Obituaries 06-01-2011

Joann Modica

Lynn resident

Joann “Jennie” (Fazio) Modica of Lynn, formerly of Medford, died on May 24.  The beloved wife of the late Giovani “John” Modica, she was the devoted mother of Paula Modica and Mary-Ellen Nille, both of Lynn, John Modica of California and David Modica of Marblehead and cherished grandmother of David and Nikki Modica. Mrs Modica was one of six sisters and one brother and she is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 0990. To send an online condolence to the Modica Family:

John Papandrea Sr.

Orient Heights resident

John A. Papandrea Sr. of Orient Heights East Boston died on May 28.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the husband of Ann A. (Cobb) Papandrea of East Boston; loving father of Arthur LaMonica of East Boston, Cathy Strazzullo and her husband, Billy, of Wilmington, John A. Papandrea Jr. and his wife, Tricia, of New Hampshire and Ann Benenati and her husband, Joseph, of Revere; dear brother of Benjamin Papandrea of East Boston and the late Rose Burke, Pasquale and Joseph Papandrea; dear friend of Evelyn Martinelli of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Alicia and Marisa Papandrea and Nicolas and Ryan Benenati and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For guest book:

Robert Buonopane

East Boston resident

Robert J. “Bobby” Buonopane of East Boston died on May 24.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia _Patty_ (Saggese); cherished son of the late Angelo and Nancy Buonopane; loving father of Robert, Jr. and his wife, Molly, and Paul and his wife, Elizabeth, all of Peabody and William, Richard and his wife, Renee, and Eric and his wife, Lisa, all of East Boston; dear brother of William Buonopane, Elena Baer, Nancy Turco and the late Ralph, Michael and Philomena Buonopane, Mary and Assunta Ciccone, Phyllis Gallo and Jeanette LoConte; blessed and most cherished grandfather of Richard, Nico, Destinee, Dante, Sarah, Thomas, Kathryn, Paul, Jordan, Robert, Skyla and Sophia Buonopane. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Anthony_s Church, Revere today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Arrangements are entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafuneralscom.

Dr. A. Thomas Pellegriti


Dr. A. Thomas Pellegriti of Pelham, NH died on May 24 with his beloved wife of 68 years, Nora R. (Carresi) Pellegriti, by his side. He was 91 years old.

Born in Regalbuto, Sicily on February 18, 1920, the son of the late Peter and Maria (Labruna) Pellegriti, he immigrated to the United States at an early age.

He was a graduate of Boston English High School and Northeastern University with a BS in Education. He received his Masters Degree and Doctorate in Child Psychology and Sociology from Boston University. Prior to retirement, Dr. Pellegriti taught Child Psychology and Sociology at Boston State College for many years. Previously, he taught in the Winthrop school system and later at the Boston School system.

Dr. Pellegriti and his wife enjoyed travelling the world where he mastered several languages. In addition, he was an avid boater and wintered in Marco Island, FL.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Pelham Funeral Home, Pelham, NH. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to Northeastern University. E-condolences at

Theresa Pini

Of Everett, formerly of Medford

Theresa C. (Blackstad) Pini of Everett, formerly of Medford, died suddenly on May 21. She was 44 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Olaf and Barbara (Schultz) Blackstad; loving sister of Coreen Gauvin of Hull, Eleanor Blackstad of East Boston, Arline Kunkel of Granite Falls, NC, Rolf Feldhoff of Derry, NH, the late Barbara Ann Bourque and the late Edward Blackstad. She was the loving companion of Charles Shannon of East Boston and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grand nephews.

Funeral Services were private. In her memory, donations may be made to the Mass Commission For The Blind, 48 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116-4718. For online guest book visit

Sterling Wardell Jr.

Of Beverly, formerly of East Boston

Sterling Wardell Jr. of Beverly, formerly of East Boston, died on May 23.

He was the cherished son of the late Sterling Sr. and Mary (Ciampa) Wardell; dear brother of Anthony Lascuola of Marblehead,  Enrico Lascuola of Brockton and the late Mary Cerese and Carol McLibargey; fond uncle of Michael and Kate McLibargey of Nrth Andover, Ronnie Tattersalo and his wife, Deborah, of Rowley and Edward McLibargey of Taunton and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book:

Eleanor Noonan

Former Administrative Assistant at Eye and Ear Infirmary

Eleanor J. Noonan of Loring Road, Winthrop died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on May 29 after a long illness. She was 59 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of Jennie (Campia) and Anthony Dellorco. She lived in Hyde Park at an early age and moved to Winthrop more than 36 years ago. She worked for several years as an Administrative Assistant at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston.

She was the beloved wife of Robert E. Noonan and the loving mother of Jennifer Murphy and her husband, Joseph, and Robert P. Noonan and his wife, Megan, all of Winthrop. She was the dear sister of Anthony and Robert Dellorco, both of Franklin; the cherished grandmother of Connor, Robert, Matthew, William and Ryan.

The funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday June 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Survivors by the Sea, 180 Lincoln St., Winthrop MA 02152. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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