Obituaries 03-04-2021

Virginia Wallace

Retired Mass. State Tax Auditor

Virginia F. (Morris) Wallace, 93, of Winthrop passed away on February 23.

Virginia was the beloved wife of the late Arthur H. Wallace. Born in Keene, N.H., she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Helen S. (Hayward) Morris.

Prior to her retirement, Virginia was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a tax auditor. She was a member of the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Virginia was an active parishioner of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop and was also a member of the church choir.

She was the devoted mother of Stephen J. Wallace and his wife, Kathy of Winthrop, Robin A. Dix and her husband, Chuck of Fayetteville, GA, James F. Wallace and his wife, Idelma of Winthrop, Jodi Burnham and her husband, Jonathan of Sutton, N.H. and Jan S. Wallace of Derry, N.H.; the adored grandmother of Elizabeth, Anne, Joseph, Julia, Katie, Jana, Matt, Corinna, Harry, Ian and Morgan and the loving great-grandmother of nine and the dear sister of the late Theodore Kaiser and John Morris. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be private and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held when it is safe to do so. Donations in her memory can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association/Massachusetts Chapter, 72 East Concord St. Room C3, Boston, MA. 02118. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. To sign Virginia’s guestbook, please visit:

Virginia ‘Ginger’ Skoczylas

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Virginia “Ginger” (Ruggiero) Skoczylas, 78, of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 27.

She was the devoted mother of Joseph Skoczylas and his wife, Michele (Pittman) of Winthrop and cherished grandmother of Joseph Robert, Michael Carmen and Ryan James Skoczylas, all of Winthrop; dear sister of Lois Bartolomi and her husband, Tony and the late Francine D’Andrea. 

Family and friends will honor Virginia’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Saturday, March 6 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral procession to St. John the Evangelist Church Winthrop St., Winthrop for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Virginia’s life. Services will conclude with Virginia being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery. Flowers appreciated or memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Frank Michael Guidara

US Air Force Retiree

Frank Michael Guidara of Atlantic St., Winthrop passed away peacefully after a long illness on Monday, February 15. He was 86 years old.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Frank resided in Leominster before moving to Winthrop.

While Frank was attending Reading Central High School, he helped his dad run the family business at the B&G Grocery Store in Pennsylvania. Upon graduation in 1952 he joined the U.S. Air Force earning the rank of Air Traffic Controller serving his country for a 21 year proud career, Upon his retirement from active duty in 1974, he went on to work in the Fitchburg Post Office serving as a manager.

Frank was an avid bowler with a passion for Bocci and enjoyed a good golf game. His singing career was with the Leominster International Veterans Chorus Group founded in 2002 under the direction of Donna Allard. He enjoyed singing the music and networking with other veterans.

Frank served as Lodge President of the Order of Sons of Italy in both the Leominster and Fitchburg lodges before going on to be elected to serve as State Trustee in District 2. A devoted member of St. Leo’s Church in Leominster, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and active supporter.

The cherished son of the late Anna Mae (Vanluvener) and Michael Guidara, he was the loving father of Robert Guidara and his wife, Taymy and the late Michael Guidara; devoted “Nono” to Jennifer, Evonne, Giana, Christopher, Matthew, Grace Ann and Aiden; loving brother of Catherine Coldren, Marylou Faller and the late Carmela Ann Guidara. Frank was married to the late Pearl (DiGeronimo) and he is the devoted husband of Florence (Ferullo) of Winthrop and her son, Douglas Kane and his wife, Christine. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, February 22, 2021 followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services were concluded with military honors in the St. Leo’s Cemetery. Leominster.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charitable and Educational Trust, 93 Concord Ave., Belmont MA 02478 Attn: Frank Guidara Scholarship or to the St. John the Evangelist Church in support of the St. Michael the Archangel Statue Project, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop MA 02152.

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