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Death Notices


Father Francis E. Sullivan, CSSR

Father Francis E. Sullivan, CSSR (Nov. 17) in Timonium, Md. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 22 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Roxbury, for the son of the late Joseph and Helen (Mulhern) Sullivan, and brother of the late Brother James L. (Valerius) Sullivan, CFX. He was also the uncle of Father John A. Collins, CSSR, Long Branch, N.J. During 63 years of priestly ministry, Father Sullivan served in assignments of the Redemptorist Fathers and Brothers in Brazil; Conn.; Md.; N.Y.; Penn.; and Texas. Father Sullivan was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Roslindale.

Sister Ruth (Maria Henry) Beaudoin, SUSC

Sister Ruth (Maria Henry) Beaudoin, SUSC (Nov. 12) in Lawrence. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 17 at Saint William Church, Tewksbury, for the daughter of the late Henry and Eva (Bertrand) Beaudoin, and sister of Sister Rita Beaudoin, SUSC, Lawrence. During 75 years of religious life, Sister Ruth served in congregational assignments in Italy; Washington, D.C.; Minn.; Mo.; and, locally, at Our Lady of Pity (French) Parish, Cambridge; Saint Mary Villa, Lowell; Sacred Heart (French) Parish, Lawrence; Mary Immaculate Restorative Center, Lawrence; and Rose Hawthorne School, Concord. Sister Ruth was buried in Saint Bernard Cemetery, Concord.

Sister Ann (Mary David) Boland, SUSC

Sister Ann (Mary David) Boland, SUSC (Nov. 7) in Brockton. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 14 at Holy Name Church, Fall River, for the daughter of the late David and Doris (Devine) Boland; and sister of Mary Costa, Silver Spring, Md.; and David, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During 67 years of religious life, Sister Ann served in congregational assignments in Md. and N.Y.; and in several parishes and schools of the Diocese of Fall River and of the archdiocese. Sister Ann was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Fall River.

John W. Buckley

John W. Buckley (Nov. 9) in Marshfield. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 15 at Saint Christine Church, Marshfield, for the husband of Paula, Marshfield; and father of Amy Meyer, Easton, Penn.; Mark, Berlin, Germany; Martha Young, Randolph, and Megan, Marshfield; and brother of the late Sister Sara Ann Buckley, SNDdeN. Committal Services were private.

Josephine (Brogna) Clancy

Josephine (Brogna) Clancy (Nov. 19) in Woburn. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 26 at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, Woburn, for the mother of Father Richard F. Clancy, Saint Rita, Lowell; Saint Mary Magdalen, Tyngsborough; and Saint Marguerite d'Youville, Dracut; and Charles and David, both of Woburn. Mrs. Clancy was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester.

Dennis J. Looney

Dennis J. Looney (Nov. 15) Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 21 at Saint Paul Church, Wellesley, for the husband of Marie (Murphy) Looney, Wellesley; and father of Susan, Wellesley, and William, Dudley. Mr. Looney was a Knight Grand Cross of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and served as a lieutenant of the Northeast Lieutenancy and as a member of the Grand Magisterium, Rome, Italy. Committal Services were private.

John J. O'Donnell

John J. O'Donnell (Oct. 12) in Cohasset. private funeral services celebrated for the husband of Margaret (May) O'Donnell, Cohasset; and father of John, Chatham, N.Y.; Michael, Castine, Maine; and Susan, New York, N.Y.; and brother of Elizabeth Berry, Pembroke; Annie Burch, Pawtucket, R.I.; and the late Sister Mary (Mary Colum) O'Donnell, OP.

