Obituaries 10-24-2012

Edna Kennedy

Retired Suffolk Superior Court Stenographer

Edna Kennedy, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, passed away recently at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea. She was 76 years old.

Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late James J. and Elsie Kennedy and sister of Arthur Kennedy, in her lifetime, she enjoyed traveling and made several trips to the Hawaiian islands and Bermuda. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, and was an animal lover.

She was a retired court stenographer for the Suffolk Superior Court and according to Judge Michael P. Joyce, was “the most professional and competent court stenographer that he can recall working with.”

She  is survived by her beloved cocker spaniel, Teddy (Kennedy), by her dear friends Mike and Betsy Gahan, Sarajane Wessinger and Hatch Brown, and by many loving neighbors, both human and canine.
Her funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Saturday, October 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will follow the Mass in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to NEADS, P.O. Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583, an organization that trains assistance dogs for the disabled or go to For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Pauline Blanchette

Died Six Days Before Her 97th Birthday

Pauline (Rizzo) Blanchette of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 19, six days before her 97th birthday.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Blanchette; dear mother of Dennis and his wife, Olivia, Leonard and the late Kenneth; dear sister of Eleanor Spinazzola of Methuen, Tina Daniels of Taunton, Guy Rizzo of Ashby, Louis Rizzo of New Hampshire, Richard Rizzo of Falmouth and the late Charles, Angelo and Joseph Rizzo and is also survived by her grandchildren: Denise Corbett and her husband, Dennis, Danielle Cullen and her husband, Ryan and Dennis Blancehette Jr. and two great-grandchildren, Adam and Amanda Corbett.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in her name can be made to Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Danvers, MA 01923. For guest book please visit

Agostina ‘Cookie’ Cucchiello

East Boston Resident

Agostino A. “Cookie” Cuccheillo of East Boston died on October 17.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of the late Antonetta “Netta” (Vitale); loving father of Stephen Cucchiello and Renee Buonopane and her husband, Richard all of East Boston; dear brother of Michael of Revere, Richard and his wife, Pat of Peabody and the late Gabe “Sonny” and Frank “Juju” Cucchiello and is also survived by six loving grandchildren and three loving great-grandchildren.

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

Richard Collins

Former longtime manager of Liberty Market in East Boston

Richard A. Collins of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 18.

He was the former longtime manager of Liberty Market, East Boston and a former employee of Northwest Airlines and Allied Barton.

He was the beloved son of the late William and Priscilla (Wisneski); loving father of the late Richard, Jr.; dear brother of Paul and his wife, Andrea of Revere and the late William and his surviving wife, Lucille; devoted uncle of Tracy Isabarrone and her husband, Danny, Sean and his wife, Stacey, Mackenzie, Kelly, Paul Jr., and Brian. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Ashley and Darren.

Funeral arrangements were by The Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers. donations may be made to Hematology/Oncology Patient & Family Care Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital. Contributions can be made online at: www.childrens or by mail to: Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215. For guest book, please visit:

Patricia Lee Kelley

Self Taught Folk Artist and Time Warner Cable Retiree

Patricia Lee Kelley of Wakefield, passed away on October 15 of natural causes.  She was 69 years old.

Born to the late Walter and Dolores (Fiorillo) Cunningham on June 9, 1943 in East Boston,  she  attended East Boston High School and Fisher College.  She married the late Richard P. Kelley in 1964, and they lived in Chelsea for many years before relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC.

Patty received several employee awards for her hard work as a Disbursements Manager for Time Warner Cable from which she retired in 1998.  She was a self-taught folk artist with a great sense of humor.  She loved reading, painting, attending live theater and visiting the beach.

She is survived by her two sons, David Kelley of Pawtucket, RI and Rich Kelley of Stoneham.  She is also survived by her granddaughter, Kaitlyn Kelley; siblings, Mary Bath and Leigh Honora Fiorillo; an uncle, John Lee; cousins, Judy Murphy, Paula Gubitose and Brian Thibodeau and by many others, as well as her long-time friend, Jan Giusto of South Carolina.

Patricia had requested no services.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were by the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home 781-438-0135

Elisa Caporale

Orient Heights Resident

Elisa M. (Covuccia) Caporale of Orient Heights East Boston died on October 17. She was in her 94th year.

The beloved wife of the late Raffaele Caporale with whom she shared 42 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Pasquale Caporale and his wife, Carol of Stoneham, Carmine Caporale and his wife, Beverly of Saugus and Mario Caporale and his wife, Nancy of Reading; dear sister of Gilda Covuccia of Italy and the late Carmela Gallucio, Maria Rosato, Antonio, Saverio, Attilio and Amelio Covuccia; cherished grandmother of Lisa, Michael, Anthony, Katie and Tina Caporale and Tanya Sikorski and her husband, Steven. and her late sister-in-law Teresa Venezia; aunt of Lena Penta and Phyllis Luise of Malden and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

Ann Marckini

East Boston Resident

Ann (Severino) Marckini of East Boston died on October 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Marckini; loving mother of Cheryl Mack and her husband, William of Winthrop, Debbie Jones and her husband, Russell of Revere and Denise Gillespie of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Alicia, John, Willie, Janelle, Sophie and Stephanie; great-grandmother of Ava; dear sister of Arthur “Sonny” Severino and his wife, Joan of Revere, Corinne Ciulla of Taunton, the late Anthony Severino, Richard Severino, and SandraTontondonato and the dear niece of Josie Chianca of East Boston and Flo Busheme of Revere. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences:

Edward Canto

Retired Harvard University Security Guard

Edward E. Canto of East Boston and formerly of Boston’s North End passed away on Oct. 17. He was 96 years old.  The son of the late Dominic and Sabina (Gisi) Canto, he was born in Boston’s North End on October 3, 1916 and married his late wife Filomena (Nuzzo) Canto there.  He moved to East Boston where he lived the majority of his life.

He worked at Harvard University as security from 1952 to 1979.

Mr. Canto is the father of Sabina Taylor and her late husband, John H. of East Boston, their children John D. Taylor and his wife Anita, Edward Taylor and Judy Crespo and her husband, Richard and their children, Richard Jr., Joshua, Ethan and Evan, all of East Boston; daughter Camille Gilardi and her husband, Louis of N. Reading, Ann Shirley Fritz and her husband, Albert of Everett and the late Edward E. Canto Jr. and his surviving wife, Angela of New Hampshire.  He is also survived by his remaining grand and great-grandchildren; his siblings Peter of Boston, Helen Cacciola of Everett, the late Mary DiTomasso, Anthony, Guy and Dominic; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For online condolences, please visit

Marion Taurasi 

East Boston Resident 

Marion A. (Faretra) Taurasi of East Boston died on October  22.

A past member of Courageous Generation of St. Lazarus Parish, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Sr., devoted mother of Virginia of East Boston, Rev. David G. Taurasi of St. Monica’s Parish, Methuen and Anthony Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Danvers; dear sister of Gloria Jones of Arlington, Rose Gizzi of East Boston and Marie Carco of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Michael Amoroso, Christine M. and Anthony Taurasi III; adored great grandmother of Zoe and Michael Jr, and Marcus and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday October 26  at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Mrs. Taurasi’s life at St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.For more information, please visit

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