Obituaries 04-04-2013

Anna O’Donnell

Filenes Retiree

Anna L. (Losco) O’Donnell died at Oosterman’s Rest Home of Wakefield following a long illness. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere Schools and was a lifelong Revere resident until moving to Melrose for about 15 years. She retired from Filene’s of Boston after a 27 year career in sales and was a member of the Filene’s Quarter Century Club, St. Anthony’s Ladies’ Sodality, the Revere Smart Set and the Revere Patriot Club.

She was the wife of the late Paul T. O’Donnell who died in July of 1970; the cherished mother of Kathleen A. Milligan and her husband, Dr. Richard J. Milligan, DDM of Revere and Attorney Paul R. O’Donnell and his wife, Ann B. of Reading; the devoted grandmother of Karen M. Milligan-Frost and her husband, Matthew Frost of Arlington, Paul W. O’Donnell of Reading, Erin A. O’Donnell and her fiancée, Ben Gibson of Andover and Kimberly A. O’Donnell of Charlestown;  the dear sister to: Dr. John Losco of Lynnfield, former Superintendent of Revere Schools and the late Palmira Losco; mother in law of the late June Losco and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, April 4 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, (Route 107) Revere from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit:

Thomas ‘Benny’ Sexton

A Townie, Never Forgot Where He Came From

Thomas R. “Benny” Sexton, a 40 year resident of Melrose and formerly of Charlestown, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, March 27 at The Chelsea Soldiers Home in Chelsea after an extended illness. He was 77 years old.

Tom was born in Charlestown on March 14, 1936, a son of the late John L. Sexton and Agnes (Cunha) Sexton. He grew up in Charlestown where he attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1954. Tom was a true Townie and never forgot where he came from. He enjoyed attending the Charlestown Boys Club and playing softball down the oily. He enlisted in the US Army on October 7, 1954 and served his country with dignity and pride during the Korean Conflict. He was discharged on July 25, 1956 with the rank of Corporal.

Tom worked as an electrician for many years before his illness and was a member of The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, I.B.E.W. Local # 103 for over 31 years. Tom was a member of the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association, Bunker Hill Council # 62, Knights of Columbus, Light The Oily Committee and Bellevue Golf Club of Melrose. He enjoyed playing golf and making and repairing golf clubs, bowling, playing horseshoes and attending Patriots games. He also enjoyed his summer vacations in Marshfield for over 40 years.

He was the loving husband of 45 years to Mary M. (Babcock) Sexton; the devoted father of Thomas R. Sexton Jr. and his girlfriend, Jennifer Tozier of Ipswich and Kevin M. Sexton and his wife, Erin of Reading; the loving Papa to Madison Sexton; the beloved brother of Eileen Murphy and her husband, Paul of Cambridge, John Sexton and his wife, Lorraine of Everett and William Sexton and his wife, Carol of California; the beloved brother-in-law of Jean M. Babcock of Charlestown and Helen L. Babcock of Winchester. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Tom’s name to The Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, 15 Green St. Charlestown, Mass. 02129. To send a message of condolence, visit

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