Michele Perigard MacEachern
Lifelong Catholic religious and musical educator
Michele Perigard MacEachern, 71, of North Miami Beach, Fla., passed from this life at her home on Wednesday, May 22 after a short illness. In her last few weeks, she was surrounded by family, friends and hospice caregivers. She is celebrated by her community and friends and family for a lifelong and dedicated career in education and church ministry providing years of service in religious instruction, theological study, tutoring, ESOL training and church liturgical music. Active for many years at St. Lawrence Catholic Church and School in North Miami Beach devoting endless energy for catechetical training within the Archdiocese of Miami, parish fundraising for the annual carnival and especially as music director/musician together with the parish choir leading worship services.
Prior to their move to North Miami Beach in 1990 with her husband, Joseph, Michele served as the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Director providing religious education training in several parishes in the Greater Boston area particularly at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop as well as at St. John the Baptist Church in Peabody.
Michele leaves her husband, Joseph, 76, of North Miami Beach, Fla., older brother, Arthur, 72, of Brimfield, Mass., Brother Christopher, 64, of North Brunswick, New Jersey and younger sister, Danielle, 67, of North Fort Myers, Florida. Michele also leaves four nieces and nephews: Brigitte, Elise, Lauren and Evan, who with his wife, Danielle have presented Michele just recently with grandniece Della Josette Perigard. Michele has numerous cousins in Connecticut, Florida and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and second cousins in the province of Quebec, Canada.
Michele was born to Arthur and Yvette LaVallee Perigard on Oct. 19, 1947 at the Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. She graduated from L’Ecole St. Anne Grammar School in Waterbury, Connecticut and spent a short time at Catholic High in Waterbury. After the family moved to Enfield, Conn.in October of 1961, Michele transferred to Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Enfield, Connecticut, an all-girls high school run by the Felician Sisters. This order of religious women is dedicated to a Franciscan way of life and Michele was always committed to the service and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.
After graduation, Michele entered the Felician Sisters convent which was on the grounds of the high school. Michele continued her studies with the Felicicans, earning her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. One of her assignments was teaching at a Catholic grammar school in Hempstead, N.Y. Michele, after great discernment, chose not to profess her final vows and began her lay ministry. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Boston University with a special emphasis in Systematic Theology and pursued other academic graduate degree studies.
During Michele’s long career in church and music ministry she functioned at every level as a presenter at academic gatherings and conventions as well as being a tutor, mentor and sponsor to all who asked. Michele had the gift of enabling people to feel the joy of life. She had a deep belief that her calling was that of a Christian Servant reaching out to help others. Michele always enjoyed remarkable energy, drive and enthusiasm. She particularly took great joy in helping to provide music and spirit at church based worship services together with choir and community.
In later years, Michele was passionate about tutoring students studying English as a second language in Aventura, Fla. During her younger years, Michele was very gifted musically and played the piano, organ and guitar. While in high school, she began her music ministry as the organist at St. Martha’s Church in Enfield, Conn., a privilege usually offered to adults. Her love and exuberance for church music led her to organizing pilgrimages from Boston to the Benedictine Monks of the Weston Priory in Weston, Vt.. The rich music and beautiful surroundings convinced Joseph and Michele to buy property and build a house there for retreats. Michele last visited the Weston Priory chapel on Veterans’ Day Weekend, 2018, and spent time in silent prayer and meditation. It was to be her last visit.
A graveside service was held in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery on June 4. Michele was memorialized and blessed by a priest from St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop. Family and friends shared with words of consolation and faith amidst music and song which was one of Michele’s passions.
Winthrop would have special meaning for Michele for it was there that Joseph and Michele met one another for the first time quite by chance at St. John the Evangelist School, and where they were engaged, married on June 28, 1975, worked as teachers and in church ministry, lived with family and friends and celebrated one another for many years.
Memorial gifts in the name of Michele can be considered for the Felician Sisters of St. Felix, Felician Sisters Motherhouse, 1315 Enfield St., Enfield, CT. 06082.
