Obituaries 12-08-2016

Peter Miccichi

Long time Boston Herald Truck Driver and member of Teamsters Local 225

Peter Miccichi of Hampton, New Hampshire and formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Hyder Hospice Unit in Dover, New Hampshire on December 3. He was 65 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Josephine (D’Angelis) and Peter Miccichi, Sr. A longtime resident of Winthrop, he enlisted in the US Navy after high school and served during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he went on to work as a truck driver for the Boston Herald for over 40 years. He was also a member of the Teamster’s Local 225.

He was the devoted husband of Barbara J. (Brown) and the loving father of James Miccichi of Winthrop, Diane McCormick of Newmarket, New Hampshire, Maria Miccichi of Peabody and the late Peter Miccichi, III;  dear brother of Kevin Miccichi of Winthrop and Sandra Pepi of Maynar and the cherished grandfather of Desmond, Charlotte and Annabell.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop, today, Thursday, December 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, December 9 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Interment to follow will be in Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For directions or to sign the online guestbook,  go to:

Eda Rabinovitz

Educator, actress, passionate about the arts; she will be missed for her fierce spirit, social nature, and uncompromising values.

Eda (Katz) Rabinovitz died peacefully at her home in Winthrop on December 3. She was 85 years old.

She was born and grew up in Boston, went to Hebrew College in Brookline to get her teaching certificate and much later in life went back to college for her Master’s Degree in Education at Lesley College.

Eda was passionate about the arts. She was an actress, first with the Winthrop Playmakers and then later with different theaters in Boston.  She sang and danced in musical theater, played the guitar, loved folk and Jewish spiritual music, and Gilbert and Sullivan.

Eda was devoted to family. In addition to her three children and four grandchildren, she had a very large extended family, most of whom were often at the Winthrop house for family gatherings hosted by Eda and her husband, Leo.  We all have wonderful memories of these family affairs. She was an avid and excellent cook, who was often heard to exclaim, “This is a really nice piece of fish.”

Eda loved to travel with Leo, especially going to places with family like Israel, Mexico, Japan, and Russia.

She will be missed for her fierce spirit, social nature, and uncompromising values.

Eda is survived by her husband of 64 years, Leo Rabinovitz; children David Rabinovitz, Debby Rabinovitz, and Dodi Perkins and their spouses Jordene Hale, Chris Pringle, and Peter Perkins; and grandchildren Sophia Rabinovitz, Chana Rose Rabinovitz, Mati Pringle Rabinovitz, and Kyla Perkins. Eda was the sister of Jeanette Zaichik, Bernice Jones, and the late Tybie Weisbord, Lillian Katz, Tamar Schecter, Bunnie Levin, Moishie Katz, Gillie Katz, and Jake Katz.

Services were held on Tuesday, December  followed by interment in the Jewish Deedholders Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Eda’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Richard H. Simons

Formerly of Winthrop

Richard H. (Rich) Simons of Ocala, FL, formerly of Winthrop and Cambridge, passed away on November 6, 2016, after a short battle with cancer.  He was preceded in death by his parents Rose and Mario Simons,brother-law Jim Latz and Roberta and Lawrence Edwards.  Survived by his wife, Geraldine (Edwards), his sisters Lorraine Torres (James) and Donna Latz along with his sons Richard (Gretel), Brian (Carrie), Christopher, John DiSilvio and his daughters Lauren and Susan DiSilvio.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to or

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Development Office 5th Floor

1575 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

in memory of

 Richard Henry Simons, Sr.

Barry Kaplovitz

Political consultant

Winthrop resident Barry Kaplovitz passed away November 30, succumbing to cancer.  He was 62 years old.

Born in Boston to Maxwell (1913-1991) and Fay Ediss Kaplovitz (1921-2011), Barry graduated from Winthrop High School in 1972 and the University of Chicago in 1978.

Returning to Boston, he joined the gubernatorial campaign of Edward J. King as an issues adviser and served the King administration in that capacity. Subsequently, he joined a political consulting firm and soon formed his own company, BKA, Inc., focusing on ballot referenda, gubernatorial  and legislative contests around the United States.  He pivoted to clients in TV broadcasting, eventually providing advice to stations in the Midwest and Florida.

