Obituaries 07-25-2012

Frances Baldassare

East Boston Resident

Frances (Surette) Baldassare of East Boston died on July 22. She was in her 92nd year.

The beloved wife of the late Pasquale Baldassare with whom she shared 70 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Michael Baldassare and his wife, Dolores, of New Hampshire, Gail Rich of Florida, Joseph Baldassare of Wakefield and the late Louis and Mary Baldassare. She was the cherished grandmother of seven and great grandmother of nine.

At her request, funeral and services were private. For on line guest book, please visit:

Mary ‘Yvonne’ Goodwin

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Mary (LeBlanc) Goodwin of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on July 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late John R. Goodwin, Sr. of Kissimmee, Florida, mother of John Goodwin, Jr.

and his wife, Lorianne of Revere, the late Corrinne Goodwin of Florida, James Goodwin and his wife, Debora of Lynn, Joseph Goodwin of Florida, Jeffery Goodwin of East Boston, the late Mark Goodwin of East Boston, Christopher Goodwin and his wife, Moonika of Florida and Michael Goodwin and his wife, Charlene of East Boston. She was the sister of Donna Lima Santilli of East Boston and the late John Lima of California. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Salvatore Caserta

Veteran of Two Wars

Salvatore J. Caserta of Manchester, NH, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died on July 20.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Smith) Caserta with whom he shared 22 years of marriage; loving brother of Anna Fulginiti of New Hampshire and Aida Butterfield of California and the late Vincent and Louis Caserta, Mary Grasso, Jennie Wolfram, Grace McMinoway and Geraldine McGraw and adored uncle of many nieces and nephews.

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

Antoinetta ‘Tootsie’ Cogliandro

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Antoinetta “Tootsie” (Velona) Cogliandro of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on July 20 at Epoch of Melrose after a long illness. She was 93 years old.

Born, raised and educated in East Boston, she moved to Revere in 1947.

For many years, she worked as a stitcher for the former Picariello-Singer Manufacturing Co. in East Boston.

Later in life, she was the accountant and bookkeeper for her husband’s barber shops in East Boston and Cambridge. Her late husband, Michael “Mike” Cogliandro, a most popular figure in the Cambridge and East Boston communities, died on April 19, 2009.

She was the beloved mother of Anthony C. Cogliandro and his wife, Annina of Saugus and the late Domenic J. and Richard J. Cogliandro; devoted grandmother of Marisa Vaughn and her husband, Eric and Michael R. Cogliandro, all of Salem, Michael A. Cogliandro and his wife, Stephanie of Cumberland, RI, Michelle Brewster and her husband, Matthew of Portsmouth, NH and Anthony S. Cogliandro of Saugus; dear sister of the late Anna Ali, Bruno, Hugo and Nicholas Velona and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Adriana, Carina, Parker and Connor; her brother in law, Sam Cogliandro and his wife, Marianna of Revere and by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Ma. 01701-4688. For more information visit:

Louis Gene Maglio 

Chief Probation Officer of Boston Juvenile Court; Sterling Member of the Greatest Generation 

With the loss of Louis Gene Maglio on July 19, a 55 year resident of Lewis Avenue, Winthrop and a resident of Brooksby Village in Peabody since 2009, Winthrop and East Boston have lost one of their finest sons and a sterling member of “The Greatest Generation.” He was 94 years old on July 12.

Mr. Maglio, who was predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Theresa M. Maglio of Winthrop in 2008, was born and raised in East Boston and spent his formative and early married years there. He was a product of the East Boston School System and a graduate of Boston University where he received his B.S. and Masters of Education Degrees.

Mr. Maglio dedicated his professional life to improving the lives of youthful juvenile offenders. A nationally noted figure in the field of juvenile issues, he was the Executive Director of the Citizenship Training Group, a branch of the Boston Juvenile Court for many years and ended his career as the Chief Probation Officer of the Boston Juvenile Court. He was also an Associate Professor at the Boston University Dept. of Special Education. In his retirement years, he was an Associate Professor and Lecturer at Northeastern University.

