Obituaries 03-26-09

Regina Brenner, 50
WGBH employee, active in Winthrop Community and St. John’s Episcopal Church

Regina Brenner of Crest Avenue, Winthrop, died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on March 21. She was 50 years old.

Born in Oak Bluffs, she was the beloved daughter of the late Jean (Chapman) and Louis Trebby. She was raised on Martha’s Vineyard, later moving to Winthrop where she lived the past 23 years.

For the past 10 years, she was employed by WGBH as a unit manager. Active in community affairs, she was a member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, Winthrop High School PTO, and the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Society. She was most active with St. John’s Episcopal Church in Winthrop, where she was a member of the Altar Guild, the Liturgical Committee, the choir, the ECW (Episcopal Church Women), and was a former member of the Vestry. She also served as a sub-deacon of the parish.

She was the beloved wife of 21 years of Lawrence “Larry” Brenner and the loving mother of Samuel Brenner of Winthrop; the sister of Bettina Trebby-Preston of Hillsborough, NH, Maria Trebby of Nantucket, Carla Metell of Melrose, Robert Trebby of Charlestown, Julia Fernandez of Gilbert, Ariz. and Thomas Trebby of Vineyard Haven.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop, on Thursday (today), March 26, at 9 a.m., followed by funeral services in St. John Episcopal Church (corner of Bowdoin and Buchanan streets), Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to either St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop MA 02152 or the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop MA 02152. To sign her online guestbook, go to

Garrett Murphy, 80

Retired Marine Division Boston Firefighter

Garrett J. Murphy, who was retired from the Boston Fire Department Marine Division of Charlestown, died on March 22. He was 80 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of 36 years of the late Elizabeth C. (McGeoghegan) Murphy; devoted father of Christine Brems of Dracut, Eileen Murphy of Winthrop, Mary Capistran and her husband, Joseph, of Wakefield and Patrick Murphy and his wife, May, of Charlestown; loving grandfather of Kristen and Steven V. Poole, Patrice and Kaitlyn Brems, Ashley, Mary-Frances and Garrett Murphy, Caroline and Colleen Capistran; beloved brother of Walter Murphy of Belmont, Rosemarie Murphy and Beatrice Mellow, both of Hull, Robert Murphy of Braintree, the late Francis X. Murphy, Adelaide Indresano and Doris Murphy.

His funeral will be held from the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations to The Salvation Army, 147 Berkley St., Boston, MA 02116. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence, please visit

Robert Carlson, 85

Retired salesman, member of VFW and American Legion

Robert W. Carlson of Corinha Beach Road, Winthrop, died at home, after a brief illness, on March 19. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Carl and Ellen Carlson and was a resident of Winthrop for over 59 years.

Mr. Carlson was a proud member of the US Army during World War II, serving in China and Burma. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon Medal and the Victory Medal. He was discharged as a T/sgt. After the war, Mr. Carlson was employed as a paper salesman for the Matthew’s Company for many years. He also was a parts deliveryman for Gem Auto Parts in East Boston.

He was a member of VFW and the American Legion. Mr. Carlson was often present during Veteran’s Day and Flag Day events in town and was most recently pictured in the Winthrop Transcript during the last Flag Day parade.

He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Bradley) and the cherished uncle and granduncle to more than 100. He is also survived by his dearest friend and caregiver, Theresa Herbert, of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to either the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop MA 02152 or the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop MA 02152. To sign his online guestbook, go to

Florence Merlino

Belmont resident

Florence G. Merlino of Belmont died on March 20.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Gaetano and Grace (Mazzeo) Merlino; dear sister of Frances and her husband, Richard Russo, of Belmont, James and his wife, Mary (Blundo) Merlino, of Winthrop and the late Josephine Hannigan and Gertrude Merlino; dear friend of over 50 years to the late Robert W. Jones. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Brasco and Sons Memorial, 325 Trapelo Road, Belmont. Burial was in Belmont Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the Fr. Marquardt Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 489, Belmont, MA 02478. Additional information is available at

Willard Iverson, 87

Flew on B-24 bombers during World War II

Willard “Will” Iverson, of Wakefield, died on March 19. He would have been 88 years old in May.

A native of Winthrop, he was a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying as a flight engineer on B-24 Liberator bombers.

He was the son of the late Ingvald and Anna Iversen; brother of the late Roy Iverson and the late Gunhilda Sullivan; husband of the late Maxine; and is survived by his sister, Ruth Terry; his daughter, Linell, and her husband, Michael Nester, of Saudi Arabia; his son, Brad, and his wife, Kathy Iversen, of St. Louis, Mo.; and his surviving grandchildren, Alexander D’Angelo, BC and Taylor Iversen, and Hayden Nester. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on April 18 at 11 a.m. at the First Parish Congregational Church, One Church St., Wakefield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148.

