Obituaries 03-02-2011

Charles Zuffante

Member of DAV and Sons of Italy


Charles T. Zuffante of East Boston died on February 28.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II, a member of D.A.V. Post 77 of East Boston and the Sons of Italy.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (McGrane) Zuffante with whom he shared 67 years of marriage; loving father of Charles “Charley Zuff” Zuffante of East Boston and his late wife, Christine (Duca) Zuffante; Susan Panzini of East Boston and her late husband, John “Penny” Panzini and John “Jack” Zuffante and his wife, Carole (Anzalone) of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Charles Zuffante III, Christopher Zuffante and his wife, Jeralyn, Cheryl Breault and her husband, Richard,  Debra Wright and her husband, Stephen, Anna Panzini-DiCenso and her husband, Tony, Lori Owen and her husband, Shawn, and Lisa Zuffante and her husband, Joseph and 17 loving great grandchildren. He was also the beloved and longtime friend of Mrs. Elaine Marley and the Marley Family of Winthrop.

His 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 Sacred Heart Church, East Boston at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For shuttle service from East Boston to Revere, call 1-800-252-1127. For directions and guest book,

Richard Pisani

Died recently


Richard A. Pisani died on February 25.

He was the beloved son of the late Luis Pisani and Jenny (Colaninno) Pisani; father of Richard Pisani of Revere, Robert_Pisani and Joyce DePippo, both of Winthrop; grandfather of Joseph and Matthew Pisani; long time companion of Nancy Peterman and step-father to Michael, Ronald and Scott Hillary; dear brother of Jeannie Bolognese and the late Reginald Bolognese of Revere and Anthony Pisani of East Boston; loving uncle of Dennis Bolognese of Revere, David Bolognese and his wife, Ellen, of Saugus, Lynda Cooke and her husband, Michael, of Stoneham and Anthony Pisani Jr. of the North End. He was also great uncle to Jenna and Nicolas Bolognese and Robert Cooke.

Relatives and friends may visit with the family Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in The Rapino Memorial Funeral Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston. Private burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  For online condolences, visit

Kim Marie Forte

Math Professor


Kim Marie (Surette) Forte of Wilmington died February 21 from injuries sustained in an accident. She was 51 years old.

She was born on January 30, 1960, in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere. She grew up in East Boston, attended the Julia Billiart High School in Boston’s North End graduating as the class Valedictorian in 1978.

She married her High School “Sweetheart,” Louis Forte, on August 30, 1981 and they shared a wonderful life together. They were doting parents to their son, Timothy, he was their world and a big reason that she always had that amazing smile. Together they loved to travel, entertain, and spend time with their family and friends. Kim and Lou never spent a day apart in 30 years. They were “soul mates” who truly loved one another unconditionally.

Kim was a hard worker, since the age of 16 she worked as a dental assistant in East Boston. When she moved to Wilmington in 1983, she took a job as a dental assistant for Dr. Edgerly’s dental office in Wilmington where she worked for many years. She earned her Associates Degree in Math from Middlesex Community College in Bedford and her Bachelor’s Degree in Math from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus. At the time of her death, she was working as a Professor of Math at Middlesex Community College and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Math. She loved teaching and was very fond of her students, always giving them the support and courage to further their education and better their lives.

She loved to exercise and to be outdoors. She walked and biked all over Wilmington. No matter what the weather was outside, everyone knew Kim. She would often stop to help someone rake, shovel, or carry in some groceries. She just loved to help others and the streets of Wilmington will never seem the same without passing Kim with that huge smile on her face. Kim was also a regular at RMA fitness where she worked hard and was so kind and friendly, just a pleasure to be around.

She will be fondly remembered for her optimistic attitude and her endearing personality. People were drawn to her. She had a soft, kind way about her and a warm smile that would light up a room and a love for others, especially children. She loved to entertain them and just have fun with the kids.

Kim was very devoted to her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a true friend to many. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those she loved. Her absence will leave a huge void in their lives but her memory will be with them forever.

Kim’s motto in life was: “The secret to life is to skip and dance, it will make you smile,” and those who knew Kim knew she loved to dance, she embraced life to the fullest, and was always smiling. To take a quote from a popular song “When you smile the whole world stops to stare for a while, girl you’re amazing”, that describes the Kim everyone knew and holds dear to their hearts.

She was the loving wife of Louis J. Forte, devoted mother of Timothy L. Forte, both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere, dear sister of Dwayne Surette and his wife, Cathy, of East Boston and Sharon Nelson and her husband, Michael, of Exeter, NH, sister-in-law of Anthony Forte of Florida, Veronica Forte of East Boston, John Forte of Revere, and the late Salvatore Forte. She was also the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Family and friends gathered at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington on February 26 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Wilmington. Burial took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations in her name may be made payable to the MCC Foundation, Inc., with a memo “in memory of Kim Forte” and mailed to: MCC Foundation, P. O. Box 716, Bedford, MA 01730.

Celia Mucci

East Boston resident


Celia (Mucci) Mucci of East Boston died on February 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dominic Mucci; loving mother of Pasquale “Pat” Mucci and his wife, Barbara, of Brighton and the late Frank Mucci; cherished grandmother of Amanda Mucci; dear sister of the late Dominic, Tony, Diane, Edith, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Dora and Olga and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. For online condolences, visit

John Capone Sr.

Proprietor of Elite Upholstering of Arlington


John P. Capone Sr. of East Boston died on February 25.

