Obituaries 12-10-2014

Virginia Papa

Registry of Motor Vehicles Retiree

Virginia R. (Ginnetti) Papa, formerly of Revere and Lexington died on November 9 encased in the loving sanctity of God and Family following a brief illness. She was 89 years old.

She was a retiree of The Registry of Motor Vehicles, (Nashua Street) Boston.

The beloved wife of the late Pellegrino R. “Bill” Papa, at the time of Bill’s passing, the couple had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She was the devoted mother of Jeanne A. Papa of Lexington, William V. Papa and his wife, Dorothy Grayson of Salem and Virginia A. Papa-Carino and her husband, Francis W. of West Newton; cherished grandmother to Ava R. and Lily R. Carino of West Newton; dear sister of Frances D. Gennaco and her late husband, John, Lillian M. “Chickie” Boudette and her husband, Bernard F., all of Revere and the late Anthony, Dante and Spartaco Ginnetti and Anna Sasso. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Newton Cemetery, Newton. Retiree of The Registry of Motor Vehicles, (Nashua St.) Boston. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Patients’ Activities Fund at Meadow Green Nursing Home, 45 Woburn St., Waltham, MA 02452 or to The Make A Wish Foundation  One Bulfinch Pl., Boston, MA 02114-2031. For more information, please visit

Joseph Anthony Molinaro

Retired Civil Engineer for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Joseph Anthony “Marlo” Molinaro of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on November 30 after a long illness. He was 85 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and a retired Civil Engineer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he was a member of the Progressive Club of East Boston and spent over 35 years in the Ushers Union for Boston Garden.

Born and raised in East Boston, he moved to Revere in 1975. He was the son of the late Peter and Edith (DeTroia) Molinaro; the beloved husband of Josephine R. (Firicano) of Revere with whom he shared 63 years of marriage; devoted father of Peter and his wife, Carol Cafarelli of Florida, Carol Ann Mancini and her husband, Victor of Salem, Jodi Freni and husband, Rick of Revere and Joseph of New York; dear brother of Marjorie Zecchino of Reading and the late Thomas and Patricia Tuttavilla; cherished grandfather of John, Julia, Peter, Tristan, Marlo, Olivia, Ricky, Monique and Christopher and great-grandfather of Annabelle, Eric, Meredith, Lucas, Esther and Beatrice.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Little Ricky Foundation, 37 Madison St., Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Nicholas Evangelista

US Postal Service Retiree

Nicholas Evangelista of East Boston passed away December 4 after a long illness.

A former postal worker, he was a US Navy Veteran of the Korean War.

He was the cherished son of the late Giuseppe and Theresa (Tromba) Evangelista; dear brother of Joseph “Joe the Boss” Evangelista of East Boston; fond uncle of Dana Buttiglieri and her husband, Michael of Revere and grandniece Maiya Buttiglieri.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. For guestbook:

Richard A. Recchia

Operator of Family Business, Former Day Square Tailors in East Boston

Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, for Richard A. Recchia of Winthrop died following a long illness at his residence on Friday, December 5. He was 79 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1953. He was also a graduate of Bentley College of Accounting. Briefly, Richard worked for the United States Post Office as a mail carrier, a job he dearly enjoyed. However, family illness necessitated his assuming the operation of the family business, “Day Square Tailors” at Day Square, East Boston. Subsequently, for the next 27 years, with his dear parents, they ran and operated the business with Richard at the helm. His dear Mom, Adeline (Cataldo), died in November of 1978. His Dad, Vincenzo, “Bruzzi” Recchia, passed in July of 1980. In the fall of 1982, Richard sold the business which had been fully operational since the early 1930’s.

Richard served with the US Army National Guard from June of 1960 through June of 1963, as a Specialist 4th Class, during the Viet-Nam Era. He was a long-time member of the Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge Sons of Italy and their treasurer for many years until they disbanded. He was, until his death, the Treasurer for the International Order of Odd Fellows (the Kearsage Lodge of Swampscott), for the past 15 years.

He is the beloved husband of 46 years to Marie (Mastrangelo) Recchia; the adored and devoted father of: Maria Lucia Recchia and her husband, Todd Watts of New Brunswick, Canada and Vincent M. Recchia and his wife, Stephanie of Winthrop and the proud and cherished grandfather to Lorenzo Michael Recchia. Richard is also survived by several loving cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02118, or to My Brother’s Table, 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.

Kenneth ‘Kenny’ White

Harley Davidson Enthusiast and Born Again Christian; Member of NRA and Teamsters

Kenneth “Kenny” U. White of Epsom, NH passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 21 in Salem, NH. He was 65 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Everett and Rose White and the beloved husband of the late Cecelia Chicoine, Kenny proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

A Harley Davidson enthusiast and born again Christian, Kenny rode his motorcycle for countless veteran and local charity events. He was a longtime member of the NRA and Teamsters. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Kenny is survived by his three sons, Shawn and his wife, Rosa, of Everett, Christopher of Boston, and Kenneth White and his wife, Cheryl of W. Springfield; his three stepchildren, Cecelia, Neil, and Jayson; his four grandchildren; Olivia, Vivenne, Shawn, Jr., and Payton, his seven siblings: Everett, Billy, James, Dolores, Joseph, Marie, and Dennis; several nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Kenny was predeceased by five siblings: Chickie, Larry, Bobby, Alice, and Donald.

Kenny was laid to rest in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Kenny’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, Nicole Gordon/Soldier Ride Boston, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. For more information, please visit

William ‘Willie’ Ferullo, Jr.

Worked Side by Side with Late Wife as East Boston Community Activists

William R. ‘Willie’ Ferullo, Jr. of East Boston and Stuart, Florida died on Tuesday, November 25 in his 95th year.

William was the beloved husband of the late Lucia “Lucy” (Malagrifa) Ferullo, with whom he shared 39 years of marriage, spending winters in Florida and the rest of the year in East Boston, his lifelong home. They worked side by side as community activists, (nicknamed the “Dynamic Duo”) who were passionate about protecting the East Boston neighborhoods and their residents. Through his membership in many neighborhood organizations, William fought tirelessly against airport expansion and land taking, and worked to obtain community compensation, like the development of Piers Park and the park on Bremen Street, to offset the lost “skirmishes.”

In addition, William was generous to his family and friends as well as a strong supporter of charitable causes. He was a retired member of the International Longshoreman’s Association, Local 805, a world traveler, an entertaining, prolific storyteller and an amateur East Boston historian.

William was the loving father of the late Lois Ann Ware and Frank Cardinale and dear brother of Eleanor Cambria of East Boston, the late Lucille Esposito, Adolph, Arnold, Donald, Joseph, Ralph and Richard Ferullo, and Marion Pompeo.“Pupi” was the cherished grandfather of Tricia Maraia and her husband, Christopher of Saugus, Regina Paratore of Lynn and the late Charles Ware; and cherished great-grandfather of Christopher, Jr. and Tiana Maraia, and Sabrina Paratore. He also leaves behind his dear grandnephew, Lenny Cambria, Jr. of Revere; longtime family friend and caretaker, Linda Gallagher, of Hampton NH; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in William’s name to the East Boston Central Catholic School, Charles Ware Scholarship Fund, 69 London St., East Boston. Attention: Lucy DeWart; or the National Parkinson Foundation – Moving Day Boston, Team MGH, For guest book visit

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