Obituaries 10-29-2020

Marie Diorio

Retired MGH Secretary

Marie G. Diorio of Coconut Creek, Florida and a lifetime resident of Winthrop passed away at the Broward Health North Hospice on October 25. She was 83 years old.

She was born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Carmelina (Santarpio) and Charles Accomando, she worked in reservations at Pan American Airlines and then went on to work as an executive secretary at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

She was the devoted wife of William Diorio and the loving mother of Joseph Diorio of Winthrop, William Diorio, III of Naples, Florida and Nancy Diorio Maylor of Manchester, NH, dear sister of the late Charles Accomando and she is also survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Sunday, November 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, November 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with interment in the Cross-Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

 *Attendees must wear masks and maintain social distancing in the Funeral Home, Church and Cemetery*

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Ralph Panetta, Jr.

Member of Winthrop Elks, Pleasant Park Yacht Club, Beachmont VFW and Sons of Italy of East Boston

Ralph J. Panetta, Jr. of Winthrop passed away at home on October 24. He was 90 years old.

Born in Medford, the beloved son of the late Mary (Cericola) and Ralph J. Panetta, Sr., he was a graduate of Medford High School and then went on to attend the Dale Carnegie School. He enlisted in the United States Army reaching the rank of Corporal. After his honorable discharge he went on to become a Master Mechanic working at International Harvester. He was also the Manager of Customer Service for State Equipment. He was on the Board of Directors of US Realty Development, LLC. He held the highest rating hoisting engineer license in the State and was also an engineering consultant at the Fort Heath Apartments in Winthrop.

He could fix anything. He loved clocks and could take them apart and put them back together without any instructions.

He was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, VFW Beachmont and the Sons of Italy in East Boston.

He was the devoted husband of Rita (Bomarsi) and the loving father of Ralph J. Panetta, III and his wife, Lynn and Mark S. Panetta and his wife, Debra, all of Saugus and Dr. Karen Panetta Heller and her husband, Jamie of Rockport; cherished grandfather of Christine Panetta, Mark Panetta, Jr., Sabrina Panetta and Benjamin Heller and the dear brother of Thomas Panetta and Anna Mae of Stoneham and the late Theresa Adelizzi and Jean McWilliams.

Services and interment are private. To sign the online guestbook, go to

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

Margaret Dowd

Beloved Mother and Wife

Margaret “Peggy” (Doherty) Dowd of Lawrenceville, GA, formerly of Winthrop and Charlestown, passed away on October 24 at the age of 94.

Peggy was born and raised in Charlestown, graduated from Charlestown High School and went to work at First National Bank in Boston, where she worked until she married and became a devoted mother. 

Peggy was married to the late Stephen T. “Butch” Dowd of Charlestown.  She is survived by Meg Dowd and Duane Frega of Lawrenceville, GA and Maureen and Vince Castiglione of Morristown, NJ.  Peggy spent most of her adult life living in Winthrop and most recently lived with Meg and Duane.  She was the daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Shannon) Doherty and the sister of the late Honey Chaisson and the late Daniel Doherty, both of Charlestown.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Peggy was a kind and compassionate woman who was always there when someone needed her.  She loved to crochet and was known for the beautiful afghans she made for the infirmed and newborn babies in the family.  She was also a great baker and known for her family favorite chocolate chip cookies!

She loved the ocean and during the summer, she could be found with her extended family at either Winthrop Beach or Marshfield.  Even after her children grew up and moved out of Winthrop, Peggy spent a lot of time visiting and traveling with them.

Beginning on her 80th birthday, Peggy became an avid cruiser and enjoyed many cruises to the Caribbean and along the eastern seaboard with her daughters and other extended family members.  For Peggy, happiness was being with family and listening to the sound of waves crashing under a setting sun.  She now has a bird’s eye view of both. “Rest in peace Peggy Dowd!”

Peggy’s funeral will be from the       Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Saturday, October 31 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St. at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.  Interment will follow at the Winthrop Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held    Friday, October 30. from 4 to 7 p.m.

Strict Board of Health pandemic guidelines will be followed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop. To view and sign her guestbook, please visit:

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