His passing is mourned by a sister, Susan Kaplovitz, and cousins: Ellen Kaplovitz, Nessa Kleinglass, Phyllis Snyder, Alan Pyenson and Gary Stone. Barry will be greatly missed by neighbors, friends and associates, with whom he enjoyed spirited dialogue and discussion. The loss of this generous, good-humored and ever-optimistic person leaves us all brokenhearted.

Funeral services were private. A memorial service will be scheduled in the spring.  Contributions honoring Barry’s life may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook go to

Madeline Healey

Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her family

Madeline E. (Morrison) Healey of Winthrop passed away peacefully on Monday, November 28 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in the company of her family. She was 90 years old.

Born on July 27, 1926 to Harland and Winifred (Highland) Morrison in Woodland (Baileyville) Maine, she moved to East Boston as a child and graduated from East Boston High School. She and her husband moved to Winthrop after World War II where she loved raising her family near the ocean.

Over the years, she enthusiastically held several jobs outside the home, including positions at GE, Jordan Marsh, Boston

Music and WMJX. She enjoyed reading, quilting, and walking, though nothing brought her more joy than spending time with her family.

She was the devoted wife of the late Philip J. Healey, loving mother Sharyn M. Pulsifer and her husband, David of Chatham and Laurie A. Acone of Winthrop; cherished “Nana” of David E. and Jeffrey M. Pulsifer and James M. and Ryan P. Acone, as well as great-grandchildren Colton, Conlin and Kaleb Pulsifer. She was the dear sister of the late Frank

Morrison and Thomas Newhook. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, she was the former mother-in-law of the late James Acone Sr.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Friday, December 9, from 9 to 11am, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial willfollow in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave. ,Chelsea, MA. 02150. For guestbook, please visit,

Kathryn Olivia ‘Katie’ Haggerty

A tall and beautiful, graceful spirit

Kathryn Olivia “Katie” Haggerty, of Tewksbury and a native of Winthrop, passed unexpectedly at her Tewksbury residence on Saturday, December 3.

Kathryn Olivia Haggerty was loved from the first moment of her existence by her mother and father, Lisa and Paul. She was a beautiful baby, adored by Auntie Jen and Uncle Brian and by Mae and Poppy; by Nana and all the Haggerty aunts, uncles and cousins. Later she found joy in

her sister, Beth, and her cousins Andrew and Aiden, who lost their precious Katie too soon. Katie was kind and sweet. She enjoyed the absurd and could be funny and goofy with her friends.

Often she would text “mumma” silly things she found on the internet. She enjoyed going on weekend adventures with her dad. Katie was tall and beautiful, a graceful free spirit. She taught herself to hoop and enjoyed showing off her skills. Her mother will always remember the

peaceful expression on her face as she twirled her hoops around herself, turning and moving, happy.

She loved, among many things, Shiba Inu dogs; her cat, Kit, whom she adopted from a rescue shelter; music festivals; Harry Potter; her collection of boots; binging shows on Netflix; all kinds of music; using social media; and spending time with her boyfriend, Peter Mirata and her best friends, Denisha Johnson and Matt Grant. She graduated in 2014 from Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield.

The adored daughter of Lisa M. Stefano of Tewksbury, formerly of Winthrop and Paul F. Haggerty of Methuen, formerly of Somerville, she was the cherished sister of Elizabeth Mae “Beth” Haggerty of Tewksbury and the devoted granddaughter of Frederick and Mary Stefano of Winthrop and the late Eleanor and Roger Haggerty; te sweet and gentle godchild and niece to Jennifer S. and Brian T. Becker of Pelham, N.H. and James O’Leary of Sharon, MA. She is also lovingly survived by her cousins, Andrew J. and Aiden F. Becker of Pelham, NH and aunt and uncle,

Julie and Kenneth and cousins; Vikki and Michael of New Hampshire; aunt Desiree Hayes, cousin Rita Hayes and her wife, Rose Angelo, of Methuen; aunt Elaine Rettman and cousins Erik and Daniel Rettman of Methuen; uncle Craig of Methuen and cousin Jennifer of Revere, formerly of Malden and uncles John and James, of Methuen. “Katie” shared a special relationship with her feline companion “Kit”.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, December 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday,December 9 at 10 a.m. followed by the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. Remembrances may be made to Nevins Farm / MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. For additional information, please visit

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