Obituaries 02-08-2011

February 9, 2012
By

Louise Marchionda

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Louise (D’Errico) Marchionda of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston and North Reading, died on February 3.

She was the beloved wife of the late Guido; cherished daughter of the late Savino and Antonia (DiPaola) D’Errico; loving mother of Diann Anzalone and her husband, John of Winthrop, Paul Marchionda and his wife, Sharon of Lynnfield and daughter-in-law of Denise Marchionda of Dracut, wife of the late Robert Marchionda; dear sister of Ann DiNocco of Melrose, Domenic D’Errico of West Peabody, Savino D’Errico of Malden and the late Michael, Vincenza DiFiore and Josephine Salamone. She is also survived by eight loving grandchildren; Andrea, Danielle, Jon, Stacy, Karl, Adam, Craig, Guido and the late Jessica and Theresa and six adoring great-grandchildren; Robert, Jordyn, Gabriella, Jared, Michael, Cooper and the late Ryder. Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Boston Office, 330 Congress St. 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For directions and guest book www.vazzafunerals.com


Thomas Fitzgerald

US Postal Service Retiree

Thomas P. Fitzgerald of Quincy, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on February 3. He was 79 years old.

He was the retired Superintendent of Motor Vehicle Division, Boston, U.S. Postal Service and a US Army veteran of the Korean War who served with the 187th Airborne Regiment.

He was the beloved husband for 46 years of Dorothy M. (Shehadi) Fitzgerald; devoted father of Ann Venturo and her husband, Paul of Weymouth, Patricia Sidahmed and her husband, Nader of Weymouth; loving grandfather of Nicholas, Alexander, Angela Rose and Thomas; dear brother of John Fitzgerald of Weymouth, the late Joseph Fitzgerald and the late Mary Buono and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. His Funeral will be held from the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Thursday, February 9 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Saint Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington St., Quincy at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial with Military Honors will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Fitzgerald’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.


Carmela Canzano

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Carmela (Pericolo) Canzano of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jospeh F. Canzano, Sr.; devoted mother of Ann Canzano, Richard Canzano and his wife, Carolyn and Joseph F Canzano, Jr., all of Revere; dear sister of Anthony Casso of Saugus and the late Virgilio, Peter, Mario, Carmine Pericolo and Jennie Testa; cherished grandmother of Kasey, Nicholas and Ava and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery with her beloved husband May they Rest in Peace. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com

Joseph Cambria

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Joseph Cambria of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 4.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (Amato) Cambria with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; loving father of Paul Cambria of Arizona; dear brother of the late Josephine Gano, Beatrice Scarino, Grace Giuffre, Nicholas and Pasquale D’Angelo and Salvatore Cambria; grandfather of Paul Cambria of Peabody, Ronny Cambria of Lynn and also leaves three great grandchildren.

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

Viola Giovanniello

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Viola (Augusta) Giovaniello of Florida, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on January 30.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; loving mother of Constance Thistle and her husband, James of Middleton, Maria Migliore and her husband, Michael of Saugus and Anthony Giovanniello and his wife, Teresa of Florida; dear sister of the late Maryann Muccio, Helen, Anthony and Biagio Augusta; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

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

John ‘Johnny Boy’ Festa

East Boston Resident

John L. “Johnny Boy” Festa of East Boston died unexpectedly on February 2.

He was the beloved husband of Jodi (Nolan) Festa with whom he shared 12 years of marriage; loving father of Nicole Currier and her husband, Daniel of Florida, Jacqulyn Festa, Krysten Hunt, John and Nicholas Festa, all of East Boston; dear brother of Marie Vaccari and her husband, Dido of Reading and the late Josephine “Fina” Frisardi.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the John and Nicholas Festa Trust Fund East Boston Savings Bank, 10 Meridian Street, East Boston, MA 02128. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Joanne Palmer

Of Malden, formerly of East Boston

Joanne D. (Reed) Palmer of Malden, formerly of East Boston, died on February 2.

The beloved wife of the late George W. Costa, she was the devoted mother of Andrew Palmer and Earlene Cambriello and her, husband, Richard and Amy Palmer, all of Malden, Edna Palmer of Orlando, FL and Lorena Rasmussen of Chicago IL; cherished grandmother of Leonard and Nicholas; dear sister of Charlene Reed of Jamaica Plain, Marilyn Maloney of Oregon, the late Earlene Morsehead and Mert DeSantis.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to any charity supporting cancer care or research. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com

Domenico Serra

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Domenico Serra of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 30. He was 80 years old.

