Obituaries 08-10-2011

Salvatore Abbruzzese


Salvatore Abbruzzese of East Boston and Revere died on August 8 after a long illness. He was 80 years old.

A tailor, he was born in Italy and lived in East Boston and Revere for most of his adult life.

He was the beloved husband of Ercolina “Lina” (Dell’Aquila); devoted father of Ralph and his wife, Adriana of Peabody; dear brother of Antonio, Pasquelina and Antonietta, all of Italy; grandfather of Anthony Raffaele and Paul Christopher.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, August 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, August 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book, visit

Margaret Butler

Employee of The Former Frolic’s Night Club, Revere Beach

Margaret  M. “Peggy” (Lindsey ) Butler of Winthrop died on August 2. She was in her 103rd year.

She was a graduate of Fitton Catholic School, East Boston, Mt. St Mary’s Academy School, New Hampshire and the University of Rhode Island. She was a former bookkeeper/ Hostess/ Coat Room Attendant/ Bartender and Wait staff at the Frolics Night Club on Revere Beach, a member of Winthrop Catholic Women’s Club and former treasurer and a Eucharistic Minister at St John the Evangelist Church. She summered on the family estate on Prince Edward Island.

Born at Ft Andrews, Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward I. Butler with whom she shared 48 years of marriage; loving mother of Rev. William L. Butler, former pastor of St Mary of the Assumption Church, Revere, of Dennis, Helen E. Gibbs of E. Kingston, NH, Linda M. Mc George and her partner, Richard Perrier, both of Winthrop and the late Edward “Buddy” Butler; dear sister of the late Edward “Buddy” Lindsey,  Ethel Eleanor “Nellie” Hughes and “Peggy’s”  son in law, Joseph D. Gibbs; cherished grandmother of HelenAnn and Bruce Gusler and William  and Cyndy Gibbs, all of New Hampshire, Joseph and Robyn Gibb and Kelly and Scott Cazel of California, John and Patricia Gibbs of Wilmington, Edward T. Butler of Winthrop and Dana A. Mc George of Ohio; great grandmother of Bruce, Jr. and Jen Gusler and April Gusler, all  of New Hampshire, Cole and Brock Cazel of California and Alexis J. Chew of Illinois and great great grandmother of  Matthew E. Gusler of New Hampshire. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and extended family in the Canadian Provinces.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Friday morning at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St.

John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to Paw Prints Dog Visitation Program Center for Families, Children’s Hospital Boston, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. For directions and guest book.

Rudolph Celani

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Rudoph F. “Rudy” Celani of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on August 6.

He was the beloved husband of the late Wanda J. (Alunni); father of John of California, Edward and his wife, Eliane of East Boston, Wanda and her husband, Ronnie Delfonso of Wakefield, Rudy, Roseanne, Richard and Connie, all of Revere; brother of Mary Wilson of Arizona, Clara Shippione and Isabella Ciampa, both of Maine. He is also survived by five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St., (at Day Sq.), East Boston, tonight, Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.

Generoso Natola

East Boston resident

Generoso Natola of East Boston died on August 6.

He was the beloved son of the late Carlo and Celeste Natola; husband of the late Elena (Cotillo) Natola; beloved father of Paul Natola and his wife, Grace of Lynnfield, Ralph Natola of Tewsbury, Thomas Natola and his wife, Jane of North Easton, Eleanor DiCenso and her husband, Ron of Pelham, NH and Lorraine Done and her husband, Don of Milton; loving grandfather of Marisa, David, Amy, Daniel, Monika, Julie, Celina, Brian, Gregory, Olivia, Parker and great grandfather of seven. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., East Boston. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral arrangements are by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Memorial Contributions can be made in Mr. Natola’s name to the Academy Manor, 89 Morton Street, Andover, MA 01810. For online condolences please visit:

Genevieve Crescenzi

East Boston Resident

Genevieve M. “Jennie” (Zichittella) Crescenzi of East Boston died on August 5.

She was the beloved wife of the late Matthew Crescenzi; mother of Angela McManus of East Boston and Christina Crescenzi of Mesa, AZ; sister of Josephine Caruso, Jacqueline Proia, Gloria Cellucci and the late Anna DeAngelico, Mary Arinella and Martin Zichitella and grandmother of Jimmy McManus.

