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Anne M. (Ganem) Ashur

Ashur for websiteAnne M. (Ganem) Ashur, of Milton, died August 21, 2013. Beloved wife of the late Arthur G. Ashur, she was the beloved mother of Anita Wakim and her husband Antoine, George Ashur Ph.D and his wife Mary Louise Ashur MD of Milton, Anthony Ashur and his wife Brigid of Vienna, VA, and Jeffrey Ashur of Newton; cherished grandmother of Elizabeth, Margaret and Catherine Ashur of Milton, Amy C. Kline of Somerville, Yvonne Wakim DVM of Meredith, N.H., and Nicholas, Claire and Andrew Ashur of Vienna, Va.; sister of the Richard Ganem of Randolph and the late Maroon and Theresa Ganem of Milton. Anne was a graduate of Jeremiah E. Burke High School, Class of 1948, and Burdett College and a retired employee of the Bank of Boston and former president of the Boston College High School Mothers Guild. Visiting hours at Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., EAST MILTON, Friday, August 23, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Church, Reedsdale Road at Randolph Avenue, Milton, Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may made to the Ashur Family Scholarship at Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., Dorchester, MA 02125.

Dorothy Steele

Dorothy Steele of Milton, died Aug. 18, incTaunton, beloved sister of M. Evelyn Macdonald and the late Louis Steele, Edwin
Steele, Thomas Steele, Anna Falcone, Herbert Steele, Ethel Steele, Bertha Sheaand Helen Steele.  Aunt of Regina Riccio
of Taunton, Kevin Macdonald of Woburn, and of many nieces and nephews of the  Steele, Shea, Falcone and Kearney families.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at  St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton, Thursday Aug., 22 at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours
in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Weds, 4-7pm. Interment Blue Hill  Cemetery. If desired contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be sent to either the Susan Komen Foundation, P. O. Box 650309 Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

Margaret C. MacPherson

MacPherson_MargaretMargaret Christine MacPherson, nee MacLeod, was born in The Head of Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1915. She worked her parents’ farm, without electricity or running water, alone until her parents passed away. She then bravely moved to the mainland and worked in Pictou, Nova Scotia. From there she moved to the big city of Toronto where she worked as a housekeeper and homecare worker. A few years later she moved to Milton, Massachusetts. There she worked as a cook on an estate. Raising her two children and being the sole provider, she worked six days a week cleaning houses. On Sundays, she always went to church, baked and visited people in the hospital or in nursing homes. She led a difficult life, but always had a smile on her face and a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed, but remembered by all who knew her.

Margaret was the beloved wife of the late Willard D. MacPherson. Devoted mother of Barrie W. MacLeod of Plympton and Joyce A.M. Ho of Cambridge.  Grandmother of Corey W. MacLeod of ME, Bonnie G. Ho and Scott D. Ho both of Cambridge. Funeral Service, Friday, August 23, in the First Congregational Church of Milton, 495 Canton Ave., Milton  at 1   o’clock.  Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home, 5 Canton Ave., MILTON VILLAGE, Thurs., 3-7 pm.  Internment Milton Cemetery.  Donations in Margaret’s memory may be sent to the charity of ones choice.

Delroy Francis

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 24th at 11 A.M. in the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 38 Walk Hill Street in Jamaica Plain.  A visiting hour will be held prior to the service at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited.  Interment Forest Hills Cemetery.

Lois M. Lanier

Lanier_LoiswebpageLois Mary (Fitzgerald) Lanier died Friday, August 16th after a valiant battle with a long illness. She was 83 years old.

Lois was born in Boston to the late Elizabeth (O’Connor) Fitzgerald and Joseph P. Fitzgerald and was raised in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester. She attended St. Gregory’s School and graduated from Dorchester High for Girls in 1947.

After raising her four children, Lois worked as an Executive Assistant for the Grossman Corporation until her retirement at the age of 61. Even during her retirement, Lois took great pride in her part-time work, which included working as a sales associate at Macy’s and her most recent participation in the 2000 Census as a census-taker.

Lois married the late John R. Lanier in February of 1951 in New Hampshire. She was the beloved mother of Ruth Mahoney and her husband James Mahoney of Milton; John Lanier of Walpole; Jane Montaquila and her husband Richard Montaquila of Walpole; and Norman Lanier of Lakeland, Florida. She was the sister of Ruth Hendsbee of Seattle, Washington and the late John F. Fitzgerald and Robert M. Fitzgerald. She was also the cherished “Nana” to Elizabeth Mahoney Cohen, Meaghan Mahoney Fava and Timothy Mahoney, Andrew and Hannah Lull, John Montaquila, Jackie and Jake Lanier, and Morganne Lanier, as well as the late John Lanier. She was also the adored “Lola” to Jackson James Fava and Aiden Matthew Cohen.

A loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed by the many lives she touched so wonderfully.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Gregory’s Church in Dorchester, Wednesday, August 21, at 11 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Dolan & Chapman Funeral Home at 5 Canton Avenue in Milton Village will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, August 20. Interment Milton Cemetery.

If desired, contributions in Lois’ memory may be sent to: The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7295.


Henry Edward Fidrocki, M.D.

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Henry Edward Fidrocki, M.D. died at home on Thursday, August 15, 2013, surrounded by his loving family and friends.  Henry was born on July 17, 1923 in Boston.  His parents, Marie and William, were both originally from Poland.  Henry grew up on Mass Ave in Boston with his sister, Eugenia and his brothers Alfred and Walter.  He went to the Boston Public Schools and graduated from Boston English High School. 

During World War II, Henry served with the 13th Air Force 456 Bombardier Group.  He was stationed in Italy and flew many missions.  Actually, Henry went into the service before he was 17 years of age as he wanted to serve his country at such a critical time; he signed up in June and his birthday was in July but it ended up working out.  Henry was a Second Lieutenant and a navigator.  He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Air Medal.  In 1944, on his 23rd mission, Rocky, as he was known at that time, volunteered to fly with a different crew that needed a navigator.  He was flying over Budapest, in an area noted for its rough flak.  On that day, the flak was exceptionally thick and accurate.  Immediately after Rocky released his bombs on target, his B24 Liberator plane was hit, throwing the turret doors into his face and severing his oxygen hose.  Rocky was severely injured as was another man, the gunner.  He had the presence of mind to pull the turret emergency release and pull the injured man from the turret.  He then applied a tourniquet to the man’s leg, administered a shot of morphine and even took off his own clothing to keep the gunner warm.  He then applied a compress to his own wound.  He did all this without oxygen, at temperatures well below zero and having, himself, sustained a severe injury.  As a result, he lost his right eye and had to retire from the service. 

Henry returned to Boston and went to Boston College under the GI bill.  He then went onto to Tufts Medical School, graduating in 1950.  He completed his internship and residency at Boston City Hospital, where he met his future wife, Ginni (Mary) McLaughlin.  Henry decided to pursue specialty training at Tufts, New England Medical Center and became a Doctor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Henry was on the staff of Lemuel Shattuck and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospitals and was a consultant to the Boston VA Medical Center.                                                               

Ginni and Hank, as he was called by the McLaughlin family, were married on May 31, 1952.  They chose that date, because Ginni did not want to be a June bride.  They moved to Milton, near Houghton’s Pond, where they raised their five children, Ginny, Ed, Kathy, Elaine and Billy.  In 1962, they bought their beach house in Falmouth and spent many summers there.   There are so many special memories and Henry loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Henry and Ginni enjoyed travelling and went on countless trips and cruises.  He followed the Patriots and BC football and was an especially avid Red Sox fan, watching them faithfully.  He was an incredibly generous man, with a wonderful sense of humor.

Henry’s family was with him when he passed away.  While we miss him terribly, we have so many fond memories.  We find comfort in the words of General George S. Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God such men lived”.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 19 at 10 A.M. in Saint Elizabeth Church, 350 Reedsdale Road, Milton.  Relatives and friends invited.  Visiting hours will be held in the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Avenue, EAST MILTON, on Sunday from 3-7 P.M. Interment Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.  In lieu of flowers donations in Henry’s memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Trade Center, G-500, Woburn, MA 0180

Dorothy A. Cutler

Cutler_Dorothy2Dorothy Ann (Abel) Cutler died, Friday, August 16, at Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale, after a valiant battle with cancer. Continuing her lifelong pursuit of benevolence, she graciously donated her body to the Harvard Medical School. She was 82 years old.

Dorothy was born in Quincy to the late Alexander J. and Grace (Van Sickle) Abel. She grew up in Milton, graduated from Milton High School in 1949 and attained her Associate Degree from Quincy Junior College in 1981.

Dorothy worked as an accountant with Charles Collins in Boston, and later with Taylor, Ganson & Perrin in Boston, Haywood and Gray, and also Barbara O’Brien Miniatures in Weymouth. Her last position was working as an Elderly Equity Counselor with PSSB now currently known as ISS (Interfaith Social Services) in Quincy.

She was a long time member of East Congregational Church of Milton, being Treasurer of the church for 11 years, Chairman of both the Benevolence Committee and the Stewardship Committee. She served as the church historian and was past president of the Women’s Society. Dorothy was a proud member of the choir since she was 6 years old.

