Irene F. Keenan, 82

Irene F. (Smith) Keenan, age 82, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, December 12, 2019 at home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Irene F. Keenan

Irene was born in Boston, to the late James Smith and Irene F. (Burke) McCarthy. Following the death of her father at an early age, her mother married the late Henry D. McCarthy who lovingly helped raise her.

She was raised and educated in Jamaica Plain and had lived in Quincy for sixty-five years. Irene worked as an administrative assistant at State Street Bank in Quincy for over twenty years.

Most of all, she was devoted to her family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for sixty-five years of John R. Keenan.   Devoted mother of Irene F. Lynch and her husband Kevin of Franklin, N.H., Maureen M. Lynch and her husband Dennis of Hingham, Kim M. Keenan of Florida, Theresa A. Keenan-Vartanian and her husband Richard of Braintree, John R. Keenan and his wife Beth of Hanson, and James J. Keenan and his wife Lisa of Quincy. Loving grandmother of thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

One of eight siblings, Irene was the dear sister of Paul Smith, QPD, Ret. and his wife Maryanne of Quincy and was pre-deceased by James J. Smith, George F. Smith, John E. Smith, QPD, Ret., Robert T. Smith, Rita Frawley and Dennis H. McCarthy. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Wednesday, December 18, 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 Tuesday 4 – 8 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Irene’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 W. Central Street, Suite 220, Natick, MA 01760.

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

Marjorie A. Morrissey

Marjorie Ann (Moore) Morrissey of Quincy died December 12, 2019.

Marjorie A. Morrissey

Marjorie was proud to be a homemaker caring for her husband, children, and grandchildren. She loved to travel, to dance, to sew, to knit, and over the past several years she knitted over 250 “Hats for Sailors.” She could often be seen at rinks, fields, auditoriums throughout the area cheering on all of her grandchildren in their activities. Sundays were always spent with family and friends by the pool, her favorite place.

Beloved wife of 69 years to Richard F. Morrissey of Quincy. Devoted mother of Nancy Stone and her husband Michael of Quincy, Jane Sullivan and her husband Paul of N. Attleboro, Maryellen Concannon and her husband Bill of Rockland, Susan Morrissey of Quincy and the late Richard F. Morrissey, Jr. Cherished Gram of 9 grandchildren and Gigi to 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by 3 brothers and 1 sister. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 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 9:30 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marjorie may be made to Exceptional Citizens Week at Camp Fatima, 32 Fatima Road, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

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Joseph Connolly, 93

Joseph Connolly, age 93, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the John Scott House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

Joseph Connolly

Joseph was born in County Galway, Ireland, to the late Martin and Bridget (Madden) Connolly and was raised and educated on the island of Feenish. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1940s and lived in Dorchester before moving to Quincy in 1965.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Joseph was employed as a park ranger with the U.S. Park Service for fifteen years and was assigned to the Charlestown Navy Yard and the home of the USS Constitution. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan.

Beloved husband for sixty-five years of Catherine “Kitty” (Connolly) Connolly. Devoted father of Barbara Atwater and her husband Randy of Winter Park, Colo., Joseph Connolly of Quincy, Elizabeth Ouellette and her husband Denis of Quincy, Bridget Greenwald and her husband Scott of Franklin, John Connolly of Quincy, Judith Flaherty and her late husband Michael of Weymouth, and Kathy McNeice and her husband Michael of Marshfield.  Loving grandfather of Paul and Jennifer Ouellette, Victoria and Laura Greenwald, and Shawn and Lilli McNeice.

Joseph was the last of four siblings and was pre-deceased by John Connolly, Mary Lydon, and Martin Connolly. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Tuesday, December 17, at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy at 10 o’clock, followed by military honors. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the funeral home Monday 4 – 7 p.m.

For those who wish, donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 or at macular.org.

The Connolly family would like to acknowledge and thank the professional nursing staff and healthcare providers at the John Scott House and the Norwell VNA and Hospice for their loving care and dedication.

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

Patricia L. Spring, 88

Patricia L. (Tynan) Spring, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Patricia L. Spring

She was the devoted wife of the late Philip S. Spring and loving mother of her five children, Ellen, Philip, Susan, Jane, and David, as well as a doting grandmother to her six grandchildren, William, Michael, Perry, Emma, Martin, and Bradford.

Born in South Boston to Dr. Joseph P. Tynan and Katherine G. Tynan (Tivnan) in 1931, Patricia was the beloved sister to John “Doc,” Sabina, Kevin, and Emmett Tynan. She attended St. Brigid’s Catholic School, Notre Dame Academy, and Boston State College, until she married Philip Spring in 1951 and moved to Quincy, where she lived for sixty-five years.

