Obituaries 09-22-2016

Jason Joseph Vasques

His smile brightened the darkest room and his love for life was contagious

Jason Joseph Vasques of Revere passed away September 16. He was 27 years old.

Jason worked in patient services at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was a longtime resident of Revere and a graduate of Seacoast at Revere High School. His smile brightened up the darkest room and his love for life was contagious. He will forever be missed by all who knew him.

He was the cherished son of Maria Rosa Luberto of East Boston and the late Santo Joseph Vasques and his surviving wife, Sue. Jason was a loving brother to Michelle Cassinell, Patricia Kristo and her husband, Peter, Daniel Luberto and his wife, Alissa, Nadia Vasques, Alesia O’Lalor and Nicole Vasques. He was a devoted uncle to Maleah, Myla, Devin, Aria and Anya. Jason also leaves many dear relatives of the Vasques family of Medford.

Family and friends may visit at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford at 10 a.m. To leave a message of condolence visit

Mary Lou Holthaus

Retired MWRA Secretary

Mary Lou (Conley) Holthaus of Winthrop passed away at home on September 14. She was 71 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Mary Lou worked as a secretary for the Mass. Water Resource Authority.

The beloved wife of Paul V. Holthaus, she was born in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of the late Edward F. and Margaret J. (Kneeland) Conley. She was the devoted mother of Christine Ross and Timothy M. Ross and his wife, Susanna, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Jake P. and Alexandra L. Ross; dear sister of Edward “Ted” Conley and his wife, Elizabeth “Bette” of Winthrop, Howard Conley and his wife, Helen “Cookie” of Saugus, Margaret “Pegge” Cordes and her late husband, Joseph “Skipper” of Winthrop, Thomas Conley of Winthrop and David Conley and his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” of Woburn. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Donations in her name can be made to Compassionate Care ALS P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA, 02574. For guestbook, please visit,

Leah Mayo Traunstein

She lived life to the fullest

Leah Mayo (Tillson) Traunstein died on September 10 at Belmont Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 94 years old.

Born on December 8, 1921 in Rockland, Maine to Eunice Mayo Tillson and Francis Tillson, Mrs. Traunstein graduated with an RN degree from Maine General in 1944 and lived in Winthrop with her beloved husband,  Maurice Traunstein, Jr, MD for over 60 years.

Leah will be greatly missed. She lived life to its fullest, enjoying her friends and family, engaging in many sports, painting, chorus, DAR, and community and church activities. A cancer survivor, she volunteered for the American Cancer Society through “Reach to Recovery.” Leah was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice Traunstein, Jr and grandchild, Lena Rose Traunstein. She is survived by her children: Ruth Bennett, Donna Traunstein and her husband, Steven Glickman, Adria Kempner and her husband, Benjamin Kempner, Philip Traunstein and his wife, Alisa Izumi and Lois Traunstein and her wife, Maria Moschonisiou; grandchildren: Tilson Bennett, Nathan Kempner, and Max Izumi Traunstein. Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service and reception at Belmont Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 34 Agassiz Ave, Belmont, MA on November 5 at 2:15 pm. Leah will be interred at Spruce Knoll in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the American Cancer Society, at,, the First Methodist Church of Winthrop, 217 Winthrop St., Winthrop, or Compassionate Care Hospice, at, Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:

Ellen Pulsifer

Of Winthrop

Ellen L. (Patnoude) Pulsifer of Winthrop died on September 7.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. Pulsifer; devoted step-mother of Adam Pulsifer and his wife, Julie of Mentor, OH and Noelle (Pulsifer) Clesceri and her husband, Michael of Oakwood Hills, IL; adored step-grandmother of Hannah and Taylor Clesceri and Tyler Celiga, Jacob and Brennan Gable, Marlena and Aiden Galvan and Avaline Pulsifer and the loving sister of the late Carol Feinour. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and other friends and family.

A Funeral Mass will be held in the Holy Rosary Church, 960 Shirley St, Winthrop on Friday, September 23 at 11a.m. Please go directly to church. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit

Adolph Joseph Zedalis III

Retired Journeyman Electrician with Local 103 IBEW

Adolph Joseph Zedalis III of Winthrop passed away at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on September 20. He was 74 years old.

Adolph was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Vietnam War from 1967-1969. Pryor to his retirement, he was a Journeyman Electrician with Local 103 IBEW for over 53 years. He was also a Friend of Bill W.

He was the beloved husband of Christine M. (Woytaszek) Zedalis; born in Nashua, NH, he was the son of the late Adolph J. and Anna May (Hurd) Zedalis II; devoted father of Joseph P. Zedalis and his wife, Patrice of Hoosick Falls, NY, Jeffrey A. Zedalis of Winthrop, Gregory S. Zedalis and his wife,, Monica of Virginia and Nicole M. Signoretti and her husband, John of Norwood; adored grandfather of Conner and Payton Zedalis and Anna and Matthew Signoretti; dear brother of George Zedalis and his wife, Estelle of New Hampshire.

At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. Donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society/Central New England Region 43 Nagog Park Ste. 110 Acton, MA. 01720. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, please visit:


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