The proprietor of Elite Upholstering of Arlington, he was the beloved husband of more than 62 years of Marie (Izzo); the devoted father of Karen Gaeta and her husband, Steven, of Winthrop, John Jr. and his wife, Karen, Robert and his wife, Joanne, all of West Peabody, Andrea Capone of East Boston, Michelle Reilly and her husband, Dennis, of Winthrop; dear brother of Mary Saladino of Arlington and the late Buster and Raymond Capone;  cherished grandfather of Robyn Marshall, Lauren, Robert and Nicole Capone, Shawn, Michael and Taylor Reilly and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.  Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In honoring Mr Capone, memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl. #2 Boston, 02114. For more information or to send the Capone family an online condolence,

Lena Dunn

East Boston resident


Lena (Devizia) Dunn of East Boston, formerly of Saugus, died on February 27. She was in her 106th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Patten Dunn; devoted mother of the late Barbara S. Selig; dear sister of the late Anna, Angie, Edward and Mary and is survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mrs. Dunn’s wishes, services were private with arrangements under the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston.

Noreen Muscarella

Charlestown resident


Noreen R. (Mahoney) Muscarella of Charlestown died on February 25. She was 75 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 53 years to Louis V. Muscarella; devoted mother of Debbie Fitzgerald and her husband, Leo, of Florida, Lois MacIntyre and her husband, Joe, of Winthrop, Carole Gosselin and her husband, Gary, of East Boston, Teri Doherty and her husband, Roger, of Charlestown and Tracy Scolari and husband, Louiz, of Boston; loving Nana to eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Thomas Mahoney of Holliston, and the late Helen “Marie” Mahoney, Dorothy Hanbury and John Mahoney. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801. For obituary and online condolences:

Sheila Mullen

NE Tel & Tel retiree


Sheila N. (Moran) Mullen of the Harbor View section of East Boston died on February 24 following a brief illness. She was in her 90th year.

A NE Tel & Tel retiree, she was the wife of the late Atty. Francis R. Mullen; devoted mother of Mary Elizabeth Mullen of East Greenwich, RI, David F. Mullen and his wife, Judith L., of Melrose and Paul J. Mullen and his wife, Lisa M., of Bedford, NH; cherished grandmother of Justin F., Casey E., Christopher P., Daniel J. and Samantha J. Mullen; dear sister of Robert Garnett and his wife, Gail, of Winthrop and the late Mary Leone, Joseph P. Moran, Lawrence P. Moran and George Lombardi. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 37105-1942.

Elvira Molinaro

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston


Elvira (Tranfaglia) Molinaro of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 22.

She was the beloved wife of the late Al “Molly” Molinaro; mother of Roberta Daley and her late husband, Francis, Sandra Esterbrook and her late husband, William, all of East Boston and Ronald and his wife, Kathleen Molinaro, of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren. She was the great-grandmother of 11 and one late great-granddaughter and great-great grandmother of one.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery:

Johana Stack

Longtime President of the Revere League or Special Needs


Johana (Colangelo) Stack of the Beachmont Section of Revere died on February 22.

The President of the Revere League of Special Needs for more than 20 years, she was the beloved wife of Thomas Stack Sr. with whom she shared 44 years of marriage; loving mother of Thomas Stack Jr. of Revere; dear sister of Carmella Puopolo and her husband, Joseph, of East Boston and Ginny Colangelo of Revere; cherished daughter of the late Michael and Virginia (Bisazza) Colangelo; fond aunt of Denise, Christopher and the late Ralph Puopolo and Michael and Joseph Vacchio

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Thomas Sack Donation Account, C/O the Citizens Bank, 385 Broadway, Revere. For online guest book:

Margaret Costantini

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston


Margaret (Moscatelli) Costantini of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on February 22 at the Radius Healthcare Facility in Danvers. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Felicia Moscatelli. She grew up in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High school.

She worked in the cafeteria at Lynnfield High School, enjoyed bingo, crochet, bowling and adventurous trips to Foxwoods. She loved shopping and will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother who valued her family.

She was the beloved wife of Donato Costantini of Peabody, dear mother of Domenic Piso of New Hampshire, Rose DeMild of Peabody, and Margaret Leo of Lynnfield; loving grandmother of 13, Eddie, Danny, Louis, Kristina, Domenic, Danielle, Derek, Marina, Lucas, Louis, Melissa, Paulette, and Janae; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Brayden, Haylie, Zachary, Coleman, Jacob, and Mark, sister of Sam “Sonny” Moscatelli of Chelsea, and also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.

Muriel Hennigar

Melrose resident


Muriel M. (Hinden) Hennigar of Melrose died on February 19.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lewis C. Hennigar; stepmother of Lewis D. Hennigar and his wife, Mariella, of New Hampshire, the late Dana E. Hennigar and his wife, Jill, of Reading and is also survived by seven step grandchildren, 14 step great grandchildren, four step great great grandchildren and a nephew, many nieces, extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. For obituary or to sign guest book please visit


John Sanechiaro

Member of American Legion, Revere ITAM and VFW


John F. Sanechiaro died in Revere on February 16 following a long illness. He was 82 years old.


A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion Post 61 of Revere, The Revere ITAM Post and VFW-Mottolo Post 4524.


He was the husband of the late Elizabeth V. (Shrum); devoted father of James E. Sanechiaro of Revere and Donna A. Sanechiaro and her husband, Jeffrey Massie, of Coconut Creek, Florida; cherished grandfather of Peri E. Sanechiaro of Pelham, NH; dear brother of Rita LaChance of Danvers; loving uncle of Carol Strout of Andover and William LaChance of Marblehead.


Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.



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