Obituaries 03-23-2023

Florence D’Avella

Dedicated Community Advocate and Activist

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Florence Rita (DeAngelis) D’Avella.  Florence passed on March 6 in her 102nd year in her home in Brooksby Village surrounded by her family.

Florence was born in East Boston on November 8, 1921, the daughter of the late Amelia (Colantuono) and Henry DeAngelis. She graduated from East Boston High School. “Flossie” was employed at Western Union, Johns Manville and, after raising her children, for the Boston Public Schools for over twenty years. She volunteered for many years as a Girl Scout leader with her close friend, the late Rose Christopher. She was also a dedicated community advocate and activist with her sister, Dr. Edith DeAngelis at Trinity House and Camp. They worked to save Wood Island Park from Massport takeover and tirelessly participated in committees establishing Piers Park, the East Boston Greenway and the Belle Isle Marsh.

In the company of family and friends, Florence celebrated her 100th Birthday at which she was honored by both the Boston City Council and the Governor’s Office.

Florence relocated to Brooksby Village in 2005 where she was an active member of the community and was well loved for her generosity, kindness and shining joyful smile. While at Brooksby Village, she participated in many organizations, enjoyed swimming and discovered a new talent through her pottery.

She was devoted to her family. She was known for her cooking, always welcoming everyone into her home.

A loving wife to her late husband, Mario, she is survived by her children: Richard and his wife, Lisa of Winthrop, Patricia of Londonderry, NH; her grandchildren, Gabriella, Robert and Richard, great-granddaughter Aurora, as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Robert, Joseph, Catherine Zarba and Edith DeAngelis Ph.D.

At Florence’s request a private wake and prayer service was held at Magrath Funeral Home. She will be interred with her husband, Mario at St. Michael Cemetery.

Lynda McCormick

Avid Boston Sports Fan

Lynda S. (Bianco) McCormick of Winthrop passed away on March 9. She was 77 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Harold P. McCormick, she was born in Malden, the cherished daughter of the late Allen and Irene (Cartwright) Bianco.

Lynda was an avid Boston sports fan. She enjoyed watching all the local professional sports teams, especially Tom Brady. Lynda also had a “sweet tooth” and enjoyed tasting many fine deserts and candies.

Lynda was the devoted mother of Keith H. McCormick and his wife, Allyson of Methuen, Ryan P. McCormick and his wife, Jennifer of Winthrop and Sophia McCormick of

Lowell. She was the adored grandmother of Matthew, Michael and Shea McCormick, Haley and Emma McCormick, Robert and Derek Lambert, Nariya Haley and Toni Fincher and the dear sister of Candace Carr of Marblehead, Stephen Bianco of Naples, ME, and David Bianco of Bedford.

A Graveside Service was held in the Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St. Section) on Wednesday, March 22 at 12 noon. Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby

Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. To sign Lynda’s guestbook, please visit:

Eugene Cohen

Retired Proprietor of Schair’s Fuel Service

Eugene G. Cohen, AKA “Mean Gene” of Scituate, MA formerly of Winthrop died peacefully on March 20, 2023. Devoted husband of the late Penuel “Penny” Sullivan. He was the son of the late Israel “Itchy” and Elsie Cohen. Brother of the late Donald Cohen and Richelle Saunders. Loving father of Jeffrey S. Cohen of Winthrop, Jennifer A. Casey and her husband John of Scituate, and David B. Cohen and his wife Linda (McDonald) of Winthrop.

Beloved Papa of Emma, Jake, and Grace Casey and Olivia and Maxwell Cohen.

Gene was a proud member and Class President of the Scituate High School class of 1951. He attended Brown University as a history major, before entering the U.S. Army. He met the love of his life, Penny, in 1962, who he went on to share 59 wonderful years.

Gene was a very active member of Winthrop Little League and Winthrop Youth Hockey as a coach and father and also the proprietor of Schair’s Fuel Service until his retirement.

Gene was an avid reader and lifetime collector of knowledge, which he enjoyed sharing with anyone who would listen. He has left us with a lifetime of stories.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the graveside service in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Life Care Center of the South Shore, 309 Driftway, Scituate, MA 02066 or the National Museum of the United States Army, 1775 Liberty Drive, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Eugene G. Cohen, please visit our floral store.

Stephen Murray Koretz

Longtime Owner of Steve’s Family Daycare in Coolidge Corner, Brookline

Stephen (Steve) Murray Koretz, 80, of Winthrop (formerly of Brookline) passed away on March16. He was born to Robert and Gertrude (Trudi) Koretz in Boston and leaves behind his wife, Heidi Koretz, son, Nate Koretz, sisters, Ellen Koretz and Ilene Kidd, nephews, Lloyd and Andy Caplan, niece, Phyllis Heyburn            and friend/caretaker, Paul Doty. He was the longtime owner and proprietor of Steve’s Family Daycare in Coolidge Corner, Brookline. He will be missed by many former students, parents and friends.

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