Retired US Postal Clerk
Edward F. Palumbo, a 20 year resident of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on January 31 at the Union Hospital in Lynn. He was 68 years old.
Born in Everett, he lived in East Boston for most of his life and was a 1962 graduate of Sacred Heart High School, East Boston. He joined the US Army during the Vietnam Era on August 18, 1962 and served until February of 1963. For more than 35 years, he worked for the US Postal Service, serving in many offices and finally at the South Postal Annex of Boston.
He was the devoted father of Michelle A. Palumbo of Haverhill, Dawn M. Palumbo Buono and her late husband, Michael of Methuen and Kevin E. Palumbo and his fiancée, Kristen McCarter of Lynnfield; the dear brother of John B. Palumbo and his wife, Catherine of New Boston, NH and the late Frank R. Palumbo and the cherished grandfather of Daniel, Tyler, Elizabeth, Emily, Chloe, Haylie, Valerie and Sabrino. He is also survived by many friends at the Ocean View Apartments in Lynn where he lived for the past 20 years.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. www.vertuccioandsmith.com
H. Jeanette Hickey
Member of Winthrop Seniors, Great Cook Who Prepared Meals on Wheels
H. Jeanette (Buckley) Hickey, a longtime resident of Saugus and Winthrop, died unexpectedly on February 2, just three days before her 97th birthday at the Annemark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Revere.
Born in Boston, she spent her early years in East Boston and then moved to Winthrop for more than 25 years. She lived in Saugus for more than 30 years. She was a most active member of the Winthrop Seniors and a volunteer for the many committees serving the elderly and shut ins of thee area. She was a great cook who took special joy in preparing “meals on wheels” for the elderly and disenfranchised population.
She was the wife of the late Thomas F. “Red” Hickey, Sr. who died in April of 2007 – at that time, the couple had celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary. She was the cherished mother of Thomas F., Jr. and his wife, Linda of Winthrop, Charles E. Hickey and his wife, Pamela of Saugus and the late Francis P. Hickey and his late wife, Janet; the adored grandmother of F. Paul Hickey and his wife, Melanie of McDonough, Georgia, Thomas J. Hickey and his wife, Jan of Hanson and Kellie A. Hickey and her fiancée, Eric Conrad of Haverhill. She is also lovingly survived by two great grandsons, Matthew T. and Aidan T. Hickey, both of Hanson, her sister in law, Evelyn M. (Crotty) Hickey of Essex and by many caring and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She is also survived by her large extended “Hurley” family of Crest Avenue in Winthrop.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-9849.
Marie Jeanette Burke
Longtime AA Activist and Sponsor
Marie Jeanette Burke of Chelsea passed away on December 4 at the Katz Rehab Facility in Chelsea after a brief illness. She was 85 years old.
She was the loving stepmother and grandmother to Linda MacTaggart, Carol Rampino and Judy Miraldi and their families. Known as Jeanette, she had many friends as she was very active in AA for 39 years providing sponsorship for many in need.
Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Puritan Lawn memorial Park, Peabody.
Of East Boston
Filomena (Gaeta) DiCicco of East Boston died on February 1.
The cherished daughter of the late Michelina (Iannacone) and Matteo Gaeta, she was the beloved wife of the late Ralph J. DiCicco Sr.; loving mother of John Anthony DiCicco PhD and his wife, Gale of Brockton, Ralph J. DiCicco Jr. Col (R) USAF and his wife, Diane of Virginia; cherished grandmother of Diana Allocco and her husband, Andrew of Virginia, Capt. Danielle DiCicco USA of North Carolina and Eric DiCicco of Brockton; dear sister of John Gaeta of Florida and the late Jerry, Albert, Tommy, Adolfo, Mario, Carmen, Michael and Louie and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her Funeral will be held from the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Founders Affiliate of American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit: www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of East Boston
Stella (Mingoia) Shimone of East Boston died on January 30.
She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Shimone; loving mother of Maria Swirbalus and her late husband, Paul of Hanover, Marilyn Vaccaro and her husband, Joseph of Braintree and Marcia Shimone of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Lauren, Katelyn, Alexandra, Kayla and Kelsey; dear sister to Josephine Raino of Cambridge and the late Louis Mingoia, Grace Rampino and Salvatore Mingoia. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences, please visit: www.kirby-rapino.com
Carmela Giovanna Scire
Former Proprietor of Carlos Market, Deli and Catering, East Boston
Carmela Giovanna (Puleo) Scire of Medford died on January 30.
A former secretary for SS Pierce Co, Boston, she was the former proprietor of Carlos Market, Deli and Catering, East Boston.
She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Palma (Mazzucca) Puleo; loving wife of the late Sammy “Carlo” Scire; treasured mother of Pamela Naso and her husband, Paul and Stephen Scire and his wife, Kathleen, all of Medford; cherished grandmother of Jessica, Kayla and Stephen Scire, Jr. and Paul Jr,, Sammy, Juliana and Anthony Naso; dear sister of the late Frank Puleo and loving sister-in-law of Barbara of Medford and loving aunt of Cheryl, Debbie, Wendy, Carl and Bobby.
Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Memorial donations may be made to Community Family Center\Buddy Coholan Center, 121 Washington St., Medford, MA 02155. For online condolences, please visit: www.kirby-rapino.com
Of East Boston
Richard Holder of East Boston died on January 24.
The beloved son of John Holder and his wife, Della of Brooklyn, NY, he was the loving husband of Melissa (Alexander) Holder; cherished father of Lanika Mouton of East Boston, Tia Brisbon of Baltimore, MD, Latoya Brisbon of Providence, RI, Jamal Brisbon and Justin Brisbon, both of Everett, Cameron Holder and Austin Holder, both of Austria, Joshua Holder of Rowe, MA, Janaya Alexander, Kahlil McCarthy, Khyrin McCarthy, and Koren McCarthy, all of East Boston and the late Christian Brisbon and the treasured grandfather of seven. The family will receive visitors at the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., East Boston on Saturday, February 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. with a Prayer Service to begin at 2 p.m. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of East Boston
Arcangelo DePasquale of East Boston, formerly of Italy, died on January 18.
The beloved husband of Elia (Graziano) of East Boston, he was the devoted father of Alfonso and Antonio DePasquale of East Boston and the dear brother in law of Elizabeth Freda.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum.
Francis ‘Frank’ Grillo
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Francis “Frank” Grillo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 28.
He was the loving father of Frank and his wife, Doris of Saugus, Thomas and his wife, Janice of Lynnfield and Samantha Amico and her husband, Michael of Winthrop; dear brother of Kenneth Grillo and his wife, Mary Ann of Lakeville and the late Thomas Grillo and Mary Lou Cahoon; cherished grandfather of Tyler, Tarin, Frank III, Nicholas and Richard Grillo and Alex Amico. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home,, Revere. Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to VNA of Middlesex East &Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., STE 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. For guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com
Of East Boston
Virginia A. (Morelli) Schepici of East Boston died on January 30.
The beloved mother of Eugene Schepici and his wife, Lisa of Revere, she was the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Aida Mirabello and Eugene Morelli; loving sister of Ann Salamone and her husband, Frank of Winthrop and Frank Mirabello and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and the dear niece of Joanne Ciampa and her husband, Carmine of East Boston. She was the former wife of the late Arthur “Butchie” Schepici and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, New England Affiliate Central Processing Center, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com
James ‘Jim’ Hibbard
Of Washington State, formerly of East Boston, Active in Veteran’s Affairs
James R. “Jim” Hibbard of Port Orchard, Washington, passed away January 26.
He was born in East Boston on September 22, 1941 and graduated from East Boston High School in 1959. He worked as an Armed Guard and Missile Technician for the Raytheon Company in Boston and he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He supported his community, was a member of the American Legion, Eagles, and served as president of VFW Post 2669 Port Orchard Men’s Auxiliary for three consecutive years in support of our military veterans.
He is survived by his children: Renee A. Hibbard of East Boston, Michael Brennan of Winthrop, Sandi Del Monte, of Port Orchard, Washington and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Bartolomeo and her husband, Charles; his sister-in-law, Fran Hibbard and by many nieces and nephews, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, his parents Edward (Harry) Hibbard, Mary Casaletto Hibbard and by his brothers: Edward (Sonny) Hibbard and Richard Hibbard.
A celebration of his life was held at VFW Post 2669, Port Orchard, Washington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to VFW Post 2669 or to any local VFW Post.
Rose Marie DeGruttola
Worked for First National Stores
Rose Marie (Gallo) DeGruttola, a long time East Boston resident, died on February 3 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. She was 91 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1939. In her early working career, she was a stitcher in the Boston Garment District and for several years later, she worked as a baker for the First National Stores in Somerville.
She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony D. DeGruttola who died in April of 1999; the cherished sister of Marguerite A. Capone of Revere and the late John, Carmen, Frank and Ralph Gallo and Eleanor Tavella; devoted aunt of Richard S. Capone and his wife, Carol of Wilmington, John A. Capone and his wife, Colleen of Manchester, NH, Marianne LeBlanc and her husband, Frederick LeBlanc of Melrose and she also leaves several other nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, February 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted form the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7 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 in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to : Prospect House, 420 Reservoir Avenue, Revere, MA 02151, Attn: Patients’ Recreation Fund. For more information: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Owned Cleaning Agency
Millie (Minichino) Doheney of Georgetown, a former 75 year resident of Revere, died on February 4 at the Cedar Glenn Nursing Facility of Danvers following a long illness. She was 94 years old.
Born in Melrose, Mrs. Doheney lived in Revere for more than 75 years before moving to Georgetown. For many years, she owned and operated Millie’s Cleaning Services of Revere servicing Revere and the surrounding communities.
She was the wife of the late Lawrence H. Doheney who died in 1980; the mother of Jacqueline Sweeney-Saulnier of Seabrook, NH, John L. Doheney and his wife, Kathy of Georgetown and Lawrence P. Doheney and his wife, Barbara of North Charlestown, South Carolina. She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Mary Minichino-LaRosa and Joseph Minichino and the sister of the late Vincent J. Minichino and John V. Minichino.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be held from the Funeral Home on Friday, February 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For more information: www.vertuccioandsmith.com