Of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights
Marion T. Landry of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died suddenly on May 12.
She was the beloved mother of Paula Garrant of Merrimac and Brian Counihan of Franklin, both formerly of Winthrop; sister of Paul Landry and his wife, Claire of East Boston and grandmother of Reid and Taylor.
Her Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St [at Day Square) East Boston on Friday, May 17 at 12 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in in St. John the Evangelist Church at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, May 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to Fr. Elias Omondi Opongo SJ, c/o St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop 02152 would be appreciated. (Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St. MagrathFuneralHome.com)
Joseph Ruggiero of Winthrop died on May 13 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 61 years old.
He was the beloved husband of Geraldine (Iovanna); loving son of Vincenzina “Vinnie (Cannata) and the late John Ruggiero of Winthrop; devoted father of Vanessa Ruggiero of Saugus, Joseph Ruggiero Jr. and his wife, Tracy of Woburn and Daniel Wise and his wife, Emily of Wakefield; dear brother of Frances Spinazzola and her companion, Robert Patrie and Janet Macrina and her husband, Lenny all of Winthrop. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Celebration of Joseph’s Life at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral home is handicap accessible, courtesy valet parking, ample off street parking and a children’s room is available. Services will conclude with Joseph being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery.
Retired Salesperson at Belle Libermans Clothing Store in Winthrop
Alma H. (Bendzen) Montgomery of Winthrop passed away at the Epoch Nursing Home in Melrose on May 8. She was 97 years old.
Prior to her retirement, Alma worked as a salesperson in Belle Libermans Clothing Store in Winthrop. She was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club where her late husband served a term as Commodore.
The beloved wife of the late Thomas S. Montgomery, she was born in Lowell, the daughter of the late Anthony and Agatha (Sinoski) Bendzen. She was the devoted mother of Thomas S. Montgomery and his wife, Diane of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Thomas Montgomery and his wife, Heidi, Steven Montgomery and his wife, Jenny, Paul Montgomery and his wife, Maria and Jennifer Barrett and her husband, Branon; cherished great-grandmother of Emma, Ally, and Sean Montgomery, twins Anna and Madelyn Montgomery, Thea and Sam Montgomery and Jackson and Miles Barrett and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Alma was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Of Washington DC, formerly of Winthrop
Josephine Questelly of Washington, DC, formerly of Winthrop, passed away on March 13. She was 93 years old.
A Graveside Service was held on March 21 in the Winthrop Cemetery (Cross Street Section) with funeral arrangements by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Janice E. (Flynn) Delaney, age 62, wife of the late John J. Delaney, died May 12 at North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital. She was 62 years old.
Born in Salem, the daughter of the late James E. and Eileen (Dolan) Flynn, she was raised in Salem, attended St. James School and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1969. Following graduation, she was employed by L.H. Rogers in Salem. She continued her employment as a receptionist at the Hilton Hotel at the Boston Airport, where she met her husband, John who was working in security.
Following her marriage, the Delaney’s moved to Winthrop where they raised their family. She was employed with Sound Systems Video in Winthrop for 15 years, then became a stay at home mom and continued to work part time. Mrs. Delaney loved her family, her two dogs and adored her grandson, Luke.
Surviving her are her daughter, Janice Allinson and her husband, Mark of North Andover; her brothers, James “Jim” Flynn and his wife, Jeanne of Peabody, Paul Flynn and his wife, Kathleen of Georgetown and her grandson, Luke Allinson of North Andover.
Visiting hours for Mrs. Delaney will be held at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal St., Salem (corner of North Street), Salem on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service starting at 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the North Shore Medical Center, I.C.U. Unit, 81 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. For additional information or on line register book please call 978 744 0497 or visit www.MurphyFuneralHome.com.
Of East Boston
Robert A. LaVertue of East Boston died on May 11. He was 67 years old.
