Obituaries 06-07-2012

Hyman ‘Hy’ Osvar

A Giving Man with Gifted Intelligence

Hyman J. “Hy” Osvar died on May 31. He was 92 years old.

The husband of Charlotte Berger Osvar, the couple would have celebrated their 59th anniversary on October 25, 2012.

“Hy” was born April 23, 1920 in Winthrop to the late Aaron and Rose Osvar. He was raised and educated in Winthrop and remained there for the majority of his adult life; he was a “Winthrop Viking.”

Following graduation from high school, he proudly served in the U. S. Army during World War II as an airplane technician. Following the war, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and remained there until his retirement.

Photography was a lifelong passion of Hy’s. His passion turned into a part-time business and he had professional affiliations with Warner Brothers and Bachrach Studios. He was privileged to have photographed Martin Luther King, Robert Frost and Edward Snow.

He was a proud member of the Mason’s and the American Legion. He and his wife, Charlotte, were co-presidents of a Friendship Club in Swampscott and enjoyed ballroom and line dancing.

He enjoyed his time with his family and friends. He was an avid learner and historian. He loved to talk to folks and share his knowledge from simple things, such as how to get a stain out to medical advice to historical facts and anecdotes. Hy was a great correspondent and checked in with friends daily. He will be missed and remembered as a giving man with a gifted intelligence he loved to share. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Charlotte, are their daughters, Diane of Charlestown and Judy of Centerville. He was the brother of the late Irving.

A graveside service was held at the Puritan Mt. Sinai Cemetery, West Roxbury. The family will sit Shiva today, Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Barnstable Restaurant and Tavern, 3176 Main St. Barnstable, MA 02630. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter St., Hyannis, MA 02601. For online condolences, please visit

Mary Chin

An ‘Amazing Woman’

Mary (Gee) Chin of Charlestown died on June 1. She was 103 years old.

“Sixty-four years ago, our dear Mom was left a widow with nine children ranging in age from two months to 15 years of age. This situation would have devastated most women but not this woman–she was gentle, kind and loving but strong and determined. She did not despair; she had a family to raise. She kept us all together by working long hours operating a hand laundry. And though we lived through some very hard times growing up, she remained independent and resourceful, refusing to accept welfare. Mom was not fluent in English but she understood the value of education and encouraged each of us to obtain as much education as possible. She instilled in all of us the belief that with good character, some basic tools and a solid educational foundation, we could fully participate in the American Dream and take our rightful place in society.

Thanks to our remarkable Mom, we are all college graduates; most have gone on to graduate school and all are first-rate professionals in their own right. Mom taught us not to long for material things, but rather to strive for excellence in all things and at the same time to help one another and to help those in need. Like background music in our minds, we could hear her saying, ‘Don’t waste time. Save your money. Work a little harder.’ We are blessed that we had this amazing woman, this great lady as our Mother.”

She was the beloved spouse of the late Edwin K.S. Chin; devoted mother of Helen Chin Schlichte of Charlestown, Thomas Chin and spouse, May Y. of Newton, May C. Young and spouse, Jerome of Hartford, CT, Theodore and spouse, Jean of Somerville, David, Eleanor of Charlestown, Joseph T. and spouse, Susan of Wilmington, Francis and spouse, Wai Jit of Newton, and Philip A. Chin of Charlestown; loving grandmother of Janice and spouse, Farzan Rastinejad, L. Thomas and spouse, Lynn Van Ummersen, Thomas, Sara and spouse, Daniel Heckel, and Douglas and spouse, Lisa Young, Katherine and Elizabeth Chin and Alexander Chin; adored great grandmother of Jillian and Justin Rastinejad, Katie, Sarah, and Lauren Chin, Nadia and Ivan Heckel, Jailee and Zoe Young.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to South Cove Nursing Facilities Foundation, Inc., 120 Shawmut Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. For obituary or to send a condolence, visit:

Jeanne Marie O’Connor

Office Manager

Jeanne Marie (Gauthier) O’Connor of Braintree, formerly of Charlestown and South Boston, died at her home on May 31 after a brief illness. She was 49 years old.

Born in Somerville and raised in Charlestown, she was a 1980 graduate of Charlestown High School and has been employed as the Office Manager for Oak Tree Management Company of Dedham for the last 10 years. She was a member of the Teamsters Union #25 and formerly worked for Mass Port and UPS.

She had been a Braintree resident for the past 10 years and had lived in South Boston for eight years prior to moving to Braintree.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas B. O’Connor; the loving mother of Michael T. O’Connor and Lillian B. O’Connor; cherished daughter of Leslie J. Gauthier, Jr. and Winifred M. (Geysen) Gauthier of Woodstock, NH, formerly of Charlestown; the sister of Robert M. Gauthier of New Ipswich, NH, John T. Gauthier of Claremont, NH, Lesley A. Maher of South Boston, Frank J. Gauthier of Somersworth, NH and Nancy Oliver of Waco, Texas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Mortimer N. Peck- Russell Peck Funeral Home, Braintree.  Burial was at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Memorial Donations may be sent to Autism Speaks – 1060 State Road, 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or to the Seasons Hospice Care, 275 Grove Street, Suite 3-102, Newton, MA 02466.

Candace ‘Chickie’ Donovan-LaPage

Charlestown Resident

Candace A. “Chickie” Donovan-LaPage of Charlestown died on May 31. She was 74 years old.

A member of The Somerville City Club, she was the beloved wife of the late Alfred J. LaPage; devoted and loving mother of Kerri Allen and her husband, Thomas F. of Everett; beloved sister of John Donovan of Burlington, Lois Smith and Vincent Donovan, both of Revere and the late Jean Cahill, David and Edward Donovan and loving friend of Joseph Cyr of Somerville. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Douglas ‘Doug’ Titcomb

Boston Fire Department Retiree

Douglas “Doug” (Ret. Eng. #50 B.F.D.) of Charlestown died on May 31. He was 70 years old.

A member of Boston Firefighters Union Local # 718 and The Halligan Club of Charlestown, he was the beloved husband of 42 years to Elizabeth L. “Betsy” (Doherty) Titcomb; devoted father of Jennifer Hoffman and her husband, Jay of Roslindale and Douglas M. Titcomb Jr. of Charlestown; loving Papa to Danielle Titcomb and Emily Hoffman; beloved brother of Arthur Titcomb and his wife, Dolores, Richard Titcomb and his wife, Glendean, all of New Hampshire and the late Lorna Titcomb, Fern Connolly, Jean Mihalis, Edward, Albert and Joseph Titcomb. He 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 his name to The Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, 15 Green St., Charlestown, MA. 02129. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

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