Fred M. Corson Jr., 75

Fred M. “Sonny” Corson Jr., a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully at home in his sleep on Sunday, August 29, 2021. He was 75.

Fred M. Corson Jr.

Born in Portland, Maine, on April 1, 1946, he was the son of the late Fred M. Corson Sr. and Edna Dorr.

A laborer, Sonny worked for a furniture moving company for many years until his retirement. He enjoyed the relationships he built throughout the years. In his spare time, Sonny enjoyed woodworking. He was known for making bird and doll houses.

Sonny was a selfless, caring, and devoted person. He taught his son how to be a father and always showed others how to stay positive with his great sense of humor and warm disposition. Sonny will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Sonny was the beloved husband of Donna M. Corson of Quincy, with whom he shared 47 loving years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Fred M. Corson III and his wife Valerie of Natick, and the loving grandfather Joseph J., Emma N. Corson, both of Quincy and Owen T. Corson of Natick. Dear brother-in-law of Margaret Dooling of Weymouth and David Sullivan of Quincy. Sonny is also survived by three siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Following cremation, Sonny will be interred privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Sonny’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

QHS Class Of 1961 Holding 60th Reunion

Quincy High School – Class of 1961 – Reunion – 60 Years

     The “MAIN EVENT” – Saturday, September 18, 2021

              Luncheon 11:00-3:00 – $55 per attendee 

                  (Reservations required by Sept. 7th)

          The Tirrell Room, 254 Quarry Street, Quincy

Other events:  

> “Meet & Greet” ~ Friday, September 17th ~ 7:00 p.m. 

                                       Boston Marriott Quincy, 1000 Marriott Dr., Quincy

>  Tour ~ Our “Alma Mater” – Quincy High School  – Sat., Sept. 18th @ 9:30 a.m.

                                       (Questions – Mary Lou Petrelli @  mlpet1@verizon.net)

>  Impromptu Brunch (on your own) – Sun., Sept. 19th – 11:00 a.m.

                              The Tavern at Granite Links, 100 Quarry Hill Drive, Quincy

Reservations/Questions, please call Lois Casagrande AuCoin – 781-690-0949

Massachusetts Observes Overdose Awareness Day

Massachusetts is observing Aug. 31 as Overdose Awareness Day – a day held to remember the lives lost to overdoses, to dispel stigma surrounding addictions and to offer hope and recognize individuals’ recovery from substance use disorder.

In observance of the day, and in memory of individuals lost due to substance use disorder, all four state-operated bridges – the Zakim, Longfellow, and Fore River bridges in Greater Boston and the Burns Bridge in Worcester – and Boston’s South Station and Government Center transit hubs will be lit up in purple, the color associated with the awareness campaign. A number of landmark locations across the Commonwealth will be illuminated purple, including municipal buildings like Boston City Hall.

Between 1999 and 2019, the opioid overdose crisis claimed nearly 500,000 lives in the United States and each day an average of 136 Americans die from an overdose on prescription pain medication, heroin, or fentanyl.

To recognize the day, Governor Baker issued a proclamation declaring August 31 Overdose Awareness Day in Massachusetts, writing in part:

“As a national public health crisis, the opioid overdose epidemic continues to devastate our communities not only through the tremendous loss of life and associated trauma to families and loved ones, but also through a profound economic strain on individuals and families in health care costs, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement …[and]…we should be encouraged to continue in our efforts to provide our loved ones, friends, coworkers, and neighbors with the support they need to overcome addiction.”

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget signed by Governor Baker last month includes a provision codifying the practice of issuing a proclamation each year for Overdose Awareness Day.

The proclamation reinforces the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to combatting substance use in Massachusetts, including the most recent announcement of over $30 million in state funding for regional/statewide services to provide pathways to stability and recovery for individuals facing homelessness and substance use disorders. These include $19 million for Housing First-model low-threshold permanent housing and support services in Brockton, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Quincy, Springfield, and Worcester, $3.2 million for street outreach to people experiencing homelessness and substance use disorder, and a $10 million capital fund that will increase the amount of permanent supportive housing in the Commonwealth.

To learn about addiction treatment and recovery services, visit the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website at www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-substance-addiction-services.

If you or a friend or family member is struggling with substance use, please call the Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline at 800-327-5050, or visit https://helplinema.org/.

Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile Visits Quincy Four Times In September

September is childhood cancer awareness month.

The Boston Children’s Hospital bloodmobile is coming to Quincy for four days in September to honor “Mighty Quinn” and “Super Ellie” and to promote blood donations as a way to support families battling cancer. The Waters and Niland families have deep roots of family and friends in Quincy.

The following dates and locations for the bloodmobile are:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 14th at the South Shore YMCA, 79 Coddington St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 15th at the Kennedy Senior Center, 440 East Squantum St., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Thursday, Sept. 16th at the Quincy Park Dept., One Merrymount Parkway, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Friday, Sept. 17 at the Tirrell Room, Quincy Lodg of Elks, 254 Quarry St., 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The blood drives give donors a chance to donate locally, and see how easy it is to donate, and find out how important blood is to cancer patients. Most important is blood platelets,which clot the blood and support the immune system.

The last drives were all booked for the four days in June

Appointments can be made at: pints for halfpints halfpints.childrenshospital.org

Special thanks to Cynthia MacKinlay, Children’s Hospital: Pat Murphy, South Shore YMCA; Tom Clasby Quincy Elder Services; Dave Murphy, Quincy Parks; and Carey Barrett Alan, Tirrell Room.

 

Andrew G. Geddis, 78

Andrew G. Geddis, of Plymouth, formerly of Bourne, after a period of failing health, passed away on Saturday August 28, 2021. He was 78 years old.

Andrew G. Geddis

Born in Boston and raised in Roxbury, Mr. Geddis graduated from Brighton High School with honors. He served in the United States Army as a sergeant and helicopter repairman. As a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, he was honorably discharged and was hired as a civilian employee of the US Army, repairing Blackhawk helicopters.

He enjoyed auto mechanics and auto body repair, recently purchasing and restoring a 1956 Chevy Bel Air. Mr. Geddis enjoyed collecting baseball memorabilia and watching old cowboy shows and movies, but his greatest joy was his family and being a doting “Pampa” to his six grandchildren.

He was a devoted father to Kathy Geddis-Keil and her husband Joe of Quincy, Karen Crosby and her husband Jeff of Olive Branch, MS and Michael Geddis and his fiancé Laura Palmieri of Braintree, and their mother, Suzann (Kelley) Geddis of Milton. He raised his family in Quincy and sent all three children to St. Agatha School. Doting grandfather of Erin, Jeremy, Ryan, Sean, Colleen and Michael Jr. Brother of Carol Summers of Brockton and Joyce Spoor of Dorchester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, Saturday September 4 at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Friday 4-8 PM. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Andrew’s memory may be made to Saint Agatha School, 440 Adams Street, Milton, MA 02186 or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

To send the Geddis family a condolence message, please visit dolanfuneral.com

Additional City Unions Ratify Contracts

Joining Quincy police and firefighters, hundreds of more city employees have agreed to a two-year contract that will provide a 3 percent raise effective immediately, Mayor Thomas Koch announced Monday.

Unions representing the city’s laborers, public building maintenance workers, librarians and city office clerical and administrative workers all voted to support the support the agreement that covers the fiscal year that began in July and the prior fiscal year, Koch said in a statement.  So far, all of the unions that have acted on the proposal from the Koch administration have approved it.  Police and firefighters approved the contract in late June.

The agreement purposely addressed no contractual provisions beyond the zero and 3-percent raise, other than it commits the Koch administration and the unions to begin negotiations for a longer, three-year contract as soon as possible.

“This agreement achieves two goals: It provides a real wage increase our employees deserve while at the same time reflects the very difficult previous year in which our primary goal was to ensure that we protected core services and our workforce – which we were able to do across the board,” Koch said.

“I’m grateful for the work of our employees on the day-to-day so many of whom truly stepped up and performed extraordinarily during one of the most challenging years in recent history.”

Marlene M. Lotterhand, 86

Marlene M. Lotterhand, age 86, of Plymouth and formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 22.

