Emilie McIntyre

Emilie (Schafstler) McIntyre of Quincy passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Emilie McIntyre

Beloved wife of the late John L. McIntyre Jr.  Devoted mother of Christopher J. McIntyre of Quincy and his wife the late Dr. Elizabeth Hingston, and the late Patricia Ellen McIntyre and John L. McIntyre III.

Born in Hohenlinden, Germany, she was the daughter of the late George and Anne Schafstler.  Emilie was raised on a farm and was educated in Germany.  She worked in the Southern Province of Germany for American, German, and English intelligence.  This is where she met her husband, John and she later returned to the United States with him to start their family.

Emilie never lost the skills and talents of her younger days on the farm, and for many years grew all of her own fruits and vegetables, and made all her own jelly, preserves, and wine.  Emilie authored the book “Valhalla’s Wake” in 1987 and was a member of the Writers Guild of America.

For many years, Emilie was an assistant buyer with Macy’s Department Stores.  Emilie was a Gold Star Mother.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday October 19, from 9:00-10:15 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY, followed by a Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Burial will take place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne on Tuesday.

Robert McElaney, 54

Robert McElaney, age 54, of Brookline and formerly of Quincy died suddenly Oct. 12.

Beloved son of Daniel W. McElaney of Florida and the late Elizabeth (McDermott) McElaney.  Devoted brother of Lisa McElaney and her husband Abe Morell of Newton, Kevin McElaney and his wife Nancy Kirk of Milton, Jack McElaney of Turner’s Falls, Anne McElaney and her husband Phil Rogers of Eden, Utah. Uncle of Brady Morell of Newton, Laura Morell of Raleigh, NC, Joanna McElaney of Poughkeepsie, NY, Kyle McElaney and Samantha McElaney both of Brooklyn, NY. Mentor of Mauro Serrano of Irvine, CA and Alicia Lima of Chicago, IL.

Funeral services and interment private.

Memorial donations may be made to the McElaney Family Fund, Nativity Preparatory School, 39 Lamartine St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

Funeral arrangements were made by Dolan Funeral Homes.

Baker Proposes $45.5 Billion Budget

By SCOTT JACKSON

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday unveiled his proposed $45.5 billion state budget for the current fiscal year.

Massachusetts began the current fiscal year, FY21, on July 1 without a budget amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers have passed a series of one-month budget to keep government running in the interim.

The proposed budget introduced by the governor on Wednesday represents a $900 million increase over the FY21 budget he submitted to the legislature earlier this year.

The proposed budget includes no tax increases.

“The idea of going back to taxpayers given their own situation just didn’t seem like the right thing to do,” Baker said.

The governor later stated he would veto a tax increase should the legislature approve one.

Baker is proposing to withdraw up to $1.35 billion from the state’s stabilization fund, also known as the rainy day fund, to help pay for his proposed spending plan. There is $3.5 billion in the stabilization fund presently.

“The rainy day fund is there to support services when it’s raining, and I think most people would agree it’s raining,” Baker said.

The amount withdrawn from the stabilization fund could be reduced if taxes or other revenue comes in higher than anticipated, he added.

The proposed new budget would give cities and towns no less in local aid than they received in fiscal year 2020, according to Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

Baker said he expects the legislature to approve a one-month budget to cover spending for the month of November, and then to approve a final budget for him to review by Thanksgiving.

Baker Urges Continued Caution Around Coronavirus

By SCOTT JACKSON

Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday said the state is prepared for a rise in COVID-19 cases during the coming months and urged residents to remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus.

“There is no question that there will be more cases this fall. That prediction was made last spring by researchers and public health experts,” Baker said during an hour-long State House press conference.

“We needed to be prepared to identify those cases early, keep our health system strong and protect the most vulnerable among us from the uptick. We’ve done the work, we’re prepared to respond to this virus like never before, but our preparations are of little use without the people of Massachusetts counting to do their part.”

Residents, the governor said, need to keep taking steps to stop the spread, such as social distancing and wearing face masks when necessary.

