Obituaries 01-18-2012

Antonetta DiNocco

Almy’s Retiree

Antonetta A. (Venezia) DiNocco of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 14 following a six and a half year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89 years old.

Mrs. DiNocco was born in Avelli, Italy and came to the United States as a young woman, settling in East Boston. In June of 1962, she and her late husband, Sabatino ‘Ben” DiNocco moved their family to Revere and remained here until their deaths (Mr. DiNocco died on October 12, 2005.)

Mrs. DiNocco worked for Almy’s Department Store at Northgate Shopping Center of Revere managing their “Ladies’ Lingerie” department for more than 15 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a popular presence at Almy’s and is remembered for “going the extra mile” role in her position.

She was the devoted mother of Marcia J. Sordillo and her husband, Ralph A. of Wakefield, Stephen J. DiNocco and his wife, Linda M. of Amesbury, John M. DiNocco and his wife, Peggy of ElDorado Hills, CA, Paul R. DiNocco and his wife, Paula of Wakefield; cherished grandmother of Teresa Cook and her husband, Bryant, Ralph A. Sordillo II and Nicholas J. DiNocco, all of Wakefield, Christina J. DiNocco of Newburyport, Megan G. DiNocco of Amesbury and Michael J. and Monica N. DiNocco, both of ElDorado Hills, CA.; dear sister of Iolanda DiMinico and her husband, Henry of Florida and the late Esther Wilbanks, Amato Venezia, Loretta Matarese and Florence Walsh. She is also lovingly survived by her two great grandchildren, Audrey E. and James R. Cook and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

The DiNocco Family publicly and gratefully acknowledges the administration and staff of Prospect House of Revere for extraordinary attentiveness and care to their mother during the past 6 1/2 years while she was a resident there. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Sq., Lynn, MA01901.

Donna Dias

Known for Her Baking and Cake Decorating

Donna M. (Connolly) Dias of East Boston died on January 12.

A former Administrative Assistant for Verizon, she was  known for her baking and cake decorating.

She was the devoted mother of Lisa Ciampa and her husband, Jay Selden of Peabody, Anthony Ciampa and his wife, Melissa of Beverly, Jose Dias of East Boston, and Jack Dias of Rhode Island; dear sister of her twin Diane Davis of South Carolina, Phyllis Maguire of Quincy, Patrick Connolly of Charlestown, Nancy Connolly of Malden, Maureen Connolly of Everett, and the late Joseph P. Connolly, Jr.; daughter of the late Joseph P., Sr. and Phyllis Ann (Gill) Connolly; former wife of Jose Dias of Somerville and cherished grandmother of Noelle, Michelle and Jaylei Selden, Angelina Ciampa and Kylie Dias. She is also lovingly survived by her great-grandson, Jayden, as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701.

Joseph Mattaliano

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Joseph A. J. Mattaliano of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died recently. He was 77 years old.

He was a 25 year member of the Brick Layers & Allied Craftsman Union, Local 3 of Boston.

The beloved husband of the late Lorraine (Lento) Mattaliano, he was the dear father of Joseph Mattaliano and William Mattaliano, both of Peabody and Sandra and Ted Fitzemeyer of Melrose; cherished grandfather of Christina and her husband, Brandon Bateman, Lauren, Alayna, Matthew, and Ariana;  great-grandfather of Trevor Bateman; brother of Anthony and Netta Mattaliano of Wilmington, Angelo and Josephine Mattaliano of Danvers, and Pasquale “Patsy” and Barbara Mattaliano of East Boston; he also leaves two sisters, Gracie and Ernie Martinello of Medford and Fannie Esposito of Reading, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, besides his parents and wife, by a brother Mario Mattaliano.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Please visit for online obit and condolences

Marilyn Christine Gelling

Arlington Resident

Marilyn Christine (Davy) Gelling of Arlington, formerly of Lexington, died on January 7.

She was the former wife of Ralph Gelling; mother of Andrew Gelling, Brad Gelling, and Peter Gelling, all of East Boston and is also survived by two grandchildren, Ella and Jacoby.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 21 at Grace Chapel, 59 Worthen Rd., Lexington at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Douglass Funeral Home Lexington 781-862-1800

Bernard ‘Benny’ Altieri

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Bernard R. “Benny” Altieri of Peabody, formerly East Boston, died on January 10.

A late employee of All State Insurance, he was the husband of Helen (Cuilla ) Altieri of Arizona; loving father of Phyllis Elliot of New Hampshire, Frank Altieri and his wife, Myrta of Arizona, Lillian Klesaris and her husband, Steven of Florida and Bernard Altieri and his wife, Sarit of Franklin; dear brother of the late Grace DeLucci and Ferdinand Altieri; cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book:

Rose Camerlengo

Retired Seamstress

Rose A. (Fulchino) Camerlengo died at the Fitch Home in Melrose on January 11. She was 89 years old.

Born in Boston on July 8, 1922 to the late Anthony and Margaret (Russo) Fulchino, she was raised in East Boston and graduated from Boston Trade School. She worked as a seamstress for more than 30 years in downtown Boston for the June Sportswear Company and made many of her daughter’s and granddaughter’s dresses throughout the years. She lived in Winthrop with her husband Ralph for more than 30 years before moving to Melrose in 1988 after her husband passed away.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt who cherished the times spent with her family. She loved to bake, especially around the holidays, enjoyed cooking, playing cards and going to bingo with her sister and sister-in-law. Mrs. Camerlengo loved her yearly trips to Las Vegas and spending winters in California with her sister Florence.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph R. Camerlengo; loving mother of Philip J. Camerlengo and his wife, Elizabeth of Melrose, Linda M. Penza and her husband, James of Saugus and the late Louise Camerlengo; devoted grandmother of Matthew, Michael and Jill Camerlengo and Stephanie and Tracey Penza; great grandmother of Isobel Penza; sister of Tino Fulchino of Medford, Sue Arena of Saugus and the late Ann Lamattina, Florence O’Keefe and Joseph, John and Fred Fulchino. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lynn. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. For an online tribute or to send a message of condolence please visit

Geraldine ‘Gerry’ Tango

Reading Resident

Geraldine “Gerry” (Strangie) Tango of Reading died on January 11.

