Awarded French Legion of Honor, owned DeLuca’s Market for more than 60 years
Angelo H. DeLuca, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on December 28. He was 91 years old.
Mr. DeLuca was born and raised in Revere and was a 1937 graduate of Revere High School. He entered the US Army in September of 1943 and served until October of 1945 when he was discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Only recently did his family become aware of the magnitude of DeLuca’s valiant and magnanimous service to his country. Over 63 years ago, Sgt. DeLuca pulled Harold Choate, a private who served with the 90th Infantry Division in Europe, from a burning building in Paris after Choate was severely injured by shrapnel.
After 63 years, in the summer of 2009, Choate came to Revere from his home in Winston Salem, NC, to re-connect with DeLuca and to inform his family of what had happened during the war. It was a story that DeLuca never mentioned. Choate was especially thrilled to be able to visit with Mr. DeLuca’s sister, Theresa J. Crivello and her family and to share the details and the emotional impact of DeLuca’s selfless act. When Harold Choate made his memorable trip, he was able to complete and add details of the many outstanding acts of bravery and patriotism that DeLuca accomplished.
DeLuca was the recipient of the Purple Heart with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, representing three separate instances of injury during battle, the Silver Star for gallantry in action and the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He was recently awarded the “Legion of Honor” Medal by the French Government for service above and beyond, the single highest award given by France.
Upon returning from the service, Mr. DeLuca continued to work in the family business “DeLuca’s Market” on Beach Street in Revere. The store, which was opened by his father and mother, Thomas V. and Fannie (Fuccia) DeLuca in 1926, provided customers with the finest of meat products, especially their own hand made sausages. Customers came from all parts of the North and South Shore, Boston area communities and even from New Hampshire for their fine food products.
After the death of their mother in 1979, Angelo DeLuca and his sister, Theresa, continued to operate the business which finally closed this year. During the depression and the subsequent war years, the store on Beach Street was a Godsend for many of the struggling neighborhood families who still remember with impassioned gratitude the generosities and charity of the DeLuca Family.
Angelo was a beacon of strength, dignity and humility. He always brought a smile to everyone’s heart with his wit and humor. He was the son of the late Thomas V. and Fannie (Puccia) DeLuca; cherished brother of Theresa J. Crivello and her husband, Vincent Sr., of Revere and the late Ralph DeLuca; devoted companion of the late Ruth A. Powers; beloved uncle of Vincent Crivello Jr. and his wife, Marie E., of Revere, Janet M. Pletcher and her husband, Stephen D., of Prides Crossing, Marilyn J. Kobus and her husband, Anton H., of Manchester, MA, Stephanie Melchionno and her husband, Victor, of Exeter, NH, Ann Marie Colotti and her husband, Harold, of Nashua, NH, Patricia Celantano and her husband, John, of Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in- law, Angela DeLuca of Exeter, NH, many grandnieces and grandnephews and also by the Michael Kuntupis Family of Swampscott and the North Shore.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.
Member of Beachmont VFW and Revere Moose
George H. Wall of Revere died on New Years Day, January 1.
A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a member of the Beachmont V.F.W. Post and the Revere Moose.
He was the beloved husband of Helen (Meyer) Wall with whom he shared 27 years of marriage; loving father of David Wall, Kimberlee Wall and Carolyn Cierri and her fiancé, John Haynes, all of Revere, Mark Wall of Swampscott, Amanda Conway and her husband, Jack, of East Boston and the late Michael Wall; dear brother of Barbara Covino of W. Virginia, William Wall and his wife, Fran, of Winthrop and the late Virginia Costello and Richard Wall; brother in law of Sue Wall, Carol Evans and her husband, Jay, Fred Myer and his wife, Laurie, Jeannette Myer and William Stocker; cherished grandfather of 10 grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and Bailey and Tyler, his loving, faithful four-legged couch buddies along with his long time coffee buddies with whom he shared many good laughs and conversations.
His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. followed by services in our chapel of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Louis A. Manganiello of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 1, New Years Day.
A US Army and National Guard veteran, he was the beloved husband of Doris (Vierira) Manganiello with whom he shared 58 years of marriage; dear brother of Michael Manganiello of California, Frank Manganiello of Weymouth, Connie Autilio of East Boston and the late Anna Correale. He was the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com.
East Boston resident
Rhonda M. (Cianciulli) Falzone of East Boston died on December 30 following a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and surrounded by the love of her family. She was 52 years old.
Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, January 5 from 4 to 8 p..m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 6 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, East Boston.
Barbara Ann LaPia
Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston
Barbara Ann (Ferguson) LaPia of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on December 31.