Sister Mary Joseph (Mary Ellen) Aspell, OSC

Sister Mary Joseph (Mary Ellen) Aspell, OSC (Nov. 7) in Jamaica Plain. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 12 at Saint Clare Monastery Chapel, Jamaica Plain, for the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Ann (Bowen) Aspell. During 45 years of religious life, Sister Mary Joseph served in various apostolates of the Poor Clare Nuns, Monastery of Saint Clare. Sister Mary Joseph was buried in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Sister Rita (Mary Magdala) McCarthy, CSJ

Sister Rita (Mary Magdala) McCarthy, CSJ (Nov. 7) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 15 at Holy Family Chapel, Brighton, for the daughter of the late John and Helen (Madden) McCarthy, and sister of Maureen Leiser, Weston; and William, Worthington, Ohio. During 78 years of religious life, Sister Rita served in congregational assignments at Saint Joseph, Lynn; Saint James, Haverhill; Aquinas Junior College, Milton and Newton; and as co-director of Pastoral Ministries of the archdiocese, Brighton. Sister Rita was buried in Edgell Grove Cemetery, Framingham.

Sister Geraldine (Ferdinand) Shea, CSJ

Sister Geraldine (Ferdinand) Shea, CSJ (Nov. 11) Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 17 at Holy Family Chapel, Brighton, for the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (MacEachern) Shea, and sister of Barbara, Scituate; and the late Sister Mary (Therese Marie) Shea, CSJ. During 79 years of religious life, Sister Geraldine served in congregational assignments at Sacred Heart, Cambridge; Saint James, Haverhill; Sacred Heart, Roslindale; Saint Mary of the Assumption, Brookline; and Saint Brigid, Boston. Sister Geraldine was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

Roberta (Desjardins) LaPointe

Roberta (Desjardins) LaPointe (Nov. 9) in Danvers. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 15 at Saint James Church, Salem, for the wife of Deacon Norman LaPointe, '76, Salem; and mother of Paul, Tallahassee, Fla.; David, Concord, N.H.; Theresa Marino, Danvers; and Patricia Garzone, Groveland. Mrs. LaPointe was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Salem.

Joseph Unni

Joseph Unni (Oct. 29) in Wilmington. Funeral Mass celebrated Nov. 4 at Saint Theresa of Lisieux Church, North Reading, for the husband of Cindy (LaPorte) Unni, Wilmington; father of Hannah and Isabella, both of Wilmington; and brother of Father John Unni, Saint Cecilia, Boston; and Paul, Harrisburg, Penn. Mr. Unni was buried in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading.

Father Bernardine (Donald) Kessing, OFM

Father Bernardine (Donald) Kessing, OFM (Oct. 15) Funeral Mass celebrated Oct. 25 at Saint Bonaventure Church, Allegany, N.Y., for the son of the late Frank and Rose (Wanstrath) Kessing. During 62 years of priestly ministry, Father Kessing served in assignments of the Holy Name Province of the Franciscan Friars in Washington, D.C.; N.J.; N.Y.; and, locally, at Saint Anthony Shrine, Boston. Father Kessing was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

Margaret (Kean) Eugene

Margaret (Kean) Eugene (Sept. 26) in Arlington. Private funeral services celebrated for the sister of the late Sister Michael Mary (Dorothy) Kean, SSND. Committal services were private.

Theresa (Delahanty) Gardner

Theresa (Delahanty) Gardner (Oct. 21) in Readville. Funeral Mass celebrated Oct. 28 at Saint Anne Church, Readville, for the wife of Harry, Readville; and mother of Michael, Canton. Ms. Gardner was employed for many years by the archdiocese in its Payroll Office. Ms. Gardner was buried in Canton Corner Cemetery, Canton.

Margaret (Sullivan) Gulla

Margaret (Sullivan) Gulla (Oct. 16) in South Boston. Funeral Mass celebrated Oct. 20 at Gate of Heaven Church, South Boston, for mother of Philip, Boston; and sister of Peter, Boston; and the late Father Ernest L. Sullivan, SSC. Mrs. Gulla was buried in Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Arline T. Whiteside

Arline T. Whiteside (Oct. 17) in Norwood. Funeral Mass celebrated Oct. 26 at Saint Catherine of Siena Church, Norwood, for the sister of the late Father Robert Whiteside. Ms. Whiteside was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.