Obituaries 07-24-2013

Sylvester ‘Jake’ Cheffro

Building Contractor

Sylvester “Jake” Cheffro, a lifelong East Boston resident, passed away at the Chelsea Skilled Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family on July 17. He was 70 years old.

Jake worked for many years for the Rapino Memorial Home in the 1970’s, for Picariello and Singer and as a building contractor.

He was the beloved husband of the late Antonia (Orlandino) Cheffro with whom he shared 43 years of marriage and the late Rose (Sorrento) Cheffro; the loving father of Julie Sansaverino and her husband, Louis, Rose Gonzales and her husband, Hector Paul Pari, Sylvester Cheffro III and Josephine Martinelli, all of East Boston, Virginia Lunde and her husband, Phil and Mark Cheffro and his wife, Stephanie, all of Wakefield and the late Katherine Cheffro Snider and her husband, Allen of Chelsea. He was the adored brother of Camilee “Dolly” Iacuzio and her late husband, Gennaro “Jerry,” Edward “Crystal” Cheffro and his wife, Barbara, John Cheffro and his wife, Dorothy, all of East Boston, Robert Cheffro and his late wife, Josephine of Chelsea and Joseph “Smokin Joe” Cheffro and his wife, Marie of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; cousin of Anthony Guglielmo “Patty Boy’ and his wife, Irene.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Committal was private. For guestbook:

Carmelina ‘Carmela’ Calandini


Carmelina “Carmela” (Giangregorio) Calandini died on July 18.

A housewife, she was the beloved wife of Ciriaco Calandini; loving mother of Anna Farland and her husband, Robert and Angela Calandini, all of Revere; cherished sister of Teresa DiGirolamo of East Boston, Antonio Giangregorio and Angela Castelli, both of Revere and Ciriaco Giangregorio of Saugus. She is also survived by two loving granddaughters, Amanda and Ashley and by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book:

Margaret Spada

Longtime Boston Public School Secretary

Margaret (Pessia) Spada of East Boston died on July 19. She was 85 years old.

Margaret was a past member of the Sons of Italy Sempre Avanti Lodge and a secretary in the Boston Public School System for many years.

She was the beloved wife of more than 64 years of Louis Spada; devoted mother of Maria Hanton of East Boston and Leonard Spada and his wife, Elizabeth of Middleton; cherished grandmother of Michelle Varano and her husband, Nick of Lynnfield, Amy Hanton of Revere and Jacob and Jessica Spada of Middleton; adored great grandmother of Nico and Marina Varano and Alec Gonzalez. Margaret was predeceased by nine dear brothers and sisters and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum Malden, In honoring her memory, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston MA 02210. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Frances Masucci

Of East Boston

Frances Masucci of East Boston passed away on July 17. She was 74 years old.

She was the dear sister of Peter Masucci of East Boston and the late Anthony Masucci; cherished Aunt of Cheryl and Charlene Masucci; adored great-aunt of Nicholas Masucci and is also survived by many loving friends and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the Most Holy Redeemer Church, Maverick Street, East Boston on Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Frances’ remains being laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston.

Charles Vaccaro

Former Machine Operator

Charles P. Vaccaro of Brockton, formerly of East Boston, died on July 13 surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.

A former machine operator and a US Army veteran of World War II, he was born in Boston, the son of the late Vincent and Marie (Cinelli).  He was the beloved husband of Jennie (Harriman) and the late Romilda “Toni”(Bellerini) Vaccaro; devoted father of Charles Vaccari and his wife, Marilyn of East Boston, Deborah Nixon and her husband, James Sr. of Brockton, Vincent Vaccaro and his wife, Joyce of East Boston and Marie Vaccari of East Boston; dear brother of the late Antoinette Vaccaro and is also survived by five loving grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Champions Fighting Cancer,  c/o Signature Health Care, 680 Centre St., Brockton MA 02302. For guest book, please visit

Jane Tiernan McDonough

Of East Boston

Jane Tiernan McDonough of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 21. She was 68 years old. She leaves her husband, Walter and her sister, Nancy of Provincetown. She was the sister of the late Sister Mary Alice and also leaves many nieces and nephews. Memorial Mass to follow. Arrangements are by the Welch Funeral Home in Chelsea.

Adolfo “DoDo” Palermo, Jr.

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Adolfo “DoDo” Palermo, Jr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on July 21.

He was the beloved husband of Darsie (Maramaldi) Palermo; most loving father of Marisa, Meagan and Gina Palermo; cherished son of the late Adolfo Palermo, Sr. and Mariateresa (Romegnose) Palermo; dear brother of Rosa Coluccio and her late husband, Vincenzo of Saugus, Lina Fazzolari and her husband, Vincenzo of Peabody, the late Vincenzo “Vic” and his wife, Marianna, Adele Scrivo and her husband, Salvatore and Pasquale “Patsy” Palermo, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived and sorely missed by his aunt, Vittoria Fazzolari of East Boston as well as by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:

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