Obituaries 07-26-2012

Marie Turner

Longtime Winthrop Public Servant

Marie T. Turner (Ambrose), longtime Winthrop Public Servant and Activist died at her late residence on Wednesday, July 25. She was 81 years old. She first was employed by the Town in 1963 and continued in various capacities until the time of her death. She was the first woman elected to the Board of Selectmen and served in various capacities, as Town Clerk for 13 years, Secretary to the Board of Selectmen, Deputy Tax Collector, Asst. Town Treasurer and many more. She was on the MWRA Board of Directors since 1996 as the Winthrop Representative. She was a member of the Bay State Freedoms Foundation, the Winthrop Emblem Club, the Winthrop Improvement & Historical Association, the Winthrop Mixed Lodge Sons of Italy, the Winthrop Rotary Club etc. Born in East Boston the daughter of the late Celia (Mack) and Louis Ambrose, she was the beloved wife of the late Willard R. Turner, the devoted mother of Willard R. “Florie” Turner Jr. of Worcester, Terri Furlong of Winthrop & Kathleen Turner of Winthrop & the dear sister of Edwin Ambrose of Winthrop, William Ambrose of New Hampshire & Sheila Caggiano of Shrewsbury. She is also survivved by 6 loving grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren. Her funeral; will be conducted on Saturday, July 28 at 9:00 AM from the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church

320 Winthrop St. at 10:00 AM. Visitation on Friday from 4-8 PM. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop, MAS 02152. To sign her online guest book go to

Clara Kennedy

Retired Controller, Emblem Club Member

Clara Kennedy of Washington Avenue, Winthrop died at the Boston Medical Center on July 21 after a brief illness. She was 82 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Maria (Pecce) and Bernard DiPlecido, she lived in East Boston before moving to Winthrop more than 42 years ago. Mrs. Kennedy was employed as a controller for the Hilton Hotel at Logan Airport for many years and was still working up until her illness. She was also a member of the Winthrop Emblem Club.
She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Kennedy and the loving mother of Joseph A. Kennedy II of Byfield and Richard Kennedy of Winthrop;  the dear sister of Pam Gioioso of Revere and John DiPlecido of Florida and is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, July 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, July 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Winthrop Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, 191 Washington Ave., Winthrop MA 02152. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Richard Granara

Orient Heights Resident

Richard Granara of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on July 22.

He was the loving father of Rachel Granara of Virginia, cherished son off Constance “ Chickie “ ( La Grassa ) Granara and the late Richard Granara; dear brother of Kim D’Amico and her husband, Louis of Saugus and Peter Granara of East Boston; fiancée of Rosetta Spinelli of East Boston and fond uncle of Louis and Angela D’Amico, Joy Granara and the late Peter Granara.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book:

Michael Delaney

Revere Resident

Michael R. Delaney of Revere died on July 20. He was 30 years old.

Born in Melrose, he was the beloved son of Robert and Diane (Santa Anna) Delaney of Revere; dear brother of Kellie (Delaney) Capra of Salem, NH and Robert Delaney and his wife, April of Lynn; cherished grandson of Mary Delaney and the late William Delaney of Reading and Gregory and Joan Santa Anna of Revere; adored uncle of Ashleigh, Chloe, Brooklyn, Savannah, and Brianna; dear nephew of Janet Santa Anna, Lisa Goodwin, William, Russell, Scott, Mark and Richard Delaney and the late James Santa Anna.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, July 26  at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Cremation will be private. Donations can be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For guestbook and directions, go to

Salvatore Caserta

Veteran of Two Wars

Salvatore J. Caserta of Manchester, NH, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died on July 20.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Smith) Caserta with whom he shared 22 years of marriage; loving brother of Anna Fulginiti of New Hampshire and Aida Butterfield of California and the late Vincent and Louis Caserta, Mary Grasso, Jennie Wolfram, Grace McMinoway and Geraldine McGraw and adored uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial with military honors was in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. For guest book:

Adeline Geke Salvesen

Chemist and Owner of Patchwork Pansy of Tyngsboro

Adeline Geke Salvesen of Tyngsboro died young on July 14 at her home surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with breast cancer.

Born in Singapore, the daughter of Joseph Sim Chek Meing and Florence Chua Sian Neo of Singapore, she graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in 1989. She previously worked as a Chemist for Genzyme in Framingham. She owned and operated the Patchwork Pansy of Tyngsboro.

She and her husband, Bryant C. Salvesen, recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary and their daughter, Alexandra Su Ching Salvesen recently celebrated her 19th birthday.

In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, she is survived by a brother, Mervin Sim and his wife, Chu Chu Sim of Singapore, a sister, Patricia Sim of Singapore; her mother in-law, Janice  Salvesen of Winthrop; two sisters in-law, Kjerstin Quinn and her husband, Thomas of Lincoln and Gretchen Salvesen of Arlington and many nieces and nephews. In addition she was blessed with many close friends.

