Obituaries 08-23-2012

Agnes Birmingham

Retired Chelsea Auditor’s Office Clerk

Agnes I. (McDonnell) Birmingham, a retired office clerk, died after a period of ill-health on August 19 in her Chelsea home with her children at her bedside.  She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Charlestown, she was the loving daughter of late Peter and Margaret McDonnell.  She attended Charlestown High School and continued her education at the Hickox Secretarial School.  She married John J. “Jackie” Birmingham in 1948. The couple settled in Chelsea in 1951 and raised their family of two sons and one daughter here and she has been a Chelsea resident for the past 59 years.  She worked outside of her home for the City of Chelsea auditor’s office as a clerk for 17 years before taking full retirement in 1991.

After sharing 37 years of marriage, her husband “Jack” passed away in 1985.  She remained devoted to her first parish at St. Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown and was also a faithful communicant and parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church in Chelsea. Her grandchildren were her five jewels of whom she was most proud.  A true people person she was truly loved by all who knew her.

She was a former member of the Supervisory Committee for the Chelsea Employees Federal Credit Union, Board Member of the Chelsea Council of Elder Affairs, Our Lady of Grace “Come as you are” group, and the “Charlestown School Girls”.

In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her siblings; Walter McDonnell, Mary Tessaro and Ethel Green. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy M. Birmingham of Chelsea, her two sons and their wives; Thomas F. Birmingham and Selma Botman of Chelsea and James C. and Jennifer Birmingham of North Easton, five grandchildren “her jewels”, Erica and Megan Birmingham, Jack, Adam and Allison Birmingham; a brother and sister, Dud McDonnell of Foxboro and Rita Griffin of Glens Falls, NY, and a sister in law, Joan M. Burke of Chelsea.  Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Thursday, August 23 at 9:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Frances de Sales Church, 303 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit Donations in her memory may be made to Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea or to St. Francis de Sales Church in Charlestown.

John Moynihan

Formerly of Charlestown

John J. Moynihan of Alton Bay, NH., formerly of Charlestown, died on August 10 after a long illness.

The devoted son of the late Dorothy F. (Green) Moynihan, he was born in Somerville and raised in Charlestown. After school, he joined the US Army and served in Germany. Mr. Moynihan was employed by City of Boston Fire Department, Fire Alarm Division

He is survived by his aunt Margaret Green of Braintree, and his cousins Peggy Gooden of San Diego, CA, Patricia Green of Quincy, Janet Bianchini of Middleboro and Daniel Green of Braintree.

Arrangements were by A.T. Hutchins, LLC Funeral Home, Portland, Maine. To offer words of condolence and share memories with the family, please go to

David Mehigan

Charlestown Resident

David L. Mehigan of Charlestown died on August 18.

He was the beloved son of the late Eugene and Nora (Burns) Mehigan; brother of Noreen Langone, Bridgette McLaughlin and Catherine McIntyre, all of Sandown, NH, Sarah Gorman of Hanover, Shirley Mehigan of Somerville, Ellen Snow of Charlestown and the late Eugene Jr., James and Edward Mehigan and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The Cancer Center, MGH Yawkey Building, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.

John Flanagan

John M. Flanagan of Charlestown died on August 13.

An employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, he was the beloved son of the late Patrick and Ellen “Nellie” (O’Halloran) Flanagan; brother of Patrick Flanagan of San Diego, CA and the late Maureen Everly and Eugene Flanagan; devoted friend of Judy and John Tibbetts and Kathleen and Thomas DeRosa, all of Charlestown.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Francis de Sales Church Building Fund, 303 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, MA 02129.

Virginia Ciampa

Virginia N. (Burns) Ciampa of Charlestown died on August 14.

The beloved wife of the late Sabino Ciampa, she was the devoted mother of Diane E. Mastorakis and her husband, John of Everett. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown.

Carol Pimental

Carol (Crowley) Pimental of Charlestown died recently.

She was the loving mother of Donna (Crowley) Curley and her husband, John, Cheryl Pendola and her husband, Steven, Carol Iacobucci and her husband, John, Theresa Diblasi and her husband, Phil and the late Brian and Tina Pimental; loving sister of Helen Sanford and aunt of Bobby and Mark Sandford of Rhode Island. She was a grandmother and great grandmother of many and a great great grandmother of one. A Memorial Mass will be held on September 29 at 7:30 a.m. at St. Frances Church, Charlestown.

Rose DeLuca

Charlestown Resident

Rose DeLuca of Charlestown died on August 18. She was 90 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Carmelina (Giglio) DeLuca; devoted sister of Carmella Kupchaunis of Charlestown, Fred DeLuca of Boston and the late Jennie Ingrassia, Mary DiSabato and Constance Hogan. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

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