Obituaries 06-07-2012

John Parilla 

Member of Winthrop Elks 

John A. Parilla of Winthrop died in Bedford, NH on June 1. He was 82 years old.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as the Operations Manager at Automatic Fire Alarm Co. in Boston.

The beloved husband of Helene V. (Grenier) Parilla, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Anthony R. and Emily A. (Marasca) Parilla. He was the devoted father of John A. Parilla Jr. and his wife, Susan of Londonderry, NH and adored grandfather of Robert and Vincent Parilla. A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church on June 6. Cremation was private. Burial will be at a later date in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, go to

Dorothy Tunstall-Dupont

Member of Revere Women of Moose

Dorothy A. (Ferullo) Tunstall-Dupont, a lifelong resident of Revere, died after a long and arduous  struggle with Metastatic Carcinoma at Winthrop Place on June 3. She was 76 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a 1953 graduate of Revere High School. She was a member of the Revere Women of Moose and worked in the Boston-Filene’s Basement as a clerk and salesperson for many years.

She was the cherished mother of Dale R. Tunstall of Sandown, NH, Kerry S. Tunstall and Sherri A. Tunstall, both of Revere; the devoted grandmother of Krista, Kayla and Jarrett Tunstall, all of Winthrop and Derek Tunstall of Sandown, NH; the dear sister of Carl Ferullo of Saugus and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours are Friday, June 8 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.  

Janice Dalton 

Retired Receptionist 

Janice M. (Corso) Dalton of Winthrop died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on June 2. She was 66 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked for Anderson Chiropractic as a receptionist.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph M. ‘Joe’ Dalton. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late John and Frances (Previte) Corso, she was the devoted mother of Cheryl A. Barker and her husband, James and Kim M. Hayes and her husband, William, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Lindsey, Jimmy and Justin Barker and Henry, Joseph and Billy Hayes; dear sister of Ann Ellis of Florida, Donna Sylvia of California, Joseph Corso of Lynn and the late Jerry Corso. 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 (Belle Isle Section). Donations in her memory can be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA, 01923. For guestbook, go to

William Budreau 

Justice of the Peace and Shawmut Bank Retiree

William R. “Bill” Budreau of Winthrop, retired Director of Employee Relations for the Shawmut Bank and a Justice of the Peace, died on June 3. He was 81 years old.

Mr. Budreau was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, the Massachusetts Association of the Justices of the Peace, and the Pets and People Foundation. He was a graduate of Dean Academy, Northeastern University, and completed his graduate work at Boston University. He served as a 2ndClass Petty Officer with the U. S. Coast Guard from 1951 to 1954. Bill might be remembered for his dry wit, love of family, dogs, and writing poetry.

He leaves his wife Priscilla H. (Fowlie) “Sue” Budreau; sons J. Kenison Budreau and his wife, Elaine of Needham, James Budreau and his wife, Donna of Jamaica Plain, and a daughter Aimee Boudrow and her husband, Tim of Winthrop. He was the cherished grandfather of six.

Please join the Budreau family for a celebration of his life at his home at 89 Johnson Avenue, Winthrop on Sunday, June 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the MGH Development Office Suite 600, 100 Charles River Plaza, Boston, MA. 02114. For guestbook go to

Sara Sirois 

Owned Surf Cleaners 

Sara M. Sirois, a former long time resident of Winthrop, died peacefully at the Prospect House, Revere on June 4.

She and her late husband owned and operated Surf Cleaners in Winthrop and she was a faithful congregant for many years of St. John the Evangelist Church.

Born in Boston, the dear daughter of the late Lucy (Antocci) and Patsy Madona, she was a longtime resident of Winthrop prior to moving to Acton, Maine and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Sirois; loving sister of Frances Daly of Winthrop and Paul Facella of Melrose and the loving and caring aunt of several 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Rd., Irondale, AL 35210-2164. For online guest book go to

Ryan Saunders 

Aircraft Mechanic 

Ryan J. Saunders of Beacon Street, Winthrop

died suddenly at the Boston Medical Center on June 1. He was 29 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of Eileen (Moynihan) and Eric Saunders, he was a lifelong resident of Winthrop and attended Winthrop Public Schools. After his graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was a member of the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. After his discharge, he went on to work as an aircraft mechanic.

He was the dear brother of Benjamin Saunders of Hartford, VT, Olivia Saunders of St. Johnsbury, VT and Shannon Saunders of Lebanon, NH;  the cherished grandson of George and Anna Moynihan and Gage and Beverley Saunders and the loving fiance of Caroline Flynn of Braintree.

His Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, June 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or go to To sign the online guestbook go to

Robert ‘Zeke’ Sweeney 

Member of Winthrop Yacht Club and Winthrop Council 162 K of C 

Robert M. “Zeke” Sweeney of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on June 3. He was 63 years old.

He was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, Knights of Columbus-Winthrop Council #162, and a former member of the Winthrop Golf Club. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the Mass. Dept. of Transitional Assistance in administration.

He was the life partner of Marie C. Simione of Winthrop; devoted father of Brendan M. Sweeney of Atlanta, GA.  Born in Chelsea, he was the cherished son of the late John A. and Irene M. (Connors) Sweeney; dear brother of the late Kevin Sweeney; nephew of Mary Sampson of Maine; best friend of Tom Conley of Winthrop and former husband of Susan (Whittemore) Sweeney of Winthrop.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Winthrop Yacht Club, 649 Shirley St., Winthrop, on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. For guestbook, go to

Hyman ‘Hy’ Osvar 

A Giving Man with Gifted Intelligence 

Hyman J. “Hy” Osvar died on May 31. He was 92 years old.

The husband of Charlotte Berger Osvar, the couple would have celebrated their 59th anniversary October 25, 2012.

“Hy” was born April 23, 1920 in Winthrop to the late Aaron Osvar and the late Rose Osvar. He was raised and educated in Winthrop and remained here for the majority of his adult life and was a “Winthrop Viking.”

Following graduation from high school, he proudly served in the U. S. Army during World War II as an airplane technician. Following the war, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and remained there until his retirement.

Photography was his lifelong passion which turned into a part-time business and he had professional affiliations with Warner Brothers and Bachrach Studios. He was privileged to have photographed Martin Luther King, Robert Frost and Edward Snow.

He was a proud member of the Mason’s and the American Legion. He and his wife, Charlotte, were co-presidents of a Friendship Club in Swampscott and enjoyed ballroom and line dancing.

Hy enjoyed his time with his family and friends. He was an avid learner and historian. He loved to talk to folks and share his knowledge from simple things, such as how to get a stain out to medical advice to historical facts and anecdotes. He was a great correspondent and checked in with friends daily. He will be missed and remembered as a giving man with a gifted intelligence he loved to share. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Charlotte, are their daughters, Diane of Charlestown and Judy of Centerville. He was the brother of the late Irving.

A graveside service was held at the Puritan Mt. Sinai Cemetery, West Roxbury. The family will sit Shiva today, Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern, 3176 Main St., Barnstable, MA 02630. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter St., Hyannis, MA 02601. For online condolences, please visit

Yolanda Cordovano 

East Boston Resident 

Yolanda (Staffier) Cordovano of East Boston died on May 29. She was in her 92nd year.

The beloved wife of the late Charles Cordovano, she was the loving mother of Janet Barooshian and her husband, Berg of Revere; dear sister of Phyllis Frati of Everett and the late Mary Delaria, Tomasina Seriani, Florence Casaburi, Domenic and Michael Staffier and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book:

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