Doris E. Forsberg, 86

Doris Ellen Forsberg, 86, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy and Phillips, ME, passed away peacefully on Feb 12, 2018.

A longtime employee of both the John Scott Nursing home and Braintree After School Enrichment, she is survived by her loving husband Edward, her four children Linda Reimels and her husband John, Diane Graham and her husband Jim, Sandra Frangipane and her husband Alan and Russell Forsberg and his wife Marie. She is also survived by grandchildren Jonathan, Shannon, Nicholas, Patrick, Kaitlin, Kelly, Chris, Michael and Kristen.

Visiting Hours Thursday February 15th from 5-7pm at Hamel Funeral Care & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 26 Adams St, Quincy Center. Funeral Friday at 11am at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Braintree Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701.


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William J. LeBlanc, 94

William J. “Willie” LeBlanc, age 94, of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Pope Nursing Home in Weymouth, surrounding by his loving family.

William J. LeBlanc

William J. LeBlanc

Willie was born in Concession, Nova Scotia, Canada to the late Alexander and Lucy (Doucet) LeBlanc.  He was raised and educated in Nova Scotia and immigrated to the United States in 1956 and had lived in Quincy for seventy years.

He was a professional auto body mechanic and had worked for many years at the former Plaza Oldsmobile dealership in Braintree and Plaza Auto Body in Holbrook.

Willie enjoyed vacations and all types of recreational activities in Nova Scotia.

He was dedicated to his family and especially to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Beloved husband for sixty-six years of Dora M. (Comeau) LeBlanc.

Devoted father of Larry J. LeBlanc and his wife Joanne of Abington, and Alan J. LeBlanc of Clearwater, Florida.

Loving grandfather of Andrew LeBlanc and his wife Hannah of Hanover, Derrick LeBlanc of Abington, Ryan LeBlanc of San Diego, California, and Kevin LeBlanc of Abington.

Cherished great grandfather of Isla and Maylin.

Willie was the last of five siblings and is survived by many nieces and nephews in the United States and Canada.

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School St., Quincy on Friday, Feb. 16th at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. At the request of the family, visiting hours have been omitted and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Willie’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy.

You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.

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Albert Battista, 98

Albert Battista, age 98, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Saturday, February 10, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Al was born in Quincy to the late Ernest and Gaetana (Cacicia) Battista. He was raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1936 where he was captain of the wrestling team. After high school, he studied and received certification in mechanical design at the Lowell Institute School of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He was employed for many years as a piping designer for the Charles T. Main Company in Boston, specializing in paper mill construction. Al began his career in pipe system designing at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy working for the Bethlehem Steel Company.

Al was a proud World War II veteran having served in the U. S. Army as a technical sergeant.  As a platoon sergeant and as a combat light weapons NCO he participated in the Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central European and the Battle of the Bulge campaigns.  He received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions on May 2, 1945, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.  In 1945, he also received a Liberation of France Medal from the French Government.

He was a lifelong parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy, a member of the Holy Name Society, and was a well-known usher at the Saturday 4 o’clock Mass, still active just prior to his passing.  Al enjoyed gardening, spending summers with his wife and children on Cape Cod, and was dedicated to his family.

Beloved husband of the late Clara H. (Lorito) Battista. Devoted father of Ernest J. Battista of Hanson, Ellen J. Battista-Lerro and her husband Robert of Braintree, Russell A. Battista and his wife Theresa of Lexington, and the late Kenneth A. Battista. Loving grandfather of Michael and Marc Battista and step-grandfather of Vanessa, Roseanna Lerro, Amber Tuffo and her husband Anthony.

The last of five siblings, Al was the brother of the late Anthony, John, Edward, and Maurice Battista. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home on Friday 4 – 7 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.

You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.

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Francis C. Murray, 93

Francis C. “Frank” Murray, age 93, of Quincy, formerly of Jamaica Plain and Dorchester, died peacefully, after a period of failing health, Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Canton.

Francis C. Murray

Francis C. Murray

Frank was born in Jamaica Plain to the late Patrick and Mary (Carroll) Murray. Raised in Jamaica Plain, he was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. Following World War II, he graduated from Boston College, Class of 1950, and later received his Master’s degree in social work from Boston University. After moving from Dorchester, he had lived in Quincy for fifty-five years.

He was employed for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a public administrator in social services for over thirty years. Most of his career was spent in Boston, but he worked in Quincy prior to his retirement.

Frank was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s 75th Reconnaissance Division. He participated in the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central European campaigns and received various medals and campaign ribbons.

Frank was an avid reader and thoroughly enjoyed the works of his favorite author, Rudyard Kipling. He also enjoyed writing and compiled a wonderful collection of self-penned short stories and poems. He entertained family and friends with his keen sense of storytelling from the many interesting chapters of his life. Frank was also a history buff and enjoyed the wit and wisdom of his favorite president, Harry Truman. He followed the Red Sox vigorously and also enjoyed bowling at Olindy’s in Quincy. As the son of two Irish immigrants, Frank was also very proud to be able to trace his ancestry back to Ireland.

Beloved husband for fifty-seven years of Alice M. (Murphy) Murray. Devoted father of David F. Murray of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Kathleen M. Murray of Milton, Paul M. Murray and his wife Julie of Avon.  Loving grandfather of Emily and Ben. Frank was the last of three siblings and was pre-deceased by Eleanor and Ruth Murray.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, February 17th at 9:30 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation at the funeral home Saturday morning 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

You are invited to visit or call 617-472-6344.


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Billie J. Conti

Billie J. (Gilder) Conti of Quincy, Wollaston, died February 10, 2018.

Billie J. Conti

Billie J. Conti

Billie was born in Cross Plains, Texas. Survived by husband Frank of 74 years. Married during WWII in Pecos, Texas, where she met Frank at Pecos Air Base. Worked as a parachute packer and repairer for the Army Air Corps. Mother of five children, Patricia Murrell of Indiana, Thomas Conti of Braintree, Janet Whalen of Hanson, Robert Conti of Plympton and the late Frank Conti Jr. Grandmother of 7 grandchildren, great-grandmother of 3.

Mrs. Conti worked for 32 years in the Quincy school system cafeteria.

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. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Friday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

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

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