Nancy Ann Faenza, 96

Nancy Ann (Bruen) Faenza, of South Boston, formerly of Quincy, passed away peacefully on January 2, 2024, with her family by her side. She was 96.

Nancy Ann Faenza

Daughter of the late Peter J. Bruen and Mary E. (Gallagher) Bruen. Devoted mother of Dan Faenza and his wife Sue of Meredith, NH and Deb Faenza and her husband Rich Rines of Quincy. Loving sister of Jo Musco Collari and her husband Richard “Dick” of Walpole and the late Patrick J. Bruen and Chuck A. Bruen and his wife, Mary. Cherished grandmother of Leah Cooper and her husband Matt of Deerfield, NH, Brian Faenza and his wife Caanan of Gilford, NH, Danielle Durigan and her husband Tom of Dedham, Rich Rines Jr., and his fiancée Cortney Johnston of Austin, TX. Great Grandmother to Ben and Emma Cooper and Avery and Riley Faenza.

Beloved Aunt of Chip Musco and his wife Mindy of Millis, Chucky Bruen and his wife Marie, Maribeth Griffin and her husband David, Kevin Bruen and his wife Maureen, Sean Bruen and Patrick Bruen, all of West Roxbury and the late Robyn Musco and Michael Bruen. She is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Nancy attended Memorial High School in Boston. She worked most of her life in the food service industry. She spent many years as a waitress at the Milton Hill Restaurant. She was a hostess at Walsh’s Restaurant in North Quincy as well as the Fox and Hound Restaurant in Quincy. Nancy also worked as a coat check person at the Quincy Elks. Nancy will be remembered for her beautiful smile, warmth and grace. She was a joy

to be around. Her faith and her family were the foundation of all that was truly important in her life. Although family members are heartbroken at her passing, all feel fortunate for the love and many blessings she brought into their lives. Nancy will be deeply and sadly missed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday, January 11 from 4-7 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A brief prayer service will be held in the Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. on Friday prior to the Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 227 Sea St., Quincy at 10 a.m. Burial will occur following the mass in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St., West

Roxbury. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences. 

Janice A. Walsh, 83

Janice Ann (Larkin) Walsh, of Quincy, formerly of Charlestown, died peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Milton. She was 83.

Janice was born in Quincy on October 17, 1940 and was the daughter of the late William and Helen (McClure) Larkin. She was raised in Quincy, attended local schools and graduated from North Quincy High School. Janice worked in sales and retail for many years. She enjoyed her work and the relationships she built throughout the years.

Janice was a great athlete, avid sports fan, and played softball throughout her life. Even as an adult she enjoyed tennis with her girlfriends and joined different bowling leagues.

Janice saw her greatest achievements as mother and grandmother. She never missed Tommy’s football games, boxing matches or hockey games. Janice was very involved in the lives of her three grandchildren, “those boys” as she would refer to them. She was their biggest cheerleader. Cooking was another of her great passions. Janice loved to share her amazing meals with loved ones. Her home cooked meals will be missed by all who loved her.

Janice was the beloved wife of the late Thomas F. Walsh, who died in 2012. She was the devoted mother of Margaret H. “Peggy” Pugsley of Quincy, Kathleen M. “Kathy” Walsh of Cumberland, Rhode Island, and Thomas F. Walsh Jr. of Quincy. Janice was the loving grandmother of Richard Pugsley III and his wife Emily of Quincy, Aidan Pugsley of Hawaii, and Thomas Pugsley of Quincy. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

Her funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, at 10 AM in Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Services will conclude with interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:15 PM.

DUE TO FLORAL RESTRICTIONS AT THE CEMETERY: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Janice’s name to Boys & Girls Clubs of America by visiting: www.bgca.org.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

William J. Donlan, 74

William John “Billy” Donlan, of Quincy, died suddenly on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. He was 74.

William J. Donlan

Billy was born in Boston on January 29, 1949, and was the son of the late Martin and Agnes (Whelton) Donlan.

Formerly of South Boston, Billy was a United States Army Veteran and retired member of Pipefitter’s Local 537. In retirement, Billy took pleasure in continually learning new things and could fix anything around the house. He had a wicked sense of humor and loved to tell stories to his grandsons about growing up in Southie. He loved and protected his family fiercely and was a loving and generous papa to Tommy and Matthew who will miss him dearly.