His storybook concurrent US Army Military Service began with his enlistment in 1941 as a Private and with hard work, continuing education and meritorious service ended with his discharge as a Captain in 1946. During World War II, he was stationed overseas for 28 months. His dedication to the military continued with a long career in the U.S. Army Reserve and he retired from the Army Reserve attaining the rank of Lieut. Colonel.

In 1952, he was named by the Boston Junior Chamber of Commerce to the “Outstanding Young Men of Greater Boston.” Other notables in this group of eight were the future President of The United States, John F. Kennedy, and Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke.

Mr. Maglio was a member of numerous local, state and national boards, appointments and community service Organizations. He published many works on the subject of juvenile crime as well as training manuals for those entering the field. He was a great motivational speaker and an inspiration to all those who knew him.

He is listed in such publications as: “Who’s Who in the East”; Who’s Who in American Education, National Social Register,” “The 2000 Men of Achievement in 1969”, “The National Register of Prominent Americans”, “International Notables”, ” International Who’s Who in Community Service”, among many others.

He was a faithful and devout member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Winthrop, befriending the many pastors through the years and always helping in any way he could with parish duties. He and his wife were fixtures at the weekly Saturday afternoon Mass.
When he decided to retire, he and his wife, Theresa enjoyed 25 years of wintering at their home in the Sarasota, Florida area, but always looked forward to summering at their beloved home in Winthrop.
Louis Maglio started the “Street of Flags” on Lewis Avenue in Winthrop prompting all residents to continuously post an American Flag proudly on their property and that tradition continues to this day.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five siblings, Anthony, Jenny, Michael, Carmella and Anna. He leaves his sons Louis G. Maglio, Jr. and his wife, Marilyn of North Andover and Paul L. Maglio and his wife, Virginia of Ipswich; three loving grandchildren, Christina and her husband, Thomas Babcock of Waltham, Brianna and Luke of Ipswich. He also leaves numerous loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Wednesday, July 25, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited. Burial with full military honors will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of one’s choice.

Mary Ellen Thornton 

East Boston Resident 

Mary Ellen Thornton of East Boston died on July 19.

She was the beloved mother of Deborah (Thornton) Palmer and her husband, Jere of Londonderry, NH; cherished sister of Leo of Tewksbury, the late John, Joseph, Thomas, William and Theresa and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., East Boston. Memorial donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit: Rapino Memorial Home 617-567-1380

Michael Lovezzola, M.D. 

Nicknamed “Dr. Love” 

Dr. Michael Lovezzola, MD passed peacefully in his sleep in July 13 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Born in Boston on September 11, 1923, Dad always said he was lucky to have wonderful parents, Michael and Theresa (Gnecco) Lovezzola, also born in Boston.

In the early 1870’s, his grandparents were among the earliest Italian immigrants to Boston. “Mike” first attended St. Lazarus Catholic Elementary School, followed by Boston Latin High School. He then went to Harvard at age 16, graduated Cum Laude from Harvard and then received his M.D. from Tufts Medical School. During the Korean Conflict, he was the Chief Surgeon at McChord Air Force Base. There he met Lt. Norma Jacobson, and they were married at McChord Chapel in 1953.

He worked as a civilian surgeon in the Spokane Veterans Hospital from 1955 to 1966 and then moved to Puyallup, Washington where he opened his private practice. Dr Lovezzola was the first surgeon in Puyallup. He was a member of the Tacoma Surgical Club and the North Pacific Surgical Association and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

His kind gentle and patient manner with everyone he encountered earned him the nickname of “Dr. Love.” He retired in 1989.

