Daniel T. Dzengeleski, 63

Daniel Thomas Dzengeleski, 63, of Holbrook and formerly (and more recently) of Braintree, entered into eternal rest on the evening of February 21, 2023 after several years of declining health.

Daniel Dzengeleski

Dan was the loving son of Edward M. Dzengeleski of Braintree and the late Lorraine (Nee) Dzengeleski.  Dear brother of Michael Dzengeleski and companion Tina, of Braintree, Edward Dzengeleski and his wife Anne of Hingham and Reverend Martin Dzengeleski, Pastor, Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy. He is also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles.

Dan was a graduate of Braintree High School, and worked as a machinist for many years. He was a man of faith who trusted in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to see him safely home. He greatly appreciated receiving Holy Communion frequently from his brother and priest. In his healthier days he enjoyed yard sales and auctions searching for antiques.

Dan spent most of his recent years tethered to an oxygen tank and watching the old classic tv and westerns with his Dad. He also really enjoyed chatting on the phone and going on outings to breakfast or lunch, rides in the countryside exploring rural New England parks and zoos while listening to oldies music and enjoying the scenery with family.  He will be greatly missed until we see him again in God’s Kingdom.

 Visiting hours were held on Sunday, February 26, 2023 from 4:00-7:00PM, in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 227 Sea Street, Quincy. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 11AM, immediately followed by a celebration of life luncheon in the parish hall located in the lower level of the church. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Daniel’s memory may be made to: Holy Trinity Parish, 227 Sea Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

Assisting the family is Hamel-Lydon Chapel. For more information or to leave a online condolences, please visit www.hamellydon.com

Maria T. Anastasi, 65

Maria Teresa Anastasi (Addomi) of Quincy died peacefully, surrounded by her family on February 23, 2023, after courageously battling a long illness.  She was 65.

Maria T. Anastasi

She was the loving wife and best friend of Steven Anastasi of Quincy for 33 years.  Maria was born in Boston and raised in East Boston.  Daughter of the late Gloria (Genovese) and Mariano Addomi.  She is survived by her son Steven Anastasi and his wife Alyssa Anastasi of Guilford, CT and her daughter Mariah Anastasi of Quincy, MA. She is the loving grandmother to Isla Maria who brought incredible joy to Maria for the past 14 months.  Maria is also survived by her sisters Julietta D’Antona of Winthrop and Carmella Trainor of Arizona and many nieces and nephews.

Maria grew up in East Boston before moving to Quincy where she raised her family.  She graduated from East Boston High School and worked at Liberty Mutual where she met Steve and later worked for the Quincy School Administration after raising her children.

Maria enjoyed spending her summers with her family at Big Sandy Pond in Plymouth.  Her favorite things were being with her family, throwing parties, dressing up for Halloween, traveling (Hawaii, California, Florida, Arizona, Seattle and Colorado), cooking and making incredible desserts, dancing all night, watching Hallmark and horror movies, babysitting Isla, sitting on the deck watching the fireworks, enjoying sunsets with Steve, having breakfast on the deck listening to Motown, trying anything – (waterskiing, snow skiing, sailing, fishing, tubing, golf, glider airplane), decorating the house for every holiday, spoiling the kids on their birthdays, Easter and Christmas, crushing a Spin Cycle workout, going to ceramics class to make decorations and Pontoon Boat rides listening to Frank Sinatra.

Overall, she just loved every moment of her life and her family and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, March 2, from 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 9:45 AM on Friday, March 3, prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Maria may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Donation Processing, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or Beacon Hospice, 529 Main Street, Suite 126, Charlestown, MA, 02129.  Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Judy Pitts, 81

At the age of 81, Judy Pitts, a longtime resident of Braintree, passed away peacefully in the early morning of February 20, 2023 reuniting with her cherished husband, Wally.

Judy Pitts

Judy was the beloved wife of the late Walter Pitts; loving daughter of the late Alond Berry and Catherine Schofield Berry; sister of Barbara Paine, the late Dorothy Barry, and the late Richard Berry; devoted mother of Amy Mousette and her husband Mark, Catherine Presti and her husband Ronald, and Susan Champagne; grandmother of eleven; and great grandmother of three.

As a teenager, Judy met Wally in the drum and bugle corps at Christ Church Quincy where they were lifelong parishioners. They married and spent fifty-six joyful years together extending kindness, gifts, and talents to everyone they encountered.

Judy loved the ocean. Seagulls in flight, resting, or loudly snatching her bread brought her extraordinary joy.  She appreciated quiet walks along the shore. She sailed with Wally in Boston Harbor, often stopping on the shores of Bumpkin, Grape, or George’s Islands. To Judy, the rugged coast of Maine was spectacular. She made many trips to Maine, often bringing her children and grandchildren. Together they waded in search of sand dollars, starfish, or sea urchins.  She introduced the beauty of her favorite artist Andrew Wyatt, and always, a trip to Maine included lobster at Five Islands or Cooks.