“What we need from you is continued vigilance as we head into the ninth month of fighting this virus,” he said. “Face coverings, distance and hygiene are all part of the plan.”

Baker said residents have done a good job complying with health guidance in public settings, like going to work or running errands. Such precautions also need to be followed in informal settings, like private gatherings, he stated.

“We also need your vigilance in informal settings, especially as we all move from our backyards to our living rooms and our family rooms,” Baker said.

The governor said residents who have traveled out of state or been in groups of people without masks should get tested for the virus and wear a mask at home to stop household spread.

“Stay vigilant and respect the virus,” he stated.

Baker was asked several times during his press conference if the rise in cases seen in Massachusetts in recent weeks constitutes the start of a second surge of the coronavirus. The governor said it is not.

“I don’t consider where we are to be anywhere near that,” he said. “What we have seen is a rise in cases that a lot of people predicted was going to happen months ago and we have been preparing for that.”

The governor was also asked if he would consider shutting down indoor dining, as some health experts have suggested he do, given the recent increase in cases. Baker said there is no proof the recent uptick has been caused by indoor dining; rather the increase has been driven by individuals in their 20s and 30s spending time together.

“There is no evidence that that is what’s driving our cases,” Baker said of indoor dining. “I’m not going to stop doing things just because somebody doesn’t like them. Somebody actually has to demonstrate in our data that something is actually driving cases.

“Right now, the thing that is driving cases is young people…who are spending a lot of time with each other in close quarters – apartments, rooftops, places like that. They are not social distancing and they are passing the virus around.”

While those in their 20s and 30s are less at risk from serious impacts of COVID-19 than older residents, Baker said they can spread the disease to more vulnerable individuals.

“The vast majority,” of individuals in their 20s and 30s, Baker said, “don’t get as sick as someone over the age of 60 would, but many do, and they do have the potential…to pass it along to other people in their family or in their network who are older and for whom getting the virus could be a very terrible thing.”

During his press conference, the governor outlined a number of steps the state has taken to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases.

The state, for example, now has the capacity for 65,000 coronavirus tests per day, which will soon rise to 100,000 tests per day. The state was conducting about 2,000 tests per day in late March and 13,000 per day in May.

The state is also stockpiling personal protective equipment, or PPE, Baker said. The state has enough PPE – including masks, gowns and gloves – to last through the end of 2021, Baker said.

In addition, he said the state has a stockpile of 1,200 ventilators available, nearly twice the 675 that were used in the spring. The number of patients in the ICU peaked at 1,085 in April, for comparison.

Denise A. Connelly, 66

Denise A. Connelly, age 66, of Weymouth, died peacefully, Sunday, October 11, 2020, in the comfort of her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Denise A. Connelly

Denise was born in Boston, to the late Elinor M. (Novelli) and William J. Connelly, Lt., Q.F.D, Ret. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Fontbonne Academy, Class of 1972. She also graduated from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School. She had lived in Weymouth for six years, previously in Braintree for over fifteen years, and earlier in Quincy.

She worked as an information technology administrator for State Street Bank for over twenty years and retired in 2011.

She enjoyed the beach, especially the beaches in Falmouth and Englewood, Fla. She loved gardening, reading, the theatre, movies, concerts, and music, especially Tom Petty, Tina Turner, Bruno Mars, and The Beatles. Denise loved all animals, especially her beloved yellow lab, Sam. She loved the Red Sox and Patriots, and of course, Tom Brady. She had a great sense of humor, strong faith, and would often include song lyrics into conversation.  She was warm, loving, and brave. She battled and survived many devastating medical illnesses and always maintained a positive attitude.

Following her retirement, Denise helped nurture and raise her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Beloved companion for twenty-six years of Donald Lynch, Jr. Devoted mother of Nicole D. McDonagh and her husband Patrick of Quincy, Steven W. Romanowski and his wife Margaret of Braintree. Denise is also survived by Donald’s children, Kristen Lynch of Braintree, Jenna Canducci and her husband Christopher of Avon.

