Obituaries 04-20-2011

John Pisano

Former East Boston resident

John J. “Shelly” Pisano, formerly of East Boston, died on April 15th at the V.A. Medical Center of Brockton following a long illness. He was in his 90th year.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Lynn YMCA and the Mass. Laborers Union.

He was the beloved husband of the late Bridget “Brigie” (Carrozza); cherished father of Frances A. Pisano of Glen Mills, PA and the late John G. “Ree” Pisano; devoted brother of Rose Mazzola and her husband, Philip, of Cohasset and the late Elvira Salamone, Joseph Canzano and Don “Hubbard” Canzano. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere on Thursday, April 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Liturgical Blessing at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, only from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Brockton V.A. Medical Center, 940 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301, Attn. Patients’ Recreation Fund.

Helen Ellis

Retired South Shore Hospital Unit Coordinator

Helen P. (Price) Ellis died at the Golden Living Center in Cohasset on April 18 after a long illness. She was 76 years old.

Born in Charlestown and educated in the Charlestown schools, she has been in Weymouth for 46 years. She worked at the So. Shore Hospital as a Unit Coordinator in the Birthing Unit for over 25 years until retiring in 1994. A volunteer for Special Olympics for several years, she made friends very easily and loved her family and the Red Sox.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur F. Ellis, devoted mother of Eileen Ellis Dumont and her husband, Dennis Dumont, of Weymouth Landing, Catherine Ellis McDonald and her husband, Francis X. McDonald Jr., of Wakefield; the loving grandmother of Andrew and Matthew McDonald, both of Wakefield and Lily and Emma Dumont, both of Weymouth Landing and the sister of Catherine Pagliarulo of East Boston.

Funeral services will be held from the South Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home, 809 Main St. (Rte 18 opp. So.Shore Hosp.) Thursday, April 21 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Blessing in Sacred Heart Church, Weymouth Landing at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the MA National Cemetery, Bourne. Donations in Mrs. Ellis’ memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Fl. 6, Brookline, MA 02445.


Walter Donatelli

Manufacturing and Industrial Engineer

Walter Donatelli, a longtime resident of East Boston, died peacefully at his home on April 16. He was 85 years old.

Born on May 22, 1925 in Boston, a son of the late Augusto Donatelli and Assunta (Camarda) Donatelli, he was a graduate of Boston Latin High School and M.I.T. Class of 1950.  A US Army veteran, he served his country proudly during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  He retired as a Major after serving three years of active duty and 20 years in the reserves.

Mr. Donatelli had a long and distinguished career as a manufacturing and industrial engineer.  He worked for GTE Sylvania as well as Philips of North America for many years.  A holder of several patents, his career included managing engineering projects as well as improving quality control and performance in manufacturing.

He was the devoted brother of Elsa DeSanctis of East Boston, Antonetta Fiamingo of Watertown, and Eda Kramer and her husband, Ken, of Lynnfield; cherished uncle of Raymond DeSanctis Jr. and Brian DeSanctis, both of East Boston, John Fiamingo of Burlington, Susan Pope of Gloucester, Melissa Kramer of Middleton, Valerie Charles of Fairfield, CT and Andrea Kramer of Methuen.

A Funeral Service to celebrate and honor his life will be held in the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St, Melrose today, Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For obituary, guestbook or to share a memory, visit Gifts in his memory should be made to Heaps of Hope, c/o Matrix, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481.

Rose Anne Palermo

Retired stitcher

Rose Anne Palermo, a retired stitcher in the garment industry and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Tuesday evening, April 12 following a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Jennie (Ciano) Lanzo. She attended local schools and worked as a stitcher for Emerson Textile in Chelsea. She married Christopher J. Palermo in 1956 and together they raised their three daughters there. Mr. Palermo died in 1999.

Mrs. Palermo had many family members and friends in Everett and she belonged to Community Family in Everett. She was also an avid Bingo player, playing Friday Night Bingo at the P.A.V in Chelsea and St. Anthony_s Parish in Revere.