Born in Augusta Sicily on November 12, 1931, he was the beloved husband of Emanuela ( Passanisi ) Serra with whom he shared 51 years of marriage; cherished son of the late Sebastiano and Maria (Gaudino) Serra; loving father of Maria Serra of Wilmington and Lucia Johnson and her husband, Jim of Milford; devoted grandfather of Jordan and Lisa Johnson; dear brother of Emanuele Serra and his wife, Elena, of Italy, Carmela Consolino of Augusta Sicily, Elivira Marinelli and her husband, Venanzio of Revere and the late Concetta Moschitto, Nicolo and Ottavio Serra.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Edward Cox

Mass. DPW Civil Engineer Retiree

Edward J. Cox of Winthrop died at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere on February 5. He was 88 years old.

A US Coast Guard veteran of World War II, prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Civil Engineer for the Mass. Highway Dept. of Public Works.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved husband of Barbara L. (Mahoney) Cox; the son of the late George L. and Estelle (Griner) Cox; devoted father of Sheila A. Cox and David E. Cox, both of Winthrop; dear brother of George L. Cox and his wife, Louise of Danville, Kentucky, Robert T. Cox and his wife, Lorraine of Newtonville, the late Margaret “Pat” Skane and her husband, George of Winthrop, the late Estelle LeBel and the late Thelma F. Fitzgerald and her husband, Edward of East Boston. He was the brother-in-law of Allan Lilgehult of West Hartford, CT and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop.A Funeral Mass will be held today, Wednesday, February 8, in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center c/o the Activities Fund Acct. 204 Proctor Ave. Revere, 02151. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com

Thomas Cerulli

Retired Heavy Equipment Operator

Thomas Cerulli of Belcher Street, Winthrop died at the Pilgrim Rehabilitation Center in Peabody on February 5 after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.

He was employed as a heavy equipment operator, working for Union Local 4 and a former member of the Winthrop Golf Club.

Born in Boston, the loving son of the late Nancy (Pappelo) and Thomas Cerulli Sr. he was a resident of East Boston for several years before moving to Winthrop more than 58 years ago

He was beloved husband of the late Janice C. (Porter) and the devoted father of Robbin Cerulli of Winthrop, Lisa LaVigueur and her husband, Robert of Winthrop, Kellie Daniels of Lynn, Thomas Cerulli III of New Hampshire and Meghan Corkhum and her husband, Kenneth of Lynn; loving and cherished grandfather of Selene, Janese, Walter, Thomas, Cassie and Jared, and great grandfather of Emma. Services and committal are private. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association PO Box 41705 Boston MA 02241-7005. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Rita Arlene Sheehan

East Boston resident.

Rita Arlene Sheehan of East Boston, formerly of South Boston, died on  February 6.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence I’Arossi; devoted mother of Rita Devaney of East Boston, Donald Parker of Lynn, Daryl Wagner of Boston and the late Donna Devaney; dear sister of Katherine McDonald, Jack , Michael and Stephen Sheehan and the late Marilyn Parker. She was the cherished grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildrenand is  also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews .

A celebration of her life will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 11 in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights) East Boston when relatives and friends can share stories and memories. For more information or to send an online condolences please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

Louise DeBenedictis

Former Scout Den Mother

Louise F. (Fasoli) DeBenedictis , a long time Revere resident, died unexpectedly on February 5 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 82 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she attended school there before moving to East Boston and then to Revere more than 45 years ago. Mrs. DeBenedictis worked as a private homemaker for several years and was a Den Mother for the Revere Boy Scouts who met at St. Anthony’s Parish Hall.

She was the beloved wife of 63 years of Leonard V. “Leo” DeBenedictis; cherished mother of Steven L. DeBenedictis of Jackson, NH and his partner, Suzanne Huntoon of Bartlett, NH; Leonard T. Benedictis and his wife, Candace of Groveland and Paul J. DeBenedictis and his wife, Christina of Byfield; the devoted grandmother of Amy Mansmann and her husband, Michael of East Burke, Vermont, Benjamin DeBenedictis of Burlington, VT., Samuel Debenedictis of Groveland, Emily and carly DeBenedictis, both of Byfield and is also loving survived by her faithful feline companion “Honey” and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by Funeral Services in New Hope Assembly of God, 9 Assembly Drive, Saugus at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angel, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-9923.

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