East Boston Resident
Edna (Chase) Cantalupo of East Boston died on February 8.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gaetano Cantalupo; devoted mother of Diane Serra and the late Robert Cantalupo; dear sister of Robert Chase and Clifford Chase; cherished grandmother of three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.In accordance with Mrs. Cantalupo’s wishes, funeral services and burial were private with arrangements under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home.
Anthony ‘Chick’ Ricciardelli
Of Melrose, formerly of East Boston
Anthony J. “Chick” Ricciardelli of Melrose, formerly of East Boston, died on February 8.
He was the beloved husband of Alma F. (Trottier) Ricciardelli; loving father of Anthony Ricciardelli and his wife, Ann of North Carolina and Joanne Cannarozzo of Reading; cherished grandfather of Lauren, Juliana, Rachel, Elise, Carmen and Gina; caring brother of Marguerite Belgiorno and her husband, Al of Revere, Albert Ricciardelli and his late wife, Ruth of California, Robert Ricciardelli and his wife, Alice of Melrose, the late Angelo Ricciardelli and his late, wife Camille, the late Joseph Ricciardelli and his late wife, Edith and the late Alfred Ricciardelli and his late wife, Marie; lifelong friend of Charlie and Margaret Scimone of Melrose and the former father in law of Thomas Cannarozzo of Middleton.
Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. For obituary and to sign guest book visit: www.gatelyfh.com
William W. Rich of Woburn died unexpectedly on February 11.
He was the beloved husband of the late Celine A. (Hickey) Rich; devoted father of William A. Rich of Woburn, Mary Elizabeth Rich of Boston and her significant other, Christopher Edwards, John T. Rich, Margaret T. Valentine and her husband, Rick, Anne Marie Rich and her significant other, Greg Messinger, all of Woburn, and the late Theresa Rich; dear brother of Anna Marie Rich of East Boston and the late Robert Rich and loving grandfather of Emma Seline Valentine. He is also survived by his longtime dear friend and companion, Marguerite Masotta.
His Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, February 16 at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10 a.m. Calling hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mass. State Council, Knights of Columbus, 470 Washington St., Suite 6, Norwood, MA 02062, Attn: Tootsie Roll Charity Fund. (Obituary, directions and guest book at www.lynch-cantillon.com)
Engineer and Times Photographer
Paul DiGianvittorio of East Boston and Littleton died on January 31 with his wife, Rosemarie, by his side. He was 55 years old.
A 1974 graduate of East Boston High School, he attended Boston University, worked at Broadway Stationary and took photos for the East Boston Times. For the next 27 years he worked for Cablevision, AT&T and Comcast as a “Head-End network Technician engineer.
His adventurous side took him flying in single engine planes, on an elephant ride and on a cross country trip with his wife, Rosemarie and his boys. His hobbies with his sons included building wacky contraptions, painting, science and space projects. He was once quoted as saying when you get an Entlebucher, it’s not just a pet it’s a Lifestyle.
He was a straight-shooter who got right to the heart of what mattered, had a dead-pan sense of humor and loved to talk in pun. Paul was a supporter of “Open Table” and a great listener to those that needed a confidant or a friend; he made time for what mattered.The son of the late Helen and Fio DiGianvittorio, he is survived by his wife, Rosemarie and two sons, Chance and Louis. He also leaves behind two brothers, Ray DiGianvittorio of East Boston, and Tom DiGianvittorio and his family of Norwood.
An educational account has been set up for the family at Citizens Bank. Donations should be made out to: The R. DiGianvittorio Family and sent to: P.O. Box 534, Littleton, Ma 01460 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18 at 5 p.m. at The First Baptist Church, 461 King Street, Littleton, MA
Fought Long Battle with Muscular Dystrophy
Nunziato Orlando of East Boston died on February 7 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
He was 33 years old.A 1996 graduate of St Domenic Savio High School and a 1998 graduate of Newbury College, he was the cherished son of Salvatore and Tindara (Crisafulli) Orlando and devoted brother of Saverio and Maria Tindara Orlando, all of East Boston; loving grandson of Saverio Crisafulli and Salvatora D’Amico of Italy and the late Nunziato Orlando and Maria Iararra. He is also survived by many adored aunts, uncles, cousins and his pet dog, Peppino.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association check website at: http://www2.mda.org/goto/nunzpatrol
Mary M. (Gilmore) Duffy died in Revere on February 6 following a brief illness. She was 93 years old.
She was the wife of the late Thomas H. Sr.; cherished mother of Helen M. Lundquist of Revere and the late Thomas H. Duffy Jr. and Frances Burke and is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of Billerica, formerly of East Boston
Bernice (Ardito) Amico of Billerica, formerly of Arlington and East Boston, died on February 10. She was 95 years old.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Amico and two sons, Bob and John Amico. She is survived by two loving sons: Richard Amico and his wife, Kathy and Dennis Amico, all of Franklin, TN. She is also, survived by five loving grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Her Funeral will be held today, Wednesday, from the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica at 8 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Theresa Church, Billerica at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.. Burial will be in Tewksbury Cemetery, Tewksbury, MA
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name, to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203, 615-327-1085.www.sweeneymemorialfh.com
Margaret ‘Peg’ Kratzer
Of Foxborough, formerly of East Boston
Margaret N. “Peg” (Gomes) Kratzer of Foxborough, formerly of East Boston, died on February 9. She was 83 years old.
