Nancy C. Coletti, 85

Nancy C. (Flaim) Coletti, age 85, of South Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Nancy C. Coletti

For fifty-one years, Nancy was the beloved and devoted wife of Robert A. Coletti, until his passing in 2010.

Devoted mother of Lisa M. O’Sullivan of South Weymouth, Robert S. Coletti and his wife Rita of Norfolk, and Diane N. Wilcox and her husband Michael of South Weymouth. Her greatest joy was being a mom, a grandmother to her five grandchildren, Kevin, Marina, Jessica, Matthew, and Anthony, and spending time with her family.

Nancy was born and raised in Quincy, and was predeceased by her parents, Bertolo and Vittoria A. (Salvini) Flaim. Nancy is survived by her loving sister, Sylvia L. Johnson of Warwick, R.I. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Raised and educated in Quincy, Nancy was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1953. Nancy lived the majority of her life in Quincy, and lived in South Weymouth with her family for the past eight years.

Nancy worked at the former Quincy Medical Center as a medical stenographer for over forty years and retired in 2010.

Nancy possessed unrelenting strength while being the kindest, gentlest soul. She lived life with a laugh and a smile. She lived life by hard work and doing what was right. She lived life with an appreciation for the little, important things. Her family and everyone who met her is blessed to live by her example, and we know she will always be with us.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, April 5, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Tuesday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Boston Higashi School, 800 North Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368.

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

Jean A. MacFaun, 63

Jean Ann MacFaun, age 63, of Quincy, formerly of Brockton, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Boston, after a four-year battle with cancer.

Jean A. MacFaun

Jean grew up in Brockton and was a graduate of art and design from Southeastern Voc. Tech in 1976.  Jean spent the last 30 years of employment at Volume Apparel of Stoughton and Wash N’ Dry Laundromat of Quincy.

She loved music, shopping, and just going out for joy rides in her car.  Jean was a people’s person and touched many of hearts with her wonderful personality.  This Angel will always be loved, remembered and missed forever.

Jean was the beloved daughter of Janice MacFaun (DeLaKoski) and the late Clayton W. MacFaun of Brockton; loving sister to Mark J. MacFaun and his wife Ying MacFaun of Florida and loving sister to Andrea J. Diamond of Brockton.

Family and friends are welcome to the visiting hours at the Ashley Funeral Home, 35 Oak Street, Middleborough, on Wednesday April 7, 2021, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

A face mask must be worn and social distance rules must be followed at all times.

Funeral and Interment services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jean’s memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell, Attention: Donations, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

For online condolences and directions, please visit our website: ashleydrolettefuneralhome.com.

Father Bill’s Getting $4M From State For New Building

By SCOTT JACKSON

The state will provide $4 million to Father Bill’s & MainSpring to help pay for the construction of a new housing resource center that will replace the organization’s shelter in Quincy.

Gov. Charlie Baker announced the $4 million grant for the project during a press conference Wednesday morning at Father Bill’s, joined by House Speaker Ronald Mariano, Sen. John Keenan, Mayor Thomas Koch and FBMS President & CEO John Yazwinski, among others.

The $4 million the organization received was among $20 million awarded for various housing projects statewide. Baker said more housing must be built across the state to help bring down housing costs.

“Housing is expensive in Massachusetts, we all know that, but one of the reasons it is expensive is because we don’t make enough of it of any kind – senior housing, supportive housing, rental housing, workforce housing, affordable housing. The simple truth is, for the past 30 years or so, we have been building about half the supply we need to actually serve our population,” the governor said.

“I really do hope coming out of the pandemic one of the things we are able to do is put a lot of shovels in the ground all over the commonwealth to create a lot of housing capacity that we so desperately need.”

Father Bill’s new housing resource center will be located at 39 Broad St., across the street from the organization’s current location at 38 Broad St. The latter building will be razed as part of the city’s plan to build a new public safety headquarters nearby.

Koch said the housing resource center will represent a new beginning for Father Bill’s and the clients it serves.

“Easter and springtime is really all about new beginnings. This here today, what we are talking about, is really new beginnings for Father Bill’s, the staff and certainly the recipients of the good care that goes on here,” Koch said. “I’m proud to be here.”

Yazwinski said he first pitched plans for the new housing resource center to his organization’s board of directors in 2015. The new model, he explained, “isn’t just a shelter.”

