Obituaries 05-23-2012

May 24, 2012
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Grace Flynn

Member of Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club

Grace M. Flynn of Winthrop died May 16 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center. She was 93 years old.

Born in Boston, the dear daughter of the late Ethel B. (Rowland) and Thomas F. Flynn, she was a graduate of East Boston High School and Boston Clerical School. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at the Trinity Neighborhood House.

She was a member of the Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club and a longtime devoted member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The beloved sister of the late Thomas F. Flynn, Rowland P. Flynn, Mary M. Meadows, Ethel F. Hodgkins and William E. Flynn, she is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Building Fund of St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For online guest book go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com

Muriel ‘Peggy’ Hembrough

New Hampshire Resident

Muriel M. “Peggy” (D’Entremont) Hembrough of Salem, NH, died May 17 at the Methuen Health & Rehab Center. She was 83 years old.

She was born, grew up and attended schools in East Boston and worked for New England Telephone in Boston for many years.

The daughter of the late Joseph H. and Caroline E. (Babin) D’Entremont, she was the wife of the late Frederick Hembrough and sister of the late Peter D’Entremont. She is survived by her sisters: Anne D’Entremont of Braintree and Eileen Flanagan of Naples, FL; her brothers: Harold D’Entremont of Weymouth and Herman D’Entremont of Somerville and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, Salem, NH. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salem Animal Rescue League, 4 Sarl Dr., Salem, NH 03079. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com

Joseph ‘Pee Wee’ Saponaro

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Joseph A. “Pee Wee” Saponaro of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on May 17.

An intercollegiate Billiards Champion and a U.S. Army veteran, he was the loving father of Joseph A. Saponaro III, of New York; cherished son of the late Joseph A. Sr. and Evelyn C. (Cabral) Saponaro; dear brother of Ronald Saponaro and his wife, Donna of Plymouth, Marie Spagnolo and her husband, Charles of Saugus, Geraldine LaCorte of Medford and brother-in-law of John LaCorte of East Boston. He was the former husband of Joan (Kunigenas) Saponaro of Amesbury.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com

Rosamond Ruth Gregory

Of Revere, Formerly of Chelsea

Rosamond Ruth (Tower) Gregory of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 17 following a long illness. She was in 88 years old.

A retiree of the Whitmor Company of Revere, she was a former member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea and the Chelsea Winnissimett Club.

She was the cherished mother of John T. Gregory and his wife, Linda J. and beloved grandmother of Liann J. Gregory, all of Tewksbury and is also lovingly survived by her devoted caregiver, David Lawson of Revere, her sister-in-law Lorraine Tower of East Boston and by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph and James Tower, Doris Campbell and Grace Whitehead.

Private services and burial were held. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472-9982. For information visit, www.vertuccioandsmith.com

Donald Diaz

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Donald V. Diaz of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on May 19.

A Massachusetts National Guard veteran, he was the beloved husband of Angela (Braccia) Diaz with whom he shared 53 years of marriage; loving father of Donald Diaz Jr. and his wife, Barbara, Steven Diaz and Joanne Fiore and her husband, Jim, all of Revere; dear brother of Richard Diaz and Dennis Diaz, both of Revere and Anne Brangiforte and Lorraine Chabuz, both of East Boston. His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.

Liberato ‘Libby’ DiBattista

Owner of Libby’s Market in East Boston

Liberato “Libby” DiBattista of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died recently. He was 91 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the proprietor of Libby’s Market in East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Carmella (Maglio) DiBattista of Peabody; devoted father of Marie Sulkey of Danvers, Janet DeStefano and her husband, Frank of Salem, Joseph DiBattista and his late wife, Marie of West Peabody; dear brother of Phyllis Salvaggio of Southboro, John DiBattista of Revere, Julia Piazza of Bolton and the late Maria Casseletto, Helen Fabello and Frank DiBattista; cherished grandfather of Allison, Christopher, Jason, Joseph, Amanda and the late Joyce and great-grandfather of four. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to: Dementia Care Foundation 69531 213th , Darwin, MN 55324. For guestbook, please visit:www.Buonfiglio.com

Donna Rotondo

East Boston Resident

Donna L. Rotondo of East Boston died on May 18 after a long illness.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Angelo and Mary C. ( Cuozzo ) Rotondo and the dear sister of the late Louis Rotondo.

