Dolan Funeral Home

John Walter Barrett

John Walter Barrett, of Cambridge, formerly of Milton, May 6, 2018.

Born in Boston and raised in Milton, John was a graduate of BC High and Harvard University, Class of 2007. He had pursued a Masters degree in biochemistry at Tulane University.

John enjoyed photography and computer programming. He had finished the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2007.

Son of the late Robert E. and Barbara (Maguire) Barrett. Father of Dawn M. Barrett of Long Beach, NY. Brother of Robert Barrett of Wakefield and Barbara B. Daly of Holliston. Uncle of Jane Daly, Colin Daly, Aidan Daly and Maura Barrett.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, 2223 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Wednesday May 23 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hour at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Wednesday 8:30-9:30 am. Interment to follow at Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to

Dr. Joseph F. Ciano

Ciano, Joseph F. D.M.D, of Milton died on May 15, 2018 in Cohasset, MA. Beloved husband of  Concetta B. (Blanciforti) Ciano. Devoted father of Robert C. Ciano, DDS. of Castine, Maine, Joseph F. Ciano, Jr. Lt. Col. USMC, North Kohala, HI, Maria B. Desjardins, R. Ph. of St. Croix USVI, Christina D. Vater of Cohasset MA, and the late Peter S. Ciano, M.D. Beloved grandfather of Jack, Elizabeth and Torey Vater, Peter and Emily Ciano, Stephen and Michael Desjardins, Christopher and John Ciano and Julia Ciano Morris. Great-grandfather to Sophia and Jacob Morris.


Dr. Ciano was a graduate of The University of Notre Dame, receiving his B.S. in 1948, Boston University M.S., in 1949 and The Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, D.M.D., in 1953. Dr. Ciano completed his residency in Oral Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1955. He practiced dentistry in Quincy for 53 years before retiring. In addition to his dental practice, he provided dental services to the homeless of Boston through the Bridge Over Troubled Waters program for over ten years. He was a noted civil war historian, lecturer and benefactor to civil war battlefield preservation. Most notably, he was the driving force in restoring the First Massachusetts Cavalry’s Battle of Aldie memorial in Snickersville, Virginia. Always on the leading edge, Dr. Ciano began running in the 1960’s and completed the Boston Marathon in 1967 and 1968. According to his children, “Dad played a mean game of family touch football, especially during summers on Cape Cod”. He was dedicated to the educational and athletic endeavors of his children and grandchildren. Most importantly, he loved his family and greatly impacted many lives. He will be missed.


Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation on Monday May21, 2018 8:30am-9:30am in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE, Milton.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday  at 10:00am  in St. Elizabeth Church, Milton.  Burial in Milton Cemetery, Milton.


Reverend Doris C. Bellinger Gethers

Reverend Doris C. Bellinger Gethers, formerly of Boston, departed this life for a place of peace and rest on Sunday May 6, 2018 at The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Doris was brought into this life on May 5, 1939 in Vance, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Mr. Isiah Bellinger and Mrs. Maggie Lee Fuller Bellinger.

She grew up in Vance and attended Roberts High School.  She did further studies in Secretarial Science and completed a Master’s Degree in Divinity Studies.

While in Boston, Massachusetts, Reverend Gethers worked at Bank of New England. Later, she moved to Miami, Florida, where she worked at Cedars Sinai Medical Center until here retirement in 2012.

While in Miami, she met and married the love of her life, Charlie Gethers.

She was preceded in death by a son, Cleveland Gethers; one brother, Isiah Bellinger and three sisters: Mattie Bellinger Green, Mildred Bellinger Williams and Cammie Mae Bellinger Johnson

She will always be remembered with love by her children: Brenda (Clarence) Perkins, Sanquinetta Gethers, Samuel Gethers and Tarita Gethers, all of Boston, Massachusetts, two sisters: Mrs. Lizzie Mae Hilliard, of Vance, South Carolina and Ms. Anniebelle Bellinger, of Boston, Massachusetts; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Gethers Vogt, of Cross, South Carolina; fifteen grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Visitation at Charles Street AME Church, 551 Warren Street, Roxbury, Monday May 21 at 10:00 AM followed by a service at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment to follow in Mount Hope Cemetery.


Jeanette Ector

Jeanette Ector was born on October 13th, 1953 in New York City. She was the daughter of the late Mabell Ector and Beauregard Boyton. Jeanette was raised by the late Gladys and George Ruffin in Hopewell Junction, New York.

After graduating from high school she moved to Poughkeepsie, New York where she met Charles McClinton and to this union was born Quokisha McClinton.

Jeanette moved to the Boston area to receive medical treatment. While in Boston she joined Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain and in spite of her handicap she was a faithful member and participated in several spiritual endeavors. She was a participant in the small group ministry and a devoted prayer missionary.

Jeanette was part of the women’s group at Boston Medical Center. A group of women with similar health that met weekly to support each other. She was also an advocate for those with handicaps and disabilities.

