Obituaries – 10-20-09

Ellen Stafford

Two term president of Lynn Woman’s Club

Ellen (Burrill) Stafford, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died October 11 of complications from a respiratory illness at the Abbott House in Lynn. She was 80 years old.

She attended the Cobbet Elementary School and graduated from Classical High School in 1948. For 28 years, she worked for the Essex Bank branches in Lynn where she cared for thousands of customers. Co-worker, Barbara Kelly, says, “Ellen was a shining light behind the counter. She remembered everyone’s name and everyone remembered her, often asking her to guide them, not only in regard to their finances, but in the issues of everyday life.”

She was a life long member of St. Mary’s Church, a long time member of the Sodality and two term president of The Women’s Club of Lynn. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, infectious laugh, joyful disposition, nurturing spirit, meticulous appearance and love for all living things. She will especially be missed by her family who will honor her memory in the winter, as that as her favorite time of year. She touched the lives of all that she met.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James M. Stafford; her children, Ellen Ann Stafford and her fiancé, Erik Emerson, of Los Angeles, CA, James and his wife, Chrissy Stafford, of Lynn, William “Chick” and his wife, Barbara Stafford, of Marblehead; her five grandchildren, Jason, Matthew, Frank, Jack and Abby Stafford; her twin sister, Grace Bickmore, her cousin, Lois Coombs, several nieces, nephews and countless dear friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Abbott House in Lynn as well as to All Care Hospice for caring for her and her family during her final days. Funeral arrangements were by Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn.


Jack (Jacob) Kaplan

Owned Winter Hill Drug Company,

Jack (Jacob) Kaplan of Boca Raton, Florida died on October 12. He was 98 years old.

The beloved husband of the late Rebecca (Waldman) Kaplan, he was born in Poland, attended the Revere schools and high school and Middlesex College in Waltham. He furthered his education at the Patrick School of Pharmacy and was the owner of Winter Hill Drug Company. He was a member of the Massachusetts Pharmacy Society, Congregation Ahabat Sholom of Lynn and the Aleppo Shriners. He was also a Mason and life member at the Valley of Boston AASR Northern Masonic Jurisdiction.

He was the devoted father of Stephen J. Kaplan and his friend, Phyllis Weprin; the dear brother of the late Myer Kaplan, Charlotte Snow, Esther Kaplan, and Goldie Snow and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook , please visit the funeral home website,


Cathy Ann Haneffant

Lynn English High School graduate

Cathy Ann (Hickey) Haneffant of Lynn died suddenly at her home on October 8 where she had been stricken ill. She was 56 years old.

The daughter of the late John P. and Ruth M. (McDonald) Hickey, she was a graduate of Lynn English High School. Many years ago she worked at the former Essex County Bank and Trust.

She is survived by her two brothers, Michael Hickey, and his wife, Gail, and Patrick Hickey, all of Lynn, and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, private services were under the direction of the Solimine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Guestbook at


Ralph Curdo

GE Retiree

Ralph H. Curdo died at the Anysley Assisted Living Home in Nashua, NH on October 13. He was 93 years old.

Born in Lynn on April 18, 1916, he was the son of Herbert and Florence (Hayden) Curdo. He grew up in Lynn, graduated from Lynn Classical High School. He later joined the General Electric Apprentice Program and became a Mechanical Inspector on the J79 Turbine Engine. He left GE and joined the Army to serve in World War II, where he became a Tech Sergeant. After the war, he returned to GE and resumed his position until his retirement in 1988 after 47 years of service.

He married Eleanor DeGruttola on August 31, 1941 and they shared 66 years together until she died on November 28, 2007. They raised their two sons Stephen and Gerard in Revere and Everett. The couple lived in Everett until 2006 when they decided to move closer to their sons in New Hampshire. After Mrs. Curdo’s death, he continued a very comfortable life at the Aynsley Place in Nashua through the exceptional loving care and support from the dedicated staff and his loving family.

His surviving family includes his two sons, Stephen and his wife, Maureen, of Hollis, NH and Gerard and his fiancé, Monica Landry, of Merrimack, NH; his grandchildren, Mark Curdo and his fiancé, Kristen Lofgren, Melissa, Danielle and Nicole Curdo and the late Michael Curdo; his sisters Dorothy Bowers of Lynn and the late Eleanor Borelli.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons- Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. For guestbook visit:


Barbara Irene Votano

Lynn resident

Barbara Irene “Rene” Votano, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died suddenly after being stricken ill at home on October 11. She was 43 years old.

The daughter of Richard Votano Sr., of Lynn, and the late Barbara S. (Frasca) Votano, she was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and also spent time living in Alabama and Saugus. A devoted mother, she loved her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. She also enjoyed arts and crafts.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her son, Bradley L. Paone, and her grandchildren, Paul and Maximus, all of Gloucester; her brothers Salvatore of Middleton, and Richard and Anthony of Lynn, as well as her longtime companion, Jose Flores, of Lynn. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Patrick Joseph Votano.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Solomine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For guestbook, please visit:


Sandra Nappi

Lynn School System employee

Sandra L. (Miller) Nappi, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died October 13 at Salem Hospital after a brief illness. She was 68 years old.

The wife of 39 years of John F. Nappi, she was born in Lynn, the daughter of Claire L. (Murphy) (Miller) Bissell of Lynn and of the late Charles A. Miller.

She graduated from Lynn English High School, Class of 1958. She first worked as a waitress at the former Chateau de Ville, Saugus, and then worked at several other restaurants. She was then a teller at the Security National Bank on Eastern Avenue. Most recently she was a house worker for the Lynn School system until her retirement. She loved gardening and her pets.

The wife of 39 years of John F. Nappi, she was born in Lynn, the daughter of Claire L. (Murphy) (Miller) Bissell of Lynn and of the late Charles A. Miller. In addition to her husband and mother, she leaves three sons, Mark Bushnell of Lynn, Michael Bushnell of Maine, and Mitchell Nappi and his wife, Kristina, of Revere; a sister, Donna Keaney, and her husband, Edward, of Lynn; five grandchildren, Renelle and Brittany Sonia, Nicholas Bushnell, Elizabeth and Victoria Nappi, and several nieces and nephews.

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


Sophie Wozniak

Winthrop resident

Sophie G. (Jankowski) Wozniak, a former resident of Merrimac and Haverhill, died October 11 in Winthrop.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Valerie (Rahuba) Jankowski and a former member of St. Stanislaus Parish.

She moved to Merrimac in 1966, and then to Haverhill in 2003 and later to Winthrop in 2007. She worked for several years as a seamstress at Samuel Roberts Clothing Co. and later in quality control at Microfab Co. and finally as a server in the Merrimac Senior Citizens Lunch Program.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mrs. Wozniak was a member of The Church of the Nativity in Merrimac, The Women’s Club of the parish and the Friends of the Merrimac Council on Aging.

She was the wife of the late Chester M. Wozniak, who died in 1988, and is survived by her sons, Chester E. Wozniak of Marlboro and Thomas F. Wozniak of North Hampton, NH, her daughters and sons-in-law, Mary V. and Phillip Cipollone of Chelsea, and Dorothy A. and Richard Noury of Litchfield, NH., eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and her longtime friend from childhood, Stella Kelly of Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. Burial was in Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Memorial donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of Church of the Nativity, Merrimac, MA.

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