Obituaries 01-31-2019

Michael Delehanty

Winthrop Police Detective

Michael P. Delehanty of Shirley St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Jan. 24. He was 58 years old. Born in Winthrop, the beloved son of Mary Mahoney and the late Edwin Delehanty, he was a lifelong resident of Winthrop and was employed as a Detective with the Winthrop Police Department for many years. He was also a master electrician with Local 103. He was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, the Irish American Police Officer’s Association and a former member of the Massachusetts National Guard.

He was the devoted husband of Emily (Leone) and the loving father of Meghan, Michael, Stephanie, Matthew, Daniel and Ryan Delehanty, all of Winthrop;  the dear brother of Maureen Delehanty of Winthrop, Sean Delehanty, WPD of Winthrop, Kevin Delehanty of Natick, Noreen Huff of Florida, Brian Delehanty of Winthrop and Chief Terry Delehanty, WPD of Winthrop and the cherished grandfather of M.J. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, Jan. 29 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. The Rev. Richard Uftring celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment with full police honors in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to WINARC

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Mildred ‘Mitzy’ Brown

Lifelong Winthrop resident

Mildred “Mitzy” (Cohen) Brown, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away on Jan. 27. She was 92 years old.

Mitzy made an amazing career out of being a homemaker, raising her children, traveling with family, spending her winters escaping to Florida and playing cards and scrabble with her lifelong friends.

The devoted wife of the late Bob Brown, she was the loving mother of three children: Jeffrey Brown of Winthrop, Richard Brown and his wife, Susanne of South Hadley and Debra Aliberti of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Ashley Morris and Thomas Alibert and great grandmother to Reid Morris. Mitzy is also survived by her sisters Joyce Wolf and Rhoda Koocher, both of Lexington along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave, Chelsea on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery.   Memorial observance will be held at her late residence on Friday, Feb. 1 immediately following burial and on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mitzy supported various charities and did not have a favorite.  Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For guest book and directions:

Barbara Rinfret

A Mother First and foremost

Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret of Saugus, formerly of Melrose, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home on Friday, Jan. 25.  She was 89.

Barbara was born in South Boston on Oct. 31, 1929, one of seven children of the late Joseph J. and Barbara J. (Madden) Geary, who were originally from Ireland.  She grew up in South Boston and enjoyed spending time going to Carson Beach in her youth.  She graduated from Gate of Heaven High School and was employed by John Hancock Insurance Co. until starting her family.

Barbara and her beloved Frank were married on May 3, 1952 at Gate of Heaven Church and settled in Melrose to raise their family of seven daughters.

A mother first and foremost, Barbara took great joy in her proudest accomplishment which was her family.  She adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Active in their lives, Barbara attended many school and sporting functions.  Time with her family was treasured.

Always on the go, Barbara was extremely active in the community.  She was an Honorary Life Member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and loved going boating with the family.  She also belonged to the Melrose Catholic Women’s Club, North Shore Old Car Club and ‘Book Club.’

She loved to go out to lunch with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren naming this group “Ladies who Lunch.“

A talented Ceramist, Barbara had her own studio in the lower level of her home, complete with kiln.  She also enjoyed crocheting, loved to cook and was known for her fabulous beef stew and ‘secret recipe’ pecan pie.  She loved spending the winters with Frank at their home in Jupiter, Fla., which they did for almost 40 years.

Barbara was an amazing woman and mother.  Her warmth, kindness and sense of humor willbe missed by her family and friends.

She is now where she wants to be, with Frank, whom she missed terribly after his passing.

Barbara was the beloved wife of the late Frank P. Rinfret who passed away seven months ago and with whom she shared 66 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Patricia Milligan and her late husband, James of Melrose, Francine Rinfret-Cronin and her husband, David Cronin of Marblehead, Jeanne Rinfret of Malden, Denise Rinfret of Boston, Suzanne Rinfret of Somerville, Marie Rinfret of Winthrop and the late Jacqueline Rinfret; dear sister of Mary Mullen and her late husband, Robert of Dennis, sister-in-law Michaela Geary of Florida, thelate Joseph Geary, Theresa O’Connor, John Geary, her twin brother, Coleman Geary and Joan Slattery; cherished grandmother “Mimi” of Frank Milligan, Joseph Milligan and his wife, Jennifer, Peter Milligan and his wife, Jennifer, Matthew Cronin and his wife, Eve, Brianna Kolodny and her husband, David, Courtney Cronin and her partner, Owen Murphy, Timothy Cronin and his wife, Nicole, Melanie Ebert-Winberg and her husband, Eric, Alicia Ebert-Wyatt and her husband, Peter, Otavia Tropeano, Bianca Tropeano, Elvio Tropeano, Alessio Tropeano, Xavieria Donovan and her husband, Abraham, and Austin Silvestri and the loving great-grandmother of James, William, Noah, Oliver, Oisin, Caoimhe, Jonathan, Declan, Madison, Alexandria and Cecily.

Relatives and friends will gather in honor of Barbara’s life for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose today, Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Church of the Incarnation, 429 Upham St., Melrose for her Funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

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