Obituaries 12-06-2011

Grace ‘Cookie’ McWilliams

East Boston Resident

Grace C. “Cookie” (Carideo) McWilliams died in East Boston on November 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. “Red” McWilliams; mother of Mitchell McWilliams of Berkley, MA, Susan Kasian of Lynn, Daniel McWilliams of Billerica, Sharon Romilly of Littleton, Linda Gadbois of Winthrop, Joyce Myette of East Boston and Lori Grayson of Reading; sister of Dorothy DeFrancesco of Saugus and the late Rita Frazier and Joseph Carideo and is also survived by 17 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations in her memory to Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston, MA. 02128 would be appreciated.

Marvin ‘Manny’ Flack

Of Winthrop, formerly of Lynn

Marvin W. “Manny” Flack of Winthrop, formerly of Lynn, died on November 24. He was 33 years old.

He was the loving husband of Hannah (Morin) Flack; son of Kim Morrissey of Winthrop and Marvin Turner of Mattapan; stepson of Kevin Morrissey of Winthrop and grandson of Bessie Flack of Revere and the late Walter Johns, Georgia Turner of Mattapan and the late James Turner; brother of Terrance Ellis and his wife, Danelle of Everett, Keishaun Turner, Tiffanie Turner and her husband, Jorge White, Marcus Wise and his wife, Kathleen, Nakia VanLoan and Latia VanLoan, all of Boston; son-in-law of Kathleen Morin of Ipswich and the late Peter Morin and brother-in-law of Sam Morin and his wife, Melissa of Salem, Louis Morin and his wife, Jenn, William Morin and his wife, Michele, all of Lynn and Jocelyn Morin of Salem. He leaves a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.

Edward Matvichuk

Past Commodore of Lynn Yacht Club; Founded Glow Cleaning Co. of Lynn

Edward J. Matvichuk of Lynn died on December 2 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

He was the founder of the Glow Cleaning Company of Lynn and was also employed in the Aircraft Division of the General Electric Company for 17 years.

Born in Peabody, he attended Peabody Schools and was a US Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War, a Life Member of the Polish Legion American Veterans Post 56 and Past Commodore of the Lynn Yacht Club, a member of the Commodore’s Club of America, the Lynn Volunteer Tuna Club and the I.U.E. Local 201.

Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Procop and Mary (Marrowski) Matvichuk and the husband of Theresa (Niebrzydowski) Matvichuk with whom he shared 60 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, he is also survived by one son, Darryl and his wife, Kim Matvichuk of Lynn and one grandson, Darryl, Jr., two brothers, Peter and Phillip Matvichuk, both of Peabody and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Dana Matvichuk and Cindy Rosignoll and the brother of the late Ann McCormack.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Nadworny Funeral Home, 798 Western Avenue, Lynn on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting hours are today, Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Those who wish, may make donations to the Lynn Cancer Association, P.O. Box 3153, Peabody, MA 01960.

John Casino, Jr.

Multi-Talented Computer Programmer

JOHN J. Casino, Jr., a computer programmer, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on November 25 after courageously battling Lung Cancer for three years. He was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the beloved son of the late John and Rose (Martocchio) Casino.  He attended local schools and enlisted in the US Air Force during the Vietnam Era. There he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was assigned as Motor Pool Mechanic. Wounded in action, he was a recipient of a Purple Heart on Feb. 10. 1970 and was honorably discharged in November of that year.

Returning to Chelsea he furthered his education in the newly emerging computer technologies. He became a computer programmer long before the personal computer, desk and laptops of today.  He witnessed firsthand the many advances in that technology.  He possessed a strong work ethic, working for Citicorp and IBM and only retiring when IBM began downsizing here in December of last year.

He loved music and cooking, attended the Culinary Institute in Cambridge to further enhance his kitchen skills, but music was his great love. An accomplished musician, he played the guitar and keyboard and was a member of the music ensemble “The Moving Sounds” for several years. He passed along his love of music by teaching Guitar to family and friends alike.

He was the beloved husband of 30 years to Barbara (Briggs) Casino; devoted father of Rhonda Casino of Medford, Nancy Casino-Medway of California, Jeffrey Casino and his wife, Misty of Lynn, John J. Casino, III of Chelsea, Reia Briggs-Connor and her husband, Richard of Saugus; dear brother of and brother in law of Nancy Roselli and her husband, Eddie, Alexander “Al” Casino and his wife Kathy; cherished grandfather of Victoria Pawlak, Nicholas Pawlak, James Medway, Jared Connor and Aaron Conner and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to or to The American Lung Assoc. 460 Totten Pond Rd. Ste-400 Waltham MA 02454. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Maryalice Downey

Active in Many Organizations

Maryalice C. (Anglin) Downey of Revere died peacefully surrounded by her family after a short illness on November 25 at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 85 years old.

Born in Lynn to the late Albert and Ellen (Dean) Anglin, she was raised in the Point of Pines in Revere and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Class of 1945. She was employed with New England Telephone Company for 35 years until her retirement in 1990.

Ms. Downey was very active in numerous organizations. She belonged to the Shoe City Lions Club of Lynn, Red Hat Society, New England Telephone Pioneers, Revere Women’s Club and Point of Pines Beach Association. In addition to the many organizations Ms. Downey belonged to, she enjoyed vacationing on Cape Cod, walks on the beach, dinners at the Point of Pines Yacht Club, bowling and being involved in the Revere Senior Center. Above all,  family was the most important aspect in her life. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild. She will be deeply missed.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Mass. General Hospital Cardiac ICU, especially Nurse Jean Murry who took exceptional care of Ms. Downey.

She is survived by her beloved children, Ellenlyn Downey Ross of Wilton, CT, Eileen Horgan and her husband, Timothy Robert of Stoneham and James Downey and his wife, Loren of Long Beach, NY. She is also survived by her grandchildren whom she adored, Tara Ross, Ivy Ross, Ian Ross, Kelly Svendsen and her husband, Carl, Timothy Daniel Horgan, Sean Downey and Ryan Downey; her great-grandchild, Ollie Svendsen and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her aunt, Alice Dean “Auntie Alice”.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Heart Center, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Please visit for an online guestbook.

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