Dolan Funeral Home

John E. Rutecki

John E. Rutecki, 95, of Milton, MA, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home surrounded by the love of his family on August 16, 2017.

The son of Polish immigrants, John was a life-long resident of Milton, attended the Milton Public Schools and earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, was accepted into the V-12 Program at Tufts University and was awarded his commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1944. John proudly served as an Engineering Officer aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Santee which saw action with the Pacific Fleet during the Battle of Okinawa and subsequent naval engagements in the Pacific theater until the end of the war. After the war John became employed as an electrical engineer for Westinghouse Corporation where he worked for 42 continuous years in the Electric Service Division initially as a service engineer and then gradually rising through the ranks of management and ultimately retiring in 1987 as Regional Manager.

John’s civic activities included service as Scoutmaster of Boy Scouts Troop 4 Milton, President of the Tucker School P.T.A., a three-year term as a member of the Milton Warrant Committee, and President of the Westchester Gardens condominium Board of Trustees in Venice, FL. John had a remarkably sharp and analytical mind until the very day of his passing which he applied rigorously in pursuit of his many interests which included home building and repair, gardening, beekeeping, woodworking, automobile and small engine mechanics, history, science and nature, hiking, photography and computer technology.

John developed many valued and cherished friends from his years at Westinghouse, his civic activities in Milton and Florida, and the Milton neighborhood in which he resided for the past 76 years. Most important of all, John was totally devoted to his entire family all of whom relied on him heavily for the advice, assistance, admonishment and encouragement which he gave generously and wisely at all times throughout his entire adult life.

John is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Alice M. (Sampson); his children John E., Jr., of Mansfield, MA; Robert J. of Milton, MA; James C. of Milton, MA; and Marie A. Hawkins of Murrayville, GA. John is also survived by ten grandchildren: Rachel, David, Holly, Pamela, Tara, John Daniel, Kathleen, William, Andrew and Nathan as well as six great grandchildren: Ruby, Gavin, Colton, Blake, Elisa and Isla. John is and will always be eternally loved by his entire family who shall remain as devoted to his memory as he was in life to them.

A graveside service open to the public will be conducted at the Milton Cemetery, 211 Centre Street, Milton, Friday, August 25, 2017, commencing at 11:00 A.M. Please meet at the front entrance.

Carl F. Anderson

Anderson, Carl F. of Hyde Park formerly of Dorchester died August 15, 2017 surrounded by his family.  Beloved father of Amy and Jon   Anderson of Hyde Park. Cherished grandfather of  Kristina  Anderson of Hyde Park.  Brother of Anne Marie Anderson of Maine and Florida.  Cousin  of Cap Johnson of Milton.  Carl also leaves his beloved pets Russell and Skeeter.

Carl was born and raised in Dorchester.  He was a graduate of Boston English High School and Suffolk University.  Carl worked at  Aetna Insurance Company for 30 years before retiring.  In his younger years he played basket ball for Suffolk University and was a councilor at the West End House Camp.   Carl was an avid Boston sports fan and loved spending time with his family.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10:00-11:00am in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, Milton Village, Milton.  A service will follow at 11:00am in the funeral home.  Interment in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.  See for online condolences and directions.

Carl Albert “Pete” Peterson

Carl Albert Peterson, “Pete”, age 90, of Milton died on August 15, 2017.  Beloved husband for 56 years of the late Shirley (Wheeler) Peterson.  Loving father of Carl Eric Peterson and his wife Penny of Indiana and Linnea Linderman and her husband Richard of Virginia.  Cherished grandfather of nine grandchildren; Amy Pfaff and her husband Robb, Lesley Peterson, Daniel Peterson and his wife Hannah, Scott Linderman and his wife Anne, Stephen Linderman, Jessica Peterson, Matthew Linderman, Randolph Linderman and Taylor Peterson and five great grandchildren.

Carl was a lifelong resident of Milton.  He is a graduate of Milton Public Schools and Northeastern University.  He earned the rank of Private First Class serving in the United States Army during World War II.  Carl worked for 36 years as a mechanical engineer for the Mathewson Company, designing marine propulsion units.  He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed boating and spending time with his family on his farm in Maine.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Richard Proctor and his wife Donna for their help and friendship.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated in First Congregational Church, 495 Canton Avenue, Milton, Monday, August 21 at 11:00 AM.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Carl to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

Julie T. Downey

Julie T. Downey, of Boston, passed away unexpectedly at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Monday August 14, 2017.

