Dolan Funeral Home

Julia Baptista

Julia Baptista , Jan. 13, beloved wife of Adriano Baptista. Loving daughter of Emelia Gomes and the late Arthur Gomes.  Devoted sister of Francelia Dosantos, Maria Lobo, Isaura Gomes, Julio Gomes and  Irma Gomes all of Dorchester and  Joao Gomes of Quincy.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Church, Dudley Street at Blue Hill Avenue, Monday January 19 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at the church Sunday 4-8 PM. Interment New Calvary Cemetery.

Marie Annette Joseph

Marie Annette Joseph passed away peacefully on January 13, 2015. She leaves behind her three loving children Yves-Rose Joseph of New York, Lyse Joseph of Canada, and Eris Joseph of Boston. She is also survived by her ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 17th at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St., Dorchester at 11AM. Visitation will be held from 10:30- 11:00AM. Interment private.

Wilbert McPherson

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Wilbert McPherson, of Boston, died at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on January 10, 2015.  He was the husband of the late Cecil Mae (Washington ) McPherson.

Born in Fayette, NC on August 4, 1940, he was the son of the late Gilbert and Essie (Simmons) McPherson.  Mr. McPherson had been a manager for General Motors before retirement.

He was the father of Brian McPherson and his wife Mariaelena of Boston, Wilma McPherson and her husband Frantz Massse of NJ and the late Ronald McPherson.  Brother of John McPherson of Boston, Frank McPherson of Greensboro, NC, Larry McPherson of Boston, Mary Ann Carter of Brockton, Ester McPherson of NC and Darius McPherson of Atlanta, GA.  Grandfather of  Brianna McPherson, Josha McPherson, Zoe Masse, Olivia Masse, Daniel Roman, Reinaldo Roman, Kyleen Roman, Emmanuel Vega, and Kylies Matos.  Also survived by his adopted granddaughter Naijah Marie Forrest, Godson Eric Dias, and Goddaughter Andrea Swain.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 AM at Concord Baptist Church,  180 Blue Hill Ave., Milton.  Relatives and friends invited to attend.  Burial will be private.

Visiting hours Friday, 4-8 PM in Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St. DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS.

Marie A. (Nagle) Brennan

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Marie A. (Nagle) Brennan  of Milton, on January 13, 2015.  Beloved wife of the late Richard J. Brennan.  Loving mother of Jane M. Jamet and her husband Pierre C. of Milton and  Anne E. Flink and her husband Philip J. of Charlestown.  Devoted grandmother of Pierre C. Jamet, Jr. and his wife Adriana B. of  San Francisco, CA, Andrew R. Flink and his fiancé Anna G. Murdoch of Boston and Sarah M. Flink of Brookline.  Great grandmother of Leonie Marie Jamet.  Sister of the late Janice C. Dinger and Francis X. Nagle.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Elizabeth Church, Reedsdale Rd. Milton on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 AM.  Relatives and friends invited.   Visiting hours in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON on Friday, 4-8 PM.  Interment Milton Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations in Marie’s name may be made to Saint Agnes Church, 186 Woburn St. Reading, MA 01867.  

Katherine “Kay” (Larkin) Tesorero

Katherine “Kay” (Larkin) Tesorero, of Marshfield, formerly of Milton, Bass River, and Naples, Fla., died Jan. 8, 2015.

She was the beloved wife of the late Theodore “Ted” Tesorero; loving mother of Paul J. Tesorero and his wife Paula McFarland of Medfield, Janet A. Dunphy of Pembroke, Sue Perkins and her husband Wally of Sandwich, and John J. Tesorero of Brockton; grandmother of Nathan Johnson and his wife Mya of Lee, Julie Johnson and her husband Brian LeBlanc of Chelsea, Jaclyn Tesorero of Hull, Jason Tesorero of Brockton, Lindsey Tesorero of Hull, Jordan Tesorero of Somerville, Nicola Tesorero of Allston, and the late Jeffrey Johnson; great-grandmother of Kira Johnson and Anna Johnson; sister of the late Barbara Walley and her husband Bob, Richard Larkin and his wife Eileen of Lynnfield, and special friend of family, Frank Pumphrey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in Saint Elizabeth Church, Reedsdale Road, Milton. Relatives and friends invited to attend.  Visitation one hour prior from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE.  Interment at Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions  in Kay’s memory may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, New England Chapter, 280 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02494; or Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

