Obituaries 09-22-2011

John Carney Sr.

Retired Electrician

John G. Carney Sr., of Winthrop and Miami, Florida, formerly of Charlestown, died at the Chelsea Soldiers Home on Sept. 17. He was 93 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Old Charlestown School Boys Association, a former longtime social member of the Winthrop Yacht Club and an avid sports fan. Prior to his retirement, he worked as an electrician at the Charlestown Naval Yard for more than 40 years and later as an electrician at the Massachusetts State House.

The beloved husband of the late Elaine M. (Kirley) Carney, he was born in Boston, the cherished son of the late Daniel and Mary (Crowley) Carney.  He was the devoted father of John G. Carney Jr. and his wife, Karen, Daniel P. Carney and his wife, Bessie, Joseph M. Carney and his wife, Jennifer, all of Winthrop, Stephen F. Carney of South Boston, Mary E. Carney of Winthrop, and Maureen A. Carney of Miami, FL; adored grandfather of Andrew, Danielle, and Holly Carney, Ryan and Libby Carney, Emma Carney, and Sapphire and Martin Emmanuel; dear sister of the late Jane Fitzgerald, Margaret Hynes, Katherine Lombard, and Winifred Porter. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby

Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guestbook, go to

Catherine Malone

Charlestown Resident

Catherine B. (Madden) Malone of Charlestown died on Sept. 16.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. “Jock” Malone; devoted mother of Kathryn Perry of Charlestown, Ellen Casey of No. Reading, John J. Malone, Jr. of West Roxbury and Michael F. Malone of Duxbury; sister of Patricia Madden of West Roxbury and the late Margaret Partridge and Joseph Madden. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

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

Dr. James Noel Little

Chemist, Had Long and Distinguished Career

Dr. James Noel Little of Charlestown died on Sept. 14 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston with family members at his side. He was 71 years old.

Born in Kansas City, MO on July 3, 1940, the son of Noel and Isabelle (Smart) Little, he graduated from Center High School in Kansas City in 1958 and from University of Kansas in 1962 with a BS degree in chemistry. He received his PhD in analytical chemistry from M.I.T. in 1967.

Dr. Little worked for Hercules Powder Company in Wilmington, DE, as a research chemist before joining Waters Associates, then located in Framingham where he advanced to vice president of sales and marketing. He later became senior vice president of Millipore Corporation after the acquisition of Waters. He left Millipore in 1981 to help form Zymark Corporation in Hopkinton where he served as senior vice president. He joined Cetek Corporation in Marlborough in 1998, where he served as president. In 2009, while consulting and serving on the boards of directors of various corporations, he founded a new company, i2Chem, in Cambridge which provides state-of-the-art flow chemistry services.

Dr. Little is survived by three children, David Little and his wife, Kerri of Westborough, Matthew Little and his wife, Kate of Northborough, and Sarah (Little) McDevitt and her husband, Paul of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Karen Peyton and her husband, Roger of Drexel, MO, also survive him as well as his mother, Isabelle Little of Kansas City, MO. He also leaves six grandchildren, Autumn, Jasmine, Skye, Isabelle, and Jack Little of Massachusetts and Connor McDevitt of Charlotte, NC. He is also survived by Barbara Killeen-Little, his long-time companion.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the John Everett & Sons Funeral Home, Natick Common. Burial was private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or by visiting To send the family online condolences please visit

Mary Theresa Linnane

Reading resident

Mary Theresa (O’Hara) Linnane of Reading, formerly of Medford, died on Sept. 14.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph M. Linnane; devoted mother of Rev. Brian F. Linnane S.J. of Loyola University, Maryland; Michael J. and his wife, Susan Linnane of Medford; Maureen L. and her husband, Gary Branch of Natick and Denis P. Linnane and his wife, Stephanie Ranzo Linnane of Winchester; cherished sister of Pauline E. O’Hara of Framingham and loving grandmother of Kathryn, Patrick, William, and Matthew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Reading. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society : Breast Cancer Research, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or The Jesuits, P.O. Box 9199, Watertown, MA 02471-9199 will be appreciated. For information and on line guest book visit

Frank Mittan

Of  Bellingham, formerly of Charlestown

Frank Mittan of Bellingham, formerly of Charlestown, died on Sept. 13.

He was the beloved husband of Judith M. (Wellman) Mittan; father of Matthew J. Mittan and his wife, Amelia L. of Asheville, NC and Kara M. Courtois and her husband, Jason C. of Bellingham; grandfather of Jarod B., Aaron M., Gage R., Andrew T. and Aurora B.; brother of William Shea and his wife, Elke of Radcliffe, KY and Edward Mittan and his wife, Marilyn of Somerville. He is also survived by his beloved aunt, Betty King of Somerville and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ginley-Crowley Funeral Home, Medway. Memorial donations may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation (

Audrey Szymczuk

Formerly of Charlestown

Audrey T. (Holland) Szymczuk of Randolph, formerly of Charlestown and Dorchester died on Sept. 14 at South Shore Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was 82 years old.

Born in Boston where she grew up and was educated there and dropped out of school at the age of 15 to become a taxi dispatcher to help her family.  She never graduated high school and when one of her children contemplated dropping out, she went back to school herself and got her GED.

Audrey, who summered for over 44 years at her cottage in Plymouth, loved laughing, singing, playing cards and Scrabble.  She was a great cook and hosted large dinners for family almost every holiday for many years.  She was a long time employee nurse’s aide at the Massachusetts Hospital School, Canton.

She was the beloved wife of the late Henry G. Szymczuk; the loving mother of Gary F. Szymczuk and his wife, Mary of Milton, Sandra Avola and her husband, Ronald of Melrose, Jill Szymczuk of Randolph, Dana Szymczuk and his wife, Theresa of South Weymouth, Chris Szymczuk and his wife, Cheryl of Bridgewater and Mary Ann Szymczuk of Brockton; the devoted sister of William Holland of Plymouth, Springfield and Florida, Edward Holland of New York, and the late Leo Holland and the late Rose Foley, dear “Nana” to Colleen, Kathleen, Zachary, John, Chris Henry Jr., Amanda, Evan, and Thomas.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 211 North Main Street, Randolph followed by a celebration of her life.  Final arrangements are under the direction of the Cartwright Funeral Home.  There are no other visiting hours and burial, with her husband of more than 50 years, will be private.    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to South Shore Elder Services, 1515 Washington Street, Braintree 02184 or South Shore Hospital, 55 Fogg Road, South Weymouth, MA 02190.  For additional information, directions or to leave a sympathy message visit the Cartwright Funeral Home website at

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