Obituaries 06-19-2014

William ‘Bill’ Wolfram

Member of Winthrop Elks and Pipefitters Union

William J. “Bill” Wolfram of Boxford, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, passed away on Father’s Day, June 15 surrounded by his loving family. He was 74 years old.

Bill was a member of Local 537 Boston Pipefitters Union, the Winthrop Elks and a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam War.

The cherished son of the late Jennie (Cerserta) and Raymond Wolfram, he was the beloved husband of Elizabeth “Beth” (Frazier) Wolfram of Boxford; loving father of Laura Elizabeth Wolfram of East Boston and Kathryn Mary Wolfram of Boxford and is also survived by many loving sisters and brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family and friends will honor Bill’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere on Friday, June 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning before leaving in procession to St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01830. For guestbook and directions

Joseph ‘Pa’ Conley

Retired Boston Fire Captain

Joseph E. “Pa” Conley of Winthrop, formerly of Hyde Park, passed away on the palliative care unit of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on June 16. He was 93 years old.

Born on March 9, 1921 in Boston, he married the love of his life, who he met in elementary school, the late Helen Virginia (Catarius) Conley.

He was one of the Greatest Generation, serving first in the Massachusetts National Guard Battery “L” 241 1st Coastal Artillery and the 230th Searchlight Army from 1937 to1940 in the defense of Boston Harbor. He then served as a US Army Staff Sergeant for Automotive Operations on Ulithi Atoll of the Carolina Island in the Pacific theater during World War II. He retired as a Captain of the Boston Fire Department’s Engine Company 28. Heenjoyed his retirement with his family and coaching Mark and Richie’s youth sports teams.

Joseph was the son of the late Edward and Mary (McNally) Conley of Providence, RI; the father of Judith Silverman and her late husband, Robert Silverman of Valley Center California, Virginia Conley and her husband, Edwin Holmes of Dedham and Joseph Conley Jr. of West Roxbury; grandfather of Karen O’Leary of California, Richard Boyajian and his wife, Pauline “Chickie” (McLaughlin) of Winthrop and Mark Boyajian and his wife, Alissa (Anagnos) of Walpole; proud great-grandpa to Krystle and Shealagh Boyajian of Winthrop and Christina and Ryan Boyajian of Walpole.

Joseph was one of 12 siblings: the late Mary, Edward “Sonny”, Elizabeth, Leo, William, David and Carol, all ready for his arrival in Heaven and Claire, Robert, Richard and John, all sharing in his loss on Earth. Perhaps most of all he will be missed by his constant canine companions, Buddy and Luna, who are lost without him.

His funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home Inc.. 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop, Friday, June 20, at 9 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. Visiting Hours will be held in the funeral home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to the “Double B’s” Life Skills class for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities at Winthrop High School c/o Winthrop Town Hall 1 Metcalf Sq. Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook and directions, please visit

Richard ‘Richie’ Carroll

Worked in Construction

Richard C. “Richie” Carroll of Winthrop passed into the loving arms of his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 14 at the age of 51, after suffering with a long term illness.

“Richie,” as his loved one’s called him, graduated from Winthrop High School-Class of 1983. He was employed by a construction company in Boston, until his health beset him. In recent years, he relocated to Chelsea . He was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed. We look forward to our reunion with him one day in Heaven.

Born in Winthrop on February 28, 1963, he was the beloved son of Barbara (Heath) Carroll and the late John Carroll of Winthrop. He is also survived by four brothers, two sisters, a brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, an aunt, an uncle, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A one hour visitation for family and friends will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, June 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. His Funeral Service will follow in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, please visit

Janet Cristello

Retail and Real Estate Executive

Janet L. Cristello of Seal Harbor Road, Winthrop passed away at home on June 11 after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, the beloved daughter of the late Lillian (DeRocco) and James Cristello, she graduated from Bedford Hills High School in New York and Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania earning a degree in economic and retail merchandising. She was employed for many years at Macy’s Department Store in New York and later was employed at Kennedy’s Department Store in Hyannis as store manager. After her retirement, she settled in “Winthrop by the Sea” where she became a real estate executive as well as working for the Niles Company at the Village Condominiums in Watertown.
She was predeceased by her sister Gloria and she was the dear friend of David Brown of Bedford Hills, New York.
The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Monday, June 16, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment followed the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook, go

Sean Olson

Oil Burner Technician

Sean J. Olson of Wilshire Street, Winthrop passed away unexpectedly at home on June 11. He was 34 years old.

Born in Malden, the beloved son of Diane E. (Falzarano) and John W. Olson, he was a life long resident of Winthrop and worked as an oil burner technician for many years.
He was the loving father of Sean, Jr., Alexis and Kyle; the dear brother of Leanne Alexander of Hull, Jacqueline Olson and Jason Olson, both of Winthrop, Renee Kirby of Revere, Michelle Olson-Mattera and her husband, Ronald of Winthrop and the late John Olson, Jr. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services were under the direction of the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.
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Roland Fluet

Winthrop Activist, member of Winthrop Town Meeting and former member of Winthrop School Committee; Usher at St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church

Roland N. Fluet of Cottage Avenue, Winthrop passed away at home on June 16 after a brief illness. He was 84 years old.

Born in Leominster, the beloved son of the late Florence (Gilbert) and Albert Fluet, he was honorably discharged as a Corporal from the US Army in 1951 and went on to work in the printing business for A.B. Dick for many years. He was a former member on the Beachmont VFW, Winthrop Town Meeting Member, PTA Past President, PTA Council President, Shore Collaborative, Winthrop School Committee member from 1975 to 1984, Winthrop Special Needs Committee and an usher and lector at the St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church.
He was the devoted husband of Phyllis M. (Pizzolante) and the loving father of Michelle and Renee Fluet, both of Winthrop and the brother in law of Anna Julian and her husband, Al.
His funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop, today, Thursday, June 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Committal will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Viking Pride Foundation, PO Box 37, Winthrop MA 02152. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Donald Tirrell

Worked for Eastern Airlines, Trump Air and US Airways

Donald F. Tirrell of East Boston died on June 14.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the Beachmont V.F.W, ITAM Local 1726 and a past member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club. Donald was a loyal employee of Eastern Airlines for over 34 years as well as five years with Trump Air and US Airways.

He was the beloved husband of Lillian (Picariello)Tirrell; devoted father of Henry Tirrell and his late wife, Sharon of Winthrop, Gary Tirrell and Lynne Barbarisi, both of East Boston; dear brother of James Tirrell and his wife, Patricia of Malden and the late Henry, Charles and John Tirrell, Edith McCormack, Doris Rogers, Elsie Doig and Marie Riley; cherished Papa of Jessica Pumphret, Cory and Derek Tirrell, Gabriella and Carina Babbarisi, adored Great Papa of Ava and Joseph Pumphret. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Donald by gathering on Saturday morning, June 21 in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St Joseph St Lazarus Church for a Memorial Mass at 12 Noon. In honor of Mr. Tirrell and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cross Road Shelter, 56 Havre St., East Boston 02128 or Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Suite 202, Cambridge 02140. For more information, please

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