S. Genevieve Rossi, 92

S. Genevieve “Jenney” (Stec) Rossi, age 92, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, July 25, 2021 at the Pat Roche Hospice Home, surrounded by her loving family.

S. Genevieve Rossi

Genevieve was born in Chelsea, to the late Alexander and Sophie (Jarosiewsai) Stec. Raised and educated in Chelsea, she was a graduate of the former Saint Stanislaus High School. She had lived in Quincy for sixty-three years.

Jenney was a devoted homemaker and also worked as a clerk at the Quincy Osco Drug and the former Turn-Style department store in Quincy for many years.

She was an avid reader. Jenney was proud of her Polish heritage and enjoyed speaking to her grandchildren in Polish. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and was especially devoted to her four grandchildren, supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for sixty-one years of the late Luigi “Louie” Rossi. Devoted mother of Paul Rossi of North Attleboro and his late wife Andria, Robert Rossi and his wife Patricia of Plymouth, Frederick Rossi and his wife Gina of Weymouth, Jennifer Shaw and her husband Robert of Norwell.

Loving grandmother of Michael Rossi, David Rossi, Katherine Rossi, and Elizabeth Shaw. Jenney was the last of nine siblings and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, August 1, from 2-5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, August 2, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Genevieve’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Father Bill’s & MainSpring, 430 Belmont Street, Brockton, MA 02301.

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

West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From Quincy

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed Tuesday that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Quincy.

There was one WNV-positive Culex pipiens/restuans complex mosquito sample (pool) identified from samples collected July 21. The City of Quincy remains at low risk level, health officials said Tuesday.

To date, for 2021, the state has reported 15 WNV positive mosquito pools from four counties. There have been no human cases reported.

While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. The City of Quincy Health Department and the Mass. Department of Public Health recommend that the public continue to take action to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations around their home.

Steps include:

• Limit your time outdoors during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn) or, if you must remain outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.

• Use mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered. Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Follow directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

• Take special care to cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors. When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.

• Fix any holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.

• Remove any standing water around your hone that is available for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes will begin to breed in any puddle or standing water around your home that is available for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes will begin to breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days. Make sure water does not collect and stagnate in ceramic pots, trash cans, recycling containers, old tires, wading pools, bird baths, etc. Remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of roof gutters.

For more information visit https://www.quincyma.gov. or http://www.mosquitoresults.com/

Owen T. McGowan, 87

Owen T. McGowan of Quincy passed away at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston on July 22, 2021.  He was 87.

Owen T. McGowan

Born in Quincy, he was the son of the late William and Harriet (Riggs) McGowan.

Owen worked for the Andrew Dutton Company in Boston for 30 years. After retiring from Andrew Dutton, he was the owner of Artery Groceries at 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy with his beloved wife Audrey.  He was a lifetime member of the Quincy Yacht Club and Harvey’s Saltwater Fishing Club.

Owen will be remembered as a kind man who was quick witted and could always be counted on for a joke or two.

He will be sadly missed by his family: his wife Audrey (Saccoach), his children Sharon Lavery and her husband James of Quincy, Paul and his wife Rosemary of CT, Stephen and his wife Patricia of Quincy, Brian of New Bedford and Mark of Quincy. His 7 grandchildren Kristen and Matthew Lavery, Lauren and Owen McGowan, Mitchell and Dylan McGowan and Brendan McGowan as well as 7 great-grandchildren: Joshua, Michael, Jacob, Ryan, Cameron, Caden and Amelia.  Also survived by sister Barbara Christie of Quincy and sister-in-law Rita McGowan of Quincy.  Owen was predeceased by his brother William McGowan and sister Helen Cosette.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family during visiting hours on Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 4-8pm at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the funeral home at 10am on Friday, July 30, 2021 prior to burial at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Dorchester Man Killed In Squantum Crash


An early morning motorcycle crash Saturday in Squantum claimed the life of a 23-year-old Dorchester man.

Quincy police responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Capt. John Dougan said, and found the rider and motorcycle up against a seawall.

The rider, identified as Carlos Soto-Mendez, age 23, of Dorchester, was taken to Boston Medical Center with critical injuries. He was pronounced deceased there that morning, according to Sgt. Karyn Barkas.