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Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Gloria M. (Frizzi) Capone, 90, of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Monday, June 3, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of the late Charles A. Capone, Sr., loving mother of Allen Capone and his wife, Valerie of Saugus, Charles Capone Jr.
and his wife, Louise of East Boston, Jeanine Todisco and her husband, Mario of Winthrop, Stephen Capone and his wife, Deanna of N. Reading and Gary Capone and his wife, Jennifer of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Vanessa, Charles III, Kristen, Nicholas, Marissa, Giavanna, Francesca, Hannah, Catarina and Stephen and adored great-grandmother of six grandchildren. She was the dear sister of the late Mary Alessi, Angie Orlandino, Victoria Spinella, Frank, Sarno, Vincent and Mildred Antonucci and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends will honor Gloria’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Monday, June 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, June 11, before leaving in procession to St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
The Capone family would like to thank the entire staff at the Kaplan Family Hospice House for their attentive care and compassion during such a difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gloria’s name to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For guest book and directions please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1971
Patricia A. (O’Leary) Miner of West Roxbury passed on May 17. She was 65 years old.
Born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Helene (Wilson) and Charles E. O’Leary, she has been a West Roxbury resident for the last 16 years. She was employed as a medical secretary for many years and was a 1971 graduate of Winthrop High School.
She was the devoted wife of Michael W. Miner and the dear sister of Charles S. O’Leary of Winthrop, Daniel F. O’Leary and his wife, Paula of Winthrop, Dennis M. O’Leary and his wife, Stacy of Valrico, Florida and the late Brian O’Leary and his late wife, Linda; loving aunt of Brian J., Justin, Casey, Erin, Ryan, Meaghan and the late Charlie P. and daughter in law of the late William and Marie Miner.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, June 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with the committal in Winthrop Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 10 Brookline Place, W 6th floor, Brookline MA 02445 or go to www.dana-farber.org.
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Irene Ethel Edelstein
Of Texas, formerly of Winthrop
Irene Ethel Edelstein passed away at the age of 95 in Caldwell,Texas on Saturday, May 25.
Irene was born on June 18, 1923 in Malden to Henry and Sally (Goodman) Smith. On June 2, 1947, she married Irving Abraham Edelstein and the couple raised four children: Ronna, Marcy, Michael and Susan.
Irene was a longtime resident of Winthrop where she moved with her husband and family in 1954. Although she left to live with her daughter, Susan in Texas in her later years, Irene remained very much the center of a large extended family, most of whom still live in the Boston area.
Her life’s passion was ceramics which she taught for many years at Governors Park and at the Winthrop Senior Center. She was also a master at knitting and learned to quilt later in life. She had a special gift for working with color and pattern, and never lost her creative passion for making things.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irving who passed in 2000 and she is survived by her four children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as a multitude of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of her life is planned for close family members but the family would appreciate donations in her name to the Hospice Brazos Valley who provided exemplary care for her in her last days. Please visit their website for more information: https://www.hospicebrazosvalley.org/donate.
Member of Winthrop Elks and Beachmont Yacht Club who loved playing pickup hockey
Timothy J. Foy of Hermon St., Winthrop passed away at home on June 3. He was 52 years old.
Born in Revere, he was the beloved son of Meryle (Williams) and the late Robert Foy. He grew up in Brockton before moving to Winthrop over 25 years ago. He was a graduate of the Southeast Vocational High School, went on to work as a pressman for Kirkwood Printing and was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the Beachmont Yacht Club. An avid sports fan, he loved the New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins. The thing that meant the most to Tim was playing pickup hockey with the guys, whether it be at the Winthrop or Revere rinks.
He was the devoted husband of Shannon M. (Gallagher) and the dear brother of Susan McLaughlin of Taunton, Robert Foy of Bridgewater and Linda Colecchia of Salem, N.H. and the beloved son in law of Daniel Gallagher and Carol Gay. He is also survived by his son, Timothy Monsini and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
His funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, June 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Committal will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at www.pancan.org. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.