Obituaries 03-26-2020

Daniel Caplan, MD

Consummate Physician and ‘Mensch’ – ‘ A Prince Among Men’

Dr. Daniel Caplan of Atlanta, Georgia, born in Winthrop in 1937 to Dr. A. Nathan and Goldie Caplan, a pioneer in pediatric gastroenterology specializing in the study and treatment of patients with cystic fibrosis and other GI disorders for fifty years, died  of mesothelioma on March 14, 2020 surrounded by his family including his longtime partner, Connie Buchanan, RNP, daughter, Phyllis Heydurn, sons, Andrew and Lloyd, three grandchildren, and brothers, Hubert and Michael.  A son, Richard predeceased him years ago.

Dan attended Winthrop High School, Brandeis and received an MD with honors from Tufts in 1962.   He held residencies at Boston City Hospital, Boston Floating, and Yale hospitals.

Dan moved with his former wife, Ilene Koretz, and children to Georgia in the late 1960s. There, he served in the US Army Medical Corps and then built his storied career in pediatric gastroenterology in Atlanta, primarily at Emory.

Dan was the consummate physician, always treating his patients and their families with empathy, compassion, skill, and consideration.  He had a keen mind, not only keeping up with medical advances, but reading numerous novels and appreciating music, art, politics, and sports. 

A successful clinical researcher and respected sought after teacher and mentor for many students and colleagues, Dan was above all a “mensch”, a prince among men.  He will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held in Atlanta, Georgia. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Advanced Practice Nurses, Inc., or Reaching Out Foundation, Inc.,

Helen Vitagliano

F.W. Woolworth Retiree

Helen V. Vitagliano of Centerville, formerly of Winthrop, Passed Away on March 11 at the age of 101. 

Helen was the assistant manager and buyer for F.W. Woolworth. She was a member of Catholic Women’s Club of St. John the Evangelist, Winthrop and a Communicant of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Osterville.

Born to Angela and Lawrence Cataldo, she was the wife of the late Anthony and was also preceded in death by her siblings Louis Cataldo and Cecelia Napoli.  She is survived by her daughters Elaine Pyne of Centerville and Jeanne Fisher and her husband, Peter of Scottsdale AZ; grandchildren: Mark and his wife, Melanie of Baltimore, MD and Derek of Bonita Springs, FL; granddaughters: Kirsten and her husband, Masaki of San Pedro, CA and Merika and her husband, Jeremy of Camp Verde, AZ; great grandchildren: Zoe, Jade and Ethan; sisters Beatrice Maw and Loretta Abramo and by many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours at Helen’s request. Helen was astute in every way to the very end.   A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Catholic TV Network, Attn: Bishop Robert Reed, PO Box 9196, Watertown, MA  02471.

For online guestbook please visit: [email protected].

Suzanne Deedy

Retired Nurse at former Winthrop Hospital, Her Family was her Priority

Suzanne P. (Hart)  Deedy of East Boston passed away on March 20 at the age of 83.

Born in Chelsea to Helen (Sullivan) and Peter J. Hart, she spent her formative years in East Boston and most of her adult years in Winthrop. She was the loving wife of Thomas R. Deedy, mother of Kerin Green, Sue Ellen Briggs, Thomas E. Deedy, Conal Deedy and Jane Deedy as well as the devoted sister of Peter J. Hart and Kathleen Kane and sister in law of Patricia Hart.

She was a bright student and obtained a full scholarship to attend Emmanuel College where she graduated with a business degree in 1958. Like many of her generation, she married, had children, and devoted decades to loving, nurturing, and raising her brood. Her family was her priority. She started a second career by becoming a nurse and enjoyed working at Winthrop Hospital until it closed in 1992.

She loved to travel and instilled that love in her children. She had the chance to visit Australia, Alaska, London, Moscow, Sweden, Paris and many other destinations. When she wasn’t traveling, she hosted many exchange students from France, Germany and Japan. She loved the ocean and spending countless days on the water or at Cottage Park Yacht Club.

She also loved a bargain and tried to never miss a yard sale, flea market, or trip to Savers. Her inquisitiveness and curiosity led her to stay informed by reading and watching the news. 

She was loved by all who knew her including her nine grandchildren Patrick Deedy, Priscilla Briggs, Nicholas Briggs, Madeline Green, Michael Deedy, Trevor Deedy, Quinn Deedy, Annika Deedy, Matthew Deedy, and her many nieces and nephews. She will be missed.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  Sue would also ask that you be kind to one another and help your neighbor.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, Ma. For guestbook, please visit:

Anthony Martucci

President of A. Martucci and Sons and the Massachusetts Wholesale Food Terminal and Proprietor of Mutual Beef

President of A. Martucci and Sons and the Massachusetts Wholesale Food Terminal and proprietor of Mutual Beef

Anthony Martucci of Sunnyside Ave., Winthrop passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on March 17. He was 79 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Margherita (Todesco) and Augustino Martucci and a long time resident of Winthrop, he was the proprietor of Mutual Beef in Boston, president of A. Martucci and Sons and President of the Massachusetts Wholesale Food Terminal. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy.

