Obituaries 06-25-2020

Charles Lee Carter Jr.

A Familiar Face in Winthrop

Charles Lee “Chubba” Carter Jr, of Winthrop passed away on April 22. He was 81 years old. Born in Winthrop, the son of the late Charles L. and Mildred (Duggan) Carter Sr., Chubba was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1955 to 1958 and attaining the rank of Sergeant before his discharge.

He was employed for several companies throughout his life – he was a Correction Officer at the Deer Island, Suffolk County House of Correction and was employed by Bethlehem Steel and finally at Boston Coach as a chauffeur.

Chubba could be seen throughout the Town of Winthrop visiting the various coffee shops and drug stores on a daily basis. He enjoyed spending time at the Winthrop Public Landing looking out at the ocean and watching the boats enter and exit the harbor.

Charles is survived by his siblings: John Carter and his wife, Margaret of Palm Bay, FL, Nancy Cohen and her husband, Kenneth of West Palm, FL, Robert Carter and his wife, Janice of Revere and Fred Carter and his wife, Christine of Salem, NH. He is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held in the Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St. Section), on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. To sign Chubba’s guestbook, please visit 

Thomas Michael Burke

Of Revere

Thomas Michael Burke of Revere died on June 20 at the age of 69. 

Thomas was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. 

Born in Boston on January 27, 1951 to the late James Burke and Virginia Mary (Barry) Mantica, he was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (O’Neil), dear brother of Loretta Adreani and her husband, Raymond of Winthrop and the late Steven J. Burke; adored uncle of Melissa and Raychel Adreani. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Thursday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A private interment will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St #2601, Boston, MA 02108. For guest book please visit

Frances Minichello

Past Exalted Ruler and HLM of Winthrop Lodge of Elks and 47-Year Employee of Blue Cross Blue Shielf of Massachusetts

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere on Saturday, June 20 for Frances M. (Hickey) Minichello, 73, who was stricken at her home and later passed at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

A current resident of Swampscott, Fran was a native of Boston and a resident of East Boston for over 65 years. She was educated in St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School and was a graduate of the Fitton School, Class of 1964. Fran then attended Emanuel College and Boston State College.

She began an exceptionally long and rewarding career with Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Massachusetts that spanned 47 years. Her hardworking and diligent personality allowed her to rise to the title of Provider Relations Manager. Fran took such pride in anything she did.

She was married to her one and only true love, William R. Minichello on June 10, 1979 and they just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary together.

She was the very proud mother of her only son, Andrew. Fran was devoted to her family and to anything she believed in.

Both she and her husband were active in the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. Fran was the Past Exalted Ruler (P.E.R.), Past District Deputy (P.D.D.) State Chairman of the Elks National Foundation and an Honorary Lifetime Member (H.L.M.). She was also the past President of the Association of the Notre Dame Alumni. Fran was committed to these causes because of her strong convictions and her belief to make a difference.

Wherever she went, she made friendships that lasted a lifetime. She remained close to her childhood friends, classmates, work colleagues and her brother and sister Elks throughout the country. Her small stature and bright smile was nothing compared to her enormous heart and unwavering love for life and family.

The beloved wife of 41 years to William R. Minichello of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, she was the loving and proud mother of Boston Police Sergeant Andrew J. Minichello and his wife, Maria of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Matthew Daniel; dear sister of Evelyn M. “Lynn” Wilson and her husband, R. Lee of New Hampshire, James A. Hickey and his wife, Nancy of Virginia and the late George B. Hickey, Jr. and his surviving wife, Ann Hickey of New Hampshire; devoted daughter of the late Ret. Boston Fire Captain George B. Hickey, Sr. and Evelyn M. (Crotty) Hickey. She is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, four godchildren, lifelong friends, extended family and colleagues. Remembrances may be made to the Elks National Foundation c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191Washington Ave., Winthrop, MA 02152 or Mass State Elk’s Scholarship Fund, c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191 Washington Ave. Winthrop, MA 02152. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Florence Santiano

Former Owner of Katie’s in Winthrop

Funeral services and Interment were held privately due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic for Florence K. (Rich) Santiano who died after a brief illness, in the comfort and presence of her loving family at her Beachmont residence at the proud age of 97 on June 16th, just one week shy of her 98th birthday.

Florence was born in Boston and raised in Winthrop. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School and was married for 70 years to the love of her life and best friend, Dominic Santiano. Together, she and her husband raised their two daughters in the Beachmont section of Revere.

Florence was a proud wife and mother and later a grandmother. Her family was paramount in her life and she treasured many family gatherings in her home. Florence was a woman with great creativity who had an eye for design. She was the proud owner of “Katie’s,” a children’s boutique in Winthrop. Florence operated the store for over 38 years, retiring at the age of 95.

Florence also had a gift shop prior to Katie’s and she sometimes helped her husband operate his business. Choosing to work into her nineties allowed her the opportunity to make many friendships and fond memories at her shop, “Katie’s.”

Florence developed a love of the ocean since she was 7 years old. She built historically correct ship models, most notably, “The Shamrock.” She would competitively race them and won often, always beating the boys. She also received fan letters from far away, such as from London and Cuba. Florence will be remembered as a kind and loving person, who took the time to listen and cared for all of her family and friends. Her humble and quiet demeanor was simply her true self.

The devoted wife of the late Dominic Santiano, she was the loving mother of Kathleen V. Santiano amd Deborah Santiano – McHatton and her husband, William A. McHatton, all of Revere; proud and cherished grandmother of Katherine A. Santiano – McHatton and Theresa F. Santiano – McHatton. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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