Obituaries 01-15-2013

Charles Vitale

Late Proprietor of Puritan Fish

Charles J. Vitale of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on January 6.

The late proprietor of Puritan Fish Co., Boston Fish Pier, he was a member of the Madonna Del Soccorso Fishermans Club.

He was the beloved husband of Rita (D’Ortona) Vitale with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; loving father of Charles J. Vitale, Jr. and his companion, Debbie, of Lynn, Patricia Cameron and her husband, Dan of Reading and Maria Cannatella and her companion, John Serven of Peabody; father in law of Cindy Vitale of Medford and John Cannatella of Salem, NH; dear brother of Salvatore Vitale of Revere, Antonetta Wozniak of Medford and many late siblings. He was the cherished grandfather of John Jr., and Joseph Cannatella, Christopher. Gregory and Stephanie Carmeron and Darla Vitale and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions,

Elsie Margarette O’Connell

Of West Virginia, formerly of Lynn

Elsie Margarette (Pelley) O’Connell of Star City, West Virginia passed away on December 28.

The beloved wife of the late Dr. Frank D. O’Connell, with whom she shared 65 years of marriage, she was born in Lynn on March 7, 1928, the daughter of the late Flora L. (Lepine) Pelley and Chester W. Pelley.  After graduating from Lynn English High School, she earned a degree as a medical secretary from Fisher Secretarial School in Boston. She held a number of secretarial positions with medical, educational, business and research institutions including West Virginia University, the University of Southern California, and the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Mrs. O’Connell founded Temporaire, a secretarial service in Morgantown and Aesclepianns, an organization for the wives of WVU School of Pharmacy students. She was a member of the Vincent Pallotti Hospital Auxiliary and held several offices with societies in the area including the Newman Guild at St. John University Parish. As a lifelong learner, she attended classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and WVU.

Mrs. O’Connell had an active spiritual life; enjoying time spent in prayer and worship with others. She attended both St. John University Parish, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, and was involved in the Catholic Charismatic Movement at the Good Council Friary in Morgantown.

Gardening was her passion and she spent many hours tending both her many outdoor flower gardens and house plants. Her other interests included reading, quilting, sewing, traveling and instructing rug braiding classes.

She is survived by one son, Kevin W. O’Connell of Loxahatchee, Florida; two daughters, Marguerite S. Crokus and her spouse, Rob Orr of Sparks, Nevada and Erin K. (Calik) Windhorst and her spouse, Rob Windhorst of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren: Bridget Crokus of Salt Lake City, Utah; Benjamin and Hillary Calik of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Joshua and Tyler O’Connell of Morgantown, West Virginia; one sister, Ethel Dwyer of Lynn; one sister-in-law, Virginia Murphy of Hampton, NH; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Alfred W. Pelley and sister, Sharon Y. (Pelley) Reed.

A Memorial Service was held in the Cuffe McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christian Help, Inc., 219 Walnut St., Morgantown, WV, 26505.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

Mary Sullivan

Retired GE Executive Secretary, Lifelong Red Sox and Patriots Fan

Mary C. Sullivan of Wakefield, formerly of Lynn, passed away December 28 after a short illness. She was 89 years old.

Born in Lynn  the daughter of the late James P. and Ellen (McCarthy) Sullivan, she attended Lynn Schools and was a resident of Lynn until 1985 when she and her sister, Ann moved to Wakefield.

Prior to her retirement, she was an Executive Secretary for upper management at General Electric Company at the Riverworks, where she worked for 47 years.

She was a lifelong fan of both the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots and passed this passion along to her great nephew, Michael.

Mary leaves her niece, Marianne (Hay) Krezinski of Fort Myers, Florida and her husband, Michael along with her great-nephew Michael Everett Krezinski of Forest Park, Illinois and her cousin, Mary Louise (McCarthy) Wright and her family of Berwick, Maine and Charles E. Craven, Jr., of York, Maine, formerly of Lynn.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann N. Sullivan and her sister, Eileen (Sullivan) Hay and her husband, Everett W.  She also leaves behind many friends, one of whom is a childhood friend, June Upton.  Mary’s life was also enhanced by four friends: Rosemary Yasi, Barbara Duncan, Patricia Hogan and Roberta Duncan who cared for her.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Gifts in her memory may be sent to the Saint Mary’s Restoration Fund, 8 South Common St., Lynn, MA 01902. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

Robert Gautreau

GE Retiree, Helped Many through AA

Robert J. Gautreau of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Lynn, died at home on January 6 after a long illness. He was 70 years old.

The loving husband of the late Janet F. (Dool) Gautreau, he was born and educated in Lynn, son of the late Joseph and Mary (Robichaud) Gautreau. He was a resident of New Hampshire for over 30 years.        A member of the National Guard for 10 years, he worked at the General Electric Company River Works as well as the Factory of the Future as a machinist for several years until his retirement.

Robert’s true devotion was his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating and riding his Harley. He helped many people through AA and was a very compassionate man.

He is survived by his loving children Robert M. Gautreau and his wife, Kelly of Hampton Falls, NH, Carrie A. Gautreau of Seabrook, NH and Melissa J. Gautreau of Roswell, GA; his brothers and sisters, Irene M. Buckley of Beverly, Donald Gautreau of Plaistow, NH, Paul Gautreau and Annette DeMarco, both of Lynn; three grandchildren: Justin Gautreau, Adam Fauteux and Sarah Tuttle; two great grandchildren, Bayley May Cliford and Aaliyah Flora Gautreau and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Carol Provost.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. For online register book, please visit

Thomas Prout

GE Retiree with Infectious Personality

Thomas E. Prout of Exeter, NH passed away suddenly on January 5 at Exeter Hospital.  He was 66 years old.

The devoted husband of Linda (Parsons) Prout, he was born in Lynn, the son of the late Charles E. and Florence (Englehardt) Prout.  He was raised in Saugus and has been a resident of New Hampshire for the past seven years, previously residing in Salem.

Prior to his retirement, he worked for more than 40 years as a Production Clerk at the General Electric.  Tom enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, looked forward to his annual “men in Maine” vacation, spending time in the outdoors and just being with his buddies.  He had many friends and his infectious personality impacted all of them.  He will be sorely missed by all.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Shannon Bailey of Salem and Kenneth Bruns of Danvers.  He also leaves his brother, Richard Prout and his wife, C. Bonnie of Amesbury; his sister, Lorraine Brockgreiten and her husband, Bernie of Hingham as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn.  Burial was private.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Tom’s memory to the Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280, Washington DC 20077.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

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