Obituaries 01-17-2019

Elizabeth Ann Bradley

Volunteer and Eucharist Minister at Holy Rosary Church

Elizabeth Ann (DeLuca) Bradley of Winthrop passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 10 at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea.  She was 81 years old. 

Born in Newton to the late Lawrence and Theresa (Yerardi) DeLuca, she was raised in West Newton and was a 1955 graduate of St. Bernard’s High School. Elizabeth received all of her sacraments at Saint Bernard’s Church in West Newton and married to the love of her life, Charles A. Bradley on Oct. 26, 1958.  Shortly after marrying she moved to Waltham, where she spent 10 years and finally settled in Winthrop in 1970 and she has been a Winthrop resident since then. 

Her church was very important to her as she was a volunteer and Eucharistic Minister at Holy Rosary Church in Winthrop.  She participated in many church activities, including organizing the annual Turkey Drive.  She has been affectionately referred to as a “Distributor of Love.” Liz greatly enjoyed living by the ocean, traveling, decorating, arranging flowers, and most of all, spending time with her family and loved ones. 

 She was the beloved mother of the late Lawrence G. Bradley and sister of the late Marilyn Prizio and Lawrence DeLuca, Jr. In addition to her husband, Elizabeth is survived by her devoted daughters: Diane Tricomi and her husband, Bruce of Marstons Mills, Kristen Bradley and her husband, Neil Desmond of Methuen, her daughter-in-law Sandra Bradley of Winthrop, her sisters Lorraine DeLuca and her husband, Thomas Kavanaugh of Revere, and Carol Wilson and her husband, James of New Jersey, her cherished grandchildren: Brad Tricomi of New York, Theresa Tricomi of Marstons Mills, Alexandra Bradley of New York and Genevieve Bradley of Boston; her nieces and nephews John and James Daley, Lynn Benson, Denise Morelli, Russell and Douglas Kavanaugh, as well as many great nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody St., Waltham, Interment was at Newton Cemetery.  

Viva Abate

Retired East Boston neighborhood Health Center patient advocate

Vita M. Abate of Lincoln St., Winthrop passed away on Jan. 5. She was 88 years old.

Born in East Boston,  the beloved daughter of the late Emmanuela (Marchione) and Vincent Capolupo, she resided in East Boston for many years before moving to Winthrop over 15 years ago. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a patient advocate at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

She was the devoted wife of the late Carlo Abate and the loving mother of Carl Abate and his wife, Carla of Reading, Carol Gambale and her husband, Chucky of Winthrop and John Abate of Brockton; dear sister of Nicola Capolupo of California, Pasquale Capolupo of East Boston, Marianna Cioffi of Connecticut, Diane Giacalone of West Roxbury and the late John Capolupo and cherished Nana of Charles, Maria, Audra and Isabella. Great Nana of Gabriela, Mia, Seaghan, Aoife, Audra and Aine.

Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Services concluded with interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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Jerome ‘Jerry’ Bloomfield

May 11, 1942 — Jan. 14, 2019

Jerome G. “Jerry” Bloomfield, a U.S. Navy Vietnam-era Veteran, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14 at the Chelsea Soldiers Home where he had been receiving supportive care for the past eight years. He was 76 years old.

Born and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was a son of the late Ersal and Lillian Bloomfield.

As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served honorably during the Vietnam Era. Jerry received his discharge in Boston and remained in the area for most of his life. While employed at ‘Shrafts,’ he was introduced to the former Rose (LaPorta). They married in 1975.

He worked supporting his family as an HVAC Mechanic at the Prudential Building and for Massport at Logan Airport. He settled his family in Somerville and Randolph, moving briefly to Kissimmee, Fla. before resettling in Medford 20 years ago.

Back in the area, Jerry worked for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence in Somerville.  He retired 14 years ago.

In his lifetime, Jerry enjoyed coin collecting, fishing and boating with his nephew and collecting, fixing and repurposing lawn mowers and other like small engine equipment.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his eldest son, David Bloomfield. He was the beloved husband of 43 years to Rose (LaPorta) Bloomfield of Medford, devoted father of Jenifer Kelly and her husband, Thomas of Medford and Anthony Bloomfield and his wife, Dominique of Billerica; cherished grandfather of Alexander Bloomfield, Zoe and Abbey Kelly, Aiden and Dylan Bloomfield and the dear brother of Jan Rose and Frank, both in Ohio and Lisa in North Carolina.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visit with the family today, Thursday Jan. 17 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel (Soldiers Home Campus) 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. The visitation will be immediately followed by a Funeral Mass in the Chapel. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Arrangements are by Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons.

Nancy Grimm

Retired Winthrop Golf Club bartender

Nancy J. Grimm of Kennedy Road, Winthrop passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers on Jan. 11. She was 67 years old.

Born in Cambridge, the beloved daughter of the late Doreen (Wells) and Thomas Whalen, she was a life long resident of Winthrop and was employed as a bartender at the Winthrop Golf Club prior to her retirement.

She was the loving mother of Nicole Marie Grimm and her husband, Dan Rizzotto of Winthrop, the dear sister of Thomas Whalen of Easton, Susan Gillis, Doreen Cerra and Jacqueline Whalen, all of Florida; cherished grandmother of Jared, Anthony, Adrianna and Brianna and the loving companion of Bill Benker. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held in the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Committal was private.

Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St., Danvers MA 01923.

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Rita Marie Casey

Retired Librarian

Rita Marie Casey, born on July 25, 1929, departed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at the age of 89.

She was the daughter of Mary and John Doherty of Winthrop, sister of the late David, Frank and Margaret and mother of the late Thomas Casey. Rita is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Fred Casey and children Paul and Denise, William, John and Elizabeth, Ann, Robert and Gretchen. She is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren: Victoria, Alexandra, Shaelyn, Brendan, Ryan, Sean, John, Ashley, Joseph, Michael, Robby, Ana and two great-grandchildren, Landen and Logan.

Mrs. Casey was an avid reader and retired librarian of both the Boston Public and Winthrop Public libraries.

 She valued education, as she attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston for Library Sciences. Rita was also a passionate member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club. She was an enthusiastic gardener, tending to her hydrangeas and begonias with the greatest of care.

Rita spent many summers on the Cape at Sippewisset Campgrounds, as well as beloved winters in Fort Myers, Florida where she enjoyed the sea, sun, and sand. Her love for her family and her faith is as beautiful as the life she led and loved ones she left behind. Rita quietly departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 15 surrounded by the love, peace and support of her family. Her beautiful life will forever be cherished.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Friday, Jan. 18, from 9 to 11 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 Joslin Diabetes Center at

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