There were many devoted caretakers who helped Jeanette including, Desmond Douglas,  her case coordinator Valerie Berry, a close friend and PCA’s: Jasmine Stewart, Maisha Cox Travia Craig, Tanisha Jacobs and Nilza who was Jeanette’s longtime PCA worker and best friend.

Jeanette leaves behind two daughter: Quokisha McClinton and Andrea Ector; grandchildren: Feyon, Elijah and Aviana. foster siblings Louise Ruffin and Gladys Ruffin. Siblings Regina, Kenneth, James and Josephine Ector who preceded her in death. Jeanette has a host of nieces,  nephews, cousins and friends who will miss her dearly.

Visitation at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Saturday, May 19 from 12-1 PM.  The Funeral Service will be begin at 1:00 PM.  Relatives and friends invited.

David Isom, Sr.

David Isom, Sr. peacefully entered into his eternal rest on May 12, 2018 at Brigham and Woman’s Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

David was born in Camden, Alabama on October 26, 1936 to the late Liddell Isom, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Isom. He attended Camden Academy High School and Tuskegee Institute, majoring in engineering.

He was the devoted husband of 61 years to Louise Isom, the love of his life whom he met as a kid. After years of going to school together and graduating together the relationship blossomed. They married in 1957, having four children together – David Jr., Carole, Gloria and Donald.

David was a well-respected gentleman and a gentle giant, having a warm and kind heart. He would catch you off guard, as he was quite humorous and would unexpectedly tell or play a joke leaving you in stitches.

He would lend a helping hand to family, friends and strangers. He was a “fixer.” He could find a solution to fix anything. If he couldn’t fix it immediately, he’d spend the day thinking about it until he “created” a solution.

He not only took care of things but took care of his family. His family was his pride and joy. He was our great protector and provider making sure we had everything we needed, whether it was physical or emotional.

As an avid reader, he was well-versed on many topics and was often sought after due to his breadth of knowledge. In his spare time, he loved to fish off boats and piers. He was a lifelong learner, planning to teach real estate courses online this summer.

David retired from the MBTA after more than 25 years of service. He remained a licensed Real Estate Broker and certified Notary Public until his passing.

A Tribute to My Wonderful Husband of 61 years, David Isom Sr.

My husband was 81 years old. He was a great and loving husband. He had it all. He was a father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was kind, gentle and loved by everyone he met.

He and I grew up together as children. We did things that kids do; for example, on Easter we would hide Easter eggs. We would go to the movies and kiss behind my parents back whenever we could because our parents were always watching us.

We went to high school and college together. After a while, we realized we were so much in love that we decided to elope from college and get married. We then decided to start our family and had four wonderful children.

David and I were so happy; he told everyone he met about us and our family. His face would light up with a big smile. Our family was the apple of his eyes. He was always proud of us.

David worked very hard and never once complained. I remember when he began to get sick or wasn’t feeling well and I had to put the trash out for the garbage man. Of course, I never had to do that before because, well, that was always his job. He said to me, “I’m sorry that you have to do that but I don’t feel too well and maybe next week I will be feeling okay and do it.” The next week came and the same thing happened. He said, “Sorry,” I would say, “Honey, I don’t mind doing it.” But, honestly, I did mind doing it until one day my first granddaughter called me and I told her about what I had to do every Monday morning. In fact, I was complaining about it. She said, “Grandma, what is wrong with you? Grandad did that for years and years and didn’t complain; now you are complaining about putting the trash on the sidewalk once a week?” You know, I felt so bad that I had been complaining. After the next Monday I began to look forward to doing that every week.

My husband had numerous jobs during our 61 years of marriage. He was a machinist, bus driver, train conductor, security officer, real estate broker, Notary Public and more. He did whatever he had to do for our family and never complained. We had a loving family and we both loved our family very much.

Then after a while David began to get sick. He went to see the doctor and found out he had a heart problem and high blood pressure, but still didn’t complain. He said he was getting old and for me not to worry because things would be okay. But, things began to get worse and he began to tell me he didn’t think he was going to get any better and that he would pass away. Last week, while in the hospital, he told my daughter and me that he was tired and that he was not coming back home. He began to plan his funeral as my daughter and I listened. She and I looked at each other were both very sad as we listened to him.

My husband told the doctor and nurses that he wasn’t afraid to die, that he knew things could happen, that everything was in God’s hands. Days before things got bad, he told me that he knew how I felt, just by looking at my face. He told me not to cry because he would always love me and that God would handle things for us both.

During the time that he was sick in the hospital, I told the chaplain that I had asked God to heal my husband and please let him come back home. I told the chaplain that I was losing my faith. He just looked at me, never saying a word because he knew something I did not know. He knew that God was straightening things out for me and God did do that. After, so many good things began to happen to me, well, guess what? I prayed to God to thank Him and let Him now that I had found my hope and faith and would never lose it again.

You see, at one time after I was beginning to lose my faith in God and after I began to pray about my faith, God made wonderful changes in my life. He made changes to let me know that He, not me, was in charge and that I wasn’t going to lose my faith. Three things happened. After those three things happened, I realized that even though my husband didn’t come home, he could have died many times before he did; but, God showed me things just to let me know that he was still with me and that I should have faith in Him.

