In Our Care

Beverly J Kerivan (Lanigan) passed away peacefully at the Gardens Assisted Living in Springfield, Missouri on March 7, 2016 at the age of 80.

Beverly was born on September 5, 1935 in Arlington, Massachusetts, to Edmund and Gladys Lanigan. As a youth, Beverly spent many summers at the family cottage at Cape Cod. “Down The Cape” is where Beverly and her friends went swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and had many clambakes. She graduated from LaSalle College in 1954 and soon after started a family. Beverly loved her 3 children, raising them as a single mother, and, at times, would work multiple jobs during her younger life. She later worked as an Executive Assistant in the Research and Development Department at Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she eventually retired after 25 years.

In 1964, she met the love of her life, her husband, Ralph Barberio. Through the years, Beverly and Ralph traveled extensively around the United States and Europe with the VFW of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Ralph was an officer and Post Commander. Their favorite destination was Aruba, where they vacationed numerous times and eventually married on a beautiful sunny day. They both loved the clear waters, sandy beaches, and laid-back atmosphere. For many years, Beverly and Ralph had “big get togethers” with large groups of friends - playing cards, beach going, sightseeing, and just plain having fun. In her latter years, Beverly enjoyed family holidays, dining out on birthdays, and celebrating for just about any reason. She also traveled with her friend and companion Royce. They went to Spain and Morocco, where they ate the local fare, enjoyed the people, and experienced different cultures. They even rode camels!

Beverly was raised a Roman Catholic and brought her family up in the same faith. She had the honor and blessing to be a sponsor for her granddaughters’ confirmations at St Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, Missouri.

Through good times and difficult times, Beverly constantly strived to provide direction, guidance, and care for her family. She was always there when a kind word was needed and was never apprehensive of giving her children “a piece of her mind”. In her later years, Beverly’s outspoken honesty became a humorous topic of family conversation. She was never without words and this, as well as her kind and giving heart, will sadly be missed.

Beverly is survived by her sons; Michael Kerivan of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Mark Kerivan of Springfield, Missouri, and Glenn Kerivan of Arlington, Massachusetts; daughter-in-law Sheryl Kerivan of Springfield, Missouri and 8 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Barberio, her parents, and her sister Lorraine Cogley.

A visitation will be held on Saturday May 21, 2016 at 9:00 am at DeVito Funeral Home – 1145 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington. Following the visitation, there will be a graveside service at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, Massachusetts.