She was born on October 19, 1944 to Maurice and Mary Jane (Schermerhorn) Downey. Julie grew up in Dorchester Lower Mills. She attended St. Gregory Elementary School.   Julie graduated from Saint Gregory High School in 1962 and then went on to continue her education attending Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with the Class of 1965. She spent many years providing the highest standard of care for others.  Julie was a legendary Nurse Manager (then “Head Nurse”) of the Dowling 4 South Surgical ICU at the old Boston City Hospital for many years. Later she worked for the Boston VNA providing compassionate care for her elderly patients. She was loved and respected by her staff and patients.

In addition to her many years of providing the highest standard of care for her patients, she repeatedly dropped everything to provide that same level of care for her family and friends when needed, which was many times over the years. Long before it was commonplace, Julie was providing hospice care for her family allowing both of her parents and dying siblings to spend their final days surrounded by loved ones in their own homes.

Julie loved to travel. She visited the Holy Land, cruised across the Atlantic, sailed around Cape Horn, and traveled to Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands. She especially loved her vacations to Aruba with her sisters and niece. Julie loved reminiscing about her road trip down South enjoying the southern home cooking and her weekend getaways to Sunny Hill in the Catskills with family and friends.

Julie enjoyed reading, cooking as well as eating out in her spare time.  She loved her cat, Bean and was happy when her brother Joe adopted her when she had to leave her home that she loved in the Fenway.

For the past several years she had been a resident of Hebrew Senior Life, Roslindale.

Loving Sister of Barbara Day and her late husband John of Rockport, MA, Maurice P. Downey Jr. of North Andover, MA, Joseph J. Downey and his husband John Walsh of Dorchester, MA. the late Mary E. Brennan, Patricia J. Murphy,  Eleanor Downey, Frances T. Downey, Daniel F. Downey and Catherine E. Haley.  Cherished aunt to several nieces, nephews and several grand nieces and nephews. Also survived by extended family and many friends.

Funeral from Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Saturday, August 19 at 10:00 AM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory  Church, 2223 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester  at 11:00 AM. Visiting hours at the funeral home, Friday 2-6 PM. Interment Milton Cemetery.


Amilton DosSantos

Amilton DosSantos of Dorchester, passed away August 9, 2017. Beloved son of Ramiro and the late Dina DosSantos. Loving father of Myles DosSantos. Brother of Joao Monteiro DosSantos, Theresa Monteiro DosSantos, Januario Oliveira, and Carlene DosSantos. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Peter’s Church, 278 Bowdoin St., Dorchester on Saturday, August 19 at 10AM. Visiting hours will be held at St Peter’s Church, Friday 4-8PM. Interment at New Calvary Cemetery.

Kathleen A. Kelley

Kathleen A. Kelley died Aug. 13, 2017. She was the devoted daughter of the late Edward and Alice (Maguire) Kelley.  Kathy was born April 15, 1945 and grew up in Winchester and her beloved Harwich Port. She graduated from Boston State College (University of Massachusetts) and began her career as an elementary teacher in Boston in the late 1960’s. Kathy became actively involved in the Boston Teachers Union.  She was elected to the Union’s Executive Board in 1973.  In 1975 she was elected to the full time position of Elementary Field Representative, and in 1979 she was elected President of the BTU. In 1983 she went to work for the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers (now called AFT Massachusetts) as a Field Representative and Lobbyist, and in 1993 she was elected President of the state Federation. She served as President until her retirement in 2006.

Kathy was the recipient of several awards and honors; including the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Merit Award for outstanding service to the labor movement (1992)) and the Boston Labor Guild’s  Cushing-Gavin Award as an outstanding labor leader (2005). Throughout her career, Kathy served on a number of Boards and Committees; including The Executive Council of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Citizens for Public Schools, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center,  and the Early Education for All Advisory Board.

Kathy was a strong and effective advocate for union members; but she was equally dedicated to advancing educational programs that benefitted the students in the public schools.  She was particularly passionate about the need for quality early childhood programs and full-day kindergarten for all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory ‘s Church, DORCHESTER, Friday, Aug. 18,  at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, Thurs 4 – 8 pm. Interment Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline.

If desired, contributions in Kathy’s memory may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.  For further information please visit

Tina L. Howard

Howard, Tina (Watson) of Mattapan died on August 13, 2017.  Beloved wife of the late Clarence J. Howard.  Devoted mother of Deborah Page of Dorchester.  Cherished grandmother of Cory Page of Dorchester.

