James F. Neil, age 79, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, December 29, 2022, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Milton, surrounded by his loving family.
James was born in Boston, to the late Anna M. (Burgholzer) and James Neil, Jr. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy Vocational Technical High School.
He was employed as a service manager in the automotive industry for many years.
Jim enjoyed sailing and was a talented carpenter and woodcarver.
He loved spending time with family and friends.
Beloved husband for sixty years of Claire (Collins) Neil.
Devoted father of Christopher R. Neil and his wife Elizabeth of Lakeville, and the late James F. Neil, Jr.
Dear brother of Robert J. Neil and his wife Maureen of Kingston, and the late William L. Neil.
Jim is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Graveside Services will be conducted at Blue Hill Cemetery, 700 West Street, Braintree, on Thursday, January 5, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Those attending should gather at the cemetery office at 10:45 a.m.
For those who wish, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Northeast (New England), P.O. Box 22470, New York, NY 10087-2470.
Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Joseph M. Bissanti, age 75, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at CareOne at Newton, surrounded by his loving family.
Joseph was born, raised, and educated in Quincy. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1965. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, working part-time as a barber to support himself while a student.
Joseph enjoyed a varied and full life. He was a business entrepreneur, owning and operating four businesses which spanned the areas and industries of travel, food, import, and transportation. He was a financial planner and insurance award winner with Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Company. Joseph was proud to be featured in Who’s Who in America.
Joseph was an avid traveler, having visited many states domestically and many countries abroad. He had a love of sports and for a time, was involved as an assistant coach and vice president of Weymouth Pop Warner football. He also placed great importance on scouting and spent six years as a Scoutmaster in Quincy.
Devoted father of Nicholas Bissanti and his partner Kristin of Calif., Vincent and his wife Ashley, and Alicia Bissanti, all of Kingston.
Loving grandfather of Mia and Sal.
Cherished son of Nia (Coppolecchia) Bissanti of Quincy and the late Anthony Bissanti.
Dear brother of Michael A. Bissanti of Quincy.
Joseph is also survived by two nephews and their families.
Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, January 3, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, January 4, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
For those who wish, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to any of the following charities Joseph supported and felt deeply about: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516, or Prison Fellowship, P.O. Box 1550, Merrifield, VA 22116-1550.
Frederick L. Chetwynd, of Quincy, formerly of New Jersey, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. He was 75.
Frederick was born in Boston on March 26, 1947 and was a son of the late Francis B. and Catherine (Day) Chetwynd. He was raised in North Quincy, attended local schools, and graduated from North Quincy High School. Following graduation, Frederick enlisted in the United States Air Force on June 26, 1967. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. Frederick was stationed in Guam on the Anderson Air Force Base, where he oversaw armor transportation and loading the explosives onto the aircraft. Frederick was honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant on June 25, 1971.
Frederick loved music and decided to continue his education at Graham Junior College. Though he didn’t complete his degree in music, he loved being a disc jockey. He had a vast collection of vinyl records and owned an antique victrola. Frederick also loved to garden and raised many kinds of flowers. He loved color and was proud of his achievement. He even entered a gardening tour show.
The most important part of Frederick’s life was his family and being a grandfather. After his wife died at a young age, Frederick made sure he was available for his children. He purchased his current residence with the sole purpose of creating a home that his family could always return to, rely on, feel safe, secure, loved and welcome. Frederick extended this open-door policy to anyone in his life. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the people he cared for.
Frederick’s life lessons and example are part of his legacy that continues through his family. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.
Frederick was the beloved husband of the late Kathleen (Connell) Chetwynd. He was the devoted father of Matthew F. Chetwynd of Waltham, Christopher J. Chetwynd of Quincy, Cynthia J. Glynn of Quincy, and Dorothy J. Chetwynd of Quincy. Frederick was the loving grandfather of Nathan Peddie of Salem, Nicholas Peddie of Quincy, Ryan Chetwynd of Quincy, Elizabeth Chetwynd of Quincy, and Jack Glynn of Quincy. He was the dear brother of John W. Chetwynd and his late wife Eleanor of Quincy, Theresa A. Lambert and her late husband Edward of Bridgewater, Frances R. Langille and her late husband Frank of Quincy, Joseph T. Chetwynd of Pembroke, Irene C. Andrews and her late husband William of East Bridgewater, and Mary E. Sullivan and her late husband Kevin of Quincy. Frederick is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 a.m.