Billy was the beloved husband of Geraldine A. (Cooper) Donlan, with whom he shared 48 loving years. He was the proud and devoted father of Thomas Bell and his wife Tina of Avon and Stephanie Naughton of Quincy. He was the father-in-law of Thomas Naughton of Quincy. He was the loving grandfather of Thomas W. and Matthew J. Naughton, both of Quincy. Billy was the dear brother of Pauline Anderson of Quincy, John Donlan of South Boston, James Donlan and his wife Debra of Quincy, Mary Donlan of Plymouth, the late Josephine Jimenez, the late Janet Gallagher, and the late Martin Donlan. Billy is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Bill was thankful for the loving care his wife Geri provided him as he battled many illnesses in the last years of his life. He kept his sense of humor, was always optimistic, determined, brave and a fighter to the very end.

Following cremation, Billy’s funeral services and interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Billy’s name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation by visiting: www.t2t.org.

See www.Keohane.com for online condolences.

Josephine M. Vignoni, 96

Josephine M. (Corigliano) Vignoni, age 96, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Josephine M. Vignoni

Josephine was born in Boston, to the late Frank M. and Josephine (Merlino) Corigliano. Raised and educated in Boston’s South End, she was a graduate of Cathedral High School.

She lived in Quincy for most of her life, previously in Boston.

Josephine was the owner of her family’s flower shop, the former Messina Flower Shop in Boston. She had been retired for many years.

Josephine had a passion for cooking and hosting. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Francis A. “Frank” Vignoni.

Devoted mother of Francine G. Caruso and her husband Kenneth of North Billerica.

Loving grandmother of Christina M. Caruso and Steven J. Caruso.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Mary T. Volandre and Michael F. Corigliano.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, January 8, from 4 – 7 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 Tuesday, January 9, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Josephine’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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

Michael J. Gilmore, 66

Michael Joseph Gilmore, of Quincy, Massachusetts, passed away in his home on Friday, December 29, 2023, due to long-term illness. He was 66.

Michael J. Gilmore

Born in Quincy, he was the son of Dorothy M. (Shea) Gilmore of Quincy and the late Joseph M. Gilmore. He is survived by his children Michael J. Gilmore Jr. and Madison E. Gilmore, both of Seekonk, Massachusetts, his brother Stephen P. Gilmore of Quincy and his Aunt Carole and her husband John Andosca of Plymouth as well as his Shea cousins.

He was a graduate of Boston College High School and Boston University where he was a proud member of the Boston University crew team. Throughout his career with Kidder-Peabody and Fidelity, Mike spent his time in sports both coaching his children’s teams and actively playing his favorite sport of Golf. He spent his time organizing B.A.G.S. Tournaments as well as playing.

He loved his family and always had a special place for his grandma and grandpa Shea as well as his mom. Michael was very proud of his children as they both successfully finished college and both attending graduate school.

Michael’s funeral services will be held privately at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Michael’s name to the charitable organization of one’s choice.

See www.Keohane.com for online condolences.

Primo Iacobucci, 93

Primo Iacobucci, age 93, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, December 30, 2023 at Southwood at Norwell Nursing Center in Norwell, surrounded by his loving family.

Primo Iacobucci

Primo was born in Supino, Province of Frosinone, Region of Lazio, Italy to the late Julio and Mafalda (DeSantis) Iacobucci. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States in 1951 as a young man, arriving at Ellis Island, N.Y. He lived in Quincy for sixty-seven years, briefly in Boston’s West End, and was also a winter resident of Hollywood, Fla. for many years.

He was employed as a master bricklayer and was a member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local 3 in Boston for over seventy years. During his over forty-one-year career, Primo supervised countless projects and buildings in Boston, including the John Hancock Tower.

Primo was well-known for his expertise and craftmanship. After retirement, he founded and operated Iacobucci Masonry, Inc. for several years, specializing in all types of brickwork.

He and his late wife, Elena, enjoyed traveling, entertaining, singing, and dancing. Primo was a talented, self-taught musician, and could play the guitar, accordion, and harmonica, as well as sing. He and Elena were always the life of the party. Proud of his Italian heritage, Primo enjoyed trips to Italy with his children and grandchildren.

Primo was athletic throughout his life. As a young man, he played semi-professional soccer for the former Boston Juventus and turned down a scholarship to Boston College to begin his bricklayer apprenticeship. He also played tennis, bocce, enjoyed bicycling, and snow skiing.

Predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-eight years Elena (Montini) Iacobucci.

