Obituaries 01-10-2012

John Patterson

Longtime GE Employee

John W. Patterson of Lynn died unexpectedly in Salem Hospital on December 29. He was 69 years old.

The beloved husband of Lorraine

(Perry ) Patterson, he was born in Lynn, the son of the late Walter and Margaret (Simonelli) Patterson and was a graduate of Lynn Public Schools. He went on to attend the G.E. Apprenticeship Program.  He proudly served in the US Navy for three years and was honorably discharged in 1963.

Mr. Patterson spent more than 33 years as a machinist for the General Electric.  He was a member of the G.E. Quarter Century Club, G.E. Pensioner’s Association, the Gannon Golf Club and Valladolid Council #70 Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Crystal Cribbage Club.  Above all, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

In addition to his beloved wife, he also leaves his children, Jean Franklin of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Rhonda Pinette and her husband, Bill of Billerica and John J. Patterson and his wife, Indhira of Lynn.  He was the brother of Guy Patterson of Revere, Robert Patterson and his wife, Patricia of Lynn, Paul Patterson and his late wife, Carol of Lynn and Wayne Patterson and his wife, Kris of Peabody;  the grandfather of Jared and Jonathan Pinette and Gabrielle and Tyler Patterson and the father of the late Rochelle Patterson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery.  Gifts in his memory may be sent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

Irving Brown, Jr.

Lynn Sand & Stone Retiree

Irving C. Brown, Jr. of Lynn, died on December 28 at a local nursing home after a brief illness. He was 93 years old.

The husband of Edythe S. (Perry) Brown, to whom he had been married for 69 years, he was born in Medford, the son of the late Irving C. and Elizabeth T. (Glass) Brown. He graduated from Lynn English High School and lived in Lynn for all of his life.

He was a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II, a member of Capt. William G. Shoemaker Post 345 American Legion and he worked for the former Lynn Sand & Stone for many years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 290, AFL-CIO and for over 15 years served as Shop Steward. He then worked for Filene’s, which became Macy’s, at the North Shore Mall in Peabody for 13 years. He was a member of the First Universalist Church in Salem.

In addition to his wife, he leaves a son, Leslie I. Brown and his wife, Alane of Boynton Beach, FL; a cousin Clifford Brown and his wife, Sandra of Peabody, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the brother of the late Donald Brown.

Funeral services were private, with arrangements by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home 157 Maple Street, Lynn. Donations in his memory may be made to The American Legion, Room 546-2, State House, Boston, MA 02133.  For online register book please visit

John Masella

Lynn resident

John J. Masella of Lynn died on December 27.

He was the husband of Madeline (Gallagher); brother of Theresa White and is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his dear friends, Julie Firicano and “Skippy.”

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the Jesmond Nursing Home Resident Activity Fund, 271 Nahant Rd. Nahant, MA 01908.  Online guestbook at

Joseph Kolodziej

Lifelong Lynn Resident

Joseph W. Kolodziej, a lifelong resident of Lynn, died December 31 at Union Hospital after a long illness. He was 82 years old.

He was the husband of Marjorie (Lane) Kolodziej, with whom he had shared 62 years of marriage.

The son of the late Joseph F. and Anna (Pacewicz) Kolodziej, he was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School, class of 1946. He worked as a supervisor in the Job Shop at the Boston Globe for 28 years, retiring in 1994. He had also previously worked at Jackson and Phillips in Lynn.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he loved to golf and was a member of the PYMC golf league. He was a Communicant of Sacred Heart Parish and also served as an usher at the Church.

An avid Union man, he was a member of GCIU. He was also a member of the quarter century club at the Globe, and a member of the Franco American and the Cocktail League in Lynn.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children; Joanne Kolodziej Doherty and her husband, James, of Danvers, Karen Kolodziej Dulong and her husband, Arthur, of Lynn, and Stephen Kolodziej and his wife, Joan, of Lynn; his grandchildren Sean, Patrick, and Erin Doherty, Emily and Noelle Dulong, and Lauren, Brian, Colleen, and the late Casey Ann Kolodziej. He also leaves an aunt, Angela Wanelik of Peabody, a sister Florence Tomczykowski and her husband, Henry, of Lynn. He was also the brother in law of the late Henry Lane, George W. Pierce, and Flora Sucharewicz.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, Sacred Heart Parish 571 Boston St. Lynn, MA 01905. For guestbook:

Phyllis Bonomo

Retired Hairdresser

Phyllis (Yasi) Bonomo of Naples, Florida, formerly of Salem, died on December 30 after a long illness. She was 91 years old.

The wife of the late Joseph Bonomo, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage, she was born in Forenza, Italy, the daughter of the late Gerardo Yasi and Carmela (Savino) Yasi. A resident of Lynn for more than 50 years, she resided in New Jersey when she first arrived in the United States at age seven and later resided in Nahant for several years. She was a part-time resident of Naples for many years and lived there year round beginning in 2002.

A graduate of Mansfield Beauty Academy, she worked for more than 50 years as a hairdresser. During her younger years she was an active member of the North Shore Cosmetologists Association.  She also served on the Women’s Board of the Union Hospital in Lynn and participated in several charitable hair styling shows as well as other professional and community activities and events. She spoke and gave demonstrations to graduating students and throughout most of her career she regularly made home visits to do hair for the home bound.

She loved her work, but more than anything, she loved her role as homemaker, wife and mother, and she was deeply devoted to her family. Cooking was one of her great talents and special joys. She enjoyed entertaining in her home and serving home-cooked meals and special dishes like home- made pasta, which she continued to do until age 89.

She also enjoyed traveling and took several cruises and trips with her husband and later with her daughter, including trips to Italy where she was able to revisit her town of birth.

Mrs. Bonomo is survived by her daughter, Donna Bonomo of Naples, FL; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Sally Silva, Carmen Howcroft, and Theodore “Ted” Wynnyk, all of Peabody; her nieces and nephews, Rosanne Pappas and her husband, John of Ipswich, Ralph Howcroft and his wife, Susan of Maine and Naples, FL, Richard Howcroft and his wife, Janet of Peabody, Carol Zdanowicz and her husband, Michael of Peabody, Sandra Yasi of Franklin, and Debra Reynolds and her husband, Warren of Franklin; and her “second daughter” Helen DeSantis and her husband, Henry of Marshfield. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and many friends, including Sherry Gaurila who provided loving care to Mrs. Bonomo during her extended illness. Special thanks also to Dr. James Reid Sterrett, staff at NCH Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Segal Adony for their care and support.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph and Daniel Yasi; and sisters-in-law and brothers- in-law Constance (“Connie”) Wynnyk, Florence Yasi, John Silva, and John (“Jack”) Howcroft.

Funeral arrangements were by the CUFFE-MCGINN FUNERAL HOME, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.  Gifts in her memory may be sent to The Carter Center, One Copenhill, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307-1496 or the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D), 15 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

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