Services will conclude with interment in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Frederick’s name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation by visiting: www.t2t.org/donate.
Craig S. Bowlen of Brockton, formerly of Quincy, and Holbrook passed away unexpectedly at home, Dec. 7, 2022.
He was born Feb. 25, 1970 in Quincy, Ma. Where he was raised and spent most of his life. He was a graduate of Quincy Vocational Technical High School.
A “favorite” son of Sandra A. (Jordan) Bowlen and the late John F. Bowlen, loving brother of Michael and his wife Maggie, Paula, Brenda Chiu and her husband Bun, Philip, and his late brother William (Billy).
Devoted husband of Heidi Bowlen (Yorston). Loving father of Amy Matranga, Emalie Bowlen and the Late Brittany Bowlen.
Cherished Papa of Caleb, Gabriel, Brayden and his newly born granddaughter Erin. Craig was excitedly anticipating Erin’s birth before he passed.
Craig loved spending time with his family and friends. He was passionate about American muscle cars, attending car shows and car races with his family, and fishing.
He also leaves behind Nephews, Nieces, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, a Sister In-law, Brother In-law and friends who will miss him dearly.
Craig worked in the HVAC field. He formerly worked for Victory, and Sila before he proudly created his own successful HVAC company named Atmosphere Air.
His proudest accomplishments were being a father and papa.
Craig will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He will be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, kindness, and his willingness to lend a helping hand whenever needed, which was very appreciated.
A celebration of Craig’s life will be held at a future date.
Arrangements are under the care of Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit HamelLydon.com
Richard Patrick “Dick” Flavin, 86, of Quincy passed away Dec. 28, 2022. He lived a life celebrated to the fullest. He was an American poet, entertainer and author known as the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, the team’s public address announcer, a television journalist, political commentator, playwright and newspaper contributor.
Flavin was born on Dec. 7, 1936 in Boston and grew up in the Merrymount section of Quincy. He was the beloved son of James and Helen (Donovan) Flavin.
He graduated from Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree and Stonehill College in Easton, MA. He took graduate courses in radio and television at New York University.
After a brief stint at his family’s real estate business, Flavin & Flavin Realty, a profession for which, by his own admission, he was ill-suited, he found his calling in politics. He became the press spokesman for the Massachusetts State Democratic Committee in 1963. He worked as a speechwriter for several Democratic politicians, including Ted Kennedy. He was press secretary for Maurice Donahue, president of the Massachusetts Senate. In 1967 he helped Kevin White’s successful campaign for Mayor of Boston. He served as press secretary during White’s first administration.
In 1970, Flavin left working in politics for political reporting. He became political editor and reporter for WNAC-TV in Boston before moving to WBZ-TV in 1973, where he spent 14 years as a political commentator and social satirist. He was best known for delivering the last segment of the Nightly Six O’Clock News. Perhaps you remember his Howard Cossell-esque character, “Biff Flavin,” or his clever, poignant, unique, and often insightful view on life and politics. It was during this time that he was named one of Boston’s ten outstanding young leaders by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce and was presented the Stonehill College outstanding alumnus award. He taught seminars at Harvard’s Kennedy School Of Government. He was nominated for 14 New England Regional Emmy Awards and won 7 times. His work as a broadcaster was honored in 2011 with his induction into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
In 1987, Flavin left television to devote all his time on the lecture circuit. His speaking career took him all over the United States. He raised untold sums for charities by volunteering his services as an emcee. He loved giving back to the community and was generous with his time. Among the charities closest to his heart were The Jimmy Fund, and The Genesis Foundation for Children (The John Havlicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament was a favorite annual event). He served on the board of the latter for more than 30 years. He has been recognized by Catholic Charities of Boston for his work and was on the advisory board for UMASS Boston’s Sport Leadership and Administration BA. There are countless other charities and causes that he supported.
If you’ve ever been so lucky as to encounter a true creative, you know their minds are never still and, in a move no one saw coming, he became a playwright. Flavin’s one-man play, According to Tip, was produced at Boston’s New Repertory Theatre in 2008, starring Ken Howard. The play charmingly captures the public and private life of Tip O’Neill. Dick Flavin himself even performed in the role on several occasions. I suppose we should add “actor” to his already long list of accomplishments.
