Former East Boston Realtor
Anna C. (Natale) Marotta of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on November 16.
A former East Boston realtor, she was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Marotta with whom she shared 13 years of marraige; loving mother of Mary Ann Marotta of Revere; cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Marafino) Marotta; dear sister of Frances R.. Cristello of Revere and the late Gilda Pennell and Frank Natale; fond aunt of Cmille Cristello, Mary Ann Carvalho and Janice and Linda Natale.
Her service will be conucted by Father Vincent Gianni today, Wednesday, November 18 with entombment in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vazza Funeral Home. For guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com
Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston
Anna (Odoardi) Fulchino of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on November 16.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Fulchino with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Joseph Fulchino Jr. of Lynn and Robin Driscoll and her husband, Thomas, of Saugus; dear sister of Emma Tritto and Florence Mercurio, both of Revere, James Odoardi ü_of Florida, Richard Odoardi of Peabody and the late Antonetta De Rosa; cherished grandmother of Cara Sillpigni and her husband, David, Deanna McGovern and her husband, Sean, Leah and Jessica Fulchino and Jeff Driscoll and great grandmother of Logan McGovern.
Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 9 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
30-year MBTA Employee
Donald J. Woodside of East Boston died on November 14.
A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a past member of Beachmont VFW Post 6712, Friends of East Boston and a 30 year MBTA employee.
He was the beloved husband of more than 49 years to Rose (Chiodi); devoted father of Edward and his wife, Denise, of Saugus, Kevin, Boston Police Department, and his wife, Julie, of Winthrop and Donna of Revere; dear brother of Robert of Buzzards Bay, Alan of Minnesota and the late Edward and he is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Joseph, Michael, Kevin, Lauren and Nicole and his many loving nieces and nephews.
His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating his life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. To honor Mr. Woodside, memorial donations may be made to DAV, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301 Attn Gift Processing. Services will conclude with Mr. Woodside being laid to rest with his military family in the National Cemetery in Bourne. For more information or to send the family an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
John Donnelly, 56
Of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop
John J. Donnelly of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 11. He was 56 years old.
Mr. Donnelly was employed as delivery person for Muzzy’s Florist in East Boston.
He was the beloved husband of Karen A. (Gallo) Donnelly. He was born in Cambridge, the son of the late George and Mary (Molloy) Donnelly; the devoted father of Christopher Donnelly of East Boston; dear brother of Patricia Carabine of Winthrop, Michael Donnelly of East Boston, and Mary DiBlasi and her husband, Charles, of Winthrop and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Frank ‘Che Che’ Serra
East Boston resident
Frank J "Che Che" Serra of East Boston died on November 14.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a past member of the American Legion, East Boston,
He was the beloved husband of more than 63 years of Angelina (Quagliati) Serra; devoted father of Linda Serra of East Boston and Richard Serra and his wife, Diane, of Buffalo, NY; cherished grandfather of Richard Jr., Veronica, Gina and Dante and his loving great grand daughter, Julianna.
His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, November 18 at 9 a.m. followed by his Funeral Mass, celebrating his life, in St, Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with entombment with military honors in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For more information or to send an online condolence to the family, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Andrea ‘Andrew’ Giovanni Busalacchi, 89
Decorated veteran, AVCO retiree
Andrea "Andrew"Giovanni Busalacchi of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on November 10. He was 89 years old.
Mr. Busalacchi graduated from English High School, Boston, class of 1939. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 at the age of 21 and served as a Supply Sergeant. He campaigned with the 7th Tank Destroyer in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Andennes and Central Europe. In 1945 he was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant. He received the following decorations for his service; The Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart, European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Busalacchi was an active member of the Staff Sgt. Arthur F. DeFranzo Post 2346 in Saugus. He was elected Commander of the Post and did a number of community services for the local area as well as the Chelsea Soldier’s Home.
