Obituaries 05-07-2020

Joan Pifalo

Well Known for Her Loving Kindness and Giving Nature

Joann Pifalo of Winthrop passed away peacefully on May 5 at the age of 77 years old.

Joann touched many lives as a “surrogate” mother and grandmother for many. She was well known for her loving kindness and giving nature. She cared deeply for her family and neighbors, both in Winthrop and in Acton, Maine, where she and her family spent many summers.

The beloved wife of John Pifalo, Joann was born in Winthrop to the late Angelo and Flavia (Pino) Casamento. She grew up in Winthrop and graduated, as valedictorian, from Sacred Heart High School, Class of 1960.

Joann was the devoted mother of Maria Marden and her husband, John, Ann Papavassiliou and her husband, Paul and Johnny Pifalo, all of Winthrop. She was the adored grandmother of John Marden III and Joseph Marden and Nikki Pinard and the dear sister of Louisa Languirand of Gardner. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Due to current CDC and Massachusetts guidelines, her funeral service and burial in Winthrop Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. To sign Joann’s guestbook, please visit our website at

Arnold Kaplan

Active Member of Temple Tifereth Israel and the Winthrop Senior Center

Arnold Kaplan of Winthrop died on Friday, May 1.        

Arnold was a lifetime member and very involved with the Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop and Winthrop Senior Center.

Arnold had a deep love and appreciation of music. Over the years, he made many friends while visiting and spending time at the different Piano Bars in Boston.  He loved to sing and write music.

The loving son of the late Jacob Kaplan and Jeanette (Solamoff) Kaplan, he was the devoted brother of the late Marilyn Kaplan Baker, dear uncle of Linda Glasberg and her partner, Michael Prins of Dedham and Arthur Baker and his wife, Annette of Miami Shores, Fla.; loving uncle to Marley, Jake and Zak and great-uncle to Amarone.

A private graveside service was held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, due to the Covid-19 crisis. Contributions in Arnold’s memory may be made to the Temple Tifereth Israel-93 Veterans Road, Winthrop, MA 02152. Visit            for guestbook.

Antonette Ciarcia

Blue Cross Blue Shield Retiree

Antonette G. “Anna” Ciarcia of Bowdoin St., Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 30. She was 93 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Angelina (Cipriano) and Frank DeAngelis.

A longtime resident of Winthrop, she worked for over 20 years in the finance department at Blue Cross Blue Shield. She was also a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the Moose Club in Florida.

She was the devoted wife of the late Manuel Ciarcia and the loving mother of Judith Buono and her husband, George Sennott of Winthrop and the late Michael Ciarcia and his wife, Deborah Novak of Florida; dear sister of the late Angelo DeAngelis, Michael DeAngelis and Rosemarie Guerra; cherished grandmother of Kimberlie Rogers and her husband, Stephen and Jeffrey Buono and his wife, Jennifer and great grandmother of Rebecca, Stephen and Jennifer Rogers and Tyler and Lylah Buono.

Services and interment in Winthrop Cemetery are private.

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

Janet Lindsey Johnson

A Familiar Face in Town

Janet (Jan) Lindsey Johnson, 92, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, died of complications from the COVID-19 virus on May 1 at the Eastpointe Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Chelsea.

Jan grew up in the Winthrop Highlands and was very active in the daily life of the town she loved.  In her youth, she and her dear sister, Lorraine performed on local stages as “The Lindsey Sisters.” They had the good fortune to perform with Rosemarie Clooney, and counted Abbott and Costello among their friends. In their later years both were members of Winthrop Playmakers and performed in many plays together, with Lorraine playing lead roles.

Jan was a familiar face to many in the town, holding jobs at Rand Jewelers, CVS, and the election polls.  She was a long-time member of the former Union Congregational Church and on Saturdays she helped at the church’s Thrift Shop.

Jan was very involved with former Cub Scout Pack 78 and former Boy Scout Troup 78 which were sponsored by the Winthrop Elks. All her life she kept in touch with her old neighbors from the Highlands, enjoying many get-togethers through the years at the Winthrop Arms.

Many years ago, Jan came across a poem in the town library titled “Winthrop By The Sea.” She showed it to a few people, and the title later became a town slogan. Jan spent the last years of her life in the care of the Eastpointe Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea.

Jan is survived by her son, Don and his wife, Kate, son, Mark and his wife, Ann, and son Rick, and his wife, Laura. She leaves many grandchildren and great grandchildren including: Danielle, Kimmie, Devin, Lindsey, Shardai and Luke. She was the loving aunt of Charlie, Cyndee and Paula. Mom’s/Grandma’s/Aunt Janet’s radiant smile and sparklingly eyes will always be etched in our hearts.  She had a big heart and always cared about others first, whether family, friends or strangers.

Jan’s family is very grateful to the care given to her at Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance Everett Hospital and to the nurses, doctors and health aides at Eastpointe.

Funeral Service and burial will be private. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop, MA. 02152. To sign Jan’s guestbook, please visit our website at

Rosemarie DiGaetano

Former member of Winthrop Emblem Club

Rosemarie (Nuzzo) DiGaetano of Winthrop passed away at home on April 28 after a long illness, surrounded by her family. She was 90 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Michael DiGaetano, she was born in Boston, the cherished daughter of the late Rocco R. and Natalina (Napolitano) Nuzzo Sr.

Rosemarie was a former member of the Winthrop Emblem Club #15.