She was the beloved wife of 43 years to the late Christopher J. Palermo who died in 1999; devoted mother of Carol Palermo of Everett, Donna Palermo of East Boston and Christine Bennett of Barrington, NH; dear sister of the late Lucy Larcome, Alfonzo Lanzo, Margaret Dennis and Ann Guanci; cherished grandmother of Tara Ortiz, Eugene Bennett Jr., William Bennett, Hayley Cunningham, and Ronald J. Gagglione III and is also survived by her great grandchildren Briana, Owen and Lucas.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit

Sylvia Pisano

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Sylvia (Scrima) Pisano of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on April 15 after a valiant battle with bronchial and lung cancer. She was 75 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 31 years of Patrick C. Pisano; devoted sister of Concetta “Connie” Zarrella and her husband, Vincent, and Gilda Pasto, all of Saugus, Mary Greco of Wilmington, Rev. Claude Scrima, O.F.M. of St. Leonard’s Church, Boston and the late Michael Scrima. She is also lovingly survived by Revere Police Sgt. Detective Steven J. Pisano and his wife, Barbara, of Peabody and their children, Angie Pisano-Briggs and her husband, John, of Saugus, Alisha Pisano of Peabody and the late Patrick R. Pisano and also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family & friends are invited to attend the Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Lungevity Foundation, 435 North LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654,

Derek Fula

Died of Metatastic Melanoma

Derek G. Fula of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died in Lynn on April 13 following a two year battle with metastatic melanoma. He was 27 years old.

He was the beloved son of Denise E. MacAllister of Everett and Gabriel A. DeSousa-Fula Sr. of Portugal; cherished brother of Ellyse L. MacAllister of Maine, Devon E. and Samantha J. DeVito, both of Revere, Gabriel A. DeSousa-Fula Jr., Destini Albert, Daralyn Albert, Pamela Dobson and Brandi Albert, all of Maine; dear grandson of Ralph R. MacAllister and the late Denise E. (Botticelli) MacAllister of Revere and Hermino and Maria Fula of Cape Cod. He is also lovingly survived by his girlfriend, Nicole M. Keating and her children, Joshua V. and Isabella M. DeSouza, with whom he made his home in Lynn; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his nephews, Devon DeVito Jr. and Carlos Esmurria III, and his best and devoted friend, Nicholas Gigliello III of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances made directly to the family would be most appreciated.

Vito Briatico

Retired Barber

Vito Briatico of Malden, formerly of East Boston, died on April 15.

A barber in Boston_s Back Bay for many years and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Claire (Emmons); devoted father of Linda Sullivan of Hyde Park, Vito of Saugus, Alice Makino of Derry, NH and Philip of Melrose; dear brother of Anna Ascolillo of East Boston, Frances Kramer of Paris, TX and the late Angelo, Barbara and Betty Briatico. He is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited at 10:30 am. Burial will be in Forest Dale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the D.A.V. PO Box 14301 Cincinnati OH 45250-0301 Att: Gift Processing.

Ralph Goff

Melrose resident

Ralph D. Goff of Melrose died on April 14.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret A. (Amirault) Goff with whom he shared 57 years of marriage; devoted father of Ralph D. Goff and his wife, Patricia, of N. Andover and Joyce A. MacCormack and her husband, Thomas J., of East Boston; dear brother of the late Cherry Medeiros; cherished grandfather of Ashleigh, Kevin, Jacqueline and her husband, James, Joseph, and Andrew; loving great grandfather of Hailey.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Robinson Funeral Home, Melrose. For online tributes or to express condolences, visit

Angelo Calabrese

Led a long and happy life

Angelo M. Calabrese, April 28, 1919 – April 12, 2011, died on April 12 after a long and happy life that was centered around his family and friends. He was 91 years old.

He was married to Teresa (Tirone) and the couple celebrated their 66th anniversary on April 8.

He was born in the North End and lived in East Boston and on Sumner St in Dorchester. He and Teresa permanently retired to Florida in 1980 and spent summers in Dorchester, then Weymouth, until 2006. They recently moved to Maryland to be near their daughter, Joanne, and son-in-law, Bill.

He joined the US Army in 1938 and planned a military career, but was honorably discharged in 1943 due to service-related medical issues. He was a printer at Burroughs (now Honeywell) in Saugus until the plant relocated to Connecticut. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk supervisor at the Roxbury Post Office until his retirement in 1980. During this time, he also managed his wife’s business, Teresa’s Beauty Salon on Columbia Rd, Dorchester.

He and Teresa had an active retirement life at the Mainlands senior community in Pinellas Park, FL, where they made many friends and enjoyed old friendships with other Bostonians who relocated to that area. He was active in the Mainlands Men’s Club and he took much pleasure in his lake-view home by Freedom Lake Park.

The couple lived in Florida until March of 2010 when they moved to Harmony Hall (an assisted living facility) in Columbia, Maryland.

Angelo and Teresa enjoyed the nightclubs of Boston, especially Blinstrub’s. On Angelo’s last day of life, Jerry Vale and Connie Francis music played in the background. They traveled extensively to Miami, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Sicily, Spain, Portugal, Hawaii, and Greece/Turkey (for their 50th Anniversary). They enjoyed numerous cruises and frequented various New England resorts – the Elms, the Concord, and the Beacon – always with their large circle of Italian friends and relatives.

