Obituaries 02-04-2015

Emilia DiFeo

Of East Boston

Emilia (Grosso) DiFeo of East Boston died on January 27. She was in her 104th year.

The beloved wife of the late Antonio DiFeo, she was the loving mother of Salvatore DiFeo and his wife, Aida of Argentina, Carmine DiFeo and his wife, Ann of East Boston, Michela Natale and her husband, Raffaelle of Germany, Rosa Della Vecchia and her husband, Amato of East Boston, Elena Delsordo and her husband, Nicola of Argentina, and the late Alessandro DiFeo and his surviving wife, Felicia of East Boston; cherished grandmother of 32, great-grandmother of 38 and great-great-grandmother of six; dear sister of the late Antonio Grosso and his surviving wife, Antonetta of Italy and the late Amato Grosso and his surviving wife, Teresa of Italy. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences please

Angelo Raffaele Scippa

Of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston

Angelo Raffaele Scippa of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died on January 29.

Angelo, who was born in Mirabella Eclano, Avellino, was the beloved husband of Bernardina (Iapicca) Scippa of Lynnfield; devoted father of Maria Rosaria D’Itria and her husband, Anthony of Revere, Rocco A. Scippa and his wife, Zita of Middleton and Linda N. Mirasolo and her former husband, Joseph of Revere; dear brother of the late Giuseppe Scippa and his wife, Amelina; cherished grandfather of Dayna Geigner and her husband, Christopher, Michael D’Itria and his wife, Tami, Michelle Korisianos and her husband, Peter, Stephen Mirasolo and his wife, Nicole, Dina Scippa, Maria Scippa and Angelo Scippa; great-grandfather of Nicolette, Gianna, Anthony, Ava, Alexa and Georgia. He is also survived by many loving family members. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. Donations in Angelo’s name may be made to: MGH-North Shore Cancer Center Fund 100 Cambridge St.,Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114.

Attorney Vincent Celeste

Leaves a memorable lifetime of accomplishments

Attorney Vincent J. Celeste of Kissimmee, Florida, formerly of Stoneham and East Boston, passed away on January 26. He was in his 91st year.

Attorney Celeste leaves behind a memorable lifetime of accomplishments. He was a graduate of Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, Class of 1945 and a veteran of World War II who served with distinction aboard the SS McDowell which was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on December 16, 1943. He was a member of the Tin Fish Club and in 1965, he was awarded the Meritorious Alumni Service Award as a graduate who best exemplifies the finest tradition of the Corps- Acta Non Verba by rendering meritorious service to the purposes and tradition of the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation.

Attorney Celeste was a graduate of Suffolk Law School in Boston and successfully built his own law firm. He practiced law at 1 Court St. and later at 53 State St. Boston, was a member of the Bar Association in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and was admitted and tried cases before the United States Supreme Court.

He served as Secretary to Massachusetts Republican Governor Christian Herter. He was a Republican candidate for Congress against John F. Kennedy, and in 1958 was the Republican nominee for Massachusetts US Senate against the then incumbent Sen. John F. Kennedy. Attorney Celeste was also a Republican candidate for Massachusetts Attorney General. He was a life long member of the Republican Party of Massachusetts, who dedicated years of service to the Party.

The son of Philip and Josephine Celeste, Italian immigrants who settled in Boston, he was the beloved husband of Marie (Gomes) Celeste with whom he shared 69 years of marriage; loving father of James Celeste and his wife, Tammy, Jean, Marie, and Philip; dear brother of Albert and Salvatore Celeste and the late Mary Piazza, and Gaetano, Angelo, Charles, and Joseph Celeste; cherished grandfather of Autumn, Brianna, Helena, Philip Jr., Isabel, Emily, Oliver Celeste, Jennifer, William Jr., and Celeste Gregorio, Sofia and Christian Celeste Tate, and great grandfather of Vivianna, Angie, and Philip.

Family and friends will honor Vincent’s life by gathering Friday, February 6, from 4 to 8 pm in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere and again at 9 a.m. Saturday morning before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Lindenwood Cemetery in Stoneham.

