Obituaries 10-25-2012

James O’Malley and Ella Haney O’Malley

A 66 Year Love Story
James O’Malley, 92 and his wife Ella, 89, both of Pittsfield, died on October 11 and October 17 after long illnesses surrounded by loving family members who included Nancy O’Malley and Beth O’Malley, both of Winthrop, son-in-law Douglas Bell and granddaughter Polina Bell.

After serving in the US Air Force during World War II, Mr. O’Malley ran a business and worked as a van driver for Hillcrest Hospital after retirement.
Throughout his life he created works of art in oil and pen and ink, scenes depicting the beauty of the Berkshires and historic buildings in the area.

Mrs. O’Malley was an executive secretary to the Superintendents of Schools of the Pittsfield School Department for many years. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and after her retirement relished the time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Both enjoyed many visits to Winthrop through the years, delighting in the ocean views, warm community feeling and especially breakfast at Hi Tide Restaurant.

In addition to the family members mentioned above, the couple is survived by Matthew Ohlson of St. Augustine, Florida and Elsa O’Malley of Alachua, Florida, both formerly of Winthrop and by their great grandsons Gabriel, Brady, and Nathaniel Ohlson.

A Mass for the O’Malleys was held at Sacred Heart Church in Pittsfield. The family asks that memorial donations be made to Hospice Care of the Berkshires.

Edna Kennedy

Retired Suffolk Superior Court Stenographer

Edna Kennedy, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away recently at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea. She was 76 years old.

Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late James J. and Elsie Kennedy and sister of Arthur Kennedy, in her lifetime, she enjoyed traveling and made several trips to the Hawaiian Islands and Bermuda. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, and was an animal lover.

She was a retired court stenographer for the Suffolk Superior Court and according to Judge Michael P. Joyce, was “the most professional and competent court stenographer that he can recall working with.”

She is survived by her beloved cocker spaniel, Teddy (Kennedy), by her dear friends Mike and Betsy Gahan, Sarajane Wessinger and Hatch Brown, and by many loving neighbors, both human and canine.
Her funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will follow the Mass in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to NEADS, P.O. Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583, an organization that trains assistance dogs for the disabled or go to For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to

Barbara Katz

Florida Resident

Barbara (Wolf) Katz of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Boston, died on October 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Morris Katz; devoted mother of Barry W. Katz and his wife, Mindy of Milford and Bruce H. Katz and his wife, Sandi of Parkland, Florida; cherished grandmother of Scott and Megan, Rachel and Jesse and Michelle and Evan; proud great-grandmother of Mason and Jackson and is also survived by many brothers and sisters-in-law and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was the sister of the late Shirley Richmond.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Brookline. Burial was at Independent Workmen’s Circle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave., W. Palm Beach, FL 33407.

East Boston Resident

Ann (Severino) Marckini of East Boston died on October 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Marckini; loving mother of Cheryl Mack and her husband, William of Winthrop, Debbie Jones and her husband, Russell of Revere and Denise Gillespie of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Alicia, John, Willie, Janelle, Sophie and Stephanie; great-grandmother of Ava; dear sister of Arthur “Sonny” Severino and his wife, Joan of Revere, Corinne Ciulla of Taunton, the late Anthony Severino, Richard Severino, and Sandra Tontondonato and the dear niece of Josie Chianca of East Boston and Flo Busheme of Revere. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences

Frances Mannix

Of Dorchester, formerly of Winthrop

Frances C. (Collins) Mannix of Dorchester, formerly of Winthrop, died on October 16. She was 94 years old.

A retired employee of O’Donovan & Hutton Associates, Boston, she was the beloved wife of the late James J. Mannix; devoted mother of Kevin J. and his wife, Maureen of West Roxbury, Robert D. and his wife, Camie of Concord, Dennis R. Mannix and his wife, Maureen of Quincy, Marjorie E. Fields of Hamilton, Ohio, Karen E. O’Donohue and her husband, Thomas of No. Andover and Julie M. Geary and her husband, John of Newton; sister of the late Elsie King, Robert Collins and Janet Baxter; loving grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, Milton. Special thanks to the Eventide Home and the staff of Brookside 2. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Catholic TV Center, 34 Chestnut St., Box 9196, Watertown, 02471.

Phyllis Bennett

Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Phyllis A. (Steinberg) Bennett of Agoura Hills, California, formerly of Winthrop, died on October 16.

She was the beloved wife of Alan Bennett for 38 years, loving mother of Jody Bennett of Studio City, CA and Adam and his wife, Jennifer Bennett of New York City; cherished daughter of Harry Steinberg of Quincy, formerly of Winthrop and the late Mildred (Goldenberg) Steinberg; dear sister of Elliot Steinberg and his fiancée, Mona Krozy of Needham and Marty Steinberg and his wife, Michelle of Sammamish, WA.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Levine Chapels, Brookline. Burial was in the Lebanon Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Phyllis Bennett Student Book Scholarship, (making checks payable to “California Readers”) Box 33225, Granada Hills, CA 91394.

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