Obituaries 04-05-2012

Cheryl Stafford

Former Member of Friends of Charlestown Library

Cheryl A. Stafford of Charlestown died peacefully on March 29 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice Center in Haverhill after a long struggle with lung cancer. She was 63 years old.

Born on April 29, 1948 in Jersey City, NJ, to Madeline and Charles Stafford, she is survived by her sister, Madelyn R. Stafford.

Having graduated from the Framingham State University Food and Nutrition Program in 2006, she was the first recipient of the Martinuzzi Scholarship Fund for outstanding academic achievement. Before receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, she worked for 20 years at Wellington Management as a technical analyst.

A long time resident of Charlestown, she served several terms on the Friends of the Charlestown Public Library executive board which attests to her passion for reading and love of literature. Her other passions included cooking and canning, and she enjoyed sharing her creations with family and friends.

She leaves behind caring friends Nora and Douglas Cannon of Georgetown, her beloved Goddaughter Laure Bernal Goldberg, and her longtime associate and friend, Marie-Claude Bernal of Wellesley, along with loving aunts, uncles and cousins in New Jersey.

We wish to acknowledge Cheryl’s wonderful team at Mass General Hospital, including Drs. Becca Heist and Vicki Jackson, the esteemed physicians who were instrumental in her care. They became her second family during her battle against lung cancer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cheryl A. Stafford may be made in support of lung cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Checks may be made out to Massachusetts General Hospital c/o Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Gifts may also be made online at

A Memorial Tribute will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. followed by visiting hours until 3 p.m. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport, MA. (

Ruth Nolan

Retired Winthrop School Teacher

Ruth F. (Ford) Nolan, a longtime resident of Winthrop, died in Chelsea on March 23. She was 95 years old.

A graduate of Girls Latin and Regis College-Class of 1939, she was a member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club and a long time communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church. Prior to her retirement, she was a long time teacher in the Winthrop Public School System.

She was born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Arthur and Genevieve (Gribbons) Ford and was the beloved wife of the late Joseph W. Nolan II; devoted mother of Joe Nolan and his wife, Maggie of Charlestown, Ruth Bing and her husband, Ed of Carlisle, and Bob Nolan and his wife, Dianne of Winthrop; dear sister of the late Gertrude, Arthur, Charles, and Raymond Ford and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, Ma, 02152. For guestbook, go to

Catherine Harrington

Of Arlington, formerly of Charlestown

Catherine J. Harrington of Arlington, formerly of Charlestown, died on March 28.

The beloved daughter of the late John and Catherine Harrington, she was the loving sister of the late Mary Peffer, Elizabeth Hackett, William, Frank, Edward, and Jack Harrington and is also survived by nine nieces and nephews, 15 grandnieces and grandnephews and 13 great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keefe Funeral Home, North Cambridge.  Burial was in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. For obituary or to leave a condolence, visit:

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