Obituaries 11-02-2011

Ida Meoli

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Ida (Vellante) Meoli of Saugus, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, died on October 29 surrounded by her family. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Meoli pursued a successful career in the hospitality industry hosting and managing several restaurants including the Boston 1800 in East Boston and La Gondola Ristorante in Newton. She was also awarded the top salesperson in the New England Region for Electrolux.

She was the former wife and friend of the late Vito Meoli; loving mother of Terri Balas of Winthrop and Catherine Seo of Somerville; cherished daughter of the late Gustino and Teresa (Bosco) Vellante dear sister of the late Joseph, Frank and Albert Vellante and Anne Saggesse; treasured grandmother of Eric Balas and his wife, Natalia Cheruenko of Arlington dear aunto to many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of her Life on Monday morning, November 7 at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks street, East Boston. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore & Great Boston, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online guest book: Arrangements entrusted to Vazza Funeral Home, Revere.

David Francis Mei

Sports enthusiast

David Francis Mei of Lynn died suddenly on October 6. He was 57 years old.

Born in Winthrop and raised in East Boston, he had worked as a mason, a school bus driver and a cook. He loved his Red Sox and Patriots, and played sports when he was younger.

He was the husband of Dawn Marie Mei and was very loved by her. He is also survived by two brothers, Eric and his wife, Julie Mei of Winthrop and John Mei of Rhode Island; his nephew John Eric Mei of Winthrop; four step children, Chris, James, Michael and Julie, and several cousins.

A private service will be held in St. Mary’s Church, 8 Common St., Lynn on November 5 at 9 a.m. Memorial donations may be sent c/o Goodrich Funeral Home 128 Washington St., Lynn, MA 01902.

Jennie Federico

Of Medford, formerly of the North End 

Jennie (Orlando) Federico of Medford, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on October 29.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Federico; devoted mother of Rose Rowton of Wakefield and her husband, Bob, Grace Federico of Billerica and her companion, Albert DiNatale, Jean McFadden of New Hampshire and her husband, Edward, John Federico of Saugus and his wife, Joann, and Frank Federico, Jr. of California; loving grandmother of 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren and loving aunt of several nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of Theresa Cramer of Billerica, Vito Orlando of East Boston and his wife, Marie, Salvatore Orlando of East Boston and the late Grace Gianetta and Catherine Aiello.

Her Funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions, guestbook or obituary:

Joseph Rubbico


Joseph M. Rubbico of Lynnfield, formerly of North Reading and East Boston, died on October 25 following a 28 year struggle with laryngeal cancer. He was 76 years old.

The beloved husband of 57 years of Barbara R. (Morgan), he and his wife, Barbara, established Crystal Fruit in Wakefield in 1955. He was a young entrepreneur who built a successful life in the produce business. Crystal Fruit eventually became JJ Fruit as he expanded his business into Lynnfield and Saugus where he was successful in introducing fruit to Frank Giuffrida’s “Hilltop”. He held a patent and trademark for the “FruiTree” which was sold to national supermarket chains.

He was a member of the North Reading Lodge of Elks, a proud member of the Produce Marketing Association as well as an owner and trainer of greyhound dogs. Mr. Rubbico was a generous supporter of local organizations, schools, churches and sports teams. He took tremendous pride in the quality products and customer service he provided to his loyal customers for more than 50 years.

In his retirement years, he enjoyed cooking, gardening and spending winters in Florida and he has left a wonderful legacy of kindness and strength that will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

He was the cherished father of Barbara P. Studdert and her husband, Edward of Lynnfield, Joseph M. Rubbico of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ellen E. Crawford and her husband, Philip B., Susan M. Castadoro and her husband, Edward A., all of Lynnfield, James M. Rubbico of Las Vegas, NV, Sherri L. Harvey and her husband, Alex J., Patricia R. Torosian and her husband, Thomas R., Marilyn A. Rubbico, all of Lynnfield, John M. Rubbico and his wife, Vanessa of Las Vegas, NV and the late Joan M. Rubbico; dear brother of Theresa Puleio of Cape Coral, FL and the late Richard Rubbico and Barbara (Christie) Rubbico; adored grandfather of Courtney and Eddie Studdert, Jimmy, Ashley, Brittany and Nicole Crawford, Christina Castadoro, Morgan Rubbico, Jackie, A.J. and Michael Harvey, Tucker, Nicholas and Vanessa Rose Torosian and John and Victoria Rubbico. He is also lovingly survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, at 11 a.m. Burial will be  in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the Lynnfield Recreation Commission, 55 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940 or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.

Vincenzo Iapicca

Of Charlestown, formerly of Orient Heights

Vincenzo C. Iapicca of Charlestown, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston and Mirabella Avelino, Italy, died on October 28.