“It does prevention, it does diversion, it does rapid rehousing and it builds permanent housing,” Yazwinski said.

“Thank you to our board of directors for believing in this vision, believing in best practices, because today, those goals are coming true.”

Yazwinski also thanked the mayor, the Quincy City Council and local state legislators for their support of the project.

“All of you at the local level gave us the political will to get this project funded so here we are,” he said. “It is happening.”

Yazwinski said he was optimistic Father Bill’s would get good news later this year about its proposal to build 30 units of housing, which would be located next to the housing resource center.

To construct both buildings, Yazwinski said Father Bill’s needed to raise $7.5 million.

“I am happy to say today we have already raised – and we haven’t even started the campaign – $3.2 million from the private community,” he said. “What you see though from the private donors is what you see here – the excitement about changing the model.

“We will not manage homelessness. We will end it.”

Genevieve Commesso, 60

Genevieve “Jenny” Commesso, 60, of Quincy passed away March 20, 2021.

Genevieve Commesso

Loving mother of Cody Brown and Tammy Commesso, both of Quincy.  Daughter of Jim Commesso and his wife Shirley of Middleboro and the late Margaret Downey and her husband Steve of Hingham.  Cherished partner of Norman Brown. Jenny was the oldest of 7 children, devoted sister of Peggy Millen and her husband Mel of Rockland, Nicky Commesso of Hingham, Bob Commesso of Marshfield, Mary Hinghston and her husband Bill of Kingston, Jean Downey and her companion Wally Erickson of Florida and the late Ricky Downey.  Grandmother of two, she is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Ms. Commesso was known for being very big hearted and would help anyone she knew. She loved babies and animals, often bringing stray animals home with her.  She especially enjoyed the sunshine and going to the beach.

Family and friends are invited to attend the visitation for Jenny on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 12pm to 2pm at Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of MA, 650 Hancock St.

Interment following at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Rockland.

For more information and online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.

‘Hang On A Little Longer,’ CDC Director Says During Boston Visit

By SCOTT JACKSON

During a visit Boston’s Hynes Convention on Tuesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said there is hope on the horizon as more and more Americans get their COVID-19 vaccinations, but said it was important to keep taking steps to stop the spread of the virus.

Walensky toured the Hynes Convention Tuesday afternoon, along with Gov. Charlie Baker FEMA Administrator Robert Fenton, and other state and federal officials. FEMA will be using the Hynes Convention Center as a vaccination site over the next eight weeks and will be able give up to 6,000 shots per day – on top of the 1,000 shots a day that will come from the state-run mass vaccination center at the same location.

Walensky, who was previously chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases as Massachusetts General Hospital, said there is reason for hope across the country.

“We have so much reason for hope,” she told reporters following the tour. “We have 95 million Americans vaccinated with one dose of a vaccine and 53 million Americans who are fully vaccinated.”

She tempered that news about vaccination rates by noting case rates are on the rise, both nationwide and in Massachusetts.

“We are currently in this country at 61,000 new infections a day – a 13 percent increase from last week at this time,” Walensky said.

“So, while we have so much hope on the horizon, we are asking you to hang on just a little bit longer. Wear your masks, continue to distance and do the things that keep you safe.”

Walensky’s visit to Boston on Tuesday came one day after she warned that she was beginning to get a sense of “impending doom” during a White House COVID-19 briefing. On Tuesday, she said a new surge in cases remains preventable.

“When I said I had a feeling of impending doom, it is sort of this feeling I have had surge after surge serving on the front lines at Massachusetts General Hospital and recognizing that right now it is preventable,” Walensky said.

“We know what we need to do to stop the surge, and we would ask everybody to go ahead and do that.”

The CDC director said she had spoken to the nation’s governors earlier on Tuesday and encouraged them to issue mask mandates, like Massachusetts has done. She declined to comment on what the Bay State could have done differently amid the pandemic, but said she was encouraged about how many residents continue to wear masks and by the state’s vaccination rate.

“I’m not going to comment on individual states. What I will say I am really pleased to see that everybody here is masked, everybody outside is masked, and people are doing their part to try and contain the virus here in Massachusetts,” Walensky said.

“Massachusetts has a higher vaccination rate – one in five – than the national average and I am really encouraged.”

