Dolan Funeral Home

Kathryn Costello

Katie (Higgins) Costello died after complications from a kidney transplant on Saturday, September 7, 2019 surrounded by her daughter Colleen, and her sister and brother-in -law Michelle and Bill Spear at Tulane Medical Ctr in New Orleans.
Katie was raised in a loving Catholic home in Cumberland, ME, with her parents Gene and Claudie Higgins and her siblings Tim, Michelle and Maureen. In high school Katie was named Outstanding Catholic Youth for her work in the Diocese of Portland’s Catholic Youth Organization.
Katie was diagnosed with Goodpasture syndrome (rare kidney and lung disease) and left Fisher Jr. College after her sophomore year. With resilience and faith, Katie recovered from her disease and moved to Boston where she met the love of her life, Michael Costello. Her kidney function deteriorated and she received a kidney transplant from her brother, Tim in 1990.
Katie and Michael shared 16 wonderful years together during which they welcomed Colleen Rose Costello, the apple of their eye. Michael died suddenly of a massive coronary 2 years later. Katie again called upon her faith and God’s plan as she dealt with this tragic loss.
Katie worked in the hospitality industry. She was employed by Sheraton/Starwood Hotels and Resorts for 20 years, as well as Boston Park Plaza, Erikson Living and Linden Ponds Retirement Community. Katie served as Secretary of the National Kidney Foundation and was named Outstanding Kidney Volunteer. She was passionate about providing for others the same opportunities that she had received. Her faith was of utmost important to her and she called on God often. She served as Eucharistic Minister at St. Agatha’s Church in Milton as well as a Confirmation teacher while Colleen participated in the program.
We fondly remember amazing Thanksgiving feasts, Katie’s incredible spreads and love of cooking. Katie had a huge heart and loved to give, usually revolving around the joy of sharing food. Katie was a devoted mom to Colleen, family director for family gatherings and vacations, and a deeply faithful servant of God. Her legacy will consist of her resilience and perseverance to stay the course and trust in God’s plan.
In a special way Katie would like to thank her sister, her best friend, Michelle, and her husband Bill who looked after her this past year, Barbara Hallak for participating in the Kidney Share Program, her Mom and Dad and the rest of her family and friends who always stepped up when she was in crisis. Additionally, Katie would like to thank Dr. Ted Steinman – physician and friend – and her friend Joan Ferraro.
Katie leaves behind her beloved daughter, Colleen, her parents Gene and Claudie Higgins, her brother Tim Higgins and wife Maureen and their children Maeghan, Garrett and Maeve, her sister Michelle Spear and husband Bill and their children Carmen and Cole, her sister Maureen Higgins and son Josh, and Donna Costello Gendreau and family.
The public is welcome to join the family for a viewing at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, on Sunday, September 22nd , from 2-6pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha’s Church, 432 Adams Street, Milton, Ma., on Monday at 10:30am. Interment to follow at Milton Cemetery. ALL are welcome to join the family for a reception immediately following the burial.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: or mail a donation to: National Kidney Foundation Finance Department, 30 East 33rdSt. New York, NY 10016 Fax: 212.889.2310

Melvin Furtick

Melvin Furtick of Lynn, a cook, died on September 7, 2019, he was 70 years old.

Melvin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived in Lynn, Massachusetts for many years. Beloved husband of Rutheria Furtick of Lynn. Loving father of Bahja Core of Mattapan, Melvin Furtick-Core of Boston and the late Baha Furtick-Core.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday September 24th from 5:00PM-8:00PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester Lower Mills. Family and friends invited. Cremation will follow.

Helen G. Healy

Helen (Christo) Healy, of Plymouth, formerly of Milton, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Saturday  September 14th at the age of 72.

Born on September 17, 1946 in Boston; loving daughter of the late Nicholas and Olga Christo. Helen was raised in Dorchester surrounded by a large and loving Albanian family. She graduated from Dorchester High School and shortly after began working in administrative roles in the financial services industry while traveling extensively with her sisters and friends. In June of 1973 she met Jim Healy, and after only knowing each other for 41 days knew that they were meant to spend the rest of their lives together. Helen and Jim were married in April of 1974 and moved to Milton to begin a family. During her time living in Milton and raising her two daughters in the local schools Helen made lifelong friends. Families that were part of their pre-school communities are still close and cherished friends today 40 years later. In every phase of her personal and professional life she made connections with people who would be with her for the rest of her life. She had a way of connecting with people and maintaining friendships across decades. Helen’s passions in life were spending time and traveling with her husband, family and best friends. But her favorite role was that of a Grandmother to her 3 grandchildren, Nicholas, Zachary, and Charlotte whom she loved to the moon and back. They were the loves of her life who she spoiled with so much love and who brought so much joy and happiness into her life.

