Obituaries 08-21-2013

Ida Poto

Retired Seamstress

Ida F. ( Scannapieco ) Poto of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on August 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital  surrounded by her family. She was in her 98th year.

Ida, who was employed as a seamstress for Picariello and Singer and the Lanza Mills, was born in East Boston on November 14, 1915, the daughter of the late Giovanni and Emilia ( Taiani ) Scannapieco . She was the beloved wife of the late Edward N. Poto with whom she shared 62 years of marriage; loving mother of Anthony Poto, Master Teacher Saugus High School and his wife, Marie of Salem and John Poto, former Head Master of East Boston High School and his wife, Lorraine of Winthrop; dear sister of the late Antoinetta Tescione and John Scannapieco, killed in the battle of the Bulge in World War II and cherished grandmother of Rita Durgin, Marisa Indrisano, Michael, David, John, Eric and Anthony Poto and also leaves 11 great grandchildren.

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

Salvatore ‘Sam’ Mancuso

Of East Boston

Salvatore R. “Sam” Mancuso of East Boston died on August 15 surrounded by his entire family.

He was the loving husband  of 38 years  of Linda (DePalo) Mancuso; devoted  father of Lisa Banas and her husband,  Walter of Connecticut, John Guarino III and his wife, Patricia of Arlington, Thomas Guarino and his wife, Rose of Georgia, Michael Guarino, Ralph Guarino and his wife, Patricia, all of East Boston; adored grandfather of Tiffany, Ralph, Janine, Andrea Thomas , Sam, Linda, and  Anthony; cherished great grandfather of Gianna and Christian and the dear brother of Rita Perotta of Medford.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights ) East Boston. Sam was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring Sam, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers 01923. For more information:

Mario Spinelli

Of Gloucester

Mario Spinelli of Gloucester, husband of Joan Cotto, passed away in Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington on August 13 with his loving family at his side.  He was 54 years old.

Mario was born in Avellino, Italy on September 18, 1958, the son of the late Vincenzo and Giovanna (Ferrante) Spinelli.  He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joan and his beloved cat “Slate Spinelli”; a brother, Anthony Spinelli and his wife, Cathi of Swampscott, three sisters, Rachel Catino and her husband, Tony of East Boston, Maria Ruggiero and her husband, Richard of Peabody and Rosetta Spinelli of East Boston; a very special friend, John Genest of Gloucester and by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.  He was pre-deceased by his sister, Susan DiLisi and his brother, Michael Spinelli.

Funeral arrangements were by the Greely Funeral Home, Gloucester. Burial was in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem. Contributions may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701. Online condolences at:

Edward ‘Eddie the Mechanic’ Smaldone

Retired Boston Police Department Mechanic

Edward “Eddie the Mechanic “Smaldone of Orient Heights East Boston, passed away at home on August 4 surrounded by his loving family. He was in his 92nd year.

Eddie was a retired auto mechanic for the Boston Police Department Station Area “D”. He was an Italian War Veteran of World War II and spent two years in a German concentration camp. He was also a member of the Orient Heights Civic Club.

Born 1921 in Castelcivita ( Salerno ) Italy, the son of the late  Nunziante and Giovanna ( Vicinanza ) Smaldone, he was the beloved husband of the late Sara M. ( Bamonte ) Smaldone with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; loving father of Jo-Ann Russo and her husband, Richard and Elisa LaPlante and her husband, Edward, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Richard E. Russo. Eddie was one of nine siblings and has a surviving sister, Elisa Gaudieri of Eboli ( Salerno) Italy.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood“ Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in the Mausoleum  at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Cynthia DiFronzo

Longtime Office Manager

Cynthia A. DiFronzo of Pleasant Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on August 10 after a brief illness. She was 50 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of Gloria (Beraudo) and the late Nicholas DiFronzo. A lifelong resident of Winthrop, she was employed as an office manager for many years.

She was the dear sister of Deborah Bighinatti of Tewksbury, Richard DiFronzo of Lexington, Alfred “Skip” DiFronzo of Lynnfield and the late Peter DiFronzo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son -O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston was followed by interment in the Cross St. Section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church. To sign the online guestbook go to or

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