Devoted father of Ronald P. Iacobucci and his wife Elizabeth, Richard M. Iacobucci, all of Quincy, Sandra Centorino and her husband Anthony of Cheshire, Conn.

Loving grandfather of Deanna Hanafin, Christopher Iacobucci, Matthew Iacobucci, Stephanie Klymczuk and her husband Michael, Alison Centorino and her fiancé Aaron DeMaio.

Much-loved great-grandfather of Andrew, Virginia, Leo, and Troy, with great granddaughter, Elaina, on the way.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, January 12, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, 112 Randolph Avenue, Milton, on Saturday, January 13, at 10 a.m. Reverend Hall Kirkham, Rector, will officiate. The service will be livestreamed at http://stmichaelsmilton.org/iacobucci. Interment private.

The Iacobucci family respectfully requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Primo’s memory be made to Soccer Unity Project, P.O. Box 180833, Boston, MA 02118 or https://www.soccerunityproject.org/donate.

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

Joan M. ‘Joanie’ Driscoll, 89

Joan M. “Joanie” (Daley) Driscoll, age 89, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, December 31, 2023, at Hancock Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Joan Driscoll

Joan was born in Quincy, to the late Esther L. (Sheehan) and Ambrose E. Daley, Lt., Q.F.D., Ret. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School. Later in life, she earned a Certificate in Early Childhood Education from Quincy College.

Joanie was employed at the former Quincy Medical Center for fifteen years, where she was known as the “TV Lady.” She went on to work as the lead teacher at the Head Start program in Germantown for several years. She loved the children and their families.

Joanie had a passion for football and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots, especially Tom Brady.

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

Devoted mother of Darlene D. Brinkmann and her husband Frank of Pembroke, Edward A. Driscoll and his wife Kimberly of Braintree.

Loving grandmother of Derek M. Brinkmann and his wife Michaela, Cara M. Brinkmann, all of Pembroke, Holly Anne M. Driscoll and her partner Alan Irwin, Ryan M. Driscoll and his partner Brianna Burke, all of Weymouth, and twins Kayla C. Driscoll and Tyler R. Driscoll, both of Braintree.

Cherished great grandmother of Brady Irwin.

One of three siblings, she was predeceased by Patricia A. Rumrill and Janet L. Young. Joan is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and their families.

Former wife of Edward J. Driscoll of Quincy.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, January 4, from 5 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, January 5, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to Norwell VNA and Hospice, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.

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

Romaio C. Magnarelli, 99

Romaio C. Magnarelli, lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2023, at the age of 99.

Romaio C. Magnarelli

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 71 years Jennie (Mariano) Magnarelli. He was the loving father of John Magnarelli and his wife Pam of Plymouth, Diane Semler of Attleboro, MaryAnn Palmer and her husband Bill of Plantation, Florida and Richard Magnarelli and his wife Loretta Spinale of Quincy. He was preceded in death by his parents Cesidio and Mary (Ambrosini) Magnarelli; his brother Charles and sisters Jennie and Rose. He is survived by six grandchildren, Christopher, Patrick, Dee, Lisa, Jamie and Jimmy and seven great grandchildren, Sierra, Mia, Ellie, Paityn, Patrick, Mila and 3 month old Romaio!

Romaio was born and raised in South Quincy and for the last 69 years lived in Wollaston. He attended the Quincy Trade School, class of 1942, before being inducted into the Army in 1943. After basic and infantry training in Florida and Arkansas he was assigned to Bravo Company, 112th Regiment of the 28th Infantry Division. After additional training in Wales and England he reached France a few weeks after D-Day and participated in the liberation of Paris. He next fought in the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest (the longest sustained battle of World War Two and then the Battle of the Bulge (the bloodiest battle of World War II). He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. A proud veteran he was a member of the Duxbury American Legion Post 223. While in the Army he started to correspond with Jennie Mariano of Quincy Point. When he was discharged from the Army he was able to finally meet Jennie and he knew she was the one. They were married in September 1946.

