Obituaries 07-11-2019

Stephen ‘Steve’ Callis

Active in Golf, Tennis and Fishing Communities and Winthrop Lodge of Elks

Stephen R. Callis of WInthrop, best known to his friends as “Steve”, passed away on

July 3. He was 70 years old.

Born and raised in the Village of Waquoit in Falmouth on Cape Cod, he was the cherished son of the late Emile G. and Katherine A. (Servis) Callis. Stephen is survived by Gayle (Pingiaro) Callis, his wife of 48 years, his children: Marc Callis and his wife, Khanh of Winthrop, Joni Bonilla and her husband, Matthew Gleason of Niskayuna, N.Y., and Matthew Callis and his wife, Laura of Stoughton and by his grandchildren Hadrian, Taitum, Braeson and Kennedy. Stephen is also survived by his sister, Fern Daniels and her husband, Kevin Daniels of South Carolina. He was the brother of the late Kenneth Callis and his wife, Karin of East Falmouth and is also survived by many devoted friends in the local golf, tennis and fishing communities, and at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078.

Steve attended New Hampshire College (now SNHU), where he was active in the Phi Delta Psi fraternity. Stephen was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in 1971 with the drill team that took him around the United States and Bermuda during the Vietnam War.

After service in the naval reserve, Steve started and operated several successful businesses, most notably the Shirley Shoppe in Revere, before retiring from government service as a member of the first class at the TSA.

He was a regular fixture at area golf courses, tennis courts, and fishing spots. In retirement, he was an avid gardener.

His funeral will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St.,

Winthrop today, Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, please visit:

John Lane

Retired Lt. Colonel U.S. Army

John J. Lane, 80, Lieutenant Colonel United States Army (retired) of Gold Canyon, Arizona, passed away on July 4 in Mesa, Arizona.

John was born in Winthrop on April 19, 1939 to John F. and Catherine L. (Manning) Lane.

A United States Army veteran, John retired in 1983 and began working as a Logistics Manager with the Boeing Helicopter Company.

John is welcomed into Eternal Life by his parents, John and Catherine and is survived by his wife, Joyce G. Lane; daughter, Catherine (husband Bryan) Angst; grandson, Andrew Angst; son, Michael (fiancé, Sara Diaz) Lane; and grandsons, Drake, Broc and Trey Lane.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Friday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery – 7900 East Main St., Mesa, Ariz. 85207 where John will be laid to rest.

William Fennell

Retired auditor for Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Insurance

William F. Fennell of Winthrop passed away on June 21. He was 84 years old.

Prior to his retirement, William was a dedicated auditor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Division of Insurance.  He was a graduate of Bentley College and a Korean War veteran serving with the U.S. Army 187th Airborne Regiment “Rakkasans.”

The truest gentleman who left an afterglow of smiles

He was the loving husband of the late Patriia J. Fennell and the adored father of Kathleen Fennell and Patrick Fennell, both of Winthrop, Kerry Simoneau and her husband, Matthew Simoneau of Marlboro and William L. Fennell of Winthrop; the beloved papa of Jessica Rogowicz, Mark Fennell, Sean Fennell and Jack Simoneau.

Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of the late Michael and Catherine (Donovan) Fennell and the brother of the late Edward Fennell and Helen Curry. He is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of Life from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, July 13, from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the American Legion Post 146, 92 Johnson Ave., Winthrop, MA 02152 C/CARE PACKAGES.

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Shirley Carr Donovan

Past president of Winthrop Emblem Club

Shirley Carr Donovan of Cottage Park Road, Winthrop passed away at the Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge on June 30. She was 85 years old.

Born in Brighton, the beloved daughter of the late Jeannette (Dionne) and William Keenan, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 60 years and was employed as a claims representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield prior to her retirement. She was also the Past President of the Winthrop Emblem Club #15.

She was the devoted wife of the late D. Peter Carr and Alpheus Donovan, the loving mother of Maureen Smith and her husband, Richard and Lynne Lewis, all of New York, Brenda Christopher and her husband, Stephen and Donald P. Carr, all of Winthrop; dear sister of Gladys Callaghan, June Keilty, Janet Salwa, Elaine Crudup and the late William Keenan and cherished grandmother of Peter Christopher and Laura Barrett, Stephanie and Ken Hodgkins, Jessica Carr and Jennifer Thew, Jeannette and Alfonso Correa, Michael Lewis, Christopher Lewis and Samuel Smith.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, July 6, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Viking Pride Foundation at or to Winthrop Charities at

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