Helen is survived by her beloved husband and soul mate of 45 years Jim Healy; her devoted & loving daughters Stephanie Boyden and her husband of Brian of Norwell and Lauren Thiounn and her husband Rick of New York City; her cherished grandchildren Nicholas, Zachary and Charlotte; her dear siblings Jean Anderson of Abington, Barbara Kehoe of Lakeville and Linda DiFonte of Pepperell; and her very close sister-in-law Noreen Lefever of Pennsylvania. In addition, she is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services in celebration of Helen’s life will be held in Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church, 245 D Street, South Boston on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00am. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours in the Dolan Funeral Home 460 Granite Ave, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 3:00-8:00 pm. Interment in  Milton Cemetery.

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

Mary Theresa Sullivan

Mary “Theresa” (Mannion) Sullivan, age 87, of Kilbricken Cross, Rosmuc and Ballindooley, Galway, and formerly of Dorchester, September 10, 2019.

Devoted wife of the late Gill Sullivan. Mother of Mary Theresa Sullivan of Stoughton, Cathy Sullivan-Joyce of Stoughton, Gill Sullivan and his wife Linda of Quincy and Carol Ann Sullivan-Mannion of Braintree. Sister of the late Joe Mannion of Braintree, the late Colm Mannion of NJ, the late Eileen Mannion of Rosmuc, Anthony Mannion of Rosmuc, Oliver Mannion of Quincy, Philomena Foy of Milton and Eamonn Mannion of Quincy. Beloved grandmother “Nana” to eight grandchildren, Gill and his wife Sarah, Owen, Nina, Julia, Fionna, Catriona, Alanna and Deirdra and great-grandmother to Gill and Beau.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews & grandnieces and grandnephews.

Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Sunday September 15 from 4-8 PM. Funeral Mass and burial will be in Rosmuc, Co Galway.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

Claire P. (Flebotte) Klehm

Claire P. (Flebotte) Klehm of Milton, age 96, passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 7.

Claire was born to Arthur and Annie Flebotte on November 24, 1922. Claire was a devoted wife and mother.

She was the beloved wife of the late William F. Klehm.  Devoted mother of Patricia A. Hartnett and her late husband William of Weymouth, Jeanne M. Gill and her husband Brian of Largo, FL and Nancy C. Gould and her husband Robert of Milton. 

Grandmother of Steven Burkhamer, Randy Burkhamer, Caitlin Wilson, William Hartnett and the late Michelle Worthy. Great Grandmother of William and Brianna Hartnett, Ali and Austin Burkhamer and Timothy and Lauren Worthy. Sister of the late Gertrude Rita, Arthur, Charles, Paul and Donald Flebotte.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St Agatha’s Church, Milton, Friday, September 13, at 10:30 AM. Visitation at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, 9-10 AM. Interment Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

If desired contributions in Claire’s memory may be sent to Hancock Park Patient Activities Fund, 164 Parkingway, Quincy MA 02169. 

Barbara Robbins

Barbara Robbins of Milton, September 1, Cousin of Laura Brush of CT and Lucy Ingram of NC.

Born in Boston, she attended Milton Public Schools and was a graduate of Milton High School Class of 1929. She worked a secretary for John Hancock Insurance Company after graduation. She went on to Boston City Hospital working as a secretary until 1964. She left her employment to look after her father, the proprietor of the Daisy Donut Shop in East Milton Square as he aged. Barbara was a long-time parishioner of Church of Our Saviour in Milton. She loved to walk, do needlepoint and read. She was also fond of the cats she had over the years.

Funeral Service at Church of Our Saviour, Babcock St. Milton, Monday, September 16, at 10:30 AM. Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations in Barbara’s memory may be sent to Milton Animal League, 181 Governor Stoughton Lane, Milton, MA 02186.

