Obituaries 04-18-2012

Joyce Love

Flight Attendant, Realtor, and Paralegal

Joyce Susan Love of East Boston died on April 13 surrounded by her loving family after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. She was 54 years old.

Born in Boston on April 1, 1958, she was a 1976 graduate of East Boston High School and attended Brandeis University’s Upward Bound Program and the University of Massachusetts.

She began her professional career as a Flight Attendant for Eastern Airlines. She then worked as a Legislative Aide for former Boston City Councilor Diane Modica, as a realtor at Century 21 Joe Mario Real Estate of East Boston, and as a Paralegal for more than a decade.

She had many loves in her life, she was an avid gardener,  loved to travel and cook and also found simple enjoyment taking photographs and on shopping trips.

She is survived by her beloved foster parents, Frances (Ippolito) and the late Gerard Riley of East Boston.  She was the loving sister of Lawrence Love and his wife, Dot, Paul Love and the late Donna, Patricia Love, Sharon Love, Thomas Love, Gail (Love) Martelli and her husband, Mario, Deborah (Love) Smith and her husband, David, John Love, Donna McBride, Deborah Riley and David Riley.  She was the adored aunt of April, Tiffany, Debra, McKayla, Samantha, Sophia, Mario, Peter, Kirk, Lawrence Jr., Michael, Mia, Jennifer and Jill; dear niece of Anthony Ippolito and his wife, Jean, Annette Giordino and her husband, Richard, Joyce Hopkins and her husband, Miles, and Benny DiGregorio and his wife, Rose.  She is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church (corner of Brooks and Paris Streets) on Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m.  Her family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston. Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: the Joyce Love Memorial Fund, Attn: Frances Riley, C/O East Boston Savings Bank, 856 Bennington St., East Boston, MA 02128. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit:

Winifred McCarthy

East Boston Resident

Winifred (Armstrong) McCarthy died in East Boston on April 11.

The longtime companion of the late Guy Colella, she was the mother of Thomas J, McCarthy and his wife, Carol of Pittsfield, NH, Deborah and her husband, Donald Fong of Brookline, Susan Lanza of Rockport, Theresa and her husband, Robert DiAngelis of Winthrop, Linda and her husband, Carlo Pistone, Joanne and her husband, Richard Nugent and Wendy McCarthy, all of East Boston and the late James W. McCarthy; sister of William Armstrong and his companion, Anne of Saugus, John Armstrong and his wife, Joanne of Florida, Margaret and husband, James Rooney of Medford, Jeannette Haddock of Florida and her late husband, Butchie, Theresa and her husband, Marty Morrissey of Maine, Mabel Arsenault of East Boston and her late husband, Porky, and the late Mary Armstrong and Frances Somers; grandmother of James, Catherine and Joshua McCarthy, Joseph Perry, Leah and Rose Cefalo, Stephanie Guzzo, Jennifer Dean, Wendy Jeter, James and Anthony Skarda, Stephen Vieira and Tessa Nugent. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Memorial donations to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl. Brookline, MA 02245 would be appreciated.

Jack Arena

Former Winthrop Auxiliary Police Chief

Jack Arena of Putnam Street, Winthrop died at the AnnaMark Nursing Home in Revere on April 15 after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class. After his discharge, he went on to become a truck driver for Milano Brother’s Trucking for many years. He was the former Chief of the Winthrop Auxillary Police and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, the Winthrop Yacht Club and the Winthrop VFW.

He was born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Natalie (Ingeneri) and Frank Arena and was the devoted husband of the late Flora M. (Proto) and the loving father of Natalie Gioioso and her husband, Joseph of Peabody, Jacqueline Luti of Revere, Theresa DeLeo and her husband, Paul of East Boston, Florine Turner and her husband, Willow of Worcester, Francine Conley and her companion, Gary Andon of Somerville and Frank Arena and his partner, Dale Platt of Minnesota. He was the dear brother of the late Kenneth Arena and is also survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

His funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or go to For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Betty Blaikie

Former Charlestown Resident

Betty A. (Melvin) Blaikie of Lawrence, formerly of Charlestown and Somerville, died on April 11. She was 71 years old

The beloved wife of the late John F. Blaikie Sr., she was the devoted mother of Helen Parent of Haverhill, John F. Blaikie Jr. and his wife, Susan of Londonderry, N.H. and Janice Kennedy and her husband, John of East Boston; loving Nana to eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Leroy “Chub” and Charles Melvin, both of Charlestown, Richard Melvin of Somerville, Norma Johnson of Florida and the late Helen Arnold, Junior, Fred and Daniel Melvin and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Francis D’Angelo

West Bridgewater Resident

Frances M. D’Angelo of West Bridgewater died peacefully on Easter Sunday at the age of 92.