Loving grandmother of Julianne, Olivia and William McDonagh, Wes, Pace, and Eliza Romanowski, and baby Gia Canducci, who was born on September 22, 2020. Loving sister of Barry J. Connelly of Quincy and the late Brian F. Connelly. She is also survived by many close, lifelong friends, whom she loved like family.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, October 15, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, North Quincy, on Friday, October 16, at 10 o’clock. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Denise’s memory may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018.

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

Quincy Store Closed After COVID-19 Case

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy Health Department is asking for the public’s assistance with contact tracing related to a COVID-19 case at the Fruit Basket Marketplace on Granite Street.

Anyone who was in the store between Oct. 2 and Oct. 11 is asked to contact the Health Department at 617-376-1273.

The store is working with the Health Department on the issue and will remain closed until further notice, Chris Walker, Mayor Thomas Koch’s chief of staff, said on Monday.

Catherine T. Stevenson, 92

Catherine T. (Mento) Stevenson, age 92, of Quincy, died peacefully, Thursday, October 8, 2020, at Southwood at Norwell Nursing Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Catherine T. Stevenson

Kay was born in Chelsea, to the late Santos and Fedora (Carrillo) Mento. Raised and educated in Charlestown, she attended Charlestown High School. She had lived in Quincy for fifty-five years, previously in Charlestown.

Kay was a devoted homemaker. She also worked at the former Schrafft’s Candy in Charlestown and for the former Sears, Roebuck and Company Mail Order Store in Boston.

She was a member of Saint Joseph’s Church in Quincy. Kay was a social and charismatic person who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Beloved wife of the late William “Buddy” Stevenson. Devoted mother of William C. Stevenson of Quincy, Samuel A. Stevenson and his wife Kimberly of Plymouth. Loving grandmother of Christa L. Girard and her husband Josh of St. Louis, Mo., Adam M. Lorenzetti, Kyle T. Stevenson, both of Plymouth, Kayla Stevenson of Fla., the late Anthony G. Stevenson, and the late Leah J. Lorenzetti. Cherished great-grandmother of Cameron, Samantha, Mya, Natalie, and Jacob. Dear sister of Mary Mento and Fedora Sullivan, both of N. H., the late Tony Mento and the late Irene Lewey. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

Memorial donations may be made to Quincy Elder Services, 440 E. Squantum St., Quincy, MA 02171.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Kathleen M. Leahy, 77

Kathleen M. Leahy, age 77, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died suddenly, Saturday, October 10, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Kathleen was born in Boston, raised and educated in Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1961. She received her Associate’s Degree from Aquinas College in Milton in 1963.

Kathleen was employed as a legal secretary for Lyne Woodworth & Evarts LLP of Boston for forty years.

She was a longtime parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in West Quincy. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and gardening. Kathleen was dedicated to her family, especially her nieces and nephew, great nieces and great nephews.

Beloved daughter of the late John A. and Elizabeth T. (Doherty) Leahy. Devoted sister of the late Dennis A. Leahy and Elizabeth M. Leahy. Dear sister-in-law of Karen E. Leahy of South Weymouth. Loving aunt of Denise K. Bagley and her husband Steven, Jr. of Whitman, Debra M. Leahy of South Weymouth, and Dennis A. Leahy, Jr. and his wife Morgan of Fall City, Washington. Cherished great aunt of Steven E. Bagley III, Katelyn D. Bagley, William D. Bagley, Maeve Quincy Leahy, and Ryan Dennis Leahy.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen’s memory may be made to Saint Mary’s Church, c/o 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02170.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Leonard W. Harding, 96

Leonard W. Harding, age 96, of Quincy, formerly of Holbrook, died peacefully, Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Hancock Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Leonard W. Harding

Leonard was born in Quincy, to the late Harry W. and Lillian G. (Williams) Harding. Raised and educated in Quincy, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1941, and Westminster College in Pa., Class of 1949. Len was listed in Who’s Who Among Students in American universities and colleges.

He recently lived in Quincy for two years, previously in Holbrook for sixty-three years.

Len was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation cadet aboard the USS Mission Bay (CVE-59) aircraft carrier. Notably, the USS Mission Bay escorted President Roosevelt on-board the cruiser Quincy as he returned from the Yalta Conference. He served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters.

