Irene E. Ahern, 89

Irene E. (Curran) Ahern, age 89, of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, July 21, 2019, at the Prescott House in North Andover, surrounded by her loving family.

Irene Ahern

Irene was born in Somerville, to the late Daniel and Agnes (Cotter) Curran. She was a graduate of Saint Joseph’s High School in Somerville, Class of 1947, and the Carney Hospital School of Nursing in 1952. She had lived in Quincy for fifty-eight years.

Irene was very proud of her career as a registered nurse spanning nearly forty years at the former Saint Margaret’s Hospital.

Irene was happiest when she was surrounded by family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Irene was the beloved wife of the late James A. Ahern.

She was the devoted mother of Nancy E. Leach and her late husband Glenn of North Andover, James S. Ahern and his wife Susan of Manchester, N.H., Robert J. Ahern, Laurie A. Ahern, both of Quincy, and Michael P. Ahern and his wife Kathleen of Wrentham.

Irene was the loving grandmother of Allison Mahoney and her husband Micheal, Shaun Leach, James Ahern, Colleen Ahern and Greg Geddes, Michael Ahern, Patrick Ahern and Thomas Ahern.

She was the cherished great-grandmother of Caroline Mahoney and Jacob Geddes.

Irene was the dear sister of the late Daniel Curran. Irene is also survived by nieces, nephews, and her many friends from Saint Margaret’s Hospital.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy on Thursday, July 25, at 12:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

At the request of the family, there will be no visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171.

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.

Richard J. Corbin, 88

Richard J. “Dick” Corbin, age 88, of Quincy and Dennis, died peacefully, Sunday, July 21, 2019 in the comfort of his loving family.

Richard Corbin

Richard was born in Quincy to the late Anthony F. and Ellen Agnes (Desmond) Corbin. Raised in Quincy, he was a graduate of Boston College High School and had lived in Quincy all his life before retiring to Dennis over twenty years ago.

Dick had been employed as a stock broker, salesman and owner of Corbin’s Fashions, where he and his late wife Carmela operated a ladies dress shop for many years in North Quincy.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Storekeeper 2/c for eight years in the 1950’s.

Richard was a longtime, active member of Saint Mary’s Parish in West Quincy.

Richard was an avid golfer and had been a member for over thirty years at the Furnace Brook Golf Club in Quincy and for over twenty-five years at the Dennis Pines and Dennis Highlands Golf Clubs on the Cape. He also enjoyed travelling with his late wife, Carmela, and was known for his well-kept and showcase lawns.

Beloved husband for sixty-four years of the late Carmela A. (DiBona) Corbin.

Devoted father of Christine Vella and her husband Charles of Braintree, Geraldine Picot and her husband David of Quincy, and the late William R. Corbin.

Loving grandfather of Gary Morrissey and his wife Emily, David Morrissey and his wife Katie, Patrick Morrissey and his wife Nicolle, Alyssa and Katelyn Picot.

Cherished great-grandfather of Savannah, Cheyenne and Gary III.

Dear brother of Joseph Corbin and his wife Roberta of TN, formerly of Braintree. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Saturday, July 27th at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Friday 5 – 8 p.m. Interment, with military honors, at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

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

Catherine P. Schmitt, 87

Catherine P. (Burke) Schmitt, a 63-year resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Monday July 22, 2019. She was 87.  

 

Catherine Schmitt

Born in Boston, she was a daughter of the late Bernard Burke and Teresa (Flynn).  Catherine, known to her family and friends as Kathleen, grew up in Hyde Park, and was a 1949 graduate of Hyde Park High School.  She went on to earn an Associate’s Degree from Boston Clerical School.  Catherine was an Administrative Assistant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  For many years she was the secretary for the Quincy Youth Football League, and Den Mother for Cub Scouts Pack 14.  Catherine enjoyed knitting, and the greatest joys in her life came from spending time with her family.        

 

Catherine was the beloved wife of the late William J. Schmitt Sr.  She was the devoted mother of Julie Schmitt Sullivan and her husband Dennis of Norwell, William J. Schmitt Jr. and his wife Karen of Quincy, Paul Schmitt and his wife Kathyann of Weymouth, and Brian Schmitt and his wife Judith of Hull.  Catherine was the proud “Gram” of Brenda Hill, Whitney Laws, and Makenzie, Kellyann, and Ryan Schmitt, and 10 great grandchildren.  She was the sister of the late Bernard and Madeline Burke, and Virginia Wallace. 