So, on May 12, 2018, my husband passed away and I was standing by his side. And, even though my husband told me not to cry, I did cry. I cried today, and I am sure I will cry tomorrow. But, now I have my faith in God and He promised He won’t let me down. My 61 years, my life is still holding. Thanks be to God.

Louise R. Isom

Family and Friends invited to David’s funeral service, taking place in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST  MILTON SQUARE,  Saturday, May 19,  at 11 o’clock. Visitation from 10 – 11 am. Interment to follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston.

Zoe Arianna Jacobs

Zoe was born on August 26, 2014 in San Crystobal, Dominican Republic, to parents Jamal Jacobs and Johanna Antonia Rosario de Jacobs. Zoe resided in Lowell, MA and attended The Greater Lowell Family YMCA Preschool and Mood Elementary School.

A loving, warm and free-spirited little girl, Zoe was known by family and friends for her beautiful captivating smile and energy level that would outlast the Energizer Bunny. She loved Minnie Mouse, play dough, coloring, music, dancing and cuddling with her Mom and Dad. Her favorite song was “Let it Go” from the movie Frozen.

Zoe is survived by her parents, Jamal and Johanna, her sister, Greify Mariel Soto Rosario, her paternal grandparents Max Jacobs and Connie Hughes, her maternal grandparents, Antonio Pelegrino Rosario and Luz Celeste Jacque, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visiting hours at Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE, Friday, May 18th from 10 -11 AM, funeral service will follow at 11:00am.  Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The family finds comfort in knowing that Zoe’s loving spirit will continue to live on through the donation of her organs to needed recipients. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Zoe’s memory to Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital Foundation, Development Office, P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02903.

Edward F. Baird

Edward F. Baird, a retired construction laborer, died at Corey Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation, Brighton, Monday May 14, 2018.

Born and raised in Dorchester, Ed had lived in Charlestown for many years.

Beloved son of the late Henry J. and Josephine (Neace) Baird.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church, Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, Wednesday May 16 at 9:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Mount Benedict Cemetery.

Michael V. Grasso

Michael Valdimar Grasso, 53, of Boston Massachusetts passed away at his home on May 3rd, 2018.

Michael was born February 22nd 1965 in St. John U.S. Virgin Island. He moved to Rhode Island at an early age with his father where he went to Bishop Hendricken Catholic High School. He then attended Providence College with healthcare aspirations and went through the ROTC program and was commissioned as an officer. He went to Nursing School at Northeastern University and graduated in May 1993. On June 27 1992 He married Hedwidge Grasso in Boston Ma. He served more than 20 years in the military where he would work with the 399th combat support hospital. He was called into active duty and served a tour in the Iraq war from 2006-2007. He received a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Combat Action Badge for his work. He was employed as a registered Nurse at Mass General Hospital where he worked in the Neuro-ICU and then the emergency department. He was promoted to a resource nurse.  More recently he went back to school and completed a Master’s degree in healthcare management having received his MBA two years prior.

Michael was a man of many passions. He loved his family and enjoyed vacationing with them and going out to fancy restaurants. He loved music, specifically fond of many blues artists and guitar players. He even self-taught himself the guitar and would play at home and on many beach trips. He enjoyed books, movies, and politics.

He is survived by his Mother Sylvia Grasso, his wife Hedwidge Grasso, his son Zachary Grasso, his Aunts Clemna Duncan,  Naomi Hodge, Victoria Hodge, and his many cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Gregory Church on Saturday, May 12 at 10am. Visiting hours will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, on Friday from 4-8pm. Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends invited.


Sara Mougamian

Sara (Bournazian) Mougamian, passed away May 6, 2018 a longtime residence of Dorchester. Beloved wife of the late George Mougamian. Loving mother of Robert of Florida, Thomas of Dorchester (Wife Maureen of Weymouth) and Carl Mougamian of Dorchester. Sister of John Bournazian of Randolph. Visitings hours from the Dolan Funeral Home 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS  Friday 10 – 11:30 AM. Interment Private.

Victoria Pappas Fili

Victoria Pappas Fili of Cohasset, MA, formerly of Milton, MA, passed away on April 30, 2018 at the age of 67. Victoria, daughter of Arthur (Thanasi) and Bessie (Vasiliki) Pappas, was the beloved wife of Arthur A. Fili and mother of Paul and Tom Fili. A lifelong believer in education, Victoria taught French and Spanish in the Hingham public schools for several years and was fondly remembered by many of her students. She went on to obtain her master’s degree in French literature from Boston College. A devoted mother and wife, she will be deeply missed. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arthur, and sons Paul and Tom.

A Funeral Service will be Celebrated in Saint Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, 119 Common Street, Braintree, Friday May 4th at 11:00 AM.  Family and friends invited.  Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 6-8 PM.  Interment Forest Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Victoria’s memory to the St. Catherine’s Building Fund, 119 Common Street, Braintree, MA 02184.