Obituaries 06-29-2010

Joseph LaMonica

US Postal retiree, of Reading, formerly of East Boston

Joseph F. LaMonica of Reading, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully at his home on June 27. He was 63 years old.

He was born and raised in East Boston, the son of the late Samuel and Frances (Durante) LaMonica.

Mr. LaMonica was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the Marine Corps for six years, attaining the rank of Sergeant. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for more than 42 years. He started his career at the Logan Airport Postal Facility, where he worked as a Postal Police Officer. He later worked at the South Boston Postal Annex, where he had held several jobs and assignments over the years. Prior to working for the Postal Service, he worked for the Flately Company, managing the facilities at the Royal Crest Estates in North Andover.

Mr. LaMonica lived in South Boston and North Andover prior to moving to Reading 35 years ago. He loved spending time at the beach and some of his favorite and the husband of Maureen A. Sheehan.

places were the beaches of Maine, Naples, Florida, and Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.

In addition to his wife Maureen (Sheehan) LaMonica, he is survived by four daughters, Denise Palmieri and her husband, Joseph, of Saugus, Keri-Ann Richards of Melrose, Melissa Richards of Reading, and Diane Heistand of Pennsylvania; and one granddaughter, Ashlynn Heistand of Pennsylvania. He is also survived by two sisters, Sarah Tavella of Peabody, and Cecelia Salters of Duxbury; one brother, Robert LaMonica of East Boston; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, 25 Sanborn St. (Cor. of Woburn St.) in Reading on Thursday, July 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Athanasius Church, Reading at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be at the funeral home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at the Wood End Cemetery in Reading. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 18 Tremont St., Ste. 700, Boston, MA 02108.


Gerry DeSisto

Chelsea resident, formerly of East Boston

Gerry (Grasso) DeSisto of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on May 14.

She was the loving mother of Doreen Perez of Revere and Sharon DeSisto of New Hampshire; beloved daughter of Nellie (Dotolo) Grasso of Revere and the late Salvatore Grasso; dear sister of Dennis Grasso of Revere; cherished grandmother of four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral and burial was private. Arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. For on line guest book


Paul Nugent

Retired City of Boston Transportation Supervisor

Paul F. Nugent of Lynnfield died on June 24. He was 64 years old.

Born in Winthrop on January 4, 1946, he was the son of the late Mansell J. and Celia L. (Crowell) Nugent. Mr. Nugent was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1965 and was a retired Transportation Supervisor for the City of Boston. After his retirement, he was a crossing guard for the Town of Lynnfield. Mr. Nugent served in the United States Coast Guard, was a member of the Reading K of C and the Emerald Police Society and a collector of police memorabilia. He was proud of his dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland. He was a member of the Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Lynnfield.

He was the husband of Susan M. (Pezzatta) Nugent; brother of Arthur Nugent and his wife, Daisy, of Beverly, James Nugent and wife, Virginia, of Concord, Robert Nugent and wife, Stacy, of Lynnfield and Brenda Nugent of Winthrop; godfather of Katie Nugent and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Head & Neck oncology unit, 10 Brookline Place, West, 11th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. For obit and guestbook,


Murlene Marchesi

East Boston resident

Murlene Marchesi of East Boston died on June 24.

She was the beloved wife of the late William A.; devoted mother of Tammi Moreno, Domenic "DoDo" Marchesi and his wife, Camille, all of East Boston; dear sister of Joseph Dunbar, Gloria Santiniello, Jewel Francis, Patty Viola, Paulene Sabella and the late June Bartolo and Gladys Dowe; cherished grandmother of Nicholas William Marchesi and great grandmother of Gio Marchesi. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and was grandma to many.

Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston, to help with funeral expenses. For more information or to send an online condolence


Henry ‘Harry’ Dunn

Marine Diver, friend of Jacques Costeau

Henry J. "Harry" Dunn of North Ft. Myers, formerly of Melrose and East Boston, died on June 21. He was 91 years old.

Born in Everett, he was raised in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1937. He lived in Malden for several years, was a resident of Melrose for over 30 years and has lived in North Fort Myers for the past five years. Mr. Dunn was a marine diver for the Crandall Dry-Dock Company of Dedham for over 30 years, eventually becoming President and Chief of Diving Operations for the company. He was a noted expert on marine salvage and repair facilities and worked as a consultant to the US Government on ship and harbor repair. He also worked as a consultant to Canada on the repair and restoration of their fishing industry.