A preliminary investigation by Quincy police indicated Soto-Mendez lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the seawall, Dougan said.

The crash remained under investigation by the department’s accident reconstruction unit as of Tuesday, Barkas stated.

Gloria G. Ratti

Gloria G. (Graceffa) Ratti of Quincy passed away on July 24, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Gloria G. Ratti

Beloved wife of the late Charles Ratti. Gloria is the last of her generation; she was predeceased by her parents John and Anna (Baio) Graceffa, and her siblings Philip, Anthony, Louis, Maria LaGrega, Joseph, Rose Callinan, Suzanne Moussalli, Angelo and Anna Cataldo. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, colleagues and friends.

Gloria retired as chief clerk from the Central Intelligence Agency after forty years of dedicated service. She was a proud and feisty member of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) serving as vice president, historian, archivist and member of the Board of Governors for more than three decades. Gloria will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Visiting Hours will be held in the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, 1803 Centre St., West Roxbury, on Tuesday, August 3, from 3:00 to 8:00pm. A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 4, at 10:00am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow at Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline.

Gloria’s funeral service will be available via livestream at lawlerfuneralhome.com click on her obituary notices and scroll to the bottom.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Gloria’s name to Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114 (massgeneral.org), or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (cancer.org).

Quincy Man Facing Charges After Multi-Car Crash


A 26-year-old Quincy man is facing charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash in Wollaston early Sunday morning.

The crash took place near the intersection of Hancock and Beale streets around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, according to Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan.

Dougan said a vehicle was traveling southbound when it veered into the northbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck was unconscious when first responders arrived, Dougan said, and Quincy firefighters had to remove him from the vehicle using hydraulic tools. The driver was taken to Boston Medical Center in serious condition.

A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, Dougan said. The driver of that vehicle was treated at the scene and was not hospitalized.

The driver of the vehicle that veered into the northbound lane fled the scene on foot but was located by officers at a nearby convenience store, Dougan said. He was taken to Boston Medical Center for evaluation.

Dougan said that driver – identified as 26-year-old Anthony McShane of Quincy – would be summonsed to court on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury, and a marked lanes violation.

H. Robert Huke III, 74

To know H. Robert “Rob” Huke III was to respect and admire him. He was an honorable man who loved and cared for his family, community, and country. He led a life of service to others. Rob passed away on May 12 surrounded by his wife and children. He was 74.

H. Robert Huke III

Rob was born in Boston and raised in Quincy, the son of the late H. Robert Huke Jr and Shirley M. Huke.

He was a life member of the First Baptist Church of Wollaston. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 19. He graduated from North Quincy High School in 1965 and received a BA in history and secondary education from Eastern Nazarene College in 1969.

In June of 1969 he married Janet M. Evans.

Rob and Jan knew each other practically their entire lives. A picture of Rob’s mother and Jan’s mother, Christine, holding their infant children outside of church once existed.

Together, they attended church, graduated from high school, married, had four children, and moved 12 times before settling in Hanson. Most importantly, they built a beautiful and loving life together.

Rob volunteered for the Army and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1970. He served 28 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. Among his notable stops, he was commander, Area Confinement Facility (stockade), Fort Ord, CA; staff officer to the chief of staff of the Army, the Pentagon; commander, Defense Contract Management at Raytheon, Burlington; and, chief of staff, Defense Contract Management District-East, Boston.

Among his recognitions, Colonel Huke received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, and several others. He was the first Army officer to attend the Legal Officer Course, U.S. Naval Justice School, Newport, RI.

While in the Army, he earned an MS in contract and acquisition management from Florida Institute of Technology.

After retiring from the military, he worked in the private sector for a defense contractor. In 2005, he joined two Army colleagues to form The Task Force, Inc., providing management, acquisition support, and consulting to firms doing business with the federal government.

An active Freemason, he was master, or presiding officer, of Wollaston (now Rural) Lodge in 1996 and 2002. He was particularly active in the Scottish Rite Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, serving as the presiding officer from 2012-2014. For his contributions he received the honorary 33° in 2013. That same year he was designated grand representative to the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Connecticut. In 2015, he was elected to the third highest position in the state, senior grand warden. For his service he was awarded the Henry Price Medal, the highest award. He completed his term as commander, St. Bernard Commandery, No. 12 Knights Templar in May 2020.

