Obituaries 12-15-2016

Robert Healy, Jr.

Finance Manager

Robert J. Healy, Jr. of Winthrop passed away suddenly at the age of 59 on December 9.

A finance manager for Johns Auto, he was born in Winthrop, the cherished son of the late Robert J. Healy Sr. and Marie T. (O’Connell) Healy. He was the devoted father of Justine M. Healy and Michael C. O’Brien of Revere, Tonimae Falabella and her husband, James Herd of Lynn, Brenna R. Healy of Winthrop and Spirit J. Healy of Chicago, IL.;  adored grandfather of Christopher Barbarisi, Stacia and James Herd and Triston Healy; loving fiancé of  Michelle Chouinard of Winthrop and the dear brother of Lori A. ViVeiros and her husband, Joe  of Wilmington and the late Marie T. Healy.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W.  Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, December 15 from  4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Committal Service will be private.

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Kathryn Olivia Haggerty

A tall and beautiful graceful spirit

Kathryn Olivia “Katie” Haggerty of  Tewksbury, a native of Winthrop, passed unexpectedly at her Tewksbury residence on Saturday, December 3.

Kathryn Olivia Haggerty was loved from the first moment of her existence by her mother and  father, Lisa and Paul. She was a beautiful baby, adored by Auntie Jen and Uncle Brian and by  Mae and Poppy; by Nana and all the Haggerty aunts, uncles and cousins. Later she found joy in  her sister, Beth, and her cousins Andrew and Aiden, who lost their precious Katie too soon. Katie was kind and sweet. She enjoyed the absurd and could be funny and goofy with her friends.

Often she would text “mumma” silly things she found on the internet. She enjoyed going on  weekend adventures with her dad. Katie was tall and beautiful, a graceful free spirit. She taught  herself to hoop and enjoyed showing off her skills. Her mother will always remember the  peaceful expression on her face as she twirled her hoops around herself, turning and moving,  happy.She loved, among many things, Shiba Inu dogs; her cat, Kit, whom she adopted from a  rescue shelter; music festivals; Harry Potter; her collection of boots; binging shows on Netflix;  all kinds of music; using social media; and spending time with her boyfriend, Peter Mirata and  her best friends, Denisha Johnson and Matt Grant. She graduated in 2014 from Northeast Metro  Tech in Wakefield.

The adored daughter of Lisa M. Stefano of Tewksbury, formerly of Winthrop, and Paul F.  Haggerty of Methuen, formerly of Somerville, she was the cherished sister of Elizabeth Mae  “Beth” Haggerty of Tewksbury and the devoted granddaughter of Frederick and Mary Stefano of  Winthrop and the late Eleanor and Roger Haggerty; the sweet and gentle godchild and niece to  Jennifer S. and Brian T. Becker of Pelham, N.H. and James O’Leary of Sharon, MA. She is also  lovingly survived by her cousins, Andrew J. and Aiden F. Becker of Pelham, NH; aunt and uncle,

Julie and Kenneth; cousins Vikki and Michael of New Hampshire; aunt Desiree Hayes,  cousin Rita Hayes and her wife, Rose Angelo, of Methuen; aunt Elaine Rettman and cousins Erik  and Daniel Rettman of Methuen; uncle Craig of Methuen and cousin Jennifer of Revere,  formerly of Malden and uncles John and James, of Methuen. “Katie” shared a special relationship with her feline companion “Kit”.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere. Interment was private. Remembrances may be made to Nevins Farm / MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844. For additional information, please visit:

Rocco “Rocky” Giovanniello

MWRA retiree, past member of Mystic Valley Gun Club and Winthrop Elks

Rocco “Rocky” Giovanniello of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on December 12.

A past member of Mystic Valley Gun Club and Winthrop Elks, he was an employee of The MWRA for more than 30 years

He was the beloved husband of Sherry (Darabos) Giovanniello; devoted step-father of Jim Freeman and his wife, Lisa, Jeff Freeman and his wife, Heather, all of Michigan; loving brother of John Giovanniello of East Boston, Richard Giovanniello and his wife, Andrea of Saugus, Robert Giovanniello and his wife, Patricia of East Boston and the late Anthony Giovanniello; cherished uncle of Vanessa, Nikkii and Maria; dear step-grandfather of Cheyenne and Jadie Freeman. He is also survived by many adored aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Rocky’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, today,Thursday, December 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery for a service at 10 a.m. Cremation services to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852.

The funeral home is handicapped accessible and a children’s lounge is available. Courtesy valet parking is located at the front entrance along with ample off street parking with attendants in our parking lots. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home please call 617-569-0990. For more information, please visit

Grace McCarthy

66-Year Winthrop resident

Grace A. McCarthy of Wilshire Street, Winthrop passed away at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston on December 6. She was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Helen (Scott) and Luke Flanagan. A graduate of the Fitton High School in East Boston, she has resided in Winthrop for the past 66 years.

She was the devoted wife of the late John P. McCarthy and the loving mother of Kevin McCarthy and his wife, Debra, Maura McCarthy, Paul McCarthy and his wife, Lisa, Brendan McCarthy and his wife, Diane, Brian McCarthy and his wife, Lauren and Kathleen Walsh and her husband, John, all of Winthrop, Dennis McCarthy and his wife, Linda of North Billerica and the late Sean McCarthy; dear sister of Helen “Honey” DeWolfe of Reading, John “Jack” Flanagan of California and the late Thomas, Herbert and William Flanagan and the cherished grandmother of Michael, Christopher, Paul, Patrick, Caitlin, Colleen, Mairead, Michaela and Erin.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home on Saturday, December 10 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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