Obituaries 02-07-2013

Lillian Kenney

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Lillian G. (Goodrich) Kenney of Ocoee, Florida, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at her home in Ocoee on February 3. She was 92 years old.

Lillian’s passion was traveling and she enjoyed many trips with her family, driving her motor home across the country.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert A. Kenney. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late John and Lillian (Esmond) Goodrich, she was the devoted mother of Mary Agnes Burke of Waretown, NJ, Albert A. Kenney of Ocoee, FL, Paul H. Kenney of Dracut, Cathy M. Kenney of Winthrop, and Anne M. Rodgers of Taunton.; dear sister of Robert, John and David Goodrich and adored grandmother of Kristina, Lynda, Crystal, Nathan, Andrew, Amber and Katelyn. She is also lovingly survived by 10 great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral Mass will be held today, Thursday, February 7 in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St,  Winthrop at 10 a.m. (Please go directly to church.) Interment will be in Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne at 2:15 p.m. At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit

Murry George Simon

Member of Revere Planning Board, Owned Ace Burglar and Fire Alarm, Active in Many Organizations

Murry George Simon died on January 30 after a long  illness. He was 88 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, he graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. He later spent over 67 years living in Revere.

During World War II, he worked as a civilian employee of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Later he founded and owned Ace Burglar and Fire Alarm in Revere. He also was a licensed real estate broker.

Mr. Simon was very active in many organizations. He was a former Mason, member of the Square and Compass Club, Past President of MA Alarm Assoc., former member of the Brotherhood of Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont and Congregation Tifereth Israel where he also sat on the Board of Directors and served as an officer, former Noble Grande of Kearsage Lodge of the Odd Fellows, Revere Ward 2 State Democratic Committee Delegate and Treasurer and was currently a City of Revere Planning Board Committee Member.

He was the beloved husband of  Jeanette “Janet” (Seltzerman) Simon; devoted father of Natalie Simon, Lois Simon Sauls and her husband, Allen Sauls; loving son of the late Nathan Simon and the late Bessie (Fisher) Simon; dear brother of the late Max Simon and the late Frieda Bell and loving grandfather of Charlee Bianchini and Iladro Sauls.

Arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Temple B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Everett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to Support Pancreatic  Cancer Research at MGH, c/o MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For guest book, visit:

H. Jeanette Hickey

Member of Winthrop Seniors, Prepared Meals on Wheels

H. Jeanette (Buckley) Hickey, a longtime resident of Saugus and Winthrop, died unexpectedly at the Annemark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Revere on February 2, just three days before her 97th birthday.

Born in Boston, she spent her early years in East Boston and then moved to Winthrop for more than 25 years and for over 30 years to Saugus. She was a most active member of the Winthrop Seniors and a volunteer for the many committees serving the elderly and shut ins of the area. She was a great cook who took special joy in preparing “meals on wheels” for the elderly and disenfranchised population.

She was the wife of the late Thomas F. “Red” Hickey, Sr., who died in April of 2007 – at that time, the couple had celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary; the cherished mother of Thomas F. Jr. and his wife, Linda of Winthrop, Charles E. Hickey and his wife, Pamela of Saugus and the late Francis P. Hickey and his late wife, Janet; the adored grandmother of F. Paul Hickey and his wife, Melanie of McDonough, Georgia, Thomas J. Hickey and his wife, Jan of Hanson, and Kellie A. Hickey and her fiancée, Eric Conrad of Haverhill. She is also lovingly survived by two great grandsons, Matthew T. and Aidan T. Hickey, both of Hanson, her sister in law, Evelyn M. (Crotty) Hickey of Essex and by many caring and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and by her large extended “Hurley” family of Crest Avenue in Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-9849.

Marie Jeanette Burke

Longtime AA Activist and Sponsor

Marie Jeanette Burke of Chelsea passed away on December 4 at the Katz Rehab Facility in Chelsea after a brief illness. She was 85 years old.

She was the loving stepmother and grandmother to Linda MacTaggart, Carol Rampino and Judy Miraldi and their families.  Known as Jeanette, she had many friends as she was very active in AA for 39 years providing sponsorship for many in need.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Robert Day

Member of Winthrop Elks and Beachmont Yacht Club

Robert Day, a longtime Winthrop resident, passed away on February 1 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Born in Woburn, the dear son of the late Walter Day, Sr. and Alice (Blake), he attended Winthrop Schools, graduated from Winthrop High School and was a retired Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserves, a Life Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and the Beachmont Yacht Club. For a number of years, he was employed in sales for Cyro Plastics and also Schefeld Plastics.

He is survived by four children: Lorraine Benoit and her husband, Gary of Somerville, Robert Day and his wife, Maria of Arlington, Kerry Tacey of Arlington and Lisa McCaffrey of Woburn; loving grandfather of Keith, Jennifer, Daniell, Sean, Ashley, Samantha, Matthew, Mollie, Seamus and the late Erin. He was the loving brother of Mary DeAngelis of Billerica and the late Walter Day, Jr. of Winthrop.

A memorial visitation was conducted at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home on February 5. A Memorial Mass was held Wednesday at Saint John The Evangelist Church. Internment was private. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be donated to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or to the N.E. Home for Homeless Vets, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.

Virginia Schepici

Of East Boston

Virginia A. (Morelli) Schepici of East Boston died on January 30.

The beloved mother of Eugene Schepici and his wife, Lisa of Revere, she was the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Aida Mirabello and Euhgene Morelli; loving sister of Ann Salamone and her husband, Frank of Winthrop and Frank Mirabello and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and the dear niece of Joanne Ciampa and her husband, Carmine of East Boston. She was the former wife of the late Arthur “Butchie” Schepici and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, New England Affiliate Central Processing Center, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For guestbook:

Gerald Case

His Light Shined So Brightly and Went Out Too Soon

Gerald Case of Lynnfield, formerly of Winthrop, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, February 5 following a brave fight against melanoma.  He was 61 years old.

Born in Hoosick Falls, NY on February 4, 1952, the son of Julia A. (Adamovicz) Case of Winthrop and the late Guy M. Case, he graduated from Winthrop High School and spent much of his career working in the Boston area. He truly enjoyed his years working for Eagle Electric and JF White Contracting Company. He was a member of the Saugus Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses and known for volunteering his time to the organization for building expansions in various areas.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 43 years, Deborah (Yarrow) Case.  The bitterness of his loss is felt by his two daughters and their husbands, Lauren and Jeremy Ross of Johnson City, Tennessee and Courtney and Matthew Carrier of Knoxville, Tennessee.  He will be deeply missed by his five adoring grandsons: Samuel Ross, Zachary Ross, Cooper Carrier, Jackson Carrier, and Miles Carrier, his mother Julia Case of Winthrop, his brother, Ron Case of Newburyport and his wife, Kate, and their three children Adam, Alex, and Jamie, and his nephew, Chris Yarrow of Winthrop.

He touched many lives with his quiet dignity and his loss will be mourned not only by his family, but by many friends and workmates.  His light shined so brightly and went out too soon.

His funeral service will be held in the Saugus Kingdom of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 6 Kingdom Way, Saugus Saturday at 11 a.m.  A visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Gerald Case, to Ryan Sullivan, M.D. Melanoma Research at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Checks may be made payable to Massachusetts General Hospital and mailed to Ryan Sullivan M.D., Melanoma Research, in memory of Gerald Case, care of MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600 Boston, MA 02114.

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