 

Funeral from the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY on Saturday at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.  Visiting hours Friday from 4-8 PM in the funeral home, relatives and friends kindly invited. 

 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Catherine’s memory to the Alzheimers Association MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham MA 02452 or the Pat Roche Hospice Residence, 86 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham MA 02043. 

Yolanda U. ‘Yola’ D’Alessandro, 92

Yolanda U. “Yola” D’Alessandro, age 92, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Yola was born, raised, and educated in Quincy. She was a lifelong Quincy resident and attended Katharine Gibbs College.

She had worked as a bookkeeper at the former Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Copley Plaza Hotel both in Boston. Her employment brought her into contact with celebrities such as the late Frank Sinatra.

Yola suffered from a profound hearing disability that began when she was a young girl and existed throughout her life. Nonetheless, despite this disability, she persevered and lived her life with great strength, liveliness, and fervor.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Yola was the last of seven siblings and was pre-deceased by Joseph E. D’Allessandro, William D’Alessandro, Joseph P. D’Alessandro, Mary G. Sangermano, Lillian DiBona and Robert L. D’Alessandro.

She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews and friends.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Friday, July 26th, 9:30 at am. Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation at the funeral home Friday morning 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Interment Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Yola’s memory may be made the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 W. 44th Street, Suite 609, New York, NY 10036.

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

Deborah A. Morrisson, 63

Deborah A. Morrison, 63, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday July 18th.

Deborah Morrisson

She attended Quincy Public Schools as well as Quincy Junior College.  After high school graduation she also was a student at the Carroll Center for the Blind & the Perkins Center for the Blind.  Deb was a lifelong Quincy resident.  She loved history, traveling with her family, reading and the Red Sox.

She is survived by her family; Lyle D Morrison III and Andrea Serpa Morrison of Somerville, Brenda Morrison & Jim Keane of Wareham, Paula & Larry Rowe of Quincy and Jeffry & Betty Morrison of Cohasset.  She will be missed by her beloved nieces & nephews; Lyle, Sam, Julia, Austin, Morgan, Cole and Charlotte as well as her aunts & uncles; Sandy & Mike Delahunt of Marshfield and Jeanne & Phil Wall of Mansfield and her devoted cat, Dusty.  Deb was the oldest child of the late Meredith Morrison and the very late, Lyle D Morrison Jr.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday, July 24th 5-8 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 a.m. on Thursday, July 25th prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Debbie’s name may be sent to the Quincy Lions Club, PO BOX 27, Quincy, MA 02170 or South Shore YMCA Partnership Program by visiting: https://ssymca.org/give/donate/. See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Paul B. Daly, 56

Paul B. Daly of Hingham, former longtime resident of Weymouth, passed away on Saturday July 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was 56.

Paul Daly

Born in Boston, he was the son of Paul V. Daly of Quincy and the late Barbara A. (Magazu). Paul Sr. resides in Quincy with his wife Irene.   Paul was a 1980 graduate of Boston College High School, and later earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Stonehill College.   Paul worked for many years as a Acquisition Coordinator for Weichert Real Estate Support Services. He enjoyed music, hiking,  photography, going to the beach, and traveling to Provincetown, Vermont, and Florida. 

Paul’s greatest joys were his family and friends.  A loving son, dedicated brother, an adoring uncle and a loyal friend-at Paul’s core was always his compassion for others.

Paul was the loving brother of Karen and her husband Jim Palazzo of North Andover,Michelle and her husband Michael Tabeek of Quincy, and Marie Daly of Dorchester.He was the proud uncle of Jennifer McNeill of Chicago IL, Christina Palazzo of Somerville, and Sarah and Emily Tabeek of Quincy, and great-uncle of Henry, Tommy and Timmy McNeill.

His family is forever grateful to the medical professionals who helped him during his illness-the staff at Dana Farber Hospital South, Spaulding Rehab, Hospice of the South Shore and his caregivers, Jacqui, Tim, Maggie, North River Home Care.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. Family and friends will gather in the funeral home beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. 

