Categories: Obituaries

Obituaries 05-02-2024

Joseph Bertino

Life Member of Winthrop Yacht Club, Town Meeting Member, Member of the Point Shirley Association and Boy Scout Volunteer

Joseph A. Bertino of Winthrop passed away at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington on April 23, 2024. He was 83 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Mary (Iozzo) and Carmello Bertino. A resident of Winthrop for over 60 years, he worked as a manager in electronics for BLH prior to his retirement. He was a life member of the Winthrop Yacht Club, a Town Meeting Member, member of the Point Shirley Association and a volunteer with the local Boy Scouts. He was also an avid fisherman and traveled extensively to his favorite spots.

He was the devoted husband of Brenda (Beattie) and the loving father of Joannie Singarella and her husband, Cesare , Michael Bertino and his wife, Robin, all of Winthrop and Brenda Hunter and her husband, Morgan of Hopkington; dear brother of Annette Bertino  and Esther Bertino, both of Winthrop, Rose Bertino of Peabody and the late Carmen Bertino; cherished grandfather of Ashley, Kaitlin, Ava, Kiley, Michael and Reese and beloved brother-in-law of Norma Gobiel and Joan Pitts. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the St. John the Evangelist Church on Saturday, April 27, 2024. Services concluded with the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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

Steven Michael Montgomery

His Impact on Young Lives Will Be Felt for Years To Come

Steven Michael Montgomery “Steve” was born in Revere on December 29, 1970. He died unexpectedly on April 28, 2024.

Steve spent his childhood in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1989. He attended Stonehill College and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1993. He continued on to earn his Master of Arts in Special Education at the University of Colorado in 2001 and later earned his Certificate of Advanced Studies in Administration at Sacred Heart University in 2014.

Steve was a mentor, volunteer, educator, and administrator to kids of all ages. His impact on young lives will be felt for years to come.

Steve loved music, especially jam bands. He tried his hand at many instruments including the guitar, keyboard and a variety of percussion instruments. Steve enjoyed hikingth rough the woods with his two dogs. He was an advocate for dog rescues and fostered many puppies.

Steve was a beloved friend to many and maintained his friendships from childhood throughout his life. He loved music festivals, casual get-togethers, sitting around the bonfire, and laughing with his friends.

In his 20’s, Steve moved to Colorado with his best friend. While living in Colorado, he married and became a father to twin girls who were the joy of his life.

A year later, his family moved back to Connecticut to be close to family and friends. He was a devoted father who allowed them to make mistakes, learn from them, and encourage them to do what they love.

Steve was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and New England Patriots.  He loved spending time with all of his family in Winthrop.

He was the loving father of Anna Montgomery of Manchester, CT and Madelyn Montgomery of St. Petersburg, FL; dear son of Thomas S. Montgomery of Winthrop and the late Diane Montgomery; brother of Tom Montgomery and his wife, Heidi of Winthrop, Jennifer Barrett and her husband, Brannon of Colorado, Paul Montgomery and his wife, Maria of Stoneham; uncle of Emma, Ally, Sean, Thea, Sam, Jackson and Miles. He was the former husband of Jenny Montgomery of Connecticut and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Steve’s funeral will be from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Friday May 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church (St. Michael’s Parish)-Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held in the funeral home today, Thursday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please  make contributions in Steve’s memory to PawSafe Animal Rescue Inc. 348 Old Colony RD. Eastford, CT 06242 (

Thomas Francis Vargus

Retired Owner and Consultant for Mailing Services in Massachusetts and Florida

Thomas Francis Vargus, 78, of Debary, Florida, formerly of Peabody, Winthrop and East Boston, passed away at the Halifax Health Hospice after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was the devoted husband of Darlene (Anderson) with whom he shared 45 years.

He was born in East Boston on October 16, 1946 to James and Ethel Vargus (Ibraham). Thomas (Tom) graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1963. After graduation, he married, started his family and worked for several companies throughout the Boston area in the mail service industry until he started New England Mail Service that he owned and operated until he retired and moved to Florida, where he enjoyed golfing and rooting on his favorite New England Sports teams, spending time with his family and friends and most recently spending time with his only great granddaughter. Tom could not sit still for long during his retirement and he decided to open Lighthouse Mailing Service that he owned and operated for 12 years. He then went to work for Abbott Communications as a consultant until his death.

Tom cared and provided for his family, he was a gift to us all and will hold a special place in our hearts forever.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Thomas Vargus, Jr, and his wife Cheila of Everett, Timothy Vargus and his wife Joann of Winthrop, Kimberly DeAngelico and her husband Vincent (Sonny) of Jacksonville, Florida and Michelle Trefry and her husband Thad of Peabody. His grandchildren, Nicholas, JulieAnne and her husband Dan, Dena, Dylan, Amanda, Timothy, Jr., Lara, Jonathan and Guilherme and his cherished great granddaughter Sunnie-Marie.

A celebration of life will take place at a later time.

Memorial donations may be made to the Halifax Health-Hospice, Fund Development, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange FL 32129.

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