Obituaries 06-04-2015

William T. Butler, Jr.

Self employed contractor

William T. Butler Jr. of Point Shirley, Winthrop passed away at home after a brief illness. He was 68 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Dorothea (Barry) and William T. Butler, Sr.

A 1964 graduate of Revere High School, he has resided in Winthrop since 1977. He was a self employed contractor working for many years at MIT. He was also a longtime member of the Revere Lodge of Elks.

He was the devoted husband of his “golden haired beauty” Cheryl (Rocheford) for 42 years; the loving father of Casey Butler and his fiance, Tatiane of San Diego, Chris Butler and his wife, Vanessa of San Diego, Patrick Butler and his fiance, Despina, Shaun Butler and his girlfriend, Sabrina and Jessica McCollom and her husband, James, all of Winthrop; dear brother of Patricia Kelley of Winthrop and the cherished grandfather of Ellie and Patrick.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on June 3 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Committal was private. Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 70 Walnut St., Suite 301, Wellesley MA 02483 or to the Viking Pride Foundation, PO Box 37, Winthrop MA 02152. To sign the online guestbook, go to

Barbara Mulchay Witham

Retired educator who never met a child she didn’t like

Barbara Mulcahy Witham, formerly of Winthrop, died in Parker, Arizona on May 2.

Barbara graduated from Winthrop High School in 1943, Lasell College in 1945 and Boston University in 1947. She taught second grade at the Center School before she married Kenneth in 1951.

Barbara lived on Circuit Road in Winthrop for many years, Winchester, MA and the Washington D.C. suburbs, but most people will remember her for her airdale “Rudy” who resided at 33 Circuit Rd., Winthrop. Ken and Barbara retired to Arizona in 1993 and she lost her beloved husband Kenneth in 2003.

Barbara spent her days swimming, listening to her books and TV news programs. Her hobbies included collecting Teddy Bears and doll house miniatures. Her favorite book was “Make Way for Ducklings.” She was seldom without rosary beads in her hands and kept all she knew in her nightly prayers.

Barbara, God’s good and faithful servant, joined her Redeemer on May 2, 2015.

She was the daughter of William Leo and Alice Grady Mulchay, sister of Marion Mulchay Chase and Billy Mulchay and widow of Kenneth Everett Witham and mother of Lois, Mary Alice, Nell, Ned and Drew. She was the grandmother of six and great grandmother of 15. Barbara never met a child that she didn’t like and all were welcomed into her home, especially the Debbies, Leslie and friend Marilyn. She also leaves her great grandpuppy and summer companion “Spike.”

A Tridentine Mass was conducted in the Sacred Heart Church in East Boston on May 12. Interment followed the Mass in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To sign the online guestbook go to

Ann Marie Norris

Active in the Foxwoods Trip Club

Ann Marie (Annese) Norris of Winthrop passed away at home on May 28. She was 79 years old.

An active participant in the “Foxwoods Trip Club,” she was born in Malden and was the beloved wife of the late Michael “Joe” Norris; the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Celia (Forgione) Annese; devoted mother of Joanne M. McDuffee and her husband, Michael, Michael T. Norris and his wife, Cathleen, and Michelle A. Massa and her husband, Louis, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Michael McDuffee and his wife, Alexis, Samantha McDuffee, Michael, McKayla and Mia Norris, and Dominic and Gianna Massa; great-grandmother of John and Adelaide McDuffee and dear sister of the late Frank Annese and Christine Clements.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in the Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her memory can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation Inc. P.O. Box 37, Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please

Frederick Fitzmeyer

Licensed plumber; loved the sea and loved life

Frederick R. Fitzmeyer of Winthrop passed away peacefully on May 27 at the age of 70 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fred grew up in Winthrop and after his service in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, he worked in Boston Harbor as a Shipyard Rigger and Boat Captain for the Boston Harbor Pilot Association, where his love of the sea began. He reminisced often about those years, confessing to episodes of cheerful mayhem with his friends out on the Harbor Islands. He also loved skiing in New England.

Eventually settling down, he became a licensed plumber, working and living on Cape Cod and later in Boston, where he was a member of Plumbers Local 12.

When he retired in 2007, he and his partner, Connie spent five years sailing in the Caribbean and South America on their boat S/V Tashtego.

Fred loved life, had a playful sense of humor and was always ready for adventure. His humorous stories will be treasured by all who loved him. He will be greatly missed.

He was the son of the late Frederick A. Fitzmeyer and the late Helen Krovitz Fitzmeyer; the loving brother to Elaine Grato and Jean Day, long time companion of Constance Elson, and brother-in-law to Chris Day and the late Tom Grato. He was the close uncle to Donald Rubbicco and his wife, Linda, Megan and Chris Day and great uncle to Colton, Chase and Hadley Rubbicco.

