Obituaries 03-23-2011

March 23, 2011
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Maria DiSalvo

Accomplished Bocce player, played every year with Boston’s Mayor Menino

Maria D. (Padula) DiSalvo died at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody on March 20. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. DiSalvo was born in Civitanova del Sannio, Italy on May 14, 1926 to the late Domenico and Lucia (Lastoria) Padula. She was raised in Italy and came to the United States in 1957 at the age of 31. She lived in Revere for a short time and was a resident of Chelsea until 2005. She has lived in Melrose with her daughter for the past six years.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker who cherished the times spent with her family, Mrs. DiSalvo was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea and was well known at the Chelsea Senior Center; where she enjoyed dancing, bowling and was an accomplished bocce player. She looked forward to playing bocce with Mayor Menino every year.

She was the beloved wife of 64 years of Michael DiSalvo; devoted mother of Domenic DiSalvo and his wife, Dorothy, of Billerica, Adele Dantona of Melrose and the late Rita DiSalvo and the late Lucia “Lucy” DeSimone; loving grandmother of Michael and his wife, Gen, of Montreal, Daniel and his fiancée, Arlene, of Stow, Andrea and her fiancé, Matthew, of Tewksbury and Brittany and Anthony Dantona of Melrose; great grandmother of Ariana, Bella, Lauren, Domenic and Ashley.

Her Funeral will  be held from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to celebrate her life at St. Rose of Lima Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. To sign guest book please visit www.gatelyfh.com.

Ronald Tilton Sr.

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Ronald A. Tilton, Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on March 15.

He was the devoted father of Ronald Jr., Michelle, Brian and Shanine Tilton and is also lovingly survived by four brothers and nine grandchildren.

Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston will be today, Wednesday, March 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Frederick Ciampa

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Frederick P. Ciampa of Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died unexpectedly on March 19.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Sutherland) Ciampa with whom he shared 20 years of marriage; cherished son of Regina (Costanza) Ciampa of East Boston and the late Fred Ciampa; loving brother of Robert P. Ciampa and his wife, Christine, of Saugus and Patricia Donatelli of East Boston; cherished uncle of Frank Ciampa and Regina Oliveri.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza_s _Beechwood_ Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony_s Church, Revere Street, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Cats Exclusive Vet Clinic Adoption Center, 6350 West Atlantic Blvd., Margaet, Florida, 33063. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Joseph Vellante

Boston Police Detective

Joseph A. Vellante of Natick, formerly of East Boston, died on March 20. He was in his 91st year.

A Boston Police Detective for more than 38 years and a US Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Nellie (Della Pelle) Vallante with whom he shared 66 years of marriage; loving father of Terri Vallante Ham of Natick and her late husband, Larry; dear brother of Ann Sagese of East Boston, Ida Meoli of Saugus and the late Al and Frank Vellante; cherished uncle of many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza_s _Beechwood_ unreal Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church. Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Contributions may be made in his name to the Windsor House Adult Day Center c/o Aisha Alicea, 89 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01702. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Arthur Weinberg

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Arthur Weinberg of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 18, 2011. He was 82 years old.

He was born in Norwood in 1928 and was self employed for many years. He was a longtime active member of Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, enjoyed horse racing and will greatly miss his two birds, Sebastian and Ginger.

He was the dear brother of Herbert Wineberg and his wife Elsie, the late Irving Weinberg and the late Sarah Weinberg. He was the devoted uncle of Larry Wineberg and his wife, Janet, Barry Wineberg and his wife, Renee, Madalyn Purdy and her husband, Doug and the loving great uncle of Christopher, Cori, Amanda, Shaina, Justin and Sean.

Services were held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Association PO Box 14906 Minneapolis, MN 55414.

Carmen DeLucia

Longtime GE Employee

Carmen V. DeLucia of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 19 following a valiant battle with metastatic cancer. He was 54 years old.

A US Army peacetime veteran and a 30 year employee of General Electric, he was the devoted father of Vincent of Revere and Michael of East Boston; beloved son of Julia (Statkiewcz) DeLucia of Revere and the late Carmen “Choo” DeLucia; former husband of Katherine Botaro of East Boston; dear brother of Alfred DeLucia and his wife, Claudia, of Chelmsford; cherished grandfather of Vincent Lorenzo DeLucia of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his devoted companion, Terry Monaco, of Revere.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere today, Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Gerald Harrington

Medford resident

 

Gerald F. “Jay” Harrington of Medford died on March 19.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of June (Briggs) Harrington, the devoted father of Geri Wallace and her husband, Scott, of Norton and Chris Broome and her husband, Jerry, of Utah; dear brother of Christine Forti and her husband, John, of Medford, John F. Harrington and his wife, Joan, of Saugus and the late Daniel Harrington; cherished grandfather of Jennifer and Jonathan Faitel and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews .

Visiting hours will be held in the Ruggiero Mazzarella _Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, March 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.  followed by a prayer service at 9 p.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Rd., Weston 02493. For complimentary transportation to and from the Funeral Home please call 617 569 0990. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Mildred Pace-Hall

Tewksbury resident

Mildred R. (Dwyer) Pace-Hall of Tewksbury died on March 18. She was 96 years old.

She was the wife of the late William S. Pace and the late Henry M. Hall, daughter of the late Pierce and Mary (Martin) Dwyer; loving mother of the late Robert Pace and Margaret “Peggy” Celata of Lowell, formerly of East Boston, William Pace of Topsfield, the late Rose Marie Wallace, the late B. James Pace, Carl Pace of No. Billerica, Mary Lou and her husband, David Allen, of Chelmsford, Joseph Pace and his wife, Nancy (Fiedler), of No. Andover, M. Roberta Deputat and her husband, John, of Tewksbury, Kathleen Jasilewicz and her husband, Michael, of Tewksbury; mother-in-law of Dorothy (Riddle) Pace of Naples, FL; sister of Dorothy Talley and her husband, Ollie, of Oregon, the late Raymond Dwyer, Gertrude Borowy, Pauline Bailes, Florence Visico, Mary “May” Flynn, Irene O’Hare, Leonard Dwyer, Margaret “Peggy” Gaudette; she also leaves 25 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also the great grandmother of the late Michael Pace.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Burial was at Tewksbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Tewksbury Food Pantry, 999 Whipple Rd., Tewksbury, MA 01876 or to the Friends of the Elderly, c/o Senior Center, 175 Chandler St., Tewksbury, MA 01876. tewksburyfuneralhome.com.

Susan Pioppi

East Boston resident

Susan (Gaglione) Pioppi of East Boston died on March 18.

The mother of the owner of Luigi’s Pizza in Beachmont, she was the devoted mother of Charlotte S. Iapicca and her husband, Gus, of Peabody and Frank Pioppi and his wife, Candice, of Winthrop; loving daughter of the late Frances

(Alferi) Gaglione;  dear sister of Angelina “Angie” King, Michael “Pat” Pasquale and Ronald Gaglione; cherished grandmother of Arianna, Justin and James and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was laid to rest with her mother in Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring Mrs. Pioppi, memorial donations may be made to St Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis TN 38105. To send The Pioppi family an online ,condolence www.ruggieromh.com. Arrangements were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 0990.

Ronald ‘Ron’ Baldassari

Revere resident, formerly of East Boston

Ronald “Ron” Baldassari of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died  suddenly on March 16.

He was the loving son of Jennie (DeMarco) and her husband, Mario D’Amato, and the late John Baldassari; devoted father of Ronald of Saugus, Darlene Vella and her husband, Joe, of  Peabody , former husband of Joy (Narasini) Viola; dear brother of John of Florida, Steven of East Boston, Joanne Baldassari of Malden, Joyce Iantosca of Florida,  Denise D’Amato-Coe of New Hampshire; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Jamason and Shaye-Marie Vella and is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East _Boston, today, Wednesday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life in the Immaculate Conception Church,  Beach Street, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information or to send an online condolence, www.ruggieromh.com.

Rose Marie Benitez

Of Lynn, formerly of East Boston

Rose Marie (Rock) Benitez of Lynn, formerly of the Jeffries Point Section of East Boston, died on March 17.

She was the beloved wife of Jose Benitez-Ruiz; devoted mother of James Rock of North Carolina, Anthony Rock of Hull, Elizabeth “Ellie” Madaula of Revere, Carrie Ann Boyarsky of Brighton, Brian Rivas of New Jersey, Juan Jose Benitez of Peabody, Jonathan Benitez of Boston and Nathaniel Benitez of Lynn; dear sister of Maryann Black, Josephine Aiello, Gilbert “Junior” Rock, Grace Simon, Patrick J. Rock and Arnold Rock; cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren; adored great grandmother of nine and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero_Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.

Walter Spolsino

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Walter D. Spolsino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on March 16.

He was the cherished son of the late Nicholas and Madeline (Taylor) Spolsino; dear brother of Michael of Danvers, Nicholas of Saugus and Jenry Connoly of Ohio and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral and services were private. For on line guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Benjamin Cecca

East Boston resident

Benjamin V. Cecca died suddenly in Clearwater, Florida on March 15.

