Stephen L. Esdale

Stephen Leo Esdale, of Walpole and formerly of Quincy, passed away on Monday September 28, 2020.

Stephen Esdale

Born in Boston, he was a son of the late Harold L. Esdale and Rosemary A. (Hennessy).  After beginning his career as a nursing home administrator, Stephen was the Vice President of the nursing home division of the Flatley Company for many years. He then continued to serve as administrator to several other nursing care facilities until his retirement. Steve served as President of the New England Alliance of nursing facility administrators for the past three decades. He was also past Board Chairman for the American College of Health Care Administrators. Steve was a true champion, advocate, and inspiration for young and old alike. 

Stephen was the beloved husband of Gloria R. Esdale of Walpole, and the devoted father of Jessica Esdale of Walpole, Stephen Esdale of Plano TX, and Daniel Esdale of Walpole.  He was the brother of Anne Podolski and her husband Michael of Dedham, Carol Esdale of Weymouth, and the late Dennis Esdale.  Stephen is survived by many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. 

In accordance with Covid-19 guidelines, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday October 4, from  2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.  A private funeral service will be celebrated on Monday at 11:30 AM in the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Terrace Hill Cemetery in Walpole.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Stephen’s memory to The American Red Cross, 285 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116. 

Family and friends may offer their support by visiting and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

Claire M. ‘Mimi’ Bartkus, 73

Claire Marie “Mimi” (Wenners) Bartkus, of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester, died peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Quincy Medical Center. She was 73.

Claire Bartkus

Born in Boston on April 1, 1947, she originally from Dorchester and was the daughter of the late Walter and Marie (Fitzgerald) Wenners and attended local schools. Claire graduated from St. Gregory’s High School with the Class of 1964 and continued her education at the Boston School of Business, earning a certificate in business. Claire worked in the healthcare industry at Braintree Hospital as a Medical Transcriptionist. She enjoyed her work and the relationships she built throughout the years. Claire retired in 2005 to spend more time with her husband and family. 

In her spare time, Claire enjoyed dining out, playing Words With Friends, going to the Moose Lodge and spending time with her family and pets. Family was the most important part of Claire’s life. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. Claire’s favorite time of year was Christmas eve, as she was always the host and loved that everyone was together for that holiday. 

Claire was a strong willed and passionate person. She was generous, honest, a straight shooter and a great judge of character. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continue through her family. Claire will be missed by all the lives she touched. 

Claire was the beloved wife of William A. “Bill” Bartkus. The two married on October 8, 1967 and together they shared 53 loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Denise A. Wynne of Taunton, Michael D. Bartkus and his wife Pauline of Marshfield, Steven A. Bartkus and his wife Christina of Quincy and Brian W. Bartkus and his wife Maria of Quincy. She is also survived by her six loving grandchildren. 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4 through 7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Claire’s Funeral Service will be celebrated privately. Following cremation, Claire will be interred privately in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Claire may be sent to your local animal shelter.

Please visit or call 1-800-KEOHANE for online condolences and directions.

Elaine F. Beguerie, 72

Elaine F. (Goulart) Beguerie, age 72, of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, September 25, 2020, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Elaine was born in Weymouth, to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Tracey) Goulart. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1965. She was a lifelong Quincy resident and enjoyed summers in Hull.

Elaine was a passionate early childhood educator. She worked at the Village School in Milton for thirty years. She positively influenced many families with her commitment and advocacy. Later, she co-founded The Learning Circle in Canton. It was there that she and her co-teacher were honored by the NAEYC as teachers of the year. She attended UMass Boston to further her education.

Most of all, Elaine loved and was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren, proudly supporting their accomplishments. All those endless summer pool days will be cherished forever.

Beloved wife for fifty-four years of Lawrence J. Beguerie.

Devoted mother of Nancy E. Young and her husband Mark of Weymouth, Lawrence J. Beguerie, Jr. and his wife Deirdre of Braintree, and Karen F. Pagnani and her husband Louis of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Maximillion, Emma, Caroline, Lanie, Lola, Louis, and Leo.

Dear sister of Russell Goulart of Florida and Joelle MacDonald of Virginia.

Elaine is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Memorial Services will be celebrated at a later date.

For those who wish, donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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

Sheila M. Brady Sivacek, 78

Sheila M. (Feder) Brady Sivacek, of Hull and formerly of Quincy, died peacefully on Friday, September 25, 2020 at South Shore Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center in Rockland. She was 78.

Sheila M. Sivacek

Born and raised in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Meyer and Ray (Daniels) Feder. After working as a sportswear model in New York’s Garment District, Sheila started a family, and later moved to Quincy. She worked as a home health aide for over 25 years, primarily caring for elderly cancer, dementia and hospice patients for the South Shore VNA and South Shore Hospital.

