Obituaries 12-02-2021

Joan Morana

Devoted Mother and Grandmother

Joan (Fanale) Morana of Methuen, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Holy Family Hospital in Methuen on Tuesday, November 23. She was 79 years old.

Born in Winthrop on November 3, 1943, the beloved daughter of the late Michael and Josephine (Fiore) Fanale, Joan retired from Delta where she worked as a supervisor for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and was a great bargain hunter. Above all, she was a very de-voted mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Joan is survived by her loving sons and daughter-in-law, Anthony K. Mo-rana of Winthrop and Joseph L. and his wife, Janine Morana of Andover; siblings: Bianca Hill of Marlborough, Phyllis Fiorillo of Atlanta, Georgia, Ma-ria Holland of Fitchburg and Joseph and his wife, Patty Fanale of Bradford; sister-in-law Anita Fanale of New Hampshire; granddaughters, Madison and Amber Morana and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Michael Fanale.

Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Lucy Parish, 254 Merrimack Street, Methuen, on Tuesday, November 30.

Funeral arrangements were by the Burke-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main Street, Andover. Donations in Joan’s memory may be made to the Cushing’s Support & Research Foun-dation, at

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Francine Carroll Sabean

Retired Educator

Francine Carroll Sabean, 82, of Bridgton, ME passed away on November 20.

Francine grew up in Jamaica Plain and Winthrop, where she lived and taught English for many years before retiring to Bridgton, ME.

She attended Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Salem State University and New York University. Francine was passionate about her teaching career, loved a good laugh, had a flair for home decorating, and en-joyed painting, drawing, crafts, and flower garden-ing. She shared her life with many pets through the years, most recently her beloved dog, Elsie.

Francine was preceded in death by her parents, Jo-seph and Fran, her sister, Lorraine and her brother, Joseph. She is survived by her nephew, William Daly, Jr., niece Melissa Daly and great-nephews and nieces, Draco and Django Pacino, Krista Grotto and Hunter Carroll.

At Francine’s request, there will be no services. Please consider donations in her honor to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg, ME. To share

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Carol Ann Nicoletti

Of Winthrop

Carol Ann (Marino) Nicoletti of Winthrop passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, November 25 at 82 years of age.

The beloved wife of the late Walter M. Ni-coletti and the loving daughter of the late Gus and Rose (Siciliano) Marino, she was the devoted mother of Paula O’Leary and her husband, Daniel of Winthrop and Carla Boucher of Nashua, NH; dear sister of Lawrence Marino of East Boston, Louise and Rosalie Marino, both of Winthrop and the late William Marino and cherished grandmother of Casey O’Leary and Erin O’Leary Delaney and her husband, Pat-rick. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends honored Carol’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Wednesday, De-cember 1 before leaving in procession to Saint John the Evangelist Church, Win-throp, for a Funeral Mass celebrating Car-ol’s life. Services concluded with Carol be-ing laid to rest with her beloved husband, Walter, at Winthrop Cemetery, Cross Street.

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James Merchant, Jr.

Retired Engineering Draftsman; Recipient of the First Winthrop Irving P. Alexander Award in 1954

James H. Merchant, Jr. of Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home on November 28. He was 85 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of Helen (Riley) and James H. Merchant, Sr., he was a life-long resident of Winthrop and attended Winthrop schools where he excelled in football. James was the first winner of the Irving P. Alexander Award in 1954.

After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army reaching the rank of SP4. His military career led him to over 40 years as a Draftsman in Engineering.

He was the devoted husband of Sheryl K. (Biedrzycki) and the loving father of Jimmy Merchant and his wife, Kathleen of Peabody, Mark Merchant and his wife, Vicki of Texas, Sherry Pirkle and her husband, Greg of Georgia and Dawn Sinibaldi and her husband, Joe of Peabody; dear brother of Mary Swansburg of Wilmington, Claire MacDonald of New Hampshire and Ronald Cunha of New Hampshire and cherished grandfather of Jessie, Michaela, Julia, Joseph, Gianna, Shelby, Jaclyn, Matthew, Kara, Hailey, Braylon and Aspen.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation at St. Michael’s Chapel (Chelsea Soldier’s Home) 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea on Saturday, December 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the chapel immediately following the visitation at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with military honors in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

On behalf of the Merchant family, we thank the Chelsea Soldier’s Home. We will always be grateful for their care. 

Donations can be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 100 Summit Ave., Chelsea MA 02150.