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

Michael Earl Mayes

Died recently

Michael Earl Mayes died on August 2. He was 47 years old.

Born on August 10, 1963, he was the son of Antoinette Mayes from East Boston and brother of Marie Giovanudis, Robert Mayes and Michelle Chavez. He was the uncle of nine.

A Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church today, August 10, at 10 a.m.

Emilio Porcaro

East Boston resident

Emilio Porcaro of East Boston died on August 3. He was in his 97th year.

He was the beloved husband of the late Antoinette (Aulino) Porcaro; devoted father of Frank J. Porcaro and his wife, Cynthia of New Seabury and the late George Porcaro; father-in-law of Ann Porcaro of Medford; dear brother of Edward and Agnes, both of East Boston and the late John, Anthony, and Rose Porcaro. He is also survived by two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and six step-great-grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. ( Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home (781-933-0400).

Joseph Saviano

East Boston resident

Joseph Saviano of East Boston died on August 4.

He was the beloved son of the late Aniello and Sofia (DiCicco) Saviano; loving brother of Andrew Saviano of Winchester, the late Florence Capprini, Antonetta Comunale, Stephen, Frank, Philip “Don”, Victor, and Louis and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online condolences, please visit:

Shon Simmons

Of Dorchester, formerly of East Boston 

Shon S. Simmons of Dorchester, formerly of East Boston, died on July 31.

He is survived by his fiance, Michelle Auther; his brother, Vincent M. Simmons; two sisters, Lisa L. Simmons and Joi L. Simmons; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. For online condolences please visit

Ralph Squillante

Barber and talented percussionist

Ralph Squillante of Medford, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on August 2 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, the son of the late Alfonso and the late Mary (DiMicchilo) Squillante, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and worked as a barber operating shops at the Prudential Center, Sheridan Hotel and the Ritz Carlton. He was also a talented percussionist who played drums with several bands in the Boston Area including the MelTones.

A Medford resident for more than 40 years, he was a member of the Medford Elks and the Winchester Sons of Italy. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed the company of his relatives and friends

He was the beloved husband of Jean (Frallicciardi) with whom he shared 61 years of marriage; devoted father of Debra Squillante, of Stoneham, Rene Squillante of East Boston, Cheryl Delano of Palm Beach Garden, FL, Jean George and her husband, Paul of Derry, NH and Ralph Squillante, Jr of Medford; loving grandfather of Richard, Jesse, Dane, John, Julie, Joanna, Melanie, and Michelle; dear brother of Patsy, Anthony, Flora and Anna Squillante.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Marie Tuzzalino 

Of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights

Marie S. (Domenico) Tuzzalino of Revere, formerly Orient Heights East Boston, died on August 2.

A graduate of Practical Arts High School in Boston, she was a retiree of NYNX, a member of C.W.A. local 1302 and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Tuzzalino with whom she shared 42 years of marriage; loving mother of Nadine Tuzzalino of Revere and Robert Tuzzalino and his wife, Beverly of Georgetown; dear sister of Florence Maresca of Boston, Irene Clague of Brockton, John Domenico of Orient Heights East Boston and the late Julia Caruso and Josephine Columbo; fond aunt of many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book:

Father Patrick Diver, S.D.B. (1943-2011) 

By Father Michael Mendl, S.D.B.

After a long bout with cancer, Father Patrick Diver, S.D.B., died early in the morning of August 6at Father Hudson House, a hospice in Elizabeth, N.J. He was 68 years old.

Father Diver was born in Boston on August 5, 1943, to Patrick and Mary Connolly Diver. Within the month he was baptized at St. Margaret’s Church in Dorchester, which remained the family’s parish.

Following his graduation from Don Bosco Technical High School in Boston in 1961, he enrolled in Don Bosco College Seminary in Newton, N.J., as a candidate for Salesian life. In August 1962 he entered the novitiate, also in Newton, and made his first profession of religious vows on August 16, 1963.

Like all Salesian seminarians, Brother Diver majored in philosophy at Don Bosco College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in June of 1967. He minored in classical languages.