She fully enjoyed life and was involved in many social clubs, including the St. Ann’s Mariannes, Wollaston Mothers’ Club, Squantum Yacht Club, and Southern Artery Writing Club. She taught CCD and belonged to the YMCA, where she enjoyed swimming and aerobic exercise.

Patricia loved her garden and her pets, and was an avid Patriots fan, never missing a game. She had a love of classic movies, Jeopardy, and crossword puzzles. Her favorite pastime was singing and dancing, whether in a charity fundraising variety show, or out at a Saturday night dance. Pat loved to be the life of the party, always joking and sharing funny stories. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St Ann’s Church, Quincy, Monday, December 16, at 10:30 am.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, Sunday 2-5 pm. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

If desired contributions in Patricia’s name may be sent to the American Cancer Society-Boston, 125 S. Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130.

Philomena M. Ritchie, 92

Philomena M. “Phyllis” (Noviello) Ritchie, 92, of Quincy passed away Dec. 9 with her family by her side.

Philomena M. Ritchie

Philomena grew up in Roxbury, later moving to Quincy and Weymouth. She worked for many years as a corsetiere at Lady Grace in Pembroke, Braintree and Quincy. Philomena adored her family and loved spending time with them. She also enjoyed shopping, cooking, traveling and visits to the beach.

Beloved wife of 65 years to the late John W. Ritchie. Loving mother of John Ritchie and his wife, Denise, of Boxford, Eileen Sechovicz and her husband, Jerry, of Weymouth, Frederick Ritchie and his partner, Joseph Burke, Jr., of Quincy, Theresa Katsilieris and her husband, Nick, of Hingham, William Ritchie and his wife, Paula, of Abington, Mary Ritchie, Det Capt. MSP and her wife, Kathy Bush, of Framingham, and Joseph Ritchie and his wife, Christine, of Weymouth. Proud Noni to Sara, Nicole, George, Christina, Michael, Cassandra, Meghan, Joseph, Brooke, Ryan and William and Great Noni of Sophia, Isabella, Aaliyah, Francesca, Dennis III, Luca, Nicholas, John, Joseph, Beverly and more to come. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her parents; Federico and Josephine and her siblings; Frances, Louise, Guitano, Anthony, Harry and Joseph.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

Burial in MA National Cemetery in Bourne on Tuesday at 12:45 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Philomena to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or a charity of your choice.

John Princiotto, 87

John Princiotto, 87, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away at his home on Monday December 9, 2019.

John Princiotto

John was the beloved husband of 62 years of Katherine (Nemet) (Kelley) of Quincy, and the son of the late Tindaro “Tom” Princiotta and Frances Concetta (Mollica). John joined the United States Marine Corps in 1952. He served in the Military Police, in Japan, during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the Marines he joined the United States Postal Service. John was with the Postal Inspection Service in Boston, MA, and, later in his career, he was appointed as tour superintendent at the General Mail Facility, retiring after many years of federal service. John was a member of the VFW, NAPS and was an officer, at the local level, of NARFE.

John and Katherine met while dancing at Mosley’s in Dedham. They were married on April 28, 1957 at Sacred Heart Church in Quincy. They enjoyed many evenings dancing in all the local venues. After retiring, John and Katherine spent winters in Deerfield Beach, FL. During the summer months, he did financial work for several area golf courses. John enjoyed the work and the company of the local golf pros, most recently at the Marshfield Country Club.

John was the devoted father of John Princiotto, Jr. and his wife Marie of Quincy, and Julie Anne Princiotto and her husband Kevin Barry of Quincy, and was the step-grandfather of Kathleen Barry and her husband Eric Graber, Timothy Barry and his wife Fran, Garrett Barry and his wife Sherry, Monica Needle and her husband Bryan, and Mary Tracy and her husband Chris. John was the brother of Thomas F. and his wife Dolores E. Princiotto, Gerald P. and his wife Catherine Princiotto, and the late Anthony and James V. Princiotta, and Grace F. (Princiotto) Cordone and her husband Anthony F. Cordone. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Amelia R. (Durante) Princiotta, of Quincy, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday from 6-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Services Monday at 11 AM from the funeral home with a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 12 Noon. Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John’s memory to Sacred Heart Church, 386 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02171, or the Quincy Police Cops For Kids With Cancer Fund by visiting copsforkidswithcancer.org.

