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  • Obituary: Msgr. Leonard A. Coppenrath, former Brookline pastor

    A Roslindale native and one of the three children of the late Frederick and Margaret (Scannell) Coppenrath, Leonard Augustus Coppenrath grew up in Sacred Heart Parish, Roslindale and St. Theresa of Avila Parish in West Roxbury. An alumnus of Roslindale High School from which he was graduated in 1946, he entered St. John's Seminary in preparation for the priesthood.

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  • Obituary: Ann Bruce, wife, mother, former Pilot staff member

    Ann C. (Sprague) Bruce a former business manager for The Pilot died at Ellis Rehabilitation Center in Norwood on Jan. 26. She had been in declining health for some time. Ann was born in Boston's West Roxbury section on Nov. 6, 1938 the oldest child of the late Walter and Cecilia (Galvin) Sprague's five children. After graduation from St. Joseph Academy in Roxbury, she worked in Boston for several years; she met and married William Halligan on April 18, 1959 at her home parish, St. Theresa of Avila, West Roxbury. Shortly after the birth of their son William, Bill died. Ann and young Bill returned to West Roxbury from Stoughton where they had lived.

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  • Obituary: Father Francis B. Leonard, former pastor in Revere

    One of the two sons of the late Browning and Margaret (Barry) Leonard, he was born in Brockton on June 7, 1925. A son of the Boxer City's oldest parish, St. Patrick, he attended the parish grammar school then taught by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. He commuted to nearby Taunton for high school at Msgr. Coyle High School.

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  • Sister Julia (Eucherius) Breen, CSJ

    Sister Julia (Eucherius) Breen, CSJ (Feb. 18) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 23 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Framingham for the daughter of the late Patrick and Julia (Long) Breen; and sister of Julia Long, Brighton. During 75 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments at Saint John, Boston (North End); Jackson School, Newton; Sacred Heart, Lynn; Immaculate Conception, Cambridge; Saint Columbkille, Brighton; Saint Catherine of Genoa, Somerville; Newton Catholic, Newton; and in administrative services for the public schools of Cambridge and Somerville; as well as at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston. Sister Julia was buried in Saint Stephen Cemetery, Framingham.

  • Sister Dorothy (Frances Rosaire) Lecam, SC

    Sister Dorothy (Frances Rosaire) Lecam, SC (Feb. 13) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 16 at Mount Saint Vincent Chapel, Wellesley for the daughter of the late Joseph and Loretta (McKenna) Lecam, and sister of Mary, Anderson, Westford. During 71 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Nova Scotia; and locally at Saint Margaret, Dorchester; Saint Patrick, Lawrence; Saint Peter, Lowell; Saint Francis of Assisi, Medford; Academy of the Assumption and Mount Saint Vincent, both in Wellesley. Sister Loretta was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

  • Sister Ann (Elizabeth) Shea, DC

    Sister Ann (Elizabeth) Shea, DC (Feb. 13) in Menands, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 18 at DePaul Provincial House Chapel, Menands, N.Y. for the daughter of the late Cornelius and Katherine (McKenna) Shea and sister of Father William Shea, SVD, Epwoth, Iowa. During 60 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.J.; N.Y.; Ohio; and locally at Laboure Center, South Boston; and Nazareth Center, Boston. Sister Ann was buried in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.

  • Msgr. Andrew F. Connell

    Msgr. Andrew F. Connell (Feb. 13) in Marshfield. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 20 at Saint Theresa of Avila Church, West Roxbury at 10:00 a.m. Msgr. Connell was for decades the Archdiocesan Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies. [Ed. -- Msgr. Connell's obituary will appear in the Feb. 24 issue of The Pilot.]

  • Sister Marian Irene (Irene) McMullen, SCNJ

    Sister Marian Irene (Irene) McMullen, SCNJ (Feb. 6) in Florham Park, N.J. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 13 at The Villa at Florham Park Chapel, Florham Park, N.J. for the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (Doherty) McMullen. During 69 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.J.; N.Y.; and locally Saint Anne, Readville; Catherine Mary McHale Center, Newton and Blessed Sacrament, Jamaica Plain. Sister Marian Irene was buried in Holy Family Cemetery, Convent Station, N.J.