Throughout her life, Sheila seldom missed an opportunity to enjoy a sunny day at the shore or poolside, ideally followed by live music and dancing in the evening.

Sheila was the beloved wife of the late William Brady, who died in 1996, and leaves her loving husband of 19 years, Paul Sivacek. She is also survived by her daughter, Lori and husband Mark Frommer of Wayne, NJ, her daughter Tammy Herman of Austin, TX, and her son John Brady and husband Rev. Trent Williams of Bryan, TX. Sheila was also the proud grandmother of Elise Frommer of Hoboken, NJ and Sara Frommer of Wayne, NJ. Sheila also leaves behind many friends who provided a strong support system during her nearly half-century on the South Shore, including the Lunnin, Zinnamon, Purdy, and Batson families among many others.

A private Jewish and interfaith funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12 noon in Keohane Funeral Home in Quincy. To view Sheila’s live streamed funeral service, please return to her obituary on The live stream will appear below her photograph on her obituary page.

Burial will take place immediately following the funeral service at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Sheila’s family requests that in keeping with Jewish tradition, expressions of sympathy not include flowers. Monetary donations to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) at in her memory are welcome.

Please visit or call 1-800-KEOHANE for online condolences and directions.

Theresa A. Kelley, 70

Theresa A. Kelley, age 70, of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Theresa Kelley

Theresa was born in Boston, to the late Edward and Sheila (Flynn) Kelley. Raised and educated in Dorchester, she graduated from the former David L. Barrett High School in Brighton, Class of 1967. She had lived in Quincy for over twenty years, previously in Dorchester.

She worked as a nutrition assistant at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for forty-one years.

Theresa enjoyed travelling and was devoted to her family.

Beloved companion for twenty-nine years of John Livingstone.

Devoted mother of Shawn E. Circa of Quincy.

Dear sister of Kathy Kelley-Tilley and her husband Paul of Whitman.

She is survived by John’s children, John Livingstone III and his wife Leah of Quincy, James Livingstone and his wife Stacey of Fla., and Shawn Livingstone and his fiancée Tina MacLeod of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Laura, Rhiannon, Dylan, Kai, and Jacob.

Theresa is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave., Quincy, on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Theresa’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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

Jesse J. Sweatt, Sr., 78

Jesse John Sweatt, Sr., 78, of Quincy, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 following complications from heart surgery.

Jesse J. Sweatt, Sr.

Born in Cambridge, he was a son of the late Justin L. Sweatt and Florence M. (Goodrich).  Jesse was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, and went on to serve a term in the United States Air Force where he was a Crew Chief and jet engine mechanic.  He later worked as a typographer for many years for Wrightson‘s in Newton. Jesse loved nature: rock climbing, hiking, camping and birdwatching. He was a perspicacious lexophile. (He would love it if you looked that up).

Jesse was the beloved husband of Bea (Gilbert) Sweatt of Quincy, and the devoted father of Cindy Feeney and her husband Bill of San Diego CA, Marjorie Morville and her husband Tommy of Branchville NJ, and Jesse Sweatt Jr. and his wife Susan of St. Augustine FL.  He was the brother of Marjorie Patten and Elaine Richards of Pembroke, and the late Sonny, Jimmy, and Eric. Jesse was the loving grandfather of Matthew and Christopher Morville, Blue and Ruby Feeney, Shaun and Josie Sweatt, and many nieces and nephews. He was thankful for good friends and neighbors, especially Sheila Nilan and Doris Ehrens. He is with his beloved dog Zoe.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday September 30 from 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Jesse’s memory to your local animal shelter.

Family and friends may offer their support by visiting and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

Richard H. Derbes, Sr., 83

Richard H. “Hus” Derbes, Sr., age 83, of Marshfield died Sept. 21 surrounded by his family.

Richard H. Derbes, Sr.

Born in Quincy where he grew up, he later moved to Weymouth where he lived for many years before moving to Marshfield. Hus loved to travel to a tropical beach whenever he and his wife could get away.

A lifelong hard worker, Mr. Derbes co-owned and operated Derbes Brothers Construction with his brothers.

The son of the late Toffee H. and Nowfe (Hassan) Derbes, he was the beloved husband of Connie (Harb) Derbes; loving father of Dawn Derbes of Marshfield and Richard H. Derbes, Jr. and his wife Robin of Marshfield; brother of Toffee Derbes of Braintree, Frank Derbes of Quincy, Kimal Derbes of Weymouth, Margaret Pignone of Stoneham and the late Robert Derbes Sr. and Carol Orenburger; beloved grandfather “Jido” of Max, Sunni and Sallylee; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy.

