Obituaries 02-26-2014

Clara Tollo

Family Was Her Priority

Clara (Vega) Tollo, a 38 year resident of Revere, formerly of East Bowton, passed away on February 21 after a brief illness.

Born in Italy, she came to the USA as a young girl with her family settling in East Boston. A homemaker, who spent her working career as a stitcher in Boston’s Garment District, Mrs. Tollo was the “hallmark” Mom Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. Family was indeed her priority.

She and her late husband, Joseph Tollo (who passed in February of 1999) were long time devotees of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Revere. She was the devoted mother of: Arleen C. Puccia and her husband Philip of Andover and Joanne DiGregorio and her husband, Eugene of Melrose; the dear sister of the late Olga Conklin, Rose C. Sistis, Amadeo and Domenic Vega; the cherished grandmother of: Phili Puccia, III and his wife, Dorothy of Andover, Joseph D. Puccia of Boston, Jessica L. Hudson and her husband, Ross of Chicago, Roger M. DiGregorio and his wife, Eden of Wellington, Florida and Tamara L. Josti and her husband, Timothy of East Brookfield, MA and Dean Jeffrey DiGregorio and his wife, Tonya of Methuen. She is also lovingly survived by 10 great grandchildren: Alexandra, Lilliam and Madeline Puccia, Cody, Logan and Tyler Josti, Brook and Gia DiGregorio, Siana Quillen and Tessa Rose Hudson and by seveal nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, February 26 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For further information, please visit:

Carmen ‘Skippy’ Guarnera

Retired Salesman for All Nu Vinyl Siding

Carmen J. “Skippy” Guarnera died unexpectedly at his Revere home on Saturday, February 22.

Skippy was born and raised in East Boston, attended Boston Public Schools and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1956. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and proudly served his country for several years. He returned home and worked for several different companies in the contracting field, married Arlene A. Leonard and they settled in East Boston to start their family.

The couple and their four children moved to Revere in the 1970’s. Skippy then started his career as a salesman for All Nu Vinyl Siding in Revere. He made many friendship though his years there.

He was the beloved father of: Revere Firefighter Joseph P. Guarnera and his wife, Gail of North Chelmsford, Julie A. Butt and her husband, Jeffrey J. of Peabody, Michael S. Guarnera of Sherman Oakes, CA and Lisa M. Mignosa and her husband, James of Winthrop; the cherished grandfather of Amanda G., Joseph C. and Joshua V. Guarnera, all of North Chelmsford, Kayla M. and Kassidy A. Butt, both of Peabody and Tyler J. and Sydney A. Mignosa, both of Winthrop; the loving brother of Lucille Loadman and her husband, James of Florida, Catherine Selvitella and her husband, Richard of North Eastern and the late Stephen Guarnera and the former husband of the late Arlene A. (Leonard) Guarnera. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, February 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, A Funeral Service will follow the visitation in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Jimmy Fund, Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 022084-9168. For more information visit

Pasquale ‘Buzzy’ Mini

Former Member of Teamsters Local 25

Pasquale J. “Buzzy” Mini, in Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 23.

A US Army veteran and a former member of Teamsters Local 25, he was the beloved fiance of Donna Tocco; father of Angela and her fiance, Rick Leclerc of Sanford, ME, Christopher and his wife, Lisa of Topsfield and David and his wife, Jennifer of Winthrop, all formerly of East Boston; brother of Elaine Colacitti of Winthrop; grandfather of Christopher Jr., Stephanie, Robert and Nicole and uncle of Andrea.

Funeral Services were held in the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Interment with Military Honors was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to either DAV or Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated. For more information:

Angelina Forti

Of East Boston

Angelina (DeSisto) Forti of East Boston died on February 22.