While working for the French Government in Tahiti many years ago, he met a diver named Jacques Cousteau. He and Mr. Cousteau remained lifelong friends and shared many conversations about diving throughout the years. Mr. Dunn was a world traveler; enjoyed trips to Europe, South America, the Pacific Rim Territories, Tahiti and enjoyed winters in Hawaii. He was a former member of the Malden Elks, the Malden Moose, Charles River Yacht Club and the Lauderdale Small Boat Club.

He was the devoted husband of the late Dorothy (McClellan) Dunn; loving father of Henry J. "Chris" Dunn Jr. and his wife, RoseAnn, of North Ft. Myers, FL.; caring brother of Clair Virta of Norwell and the late Maurice Dunn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33909. For obituary to sign guest book visit


John Farro

East Boston resident

John S. Farro died suddenly in East Boston on June 18.

He was the beloved brother of Andrew J. and Frank C. Farro, both of East Boston, and is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home. Burial was private.


Francis Kane

East Boston resident

Francis J. Kane of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died suddenly on June 23.

He was the beloved husband of Carol A (Hall) Kane; devoted father of Francis Kane of Missouri, Stephen Kane of IIlinois, Maryann Thompson of So. Carolina, Kim Arias of Everett, Rosanne Kane of Winchester, Anthony and Michael Cinelli, Paula Cinelli-Coleman and Lynda Ranelli all of Revere, Scott Cinelli of East Boston, Ronald Cinelli of Gloucester, Cara Cinelli of East Boston, Laurie Penta of New Hampshire and Thomas Cinelli of East Boston; dear brother of the late Albert "Sonny" Tigges and Patricia Kelley and is also survived by many loving grand and great grandchildren and by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations in honor of his life may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham 01701. For more information or to send the family an online condolence,


Virginia ‘Ginger’ Regan-Marquardo

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston

Virginia A. "Ginger" (Testa) Regan-Marquardo of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on June 22.

She was the beloved wife of William Regan with whom she shared 47 years of marriage; loving mother of Richard "Rick" Marquardo and his wife, Donna, of Lynn, Scott Regan and Sheila D’Ambrosio of Everett and John Regan and his wife, Annette, of Georgia; dear sister of Richard and Constance "Connie" Testa, both of Revere and the late Ann Fassi, Gene and Frances Testa; cherished grandmother of Daniel and Michela Marquardo and Taylor, John and Lauren Rean and great grandmother of Glenna.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc., 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. For guest book,


Brenda Martinez

Hertz Rental Agent

Brenda (McDonald) Martinez of East Boston, formerly of Medford and Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on June 17. She was 43 years old.

Born in Stoneham and a resident of Chelsea, Medford and for the last year, East Boston, she was a rental agent for Hertz at Logan Airport for over 14 years. An avid Red Sox fan, she enjoyed sewing, bingo, arts and crafts and bowling in her spare time.

She was the devoted mother of Jaya Martinez and Katelyn Martinez, both of Lynn; former wife of Felix Martinez of Lynn; daughter of the late Wesley and Beverly (Callahan) Williams; beloved sister of Terry Hatch of Chelsea, Skip Reddington of Peabody, Michael McDonald and Darren McDonald, both of Lowell, Sharleene McDonald of Everett and the late Kim and Joseph Reddington; dear granddaughter of the late Theresa and Francis Callahan. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Louis Buendia Sr.

Florida resident, formerly of Tewksbury

Louis T. Buendia Sr. of Florida, formerly of Tewksbury, died on June 24. He was 84 years old.

A retired Stop & Shop employee born in Mexico City, Mexico, he was the beloved husband of Aurora (Sanchez) Buendia of Florida; dear father of Maria Buendia and Martha Buendia, both of East Boston, Louis Buendia and his wife, June, of Tewksbury, Laura Calderas, Aurora Iliadis and her husband, Saavas, all of Everett, Rosemary Brown and her husband, Leon, of N.Carolina, Victor Buendia and his wife, Denise, of N.Andover and Arthur Buendia and his wife, Janice, of Peabody. He also leaves five brothers and three sisters in Mexico City, 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

His Funeral will be from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Thursday, July 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours in the funeral home are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

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