The beloved son of the late George and Lorraine (Laramie) LaVertue, he was the dear brother of Annette Dagostino of East Boston, Ronald LaVertue of Winthrop, Linda Lockhart and Rita Buono, both of East Boston and the late George LaVertue. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Visiting Hours in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston will be held on Monday, May 20 from 3 to 7 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. The Funeral Home is handicap accessible, courtesy valet parking, ample off street parking, childrens room available.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Don Orione Home Patient Accitivity Fund, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston, MA 02128. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
Worked for GE and Towle
Gwendolyn Rogowicz of Marshall Street, Winthrop passed away at home on May 11 after a brief illness. She was 84 years old.
Born in Canada, she was the beloved daughter of the late Catherine (MacDonald) and Ralph Bernard and has been a resident of Winthrop for over 65 years. She was employed as a factory worker for General Electric for many years and then went on to work for Towle in East Boston.
She was the devoted wife of the late Charles J. Rogowicz, Sr. and the loving mother of Charles J. Rogowicz, Jr., Deborah Rogowicz and the late John Rogowicz, all of Winthrop; the dear sister of Mary Spencer of Canada; the cherished grandmother of Patrick, Erica, Carl, Jessica, Rachel and John and is also survived by one great granddaughter, Ava.
Funeral services were held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on May 15. Fr. Peter Graziano celebrated the services and offered prayers at the committal in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.crtemationsbycaggianofh.com.
Retired Mass. State Tax Supervisor
Elizabeth D. Fitzgerald of Grandview Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Marian Manor in South Boston on May 10 after a prolonged illness. She was 86 years old.
Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Mary and Trifon Dick, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 50 years and was employed as a Tax Supervisor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
She was the devoted wife of the late Atty. Edward R. Fitzgerald and the loving mother of Kathleen Trainor and her husband, Jack of Winthrop, Maureen Foley and her husband, Paul of Arizona, Elizabeth Hebert and her husband, Joseph of Amherst and Edward R. Fitzgerald Jr. and his wife, Peggy of South Boston. She was the dear sister of George Dick of Winthrop and is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home. Burial was in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.cremationsbycaggianofh.com.
International Laborers Union Retiree
Edwin F. Nichols of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on May 7 at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers following a long illness. He was 81 years old.
Born and raised in Boston, he moved to Revere as a young man and spent 41 years in Revere before moving to Winthrop 13 years ago. Most of his working career was spent as a laborer with the Laborers International Union – Local 22 of Malden. He retired at the age of 64.
He and his wife, Jean E. (Meaney) Nichols (who died in February of 2008) were active members for several years of the former St. Anthony’s Band, Revere, sharing the role as band manager. He was also a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.
Mr. Nicholas was the devoted father of Paul E. Nicholas and his wife, Linda of Everett, David J. Nicholas and his wife, Daphne of Littleton and Brian G. Nichols and his wife, Nicole of Swampscott. He was the cherished grandfather of Ryan P., Kelly L. and Mary Catherine Nichols, Sydney E., Camron M., Vienna M. and Garrett B. Nichols; the dear brother of Robert Nichols and his wife, Mary of Rumson, New Jersey and the late Donald M. Nichols. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Seasons Hospice Foundation, 8537 Solution Center, Chicago, Ill 60677 (www.seasonsfoundation.org) Please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com for additional information.
Retired Truck Driver
John Colvario of Winthrop, formerly of the North End of Boston, died May 9 at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cambridge. He was 66 years old.
Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Madeline (Carterano) and Joseph Colvario, he lived in the North End of Boston before moving to Winthrop 45 years ago. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for Carolina Freight and was a member of the Teamsters’ Union Local 25.
He was the dear brother of Joseph Colvario and his wife, Jean of Winthrop, Thomas Colvario and his wife, Claire of Winthrop, Maria Minchella of Peabody and the late Stephen and Anthony Colvario. He is also survived by one nephew and six nieces.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery.