East Boston resident
Beatriz (Bonilla) Bajana of East Boston died on April 16.
She was the beloved wife of the late Alfonso Bajana; loving mother of Amelia Sanchez and her husband, Faustino, of Peabody, Alfonso Bajana and his wife, Yanira, of Revere, Nancy Quintero and her husband, Milton, of East Boston, Javier Bajana of Colombia, Diojenes Bajana of Colombia and the late Joaquin Bajana; cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Christian, Pricilla, Joaquin, Leonardo, Yina, Diago, Dallane, Juliet and the late David; great-grandmother of Jessica, Brian and Brandon.
Funeral arrangements are by The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq) East Boston. A chapel service will be held today, Wednesday, in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel at 10 a.m. For online condolences, please visit: www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston
Claire A. (Speranza) Diefenbach of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on April 18.
She was the beloved daughter of Mary (Tarantino) and Salvatore Speranza of East Boston; sister of Laura and her husband, James W. O’Brien II, of Salem, Janice and her husband, Lawrence Joyce, Kathleeen and her husband, Michael Hurley, all of Everett, Elaine and her husband Robert Sicotte and Annette Gallo, all of Peabody and Lisa DeVito of East Boston. She was the partner of Leonard Carlan of Peabody and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Square] East Boston Thursday evening, April 22 at 7 p.m. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers. donations in her memory to the American Lung Assn. would be appreciated.
Matthew J. Raia of Revere died on April 17.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Camille (DiGeorgio); devoted father of Marie Demopoulis of Boston and Lucille Raia of Florida; dear brother of Millie Rosseli and Joseph Raia and of six late brothers and sisters. He was the cherished grandfather of Matthew McGilvery and seven other grandchildren.
His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., Orient Heights East Boston, on Friday, April 23 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of his life at St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial with his Military Family will be in the National Cemetery, Bourne.
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Donald J. Swan of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on April 18. He was 40 years old.
He was the husband of Stephanie (Watson) Swan; devoted father of David and Samantha Swan, both of Reading; loving son of the late Irene (Prevost) Swan and is also survived by his cherished brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.
His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, April 22, at 8 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of his life at Most Holy Redeemer Church, Maverick Street (Maverick Square) East Boston at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to honor Mr. Swan may be made for his children’s education to Laurene Murphy %Bank of America, Bartlett Street, Winthrop, MA 02152. For more information or to send online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com
Thirty year employee of Mt. Carmel Church
Mary (Ficcaglia) Rossetti of East Boston died on April 16. She was in her 95th year.
Mrs. Rossetti was a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Mt. Carmel Church, and a faithful employee of the church for over 30 years.
She was the beloved wife of the late Benjamin "Benny" Rossetti with whom she shared 51 years of marriage; loving mother of Antoinette Gerace and her husband, Richard, of Methuen, Maria Caprio and her husband, Jack, of Revere, Elena Rossetti of East Boston and the late Michael Rossetti and his wife, Janet Rossetti, of Woburn; dear sister of the late Ugo and Vincent Ficcaglia; cherished grandmother of eight and the late Darcy Rossetti and great grandmother of eight.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to Crossroads Center for Children, 11 Huron Drive, Natick, MA 01760. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Retired US Plywood Representative
Mario J. DiGregorio of Lynnfield, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died in Cape Coral, Florida on April 12. He was 82 years old.
He was a US Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Salem Country Club and a retired sales representative for US Plywood.
He was the husband of the late Vera A. (Anzalone); beloved father of Robert J. of Georgetown, Thomas of West Peabody and John DiGregorio of Lynn; devoted brother of Conrad of Orient Heights, East Boston, Riccardo and his wife, Jay, of Wakefield and Roberto DiGregorio and his wife, Louisa, of Virginia Beach, VA. He is also lovingly survived by his long time companion, Lillian DePari, of Lynnfield, his grandson Andrew DiGregorio of Georgetown and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial was at Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St. Framingham MA 01701.
