was the loving daughter of the late Angelina Sullivan; beloved wife of James Walz of Winthrop; cherished sister of Mary Buonopane of Saugus; dear step-mother of Christopher Walz and the late James Walz; adored aunt of Lynne Tosi, Stephanie Hawker, Heather Buonopane and the late Karen Buonopane and is also survived by many loving great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.  For guest book:

William Ekasala

East Boston Resident

William P. “Billy” Ekasala of East Boston died suddenly on March 23. He was 35 years old.

The loving son of John and Maria “Queenie” (Orlandella) Ekasala, he was the devoted father of Jayanna Ekasala, all of East Boston; beloved brother of Sherri Orlandella of East Boston, Marc Orlandella and his companion, Maria Santostefano, Daniel Ekasala and his wife, Susan, all of Saugus; loving companion of Jacqueline “Jackie” Crowley of East Boston and is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information:

James Brian Dumser

Director of Environmental Health and Safety at UMass Boston

James Brian Dumser, a biologist, educator, researcher, industrial hygienist and avid fly fisherman, died of cancer on March 6. He was 66 years old.

Dr. Dumser, who was Director of Environmental Health and Safety at UMass, Boston, was born in Troy, New York, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McGill and was awarded his Ph.D. in Physiology from McGill’s Institute of Parasitology. A post-doctoral fellowship took him to the University of Adelaide, Australia; upon completion of his work there, he conducted research at the Université de Strasbourg under Nobel Prize recipient Jules Hoffmann, Director of the Centre National d’Ãtudes Scientifiques’ laboratory there. Before continuing research as a National Science Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Southern University, he was a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Vannier College CEGEP in Montreal, Canada.

His publications appeared in the Canadian Journal of Zoology, The Journal of Reproduction and Fertility, and The Annual Review of Entomology and he was an active member of the scientific community.

His interests and talents were wide-ranging. Before receiving his training at Harvard’s School of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene, he founded a company in Georgia doing embryo transfers in cattle.

A distinguished professional in the field of industrial hygiene, he served as the Senior Industrial Hygienist at Boston University Medical Center / The University Hospital before joining UMass, Boston in 1994. As was the case with anything he undertook, he seriously embraced that role with passion. One of his major accomplishments was the development of a computerized laboratory chemical hazard classification program consistent with the EU Globalization initiative. Until the end, he was a dedicated member of the UMass community where health and safety were of the greatest importance to him.

Dumser’s concern with health and safety extended to his community efforts. He served on the Winthrop Air Pollution, Noise and Airport Hazards Committee and was the Chair of the Winthrop Environmental Health Facts Subcommittee, a group active in determining if there was a correlation between health impacts to the community and its proximity to Logan Airport.

A courageous fighter to the end, Brian Dumser was always more concerned with family and friends than with himself. He was the loving father and grandfather of Josyane Dumser and Brian Daly; dear brother of Raymond (Janet) and J. Barry (Sandra); devoted former husband of Ellen Munley and Alison Edgar. He is also survived by his niece Krista Dumser and countless friends.

There will be a Memorial Service in Winthrop on April 28 for family and friends. A second memorial service will be held on the UMass, Boston campus in April to enable his friends and colleagues to celebrate his life.

Susan Barker

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Susan L (Rizzo) Barber of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on March 22.

She was the beloved wife of more than 42 years of Frank W. Barker of Winthrop; devoted mother of Craig Barker of Winthrop and Dina Yoo and her husband, Derek of Medford; dear sister of Donna Rizzo of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Wyatt and Alex and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass in Celebration of her life will be held in St John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In accordance with her wishes, visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the above name church. Services will conclude with her ashes being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery Belle Isle section. Arrangements are under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information:

Gary Bockser 

Longtime Jack Satter House Mainenance Person 

Gary Bockser of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Lynn,  died on March 22. He was 58 years old.

Born in Lynn, he was the maintenance person for the Jack Satter House in Revere for many years. He had a long struggle with both heart and kidney failure and was on dialysis for seven years. He loved music, going to concerts on the Esplanade and to both Foxwoods and Las Vegas.

He was the beloved son of Lillian Bockser and the late Alan Bockser; the dear brother of Jeffrey Bockser,  the loving uncle of Jacob Bockser, the devoted stepson of Alex Morochnick and the loving friend of Linda Camara.

Graveside services were held. Memorial Observance was private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016. Arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Marilyn Carter 

Retired Secretary 

Marilyn A. Carter of Beal Street, Winthrop died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 6. She was 71 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Marie (Paradiso) and William Sylvester, she was a resident of Everett for several years and moved to Winthrop over 45 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a secretary for an auto school for many years.

She was the loving mother of Robert Carter Jr. and his wife, Jill of Winthrop and Wayne Carter and his wife, Lisa of Saugus; dear sister of Mark Sylvester of York Beach, Maine and cherished grandmother of Kaitlyn, Danielle, Michael, Jessica and Victoria.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148-0142.

John ‘Jack’ Cadigan, Jr. 


John F. “Jack” Cadigan, Jr.

of Boynton Beach, Florida died March 26 at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. He was 77 years old.

He was born August 5, 1934 in Winthrop to John F. Sr. and Anna Cadigan. After serving his country in the U. S. Army, he practiced as an Attorney in Holyoke, MA for more than 30 years.

The brother of the late Anna Marie Cadigan and grandfather of the late Matthew Lague, he is survived by his wife, Joan Cadigan; four sisters, Mary Hodgkins, Eleanor Swartz, Helen Cadigan and Patricia Cadigan; Step-children, Linda and Jerry Kerwin and James Hanrahan; grandchildren; Lori Lague, James Hanrahan IV and Patrick Hanrahan and nieces, Lisa Ferrecchia, Susan DeBoth, Karen Hodgkins, Judith Doyle, Pamela Davis, Rona Swartz and Jo-el Swartz.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 at St. Thomas More Church, Boynton Beach with burial to follow at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the VA Medical Center by contacting the Voluntary Service Office at (561) 422-7373or to the American Diabetes Assoc., 1500 W. Cypress Creek Rd., Ste. 104, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

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