John Spada, Sr.
Member of Everett High School Basketball Hall of Fame
John A. Spada, Sr. of Chelsea died on February 7.
John was a US Army veteran serving from 1964 to 1967 during the Vietnam crisis.He was an outstanding athlete at Everett High School and is in the Everett High School Basketball Hall of Fame as well as having played football in the Orange Bowl. After graduating Everett High he went back to coach for many years.
He was the father of John A.Jr and his wife, Cher and their children: Zachary, Jake and Fallon, formerly of Everett; the loving son of the late Anthony and Loretta (Busteed) Spada; the beloved companion for over 20 years of Roxy Zucchori; dear brother of June Chiarello and her husband, Peter and Roseanne Grassa, all of Everett.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of John”s life will be held on Thursday, February 13 in Our Lady of Grace Church, Nichols Street at the Chelsea /Everett Line at 10:30 a.m. Visiting prior to the Mass will start at 8:30 a.m. in the church. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with John being buried with military honors with his military family in the National Cemetery, Bourne. Arrangements are under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com.
Boston Housing Authority Painter; Close Friend of Stan Kenton and His Orchestra and Four Freshmen Lighting Director
Frank DiOrio of Orient Heights East Boston, formerly of the West End, passed away on February 5.
Frank was a former painter for the Boston Housing Authority, a close friend of Stan Kenton and his orchestra and the lighting director for the Four Freshman .
He was the beloved and devoted husband of the late Camille (Gaeta) DiOrio with whom he shared 53 years of marriage; cherished son of the late Albert and Nettie (Silverman) DiOrio; dear brother of Stanley DiOrio of California and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Frank’s life by gathering at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere at 8:30 a.m. Today, Wednesday, before leaving in procession to the Holy Rosary Church, 993 Shirley Street, Winthrop for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Frank’s name to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Of Danvers, formerly of East Boston
Christopher Coco of Danvers, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 6. He was 40 years old.
He was the beloved husband of Jennifer (Grande) Coco of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop; devoted father of Carmen Coco of Winthrop; loving son of the late Lynda Coco and George Higgins; dear step father of Michael Cappozzi and Katelyn Melendez, both of Danvers; cherished nephew of Michelle Coco and family of East Boston.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of Christopher’s life will be held on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. in St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston. A period of visitation will be held in the church prior to the service starting at noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Arrangements are by the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com 617 569 0990
Past Member of Beachmont VFW
Edward Manfra of East Boston died on February 7.
A US Army veteran of World War II and a past member of the Beachmont VFW, he was the beloved husband for more than 66 years of Jennie (Zozzi) Manfra; devoted father of Jeanne M. Sasso and her husband, Michael of East Boston, Edward Manfra of Chelsea and Denise Manfra and her husband, Don Lasecki of Las Vegas; dear brother of George Manfra of Middleton, Alfred Manfra of Wakefield and the late Jerry and Joseph Manfra, Florence Capezutto and Anna Farrell.
He was the cherished grandfather of Edward Sasso and Michelle Ambrosino; adored great grandfather of Bianca, Alexa, Frankie and Bella and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Eddie’s life by gathering on Thursday, February 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and on Friday morning at 10 a.m. when Deacon Jim Leo will officiate at a service in celebration of Eddie’s life. Services will then conclude in the Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne were Eddie will be laid to rest with his military brothers and sisters. For complimentary transportation to and from funeral home please call (617) 569-0990. For more information:www.ruggieromh.com
Past Member of Beachmont VFW Ladies Auxiliary and St. Lazarus School Mothers Club
Patricia R. (Coulter) Mazzarella of East Boston died on February 7.
