Sue Anne Sullivan, 85

Sue Anne (Bechler) Sullivan, of Squantum, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in Quincy. She was 85.

Sue Anne Sullivan

Born in Jamaica, New York, Susie was the beloved daughter of the late Charles J. and Eleanor (McKenzie) Bechler.  Sue was raised in Boston nearby her Grandma and Grandpa McKenzie, who hailed from Scotland.  She lived among her extended family with her aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Sue would go on to graduate from Manchester High School in New Hampshire with the Class of 1953, and after raising her family, Sue went back to school where she earned a degree in fashion design and fashion merchandising from Newbury College in Boston with the Class of 1983.

For many years Sue worked as a Sewing Instructor at the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and later established her own studio at her home in Squantum. For more than 60 years she inspired many to enjoy her craft.  She volunteered at 1000 Southern Artery Senior Housing for more than 30 years enthusiastically teaching sewing to the Seniors.

Susie was an enthusiastic gardener, she knew all of the botanical names of plants and flowers, and her summer garden by her pool overlooking the Quincy Bay was an oasis. She enjoyed entertaining, taking pictures, being by the ocean and spending time with her family and grandson. As a child, she and her family spent summers on Cape Cod where the whole family lived on the same road all in a row. Sue devoted her life to her family; she was kind, sweet, selfless, polite and always gracious. Sue was very artistic and as a child, she had a piece featured in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Sue’s life lessons, love and example are her legacy that now continue through her children and grandson.  Sue devoted her life to her family; she was kind, sweet, selfless, always polite and gracious. She will be dearly missed by all the lives she touched.

Sue’s children and grandson would like to thank the staff at Atrium of Quincy for the tender, loving, and respectful care they provided in the last year of Sue’s life.

Sue was the devoted mother of Kathleen A. Sullivan-Moran, Daniel J. Sullivan and his wife Deborah and Lisa J. Sullivan, all of Quincy. She was the loving grandmother of Matthew M. Moran of Boston and the dear sister of Annette “Cookie” Murray of Abington and the late Charles J. Bechler and his surviving wife Audrey of Oregon and Maine. Sue was a cherished niece of Irene (McKenzie) Seaton of Fairfax, Virginia and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, Aug. 16th 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 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 17th prior to the funeral service in First Church of Squantum, at 11 AM.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sue may be made to Alzheimer’s Assn., MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Marion Volpe, 92

Marion (Simmons) Volpe, 92, of Carver and formerly of Quincy, passed away on Aug. 15, 2019.

Marion Volpe

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Volpe and the mother of Kevin Volpe who predeceased her.

Marion leaves her son, Dennis and his wife Sandy of Wilmington, and her daughter Karyn Falce and her husband Paul of Middleboro. She had three grandchildren, Keith Falce, and his wife Stephanie, Marissa Volpe and Erik Merry, Jenna Lesko and her husband Bob, and her daughter in law Paula Volpe. She had two great grandchildren, Emma, and Dylan Falce, and two step great grandchildren, Emma Camille, and Ethan Byrd.

Her sister Elaine Gillis and Joan Edsall, and her brother Newell Simmons predeceased her. She is survived by her sister Audrey Oliveira. She is also survived by three sisters in law and a brother in law, many nieces, nephews, and friends, and she will also be missed by Jennifer Dillis DeSimone. Her constant and loyal companion, Blackie her beloved cat, provided so much comfort to her.

Funeral services will be private. If you would like to make a donation to your favorite charity, or light a candle in church, you can do it in her name.

To offer condolences please visit www.shepherdfuneralhome.com. Shepherd Funeral Home, Carver.

Elizabeth Houston, 92

Elizabeth (Betty) Pearce Houston died peacefully of natural causes on July 10, 2019 in her home in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was 92 years old.