He was the devoted husband of Mary “Minnie” (Ferrara) and the loving father of Gus Martucci and his wife, Susan, Maria Hodgkins and her husband, Kenny, Toni Ann Cherico and her husband, Cory and Anthony Martucci and his wife, Tracey; dear brother of Margherita Lombardi of Pittsfield and Domenic Martucci of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Suzanne and her wife, Shauna, Kenny and his wife, Stephanie, Andrea, Luke, Noah, Cory, Augustino, Mia and Talia.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. Committal was private. Memorial donations may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers at To sign the online guestbook go to

Eleanor Swartz

Formerly of Winthrop

Eleanor (Cadigan) Swartz was born in Winthrop to Anna Marie and John F. Cadigan, Sr. on June 1, 1936.  She attended school at Sacred Heart Catholic School in East Boston and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1954.

She worked as a telephone supervisor for the New England Telephone Company.  After relocating to Florida, she attended nursing school and worked in the nursing field doing private duty for years in Boca Raton.

Retiring early, she enjoyed traveling with her daughters in their plant business. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and crocheting, traveling, boating and and enjoying outdoors in the sun. Some of her favorite summers were spent at the New Hampshire cottage enjoying family and friends.  Most of all, she loved church events, Bible Studies and was a prayer warrior.  Eleanor loved to laugh and was personable, gentle and affectionate.

She is survived by her cherished daughters Judy Doyle (Tim), Rona Swartz and Jo-El Swartz; her beloved, sisters Helen Cadigan, Patricia Cadigan, Mary Hodgkins and her sister-in-law, Joan Cadigan; adoring grandchildren: Timmy Doyle (Cara), Danny Doyle (Pam), Christy Doyle (Chad), Joshua Duff, Sean Hunter, Derek Hunter and Kimberly Polsonetti; sweet great-grandchildren, Jonathan Hunter, Michael Hunter, Weston Doyle and Evelyn Doyle and dear nieces Lisa Ferrecchia (Scott), Susan DeBoth and Karen Hodgkins.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her mother and father, Anna and John F. Cadigan, Sr., her sister, Ann Marie Cadigan, brother, Attorney John F. Cadigan, Jr.; daughter, Pamela Joy Davis and great-grandson, Carson Doyle.

A private service was held on March 20, at Calvary Chapel, 2401 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, Florida with entombment at the Boca Raton Mausoleum, 451 SW 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida.

Eleanor will be fondly missed.  Many treasures of loving memories will be forever in our hearts.

Loretta Helen Giuffre

Of Orient Heights East Boston

Loretta Helen (Venturelli) Giuffre of Orient Heights, East Boston passed away on March 19 at the age of 86.

The cherished daughter of the late Amedeo and Phelamina (Ciampa) Venturelli, she was the beloved wife of the late Frank Giuffre, loving mother of Rachel Giuffre of Florida, Lisa DiGenio and her husband. George of Saugus, Francine Leone of East Boston and Joseph Giuffre and his wife, Nancy of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Rebekah, Christopher, Jacqueline, Anthony, Nicholas, John, Michael, Alexa, David, Gabriella and Joey and great grandmother of Amedeo “AJ.” Loretta was predeceased by her six sisters and three brothers. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Adhering to the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC, funeral services will be private. Friends are encouraged to leave condolences for the family at A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. At the family’s request, please omit flowers. Donations may be made in Loretta’s name to WINARC at P.O. Box 520240, Winthrop, MA  02152. For additional information, Vazza Funeral Home, Revere  781-284-1127.

Elizabeth Brugman

NE Telephone Retiree

Elizabeth A. Brugman of Overlook Drive, Winthrop passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere on March 15. She was 98 years old.

Born in Charlestown, the beloved daughter of the late Elizabeth A. (Deary) and James Heffernan, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 60 years. Mrs. Brugman was employed as a telephone operator for New England Telephone for over 35 years. She was also a member of the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club, the Winthrop Emblem Club and the Telephone Pioneers.

The devoted wife of the late John Brugman, she was the loving mother of Jack Brugman and his wife, Patty of Winthrop, dear sister of the late Rita Kerrigan, James Heffernan and John Heffernan and cherished grandmother of Connor Brugman.

Funeral services and interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery were private.

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Jeanne Camacho

Almy’s Dept. Store Retiree

Jeanne M. (Doherty) Camacho, of Winthrop passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on March 18. She was 94 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Paul J. Camacho, she was born and raised in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Charles E. and Marion (Cousins) Doherty.

Jeanne was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1943. In 1948, she married her beloved husband Paul. Prior to her retirement, she was a long time employee and head of the sales department at the former Almy’s Department Store.

Jeanne was the devoted mother of Paul Camacho and his wife, Kathryn of Sewickley, PA. and Janet Magee and her husband, George of Winthrop;  the adored grandmother of Sean, Lisa, Alyson, Christie and Paul; great-grandmother of Corey, Brianna, Bobby, Amelia, Kailey, Joshua, Benjamin, Madison, Julia, Mavron, Travis and Hailey and the great-great grandmother of Logan, Brynnliegh and Maverick. She was the dear sister of the late Marilyn L. Costigan, Barbara Iannelli and Charles and Robert Doherty. Jeanne is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In accordance with C.D.C., the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and the Archdiocese of Boston guidelines on large gatherings, her funeral and burial service will be private. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Donations in her name can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA. 02152. To celebrate and honor Jeanne’s life during this emergency crisis, please feel free to send a card to the family or funeral home, leave a message of condolence on our website, or send a donation to honor Jeanne. Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to her family. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

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