Obituaries 05-24-2012

Paul Brassil

Lifelong resident

Paul Brassil, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 22, at The Whidden Hospital in Everett following an extended illness. He was 68 years old. Paul was born in Somerville on December 20, 1943, one of 14 children to the late Thomas E. Brassil and Margaret (Toomey) Brassil. He grew up in Charlestown where he attended the Boston Public School system and graduated from Charlestown High School. Paul enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on August 27, 1964 and served his country proudly and honorably and was wounded in action and recieved the Purple Heart for his injuries during the Vietnam Conflict. He was discharged on June 23, 1970 with the rank of Corporal. Paul worked several years as a technician for N.E. Telephone Company.

Paul is the devoted brother of Margaret Cameron and her late husband Paul of Hanson, Thomas Brassil and his wife Pam of Florida, John Brassil and his wife Marilyn of Charlestown, James Brassil and Sandi McKay of Revere, Robert Brassil and his wife Lillian of Florida, Mary Luzzo and her husband Vincent of Lexington, Fred Brassil and his wife Linda of Wilmington, Richard Brassil and his wife Joyce of Seabrook, New Hampshire, Joseph Brassil and his wife Deirdre of Bridgewater, William Brassil and his wife Katherine of Charlestown, the late Dorothy Gavin and her surviving husband Tom of East Bridgewater, the late Rita Carroll and her surviving husband Joe of Halifax and the late Maureen P. Brassil. He is the loving uncle of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Paul’s visiting hours on Thursday, May 24, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by his Funeral Service at 7 p.m. in The Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown. Interment will be on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. in the Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in Paul’s name to The New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, Mass. 02108

Gertrude DeRoche

Former nurse

Gertrude DeRoche, a resident of The Thelma Lacey House in Charlestown, passed into eternal life on Monday, May 21, 2012 at Neville Center at Fresh Pond in Cambridge after a lengthy illness. She was 92 years old.

Gertrude was born in Boston on January 28, 1920, a daughter of the late Henry and Anna DeRoche. Gertrude grew up in Boston where she attended the Boston Public School system before recieving her nursing degree.

Gertrude dedicated her life as a nurse at both the Holy Ghost Hospital in Boston and The Massachusetts Eye & Ear Hospital in Boston.

Gertrude’s Funeral Services and burial were held privately.

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Rev. Keith W. Perleberg


Rev. Keith W. Perleberg of Madison, Wisconsin and Charlestown died suddenly on May 15.

He was the son of the late Wayne and Laverne and brother of the late Roger and is survived by: Carol, his sister-in-law; Kelly, his niece; Michael and Andrew, his nephews, eight grand nieces and grand nephews, Rev. Leonard F. O’Malley, a close friend, and the rest of the O’Malley family.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to MGH Nursing & Patient Care Services, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 or visit (select “Nursing and Patient Care Services” from the dropdown menu) or to St. Peter Parish, 100 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. Online guestbook at Brown & Hickey Funeral Home 617-484-2534 — 617-547-1500

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