Of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston
Alfred DePierro of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston, died on February 26.
A US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Julia (Contie) DePierro with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; loving father of Alfred DePierro, Jr. and his wife, Diane of New Hampshire and David DePierro of Stoneham; dear brother of Viola Pucillo and her husband, Anthony of East Boston and the late Marie Gale and Vincent DePierro; cherished grandfather of Christopher and Adam DePierro and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com
Of East Boston
Evelyn M. (Pisano) Barletta died in East Boston on February 26.
She was the beloved wife of the late Jerry Barletta; cherished mother of Lorraine Schettino of East Boston and the late Jay and Frank Barletta; sister of Dorothy Minichello of Saugus and the late Helen Casaletto and Louise Martin and is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. www.MagrathFuneralHome.com
Former Teacher and Coach at St. Domenic Savio High School; East Boston Community Activist
James A. Caruso of East Boston died unexpectedly on February 25.
He was a past member of the East Boston Athletic Board, East Boston Social Center, past member of the Pier 1 Waterfront Development Advisory Commitee, past Treasurer of Savio High School and a former teacher and coach at St. Domenic Savio High School.
The beloved husband of Barbara A. “Barb” (Leary) Caruso, he was the devoted father of James T. and his girlfriend, Sonya, Nicole and Anthony Caruso, all of East Boston; loving son of Domenic and the late Marie (Mulcahy) Caruso of Billerica; dear brother of Anita Greer and her husband, Michael of Billerica and Paul Caruso of Bradford and the adored grandfather of James, Daniel and Brayleigh Madison. He is also survived by many fond aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.
‘Jimmy’ was involved in many community groups in East Boston and was always there to help in any way he could, especially for the youth of his beloved East Boston community. Because of that devotion and commitment, memorial donations may be made to East Boston “K” Trust, P.O.Box 503, East Boston 02128 to establish a scholarship in his memory. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com
US Postal Service Retiree
Frank Buscanera of East Boston died on March 4. He was in his 87th year.
A late employee of the US Postal Service, he was a past member of Knights of Columbus of the North End and St. Vincent DePaul Society of Assumption Church.
He was the beloved husband of Lillian (DeLeo); devoted father of Lena Mangino and her husband, Frank of Peabody, Gregg Buscanera of Salem, NH and Ann Marie Marrone of East Boston; dear brother of the late Vincenzo Buscanera, Mary DeLeo and Michael Buscanera; cherished grandfather of seven and great grandfather of six.
His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Friday, March 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of his life in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Sumner Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting Hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with Frank being laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.
Alice (Furtado) Buckley of Peabody, formerly of Quincy and New Bedford, died on March 3. She was in her 94th year.
She was the beloved wife of the late Harold Buckley; devoted mother of Michael Buckley and his wife, Beverly of Peabody, Patricia Butler of Weymouth, Diane Pacor and her husband, Joseph of Wrentham and the Late Carol Wallace and Mary Graham; dear sister of Arthur Furtado and Mary “Mamie” Paiva; cherished grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of seven and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held on Thursday, March 7 from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 8 South Common St., Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with Alice being laid to rest in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree. The funeral home is handicapped accessible, a children’s lounge is available, courtesy valet parking front entrance of funeral home. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617-569- 0990, ample off street parking with attendant. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
Thomas ‘Tanka’ Donovan, Jr.
Self Employed Contractor
Thomas J. “Tanka” Donovan, Jr. of Winthrop, passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 28. He was 60 years old.
“Tanka” was a life member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. He was self-employed as a contractor.
Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of Jean A. (Howard) McNeish of Winthrop and the late Thomas J. Donovan Sr.; devoted father of Paul P. Donovan of East Boston and Jennifer J. Donovan of Peabody; loving companion and best friend of Tammy Burditt of Winthrop; step-father to Robert Trainor of East Boston and Marie Trainor of Winthrop; dear brother of Trudy Serino of Revere, Stephen Donovan of Portland, Maine and Brian Donovan and Christine MacNeil, both of Winthrop. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For guestbook, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Edmund P. “Eddie” Santamaria of Winthrop passed away suddenly on March 2 in the Chelsea Soldiers Home after a complication with dementia.
A Vietnam War veteran, Air National Guard 102nd Tactical Fighter Wing, he was the loving son of the late Michael Santamaria and Amelia (DeCristoforo), the beloved husband of Barbara (Rotcavich) Santamaria; loving father of Candice Santamaria and her companion, Chris Parker of Farmington, NH, Bruce Santamaria and his wife, Reiko Nagano of Billerica and Scott Santamaria and his wife, Asa of Sweden; cherished grandfather of Emilia, Olivia and Molly; dear brother of Beatrice Anderson of Bedford, Evelyn Santamaria of East Boston and the late Elena Hartery, Albert Santamaria, Adeline Ruotolo and Arthur Santamaria. He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Burial will be at a later date in June. Arrangements are under the care of Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., East Boston.