Obituaries 02-17-2010

February 17, 2010
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William Franzese Sr.

Trial Attorney, Member of Many Organizations

Attorney William P. Franzese Sr. of Orlando Avenue, Winthrop died at home on February 10 after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Jenny (Ciampa) and Carmeno Franzese. A resident of Beachmont, Revere before moving to Winthrop almost 50 years ago and a 1947 graduate of Boston Latin, he went on to graduate from Boston College and Boston University School of Law. After college, he became a successful trial attorney for many years. He was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, Kiwanis Club, Chairman of the Winthrop Finance Committee, former President of Winthrop Youth Hockey and member of the Justinian Law Society.

He was the beloved husband of Rita M. (Langone) and the loving father of Christine M. Franzese of Waltham, Janice S. Cushing and her husband, Leo, of Lexington, Joseph P. Franzese and his wife, Lisa, of Revere, William P. Franzese Jr. and his wife, Tia, of Marblehead and Paula E. Rie and her husband, Marc, of Melrose. He was also the cherished grandfather of William, Ashlee, Kirby, Trip and Annabelle.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Attn: Tribute Gifts, Church St. Station, PO Box 781 NY NY 10008-0780. To sign his online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 

Samuel Visconti

US Army Intelligence Officer

Samuel Visconti of Golden Drive, Winthrop died at the Lighthouse Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Revere on February 9 after a long illness. He was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Bellinda (Fiore) and Antonio Visconti. A resident of Winthrop, he moved to California and New Mexico before moving back to Winthrop 10 years ago. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was honorably discharged in 1945 and continued his military career as an intelligence officer for the US Army.

He was the beloved father of Theresa Visconti of Winthrop, Linda Amato of California, Rosalind Bryant of South Carolina and Valerie Garcia of Washington. He is also survived by five grandchildren. Services and burial were private. To sign his online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 

John McHugh

Owned Embree and White Elevator Company

John L. McHugh of Braintree, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on February 13 at the South Shore Hospital. He was 85 years old.

He was born in Boston, grew up in East Boston and graduated from English High school. Mr. McHugh served in the US Navy during World War II on three ships over three years. He owned and operated Embree and White Elevator Company for many years and was an active member of the Amvets McKean Post of Dorchester. He went to the Quincy YMCA almost every day. He was an avid history buff and spent summers at his home in Mashpee.

The beloved husband of Patricia (Bidwell) McHugh, he was the loving father of Kathleen Mullan and her husband, Paul, of Worcester, Anne Kearney and her husband, Michael, of Cohasset, Paul McHugh and his wife, Marina, Ellen McHugh, Carolyn Blaszkowski and her husband, James, of Braintree and John McHugh Jr. and his wife, Kristin, of Belmont; devoted brother of Margaret "Peg" MacDonald of Dorchester, Anne Derleth and Frances O’Brien of Danvers and the late Catherine "Kay" McHugh. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. McHugh is reposing at the Cartwright Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St. Braintree until 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday

in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to John P. McKeon Amvets Post 146 Scholarship Fund, 4 Hilltop St. Dorchester, MA. 02124-5843.

 

Mirna Lisseth Sullivan

East Boston resident

Mirna Lisseth (Villanueva) Sullivan of East Boston died on February 10.

She was the beloved wife of Michael Sullivan; loving daughter of Gloria (Hernandez) Villanueva of East Boston and the late Juan; cherished granddaughter of Salvadora Hernandez of East Boston; dear sister of Telma G. Villanueva of Revere, Maria Blanco of Chelsea, Jesus Blanco of El Salvador and Edelmira Blanco of El Salvador and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

 

Marguerite Antonia Canavan, 95

Retired Waitress, formerly of East Boston

Marguerite Antonia (Disario) Canavan, formerly of Peabody and East Boston, wife of the late Thomas J. Canavan, died with her daughter and son-in law at her side on February 10 at the Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center in Amesbury. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Canavan was born on February 28, 1914 in Boston, daughter of the late Gabriel and Caroline (Lapore) Disario. She was raised and educated in East Boston and moved to Peabody in 1962.

Mrs. Canavan was employed for 20 years as a waitress at Brigham’s Restaurant at the Northshore Shopping Center and at the Liberty Tree Mall in Danvers. She was so proud of her entire family who will remember her for baking "the best brownies in the world". She excelled in sewing, loved to sing, walk at the Northshore Mall, and she and her husband enjoyed dancing for many years.