John Willard Eckner

John W. Eckner, husband, father, globetrotter, daydreamer, and avid coffee drinker, passed away on Tuesday, January 6 2015 at his home in Milton, Massachusetts.

John was born and raised in northern New Jersey, where he and his five siblings kept their devoted parents on their toes. John’s father, George W. Eckner, worked at Bell Labs as a mechanical engineer, and his ingenuity was a source of wonder for John. He recounted watching his father, day-by-day, build the family’s first television, piece-by-piece. John’s memories of his mother were also dear to him—charged with cooking, cleaning, and laundry for a family of eight, she managed to infuse humor and fun into their lives. John also credited his mother for giving him his proclivity to daydream and get lost in periods of contemplation, which he enjoyed immensely, especially while drinking a cup of “caw-fee.”

After leaving home, John spent much time in New York City, and he recounted fabled anecdotes of his being surrounded by beat and hippie culture. John enjoyed the musical, literary, artistic, and philosophical influences from this period, which he carried with him throughout his life. One favorite story from this time was when he marched in a protest next to Allen Ginsberg, who chatted with him through the entire march.

John’s draft number was drawn in the late 1960’s, and so began the next chapter of profound influence on his life. John served in the Vietnam War for a short but intense time, completing terrifying rescue missions in search of survivors in Vietnamese villages that had already been ravaged by war. He witnessed and suffered tremendous loss and tragedy during his service, and he talked about how this period in his life opened his eyes to the privilege (both good and bad) that exists in the United States, which he would never take for granted again. This revelation drove his support of charities for the underprivileged, taking particular interest in the plight of Native Americans.

Following his time in Vietnam, John took advantage of the GI Bill and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature from Boston University. A few years later, after a move to Galveston, Texas, John met and eventually married his wife Jean (nee Moore), who says that John looked just like Errol Flynn, especially when he, donned in an all-white suit, picked her up for their first date. Childless before meeting Jean, John had the privilege of helping to raise two teenagers, Holly and Craig, upon marrying Jean; and shortly thereafter, John and Jean had two more children, Meghan and Emily. Just as he kept his parents on their toes, now he had four children of his own to effectively keep him up at night. The family moved back to the Boston area in the mid- 1980’s, settling into a beautiful old, white cape on Old Oaken Bucket Road in Norwell, Massachusetts, where his family would stay for the next 20 years. During this time, John began working for State Street Bank as a computer programmer, and there he would stay for the next few decades, meeting many of his dearest friends.

John is survived by his wife, Jean, and his children and grandchildren: Emily (partner Aidan Walsh, child Ronan John Walsh); Meghan (husband Zach Naylor, children Hunter and Lennon); Craig (partner Elaine Comeau, child Ryan); Holly (husband Jonathan Schneider, children Jack and Max); in addition to four siblings: Mary Nemec and her husband, Bill (New Jersey); James “Jim” Eckner and his wife, Irene (Louisiana); George Eckner and his wife, Mary (New York); and Timothy Eckner and his wife, Anne (Florida); three nieces and two nephews. John is reunited with his sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Eckner (Pennsylvania) and his beloved parents, George and Mary Eckner (New Jersey).

