Categories: Obituaries

Obituaries 04-11-2024

Barbara Butters

Long Active in Winthrop Church and Town Organizations

Barbara J. (Baxter) Butters passed away peacefully on April 7 at the age of 95.

Daughter of the late Clarence and Frances Baxter, she is returning into the loving arms of her husband, Francis “Bob” Butters. She leaves behind her children, Steven and his wife, Madeleine, Jeffrey and his wife, LindaMarie, Cynthia Schofield Draper and her husband, John and Edwin Butters, as well as eight grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

As well as being a wife and mother, Barbara was very active in Winthrop for many years, starting when her children were young and she was a Den Mother, working at Hub Floral in Boston and Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Governor Winthrop Nursing Home.

She was active in The Union Congregational Church, sang in the choir, and helped with their Thrift Shop while meeting new people. Making friends was a joy for her. After their closing she joined The First Church-Winthrop United

Methodist and continued with her faith and her love of choir singing and working in the Thrift Shop.

She spent a lot of her time at the Senior Center and among the many things there that she enjoyed, Bingo was at the top of her list. She was an avid knitter and many have the mittens that she loved making. She continued to knit as long as she was able.

For many years, she accompanied her husband to the Zenith Lodge No. 42 IOOF, where she was an adviser and helped with the Rainbow Group. She was a devoted member of the Women’s Group and she was Past Nobel Grand of Margret Winthrop Rebekah Lodge of #153 of Winthrop.

Services will be private and the family will announce a Celebration of Life in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA.02452.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA. 02152. To sign Barbara’s guestbook, please visit:

Annette Reilly

She And Her Husband Owned Tanning Salons and Distributed Tanning Products Interntionally

Annette M. (Mazzone) Reilly of Saugus passed away peacefully on Monday, April 1 at home after a long illness at the age of seventy-nine, just shy of her 80th birthday.

Annette, formerly of East Boston, Winthrop and Revere was a resident of Saugus for many years.

The cherished daughter of the late James V. Mazzone and Pauline (Paolillo) Mazzone, Annette is survived by her husband, Robert G. Reilly; her daughter, Cherylann Reilly-Tremblay and her husband, James Tremblay of Saugus and her son, Scott Michael Reilly and his wife, Lisa Reilly of Saugus as well as her grandchildren, Sophia Reilly and Scott Michael Reilly. Annette is also survived by her brother, James V. Mazzone of Rowley.

Annette was born in East Boston and devoted her life to raising her children.

Annette and Robert opened their first Tanning Salon (Tanorama) on Cambridge Street in Boston next to the Massachusetts General Hospital. It was the busiest tanning salon in Boston. Annette worked every day at their Salon. They opened their second salon in Boston’s South End (Metropolitan Tanning Salon). Robert and Annette opened International Tan Makers, Inc. (ITM) in Revere after selling their Boston salons. The Company (ITM) had distributors of its products both in the United States and in Europe.

Annette was a wonderful business owner, and being an international company, Annette and Robert traveled extensively (including China, Hong Kong, Italy, Russia, and Greece, among other countries) and they experienced diverse cultures and customs through their travels around the world. Annette loved traveling and particularly enjoyed cruising adventures.

Family and friends are invited to honor Annette’s life by gathering at the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Friday, April 12th from 4 to 8 p.m. Parking is available at the rear of the funeral home.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Saturday, April 13th at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery – Community Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. ?

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Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals.

Karen Ferullo

Humanities and Modern Language Department Manager at Suffolk University

Karen A. Ferullo of Lunenburg, formerly of Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly with her family by her side on April 7th.

Karen is survived by her beloved wife, Ellen J. Rhode. She was the loving sister of Robert “Bob” Ferullo of Winthrop, Lynn Ardolino (Ferullo) and her husband, Eddie of Saugus, Mark Ferullo and his wife, Carol of Winthrop, and Jeffrey Ferullo and his wife, Patti of Georgia; cherished aunt of Kevin, Taylor Marie, Edward Anthony, Chris, Carlie and the great aunt of Rowan.

Karen was the Humanities and Modern Language Department Manager at Suffolk University. She had an inquisitive mind and loved encouraging others. Karen enjoyed entertaining, cooking and traveling. Some of her favorite destinations were Aruba, France and Italy.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home today, Thursday, April 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 7:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Karen’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National MS Society, Greater New England Chapter PO Box 289 Canton, MA 02021 or go to or

Marie Teresa Doucette

Beloved Mother, Grandmother and Sister

Marie Teresa Doucette, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, passed away peacefully in her home in Winthrop on April 5th. In May, she would have been 88 years old.

Marie was born on May 15, 1936 in Belmont to her late parents, Angelina and Artelio Scarfo. She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Lou” Doucette, her brother, George Scarfo and her son-in-law, Anthony Cicconi.

