Obituaries 02-27-2014

Marie Healy

Worked for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Devoted Member of Catholic Alumni of Boston

Marie T. Healy of Winthrop passed away February 18. She was 59 years old.

Marie was born and raised in Winthrop and worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Brighton and received her Bachelors Degree from Regis College in Weston. Marie was also a devoted member of the Catholic Alumni of Boston.

She was the loving daughter of Marie T. (O’Connell) Healy and late Commander Robert J. Healy of Winthrop; dear sister of Robert J. Healy, Jr. of Winthrop and Lori A. ViVeiros of Wilmington; cherished aunt of Justine Healy, Tonimae Falabella and Brenna and Spirit Healy; dear niece of Virginia O’Connell of New Hampshire and is also survived by cousins Trudy and Rob Crowell, Charles and July Benson, Mary Alice and John Miller, Maureen and Bill Kilroy, Matthew O’Connell, Edmund O’Connell Jr., Al Shamhart Jr., Mary and Peter Lewis, John and Robin O’Connell, Kevin and Deb O’Connell, Patricia and Doug Maxham, Kathleen Swanson, Jack and Maryanne Marr, Diana O’Connell and Joanne Beaudry.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in Marie’s memory to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, Vincent Memorial Care of MGH Foundation, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For guestbook, please

Bernice Hartery

NYNEX Retiree, Member of Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club; Daily Lector at St. John the Evangelist Church

Bernice J. Hartery of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away on February 18. She was 88 years old.

Bernice was employed by The NYNEX Corporation for 40 years and was a member of The Telephone Pioneers of America, The Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club and a daily lector at St. John the Evangelist Church.

Born in East Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Andrew T. and Eleanor J. (Turner) Hartery; sister of the late Andrew T. and William J. Hartery and their wives; aunt of Arleen Martino, William T. and Susan Hartery, Jane Sheedy, Thomas, Neil, Paul and Owen Hartery and their spouses. She was the grand and great aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. Bernice leaves her dear cousins and friends and most especially the Forster Family of Winthrop and their families.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Westview Cemetery, Lexington, MA. Memorial donations in Bernice’s memory may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook and directions, please visit

Joseph Cronin

Retired Heating and Air Conditioning Industry Retiree

Joseph J. Cronin of Winthrop passed away on February 22 at the age of 91.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy for over 22 years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he served on the submarine USS Flying Fish (SS229) and was a member of the USS Flying Fish Veterans Division. Joe was currently living at the Chelsea Soldiers Home in Chelsea. Prior to his retirement, he worked in the heating and air conditioning industry.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Edward J. and Johanna (Mahoney) Cronin; dear brother of Sr. Joan Cronin SND of Worcester and the late Edward T. Cronin; devoted friend of Sean Driscoll and Rita Driscoll of Winthrop.

Visiting hours will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop today, February 27 from 9 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop, at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Winthrop High School Football Booster Club c/o East Boston Savings Bank, 15 Bartlett Rd. Winthrop, MA., 02152. A Military Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Michael’s Church at the Chelsea Soldiers Home in Chelsea on March 2 at 10 a.m. to honor Joe and all U.S. Veterans. For guestbook, please visit

Christopher Biasizzo

Gladly Helped Those in Need

Christopher Biasizzo, formerly of Winthrop, passed peacefully in his sleep on February 20.

Christopher’s works include Boston’s Copley Place, The Westin Hotel, The Kennedy Library, The Big Dig, The Mystic Bridge as well as the Park at Deer Island. Christopher’s good nature will not be forgotten as he gladly helped those in need and was often first to respond in disasters such as the Blizzard of ’78 and 911.

He left behind a daughter, Gabriella, two sisters, Monique and Virginia, a brother, Philip and his father, Hugo formerly of Winthrop.

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