She was the beloved wife of the late Albert; devoted mother of Arlene Viera and her husband, Laurence of Lynnfield, Paul Mazzarella, Maria A. Mazzarella and her companion, Donald Page of East Boston and the late Stephen Mazzarella; dear mother in law of Jeanne Mazzarella, loving sister of the late Kathleen McLaughlin, cherished grandmother of: Patricia Nagy, Arthur, Leonard, Anthony and Robert Viera, Jennifer Elliott, Christine Doherty, Julie and Stephen Mazzarella, Brandon and Albert Marks; adored great grandmother of Olivia, Sophia and Camden Nagy, Leo Viera and Noelle Elliott and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Pat’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, February 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston and again at 9 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Mrs. Mazzarella being laid to rest with her beloved husband and son in Winthrop Cemetery. May they rest in peace.In honoring Mrs Mazzarella, memorial donations may be made to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave.. Boston 02118
Of East Boston
Paula (Ciulla) Hurbert of East Boston died on February 4.
The beloved wife of the late Jacques, she was the mother of Danielle and Michelle, both of Texas; loving daughter of John and Lena (Sarcone) Ciulla; dear sister of Annette Favale of Tewksbury, MaryJane, Angela and Joseph Ciulla, all of East Boston and is also survived by four grandchildren and by many fond nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, February 12 with a service in our Serenity Chapel before leaving in procession to Holy Cross Cemetery for Graveside Services. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com
Of East Boston
Mary (Spano) Melillo of East Boston passed away on February 5. She was 92 years old.
Mary, who was a past member of the Golden Age Club and the Meridian St. Library Club,was the devoted mother of Joseph Melillo and his wife, Louise, Leo Melillo and the late William Melillo Jr.; dear sister of the late Josephine Montalto, Frances Haffey, Phyllis Bono, Connie Spano and Sonny Spano; cherished grandmother of six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.
Of East Boston
Anna (Marrama) Iandolo of East Boston passed away on February 5. She was 78 years old.
Anna was a past member of the Golden Age Club, Senior Place Courageous Generation and the Malden Moose.
The beloved wife of the late Vincent Iandolo, she was the devoted mother of Denise Risti and her husband, Stephen and Sharon Russo and her husband, Joseph, all of Stoneham; dear sister of Edward Marrama and his wife, Rita of Dennis and Lena Raso and her late husband, Gregory of East Boston and fond sister-in-law of Rita Iandolo of Everett. She was the cherished grandmother of Andrea D’Amelio and her husband, Robert, Deanna Vitale and her husband, Stephen and Joseph Russo, all of Stoneham; adored great grandmother of Stefania and Isabella D’Amelio and Lila Vitale and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. She was laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Vincent at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Of East Boston
William P. Todisco of East Boston passed away on February 3. He was 76 years old.
He was the beloved husband of over 50 years of Rita (Cogswell); devoted father of William Todisco of Chelsea, Steve Todisco of Winthrop, Robert Todisco of Revere, John Todisco of East Boston, Rita Elliott and her husband, Robert of East Boston, Rhonda Lauletta and her husband, Mike of Revere, Scotty Todisco of East Boston, Robin Cinelli and her husband, Thomas of East Boston, James Todisco of Winthrop, Denise Warwick and her husband, Michael of Malden, Joseph Todisco of East Boston and the late Kenneth Todisco; dear brother of Philip Todisco of Winthrop, Patricia St. Andre of East Boston, Mildred Lebaron of Winthrop, Carol Gaeta of East Boston, Alice Waters of East Boston and Eleanor Todisco of East Boston; cherished grandfather of 20 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren and is also surivived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit ruggieromh.com
Gentle Soul with a Big Heart
Richard H. Ford of East Boston died unexpectedly on February 9. He was 33 years old.
A graduate of Savio High School, Class of 1998, he was a gentle soul with a big heart. Rich will be missed and loved by everyone who knew him, especially his dog, Brandy.
He was the loving son of Richard F. (Ret. B.P.D.) and Diane (Marino) Ford of East Boston, the dear brother of Jennifer Ellen Ford of East Boston, cherished grandson of Lawrence and Ann (Screti) Marino and the late Harold and Ellen Ford; beloved nephew of Anthony, Diane, Larry, Theresa, John, Lisa Marino and the late Robert Ford, he is also survived by many fond great aunts, uncles and many cousins.
A Funeral Mass in Celebration of Richard’s Life will be held on Friday, February 14 in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited (Visiting hours are omitted.) In honoring Rich and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston 02128. Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston, 617-569-0990. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com