Obituaries 03-10-2011

Shirley Kelley

Of Amherst, formerly of Florida and Revere

Shirley Kelley of died suddenly on March 2 after a fall. She was 76 years old.

Born in Woburn on April 26, 1934, she was raised by her loving “Aunt Minnie” Chapman. She graduated from Woburn High School and met Bill Kelley, a handsome sailor from Charlestown. They were married on September 5, 1952. They raised four children in Revere – Lois, Sharon, Thomas and Irene.

She and her husband retired to Springhill, Florida in 1989 where they spent many sunny days enjoying the beach, bowling, bocci, travel and their large circle of friends. ‘Bill’ died after a long illness in 2005 and Shirley missed him dearly every day since. In 1989 she moved to the Greenleaves community in Amherst to be closer to her family.

Mrs. Kelley believed that ‘The best things in life aren’t things” and lived her belief every day. She found joy in her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and all of their accomplishments. She rejoiced in the simple gifts of nature wherever she found herself – ocean waves, mountain peaks, the sunset from her window, fresh snow on bare trees, birds and bird song, the flight of a hawk, a family of deer walking through the yard, the sound of a waterfall and its spray upon her face.

She loved a good bargain and sensible shoes, a good laugh with friends and a stimulating conversation, children’s laughter and her grandkids’ good report cards. She loved a good book and the Sunday paper, current events and American history, Irish folk music, traveling to new places and coming home to her cat, “Max.” She cherished her friends at Greenleaves with whom she shared gatherings, good chats, dinners and card games.

She leaves her daughter, Lois Kelley and son-in-law, Jim Capistran, and their children, Caitlin and Jake of Amerst; her daughter, Sharon Kelley of Peabody; grandson, Jason Piazza and great granddaughter, Alison; her son, Thomas Kelley and daughter in law, Carol, grandchildren, Amanda, Brandon and Skylar and great granddaughter, Kelley, of Dracut and her sister, Rosalyn Massucco and brother in law, Arthur and their family of Natick.

Her children are saddened by her sudden parting but find comfort in knowing that their parents are reunited.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Young@Heart Chorus, 240 Main Street, Memorial Hall, Room 5, Northampton, MA 01060.

Mary Claire Boag

Of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown

Mary Claire (Collins) Boag of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died on March 5.

She was the beloved wife of William F. Boag; loving mother of Michael J. Hayes and his wife, Mary, of New Jersey, Daniel F. Hayes and his wife, Joanne, of Tewksbury and George D. Boag and his wife, Darlene Ponte, of Dracut; sister of Winifred Kimball of Medford, Virginia Spencer of Florida and Mildred McConchie of Reading and the late Charles, William, Timothy, Walter, George and Robert Collins; cherished grandmother of Emily, Colleen, Christopher, Peter and William.

Funeral arrangements were by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Contributions may be made in her name to American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St, 5th FL, Boston, MA 02210. For more information, visit

James McDonough

Milton resident

James P. B. McDonough of Milton died suddenly on February 26. He was 24 years old.

The beloved son of Dr. James M. McDonough and Margaret “Peggy” (Sage) McDonough, he was the nephew of Atty. Paul and his wife, Carla McDonough, and Judith McDonough, all of Charlestown, Sue Shepanek, William Sage, Jane Sage, Christine Sage, John Sage and Lisa Sage and Maureen Fletcher, all of Michigan; cousin of Conor McDonough of New York, Mathew Shepanek, Amy Chandler, Elizabeth Goncalves, Jennifer Dwivedi, Colleen Sage, Marty Sage and Rebecca Sage, all of Michigan.

His Funeral Mass was held in St. Bartholomew’s Church (on the Campus of St. Sebastion’s School) in Needham. Funeral arrangements were by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Milton. Burial was in Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to St. Sebastion’s School, 1191 Greendale Ave, Needham, 02492. For online guest book, obit and video tribute please visit

Catherine ‘Kay’ Graham

Of Wilmington, formerly of Charlestown

Catherine F. “Kay” (O’Brien) Graham of Wilmington,, formerly of Charlestown, died on March 4. She was 91 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late James J. Graham, daughter of the late Jeremiah and Annie (Sullivan) O’Brien and is survived by three sons, James J. and his wife, Gail (Deputat) Graham, of Tewksbury, Keith P. Graham of York, Maine, Kevin and his wife, Samantha (Young) Graham, of Georgetown; two daughters, Ann Marie Graham of Haverhill and Katherine A. Sirbak of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren: Kelly Serafino of Lawrence, Joseph Sirbak of Townsend, Brian Sirbak of Indiana, Michelle Guthrie of Florida, James Graham of Nevada, Dennis Graham of Tewksbury, Julianne Morse of Maine, Patrick and Sean Graham, both of Maine, Candace and Kayleigh Graham, both of Lawrence, Macadam and Laken Graham, both of Georgetown, Robert DeCoste of Haverhill and Ryan Silva of Haverhill; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; a sister, Ann Stygles of Wilmington; a brother; Martin O’Brien of Charlestown and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary Lee, Thomas O’Brien, Edward O’Brien, and Vincent O’Brien.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Burial was at Wildwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Lowell Association for Blind, 169 Merrimack St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852, will be appreciated.


Thomas ‘Sully’ Sullivan

Of Medford, formerly of Charlestown

Thomas L. “Sully” Sullivan of Medford, formerly of Charlestown, died on March 3.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion Post #45.

He was the beloved husband of the late Audrey (Finn); loving father of Kathleen Kreatz and her husband, Daniel, Maureen Hayes and her husband, James and Carolyn Sullivan, all of Medford, and Nancy O’Connor and her husband, David, of Stoneham; brother of Mary P. Sullivan of Charlestown and the late Rita Gautreau; cherished grandfather of Michael, Timmy, Danny, Amy, Ryan Kreatz, Kevin, Courtney, Chris Hayes, David, Sean, Kyle and Colleen O’Connor.

Funeral arrangements were by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis. For more information, visit

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