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  • Obituary: Father Joseph P. Smyth, seminary professor, clergy personnel director, and pastor

    Father Joseph P. Smyth, a priest of the archdiocese with years of service in parishes, seminary, and as director of clergy personnel died at Regina Cleri Residence, Boston, on March 20, 2021. Born on Sept. 20, 1928, in Cambridge, he was the only child of the late Joseph and Mary (O'Hara) Smyth. He grew up in St. Peter Parish and attended the parish elementary school before trekking on the MTA, now MBTA, to Boston College High School, then situated in the South End. Following his graduation from BC High in 1945, he went to Boston College and obtained a degree in mathematics graduating in 1949. He was granted a master of business administration from Harvard University in 1951. He served for two years in the recently formed United States Air Force; historians will note that he served during the Korean conflict.

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  • Abbot Xavier (Francis) Connelly, OSB

    Abbot Xavier (Francis) Connelly, OSB (April 8) in Still River. Funeral Mass celebrated April 16 at Saint Cecilia, Leominster, for the son of Ann (Kelly) Connelly and the late Thomas; and brother of Father Peter, OSB, Still River; Thomas; Mary; Joan Conway; and Bernardine Clark, all of Belmont. During 31 years of priestly ministry, he served as a monk at Saint Benedict Abbey, Still River, and as abbot (2010-2021). Abbot Xavier was buried in the Abbey Cemetery, Saint Benedict Abbey, Still River.

  • Father Joseph C. Henchey, CSS

    Father Joseph C. Henchey, CSS (April 7) in Evanston, Ill. Funeral Mass celebrated April 16 at Sacred Heart, Milford, for the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Cashman) Henchey and brother of the late Sister Mary Judith (Catherine) Henchey, RDC. During almost 65 years of priestly ministry, Father Henchey served in assignments of the Stigmatine Fathers and Brothers in Rome, Italy; Washington, D.C.; Ill.; N.Y.; Va.; Feeding Hills, Mass; and, locally, at Stigmatine Seminary, Wellesley; and Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary, Weston. Father Henchey was buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Milford.

  • Josephine (DePaula) DeCoste

    Josephine (DePaula) DeCoste (April 8) in Roslindale. Funeral Mass celebrated April 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain, for the widow of Deacon Leonard DeCoste; and mother of Patricia Souza, Framingham; and Marilynn Fields, Natick; and sister of Margaret Lynch, Jamaica Plain; and Marie Ward, Brockton. Mrs. DeCoste was also the sister in law of Sister Francis Marilyn DeCoste, CSJ. Mrs. DeCoste was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

  • John A. McNiece

    John A. McNiece (April 11) in Canton. Funeral Mass celebrated April 16 at Saint Gerard Majella Church for the father of Gabriele Shaw, Waltham, and Margarete Portanova, Wrentham. Mr. McNiece was a well-known and much beloved philanthropist supporting many charitable and educational institutions, including his almae matres Boston College High School, Dorchester, and Boston College, Newton; the Oblates of the Virgin Mary, Boston; and the Archdiocese of Boston. Mr. McNiece was buried in Knollwood Cemetery, Canton.

  • Father William J. Hallahan, OMI

    Father William J. Hallahan, OMI (April 3) in Tewksbury. Funeral Mass celebrated April 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, Tewksbury, for the son of the late William and Frances (Buckley) Hallahan. During almost 62 years of priestly ministry, Father Hallahan served in assignments of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Washington, D.C.; Calif.; Mich.; N.Y.; Wash.; and, locally, at Oblate Novitiate, Ipswich; and Immaculate Heart of Mary Residence, Tewksbury. Father Hallahan was buried in the Oblate Cemetery, Tewksbury.

  • Angel L. Quiles

    Angel L. Quiles (March 27) in Boston. Funeral service celebrated April 1 at Sacred Heart Church in Roslindale for the husband of Charlene; father of Christopher, Boston; son of Deacon Jesus and his wife, Palmira, Boston; and brother of Jesus, Jr.; Nicholas; and Joseph. Mr. Quiles was buried in Saint Michael Cemetery, Boston.

