Obituaries 01-09-2014

Maureen Mahoney-Piessens

Retired Teacher

Maureen Mahoney-Piessens died following a prolonged illness at her Granada Highlands Home in Malden on Saturday, January 4. She was 72 years old.

Born and raised in the Point of Pines Section of Revere, she lived in Winthrop for several years before moving to Malden five years ago.

She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1959 and an alumna of Boston University, Class of 1963. Maureen retired in 2003 after 40 years of service within the Revere School System, principally as an elementary school teacher and particularly at the Whelan School. She was a member of the Chelsea-Revere Generations Program and also a member of the retired Revere Teachers’ Association.

She was the beloved daughter of the late John E. and Virginia A. (Frost) Mahoney; the cherished sister of Joanne Fusco and her husband, John of Burlington, John E. Mahoney, Jr. of Hingham and Denise J. Mahoney of Winthrop; the devoted aunt to: Mark Fusco and his wife, Kristin, Scott Fusco and his wife, Kevyn, John E. Mahoney, III, Kevin Mahoney, Attorney Megan Clark and her husband, Thomas and Heather Conrad and her husband, Jeffrey. She is also lovingly survived by eight grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, January 9 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home following the visitation at 11:15 a.m. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Avon Breast Cancer Center, Mass. General Hospital, Wang Bldg., 15 Parkman St., Boston, MA 02114. For more information, please

Margaret Borgioli


Margaret (Tomasello) Borgioli of Revere died at the MGH on January 5. She was 92 years old.

A homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late Constantino; devoted mother of Carol Liberato and her husband, Nicholas, Lt. Carl (Ret. RPD) Borgioli and his wife, Roseanne, all of Revere and Richard and his wife, Joan of California; dear sister of John Tomasello of Revere and several deceased brothers and sisters. She was the loving grandmother of Jacqueline Bufalino of Winthrop, Gina Mackin of Revere, Jennifer Gulliver of Salem, NH, Rebecca Borgioli of Saugus, Steve Borgioli and Christina Borgioli, both of California and is also survived by nine loving great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, January 10 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For guest book please visit: www.

Judith (Judi) Schweikert

Of Utah, formerly of Winthrop

Judith (Judi) Butler Johnson Schweikert of Utah, formerly of Winthrop, passed away on December 9 in Park City, Utah. She was 74 years old.

After growing up in Winthrop, Judi earned a BA in English from Smith College and an MA in English from URI. She married Dan on August 12, 1961. In their early years together, the couple lived in Mystic, CT and Herkeley Hts., NJ. In 1988, the family moved to San Jose, CA where Judi earned an MA in counseling at SJSU and was the Director of the Noyce Fdn. Scholarship Program.

They moved to Park City, UT in 2004 where Judi skied and volunteered at more than a dozen organizations including, as in most places where she lived, the church choir.

She was born November 24, 1939 in Laconia, NH to Carl and Florence Johnson and is survived by her husband of 52 years, Daniel Schweikert and their three children: Eric, Karl and Kristen Schweikert Humphrey and five grandchildren: Anne, Edward, Margaret, George and Alden.

Services were held on December 13 at the Park City, Utah, Community Church.

Walter Davis

Former New England Telephone Northeast Network Manager

Walter T. Davis of Winthrop passed away at the Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on December 29. He was in his 94th year.

A US Army Air Corps veteran of World War II who attained the rank of First Lieutenant, he was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers. Prior to his retirement, Walter was the Northeast Network Manager for the former New England Telephone Co.

The beloved husband of the late Theresa M. (Burke) Davis, he was born in Lynn, the son of the late Walter and Emma (Waters) Davis. He was the devoted father of John K. Davis; adored grandfather of Erin and Lonnie and dear great-grandfather of three; brother of Raymond Davis and his wife, Doris and the fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and brother-in-law to Francis Burke, Robert Burke and his wife, Grace, and Carol Burke.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Remembrances in Walter’s name can be made to Habitat Plus. attn. Susan Campbell, 516 Essex St. Lynn, MA, 01902. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit

James Perry

Electrical Engineer and Man with Many Talents and Interests

James N. Perry of Dacula, Georgia, formerly of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, December 31. He was 80 years old.

Jim Perry was born in 1933 in Cambridge to Stewart and Alice Perry of Winthrop, where he lived his entire childhood. He served briefly in the U.S. Air Force after graduating as an Electrical Engineer from Cornell University in 1955.

After his 1959 honorable US Air Force discharge, Jim embarked on a 40 year career in manufacturing management that began at a company called “Microwave” in New Hampshire and ended at Lockheed-Martin in Silicon Valley. At the vanguard of what we now call “globalization,” his four decades at work took him from New Hampshire to Massachusetts to California to Hong Kong, Okinawa, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, then to Connecticut, Tennessee, and back to California, meeting a couple of “interesting” sitting heads-of-state along the way (Ferdinand Marcos and Park Chung Hee). – He saw the world, including the Pyramids, the Acropolis, the Great Wall, the Great Barrier Reef, Angkor Wat, and the Taj Mahal.

Jim retired in 1999 to become who he jokingly referred to himself as: “Mr. Margaret Thatcher,” supporting his wife Barbara’s two-year professional assignment in the UK. A highlight of that experience for Jim was befriending a former World War II British fighter pilot who owned a private plane in which they would fly over the Cliffs of Dover and on to France for lunch!