In 2001, Flavin took the road trip of a lifetime when he drove two Red Sox greats, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky from Massachusetts to Florida. He drove the dear friends to “say good-bye” to a gravely ill Ted Williams. A self-proclaimed Rhymer, Flavin rewrote “Casey at the Bat” turning it into “Teddy at the Bat.” (He made sure to tweak the ending so Teddy didn’t disappoint the fans, a la Casey.) When they arrived in Florida, as an offering, and in what he believed would be a one-time performance, Flavin recited the poem in front of the three baseball greats. It must have been a hit (pardon the pun), as word of the reconfigured poem made its way back to Boston. He was asked to reprise the recitation at Fenway Park during a Red Sox memorial for Williams. He went on to perform it all over the country, including at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Boston’s Symphony Hall. David Halberstam, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, wrote a book about the adventure called The Teammates. Later ESPN produced a documentary based on the book. Narrated by Flavin, the documentary was nominated for a national Emmy award.
In proof that dreams really do come true, Dick Flavin was named Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox. In a career of many highlights his most treasured position was that of being named the Voice of Fenway Park. He served as the day-game announcer at Fenway Park for five seasons beginning in 2013. Working in his job as Senior Ambassador for the Red Sox he made appearances for the team where he would recite his verses. He loved to joke about the boy who couldn’t hit a ball out of the infield but somehow weaseled his way into two World Series rings! In 2015 he released a collection of his poems entitled Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses. The book, published by William Morrow, was a New York Times sports bestseller.
In 2009 he was diagnosed with throat cancer, a difficult blow for a man who made his living giving speeches. But like other obstacles he encountered in his lifetime, cancer was no match for his strong spirit – for heaven’s sake … the man had lots more to say!
In the most recent seven years he published a weekly blog “Musings by Dick Flavin.” It featured “whatever thoughts he might have at any particular time about any particular subject” and is available at www.dickflavin.com. He was a weekly contributor to The Boston Pilot, the oldest Catholic newspaper in the country.
Lest you think otherwise, he had hobbies that did not include the Red Sox. He was an avid jogger, sailor and fisherman. He was a history buff, a voracious reader, a cinephile, and pretty darn good at a crossword puzzle. He loved to look at the beach but he did not like to be on the beach. He loved a game of Horse and healthy debate over just about anything. He cherished being with his friends, and his home in Wellfleet always held a special place in his heart. His readiness to laugh was a characteristic loved by all. His readiness to sing … not so much.
Flavin was loved by all who knew him. His family most of all. He leaves behind two daughters: Leslie, her husband Rich and their two children, Bitsy and Duke McCarthy of Los Gatos, California and Meredith Flavin her husband, Alan Frank and their daughter Helena of Carlsbad, California. The mother of his children is Betsy Flavin Gustafson, to whom he was married for twenty years and remains a part of his family. He was one of four children and leaves behind his little sister Marilyn (Flavin) Colman, her husband Richard and their four children. There are many loved nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews, in-laws, cousins and extended family that he leaves behind as well. He is predeceased by his sister Marguerite Flavin and his brother Fr. James J. Flavin, OMI.
Dick will be missed by legions of friends and fans as a unique contributor to the fabric of the Boston area. Details on the celebration of his well-lived life will be available at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Genesis Foundation for Children at www.thegenesisfoundation.org. For now, he leaves us with this little poem.
Margarita “Maggie” E. (Wang) Bellotti, wife of Francis X. Bellotti for 73 years and devoted mother of 12 children, died peacefully at her home in Hingham surrounded by her loved ones, in prayer on December 26, at age 98.
The matriarch of a large family and devoted supporter of her husband’s decades-long political career, Maggie was the bedrock of her growing family. She was a devout Catholic and her unwavering faith was evident to all who met her. It was her lifelong mission to instill her faith in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And, she succeeded.
Maggie was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on July 16, 1924, to Raymond and Isabelle Wang, and sister to Fran, Donnabelle, and Bobby. Her youth was spent in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. Maggie met her future husband Frank in Florida in 1948, where both worked at the Hollywood Hotel – Frank as a lifeguard, Maggie as a cashier. It was love at first sight and the beginning of their life-long journey together that spanned more than seven decades. Maggie was warm, funny, energetic, and quick-witted, and could break into a song and dance at any given time. She was able to balance the responsibility of a growing family and Frank’s political career with grace. Though the kitchen table was always full in the Bellotti household, Maggie always made room for more.