Besides being the ultimate family man, coaching Babe Ruth Baseball, attending numerous sporting events and dance recitals for his kids and grandkids he had a work ethic second to none. After being discharged from the Army he worked for the next 42 years as a senior machinist at Mathewson Machine Works in North Quincy. He retired at 63 years old only to begin working at what was to become Eastern Bank for the next 26 years. He was very proud of a certificate that he received from Eastern Bank each year for perfect attendance. He never missed a day of work in those 26 years. He was also a great baseball fan and had the ultimate experience this past summer when he was invited by the Boston Red Sox and actually got to walk on the field as part of their “Hats Off to Heroes” recognition program.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, January 8, 2024, 8:30-10 AM 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 Monday, January 8, 2024, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Services will conclude with interment and military honors in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Romaio’s name to a veteran’s organization of your choice.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

James E. ‘Jimmy’ Flynn, III, 40

James E. “Jimmy” Flynn, III, of Quincy and Cambridge, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 25, 2023, after a long illness. He was 40.

James E. Flynn, III

Jimmy is the beloved son of Susan (Lothrop) Flynn of Quincy and Jim Flynn of Quincy and Naples, Florida.  He was the devoted nephew of Elizabeth Cotter and her husband Kevin of Quincy and Mary Lothrop O’Connell of Quincy, Edward Lothrop of Winthrop, the late Maureen Lothrop Kroll of Quincy and the late Geoffrey Lothrop, William Lothrop and Stephen Lothrop all of Quincy.  Jimmy is also survived by many cousins.

Jimmy was a lifelong fan of all Boston sports and knowledgeable about the teams, players, and history.

He was a North Quincy High School graduate. In his younger years he enjoyed spending time at his second home in the White Mountains and spent three years of elementary school in Madison, New Hampshire.

Jimmy learned to ski at five years old both downhill and cross country, hiked and climbed to the summits and high huts of the surrounding peaks, canoed, and tubed the Saco River. It was not unordinary for him to see bears and cubs in his yard and escaped horses running by his school bus.

He worked in many jobs in Boston including his father’s business of Boston Pallet & Sawdust while promoting hardcore music. Jimmy created and ran Hardcore Stadium which was his biggest passion. His lifelong friends added this: “Jimmy was the heart and soul of the Boston Hardcore music scene. There has never been a person like him and there never will be. He brought people from every walk of life from every part of the world together under the Boston banner. He started attending Boston punk shows as a teenager, began starting bands in high school and over the past two decades booked hundreds of bands through his Hardcore Stadium promotions. Jimmy was an incredible friend who introduced lifelong friendships, and more importantly gave people a real place to belong.”

Jimmy was handing out new blankets to the homeless in the middle of the night in Central Square this November.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, January 8, 2024, from 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Jimmy will be interred privately in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jimmy’s name may be sent by mail to Material Aid and Advocacy Program, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, MA. 02138 or online by visiting: www.Maapma.org/donate.

See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Catherine A. ‘Kay’ Kudla, 100

Catherine A. “Kay” (Geary) Kudla, 100 years young, a longtime resident of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully, Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at Alliance Health at Marina Bay, Quincy, in the comfort of her loving family.

Catherine Kudla

Catherine was born in South Boston, to the late Martin and Catherine (O’Donnell) Geary. Raised and educated in South Boston, she was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1940. She lived in Quincy for the past forty-nine years, previously in South Boston.

Kay was employed as a salesperson at the former Irish Cottage at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree for over thirty years. Previously, she had worked for the Bank of Boston.

Catherine was proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed Irish music and dancing. She loved the Irish singer, Daniel O’Donnell. She also loved travelling with family and friends, taking many trips to Ireland, Argentina, Spain, France, as well as visiting over forty American states.

Most of all, Kay’s passion was for her family. She was a dedicated homemaker, mother, and grandmother, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife of the late Chester J. Kudla.

Devoted mother of Catherine K. Fisher and her husband John of Nashua, NH, Paul M. Kudla of Nome, AK, Michael J. Kudla of Fall River, Joseph C. Kudla of Fla, Francis X. Kudla and his wife Andrea of Winthrop, Robert C. Kudla and his wife Margaret of Rockland and Jane M. Kudla of Quincy.

Loving grandmother of Courtney Medlin and her husband John, Nathan Kudla and his wife Meaghan, Neila Kudla, Grace Kudla, and Anna Kate Kudla. Cherished great grandmother of Jackson Medlin, Addison, and Austin Kudla.

The last of three siblings, she was predeceased by Mary Farren and Barbara Geary. Catherine is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Friday, January 5, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, on Saturday, January 6, at 10 a.m. Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be private.

For those who wish, donations in Catherine’s memory may be made to the Quincy Council on Aging, c/o Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum Street, Quincy, MA 02171.

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