A committed professional for his entire career, he took his retirement just as seriously. He spent the last nearly decade and a half of his life focused on tending conscientiously and lovingly to all the important relationships in his life: with his wife, children, grandchildren, and more distant relatives, with his friends, with his body and with God.

Jim Perry was at various points in his life–among other things–an Eagle Scout, an actor (peaking as a well-reviewed George in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?), an athlete (a runner who completed the San Francisco Marathon, declaring afterwards that, as far as he was concerned, one marathon was enough!), a walker (a speed-walker for a time, much to the entertainment of those who were lucky enough to see him do it!), a hiker, (including at age 77 scaling New Hampshire’s Mount Chocorua with his children), a golfer, a tennis player, a skier (water, downhill, and cross-country), a sailor, a scuba diver, a pilot (of jets in the Air Force, and gliders in the 1980’s – for which he also qualified and moonlighted as an instructor), a public servant (Town Meeting Member), a business leader (Chamber of Commerce President), and a Swedenborgian Christian.

Finally, Jim was a very sentimental man. He was moved by music (of all kinds, but Sinatra tops the list!), by performance, by history (the more personal, the better), and by relationships. A gifted raconteur, he was what one might call an “occasionist” – so good at elevating celebrations of all kinds, and especially at marking personal milestones. He always managed to find ways to sprinkle a little emotional stardust over people at the important events of their lives by sharing memories and pointing out in often surprising ways the good that others have done, and the impact and difference they’ve made in the world, always well-supported by humorous, pithy, and poignant stories and images and songs. A talented man, it was those tailored, personal gifts to others that may have been his greatest gift of all.

He leaves his wife of nearly 30 years, Barbara F. Perry of Dacula, daughter Jane Perry of Santa Fe, New Mexico, son Bob Perry of Waltham, Massachusetts, daughter Amy Blackman of Nashville, Tennessee, granddaughter Ruby Blackman. also of Nashville; step-children Cara, Neal, and Noelle Guri, and step-grandchildren Charlie and Stella Guri, and Adrian Remington.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held in the Boston area in the springtime, arrangements to be completed in the coming months. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Swedenborgian family church camp in Maine that he loved and attended most summers from 1947 through 2013: Fryeburg New Church Assembly, ℅ 61 Clark Lane, Waltham, MA 02451.

Michael Zinko

Proprietor of Zinko Air Conditioning and Winthrop Elks Member

Michael Zinko of Douglas Street, Winthrop passed away suddenly at home on December 25. He was 39 years old. Born in Melrose, the beloved son of Michelle A. (Fitzpatrick) and Theodore J. Zinko of Medford, he has been a resident of Winthrop for over 12 years and was the proprietor of Zinko Air Conditioning. He was also a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

He was the devoted husband of Donna (Woods) and the loving father of Vanessa, Olivia, Carly and Michael, Jr.. He was also the dear brother of Lynda Zinko of Medford.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go or

Carole Ann Michaud

Of Winthrop

Carole Ann (Flaherty) Michaud passed away on December 16 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital.

The daughter of the late Mary and John J. Flaherty, she was the sister of Lois and her husband, Paul D. Hardy of Malden, Joan and her husband, Robert of Connecticut and the late John J. Flaherty, Jr. and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. John Episcopal Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. January 11. Remembrances in Carole’s name may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society.

Robert Newhook

Retired Truck Driver

Robert J. Newhook of Bowdoin Street, Winthrop passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on January 3 after a prolonged illness. He was 78 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Mary (McLaughlin) and Robert Newhook. A resident of Winthrop for over 40 years, he enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean War. After his discharge, he worked as a truck driver for West Lynn Dairy for many years.

He was the devoted husband of Carole A. (Thorne) and the loving father of Robert Newhook and his wife, Leslie of Winthrop, Thomas Newhook and his wife, Marie of Saugus and William Newhook and his wife, Marie of East Boston. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Friday, January 10 at the St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Committal at the Massachusetts National Cemetery will be private. For directions or to sign his online guestbook go to

William Paul Frazier

Former Winthrop Director of Public Health

William Paul Frazier of Summit Avenue, Winthrop passed away suddenly at home on January 3. He was 69 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late Felesia (Kwiatkowski) and William H. “Salty” Frazier. A standout athlete at Winthrop High School, he went on to play football at the University of Wyoming on a full scholarship. After his graduation, he worked briefly at the Deer Island Treatment Plant as a heavy equipment operator and went on to become the Director of Public Health for the Town of Winthrop for over 25 years. He was also a licensed funeral director and upon his retirement from the town worked with his brother at the Frazier Funeral Home and for Stanetsky Memorial in Brookline and Swampscott. He was a two time past Exalted Ruler at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and an Honorary Life Member. He also served as the former House Committee Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors.

He was the devoted husband of the late Barbara (Tuzio) and the beloved father of Vincent Frazier of Winthrop; the dear brother of Joseph R. Frazier of Winthrop, Patricia Carbone and her husband, Richard of Revere, William H. Frazier and his wife, Dianne of Millsboro, Delaware and Lorraine Tear and her husband, Stephen of Winthrop. He was the loving friend and companion of Lorraine Letterie of Winthrop and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Frazier Family Scholarship Fund, c/o Secretary Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Ave., Winthrop MA 02152. To sign the online guestbook go to

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