She was the beloved wife of George LaPia, Sr.; loving mother of George LaPia, Jr. of Saugus, Eileen Parker of Malden, Jon LaPia and Nancy Menna, both of Charlestown; sister of Eileen Keville of Southborough, Joanne Price of Melrose, Kevin Ferguson of New York, Ronald Ferguson of Saugus, Elaine Colon of Revere, Robert Ferguson of Louisiana, Allan Ferguson of Florida, Claire Hunter of Saugus, William Ferguson of New Hampshire and the late Gerald Ferguson, Jr. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. For directions: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Brockton resident, formerly of East Boston
Rose (Cerundolo) Indorato of Brockton died December 30 at Tufts New England Medical Center after a period of failing health. She was 73 years old.
Born, raised and educated in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria (DelGrosso) Cerundolo. She had also been a resident of Revere for 10 years prior to moving to Brockton in 1968.
A homemaker who enjoyed social functions and dancing at the Club National and VFW, she was the beloved wife of Joseph D. Indorato, retired Transit Police Detective, and loving mother of Salvatore Indorato, and the late Robin Indorato. She is also survived by two brothers, Michael and his wife, Mary, of Needham, and Anthony and his wife, Joyce. of Canton; two sisters, Anna and Mary of East Boston; her nieces and nephews, Debra of Newton, Lisa and her husband, Frank, of Boston, Rhonda and her husband, Andy, of Wellesley, Diane of New Hampshire, MaryAnn and her husband, Rich, of Arizona, Sandra of Canton, Dona of Melrose, Michael of Needham, Michael and his wife, Julie, of Dedham, Marc of Stoughton, Thomas and his wife, Lorry, of Danvers, John and his wife, Helen, of Malden, and Mario and Mark of Melrose; a sister-in-law Lena and her husband, Robert, of S. Yarmouth, and an aunt, Celia, of Boston.
Her Funeral will be held from the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont St., (Rte. 123), Brockton today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Christ the King Parish, 42 Wendell Ave, Brockton, at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial donations in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For condolences and directions www.conleyfuneralhome.com.
Anthony “Nino/Tony” Pino of Revere died on December 30.
A Eucharistic Minister and a member St. Anthony Holy Name Society, he was the beloved husband of Josephine (Arcidiacono); father of Maria of Revere and the late Martin and his surviving wife, Coleen (Sullivan) Pino, of East Boston; brother of the late Frank Pino and Catherine Costanzo; grandfather of Anthony and his wife, Lauren, and Martin and his girlfriend, Molly O’Hara; great-grandfather of Laila Rose.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Alzheimer’s Association ., 31 Arsenal St, Watertown 02472 would be appreciated.
Herbert Cummings III
Owner of Kendall Sales and Leasing in Epping, NH
Herbert M. Cummings III of East Boston, Salisbury and Epping, NH died on December 29.
The proprietor of Kendall Sales and Leasing, Epping, NH and a US Navy veteran, he was the beloved husband of 35 years of Dayna M. (Magrath); loving father of Marisa and her husband, Rosh Dhingra, Lauren and her husband, Kyle Studenmund, all of East Boston; devoted grandfather of Ethan, Logan and Jake; son-in-law of Marjorie D. (DiMento) and the late Frederick J. Magrath and grandson of the late Mabel and Robert Stone.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Of West Peabody, formerly of East Boston
Elena R. (Bosco) Catanese of West Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on December 29.
A graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1954, she was the beloved wife of Joseph “Bob” Catanese with whom she shared 53 years of marriage; loving mother of Darlene Guarino and her husband, Augie, of West Peabody and Leah Jameson and her husband, Kelly, of Saugus; dear sister of Mary Maglio and John Bosco, both of East Boston, Anthony Bosco of Revere and the late Angelo Bosco; cherished grandmother of Daniella and Michael Guarino and Kevin and Melissa Jameson.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Manufacturing engineer, Helped liberate Dachau Concentration Camp
Ralph Vinciguerra of Canton died after a brief illness on December 29 surrounded by his devoted family. He was 90 years old.
He was born and educated in East Boston, the son of the late Raffaele and Adele (DeStefano) of Italy and brother of the late Vincent, Frankie and Theresa Barranco. He has made his home in Weymouth since 2002.
He was a US Army veteran of World War II having served in the 42nd Rainbow Division where he earned several battle ribbons with stars and Medals of Honor for bravery in Europe. His division was one of the first into Germany to cross the Rhine River. His troop also helped to liberate the prisoners at the Dachau Concentration Camp.
He was a Manufacturing Engineer Manager who spent his professional career at Keystone Camera Co., Atlas-Warner Corp and Di/An Controls. He was proud of his tool and die making skills and was a metal design master; he was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was also a co-owner of the Brookline Spa, a general store, in Brookline early in his career.
