Obituaries 08-07-2013

Antoinetta ‘Dolly’ Mercurio


Antoinetta (Lepore) Mercurio of East Boston passed away August 3. She was 95 years old.

A housewife, she was the beloved wife of the late William “Puggy” Mercurio with whom she shared 75 years of marriage; devoted and loving mother of Elizabeth Furkart of Florida and her late husband, Paul, Vera Scolastico and her husband, Thomas of Wilmington, Maria Santora of East Boston, Patricia Cataldo and her husband, Henry of Saugus, Joseph Mercurio of Florida, William Mercurio and his fiancée, Dana Deprato of Saugus and the late Pamela Mercurio; dear sister of the late Rose Lombardi, Albert “Chizzy” Lapore, Patricia Sergi, Josephine Morreo and Lana Gesa; cherished grandmother of 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions:

Joseph ‘Earl’ Harding

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston and Canada

Joseph “Earl” Harding of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston and Canada, passed away on July 26. He was 83 years old.

The dear brother of Mary D’Orazio of East Boston, he was the adored nephew of Evelyn Porier of Canada, cherished uncle of Liane Sherman and her husband, David and their children, Devon and Ryan of East Boston, Robert Ranson and his wife, Debra of Peabody, David Ranson and his wife, Jamie of New Hampshire and Dale Brazell of Wilmington. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews throughout the United States and Canada.

A Memorial Mass in celebration of Earl’s life will be held in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 10. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Earl being laid to rest at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Earl’s memory may be made to the Don Orione Home Patient Activities Fund, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston, MA 02128.  For more information or to send an online condolence please visit . Arrangements are under the direction and care of: Ruggiero Family Memorial Home

East Boston 617-569-0990

Teresa Catino

Housewife and Longtime Proprietor of Tre-est Beauty Salon of East Boston

Teresa (Musto) Catino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 1.

Teresa was a housewife and the proprietor of Tre-est Beauty Salon of Summer Street East Boston for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Catino; devoted and loving mother of the late Ronald “Ronnie the Baker” DePasquale; dear sister of Emma Salvo of Stoneham and the late Louis, Angelo, Vincent “Vic Mason” Musto and Lucille Rizzo; fond aunt of Jeanne Hogan and her husband, Stephen of Stoneham, Patrick and Tessa Benti, Estelle and Leo Colborne and the late Thomas Salvo and family and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. She was laid to rest with her son and husband at Oak Grove cemetery in Medford. For guest book:

Anne Gilberto

Past Member of the Courageous Generation

Anne L. (Guerra) Gilberto of East Boston died on July 31.

A Past Member of the Courageous Generation St. Lazarus Parish, she was the beloved wife of over 73 years to Steve  Giliberto, the devoted mother of Camille Dirago and her husband, George, Maria O’Donnell and her husband, John and Pauline Bolser and her husband, Ron; dear sister of Frances Piantedosi and her husband, Paul, the late Mary Valenti and her surviving husband, Fred, the late Rose Sacco and her late husband, George and the late Lillian Guerra; cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and the late Michael Bolser and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service in celebration of Anne’s life was held in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home. Services concluded with Anne being laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Lake Street, Peabody. In honoring Anne, memorial donations may be made to  Compassionate Care Hospice 8– W. Cummings Park, Suite 3400, Woburn,01801 .

Lucy Virgilio

Of Boston’s North End

Lucy (DiOrio) Virgilio of Boston’s North End died on July 28.

The beloved wife of the late Angelo “Gabe the Painter,” she was the devoted mother of Donna Marie Virgilio, Peter Virgilio and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Treptow, all of Boston’s North End;  dear sister of Gilda Bova of Revere and the late Phyllis Rossi, Angelina Giannato, Mary Sperduto, Gennaro DiOrio, Michelina Costa and Frank DiOrio and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Lucy’s life was held at Sacred Heart Church North Square in Boston’s North End on August 1. Services concluded with Lucy being laid to rest in the Mausoleum in Holy Cross Cemetery with her beloved Angelo. May they both rest in peace.

Marguerite Milano

Of Saugus and Florida, Formerly of Orient Heights East Bostono

Marguerite I. ( Zito) Milano of Saugus and Singer Island,  Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, passed away peacefully on July 31at the Kaplan House in Danvers surrounded by her loving family. She was 91 years old.

Born in Boston,  the daughter of the late Vincent “Jim” and Emily ( Tacelli) Zito, she was the beloved wife of the late Vincent “Red” Milano with whom she shared 37 years of marriage; loving mother of Diane Leccese of Saugus; dear sister of Gloria Mucci of Revere and the late Marie Arcieri, Eness Leccese, Camille DeFranzo and Annette Addonizio; cherished grandmother of Lisa Morgante and Todd Leccese, both of Saugus and Tanya Gioldasis and her husband, John of Newburyport and great grandmother of Tyla, Jana, Jake, Sophia, Georgio and Avery.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Monday morning, August 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial with her husband will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For directionsand guest

Joseph Morante 

Life Ended at the Hand of An Unidentified Assassin Thief

Joseph A. Morante of Revere died on Wednesday, July 31 at the Boston Medical Center following an attack on Tremont Street, Boston where he was employed. He was 19 years old.

“Joseph enjoyed an unusual and tender bond with his immediate and extended family.” This tragedy happened on July 31st, only two days following his 19th Birthday. May our loving God and his mother, Mary, enfold Joseph and his entire family in the mantle of protection, shielded from all things negative and restore their minds and hearts to peace and enduring love.”

Joseph was born in Melrose and lived in Revere all of his life. He was a 2012 graduate of Revere High School. He was employed by “Eye-World” Cell Phone at the Tremont Street, Boston location where the tragedy occurred. Ironically, he was to be transferred to the East Boston store on Tuesday, August 6.

Joseph was an unusually loving young man who was most fond of children, especially his 10 year old twin brothers, Alan C. and Steven G. Plitech of Revere and his two year old baby sister, Grace M. Morante of East Boston.  He was the cherished son of Carolyn M. Russo of Revere and Joseph J. Morante, Jr. and his wife, Seeyee Morante of East Boston; the devoted grandson of Richard R. Russo of Arlington and the late Sara E. Russo and Camille M. Morante of Revere and the late Joseph J Morante, Sr. Joseph also leaves his fiancée, Diana Alvarez and his adoring aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Broadway, Revere.  Interment was held privately at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: ROCA, 101 Park Street, Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information, please visit:

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