Rose M. (Siciliano) Giampaolo

Rose M. (Siciliano) Giampaolo, 97, of Roslindale and Milton, died peacefully on Sunday September 8, 2019.

Loving wife of the late Edward A. Giampaolo.  Beloved mother of Maria Giampaolo and her husband Frank Spalluzzi of Boston, Catherine Owen and her husband Tom of CA and Michael Giampaolo and his wife Karen of Abington. Cherished grandmother of Matthew Spalluzzi and Grace Giampaolo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Pius X, 101 Wolcott Road, Milton, Saturday September 14, at 10:00 AM.  Family and friends invited. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Friday from 4:00-8:00 PM. Interment Mount Benedict Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Rose’s memory to: Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

John J. O’Connell, Jr.

John J. O’Connell Jr., of Green Harbor, Marshfield and Plymouth, formerly of Merrimack, NH, died at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, Thursday September 5, 2019.

Born in Boston, Jack was raised in Milton and graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Mullinex as the electronics officer and in the US Naval Reserve. Jack joined Digital Equipment Corporation in its infancy, boasting a three digit badge number!  He opened sales offices in Orlando and Washington D. C. before returning to New England and finishing his long career at DEC as a Sales Training Executive. He enjoyed electronics, computers music and photography.

Son of the late John J., Sr. and Grace Mae (Greenlaw) O’Connell. Brother of Patricia Foley and her husband Thomas of Osprey, FL and Bourne and the late David G. O’Connell. Brother-in-law of Carol O’Connell of Quincy. Jack is survived by his five beloved nephews and niece, Christopher, David, Kevin, Richard and Gerald O’Connell and Christine Kollmorgen, many cousins, his best friend Debbie Kanady of Plymouth and his beloved cat Willy.

Visiting hour at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday September 12 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. Interment with military honors to follow at Milton Cemetery. Relatives and friends invited.

Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to MSPCA – Angell Memorial Hospital, 350 South Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130 or Home Base, 1 Constitution Wharf Suite 140, Charlestown, MA 02129 or

Joseph J. Downey

Downey, Joseph J. of Dorchester died on September 1, 2019.  Beloved husband of John Walsh of Dorchester. 

Loving son of the late Maurice Downey and Mary Jane ( Schermerhorn) Downey.  Brother of Barbara Day of Rockport, MA and the late Julie T. Downey, Maurice P. Downey, Jr., Mary Brennan, Patricia Downey, Daniel F. Downey, Eleanor Downey, his Twin Catherine E. Haley and Frances T. Downey.  Joe is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. 

Joseph was born and raised in Boston. He worked in the Banking industry for many years before retiring. Joe was an avid Red Sox fan of the course of many years. Joe traveled extensively with his husband John, they enjoyed numerous travel adventures around the world including Italy, Australia and Japan. Joe loved to cook and entertain, he had a love for animals and was very proud of his Irish heritage. Most of all Joseph had a special devotion to his family who were truly the cornerstone of his life. He will be missed by all who had the  pleasure to have known him. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visitation on Wednesday September 11, 2019 12:00pm- 3:00PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, Dorchester, Lower Mills.  A Service will follow in the funeral home at 3:00PM.  Cremation will follow. 

Donations in memory of Joseph may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA  02241-7005. 

Marie Marshall

Marie Marshall (Bowdry) of Dorchester died on August 30, 2019 after a brief illness. 

Beloved wife of the late Litdell Marshall.  Loving mother of Donna Cabey, Mary Marshall and Monique Marshall Veale all of Boston.  Sister of the late Rosie Scales, Myrtle Bowdry, Corrie Anderson, Charles and Elzie Bowdry.  Cherished grandmother of Imani, Emilio II, Nia, Amari, Nyeilla and Alliyah.  Great-grandmother of Emilio III, Egan and Elise. Marie is also survived by many extended family and friends.

Marie was born in Baldwyn Mississippi. She went on to become a nurse, which turned into a lengthy nursing career. Marie was not only caring to all of her patients, but she opened her heart and home to everyone she knew.  She was also a devoted foster parent for many children over the years. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. Marie especially loved her grandchildren and the special bond she shared only with them. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.

A visitation will be held on Friday September 6, 2019, 10:00am-11:00am in Berea Seventh Day Adventist Church, 108 Sever Street, Dorchester.  A service will follow at 11:00am in the Church.  Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Boston.