Obituaries 05-05-2022

Janet Louise Rand

Devoted Wife, Loving and Caring Mother and Nana

Janet Louise (McIlroy) Rand, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away peacefully surrounded by her three loving daughters and husband on April 30. She was 76 years young.

Janet was the beloved wife of Gerald C. Rand, mother of loving daughters: Kimberly J. Rand and her partner, Andy Toohey, Shannon L. and her husband, Sean Watson and Stacy L. Rand and her partner, Joe Frasso; loving grandchildren, her pride and joy, Emma Louise Watson and John Richard Watson. She also left behind her little sister, Maureen L. Nickerson and her husband, Nick and her big brother, Larry B. McIlroy, his children: Julie, Rachel, Todd, Jeff, Caitlin and Dion, her sister in law, Jean Barry and her husband, Rich, their late daughter, Kelley and two sons, Ricky Barry of Winthrop and Dave Barry of Colorado; sister in law, June Rand and late husband, Bill Rand and their late son, Stephen Rand and their children: Karen of Oregon, Kenny, Bobby and Billy and his children, Jake and the late Benjamin of Connecticut;  prior deceased Mother, E. Louise McIlroy, Mother in law, Kathleen Rand and brothers, Butch and Skip McIlroy and Skip’s children :David, Kathy, Patty, Debbie and Jamie. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, May 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the First Church of Winthrop United Methodist, 217 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. The Celebration of Life will be at the Elks lodge in Winthrop directly after the services.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

Donna Dunbar

Member of Winthrop Elks and Volunteer Yacht Club

Donna B. Dunbar of Winthrop passed away on May 3. She was 67 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Richard L. and Jean C. (O’Neil) Dunbar, Donna was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and the Volunteer Yacht Club. She enjoyed gardening, walking, artistry and boating.  Donna loved the ocean and growing up in Winthrop surrounded by its beautiful seascapes.

She was the devoted mother of Sunny D. Austin of Manchester, NH, the adored grandmother of Idalis Austin, Jazel German and Kil’yan German and the great-grandmother of Harlo Lane; the dear sister of Dana B. Olivar and her husband, Richard C. of Manchester, NH, Dale R. Dunbar and his wife, Priscilla of Winthrop and the late Debra B. DiGaetano and the loving aunt of Taylor Dunbar, Garret Olivar and the late Dawn DiGaetano. She was the former wife of the late Bruce W. Austin. 

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, May 6 from 9 to11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN. 380105 or to the Viking Pride Foundation Inc., PO Box 520037, Winthrop, MA. 02152. To sign Donna’s guestbook, please visit:

Matthew O’Connell

Retired Typesetter

Matthew D. O’Connell, 62, of Winthrop passed away on April 30.

Born in Winthrop, the cherished son of the late Edmund F. and Mary (MacNeil) O’Connell, prior to his retirement, Matthew worked in the printing industry as a typesetter.

He enjoyed photography and many sporting events. Matthew loved the beach and was often seen walking the beach with his late dog “Frankie.” Matthews’s daughter,

Jennifer was the love of his life and he looked forward to attending all of her softball and basketball games and events.

Matthew was the devoted father of Jennifer E. O’Connell of Dover, NH, the dear brother of Maureen Kilroy and her husband, Bill of South Weymouth and the late Mary A. Miller, Edmund O’Connell Jr, William O’Connell, John O’Connell and his twin, Michael O’Connell. Matthew was the former husband of Bonnie A. (O’Leary) Waylein of Salem, NH and the brother-in-law of John Miller of New Hampshire. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, May 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. To sign Matthew’s guestbook, please visit:

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