Marie was the loving mother of Denise Cicconi, John Doucette and his wife, Doreen, Robert Doucette and his wife, Audrey. She will be missed by her grandchildren: Jonathan Doucette, Ryan Doucette, Danielle (Ben) Mills and Brandon (Reagan) Doucette; as well as her sister, Lorraine Letterie and her nephew, James (Dawn) Letterie.

 As a young mom, she spent many hours in the hockey rink supporting her two sons playing ice hockey. She loved attending St. John’s Church. She also loved the time she spent working at the Winthrop Arms and Belle’s, where she made many lifelong friends. She enjoyed going to Wonderland Ballroom to dance and spend time with her friends.

The Funeral Mass was celebrated in the St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop on Tuesday, April 9. Rev. Peter Graziano celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to her favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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

Mary Lou Callerame

A Beautiful Vibrant Soul

Mary Lou Callerame was called home by our heavenly Father on January 6, 2024. 

Mary Lou was born in Winthrop to Lillian and James Cassens on October 2, 1934. She was a

strong and independent child who placed a high value on family, country and faith.  She was a drummer and a competitive swimmer in school and developed a love for the arts and sciences. 

She will always be remembered for her quick wit, easy smile, and elegant beauty.   Her natural beauty was beguiling, and she won the Boston Blue Jeans contest as a teenager.

Throughout her lifetime, she loved sports and could be found cheering on her favorite teams, the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox.  She was a true sports fanatic. She enjoyed traveling, sports events, volunteering, patronizing the arts, stamp collecting and coin collecting.  During her lifetime, she supported many efforts to save endangered wildlife and loved the outdoors. 

Mary Lou was passionate about her family’s military legacy. As a teenager, she won a state essay contest for writing a moving letter describing her love of military service and respect for her father who was a decorated veteran and received the purple heart. She was truly proud to be a member of the Anasazi Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution(# 944913) and spoke often of her legacy of having five ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War.  She beamed with pride when she spoke of her family members who were military veterans.  Her love of country and family generated immense pride and loyal patriotism. 

Mary Lou had many admirable attributes including her strong Catholic faith, passion for the arts and passion for science.  Her spirit, tenacity and vast intelligence made her an anomaly and won her multiple scholarships, which she used to attend college and medical school. 

She graduated from Winthrop High School and went on to graduate from Emmanuel College of Boston in 1956. She was a trail blazer, as a female medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1960.  She served her residency at the University of Rochester, NY, with a focus in Pathology from 1962-1966.

She was involved in multiple studies and published some of the pioneering research works in allergy and immunology during the 1970s. Her works included groundbreaking research in Cystic Fibrosis, Ige and Lupus.  The foundations of her research are well known in the medical community and highly regarded.

She shifted to Family Practice Medicine in the 1980s and served the communities of Whitesville, WV and Lake Havasu City, AZ, until her retirement in 2010. She was well known and beloved in the communities in which she served.  She was known to spontaneously lend a hand or help someone in need whenever she could.   She was a member and president of the Soroptimists of Lake Havasu and was a long-standing member of the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. 

Throughout her career, she raised a family of six children and was a loving and loyal wife to Joseph Callerame for 49 years.  She was an amazing role model and provided guidance for her children throughout her lifetime and took great pride in her children’s accomplishments. 

After retirement, she moved to Phoenix, AZ to be closer to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She was an active member of the St Thomas Moore Roman Catholic Church in Glendale, AZ and volunteered in the Catechism.  Her faith was unwavering and she was so passionate about her faith that she considered becoming a nun after graduating high school. She also considered becoming an artist and spent many hours painting.  Her artworks adorn her home and the homes of her children today.  ?

Her final two years were spent In Baton Rouge, LA, near her children and grandchildren. She was loved by many and touched the lives of those around her. 

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her sisters, Grace and Marjorie.  She is survived by her half-sister, Amy (Jeff Kulesus), St. George, UT and by her children: Allen (Paula), Rochester, NY; Kevin, MD, (Paula Shamsie), Baton Rouge, LA; Pamela NP (Richard Waychoff), Surprise, AZ; James (Marie), Vancouver, WA; Brian (Paula Hoeffliger), Coarsegold, CA; and Keith (Meghan Bordeau) Albany, CA. Her grandchildren: Marcus, Rochester, NY; Chloe Baton Rouge, LA; Keegan Honolulu, HI; Marissa (Shaun Roberts), Buckeye, AZ; Michael, Surprise, AZ; Jack, Joseph and Jace, Vancouver, WA;  Han and Josie, Ohio; her great, great grandchildren are Nathan and Tierney, Rochester, NY; Aden and Noah, Buckeye, AZ.

Condolences may be sent to her surviving daughter, Pam Waychoff NP at 17268 West Straight Arrow Lane, Surprise, AZ 85387.

Mary Lou will be interned with her mother, Lillian Cassens; sisters, Grace and Marjorie and husband, Joseph Callerame in the Winthrop Cemetery. A service will be held on April 20th at St John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop at 10 a.m. followed by  burial at Winthrop Cemetery.

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