Alexander ‘Uncle Sonny’ Merola
Of East Boston, Formerly of the North End
Alexander “Uncle Sonny” Merola of East Boston, formerly of the North End, died on October 5.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy “Aunt Dot” (Cioffi) Merola; loving father of Rose Merola of East Boston, step-father of Doreen DiNicola of East Boston and the late Joseph and Rocky DiNicola; cherished grandfather of Kristen Connelly and Richard Sperazzo; great-grandfather of Joseph and Bianca Sperazzo; dear brother of Pat Merola and his wife, Dolores of the North End and Carmela Swafford of Peabody. He is also survived by his dear friend Claire Capozzi of East Boston as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Square) East Boston with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 11 a.m. Donations may be made at the funeral home. For online condolences and/or directions, visit: www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of Everett, formerly of East Boston
Edith (Marciano) Festa of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died recently. She was in her 103rd year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gabriel R. Festa with whom she shared 61 years of marriage; loving mother of Danny Festa and his wife, Mary of East Boston, John Festa and his wife, Phyllis of Revere, Marilyn Gaylardi and her husband, Joseph and Karyn Russo and her husband, Michael, all of Everett and Judith Storella and her husband, Lawrence of Revere; cherished grandmother of 12 and the late Michelle Fiorentino Olga Ann Festa and Allison Festa; 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She was the sister of three late brothers and two late sisters.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, Everett/Chelsea Line at noon. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass. General Hospital Palliative Care, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions and guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Devoted and Loving Mother
Jean (LaLicata) Aceto died while undergoing palliative care at Wingate of Reading on October 1, her 85th birthday, with her loving family at her bedside.
Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she was the beloved daughter of Sicilian natives, Aggrippino and Josephina LaLicata. She married Antonio Aceto and together they resided in Boston’s West End, Cambridge and East Boston where she settled for most of her adult life.
A devoted homemaker, Catholic and beloved friend, she enjoyed cooking and caring for her family. For the past several years she was a daily visitor with Community Family in Medford, a senior care center. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 1986, and lived in Everett with her son for the last several years.
She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Aceto; devoted mother of Angela Aceto Mila of Quincy, Peter Aceto of Everett, JoAnn Santaniello of North Reading, Michael Aceto of Boston and the late Lorraine Aceto; dear sister of the late Salvi Alegata, Joseph Alegata and Mary Tracy. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Ste. 4, Watertown MA 02472. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Rico A. Merluzzo of Arlington died on October 6.
He was the beloved husband of 59 years of Gloria (Surette) Merluzzo; father of Thomas and his wife, Paula of Billerica, Paula Kerrigan and her husband, Brian and Richard of Nashua, NH; grandfather of Michael, Doug, and Keith Merluzzo and Kendra and Laura Jean Merluzzo and brother of Yvonne James of Texas.
His Funeral will be held from The DeVito-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 1145 Mass Ave., Arlington today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Eulalia Church, Winchester. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Palm Manor Nursing Home, 40 Parkhurst Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824. To send a condolence, please visit, devitofuneralhomes.com.
Proprietor of F & M Meat Packing Co., Former Little League Coach
Frank DiSilvio of Winthrop and Naples, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on October 6. He was in his 90th year.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the late proprietor of F & M Meat Packing Co, former coach of Winthrop and East Boston Little League and a member of East Boston’s Progressive Club.
He was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Burke) DiSilvio with whom he shared 39 years of marriage; loving father of Frank DiSilvio of Revere and Michael DiSilvio and his wife, Lanae of Lynnfield; dear brother of the late Gilda Maddalena, Rose Carbone, Louise Ravagno, Nina, John, Joseph “Popeye” and Richard “Dick” DiSilvio; cherished grandfather of six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and 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 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. For directions and guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Orient Heights Resident
Concetta (Mauriello) Noviello of Orient Heights East Boston died on October 3.
