Obituaries 01-27-2016

Ferdinand ‘Fred’ Martino

Proprietor of Martino’s Market in East Boston, active member of many organizations

Ferdinand C. “Fred” Martino of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on January 24 surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Martino was a US Army veteran of World War II,  Venerable Sons of Italy, Winthrop Lodge 205, Grand Knight East Boston K of C #2962, a past member of the Retail Grocers Association of Massachusetts, a member of the East Boston Columbus Day Parade Committee. A past employee of the MBTA and the Proprietor of Martino’s Market, Maverick Square, East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of over 65 years to Theresa (Lagana) Martino; devoted father of Elisa Clancy and her husband, William of East Schodack, NY, Ferdinand Martino and his wife, JoAnne of Winthrop, Andrea Fonte and her husband, William of Quincy and Christopher Martino and his wife, Rachael of Concord; dear brother of the late Gerald Martino, William F. Martino, Joan Cusimano, Mary Arena, Peter Martino and Connie Bombaci; cherished grandfather of Angela, Lauren, Jennifer, Kristen, Jonathan, Samuel, Anthony, Andrew, Roxanne and Michael and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Fred’s life by gathering on Thursday, January 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Friday at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop for a Funeral Mass celebrating Fred’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Fred being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Islle section.) In honoring Fred and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home,  please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:

Gary Eichensehr, Jr.

Of East Boston

Gary W. Eichensehr, Jr. passed away unexpectedly in East Boston on January 19.

The son of Gary and Sharon Eichensehr, Sr., he was the husband of Jacquelin Diaz, brother of Jared, Ashley and Travis and is also survived by his loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will honor Gary’s life by gathering on Thursday, January 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston) to share stories and memories of Gary’s life. Cremation will be private. For more information, visit

Ann Magner

Longtime bartender at Pony Lounge and Barneys in East Boston 

Ann P. Magner of Princeton Street, East Boston passed away at home on January 19. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston,  the beloved daughter of the late Rosa (Cardinale) and Antonio Chiodi. A lifetime resident of East Boston, she worked as a bartender at the Pony Lounge and Barney’s in East Boston for many years.

She was the devoted wife of the late William L. Magner and the loving mother of Jodi Vito and her husband, Kevin of Newton, Thomas Magner and his wife, Nicole of Medford and William Magner and his wife, Erin of Winthrop; dear sister of Larry Chiodi, Salvy Chiodi, Antonetta Smith, Elena Lamonica, Rose Woodside, Katherine Spagnolo, and the late Pauline Paolini, Andrew Chiodi, Francesca Imbricea and Anthony Chiodi and cherished grandmother of Sophia, Daniel, Annalise, Ava and William, Jr..

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Wednesday, January 27 from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 12 noon. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Paul Akerley

Of East Boston

Paul F. Akerley of East Boston, formerly of Charlestown, passed away on January 9. He was 76 years old.

Paul was a Sergeant in the US Army.

He was the cherished son of the late Catherine (Reardon) and George Akerley Sr.; former husband of Mary (Perullo) Akerley; loving father of Caroline Winter and Christine Fabiano; adored grandfather of Taylor and Joey Fabiano Jr. and AJ Winter; caring brother of George Akerley Jr. and his wife, Lydia, Kenneth Akerley and his wife, Margaret and the late Jayne Botticelli who is survived by her husband Andy Botticelli.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Graveside Service wase held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on Tuesday, January 19.

Rose ”Babe” Giangregorio

Retired secretary to Bethelehem Steel Business agent and longtime member of Winthrop Ladies Lodge Sons of Italy 1071

and Winthrop Senior Center

Rose M. “Babe” (LaRaia) Giangregorio, an East Boston native and a long time Winthrop resident,   died unexpectedly on January 20 at Mass. General Hospital, Boston. She was 87 years young.

Born and raised in East Boston, she attended Boston Schools and was a graduate of Girls’ High of Boston, Class of 1945. As a young girl, she worked for the Commonwealth of Mass. at the State House as a secretarial aide. For 35 years, she was Executive Secretary to the Business Agent of Bethlehem Steel, Local 25.

“Babe” was the always energetic to the max and enjoyed every facet of life. She married her long-time sweetheart, Lawrence Giangregorio in 1950 and nourished him until he died on March 1, 1985, suffering from a long tenure with cancer. She was a many year member of the Winthrop Lodge of the Sons of Italy, (Ladies Chapter), and was active in many of their charity events and social events. Never idle, she was also a long-time member of the Winthrop Senior Center (Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center) and a vibrant member of their Italian Club and Zumba Club. And, in addition to all, she was a member of the Waterfront Crew Poets of Winthrop, a chapter of the Mass. State Poetry Society, Inc. She joined with her son, Alan, a membership in the Dicken’s Fellowship – Boston Branch.

She and her husband moved from East Boston to Winthrop in August of 1967. “Babe” was a very proud Winthrop resident, but never lost her love and passion for the East Boston, that she knew.

She wass the devoted mother of Alan L. Giangregorio and his wife, Denise of Winthrop and Lawrence P. Giangregorio and his wife, Irene of Melrose; the cherished grandmother of Adam A. Giangregorio of Jamaica Plain, Luke N. Giangregorio of Winthrop, Paul J. Giangregorio of Melrose and Alyssa R. Giangregorio of Beverly;  the dear sister of Isabelle C. Gardiner of Brookline and the adored aunt of Leslie F. Ciampi and her husband, Peter and their family of Lexington.

May “Babe’s” zest for life be an inspiration to all.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Winthrop Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard St. Winthrop, MA 02152. For additional information, please visit

Irene Chiccarelli

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Irene (Cella) Chiccarelli of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on January 22.

Irene enjoyed traveling, reading and above all spending time with her family and her East Boston neighbors and friends Lillian, Frannie and Terry.

She was the beloved wife of the late F. Vincent Chiccarelli; devoted mother of Joseph A. Chiccarelli of California and William P. Chiccarelli and his wife, Kelly of Lynnfield; dear sister of Phyllis Cella and the late Angelo “Buddy” Cella, Richard Cella II and his surviving wife, Nancy Cella of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Kara Irene Chiccarelli, William V. Chiccarelli and Caitlin Clarizia and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfilgio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, January 29 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Irene’s name may be made to: Kaplan Family Hospice 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Grace Cassetta

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Grace V. (English) Cassetta of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away on  January 22 surrounded by her loving family.  She was 89 years old.

She enjoyed knitting, bingo, Foxwoods, baking Biscotti and Pizzelles and she worked at Sophie’s and Pierre’s Bakery in East Boston.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carl M. Cassetta; loving mother of James Cassetta and his wife, Donna of Swampscott, Carl Casetta and his wife, Lea of Peabody and Steven Cassetta and his wife, Gina of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Nicole, Michael, Rocco and Kristin Cassetta; great-grandmother of Cory Hitzenbuhler and Jack Cassetta; caring sister of Mary Hansen of Winthrop, Dolly Massone of Everett and the late Josephine Carpenito and Luciano and Michael English.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will honor Grace’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, January 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9a.m. Thursday morning for a Funeral Service in our chapel at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop. Donations may be made to charity of one’s choice. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. For guest book and directions

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