Obituaries 04-30-2014

Frank ‘Barney’ Maniscalco

Late Proprietor of

Barney’s Pool Hall of Chelsea

Frank J. “Barney” Maniscalco, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on April 25.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the late proprietor of Barney’s Pool Hall in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of 59 years of the late Dolores J. “Dolly” (Myhal); devoted father of Denise Brandano of Lynnfield and Debra Fleming of Peabody; loving father in law of Robert Brandano; cherished grandfather of Robert Brandano of Lynnfield, Kristen Brandano and Peter Rossi of Delray Beach, Florida, Daniel Fleming and Samantha Scott of Wakefield, Brian Fleming of Peabody and Marisa Fleming of Peabody and he also leaves four great grandchildren: Tiana, Robert, Nicholas and Ava Alyse. He was the dear brother of Antionette Sposito, Salvator Maniscalco, Gus Maniscalco, Joanne Jankun and the late Katherine Marino, Patsy, James, Anthony, Charles and Joseph Maniscalco; treasured uncle of Wendy, Craig and Brandi Neil of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to: Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 01250. For online memorial and guestbook please visit:

Clotide ‘Choo Choo’ Keegan

Of East Boston, formerly of the West End

Clotilde “Choo Choo” (Marshall) Keegan of East Boston, formerly of the West End, died on April 27.She was the devoted mother of John J. Keegan and his wife, Phyllis, Maryanne Tirone and her husband, Joseph of Saugus and Veronica Iovanna of East Boston; dear sister of Richard, Bobby, George, Billy, John “Diddy”Marshall, Rosie Hughes, Ruthy Kennedy and Dorothy Yoneuss as well as  deceased brothers and sisters. She was the cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and also leaves many adored great grandchildren and loving nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of the late Walter J. Keegan.Family and friends will honor “Choo Choo’s” life by gathering on Thursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 7:45 a.m. Friday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Choo Choo’s life at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with Choo Choo being laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information:

Lois Ventresco

Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Principal Administrator

Lois A. Ventresco, a lifelong Winthrop resident, died following a brief illness at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 20. She was 73 years old.

Born and raised in Winthrop, she was educated in the Winthrop and Boston School Systems. For more than 20 years, and until her stroke on February 14, 2014, she served as a Principal Administrator at Mass. Supreme Judicial Court.

For many years, she maintained a close relationship with the Discalced Carmelite Sisters of Peabody and the Marist Missionary Sisters of Waltham. Her faithfulness and generosity are well noted by both of these congregations.

Her late husband, Anthony E. Ventresco, died on February 5, 1984 and she never re-married. She was the cherished mother of Lisa A. Ventresco of Winthrop and the devoted grandmother of David A. Ventresco of New Hampshire, a student at the University of Connecticut; a brother Alfred E. Saggese, Jr. of Winthrop and the sister of the late Joan Shea. She is also lovingly survived by her former daughter-in-law Elizabeth Turner and her husband, Gary of Merrimac, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information, please visit:

Stephen Cecca

Progressive Club President,

Member of Jeffries Point Yacht Club and Bricklayers Union Local 3.

Stephen B. Cecca in Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on April 26.He was the president of the Progressive Club and a member of the Jeffries Point Yacht Club and the Bricklayers Union Local 3.The beloved husband of Diane M. (French), he was the father of Marcus, Derek and Michelle, all of Winthrop; son of the late Mary (Lindstrom) and Benjamin Cecca; brother of Paul V. and his wife, Sharon of Revere and Karen M. and her husband, Greg Capillo of W. Peabody. He is also survived by four nephews. Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Friday morning, May 2. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours areThursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

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