  • Sister Joan (Joseph Agnes) Rea, CSJ

    Sister Joan (Joseph Agnes) Rea, CSJ (Feb. 11) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 16 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Framingham for the daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes (Anglin) Rea and sister of Jean Peltak and Mary O'Hara. During 57 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments at Holy Name, West Roxbury; Immaculate Conception, Everett; Saint Theresa of Avila, West Roxbury; Saint Bartholomew, Needham and Bethany Healthcare Center, Framingham. Sister Joan was buried in Saint Stephen Cemetery, Framingham.

  • Isabelle (Fitzpatrick) Russell

    Isabelle (Fitzpatrick) Russell (Feb. 7) in Petoskey, Mich. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 14 at Saint Bernard Church, Alpena, Mich. for the mother of Most Rev. Paul F. Russell, apostolic nuncio to Turkey and to Turkmenistan. Mrs. Russell was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Alpena, Mich.

  • Father John J. Wallace, FMSI

    Father John J. Wallace, FMSI (Feb. 6) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 10 at St Stephen Church, Framingham for the son of the late Thomas and Norah (Keane) Wallace and brother of Robert, South Boston; and Mary Connor, Lynnfield. During 60 years as a member of the Sons of Mary Health of Sick, he served in assignments in Peru, The Philippines; Dominican Republic, and Honduras. Father Wallace was buried in Saint Stephen Cemetery, Framingham.

  • Sister Irene (Mary Frederica) LeBlanc, SSA

    Sister Irene (Mary Frederica) LeBlanc, SSA (Feb. 1) in Marlborough. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 9 at Saint Anne Convent Chapel, Marlborough for the daughter of the late Frederic and Alice (Roy) LeBlanc; and sister of Eva Cormier; Rita LeBlanc; and Brother Christian LeBlanc, OSCO. During 71 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Quebec, QC; Paxton and Worcester; and locally at Saint Anne Convent, Marlborough. Sister Irene was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough.

  • Sister Ellen Paul (Mary) McGovern, SCN

    Sister Ellen Paul (Mary) McGovern, SCN (Feb. 2) in Nazareth, Ky. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 7 at Saint Vincent Church, Nazareth, Ky. for the daughter of the late John and Marion (Murray) McGovern. During 60 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Ky.; Md.; and locally at Saint Brigid and Saint Monica, both in South Boston; Saint Francis de Sales, Roxbury and Haitian Multi-Service Center, Boston. Sister Ellen Paul was buried in Nazareth Cemetery, Nazareth, Ky.

  • Father Joseph J. Svirskas

    Father Joseph J. Svirskas (Jan. 29) in Hamilton. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 3 at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Derry, N.H. for the son of the late Peter Svirskas and Nellie (Knisute) Svirskas. Ordained April 11, 1951, he served in parishes in Salisbury, Lynn, Lowell, Norwood, South Boston, Billerica, Haverhill and North Andover. Father Svirskas was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Haverhill. [Ed. -- Father Svirskas's obituary will appear in the Feb. 10 issue of The Pilot.]

  • Sister Elizabeth Eugene (Margaret) Costello, O. Carm.

    Sister Elizabeth Eugene (Margaret) Costello, O. Carm. (Jan. 26) in Framingham. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 30 at Holy Family Chapel, Saint Patrick Manor, Framingham for the daughter of the late Owen and Elizabeth (Wilson) Costello, During 78 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Conn.; Mich.; N.Y.; Ohio and locally at Saint Patrick Manor, Framingham. Sister Elizabeth Eugene was buried in Carmel Cemetery, Germantown, N.Y.

  • Sister Mary (Christopher Marie) McGowan, SC

    Sister Mary (Christopher Marie) McGowan, SC (Jan. 27) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 30 at Mount Saint Vincent Chapel, Wellesley for the daughter of the late Christopher and Mae (Gordon) McGowan; and sister of Gerard McGowan. During 64 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Md.; N.J.; N.Y.; and locally at Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley. Sister Mary was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

  • Sister Lucille Monette, SASV

    Sister Lucille Monette, SASV (Jan. 28) in Marlborough. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 31 at Saint Anne Convent Chapel, Marlborough for the daughter of the late Hector and Laura (Chasse) Monette and sister of the late Father Leo Monette, OMI. During 70 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in N.H.; N.Y.; R.I. and locally at Saint Joseph (French), Salem. Sister Lucille was buried in East Street Cemetery, Petersham, Mass.