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

Virginia Joltki

New England Telephone Retiree

Virginia V. Joltki of Winthrop passed away at home on November 26. She was 82 years old. Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Victoria Tomczyk and Michael Kobylarz and a resident of Winthrop for over a year, she previously lived in the Old West End and Malden. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, the Malden Emblem Club, various bowling leagues and St. Peter’s Food Pantry.

She was the devoted wife of Paul C. Joltki and the loving mother of Michael Joltki and his wife, Darlene of Winthrop, Michelle Scorzella and her husband Marc of Winthrop and the late Susan Joltki; dear sister of the late Stella Moroz, Joseph Tomczyk, Walter Tomczyk, Laura Caccia, William Tomczyk, Alexander Tomczyk and Joseph Colby; cherished grandmother/Babchi of Andrew, Ashley, Emily, Grace and Olivia and great grandmother of Paul Joseph, Angelo, Paisley, Gunner, Jaxson and Taylor-May. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and was a beloved friend and Babchi to many.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, November 30 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Committal was private.

Memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions 333 Wyman St., Waltham MA 02451. To sign the online guestbook, go to

Maureen Ann Delehanty

Devoted Daughter, Sister, Friend and Doting Aunt Who Was a Light in so Many Lives

Maureen Ann Delehanty, 59, of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 22. 

She was predeceased by her father, Edwin R. Delehanty and her brother, Michael  and survived by her mother, Mary J. Mahoney, brothers: Sean, Kevin, Brian and Terry and her sister, Noreen, as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

Mo loved her country and insisted on arriving in time to celebrate its independence, born on July 3rd, 1962.  She was a lifelong resident of Winthrop and was well known in town especially for her sharp wit – Mo maintained her incredible sense of humor even through her last days. 

Mo attended St. John’s School and graduated from Winthrop High School, Class of 1980 – she was so looking forward to attending an upcoming WHS reunion with her bestie, Kathy Hubert.  She remained a faithful parishioner of St. John’s, attending Mass regularly for as long as she could, proudly singing along with Tina to all of the hymns she remembered from the choir. 

She worked from a young age in healthcare starting at Winthrop Hospital, then served as an EMT and eventually settled in administration at Melrose/Wakefield Hospital and finally Spaulding.  Mo was a dedicated employee who enjoyed work and was great at what she did – she was devastated when brain cancer forced her into retirement. 

As much as she loved her job, Mo loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.  She was a devoted daughter, sister and friend and a doting aunt, Mo lived for football Sunday’s, coffee or dinner with friends, cheering on the Hubert boys and the Winthrop Vikes, and attending every single one of Jenny and Sarah’s recitals and plays.  She loved the holidays – Mo celebrated the luck o’ the Irish on St. Paddy’s Day, the joy of the resurrection on Easter and dressed up to take the kids trick-or-treating on Halloween.  Auntie Mo sent the kids letters from Santa for years and years at Christmastime and always made sure they had Santa hats for Christmas Eve – she enjoyed seeing Santa on the fire truck as much as they did.  Her spirit was infectious, like her beautiful smile.  Mo was a light in so many lives – may her memory be as much a blessing as was her presence.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Saturday, November 27 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Marie C. Petrilli Cancer Research and Treatment Memorial Fund at www,

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Theresa Domenico

She and Her Late Husband Enjoyed Baking, Cooking, Knitting, Playing the Piano and Spoiling Her Family and Friends

Theresa M. (Indresano) Domenico of Winthrop, originally from East Boston, passed away at home on November 30.  She would have been 89 on December 5. 

Theresa was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carmen S. Domenico.  They enjoyed travel, playing whist with friends and doting on their family.

The beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Lena Indresano, she was the loving mother of Robert Domenico of East Boston and Donna Boutin of Winthrop; dear sister of Joseph and Rita Indresano, Robert and Claire Indresano, Barbara Marley, Richard and Jaynee Indresano and Anne and James Scutellaro; lovingly cherished by her grandchildren: Joseph and Tabitha Noe-Byrd, Richard and Hattie Noe, Ashley Domenico and Nicole and Jordan Auriemma as well as her great grandchildren: Tomi, Lily, Gemma Noe-Byrd and Lena Auriemma.

Theresa worked in the medical field.  In her early years she worked at the Mass Eye and Ear and later for Dr. Alfred Famiglietti here in Winthrop.  She enjoyed baking, cooking, knitting, playing the piano, and spoiling her family and friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, December 3 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 the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Theresa’s memory to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL  33607.

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