  • Joseph K. Walsh

    Joseph K. Walsh (April 4) in Falmouth. Funeral Mass celebrated April 9 at Saint Gregory Church, Dorchester, for the husband of Margaret (Brunnock) Walsh, Falmouth; and father of Joseph, Falmouth; Marybeth Emerson, Concord, N.H.; Catherine and Kevin; both of Milton; Margaret Furey, Columbus, Ohio; Brian, Montreal, QC, Canada; Paul, Hong Kong, China; and Annie Watts, Duxbury; and brother of Father Aidan Walsh, senior priest of the archdiocese, Milton; and the late Sister Mary K. (Donatus) Walsh, CSJ. Mr. Walsh was buried in the National Cemetery, Bourne.

  • Father Thomas M. Walsh, SSC

    Father Thomas M. Walsh, SSC (March 17) in Silver Creek, N.Y. Funeral Mass celebrated at Saint Columban's on the Lake, Silver Creek, N.Y., for the son of the late Thomas and Mary (O'Connor) Walsh; and brother of Joan Bunker, Watertown. During 63 years of priestly ministry, Father Walsh served in assignments of the Columban Fathers in Australia; Chile; Korea; U.S. Virgin Islands; N.Y.; and, locally, at Columban Fathers, Milton. He was also a chaplain in the United States Army, serving at posts in Germany; Korea; Alaska (Wainwright); Arizona (Yuma); Hawaii (Schofield); and New Jersey (Fort Dix). Father Walsh was buried in the Columban Fathers Cemetery, Silver Creek, N.Y.

  • Brother John (Crispin) Mahoney, CFX

    Brother John (Crispin) Mahoney, CFX (March 17) in Lawrence. Funeral Mass celebrated March 22 at Xaverian House Chapel, Danvers, for the son of the late Jeremiah and Josephine (O'Keefe) Mahoney and brother of the late Brother James (Shamus) Mahoney, CFX. During 72 years of religious life, Brother John served in congregational assignments in Haiti; Washington, D.C.; Md., N. Car.; N. Mex.; N.Y.; and, locally, at Xaverian House, Danvers. Brother John was buried in the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery, Danvers.

  • Sister Patricia (Paul Theresa) McDonough, CSJ

    Sister Patricia (Paul Theresa) McDonough, CSJ (March 21) in Framingham. Private funeral services celebrated for the daughter of the late William and Mary (Wallace) McDonough and sister of Mary (gPegh) McDonough, Arlington; Sister Patricia was also the aunt of Father Kevin McDonough, Saint Paul, Minn. During 65 years of religious life, Sister Patricia served in congregational assignments at Saint Clement, Somerville; Saint Columbkille, Brighton; and Regis College, Weston. Sister Patricia was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

  • Sister Mary Elizabeth Thompson, OP

    Sister Mary Elizabeth Thompson, OP (March 18) in Saint Catharine, Ky. Funeral services celebrated March 22 at Sansbury Chapel, Saint Catharine, Ky., for the daughter of the late Edward and F. Ruth (Condon) Thompson; and sister of Dennis, Bradenton, Fla.; Mark, Arlington; and Paul, Nashua, N.H. During 56 years of religious life, Sister Mary Elizabeth served in congregational assignments in Ky.; Tenn.; and, locally, at Dominican Academy, Plainville; East Boston Catholic, East Boston; Saint Catherine of Genoa, Somerville; Immaculate Conception, Everett; Rosary Academy and Rosary Manor, both in Watertown; Our Lady of Lourdes, Jamaica Plain; and Saint Joseph, Medford. Sister Mary Elizabeth was buried in the Dominican Cemetery, Saint Catharine, Ky.