She was the devoted mother of Ronald DiGaetano Sr., Rosemarie DiGaetano and Judy DiGaetano Racow and her husband, Steven, all of Winthrop, Ronald DiGaetano Jr. of East Boston, Frank DiGaetano of Auburn, ME, and the late Michael DiGaetano and Robert DiGaetano; the dear sister of Natalie Dello Iacono and her husband, Michael of New Hampshire and the late Rocco, Daniel, Francis “Sonny” and Camille Nuzzo, Dorothy Gillis and Lorraine “Chickie” Visconti. Rosemarie is also lovingly survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Due to the current CDC and Massachusetts Public Health guidelines, funeral service and burial in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) will be private. Donations in Rosemarie’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., Mass/NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA, 02452 or to the American Cancer Society-MA Chapter, 3 Speen St. Suite 250 Framingham, MA, 01701. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. WINTHROP. To sign Rosemarie’s guestbook, please visit our website at

John Zinna

Thirty-Year Electrician for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

John F. Zinna of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Thursday, April 30. 

John was a member of Local 103 IBEW. He was also an electrician of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over 30 years. 

The beloved husband of over 40 years to Marie (Petralia) Zinna, he was the devoted father of Christina Zinna of Braintree, cherished brother of Anthony Zinna and his wife, Deborah of Georgia, dear uncle and godfather to Richard Zinna and his wife, Christina and son Nicolas, all of Georgia, cherished brother in law of Rosalie Petralia and is also survived by many loving aunts and cousins. 

 In lieu of flowers please donate in John›s memory to The Boston Medical Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief Fund at In accordance with the CDC, Mass. Department of Public Health, Archdiocese of Boston guidelines and local restrictions on gatherings and congregations due to COVID-19, all services will be held for the immediate family privately. John will be laid to rest at Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop.  If you have any questions or would like to express your condolences please contact the funeral home during normal business hours 617-569-0990 or leave a message for the family on the tribute wall 

Salvatore Campisi

Carpenter and Avid Lobsterman

Salvatore Campisi of Winthrop passed away on April 28. He was 76 years old.

The beloved husband of Patricia A. (Keohane) Campisi, he was born in Waltham, the cherished son of the late Joseph Campisi and Katherine (Mirabito) Scott.

Salvatore was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving from 1962 to 1966. He was a carpenter by trade but was an avid lobsterman and enjoyed boating, singing and entertaining.

Salvatore was the devoted father of Kaitlyn Campisi of Winthrop, Valerie Cote and her husband, Ray of Hawaii and the late Raymond Campisi of Los Angeles, CA. He was the adored grandfather of Maxx, the dear brother of Anthony Campisi of Squantum and Joseph Campisi of Taunton.

Due to the current CDC and Massachusetts Public Health guidelines, his funeral service will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held at future date and time to be announced at the St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home in Chelsea, MA. Donations in his memory can be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home Recreational Dept. 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA. 02150. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop, MA. 02152. To sign Sal’s guestbook, please visit our website at

Barbara Ann Quigley

Oldest Grandchild of former Chelsea Mayor

Barbara Ann Quigley died peacefully at the Life Care Center of Acton on Friday, April 24. She was 72.

Barbara Ann was born on July 10, 1947 in Winchester. She was the oldest child of the late Barbara Regan and Lawrence F. Quigley, Jr. and the oldest grandchild of Lawrence F. Quigley, the former mayor of Chelsea, and Zita (Lawlor) Quigley, a long-time Point Shirley resident.

An accomplished pianist, Barbara attended Jackson College. Her graduate thesis was on Women in Mythology. After college, Barbara attended the Carl Jung Institute in Switzerland and studied under Carl Jung’s protégés before accepting enrollment in the Divinity/Philosophy Department at the University of Chicago.

While at the University of Chicago, at the age of 29, Barbara contracted viral encephalitis. Barbara bore the crippling disease with dignity and amazingly good spirits for the rest of her life. Her gifted mind saw her through her most difficult days. 

She is survived by her sisters, Suzanne Devlin, Nanette Malloy, Carolyn Kane, and Heather Tremblay, and by her brothers Lawrence, Michael, and Graham Quigley. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Kathleen Quigley.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Life Care Center of Acton. Her family appreciates beyond words their care and devotion to Barbara’s well-being.

Theodore Earl Cross

A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Theodore Earl (Teddy) Cross, father of two, passed away at the young age of 62 on Wednesday, April 29. Ted was born in Winthrop on October 25, 1957 to John and Frances Cross.

Ted was an intelligent and compassionate man with a great sense of humor. He lived for his two boys and would do anything for them. He had a deep passion for the ocean and spent his life on and around it. Ted loved exploring the world (in particular exotic islands) on cruise ships.

He was a modern day renaissance man who could do anything. He was a musician, an artist, a chef, a sailor, and so much more. He loved to read and stay educated but never took himself too seriously to enjoy video games, cartoons, or the latest marvel movie.

Ted was married to Virginia Cross on October 17, 1981. Together they raised two sons, John and Jesse of Winthrop. Ted is survived by his wife, Virginia, two sons, John and Jesse, his parents, John and Frances, three sisters, Pam, Aimee and Julie, two granddaughters, Lana and Lilah, his daughter in law, Cheryl Cross, and close friend, Laurie Acone.
In accordance with current CDC and Massachusetts guidelines, Funeral Service and burial in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) will be private. Donations in his name can be made to the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust 401 Park Dr. Suite 602 Boston, MA. 02215. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. To sign Teddy’s guestbook, please visit our website at

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