She followed her heart to serve the disadvantaged and disenfranchised by working as a Victim Witness Advocate at the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and as a long-time board member of DOVE, an organization to end domestic violence. She was a proud and unflinching supporter of the Friends of the Unborn. Her strong Catholic faith led her to take many pilgrimages including trips to Lourdes, France; Medjugorje, Yugoslavia; the Vatican; the House of Loreto, Italy; and the Holy Land, where she restored and affirmed her faith.
Even with her large and active family, Maggie returned to college to complete her degree at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and later earned a master’s degree from Cambridge College. She loved music and was an avid piano player who learned classical piano at a young age, took lessons for decades, and enjoyed playing well into her 90’s. During their mischievous, adolescent years, the kids were often thrilled to hear her playing the piano, especially when they snuck in unnoticed after curfew. She sat at the piano early this December playing one her favorite pieces, for what would be her last time.
Although her faith and family were her top priorities, Maggie had many interests that kept her active into her 90’s. Her energy was boundless and often exhausted her children who wondered when their parents would ever slow down. Later, when Frank and Maggie went to Florida for the winters, she discovered new hobbies and interests. She volunteered at the gift shop at St. John’s Church, took Bible classes, learned to play bridge, taught English to Spanish-speaking children, and played in a local tennis group before hanging up her sneakers at the age of 88. Maggie will always be remembered for her steadfast devotion to Our Lord and the Blessed Mother.
Maggie was the beloved wife of Francis X. Bellotti of Hingham, loving mother of the late Francis X. Bellotti, Jr., Kathleen A. Bellotti of Hingham and Artie Kouyoumdjian, Mary E. (Liz) Tufo and the late Anthony (Tony) Tufo of Quincy, Nina M. Flaherty and her husband Joseph of Weymouth, Peter Bellotti and his wife Barbara of Winchester, Terry Bellotti-Palmieri and her husband Kenny of Weymouth, Rita Barry of Quincy and Michael Barry of Hull, Joseph Bellotti of Quincy, Thomas Bellotti of Quincy and Lori Bellotti of Braintree, Patricia Bellotti-O’Rourke and her husband William of Dedham, Michael G. Bellotti and his wife Gayle of Quincy, and Sheila A. Marchetti and her husband Michael of Cohasset; Gary Ginsburg (like a son) of Quincy. Maggie also leaves 26 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, January 1, 2023 from 2-6 p.m. in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St., Quincy. Her Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, January 2, 2023 in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m. Burial in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.
Since the church is decorated with Christmas flowers, please consider a donation in lieu of flowers to Friends of the Unborn, P.O. 692246, Quincy, MA 02269-2246.
Edward F. “Ed” Powers, age 91, formerly of Houghs Neck, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning.
Edward was born on March 6, 1931, in Boston, Massachusetts to John and Kathleen Powers. He was elder brother to John “Jackie” Powers. The family resided in East Boston during their children’s early years and would later relocate to Houghs Neck where Edward would raise a family and spend the rest of his life.
In 1949, Edward’s mother offered to host the daughter of a dear family friend from overseas. Patricia “Pat” Nolan of Liverpool, England immigrated to America on July 27, 1949, to escape the devastating aftermath of World War II and took up residence in their home. Unbeknownst to Edward and Patricia, the pair were destined to fall in love. They married on May 28, 1955, at Most Blessed Sacrament Church and raised four children in a beautiful home overlooking the sea.
Edward passed the warm summer months on his boat in the bay that bordered his home. He fulfilled a lifelong dream when he installed a pool in his backyard in which countless hours were enjoyed by both his children and grandchildren alike. He tirelessly worked two jobs – the first as a cable splicer for the New England Telephone Company and the second as a bartender at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. Upon his retirement at age sixty, he purchased a condo with his wife in Naples where they would flock annually to escape New England winters. He began each day in sunny Florida with a long walk followed by golfing, parties, and trips to the beach with his “snowbird” lifelong friends.
Edward was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend. He approached life with a unique sense of levity and had a knack for making everyone he met laugh. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and spirit but above all, the twinkle in his sparkling blue eyes.
Edward is survived by his four children and their spouses – Sharon and Thomas Joyce of Braintree; Susan and Robert Molloy of West Roxbury; Lynne and William Crawford of Reading; and Edward and Kathleen Powers of Weymouth. He is lovingly remembered as “Granky” by his nine grandchildren, their spouses, and four great grandchildren – Lauren and Michael Mejaki, and their sons, Owen and James; Kevin Crawford; Nolan and Janessa Powers, and their son, Rowan, and daughter, Ellora; Meaghan and Colin Molloy; Olivia and Cameron Powers; and Jacqueline and Liam Joyce. He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed by all.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, January 3, from 9-10:30 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 11 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Edward may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.