He enjoyed travelling, reading, and cooking. Above all, he loved being with his family.


Rob is survived by his beloved wife, Janet E. Huke. The loving father of H. Robert Huke and his wife Hannah of Dedham, Laura Huke of Los Angeles, Joshua Huke of Hanson, and Joanna Hebert and her husband Victor of Dedham. Cherished grandfather of Elodie, Thea, and Wesley Hebert, and Harper, Vivienne, and Evans Huke. Devoted brother of Peter, Sterling, VA, and Wendy Abraham, Braintree. Esteemed brother-in-law and uncle.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Sunday, August 8th at the First Baptist Church of Wollaston at 3pm. A Masonic service will be held at the conclusion.

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Children’s Dyslexia Center, 460 Newtonville Avenue, Newtonville, MA 02460, or the DDX3X Foundation, 1000 N West Street, Suite 900, Wilmington, DE 19801.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy.

Susan Griffin

Susan Carballo Griffin of Quincy died July 22.

Susan Griffin

Devoted mother of Robert Carballo and his wife Kira of Jamaica Plain and Christian Carballo and his wife Victoria of Norwood.  Dear grandmother of Abigail Virginia, Colton Raymond and Marley Ray. Loving sister of Marcia M. Chapin and her husband, William Parlon, of E. Sandwich, Jane Francis and her husband, John, of Quincy, and the late Robert Kennedy, Kathleen Gladu and Raymond Haley.  Also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Monday, July 26th from 11am to 1pm.  Memorial service to follow, officiated by Reverend Dr. Marcia Chapin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 597 Randolph Ave, Milton, MA 02186.

Geraldine S. Miller, 79

Geraldine S. “Gerry” (Cedrone) Miller, age 79, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Friday, July 23, 2021 in the comfort of her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Geraldine S. Miller

Geraldine was born in Boston, to the late Daniel and Jennie (Santella) Cedrone. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School. Gerry was also a graduate of the former Chandler’s School for Women. She had lived in Braintree for nearly fifty years.

Gerry was employed as a purchasing specialist for the U.S. Postal Service for thirty-five years and had been retired for many years.

She enjoyed exercising with her group of friends at Planet Fitness in Weymouth, spending time at Nantasket Beach with her “beach buddies,” and finding a great sale at Lord & Taylor. She also loved to cook and was famous for her meatballs and brownies.

Most of all, she was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren, always supporting their activities and accomplishments. Her favorite pastime was attending Lauren and Ben’s sports games and cheering them on loudly from the stands.

Gerry is survived by her daughter, Lisa Miller Sleboda and her husband Edward of Medfield, and their children Lauren and Ben; and her son, Daniel J. Miller of Braintree. She was predeceased by her son, Richard J. Miller, Jr.

Gerry is also survived by her sister, Evelyn Theriault of Milton and her son, Jay.

Gerry leaves behind many cherished friends and cousins. She was predeceased by her dear friend, Donald Bickford.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, July 27, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. Funeral Mass in the Church of Saint Clare, 1244 Liberty Street, Braintree, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

For those who wish, donations in Geraldine’s memory may be made to the MGH Fund, c/o Mass General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101 or by visiting giving.massgeneral.org.

Joseph Mogan, Jr., 38

Joseph “Joe” Mogan, Jr., 38, of Quincy, died suddenly in an industrial accident on Monday, July 19, 2021, in Everett.

Joseph Mogan, Jr.

Born in Boston on June 19, 1983, Joe was raised in South Boston and Dorchester. He was the cherished son of Joseph S. and Donna M. (Kilduff) Mogan. Devoted father of Gavin Joseph Davis of Quincy. Loving brother of the late Michelle Vibert and her surviving husband, and Joe’s close friend, John Vibert of Dorchester. Dear uncle of Andrew and William Vibert of Dorchester. Longtime boyfriend of Linda Marie Burns of Squantum. Also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 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 AM on Thursday, July 29, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Martin de Porres Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Dorchester at 10 AM.

Services conclude with interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Joe’s name to the charitable organization or one’s choice.