Obituaries 12-27-2012

Henry Pat Welch

Of Charlestown

Henry Pat “Patsy” “Putzie” Welch of Charlestown died on December 24.

Originally from Charlestown, he spent many years of his life in Somerville, Medford, Boston, Lakeville, and Battle Creek, Michigan.

He was the cherished father of Mary Welch of Somerville, Patricia Welch and Patrick Welch, both of Lakeville and Richard Welch of Battle Creek, MI; proud grandfather of Addison Patricia Graham of Lakeville; son of the late Michael and Lillian (Orpen) Welch; a devoted brother of Theresa Lang, Edward “Ned” Welch, John Welch, Joseph Welch, and the late Loretta Welch, Mildred Wall, Lillian Boutilier, Richard “Dapper” Welch, Michael “Midnight Mike” Welch, Leo “The Cat” Welch and William Welch. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Brown-Flaherty Funeral Home, 261 Washington Street, Union Square, Somerville on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis de Sales Church, Charlestown at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be private. For directions and guestbook:

Raymond Porter

Of Charlestown

Raymond T. Porter of Charlestown died on December 22. He was the devoted son of the late James F. and Frances B. (Connolly) Porter; beloved brother of Lorraine Breen and James F. Porter, both of Charlestown.

His Funeral will be held from the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, 329 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, Friday, December 28 at 9:10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

James Connors, Jr.

Of Charlestown

James L. Connors, Jr. of Charlestown died on December 21.

He was the beloved husband of 43 years to Carol Ann (Guittarr); devoted father of James L. Connors, III of Charlestown and Jeffrey C. Connors and his wife, Eveline of Aruba; brother of Jane McLaughlin of Charlestown, Marie Marsden of Tewksbury, William Connors of Bellingham and the late Elizabeth, John and Arthur Dowd; adoring Papa of Jonathan Connors and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, 329 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown today, Thursday, December 27 at 9:10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Francis de Sales Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Doris Emberley

Of Peabody, Formerly of Charlestown

Doris A. Emberley of Peabody, a former resident for more than 75 years of Bunker Hill Street in Charlestown, died on December 22.

She was the daughter of the late William P. and Julia R. (Murray) Emberley; loving sister of William F. Emberley and his wife, Helen F. (Keigney) of Peabody.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy & Turnbull Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the North Shore Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

Joseph Heuston, Jr.

Director Emeritus of Financial Aid at CSU Fresno, California

Joseph W. Heuston, Jr. of Fresno, California, formerly of Charlestown, died at home on December 12.

He was born on January 26, 1940 in Boston; grew up in Charlestown; graduated from Charlestown High School in 1958 (where many knew him by the nickname “Sam.”) He played varsity football at Northeastern University; earned two degrees from Northeastern (BS, Education, 1965; MA, History, 1972); and lived in and around Boston before moving to Fresno in 1974. From 1974 to 2001 he was Director of Financial Aid at CSU Fresno, and in 2002 he was awarded emeritus status.

His parents, Joseph W. Heuston, Sr. and Rita Veronica (Amann) Heuston preceded him in death, as did his brothers Francis (Frank) and Lawrence (Larry) and his devoted canine companion, Maggie. He is survived by his wife, Paula Heuston, and two sons and their wives: Sean and Kelly Heuston of Charleston, South Carolina, and Ian and Shauna Heuston of Fresno.

At his request, no services will be held. Remembrances may be sent to Hinds Hospice (1616 W. Shaw, Ste. A-5, Fresno, CA, 93711), Valley PBS (1544 Van Ness Ave., Fresno, CA, 93721), or Doberman Rescue (P.O. Box 745, Clovis, CA, 93613).

Joseph Stover

Charlestown High School Graduate

Joseph B. Stover of Medford, formerly of Dorchester, died suddenly on December 16.

Born in Caviti, Philippine Islands, the son of the late Loyal and Louise (Smisek) Stover, he was a graduate of Charlestown High School, Class of 1962; husband of Bernice (Flaherty) Stover; devoted father of Joseph C. Stover and his wife, Diane of Medford and Michael Stover of Braintree; loving grandfather of Matthew, Andrew, Jacob and Joshua Stover; dear brother of Loyal “Butchie” Stover and his wife, Sharon of Everett, Linda Little and her husband, Richard of North Attleboro, Josephine Monreal and her husband, Ian of Brockton, May-Monreal- Gonzalez and her husband, Jerry of Florida, David Monreal and his wife, Michelle of Middleboro and the late Jean Angelone. He was the longtime companion of Jean Gordon of Medford and is sadly missed by Jean’s children, Hollister D’Ambra, Jason Theriault, Paul Humphries and their children Avery, Sebastian and Justin.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Criminon of Maine, P.O. Box 231, Boothbay, ME. 02537. For guestbook or obituary

Barbara Rotman

Secretary at Paul Revere School, Revere

Barbara J. (Ginnetti) Rotman of Revere died on December 15 after a long illness. She was 63 years old.

She had a long career with the Revere School System as a secretary at the Paul Revere School.

She was the wife of the late Alan B. Rotman; cherished mother of Melissa E. Ruggiero and her husband, Joseph E. Jr. and Matthew S. Rotman and the adoring grandmother to Samantha F. and Rebecca A. Ruggiero, all of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her devoted long time companion Richard M. Kelleher of Revere, several caring aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, Ma. 01970. For more information:

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ McLaughlin

Law Firm Coordinator and Lifelong Charlestown Resident

Eleanor M. “Ellie” (Bowden) McLaughlin, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, passed into eternal life on December 17 at her home following a long illness with cancer. She was 65 years old.

She was born in Boston on June 2, 1947, a daughter of the late Edward Bowden and Anna (Doherty) Bowden. She grew up in Charlestown, attended Boston Public Schools, graduated from Charlestown High School and worked as a coordinator for Bingham & McCullen Law Firm for over 27 years.

She was the beloved wife of 45 years to William E. McLaughlin; devoted mother of Christine Fitzpatrick and her husband, James, Colleen McLaughlin and the late William E. McLaughlin Jr. She is the loving Nana to Jimmy, Ryan, Braden, Jeremia, Frankie, Pattric, Pattria, Brenna, Adam and Great-Nana to Kayla and Teagan; the beloved sister of James Bowden and the late Anna Brennan, Edward Bowden Jr. and John Bowden and the loving aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tennessee. 38148-0142.

John Scoppettuolo

Of Medford, formerly of Charlestown

John A. Scoppettuolo of Medford, formerly of Charlestown and East Boston, died on December 17. He was 79 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of 26 years to Josephine (Ciulla) Scoppettuolo; devoted brother of Anthony Scoppettuolo of Wilmington, Eleanor Roderiques of New Hampshire, Julia Clausen of Florida, Mary Cimino of Medford, Josephine Scoppettuolo of Boston and the late Generosa Scoppettuolo and Theresa Shire. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in his name to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, Suite 500, Woburn, MA. 01801. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

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