Obituaries 01-29-2014

Alicia Matthews
Boston Gas Co. Retiree
Alicia F. Matthews of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea on January 23. She was 86 years old.
Prior to her retirement, Alicia was employed by the Boston Gas Co. as an Executive Assistant.
Born in Boston, the cherished daughter of the late Wallace and Catherine (Carter) Matthews Sr. she was the dear sister of Edna M. Dankens and her late husband, Charles of Revere, George J. Matthews and his wife, Kathleen of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Ann Regan and her late husband, Thomas of Belmont, Joan Peterson and her late husband, Frederick of North Andover, and Dr. Wallace J. Mathews, Jr. and his wife, Sherry Loo of Honolulu, HI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in the Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston, MA. 02128. For guestbook, please

Francesco ‘Frank’ Blanciforte
Of East Boston
Francesco  Frank †Blanciforte of East Boston died on January 19.
The†beloved husband of Angelina (Gentile) Blanciforte, he was the devoted father of Frank and his wife, Marina, Maria and Lisa Blanciforte, all of East Boston; dear brother of the late Charles, Joseph and John Blanciforte and Helen Fagone; cherished grandfather of Jordan †and Joseph and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
In accordance with the Blanciforte Family’s wishes, funeral services and †entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum were private. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit:† Arrangements under the personal care of†Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston 617-569-0990† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † † †

Josephine Dionisi
Retiree of State Street Bank and Baybank, Hospital Volunteer, Spent Time at the Rosetti Senior Center
Josephine A. (Ragusa) Dionisi, a Revere resident for 58 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 22 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 95 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, Josephine was educated in the Boston Public Schools system. In 1940, she married Philip Dionisi and began her life and family which included a son and a daughter. They remained in East Boston until moving to Revere in 1966, where she remained.
Josephine was a retiree of State Street Bank, where she was employed as a Clerical Secretary for 20 years. Shortly after retiring from State Street Bank, she went to work at Baybank, in the same field, for 17 years, retiring at 76 years old. For several years, Josephine dedicated her time as a volunteer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, and also would spend time at the Rossetti Senior Center.
In 2001, she lost her husband of 61 years of marriage, the late Phillip Dionisi. She was the devoted mother of: Philip R. Dionisi and his wife, Anne of Salem and Diane M. Iacuzio and her husband, Gennaro  Jerry  of Revere; the cherished grandmother of: Maria Dahlgren and her husband, Rodney, Theresa Dionisi and Christopher Dionisi, all of Salem, Deanne L. Pedersen and her husband, Thomas of North Andover and Gerald Iacuzio and his wife, Michiko of Wellesley. She was the adored great-grandmother of: Kanata, Yuna, Koga and Adrianna; the loving sister of Robert Ragusa of Peabody and the late Phyllis Salini, Margaret Spolsino and Elsie DeDonato and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere.
Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information and guest book, please

Anna Pagliuca
Of East Boston
Anna (Sarno) Pagliuca of East Boston passed away on January 20 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the beloved wife of the late Francis D. Pagliuca; loving mother of Francis Pagliuca and his wife, Gail of Stoneham, Richard Pagliuca and his wife, Marlene of Wilmington and the late Joseph Pagliuca; dear sister of Alfred Sarno of Roslindale and the late Anthony, Carmen, Americo and Margaret Sarno, Susan Lavacca and Mary Viscione. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren, one loving great grand daughter and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s  Beechwood  Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA. 01867. For guest

Robert Recupero
Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston
Robert M. Recupero of Peabody, formerly of East Boston and Malden, died on January 20.
“Bub” and his family were known as “The Zombie Family of Salem” at Salem’s Haunted Happenings.
He was the beloved husband of Carole (Borsini); father of Robert A. and his fiancee, Denise of Revere and Mario A and Hollyann, both of Peabody; grandfather of Alivia A. Recupero; son of the late Paul and Rose (Cacco) Recupero; brother of Frank and his wife, Jessie of Saugus, Laura Mansfield of East Boston, Agripino “Chickie” of New Hampshire, Josephine and her husband, Robert Henry of Carver, Richard and his wife, Frances of East Boston and the late Paul J. and Joseph and his late wife, Ruth. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923 would be appreciated. For more

Paul Landry
Retired Boston Fire Department Lieutenant
Paul E. Landry died in East Boston on January 14.
A US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a retired Lieutenant in the Boston Fire Department, Engine 32, Charlestown.
He was the beloved husband of 56 years of Claire L. (Doran); brother of the late Marion T. Landry; uncle of Paula Garrant and Brian Counihan; grand-uncle of Reid and Taylor and brother-in-law of Marie Hunt. He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews. Funeral Services with Military Honors were held in the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston on January 22. Interment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Memorial donations to the ALS Assn. would be

Mary Scudieri
Retired Sales Clerk of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Mary J. Scudieri of River Road, Winthrop passed away at home on January 17 after a brief illness. She was 85 years old.
Born in East Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Maria (Gozzo) and Emmanuel Monteleone, she was a resident of East Boston for many years and moved to Winthrop over 20 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a saleswoman for Lacy’s Department Store for many years and was also a sales clerk at Curtains Plus in Winthrop.
She was the devoted wife of the late Frank Scudieri and the loving mother of Louise Anzalone and her husband, Patrick of Winthrop, Anthony Scudieri and his wife, Mary of New Hampshire and Frank Scudieri and his wife, Paula of Wakefield; the dear sister of Anthony Monteleone and his wife, Paula of Winthrop, Frank Monteleone and his wife, Marie of Winthrop and the late Anna Monteleone; the cherished grandmother of Vincent, Beth, Stacey, Christina, Carissa, Salvatore, and the great grandmother of Mia, Bella and Nicholas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and the godmother of Frank Monteleone.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston. Interment followed the mass in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook

Bruna Delise
Seamstress;†Worked at†Don Orione Home Later in Life
Bruna ( Lugnani) Delise of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 26.
Bruna was born in Italy to the late Luigi and Beatrice (Dagri) Lugnani and came to the United States in 1956. She briefly lived in Boston s North End before settling in East Boston. She worked as a seamstress for many years in clothing stores such as Kennedys, Louis of Boston and Brooks Brothers. Later in life, she worked at the Don Orione Home.

The beloved wife of the late Mario, she was the devoted mother of Dr. Claudio and his wife, Joan of Concord and Elvio and his wife, Charlotte of Londonderry, NH; dear sister of Giusepina Lugnani and Maria Lugnani, both of Italy and is also survived by four loving grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Visiting hours will be in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, January 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Don Orione Home, c/o patient activities fund, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston 02128. For guest book please visit

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