Obituaries 08-25-2011

Werner Bunschuh

Documentary Filmaker, Developer of Historic Properties 

Werner M. Bundschuh, documentary filmmaker and developer of historic properties, died accidently at The Maples, his home on The Common in Royalston, on Aug. 19 when he was removing a gutter and accidentally fell from the porch roof. He was 70 years old.

A resident of Royalston, MA and Charlestown, he was born on February 24, 1941 in Floral Park, Long Island, graduated from Boston University in 1965 and began his career in television and film. He spent much of his life renovating historic buildings in Charlestown.

In addition to his wife, Patience, and countless friends, he is survived by his children, Emily and Damon, his grandsons, Oren and Isaac, his brother, Ernie and his sister-in-law, Haydee, and their children and grandchildren.

A celebration his life was held at The Maples on the Common in Royalston. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Phinehas S. Newton Library, PO Box 133, Royalston, MA 01368. For more information or to share a memory, go to: www.higgins

Margaret Sweeney

Of Revere, formerly of Charlestown 

Margaret  F. (Donovan) Sweeney of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on Aug. 20. She was 102 years old.

A member of the Daughters of Isabella #1 and the Old Charlestown Schoolgirls Association, she was the beloved wife of the late James F. Sweeney; devoted mother of Margaret “Peggy” Battista and her husband, Gerald of Revere, Ann Sweeney of Scituate, James S. Sweeney and his wife, Christine DeConsini of Bethesda, MD., Stephen M. Sweeney of Quincy, the late Carol Lefebvre and her surviving husband, Edgar of Plymouth; loving Nanny to Stephen, Timothy, Suzanne, Matthew, Annmarie, Carolyn, Andrea, Gerald, Sean, Abigail, Jacob, Hannah and her eight great-grandchildren. She was the beloved sister of the late Joseph Donovan and Elizabeth Rogers and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Kindly make a memorial donation in her name to The Marian Manor, 130 Dorchester St., So. Boston, MA 02127. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Edward McNelley Jr.

Of Brockton, formerly of Charlestown 

Edward F. McNelley, Jr. a resident of Brockton for the past six years and a native of Charlestown, died August 14. He was 76 years old.

He enjoyed being with all of his grandchildren, watching sports, golf and fishing.

The son of the late Edward F. and Beatrice V. (Adams) McNelley, he was the beloved husband of Earlene C. (Love) McNelley; loving father of Cheryl Devane of Florida, Robert Wright of Bellingham, David Wright of Medford, Cindy Oberto of Mississippi, Donald Wright of New Hampshire, Steven McNelley of Quincy, James McNelley of Maryland, Karen Naymie of Brockton and the late Lowell Wright; brother of Christine Cowan of Charlestown, William McNelley of Charlestown, John McNelley of Waltham, Gloria Horrigan of Florida and the late Mary Coleman and Beatrice Byrnes and a grandfather and great-grandfather of many.

Memorial gifts may be made to Grace Ministries, 101 Main St., Saugus MA 01906. For more information: or call 508-583-7272.

Michael Ring

Michael Paul Ring, a resident of Charlestown, formerly of Dublin, Ireland, died suddenly onAug. 21.

Loving husband and best friend of Joanne (Olsson) Ring.

Wonderful father of Michael P., Matthew W., William A., Joshua A. Ring of Charlestown. Beloved son of Michael and Marie (Kelly) Ring of Dublin, Ireland

Dear brother of Darren, Kenneth, Philip Ring, Michele Lynch, Karen Kelly all of Dublin, Ireland.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangement will be from the Murphy & Turnbull Funeral Home, 322 Bunker Hill St., Friday August 26, 2011 at 9:15 a.m.

Funeral Mass will be at  St. Francis de Sales Church, Charlestown, at 10 a.m.

Relatives and friends invited visiting hours Thursday Aug. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Paul Ring Memorial Fund, c/o The Cooperative Bank, 201 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Interment will be private.

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