Mrs. Houston was born in Quincy on Sept. 5, 1926, the daughter of the late John C. and Elizabeth P. Pearce of Quincy. She was the loving mother of daughters Louise DiMattio (William Corbett-Jones) of San Francisco, Nancy DiMattio (Robert L. Quinn) of Amherst and son John P. DiMattio of Amherst, Massachusetts. She was the beloved wife of the late David R. Houston, former Treasurer of the City of Quincy. Proud grandmother of three granddaughters and two great grandchildren.  Also survived by sisters Marjorie Curtis of Florida, Dorothy Tracy of Gardner and Geraldine Sweeney of Lakeville, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A graduate of St. John’s Elementary School, Quincy High School Class of 1944 and Quincy College, Mrs. Houston worked for the Quincy Public Schools Arts Department and the Quincy Park and Recreation Department. She was executive secretary for the superintendent of Public Schools for a number of years. She was also a volunteer on the City of Quincy Conservation Commission.

After a move to Duxbury, she volunteered in Town Hall and again in Amherst Town Hall after her move to Amherst in order to be closer to family. A life-long Democrat, she had a great interest in politics and enjoyed working at polling places wherever she resided.  An avid Bridge player, Mrs. Houston enjoyed an occasional trip to Las Vegas as well as to nearby casinos.  In earlier years she traveled both nationally and internationally to locations in Europe, the Caribbean, Australia, Singapore and Bali.

She greatly enjoyed time spent with family and friends and retained her interest in the City of Quincy long after her move to Amherst. “Betty” had a marvelous sense of style and fashion which impressed all who met her. She will be greatly missed.

The family would like to thank and acknowledge the great kindness, expertise and supportive care that Betty received during her last months of life, most especially that of the Cooley Dickinson Hospital VNA and Hospice Services. Arrangements by O’Brien Boucher of Easthampton.

At her request, no services were held. Donations can be made to any Disabled Veterans organization, many of which she supported throughout her life.

Quincy Shore Drive/Sea Street Daytime Lane Closures Start Aug. 19

Daytime lane closures on Quincy Shore Drive and Sea Street in Quincy will begin on Monday, Aug. 19, Mass DOT announces.

According to Mass DOT, these impacts will occur each day from 7 a.m., through 3:30 p.m., and are necessary to allow crews and contractors to safely and effectively conduct construction operations. These operations will continue throughout the summer and fall months, and weather permitting, will continue into the winter.

The full scope of work includes excavating and placing new concrete sidewalks, and installing new conduit, traffic signals, and new curbing.

Signs, traffic control devices and law enforcement details will be used to guide drivers through the work zone. Drivers who are traveling through the impacted areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution. All scheduled work is weather dependent and may be impacted due to an emergency situation.

For more information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

Mary T. Bell, 81

Mary T. (Murphy) Bell, age 81, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Mary Bell

Mary was born in Somerville, to the late William J. and Clare R. (Kearns) Murphy. She was raised in Charlestown and was a graduate of Charlestown High School, Class of 1956.

Mary had lived in Quincy for over twenty years, previously in Medford and South Boston.

She was employed at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for over forty years working in the accounts payable department.

Mary was devoted to her family and especially enjoyed supporting the activities and accomplishments of her nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Beloved wife of the late William R. “Bill” Bell, Jr.

Dear sister of Eileen Landolfi and her husband Edward of Brockton, William J. Murphy and his wife Cathy of Quincy, and the late Clare E. Kirk and her late husband Paul.

Mary is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, August 19th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to Seasons Hospice, 597 Randolph Avenue, Milton, MA 02186.

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

New Wollaston Red Line MBTA Station Opens Friday

The new Wollaston MBTA Red Line station will open Friday morning after a nearly two-year, $36 million renovation project.

The new modern, fully accessible transit facility replaces the original Red Line station that was built in 1971.

Upgrades for the new station include three elevators, two escalators and two new stairways. There are also new walkways to the station and bathrooms were added. There is also energy-efficient lighting.

MBTA officials said the station will be open to passengers for the morning commute.

The old station was closed for about 20 months to make way for the new facility located on Newport Avenue near Beale Street and Brook Street.

The T also announced that although Red Line service at Wollaston will resume Friday, bus shuttles will continue running through Friday, Aug. 23.