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John H. Travers, 73

John Henry Travers, 73, of Quincy, formerly of Hingham, died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

John H. Travers

Born in Weymouth, he was raised in Hingham and was the son of the late John H. and Anne (Regan) Travers and attended local schools. John graduated from Hingham High School with the Class of 1964. Following high school, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. John earned the rank of corporal and was honorably discharged on Dec. 12, 1969. After his honorable discharge, John worked for the Town of Hingham Highway Department as a supervisor. He enjoyed his work and the relationships he built throughout the years. John happily retired in 2008 after 38 years of public service. In his spare time, John enjoyed vacationing in Maine, supporting his fellow veterans, taking care of his home and spending time with his family and friends.

John was the beloved husband of Helen A. Travers. The two married on May 27, 1989 and together they shared 30 years of loving marriage. He was the devoted father of John H. Travers, Jr. and Michael C. Travers, both of Quincy. John was the dear brother of Gerard L. Travers of Hingham and the late Christine O’Brien. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, December 13th 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, December 14th at 11 AM prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 12 PM. Burial on Monday, December 16th at 10:30 AM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Due to floral restrictions at the cemetery, donations in memory of John may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Chazy Dowaliby, 69

Chazy Dowaliby, retired executive editor of The Patriot Ledger in Quincy and The Enterprise of Brockton, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 69 and had been living in Newbury after many years in Quincy.

Chazy Dowaliby

Her first newspaper stint was at the Eagle Tribune in Lawrence, her hometown. Among more routine assignments, she covered Woodstock and interviewed Janis Joplin.

In 1972, she left a job at Boston City Hall in 1972 to work for Joe Biden’s longshot run for Senate, quickly moving into the role of press secretary. After Biden’s election, she stayed on his staff for a year, left and didn’t see him again until he invited her to his inauguration as vice president.

Returning to journalism, Ms. Dowaliby was a reporter in New York and New Jersey before becoming an editor with Ingersoll Publishing. She served as president, publisher and chief operating officer of the company’s Suburban Newspapers of Northern New Jersey and later as editorial director of Ingersoll newspapers in England and three national publications in Dublin.

In 1991, she founded Chazy Dowaliby and Associates, a consulting firm that specialized in start-ups, internal communications strategies and image creation in northern Europe and Malta.

At The Enterprise and The Patriot Ledger, she conceived and served as the driving force of the newspapers’ holiday funds, Helping Hands and Lend A Hand, which have raised more than $3 million over 21 years to help hundreds of needy residents of southeastern Massachusetts.

In 2016, she was inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

After stepping down as editor, she took a job as director of communications, marketing and outreach of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She retired in 2018.

She leaves three sisters and their families.

A private memorial service is being planned for January.

Donations may be sent in her name to Lend A Hand, The Patriot Ledger, 2 Adams Place, Quincy 02169, or call 617-424-9825; Helping Hands, The Enterprise, Box 2866, Brockton 02305 or call 781-340-2028, or to Massachusetts General Hospital, Development Office, 125 Nashua St., Suite 540, Boston 02114.

Keohane Funeral Home assisted Chazy’s family with her arrangements and condolence messages may be left at keohane.com.

Shun Ling Li, 65

Shun Ling Li, 65 passed away peacefully Dec. 10 at home with her family by her side.

Shun Ling Li

She was the beloved mother of Pei Qi Lee and her husband William Lee of Quincy.

There will be a traditional Buddhist ceremony on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 4PM-6PM at Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock Street in Quincy.

A Chinese rite service will be held at St Michael Crematory on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at 9AM.

Lorraine M. Quinn

Lorraine M. (McInnis) Quinn of Squantum, originally South Boston, died December 9, 2019.

Lorraine M. Quinn

Lorraine adored her family and was so proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Anyone she talked to would get the latest news on their accomplishments. She loved to dance, sing, and also travel, especially to St. Petersburg, FL to visit her sister.

Lorraine was born and raised in South Boston until moving to Squantum in 1952 with her husband Thomas to start a family. She worked for the United States Postal Service for 40 years as a clerk and retired at the age of 70.

Lorraine was a loving, selfless, and outgoing woman who was a friend to all. She had a great sense of humor, was giving, and so proud of her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Beloved wife of the late Thomas A. Quinn. Loving mother of Maureen Knight and her husband Rusty of Squantum, Thomas Quinn of Plymouth, Michael Quinn and his wife Paula of Raleigh, and Lorrie Fennell and her husband Rickey of Marshfield. Cherished sister of Jean Osterhout of St. Petersburg, FL, Pat Francis and her husband Robert of Quincy, and the late Dorothy Horan and her surviving husband Joseph, the late Irene Donovan, Rita McPhee, and Alfred McInnis. Proud Grammie of Michael Kenney and his wife Crystal, Conor, Brendan, Kayla, and Colleen Quinn, and Richie, Patrick, and Gregory Fennell and Great Grammie of Kayla and Emily O’Malley. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 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 Friday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree at 10 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lorraine may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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