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Paul’s memory to the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, PO Box 202, Franklin MA 02038, or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas TX 75265. 

See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Kathleen M. Healy Conroy

Kathleen M.”Kathy” Healy Conroy, of Holbrook, formerly of Quincy, passed away suddenly surrounded by her loving family on July 18, 2019.

Kathy was an employee of the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office. Her greatest joy was  spending time with her family and loved the special bond she had with her nieces and nephews. Kathy will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved her.

Daughter of the late Timothy and Mary (Keane) Healy. Beloved wife of Michael G. Conroy of Holbrook. Loving sister of Brian Healy and his wife, Nicole, of Quincy, Julie Higgins and her husband, Martin of Braintree, the late Timothy Healy and his wife, Amy, of Quincy, the late Martin Healy and his former wife, Thora Conrad of Amesbury. Devoted aunt to Meghan, Erin, Brendan, Ryan, Shane, Liam, Aidan, Ronan, Nolan, and Declan. Also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, loving friends, and their special dog Woody.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday from 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kathy may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

23 Residents File Nomination Papers; Preliminary For Mayor, Ward 1 Councillor

By ROBERT BOSWORTH

Twenty-three residents returned nomination papers before the 5 p.m. filing deadline Friday afternoon setting up a city-wide preliminary election for mayor as well as a run-off for Ward 1 councillor Sept. 10.

There will also be contests for city councillor at-large, the open Ward 5 council seat, Ward 3 seat, Ward 6 seat and school committee.

Four residents who had taken out papers did not file them by the deadline. That means there will not be a preliminary election for councillor at-large or Ward 5 councillor.

The list of candidates who submitted nomination papers and the office they are seeking are:

Mayor: incumbent Thomas Koch, 249 Newbury Ave.; and challengers Brenda Ryan, 14 Cranch St. and Tracey Dorgan, 108 Sherman St. The top two-vote getters in the mayoral preliminary election will advance to the final election Nov. 5. First elected in 2007, Koch is seeking his sixth term as Quincy’s mayor including a second straight four-year term. If he is re-elected in November, Koch will become the longest serving mayor in Quincy history surpassing 12 years that was reached by former Mayor James Sheets (all Plan A) and Amelio Della Chiesa (eight years Plan A, four years Plan E.)

Councillor at-large: incumbents Nina Liang, 2 Williams St.; Noel DiBona, 70 Chickatabot Rd.; and Anne Mahoney, 12 Ferriter St.; and challengers Frank Rubino, 5 Whiton Ave. and Joann Sullivan Cantor, 316 Fenno St. The top three vote getters Nov. 5 will win two-year seats.

William F. Burke, 28 Rice Rd. and John Rodophele, 62 Grenwold Rd., did not return papers for councillor at-large, negating a preliminary election.

School Committee: incumbents Paul Bregoli, 80 Willow Ave. and Kathryn Hubley, 44 Marion St.; and challengers Courtney Perdios, 86 Ruggles St. and Frank Santoro, 14 Lois Ter. Incumbent James D’Amicis did not pull nomination papers. Top three vote getters Nov. 5 will win a four-year term.

Ward 1 City Council: incumbent David McCarthy, 48 Whitney Rd.; and challengers Danielle Kempe, 1 Adams St. and Joseph Murphy, 18 Macy St. The top two vote getters in the Sept. 10 preliminary election will advance to the final election Nov. 5. The winner will be elected to a two-year term.

Ward 3 City Council: incumbent Ian Cain, 8 Highpoint Rd. and challenger Eriberto Soto, Jr., 627 Adams St. Winner Nov. 5 will be elected to a two-year term.

Ward 5 City Council: two candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by Kirsten Hughes. They are Charles Phelan, 298 Fenno St. and Stephen Christo, 42 Standish Ave. The winner Nov. 5 will be elected to a two-year term.

Two residents who had pulled papers for Ward 5 councillor did not file them: Mary Lally, 10 Weston Ave. and Christopher DeCambra, 25 Langley Cir.

Ward 6 City Council: incumbent William Harris, 74 Ashworth Rd. and challenger William P. Isenberg, 36 Carle Rd. The winner Nov. 5 will be elected to a two-year term.

Two incumbent city councillors will be unopposed this fall: Ward 2’s Brad Croall, 92 Viden Rd. and Ward 4’s Brian Palmucci, 16 Cross St.

