Of East Boston
Ronald J. Sicotte of East Boston died unexpectedly on March 8.
Navy Veran of Viet Nam. Member Star of the Sea Mens Club.
He was the beloved husband of Marianne (D’Addio) Sicotte; devoted father of David Sicotte of East Boston and Mark Sicotte of Revere; dear brother of Francis Sicotte and his wife, Karen of Revere,J oanne Garelick and her husband, Fred of Reading, Joan James of Florida, Roberta Sicotte of South Boston and Robert Sicotte and his wife, Elaine of Peabody and is also survived by his loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Ronald’s life by gathering Friday, March 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for a Funeral Service in our chapel at 10 a.m. in celebration of Ronald’s life. Services will conclude with Ronald being laid to rest with military honors in Woodlawn Cemetery. For complimentary transportation to funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:www.ruggieromh.com
Emanuela ‘Maria’ DeSisto
Of East Boston
Emanuela “Maria” (Fina) DeSisto of East Boston died on March 8.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joe DeSisto; devoted mother of Vincenzina “Nancy” Palmieri and her husband, Vinny of Saugus, Michelina “Mikki” DeSisto-Falcone and her husband, Charlie; dear sister of Dora Polzone of Belgium, Gloria Fina of Italy and the late Ciriaco and Anstide and Edivigia DePrizio; adored grandmother of Cristina Palmieri of Saugus.
Family and friends will honor Maria’s life by gathering Thursday, March 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8:30 a.m. Friday before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in celebration of Maria’s life. Services will conclude with Mrs. DeSisto being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery with her beloved Joe. May they rest in peace. Because of Mrs. DeSisto’s granddaughter’s diabetes and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: JDRF, 60 Walnut St # 102 Wellesley,02481. For complimentary transportation to funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
4/20/1934 – 3/5/2015
Jeremiah L. Surette, husband of Dorothy F. (Lane) Surette, died March 5 in his home in Ipswich after a long illness. He was80 years old.
Born in Boston on April 20, 1934, Mr. Surette was raised and educated in East Boston. He was a veteran of the Korean War having honorably served in the Air Force.
Mr. Surette and his wife Dorothy were married in East Boston on August 27, 1955. Shortly thereafter they moved to Ipswich where they made their home and have been residents ever since.
Mr. Surette attended MIT nights for two years while working to support his family. He was employed at many jobs in the automotive industry. He and his son Kevin started Eastern Precision Machining together and he ran this business for 25 years. Mr. Surette’s real passions were: boating, hunting and the outdoors. He held a Captain’s license, he loved his boat. He was a founding member of the Agawam Pistol Club. He was happiest when he was on the water. Mr. Surette really loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Surette is survived by, in addition to his wife, Dorothy of Ipswich, four children and their spouses: Karen and David Miele of Merrimac, MA, Lynne and Ray DeMarquez of Ipswich, Dorothy and Michael Calandra also of Ipswich, Kevin and Cathy Surette of Newton, NH. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, his sister Vivian Smith of South Carolina and by several nieces and nephews. Mr. Surette was predeceased by two sisters: Mary Ellen Foisy, formerly of Vinal Haven, ME and Noreen DiNoblia, formerly of East Boston.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Morris Funeral Home, Ipswich. Burial with miliary honors was in Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mr. Surette’s name to: the Ipswich Dinner Bell P.O. Box 259 Ipswich, MA 01938. To send a condolence to the Surette family please go to: MorrisFH.com .
Homemaker and long time Revere resident
Doris M. (Maggioli) Nicotera of Revere died on March 8 after a long illness. She was 92 years old.
