Audrey Lee Brown Avelar
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Audrey Lee Brown Avelar, August 19, 1966 to November 10, 2012, was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer at the age of 15 and was in remission at age 16. She was diagnosed with lymphoma again at the age of 20 which resulted in a lobectomy. She never lost her spirit and still continued to fight on!
But fate was not done with her just yet.
At age 32 when was diagnose with Diabetes, Neuropathy and Multiple Sclerosis. She spent six months at Spaulding Rehab where she was unable to walk. But her persistence and strong spirit helped her bounce back to health.
Now, after a valiant 30 year fight with medical problems, she was defeated by congestive heart failure on November 10.
She was the cherished daughter of Patricia (Small) Brown and the late Thomas Gillespie, the most precious mother and confidant of Dennis Colantonio, Tomas Avelar and Samantha Brown, the sister of Samuel “Buddy” Brown and Andrew Kozlowski and the grand daughter of the late Eleanor (Carslon) Small and Samuel ‘Skin ‘Em Up” Small. Audrey was a member of the massive (Small) family of which there are more than 150 people. She survived with the love of her only granddaughter, Kailey Aaliyah, “I love you with my best heart.! Audrey’s motto was “Never give up.”
Donations to preserve Audrey’s memory can be sent to the East Boston Savings Bank c/o the Audrey Avelar Fund.
Paul Giardina, Sr.
Machinist and Italian American Club Member
Paul J. Giardina, Sr. of East Boston died on November 10.
A member of the Italian American Club and a Local 33 Machinist, he was the beloved husband of more than 54 years to Margaret (Tedesco) Giardina, the devoted father of Paul, Jr and his wife, Linda of East Boston, Donna Knight and her former husband, Edward of Everett. He was predeceased by eight brothers and three sisters and was the cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren the late Vincent, Jr and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St, (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian burial in celebration of his life at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Mr. Giardina being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information please visit www.ruggieromh.com Ruggiero Family Memorial Home Orient Heights East Boston.
SS Pierce Retiree
Mary E. (Barbarosa) Martin of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on November 9 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston and a 1936 graduate of East Boston High School, she had a long and varied career as a manager and supervisor with SS Pierce & Co. of Boston, one of Boston’s premier grocery and produce suppliers. She retired after 25 years of service.
She lived in East Boston all her life until June of 1979 when she and her husband, the late William H. Martin, Jr., returned to Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Martin’s home. He died in Columbus in 1994 and she remained in Ohio until 2001 when she returned to Massachusetts and settled in Winthrop. She spent her last 11 years in Winthrop where she was exceedingly happy and had many many friends and acquaintances.
She was the devoted mother of Susan A. Winn and her husband, Joseph M. of East Boston and the late William H. Martin, III; adored grandmother of Melissa J. Fortune and her husband, David of Amesbury, Lynn M. Orlando and her partner, Lawrence Nestor of Danvers, Janice L. Moreth and her husband, Craig E. Russell of Winthrop and William M. Winn and his companion, Annie Quinlan of East Boston; beloved great grandmother of Kristina M. Stoico and her fiancé, Adam Veinott of West Boylston, Michael K. Slattery of Nottingham, NH, Briana L. Ferullo of Amesbury, Collin M. Lewis of Winthrop, Joseph W. and Leah A. Winn, both of East Boston and is also lovingly survived by her great great grandson, Luke M. Oberlin, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Celia D’Christoforo, Delphine Barannco, Evelyn Hembrough, Theodore, Leo, Raymond, Louis and John Barbarosa.
Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere today, Wednesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information and directions, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Elsie M. (Dingwell) Arrigo of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and East Boston, died on November 10.
She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Arrigo; loving mother of John R. Arrigo and his wife, Paula of Revere, William S. Arrigo and his wife, Loretta and Glen R. Arrigo and his wife, Janice all of Burlington and Michael T. Arrigo and his wife, Carmela of Maine; dear sister of the late Geraldine Lynch, Mary Miller, Richard, Harold and Chester Dingwell; cherished grandmother of Kimberly, Brian, Tyler, Brook and Scott Arrigo and great grandmother of Gianni and Domenic Bellia.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday at 8 a.m. followed by services in Vazza’s Chapel of the Resurrection at 9 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Former Owner of Café Nationale
Antonio Catino of East Boston, formerly of Luogosano, Avellino, Italy, died on November 9.