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 the North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or The Center for Cerebellar Neurobiology at Mass General Hospital c/o Development Department, 165 Cambridge Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or American Cancer Society 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com

Eleanor Fabiano

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Eleanor F. (Scopa) Fabiano of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died on May 19.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Fabiano; devoted mother of Charles Smith and his wife, Ann of Hanson, Eleanor Szwarc and her husband, Adam of California and Alicia Hamdi and her husband, Liess of Cape Cod; dear sister of Paul Scopa of Danvers and Pasquale Scopa of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Charles, Marc, Derek, Erica, Nicholas, Carly and Daniel and adored great grandmother of Samuel and Natalie. She is also survived by her many fond nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Mrs. Fabiano being laid to rest in the Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne alongside her husband. May they both rest in peace. Because of flower restrictions at the cemetery, in honoring Mrs. Fabiano, memorials may be made to Mass. Comm. of the Blind, 48 Boylston St. Boston 02116. For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.ruggieromh.com

Helen Brennan

East Boston resident

Helen Brennan of East Boston died on May 12th,  peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.  An activist for the handicapped, she helped with the building of the shining star day care center and making the community a better place to live.  She loved painting, playing the piano, singing, gardening and spending lots of time with her family. She was the beloved partner of 35 years to Stephen Feeney.  Loving mother of Joni Dimarzo and her partner Michael Beamer, Gina Iannelli and her husband Buddy Iannelli and Daniel Brennan and his wife Corinne.   Loving mother of the late Theresa Brennan. Cherished grandmother of Laura Rogers, Tanya Iannelli, Tara Barton,  Dan Brennan, Gina Dimarzo and Joni Dimarzo. Also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Justin, Leiana, Jayla, CJ and many nieces and nephews. Visiting Hours were held in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) EAST BOSTON on May 15th from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Most Holy Redeemer, 72 Maverick Street, East Boston on May 16th at 10am.  Services were concluded with Helen being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. For online condolences and/or directions, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

Rodolfo Callejas

Of Chelsea, formerly of Colombia

Rodolfo Callejas of Chelsea, formerly of Bogota, Colombia, died unexpectedly on May 17. He was 52 years old.

He is survived by his children, Christina Kelley and her husband, Sean of Bridgewater and Ana and Diana Callejas, both of Chelsea. He was the former husband of Nora (Gobin) Callejas of Chelsea; dear brother of Ilma Callejas of Colombia, Graciela Callejas of Chelsea, Manuel and Ramon Callejas of Colombia, Fernando Callejas of Boston, Gloria and Maria Callejas of Somerville, Pilar Callejas of Medford and the late Jose Callejas. He was the cherished grandfather of Sophia Grace Kelley and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com

Sophie Brunette

Revere Resident

Sophie (Bonavita) Brunette of Revere died on May 19.

She was the beloved wife of the late B. William Brunette; loving mother of Susan Brazil and her husband, John of Winthrop, Beverly Brunette of Revere and the late Gary Brunette; cherished grandmother of Shannon Brazil Carcia and her husband, Anthony, Erin Brazil and her partner, Paul Campbell, Richard Brazil and his wife, Narchia and Brendan Brazil and his wife, Elizabeth; great-grandmother of Andre, Amber, and Tajah Thomas; Gabriel Campell; Casie, Brendan and Harley Brazil; Daisy,  Zoe, Teo and Desmond Carcia; dear sister of the late Carmella (Millie) Mulawka, Nicholas, Carmen, Anthony “Butch” and Thomas Bonavita and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service will be held in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Saturday at 10 a.m.  The family will receive visitors on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: The Home For Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

Vincent Ferrelli

Revere Resident

Vincent Ferrelli of Revere died on May 14.

He was the beloved husband of Maria (Forcucci); loving father of Mary Ann, Francine and Louis and is also survived by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Robert Flot

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant 

Retired Revere Police Department Robert Flot of Revere died on May 20.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Francis) Flot; loving father of Kathleen MacCorkle of Somerville, Robert Flot and his wife, Christine of Georgetown, Dorothy Griffiths and her husband, David of Tyngsboro and the late Mark Flot; cherished grandfather of Mark, Robbie and Ryan MacCorkle, Lauren, Brandon and Cameron Flot and Kathryn, Kyra and Kyle Griffiths; dear brother of Lillian Bostrom of East Boston, Ronald Flot of Southborough and the late Edward Flot.

His Funeral will be from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave, Saugus on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St, Revere at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008. For directions and condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com

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