Obituaries 08-13-2015

Barbara Hodgkins

Retired Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Assistant Admistrator

Barbara E. (Roche) Hodgkins of Winthrop passed away at the Whidden Hospital on August 11. She was 78 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Barbara was employed in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant Administrator.

The beloved wife of the late Robert E. Hodgkins Jr., she was born in Brookline, the daughter of the late Thomas and Dorothy M. (Pons) Roche. She was the dear sister of Dorothy Manning and her husband, Larry of Wakefield, Claire Fitzgerald and her husband, Robert of Centerville, Thomas Roche and his wife, Lesley of Stoughton and the late Margaret Frase; sister-in-law of Donald Hodgkins and his wife, Florence of Winthrop and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home today, Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Donations in her name can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS, 66675 or to the Sisters of Notre Dame Retirement Fund, 30 Jeffreys Neck Rd., Ipswich, MA, 01938. Prior to her retirement, Barbara was employed in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant Administrator. For guestbook, please visit


Iapicca Assunta Capodanno

Of Medford, formerly of East Boston

Iapicca Assunta Capodanno of Medford, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 3.

The loving daughter of the late Michael and Carmalinda (Vitale)Capodanno, she was the cherished sister of Maria Sodano and her late husband, Luigi of Winthrop, Licia Biasella and her husband, Nicholas of Cambridge and the late Antonia DeSantis; adored aunt of Carmine Sodano of Winthrop, Marisa, Nicholas and Roberto Biasella, all of Cambridge. She is also survived by her dear cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. She was laid to rest in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. In honor of Assunta and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Am. Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham 01701. For more information: www,


Fred Chalmers

Well known active and much loved North Reading resident, formerly of Winthrop; worked for Digital Equipment Corp and

Compaq (Hewlett Packard)

Fred R. Chalmers of North Reading, formerly of Winthrop, died August 10 at the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington. He was 58 years old.

Born in Winthrop on August 18, 1956, the son of the late Fred and Margaret (Minichiello) Chalmers, he was a graduate of Bentley University. Fred worked for many years as a Senior Financial Analyst for the Digital Equipment Corporation and for Compaq (Hewlett Packard).

He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 32 years and was a member of St. Theresa’s Church. He was an active volunteer, coach and/or board member for: Bring Back The Fourth Committee, North Reading Youth Football, North Reading Youth Lacrosse, Hockey, Soccer, Little League, and Cape Ann Football League.

“People around town recognize Freddie from years of volunteering across every youth sports field in North Reading for 15 years. His distinctive whistle and coaching voice recognized by many! He loved the kids and counts many as surrogate sons and daughters! His love of North Reading and its small town flair for celebration led Fred to volunteer on the Bring Back the Fourth Committee.”

His greatest joy were his sons, Nicholas and Christopher and coaching them over the years. His favorite spots were the High School practice field and Ipswich River Park. His favorite times were holidays with his family, especially vacations to Maine and Disney World.

Family members include his loving wife of 32 years, Kathleen (Curran) Chalmers, his sons, Christopher and Nicholas Chalmers, all of North Reading; his brother, Douglas Chalmers and his wife, Mary and their children, Gina and Brian Chalmers, all of Winthrop and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter Street (Rt. 62), North Reading. Calling hours will be held at Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday, August 16 from 3 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: North Reading Fourth of July Committee at


Charlotte Gorman

Member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club and American Airlines Vanguard

Charlotte M. (Merrill) Gorman of Winthrop passed away at her home on August 10. She was 92 years old.

Charlotte was a member of the American Airlines Vanguard and the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club.

The beloved wife of the late William P. Gorman, Sr., she was born in Arlington, the daughter of the late Herbert and Alice (Baxter) Merrill. She was the devoted mother of Maureen Murphy of Winthrop, Stephen Gorman and his wife, Tracey of Chadds Ford, PA, Richard Gorman and his wife, Nancy of Methuen, Kathleen Hogan and her husband, Gerry of Nashua, NH, Charlene Burwell and her husband, Thomas of Stratham, NH and the late William Gorman, Jr.; dear mother-in-law of Ann Gorman of Winthrop; adored grandmother of William P. and Keith P. Gorman, Matthew P. and Michael W. Murphy, Sean P., Cassandra B. and Bryce S. Gorman, Noelle M., Timothy G. and Kara M. Hogan, Michael J. and Lyndsey A. Gorman and Daniel P. and Nicholas G. Rio; great-grandmother of Nora and Maddie Murphy, James and Lily Gorman and Hannah and Ella Gorman and Harlow Charli Gorman and loving sister of Anna Grace of Bath, ME and the late Priscilla Brady.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the William P. Gorman Jr. Scholarship Fund-c/o Webster, First Federal Credit Union, 15 Woodside Ave., Winthrop, MA. 02152 or to a charity of your choice. For guestbook, please visit

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