Color inspired Judy to paint, and she painted on everything. She loved sharing her special gift. All year, Judy collected her canvas; rocks, driftwood, rusty skates, old sleds, and all sorts of stuff that she creatively transformed into beautifully painted treasures. Fallen branches were painted into Santa Claus walking sticks. A few crystals from a broken chandelier mixed with iridescent cellophane, hot glue, and a smidge of paint would be transformed into a magical angel. Burnt light bulbs became Grinches or cats, and just about anything might morph into a Christmas wreath. Every year she loved filling a table at the Advent fair which was visited year after year by many who collected her art. Her paintings continue to adorn many homes.

Judy’s eleven grandchildren were an ever-present joy in her life. She almost always had a grandchild with her. During countless visits, meals and sleepovers, Judy imparted life lessons of caring and service by simple example. Her grandchildren learned as she “halved the potatoes” when an unexpected guest arrived at dinnertime. They rode along when calls sent Judy out to provide rides for someone in need. Her grandchildren shopped with her for ingredients to cook for Father Bill’s homeless shelter and church dinners.  With Judy, her grandchildren took excursions to the grocery store simply to ensure the freezer was stocked with pound cake; just in case a particular young neighbor with a pound cake affinity might stop in. In all her acts, Judy taught compassion. She immersed her grandchildren in her artistry and Advent fair tradition teaching them not only the skills to draw, paint and create, but the necessity to share those talents as she so freely did.

Judy’s life was one of love, caring and service. Her ever-present smile and joy of life will be sorely missed but remain etched in our hearts forever.

Judy’s family invites you to join them in giving thanks for her life at a Memorial Eucharist at Christ Church Quincy, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, on Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m., which will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Judy’s memory may be made to her spiritual home: Christ Church Quincy Memorial Fund, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.

Arrangements were 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.

George R. Alcott III, 69

George Robert “G” Alcott III, of Naples, Florida, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, at the age of 69.

George R. Alcott III

George was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. “Kathy” Alcott. The two married on October 24, 1999, in Boston. Together they shared twenty-three loving years of marriage. He was the devoted father of Daniel P. Alcott of Braintree and Courtney E. Alcott of Pembroke. George is also survived by his former wife, Anne (Zaks) Alcott of Pembroke, and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

George was born in Quincy on April 27, 1953 and was the son of the late George R. and Marilyn (Gilfeather) Alcott. He was raised in Squantum, attended local schools, and graduated from North Quincy High School with the Class of 1971. George later continued his education at Boston College – Woods College of Advancing Studies where he later lectured on labor relations and ethics. He also studied at Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

George served as a past Vice President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the former President of Communications Workers of America, Local 1301 where he served for 20 years. He is the past vice chair of the National Yellow Pages Sales Representatives Association, a former member of the Greater Boston Labor Council and the CWA New York/New England Regional Council.

George’s other professional affiliations included, Board of Directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts from 2006 to 2022, chair of health care quality and affordability committee, chair of corporate donations committee, vice chair of human resources committee and served on the governance committee.

George was a lifetime member of the Quincy Lodge of Elks #943, Member of the Braintree Lodge of Elks, Member of the North Quincy Knights of Columbus and the founder of the Braintree High School Basketball Boosters Club.

George had a passion for helping others and was especially interested in and excelled at helping the careers of younger people.

The family is sincerely grateful for the excellent care that George received by the many Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Nurses, aides and staff at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 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 Wednesday, March 1, 2023, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Cremation will follow.

George will be interred privately in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to support the Lung Transplant Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Memorial gifts can be made online at www.bwhgiving.org or checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital with “In Memory of George Alcott” in the memo line and sent to: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.

Donations may also be made to the American Cancer Society.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

MBTA Launches Online Safety Dashboard; Public Can Now See Status of FTA Special Directives

The MBTA has launched an online safety dashboard that allows the public to see the status of the T’s progress in responding to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Safety Management Inspection (SMI) Special Directives. The new dashboard includes a description of each Corrective Action Plan, what it is intended to correct, the MBTA’s analysis, recommendations, and the status of steps being taken to address the FTA’s Special Directives. 

To view the dashboard, visit www.mbta.com/FTAResponse.

“This public-facing dashboard will allow everyone to learn about the progress the MBTA is making to improve the safety and reliability of the system,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Gina FiandacaMBTA management recognizes the important role the T plays in the daily lives of the communities served, that service is critical, and with this dashboard the MBTA will be transparent about efforts underway to address the FTA findings.”

