Obituaries 10-26-2011

Francis Kearns 

Manager for Jeveli’s Restaurant

Francis J. “Sandy” Kearns, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, died at the Coolidge House in Brookline on October 22 after a sudden illness. He was 56 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Catherine (Collins) and Edward J. Kearns. He was a 1973 graduate of Winthrop High School where he was the President of his class for all four years and was the Viking mascot during sporting events. He went on to graduate from Boston College in 1977 as a political science major. After college he became a school teacher and then went on to become the bartending manager at Jeveli’s Restaurant in East Boston.

“Sandy” had a great love for the game of golf and horse racing. He would travel to Saratoga yearly and would even take trips to the Breeder’s Cup.

He was the loving father of Jennifer Kearns of East Boston, Stephanie Tuscano of Salem, NH, Nicole Capone of East Boston and Nicholas Fanandakis of Winthrop;  the dear brother of Edward Kearns of North Carolina, Maureen Kearns of Boston, Kathleen Horgan of Middleton, Eileen Kearns of Florida, Coleen Kearns of New Hampshire, Christine McCarty of Connecticut, Patricia Guay of North Carolina and Michael Kearns of Pennsylvania; the cherished grandfather of Nicholas, Gianni, Nicholas and David.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday, October 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 7 p.m. that evening. For directions, memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to

Louis Burke 

Decorated veteran

Louis J.  Burke died in East Boston on October 22.

He was a US Marine Corps Korean Conflict veteran and a Bronze Star recipient.

He was the beloved husband of Arlene M. (Carlson); father of Darlene and her husband, Gerard Gosselin, Lois and her husband, Robert Celona, all of East Boston and the late Robert L. Burke; brother of the late John Burke and Eleanor Arinella; grandfather of Jennie, Jerry, John, Christine and Robert and great-grandfather of Arianna, Alexis and Daniella.

His Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. (at Day Square) East Boston today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston 02128 would be appreciated.

James O’Neill 

Chelsea Resident

James O’Neill, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, passed away late Friday evening October 21at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a long illness.

He worked in shipping and receiving during his career.

He was the husband of Beverley (King) O’Neill; father of Catherine Love and her husband, Michael of East Boston, Carolanne Gusler and her husband, Randolph of Florida, Shawn O’Neil and his wife, Michelle of Chelsea, Kevin O’Neil and his fiancée, Deanna of Arlington, Timothy O’Neil and his companion, Michelle of Malden and the late Christine O’Neil and Patricia O’Neil; grandfather of Stephen Piasecki, Heather Doyle, Victoria Dawson, Randy Gusler, Courtney Gusler, Corey O’Neil and Andrew O’Neil; great grandfather of Hunter, Anthony, Brianna, Damein and Kalvin.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea today, Wednesday, October 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Committal Services will be private. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Fannie Franca 

Of Michigan, formerly of East Boston

Fannie M. (Maimone) Franca of Holland, Michigan, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died on October 18 following a long illness. She was 87 years old.

She was the wife of the late Manuel V.; devoted mother of Susan M. Seidelman of Holland, Michigan, Elizabeth A. “Liz” Franca of Graham, Washington and the late Thomas Franca; cherished sister of Anna Gramaglia of Foxboro, Lucy Maimone of Lutz, Florida, Anthony Maimone and his wife, Claire of Georgetown and the late Josephine Giusto, Mary Franco and Jennie Berte. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers’ Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Ricky Michael Emilio Curzi-Laaman 

East Boston resident

Ricky Michael Emilio Curzi-Laaman of East Boston died on October 21.

He was the adored son of Barbara Curzi of East Boston and Jaan Laaman of Buffalo, NY; cherished brother of Lucia Colombaro and her husband, Jeremy Stark of Dorchester and Nina Colombaro and her husband, Edward Bordas of Dorchester; beloved fiance of Susan Finocchio of East Boston; loving grandson of the late Emilio and Ida Curzi and John and Ella Laaman; dear nephew of Sandra, Dennis and Richard Curzi, Ulle Lewes, Joseph, Thomas, Michael and Anne Maria Laaman; uncle of Maia, Giulia and Lorenzo; cousin of Roxanne, Rachel, Laura and Bridget Curzi, Melissa, John, Craig, Sarah, Reina, Derek and Kristin Laaman.

His Funeral Service will be held in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Square) East Boston on Saturday at 1 p.m. The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit

Louise Nazzaro 

Chelsea resident

Louise M. (Taurasi) Nazzaro of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on October 20. She was 92 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Virginia (Chiango) and Salvatore Taurasi; loving wife of the late Carlo F. Nazzaro; cherished mother of Carl Nazzaro and his companion, Sheila McClorey of Swampscott, Robert Nazzaro and his wife, Donna of Woburn, and the late Suzanne Nazzaro; adored grandmother of Michael Nazzaro of Woburn; loving sister of the late Mary Cutts, Anthony “Tony” Taurasi and Florence Cochrane and is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea MA 02150. To leave online condolences, please visit

Annetta Romano 

Retired Nurse

Annetta L. “Netta” Romano of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on October 20. She was 87 years old.