  • Mildred Brooks

    Mildred Brooks (March 19) in Needham. Funeral Mass celebrated March 23 at Saint Joseph, Needham, for the sister of Paul, Needham, and the late Father John E. Brooks, SJ. Ms. Brooks was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

  • Marie (Caprio) Sicuso

    Marie (Caprio) Sicuso (March 14) in Everett. Funeral Mass celebrated March 19 at Saint Mary of the Assumption, Revere, for the mother of James, Methuen; John, Stoneham; and Adele Altobello, Chelmsford; and sister of Father Robert Caprio, OFM, Saint Christopher Friary, Boston. Mrs. Sicuso was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

  • Father Michael A. Fahey, SJ

    Father Michael A. Fahey, SJ (March 12) in Weston. Funeral Mass celebrated March 19 at Holy Spirit Chapel, Weston, for the son of the late Ralph and Beryl (Fox) Fahey. During 57 years of priestly ministry in the Society of Jesus, Father Fahey served in assignments in Ontario; Quebec; Conn.; Wisc.; and, locally, at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge; Boston College, Newton, and Campion Center, Weston. Father Fahey was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery, Weston.

  • Brother Harold (Bernard) Eccles, CFX

    Brother Harold (Bernard) Eccles, CFX (March 8) in Louisville, Ky. Private funeral services celebrated for the son of the late George and Christina (Wall) Eccles; and brother of Sister Frances Eccles, SCN. During 74 years of religious life, Brother Harold served in congregational assignments in Haiti; Ky.; Md.; N.Y.; Va.; and, locally, at Saint John Preparatory School, Danvers. Brother Harold was buried in the Xaverian Brothers Cemetery, Louisville, Ky.

  • Sister Marcella (Carmen Louise) Campos, CSJ

    Sister Marcella (Carmen Louise) Campos, CSJ (March 14) in Framingham. Funeral services celebrated March 19 for the daughter of the late Louise Napoleon and Luisa (Valverde) Campos and sister of Delia Flores and Max Campos. During 70 years of religious life, Sister Marcella served in congregational assignments in N. Mex.; and, locally, at Saint Columbkille, Brighton; and Saint Ambrose, Dorchester. Sister Marcella was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

  • Sister Mary Gervasi (Josephine) DiGregorio, CSJ

    Sister Mary Gervasi (Josephine) DiGregorio, CSJ (March 11) in Framingham. Private funeral services celebrated for the daughter of the late John and Maria (Pignatiello) DiGregorio. During 79 years of religious life, Sister Mary Gervasi served in congregational assignments at Saint Thomas Aquinas, Jamaica Plain; Saint Joseph, Wakefield; Sacred Heart, Haverhill; Saint Pius Fifth, Lynn; Saint Clement, Somerville; Immaculate Conception, Marlborough; Immaculate Conception, Stoughton; and Jackson School, Newton. Sister Mary Gervasi was buried in Saint Patrick Cemetery, Natick.

  • Mary C. Ceriani

    Mary C. Ceriani (March 4) in Wellesley. Private funeral services celebrated for the daughter of the late Giacomo and Rose (Beverina) Ceriani. Ms. Ceriani was an intimate member of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax at Marillac and Elizabeth Seton Residences. She lived with the Sisters there for more than 65 years and assisted them in the various ministries and apostolates of the Sisters of Charity. Ms. Ceriani was buried in Saint Mary Cemetery, Needham.

  • Patricia (O'Connell) Connors

    Patricia (O'Connell) Connors (March 13) in Arlington. Private funeral services celebrated for the mother of Niall; John; and Thomas, of Arlington; and sister of Sister Virginia Marie O'Connell, CSJ, Milton. Committal services were private.

  • Pauline (Leone) Morrison

    Pauline (Leone) Morrison (March 5) in Watertown. Funeral Mass celebrated March 13 at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Newton, for the mother of Donald, Chelmsford; Thomas, Bloomington, Ind.; Robert, Framingham; and sister of the late Sister Therese Immaculata, SCNJ. Mrs. Morrison was buried in Chandler Grey Cemetery, Yarmouth.