  • Sister Evelyn Claire (Claire) Quinlan, SC

    Sister Evelyn Claire (Claire) Quinlan, SC (Jan. 30) in Wellesley. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 2 at Mount Saint Vincent Chapel, Wellesley for the daughter of the late Daniel and Maude (Rowe) Quinlan; and sister of the late Father Leo Quinlan, SJ and Sister Helen Quinlan, SC. During 71 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Nova Scotia and Alberta, and locally at Saint Joseph, Needham and Mount Saint Vincent, Wellesley. Sister Evelyn Claire was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

  • Sister Mary Veronica (Rose) Rizzitano, FSP

    Sister Mary Veronica (Rose) Rizzitano, FSP (Jan. 29) in Jamaica Plain. Funeral Mass celebrated Feb. 2 at Saint Paul Chapel, Jamaica Plain for the daughter of the late Francesco and Mary (Ingegneri) and sister of Dominic, Middleborough and Natalie Marchi, Littleton. During 60 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Conn.; Mo.; N.Y.; Ohio; Penn.; and locally at Pauline Books and Media, Boston; and Provincial House, Jamaica Plain. Sister Mary Veronica was entombed in the Daughters of Saint Paul Mausoleum, Jamaica Plain.

  • Mary E. (Murray) McOsker

    Mary E. (Murray) McOsker (Jan. 24) in Lowell. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 28 at Saint Michael, Lowell for the sister of the late Father James S. Murray, OP. Mrs. McOsker was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Lowell.

  • Olivette (Gagnon) Donovan

    Olivette (Gagnon) Donovan (Jan. 23) in Windham, N.H. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at Saint Matthew Church, Windham, N.H, for the mother of Christine Douglan, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; Brian, Amesbury; and Jennifer King, Miami, Fla.; sister of Paulette Maloney, Peachtree Corners, Ga.; and widow of Deacon Brian M. Donovan ('83). Mrs. Donovan was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford.

  • Father Charles B. Flaherty, CSC

    Father Charles B. Flaherty, CSC (Jan. 20) in Walpole. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at Saint Columban Chapel, Bristol, R.I. for the son of the late James and Catherine (Bowen) Flaherty. During 66 years of priestly ministry, he served in various assignments of the Columban Fathers in Britain; Washington, D.C.; Neb.; R.I.; and locally at Saint Columban Seminary, Milton; Columban Vocation Office, Quincy; and Saint John Chrysostom, West Roxbury. Father Flaherty was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, East Greenwich, R.I. Memorial Mass at Saint John Chrysostom, West Roxbury on Feb. 11.

  • Sister Catherine (Catherine Michael) Brady, OSF

    Sister Catherine (Catherine Michael) Brady, OSF (Jan. 8) in Allegany, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 11 at Saint Elizabeth Motherhouse Chapel, Allegany, N.Y. for the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Murray) Brady. During 70 years of religious life, the Wilmington native served in congregational assignments in Fla.; No. Car.; N.J. and N.Y. Sister Catherine was buried in Saint Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.

  • Sister Alberta (Claire) Sheridan, SSND

    Sister Alberta (Claire) Sheridan, SSND (Jan. 19) in Wilton, Conn. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 25 at Villa Notre Dame Chapel, Wilton, Conn. for the daughter of the late Albert and Mabel (Mulcahey) Sheridan. During 70 years of religious life, Sister served in congregational assignments in Washington, D.C.; Conn.; Md.; Penna,; and locally at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Roxbury. Sister Alberta was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Bethel, Conn.

  • Jane (Marquardt) Smith

    Jane (Marquardt) Smith (Jan. 17) in Stoneham. Funeral Mass celebrated Jan. 21 at Saint Patrick, Stoneham for the sister of Helen Fitzgerald and Geraldine Martin, and the late Father Henry Marquardt. Mrs. Smith was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Randolph.