She was a graduate of Boston City Hospital Nursing School and a retired Boston City Hospital employee with 35 years of service. A leader in many organizations, she enjoyed spending time with her family and so many wonderful friends. She will be greatly missed by all those she touched.

She was the daughter of the late Philip and Anna (Greco) Romano; beloved sister of Irene Marcucci and her husband, Ben of Winthrop, Philip Romano of East Boston and the late Virginia Cotter and Louis Romano; sister in law of Mary Romano of East Boston; cherished aunt of Michele Wilson and her husband, Robert of Winthrop, LuAnn Arciero and her husband, Thomas of East Boston, Paula Duggan and her husband, Thomas of Bradford and the late Michael Marcucci; great aunt of Ashley, Krysta, Courtney and Jason.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, (Beachmont) Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice . For condolences:

Stanley Belinsky 

New Hampshire resident, formerly of East Boston

Stanley “Mitch” Belinsky of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Beverly, Revere and East Boston, died on August 4.

He was the beloved husband of Joanne Sweeney-Belinsky and is also survived by two sisters, a brother, a son and five grandchildren.

At his request, funeral services were private.  Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the MSPCA Nevins Farm (from which he adopted his beloved companion Timmy), 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844.

Philip Fiorino 

Retired Boston Health Inspector, member of many veteran’s organizations

Philip V. “Phil” Fiorino of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on October 20.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a retired Boston Health Inspector, he was  a member of the D.A.V. John F. Kennedy Chapter 44 Boston, American Legion Flaherty Post East Boston and a  Life member of the V.F.W. Mottola Post Revere.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy T. (Guarino) Fiorino and his former wife Laura ( Voci) Fiorino of Orient Heights; loving father of Vincent Fiorino and his wife, Lorraine of Revere and Philip Fiorino and his wife, Diana of Saugus; dear brother of Anthony Fiorino of East Boston and the late Jenny Privitera, Josephine Cheffro, Vincenza Terranova, Charles and Joseph Fiorino; cherished grandfather of Vincent Fiorino Jr. and his late wife, Jessica, Michael Fiorino and his wife, Kristin, Stephen and Ava Fiorino and great grandchildren Alessandra, Alyssa and Craig Fiorino.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Hannah Marcinkowski 

Dorchester resident, formerly of Chelsea

Hannah Marcinkowski of Dorchester, formerly of Chelsea, Shrewsbury, East Boston, Enosburg Falls, VT and Beachmont, died on October 16.

Born on September 22, 1973, she was the cherished daughter of Carl Marcinkowski and her stepmother, Cynthia Marcinkowski and the late Annette Sala Herbert and Mark Herbert. She leaves 18 uncles and aunts, 10 first cousins and many other family members and close friends including her housemates and caregivers at Pond Street and at her day program at the May Institute in Revere.

Hannah loved swimming, music and dancing. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and decorating.

She will rest in peace with her mother, Annette, her grandmother, Frances(Ferro) and her aunt, Carmella at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. Sincere thanks to her caregivers, nurses and the staff at Bay Cove Human Services and Beacon Hospice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Beacon Hospice Inc., 529 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For guest book:

Leo McClellan, Sr. 

New Hampshire resident

Leo R. McClellan, Sr. of Winchester NH, formerly of Pepperell, MA and Rindge, NH, died October 16 at U-Mass Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

He was born in East Boston on October 7, 1930 to Henry and Margaret (Giblin) McClellan. He was the husband of 46 years to the late Mary (O’Leary) McClellan and father of the late Leo R. McClellan Jr. he is survived by six children and their spouses: Kathleen and Donald Reynolds of Unionville, Virginia, Richard and Kimberly McClellan of Fitchburg, MA, Jacqueline and Gary Beers and Gail and Jeffrey Albert of Rindge, NH, Marylou Beek of Shrewsbury, MA, Joann and Raymond Martin of Lowell, MA, his twin brother, Paul McClellan of Estero, Florida; his godson and his wife, Bruce and Gloria Reid of Georgetown, CA; 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Arrangements were by the Hamilton-McGaffigan Funeral Home, Pepperell. Burial was in Association Cemetery, Pepperell. Please see

Frank Ippolito, Jr. 

Owned Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea

Frank J. Ippolito, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 16.

He was the proprietor of Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea and Sponsor and Manager of Ippy’s fast pitch soft ball team. He was a member of the Mass. National Guard, Sagamore Club and 5-2 Club of Chelsea and an employee of H.O.P. Oil Co.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia Ann (Frongillo) Ippolito with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; loving father of Frank J. Ippolito III of Boston and Melissa M. Ippolito of Revere; cherished son of the late Frank J. Ippolito, Sr. and Mary “Connie” (Benedetto) Ippolito; dear brother of James C. Ippolito and his wife, Jane, Joseph A. Ippolito, and Patricia O’Sullivan and her late husband, Bobby, all of Chelsea; adored grandfather of Haley and Ethan.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to Spaulding Rehab of the North Shore, Stroke Program, 1 Dove Way, Salem, MA 01970 or online: www.spauldingnetwork. org. For guest book, see:

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