Dolan Funeral Home

Loylee Murray

Loylee (Hunt) Murray was born on June 1, 1929 at Cox Piece, St. Mary’s, Jamaica to Agatha P. and Elias Hunt. She attended Donnington Elementary School, after graduation she became a dressmaker.  After graduation, she became a dressmaker and had 2 children. She would later marry Osbourne Murray and produce 7 children.

“Aunt Lee”, as she was affectionately called, worked very hard to take care of her family. After years of hard work she was able to migrate to the U.S. in the early 80’s and lived in Boston, MA. She was able to gain employment in the hotel industry and remained employed there until she retired.

Loylee Murray passed away on January 23, 2018 after a long illness. She leaves behind her children, Carl Bruff, Joy  Bruff Hawkins, Locksley Murray, Courtney Murray, Lloyd Murray, Joan Murray, Cleve Murray, and June Murray. She is also survived by her sister, Immelda Green and brother, Ivanhoe Campbell and host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Aunt Lee will join her family members who predeceased her. Her 2 sons  Ripton and Dave Murray, her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters of blessed memory. Loylee will be sadly missed by all.

“Your purpose lord we cannot tell but all is well that’s done by thee”

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, February 19 at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER, LOWER MILLS, from 4-6pm. The Funeral Service will begin immediately after 6pm. Relatives and friends invited.

Joseph L. McKeen

Joseph L. McKeen, of Milton, February 9, 2018.

Beloved husband of the late Agatha F. (Gear) McKeen. Loving son of the late Joseph Leo and Mary Frances (Guiney) McKeen.  Devoted brother of Francis S. McKeen of FL, Mary T. Kelly of Quincy and the late David J. McKeen and Paul J. McKeen.  Joseph is survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grand nephews.

Joseph was born in South Boston.  He was a lifetime licensed electrician and a member of the Massachusetts Electrical Contractors Association.  Joseph enjoyed attending car races, visiting casinos and loved watching old TV series.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Agatha Church, on Tuesday February 13 at 10:30 AM.  Visitation at the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON SQUARE, from 9:00-10:00 AM on Tuesday morning.  Relatives and friends invited.  Interment Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joseph’s memory can go to: Prayers for Charlotte, Inc. P.O.Box 850833, Braintree, MA. 02185

Marie Viergella (Joseph) Joachim

Marie Viergella Joachim (maiden name Joseph) known to family and friends as Vierge passed away at the age of 65 years old on February 1, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Vierge was born to Alexis and Glouriese on February 24, 1952 in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti. Vierge was well educated, goal-driven, selfless and strong-willed. Her professional career was as a Laboratory Technician and Phlebotomist.

Vierge loved cooking, sewing, volunteering and attending church, singing and often was the mediator when conflicts arise between family and friends.

As a mother, Vierge encouraged her children to pursue their education and follow their dreams. She taught her children to be opinionated, strong-willed, understanding, and a good samaritan.

Vierge was preceded in death by her parents Alexis Desire and Glouriese Joseph. She is survived by: her husband of 24 years Jean Pierre Joachim; her sister Antoinette Desire; daughters Viergelyn Chery-Reed and Mirlene Chery; son Jimmy Joachim; her grandchildren Berlin Magny and Tristan Chery-Reed.

Rather than mourn the death of Marie Viergella Joachim, she wanted her family and friends to remember her as the a graceful, spirited and loving person that she was and the legacy she passes on to her children, grandchildren and so on.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a visitation on Friday, February 9, 2018. In the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington Street, DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS, from 7:00 ~ 9:00 PM. Funeral Service at Boston Missionary Baptist Church, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM.

Joseph Isaiah Howe

Joseph Isaiah Howe Of Orlando FL, passed away at his home, in the company of family and loved ones on January 21, 2018 12:05pm.

Joseph is survived by his wife Elsie, daughters Charlene Bufong, Valerie Howe, Jean Weekes, sons Franklyn, Vincent, and Kevin Howe, his sisters Catherine and Lizzie, his brother James, Dyer, and Johnny, and many loving Grand-Children, Great Grand-Children, and both immediate an extended family. Joseph was a caring husband, partner, Grandfather, Great-Grand father, brother, and friend to all.

Funeral services will be at The Greenwood Methodist Church, 378 Washington St. Dorchester on Saturday February 10th, 2018: Viewing from 10am-11am, service from 11am-12pm. Joseph will be laid to rest at Oak Lawn Cemetery, located at 427 Cummins Hwy, Boston, Ma 02131

H. Joanne Rogers

H. Joanne Rogers (Dunn) lifelong resident of Milton died on February 2, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of the late Milton G. Rogers.  Loving mother of JoAnne ‘Jody” Leveroni and her husband Timothy of Milton, Jonathan E. Rogers and his wife Maryellen of Scituate, Bradford A. Rogers of Milton, Milton G. Rogers, Jr. of Canton and Richard W. Rogers and his wife Susan of Milton.  Cherished  grandmother of Jacqueline Noyes, Timothy Leveroni, Nicholas Rogers and Abigail Rogers  and 2 great-grandchildren.

