Obituaries 04-07-2010

April 7, 2010
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Mary Ferullo

Garment industry retiree

Mary Ferullo of East Boston died on April 4.

Ms. Ferullo worked in the garment industry until her retirement and was a member of Local 80D ILGWU. She enjoyed having her family gather at her house every Sunday for dinner, spending weekends at her sister Helen’s house in Peabody, holidays and vacations, especially cruises, with her her family in Peabody. She enjoyed activities and trips with the East Boston Seniors, Florence Levine Estates and Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, sewing, cooking for her family, eating out, candy, shopping, going for long rides, reading the newspaper, McDonalds and Santarpios.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Assunta (Madalazzo) Ferullo; dear sister of Helen Stillman of Peabody, Viola Manozzi of Peabody, Michael Ferullo of Revere and the late Mae Finamore, Bonnie Sciarappa, Margaret, Louis, Joseph, Anthony and John Ferullo. She will especially be missed by her primary caretakers, Judy and Michael Orlando of Peabody and their children, "her Michael" and Lauren. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St., East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02152. For online condolences visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

 

Robert DeVito

Of Chelsea, Everett and East Boston

Robert S. DeVito passed away at the Annemark Nursing home in North Revere on Wednesday March 24 after a brief illness.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Elvira (Puya) DeVito. He graduated from East Boston High School and immediately enlisted in the US Army during World War II. He served in the European Theater with the 2266th Quartermaster Truck Co. and was honorably discharged in 1947 at the rank of Tech. 5th grade.

He settled in Everett and worked as a foreman for NASCO bedding in Chelsea until his retirement. A Chelsea resident for the past 30 years, he was a longtime member of the P.A.V. Post 13 Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of 22 years of Helena (Piecha) DeVito, who died in 1998; the dear brother of Joseph DeVito of Everett and the late Marie Vecchione, Armando and Anthony DeVito. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church. Burial with full military honors was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

 

Phyllis Crasco

Revere resident

Phyllis T. (Fitzler) Crasco of Revere died on Holy Saturday, April 5, at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Peter C. Crasco with whom she shared 22 years of marriage; loving mother of James A. Skelton and his wife, Isabel and Laurie Dion, and her husband, Paul, all o Revere and Cindy M. Skelton of Belmont; dear sister of Geraldine Lau and her husband, Robert, of New Hampshire and cherished grandmother of Kiara and Kabrina Pierce, KC Skelton and Janaye and Jaclynne Dion; fond aunt of many nieces, nephews and many friends and co-workers at the I Hop in Revere where she worked for many years.

Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m in the chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, with a Celebration of her Life at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Catherine Ricupero

Malden resident

Catherine M. (Giambro) Ricupero of Malden died on March 30.

She was the wife of the late Armando Ricupero; beloved mother of Peter Ricupero and his wife, Patricia, of Harvard, Edward Ricupero and his wife, Ann Marie, of Stoneham and Thomas Ricupero and his wife, Pamela, of Topsfield. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Anna DeSimone, Nunzio Giambro and Gene Garbo.

Her Funeral will be held from the E.E.Burns & Son Funeral Home, 204 Main St., Malden, today, Wednesday, at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 790 Salem St., Malden at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joey LoRusso Memorial Foundation, Box 1144, Saugus, MA 01906

 

Roy Lettieri

Retired Newspaper Compositor, decorated veteran

Roy R. Lettieri of Chelsea died on April 1. He was 90 years old.

A decorated US Army combat veteran of World War II (European Theatre), he was the retired manager of the Boston Typographical Union (Local 13). He worked as compositor at various Boston newspapers including the Boston Globe and was a former player, manager and officer of Boston Typo Baseball organization.

He was the devoted husband for 66 years of the late Genevieve H. (Sokolowski) Lettieri; loving father of Richard J. and his partner, Jennifer L. Pierce, of Swampscott, Roy A. of San Francisco, CA and the late Ronald J.; cherished grandfather of two and is also survived by his sister, Lucy M. Ryan, of East Boston and numerous nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Square) East Boston, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ronald Lettieri Scholarship, c/o Mt. Ida College, 777 Dedham St., Newton, MA 02459 or by calling 617-928-4630. For condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

 

Frances Arena

Past President of Our Lady of Fatima Sodality

Frances A. Arena died in East Boston on April 1.

The past president of Our Lady of Fatima Sodality, she was a member of Catholic Daughters of America, Sacred Heart Church Women’s Guild and the choir.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Giuseppina (Battaglia) and Agostino Arena; sister of the late Assunta "Sue" Ferrioli, Antonio, Joseph, C. Charles and Salvatore "Sam" Arena; aunt of Susan Schultz, Ann Marie Cipriano, Lois Abruzzese, Augie Arena, Sally Cashman and several other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Her Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. (at Day Sq) East Boston today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 11 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Bridget Cemetery, Maynard. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to AllCare Hospice, 16 City Hall Sq, Lynn, MA 01901 would be appreciated.

 

George Valentine

Stoneham resident

George L. Valentine of Stoneham died on April 2.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Virginia (DiNuccio) Valentine. He was the loving father of Valerie Burrows and her husband, Scot, of Candia, NH; Lori Proulx and her husband, Bruce, of Stoneham and George Valentine, Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Boxford and is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren; his sister, Justine Cimmino, and her husband, Alfred, of Revere; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Francis and Roseann DiNuccio of No. Andover; and many truly caring nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial contribution to the Kidney Foundation , 85 Astor Ave., Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062.

 

Anthony Lentini

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Anthony Lentini of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 31.

The loving son of the late Sam and Louise (Toto) Lentini, he was the beloved husband of more than 48 years of Victoria (Sawtelle); devoted father of Anthony and his wife, Alice, of Winthrop, Frank and his wife, Susan, of Revere, John and his wife, Yvonne, of Malden, Anthony Jr. "TJ" and his wife, Heidi, of Naples FL, Michael of Dorchester and Danielle Oliva and her husband, David, of Billerica; dear brother of Carmela DiChiara and her husband, George, of Stoneham, Joseph Lentini and his late wife, Jeannie, of Brockton, Mary Romano of East Boston and the late Guy Lentini. He is also survived by 14 cherished grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, in honoring his life, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation, 495 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham 01701.

 

Eleanor Falzarano

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Eleanor M. (Heil) Falzarano of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on Good Friday, April 2.

The beloved wife of the late James J. Falzarano Sr. with whom she shared 40 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Susan Comeau and her husband, Gerald, of Boxford, Sandra Masiello and her husband, Eric, of Winthrop and the late James J. Falzarano Jr.; mother in law of Susan Falzarano of Revere; dear sister of John F. Heil of California, Regina E. Covell of Marshfield and the late Joseph E. Heil and Barbara Heil; cherished grandmother of Lori and James Falzarano, Jason, Jessica and Jonathan Comeau and Neil and Eric Masiello Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Frances Scalli

Somerville resident

Frances M. Scalli of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died recently.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Puccia) Scalli; loving sister of Betty D’Avolio of East Boston and the late Rose Woodworth, Filomena George, Margaret Brown, Patrick, Angelo, Salvatore, James, Anthony, Joseph and Thomas Scalli.

Arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Little Sisters of the Poor, 186 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.

 

Janet Raineri

Former East Boston resident

Janet (Biasiucci) Raineri, formerly of Lynn and East Boston, died on March 27.

She was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Dena (Pepi) Biasiucci; mother of the late Donald Raineri and Dena DiPrizio; sister of Donald and the late Augustine and John Biasiucci; grandmother of Kelly Massey, Donna Tulak and Lisa Raineri. She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit: www.donovanaufierofuneralhome.com.

 

Joseph "Stretch" Balliro

Compassionate Pharmacist

Joseph ‘Stretch’ Balliro of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly at home on March 31. He was 67 years old.

He was the beloved husbnd of Anita Balliro and the son of the late Joseph and Vincenza (Ippolito) Balliro II. A graduate of East Boston High School, the Massachsuetts College of Pharmacy and Northeastern University where he earned his MBA, he also served as an Army Captain in the Vietnam War.

Known to many in his community as a dedicated and compassionate pharmacist who cared deeply about the well being of others, "Stretch" was passionate about basketball and was proud to have fostered the achievements of his children and those he coached. His affinity for teamwork, skill-building and work ethic will always be inspirational. He was a diligent planner. His lifelong hobby was to craft a warm and loving home for his family.