A resident of East Boston, he was the beloved husband of Mary C. (Lindstrom); devoted father of Stephen B. and his wife, Diane, of Winthrop, Paul V. and his wife, Sharon, of Revere, Karen and her husband, Greg Capillo, of W. Peabody; dear brother of Dorothy Goode-Evans of Lowell and the late Michelina Bowen, Anthony, Louis, Silvano and John Cecca. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl., Brookline 02445. MagrathFuneralHome.com.

Bruno Scali

Recently honored by Lynn Item

Bruno J. “Red Nolan” Scali of Lynn, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died on March 15. He was in his 91st year.

He graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1937 and was employed as a letter carrier by the US Postal Service for more than 30 years. He was a US Army veteran of World War II who participated in many campaigns including Normandy. Last summer he, along with 20 other veterans, made a trip to Washington, DC courtesy of Freedom Flight in New Hampshire to view the World War II Memorial. This past Veterans Day, he was featured in the Lynn Item honoring him for his duty in France and Germany during World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Marguerite (Grella) Scali who whom he shared 42 years of marriage; lovng father of Paul Scali and his wife, Wendy, of Lynn and David Scali and his wife, Kathy, of Reading; dear brother of the late Mary Buontemp, John and Danny Scali; cherished grandfather of Michelle, Nicholas and Paul Scali and dear friend of Raela Connors of Lynn.

His Funeral was held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Flight, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH, 03106. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com

Robert Ventullo

East Boston resident

Robert F. Ventullo of East Boston died on March 3.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved father of Judith Ventullo of Revere, Robert A. Ventullo and his wife, Gina, of Salem, NH, Margaret Ventullo of Haverhill and the late Donna Ventullo; loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother of James Ventullo of Saugus, the late Carol Derousi and Nicholas Ventullo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Helen Pesella

East Boston resident

Helen C. (Ciarlone) Pesella of East Boston died on March 16.

The beloved wife of the late Frank A. Pesella, she was the sister of Audrey Nicewonger of California and the late Emma Akins, Claire “Chickie”, William and Ben Ciarlone and is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or MSPCA would be appreciated. MagrathFuneralHome.com

Rocchina Scuvera

East Boston resident

Rocchina “Rocky” Scuvera of East Boston died on March 15.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Giuseppe and Giuseppina (Parla) Scuvera; loving cousin of Rosetta Solari and her husband, Giancarlo, and family, Umberto Benazzo and his late wife, Angela, and family, Angelo Benazzo and his wife, Maria and family, and Ruthie Parla and family.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For online condolences, please visit: www.rapinomemorialhome.com.

Albert Pecora

Past Commissioner of East Boston Softball and Past President of S&M Bowling League

Albert “Neno” Pecora of East Boston died on March 13.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the Past Commissioner of East Boston Softball for more than 25 years; Past President of the S&M Bowling league for over 25 years and a Past  American Legion Post member.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth E (Gum); devoted father of Barbara Inferrera and her husband, Dominic, of Saugus, Linda Cavalieri and her husband, James, of Revere, Ruth Ann Zirpolo and her late husband, John, of Lynn, Albert Pecora III of Stoneham and Theresa Pecora of Lowell. He was also the brother of eight late brothers and sisters, the adored grandfather of 11 and great grandfather of 10. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial with Military Honors was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring “Neno,” memorial donations may be made to Dept. of Vascular Surgery % B.I.D.M.C 110 Francis St. Suite 5B Boston 02215 Attn. Michael Macina. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com.

Josephine DiBlasi

Of Braintree, formerly of East Boston

Josephine C. “Josie” (Marrotta) DiBlasi of Braintree, formerly of the West End and East Boston, died unexpectedly March 11. She was 80 years old.

“Josie” was born in Boston, grew up in East Boston and lived in the West End before moving to Braintree in 1960 and worked part time at the Franvale Nursing Home, Braintree for over 10 years. She was also an avid Red Sox fan.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years to Mariano J. “Murray” DiBlasi; loving mother of Philip P. DiBlasi of Scituate, Joanne Almon of Florida, Carol A. Hanson of Pembroke and the late James DiBlasi; devoted sister of Louis Marrotta of East Boston and was also the sister of six late brothers and sisters. She was “Noni” to six grandchildren and two great grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, Braintree. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Boston. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Joslin Diabetes Foundation, 1 Joslin Place, Boston MA or to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham MA. For additional information or to leave a sympathy message visit: www.cartwrightfuneral.com.

Pauline Margaret Anzalone

East Boston resident

Pauline Margaret (Eckley) Anzalone of East Boston died on March 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Anzalone; loving mother of Mark Anzalone and his wife, Evelyn, of Malden, Dianne Anzalone of Revere, Robert Anzalone of Ohio, Donna Anzalone of Ohio, Anthony Anzalone and his wife, Ilza, of Revere and the late Ralph Anzalone. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

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

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