Obituaries 05-31-2012

Maria Kelley 

Of Charlestown, formerly of Germany

Maria M. (Sigl) Kelley of Charlestown, formerly of Germany, died on May 25. She was 53 years old.

She was the loving wife of 18 years to Michael G. Kelley; beloved daughter of Maria (Rest) Sigl and the late Joseph Sigl of Germany; devoted sister of Michael and Joseph Sigl, both of Germany; loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Services and burial will be held in Germany. Memorial donations may be made in her name to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA. 01701. To send a message of condolence, please visit Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown,

George Butler 

Stoneham Resident 

George J. Butler of Stoneham died on April 23. He was 89 years old.

He was the husband of the late Veronica G. (Foley) Butler; father of Steven Butler and his wife, Susan M. of Stoneham and is also survived by his brother, Paul Butler of Quincy; sister-in-law, Alice Hill of Stoneham; two grandchildren, Andrew and Shannon and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, Stoneham. Burial with military honors was in Oak Grove Cemetery. Those desiring may send a memorial gift to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, FL 6, Brookline, MA 02445-99224

Michael Walsh 

Medford Resident 

Michael P. Walsh of Medford died peacefully surrounded by his family on May 23. He was 45 years old.

He was the cherished son of Patricia (Polcari) and Frank Walsh; devoted husband of Rosanne (Spinali) Walsh; beloved father of Lina and Marlo Walsh; cherished brother of Kristin Walsh and her partner, Allyson Pifko, and Jennifer Walsh; loving uncle of Aidan Pifko-Walsh. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary-St. Catherine of Sienna Church, 55 Warren St.m Charlestown, on Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the children’s education are welcome. Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home

Ida Rizzo 

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston 

Ida R (Nardi) Rizzo of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on May 24. She was in her 96th year.

The beloved wife of the late Charles Rizzo, she was the devoted mother of Alfred Cataldo and his wife, Joann of Stoneham; dear sister of the late Virginia Romano and Victor Nardi; cherished grandmother of Joanna Cataldo-Walsh and Michelle Cataldo-Favaloro, both of Winthrop, Frederick Cataldo of West Roxbury, Joseph Fagone of Lowell, Kara Cataldo of Charlestown and Lesley McDermottroe and is also survived by her many adored great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded in the Chapel of St. Michael’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Mrs. Rizzo may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Mission Grammar School, 94 St. Alphonsus St., Roxbury, 02120.  For more information, visit:

Harold ‘Muggsy’ Miller 

Boston Police Department Retiree 

Harold J. “Muggsy” Miller of Hudson, Florida, formerly of Charlestown, died at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.

A Boston Police Department Retiree and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marjorie (Lake) Miller; his children: Charles and Susan of Charlestown, Rebecca and Fredrick Rivera of Hudson FL, John and Clare Miller of South Boston, Robin and Mathew Bryan of St. Thomas U.S.V.I., Roberta Flemming of Hudson FL, and Glenn Miller of South Boston. He was the beloved grandfather of Sean and Chris MacDonald; Guerin, Nicole and Charlie Miller; Meagan Bryan and Donovan Rivera.

Suzanne Donahue 

Died After a Valiant Battle with Melanoma 

Suzanne Donahue of Charlestown and Scituate died peacefully on May 21 after a valiant battle with melanoma. She was 40 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of David and Kathleen (Bailey) Donahue of Scituate; the devoted sister of Mark and his wife, Margaret of So. Portland, ME and Alec Donahue of Easthampton;  the treasured aunt of Eleanor, Alice and Miles Donahue of Maine, the granddaughter of the late Eleanor and Achilles Anastos of Hingham and Kenneth and Mary Bailey of Scituate.

Born in Boston and raised in Scituate, she graduated from The Kent School and Union College. Her life was full of enduring friendships, great travel adventures and a successful career in the financial services industry. In all aspects of life she brought people together with a gracious sense of style. She is remembered for her many kindnesses and her positive attitude. She was active with the Big Sister organization and the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

A celebration of her life was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Scituate Center. In lieu of flowers, Suzanne requested donations be made to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, 111 Old Rd to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, MA 01742; NVNA /Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061 or the Melanoma Research Fund, c/o Dr. F. Stephen Hodi, DFCI, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115. Dr. Hodi and his team treated Suzanne with great compassion and optimism. For an online guestbook, please visit

Paul Brassil 

Decorated Veteran 

Paul E. Brassil of Charlestown died on May 22. He was 68 years old.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a Purple Heart Recipient of the Vietnam Conflict, he was the beloved son of the late Thomas E. and Margaret (Toomey) Brassil; devoted brother of Margaret Cameron and her late husband, Paul of Hanson, Thomas Brassil and his wife, Pam of Florida, John Brassil and his wife, Marilyn of Charlestown, James Brassil and Sandi McKay of Revere, Robert Brassil and his wife, Lillian of Florida., Mary Luzzo and her husband, Vincent of Lexington, Fred Brassil and his wife, Linda of Wilmington, Richard Brassil and his wife, Joyce of Seabrook, N.H., Joseph Brassil and his wife, Deirdre of Bridgewater, William Brassil and his wife, Katherine of Charlestown, the late Dorothy Gavin and her surviving husband, Tom of E. Bridgewater, the late Rita Carroll and her surviving husband, Joe of Halifax and the late Maureen P. Brassil. He was the loving uncle of many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at the V.A. National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to N.E. Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

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