In addition to his wife, Anita, he leaves his loving children, Ann, Beth and Christopher; his brother, John Balliro of Malden; his sister, Marie Tuton of Santa Marta California. "Papa Joe will always be especially beloved to his granddaughters, Aria Pace and Graziella.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Swampscott Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Joseph Balliro Memorial Fund to celebrate teamwork and sportsmanship in Girl’s Basketball may be made to Eastern Bank c/o Valbona Molosmani, 405 Paradeise Road, Swampscott, MA 0197. For guest book, please visit: www.balliro.com/papajoe.

 

Dionisia ‘Ann’ Dimino

East Boston resident

Dionisia "Ann" (Fiore) Dimino of East Boston, formerly of Swampscott, died on April 2. She was 87 years old.

The wife of the late Ignatius "John" Dimino, she was the cherished daughter of the late Emanuella (Tordigilino) and Gabriele Fiore; beloved mother of Richard A. Dimino and his wife, Stacy, of Brookline and the late Gabriel Dimino; cherished grandmother of Caitlin and Sean Dimino of Brookline; loving aunt of Dennis Arsenault and Kathleen McManus, both of New Hampshire, and James McManus and Lorene Dunnigan, both of Swampscott; beloved sister of the late Gabriele Fiore, Mary Arsenault and Millie McManus.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was at Swampscott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Disabled American Veterans Association, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250. Please visit www.kirby-rapino.com to leave condolences.

 

Sr. Marion Feeney

Educator

Sister Marion Feeney (formerly Sister M. Finbarr), a Sister of Mercy for 60 years, died March 31 at Warde Health Center in Windham, New Hampshire. She was 87 years old.

A native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of Peter and Nora (Sullivan) Feeney.

Sister Marion received her B.A. degree in education from Mount St. Mary College in Hooksett, New Hampshire. For many years she taught in Catholic schools throughout New Hampshire. She was a teacher at St. Raphael and St. Joseph Schools in Manchester; St. Mary in Dover; St. Patrick in Portsmouth; St. Mary in Franklin; and St. Joseph in Keene.

Sister Marion also served as school secretary at St. Mary Star of the Sea School in East Boston and at St. Mary Academy in Dover, New Hampshire.

Family members include a nephew, Robert Wiley, and his wife, Rebecca, of Portsmouth, N.H.; many cousins in the United States and Ireland; and a special cousin, Catherine Dienne Thomas, of Birmingham, England. She was the sister of the late Alice Feeney Buckley and sister in law of the late Justin Buckley, of Portsmouth.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, NH. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420. Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main Street, Salem, NH has care of the arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

 

Tindara ‘Tina’ Recupero

East Boston resident

Tindara "Tina" (Fazio) Recupero of East Boston died on March 31.

The beloved wife of the late Paolo Recupero, she was the beloved mother of Catina "Angela" Orlando and her husband, Giovanni, of Malden, Antonina Cresta and her husband, Carmine, of Hampstead, NH, Giovanna Koenig and her husband, John, of Pawley Island, SC, Giovanni Recupero and his wife, Barbara, of Ipswich and Salvatore Recupero of Malden; cherished grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of seven; dear sister of two brothers and two sisters in Italy and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online condolences, please visit: www.rapinomemorialhome.com.

 

Joseph Galbo

Somerville resident

Joseph Galbo of Somerville died on March 29.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (DePaula) Galbo with whom he shared 50 years of marriage; loving brother of Lawrence of Wilmington, John and Terry Galbo of New Hampshire and Eleanor Baumer of Wareham and the late Josephine Rose, Rose Maddalena, Flora Smith and Ann; dear brother in law of Anna and John Spada of Revere and Carmen DePaula of Florida; fond uncle of Debbie Genzali, Elaina Bashore, John Spada Jr. and the late Marianne Spada and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com

 

William Passaro

Self Employed Electrical Engineer

William C. Passaro of Grovers Avenue, Winthrop. died at home on March 27after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the beloved son of the late Jennie (Russo) and Philip Passaro.

An Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was honorably discharged in 1954. He was a longtime resident of Winthrop and was a self employed electrical engineer and a member of the East Boston Sons of Italy.

