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Anne (Whelan) Branca

Anne (Whelan) Branca, of Scituate, formerly of Milton, passed away peacefully at Sunrise Senior Living in Braintree at the age of 99, November 18, 2017.

Anne was married to the late Dr. Alfred W. Branca for 55 wonderful years and she is survived by their 6 children: Paul of Milton, William (& Maureen) of Weymouth, Richard (& Elaine) of Lisle Illinois, Jane (& Jack Wallace) of Needham, Donald (& Heidi) of Hanson and Nancy (& George Rohwer) of Silverthorne, Colorado. She was “Grammy” to 13 grandchildren (Stephanie, Michael, Philip, Nicole, Marc, Jonathan, Jeffrey, Brian, Daniel, David, Rick, Jacqueline and Travis) and 7 great grandchildren (Will, Ben, Charlie, Quinn, Zac, Juniper, and Haru). Anne is also survived by her brother Fred Whelan of Saint John, New Brunswick and she was the sister of the late Ella Whelan and Sister Noreen Whelan, CND.

Anne was born October 14th, 1918 in Lowell, MA, the daughter of Frank and Winifred (Ready) Whelan. She was raised in Prince Edward Island, Canada, was a 1940 graduate of the Charlottetown Hospital School of Nursing, then relocated to Boston to work as a Registered Nurse at St. Margaret’s Hospital, where she met her future husband. Anne was the ultimate Mother and “Grammy”, a devout Catholic and a very caring and sweet woman, doing anything and everything for one and all, especially at the long-time family beach house in North Scituate. Anne played golf into her early nineties and was a member of both the Hatherly Country Club and The Wollaston Golf Club.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Adams Street at Brook Road, Milton, Tuesday November 28 at 10:30 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Monday 5-8 PM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

Barbara Ann (Foley) Pickering

Barbara Ann (Foley) Pickering, age 81, of Braintree, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, Saturday November 18, 2017. She was born in Boston to the late Patrick and Annie (McGinley) Foley. She lived in Randolph, and in Braintree for almost fifty years with wonderful friends and neighbors.

Barbara was a longtime, active member of St Thomas Moore Parish in Braintree where she was a member of the Ladies Sodality. She worked at John Hancock in Boston and later at Filene’s and Macys for over twenty years where she was a Diamond Employee. Barbara loved to spend time at the beach with family and friends, She enjoyed shopping so much that she was given the nickname “Mrs. Filene’s”. Barbara was most devoted to her family, especially her wonderful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beloved wife of Charles Pickering Jr. for over fifty seven years. Devoted mother to Mary Benvie and her husband Brian of Norton, Charles Pickering and his wife Maureen of Brea, CA, Patricia Livorsi and her husband John of Westford, Anne Marie Papajiannis and her husband Paul of Norwell, Eileen Schoener and her husband Neil of West Yarmouth, Susan Gildea and her husband Matthew of Medina, OH, Jennifer Gibbs and her husband Richard of Walpole, and Stephen Pickering and his wife Deborah of North Adams. Loving grandmother to twenty-seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also the only sister to the Reverend Thomas C. Foley who resides at Regina Cleri in Boston, the late John Foley of Milton, the late Francis Foley of Quincy, William Foley of Milton, the late James Foley of Quincy, Bernard Foley of Delaware and Richard Foley of Canton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Ann’s Church, 243 Neponset Avenue, Dorchester, Saturday, November 25 at 11:00am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Friday 4-8. Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Robert “Bob” Fawls

Robert “Bob” Fawls, 65, of Milton, passed away at Seasons Hospice Inpatient Center, Milton, surrounded by his family, Saturday November 18, 2017.

Loving husband and father is survived by his wife, Joan (Judd), daughters, Catherine (Kate), Lauren (and husband James) Southwood, and Christine. Also by nephew, Timothy Fawls, sisters, Ellen, Nancy (and Richard) Becker, brothers, Thomas (and Tina), Christopher (and Crista), Martin (and Becky), and father, Robert Fawls. Predeceased by his brother Timothy J. Fawls and mother, Ellen Patricia (Orrange) Fawls.

Alumni of Clarkson University and RIT, Bob worked as an engineer before becoming a business/financial consultant for various organizations. He loved meeting new people, telling stories, traveling and spending time outdoors, and was always up for a new adventure. His passion for helping others was never more evident than in his involvement with Community Work Services (CWS).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mary of the Hills Church, 29 St. Mary Road, Milton, Monday November 27 at 11:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Sunday 4-8 PM. Interment Private.

Special thanks to the staff of Seasons Hospice for their compassionate care during his brief stay at the Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Community Work Services, 174 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114.

Eleanor Cavanaugh

Eleanor (Williams) Cavanaugh, of Milton, November 18, 2017.

Beloved wife of the late Walter Cavanaugh. Devoted mother of Tara O’Meara & Jerome Cavanaugh, both of Milton and the late Fredericka McIntyre & James Newell.

