Obituaries 10-15-2014

Josephine DiFazio

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Josephine L. (Ciulla) DiFazio of East Boston, formerly of Revere, passed away on October 11 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony DiFazio; loving mother of Linda Lee DeVita and her husband, Anthony of East Boston, Diane DiFazio and her life partner, Georgia Rittmeyer of Maryland and the late Nancy Lena; dear sister of Gus Ciulla of Revere, Susan Rizzo of Everett and the late Mickey, Anthony, Sammy, Tommy, Rosie, Lillian and Frances. She is also survived by two loving grandchildren, David and Richard Lena and was the grandmother of the late James Lena. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Josephine’s life by gathering Friday morning, October 17, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston immediately followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 12 noon in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Linda Fisher

Of East Boston

Linda (Irwin) Fisher of East Boston died unexpectedly on October 9.

She was the devoted mother of Keith of East Boston and Tami Candelora and Melissa Polan, both of Revere, dear sister of Donna Hill of Lynn, Debbie Irwin of Malden, Wayne Irwin of East Boston and Steven Irwin of Malden; cherished grandmother of Benjamin, Melaina, Logan, Phillip and Madison.

In accordance with Linda’s wishes, funeral services were private. Memorial donations may be made to: American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.


Stanley Ankiewicz

Teamsters Union Member

Stanley R. Ankiewicz died in East Boston on October 7.

Stanley was a veteran of the US Navy and the Army National Guard. He was also a member of the Teamsters Union, Local 25.

He was the beloved husband of Roseanne (Lupoli); loving father of Laura and her husband, Orlando Torres, Stanley Ankiewicz Jr. and his wife, Dawn and John Ankiewicz and his wife, Jennifer; devoted grandfather of Orlando Jr., Liandra, Liliana, Alexander, Madison, Branson and Parker; son of Helen Florentino and John Kennedy and his wife, Barbara and is also survived by many brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held from the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston on October 10 with a Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Wayne Belschner in the Sacred Heart Church. Interment with Military Honors was in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

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William Fortunato, Sr.

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

William C. Fortunato, Sr. of Saugus, formerly of East Boston and Medford, died on October 10.

A US Air Force veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Rose Marie (Ciampa) Fortunato; devoted father of Philip.of No. Andover, Patricia Juliano of Melrose and William Jr. of Saugus; dear brother of George Fortunato and Marion Visconti and was predeceased by five brothers and one sister. He was the cherished grandfather of Lisa, Joseph and Phil and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews Family and friends will gather in William’s Honor on Saturday, October 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. with a Memorial Prayer Service at 3 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NPF, 1501 NW9th Ave., Maimi Fl. 33136


Dorothy Girolamo

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Dorothy F. ( Dermody ) Girolamo of Saugus, formerly of Malden and East Boston, passed away October 11 at home surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred Girolamo with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Mary Mazzarella and her husband, Richard of Andover, Henry Girolamo and his wife, Joan of Medford, William Girolamo of Melrose, Alfred Girolamo and his wife, Dala of Boxford, Shelly Cocoran and her husband, Thomas of Saugus, Robert Girolamo and his wife, Joann of California and Paul Girolamo and his wife, Brenda of New Hampshire; dear sister of the late James, Paul, John, and Robert Dermody; cherished grandmother of eight grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor Dorothy’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood: Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion Street, Wakefield for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book and directions


Carmella ‘Millie’ Manfra

Of Middleton, formerly of East Boston

Carmella “Millie” (Oliva) Manfra of Middleton, formerly of East Boston, died on October 11.

A past member of Malden Moose and the Beachmont VFW 6712 Ladies Auxilliary, she was the beloved wife of George Manfra and the late George Morani; devoted mother of Linda Brown of Maine, Laura Datserakis and her husband, George of Saugus, George Morani and his wife, Maelinda of Merrimac and Gregory Morani and his wife, Jacqueline of Middleton and Lawrence Caliri of Merrimac; dear sister of Samuel Oliva of East Boston, Salvatore of Florida, Carmine of New Hampshire, Enes Freni of New Hampshire, Dolores Hilton of Peabody, Celia DiPerri of Everett, Carol O’Brien of East Boston and the late Laura Oliva, Annie O’Hara and Vincent “Jimmy” Oliva. She was the cherished grandmother and great grandmother of 18 and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Carmella’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, October 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Adelaide’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Carmella’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Carmella being laid to rest in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For more information, visit:


Thomas Trainor

Charlestown Navy Yard Trade Carpenter

Thomas M. Trainor, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, passed away unexpectedly on October 11. He was 58 years old.

Born in Massena, New York, he came here with his family and attended the local school system. He became a trade carpenter and was employed at the Charlestown Navy Yard.

He was the dear son of Janice A. (Ward) of Winthrop and the late Robert H. Trainor and is survived by a son, Robert Trainor of Boston, a brother, Steven Trainor of Winthrop; five sisters: Tammy Hester of Pennsylvania, Nancy Bianardi of East Boston, Kerry Butler of Dedham, Janice Wright of Revere and Robin Trainor of Hyde Park. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home in Winthrop today, Wednesday, October 15 followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint John the Evangelist Church. Interment will be private. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Tom’s memory be donated to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


Palmena ‘Pam’ Pelosi

Enriched the Lives of Family and Friends

Palmena “Pam” Pelosi of East Boston and Chelsea passed away on October 6. She was 87 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late Michael and Agnes (DiPietro) Pelosi, she was the dear sister of Angelo Pelosi of East Boston and Hollywood, FL and the late Louis Pelosi of Saugus. She is also survived by her loving sister-in-law, Rita Pelosi of Saugus. She was the treasured aunt of Michael Pelosi of Wilmington, Andrea Pizzotti of Melrose, Christine Meninno of Swampscott and Louis Pelosi of Palo Alto, CA and she also leaves 10 grand nieces and grand nephews: Erica, Amanda and Nicholas Meninno; Jack, Elena, Andrew and Christian Pizzotti; Michael Pelosi; and Isabella and Sophia Pelosi.

Auntie Palma shared every holiday and special occasion with her extended family and was a constant, welcome presence showering her nieces and nephews and their children with her loving anecdotes and delicious goodies. Pam enriched the lives of all her friends, especially Thelma Delgaudio, Ida DiMichele, Grace Iritano, and Dorothy Vitale. She will be greatly missed.

A memorial service wase held at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook, please visit

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