Len was a mechanical engineer and began his career alongside his father at the former Harding Welding & Piping Corporation in Quincy. As Len began his career, he took courses at Franklin Technical Institute and MIT. He then worked for Shooshanian Engineering, Inc. in Boston for ten years and with the BR+A Engineering Company in Boston for twelve years. He retired in 1998.

He was a lifelong active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy where he served as a past elder, teacher of Christian education, and choir member. Len was also the former chairman of the Holbrook School Committee, past president of the N.E. Mechanical Contractors, former member of the Kiwanis Club of Quincy, and poll worker in Holbrook. Len also volunteered at South Shore Hospital as a chaplain’s aide and escort. He enjoyed gardening and working around his home.

He co-authored a book, with Lloyd Allen, called “Spiritual Secrets of Aging Mall Walkers and Friends.”

Beloved husband for seventy years of Patricia J. (McClure) Harding. Devoted father of Jodi Fletcher and her husband Donald of Abington, Paige Mino and her husband Mario of Guatemala, and Roberta Gansenberg and her husband Alan of Salem.

Loving grandfather of Corey Fletcher, Kyle Fletcher and his girlfriend Jill Zahareas, Ian Fletcher, Jenni Rose (Mino) and her husband Alejandro Castroconde, Kelly (Gansenberg) and her husband Christian Stein, Tracy (Gansenberg) and her husband Ryan Cox, and Cammy Gansenberg. Cherished great-grandfather of Liam, Langdon, Josephine, and Lilah.

He was predeceased by his sister, Lois M. Marshall, and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Due to limited occupancy at the church, Memorial Services at the Fort Square Presbyterian Church will take place privately. The service will be livestreamed on Thursday, October 15, at 10 a.m. at facebook.com/FortSquarePresbyterian/live/.

Graveside Services, with military honors, will be conducted at Union Cemetery, 199 Union Street, Holbrook, on Thursday, October 15, at 12 p.m.

Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leonard’s memory may be made to the Fort Square Presbyterian Church Mission Fund, c/o 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Nancy A. Carroll, 87

Nancy A. (Jennings) Carroll, 87, of Quincy and Tamarac, Fla., died peacefully at her home on Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Nancy A. Carroll

Born in Boston on November 28, 1932, she was raised in Milton and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Alice M. (Hansen) Jennings. Nancy attended local schools and graduated from Milton High School with the Class of 1950. Following graduation, she continued her education at Lasell College.

Nancy worked for New England Telephone and then later the City of Quincy as a crossing guard. She loved her work, the kids she protected and the relationships she built throughout the years. In her spare time, Nancy loved to play bingo and also enjoyed crocheting, shopping, dining out and spoiling her grandchildren. Family was the most important part of her life. She loved her children and grandchildren and there wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for the people she cared for.

Nancy was always trying to make other’s lives better. She was a warm person who lived her life by love, kindness, generosity and humor. Her life lessons and example are only part of her great legacy that continues through her children and grandchildren. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Nancy was the beloved wife of the late John J. Carroll, who died in 2002. Together they shared many years of loving marriage. She was the devoted mother of Dianne A. Sleeth and her husband Robert of Scituate and Nancy A. McDonald and her husband James of Hanover. Nancy was the loving grandmother of Ashley McDonald of Boston, Brian McDonald of Hanover, Brandon Sleeth and his wife Maura of Weymouth and Lauren Sleeth of Hanson. She was a cherished aunt to Denise O’Sullivan and her husband Daniel of Dorchester, Maryellen O’Sullivan and her husband Robert of Dorchester, Patty Kelly and her late husband Michael of Braintree and Clare Jennings Logan and her husband James of Jamaica Plain. Nancy is also survived by many dear friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, October 15, 2020 4-8 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM.

Nancy’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated privately. Following cremation, Nancy will be interred privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Nancy may be made to The Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

Normally, the funeral is an opportunity for the community to gather in support of one another. Although we cannot gather together with Nancy’s family at this time, friends may still offer their support by visiting keohane.com and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.