Obituaries 08-03-2017

Harold Fries

Career 10-pin-bowler, threw two perfect games of 300

Harold C. Fries of Golden Drive, Winthrop passed away at Chestnut Woods in Saugus on July 30. He was 80 years old.

Born in Boston, he enlisted in the United States Navy at an early age. After his honorable discharge he went on to work as an auto-body technician for many years.

Hal enjoyed spending his days fishing as often as he could and was an avid hunter, a career 10-pin bowler who threw two perfect games of 300 and spent most summers at the lake house in Maine. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

He was the devoted husband of the late Nancy Mae (Story) and the loving father of Robert Winter and his wife, Paula, Susan McAuley and her husband, Ted, Ronald Fries and his wife, Jean, Karen Withrow and her husband, Richard, Laura Fries and her fiancé, James Ortiz and Jeffrey Fries and his wife, Kelley; dear brother of Alice Moulton and Carrie Oteri and their families; cherished grandfather to Christina, TJ, Sean, Colin, Katlyn, Allie, Kyle, Nicole, Joseph, Natalee, Achilles and great-grandfather to Sophia. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation at the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a funeral service immediately after the visitation at 1 p.m. Interment to follow the service will be in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Hal’s memory to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research at For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Rita DiVita

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Rita T. DiVita of Orlando, Fla., passed away on Friday, June 30. She was 89 years old.

Rita was born on Nov. 21, 1927, in East Boston to Augustus and Elizabeth (Miano) Lazzarino who both preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School and a homemaker, an avid doll collector and a great baker who loved doing things with her family and liked to work in the garden.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Carmen F. DiVita in 2010 and her sister, Frances DiVita in 2014. She is survived by her son, Craig S. DiVita of Orlando, Fla., her daughter, Darlene DiVita Monzadeh and her husband, Sid Monzadeh of Maitland, Fla.; her grandsons, Garrett Monzadeh and Cameron Monzadeh and her sisters, Mary Autuori of Scituate, Susan DelloRusso of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Leonora Ramsden of The Villages, Florida.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by a graveside service in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to

Nancy J Williams

Life-long Winthrop resident

Nancy J. Williams of Temple Ave., Winthrop passed away at home on July 26, 2017. She was 68 years old. Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Dorothy (Peterson) and Jerome DiMuro. A life long resident of Winthrop she was the Director for the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop for many years. She was the president of CASA, a member of the Board of Directors WCAT, Survivors by the Sea and Those Who Can, For Those in Need.

She was the devoted wife of James “Jimmy” Williams and the loving mother of Jennifer Kravitz and her husband Scott of Winthrop and Peter Williams of Winthrop. She was the dear sister of Jerry and Cheryl DiMuro of Pelham, New Hampshire, Lynda and Joseph Grato of Wakefield and Scooby Wells of Revere. Cherished grandmother of Dylan, Nathan, Scotty Jr., Jaiden, Treven, James and Jorja. Also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation in the St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM followed by a funeral mass immediately following at 12:00 PM. Interment to follow the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Survivors by the Sea at

Phyllis Abbatessa-Dwyer

Longtime East Boston-area political and cultural activist

Phyllis S. Abbatessa-Dwyer of Margate, Florida and East Boston passed away July 21. She was 76 years old.

A retired employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and one-time owner of the Lefty Shop in Faneuil Hall, she spent much of her free time, before moving to Florida, working in East Boston and the surrounding communities as a political and cultural activist. As the wife of the late Anthony Abbatessa Jr. (owner of Terrie’s Food Mart in Winthrop), she served on many committees for the Sons of Italy and Chamber of Commerce. At the time of her passing, she was a member of the Italian-American’s Club in Margate, Fla., of which her husband, Jack Dwyer is the president.

Born on March 14, 1941, to her late loving parents Emilio and France Blasé, she was the beloved wife of 31 years of Jack Dwyer; devoted mother of Anthony Abbatessa III and the late Pvt. Phillipp J. Abbatessa; adored grandmother of Bruno, Antonio and Franco Abbatessa.

Family and Friends will honor Phyllis’ life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today, Thursday, Aug. 3, at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church Ashley St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in Celebration on Phyllis’ life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in the name of Phyllis Abbatessa-Dwyer to Zoo New England Butterfly Exhibit, 1 Franklin Park Road Boston, Ma 02121. For more information, visit:

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