The field of candidates will be officially when candidates file statements of candidacy. Deadline for statements is 5 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Arthur C.S. Choo, 91

Arthur C.S. Choo passed away in Quincy of natural causes on July 16, 2019, at age 91 3/4.  

Arthur Choo

He was born on October 19, 1927 in the British Colony of Singapore.  He grew up impoverished. As an 11 year old boy he worked as a doorman at a hotel.  A business man once told him that a young boy like that should not be working, and promised to one day send him to America.  He was 15 when the Japanese invaded Singapore.  His only choice was to allow his family to be persecuted and used as practice dummies in training drills, or to enlist in the Invading army.  He chose to enlist to protect his family.  

As an occupied country the food supply was controlled. Acting in his capacity as a soldier, he assisted in the smuggling of food into the country.   In 1948, he found the business man that had promised him passage to America and the businessman agreed to pay for Arthur’s passage on a freighter, but only if he exported American toys back to Singapore for his resale. In 1948, he immigrated to San Diego with $100, to earn money to support his family in Singapore.  He wasn’t qualified to be a dishwasher so he started as a pot washer, but was determined to make a better life.  While working multiple jobs, he earned a BS in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.  It was there he met a graduate student and his future wife Setsuko Tamashiro.  He moved to the east coast where Arthur earned a MS in Civil Engineering from Yale University, and asked Ms. Tamashiro to quit her teaching job in Hawaii to marry him.

They then moved to Cambridge so he could attend the MBA program at Harvard University.  While working on his Doctorate Research Fellow Business Administration from Harvard University, he worked for several premier engineering firms including Linenthal & Becker and Le Messurier.  He worked on many of the Boston Landmarks of the time including the State Street Bank Building on Franklin St., Boston City Hall, The Prudential Tower, the JFK Building and the Carpenters’ Center at Harvard.  Just after having his 2 sons, he started his own engineering firm in Boston his own structural engineering consulting firm in 1966 rather than complete his PhD.  He specialized in Hospital design. He worked on projects such as Whidden, Frisbee, Emerson, Leonard Morse, Exeter, and Jordan hospitals.   In later years, his practice specialized in rehabilitation, repair and reconstruction of existing buildings.  

He served as former director of many organizations including the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Tai Tong, Inc., Chinese Community Urban Renewal Committee, and the Chinese Evangelical Church.   He also served as the former Member and Chairman of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Designers Selection Board. 

His favorite volunteer work was as a Board Member for the South Cove YMCA and the Director Boston Evening Medical Clinic, then a member of the Boston Evening Medical Center Foundation. His work was his passion and he continued working until his most recent hospitalization just before his passing.   His favorite things later in life were working, going to every job, and the many weekends he spent with his son Victor.

Arthur is pre-deceased by his wife, Setsuko, his sister, Peggy and her Husband James Lee.  He is survived by his son Arthur Choo and his wife Theresa, and grandchildren Stephanie, Victoria, and Arthur III (AJ), his son Victor Choo and his wife Carrie Kindler.  He has a nephew Stephen Lee and Niece Cynthia Lee and a large extended family in Singapore. He was assisted for many years by his aide Xueling “Linda” Deng.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday, July 23rd 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, July 24th at 9 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home prior to the funeral service which will be conducted on Wednesday at 10 AM in United First Parish Church, at 10 AM .

Burial in Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Ave, Boston, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Arthur may be made to one’s choice. See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Antoinette Brangiforte, 93

Antoinette (Annetti) Brangiforte of Quincy passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at age 93.

Born in Everett where she was raised and educated, she lived in Quincy since 1997 and worked as a processor at the Jordan Marsh Warehouse. The daughter of the late Carmine and Lucy Annetti, Antoinette was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Brangiforte; loving mother of the late Joseph M. Brangiforte; mother-in-law of Barbara L. Brangiforte of SC; dear sister of Carmine Annetti of CA, Florence Schiavo of Everett, Jean Abramo of Everett, Joan Cammarata of FL and the late Frances Quirk; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery 815 Willard St., West Quincy.

Donations in Antoinette’s memory may be made to Kindred Hospice 130 Rumford Ave #211, Auburndale, MA 02466