She was predeceased by her husband Richard Lotterhand and her partner of 21 years, Francis Besozzi. She was the loving mother of Michael Lotterhand, Debra Williams and her husband Stephen, Terese Gacicia and her husband Alan, Marla D’Errico and her husband Michael, the late Richard “Skipper” Lotterhand, Jr., and her step-son, Jackie Besozzi. She was the cherished grandmother of Erin, Damien, Danielle, Kara, Nicholas, Jonathan, Victoria, Kathleen and her husband Ryan, Michael, and Stephen. She was the great grandmother of Taylor, Bear and their husband Zac, Dalen, Shannon, Aidyn, and Odin. She was the great-great grandmother of Mateo.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, dancing, traveling and dining out. Marlene lived her life to the fullest and will be dearly missed.

A period of visitation will take place on Monday, September 13, 2021, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Davis Life Celebration Funeral Home, 619 State Road, Plymouth, followed by a prayer service at the funeral home. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marlene’s name to the Plymouth Council on Aging.

Annie M. Foley, 81

Annie M. (McDonnell) Foley, age 81, of Braintree, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 25, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Annie M. Foley

Annie was born in Tonroe Mill, Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon, Ireland, to the late Michael and Kathleen (O’Grady) McDonnell. She was raised and educated there, and completed nursing school at the Calderstones Hospital in Lancashire, England. In 1964, at the age of twenty-four, she immigrated to the United States, first settling in White Plains, N.Y.

She had lived in Braintree for the past forty-three years, previously in Quincy for several years.

As a young woman, Annie worked for the Gillette Company. She was primarily a homemaker who was devoted to her family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Annie was a former member of the Irish Cultural Centre of New England in Canton. A creative person, she was talented at sewing and knitting, and also enjoyed cooking and baking. She enjoyed traveling to Ireland to visit relatives and friends. Annie often remarked, “Life is my favorite adventure.”

Beloved wife for fifty-two years of Maurice J. Foley. Devoted mother of Thomas Foley, former Deputy Sheriff, Norfolk County, Michael Foley, QPD and his wife Jennifer, and Paul Foley, QPD.  Loving grandmother of Aaleeah, Ashton, Patrick, Bridget, Colin, and Ryan.

One of seven siblings, she was the dear sister of Michael McDonnell, Sean McDonnell, Thomas McDonnell, Catherine Finnegan, Mary Frances McDonnell, and the late Eamonn McDonnell. Annie 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 Monday, August 30, from 4-7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m. Annie’s interment at Blue Hill Cemetery will take place privately at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Annie’s memory may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036 or bcrf.org.

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

West Nile Virus Confirmed In Quincy, City Now At Moderate Risk

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Friday confirmed that West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Quincy.

There have been three West Nile virus-positive Culex pipiens/restuans complex mosquito pools identified from samples collected between July 21 and Aug. 17. Quincy’s risk level has been raised to moderate.

To date this year, the state has reported 68 WNV positive mosquito pools from 12 counties. No human cases have been 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 state 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:

• Limiting 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.

• Using 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.

• Taking 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.

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

• Removing 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 quincyma.gov or mosquitoresults.com.

Janet L. Robinson

Janet Lee Robinson of Thonotosassa, Fla., passed away at home on August 20, 2021.

Janet L. Robinson

Born Aug. 14, 1957, in Quincy, she was the daughter of William and Esther Robinson. Janet was a beloved companion to Mark Sigler for 9 years, mother to Sara-Ann and Jeffrey Hartley, grandmother to Skylar (Deceased) and Elijah, and sister to Linda Gineitis and William Robinson.

Janet went to Quincy High School then onto attend Sheppard Gill Nursing School in Boston to become a nurse. For 44 years, she was a loving and caring LPN up until her last day. She was a traveling nurse across the country until finally setting roots in Florida, where she fell in love with the ocean.

In her spare time, she loved spending it surrounded by her family and friends doing various outdoor activities. She enjoyed laughing and telling jokes, her favorite TV series and funny videos.

At Janet’s request, she wished to be cremated and scattered into the ocean.

For those who would like to honor her by making any charity donation in her name, or specifically to the American Heart Association or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Association, she would have appreciated.

A celebration of life accompanied by a scattering of her ashes will be organized at a future date.

For all who knew her, she was a beacon of light and laughter, a loyal friend, a loving mother and companion, a caring and funny sister. She will be forever loved and dearly missed. Her memory will live on in each person she touched and in the times they shared together.

Rest in Peace Janet. <3

Funeral arrangements were made by Blount & Curry, Terrace Oaks Funeral Home and Crematory, Temple Terrace, Fla.