She was the beloved wife of Frederico Noviello; loving mother of Lous Noviello and his wife, Dorothy of East Boston; dear sister of Maria D’Amore and Rosina DeNapoli of Revere; cherished grandmother of Vinny Olivero of East Boston, Freddy Noviello of New Hampshire and Paul Noviello of East Boston and is also survived by two loving great granddaughters, Isabella and Gianna.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Dardis
Elizabeth T. “Betty” Dardis of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on October 1. She was 85 years old.
An LTJG in the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam War and a retired nurse from the Don Orione Nursing Home, she was the dear mother of Stephen Dardis of Wilmington, sister of the late Anita Lagomarsino and John “Jackie” Dardis, aunt of Donna Lagomarsino of Wilmington, Phillip Lagomarsino of Chelmsford and the late Peter Lagomarsino and John “Jackie” Dardis, Jr.
A Graveside Service was held in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington:www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
Eleanor H. (Palladino) DeLuple died on October 2 at Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea where she has been receiving supportive care for the past 10 years. She was 97 years old.
Born in Claremont, NH, she was the daughter of the late James Vincent and Meglina (DeVito) Palladino. As a child her family relocated to Revere, where she grew up and received her public school education. She settled in East Boston in the early 40’s and was a resident there for most of her life.
Devoted to home and family, she also worked outside of her home as a restaurant waitress in Maverick Square and at Cloud Nine at Logan Airport in East Boston.
In 1967, she was preceded in death by her husband, John DeLuple. In 1994 she took residence at the Friendly Gardens on Revere Street, Revere and remained there for the next 10 years before going into Eastpointe in Chelsea.
She was the beloved wife of the late John DeLuple; devoted mother of Olympia Cardillo of East Boston and James Nardizzi of Chelsea; dear sister of Perry Palladino of Winthrop, the late Vera Granese, Mary Palladino and Patrick Palladino; cherished grandmother of Sharon Scapicchio, Vincent Cardillo, Joseph Cardillo, Mary Ann Cimino, Michael Cardillo, Donna Forgione, Janes Nardizzi, John Cardillo and Vincent Nardizzi and is also survived by six great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Of Revere, formerly of Saugus
Shavonne A. McCarthy of Revere, formerly of Saugus, died on September 27.
She was the cherished daughter of Deborah (Pascucci) Dapolito and her husband, Anthony of Saugus and Joseph McCarthy of Revere; dear sister of Fredrick McCarthy of Florida and grandchild of Elizabeth McCarthy of Revere. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com.
Retired Antique Salesman
Alfred Hoffman of Chelsea died on September 25 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 92 years old.
He was the devoted husband of Sara E. and the beloved father of the late Arthur Hoffmann. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Of California, formerly of East Boston
Albert J. Ricciardelli of San Diego, California, formerly of Melrose and East Boston, died on October 2.
He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth M. (Bernard) Ricciardelli, the loving father of Albert J. Jr. and his wife, Sue of Medfield, the late Carol A., James and his wife, Donna of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, Brenda A. Leary and her husband, John of Lynnfield, Thomas E. and his wife, Linda of Hingham, David J. of Henderson, Nevada and John R. and his wife, Lindsey of San Diego, California, and the cherished grandfather of Albert III, Joseph, Daniel, Jillian, Kaley, Lindsay, Andrew, Clark and James. He was the caring brother of the late Angelo Ricciardelli and his late wife, Camille, the late Joseph Ricciardelli and his late wife, Edith, Marguerite Belgiorno and her husband, Al of Revere, the late Alfred Ricciardelli and his late wife, Marie, the late Anthony Ricciardelli and his wife, Alma of Melrose and Robert Ricciardelli and his wife, Alice of Melrose and loving cousin, uncle and friend to many others.
His funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be held prior to the service from 9 to 11 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the charity of your choice . For directions, flowers, obituary and to sign online condolence, visit www.gatelyfh.com