Mrs. D’Angelo grew up in the North End and was the loving daughter of the late Ignazio and Crocifissa (Amarta) Ansaldi. She was a lifelong seamstress working in the textile industry until the age of 83. She loved cooking, spending time with her family, and getting her hair done.She married the late Paul J. D’Angelo, Sr. on Oct. 17, 1948 and they raised their boys in Boston. She was the loving mother of Richard J. of California, Robert P. and his wife, Karen of Florida and Paul Jr. and his wife, Roberta of Plympton; loving “Nonna” of Derek, Jonathan, Chantelle, Christopher, Danielle, Adam, Olivia, and Paul III and great grandmother of Zachery, Cameron, and Lexi; loving sister of Joseph of Woburn, Josephine Ansaldi of East Boston, Nicholas Sr. of Boston, Anthony Sr. of Medford and the late Nina Ansaldi, Katherine Ciccarello, and Stephen Sr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Burial was at Knollwood Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 103 Center St., Bridgewater MA 02324 For online guestbook visit

Anthony Cataldo

 Of Revere

Anthony G. Cataldo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 13 following a brief illness at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. He was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, he lived in East Boston most of his life before moving to Revere in 1950. Mr. Cataldo served in the US Navy from December of 1942 until January of 1946 as a Motor Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class. He continued on with his interest in autos and mechanics and went to work for the former “Perrotti Oldsmobile” on Broadway, Revere for several years. He retired from Pride Lincoln-Mercury of Lynn in 2001 at the age of 80. He was a longtime member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years of Frances L. (Marino); cherished father of Domenic A. Cataldo and his wife, Gail of Phoenix, AZ and Cynthia L. Chipman and her husband, Kenneth R. of Revere; devoted grandfather of Nicholas A. D’Angelo of Revere, Tony Cataldo of Phoenix, AZ, Janelle Morales and her husband, Guillermo of Jacksonville, NC; dear brother of Mary Tranfaglia of Winthrop and the late Carmen Cataldo and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte 107) Revere today,Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For further information and directions, visit

Joseph Felzani Sr.

Active at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere

Joseph Felzani, Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, went home to the lord suddenly with his loving family by his bedside on Easter Sunday, April 8.

A graduate of Mass. College of Pharmacy, Mr. Felzani was a lector and usher for many years at St. Anthony Church in Revere as well as a past member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society, St. Anthony’s Parish Council, Past President of Point of Pines Beach Association and a US Army veteran of World War II,He was the beloved husband of over 59 years to Ann B. (Cacchiotti) Felzani; devoted father of Jane A. Manning of East Boston, Joseph Jr. of Revere and Annette M. Felzani Dwyer of New Jersey; dear brother of the late Ernest and Marianne Felzani and Dora Pearson, cherished grandfather of Kathryn, Matthew, Lauren, Liam, Adam and the late Christopher Manning and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Felzani was laid to rest with his mother and father in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. May they all rest in peace. For more information or to send an online condolence:

Helen Paull

East Boston Resident

Helen (McDonough) Paull of East Boston died on April 12.

She was the beloved wife of Charles Paull; loving mother of Virginia Jordan and her husband, William of Revere, Charles Paull and his wife, Ebeth of New Hampshire, Kathleen Drohan and her husband, Kevin of Revere, Charlene Scarpa and her husband, Mario of Lynn and Cheryl Granara and her husband, Thomas of East Boston; dear sister of Thomas McDonough of Revere, Bertha Santoro of East Boston and the late Myles McDonough; cherished grandmother of 11; great grandmother of 10 and the late Bobby Goggin. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captain Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. The entire Paull family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the Leonard Florence Center for the Living for the exemplary care and hospitality provided during Helen’s time at the Center. For guest book and directions