For Wollaston shuttle updates, visit: https://www.mbta.com/diversions/wollaston.

Check the Wollaston project website for updates and information at https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements.

Eleanor A. Porio

Eleanor A. (LeMay) “Ellie” Porio, of Quincy, formerly East Boston, died August 12, 2019 at South Shore Hospital after a long illness surrounded by family and friends.

Eleanor Porio

Ellie adored her family and celebrating holidays together. On Christmas she showered her family and friends with gifts and always had a bag of presents when she arrived. She loved shopping, taking trips to Foxwoods, and people watching. Ellie worked for the Department of Developmental Services, formerly the DMR, for many years. She was a happy, caring, and thoughtful woman with a great sense of humor who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanor LeMay. Beloved wife of the late Patrick Porio. Cherished sister of Leo LeMay and his late wife Christine of Quincy, and the late Joseph LeMay and his surviving spouse Susan of Raynham and Richard LeMay and his surviving spouse Lorna of Whitman. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and her dear friends Sheila, Mary, Dunia, Carol, Rocky, Holly and Sandra.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 3-7 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 Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ellie may be made to American Lung Assoc. in MA, 1661 Worcester Rd., Suite 301, Framingham, MA 01701.

Sue A. Sullivan, 85

Sue Anne (Bechler) Sullivan, of Squantum, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Atrium in Quincy. She was 85.

Sue Sullivan

Born in Jamaica, NY, she was the daughter of the late Charles J. and Eleanor (McKenzie) Bechler.

Sue was the devoted mother of Kathleen A. Sullivan-Moran, Daniel J. Sullivan and his wife Deborah and Lisa J. Sullivan, all of Quincy. She was the loving grandmother of Matthew M. Moran of Boston and the dear sister of Annette “Cookie” Murray of Abington and the late Charles J. Bechler and his surviving wife Audrey of Oregon and Maine. Sue was a cherished niece of Irene Seaton of Fairfax, Virginia and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, August 16th 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 10 AM on Saturday, August 17th prior to the funeral service in First Church of Squantum, at 11 AM.

Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sue may be made to Alzheimer’s Assn., MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Hanson Woman With Quincy Ties Still Missing

A 54-year-old woman from Hanson with ties to Quincy remained missing as of Wednesday afternoon.

According to police, Sandra Crispo was reported missing by family in Hanson a week ago. Mrs. Crispo was last in contact with family Aug. 7.

She has previous ties to the Houghs Neck area of Quincy.

Anyone with information on Mrs. Crispo’s location is asked to contact the Hanson Police at 781-293-4625.

Sandra Crispo

Wayne R. Gauthier, 78

Wayne R. Gauthier, 78, of Quincy, died suddenly on August 14, 2019.

Wayne Gauthier

Devoted husband of 50 years to Susan M. Gauthier of Quincy. Loving brother of Patricia Smith and her husband, the late Harold Smith of FL, Dolores Princiotto and her husband Thomas of Quincy, Glen Gauthier and his wife Helen of Braintree, the late Marjorie Hunnicutt, the late Leo Gauthier and the late Donald Gauthier. Brother in Law of Kathleen Keenan of Mattapan and Florence O’Hagan of Dorchester. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family and good friends.

Wayne was a lifelong Quincy resident and attended Quincy schools.  He served his country with honor in the U.S. Marine Corps and then worked as a Boilermaker for Local Union #29. Longtime member of William R. Caddy Detachment of the Marine Corps League where he served as a commandant for many years.  He was also a member of the Boiler Makers and Blacksmiths Local #29 and Torri Delpasi Social Club.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral on Monday, August 19th at 10 a.m. at Quincy Point Congregational Church, 444 Washington St. in Quincy.  Interment following service at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. Visiting hours will be held Sunday, Aug. 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of MA, 650 Hancock St. in Quincy. For more information and online condolences please visit www.HamelLydon.com.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Rosary Shrine of St. Jude, 141 E. 65th Street, New York, NY 10065-6699.