JoAnne was born and raised in Dorchester.  She attended and graduated from St. Gregory High School in Dorchester and Vesper George Art School in Boston.  After working for many years at the Paper Center in Boston as an assistant manager, Joanne worked for Blue Cross/ Blue Shield retiring in 2007 as special accounts manager.  An exceptional artist and good athlete she competed avidly into her early 80’s.  The cornerstone of her life was her family, hosting the holidays and entertaining.  She will be cherished and missed by all who had the pleasure to have known her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday February 7, 2018, 5:00-8:00PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, East Milton.  A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday February 8, 2018 at 11:00  in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE.  Interment in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.

Claire Ellen McCarthy

Claire Ellen McCarthy of Milton died February 2, 2018.

Beloved sister of Eileen Walsh of West Roxbury and Maureen McCarthy  of Milton.  Cherished aunt of  Erin Dewitt and her husband Jack  of Louisiana.  Claire is also lovingly survived by one great nephew J.B.

Claire was born in Boston.   She worked for various school districts over the years.  Her last role was  Superintendant of Schools in Stoughton.   Claire enjoyed traveling, spending  her winters in Naples, Florida and summers  on Cape Cod in Harwich.  She was an extremely  social person who loved cooking and entertaining friends and family.  Most of all Claire enjoyed spending time with her niece and her family whom she loved so much.   She will be missed by all who have known and loved her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday February 6 at 10:00am in Most Precious Blood Church, Hyde Park.  Visiting hours on Monday 4-8PM in the Dolan Funeral Home, EAST MILTON SQUARE.  Interment in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

Barbara Frances (Connelly) Prazak

Barbara F. (Connelly) Prazak, of Milton, February 2, beloved wife of the late Joseph T. Prazak. Devoted mother of Marion A. Assagaier of Sydney, Australia, Barbara K. Prazak, M.D. of Wellfleet and John J. Prazak of Milton. Loving grandmother of Joel and Kareem Assagaier and Daniel and Charlotte Goldberg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Saint Mary of the Hills Church, on Thursday February 8 at 10:30 AM.  Visitation at the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, from 9:00-10:00 AM on Thursday morning.  Relatives and friends invited.  Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Michael A. Gerace

Michael A. Gerace, passed away on December 29, 2017, in Brockton.

Son of the late Theodore Geraci  and Dorothy (Hemeon)  Geraci of Milton. Beloved brother of Elena Geraci Bray, of  Jericho, Vermont.  Loving  uncle of Kevin M. Bray of Morrisville  Vermont, Brian D. Bray of Plymouth, MA, Regina M. Lawrence of Brockton, MA and Aaron Geraci of Westport, MA.

Michael graduated from Milton High Class of 1964.  He was an avid high school baseball and football player.  Attended Iowa Wesleyan College and Wagner College, Staten Island, New York.  He was a  noted historian and  literary composer.  Michael  was  a postal worker for 40 years at the Brockton Post Office.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday February 26, 2018 at 1:00PM in Milton Cemetery.

Mark S. Sturgeon

Mark S. Sturgeon, 62 of Mattapan, passed away with his family by his side, on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Mark loved the Lord and knew what it meant to love others, 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  Mark received and accepted in his heart the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in the spring of 2001. While he lived in Dorchester Mark joined Christ community Church and grounded himself in the Word while battling through the storms of life, But it was different this time he said, Jesus is on my side brother and he will help me.  Yes Mark I replied  Exodus 15:2  The Lord is my strength and my song: he has become my salvation.  When Mark moved to Mattapan, God lead Mark to Mattapan Baptist Church that preached the word of God and that Church was a God send to Mark. We talked on the phone a lot and he would be so excited,  He loved the brethren there and they loved him in truth and deed.  They looked after Mark their brother in the Lord with great care, patience and Love.   I was so grateful and excited for him.  Mark got sweeter as the years went by.  Ask anyone and they will tell you Mark was a humble man, and he let his light shine.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.   We loved our trips to the ocean to eat at Tony’s Clam shop especially on Easter Sunday, we talked about how even nature was resurrecting on Easter, it was so fitting.  The weather warming and the Tulips and flowers beginning to coming up on Gods command.  My brother you were an encouragement to us all and we love you so much for it.   As for me and my sisters and brothers in Christ, we will see you again brother in Gods house in Heaven.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever (Mark) believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   Amen Brother, you ran the race and finished the coarse!

Maybe your Boston Bruins will win the cup for you?

We love you and will miss you brother!!  

