Obituaries 07-26-2011

Eva Coakley

Worked for Blue Cross-Blue Shield

Eva L. “Symone” (Humphries) Coakley of Saugus died on July 22 at a local nursing home. She was 89 years old.

Born in Saugus, the daughter of the late William C. and Eva L. (Beauchain) Humphries and the wife of the late John J. Coakley, she was educated in Saugus Schols and before her retirement, she was employed by Blue Cross-Blue Shield for 25 years.  She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church, enjoyed traveling, crocheting and reading and was involved with family and friends in three card groups.

She is survived by her two sons, John J. an his wife, Kathleen Coakley of Parrish, Florida and Kevin F. and his wife, Brenda Coakley of Brick, NJ and two daughters, Karen St. Claire of Wakefield and Pamelyn and her husband, Paul Zermani of Saugus and one sister, Lorraine Kucharski of Stoneham. She was the beloved grandmother of 11 “Dollies” and “Boys” Lauren, Katherine Susannah, Kelly, Paul, Kevin, Maureen, April Meaghan, Beth and Mark, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn on Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 10 a.m. followed by cremation in Harmony Grove Cemetery. Private burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sol Amor Hospice, 161 South Main St., Suite 209, Middleton, MA 01949. Visiting hours are today, Tuesday, from 3 to 7 p.m.

John Murphy, Jr.

Retired Winthrop Fire Department Captain

John F. Murphy, Jr. of Winthrop died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home on July 18. He was 85 years old.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus #162 and the American Legion Post #146 and a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1943. He was a retired Captain of the Winthrop Fire Dept and also a Master Electrician and was very active in St. John the Evangelist Church.

Born in Winthrop, he was the cherished son of the late John F. and Agnes C. (Kirley) Murphy, Sr.; beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Daley) Murphy and the late Norma A. (Halliday) Murphy; devoted father of Rev. Thomas R. Murphy S.J. of Seattle, WA; dear brother of Leo J. Murphy and his wife, Joyce of Winthrop and the late Margaret M. Murphy; adored uncle of Anne Eruzione, Barbara Zappulla, and Susan Perrotti, all of Winthrop, Michael Murphy of Plymouth, Dale Curran of Florida, Dennis Cashman of Peabody and Ann Fogarty of Lynn. He is also survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701. For guestbook, go to

Mary Louise Bell

North Shore Community College teacher

Mary Louise Bell, who taught English composition at North Shore Community College for more than two decades and was the wife of the late Thomas Bell, a former Revere Police Sergeant, died on July 21. She was 80 years old.

Committed to her students and her profession, she continued to teach as she battled cancer, retiring only after completing her students’ final grades in May. It was a heroic effort for a woman who has been a life-long advocate of the value of a liberal arts education.

The daughter of immigrants from Newfoundland, Daniel and Mary Shaw, Mrs. Bell was born in Boston on May 13, 1931, the eldest of five children. Her mother died when she was 12 years old, and at an early age she felt a strong sense of responsibility for her younger brother and her three younger sisters.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State College and a Master’s degree in English from Boston University. In 1958, she began her teaching career in the North Reading School System. Also, with her husband, Thomas R. Bell, she owned the Chapman Nursery School in Everett and later the Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Central Square, Lynn. She also was the director of the Late Training Center, a workforce and personal development center, in Chelsea. She was a patron of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 50 years.

She was the wife of the late Thomas R. Bell, a former police sergeant of the Revere Police Department and is survived by her son, Thomas D. Bell and his wife, Svetlana of Yarmouth, ME, and her grandchild Ihila; her daughter, Barbara Richard and her husband. Dennis Richard of Newburyport and their daughters, Kerry and Shawna; her sisters, Kathleen Harvey and Dorothy Barbaccia of DelRay Beach, FL, Barbara Pouliot of Goffstown, NH; and her brother, Fred and his wife Carolyn Shaw of North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, care of the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

C. Diana Mayo

Everett resident

C. Diana (Albano) Mayo of Everett died on July 21 following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

Wife of the late Vernon B. Mayo who died on July 7, 2010, she was the devoted sister of Jerry A. Albano of Salem, NH, Deborah N. Noyes of Sandown, NH, Eileen Osman of Wakefield, John L. Noyes of Bedford and the late Nicholas A. Albano. She is also lovingly survived by Thomas J. Mayo and his wife, Donna and their children, Kelly N. and Thomas J. Mayo, Jr., all of Waterboro, ME; cherished aunt of Ashley Spear of Everett, Anthony Albano of Lynn, Robert Albano of Stoneham, Brooke Armstrong of Sandown, NH and Karen Osman of Melrose. She was the beloved niece of Diane Rossetti of New Jersey and James Rossetti of New Hampshire; dear cousin of Denise Gallo of Gloucester and several other cousins. She was the daughter of the late Gennaro and Rosalie (Rossetti) Albano.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere, today, Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church on the Chelsea-Everett line at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38148-0142

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