Obituaries 04-28-2016

Vicki Evans

Lifelong Winthrop resident

Vicki L. Evans of Pleasant Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 20. She was 49 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of Albert Evans and the late Gloria (Olson). A life long resident of Winthrop, she was part of the Till Day Program for over 29 years and was a resident of the LaCamera House on Pleasant Street for many years.

She was the dear sister of Sharon Slapik and her husband Mitchel of West Bridgewater.

Funeral services were held in the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on  April 23. Interment followed the service in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Vicki to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or

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Edmund Adamson, Jr.

Retired construction laborer with great sense of humor

Edmund R. Adamson, Jr. of Revere Street, Winthrop passed away at home on April 22.. He was 76 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved son of the late Doris (Salie) and Edmund Adamson, Sr. he was a life long resident of Winthrop and was employed as a laborer in construction for many years. He was also a retired member of the National Guard and an avid fisherman.

He was a man with a sense of of humor. Some of his quotes were: “Ya got rocks in ya noodles” and “You’re softer than organ music.”. The man dubbed the guy with nine lives and with an uncanny resemblance to the old man in the movie “Up” has forever left us….wondering.

He was the loving father of Lisa Lee of Humble, Texas and Jennifer Williams of Charlotte, North Carolina;  the dear brother of Valerie DePippo, William Adamson, Stephen Adamson, Joyce Ferrara, Cheryl Adamson and Kathy Ekaidat and the cherished grandfather of Jacob, Paulina and Brunner.

A Memorial Mass was conducted from the St. John the Evangelist Church on Wednesday, April 27.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.

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Joan Petersen

Past President of Winthrop Emblem Club

Joan S. Petersen passed away at the age of 84 on April 20. She was surrounded by the grace of God, the love and dignity of her family and loyalty of her friends. She fought a courageous fight against small cell lung cancer.

Joan was born on October 24, 1931 to  Dorothy and Francis Treanor of Winthrop and Winthrop was where Joan grew up, met her husband, John and raised her seven children. There was no place like home — Winthrop for Joan.

Joan had an enormous appetite for life and people. Most of her interests pertained in some way or another with the improvement of other peoples lives. She was an active member of Saint John’s the Evangelist Church in Winthrop. She was also involved with the Cursillo Movement of the Archdiocese of Boston. She was a friend of Bill W. and a member of the Saturday night group for 38 years. She was a past president of the Emblem Club of Winthrop following in her mother’s shoes.

One of her other passions was gardening. Her love for gardening was infectious. The garden was the canvas, on which she painted. She would say digging in the dirt is good for the soul. Traveling was another interest of Joan’s. Whether cruising around the Mediterranean or through the Panama Canal, she love to voyage.

Joan is survived by her beloved brother, Warren Treanor and his wife,Carol of Warrington PA., her children; Janine Petersen of Winthrop, John and his wife, Holly Petersen of Salem,Janice and her husband, Joe DiFiore of North Conway N.H, Joe Petersen of Stoneham,Jeff and his wife, Shari Petersen of Tempe, AZ., James and his wife, Peg Petersen of Tewksbury and Jay and his wife, Janet Petersen of Cape Elizabeth ME. Joan also leaves 12 loving grandchildren and legions of friends who were near and dear to her. The Petersen family would like to thank them for their care and prayers during her difficult time.

Joan’s compassionate heart, quick wit, huge smile and directing finger will be missed by so many.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Monday, April 25 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. John Sassani celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Cross St. section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to

James ‘ Lewie’ Lewis

New England Coffee retiree

James R. “Lewie” Lewis of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 23 with his loving wife at his side.

Jim and Jean had been together for 35 years and resided in Winthrop since 1980. He was a longtime member of the P.P. Club of Chelsea and was an avid Boston sports fan. Jim was a shipper and receiver for the New England Coffee Company of Malden, retiring in 1998 after 17 years with the company.

He was the beloved husband of Jean M. (O’Donnell) Lewis; brother of Janice of N. Revere and the late Winthrop, Leon, Kenneth, Eugene, Marilyn, Thomas and John; cherished grandfather of Collin Lewis; brother in-law of Pat Rorick and her husband, Tony of Vermont, Janet Daloia and her husband, Frank of Tewksbury and Peg Ryan and her husband, Patrick of California; loving uncle of Michelle and Rand Pelton of Vermont, Michael and Caterina Rorick of Framingham, Melanie and Brian Vokey of Winthrop and Stephanine and Bryan Mannetta of Tewksbury and great uncle of Jesse, Austin, Darius, Kaden, Olivia, Pinennah and Mari-Jean.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hosp., 262 Danny Thomas PL., Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook  go to

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