Obituaries 05-11-2017

Paula Hicks-Ryan

Cottage Park Yacht Club member and 17-year employee of Hilton Worldwide

Paula Hicks-Ryan of Winthrop, formerly Attleboro, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 4.

A member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, she was a 17-year employee of Hilton Worldwide.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas Ryan of Winthrop, the loving daughter of Ann Beane and her husband, Bruce of Lyman, NH; devoted sister of Jennifer Chigpny and her husband, Joe of East Longmeadow, Lisa Whynott and her husband, Thomas of Plymouth, Michael Beane and his wife,  Patti of Kingston, and the late Jeffrey Bilodeau and cherished grandmother of Emily and Madeline Puphret. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Paula was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section. In honoring Paula’s memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place #2, Boston, MA 02114. For more information, please visit,

Robert Alfred Rivers

Award winning electrical engineer; founder of Aircom Inc.

Robert Alfred Rivers of Orange and formerly of Winthrop, died on May 8 at the age of 93.

Robert Rivers graduated from Orange High School in 1941. He was employed as a Radio Operator for Pan American Airlines and saw the world. He was based in New York City, Miami, Florida and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1950 he resigned from the airline and enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1953. He worked as a design engineer for General Electronics Laboratories for a year after graduation prior to founding his own company, Aircom, Inc., specializing in the manufacture of microwave components. He personally designed over 1,300 microwave components. He was an active member with the Electrical Engineering Professional Association, IEEE, and received many awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the microwave engineering field.

Mr. Rivers was born on September 4, 1923 in Phillipston, Massachusetts to Marie and Frank Rivers who preceded him in death. He was the third of five children, three having preceded him in death: Frank Rivers, Doris Rivers Simpson and Jean Rivers Richie Joynes. He is survived by his older sister, Rena Rivers Anderson Tippett.

He married Priscilla Bradford on October 6, 1944. She proceeded him in death in 2010 after 66 years of marriage. They had three children, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, all of whom have survived the deceased. The children are Lucy Rivers Whitmarsh (James Kane), Robert B. Rivers (Cyndi Collins) and Rosalind Rivers (Richard Krause). The grand children are David Whitmarsh (Leigh Whittington), William Krause (Andrea Krause) and Allison Krause Steinbaum (Josh Steinbaum). The great grandchildren are Kailey Whitmarsh Egner (Mat Egner), Robert Krause and Heather Krause. The great great grandchildren are Austin Egner and Hailey Egner.

A Graveside Service for friends and family will be held at the South Cemetery, 585 South Main Street, Orange, Massachusetts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Friends of The Orange Public Library, 49 E. Main St., Orange, MA, 01364

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is directing the arrangements.

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Jack Levin

Past president of Winthrop Golf Club

Jack M. Levin of Winthrop, beloved husband of Marilyn (Koretz) Levin, entered into eternal rest on May 4 surrounded by his loving family. He was 81 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was raised and educated in Chelsea, the son of the late Abraham and Mae (Wolk) Levin. Jack was employed in automotive sales. He enjoyed time with his family and grandsons. His passion was golf, and he was past president of the Winthrop Golf Club.

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his daughters, Shari Levin and her husband, Bruce Griffin, Abra Allexenberg and her husband, Michael, his two grandsons Daniel and David Allexenberg and his granddog, Rocky.

Services were  held at the Torf Funeral Chapel,  Chelsea on Monday, May 8. Interment was in Belle Isle Cemetery, Winthrop.  Contributions in his memory may be made to: The American Parkinson’s Disease Assoc. 72 East Concord St. C-3 Boston, MA 02118 or Alzheimer’s Association of MA/NH 309 Waverly Rd. Waltham, MA 02452. For guest book please visit:

Margaret ‘Pegge’ Cordes

Retired bank teller

Margaret A. “Pegge” (Conley) Cordes of Winthrop passed away on May 7. She was 73 years old.

Prior to her retirement, “Pegge” was a bank teller for the former Winthrop Federal Credit Union.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph “Skipper” Cordes, she was born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Edward F. and Margaret J. (Kneeland) Conley. She was the devoted mother of Joseph I. “Jay” Cordes and Kristin M. Cordes, both of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Joseph I. “Joey” and Amanda Y. Cordes and Joseph J. MacDonald; dear sister of Edward “Ted” Conley and his wife, Elizabeth “Bette” of Winthrop, Howard Conley and his wife, Helen “Cookie” of Saugus, Thomas Conley of Winthrop and David Conley and his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” of Woburn and the late Mary Lou Holthaus and her husband, Paul of Winthrop. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, May 13, 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 follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Visiting hours will be in the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Adult Brain Tumor Research Fund, c/o Patrick Wen M.D., Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

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