Dad was a man of strong faith, and he was blessed with many dear friends at his parish, All Saints Catholic Church. He was also lucky to have very good neighbors, and his “coffee buddies” at the local McDonalds.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma; his dear sister, Jean Mongiello, and his parents. He is survived by two daughters, Sue and her husband, Jim Parrish of Walla Walla, WA and Mary and her husband, Bob Champion of Mukilteo, WA. He also leaves three grandchildren and was lucky enough to enjoy four great grandsons. He is also survived by his loving brother and best friend Robert and his wife, Nancy Lovezzola of Needham. The passing of his gentle and kind spirit is a great loss for all of us, but a wonderful addition to Heaven.

His Funeral Services took place in Puyallup, WA. Online guestbook at George F. Doherty & Sons Needham 781-444-0687

Robert Reid 

Chelsea Resident 

Robert D. Reid of Chelsea died on July 19.

He was the husband of Carol (Reeves) Reid; loving father of Robin Pergola and her husband, James of Revere, Brenda Young of Chelsea and Robert Reid Jr. of Revere, close companion of Marie Hibbard and her daughter, Renee; dear brother of Joseph Reid of Chelsea, John Reid of Waltham, Phyllis Antonelli of Revere, Harold Reid of Saugus and the late Lillian Tirro and cherished grandfather of five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book and directions, please visit:

Walter Malas 

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston 

Walter A. Malas of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston, died on July 20,

He was the beloved husband of 52 years of Rosemarie (Russo) Malas; loving son of the late Walter J. and Helen (Rolka) Malas; dear brother of Marion Donovan of Chelsea, Henry Malas of Billerica and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Woburn, MA 01801. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Richard Granara 

Orient Heights Resident 

Richard Granara of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on July 22.

He was the loving father of Rachel Granara of Virginia, cherished son off Constance “ Chickie “ ( La Grassa ) Granara and the late Richard Granara; dear brother of Kim D’Amico and her husband, Louis of Saugus and Peter Granara of East Boston; fiancée of Rosetta Spinelli of East Boston and fond uncle of Louis and Angela D’Amico, Joy Granara and the late Peter Granara.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book:

Clara Kennedy 

Retired Controller 

Clara Kennedy of Washington Avenue, Winthrop died at the Boston Medical Center on July 21 after a brief illness. She was 82 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Maria (Pecce) and Bernard DiPlecido, she lived in East Boston before moving to Winthrop over 42 years ago. Mrs. Kennedy was employed as a controller for the Hilton Hotel at Logan Airport for many years and was still working up until her illness. She was also a member of the Winthrop Emblem Club.
She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Kennedy and the loving mother of Joseph A. Kennedy II of Byfield and Richard Kennedy of Winthrop;  the dear sister of Pam Gioioso of Revere and John DiPlecido of Florida and is also survived by nine grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, July 27 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, Thursday, July 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Winthrop Emblem Club Scholarship Fund, 191 Washington Ave., Winthrop MA 02152. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Frederick Ciampa 

Of Westwood, formerly of East Boston 

Frederick B. “Fred” Ciampa of Westwood, formerly of Hyde Park and East Boston, died on July 22.

The proprietor of the Same Old Place Restaurant, Hyde Park, he was the beloved husband of Susan (Bekerian) Ciampa with whom he shared 46 years of marriage; loving father of Regina L. Ciampa of Boston, Eric M. Ciampa of Norton and Leigh Anne Molinari and her husband, Robert of California; dear brother of Carol Rafferty of Weymouth, Enrico Ciampa of Norwood, Angelo Ciampa Jr. of Boston and the late Richard Ciampa and cherished grandfather of Michelle Sadowloski, Eric M. Ciampa and Zachary G. and Aidan G. Molinari.

The Family will receive visitors at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St. (Route 1A) Norwood today, Wednesday, July 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. His Funeral Service will be Thursday July 26 at 9 a.m. at St. Dennis Church, 157 Washington St., Westwood, MA 02090. Burial will follow in Blue Hills Cemetery, Braintree. To leave condolences online, please visit

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