Madalena DelPrato

Of East Boston

Madalena (Lenoci) DelPrato of East Boston died on January 30.

She was the beloved wife of Giuseppe DelPrato; devoted mother of Nicholas DelPrato and his wife, Terry and Nancy DelPrato, all of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Julie and Christina DelPrato; dear sister of the late Theresa Recchia and Anna Forina Family and friends will honor Madalena’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights)East Boston at 9 a.m. Today, Wednesday, before leaving in procession to St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Madalena’s life at 10A a.m. Services will conclude with Mrs DelPrato being laid to rest in the Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honor of Mrs. DelPrato and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham 02451 or [email protected]. For complimentary transportation to and from funeral home please call 617 569 0990 For more information:

Salvatore ‘Sonny’ Cianciulli, Jr.

US Postal Retiree; Operator of Family Business “Toody’s Express” for many years

Salvatore ‘Sonny’ Cianciulli, Jr. died on Thursday, January 29 at the Pilgrim Manor of Peabody following a long illness. He was 80 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, his family later moved to Revere and he attended Revere schools. Sonny went to work for the family business, “Toody’s Express.” He enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and when he returned home from serving his country, Sonny went back to the family business. He would learn all facets of the trucking business, eventually taking it over and operating it for many years.

In June of 1957, he married the love of his life, Mildred E. Casaletto. The couple remained in Revere before moving back to East Boston to raise their three children.

When Sonny turned 50 years old, he retired from Toody’s Express and began a new career as a letter carrier, retiring at age 65.

Sonny, who was a past member of the Sons of Italy, enjoyed his retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved his family more than life itself.

He was the devoted husband of Mildred E. “Millie” (Caseletto) Cianciulli; the loving father of Gail M. Poirier and her husband, Scott, Boston Fire Lt. Jerry M. Cianciulli and his wife, Laurie, all of Peabody and the late Rhonda M. Falzone; the cherished grandfather of John M. Falzone and his wife, Kerry, David R. Falzone and his companion, Jennifer Buckley, Briana L. Poirier, Justin S. Poirier and Renee L. Cianciulli; the adored great grandfather of Lucus, Alexa and Skyla Falzone; the beloved brother of Sophie Winn of Billerica, Rita Flannigan of Lynn and the late Martin Cianciulli. His is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Interment will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere.

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,

Joseph Santaniello

Lifelong East Boston resident

Joseph P. Santaniello of East Boston died unexpectedly on January 30. He was 60 years old.

Joe was a life long resident of East Boston, active in many sports programs in his youth,

The loving son of Gloria J. and the late Joseph P Santaniello, he was the dear brother of Linda Prochilo and her husband, Dominic,Victor Santaniello and his wife, Dora; cherished uncle of Lori Santoro, Lisa Viglione, Erica, Dante and Ella Santaniello and the late Anthony Prochilo; adored great uncle to Lil Anthony Prochilo, Tyler and Dillion Santoro and Joseph Viglione; beloved nephew of Patricia Viola, Joseph E Dunbar and Pauline Sabella. Joe also leaves behind many cousin and countless friends.

Family and friends will honor Joe’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, February 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Thursday morning at 8:45 before leaving in procession to St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of his life at 10 a.m. In honoring Joe’s life, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham 01701. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home for visiting hours please call 617-569- 0990. For more information, visit:

Mary ‘May’ Baglio

N.E. Telephone Retiree

Mary M. “May” (Tobin) Baglio of East Boston died on January 27.

May was a graduate of Fitton High School, Class of 1948 and a retired employee of New England Telephone Co.

She was the beloved wife of Giacomino “Jack” Baglio; mother of Jack and his wife, Denise, James and his fiancee, Kim Pelosi, Thomas and his wife, Catherine and the late Terri and her surviving husband, Roy Antonuccio and the late Paul and his surviving wife, Carol; daughter of the late Mary M. (Mullowney) and Martin L. Tobin; sister of the late Catherine “Kay” Mario; grandmother of Jennifer, Robert, Lea, David and Rachel; sister-in-law of Louis and Alice Baglio and is also survived by two generations of nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in May’s memory to the Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston would be appreciated.