Funeral Service in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE, Saturday, November 25, at 11:30 am. Interment Milton Cemetery.

If desired contributions in Eleanor ‘s name may be sent to the National Parks Foundation, 1110 Vermont Ave. NW,  # 200,Washington, D.C. 20005.

Phyllis J. Harris

Phyllis J. Harris 78, of Mattapan passed away on November 10, 2017. She leaves behind her loving husband, Philip A. Harris. Beloved mother of Alvin, Willie, Ricky, Anthony, Karl, Shawn, and Troy Whigham. She also leaves behind a host of loving friends and family including, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, grand and great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 9-11AM at Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., LOWER MILLS. The Funeral Service will be held in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 230 Wood Ave., Hyde Park at 12PM. Interment at Fairview Cemetery.

Annabelle Aisha Madeleine Petion

My sweet baby Annabelle, October 4th 2017 was the best day of my life. There aren’t any word that could have describe my happiness, you were mommy’s world. You were mommy’s everything in life. My only reason to live. I have always call you my world that because you were that for mommy. I love you more than life itself. I currently want to switch places with you, my love, because mommy have lived already but want you to live a full life with tremendous love and happiness. I have prayed for a miracle and mommy still have faith for that miracle, but if you must go to the beyond and be happy mommy understands and only ask for a favor tell God to don’t keep mommy away from you too long. Mommy wants to be around her world, her life and her happiness, that’s what you were for mommy. I love you tremendously and mommy wants you to know that she has great pain in her heart. There’s a hole in mommy’s heart that is in the shape of you that no-one else in the world could ever fit, and believe mommy doesn’t want anyone to fill that hole. I want you to stay in my heart until I meet with you again my sweet little angel, remember Annabelle Aisha Madeleine Petion, you will always and forever be “Mommy’s World”. I love you and please wait for mommy soon she will come to be with you again.

In the loving memory of my world Annabelle Aisha Madeleine Petion who was born on Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at 7:47 AM to which was mommy greatest day of her life and my sweet little peanut passed away on November 12, 2017 at 4:45 AM, that was the day that mommy world was shattered.

Beloved daughter of Natalie Michel and Kenol Petion.  Loving granddaughter of Guerda Michel and Roland Pierne, niece of Fabiola Michel, Jennifer G. Michel and cousin of Michael Matinez.

A visitation will be held at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Thursday, November 16 from 5:00-6:00 PM.  A Funeral Service will follow at 6:00 PM.  Family and friends are invited.

Edna L. Roman

Edna (Lorey) Roman of Milton, passed away peacefully on Nov 13, 2017 surrounded by her family. Edna was born in Boston and grew up in Jamaica Plain.  She attended Girl’s Latin School, and graduated from Jamaica Plain High School, and then worked for John Hancock.

Edna met J. Edward Roman at a dance on Oct. 23, 1936. It was love at first site for each of them, and after three years of courtship, they married on June 17, 1939. Every year for their 67 years of married life together, Ed and Edna would celebrate the date of their first encounter. The couple had five daughters and they enjoyed summers at their lake cottage in Halifax MA.  The Romans also had friends in Halifax England, and spent time with them in the Lake District. Edward passed away on Feb 6, 2006 at 90 years of age.

Exactly one year prior to Edna’s passing, her only sibling, Kenneth Lorey, passed away at the age of 95 on Nov 13, 2016. Ken had fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and since his time in Belgium the family has maintained life time friendships in the area.

Edna was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom call her ‘Bunny’.  One of her great-grandchildren had passed away at only 3 months of age. Always stunning, glamorous, and bright, she was beloved by all her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends.

Edna was a long time member of the Wollaston Garden Club. In addition to reading and knitting, she also enjoyed traveling and attending bible conferences.  She was a life time member of the First Baptist Church in Milton until its closing, and had since joined the East Congregational Church.

Edna (Lorey) Roman was the beloved wife of the late J. Edward Roman.  Devoted mother of Nancy Nelson of Hingham, M. Maria Roman of CA, Doris Lanza and her husband Joseph of NY, Donna Roman of Milton and Lorey Tam and her husband David of Hamilton. Sister of the late Kenneth Lorey. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service in the East Congregational Church, 610 Adams St., Milton, Monday, November 20,  at 11 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, MILTON VILLAGE, Sunday 2-5 pm. Interment Milton Cemetery.

If desired contributions in Edna’s name may be sent to the East Congregational Church.

James N. Doherty

James Neil Doherty,  Attorney of Milton died November 13, 2017 surrounded by his family.

