Retired Delivery Truck Driver
Calvin Wentworth of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died January 17 at the Chelsea Healthcare Facility after a long illness. He was 81 years old.
He was a member of the English Revere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others before that since the age of 10 when he and his mother, Ebba, of East Boston and Sweden came in contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses in a South Shore Community. His last employment was as a delivery truck driver for Caldarone and Sons of Chelsea.
He lived in Revere for 27 years and formerly in Chelsea and Everett. He is survived by his wife, Sally, to whom he was married for 44 years; a sister, Betteann, and her husband, Ben Maltese, of Anaheim, California; three children, Richard Wentworth and his wife, Cindy, of Georgetown, Sharen Wentworth of Hyde Park, and Wendy Brown and her husband, Charles, of Haverhill and his grandchildren, Richard Wentworth and Luke Aleo and his wife, Heather.
A memorial service will be held for Mr. Wentworth at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 40 Hysil Ave., Revere at 3 p.m. Saturday. If one wishes, instead of flowers, donations may be made to English Revere Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses at the above address.
Sister M. Leona Greenfield
Sister of Mercy
Sister M. Leona (Lorraine) Greenfield, a Sister of Mercy for 76 years, died January 16. She was 95 years old.
A native of East Boston, Sister Leona was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Angel) Greenfield. She received her B.A. degree in English from Mount Saint Mary College, Hooksett, N.H., and her M.Ed. From Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. For many years she was a dedicated teacher and administrator in Catholic schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In New Hampshire she taught at Sacred Heart School in Nashua, Immaculate Conception in Penacook and St. Anthony in Manchester. She served as principal at St. Joseph in Keene and St. Patrick and St. Catherine Schools in Manchester. She was also a teacher at St. Ann School in Gloucester, Mass.
After retiring from teaching, Sister Leona served as administrator of the Convent of Mercy on Union Street in Manchester. For two years she was at Maria’s House in Methuen, Mass., where her ministry was child care. She also performed numerous services within the community at Warde Health Center in Windham.__ Family members include a brother, Thomas Greenfield, of Winthrop and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Bernice Driscoll, Mae Laforette and William and Francis Greenfield.__ Friends may call at the Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Road, Windham, N.H., on Thursday, January20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the Warde Health Center. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery; Bedford, NH. Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.
Vincent ‘Jim’ Oliva
Retired Airline Mechanic
Vincent “Jim” Oliva of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on January 14. He was 90 years old.
A US Army Air Force veteran of World War II who later served 22 years in the Navy Reserves, he worked as lead mechanic for Northeast Airlines and Delta.
He was the devoted husband of Laura (Johnson) Oliva of Peabody and the late Sabina (DeFeo) Oliva; the son of the late Carmen and Antonetta (Guanci) Oliva, the loving father of Vincent and his wife, Sandra Oliva, of Tewksbury and Antonetta “Annette” and her husband, Anthony Correnti, of Peabody; brother of Sam Oliva of East Boston and Carmella “Millie” and her husband, George Manfra, of Middleton. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Frank Oliva.
His funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Adelaide’s Church, Lowell Street, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Arthritis Foundation , 29 Crafts St., Suite 450, Newton, MA 02158-1287. For directions and on-line obituary, visit: www.ccbfuneral.com.
Of East Boston and Chelsea
Phyllis A. (Cataldo) Johnson of East Boston and Chelsea died on January 10. She was 88 years old.
She was the wife of the late Kenneth E. Johnson; beloved mother of Patricia Harnish-D’Amore and her husband, Anthony, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Kenneth J. Cataldo and his fiancé, Pamela White, of Rochester, N.H. and the late Dale M. Santiano. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, her sister-in-law, Betty Cataldo of Middleton and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Louis, Philip and Joseph Cataldo and Mary DiCarlo.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
East Boston resident
Anna A. (Costanza) Guange of East Boston died on January 15.
She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph A. Guange Sr.; loving mother of Ralph A. Guange Jr, Gina A. Guange, and Ann K. Guange, all of East Boston; cherished daughter of the late Luigi and Genoeffa (Poccaro) Costanza; dear aunt of Connie Petrozziello of Revere and cousin of Mary and Michael Del Prete and family of Revere. She is also survived by numerous friends.
Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences, please visit www.rapinomemeorialhome.com.
Mary ‘Gracie’ Lopilato
East Boston resident
Mary G. “Gracie” (DeRosa) Lopilato of East Boston died on January 14. She was in her 99th year.
The beloved wife of the late Anthony R. Lopilato, she was the mother of Anthony M. and his wife, Connie, of East Boston and Stephen and his wife, Doris, of Plymouth; sister of the late Philly Scopa, Rose Randazzo and Lena Walbourne; grandmother of Julie, Mindy, Myles, Matthew and Michael and is also survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in her memory to East Boston Elder Service Plan, 225 Sumner St., East Boston 02128 would be appreciated.
East Boston resident
Gregg T. Iezza of East Boston, formerly of Long Island, New York, died suddenly on January 5. He was 49 years old.
The husband of Julia C (Sanchez) Iezza, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Jean (Turco) Iezza, brother of Scott Iezza of Florida and is also survived by many friends in the Boston Area.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was with his parents in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Florida. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.
BPD Tactical Patrol Force retiree
Ralph DeStefano of East Boston died on January 13.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a BPD Tactical Patrol Force retiree, a member of the Beachmont VFW and a Past Member KofC Assunta Lodge North End and a Past Member of St Mary’s Star of the Sea Men’s Club.