Henry ‘Rico’ Barone

US Postal Service Retiree & Dedicated family man

Henry F. “Rico” Barone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was 85 years old.

Rico was born in the North End of Boston and his family later settled in the Jeffries Point section of East Boston. He was educated in the Boston Schools, attended Boston English High School and, like many people of his generation, he had to leave school to help support the family.

In 1951, Rico enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After proudly serving his country, Rico returned home in March of 1953 and in June of 1953 he wed his long time sweetheart, Lillian J. Garisto. The couple settled in East Boston and soon began their family.

During this time Rico was employed at Keystone Manufacturing in Dorchester, for nearly 20 years. He then began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, as a “Mail Handler.” Rico was known as a dedicated family man, he loved being with his family and enjoying the time they shared together. But, above all, he loved being a grandfather and great grandfather.

He was the devoted husband of Lillian J. (Garisto) Barone of Revere; the loving father of Linda M. Fogarty of Melrose and her late husband, William Fogarty and Michael L. Barone and his wife, Ann of Methuen; the cherished grandfather of Dale R. Cibene and his wife, Allison, Danielle M. Farnsworth and Michael L. Barone, all of Melrose and Lisa A. Barone of Methuen. He was the adored grandfather of Ella, Izzy, Will and Luke; the beloved brother of Vincent Barone and his wife, Dorothy of Brockton and the late Minzy Barone, Louis “Chickie” Barone and Elisa Derby. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was conducted at the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals on Saturday, January 31. Services concluded with Military Honors followed by interment at Oakdale Cemetery in Middleton.

Should friends desire, memorial remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA & NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472. To sign the online guestbook, please visit:

Dr. Elia Coppola

Dr. Elia Coppola, a longtime Plymouth resident, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2015, surrounded by friends and family.

Dr. Coppola was born August 2, 1941 in San Salvatore Telesino, Italy to Francesco Coppola and Alessandria (Maturo) Coppola.

Dr. Coppola came to the United States when he was 22 to study chemistry. He graduated with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he met the love of his life, his wife Kathy.

Dr. Coppola was a team leader in research and development at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., where he led several important projects and traveled internationally representing the company. Education was vitally important to Dr. Coppola, and as he neared retirement, he shared his love of chemistry by teaching at Bridgewater State College.

He also was passionate about soccer, and volunteered as both coach and referee for Plymouth Youth Soccer for many years, including coaching each of his children’s soccer teams.

A dedicated and loving father, Dr. Coppola is survived by Kathy and his three children, Alessandra Petruccelli, Cynthia Coppola and Francesco Coppola, his son-in-law Anthony Petruccelli, daughter-in-law Kelly Coppola, and grandchildren Alexa and Anthony Petruccelli and Kayla, Nicholas and Cole Coppola. He is also survived by his brother Mario and sister-in-law Francine Coppola, and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy and John Elie. In addition, Dr. Coppola is survived by his niece and nephews, Christina DeCrescenso, Mario Coppola, Peter and Steven Elie.

A wake and celebration of Dr. Coppola’s life was held on Tuesday, February 3 followed by a Funeral Mass at Saint KateriTekakwitha.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360 or the Alzheimer’s Association at or P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090.

Deborah Baratz

Of Virginia, formerly of East Boston & Peabody

Deborah (Reynolds) Baratz of Chesapeake, VA, formerly of East Boston and Peabody, passed away unexpectedly on January 11. She was 61 years old.

Deborah – wife mother, daughter and sister – will be forever remembered by her children: Jeremy and Alyssa; by her mother, Sandy Zampanti-Reynolds and by her sisters and brothers: Linda Rubinovitz, Patricia Hendrickson, Larry Reynolds and Vincent Reynolds.

Services were held at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 929 South Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA



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