A member and former owner of Cafe Nationale, he was the beloved husband of Carmella (Ferrante); father of Marcello, Michele, Pino, Antonella and Maria, all of East Boston and the late Madelena and Patrizia Catino; brother of the late Crescenzo Catino and several brothers and sisters in Italy; grandfather of Angel, Marc, Michael, Anthony, Pino, Trisina, Tanya, Antonio, Ashley, Briana, James, Tiffany, Carmella and the late Crystal and is also survived by four great-grandchildren. He was the uncle of Antonio Catino of East Boston and many other nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea Street (at Day Square), East Boston today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the American Lung Association would be appreciated. MagrathFuneralHome.com.
Department of Corporations & Taxation Retiree
Mary J. (Coscia) DeLeo of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on November 9 following a brief illness. She was 95 years old.
Mrs. DeLeo was born and raised in East Boston and lived in East Boston most of her life in the Orient Heights section until moving to Revere in 1967. She was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1935 and retired from the Department of Corporations & Taxation in Boston in 1962 after 10 years of service.
She married Anthony S. DeLeo in 1940. He died in July of 1967. She was the devoted mother of Virginia E. “Ginger” Selver and her husband, Malcolm of Ft. Lee, NJ, Marie A. Martino and her husband, Patrick G., and Diane J. Jones and her late husband, Clifford S., all of Revere, and Anthony S. DeLeo and his wife, Lisa M. of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Stephen C. Selver and his wife, Meri of Tenafly, NJ, Natasha S. Vaquer and her husband, Oliver of Los Angeles, CA, Brittany A. and Taylor A. DeLeo, both of Lynnfield and is also lovingly survived by two great-grandchildren, Max A. and Ava R. Selver and several nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Carmella Follo, Frederick Coscia, Josephine Giuffre, Rachel Nargi and Rica DiFillippo.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Boston. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Sylvio ‘Richie’ Grasso
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Sylvio “Richie” Grasso of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on November 9.
The beloved husband of Karen (Bokuniewicz) Grasso with whom he shared 42 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Irena Bosworth and her husband, Todd of Natick and Kerry Grasso of Revere; dear brother of Kenneth Grasso of New Hampshire and Joseph Grasso of Revere and cherished grandfather of Maxwell and Jake Bosworth.
His funeral and services will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a service in Vazza’s Chapel of the Resurrection at 12:30 p.m. Family and friends may visit today from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com. Vazza Funeral Home Revere 1 800 252 1127
Of Quincy, formerly of East Boston
Joseph P. Ciarcia of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester and East Boston where he was raised and educated, died on November 8. He was 80 years old.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he worked at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital as a maintenance fireman for over 20 years. He was a member of Club Logan in East Boston, loved spending time with his grandchildren, bowling, travelling, cruises and the Boston sports teams, especially the Boston College Eagles.
He was the beloved husband of Madeleine F. “Cookie” (Lawler) Ciarcia to whom he was married for 48 years; the loving father of Christopher J. Ciarcia and his wife, Patricia of Medford, Michele Fowler and her husband, Alwyn of Whitman; dear grandfather of Gabrielle, Matthew, David and Jacqueline Ciarcia and Lisa Marie and Laura Ann Fowler; beloved brother of Tina Leone of Burlington and the late Rose Crecenzi and Emanuel Ciarcia; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his dear friend Vincent Falzone.
Funeral arrangements were by the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, Quincy Center. Burial was at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. Donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 www.cancer.org or the American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 americanheart.org. For online Guest Book please visit dennissweeneyfuneralhome.com.
Judith Grace Storella
Of Revere, formerly of Everett
Judith Grace (Festa) Storella of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on November 6 at the Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston. She was 74 years old.
Born in East Boston and a longtime resident of Everett before moving to Revere six years ago, she was the devoted daughter of the late Gabrielle and Edith (Marciano) Festa; beloved wife of Lawrence Frank Storella for over 56 years; dear and devoted mother of Laura Jean Storella and her longtime companion, Jerry Kestenberg of Nahant, Robyn Bruzzese and her husband, Alfred of Saugus, Jan Zullo and her husband, Carmen of Revere and Leslie Bianco and her husband, Joseph of Saugus; sister 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 of Everett; loving grandmother of Gabrielle Scarpaci and Stefano, Dante Bruzzese, Krista and Kendall Zullo, Francesca, Lewis and Joseph Bianco.
Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the charity of one’s choice would be sincerely appreciated.
Steven ‘Uncle Steve’ Parziale
Of East Boston
Steven V. “Uncle Steve” Parziale died suddenly in East Boston on November 3.
He was the beloved son of Concetta “Tina” (Vitale) of East Boston and the late Carmen Parziale; brother of Cindy Loring of Revere, Sharon Dyer of Middleboro, Carmen of Revere, Michael of Michigan, Dennis of Peabody, Ted of North Carolina and the late Arcangelo “Richie” Parziale and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in his memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation would be appreciated. MagrathFuneralHome.com.
