Obituaries 10-27-2010

Clare Kirk

Of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown

Clare E. (Murphy) Kirk of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown, died peacefully at home on Oct. 21. She was 75 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Paul P. Kirk, she was the devoted mother of Margaret M. Kirk-Ciardelli and her husband, James, of Quincy, Kerry A. Mahn of Quincy and Paul W. Kirk and his wife, Mia, of Chicago, IL; loving grandmother of Haley, Cara, Michael, Kaitlyn, Joshua, Emma and Hannah; dear sister of Mary Bell and her late husband, William, of Quincy, Eileen Landolfi and her husband, Edward, of Brockton, William Murphy and his wife, Cathy, of Quincy and the cherished aunt of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, Quincy. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy. For those who wish, donations in Mrs. Kirk’s memory may be made to Saint Mary’s Church, c/o 115 Crescent Street, Quincy, MA 02169. For more information, visit


Catherine ‘Muriel’ Thompson

Charlestown resident

Catherine “Muriel” Thompson of Charlestown died on Oct. 18.

She was the beloved daughter of the late William and Julia (Larkin) Thompson; devoted sister of Gertrude Connolly of Quincy and the late Marion Sererie, William, Joseph, Frederick, Robert and Monica Thompson.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Elizabeth Donahue

Member of many organizations

Elizabeth V. (Mahoney) Donahue of Charlestown died on Oct. 20.

Mrs. Donahue was a lifelong member of The Daughters of Isabella #1, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court Everett and The Old Charlestown Schoolgirls Association.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. Donahue (B.P.D.); devoted mother of Mary Costa and her late husband, Joseph “Jay” of Georgetown, Catherine Horgan and her husband, Kevin, of Bradford, Michael Donahue and his wife, Shauna, Edward Donahue and his wife, Janet, all of Charlestown; loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; beloved sister of the late Joseph Mahoney, Helen Hurley and Sr. Catherine Mary S.N.D.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook and obituary, visit


Mary Therese Haggerty

John Hancock retiree, St. Francis House volunteer

Mary Therese (Kenneally) Haggerty of Dorchester, formerly of Charlestown, died on Oct. 19.

She was a retired manager of John Hancock Insurance with 40 years service and a longtime volunteer at Saint Francis House, Boston.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Haggerty; loving sister of George H. Kenneally of Dorchester and the late Joseph and Francis Keane, Robert, Richard, John, Walter and James Kenneally and Margaret Wodjakowski and the daughter of the late Daniel and Margaret (McDonough) Kenneally. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dolan Funeral Home, Dorchester Lower Mills. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be sent to Saint Francis House, 39 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116. For information,


Virginia ‘Ginny’ Ahern

Melrose resident

Virginia D. “Ginny” (Denny) Ahern of Melrose died on Oct. 23.

She was the beloved wife of William H. Ahern; loving mother of William H. Ahern Jr. and Kimberly Rymsza, Tracey A. Moriarty and her husband, John, all of Melrose and Lesley M. Ahern of Charlestown; devoted grandmother of Jack, Maggie and Maeve Moriarty; sister of the late Sr. Mary Ellis SSND and lifelong friend of Jean Kerr of Middleton. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Research Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 or Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176. For obituary and to sign guest book visit

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