Of Lynn, formerly of East Boston
Lynda S. Coco of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died on April 13.
She was the beloved mother of Christopher Coco of Revere; companion of Francisco Cabral; sister of Michelle Coco and her fiance, Dominic Settemio; grandmother of Carmen Coco; daughter of the late Michelina (LaCorte) and Carmello Coco; aunt of Jacquelyn Interbartolo, Koren and her husband, Derek Brodin, and John Interbartolo; grand aunt of Jack, Juiliana, Reese and Kate.
Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery with arrangements entrusted to Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.
Of Florida, formerly of East Boston
Cosimo P. Insalaco died at home in Sarasota, FL on April 13 after a long illness. He was 89 years old.
Born in East Boston on January 29, 1921, the son of Salvatore and Catherine (Salerno) Insalaco, when he and his wife, Mary, were married they lived in East Boston until 1980 when they moved to Malden. They resided in Malden for the next 22 years until Mrs. Insalaco’s death in December of 2002. Mr. Insalaco later moved to Sarasota, Fla.
Mr. Cosimo was educated in the Revere School System and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1939. In 1942, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his country until June of 1945. He was discharged as a Machinist’s Mate First Class. After the war, he was employed in the South Boston Ship Yard for the next 30 years, retiring in 1972. He later took employment with the East Boston Savings Bank, Maintenance Department for the next 11 years and retired at age 65. He was a member of the Italian American World War II Veterans Club of Malden.
He was the devoted father of Salvatore P. Insalaco of Sarasota, FL, Joseph Insalaco of Osprey, FL and Karen F. Rowe of Stoneham, and the loving brother of Lewis Insalaco of Revere, Kathleen Ciano of Florida; the cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and great grandfather of seven. He was the husband of his loving wife, the late Mary P. (Viola) Insalaco,; the brother of the late Salvatore Insalaco Jr., formerly of Dania, FL, the late Caroline Jones, formerly of Salem, NH, and the late Phyllis Imprescia, formerly of Revere.
Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Of Medford, formerly of East Boston
Peter C. Messina of Medford, formerly of East Boston, died on April 11.
He was the beloved husband of Evelyn (Maffucci) Messina; dear brother of Etta Ruggiero of Bedford, NH. and the late Alfonso Messina and the beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Contributions in his name may be sent to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 1 Bridge St., Suite 102, Newton, MA 02458. For guestbook and obituary dellorusso.net
Ignazio ‘Ned’ Caruso
Of Malden, formerly of East Boston
Ignazio F. "Ned" Caruso of Malden, formerly of East Boston, died on April 11. He was 80 years old.
A US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of 56 years to Derine T. (Masho) Caruso; loving father of Carl Caruso and his wife, Elisa, of Melrose, Paul Caruso and his wife, Carolyn, of Saugus, Suzanne R. Caruso-Collins and her husband, Robert, of Lynnfield, Lisa Caruso-Reinold of Melrose and Andrea D. Fountain and her husband, Richard, of Melrose; proud grandfather of Crystal Caruso, Christina Caruso, Michele Caruso, Melissa Caruso, Juliana Reinold, Gina Caruso, Robert Reinold, Robert Collins III, Richard Fountain III, Carli Caruso, Meaghan Collins, Amanda Fountain, Julia Fountain and Rachel Collins and brother of the late Carmello Caruso and Rose Costantino. He is also survived by many beautiful and dedicated nieces, nephews and longtime friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210 or VA Medical Center, 1400 VFW Parkway, W. Roxbury, MA 02118. For obituary or to sign guest book, please visit www.gatelyfh.com
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
John Sullivan of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 13.
A US Coast Guard veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Angela R. (Caponigro) with whom he shared 51 years of marriage; loving father of John Sullivan and his wife, Kelly, of Arlington; dear brother of the late Cornelius Sullivan, Michael and Timothy Sullivan; cherished grandfather of Bryce and Lily Sullivan.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com