Deborah L. Steele, 60

Deborah L. Steele, 60, of Quincy passed peacefully after a long illness on November 13.

Deborah Steele

Deborah Steele

Born in Boston, she earned her Masters degree from UMass Boston.  Debbie taught at Quincy College for 10 years.

Loving daughter of Beverly Desmond of Peabody and the late Gregory Desmond.  Devoted mother of Ian W. Sinclair of Quincy, Gregory J. Sinclair of NC and Carolyn Bassett of NC.  Grandmother of Gregory, Cherilyn, Audrey, Violet, Danny, Gabriel and Shelby.  Cherished sister of Charles Freeman of ME, Mary Connors of AL, Jean Michon of FL, James Freeman of Peabody and Jack Freeman.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Friday at 1 PM in Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, Quincy. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Debbie may be made to This Star Won’t Go Out, 118 Billings Street, Quincy, MA 02171.

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

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Anna G. McDonough

Anna G. “Ann” (Mulkerin) McDonough of Quincy died November 12, 2017.

Ann was a longtime resident of Quincy. She is a late member of the Thomas Sherwin chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of American. She enjoyed traveling in her spare time. Ann will be remembered for always smiling and her caring and kind demeanor. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Wife to the late James “Sonny” McDonough. Loving mother to Ellen McDonough of Quincy. Sister to the late Mary M. Greene. Also survived by grand-nieces, great grand-nieces and nephews and beloved cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 2-4 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Agatha’s Church, Milton at 10:30 AM. Burial in New Calvary Cemetery, Boston.

Please consider donations in memory of Ann to St. Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, MA.

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Ruth M. Byorkman, 90

Ruth M. Byorkman, age 90, of Quincy passed peacefully on Oct. 31, 2017, at the Hancock Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Ruth M. Byorkman

Ruth M. Byorkman

Ruth was born in Hyde Park, the daughter of Clara Shepherd Muir and James Muir, and grew up in Milton. Ruth graduated from Milton High School, class of 1945. Ruth met the late Harry T. Byorkman in 1941 at the Wollaston Yacht Club in Quincy. Harry kept a sailboat at the yacht club and they would sail Quincy Bay together. Harry served in the Navy and finished college before they married in 1952. They were married 64 years before Harry’s death on Oct. 28, 2016.

Ruth is survived by her sons, Stephen Byorkman and his wife Jan of Weymouth, and Bruce Byorkman and his wife Sylvia of Braintree. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Kathryn Byorkman Gauthier and her husband Phil of Worcester, and Rachel Byorkman of Braintree.

Ruth worked as a bookkeeper at Walter Baker Chocolate in Dorchester prior to raising her family. Ruth was a kind and gentle soul. In her last years, people would often describe her as “sweet.” She cared deeply about her family and would often take her young sons to walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, hike in the Blue Hills to pick blueberries, visit the Children’s Museum, go bowling, or play Monopoly on Sunday afternoon. She would often accompany Harry on business trips and bring the “boys.”  Together they would explore many new places.

Ruth was most comfortable at home. She was a wonderful baker and listened to Gus Saunders’ cooking show on the radio daily. She was best known for her butter cake served at everyone’s birthday and her Swedish spritz cookies. When her sons were in college, she would write to one or the other daily while she had her lunch at the kitchen table.  She loved to sew and knit and taught both of her granddaughters how to knit.  She would love to hear about Kathryn’s knitting projects.

In later years Ruth and Harry traveled all over the world taking many wonderful trips together.   Ruth loved watching her granddaughters grow up and was delighted when they visited.  After two sons, she finally had girls.  Ruth was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  Ruth was also a long time member of Bethany Congregational Church in Quincy and served as a deaconess for many years.

A memorial service for Ruth and Harry will be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Peck Funeral Home, ‪516 Washington Street, Braintree.  Family and friends are invited to gather prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hancock Park Staff Appreciation Fund, ‪164 Parkingway, Quincy, MA 02169 or to the Perkins School for the Blind, ‪175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472.

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Pauline Rubino, 90

Pauline (VanHooser) Rubino, 90, of Quincy died November 10, 2017.

Pauline Rubino

Pauline Rubino

Pauline was a longtime resident of Quincy. She enjoyed painting, ceramics, sewing and gardening in her free time. She was also an avid reader. Pauline loved music, particularly Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Pauline also loved her cats. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Beloved wife of the late Charles Rubino, Jr. Daughter of the late James and Edith (Rogers) VanHooser. Loving mother of Charles Rubino and his wife Sheila of Hanson and Tony Rubino and his wife Valerie of Quincy. Dear sister to the late Claudine Miller. Cherished Nana to Chris and his wife Deanne, Nicholas and his wife Sandy, and Josh and his wife Angie, Rubino. Caring Great-Nana to Lucia, Violet and Vincent Rubino and Lake Weismayr. Also survived by cousins, extended family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday 9-11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pauline may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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

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Helen D. Furtney, 90

Helen Dorethea (Hassell) Furtney, 90, of Dover, NH, was born in Boston on January 27, 1927. She entered Heaven’s gate on November 6, 2017.

Helen Furtney

Helen Furtney

She was the daughter of the late George & Emma (Eisner) Hassell.  She was raised in South Boston and graduated South Boston High School, class of 1944.  In her teen years she was an active member of the Masonic organization, International Order of Rainbow for Girls and later joined Eastern Star.  On Oct. 3, 1957 she married her loving husband of 53 years, the late Morton Raymond Furtney, exchanging their vows at Christ Church Episcopal in Quincy.  They raised two boys, Kris and Ken, in Quincy and later Braintree. Later in life Helen and Ray enjoyed traveling, especially taking many cruises to the Caribbean.  Helen was an active parishioner at Christ Church, and throughout the years voluntarily served many roles behind the scenes.

After Morton’s passing in 2011, she moved from Braintree to the Watson Fields Assisted Living Facility in Dover, NH, where she lived the last nearly six years of her life.

She is survived by her son Kris and his wife Sheila of Barnstead, NH and Ken and his wife Patty of Pembroke. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Matt and his wife Kristen, Laureyn and her wife Lauren, Steven, Emily and Anna, and one great granddaughter Ellie Jane.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to John, Wendy and all the staff at Watson Fields for providing such superb care to Helen. Helen truly felt that Watson Fields was home and the staff were all members of her extended family.

Her funeral, to which relatives and friends are cordially invited, will be held Friday, Nov. 17, at 11am in Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Ave, Quincy, with the Rev. Clifford R. Brown, Rector, officiating. Interment to follow at 1:45pm at the MA National Cemetery at Bourne. The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov 16 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service, 26 Adams St, Quincy Center.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations can be made to either Watson Fields Assisted Living Facility, Dover NH, or Christ Church Episcopal, Quincy MA.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” – Psalm 56:3.

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