A retired customer service representative for Foxborough Terminals, she was the wife of the late William J. Kratzer, beloved mother of Robert W. Kratzer and his wife, Elizabeth of Foxborough, loving grandmother of Meghan McDonough and her companion, Dustin Leipold and their son and her great grandchild, Gavin Leipold of Foxborough. She was the sister of Mary Schoonover of Cambridge, Olga Bubble of Bellingham and the late Eugene Gomes, lifelong friend of the late Isabelle Eastman and aunt of Brian Eastman of Foxborough and the late James and Scott Eastman.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home, Foxborough. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Foxborough. To light a candle in her memory, please visit the funeral home website at www.robertsandsonsfuneral.com Memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave. Boston, MA 02115.
East Boston Resident
Rita A. Sheehan of East Boston died on February 6.
A celebration of her life was held in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.
East Boston Resident
Mary (Palmerini) Sousa of East Boston died on February 7.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gaston Sousa; loving mother of Frank Sousa of East Boston; dear sister of Barbara Baldassarre of Swampscott and the late Diomira Del Grosso and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Benjamin L. Pisano of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona on February 8.
He grew up in East Boston and moved to Winthrop after starting his family.
A proud US Army veteran who served overseas during the Korean War, he worked in East Boston all his life as a tradesman, developing a loyal group of customers and lifelong friends. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter, Patrice Robertie and her husband, Bill, of Arlington, his daughter, Nina Cimini and her husband, Chris, of Scottsdale and his son, Benjamin G. Pisano, of Scottsdale.
He is also survived by two loving nieces; Marie Bauer of Saginaw, MI and Joanne Dule of Boyton Beach, FL.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.
Burial with military honors was at St. Michaels’ Cemetery, Boston. To sign his online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Past Commodore of Orient Heights Yacht Club
Thomas M. DiLorenzo of Orient Heights East Boston died on February 7.
A US Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was Past Commodore of the Orient Heights Yacht Club and a Plant Engineer for the City of Boston for more than 35 years.
He was the beloved husband of Margaret (Camarda) DiLorenzo with whom he shared 66 years of marriage; loving father of John T. DiLorenzo of East Boston and the late Thomas J. DiLorenzo; dear brother of the late Alda Folio, Rose, Jerry and Lawrence DiLorenzo and cherished grandfather of Nicole, John, Thomas and Adam DiLorenzo.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. He was buried with his fellow comrades in the VA. National Cemetery, Bourne. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
East Boston Resident
Joseph Dagostino of East Boston died on February 12. He was the beloved husband of Helen F (Hurley) Dagostino; devoted father of Walter Wythe and his wife, Maria of Medfield, Donald Wythe of Louisiana, Joseph Dagostino of East Boston and Barbara Perez and her husband, Alex of Florida; dear brother of Ralph Dagostio of Brockton, Concetta Nogueira of Hyde Park, Anthony Dagostio of Medford and the late Robert Dagostino; cherished grandfather of Alexis, Brianna, Matthew,Valentina and the late Alex J Perez II.
He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In honoring Mr. Dagostino, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston 02493. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com
Decorated Veteran, US Postal Service Retiree
William A. Lanza of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 12.
A US Army Air Corp veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Bronze Star Air Medal, he as a former US Postal Service employee at the South Postal Annex.
He was the beloved husband of Yolanda (DiGiulio); devoted father of Patricia Fitzgerald and her late husband, John of East Sandwich, Susanne Tuttle and her husband, Donald of Easton, AnnMarie Lanza and her husband, Bruce Porter of Sudbury; loving grandmother of Patrick Fitzgerald and his wife, Jennifer of Pennsylvania and Brian Fitzgerald and his wife, Meghan of New York.
He is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Aaron, Brendan and Maeve.A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St Anthony’s Church Revere on Thursday, February 16 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
Visiting hours in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Boston Health Care System 940 Belmont St Brockton Ma 02301. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Soto, MD, Winthrop Resident
Rafael Gonzalez Soto, MD of Winthrop died on February 10.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.
Graveside sevices were held at Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section.
Carpenters Union Member
Paul C. Pistone of Winthrop, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on February 13.
A US Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of Carpenters Union Local 218, he was the beloved husband of Madeline (Pace) Pistone with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; loving father of Marie Mieggs of Saugus, Christine Pistone and Diane Marie Bennett, both of Revere, Paul Pistone of Chelsea, Janet Kay Beach of Florida and the late Torrie Denise Pistone; dear brother of Carol Barone of Connecticut, Marie Caseletto and Gladys Yutkins, both of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of seven and great grandfather of two.
His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church Winthrop at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com