Antonio Ciccone

East Boston Resident

Antonio L. Ciccone of East Boston died on April 9.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Buonopane) Ciccone; loving twin brother of the late Mario M. Ciccone; cherished uncle of Deborah Fairbanks of Hingham and Susan Ciccone of Cambridge; dear great-uncle of Rachel Kovacev, Dionne Pettit, Janelle Stockbridge, Alex Schenkman, Angela Angeli, Adam Fairbanks, Mary Fairbanks, and Eve Fairbanks

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Tree of Life in the Soldiers Home in Chelsea, a  donation. For online condolences, please visit

Raffaella ‘Phea’ Mingolelli

East Boston Resident

Raffaella “Phea” Mingolelli of East Boston died on April 9. She was in her 93rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael D. Mingolelli with whom she shared 49 years of marriage; loving mother of Joanne Ciampa and her husband, Anthony of Erie, PA, Michael Mingolelli and his wife, Elizabeth of Framingham and Patrick Mingolelli and his wife, Paula of Tyngsboro; dear sister of the late Evelyn Parziale, Auriente “Rente” and Rudolph “Rudi” Maramaldi; cherished grandmother of eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For guestbook visit

Gerald Forgione

Worked for Colonial Provision

Gerald “Jerry” Forgione of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 16 after a long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old.

An employee of Colonial Provision Company for 28 years and the University of Massachusetts Security Dept., he was a graduate of  East Boston High School, Class of 1947 and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran of the Korean War.

He was the cherished   husband of Beverly ( Statho) Forgione; son of the late Albert and Mildred (Costello) Forgione; stepfather of Donna Zagami and her husband, Joe of Maine, Dianne Ferri and her husband, Kevin of New Hampshire and John Statho Jr. and his wife, Janine of Melrose. He was “Grampa Jerry” to eight grandchildren who adored him. He is also survived by his cousins John Hanlon and his wife, Sarah, Jean Scaduto and her late husband, Mario, Rita Valente and her husband, Don and Karen Siciliano and her husband, Al. He was the brother in Law of Diane Lombardi of Chelmsford, and Thomas Boland and his wife Jacqueline of California.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Friday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, 194 Nichols Street, Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. Remembrances may be made in his name to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA  For guest book and direction.

Sylvia Cappoza

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Sylvia J. (Ruggia) Capozza died unexpectedly in Beachmont Revere on April 5. A former resident of East Boston, she was 80 years old.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the N.E. Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For further information, please visit:

Nicoletta Masiello


Nicoletta (Beatrice) Masiello, a longtime resident of Revere, died on April 14 at her Revere home after a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Born in Avellino, Italy, she came to the United States in 1961 and settled in Revere.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, she worked in the shoe industry locally for several years.

She was the beloved wife of 48 years to Carmine Masiello; devoted mother of Revere Animal Control Officer Anthony C. Masiello and his wife, Christine and Melina I. Sousa and cherished grandmother of David C. Sousa and Madison Masiello, all of Revere; dear sister of Michelina Monaco and her husband, Pasquale o Aellino, Italy, Assunta “Susie” Licciardi and her husband, Frank and Elena Coccimiglio and her husband, Nicola, all of Revere and the late Antonetta Colarusso, Angelina DiVIto and Filippo Beatrice; loving sister in law of Cristina Beatrice and Carmine Colarusso, both of Revere and Frank DiVito of Saugus. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews in the United States and in Italy.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, April 18 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Anna Maio

Retired Stitcher, formerly of East Boston

Anna Maio of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died at the Life Care Center in Plymouth on April 16 after a brief illness. She was 96 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the beloved daughter of the late Rose and Ralph Carbone. A resident of East Boston for many years, she was employed as a stitcher for Picarello and Singer until her retirement. She was also a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She was the devoted wife of the late Frank Maio and the loving mother of Louis Maio and his wife, Irene of Peabody, Esther Gualtieri and her late husband, John of Revere, Michael Maio and his wife, Rose of Peabody, Anthony Maio and his wife, Christine of East Boston, Rosemarie Mazzone and her husband, Rickie of Plymouth and the late Ralph Maio and his late wife, Esther. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will be held today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow the service in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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