Anesti L. “Nick” Nasson, age 93, of Hingham, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, in the comfort of his loving family.
Anesti was born in Korce, Albania, to the late Lazar and Konstantina Nasson. He immigrated to the United States as a young boy, settling in Somerville with his family. He was a graduate of Somerville High School.
Nick lived in Hingham and Quincy for many years.
Anesti was proud to have served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Mississippi (EAG-128).
Nick was employed with the former Shawmut Bank of Boston for thirty years. He served in various roles, retiring as a vice president. He had been retired for many years.
Anesti was an avid traveler, having taken over fifty cruises throughout the world, with his wife, Dorothy. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.
Beloved husband for thirty-two years of Dorothy E. (MacKinnon) Nasson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Henrietta (Adams) Nasson, to whom he was married for twenty-three years.
Devoted father of Stephen L. Nasson and his wife Susan of Wrentham, and Laurence G. Nasson of Quincy.
Loving Papa of Stephanie A., Sydney M., and Samantha E. Nasson.
Dear brother of James Nasson, Robert Nasson, and the late Joseph Nasson.
Anesti is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted in the chapel at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton Center, on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. Reverend Presbyter Paul Zuniga, Priest in Charge, Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church, South Boston, will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow. The Nasson family has requested that those attending kindly wear a mask.
The Nasson family has requested that flowers be omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anesti’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Donald T. “Tommy” MacPhail, age 86, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
Donald was born in Boston and raised in Dorchester. He lived in Braintree for over three years, previously in Quincy for most of his life. He earned an Associate’s degree from Quincy College.
He served in the United States Army during the late 1950s and was stationed in Germany.
Tommy was employed as an iron worker with Local 7 for over thirty years. After retirement, Tommy worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Gavin House in South Boston for ten years.
Tommy was proud of his forty-four years of sobriety and his ability to assist others in their recovery.
Tommy was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to many.
Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, December 28, from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, at 11:15 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy’s memory may be made to the Gavin Foundation Development Department, 675 East 4th Street, P.O. Box E-15, South Boston, MA 02127.
You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.
Karen Kinnealey, 79, of Squantum, wife of Joseph L. Rainville, passed away on Dec. 23rd, 2022 after a short illness.
Karen–along with her twin sister Moya–was born on Dec. 18,1943 to the late Arthur J. and Eleanor Kinnealey (née Wedberg), of Milton. She and Moya joined their older brother, the late Joseph A., and later welcomed a younger sister Ann Kinnealey Millman. She loved–and was loved by–her close knit extended family of Kinnealey uncles, aunts, and cousins, who all lived within blocks of each other in Milton.
Karen married the love of her life, Joseph Rainville, in 1986, and he survives her. Together, they traveled the world, danced to ABBA, enjoyed close friendships, and were devoted parishioners and volunteers at Star of the Sea Church, Divine Mercy Parish Sacred Heart Church, and honorary members of the First Church of Squantum. Karen volunteered extensively within the Catholic community in Quincy including serving as Eucharistic Minister during masses, at nursing homes, and as a part of the Funeral Ministry. Karen described this as “a calling.”
She is also survived by her grandchildren Marissa Rainville Smith- and her husband, John- and Evan Rainville.
Karen loved people and had a keen eye for fashion, and these attributes were woven through her full and joyful life. She was a graduate of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and Newton College/Boston College. After graduation, she took her sense of style to the prestigious buyers training program at Filene’s. She loved working in retail, combining her flare for fashion and her love of helping others. She later earned a M.Ed from Boston University and transitioned into teaching textiles and merchandising at Mount Ida College where she would chaperone her students to New York Fashion Week each year. She continued to help people throughout her career including roles in Human Resources and Employee Relations at organizations including The City of Newton. In her retirement she taught English to non-native speakers at Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
She was a beloved and devoted sister, sister-in-law, cousin, aunt, stepmother, grandmother, godmother, and mother figure to generations of Kinnealeys, Mahlmans, Tylers, Donahues, and Rainvilles and she will be missed beyond words.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy followed by a Funeral Mass in Divine Mercy Parish Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 12:30 p.m. Burial in Milton Cemetery, Milton.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Karen may be made to My Brother’s Keeper, PO Box 338, Easton, MA 02356 or to Divine Mercy Parish, 386 Hancock St., Quincy, MA 02171.
See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.