Mr. Busalacchi retired from a 30 year career as a property manager with AVCO. He was also a dispatcher for the Saugus Fire Department in the mid 1970’s. He enjoyed reading and was an avid genealogist. He kept track of the Saugus town government and was not afraid to voice his opinion in local papers. He believed every vote counted to the point that he insisted his absentee ballot be submitted for the recent election. He also enjoyed a nine year friendship with Randy Biddle, a model ship builder who memorialized his father’s 1930 fishing vessel "The Rita B" in scale size.
He was the beloved husband of Mary Rita (Smiddy), devoted father of Janet Walters of Port Charlotte, FL, Nancy Comardo of Chula Vista, CA, Susan Campbell of Saugus, Anthony Busalacchi, the late William Busalacchi and David Busalacchi; Papa to 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; beloved son of the late Antonio (Tony) and Giuseppa Busalacchi of East Boston and brother of the late Adelina Frongillo, Francesco Busalacchi, Elaina Busalacchi and Julia Busalacchi.
Services were private and he will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.
East Boston resident
Florence (Ruggiero) Picariello of East Boston died on November 14.
She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick, devoted mother of Patrick of East Boston, Deborah of Revere and Robert of Saugus; dear sister of Janet Ort, Rosalie Holt, Anthony Ruggiero and the late Carmen Ruggiero and cherished grandmother of Robert, Jessica and David._
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Michael R. DeMeo died in Saugus on November 10._
He was the devoted father of Jessica, Lauren and Alexandria; beloved son of Dennis and Marie DeMeo of Lynn; brother of Maria of Revere; childhood friend and nephew of Christopher Curcio.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.
Orient Heights resident
Dolores M. (Mazzarella) Mills of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on November 11.
She was the loving mother of Anthony Mills of East Boston, Yvonne Saggese and her husband, Armand, of Malden and Brenda Scales and her husband, Richard, of Framingham; dear sister of Rita Sullivan of East Boston and Eleanor Dias of Malden and cherished grandmother of four.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Mary Hibbard, 69
Of Washington State, formerly of Revere
Mary H. Hibbard of Port Orchard, WA died on November 8. She was 69 years old.
She was born in Revere on November 29, 1939 to Wesley K. and Mary M. (Griffin) Camic. She married James R. Hibbard on November 29, 1973 in Chelsea and they have been together for 36 loving years. She loved music and dancing.
Surviving in addition to her husband James Hibbard of Port Orchard are her son, Michael J. Brennan, of Winthrop; daughters, Sandra M. and her husband, David R. Del Monte of Port Orchard and Renee A. Hibbard of East Boston and six grandchildren. Online memorial at www.rill.com.
East Boston resident
Rose (Covotta) Modica of East Boston died on November 11.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph Modica with whom she shared 67 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Mario Modica, retired Boston Police Detective, and his wife, Jean, of Saugus and the late George W. Modica; dear sister of the late Marie Nolan, Josephine Rizzuto, Domenic and Patrick Tiso; cherished grandmother of George Modica and his wife, Isbel, of New Hampshire and Cindy Albanese and her husband, Oto, of Melrose and six great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Attorney Arthur Blasi, 87
Decorated veteran, well known state attorney
Atty. Arthur M. Blasi died suddenly at home in Danvers on November 9. He was 87 years old.
Born in Boston on Sept. 29, 1922, he was raised and educated in Boston and earned degrees from the University of Miami, Heidelberg University, and the Suffolk School of Law. He served honorably in the US Army during World War II and Korea where he was the recipient of two purple hearts and a bronze star.
For many years, he operated a successful private law practice and was State Corporation Lawyer for Massachusetts. An avid outdoorsman, he was a member of the York Fish and Game Club and a member of the Ancient and Honorables.
He leaves a sister, Mildred Holcomb of Oklahoma and five nieces and nephews, James Parks, Gail Delonais, Arthur Parks, Noreen McKinnon, and Dennis McKinnon.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, Danvers. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. www.lyonsfuneral.com