A celebration of her Life  will be held on Friday, July 27 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Sky Meadow Country Club, Nashua, NH. All are welcome. Funeral arrangements were by the Dolan Funeral Home, 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

Louis Gene Maglio

Sterling Member of The Greatest Generation

With the loss of Louis Gene Maglio, a 55 year resident of Lewis Avenue, Winthrop and a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody since 2009, Winthrop and East Boston have lost one of their finest sons and a sterling member of “The Greatest Generation.”

Mr. Maglio, who was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Theresa M. Maglio in 2008, was 94 years old on July 12.

He was born and raised in East Boston and spent his formative and early married years there. He was a product of the East Boston School System and a graduate of Boston University where he received his B.S. and Masters of Education Degrees.

Mr. Maglio dedicated his professional life to improving the lives of youthful juvenile offenders. A nationally noted figure in the field of juvenile issues, he was the Executive Director of the Citizenship Training Group, a branch of the Boston Juvenile Court for many years and ended his career as the Chief Probation Officer of the Boston Juvenile Court. He was also an Associate Professor at the Boston University Dept. of Special Education. In his retirement years, he was an Associate Professor and Lecturer at Northeastern University.

His storybook concurrent US Army Military Service began with his enlistment in 1941 as a Private and with hard work, continuing education and meritorious service ended with his discharge as a Captain in 1946. During World War II, he was stationed overseas for 28 months. His dedication to the military continued with a long career in the U.S. Army Reserve and he retired from the Army Reserve at the rank of Lieut. Colonel.

In 1952, he was named by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce to the “Outstanding Young Men of Greater Boston.” Other notables in this group of eight were the future President of The United States, John F. Kennedy, and Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke. He was a member of numerous local, state and national boards, appointments and community service organizations. He published many works on the subject of juvenile crime as well as training manuals for those entering the field. He was a great motivational speaker and an inspiration to all those who knew him.

He is listed in such publications as: “Who’s Who in the East”; Who’s Who in American Education,” “National Social Register,” “The 2000 Men of Achievement in 1969,” “The National Register of Prominent Americans,” “International Notables,” “International Who’s Who in Community Service,” among many others.

He was a faithful and devout member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Winthrop, befriending the many pastors through the years and always helping in any way he could with parish duties. He and his wife were fixtures at the weekly Saturday afternoon Mass.
When he decided to retire, he and his wife, Theresa enjoyed 25 years of wintering at their home in the Sarasota, Florida area, but always looked forward to summering at their beloved home in Winthrop.

Louis Maglio started the “Street of Flags” on Lewis Avenue in Winthrop prompting all residents to continuously post an American Flag proudly on their property and that tradition continues to this day.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five siblings, Anthony, Jenny, Michael, Carmella and Anna. He leaves his sons Louis G. Maglio, Jr. and his wife, Marilyn of North Andover and Paul L. Maglio and his wife, Virginia of Ipswich; three loving grandchildren, Christina and her husband, Thomas Babcock of Waltham, Brianna and Luke of Ipswich. He also leaves numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial with full military honors was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Serafina ‘Lena’ Sordello

Revere Resident

Serafina “Lena” (Pagliocca) Sordello of Revere died on July 20 at Pilgrim Nursing and Rehab Center in Peabody.

She was 79 years old.

Born in Italy, the daughter of the late Mario and Raffaela (Cimildoro) Pagliocca, she worked in the food service industry for Marriot International at Boston’s Logan Airport.

She was the beloved wife of 54 years of the late Arthur Sr., devoted mother of Deborah Sordello-Carignan of Peabody, Ralph and his fiancé, Patricia Farago of Winthrop, Arthur Jr. and his wife, Susan of Topsfield and Mario of Revere; dear sister of Adua Voci of Wakefield, Antonio Pagliocca and his wife, Pasquelina of South Walpole and the late Pasquelina Sinatra. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Aaron, Caroline, Kayla and Mario Jr. and by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book please visit

John Gerald MacKay, Jr. 

Career Naval Officer 

John Gerald MacKay, Jr. died peacefully in his sleep on July 17 with his family at his side.

He was born in Concord, Massachusetts on May 20, 1930 and raised in Winthrop. He graduated from Boston Trade School in 1947 and soon after joined the US Navy.  He rose from an enlisted seaman to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, attended Officer’s Training School, received his commission and retired from the Navy in 1974 as a Lieutenant Commander.

His tours of duty included the aircraft carrier USS Essex during the Korean Conflict; aircraft carriers USS Ranger and USS Midway; Fleet Operations Pacific, Oahu Hawaii and the cable layer USS Aeolus during the Vietnam Conflict.  His final tour of duty was on the destroyer tender USS Cascade, Naples Italy.

In civilian life he worked as a mechanical inspector for Carlson Construction Company in Massachusetts.  After he retired from Carlson, he and his wife relocated to California. He spent the last eight months of his life at Primrose in Santa Rosa, a very special home and safe harbor for those living with Alzheimer’s. He was also an excellent billiards player and an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara MacKay, his daughter, Cynthia Gurney and son-in-law, David Gurney; his brother, Kenneth MacKay, niece, Vicki MacKay;  nephew, Scott Mackay and his wife, Janice and his sisters-in-law, Lois Tenney and Judy Davis.

His ashes will be scattered at sea off the Sonoma Coast in Northern California. His family will be in attendance.  There will be no other services.

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