Marjorie Moore, 74

Bookkeeper, office worker

Marjorie A. (Wrightson) Moore of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop, died unexpectedly on March 20 at Lahey Clinic in Peabody. She was 74 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Reginald J. and Margaret A. (McCarthy) Wrightson.

She was raised and educated in Winthrop and was a graduate of Winthrop High School. Mrs. Moore was the bookkeeper at Stoneham Animal Hospital for many years and also worked in the office at Pilgrim Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody.

A longtime resident of Peabody, she enjoyed cruise ship excursions and spending time with her beloved children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed her job at the animal hospital and touched many lives at both her positions.

She is survived by her daughter, Jo-Ann L. Bartlett and her husband, Rhett, of Concord, NH; her son, John W. Moore of Jackson Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Christopher, Kailey and Justin; her sister, Lois M. diModica, and her husband, Michael, of Groveland and a sister-in-law, Dorothy M. Wrightson of Gloucester.

Funeral arrangements were by the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Danvers. Burial was private.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For her online guestbook, visit

Barbara Messenger, 85

Retired Manager of Gibbs Oil

Barbara (Morecroft) Messenger, a Revere native and a resident of Everett for 18 years, died on March 19 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 85 years old.

Born in Revere, she was a 1941 graduate of Revere High School. She worked as a clerk for Filene’s of Boston before beginning a 15-year career as manager with Gibbs Oil Co., retiring in 1989.

She was the wife of the late Charles C. Messenger Sr., who died in May 1976; devoted mother of Charles C. Messenger Jr. of Winthrop, Marilyn A. Evans of Everett and her husband Bernard C. Evans (former P.E.R. of the Revere Lodge of Elks), Richard L. Messenger and his wife, Nancy, of Malden; dear sister of Norma Doyle of Burlington, Beatrice Fitzgerald of Hampton, NH, and the late George and Clifford Morecroft and Lillian Stone. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass Elks Scholarship Fund, Inc., 63 Baystate Road, Lynnfield MA 01940.

Joseph Ford, 49

Of Woburn, formerly of Winthrop

Joseph E. Ford of Woburn, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on March 16. He was 49 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Lorrie E. (Cameron) Ford; devoted father of William, Mary Ann, Michael, and Joseph, all of Woburn; loving son of Maureen M. Ford of Winthrop and the late Donald F. Ford; dear brother of Kathleen Doherty, Daniel and Christopher Ford, and Elizabeth Donovan, all of Winthrop, Maureen Thomsen of Swampscott, and Mary Ellen Cipolle of Beverly; son-in-law of Lorraine Cameron of Arlington and the late Frederick Cameron. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Charles School, 8 Myrtle St., Woburn, MA 01801. Hos online obituary and guest book are at

Richard Vivolo, 67

Winthrop teacher

Richard Vivolo of Lincoln Street, Winthrop, died at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on March 12, after a brief illness. He was 67 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Anne (Leavey) and Placido Vivolo.

A native of the West End of Boston, he lived in Somerville and East Boston before moving to Winthrop 36 years ago. He was a graduate of Boston Tech and Fitchburg State College and became a shop teacher in Winthrop High School and the Winthrop Middle School.

He was the beloved husband of 35 years of Deborah (Blake) and the loving father of Christine Dzedulionis and her husband, Ben, of Salem and Richard B. Vivolo of Boston; brother of Elizabeth Ciliberto of Salem and Bernard Vivolo and his wife, Katherine, of Hudson and the cherished grandfather of Lia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop MA 02152 or to the charity of one’s choice. To sign his online guestbook, go to

Eugene O’Shea

Bartender and Mass. State House Document Room retiree

Eugene F. O’Shea of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on March 18.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Mr. O’Shea, who retired from the Document Room at the Massachusetts State House after 30 years of service, continued to hold court at the Littlest Bar, where he was a bartender for 30 years.

He was the devoted father of Jeanne McLaughlin and her husband, Robert, of Acton, Laura O’Shea of Virginia, Jim O’Shea and his wife, Janet, of Bolton; dear brother of Alice Kelly and her husband, George, of Winthrop and the late Joseph O’Shea; and the cherished grandfather of Robert and Erin McLaughlin, James, Katherine, William and Charlotte O’Shea/ He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was the husband of the late Marie (Mucci) O’Shea.

Burial with military honors was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Because his granddaughter, Charlotte, was treated at the Jimmy Fund, in lieu of flowers contributions in his honor may be made to “Cure ATRT Now” Fund in care of Dr Susan Chi, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St. SW331, Boston MA 02118 . For more information or to send the O’Shea family an online condolence, please visit:

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