Obituaries 09-11-2013

Angelo ‘Sonny’ Todisco

Co-Founder of DePiano & Todisco Adjusters, Member of Many Organizations

Angelo A. “Sonny” Todisco of Revere died at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, Boston on September 4 following a long illness. He was 85 years old.

“Sonny” was born in Boston’s North End and came to live in Revere at one year of age. He attended Revere schools, was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School and entered the military service during the Korean Conflict. He served from January of 1951 and completed his term with the Army Reserve in January of 1957. He returned to school and secured his insurance adjuster’s license.

For many years, he worked at Wonderland Dog Track and also in the construction field. In 1978, he joined forces with William J. DePiano, Jr. to form DePiano & Todisco Adjusters, Inc. specializing in all types of insurance claims and losses. Theirs was a 30 plus year partnership and unique friendship which has brought not only themselves but their families into an extended family scenario.

“Sonny” maintained an energetic and interesting schedule with the many political, fraternal and community organizations he supported. He was a member of the American Legion Post 51, the Revere Soccorso Club, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose, the Revere Knights of Columbus- Council 178 and Local 2168 of the Carpenters Union.  He was also Past President and a member of the Revere Kiwanis Club and the Revere Chamber of Commerce. Two of his fondest associations were with the Revere Planning Board at Revere City Hall and his association with the Board of Directors at the Revere Federal Savings & Loan Association. His participation was always consistent, humble and industrious. He loved to be busy and useful and, in spite of his long battle with failing health, he maintained that enthusiasm to the end.

For the past eight years, since his health began to fail, his beloved and faithful wife of 62 years, June J. (Catalucci) has been his constant companion. Their 62nd wedding anniversary, September 9, was the day of his funeral and however you deem to acknowledge this as a wonderful coincidence or gentle phenomena, it brings comfort.

Sonny was the proud and devoted father to: Donna M. DiGiovanni and her husband, Anthony of Peabody and Revere Fire Department Captain Thomas S. Todisco and his wife, Joanne E. of Revere. He was also the cherished grandfather of: Steven M. Todisco and his wife, Sarah of Georgetown, Bryan T. Todisco of Revere, Danielle J. Kempe and her husband, David of Quincy and David A. DiGiovanni of Peabody and Lowell; the very dear brother of Phyllis M. Todisco and her partner, John F. Murphy of Revere. “Sonny” was also the brother in law of the late Robert L. “Bobbie” Catalucci.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. For more information, visit:

Joseph Yebba

Of West Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Joseph A. Yebba of West Peabody, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully at home on September 4 surrounded by his loving family after a valiant battle with cancer. He was 58 years old.

“Joe” was lovingly survived by his “rock” of 37 years, Diane (Bolognese) Yebba. He was the adored father of Chrissy Manley and her husband, Nick of Peabody and Nicole Yebba and her fiancée, John Bartolo of Middleton. The cherished son of Helen (DiNush) Yebba of Middleton and her late husband, Anthony “Tony” Yebba, he was best friend to his brother Nick “Nicky” Yebba of Middleton with whom he shared a lifetime of work as they worked tirelessly to develop a world wide car rental business and real estate business in East Boston. He was the dear son in law to Christine Bolognese and her late husband, Domenic “Bobo” Bolognese as well as brother in law to Donna DeVeau of Revere. Joe lived for his family and always placed them ahead of himself. At the head of his “Most Precious “ List was his two loving grandchildren, Nick and Audraya Manley whose time spent with their “Papa” can never be replaced. Joe was also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Joe’s life would not be complete without his love of cars and precious time spent traveling the world with his wife, children and grandchildren.

A celebration of Joe’s life was held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. His funeral concluded with committal services in Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, Everett.

It was Joe’s “personal” request that donations in his memory be made to The Jennifer Hunter Yates Sarcoma Foundation, P.O. Box 698, Hudson, Ma. 01749. You may visit the foundation on the web at [email protected] or may make your check payable to JHYSF. For guest book

Antonetta ‘Ethel’ Foti

Proprietor of Camiola’s Dry Goods Store

Antonetta “Ethel” (Camiola) Foti of East Boston passed away on September 4 at the Don Orione Home. She was 92 years old.

Ethel was employed at Boston City Hospital, Goddess Bra and was the proprietor of Camiolo’s Dry Goods Store on Cottage Street, East Boston.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph J. Foti with whom she shared 60 years of marriage; loving mother of Camille Gradozzi and her husband, Robert and Constance Foti, all of East Boston and Doreen McCormick and her husband, Barry of England; dear sister of the late Theresa DeRosa, Mary DiLuigi, Joseph “Joey” Carn and Nunzia “Nunu” Camilio; cherished grandmother of Robert and Ralph Gradozzi and Gavin and Hugh McCormick.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:


Violanda ‘Viola’ Manozzi

Of Peabody, Formerly of East Boston

Violanda M. “Viola” (Ferullo) Manozzi of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on September 3.

Loved and adored by many, she especially enjoyed having her family gather together at holidays and truly enjoyed traveling with her family on cruises and trips to many exciting places.  While living in East Boston, she enjoyed activities and trips with the East Boston Senior Center.  When she relocated to Peabody with her family, she enjoyed her weekly Saturday trips to the Mall for shopping, movies and dinner with her sister Helen and dear friend Rose A/K/A “The Golden Girls.” She was a devoted fan of the Soap Operas, Food Network and the Lawrence Welk Show.

She was the loving mother to Joseph Manozzi and his wife, Lisa and Michele Merullo and her husband, Leo, all of Peabody; daughter of the late Guiseppe and Assunta (Matarazzo) Ferullo, loving sister of Eleanor “Helen” Stillman of Peabody and the  late May Finamore, Bonnie Sciarappa, Mary, Margaret, Louis, Michael, John, Joseph, and Anthony Ferullo; cherished grandmother of Christopher Merullo and his wife, Caitlin of Boxford, Alyssa Merullo, Kristen and Joseph Tyler Manozzi, all of Peabody.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews as well as her devoted friend Rose Cerbone.

The family of Viola Manozzi would like to thank Dr. Kristin O’Neil-Callahan and her staff at Lynnfield Medical for all of their care, support and professionalism during their most difficult time.  They are truly grateful to her and her staff.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  Memorial donations can be made in her name to either North Shore Elder Services 152 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923 or VNA Care Network & Hospice, 199 Rosewood Drive, Danvers, MA 01923.  For directions and on-line obituary, visit

Leonora Frizzi-Hanrahan 

Of Florida and East Boston 

Leonora A. (DiBartolomeo) Frizzi-Hanrahan of Margate Florida and East Boston died on September 7.

She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo P. Frizzi and the late Martin T. Hanrahan; devoted mother of Angelo Frizzi Jr. and his wife, Susan of Boynton Beach, Florida, Vincent Frizzi of Beverly and Anthony Frizzi and his wife, Debbie of East Boston; dear sister of the late Rose Corrado and Luciano, Leon and Antionette DiBartolomeo;  cherished grandmother of Christopher, Nicole, Christina, Regina and Talia Frizzi and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A  Funeral Mass in celebration of Leonora’s  life will be  held in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston on Friday, September 13 at 11 a.m. Visiting Hours prior to the Mass will be held in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston beginning at 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In accordance with the wishes of the family, committal services are private. For more information:

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