Mark was a former military veteran of the Army National Guard and is survived by his beloved siblings, Linda Ann Barraza of Milton, Deborah M. McKay of Braintree, Doreen E. Fisher of Norwell, James M. Sturgeon of Brockton, Cecilia A. Abruzzese of Norwell, Andrea J. Johnson of Plympton, Clay D. Sturgeon of Brockton and the late Lawrence C. Sturgeon. He is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews &  5 great nieces and 1 great nephew.

Relatives and friends are welcomed to join in the funeral services, visitation is Friday, February 2, 2018, 5:00PM to 8:00PM at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS following the visitation Mark will be eulogized from 8:00PM to 9:00PM. Interment Private.

In lieu of flower donations in Mark’s memory may be sent to Mattapan Baptist Church Building Fund, 587 Eliot St., Milton, MA 02186.


Festus Joyce

Festus Joyce, of Milton, January 27, 2018.

Festus Joyce was a man amongst men who inspired those around him to be the best version of themselves. Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, teacher, veteran, and the rock on which all who knew him leaned, “Fess” embraced each of his roles equally, enriching the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. To his siblings, he was the little brother who was always just there for them. Fess’ friends were shown the meaning of fierce loyalty and the power of “all-in” support. For those lucky to be his student, their lives might just have been changed forever. His children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were all blessed to know his unconditional love and understand how his high expectations inspired you to follow your dreams.

Fess received his Masters in Education Degree from Fitchburg University and committed himself to the teaching profession impacting the lives of countless students at Blue Hills Regional Technical School. He was a beloved teacher and remained involved with the school post retirement as an active member of the School Committee. Fess was passionate about the Blue Hills’ educational mission and genuinely enjoyed working alongside his colleagues to bring it to fruition. A welcomed benefit for Fess in remaining on the School Committee was that it gave him the ability to continue working together with his daughter Marybeth Joyce who is Director of Admissions. Fess enjoyed working with Marybeth and would not let something like retirement get in his way of that. He also took pride in presenting his grandson Ryan with his diploma upon graduation (and let everyone around him know it). Fess treated the Blue Hills community as an extension of his family. Every grandchild had the fun experience of attending football and hockey games to cheer on his students.

He was a proud veteran, life-long member of the Bricklayers’ Union, seeker of justice, disciplined teacher committed to his craft, a lover of all-things Blue Hills, a devoted friend, and deeply aware of how fortunate he was to find a wife who shared his values. Fess was beloved for his unwavering loyalty, very firm hand-shake, ability to make you feel like the most important person in the world whenever he spoke to you, relentless optimism, and was also known to be graciously stubborn on occasion.

Fess 60-year marriage to Rita reflected his deep commitment to “the love of his life” and his family. Rita was his true soul-mate and they navigated through life together as one. Their strong love and commitment gave rise to the phrase “Fess’n Rita” as they were inseparable. Their deep connection was endearing as Fess loved Rita in such a way that everyone in the room with them could feel its warm glow. His love for his children knew no boundaries as Danny, Marybeth, & Susan were most dear to him. He spoke of their milestones and achievements with un-matched pride and contagious excitement. To Fess, Danny was always “My Boy”, Mary was “Moodileri”, and Susan was “SuSu.”

For over 20 years, Fess and Rita enjoyed hosting family & friends down the Cape at their summer home in Sandwich. Together they supplied some of the best memories. Days were spent at Snake Pond, evenings were focused on reminiscing about the day’s events at Seafood Sam’s, and sunsets enjoying over a casual walk along the Canal. They also loved summer evenings walking around Castle Island. Fess cemented this past-time as a firmly rooted Joyce Family tradition. All of his grandchildren have a special place in their heart remembering all the times they informed their parents “ Hey, we are going with Pup to get dogs & burgers at Sully’s.”  Fess had a special relationship with each one of his grandchildren who all adored their “Pup.”

Fess is survived by his wife, Rita (Taylor) Joyce; his three children, Dan Festus Joyce and wife Janet Joyce of Duxbury, Marybeth Joyce of Milton, and Susan Galvin of Milton.; and grandchildren, Danny F. Joyce II and his wife Anisa, Doug Joyce and his wife Jaime, Ryan Joyce, John Galvin, & Mollie Galvin; and great grandchildren Danny F. III (“D.Festus” according to Fess), Kellan, Pierce, and Lily Joyce. He was son of Patrick & Rose Joyce. He was predeceased by his siblings Joseph, Helen Joyce, John, Marie Crosby, Eugene, Thomas, Catherine Coppinger, Patricia Mehegan and Roseanne Rayel. He is survived by his brother-in-law and long term friend Michael Rayel. Fess was the youngest boy of 10 with over 70 nieces & nephews.

The family expresses gratitude to the physicians and nurses at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston for their compassion & caregiving with Fess.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Agatha Church, Adams Street at Brook Road, Milton, Friday February 2 at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are welcome. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON SQUARE, Thursday 4-8 PM. Interment Milton Cemetery.


If preferred, in lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Blue Hills Regional Technical School Renovation Enhancement Fund in Festus’ name.