She was the beloved wife of Dominic Tango; mother of Dominic Tango Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Reading; daughter of the late Genaro and Mary Strangie; grandmother of Nicholas, Jessica and Ella Tango and Gustin and Anthony Saggese; sister of Frank Strangie of East Boston, Ritchie of Winthrop, Donna of Florida and Stacey Bertocchi and her husband, Paul of Reading; aunt of Paulmichael and Mary Bertocchi, Frank, Joshua, Ritchie, Christopher and Stephanie Strangie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was at Wood End Cemetery, Reading.

Antoinette Casey

East Boston Resident

Antoinette (Catavalo) Casey of East Boston died on January 10. She was in her 97th year.

She was the loving mother of Joan Leone and her husband, Pat of East Boston, Daniel Casey of Stoneham and the late Edward Gatley; cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchilden. A  private funeral was under the direction of Vazza Funeral Home, Revere.. For online guest book,

Carmen ‘Sonny’ Anzalone

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Carmen “Sonny” Anzalone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 11.

He was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Gassiraro) Anzalone with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; loving father of Patrick Anzalone and his wife, Louise of Winthrop, Maria Kostopoulos of Revere and her late husband, Stephen and Yvonne DiCato and her husband, Paul of Everett; dear brother of the late Mary Santilli, Josephine Pulicari, Eleanor Santacroce and Anthony “Tony”, Pasquale “Lefty” and Giro “Chick” Anzalone. He was the cherished grandfather of six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook:

Catherine Bartholomew

Former Owner of Italian Villa Restaurant in Chelsea

Catherine Bartholomew of Manchester, NH was called home by the Lord on January 7 at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. She was 82 years old.

She was born on February 14, 1929 in Reggio Calabria, Italy, the daughter of Felici and Maria (Amante) Iannazzo. She was raised in Italy and came to the United States in 1957 and lived in Chelsea before moving to New Hampshire 10 years ago.

She worked as a nurse’s aide at the Soldiers Home and at Chelsea Memorial Hospital.  Previously she had owned Italian Villa restaurant in Chelsea.

Mrs. Bartholomew truly enjoyed spending time with her family as well as her special friends Aline, Judy and her South Porter family. She was a very social person who loved to reminisce and tell stories.  She was active with the Easter Seals program. She also enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk, 60 Minutes, and several cooking shows and had a great love for Princess Diana. Mrs. Bartholomew was a very caring and compassionate person.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Natalie Martin and her husband, Gene of Manchester; son, Dominic Bartholomew and his wife, Renee of East Boston; grandchildren, Gene Martin, Jr., Corey Martin and Trevar Martin, all of Manchester, Cathy Bartholomew of Chelsea, Frank Bartholomew of Gloucester, Jordan Bartholomew of East Boston and four great grandchildren, Jake, Julie, Hayley and Frank; her siblings and family members in Italy, and her two beloved grand dogs, Harley and Pedro. She was the wife of the late Erasmo Bartholomew and mother of the late Frank Bartholomew.

A Memorial Gathering was held at the Phaneuf Funeral Home/Cremation Society of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to New Hampshire Association for the Blind, 25 Walker St. Concord, NH 03301. 


Caroline Debasitis


Caroline G. “Carole” Debasitis, a lifelong resident of East Boston, died at Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett, on December 10 following a long illness. She was 78 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she attended East Boston Schools and was a 1951 graduate of East Boston High School. She loved her home on Lexington Street in East Boston where she lived for her entire her life/

She was the wife of the late Charles E. Debasitis who died on December 6, 2001; the devoted sister of Edward E. Galluccio of East Boston, Michael R. Galluccio and his wife, Janet of Wickford, Rhode Island and the late Josephine G. Uga, Gabriel A. “Lou” Galluccio, Helen T. Brems and Marilyn R. Debasitis. She was the sister in law of Leon Debasitis of Amesbury, Thomas Debasitis and Robert Debasitis, both of Florida, Raymond Debasitis of New Jersey, Evelyn Debasitis, Geraldine Mastello and her husband, Carmine, all of Agawam and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the daughter of the late Eqideo “Michael” Galluccio and Amelia (Repucci) Galluccio.

A Memorial Mass was held on Saturday, January 14 in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston. Private burial was in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

Jeanette DiLorenzo

Orient Heights Resident

Jeanette (Panora) DiLorenzo Of Orient Heights, East Boston died on January 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph “Joe Caggy” Di Lorenzo with whom she shared 25 years of marriage; loving mother of Edward Di Lorenzo and his wife, Kathleen of Weymouth, Eleanora Di Lorenzo and her husband, Roman Dzindzichashvili of East Boston and Joanne Littlejohn and her husband, Wayne of Florida; dear sister of the late James, Edward and Alfred “Gigi” Panora and cherished grandmother of Jannie Di Lorenzo and Victoria Dzindzichashvili.

Funeral from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s’ Church Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday,  4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book.

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