He made his home in Canton for more than 50 years where he loved raising his family to whom he was totally devoted. He was also a devout Catholic and proud of his Italian heritage enjoying its culture and history and his wife’s cooking. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated with a memorable trip to Italy.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 65 years, Irma (Dolci) Vinciguerra and two sons, Thomas and his wife, Karen, of Weymouth and Robert his wife, Ellen, and their children, Katelyn and Daniel, all of Sandwich, as well as a league of beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth. Memorial donations may be made to: South Shore Hospital Foundation, MICU Unit, 55 Fogg Rd., So. Weymouth, MA 02190.
Decorated 36 year US Army Career veteran
Dennis M. Asaro of Rhode Island, formerly of East Boston, died on December 29.
His military career spanned more than 36 years as a Decorated Army man during Panama,Granada, Vietnam, Desert Storm Iraqi Freedom and Kuwait. He also served on the 2002 Olympics Security Team.
He was the loving son of the late Joseph and Iolanda (Burrone) Asaro and dear stepson of Philis Asaro of Winchester; caring brother of Ronald and his wife, Guida, of Connecticut, formerly of East Boston, Joseph and his wife, Sandra, of East Boston, Nicholas of Winchester, Frank and his wife, Diane, of _Winchester; cherished cousin of Marylou Sousa and Frederick M. Sousa, both of Hull, and Charlene Sousa of Weymouth. He is also survived by many other fond cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella _Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information or to send the Asaro family an online condolence, visit: www.ruggieromh.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
James L. “Jim” Mambuca of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on December 24.
He was the beloved husband of Marilyn E. (Bellissimo) Mambuca; devoted father of Anthony James Mambuca of Lynn and Julie Anne Downey of Malden; loving son of Rose (D’Amore) and the late Dominic Mambuca of East Boston; dear brother of Janice Lyons of East Boston and Judith Raye of North Andover; cherished grandfather of Jillian, Jared and Jianna Downey, Nicholas Mambuca, and Jaidan Downey.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.
Don Orione Home Nursing Assistant
Richard F. Hudson died on December 24 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center after a long illness. He was 61 years old.
Born in Lynn, the son of the late Eldridge and Erna (Frye) Hudson, he was employed as a nursing assistant at the Don Orione Home in East Boston. He lived most of his life in Lynn and the past 12 years in Revere.
He is survived by four brothers, Eldrige Hudson Jr. of Manchester, NH, Charles Hudson of Vermont, Wayne and Mark Hudson of Lynn; six sisters, Helen F. Demars and Cora E. Hudson, both of Lynn, Shirley A. Huntington of Manchester, NH, Sandra Hudson, June Paul and Tina Messenger, all of Lynn and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Walter and Edgar Hudson.
Funeral services were private with arrangements entrusted to the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn.
Past President of St. Rose and Dominic Savio Mothers Clubs
Nancy T. (DiCesare) DiZio of East Boston died suddenly on December 28.
Mrs DiZio was Past President of St. Rose Mothers Club and Dom Savio Mothers Club.
She was the beloved wife of more than 53 years to Renato P. DiZio; devoted mother of James DiZio and his wife, Cindy, of Essex; Adele Fiandaca and her husband, Kenneth. of Winthrop; dear sister of Anthony “Sonny” DiCesare and his wife, Anne, of Beverly, Anne Marie Irwin and her husband, Thomas, of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Renata, Emma and Eve and is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In honoring Mrs. DiZio, memorial donations may be made to St Anthony’s Shrine, Arch Street, Boston or to Dana Faber Cancer Center, 44 Binney Street, Boston MA 02115. For more information or to send an on line condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com _
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Paul Masciulli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on December 28 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 49 years old.
He was the husband of Lisa (Cipriano) Masciulli; devoted father of Paul and Phillip Masciulli of East Boston; loving son of Prudence”Prudy”(Firicano) and the late James Masciulli of Revere; cherished grandson of Edith (Carbone) and the _late Ralph Masciulli Sr. and the late Paul and Anna (Vitale)Firicano; dear brother of James R. Masciulli of Revere and Lorraine Burri and her husband, Steven, of East Boston. He is also survived by his many fond aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were under the personal care of Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home East Boston 617 569 0990. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
Elizabeth A. (McCann) Connolly of Everett died on December 27. She was 81 years old.
Mrs. Connolly was a retired bookkeeper for Edson Shoe Store for more than 35 years.
She was the beloved wife of retired late Everett Police Lt. William F. Connolly; loving mother of Helen M. Shanks and her husband, Kenneth, of Everett, Patricia A. Moran and her husband, Michael Sr., of Braintree, William M. Connolly of New Britain, CT, Nancy E. Rinaldi and her husband, Salvatore, of East Boston, Kathleen M. Connolly and her husband, Rene Doucet, of Wilmington, Claire J. Lane and her husband, Jeffery, of Gilbert, AZ and Carol A. Trulio of Everett. She is also survived by 14 cherished grandchildren and four cherished great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. For online guest book visit: jfwardfuneralhome.com