He was the beloved husband of the late Catherine (Corrao); beloved father of Karen M DiLoreto and her husband, Bruce, of East Boston, Terri Lee Chicarello and her husband, Joseph, of Londonderry, NH, Ralph DeStefano and is wife, Susan, of Maine and the late Sandra Ciulla; dear brother of Grace Barrasso of East Boston and the late Vincent DeStefano; cherished grandfather of Janis Noble, Michael DiLoreto, Laura Chicarello, Nicholas and Julia DeStefano; dear and loving friend of Lillian Marsilia of East Boston. He is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com.
Retired State Social Worker
Frederick C. Sorrento of Randolph died January 11 at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He was 67 years old.
He was born in Winthrop, raised and educated in East Boston and had been a resident of Randolph for the past 20 years. A social worker/child abuse investigator for the State of Massachusetts for many years, he retired five years ago. He was a US Air Force veteran, an avid sports fan and was devoted to his family.
He was the beloved son of Santine (Giangreco) Sorrento of Randolph and the late Joseph Sorrento; brother of Joseph Sorrento of New York and Charles Sorrento of Randolph and is also survived by his nephew, Charles Barros-Sorrento and nieces, Alessandra, Cristina, and Gina Sorrento.
Funeral arrangements were by the Hurley Funeral Home, Randolph. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.
Lorraine T. (Bertolon) Murphy of Winthrop died on January 10. She was 84 years old.
She worked as a secretary for First National Stores for several years before working for Teamsters Union local 379 as their Secretary of Health and Welfare for many years.
The loving wife of 58 years to the late Bernard G. Murphy who died on November 14, 2010, she was the devoted mother of Edward F. Murphy and his wife, Gail, of Norfolk and Joseph R. Murphy of Winthrop; daughter of the late Celio E. and Adele (Bertocchi) Bertolon; dear sister of the late Eleanore A. Costa and her husband, Antonio F. Costa; loving aunt of Marcia Lieberman and her husband, Robert, of Norwood, Anthony Costa and his wife, Debra, of Mendon and many other nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. For online condolences, please visit www.kirby-rapino.com.
Member of Mt. Carmel Church Sodality
Josephine (Simonelli) Scialabba of East Boston died on January 11.
A member of the Mt Carmel Church Sodality, she was the beloved wife of the late Antonio “Tony” with whom she shared 66 years of marriage; devoted mother of Anthony and his wife, Joyce, of Saugus and George Scialabba of Cambridge; dear sister of Louise Simonelli of East Boston, Irene Moscariello of Reading and the late Rose Catena, Angelina Mootrey and Angelo “Bro” Simonelli; cherished grandmother of Diane Scialabba and Carol Racca, both of Saugus, and adored great grandmother of David, Jonathan and Amanda. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights ) East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com.
Member of Sons of Italy Women’s Lodge
Patricia C. (Marino) Kelley of Winthrop died on January 10.
She was the beloved wife of the late Harold B. Kelley Jr.; loving mother of Harold G. Kelley III and his wife, Sharon, of Florida, Patricia Ricci of Lynn and Marie Ortalani and her husband, Stephen, of Winthrop and the late Anne Slick; sister of the late Joseph Marino and cherished grandmother of eight and great grandmother of five.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MSPCA Angel Memorial, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Baldassare LaRosa of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 10.
He was the beloved husband of Rosanna (Graziani) LaRosa; loving father of Antonietta LaRosa of Revere, Floredana Colarossi of Brighton and her late husband, Donato, Marinella Schena and her husband, Lorenzo, of Tewksbury and Anna Rita Cali and her husband, Shawn, of Revere; the son of Antoinetta (DiGirolamo) LaRosa of East Boston and the late Paul LaRosa; dear brother of Angelo of Revere, Nino of Malden, Frank, of Lynn, Maria of East Boston and Giovanna DeFeo of Revere. He was the cherished grandfather of 10 grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book and directions: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Antonetta Rota of Shirley Street, Winthrop died at the Epoch Nursing Home in Melrose on January 8 after a brief illness. She was 93 years old.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Mariano Caggiano and Mary (Pasquale). She resided in East Boston before moving to Winthrop more than 60 years ago.
The beloved wife of the late Virgilio Rota, she was the loving mother of Dennis Rota of North Reading and the late Frank A. Rota; the cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Kelly, Brian, Kaylee and Anthony.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To sign her online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Concetta ‘Connie’ Marrocco
Jordan Marsh retiree
Concetta “Connie” (Cuono) Marrocco died in East Boston on January 9 following a long illness. She was in her 93rd year.
She was a Jordan Marsh Company retiree and member of the Jordan Marsh Quarter Century Club.
She was the cherished sister of John Cuono and his companion, Angelina DiGiovanni, of East Boston; beloved daughter of the late Luigi and Alessandrina (Paolillo) Cuono and is also lovingly survived by several cousins, extended family and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the private family mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.
Marie F. (McGeorge) Riley died in Woburn on January 8.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Riley; devoted mother of Jane M. Farynaz and her husband, William, of South Carolina, Jo-Anne A. Stewart and her late husband, John, of California, Geraldine Alger and her husband, George, of Ipswich and Joseph L. Riley Jr. and his wife, Kathleen M., of Burlington; dear sister of the late Thomas and Eugene McGeorge; loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Riley’s memory to the Hospice of North Shore Inc., 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. (Obituary and guest book at www.lynch-cantillon.com)
Anthony “Tony” Pestana of Everett died on January 8.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Hilde (Lang); father of Linda Monti of Randolph, Diane of Everett, the late Robert and Anthony; brother of Manuel of East Boston and the late Mary Paradiso and is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristina, Amy, Katy, Tommy and three great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden www.roccofuneralhomes.com.