Obituaries 06-26-2014

Mary Schmidt

Former President of Winthrop Mothers Club and Winthrop Band Parents Member

Mary C. Schmidt, a long time resident of Winthrop, passed away on June 18. She was 93 years old.

Born in Corning, Ohio on September 20, 1920, the loving daughter of the late Andrew Garbline and Catherine Refinati, she attended Corning Parochial Schools. After graduation, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to seek employment at the airport where she met her future husband, Edward Achmidt who was employed by American Airlines. Together they moved over the years as he was promoted to Nashville, Tennessee, Floral Park, New York and finally to Winthrop in 1951.

Mary worked at Almy’s Department Store in Revere and Dini’s Restaurant in Boston for many years. She was Past President of the Winthrop Mothers Club and an active member of the Winthrop Band Parents Association and the American Airlines Vanguards.

She is survived by her son, William and his wife, Rosemarie of Cambridge and her son, Edward Jr. and his wife, Joy of Raleigh, NC; her grandson, Jason and great grandchildren Jared and Madeline. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 2011.

A visitation was held at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home on June 24. Burial was private. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Wintrhop Senior Center, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA 02152.

John Mulkerron

Retired Pharmacist, Of New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop

John R. Mulkerron of New London, NH, devoted husband and father, died peacefully June 20 surrounded by his family. He was 74 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Winthrop, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Mulkerron. John’s pursuit of higher education began at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy where he earned his BS in pharmacy and graduated with honors. He then went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University. John was a life long advocate for success in higher education and a true representation of what opportunity such education can bring.

His career began at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an inspector and later opened several retail establishments throughout the Boston area including Prudential Center Pharmacy, Center Plaza and Park Plaza Pharmacy. In 1990, he moved to New Hampshire after being named the Director of Outpatient Pharmacy for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon. John facilitated and led the opening of a successful outpatient hospital based pharmacy and his model has been replicated in many hospital outpatient pharmacies.

After his retirement in 2007, John continued his to work in pharmacies throughout the Sunapee Region, acted as a consultant for Planned Parenthood, and taught Pharmacy Technician classes at Lebanon College.

John was able to find the time to volunteer as an active member of the Board of Health for both Lynnfield and Boxford. In addition, he lovingly spent 13 years building a stunning Friendship Sloop sailboat with his father in law which is still sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. He was an active member of the NH Pharmacists Association, American Pharmacist Association, NH Society of Health System Pharmacists, and the Healthcare Providers Service Organization. John also was an avid historian and expert on World War II.

Although John’s business endeavors and other efforts were quite successful, his most notable legacy is the family that he was so immensely dedicated to. The lessons he left each member of his family about respect, loyalty, tolerance, and unconditional love will live on forever.

He leaves his beloved wife of 49 years, Annmarie (Davidson) Mulkerron; his daughters Maura Vallette of Estero, FL, Colleen Collins and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey Collins of Boxford, Shelagh Brodeur and her husband, Ronald Brodeur of Estero, FL, Bridget Mulkerron of New London, NH and his sons: Sean Mulkerron and his wife, Brooke of Concord, NH and Bryan Mulkerron and his wife, Beth of Wauwatosa, WI, as well as grandchildren: Cody, Dillon Noah, Shauna, Keanu, Shane, Annabelle, Nate, Lillian, Lucy, John, Molly, Tess, Sean, Emmet, and Charlotte; a sister, Mary Hagan of Winthrop, a brother, Paul, and his wife, Kathleen, of Natick, a brother and sister in law, Bonnie and Steven Colotti of Exeter, NH and many adored nieces and nephews. John led his family with honor and righteousness and they will languish in his loss.

Funeral arrangements were by the Chadwick Funeral Home, 235 Main Street, New London, NH. To sign an online guestbook please visit

Expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s name to the Jimmy Fund.

Luciano ‘Lou’ Chiulli

Former Winthrop Parks Dance Instructor and Little League Coach

Luciano D. “Lou” Chiulli of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away suddenly at the Massachusetts General hospital on June 21. He was 81 years old.

Lou, who served in the MA. Air National Guard from 1951 to1960, was a past member of the Sons of Italy, a former line dancing instructor for the Winthrop Parks and Recreation Dept. and a former Winthrop Little League Coach. Prior to his retirement, Lou worked as a manager in the Auto Body and Repair Industry.

The beloved husband of Helen M. (Flammia) Chiulli, he was born in Boston, the loving son of the late Sabatino and Maria (DiGianvitorio) Chiulli. He was the devoted father of Louis Chiulli and his wife, Susan of Saugus, Christine Cavaliere-Ogus and her husband, Gerald of Winthrop and Joann Wright and her husband, Kenneth of Feeding Hills, MA; adored grandfather of Francis and Nicholas Cavaliere and Justin and Lauren Chiulli; dear brother of Giselda Sampson of Winthrop and the late Anthony and Dominic Chiulli; cherished Godfather to Mariann Nicoletti of Winthrop and he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) Donations can be made to the Winthrop Council on Aging/Senior Center 35 Harvard St. Winthrop, MA 02152. For guestbook, please

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