Having volunteered for the foreign missions, Brother Diver was sent to the Philippines, where he taught at Don Bosco Academy in Pampanga, the province’s high school seminary, from 1967 to 1970. The students greatly appreciated him as a teacher and friend. At the same time, he undertook a master’s program in guidance and counseling at De La Salle College’s Graduate School of Education in Manila, completing his degree in May 1970. One of the papers that he presented for the degree was titled “The Counselor in the Salesian System of Education.”

Brother Diver returned to the U.S. in 1970 to study theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington, Ohio. He was ordained in Columbus on March 30, 1974, and awarded a master of arts in theology from the Josephinum in June of that year.

Father Diver’s first priestly assignment was as dean of students at Don Bosco College in Newton (1974-1976). Twenty-one years of high school apostolate followed, during which he ministered as a guidance counselor at St. Dominic Savio High School in East Boston (1976-1980), treasurer at Dom Savio (1980-1984), and director of the school (1989-1995); he was treasurer at Mary Help of Christians School in Tampa (1984-1988) and then principal there (1988-1989), and guidance counselor at Don Bosco Technical High School in Paterson, N.J. (1995-1997). He later had another short stint as guidance counselor at Savio Prep in East Boston (2003-2004). 1976-1980 Guidance Counselor at St. Dominic Savio H.S

1980-1984 Treasurer at St. Dominic Savio H.S.

1989-1995 Director at St. Dominic Savio H.S.

2003-2004 Guidance Counselor at Savio Preparatory H.S.

Father Diver made a lasting impression on the young men at Savio. One alumnus, C. David Surface, writes: “He was the most honest and caring priest I have ever known. His influence helped to shape my life both professionally and from a family perspective…. I will never forget him and how he made my days at Savio truly special.”

During his first assignment in East Boston he was certified as a school guidance counselor in Massachusetts (1978).

Father Diver worked in parishes, too. He was pastor of Mary Help of Christians Church in Manhattan for a year (1997-1998), associate pastor at Nativity Church in Washington, D.C. (2002), acting pastor of St. Theresa’s Church in Leeds, Ala. (2003), and pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Elizabeth, N.J., and director of the Salesian community there (2004-2010).

From 1998 to 2002 Father Diver was director of Salesian Missions in New Rochelle, coordinating a vast fundraising program in service to Salesian missionary activities all over the world.

In 2007, while he was pastor in Elizabeth, Father Diver was found to have colon cancer and went through a long treatment and recovery.

In the summer of 2010 Father Diver completed his pastorate and directorship in Elizabeth and was assigned once more to the formation of young Salesians as a very experienced and highly valued staff member at the Don Bosco Residence in Orange, N.J. Late in the spring of 2011 cancer returned in a very serious form. When treatment was unavailing, he entered hospice care.

Brother Gustavo Ramirez, S.D.B., one of the young Salesians from Orange, said of him: “Father Pat Diver was a great example of perseverance and love for the young. I will always remember him as the vital man who loved the young to the last minute of his life.”

Father Diver is survived by his sisters Kathleen Tubman and Maureen Fitzgerald, both of the Boston area, and by his Salesian confreres of the New Rochelle Province.

The funeral arrangements for Father Diver were:

Wake at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 853 Third Avenue, Elizabeth, N.J., 07202, on Monday, August 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 9, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Anthony’s, August 9 at 7:30 p.m. Father Thomas Dunne, S.D.B., provincial, will preside, and Father Thomas Ruekert, S.D.B., will preach.

Burial in the Diver family plot will be at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Mass., today, Wednesday, August 10, at 1:00 p.m.

Kathleen Dunn 

Of Dorchester, formerly of East Boston,

Kathleen D. Dunn of Dorchester, formerly of East Boston, died on August 6.

She was the daughter of Christina and the late Daniel Dunn Sr.; mother of Jessica Dedominics and Brian Ebbs, Jr.; sister of Daniel, Mary, Karen and Rhonda Dunn and companion of Brian Ebbs, Sr. She is also survived by her grandson, Theron as well as her many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston will be today, Wednesday, August 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. For more information or to send an online condolence:

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