Obituaries 05-01-2014

Lois Ventresco

Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Principal Administrator

Lois A. Ventresco, a lifelong Winthrop resident, died following a brief illness at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 20. She was 73 years old.

Born and raised in Winthrop, she was educated in the Winthrop and Boston School Systems. For more than 20 years, and until her stroke on February 14, 2014, she served as a Principal Administrator at Mass. Supreme Judicial Court.

For many years, she maintained a close relationship with the Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Peabody and the Marist Missionary Sisters of Waltham. Her faithfulness and generosity are well noted by both of these congregations.

Her late husband, Anthony E. Ventresco, died on February 5, 1984 and she never re-married. She was the cherished mother of Lisa A. Ventresco of Winthrop and the devoted grandmother of David A. Ventresco of New Hampshire, a student at the University of Connecticut; a brother Alfred E. Saggese, Jr. of Winthrop and the sister of the late Joan Shea. She is also lovingly survived by her former daughter-in-law Elizabeth Turner and her husband, Gary of Merrimac, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information, please visit:

George Skane

Retired US Customs Agent;

Member of Winthrop Elks

George W. Skane of Winthrop passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on April 26. He was 92 years old.

George served in the U.S Coast Guard during World War II. He was an alumnus of Northeastern University and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. Prior to his retirement, he worked as a U. S. Customs Agent.

The beloved husband of the late Margaret “Pat” (Cox) Skane, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Richard and Gertrude (Hyland) Skane. He was the devoted father of George W. Skane Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Georgetown, Christine Hazlett of Winthrop, Joyce Yeaw and her husband, Everett of Newton and the late Richard J. Skane; adored grandfather of Frances A. Skane, William and Jennifer Hazlett and Everett III and Cameron Yeaw and the dear brother of the late Richard and John Skane and Gertrude Dinan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Cremation was private with interment in Winthrop Cemetery to follow at a later date. Donations can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation P.O. Box 520037, Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please

Genevieve Savard

Retired Seamstress

Genevieve B. (Dello Russo) Savard of Winthrop and Sunny Isles Beach, FL, passed away at home on April 28. She was 97 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Genevieve was a self-employed seamstress.

She was the beloved wife of 65 years of the late Joseph A. Savard. Born in Montpelier, VT., the daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary (Anticevich) Dello Russo, she was the devoted mother of Brenda Getchell and her late husband, Lloyd H. of Middleton and the late Paul Savard of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Adam and Amanda Getchell of Middleton; dear sister of Geno Dello Russo of Millis and the late Stella Taurasi of Wakefield and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Monday, May 5, at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Sunday only from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 100, Chamberlain, SD, 57325. For guestbook and directions, please visit

Ronald Languirand, Sr.

Former Owner and Operater of “The Handyman of Winthrop”

Ronald J. Languirand, Sr. of Winthrop died on his 64th birthday, Easter Sunday, in the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere after a long illness.

He attended Salem Schools and most of his working career was in the construction field. Before his illness took hold, he owned and operated his own business, known as “The Handyman of Winthrop.”

Before moving to Winthrop in 1989, he and his family lived previously in Newton, Randolph and Watertown.

He leaves his beloved and devoted wife of 42 years, Louisa M. (Casamento) Languirand. He was the cherished son of Althea E. (Simard) Languirand and the late Arthur A.; devoted father of Ronald J. Languirand, Jr. and his fiance, Candace Trinque of Leominster and Arthur A. Languirand and his fiance, Rebecca Lescay of Winthrop, Randy Languirand of Oregon, Crystal Languirand and Betsy Kusa, both of Dracut. He is also lovingly survived by his grandchildren: Reid, Gabriel, Joshua, Ryan, Richard and Lullu. He was the dear brother of the late Arthur A. Languirand, Jr.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center (Attn: Patients’ Activities Fund), 204 Proctor Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For more information,

Stephen Cecca

Progressive Club President,

Member of Jeffries Point Yacht Club and Bricklayers Union Local 3.

Stephen B. Cecca in Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on April 26.He was the president of the Progressive Club and a member of the Jeffries Point Yacht Club and the Bricklayers Union Local 3.The beloved husband of Diane M. (French), he was the father of Marcus, Derek and Michelle, all of Winthrop; son of the late Mary (Lindstrom) and Benjamin Cecca; brother of Paul V. and his wife, Sharon of Revere and Karen M. and her husband, Greg Capillo of W. Peabody. He is also survived by four nephews. Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Friday morning, May 2. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours areThursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

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