There will be visiting hours at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by an informal service where family and friends are invited to share their memories. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128 or online at To sign virtual guestbook, please visit

Phyllis Fluet

Well known, award-winning Winthrop activist

Phyllis M. Fluet of Cottage Avenue, Winthrop passed away on June 2 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital after a brief illness. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Pesiri) and Domenic Pizzolante. A resident of Winthrop for over 50 years, she was very active in the town during that time. She and her late husband, Roland were the proprietors of the Winthrop Mimeo and Offset Company for many years. She recently received the Past Distinguished Service Award from the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce as well as the 2002 Chamber member of the year. She was active in many Chamber subcommittees including, the Coupon Book and Welcome Wagon to the Holiday Lighting event. She was a member of the Winthrop Rotary, serving as the first woman president. She was also the first woman to receive the Paul Harris Fellowship Award (the highest honor bestowed on a Rotarian) and in 2006 was made an honorary lifetime member. Phyllis was a PTA Officer and and PTA Council Officer. She has also been a Town Meeting member for over 30 years and served on the Winthrop School Committee for four years. She also served as secretary of the Water Tower Committee.

She was the devoted wife of the late Roland N. Fluet and the loving mother of Michelle and Renee Fluet, both of Winthrop and the dear sister of Anna Julian and her husband, Albert of Florida.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, June 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, June 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Committal will be private.

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Robert Louis Caprio

Successful Florida restaurant and night club business owner; formerly of Revere

Robert Louis Caprio of Coral Springs, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic on January 1. He was 55 years old.

Robert was a 1977 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston. He attended Central Florida College in Orlando and went on to become a successful business owner in the restaurant and night club business. Robert was respected and loved by all his employees as well as by his closet friend and business partner of 15 years, Phil Gori.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Beth Caprio, son, Tye Ridolfi and daughters, Sinclaire Caprio, Ashley Porcaro and her husband, Steven Porcaro, all of Florida. Robert was the beloved son of Carmen Rauseo Caprio of Juno Beach, FL and the the late Louis W. Caprio, Sr. of Revere. He was the brother of Louis W. Caprio, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Caprio of Miami, FL and the late Lucille DiFlumeri of Revere and is also survived by his loving in-laws, Irving and Rose Dorffman of Florida, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members from the Boston, S. Florida and North West areas.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated with family and friends at St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Revere on Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Franciscan Mission Associates, at 274-280 West Lincoln Ave. PO Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10552-1018, c/o Ms. Madeline Bonnici, Exec. Dir.

John ‘Jack’ Falzarano

Longtime member of Winthrop Players; worked for IRS and US Postal Service

John L. “Jack” Falzarano of Winthrop passed away peacefully surrounded by his love and his family on May 27.

John graduated from Hyde Park High School and earned an Associate Degree at Bunker Hill Community College. He was a dedicated worker at the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Postal Service. He also had a number of other financial endeavors. A longtime member of the Winthrop Players, John was outgoing and engaging. John was an avid baker and a creative soul. He was caring and loving and always had a smile. He laughed at his own jokes. John will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

The loving son of the late Jean Maccini, John cared most about his family and friends. John is survived by his beloved partner of 30 years, Albert Williams of Winthrop, his dearest friend and sister, Joan and her husband, George Barooshian of Revere, his sister Elizabeth Marotta of Revere, sister, Peggy and her husband, Dan Wessel of Minnesota. He was the brother of the late Roberta Maccini and is also survived by his nieces: Lisa Velasquez of Revere, Julie Walsh of Revere, Kristie Maccini of New York, Jennifer Wessel of Minnesota and his nephews: Anthony Tracia and Steven Tracia, both of Saugus, James Barooshian of Peabody and Jon Wessel of Minnesota and is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom he adored and all of his very many loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on June 1. Interment followed the service in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To sign the online guestbook go to

Deborah Chevalier

Loved being an RN; long time volunteer

Deborah A. Chevalier of Winthrop, a 58 year old RN, died from complications of respiratory disease on May 31.

She loved being a nurse. It was her ambition since childhood. She worked at Massachusetts General Hospital for many years as well as at several other venues before finding her “calling” as a Hospice Nurse. She often said “it was the most significant and rewarding work I’ve ever done. Despite the sadness and the loss, there can be no more loving act than to help a patient and family through their final journey with dignity and respect.”

She volunteered her time with many organizations over the years. The longest being 10 years at My Brothers Table; a soup kitchen in Lynn. She and another nurse ran a small medical clinic that served the homeless and others. She was also a medical advocate for BARC, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in Cambridge. She served on the Boston Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as on various other committees. She and several friends who called themselves “friends of felines” help to raise money for Animal Umbrella, a no-kill cat shelter in Revere.

She had a group of loving friends, whose support, love and friendship meant the world to her, and she was grateful for them. She had a love for all animals, both 2 legged and 4 legged, and took up horseback riding later in life. She loved music and despite some evidence to the contrary, really thought she could sing — and often did so with abandon!

She is survived by her mother, Jane Chevalier of Winthrop, her niece, Taylor Stallings, aunts, Linda Beddeos, Carolyn Nickerson and an uncle, Richard Nichols. She was the dear sister of the late Wade Stallings.

Her Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will take place in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) Donations in her memory can be made to Animal Umbrella P.O. Box 2675, Acton, MA. 01720-6675 or visit, For guestbook, please visit,

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