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Death Notices


Father Henry G. Chambers

Father Henry G. Chambers (May 9) in Saint Louis, Mo. Funeral Mass celebrated May 18 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Millis, for the son of the late James and Dorothy (White) Chambers; and brother of Dorothy Prophet, Brooksville, Fla.; Diane, Danbury, Conn.; and David, Methuen. Since ordination Feb. 10, 1965, he served at Saint Mary, Georgetown (1965-1970); Saint Paul, Wellesley (1970-1976); Saint Mary, Franklin (1976-1983); Saint Gregory, Dorchester (1983-1985); Sacred Heart, East Boston (1985-1988); Saint John the Baptist (Portuguese) [1985-1988], East Boston; Saint Patrick, Watertown (1988-1990); Saint Thomas the Apostle, Millis (1990-2012). Father Chambers was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

Father Thomas B. Corcoran

Father Thomas B. Corcoran (May 17) in Norwood. At press time, the funeral arrangements for Father Thomas B. Corcoran were still in process. Since his ordination in 1998, the alumnus of Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary served in assignments at Saint John the Evangelist, Swampscott; Saint Ann, Dorchester; Saint Ann and Saint Catherine of Genoa, both in Somerville; Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Mary, both in Chelmsford; Blessed Sacrament and Saint Margaret of Antioch, both in Saugus; and Saint Catherine of Siena, Norwood. [Ed. -- Father Corcoran's obituary will be in the May 27, 2022, issue of the Pilot.]

Father Francis J. Moy, SJ

Father Francis J. Moy, SJ (April 29) in Weston. Funeral Mass celebrated May 10 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Weston, for the son of the late Charles and Winifred (Tarpey) Moy. During 52 years of priestly ministry, he served in assignments of the Jesuit Eastern Province. Father Moy was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, Weston.

Brother J. Conal Owens, CFX

Brother J. Conal Owens, CFX (May 7) in Lawrence. Funeral Mass celebrated May 17 at Saint John High School, Shrewsbury, for the son of the late Daniel and Sarah (Finucane) Owens; and brother of Eleanor Belanger, Lowell; and uncle of Brother Brian Conal Belanger, OFM, Albany, N.Y. During 75 years of religious life, Brother Conal served in assignments of the Xaverian Brothers in Washington, D.C.; Md.; N.Y.; Saint John High School, Shrewsbury; and, locally, Saint Joseph Juniorate, Peabody; Saint Joseph, Somerville; and Mission High School, Roxbury. Brother Conal was buried in Xaverian Brothers Cemetery, Danvers.

Sister Winifred (Ann Mark) Cunniff, SC

Sister Winifred (Ann Mark) Cunniff, SC (May 10) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated May 13 at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley, for the daughter of the late Mark and Mary (Burke) Cunniff; and sister of Ann O'Connell, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Patrick, New York, N.Y.; and Mark, Washington, D.C. During 65 years of religious life, Sister Winifred served in congregational assignments in N.Y.; and, locally, at Marillac and Elizabeth Seton Residences, both in Wellesley. Sister Winifred was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

Sister Joan (Ignatius) Matthews, SP

Sister Joan (Ignatius) Matthews, SP (April 25) in Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind. Funeral Mass celebrated May 24 at Immaculate Conception Church, Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind., for the daughter of the late James and Anna (Yeager) Matthews. During 74 years of religious life, Sister Joan served in congregational assignments in Taiwan; Washington, D.C.; Calif.; Md.; Ill.; Ind.; and, locally, at Saint Rose of Lima, Chelsea. Sister Joan was buried in the Sisters of Providence Cemetery, Saint Mary of the Woods, Ind.

Helen (Sullivan) Collins

Helen (Sullivan) Collins (May 14) in Roxbury. Funeral Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica, Roxbury, for the mother of Father John A. Collins, CSSR, Long Branch, N.J.; Father Gorge E. Collins, SJ, Weston; Brian, Dorchester; William, Millis; Mark, West Roxbury; Marianne Dewing and Patricia Marchetti, both of Reading; Timothy, Hingham; and Helen Waters, Needham; and sister of Father Francis Sullivan, CSSR, Timonium, Md.; and the late Brother James L. (Valerius) Sullivan CFX. She was also the sister in law of the late Father John A. Collins, CSSR, former Chief of Chaplains, USAF, Maj. Gen. (Ret.). Mrs. Collins was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Helen (Finnerty) Leary

Helen (Finnerty) Leary (May 9) in Hudson. Funeral Mass celebrated May 18 at Saint Michael Church, Hudson, for the mother of Kathleen Alexander, Hudson; Rosemary Francoise, Marlborough; and Maureen LeDuc, Boylston; and sister of Anne Silvasy, Canton; and the late Father Joseph G. Finnerty. Mrs. Leary was buried in Forestvale Cemetery, Hudson.