Baker said the opening of the FEMA vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center would “significantly increase doses and access for some of the most disproportionally impacted communities here in the commonwealth.” The opening of the FEMA site, he added, would not hinder the state’s vaccination efforts at the same location.

The Hynes Convention Center is one of seven mass vaccination sites run by the state; others include the Reggie Lewis Center, which is also in Boston, and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. There are more than 200 vaccination sites open statewide.

The state is set to receive 382,000 total doses this week from the federal government, Baker said Tuesday, including 215,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 137,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine and 40,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The federal government is shipping an additional 252,000 doses directly to pharmacies and community health centers.

All Bay State residents over the age of 60 are currently eligible to get vaccinated, as are certain essential workers and those with two or more qualifying health conditions. Residents over the age of 55 and those with one qualifying health condition will become eligible for the vaccine on April 5 and all residents over the age of 16 will be eligible two weeks later on April 19.

All residents can preregister for an appointment at mass.gov/covidvaccine, regardless of when they are eligible to book an appointment. Preregistration is currently only available for the mass vaccination sites but will expand to additional locations in the coming weeks.

Appointments for other locations can also be booked online through the state website and the site has a complete list of occupations now eligible for the vaccine and the list of qualifying medical conditions. Residents without internet access can call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment.

Robert E. MacDonald, 84

Robert E. MacDonald, age 84, of Kingston, formerly of Quincy, passed away, peacefully, Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, surrounded by his loving family.

Robert E. MacDonald

Bob was born in Quincy, to the late Lauchie and C. Elva (Cairns) MacDonald. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1955. He was a member of the Quincy High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

He had lived in Kingston for nineteen years, previously in Quincy for most of his life.

He began his career as a pipefitter for General Dynamics at the former Fore River Shipyard. He then worked as a plumber at the Boston University Medical Center for twenty-five years and had been retired for many years.

Bob was an avid golfer and bowler. He was a man of faith and a longtime active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy, where he enjoyed many friendships. He was well-known for his sense of humor and beautiful singing voice.

Most of all, Bob was dedicated to his family and his cherished grandchildren. He enjoyed supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-one years of the late C. Joyce (Timberlake) MacDonald. Devoted father of Kimberly A. Jones of Kingston and her late husband Ronald, Linn C. Casey and her husband Kevin of Braintree, Kurt J. MacDonald and his wife Jeannette of Hull.

Loving grandfather of Caitlinn Whalen and her husband Tim, Colleen Bohan and her husband Pat, Caroline Casey, Sean Casey, Robert MacDonald, Ian MacDonald, Kristen MacDonald, and Trevor MacDonald.

Dear brother of John A. MacDonald and his wife Audrey of Randolph. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, April 1, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Graveside Services will be conducted at Pine Hill Cemetery, 815 Willard Street, West Quincy, on Friday, April 2, at 10 o’clock. Reverend John W. Culp, Pastor of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Those attending should use the Chickatawbut Road gate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Fort Square Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Evelyn M. Kappler, 86

Evelyn Marie (Jesonis) Kappler, age 86, originally of Quincy and currently from Marshfield passed away peacefully in her home on March 25th, 2021.

Evelyn M. Kappler

Evelyn is pre-deceased by her husband Paul F. Kappler, her parents Julius and Mary (Costa) Jesonis and her sister Eleanor Whalen.

She is survived by her three daughters: Doreen Cunningham and her husband Brian of Pembroke, Debra Buckley and her husband Wayne of Plymouth and Marie O’Brien and her husband Steven of Wareham. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Nathan, Robert, Laura, Stacey, Kyle, Sarah, and Erin and her great-grandchildren Shea, Sebastian, Ethan, Ashley, Connor, and Ryleigh.

Evelyn was a graduate of Quincy High School and worked at the offices of Pilgrim Laundry in Dorchester before getting married. She dedicated her life to being the loving wife of Paul for 63 years and a stay-at-home mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Evelyn and Paul established their family in Weymouth where they lived for 35 years before spending their retirement years in Tarpon Springs, FL. They returned to Massachusetts in 2017, spending their final years surrounded by family. Most recently, Evelyn has been an active community member at the Village at Proprietor’s Green in Marshfield.