She was the devoted wife of the late Orlando A. Nicotera; loving mother of Diane C. Cohane and her husband, Dennis and Dennis V. Nicotera, all of Revere and the late Patricia M. Nicotera; cherished grandmother of Courtney C. Cohane, Justin J. Cohane and his wife, Nicole and Brandon M. Cohane and his wife, Heather, all of Revere and Michael Nicotera and his partner, Nicole Mulla of Winthrop; adored great grandmother of Anthony R. and Devon J. Molineaux; beloved sister of the late Leo and Donald Maggioli. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., Parking is available in the lot left of the funeral home. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to: Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, visitwww.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of East Boston
Giovanni Ravesi of East Boston died on February 27.
He was the beloved father of Maria and Steven Ravesi; dear brother of Anthony and Angelo Ravesi, Salvatrice Bassetto, Maria Reed and the late Alfredo Ravesi and is also survived by five loving grandchildren and many fond nieces and nephews,
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.
Of Delaware, formerly of East Bosotn
Ralph P. Lopilato of Magnolia, DE, formerly of East Boston, passed away on February 19. He was 77 years old.
The beloved husband of Madelyn (Watt) Lopilato, he was the cherished son of the late Elizabeth (Prito) and Saverio Lopilato and is also survived by many loving cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For guestbook, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com
In Florida, Of Winthrop
Rosemarie (DeAngelis) Guerra of Winthrop, died in Florida on March 1.
She was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore; devoted mother of Paul Guerra, dear sister of Anna Ciarcia and her late husband, Manuel of Winthrop, Michael DeAngelis and his late wife, Mary of East Boston and the Late Angelo DeAngelis and his surviving wife, Gloria of Revere; cherished grandmother of Emerald and Violette. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Rosemarie was laid to rest with her beloved husband, Salvatore in Winthrop Cemetery. May they both rest in peace. In honor of Rosemarie and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA.
Of Lynn, formerly of Revere
Michael P. Jones of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on March 6. He was 28 years old.
Michael was a graduate of Dom Savio High School, Class of 2005. Michael always lite up a room when entering, He had a beautiful smile that made all smile back at him. Michael had a good soul and those who knew him loved him. May he rest in peace.
He was the loving son of Candice (Lunde) Naughton of Lynn and Michael Jones of Revere; beloved father of Alexa; devoted brother of Nicholas, Jacob and Madison Jones, all of Revere and the late Derek Jones; adored grandson of John Jones of Revere, RoseMarie Smith of Texas and the late Philip and Louise (Murray) Lunde; very special great nephew of Mary Jones of Revere and is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends will honor his life by gathering today, Wednesday, March 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession for New Hope Assembly Church, 9 Assembly Drive, Saugus for a funeral service in Celebration of Michael’s life at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Michael being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Of East Boston
Donna Lima died on March 4.
She was the beloved mother of Dana Santilli and his wife, Kellyann of Quincy, Pasquale Santilli and his wife, Sonia and Donna Santilli, all of East Boston, Darcie Vakouros and her husband, Paul of Winthrop and Amy Santilli of East Boston. She was the former wife of the late Pasquale Santilli and sister of the late John Lima and Yvonne Goodwin; cherished grandmother of 11 grandchildren and the late Dimitri Vakouros and also leaves four loving great grandchildren and many fond nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Donna was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery.
Ciriaco ‘Jerry’ Tordiglione
Decorated veteran; former East Boston Court Chief Probation Officer
Ciriaco “Jerry” Tordiglione of Orient Heights East Boston, formerly of the North End, former Chief Probation Officer of East Boston District Court, passed away on February 22. He was in his 92nd year.
Jerry was a decorated veteran who served in the US Army during World War II in France, on the Arno River in Rome, and in the Apennines Mountains and the Po River Valley in Italy. He was a member of E.B.I.T.A.