Family and friends are invited to attend John’s service on Saturday, January 10 at 9 a.m. at Saint Agatha Church (440 Adams Street, Milton, MA). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to St. Joseph’s Indian School ( or to St. Peter’s Preparatory School (


Sr. Mary Clara Tierney, mfic

Sr. Mary Clara Tierney mfic, 95, a member of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters, died in Framingham, Massachusetts, Saturday January 3, 3015.  She had been living in Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Tenafly, NJ, since 1990. Sister was born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland in 1919. She came to the United States in 1938 and began her teaching career in Brooklyn, NY. Most recently Sister Clara spent her free time gardening. She loved growing flowers and vegetables, which gave her delight and gladdened so many more. Sister also volunteered in our Gift Shop with Sr. Trinity. There will be a Bible Service on Friday, January 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, 253 Knickerbocker Road, Tenafly, NJ.

Rev. James W. Czerwinski OFM

Rev. James W. Czerwinski OFM, of Saint Anthony Shrine, Boston, January 2, 2015. Beloved son of the late Walter J. and Elizabeth (Swaitkowski) Czerwinski. Brother of Thomas Czerwinski of Buffalo, NY. Fr. Jim is survived by relatives, friends and his brothers in the Order of Friars Minor. Visiting hours at Saint Anthony Shrine (First Floor Chapel), 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 Wednesday January 7 4:30-7:00 PM, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated in the Shrine Second Floor Chapel Thursday at 10:00 AM. All are invited. Interment to follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. Donations in Fr. Jim’s memory may be made to Saint Anthony Shrine.

Sr. Mary Francita Zona, mfic

Sr. Mary Francita Zona mfic, of Newton, January 2, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late Philip and Angelina (Arini) Zona. Sister of Jennie DeBenedictis and the late Frank Zona and Concetta Zona Faldetta. Sr. Mary Francita is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, her Missionary Franciscan sisters and many friends.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Mount Alvernia Convent Chapel, 790 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458, Wednesday, January 7 at 10:00 AM. Visiting hours at the Chapel Tuesday 4:30 – 7:00 PM, with a Wake Service at 7:00 PM. Relatives and friends invited. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in Sr. Mary Francita’s  memory may be sent to the Franciscan Sisters Retirement Fund, at the address listed above. Sr. Mary Francita was a longtime educator in NY and NJ and locally at Mt. Alvernia High School in Newton, St. Clare High School in Roslindale and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in East Boston.

William M. Kearns


William Michael Kearns 93, of Milton, MA suddenly on Thursday, January 1, 2015.Beloved husband of the late Phoebe (Wilson) Kearns, father of Carol Kearns Andrews of Milton and Michael Kearns of Somerville; Grandfather of Isabel Andrews of Milton; Brother and brother-in-law of Catherine Kearns (and the late Daniel Kearns) of Cohasset, Elaine and Thomas Russo of Wayland, and the late Frances Muller and husband Paul of Belmont, Grace Hanley and husband George of Watertown, and Rosemary Kearns and her former husband Robert Nolan, Sr. of Quincy; Godfather of nieces Judith Curtain of Waltham, Ellen Hanley of Watertown, and Siobhan Nolan of Quincy; He leaves many more surviving extended family and friends. He leaves a close, loving family in Ireland, especially in Athenry, Galway, the Kearns family home.  He leaves loving family in England, the Lees, related to his late wife Phoebe, and remains in close contact with them. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and Tufts University, and is in both athletic Halls of Fame, among others. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S Navy in World War II, in the North Atlantic and Pacific. After the war, he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a player, and remained in professional baseball for nearly 70 years as a coach and scout. After the Dodgers he worked for the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals and since 1976, with the Seattle Mariners.  Bill also taught math and coached basketball in South Boston, Somerset and Weymouth. He loved his family and his many friends near and far, and his wonderful life in the family of Major League Baseball. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Wollaston Golf Club in Milton, and cherished his friendships there. He was a constant reader, loved words and great writing, and always had a couple of dogs at his side, especially Border Collies.  He lived a full, passionate, and generous life and will be forever missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Agatha’s Church, Mon. Jan. 5, at 10:30 am. Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Sun. 2-5pm. Interment Milton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at