Obituaries 02-04-2016

Marie Healy

Retired NE Telephone Co. operator

Marie T. (O’Connell) Healy of Winthrop passed away on February 1. She was 92 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Marie worked as an operator for the New England Telephone Co.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Healy, Sr. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late William and Gertrude O’Connell; devoted mother of Robert J. Healy, Jr. of Winthrop, Lori A. ViVeiros and her husband, Joseph of Wilmington and the late Marie T. Healy; adored grandmother of Justine Healy, Tonimae Falabella, Brenna Healy and Spirit Healy; great-grandmother of Christopher Barbarisi, Stacia and James Herd and Triston Healy; dear sister of the late William, Edmund and John O’Connell and Geraldine Shamhart and Gertrude Benson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, February 6, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass  in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. For guestbook, please visit

Julia Margoles

Enjoyed cooking and baking for everyone

Julia (Booras) Margoles of Winthrop passed away on January 26. She was 94 years old.

Julia really enjoyed cooking and baking for everyone. She took care of all of us with delicious “care packages” that were always appreciated.

The beloved wife of the late George J. Margoles, she was born in Winthrop,  the daughter of the late Stamatios and Anna (Papadopoulos) Booras. She was the dear sister of William Booras of Laguna Woods, California and the late Mary Booras of Winthrop and Eva Panopoulos of Baltimore, MD. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and grand-nieces, grand- nephews  and friends.

A Funeral Service was held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop on February 1. Interment followed in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to the Viking Pride Foundation Inc. P.O. Box 57, Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, please visit

Louis Constantino Racca

Worked for American Airlines, named Northeast Football Conference MVP while at Winthrop High School

Louis Constantino Racca, originally of Winthrop, passed away January 14 at Vitas Hospice, West Palm Beach,, Florida. He was 86 years old.

Born in 1930, the eldest son of Constantino and Marion Racca, also of Winthrop, he graduated from Winthrop High School where he was awarded most valuable football player in the North East Conference. He joined the US Marine Corps after high school serving in combat during the Korean Conflict. For most of his life he worked for American Airlines and was elected president of the Transport Workers Union for the Northeast Region. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and belonged to the Winthrop Golf Club. He loved dancing as well as all sports.

He is survived by his loving wife of 14 years Dorothy Luce Racca and two sons, Paul and James Racca, both of Massachusetts, from his first marriage to Jean Sprague.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Vitas Hospice, West Palm Hospital 2201 45th Street, 2nd Floor West Palm Beach Florida, 33407.

Norma Ostman

Retired nurse and avid Boston sports fan

Norma J. Ostman died peacefully in the Den-Mar Health and Rehabilitation Center in Rockport on January 31. She was 84 years old.

A  life-long resident of Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Bridie J. (Feeney) and George H. Ostman and sister of the late Claire, Georgia E. and John T. Ostman.

After graduating from Beth Israel Hospital School of Nursing, Norma enjoyed a long career as a professional nurse and cared for many patients in the Winthrop Community Hospital. Norma was an avid Boston sports fan and was a regular attendee at daily mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop.

She will be deeply missed by her loving cousin, friend and caretaker, Barbara (Corinha) and by Barbara’s husband, Richard Fournier, who was always there to make sure that Norma’s T.V. worked properly. Norma is survived by several caring cousins, including the Corinhas, McLaughlins and Feeneys and by many wonderful friends.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on February 3 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment followed the mass in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To sign the online guestbook go to

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