Obituaries 11-03-2022

Christine Marathas-DiPerri

Loving and Dedicated Mother, Daughter and Sister

We are sad to announce that Christine Marathas -DiPerri, 63, wife of the late Kenneth DiPerri of Winthrop, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2022 at Advocate Healthcare after a brave battle with cancer. 

Christine was born in Winthrop to Joanne and Arthur Marathas on November 29, 1958. She graduated from Winthrop High School and continued her education at Catherine Gibbs College. She was employed as a legal secretary. 

Christine was a loving and dedicated mother, daughter and sister who had a quiet inner beauty and Christian strength. 

Christine is survived by her daughter, Catherine Diperri, her mother, Joanne Marathas and her sister, Constance Marathas-Gray. 

Rest in God and Christ’s eternal light, love and glory. Till we meet again. 

Joan Griffin

Retired New England Telephone and Verizon Supervisor

Joan L. Griffin of Winthrop passed away on May 7, 2022. She was 86 years old. Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Alice (Cataldo) and Louis Lanzi, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 50 years and worked as a supervisor for New England Telephone and Verizon prior to her retirement.

She was the devoted wife of the late Walter Griffin and the loving mother of Walter Griffin and his wife, Kimberly of Bradford, Louis Griffin and his wife, Karin of Stoneham and James Griffin and his wife, Patricia of Winthrop; the dear sister of the late Lauretta Noe and her late husband, Santo, the late Paul Lanzi and his wife, Cathy and the late Rosemarie Massa and her husband, Robert, the late Louis and his late wife, Barbara and Joseph Lanzi. She is also survived by six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop, on Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 12 Noon. Services will conclude with the interment in Winthrop Cemetery.

For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to

Karen Connolly

She Loved Her Husband, Children and Grandchildren More Than Life Itself

Karen J. (Katsines) Connolly of Winthrop and formerly of Newton, passed away suddenly on October 28. She was 69 years old.

Karen was born in Boston, and was the cherished daughter of the late Peter Katsines and the late Dorothy (Kontopolous) Katsines.

Karen grew up in Newton where she met the love of her life, Arthur Connolly, also of Newton. They were inseparable, like two peas in a pod. Karen studied nursing and worked at the phone company. Many years later, as she and Arthur settled down and raised their four children in Winthrop, she spent her time working at the Winthrop Police Department as the Police Matron. Karen was never more happy and fulfilled than when she spent time with her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Summer trips to the Cape for mini golf, ice cream and sand castles, enjoying dinners out with the family, seeing shows at the theatre and watching her kids and grandkids play sports always brought a smile to Karen’s face. You could often hear her say: “All I want is to have the family together!” She loved her husband, children and grandchildren more than life itself.

Karen was the devoted mother of Kelly J. Connolly and her spouse, Heidi Spurling and Katrina L. Connolly and her partner Kyle Rogoff, all of Newton, Daniel A. Connolly and his wife, Lauren Warmbold Connolly and Thomas P. “Booda” Connolly and his companion, Alana Farmer, all of Winthrop. Karen, affectionately called “Yiayia,” will be deeply missed by her grandsons, Daniel A. Connolly Jr. and Theodore J. Connolly of Winthrop. Karen was the dear sister of Peter Katsines, his late wife, Joan and aunt of Peter, Brian and the late Kimberly Katsines, all of Pepperell. She will be missed by many of the Connolly, Noonan, Maynard, Driscoll and Oliver-Asquith families.

Funeral services were held on November 2 at 10 a.m. at the Hellenic College-Holy Cross Chapel, 50 Goddard Ave., Brookline. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section).

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Karen’s guestbook, please visit:

Maureen Larkin

Longtime Humane Society Volunteer and Graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1960

Maureen E. “Renee” (Lynch) Larkin, 80, of Winthrop passed away at home on October 14 after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Silas and Marion (Rebello) Lynch and her granddaughter, Shannon Kirby. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah (Lynch) Collins and her husband, Christopher of Washington, her son William Larkin of Winthrop, her grandchildren: Meagan Kirby, Liam Kirby and Rebecca Larkin; her sister, Ann (Lynch) Durfee and her husband, George of New Hampton, NH as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Renee graduated from Winthrop High School in 1960 and worked as Billing Specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She loved to knit, especially as gifts to her friends and family, loved animals and was a volunteer for many years at the Humane Society in

Methuen. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop.

Renee loved to spend time with her family and friends and will be greatly missed by many.

A Funeral Mass will be held concurrently with her late granddaughter, Shannon Kirby, in St. Michael the Archangel Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church) 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Saturday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.

Please go directly to church. Interment for Maureen will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to ASPCA in memory of Maureen and Shannon.

Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Maureen’s guestbook, please visit:

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