Obituaries 09-13-2012

Grace Hollis

Of Beverly, Formerly of Charlestown

Grace A. (Scalli) Hollis of Beverly, formerly of Charlestown, died September 6 at the Ledgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Beverly. She was 77 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late James and Mary Ann (Murphy) Scalli, she was raised and educated in Charlestown and graduated from Charlestown High School, Class of 1954. She moved to Lynn in 1959 and to Beverly in 1982 where she has lived ever since.

Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Hollis was employed for many years at Delta Electronics in Beverly. An avid Bingo player, she also enjoyed volunteering at the Beverly Senior Center.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, sister and friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary A. Gerrish and her husband, Arthur of Exeter, NH; seven grandchildren, Jacqueline Whitmarsh of Beverly, AJ Gerrish, Katelyn Gerrish and Amanda Gerrish, all of Exeter, NH, Derek Gerrish, Erika Gerrish and Kenny Gerrish, all of Sanford, Maine; two great grandchildren, Daniel Recupero of Beverly and Addriannah Bridges of Sanford, Maine; a sister, Mildred Scalli of Weston, Florida and by many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also the mother of the late Carol Hollis and mother in law of the late Michael Whitmarsh.

Her Funeral will be held at the Campbell-Lee, Moody Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly (North Beverly location) Friday, September 14 at noon. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Beverly Senior Center, 90 Colon St., Beverly, MA 01915. For information, directions and condolences:

Richard ‘Dapper’ Welch

Lifelong Charlestown Resident

Richard P. “Dapper” Welch, a lifelong resident of Charlestown, died on September 1.

Dapper was a 35 year employee of Revere Sugar Refinery, Charlestown and a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was the cherished brother of his twin sister Theresa Lang, Henry Pat “Putzie”, Joseph, Edward “Ned”, John Welch, the late Loretta Welch, Mildred Wall, Lillian Boutilier, Michael “Midnight Mike” and Leo “The Cat” Welch and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Brown-Flaherty Funeral Home, 261 Washington St., Union Square, Somerville today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Francis de Sales Church, 330 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne at 12:45 p.m.

Robert Donovan

Teamsters Union Member

Robert F. Donovan, formerly of Charlestown, died on September 9.

He served in the U.S. Army in Greenland and Germany and was a lifelong member of the Teamsters Union Local 25 in Charlestown

He was the father of Christina (Penny) M. Zelandi and her husband, Michael of Woburn and Stephen R. Donovan and his wife, Dessi of Manama, Bahrain. He is also survived by five grandchildren and his sister Mary Ellen Dizoglio of Epsom, NH.

Private services will be held followed by a burial at sea.

Joseph Dudley “Dud” McDonnell

Longtime Service Station Owner

Joseph Dudley “Dud” McDonnell died September 7 at  Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. He was 93 years old.

The son of the late Peter and Margaret (Greene) McDonnell, he was born in Charlestown on December 6, 1918 and was educated in Boston Public Schools. He proudly served his country as a paratrooper in the US Army during World War II.

He married his wife, Frances on February 9, 1948 at St. Cecelia Church in Boston. He was a long time Foxborough resident and owner and operator of the Harvard and Marian Mobil Station in Brookline until his retirement in 1982.

Mr. McDonnell was an avid cribbage player and New England sports fan, a long time New England Patriots season ticket holder who enjoyed golf and was a devoted father and grandfather.

The husband of the late Frances (Menella) McDonnell, he was the beloved father of Margaret “Peggy” Callahan and her husband, Paul of Foxborough, Irene McDonnell of Boston, Joseph and Joanne McDonnell of Foxborough, James McDonnell and his wife, Katherine of Kentucky and Anne Murphy and her husband, Frank of Mansfield and is also survived by nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, Foxborough. Burial with US Army Honors was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Foxborough. To light a special candle in his memory, please visit the funeral home web site at Memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Jane Rita Joyce

Charlestown Resident

Jane Rita (Keating) Joyce of Charlestown died on September 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Joyce; loving mother of Robert Joyce of Tewksbury, Linda Rose of Dighton, Rita Bolz of Billerica, Patricia Dillon of Belmont and Thomas Joyce of Billerica and is also survived by 12 cherished grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA, 02472. For more information please visit:

Joseph Pompeo

Retired Lorillard Tobacco Salesman

Joseph E. Pompeo died after a long illness at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on September 1 surrounded by his loving family. He was  76 years old.

One of two sons of the late Angelo and Marie (Burnham), he was a life-long Everett resident having graduated from Everett High School and Newbury College. After graduation and prior to starting his career, he served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a salesman for Lorillard Tobacco Company for more than 30 years.

He was the beloved husband of Sheila (Lubell) and the late Kathleen (O’Keefe);  loving father of Maureen of Nahant,  Joseph of North Carolina,  Kathy Santora of Charlestown, Suzanne of Nahant, Ellen of California and Dean Pawlowski of North Carolina.  He was the brother of the late George Pompeo and is also survived by seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Gerald Osterman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Contribution Center, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02146.

Christopher Kelley

General Superintendent for Skanska USA

Christopher G. Kelley died in Bedford, NH surrounded by his loving family on September 2. He was 52 years old.

The General Superintendent for Skanska US, Boston, he was the loving son of Claudia (Dolley) Kelley of Merrimack, NH and the late Edward J. Kelley; loving husband of Mary (Delaney) Kelley of Bedford, NH; devoted father of Sam J. Kelley, Sarah E. Kelley and Natalie R. Kelley, all of Bedford. He is also survived by two brothers, Stephen G. Kelley of Bensheim, Germany and Michael G. Kelley of Charlestown and by two sisters, Roberta F. Ross of Crofton, MD and Jennifer F. Sontag of Merrimack, NH; his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Delaney of Storrs, CT and by many nieces, nephews, an aunt and several cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford, NH. Burial was in Bedford Center Cemetery, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030. To leave an online condolence, please go to

Arthur ‘Bud’ Ridlon

Charlestown Resident

Arthur T. “Bud” Ridlon of Charlestown died on September 3. He was 84 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of 60 years to Eleanor R. (Abbott) Ridlon; devoted father of Ellen Gallagher and her husband, Ed, Stephen Ridlon, Doreen MacCormack and her husband, Mark, Maureen Ridlon and Karen Ridlon, all of Charlestown and Thomas Ridlon and his wife, Meghan of Windham, N.H; loving Pa to 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and is also survived by six siblings.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at the V.A. National Cemetery, Bourne. Memorial donations to The American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA. 02110 would be appreciated. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

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