Obituaries 05-21-2020

Leila Celona

Retired Seamstress

Leila (Marabello) Celona, a lifelong resident of East Boston, died on May, 15 at the age of 100.

Leila was employed as a seamstress in the clothing industry for Philips Sportswear in East Boston before her retirement in 1982.

The devoted wife of the late Stephen “Steve” Celona Sr., with whom she shared 64 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Nunzio “Nunny” Celona and his wife. Geraldine of Wakefield, Josephine Pullo and her husband, Dave of Tewksbury and Stephen Celona Jr. of Winthrop, cherished grandmother of four and great grandmother of six.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, services will be held private for the imitate family. Messages of condolence can be placed on our memory wall.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. For online guestbook, visit:

Charles Francis Ryan

A Man Who Loved the Sea and All Things Nautical

Charles Francis “Charlie” Ryan, a resident of 6 Undine Avenue, Winthrop since 1982,  passed away peacefully on April 26 with his son by his side.   Charlie was 89 years old. 

Charlie grew up in Somerville and Arlington.  He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Boston University.  He was a U.S. Navy officer during the Korean War and later worked as a computer salesman.

Charlie loved the sea and all things nautical.  Throughout his life he cruised and fished Boston Harbor with his brother and later with his son.  He was an avid wooden ship model maker which he would research and build entirely from scratch, starting only with the ship’s plans.  He could also make beautiful, intricate ships in a bottle. 

He was a voracious reader of maritime history as well and loved to recount historical anecdotes and events from his wealth of knowledge. 

For years he volunteered his nautical and boat-building expertise at the Salem Maritime National Park.  He also spent twenty years as a volunteer companion to patients at the Veterans Administration Boston Healthcare System.

He will be deeply missed by his family. He was the devoted father of Charles K. Ryan and Jean Ryan and loving grandfather of Charlotte, Annelise and Elizabeth Ryan.  Charlie was the son of the late Charles F. Ryan, Sr. and Mary Ryan. He  was also predeceased by his sister, Marguerite Howard and brother, Paul Ryan.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances of the Covid-19 crisis private funeral services have been held. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

Betty Ruth Schresky

She Could Light up a Room with Her Smile

Betty Ruth (Beal) Schresky, 94, passed away on Monday, May 18 due to complications of the Covid-19 virus.

She was a lifelong resident of Winthrop where she met and married the love of her life, the late Bernie Schresky. They spent 72 years together and were always known as “Betty & Bernie” wherever they went.

She had many interests such as needlepoint, mahjong, knitting and bingo at Temple Tifereth Israel in Winthrop for many years. She enjoyed socializing with her friends in town and at the Fort Heath Apts., where she spent her later years.

She was a loving mother to Ruth (Schresky) Mickelson and Debra Schresky Hallahan as well as her sons-in-law, the late David Mickelson and Michael Hallahan. She especially adored her grandchildren, Richard Hallahan, James Hallahan and the late Aileen Hallahan. They were the light of her life. She also leaves behind a sister, Doris Greenstein and many nieces and nephews.

Betty could light up a room with her smile and she will be sorely missed by all.

Funeral services are entrusted to the care of Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. A private burial service will take place. Contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising Fashion Education Foundation- Please visit for guestbook.

Ann Metivier

Of Winthrop and East Cambridge

Ann M. Metivier, 67, of East Cambridge and Winthrop, died peacefully at home on May 9 after a long illness.

Ann was born in East Cambridge on July 5, 1952, the beloved daughter of the late Joseph G. Metivier, Sr. and Eleanor (Field) Metivier. Left to cherish her memory are her sister, Kathryn Metivier Dines, her husband William of East Cambridge, their son, Will Eliot Dines, Will’s wife, Fannie Lau Dines and their children, Lincoln and Eva of Malden; her brothers, Joseph G. Metivier, Jr. and his wife, Paula (Shute) of Medford and their children Nancy, Nancy’s husband, Tony Falco and their children, Cecilia, Joey and Jack of Hanover, Michael Metivier, Michael’s husband, Kevin Luczkow and their daughter, Madeline Eleanor Luczkow of Hingham, Daniel Metivier of East Cambridge, Thomas Metivier and his wife, Dorothy Wedge Metivier and their daughter, Brooke Metivier of Somerville and her devoted sister and best friend Bonnie Tieuli of Winthrop. Some people come into our lives and quietly go, some people come and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same because of it. Given these extraordinary times, services were held privately. For guest book please visit

Cara Huberman

An Incredibly Talented Woman Who Lived Life to the Fullest

Cara T. Huberman, 53, of Winthrop, formerly of Saugus, after a long battle with COVID 19, she succumbed to the virus and entered into eternal rest on May 9.

Cara graduated from Saugus High School in 1985, went on to earn her B.S. in fashion design from the Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science and an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University. She was incredibly talented at everything she did.

Cara loved traveling, the arts, cooking, rock concerts and, of course, her friends and family.

She lived life to the fullest. May she be free from suffering and rest in peace and take comfort in knowing how loved Sam will be.

She was the beloved mother of Sam McSweeney,  the dear daughter of Susan (Cohen) and Allan Huberman, loving sister of Dana Huberman (Grace Induni) and Nina Huberman (Howard Stein); adoring aunt of Annabella, Brady and Robyn; devoted partner of Fran Sweeney and former daughter-in-law of Linda and Bill McSweeney. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Libbie and Samuel Huberman and Lillian and Edward Rosenwald.

Due to Social Distancing restrictions, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to The Samuel McSweeney College Fund at Citizens Bank, 35

Putnam Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.

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