He was the beloved husband of Antoinette (Cinelli) and the loving father of William P. Passaro Jr. of Winthrop and John Passaro of Florida; the brother of the late Nick and Nat Passaro and the cherished grandfather of Jillian, Michael, Gianna and Christian.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign his online guestbook, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 

Rose Aloisi

Talented Artist

Rose (Bolino) Aloisi, formerly of Revere and Saugus, died on Palm Sunday, March 28, following a long illness. She was in her 89th year.

Mrs. Aloisi was born in East Boston on July 19, 1921. She was raised in East Boston and came to live in Revere when she married. She and her family remained in Revere until moving to Saugus more than 45 years ago.

For her entire lifetime, Mrs. Aloisi was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She most enjoyed entertaining and celebrating with her family. She and her late husband, Peter L. Aloisi raised and educated six sons. Two sons, the late Christopher J. and Peter A. Aloisi were special needs children and with their superb rearing, they grew to be productive and loving young men.

Mrs. Aloisi’s next favorite passion was her painting. It was a talent that could have brought her professional acclaim but bringing up six sons certainly took the majority of her time. She could reproduce any of the "Old Masters" – such as Renoir, Cezzane, Monet etc. to perfection. She was, indeed, a lady of grace and dignity, as the Bible recounts in the Book of Proverbs. Most of her family are enjoying the fruits of her artisty in their own homes.

She was the wife of the late Peter L.; cherished mother of Robert L. of Halifax, MA, Ronald A. Aloisi and his wife, Donna, of Middleboro, Frederick P. Aloisi and his wife, Joan, of Brockton, Kenneth M. Aloisi of Lynnfield and the late Christopher J. and Peter A. Aloisi; devoted sister of Dr. August C. Bolino and his wife, Jay, of Silver Springs, MD, Hazel U. Shiner and her husband, Robert, of Revere, and Philip Bolino and his wife, Anneliese, of Falmouth. She is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren, Peter A., Catherine and William Aloisi and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Aloisi’s family publicly and lovingly acknowledges the entire staff and administration at Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere for the extraordinary care, affection and professionalism in caring for her during her three years of residency. As an expression of their appreciation, the family asks that rather than flowers, remembrances be made to the Patients’ Recreation Fund at Lighthouse Nursing Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

 

Lyon Buendia

Somerville resident

Lyon V. Buendia of Somerville died on March 22. He was 31 years old.

He was the beloved son of Maria Buendia of East Boston and Lionel Lee of Florida; father of Gary, Lyon, Logan and Spencer; dear grandson of Louis and Aurora (Sanchez) Buendia of Florida, Gwendolin Lee of West Medford and the late Lionel Lee and is also lovingly survived by aunts, uncles and 26 cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by The William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

 

Theresa Powers

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Theresa J (Barone) Powers of Winthrop passed away at home surrounded by her loving family following a brave and courageous battle with cancer on March 25. She was 77 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she moved to Winthrop in 1973 where she continued to raise her family.

She was the devoted wife of 43 years of the late Robert Powers. She will be greatly missed by her five loving children, Lisa Callahan and her husband, Michael, of Braintree, Denise Hudson and her husband, Mark, of Salisbury, Pamela McSwiney of Winthrop, Matthew Powers and his wife, Ann, of Lynnfield and Stephanie Hayes and her husband, John, of Winthrop; cherished "Nana" of Samantha, Matthew, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Courtney, Hayley, Emma, Grace and Jack. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Janet Moulton of Pembroke, and Janis Riordan of Quincy and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her "Sister at Heart" and cherished family friend, Mary Corbett and her husband, Dennis, of Winthrop. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed especially by her lifelong friends at TOPS and the ladies of the Winthrop Senior Center. She will forever be remembered and always remain in our hearts.

The family wishes to thank her "family of friends" for all their wonderful love, support and prayers during her battle with cancer. The outpouring of cards, calls, visits and gifts during this difficult time was an amazing show of support for our mom as well as for all of us. We would also like to thank the wonderful nurses at the MGH Cancer Center, Yawkey Building in Boston and the entire team at Partners Hospice for taking such good care of our mother.

A funeral mass was held for family and friends at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.

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