Helen (Lynch) Olson

Helen (Lynch) Olson (May 11) in Malden. Funeral Mass celebrated May 17 at Immaculate Conception Church, Malden, for the mother of Sister Clare Marie (Carol) Olson, OSC, Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; Janet Person and Mary Gioiosa, both of Malden; Nancy Leininger, Billerica; James, Surfside, So. Car.; and John, Wilmington. Mrs. Olson was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Thomas M. Abbott

Thomas M. Abbott (May 3) in Boston. Funeral Mass celebrated May 10 at Saint Mark Church, Dorchester, for the brother of Arthur, Elizabeth Talbot, and Joseph, all of Dorchester; and brother of Mr. Leo D. Abbott, longtime former music director at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. Committal services were private.

Mary (Hannon) Farrell

Mary (Hannon) Farrell (May 8) in Watertown. Funeral Mass celebrated May 12 at Saint Patrick Church, Watertown, for the wife of Daniel, Watertown; mother of Daniel, John, Mary Ellen, Richard, Paul, and Mark, all of Watertown; Ellen Burk, Burlington; Bernadette Beck, Wakefield; Anne Michaud, Billerica; Erin McPartland, Needham; and Steven, Dorchester; and sister of the late Father John M. Hannon and Sister Eileen (Ella Mark) Hannon, OP. Mrs. Farrell was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Watertown.

Sister Mary Teresa (Vida) Norton, CSJ

Sister Mary Teresa (Vida) Norton, CSJ (April 28) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated May 6 at Holy Family Chapel, Brighton, for the daughter of the late Patrick and Anne (Flaherty) Norton. During 72 years of religious life, Sister Mary Teresa served in congregational assignments at Saint Clement, Somerville; Saint Joseph, Medford; Cathedral, Boston; Saint Mary, Dedham; Saint Angela Merici, Mattapan; Saint Agatha, Milton; and Elizabeth Seton Academy, Boston. Sister Mary Teresa was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

Sister Claire (Armand de Jesus) Morin, SASV

Sister Claire (Armand de Jesus) Morin, SASV (April 10) in Marlborough. Funeral Mass celebrated April 21 at Marie Esther Chapel, Marlborough, for the daughter of the late Omer and Eva (Chabot) Morin. During 83 years of religious life, Sister Claire served congregational assignments in N.H.; Petersham, Southbridge; and, locally, at Sacred Heart (French), Brockton; Saint Joseph (French), Everett; Saint Louis de France (French), Lowell; and Saint Joseph (French), Salem. Sister Claire was buried in East Street Cemetery, Petersham.

Sister Natalie (Annina Marie) Morris, SC

Sister Natalie (Annina Marie) Morris, SC (April 21) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated April 28 at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley, for the daughter of the late Francis and Eulalie Storey (Masterson) Morris; and sister of Eulalie Regan, Falmouth; and Walter, Tallahassee, Fla. During 69 years of religious life, Sister Natalie served in congregational assignments in N.Y.; and, locally, at Marillac and Elizabeth Seton Residences, both in Wellesley. Sister Natalie was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

Sister Rita (Julie Saint Francis) Murphy, SNDdeN

Sister Rita (Julie Saint Francis) Murphy, SNDdeN (April 20) in Worcester. Funeral Mass celebrated April 25 at Notre Dame du Lac Chapel, Worcester, for the daughter of the late Francis and Catherine (Ellis) Murphy. During her religious life, Sister Rita served in congregational assignments in Conn.; Mass.; N.H.; and, locally, at Notre Dame Center, Lawrence. Sister Rita was buried in Notre Dame du Lac Cemetery, Worcester.

Sister Mary (Mary Aurelia) Sheehan, SCN

Sister Mary (Mary Aurelia) Sheehan, SCN (Jan. 7) in Louisville, Ky. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 14 at Saint Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Ky., for the sister of Margaret Cohen, North Easton; Eileen Cifizzari, Brockton; and Claire McWade, Plymouth. During 67 years of religious life, Sister Mary served in congregational assignments in Ky.; and, locally, at Most Precious Blood, Hyde Park; Saint Margaret of Scotland; Lowell; and Saint Brigid, South Boston. Sister Mary was buried in Nazareth Cemetery, Nazareth, Ky.