Visitation will be held on Monday August 21, 2017 from 9:00 am- 10:00 am in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, Milton Village, Milton.  Funeral Service to follow at 10:00am in the funeral home.   Interment in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Roslindale.



Rita A. Allen

Allen, Rita A. (Davis) of Braintree formerly of Milton died on August 13, 2017.  Beloved wife of the late Albert J. Allen.  Loving mother of Joan Allen-Mervine of California, Kathleen M. Holt and her husband Philip of Plymouth, Marie T. Kenyan and her husband Paul of Dover, Janet M. Burns and her husband Robert of Virginia, James J. Allen and his wife Cheryl of Tennessee  and John A. Allen and his wife Susan of Westport.  Sister of the late Edward Davis.   Cherished grandmother of 14 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and her  late granddaughter Jamie Allen.

Rita was born in Boston.  She put down roots in Milton and this is where she settled and raised her family. Rita dedicated her life to her family who were  the most important part of her life, she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren whenever she could.  She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 9:00am in Saint Agatha Church, East Milton.  Visiting   hours on Thursday  3-7PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton.   Interment  in Milton Cemetery, Milton.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic TV, P.O. Box 9196, Watertown, MA  02471 or My Brothers Keeper, P.O. Box 338, Easton, MA  02356.  See for online condolences and directions.

Phyllis M. Mulkern

Phyllis M. Mulkern (Connelly) of Milton, died at home surrounded by her family on August 11, 2017 at the age of 93.   Beloved  wife of the late Paul V. Mulkern.  Loving mother of Paul V. Mulkern, Jr. and his wife Diane of Milton, Virginia Mulkern and her husband John Oldham of Old Fort, North Carolina, Elizabeth Coghlan and her husband Robert of Milton, John Mulkern and his husband John Lee of New York City, Anne Mulkern and her partner Michael Emerick of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Joseph Mulkern and his wife Paula of Marshfield.  Cherished grandmother of Jamie Feather, Michael Oldham, Nicole Mulkern, Lucas Mulkern, Alexandra Mulkern,   Elizabeth Raines,  Sam Raines,  Victoria Mulkern and Brian Coghlan.

Phyllis was born in Boston and grew up in Dorchester and South Boston.  She was a graduate of Girls Latin High School and Emmanuel College in Boston where she majored in math.   Phyllis was a devoted parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Church in Milton.  She enjoyed volunteering her time at the Carney Hospital.  She was a member of the Amateur Women’s Garden Club of Milton and the Saint Agatha Bowling Club.  Phyllis loved to spend time at Castle Island in South Boston, but her greatest   love was for her family who were the cornerstone of her life.  She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known and loved her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:30am in Saint Elizabeth Church, Milton.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the visiting hours on Wednesday prior to the Mass at the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Avenue, Milton Village, Milton 9:30am- 11:00am.  Interment   in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (  See for online condolences and directions.

Bernadette Richards

Bernadette (Corcoran) Richards of Milton, went home to heaven on Thursday, August 10, surrounded by her loving children. Bernadette was the beloved wife of the late William T. Richards, and the devoted mother of Kim Mahoney and her husband Paul of Milton, Marie Richards of Charlestown, Beth Richards of Milton, Laura Richards and her husband Anthony Sbarra of Milton, Jane Richards of Quincy, William Richards of Boston and Therese Lindenfelzer and her husband Mark of Milton.  Bernadette loved spending time with her 11 grandchildren: Sarah, Christine and Paul Mahoney, Cara, Lauren and Paula Hogan, Daniel, Andrew and Lily Sbarra, Anna and Mark Lindenfelzer all of Milton.  She is survived by her dear sister and brother Frances Richer and Joseph Corcoran, and her sister in law Helen Corcoran, all of Milton.  Sister of the late Mary Corcoran, John Corcoran, Leo Corcoran, Sister Theresa Corcoran, and Claire Carten.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews who added to the pleasure of her life.  Bernadette’s life was guided by her passion for people and her deep love for her family and her many friends.  She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her warmth and kindness, and her wonderful spirit.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth’s Church, MILTON, Wednesday, August 16, at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE , Tuesday, 4 pm to 8 pm.  Interment Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bernadette’s memory may be sent to St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, 90 Cushing Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02125.