Marco Enzo Giangregorio
East Boston resident
Marco Enzo Giangregorio of East Boston died on June 19.
He was the beloved son of Lorenzo and the late Giovanna (Giammarco) Giangregorio; loving brother of Ralph Giangregorio of Haverhill, Marilyn Orlowski and her husband, Steven, of West Peabody, Michael Giangregorio of East Boston and Pasquale Giangregorio and his wife, Nancy, of Revere; cherished grandson of Rita Giammarco of Italy. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For online condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com
East Boston resident
Geraldine "Gerri" Costa of East Boston died on June 20. She was 67 years old.
The cherished daughter of the late Albert and Josephine (Nazzaro) Costa, she was the loving sister of Lorraine LaRossa and her husband, John; beloved aunt of Michele Sheehan and her husband, Thomas, Karen Anderson and her husband, Richard, and Maria LaRossa and her Fiancé Jesse Chambers; great aunt of Kyle, Alec, Ryan, and Ashley and is also survived by many loving friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St (Maverick Sq) East Boston on Thursday June 24 at 11a.m. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Online condolences made at www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of North Carolina, formerly of East Boston
Michelle F. (McDonald) Smiddy of Hillsborough N.C. formerly of East Boston, died on May 13. She was 43 years old.
A Celebration of her life will be held in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston on Saturday June 26 at 12 noon. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. After the church, family and friends are invited to share stories and good times at the Beachmont VFW Bennington St., Beachmont at the East Boston line.
In honoring her memory, memorial donations may be made to The Smiddy Children Fund c/o E.B. Savings Bank, 856 Bennington St, E. Boston MA 02128. Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home is assisting her family with local arrangements. For more information, please call 617-569-0990 Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home.
Of Chelmsford, formerly of East Boston
William A. Smaldone, a resident of Chelmsford for 41 years, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died June 17 at home. He was 78 years old.
He was the beloved husband of Frances L. (Galinis) with whom he celebrated 55 years of marriage. He was born in East Boston, son of the late John C. and Mildred (Moccia) Smaldone. He graduated from East Boston High School in 1949 and attended classes at Lowell University. He served in Korea during the Korean War and received a Commendation Ribbon with Medal Pendant and Service Ribbon with Bronze Star and attained the rank of Staff Sgt. Prior to retirement he was employed by McGraw Edison and Cooper Power Systems in Marketing and Sales for over 47 years. During retirement he volunteered at the Chelmsford Police Dept., Community Team Work, and the Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and one daughter. William F. and Christine of Westborough, Kenneth and Janet of Exeter, NH, David of Needham, and Patricia of Portland, OR; one brother, John and his wife, Sylvia Smaldone, of Chelmsford; four grandchildren, Colton and Annie Smaldone of Exeter, NH, Nicholas Smaldone and Trey Howes of Westborough and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Blake Funeral Home, Chelmsford. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 800 West Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801. www.blakefuneralhome.com
Thomas Hall Jr.
Of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston
Thomas J. Hall Jr. of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died on June 17.
The beloved husband of Marie ( Schraffa ) Hall with whom he shared 53 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Thomas Hall and his wife, Christine, of Peabody, James Hall and Susan Sirois and her husband, Todd, all of Lynnfield, Ronald Hall and his wife, Christine, of Rowley and Laurie Carney and her husband, James, of Westford; dear brother of Phyllis Pizzi and Carol Kane of East Boston, Marilyn Miner of Oregon, Patty Bolognese of Ipswich and the late Eleanor Tramonte and Audrey Gambale. He was the cherished grandfather of five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice, 78 Liberty St, Danvers, MA 01923. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com.
East Boston resident
Angelina "Angie" (Mistretta) Favale of East Boston, formerly of North End of Boston, died on June 18.
The beloved wife of the late Joseph V. Favale, she was the devoted mother of Joseph A. Favale, BPD Ret., and Matthew J., MSP of Boston; dear sister of Catherine Morrow of New Jersey, Mary Ruggiero and her husband, Frank, of Malden and Nora Mistretta of the North End; cherished aunt of Maria Johnson.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Entombment was in the Mausoleum Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com
Of North Reading, formerly of East Boston
Mary L. (LaVita) Catone of North Reading formerly of East Boston, died on June 18. She was in her 82nd year.
She was the beloved wife of Orlando R. Catone with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Joyce Scarfo and Joseph Palladino of North Reading; dear sister of Joan Tucker of Georgia and the late Pasquale and Anthony LaVita; cherished grandmother of Edmund Scarfo and Nancy Weiner of Haverhill and Mark Scarfo and his wife, Meylssa, of Stoneham.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, N. Reading. For directions and guest book. www.vazzafunerals.com.
Orient Heighs resident
Clara ( DiPietro) Vazza of Orient Heights East Boston died on June 18. She was in her 98th year.
A member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, she was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Amerigo "Al" Vazza with whom she shared 69 years of marriage; loving mother of Louis Vazza and Evelyn Cassiani of East Boston and Barbara Gulino and her husband, Charles, of Winchester; dear sister of Lydia Torrelli of Belmont and the late Silvio and Ralph Di Pietro; cherished grandmother of Louis A. Vazza and his wife, Nancy, of Revere, Marissa Lazor MD and her husband, John Lazor MD of Westwood, Carla Conigliaro and her husband, Douglas Conigliaro MD, of Dedham, Erica Fiore and her husband, John Fiore DMD, of Westwood and Andrea Mackey and her husband, J. John Mackey MD, of Winchester and the late Joseph Gulino and 18 great grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Concezio and Rosina (Marini) DiPietro and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church ,Revere at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today,Wednesday, from 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Joseph Gulino Scholarship Fund Belmont Hill School, 350 Prospect St., Belmont MA 02478.