Mary ‘Sally’ Christianson
Of Waban, formerly of East Boston
Mary “Sally” (Amari) Christianson of Waban and formerly of East Boston and Winthrop died on November 9.
She was the beloved wife of the late James A. “Bud” Christianson whom she married on March 22, 1947; loving mother of Mark R. Christianson and his wife, Mardith J. of Olney, MD; cherished grandmother of Andrew J. and Caroline N. Christianson, both of Olney, MD; dear sister of Dawn DeLollis and her husband, Leo of Waban and the late Peter Amari.
Burial will be at a later date in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. For online condolences, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.
Toni Ann Tritto
Of Lynn, formerly of East Boston
Toni Ann Tritto of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died on November10.
The beloved daughter of Rita (Fabiano) Tritto of East Boston and the late Anthony S. Tritto, she was the loving sister of Maria Tritto Walsh and her husband, Thomas of Braintree, Janice Tritto of Lynn and Lori Tritto and her partner, Jacqueline Carlino of Lynn; cherished aunt of Michael Walsh of Braintree and is also survived by loving cousins, friends, aunts and uncles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston on Thursday at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.
Member of VFW, Moose and AFL CIO
John J. Gugliotti of East Boston, formerly of Everett, died on November 12.
A US Air Foce veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a past member of Beachmont VFW ,Malden Moose and an AFL CIO Union member
He was the beloved husband of Norma (DelVecchio) Gugliotti; devoted father of John of Malden and Michael and Mary Sullivan, both of Haverhill; cherished grandfather of John, Michael, Christopher, Paul J. and Coleen and adored great grandfather of Cameron.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a Graveside Service on Wednesday, November 21 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elm Street, Everett at 1 p.m. (Please meet at the front gate by 12:50 p.m.) For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com Arrangements are under the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home.
Long Time Owner of Nickki’s Bridal Salon of East Boston
Nicholas J. ‘Nicky’ Carrozza, a native of East Boston and a 43-year resident of Wilmington, died on November 11 at Winchester Hospital following a long illness. He was 85 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1945, he began a career in dress designing at a very young age. With no formal training in this field, he began working for a local designer, “Olga” of East Boston and quickly blossomed into a respected fabric master landing one of his first jobs at the prestigious Bonwitt Teller of Boston.
His fame and recognition soon spread across the area and he established his first salon, “Nickki’s Bridal Salon” on London Street, East Boston. Only five years later he moved his Salon to the corner of Chelsea and Prescott Streets in East Boston where he remained for more than 40 years. It is estimated that “Nicky” dressed more than 2200 brides and their entire bridal parties for their walk “down the aisle” with his breathtaking creations.
He was a familiar face in Boston’s old garment district selecting fabric and all the varied sundries needed for the complete execution of his designs.
After ‘formal retirement’ at the age of 70, he would still accomodate special family and friends. For more than 10 years, he sewed for “Classic Upholstery” of Wilmington where he made another new and loving extended family.
He was the beloved and adored husband of 55 years of Rose (Lanney) Carrozza; cherished father of David N. Carrozza and his wife, Elizabeth “Beth’ of Stoneham and Janet F. Engram and her husband, Kevin D. of Wilmington; devoted grandfather of Stephen W. Carrozza and his fiancé, Amanda C. Perry of Plaistow, NH, Lauren E. Carrozza of Stoneham, Nicole R. and Janelle T. Engram, both of Wilmington; dear brother of Mildred E. Rodriquez and her husband, Diego of Revere, Frances DiPlacidio and her husband, John of West Palm Beach Florida and the late Meco, John “Panco,” Enrico, “Eastago,” Elio “Leo,” Ralph and David Carrozza and the late Lesandrina “Sandra” Russo, Lena Incerto and Bridget Pisano. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the son of the late David and Frances (Vertuccio) Carrozza and the faithful brother in law of: Jerry Lanney of East Boston, Alfred Lanney and his wife, Phyllis of Saugus, Mary Folsom and her husband, Leroy of East Boston and Josephine Miano and her husband, Richard of Wilmington.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, November 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue (Route 62) Wilmington. His funeral will be held from the Nichols Funeral Home on Friday, November 16 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in st. Thomas of Villanova Church, Wilmington at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Building Fund at Winchester Hospital, 41 Highland Avenue, Winchester, MA 01890. The family is overwhelmingly grateful for the extraordinary care and professional devotion given not only to Mr. Carrozza but to the entire family over the past two years.