The beloved husband of Joan (Albano) Tordiglione with whom he shared 18 years of marriage and the late Carmella (Pezzi) Tordiglione, he was the loving father of Vincent Tordiglione of Revere and Joan’s children Debra Paolini and Anthony Paolini, all of East Boston, and Denise Stella and her husband, Joseph of Revere; dear brother of the late Mary Migliozzi and Anna Canava; adored grandfather of four grandchildren and the late Toni Marie Paolini and one great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vazza “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment with Military Honors was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com
Rocco Anthony Jesso
Gifted and much loved educator and coach
Rocco Anthony Jesso, a Charlestown native, formerly of Revere, died on Wednesday, March 4 after a long illness at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Jesso was born and raised in his family home in Charlestown. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and graduated from Boston Technical High School, Class of 1949. He then attended Boston University, earning a B.S. in Public Relations in 1954.
After he graduated from Boston University, he was compelled to join the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving his country for two years. He returned home from service and continued the pursuit of his education. Rocco returned to Boston University, earning his Masters’ Degree in Education, for “Special Needs”.
That same year, on October 13, ,1958, Rocco married his long time sweetheart, Rosalie L. Bravoco. The couple then moved to Revere to raise their three children and they later returned to his native Charlestown.
Rocco began his teaching career in Special Education in the Boston Public School System, specifically East Boston High School. During his tenure, he became the Department Head of Special Education. This was not a job for him, it was his life’s passion. He poured himself into his work to help enrich the lives of every student that he encountered. He also taught classes at the Barnes School in East Boston on American Immigration.
Rocco also found time to dedicate to other kids, in sports. He coached J.V. Track, J.V. Baseball and Soccer – but above all he was the Hockey Coach at East Boston High School for 26 years.
Rocco had a gift whether in the classroom, on a field, on the ice or in the streets to take the time to listen to what was happening in a person’s life and guide them. He truly inspired these children to better themselves, to help them see a different path in life and make better choices for themselves, because he genuinely cared.
In 1984, Rocco earned another Master’s Degree from Salem State College in School Administration. He was a prime example of a man of great character and determination. All that he had attained in his life, he did while being a caring and loving father and devoted husband while caring for his ailing wife for many years. He endured hardships in his life and felt the pain of losing his wife and his son. He was a man who loved what he did and made a difference in many of the lives he encountered.
He was a member of; Knights of Columbus (Revere) East Boston Athletic Board , Special Class Teachers’ Assoc. Boston Coaches Assoc., Mass State Hockey Association and the V.F.W.
The devoted husband of the late Rosalie L. (Bravoco) Jesso with whom he shared 36 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Laura M. McDonald of Winthrop, Christine J. Pasquariello of Peabody and the late Michael J. Jesso; the cherished grandfather of Michael T. Jesso of New Hampshire and Matthew M. McDonald of Florida; the beloved brother of Mary Jesso and Lee Jesso, both of Charlestown and the late Phyllis Perrone. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and by many extended family members, colleagues, former students and players.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2031. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of East Boston
George R. Marshall of East Boston, formerly of the West End. passed away on February 27.
He was the dear brother of Rose Hughes of East Boston, Robert Marshall of Saugus, Richard Marshall of Revere, Ruth Kennedy of Saugus, William Marshall of Florida, Dorothy Yonuss of Salem, John Marshall of New Hampshire, and the late Mary Marshall, Alice Marshall, Alexander Marshall, Irene Tallman, Mary Marshall, Clotilda Keegan, James Marshall and Edith Marshall and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Mr Marshall was laid to rest at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.
Proprietor of Betty Ann Food Shop
William J. Scantlebury of East Boston died on March 9.
William was the baker and proprietor of Betty Ann Food Shop on Bennington Street, East Boston cooking those famous HOT donuts, pastries and other fabulous items for over 40 years continuing what his father and family had started more than 75 years ago.
He was the loving son of the late William and Margaret (Donovan) Scantlebury; devoted brother of Robert W. Scantlebury of East Boston and is also survived by his cherished cousin.
Family and friends will honor William’s life by gathering on Sunday, March 15 from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning before leaving in procession to St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop for a Funeral Mass in celebration of William’s life at 10 a.m. In accordance with William’s wishes, internment services are private. Funeral home is handicapped accessible. Courtesy valet parking front entrance. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com