Obituaries 05-06-2015

Constantino ‘Sonny’ Buttiglieri

Longtime member of East Boston Athletic Board

Constantino “Sonny” Buttiglieri of East Boston died on May 3.

Sonny was a proud honorably discharged  US Navy Veteran who served during World War II on the USS Arkansas BB33 and was one of the first units deployed with the invasions of Normandy, Okinawa and Iwo Jima .Sonny was a longtime member of the East Boston athletic board and he also enjoyed coaching summer league hockey in Danvers.

He was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Burke); devoted father of Jack and his wife, Christine, Jim and his wife, Karen and George Buttiglieri, all of East Boston, Bob and his wife, Chris of Stoneham,Tom and his wife, Carla of Peabody; dear brother of John Buttiglieri of East Boston, Millie Frizzell of Washington and Rocco Buttiglieri;  cherished grandfather of Mark, Steven, Caroline and Allison Buttiglieri, Becky Coluntino and her husband, Joe, Lauren and Erica Buttiglieri; adored great grandfather of Domenic Buttiglieri. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Sonny’s life by gathering Thursday, May 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8:30 p.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in his honor at 10  a.m.Services will conclude with Sonny being laid to rest with his beloved wife, in Woodlawn Cemetery. May they rest in peace.

Philip Polizi

Of East Boston

Philip A. Polizzi of East Boston passed away April 28.

He was the beloved husband of Brenda (DeAngelis) Polizzi; cherished son of Clara (Cieri) Polizzi of East Boston and the late Anthony Polizzi; loving father of Anthony, Rao and Zachary Polizzi of East Boston and the dear brother of Bernadette Spitaleri and her fiancée, Joseph Vacchio of Beverly. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online guest book

Frances Bonner

N.E. Tel & Tel retiree; community activist

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, May 6 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 10 a.m. for Frances J. (Toomey) Bonner who died following a long struggle with metastatic carcinoma at Emerson Hospital in Concord on Friday, May 1. She was 84 years old.

Her Funeral Mass will follow the visitation at 12 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue.) Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Born and raised in East Boston, the family moved to Beachmont, Revere. ”Franny” was a 1950 graduate of East Boston High School and went to work for New England Tel & Tel. where she worked for many years before taking a position with James F. Murphy Inc. of Cambridge as an office manager.

In 1968, she and her family moved to Concord where she became most active in the Girl Scouts as a den mother. She was also a team mother and chaperone for the Haydenettes Recreation Center of Lexington (Synch Ice-Skating Competitions) traveling all over the country in the sixties and seventies. She was a most active member of St. Michael’s Parish of Bedford where she served on many committees and taught CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) ie Sunday School. She was also a member of the “Ladies Slippers” a group who design and create doll house furniture. She was a gifted crafter in the realm of knitting, crocheting, needework and afghan design,

The beloved wife of 51 years to James A. “Archie” Bonner, her childhood sweetheart, she was the devoted mother of Kassia W. Reynolds of Columbia, Missouri, Kim A. Bonner of Littleton, and Kara J. Dobbins and her husband, Kenneth of Stow; the dear sister of the late Ellen Kahall, Margaret Viera, Catherine Reynolds, Mary Tierney, Anna M. Pedro, Alice M. Toomey, Agnes F. Toomey, Thomas J. and William J. Toomey. She is also lovingly survived by 28 nieces and nephews and by many grand nieces and grand nephews.

Franny’s love for animals is legendary and for that reason, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances by sent to “Kitty Angels” P.O. Box 638, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 or at: For more information, please visit:

Lena DeFilippo

Of East Boston

Lena (Montalto) DeFilippo of East Boston died on May 1.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent; devoted mother of Thomas and his fiancé, Tina Jones of East Boston, Steven and his wife, Anne of Saugus, David and his wife, Barbara Ann of North Reading and Sharon Wright and her husband, Sandy of Revere; dear sister of Nicholas Montalto of Shrewsbury and the late Josephine Comita and Jack and Joseph Montalto; cherished grandmother of Joseph, Jenna, Ashley and Megan DeFilippo, Kristy Neff and her husband, Jason and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Lena was laid to rest with her beloved husband in Woodlawn Cemetery. May they rest in peace.In honor of Lena and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Am.Lung Association 460 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham, 02451. For more information:

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