Beloved husband of Dorothy M. Doherty (Souther) of Milton.  Loving father of Barbara Gauld and her husband Ronald of Milton; James Doherty, Jr. and his wife Kelly of Atkinson, NH; Jennifer O’Toole and her husband Paul of Milton; Sean Doherty and his wife May of Charlotte, NC; Daniel Doherty and his wife Sara of Milton; and Julie Matthews and her husband Joseph of Milton. Cherished grandfather of RJ and Alex Gauld; Anna Doherty; Paul, Molly, Timmy, Seamus, and Jessie O’Toole; Merrill and Charlie Doherty; Owen Doherty; and Susie Matthews. Special uncle of Daniel and Casey Barron. Brother of Charles Doherty and his wife Dorothea Sparrow of Westwood. James is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.  Predeceased by his parents Charles Doherty and Mary (Hennigan) Doherty of Somerville, and his sisters and brother, Helen McCartney, Mary Elizabeth Scott, and Thomas Doherty.

Known to his wife Dottie and their many friends as Jim, to his six children as Dad, to a niece and nephew he helped raise as Jimmy, and to his twelve grandchildren as Grampy, he passed away after valiantly battling a series of health complications. Disease and a recent fall damaged his mind and body, but couldn’t steal away his smile.  A true gentleman, he was a gentle spirit with a kind word and deed for everyone he met.  That’s how we’ll remember him.  That’s how his legions of family and friends from Somerville (where he grew up) to Milton (where he lived since 1969) and lots of points beyond will remember him. We’ll celebrate his strong affinity for those–like him–who served in the military.  We’ll delight in the affection he had for his church, St. Agatha in Milton, where he was a parishioner and Eucharistic Minister over the past 40 years.  We’ll reflect with pride on the legal career he built over decades after graduating from Boston College and BC Law, including the practice he operated with close friends for many years in Cambridge and Medford.  He’d tell you he wasn’t perfect — no one is.  But in the example he tried to set every day, he made the world a sunnier place and inspired others to do the same. We’ll miss the corny jokes he’d deliver to his grandchildren, the spirited encouragement he’d give his children, the companionship–through thick and thin–he offered Dottie, and his humorous attempts to come to terms with modernity (he famously blurted “what’s this hashtag?!” one day as his kids discussed Twitter). But above all, we’ll miss that smile. Our world is a little dimmer today, but heaven just got a bit brighter. Thanks Jim/Dad/Grampy/Uncle Jim; we love you.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Joslin Diabetes Center or the Fisher House Foundation. Private burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

The Doherty family is planning a Memorial Mass and celebration of his life to be held on January 20, 2018.


Onnel Jean-Baptiste

Onnel Jean-Baptiste, of Boston, passed away on November 8, 2017. Onnel was the loving son of Prosper Jean Baptiste and Angela Sydney. Born and raised in Jacmel , Haiti. Onnel came to the United States at a young age and started working at General Dynamics as a Welder. Once Onnel retired from General Dynamics he started working as a cab driver full time.

July 2005 Onnel was diagnosed with Kidney Failure and began treatment in October of 2005.  He attended the The Davita Boston Dialysis Center in Boston, MA  for the past 12 years for his treatment.

Onnel was a very caring and active person who would drop what he had to do to help others. His sense of humor was adored by all. One thing for sure Onnel never completely gave up smoking and  scratching his scratch tickets every day.  Before his departure for Dialysis he took his last smoke before leaving this earth. Onnel never was one to be over excited about any situation that was going on. He was the most calmest person known on earth and joked during the good times and definitely during  the  bad times to keep everyone laughing.

It is sad that we have lost such a good person. He will be deeply  be missed, but  never forgotten. With love Always!

A visitation will be held at Saint Matthew’s Church, 39 Stanton Street, Dorchester, Saturday, November 18 from 8:30-9:30 AM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will being at 10:00 AM.  Relatives and friends invited.  Interment  at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Joseph Bloom Jr.

Joseph Bloom, Jr. of Brockton died November 9, 2017.  Father of Joseph Bloom, III of Brighton, Jaya Houston Ely of Topanga, CA, Katherine Bloom of Thailand, Laura Bloom of Westborough and Jordan Hudson of Medford. Devoted Brother of Joanne Bloom of Jamaica Plain and the late Robert, Willie and Johnnie Bloom.  Grandfather of Damon and Lola Ely and Arianna Bloom.  Joseph is also lovingly remembered by many longtime close friends.

Joseph (Joe) was born and raised in Georgia; as an early teen, he moved to Boston and lived with his older Sister, Joanne.

Joe was employed by the Gillette Company for many years, working as a health and beauty aids Sales Manager before retiring.

Additionally, Joe was a black belt in Okinowan Go-Ju-Ryu Karate, as well as an avid runner.  Joe won many awards for karate and martial arts and participated in a 1969 National Karate Championship in Boston. He was devoted to ensuring all age groups had the opportunity to embrace the benefits of karate, both physically and mentally, and as such taught at both the Boston Black Police Association and Hyde Park YMCA.

Joe will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known and loved him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00PM- 1:30PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS.  A Service will follow at 1:30PM in the Dolan Funeral Home.  A private interment will be at a later date in Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joseph may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.