He was the cherished son of the late Rocco and Linda (Capodanno) Iapicca; loving father of Linda Iapicca of East Boston; dear brother of Bernadina Scippa of South Yarmouth, Amalina Scippa of Revere, Rocco Iapicca of Reading and Pasquale Iapicca of Peabody and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere Street, Revere, today, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. Arrangements entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. For online guest book:

Alba Castelli

California Resident

Alba A. Castelli of Laguna Hills, California died peacefully on October 6. She was 89 years young.

Born on August 16, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Nicolas Castelli and Amalia Riccio of Italy; mother of Peter Lydick; sister of Frank and Inez and aunt to Joseph and Richard.

Cards to Peter, 3016 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente CA 92672-4881, 949-661-8082. [email protected].

John Hetherton Sr.

Honorary life member and secretary of Winthrop Elks

John J. Hetherton, Sr. of Winthrop died on October 28 after a long illness. He was 71 years old,

Born in New York City, he was the loving son of the late Vincent Hetherton and Alice Story. He attended the New York City Schools and graduated from high school there. He later attended Northeastern University.

He served in the US Navy for four years and was employed at General Electric’s Glyptol Paints as a plant manager for more than 35 years until his retirement nine years ago. He was the Secretary and an honorary life member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (DeNapoli) of Winthrop and three sons, Patrick Hetherton and his wife, Ellen of Winthrop, William Hetherton of East Boston and John Hetherton Jr. and his wife, Dawn of Beverly; loving brother of Raymond Hetherton, Ilene Hetherton and Marilyn Story, all of New York and dear grandfather of nine.

Funeral arrangements were by the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was at the Belle Isle Section of the Winthrop Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in in his memory be donated to the John J. Hetherton Sr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Avenue, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Giovanni Grieci

East Boston resident

Giovanni B. Grieco of East Boston died on October 28.

He was the beloved husband of more than 60 years of Pasqualina (Moscato) Grieci; devoted father of Connie Allen and her husband, Butch of Wilmington, Emily DiMaggio of East Boston, Joanne DiRoberto and her late husband, Robert, Anthony and Thomas Grieci, all of East Boston; cherished grandfather of five and adored great grandfather of six. He is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit:

Louise Vazza

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Louise (Palladino) Vazza of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 18.

She was the beloved mother of Cheryl Rothwell and Laurie Vazza, both of Centerville, MA; devoted daughter of Elizabeth (Ferrara) Palladino of Revere and the late Peter Palladino and is also survived by four loving grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. At the request of the family, all services were private. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Josephine Masiello

Stoneham resident

Josephine (D’Agostino) Masiello of Stoneham died on October 22. She was 107 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Sebastian Masiello; beloved mother of Dominic Masiello of Stoneham and the late Roseann Masiello; cherished grandmother of three and great grandmother of three; dear sister of Emily Grande of Florida, Malfloa Franco of Lexington and the late Mary Pisello, Jennie Rafelle, Angelo D’Agostino and Theresa Giodono.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. Please honor Mrs. Masiello by making donations in her memory to Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Diabetes Dept., Boston, MA 02115. To send a memorial condolence:

Charles Dempsey

Of Melrose, formerly of East Boston

Charles E. Dempsey of Melrose, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on October 25.

He was the loving brother of Raymond J. Dempsey Jr. and his wife, Sophie of Canton and Alice M. (Dempsey) Sullivan and her husband, Thomas of Peabody; devoted uncle of Regina Sullivan of Peabody, Suzanne Craig and her husband, Chris of Stoughton and Sandra Hillcoat and her husband, Glen of Halifax, MA. He is also survived by several great nieces and one great nephew. He was the good friend of Bob Linehan of Melrose.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Parkinson’s Disease Assoc., 720 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02110 or American Heart Assoc. , P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241. For obituary and to sign guest book visit:

Eleanora Fiandaca

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Eleanora M. “Nora” (Cappuccio) Fiandaca of Winthrop, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died on October 24 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 85 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Fiandaca; devoted mother of Joseph A. Jr. and his wife, Denise of Framingham, Robert J. and his wife, Janet Lee of Kentucky, Kenneth C. and his former wife, Sally of Winthrop, Ellen Fiandaca and her companion, Arthur of Revere, JoAnn Richardson and her husband, George of Los Gatos, California and Nancy Fiandaca of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Carlie Jo Richardson, Danielle Fiandaca, George Richardson III, Kenneth C. Fiandaca Jr. and Ashly Fiandaca. She is also survived by her beloved Fruppy TC. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Matilde (Cirillo) Cappuccio

Our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Richard Ress at the New England Baptist Hospital and his associate Mary Lee.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Son-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Donations in her name may be made to: St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325. For guestbook please visit

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