Obituaries 07-18-2019

Christine Vitale

Longtime Massport Employee

Christine Vitale, of West Townsend, Massachusetts: Born and grew up in Winthrop, and always called Winthrop home.

Christine put up the good fight for a long time; being the warrior she always was. 

She was the loving daughter of, Mary Vitale (and the late Anthony Vitale), cherished wife of Peter Venezia; proud grandparent of Eli Piso and beloved mother to Anthony Motta (Kiara) and Doriana Motta (John). The loved sister of Lawrence Vitale (late Normand Bolduc) and James Vitale (Donna and Alicia).

Special step-parent to Karen Venezia, Lisa Venezia Holt (Bob, Luke and Molly), Jacqueline Motta (Mark and Nico) and the late Cheryl Venezia. She leaves behind many close cousins, friends, family and broken hearts.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 PM to which relatives and friends are invited to attend. Graveside Services will be held Saturday at 11:00 AM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For guest book please visit our website at

Nellie Wall

Retired Winthrop Town Hall Bookkeeper

Nellie E. Wall, age 99, of Winthrop died peacefully on Sunday, July 14 at Winthrop Neighborhood PACE after a brief illness.

She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband, James J. Wall, Jr. and four sisters and five brothers.

Born in Dorchester, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Dort) Perrin.

Nellie moved to Winthrop in 1953 and resided in Winthrop for most of her life. She was a bookkeeper in the Tax Department at Winthrop Town Hall for over 30 years and an active member of St. John the Evangelist Church.  Nellie enjoyed bowling, walking with her friends, activities at the senior center and knitting quilts for Children’s Hospital.

She is survived by four loving children: two sons, James J. Wall, III and his wife, Jane Degregorio of Winthrop, Robert and his wife, Carolyn Wall of Georgia and two daughters, Joan Wall and her husband, Jeff Glanville of Wellfleet and Janice Wall and her husband, Neal Klein of Cambridge, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many caring and supportive nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop on  Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to the burial which will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St. Section). Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make checks payable to Mass Audubon Society: Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 236, South Wellfleet, MA 02663.

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Salvatore Internicola, Sr.

Longtime St. John’s Employee

Salvatore Internicola, Sr. of Winthrop passed away on June 28.

Salvatore was a longtime janitor at St. John’s. He was a devoted father, grandfather and uncle who loved spending time with all of his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed taking them out to do things together.

He was the beloved husband of Elaine (Hurley) Internicola, devoted father of Salvatore Internicola Jr. and his fiancé, Carrie Rak, Daniel Internicola and his wife, Liza, Lori-Ann Anderson and her husband, Kevin, Lisa-Ann Internicola and Anthony Internicola, all of Winthrop; dear brother of Joseph Internicola and wife, Maureen of Florida and the late Elizabeth Bacon, Ann Cafarella and Anthony Internicola and his surviving wife, Diane; cherished grandfather of Kevin, Brianna Anderson and Lola Internicola and he is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends celebrated Salvatore’s life by gathering at St. John the Evangelist Church,  Winthrop for a Funeral Mass. All other services were private.

Ann McGrath

Longtime Secretary at Don Bosco Technical High School

Ann M. (Nolan) McGrath of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on July 14.

Ann was a devoted and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She truly dedicated her life to making others happy.  Her love for her family and friends was beyond measure.  She would do anything in her power to make sure her family was well taken care of, happy and loved. She adored her children but she truly enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Holidays were always made special because of her and her door was always open to anyone who wanted to come by or who may need a kind heart to talk to.  She will truly be missed.

She was born and raised in East Boston, before moving to Winthrop with her husband, George to raise their family. They were married for 67 years until her husband’s death in 2017.

She worked for over 25 years as a secretary at Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston alongside her mother and sister.

She was the beloved wife of the late George E. McGrath Sr., loving mother of Annie McGrath Cheney, Patricia J. McGrath, Mary E. Hogan and her husband, David, all of Winthrop, the late Douglas McGrath and his surviving wife, Cheryl of Saugus, George E. McGrath Jr. and his surviving wife, Jane of Winthrop; mother-in-law of Lois McGrath of Revere; devoted grandmother of Joshua Carpenter, Kim McGrath Johnson, George McGrath III, Jason McGrath, Nikki McGrath, Ryan Cheney, Makayla McGrath, Dougie McGrath, Jr., Shane McGrath and Mackenzie McGrath, Kaitlyn Mahoney and Eddie Mahoney; sister of Elizabeth McNabb of Florida, Francis P. Nolan of Peabody and the late Rev. William Nolan, Helen Salsman, Raymond J. Nolan, Mary McArdle and Aaron J. “Spike” Nolan Jr. Ann is also lovingly survived by eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Square] East Boston, on Thursday morning, July 25, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours will be on Wednesday, July 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery at 1:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ann’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St.,

Mark ‘Marty’ Surette

Carpenter for Cataldo Construction

Mark D. “Marty” Surette of Billows St., Winthrop passed away at home on July 11. He was 60 years old. Born in Malden, the beloved son of Rose E. and the late Sylvane G. Surette, he was a resident of Winthrop since 1972, a 1978 graduate of Winthrop High School and a member of the 1976 Division 1 State Hockey Championship Team. He was employed as a carpenter for Cataldo Contracting and was a former member of the Winthrop Yacht Club.

He was the devoted husband of Martina (Quilty) and the dear brother of Kevin Surette of Ipswich and Preston Robichaud of Nova Scotia. He was also the loving uncle of April and Nicole.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, July 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 7 p..m. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St., Danvers MA 01923 or to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in support of Lung Cancer Research at For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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