Angie, who was a mother figure to many of the people she met, was the devoted mother of Michael and his wife, Dotty of Revere, Kevin and his wife, Lynne of Middleboro, Doreen Forti of East Boston and Mark and his wife, Karen of Saugus . Angelina was predeceased by four loving brothers. She was the cherished grandmother of 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren and is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Angie being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, please visit

Gerald ‘Cristie’ Christopher

Award Winning East Boston Athlete In His Youth

Gerald ”Cristie”

Christopher of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died in Florida on February 18.

A life member of the OHYC, Cristie was a US Army veteran of World War II serving his country as a Tech Sargent in the first occupational army in Japan. As a young man, he was an award winning athlete in the East Boston community.

He was the beloved husband of Alice (Borsa) Christopher; devoted father of Mark and his wife, Eileen of Plymouth, Allyn Christopher, David and his wife, Marilyn, all of East Boston; dear brother of John and his late wife, Eleanor of Revere, Dorothy Fournier and her late husband, Donald of Dover, NH, Richard and his wife, Terry of Somerville, Stephen and his wife, Brenda of Winthrop and the late Robert Christopher and his surviving wife, Karen; adored grandfather of Mark, Jason, Justin and Alexis and cherished great grandfather of Julian. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services conclude with Cristie being laid to rest with Full Military Honors in Winthrop Cemetery. For more information, please visit:

Mary Cinelli

Of East Boston

Mary M. Cinelli of East Boston died suddenly while visiting in Auburn, NY on February 15.

A US Army veteran, she was the beloved mother of Roxanne Cinelli, formerly of East Boston and her fiancee, Jeniesa Scott, both of Auburn, NY, the sister of Edward Cinelli and his wife, Christine Capone-Cinelli and Alice Etheridge, all of East Boston; cousin of Marie Vaccari of East Boston and she also leaves many other cousins. She was the aunt of Alicia and Michael Cinelli of Connecticut and many other other nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services with Military Honors were held in the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Committal Services were private.

Emily DiDomenico

Of East Boston

Emily (Gaeta) DiDomenico of East Boston died on February 19. She was in her 99th year.

The beloved wife of the late Domenic, she was the devoted mother of Anthony DiDomenico of East Boston; dear sister of Theresa Zona of East Boston and the late Alfonso Gaeta, Phyllis Stasio, Irene Farina and Michael Gaeta and the cherished grandmother of Donna and Felicia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Emily was laid to rest with her beloved husband in Holy Cross Cemetery. May they rest in paece. In honoring Emily and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spaulding Nursing Home North End, 70 Fulton St., Boston 02109. For more information:

Alfred Coolidge

Of Middleton, Formerly of East Boston.

Alfred F. Coolidge of Middleton, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Monday, February 17.

An accountant for a fish company, he was the beloved husband of Janice (Butera) Coolidge; loving father of Dana Begin and her husband, Alex of Wrenham and Mark Coolidge and his fiancé, Valerie Herdman of Beverly; dear brother of Barbara Romano of Malden, Joan Jagiello of Chelsea, Christine Greenwood of N. Reading, Janet Pellegrino of Boston, Marion DiLuigi of Revere, Patricia Lavigne of Randolph, Roscoe Coolidge of Melrose, Ralph Coolidge of Amesbury, and the late Marie Pava, John and David Coolidge; cherished grandfather of Alicia, Gillian, Elsa, Lilly, Jared and Jeremy and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere, Committal was private. For guest book:

Katherine Oliveri

Of East Boston

Katherine M. (Pignato) Oliveri of East Boston died unexpectedly on February 23.

She was the beloved wife of over 62 years of Joseph Sr.; devoted mother of Carl and his wife, Rose of Saugus and the late Joseph Oliveri, Jr.; cherished grandmother of Carl Jr. of Boston, Laura Groves and her husband, Kenneth and Daniel Oliveri, all of Melrose and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Kay’s life by gathering Thursday, February 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 9 a.m. Friday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street for a Funeral Mass in Celebration of Kay’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Katherine being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, please visit Funeral For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990.

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