Obituaries 11-26-2015

Maureen Elizabeth Mahegan

Active participant in Special Olympics; loved music, dancing, and most of all, her family

Maureen Elizabeth Mahegan of Winthrop passed away peacefully on November 17.

Maureen actively participated in Special Olympics, originally in gymnastics and later in track and field.  Her mother Rose pioneered the way for her in the early 1960’s and was her tireless supporter over the decades.  Maureen also enjoyed dances, bowling and many other activities offered through Winthrop Advocacy Resources Community (WINARC), where her mother was a charter member. The Driscoll-Mahegan track meet continues today as a special annual WINARC event.  For over 20 years Maureen worked at the Center House in Boston. In addition to her athletic endeavors, Maureen was especially proud of her Irish heritage. She loved music, loved to dance, but most of all, she loved her family.

The daughter of the late Albert and Rose (Hennessy) Mahegan, she was born in Boston on October 8, 1958 and was a lifelong Winthrop resident. Maureen is survived by her siblings, Jule Sales of Jacksonville, FL, Albert Mahegan of Westwood, Kerry Melanson of Burlington, Susan DeFelice of Swampscott, Linda Cramer of Winthrop, Robert Mahegan of Marblehead, Donald Mahegan of Danvers, Siobhan Dalton of Amherst, NH, and two generations of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother David Mahegan.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 4.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to WINARC, c/o Nancy Tufo, 3 Seal Harbor Rd., #647, Winthrop, MA 02152. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the staff at the Clark Group Home and the Morton Street Group Home for their dedicated service, care and personal attention. Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit,

Carol Ann Cronin

Retired Nurse

Carol Ann (Luti) Cronin of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away surrounded by her loving family on November 2.

Mrs Cronin was a graduate of Cambridge City Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. She was staff nurse and Nursing Supervisor at the former Santa Maria Hospital in Cambridge and at the former Youville Hospital, also in Cambridge. She retired from her nursing career as a Nurse/Case Manager at Mt Auburn hospital in Cambridge

She was the beloved wife of 50 years to John R Cronin, retired Chief Librarian at the Boston Herald; devoted mother of Christopher J Cronin of Brighton, Daniel J Cronin and his wife, Sarah of Franklin, MA, Justin R Cronin and his wife, Renee of Londonderry NH and the late David M Cronin; dear sister of Loretta T English of Danvers, cherished “Nana” to Abby, Jack, Liam, Rhys and Colin and is also survived by her loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Carol was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St Section.) In honoring Carol memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund 10 Brookline PlaceWest, 6th Floor Brookline, 02445-7226.

Geraldine DeGregorio

Retired State Social Worker

Geraldine M. DeGregorio of Atlantic Street, Winthrop passed away at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on November 18. She was 91 years old. Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Mary and Nicholas Gambale and a longtime resident of Winthrop, she was employed for many years as a social worker for the Massachusetts State Welfare Office.

She was the devoted wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” DeGregorio and the loving mother of Michael, Richard and Patrick DeGregorio, all of Winthrop; the dear sister of the late Annette DiGiovanni and Camille Bruno; the cherished grandmother of Leah, Larissa and Susan and the former mother in law of Jane DeGregorio and Laura McLean.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, November 23 followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment followed the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. To sign the online guestbook, go

Paul MacDonald

Winthrop resident

Paul E. MacDonald of Main Street, Winthrop passed away at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston on November 7. He was 82 years old.

Born in Concord, New Hampshire, he was the beloved son of the late Frida (Lemerise) and Warren MacDonald. A resident of Winthrop for over seven years, he worked as a cab driver for many years and was also employed for awhile at Walmart.

He was the father of Robert, Paul, Jr., Victor, Edward, Phyllis and Linda and the companion of Noreen Gunther of Winthrop.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the memorial mass in the St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Tuesday, December 1 at 10 a.m. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

John Lally

Avid & competitive sailor who competed in national and international regattas

John F. Lally of Winthrop passed away suddenly on November 14. He was 70 years old.

John was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, the Winchester Boat Club, The Snipe Class International Racing Association, and the United Steel Workers-Local #12012. He was currently employed by National Grid Gas Co. as a Service Technician. John was an avid and competitive sailor in the snipe class of sailboats and competed in many regattas both nationally and internationally.

He was the devoted husband of Donna (Voke) Lally. Born in Boston, the son of the late Edward and Katherine (Brennen) Lally, he was the dear brother of Michelle Champagne and her late husband, Richard of Stoneham, Edward Lally Jr. and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, Kathleen Campbell and her husband, John of Revere, Christine Livingston and her husband, John of Mashpee, Joanne Reynolds and her husband, Marc of California and the late Ellen and Justin Lally. He was the beloved uncle and great uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations in his name can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02114. For guestbook please visit,

Joseph Indresano

Local Insurance Agent

Joseph Indresano, a long time resident of Winthrop passed away after a long illness on November 22. He was 90 years old.

Born in Revere, he resided in Winthrop for most of his life. He worked in the insurance business and, at one time he was a partner in the Admiral Insurance Company of Lynn.

During World War II he enlisted in the US Army and saw action in the European Theatre.

He was the devoted husband of the late Leanora Repucci) and loving father of Stephen Indresano of Chelsea. He is also survived by three grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The funeral was from the Joseph R. Fraier Funeral Home on November 25 followed by interment at the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. The family has reuested that expressions of sympathy in Joe’s memory be donated to the Saint Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 3801-9908

Francis E. ‘Frank’ Burke

Of Winthrop

Francis E. ‘Frank’ Burke of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston and Lynn, passed away on November 20. He was 84 years old.

Francis served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War with a rank of Seaman 2nd Class.

He was the cherished son of the late John J. Burke Sr. and Mary O. (MacCormick) Burke; loving brother of Robert “Bob” Burke and his wife, Grace and Carol A. Burke, all of Winthrop and the late John J. Burke Jr., Rita DiSilvio and her husband, Frank and Theresa M. Davis and her husband Walter; fond uncle of Karen, Joseph, Robert, Frank and Michael.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop, on Saturday, November 28 from 9 to 11a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Habitat Plus Inc. 516-520 Essex St. Lynn, Ma 01902 or to the Chelsea Soldiers Home 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA. 02150. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the V.A., the staff and caregivers of Habitat Plus and the Chelsea Soldiers Home for their compassionate care they provided to Francis over the last 30 years. He will be greatly missed by them and by his family. For guestbook, please visit

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