Mr. Calabrese leaves his wife, Teresa, and three surviving children: Joanne of Clarksville, MD, and her husband, William Serelis, Charles of Newport, RI and Paul of Cancun, Mexico; four grandchildren: Paul Michael, Charles Angelo, Angelo, and Pamela; and a great granddaughter, Sophia. His daughter, Mary Grace Queally (1952 to1974) and beloved dog, Midnight, predeceased him.

His parents Giuseppina (Josephine) Bastile (1899 to2001) and Calogero (Charles) Calabrese (1889 to1981) immigrated from Sicily and married in 1916. His brothers George (1917 to1992) and Salvatore (1927 to 2000), and sisters Grazia (1927 to1929) and Gaetana (1922 to1939) predeceased him. He leaves many nieces and nephews who still reside in Massachusetts.

He will be remembered as a caring husband and devoted father. His family was his most valued gift in life. His famous introductory line was “they used to call me curly”. He loved to eat and his favorites were pasta, Sicilian pizza, and jelly donuts. And above all, he loved Teresa, his wife of 66 years.

Private services were held in Maryland. Tributes to his memory can be posted and read at Donations to Gilchrist Hospice Center of Howard County or sympathy cards can be sent to the family at: Remembering Angelo Calabrese, 7299 Meadow Wood Way, Clarksville MD, 21029.

Helen Moran

Of Canton, formerly of East Boston


Helen C. (Pugliese) Moran of Canton, formerly of East Boston and Milton, died on April 9.

The beloved wife of the late Francis E. Moran, she was the loving mother of Francis E. Moran, Jr. of Medfield and Julie A. Moran of Canton; sister of John Pugliese of East Boston, Josephine Pugliese of Canton and the late Lucille Coelho, Molly Belabona, Albert and Antonetta Pugliese and grandmother of Anthony and Andrew Moran.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dolan Funeral Home, Milton. Burial was in Milton Cemetery.

Rose Ferrario

East Boston resident

Rose (Castiglione) Ferrario of East Boston died on April 13.

The beloved wife of the late Aldo Ferrario, she was the loving mother of John Ferrario and his late wife, Jean, of East Boston and Aldo Ferrario and his late wife, Maria, of Mansfield; sister of Josephine Coyman of East Boston, Mildred Cacicio of North Reading and the late Anna Athanas, Catherine, Salvatore and Angelo Castiglione.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was at St Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale.

James Powers

East Boston resident

James J. Powers of East Boston died unexpectedly on April 11.

He was the cherished son of Mary (Botto) Powers of East Boston and the late James J. Powers, Sr; loving brother of Linda Coolidge and her husband, Ralph, of Amesbury, Mary Masucci and her friend, Richard Fawcett, of Revere, Matthew Powers of Winthrop and Ronald F. Powers of East Boston; fond uncle of nine nieces and nephews and eight grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home. Burial was private. For guest book:

Kim Marie Gordon

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Kim Marie Gordon of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 12.

She was the beloved daughter of George Gordon of Revere and the late Grace “Gracie” (Elacqua) Gordon; loving mother of Mark J. Gordon and his friend, Janea Piso of East Boston; loving sister of Dennis Gordon, Richard Gordon and his wife, Michelle, and Mark Gordon and his wife, Jo-Ann, all of Revere, Kenneth Gordon and his wife, Annette, and George Gordon and his wife, Rosemarie, all of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Mark Jr. and Nathan Gordon; niece of Concetta and William Cunningham of East Boston and dear friend of Debby Penaranda. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Wodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Charles O’Leary

Graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 2002


Charles P. O’Leary of Winthrop died suddenly at All Saints Medical Center in Lowell on March 31. He was 27 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Margaret A. (Aliberti) and Charles S. O’Leary. He was a 2002 graduate of Winthrop High School and went on to be employed as a painter.

He was the cherished grandson of Charles and Helene O’Leary and Virginia and the late Jack Aliberti; the dear nephew of Patricia Miner, Daniel, Dennis O’Leary, Roger, John, Rocky, James, Mark Aliberti and the late Brian O’Leary. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. To view his video tribute or sign the online guestbook go to

Alfonso Anzuoni, Jr.

Of Medford, formerly of Everett

Alfonso “Al” Anzuoni, Jr._ of Medford, formerly of Everett, died on April 10.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (LaMonica); devoted father of Diane Caddick of Andover; loving grandfather of Stephanie Sirbak of Townsend; loving great grandfather of Meagan and Shannon Sirbak; brother of Robert Anzuoni of East Boston and Anna Constantino of Burlington.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the National Kidney Foundation , 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. For obituary and guestbook:

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