 “The dashboard will be updated monthly, and new features added as the T progresses towards addressing each Special Directive. This work will support safety as a core value by communicating and building the infrastructure and organizational framework that will allow us to move forward,” said MBTA Interim General Manager Jeffrey Gonneville.

The MBTA developed 38 Corrective Action Plans and 545 Action Items that detail how it will address each FTA Special Directive and implement safety improvements across the organization. The T has completed 36 percent of its overall action items to date. 

In addition to information on the status of FTA Special Directives, the dashboard also includes a Speed Restriction Report that will be the basis for a new Speed Restriction dashboard that will be launched by the T in March. The Speed Restriction Report is an interim step as the T builds out the fully functioning Speed Restriction dashboard that will be updated daily to provide riders with the most up-to-date information available on location, speed limits, and distance for each speed restriction along each subway line.

The FTA released its SMI findings for the MBTA in August 2022. The report covered all rail transit and safety disciplines and included a review of rail transit operations, training, vehicle maintenance, signals, train control, and track access. It also covered capital project delivery, traction power, facilities, and safety management.

For more information about the MBTA, please visit mbta.com, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, Facebook /TheMBTA, Instagram @theMBTA, or TikTok @thembta.

Gerald C. Martin Jr.

Gerald C. “Jerry” Martin Jr. of Braintree, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Gerald C. Martin Jr.

He was born in Boston to Ann Marie E. (Dyer) and Gerald C. Martin Sr. and grew up in both South Boston and Quincy. Family was everything and always came first for Jerry. He met his wife, Sharon at a young age and they practically grew up together, as Sharon was his sister Nancy’s best friend. Jerry and Sharon have been happily married for 26 years and were blessed with three beautiful children who are their everything.

No matter the time or distance, Jerry was always present for his children and family, whether a sports game, event, school, holiday celebration, or family gathering. He was so proud of his family. His unrelenting devotion, selflessness and loyalty made for an excellent husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.

Jerry was a real estate investor but started as the co-owner of the Farragut House with his parents in South Boston. He went on to own JJ Mulligan’s in Braintree. Through hard work and sheer tenacity, Jerry was able to build upon his initial investments and eventually own several properties in Greater Boston.

In his spare time, Jerry was an avid sports fan, for primarily his Boston teams. He could be found watching any game, indulging in his sweet tooth, finishing a Sudoku puzzle, or reading the newspaper. He also enjoyed a night out with live music and a good time.

Jerry had an admirable, quiet strength as he battled cancer. He fought valiantly and never complained to anyone. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know and love him.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Sharon Martin (Uhlar), and his children Gerald “Jerry” C. Martin III, Ann Marie “Annie” E. Martin and Kathryn “Kay” R. Martin, all of Braintree. Loving brother to Michelle McCusker and her husband Brian of Braintree, and Nancy Coose and her husband Billy of Braintree. Adored by his many nieces and nephews, all of whom he cherished. Devoted son to the late Ann Marie E. (Dyer) and Gerald C. Martin Sr.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during visiting hours on Monday, February 27, from 4-8 PM at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM, on Tuesday, February 28, prior to the Funeral Mass at St. John’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. A private burial will be held with his family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jerry may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New England, 250 1st Avenue, Charlestown/Boston, MA, 02129. Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Linda F. McGillicuddy

Linda F. (Foley) McGillicuddy, of Quincy, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on February 18, 2023.

Linda F. McGillicuddy

Born in Quincy to John and Helen Foley she was raised in Milton. She was a graduate of Fontbonne Academy and Boston College where she studied education.

Linda was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She taught fourth grade for 5 years at the Mcculloch Elementary School, Weymouth and after having children taught another 30 years at St. Ann School, Quincy. She was very passionate about her teaching.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, reading and traveling. She was fortunate enough to travel worldwide with her husband and friends, Ronnie (aka the big guy) and Pat. Linda also looked forward to her “meetings” with the lunch bunch and although she was an only child she had many dear friends she considered family.

She was the beloved wife of David P. McGillicuddy; dear mother of David and his wife, Brenda of Braintree, Dana and her fiancé, Christopher of Braintree, and Mark and his wife, Mary Beth of Norwell. Proud grandmother of Ryan, Dylan, Ridley, Lauren and Murron.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Thursday February 23, at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave. Milton MA, 02186 from 4:00-8:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Quincy at 10:30am on Friday February 24. Burial will follow Mass at Pine Hill Cemetery in Quincy.

Please, in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Linda’s memory to https://www.alz.org/.

Doris M. Marshall, 86

Doris M. (Dalton) Marshall, of Quincy, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Alliance Health at Marina Bay in Quincy. She was 86. Doris was born in Boston on August 27, 1936, and was a daughter of the late James P. and Doris M. (Ballem) Dalton.