Mrs. Canavan is survived by her children, Sandra A. Deveaux and her husband, Robert, of Amesbury, Patrice Martin of Hampton, NH, and James P. Canavan of Peabody; a brother and his wife, Paul and Dorothy Disario of California; nine grandchildren, Dawn, Alicia, Julie, Tracy, Erin, Rachel, Tara, Meghan and Kellie; 12 great grandchildren, Nicholas, Gillian, Madelyn, Henry, Antonio, Téa, Tyler, Ryan, Kayla, Mikayla, Colin and J.J. and many nieces and nephews. She was the grandmother of the late Jarret; great grandmother of the late Tristan and sister of five late siblings.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.

 

Ethel ‘Antonetta’ DiNicola

Of South Boston, formerly of East Boston

Ethel "Antonetta" (Modica) DiNicola of South Boston, formerly of East Boston, died on February 11.

She was the beloved wife of the late John DiNicola with whom she shared 44 years of marriage; loving mother of John DiNicola of South Boston, Joseph DiNicola and his wife, Suzanne, of North Quincy and Jeff DiNicolas of Quincy; dear sister of Ann Sracusa of East Boston and the late Joseph "George" Modica.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Leo Cohen

Owned A-1 Lighting Service of Revere, former Winthrop Town Meeting Member

Leo Cohen of Winthrop died on February 11 in the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

Born Lexington, Kentucky, he graduated from East Boston High School and Phi Beta Kappa from Boston University. He lived in Winthrop for more than 35 years where he was a former Town Meeting Member. He founded the A-1 Lighting Service in Revere in 1965 and retired in 2005. He was a US Army Air Force veteran of War II, a member of the Jewish War Veterans, a past president of Temple Tifereth Abraham in Winthrop, a past president of Congregation Ahabat Sholom in Lynn, a past president of the Boston Chapter of Ostomy Association, a vice president of the National Association of Lighting Maintenance Contractors and a member of the Ocean Masonic Lodge and B’nai B’rith.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Merle (Byne) Cohen; devoted father of Dr. Barry T. and his wife, Caryn Cohen, of Marblehead, Eric J. Cohen of Peabody and Michael G. and his wife, Susan Cohen, of Marblehead; loving brother of Ethel Braverman of Las Vegas, NV and the late Elizabeth Babine, Thelma Katz, Julius and Harold Cohen; cherished grandfather of Matthew, Jason, Lauren, Esther, Miriam, Rachel and Joshua Cohen; dear brother-in-law of Faye and Larry Simensky and friend to Harold, Shirley and Carol.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was in the Ahavas Achim Anshe Sfard Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the charity of your choice.

 

Rose Forlani

Melrose resident

Rose C. (Bottaro) Forlani of Melrose died on February 7. She was 91 years old.

She was born and raised in East Boston, was a graduate of East Boston High School and a former salesperson for Sears Roebuck Co.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank A. Forlani; loving mother of Marie R. Girard and her late husband, Raymond, of Peabody and Theresa F. Spartichino and her husband, John, of Nevada; cherished grandmother of Scott, Rayna and Paul and caring sister of Mary Analoro of Stoneham, the late Anthony Bottaro and his wife, Mary, of Saugus, the late Josephine Butler and her late husband, Melvin, and the late George Bottaro and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For obituary and to sign guest book visit www.gatelyfh.com

 

Ryan Dudley

Chelsea resident

Ryan J. Dudley of Chelsea died suddenly on February 9. He was 24 years old.

The loving son of Janice (Gardynski) and the late Alfred Dudley, he was the dear brother of John Dudley of Chelsea and is also survived by his many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, 209 Broadway, Saugus. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com

 

Joseph D’Amore

MBTA retiree

Joseph D’Amore of East Boston died on February 9. He was 84 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and a long time MBTA employee, he was the loving son of the late Gennaro and Anna (Bernardini) D’Amore; dear brother of Domenic and his wife, Carmela, of East Boston, Carmela Soriano and her husband, Patrick, of Saugus and the late Jenny Cogliano, Ann Miller, Samuel, Anthony and George D’Amore and is also survived by his many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.Memorial donations honoring his life may be made to Sylvia’s Haven, 474 Revere Beach Parkway, Suite 1004, Revere 02151. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com

 

Richard Chambers

Construction Worker

Richard L. Chambers of Read Street, Winthrop, died at the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Hospital on February 6 after a long illness. He was 59 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Carol (McDermott) and the late Richard Chambers. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1967 and served as a Private in Vietnam for three years before being Honorably Discharged. After his discharge, he worked as a laborer in construction for many years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Suzanne (Collignon) and the loving father of Dawn Chambers of North Carolina, Michael Chambers and Shawna Chambers, both of East Boston, and the late Danielle Chambers. He was the brother of Steven, Lisa, Bruce and Brenda and the cherished grandfather of Dana, Michael Jr., Jovani, Jadyn, Jeweliana and Dawnabella.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial with military honors was at the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To sign his online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

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