Revere City Worker
Joseph A. Maglione of Revere died unexpectedly on June 15, his 26th birthday.
A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 2002, he was a heavy motor equipment operator for the City of Revere. He was a motorcycle enthusiast often riding to benefit several area charitable organizations.
He was the beloved son of Joseph and Karyn (Melchionno) Maglione, with whom he made his home; devoted brother of Nicholas A. and cherished grandson of Nicholas and Phyllis Melchionno and the late George & Florence (Giannino) Maglione; dear nephew of Lisa Melchionno, Marie Bright and George Maglione Jr., all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by his god daughter Brianna and many grand aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Because of his charitable works, the family asks, that in lieu of flowers remembrances be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Marine Corps. Base, PO Box 227, Quantico, VA 22134-0227.
Joseph V. Alvino of Saugus, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died unexpectedly on June 15. He was 90 years old.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a former member of Malden Moose and Revere Moose Clubs, a member of the Boston Musicians Union and was associated for over 50 years with the Joseph McNaught Orchestra and later as band leader for Joseph McNaught’s Men. At the time of his death, he was band leader of the Joe Alvino Orchestra.
He was the beloved husband of 66 years of Florence C. (Melchionda); devoted father of Mary-Lou Hagen and her husband Roy P. of West Peabody, Anthony "Tony" Alvino and his wife, Karen, of Bradford and Florence Alvino-Flanagan and her husband, James, of Wakefield; cherished grandfather of Gina Hagen-Kolenda and her husband, Robert, of West Peabody, Jodi L. Corsino and her husband, Mark, of Middleton, Anthony "Tony" Alvino Jr. and his wife, Laura, Christopher M. Alvino and his wife, Alexandra, all of Haverhill, Susan P. Hagen-Connors and her husband, Kevin, of West Peabody, Ryan J. and Shawn J. Flanagan, both of Wakefield; dear brother of Diana Campagna of Middletown, RI, Elena Tontodonato of Stoneham, Marie Fitzgibbon of Brookline, Gloria Alvino and Barbara Fitzpatrick, both of Hingham. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren, Skyler, James, Shannon, Michael, Boston and David and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of MA & RI, 220 North Main St., Natick, MA 01760.
East Boston resident
Anthony T. Iacomino of East Boston died on June 14.
He was the beloved husband of Phyllis M. (Sozio) Iacomino; loving father of Lisa Gallotto and her husband, Gilbert, of East Boston, Diane Buono and her husband, Thomas, of Tewksbury and the late John L. Iacomino; cherished grandfather of Anthony and Gil Gallotto and Jennifer Buono; dear brother of Vincent Iacomino of New Hampshire, Stella Bellone of Chelmsford, Dolores Baldassarre of New Hampshire and the late Phyllis Doucette. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For online condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.
Rosaria ‘Sara’ Ciambra
Retired electronics assembler
Rosaria "Sara" (Carollo) Ciambra of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on June 12. She was 90 years old.
A member of the East Boston Elder Service of Winthrop, prior to her retirement, she worked for United Electronic Controls as an electronic assembler.
Born in Palermo, Italy, she was the beloved wife of the late Andrea Ciambra; the daughter of the late Francesco and Lucrezia (Araldi) Carollo; devoted mother of Franco Ciambra and his wife, Nina, of Palermo, Italy, Rosanna Giovenco and her late husband, Pino, of Revere, Sergio Ciambra and his wife, Mafalda, of Rome, Italy, Maurizio Ciambra and his wife, Morena, of Winthrop, Ella Maslak and her husband, Walter, of Revere, Maria Giovanna Roy and her husband, Richard, of Winthrop, and the late Antonino Ciambra; dear sister of Tony Carollo and his wife, Antonia, of Moultonborough, NH and the late Nina Lanzarone, Giovanna Amato, Rosetta Gerardi, and Tonuccia Beninati . She is also survived by her adored 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memoral donations can be made to the American Heart Assn. P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY. 13220 or to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK. 73123. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Arthur G. Babcock of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 15.
He was the beloved husband of the late Hazel ( King) Babcock with whom he shared 47 years of marriage; loving father of Evelyn Pardi and her husband, Ronald, of Saugus, Ann Falter and her husband, Stephen, of Attleboro and Teresa Babcock and her partner, Cheryl Cecere, of Revere; cherished grandfather of six and great grandfather of five.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Gloria ‘Libby’ Iovanna, 86
Of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston
Gloria "Libby" Iovanna of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on June 12 at her daughter’s home after a short illness with her family by her side. She was 86 years old.
Born in Boston on December 8, 1923, she was the beloved daughter of Peter and Rose (DiCristoforo) Salerno. She was raised in East Boston, a graduate of East Boston High School and a longtime resident of East Boston until moving to Lynnfield six years ago.
The adored wife of the late Carmen Iovanna, she leaves her proud and loving family, daughters, Lois Cochrane of West Ossipee, NH, Norma Sarro and her husband, Gerald, of Lynnfield; grandchildren, Christine Cullison, Kimberly Thompson, Gerald Sarro and his wife, Corine, and Wesley Sarro and her great grandchildren, Kelsey Cullison, Tyler Thompson, Janine Cullison, Joel Mann and Sonny Jordan Sarro. She was the sister of the late John Salerno, Ethel Polsonetti, Linda Musto, Eleanor London and Norma Marotta.
Her wishes were to have private services at Puritan Lawn Cemetery where she will be buried alongside her childhood sweetheart and lifelong love, her husband Carmen. Arrangements are in the care of the McDonald Funeral Home of Wakefield.