Doris M. Marshall

Doris dedicated her life to being a mother and homemaker. She was a foster parent for hundreds of children from 1964 to 2017. She fostered up until her early eighties. Doris received many awards in the foster care system, was actively involved with the National Foster Parent Association, and was a lifetime member and instrumental in starting the Massachusetts Foster Parent Association.

Doris was the beloved wife of Donald H. “Skip” Marshall, with whom she shared 68 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Arlene Powers of Quincy, Robert Marshall and his wife Sharon of Maine, Doris Mae Richardson and her husband Scott of Quincy, Kimberly Marshall of Taunton, Richard Marshall of Carver, Jennifer Marshall of Georgia, Rasheem Marshall of Quincy, Jasmine “Minnie” Marshall of Quincy, Mark O’Connor of Brockton, Eric Turner of Maine, the late Donald Marshall, and the late Elizabeth Marshall. Doris was the loving grandmother of twelve, and the loving great grandmother of seven. She was the dear sister of the late Georgia Larson, June Mead of Arizona, the late James Dalton, the late Richard Dalton, the late Claire Morrisey, Mary Dalton of Rockland. Doris is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, February 26, 2023, 2-6 PM 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 Monday, February 27, 2023, prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 11:30 AM.

Services will conclude with interment in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Doris’ name to National Foster Parent Association by visiting: www.nfpaonline.org/donate.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Joseph L. Zagami, 83

Joseph L. Zagami, age 83, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Joseph L. Zagami

Joseph was born in Boston to the late Joseph W. and Violet (Sebastini) Zagami. He was a graduate of Quincy Trade School, Class of 1959.

He was employed in the automobile transmission industry his entire career, and was the well-known owner and operator of the former Jim’s Automatic Transmission in Quincy for over twenty-five years.

Joe was an avid bowler and loved the ocean and boating. He was a member of the Dorchester Yacht Club, the Adams Heights Men’s Club in Quincy, and the Quincy Lodge of Elks.

After retirement, Joe enjoyed morning coffee and conversation with his friends.

Most of all, Joe was devoted to his family, especially his grandchildren and great granddaughter, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-four years of Judith L. (Crocker) Zagami.

Devoted father of Diane Rubin of Canton, and the late Debra Condon-Davis and her surviving husband William Davis of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of Jamie Rubin and his wife Amy of Holbrook, Danielle Rubin of Canton, Kristen Condon of Mattapoisett, and Cory Condon of West Roxbury. Cherished great grandfather of Jocelyn.

Devoted brother of the late Vincent P. Zagami. Joe is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, Feb. 26, 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, Feb.  27, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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

Online Fundraiser Established To Support Family Displaced By House Fire

Quincy firefighters battled a two-alarm fire on Hersey Place in Quincy Point on Friday night. The fire displaced four residents, none of whom were home at the time. A dog was killed in the blaze. Photos courtesy Quincy Fire Department.


An online fundraiser has been established to support the family of three displaced by a two-alarm fire in Quincy Point on Friday night.

A fundraiser is available through the website GoFundMe to support the Bernardino family, who were residing in the second floor of the two-family home at 15 Hersey Place. Nicholas Rue, who started the fundraiser, wrote that the family lost their dog and most of their personal items that night.

To view the GoFundMe, visit: https://gf.me/v/c/9wft/yjxeww-loss-of-home-due-to-house-fire

“The family is nothing but the most kind-hearted people, and they have sacrificed and done so much for the Brazilian community and church community as well. Please help this family rebuild and support them through this tough time,” Rue said. “Thank you and god bless.”

More than $7,000 had been raised as of Wednesday morning. A fundraising goal of $10,000 has been set.

Quincy firefighters were called to the fire on Hersey Place, a dead-end road off Washington Street, shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday, Capt. Nate Egan said on Monday afternoon. The first companies to arrive on scene encountered heavy fire on the second floor of the two-family home.

Firefighters made an interior attack upon arrival before switching to a defensive approach. Working in a tightly packed neighborhood amid windy conditions, and with some difficulty getting enough water, firefighters stopped the blaze from spreading to surrounding homes.

“The guys did a great job. It was a very cold night, a very windy night,” Egan said. “They did a great job containing it to that house.”

Firefighters spent about four hours on scene. A portion of Washington Street was closed to traffic as crews battled the fire.

Three people had been residing in the unit on the second floor of the home and another person in the unit on the first floor, Egan said. No one was home at the time of the fire, though a dog was killed.

No injuries were reported among the firefighters who responded to the scene.

Egan said the damage from the fire was mainly to the second floor and attic of the home.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Monday, Egan said, but it is not considered suspicious.