Obituaries 02-17-2010

Leo Cohen, 85

Past President Congregation Ahabat Shalom of Lynn

Leo Cohen of Winthrop died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston on February 11 after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, he graduated from East Boston High School and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University. He lived in Winthrop for more than 35 years where he was a former Town Meeting Member.

He founded the A-1 Lighting Service in Revere in 1965 and retired in 2005. He was a US Army Air Force veteran of War II, a member of the Jewish War Veterans, a past president of Temple Tifereth Abraham in Winthrop, a past president of Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn, a past president of the Boston Chapter of Ostomy Association, a vice president of the National Association of Lighting Maintenance Contractors and a member of the Ocean Masonic Lodge and B’nai B’rith.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Merle (Byne) Cohen; devoted father of Dr. Barry T. and his wife, Caryn Cohen, of Marblehead, Eric J. Cohen of Peabody and Michael G. and his wife, Susan Cohen, of Marblehead; loving brother of Ethel Braverman of Las Vegas, NV and the late Elizabeth Babine, Thelma Katz, Julius and Harold Cohen; cherished grandfather of Matthew, Jason, Lauren, Esther, Miriam, Rachel and Joshua Cohen; dear brother-in-law of Faye and Larry Simensky and friend to Harold, Shirley, and Carol.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was in the Ahavas Achim Anshe Sfard Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial Observance will continue today, Tuesday, February 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Jack Satter House, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the charity of your choice.


Michael Fisher 41

Revere resident

Michael G. Fisher a Somerville native, formerly of Revere and Charlestown, died unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on February 3 as a result of a long battle with hereditary Hemochromatosis . He was 41 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Somerville, he worked in the construction industry as a laborer until his health began to fail more than 10 years ago. He lived in Revere for the past five years and previously made his home in Charlestown.

He was the brother of Michelle M. Wood and her fiancé, Tony Tiggs, of Lynn and he leaves his best friend and companion, Michele F. Gaudette, with whom he made his home. He was the father of Craig, Alex and Janelle Gaudette, all of Revere and the uncle of Daniel J. Wood Jr. and Bryan A. Wood, both of Lynn; son of Evelyn (Belliveau) Harris of North Reddington Beach, Florida and also leaves many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


Constance Ostrowski, 87

Lynn resident

Constance C. (Sosnowski) Ostrowski of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 11. She was 87 years old.

She was the wife of late retired Lynn Police Officer Benjamin Ostrowski; mother of Thomas Ostrowski, and his wife Mary, of Lynn and Susan Birdwell and her husband, Norrell, of Woonsocket, RI; sister of Corinne Singleton of South Carolina and Robert Sosnowski, and his wife, Norma, of Danvers; grandmother of Lisa, Lori, and Andrea Ostrowski, all of Lynn; step grandmother of Nicole Birdwell of Taunton and aunt of several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held today, Tuesday, at 11 a.m. in the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., (Rte 1A) Lynn. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lymphedema Center, Lahey Clinic Philanthropy Department 41 Mall Road Burlington, MA 01805. Directions and guestbook at

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