Obituaries 06-09-2016

Eleanor Govoni

Retired social worker

Eleanor F. (Teed) Govoni of Winthrop passed away on June 2. She was 86 years old.

Eleanor was a member of the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association and the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1947. Every year, Eleanor enjoyed cooking for the Winthrop Parents Club and for Winthrop High School Senior Night. Prior to her retirement, Eleanor worked as a social worker for the Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop Home Health Care Agency.

She was the beloved wife of the late John B. Govoni and the late Paul J. Ryan; devoted mother of Paul R. Govoni and his wife, Ruth C. of Winthrop, Jill E. Carter and her husband, Robert Jr. of Winthrop and the late Daniel J. Govoni; adored grandmother of Daniel and Cassandra Govoni and Kaitlyn, Danielle, and Michael Carter. Born in Boston, she was the cherished daughter of the late Florence (Carter) Stokowski and her late step-father John Stokowski; dear sister of George Coleman of Worcester, and the late Stephen Stokowski, Robert Coleman, and Ellen Susan Stokowski and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop.  Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168, or to the Viking Pride Foundation P.O. Box 37 Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please visit

William James Rice, Jr.

Graduate of Dom Savio High School

William James Rice, Jr., loving husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather passed away peacefully on May 21, 2016.  He was 63 years old.  William, warmly referred to as Bill, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 18, 1952 to William James and Mary (Hurley) Rice.  Bill graduated from St. Dominic Savio High School in 1970.  After high school, he earned a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts and received postgraduate degrees in counseling from the University of Phoenix and teaching from the University of Utah.  He also made progress towards a doctorate degree.  Bill married the love of his life, Jayne Ann Crandall, in 1983.  They were blessed with two children, Rebekah Mary Elizabeth (Becky) and Jordan Spencer, and two grandchildren, William Hayward Sparks and Jacob Daniel Sparks.

Bill enjoyed a wide variety of interests and activities.  As a youth, he spent many hours by the sea near his home in (Point Shirley) Winthrop, Massachusetts.  He enjoyed endless hours in his blue dingy, sailing near the sandbar across the street from his home and exploring Boston Harbor.  Later in life, his enthusiasm for the outdoors led him to enjoy the beauties of Escalante in Southern Utah.  Bill was an avid sports enthusiast and devoted his loyalty to any professional team that called Boston home, including the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins.  After moving west, he adopted the BYU Cougars as his favorite college team.  He and Jayne frequently enjoyed operas and plays together.  Bill served his fellow man as a teacher, counselor, and school psychologist, teaching and guiding the lives of many children.  Additionally, Bill served his country in the United States Navy

Bill was the devoted husband to Jayne Ann Crandall Rice. Adoring father to Jordan Spencer Rice, and Rebekah Mary Elizabeth, and her husband David Sparks. Affectionate Papa to grandchildren William Hayward Sparks, and pre deceased by Jacob Daniel Sparks.   He was the cherished brother of Mary, and her husband Daniel Rota; Anne, and her husband Robert Hunt; and Rosanne, and her husband Ewald Apel. He was the loving brother-in-law to David and Julie Anne Crandall and their 3 children, Michael and wife Shannon, Melanie and Elizabeth Anne Crandall and her husband Robert Clark, sister-in-law Therese and her husband Steven Heath and their 3 children, Hilary and her husband Daniel Dudley, Rachel, Joseph and his wife Rachel, sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn (Mims) and her husband David Zimmerman and their 2 children Adam and Matthew. Loving Uncle of Kevin, Kathleen, Brian, Jamy, and Kristina Rota, Monica Hunt, and Jessica, Alexis, Nikolas, and Lukas Apel, and  adoring Grand Uncle to Ciaran, Patrick, and Sullivan Rota, Sydney, Andrew, Shelby and Henri Crandall, Robert and Kaitlin Clark and Vivian Heath. Bill also had and many loving cousins and good friends.

 A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, June 11th at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop Street, Winthrop, MA at 10 am.

Bill served his country in the U.S. Naval Air.

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Critch

Retired Winthrop deputy tax collector

Eleanor L. “Ellie” (Wilson) Critch of Winthrop passed away suddenly on May 31. She was 85 years old.

Eleanor was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League for many years. She was also a long time member of the First Church of Winthrop United Methodist in Winthrop. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Town of Winthrop as a deputy tax collector.

The beloved wife of the late James I. Critch Sr., she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late George S.M. and Lillian V. (Lewis) Wilson. She was the devoted mother of Nancy L. Peterson and her husband, Roger of Marlborough, William E. Critch of Nashua, NH, and James I. Critch Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Lynnfield; adored grandmother of Jessica Rosenau and her husband, Brendon, Julianne Hamlet and her husband, Ryan, Alexandra Critch and Nicholas Critch and loving great-grandmother of Lillian and Brady Rosenau and Mya Hamlet.

A Funeral Service was held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop.  Burial followed in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation P.O. Box 37 Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please visit

Felix DeSisto

Decorated WWII veteran

Felix F. DeSisto of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on June 1.

Felix was the longest member on record of the Winthrop Golf Club. He was a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II and the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with 2 Bronze Oak leaf Clusters. He flew 35 strategic bombing missions in the B-24 Liberator heavy bomber in the European Theater during World WarII, and enjoyed sharing stories of his wartime experiences. Prior to becoming the Director of the Revere Public Health Department Felix was a Revere Fire Fighter for 15 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Emily A. (Cicatelli); devoted father of Elisa Moriarty and her husband, Michael (US Army veteran) of Florida, Paul DeSisto (Lt. Col. USAF (retired)) and his wife, Kim of New Jersey, Rena DeSisto of New York City and Thomas and his wife, Lauragale D’Amico of Revere; dear brother of Olga Lepito and the late Harold DeSisto, both of Revere. He is also survived by two loving grandchildren, Cara and Tia DeSisto of New Jersey. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Anthony’s Church Restoration Fund, 250 Revere St., Revere, MA 02151. All services were held privately. For guest book please visit

Carmen Paolini

US Postal Service retiree

Carmen A. Paolini of Revere Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on June 4. He was 84 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Anna (Federico) and Umberto Paolini. A resident of Winthrop since 1965, he was a 1951 graduate of East Boston High School where he was a starting right tackle for the 1950 State Champion Football Team. Prior to his retirement he was employed as a Postal Clerk for the United States Postal Service. He will be remembered by his family as a wonderful father, an avid coin collector and a fan of all New England Sports Teams.

He was the devoted husband of Eileen R. (Flaherty) and the loving father of Debra Mariano and her husband, Leonard of Winthrop, Steven Paolini and his wife, Cheryl of Winthrop and the late Marilyn Agave; dear brother of the late Domenic Paolini; cherished grandfather of Carly, Andrew, Kristin, Christopher and Lauren. He was also the beloved uncle of Domenic and Joseph Paolini.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, June 8, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment followed the mass in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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