Obituaries 01-12-2017

Valerie Minichello

Blue Cross retiree

Valerie A. Minichello of Woodside Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on January 7 after a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late Margaret (O’Neil) and Joseph LeBlanc. She was a resident of East Boston for many years before moving to Winthrop in 1984. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an administrative assistant with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Valerie loved to travel, loved the theater and was an avid reader.

She was the devoted wife of Edward T. Minichello and the loving mother of Ronald Moore of Winthrop and Stephanie Lane and her husband, Michael D. of Winthrop; the dear sister of Gail Taylor of California and Susan Roberts of Saugus. She was also the cherished grandmother of Michael and Charles Lane.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, January 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research ,2990 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 300C • Los Angeles, CA 90064 or go to To sign the online guestbook go to

Coleman Booth Connolly

Of Winthrop

Coleman Booth Connolly passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, at his Golden Drive, Winthrop home on January 4. He was 71 years old.

He was born February 26, 1945 in Boston to the late Mary (Booth) Connolly and Coleman Bartholomew Connolly, older brother to the late Thomas “Tucker” Connolly.

Coleman is survived by his former, wife Charlene (Dombrowski) Connolly, their five children: Michelle Gelman, Erin Latella, Colleen Pullin, Thomas Connolly and John Connolly and  their eight grandchildren: Chelsey Burg, Dakota and Joey Gelman, Sadie and Jane Pullin, Raya Latella and Cailin and Bianca Connolly. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Cremation was private. For guestbook, please visit:

John Fannin

Race car enthusiast, British Grand Prix winner and Irish Boxing Club Lightweight Golden Glove Champion

John F. Fannin of Winthrop, formerly of Ireland, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on January 4. He was 60 years old.

A race car enthusiast, John won the British Grand Prix. He was also a member of the Irish Boxing Club where he was the Lightweight Golden Glove Champion. In Ireland, John worked for Bally Manufacturing and then Syscon Engineering where he was a mechanical engineer. After coming to America, John spent many years employed at Crystal Cove Marina in Winthrop and then went on to work for the N.O.A.H. in East Boston as property manager.

He was the beloved husband of Laurier R. (Burns) Fannin; loving father of John F. Jr, Trevor J. and Robert A. Fannin. Born in Clones, Ireland, the son of the late John and Dorothy (Faulkner) Fannin, he was the dear brother of Douglas Fannin and his wife, Gretta, Dorothy Anderson and the late Patricia Coote, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, all from Ireland.

His funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, January 13 at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Visiting hours will be in the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Flowers are welcome or donations can be made to the Kirby Funeral Home to help offset his funeral arrangements. For guestbook, please visit:

Mary Cali

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Mary M. Cali of Winthrop, formerly East Boston, passed away peacefully on January 8.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Cali; devoted mother of Bruce C. Fraleigh and his wife, Carolyn of Florida, Carol Anthony and her husband, Lawrence of Saugus; dear sister of twin, Anne Tolias of Canton, Michael Thomas of Florida, and the late James Thomas, Edward Thomas, Mary Kelly and Jean Montgomery; cherished grandmother of Stephanie, Samantha, Amanda, Michael, and Lawrence III, as well as 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Saturday, January 14 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a prayer service in our Serenity Chapel at 11  a.m. Services will conclude with Mary being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Michael, at Saint Michael Cemetery, Boston. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home for the visitation please call 617-569-0990. For more information,  please visit

Andrew Clough

VA Procurement Officer

Andrew K. Clough of Manchester, New Hampshire passed away suddenly at home on January 4. He was 39 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Deborah Northrop and Kenneth Clough. A graduate of Fryeburg Academy in Maine he then enlisted in the United States Navy. At the time of his passing he was employed as a procurement officer for the Veterans Administration in New Hampshire.

He was the dear brother of the late Julie Clough and the cherished grandson of Charles Northrup and the late Phyllis (Leammon). He is also survived by several cousins.

Funeral services were held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 10. Committal was private. To sign the online guestbook go to

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