Patricia M. Peterson, 53

Patricia M. (Garrity) Petersen of Acton, ME passed away on Sept. 30 at the age of 53.

Patricia M. Peterson

Patricia M. Peterson

Beloved wife of 25 years of Michael S. Petersen and devoted mother of Emily Petersen. Loving daughter of Noella Garrity and the late Thomas Garrity of Quincy. Cherished sister of Kathy Sweeney and her husband Richard of Scituate, Jim Garrity of Quincy, & Maura Garrity and Kristian Collier of San Francisco. Loving Aunt to Ryan, Kerin & Rowen.

Born in Dorchester and raised in Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1981. She worked as a dog groomer at Brian’s kennel for 17 years.

Patty always enjoyed spending time with family for holidays and celebrations. She enjoyed vacations to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Maine, Florida & Ireland.

Patty moved to her beautiful farmhouse in Maine in 2003. Where she enjoyed all her life passions, taking care of her horses and animals, gardening, cooking & starting a vineyard. Together with her husband Mike they realized their dream of opening their own restaurant, Emily’s Woodfired Pizza in Springvale, ME. Patty will be remembered and sorely missed by her aunts, cousins, and special friends. She was a caring, giving and loving person who lived life to the fullest.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home located in Springvale, Maine.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider sending a contribution to Grahamtastic Connection, 21 Bradeen Street, Suite 107, Springvale, ME 04083 or online at

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Melvia S. Sears, 94

Melvia S. (Peckham) Sears, 94, of Quincy, died Oct. 14.

Melvia S. Sears

Melvia S. Sears

Melvia was a graduate of North Quincy High School, class of 1939. She later continued on to get her college degree from Burdette College. Mrs. Sears worked as an executive secretary for 30 years at South Shore Mental Health Center before her retirement. Previously, she had worked for B.F. Goodrich Tire Service for five years.

She was an active and lifetime member of the Quincy Community United Methodist Church and was also a member of Sigma Phi for many years.  At her former residence, 45 School Street, Quincy, Melvia made many loving friends and played several card games on a weekly basis.  She loved to play cribbage and was involved in cribbage tournaments.  Melvia loved playing a nickel game and would play with anyone who was interested.  She loved doing crosswords and word search puzzles until she was no longer able.  Melvia also loved playing bingo and continued to play until a couple of weeks ago.  Melvia will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Daughter of the late Marion Thompson and John Sloop of Texas. Spouse of the late Everett Peckham Jr. and the late Ralph Sears. Cherished mother to Janet McGonigle and her husband Barry, Nancy Valorz and her husband Peter, stepdaughter Janice Kranz and her husband Doug and the late Barbara Longuemare. Loving sister to Janice Tibbetts and her husband Arthur. Dear stepmother to the late Lori (Sears) Munn. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Melvia enjoyed her time at Sunrise Senior Living in Braintree.  The staff and administrators were all involved in the great care given to her during her time there.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 2-6 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. on Monday prior to the Funeral service in the Quincy Community United Methodist Church at 11 a.m.

Burial at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

Donations in memory of Melvia may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, W. Bridgewater, MA 02379-1022 or to the Quincy Community United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 40 Beale Street, Quincy MA 02170.

See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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Marjorie I. O’Leary, 100

Marjorie Irene (Smollett) O’Leary, a lifelong West Quincy resident, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, at 100 years of age.

Marjorie O'Leary

Marjorie O’Leary

A 1934 graduate of Quincy High, she is believed to have been the last surviving member. In her younger years, she worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone and Sheridan’s Dept. Store in Quincy and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and St. Mary’s Senior Citizens. A founding member of the Emerald Nuts, a social club for West Quincy mothers, Marjorie also enjoyed knitting and crocheting and worked the St. Mary’s Bazaar for 35 years.

The beloved wife of the late James O’Leary, Marjorie was the loving mother of James O’Leary and his wife Sharon of Quincy, Robert O’Leary and his wife Debra of CO, Gerard O’Leary and his wife Dianna of Whitman, Mary Kati Shea and her husband Kevin of Tewksbury, Barbara Ashey and her husband Travis of Searsport, ME and the late Edward O’Leary, and is also survived by 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, a Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary’s Church in W. Quincy. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Donations in Marjorie’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 115 Crescent St., Quincy, MA 02169.

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Francis Edward Coughlin

Francis Edward Coughlin died Friday, Oct. 14, of an extended illness.

Francis Edward Coughlin

Francis Edward Coughlin

Born June 2, 1942, his friends called him Frank and his family called him Eddie. Raised in St. Gregory’s parish in Dorchester, he moved to West Quincy in 1970 with his loving wife, the late Elizabeth (Reeves) Coughlin, where they raised their two daughters as active members of St. Mary’s parish.

Eddie had a quick wit and loved to tease, he lit up the room at family parties and never missed an opportunity to be a prankster or pull a practical joke. He spent his free time in his garden, fishing, and boating with his late father as a member of the Milton Yacht Club. Above all, he enjoyed his family, especially his granddaughters.

He retired as a senior designer for the Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge where he helped pioneer the processing of instant photography and secure patterns revolutionizing that industry. Previously his work included collecting results data of the United States Nuclear Program in the South Pacific at Christmas Island.

Eddie is survived by his loving family: his daughters, Kathleen Galvin and her husband Sean of Quincy, and Patti McIntyre and her husband Dan of Abington, his sister Ann Fay of Canton, and his cherished granddaughters Shannon Galvin of Quincy and Victoria McIntyre of Abington.

He will also be lovingly remembered by his extended family: Mary and the late Bob DeMole of Burlington, Bob and Carol Reeves of South Dennis, William Reeves and Millie Dateo of West Roxbury, the late James Reeves, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m.  Burial in Milton Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Francis may be made to St. Mary’s Parish, 95 Crescent St., Quincy, MA 02169.

See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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Dr. Richard D. Houghton

Dr. Richard D. Houghton, 70, died Oct. 12 at his home in Quincy.

Richard D. Houghton

Richard D. Houghton

“Dick” was a devoted son, brother, husband and father throughout his prime years.  After graduation from Boston State College, he was a teacher at Abington Junior High in Massachusetts and teacher at Walpole and Concord State Prisons before being graduated from New England College of Optometry in 1975.

He joined the practice of Dr. Robert Moody in Waterville, Maine, beginning a long and distinguished career serving his patients and establishing Kennebec Eye Care.  Nicknamed “The Captain,” he loved leading outdoor activities including boating on China Lake, campfires, and surrounding himself with friends and family. Dick was a quiet, confident and introspective man who spoke most lovingly through his actions.

Richard is survived by his mother, Mary M. Houghton of Quincy; son Richard and daughter-in-law Yulia Houghton, son Charles Houghton; wife Rosemary G. Houghton; granddaughters Sarianna and Miroslava Houghton; brother Donald and sister-in-law Lynne Houghton.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy. Visiting hour prior to Mass from 9-10 a.m. in the Lydon Chapel for Funerals, 644 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02170. Interment in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice Memorial Healing Garden of HVWA, 304 Maine St., Waterville, ME 04901.

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