Dorothy was also active in the Milton Woman’s Club, serving as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee. At H.O.M.E., Inc.  she served  President for 2 years, and  as editor of the publication Clippings. She was the Past President and editor of the ISS publication ISSUES. Additionally, she was a member of the Milton Art Association, Braintree Art Association and the Canton Art Association. Dorothy was a talented member of the Codman English Hand Bell Ringers. Inc. She was a member and commitee chairman of the Town of Milton 350th Celebration Committee.

Dorothy married Jack H. Rosebrook of Cranberry Island, Maine, Sept. 6, 1949 aboard the Sunbeam II of the Maine Seacoast Mission. Together they had five children, Gil B. Rosebrook of Maine, Regina A. Gray of Colorado, Gail D. Null of Missouri, Monica L. Eaton of North Carolina and Doreen M. Borden of New Hampshire.  After a marriage of more than twenty years Dorothy and Jack divorced.  Dorothy married Richard E. Cutler in May of 1981.  They spent 25 years doing charitable and community work.  They also travelled extensively, managing to visit 49 out of the 50 United States.  Richard died in 2005. She was the sister of the late of Alexander J. Abel of Fairfield, CT. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren,

A Memorial service will be held at the East Congregational Church, 610 Adams St., Milton on Monday, August 19, at 2  o’clock.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers donations in Dorothy’s honor may be sent to East Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 610 Adams St. Milton MA 02186, or to the charity of your choice.

Gerard Jean – Baptiste

Gerard Jean-Baptiste, 79, of  Mattapan died at Massachusetts General Hospital on August 5, 2013.  Born in
Haiti on May 1, 1934, Gerard was the son of the late Odigene and Reweve (Edme) Jean Baptiste.  Beloved husband of Solange (Noel) Jean-Baptiste.  Loving father of Marie A. Jean-Batiste of Mattapan, Chantal Jean-Baptiste of Miami and Emanuel Jean-Baptiste of Domincan Republic. Brother of Anita Jean-Baptiste of
Haiti and the late Oris Jean-Baptiste.  Also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and
cousins.  Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 10:00 AM , 1st Haitian Baptist Church, 397 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury.  Interment Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. Relatives and friends invited.  Visiting hours Friday 6-9 PM at 1st Haitian Baptist Church, 397 Blue Hill Ave., Roxbury

Rev. Robert B. Lynch, OFM

Lynch, OFM Rev. Robert B.Rev. Robert B. Lynch, OFM, 96 years of age, a professed Franciscan Friar for 75 years and a priest for 70 years, died at Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, NJ on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Beloved son of the late Francis and Kathryn (Duffy) Lynch, Fr. Lynch is survived by nephews, Michael O’Connor of Bedford, TX, and Thomas O’Connor of Chadds Ford, PA.; a niece Mrs. Kathleen DiLullo; and his Franciscan brothers.  He was ordained a priest on May 29, 1943 in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception by the Most Reverend Michael Keyes, S.M.   Fr. Lynch served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Winsted, Ct. (1944-1947), and Holy Cross Parish in Bronx, N.Y. (1947-1949). He served on the Franciscan mission team giving missions and retreats in parishes throughout the Province and for U.S. Air Force personnel and their families on air bases throughout the United States (1949-1964).  From 1964-1967, he served as guardian and pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Winsted, and from 1967-1973, as guardian and rector of St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, Mass. He was director (1969-1973), and assistant director (1973-1983), of the Prudential Center Chapel in Boston.  He transferred in 1983 to St. Anthony Residence in Boston, where he served as guardian from 1988 to 1996. He moved to Holy Name Friary in Ringwood on April 17, 2008.  Visiting hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 16 at St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17 at St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston. Provincial Vicar Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, will be principal celebrant. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  Memorials may be sent to: Franciscan Friars-Holy Name Province, 144 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001. Dolan Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, DORCHESTER & MILTON.


Joseph “Tiny” Williams

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Joseph “Tiny”  L. Williams (Ret. Boston Police Dept.), of Hyde Park, MA on August, 6, 2013 . Beloved husband of Inez (Burwell) Williams. Devoted father of Pamela M.  Williams of OH , Joseph S. Williams  and his wife Rebecca of Hyde Park , Pamela N. Satterwhite and her husband Brad  of NC.   Grandfather of  Jessica and her husband Al, Daemon, Lillith, Devlin, Aidan, Ava, Phillip, Pyquan, Star, Zeni, and Precious. Great  grandfather of Jaden, Alycia and Addisyne.
Also survived by Tiny’s adoring nieces and nephews who always considered him “Dad” . Visitation  Saturday, August 17  at the  Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St. DORCHESTER LOWER MILLS  from 10 – 11 am. Funeral Service immediately following at  11 o’clock. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery, Boston.
Late U S Army Korean  War Veteran.  If desired contributions in Joe’s name may be sent to Boston Children’s Hospital Autism Language Program,300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115.