Evelyn will be remembered for her lifelong devotion to the Catholic Church, most recently at St. Christine’s Church in Marshfield. She loved to knit and crochet, regularly donating her handmade baby blankets to local charities. She was also a feisty competitor who enjoyed playing cards and bingo with friends and family.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the visiting hours for Evelyn on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 4-7pm in the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) Weymouth. Evelyn will be interred with her husband, Paul, at Bourne National Cemetery.

Helen F. Mahon, 81

Helen F. Mahon, age 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 22, 2021 at Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham.

Helen F. Mahon

Helen was born in Quincy on Jan. 8, 1940 to parents Lucy and Francis Flaherty.   After graduating from Quincy High School, Helen attended Boston University, where she earned a BS degree in physical therapy.  She was lovingly married to her husband Paul Mahon, raising their three children while residing in Quincy.

Helen worked as a physical therapist for many years, helping others and making a difference in so many lives.  Helen was an avid skier and ski instructor as well.  She enjoyed camping, ballroom dancing, gardening, reading, cooking, and traveling.

Helen loved being anywhere near the ocean; sailboats, cruises and especially her annual Humarock beach vacation with family.  Helen’s love for adventure led her on cross country road trips and travels to many foreign lands.  Her suitcase was at the ready and she would never pass up the chance to travel anywhere.  Helen loved creating memories with her family and many, many friends.  She touched so many lives with her kindness, compassion, and sweet ways.

Helen is predeceased by her husband, Paul, and son Michael Mahon.   She is survived by her son Brian Mahon and wife Karen and their children Julia and Paul, daughter Kelly Mahon and her son Ryan Louis and wife Hannah and their son Oliver.  She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Dina Mahon, her brother John Flaherty and wife Joanne, sister Carol Mecagni and husband Philip, brother Edward Flaherty and wife Claire.   She also leaves behind many loving nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

A private service will be held at Dolan Funeral Home.

Donations may be made in memory of Michael Mahon to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Head and Neck Department, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or dana-farber.org/gift.

Lucy M. Berrini, 99

Lucy M. (Russo) Berrini, age 99, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, March 26, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Lucy M. Berrini

Lucy was born in Weymouth, to the late Concetta and Aneilo Russo. Raised and educated in Weymouth, she was a graduate of Weymouth High School. She had lived in Quincy for most of her life.

As a young woman, Lucy attended the Wilfred Beauty Academy in Boston and worked as a hairdresser for a short time. She was primarily a homemaker who was devoted to her family.

She was a longtime, active member of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston. She enjoyed cooking luncheons and dinners at the church, and participating in the church fair, where she was well-known for her clam chowder.

Lucy enjoyed crocheting, especially afghans. She was also a talented cook. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Beloved wife of the late Walter A. Berrini, Quincy Police Department, Retired. Devoted mother of Sandra J. Cavallo and her husband Robert of Quincy, the late Joanne M. Daley and her surviving husband Paul, Lt., Q.F.D., Ret. of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Sherri A. Cavallo of Braintree, Karen M. Baylis and her husband Steven, Deputy Chief, Q.F.D. of Quincy, Robert J. Cavallo, Jr. and his wife Diana of Weymouth, James P. Daley and his wife Christianna of Braintree, Paul M. Daley, Jr., Q.F.D. of Quincy, and the late John P. Daley. Cherished great-grandmother of Alexandra Baylis, Luciano Cavallo, Atticus and Phoebe Daley.

One of twelve siblings, she was the dear sister of Nellie Adams of Whitman and was predeceased by Dominic Russo, Anthony Russo, Filomina Bennett, Joseph Russo, Michael Russo, Alphonso Russo, Caroline Bonani, John Russo, Edith Newell, and Leonard Russo. Lucy is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, Lucy’s funeral services and interment will take place privately. A memorial service and celebration of Lucy’s life will be held at a later date this year when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lucy’s memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Wollaston, 81 Prospect Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Frederick T. Mullen, Jr., 72

Frederick T. Mullen, Jr. of Quincy died March 24 at the age of 72 after a valiant five-year battle with cancer.

Mr. Mullen was a graduate of Thayer Academy and Tufts University. He worked as a senior systems analyst for the phone company for 23 years.

At Mr. Mullen’s request, services will be private.

He is survived by his long-time friend Patricia A. Coleran of Weymouth.

Arrangements cared for by McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, Weymouth. See keohane.com for online condolences.