Obituaries 03-03-2011

William Lowe

Founder and President of William Lowe Movers of Charlestown

William D. Lowe of Bourne died on Feb. 24 in the McCarthy Care Center, Sandwich. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Lowe was founder and president of William Lowe & Sons Movers in Charlestown.

Born in Springfield, he grew up in Somerville and raised his family in Marion. For the last 11 years, he resided on Mashnee Island in Bourne.

After graduating from Somerville High School, he served with the U.S. Army paratroops in the Army of Occupation in Japan. Upon his return, he enrolled in Boston University graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was a proud member and past commander of the Benjamin D. Cushing Post 2425 V.F.W. in Marion. He also was an active volunteer in many organizations and a fondly remembered Sunday school teacher at the Marion Congregational Church.

He was the widower of the late Carol F. (Orcutt) Lowe and the son of the late John L. and Jean (Livingston) Lowe; the brother of the late John “Jack” Lowe and Margaret “Peggy” Foley. He was a beloved father and grandfather and is survived by three sons, Duncan L. Lowe of Sagamore, William J. Lowe of Quincy and Douglas A. Lowe of Boston; three daughters, Heather J. Lowe and Edith C. Lowe, both of Plymouth and Margaret A. Lowe of Cambridge; 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was also the father of the late Bonnie R. Adams.

Funeral arrangements were by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. Burial was in Oakland Grove Cemetery, Bourne. Memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226, ATTN: Contribution Services. For online guestbook, visit:



Maria Francis, 44

Of Stoughton, formerly of Charlestown


Maria Frances died on January 29, she was 44.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Anne Jones and William Francis. She was the beloved Sister of Leigh-Anne and Gene Lawrence of Newburyport, William Francis of Charlestown, Jason and Suzanne Francis of Holbrook. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

There will be a Funeral service at St. Francis de Sales Church, 303 Bunker Hill St. on March 5 at 10 a.m.


Sarah Piraino

Quincy resident


Sarah A. (Diaferio) Piraino of Quincy, formerly of Hyde Park, died on Feb. 25. She was 85 years old.

She was the beloved wife of James F., loving mother of Angela and her husband, Vito Perna, of Hyde Park, Joanne and her husband, Arthur Massaro, of Charlestown, Marie Piraino and her husband, William Mateik, of Winchendon, Jamie and her husband, Steven, Morris of New York City and the late Grace Nasson, mother in law of Thomas Nasson of Dedham, beloved aunt of Marianne Keegan, loving Grammy of eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are by the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, Hyde Park. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Old Colony Hospice Inc., 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph, 02368. Interment in St Michael’s Cemetery. For guestbook:

Noreen Muscarella

Charlestown resident


Noreen R. (Mahoney) Muscarella of Charlestown died on Feb. 25. She was 75 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 53 years of Louis V. Muscarella; devoted mother of Debbie Fitzgerald and her husband, Leo, of Florida, Lois MacIntyre and her husband, Joe, of Winthrop, Carole Gosselin and her husband, Gary, of East Boston, Teri Doherty and her husband, Roger, of Charlestown and Tracy Scolari and husband, Louiz, of Boston; loving Nana to eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Thomas Mahoney of Holliston, and the late Helen “Marie” Mahoney, Dorothy Hanbury and John Mahoney. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801. For obituary and online condolences,


Russell ‘Raz’ Murray

Of Saugus, formerly of Charlestown


Russell H. “Raz” Murray of Saugus, formerly of Charlestown, died on Feb. 21.


A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he was a retired member of The Iron Workers Union Local #7, former Player/Manager for the Charlestown Football Town Team, former Coach of the Saugus Youth Hockey and Babe Ruth Baseball Teams, a member of the Malden Irish American Club, the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association and a recent employee of Stoneham’s Bear Hill Golf Club.


He was the beloved husband of 54 years of Evelyn (McNamara) Murray; devoted father of Brian M. Murray of Boston, Shawn Murray of Saugus, Russell Murray and his wife, Kathryn, of BaltImore, MD and Timothy Murray and his wife, Kristine, of Beverly; proud and loving Grampy of Griffin, Colin and Julia; beloved brother of Louise Pinard of Arlington, Robert Murray and his wife, Joan, of Medford, Paul Murray and his wife, Shirley, of Charlestown, Joan Gorman of Medford, Jack Murray and his wife, Marie, of Wilmington.


Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations in his name to the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, 15 Green Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. For Guest Book and Obituary:




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