Obituaries 01-25-2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018
By Transcript Staff

Lawrence McCarthy

B&M Railroad retiree

Lawrence McCarthy started his journey home on Jan. 14 surrounded by his family.

Larry enjoyed family vacations and sports. He was proud to have served in the military and, returning home, he worked and retired from the B&M Railroad.

He is survived by his loving companion of 40 years, Connie Burroughs, her daughter, Lisa and her husband, Richard Davella of Winthrop.  He was known as Uncle Larry to Connie’s grandsons, Robert and Richard Davella.

Services and interment were private.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.To sign the online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Helen Corkhum

Always ready with positive words of encouragement and a witty sense of humor

Helen V. (Gallagher) Corkhum, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, met our Lord on Jan. 20. She was 89 years old.

She was employed by the Bayview Nursing Home in Winthrop in housekeeping and as a nurse’s aide for many years. She also taught Sunday School classes at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop for many years. She was a loving and wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, and will be missed tremendously. She was always ready with positive words of encouragement and a witty sense of humor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Burton L. Corkhum, Jr., son, John W. Corkhum, brother, John Gallagher and grandson, Michael Hodge. She is survived by her children: Mary Ann Touchette of El Paso, Texas, Nancy Fortuna of Lowell, Michael L. Corkhum of Nashua, N.H., and Richard L. Corkhum, CPO Ret., and his wife, Janet of Batesville, Indiana. She also leaves her sister in law, Kathleen “Kathy” Leavy and her husband, Paul and brother in law, James “Jimmy” R. Corkhum and his wife, Cynthia “Cindy” of Winthrop and is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their sincerest gratitude to two special people who have helped her over the last few years, Patty and Mary of Winthrop. Also sincerest gratitude to the Life Care Center of Merrimack Valley for their extraordinary care.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service in St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow the service will be in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Anita Marcoccio

Retired stitcher

Anita Marcoccio of Pleasant St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Jan. 20. She was 94 years old.

Born in Arce, Italy, she was the beloved daughter of the late Assunta (Corsetti) and Eleuterio Pescosolido. Coming to this country at an early age, she resided in East Boston before moving to Winthrop over 54 years ago. For many years, she worked as a stitcher for the Goddess Bra Factory in East Boston.

She was the devoted wife of the late Domenic Marcoccio and beloved aunt of loving niece, Pia Rossi; beloved stepmother of Domenic Marcoccio, Jr., Lucille Guaetta, Patricia Marcoccio, Marie Marcoccio and the late Geannie Possamato and Gilda Ciccarello; dear sister of the late Bernardo, Salvatore, Antonio and Angela and is also survived by many loving step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, Jan. 25, 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 the mass will be in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA 350 S Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 www.mspca.org or to breastcancer.org 120 East Lancaster Ave., Suite 201, Ardmore, PA 19003. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Stephen DeRosa

Retired office manager

Stephen P. DeRosa, of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on Dec. 29. He was 96 years old.

Born on May 13, 1921, to Achilles “Archie” DeRosa and Margaret (Mealey) DeRosa, he graduated from East Boston High School in 1939. He met his future wife, Mary J. (Ligotti), Class of 1938, at the East Boston Public Library at the age of 14.

Stephen was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1941 to 1945. He was employed as a general office manager for Hoffman Machinery and Portland Pipe & Fitting Co.

He and Mary were married from Jan. 18, 1942, until her death in 1984. Stephen was also predeceased by his second wife, Susan Cascio of Winthrop. Stephen was a communicant at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop until 2013 when he moved into the Prospect House in Revere.

He leaves two daughters, Stephanie A. DeRosa and her fiancé, John J. Silva, Jr., of Revere, and Mary A. Jones and her husband, Earl, of Lynn. He was the dear brother of the late Edward F. DeRosa and John F. DeRosa.

His funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. The Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the service and services concluded with interment in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA 02152. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Eugene Christopher Sheehan Jr.

Retired facilities manager whose life was spent in service to others

Eugene Christopher Sheehan passed away on the morning of Jan. 8 with his beloved wife Christine by his side. He was 95 years old.

Gene was born Nov. 30, 1922, in Boston, where he lived until 1992 when he moved to Brevard, N.C., His life was spent in service to others, as a facilities manager for both a state veterans hospital in Massachusetts and for a low-income housing development in Brevard during what should have been his retirement years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Eugene, who died in 2016, and his son-in-law, Paul Bailey, who died in 1991.    Surviving is his wife, Christine of Brevard, N.C., son, David Sheehan and his wife, Cathy of Winthrop; daughter, Carol Backman and her husband, Kenny of Billerica; son, Paul Sheehan and his wife, Mechele of Tyngsboro; daughter, Peg Bailey of Saugus; son, Kevin of Plano, Texas, daughter, Aileen Sheehan-Wilson and her husband, Ryan of Weaverville, N.C., granddaughters Lisa and Jennifer Sheehan and grandson, Devon and Ryan Sheehan.

There are no funeral services currently planned for Gene, a memorial is being planned for the spring. For those who wish to be advised of details of the memorial service or to send condolences to the family, you may reach out through the email: [email protected]

Moody-Connolly Life Celebrations is caring for the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.com.

Marilynn Beardsell

Winthrop’s first female taxi-driver

Marilynn J. Beardsell of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop and Middleton, passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on Jan. 17. She was 75 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Smitherman) and Milton J. Barry, she was a resident of Peabody at the time of her death and previously lived in Winthrop and Middleton. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a recreational therapist for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the DMR. She was Winthrop’s first female taxi driver and was the former Town Clerk for the Town of Middleton. She was a driver for the Council of Aging in Middleton, one of the founders of the Middleton Athletic Association and the former Recreation Commissioner for the Town of Middleton. She loved to travel and won first place at the Topsfield Fair for her Japanese embroidery, which is called Bunka. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She was the loving mother of Edward Beardsell of Danvers, Robert Beardsell and his wife, Jennifer of Haverhill and Sherri Harris and her companion, Matthew Armitage of Middleton;  the dear sister of Robert Barry of Florida and the late Kevin and James Barry and the cherished grandmother of Evan, Erik, Allison and Piper.

Her funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 23, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church,  Winthrop.

Interment  followed the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the COPD Foundation 330 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 or go to www.copdfoundation.org.

To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Thomas Greenfield Sr.

Centenarian plus five who worked at Winthrop Town Hall until age 93

Thomas R. Greenfield, Sr. passed away on Jan. 3. He was 105 years old.

The widower of Ann Claire Greenfield since 1991, he is survived by his daughter, Carol Greenfield, his son, Thomas R. Greenfield, Jr. and his wife, Janie and is also survived by many family members.

He graduated from Boston High School of Commerce, where he was on the swim team and picked as the smartest. He worked at Winthrop Town Hall for 24 years and retired at the age of 93. His hobbies included travel, swimming, gardening, reading and walking. Most of his vacations were to Aruba where he parasailed, went horseback riding and rode on a catamaran to the coast of Venezuela. He traveled much of Europe, Egypt, Morocco, China, South Africa and North Zimbabwe, where he went on an elephant safari.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a graveside service in the Winthrop Cemetery at the corner of Bowdoin and Buchanan streets directly behind the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, Jan. 25, at 11:30 a.m. He lived a good long life, and will be sorely missed by all.

Memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital annual fund at www.giving.massgeneral.org/mgh-fund/donate.

Arrangements are by the Caggiano, O’Malley, Frazier Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

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