Jean M. Mara

Jean M. Mara, of Milton, formerly of Quincy, daughter of the late John and Marie Mara passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer on September 21, 2020.

Jean M. Mara

Jean is survived by her extended family, Ann Louise and Dan Sullivan, their children and grandchildren as well as her St. Agatha Community family, Holy Cross Retreat House family, E.C. Week family and anyone who was blessed enough to call her a friend.

Jean was an active member of the St. Agatha Parish community as she was a teacher at St. Agatha School for 37 years starting in 1980. One of her many joys during her teaching career was accompanying the 8th grade class on the yearly trip to Washington D.C. Many will tell you that Jean was far more than a teacher at St. Agatha School. She was a role model, mentor, friend, and advocate which was evident at the school wide event “Mara Strong Day” where she was honored by past and present students, teacher, and families when she was first diagnosed with cancer. Additionally, she was a member of the RCIA program welcoming new members into our faith community. Jean spent many hours volunteering her time and sharing her faith in multiple communities including My Brother’s Keeper, the Holy Cross Retreat House, and Camp Fatima’s E.C. Week where she served as relief counselor to individuals with special needs for over 20 years. To know Jean was to have a faithful friend, quick with a joke and a kind word. Her contagious laugh could fill a room and warm your heart. She will be deeply missed by all who know and love her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, Monday September 28 at 10:30 am. (Covid restrictions in place – limited seating, masks must be worn, please follow instruction of funeral home staff). If you would like to view the Mass, it will be livestreamed at

Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Sunday 2-6 PM.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Fatima, EC Week at Camp Fatima, 32 Fatima Rd., Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837 ( or to Holy Cross Retreat House, 490 Washington St., North Easton, MA 02356 (

Paul E. Hastings

Paul E. Hastings, of Dorchester and Quincy, died Sept. 15.

Paul E. Hastings

Born April 10, 1959, he was raised in Dorchester and graduated from Hyde Park High School.

Paul worked at Berger Instruments as a machinist. He also worked as a maintenance worker at the Colonial Nursing Home in Weymouth. He enjoyed working at the Boston Globe as a mailer for many years until the Globe transferred to Taunton. Paul spent several years caring for his parents in their home. His last job was working at a local gas station.

Paul loved living in Dorchester and looked forward to the Annual Dorchester Day parade. He loved watching the Patriots, connecting with family and friends on Facebook, walking in the neighborhood and buzzing around on his motorized scooter. He was an active member of Saint Gregory’s Parish.

Paul was the devoted father of Paul Hastings of Quincy.  Beloved brother of Ben Hastings of Washington D.C., Rhonda Astrella of Dorchester, Sharon Carr of Braintree, Melanie Procaccino of Sandwich, Tara Healy of Quincy and the late Mary Tamberg.  Son of the late Paul J. and Anita (Ivoskus) Hastings.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Sunday, September 27, 2-5 pm. Funeral Mass and interment private.

Memorial donations may be made to

Evelyn Folan, 68

Evelyn Folan, 68, of Avon, formerly of Dorchester and Quincy, died Sept. 18 after a brief illness.

Evelyn was married to the late William Reilly and is survived by 7 brothers and sisters, Mary Folan of Avon, Bartholomew Folan of Weymouth, Elizabeth Folan of Quincy, Thomas and Rose Folan of Florida, Kevin and Jeannie Folan of Braintree, Julie and Matthew Marks of Taunton and Michael Folan of Connecticut; nieces, Claire Folan, Emily Folan, Elizabeth Folan, Katie Marks and a nephew, Connor Marks. She was born in Galway, Ireland. She is predeceased by her parents Thomas and Margaret (Helebert) Folan.

Ms. Folan was raised in Dorchester and attended St. Peter’s Elementary school and Cardinal Cushing High School, South Boston. She also attended Northeastern University, Boston.

She had numerous and varied interests. Ms. Folan loved to spend time outdoors riding her bicycle and walking along Castle Island. She loved music, especially the Clash. She was an enthusiastic sports fan, an avid reader and history buff and she also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Ms. Folan was quick-witted, and she possessed a marvelous sense of humor. She was a kind, intelligent, gentle, caring, creative, sensitive, thoughtful and strong woman. She cherished her family and this was truly evident in her love for her nieces and nephew. These are just a few of her many wonderful attributes. Ms. Folan will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held privately with burial alongside her parents in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Funeral arrangements were made by Alfred Roy & Sons Funeral Home, Worcester.