Martina ‘Lena’ Peppino
Longtime cashier at Packard’s Pharmacy
Martina “Lena” Peppino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away February 21. She was 93 years old.
A cashier at Packard’s Pharmacy in East Boston for many years, she was the cherished daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria (Bufalino) Peppino; dear sister of the late Gina Guzzardi, Josephine Impeduglia, Sadie Peppino and Carmella Buttaro; loving aunt of Rita Akao, Joseph Buttaro Jr., Theresa “Terry” McNutt and Donna Hayward.
Family and friends will honor Lena’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Friday morning before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her name at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery, Boston. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Michael S. Mellone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on February 16. He was 86 years old.
The cherished son of the late Antonio and Maria Josephine (Olivero) Mellone, he was the former husband of Pamela (Reed) Mellone; loving father of Robert and Christina Mellone and the late Joseph, Michael and Marriann Mellone; caring brother of Salvatore “Sam” Mellone and his loving companion, Joanne Cordwell, Vincent “Jimmy” Mellone and his wife, Marilyn and the late Concetta “Connie” Scavo. He is also survived by several loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Michael’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday, February 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Funeral Service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Committal services are private. For guestbook and directions www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of East Boston
Maureen A. Stack of East Boston died peacefully on February16.
She was the loving daughter of the late Lawrence and Helen (Morrissey);devoted sister of Laurence Stack and Ellen McGilvary, both of Winthrop, the late David Stack and his surviving wife, Gloria, Dennis and Paul Stack and James Stack and his surviving wife, Lorraine; cherished aunt of Jacqueline Charlebois, Dennis, John, Shelly and Paula Stack. She is also survived by many adored great nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Maureen’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home on Saturday, February 27 from 2 to 6 p.m. to share stories and memories of Maureen. Cremation will be private. Funeral home is handicapped accessible, children’s lounge available, courtesy valet parking front entrance. For complimentary transportation, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Former Title One instructor at Domenic Savio High School
Judith A. (Gleason) Thibeau of East Boston died on January 19.
A former Title One instructor at Domenic Savio High School, she was the beloved wife of 53 years of George H. Thibeau; mother of Mark Thibeau (US Army Special Forces) and his wife, Tali of Clearview, Florida, Renee and her husband, Jimmy DeLisi of Peabody, Christopher Thibeau and his partner, David Cunningham of Charlestown and Jeffrey Thibeau of Cambridge; grandmother of Erica, Alexa, Jenna, Joseph, Derek, Brina, Nicole and Matthew.
A Funeral Mass was held in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St. East Boston on January 23, Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home East Boston. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made in Judith’s memory to the following organization:
Mass. General Hospital Cancer Center
55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114
Retired MBTA inspector
Robert A. Ruggiero, a lifelong East Boston resident, was called home to the LORD on February 17.
Robert was a retired inspector for the MBTA, a past member of the St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Courageous Generation and Knights of Columbus #2962.
The beloved husband of 49 years of Susanne (Gaudino), he was the loving son of the late Anthony and Eva (Scrocco); devoted father of Anna Louise Ruggiero of East Boston and Robert J. Ruggiero and his wife, Anna Maria of Saugus; cherished grandfather of Nicolas and Matthew; dear brother of the late Joseph Ruggiero, Sr. and his surviving spouse, Josephine of East Boston; cherished godfather and uncle of Joseph Ruggiero, Jr. and fond uncle of the late Michael Ruggiero; adored great uncle of Joseph III, Jason and Catie Ruggiero, all of East Boston. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends and his two loving canine companions, Peanut and Milo.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights East Boston. Robert was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring Robert’s love for and devotion to his beloved parish and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com
Walter William ‘Billy’ White
Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston
Walter William White, “Billy” to those who knew and loved him, passed away in his sleep early on the morning of February 18 at the age of 90.
He died of mediocracy, as he could no longer drive, drink, sail, devour a steak or flirt.
Billy was born July 7, 1925, the second of 13 children of Everett White and the second child of six of Everett and Alice Stevenson White. At 17, he forged his father’s signature on enlistment papers and joined the U.S. Navy. Serving with distinction in World War II, he spent the next 20 years sailing the world in service to our country.
He moved to New Hampshire in 1972, where he owned and managed the Concord Street Market in Concord until opening Billy’s Restaurant at the Epsom traffic circle, which he ran from 1974 to 1989.
In his 60s, Billy returned to sea as a United States Merchant Marine, where he would go on to spend another 20 years at sea, serving his country on ships attached to the U.S. Navy in Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Hope and Iraqi Freedom.
He was a Freemason and a Shriner, he could be seen marching with his fellow Shriners in the Bektash Temple marching band unit, happily playing his symbols. Billy was also an active member of the local Elks Lodge, Eagles, Concord VFW, Concord American Legion, and Moose club. His lighthearted and generous nature meant there was always a place at the table for one more and a place to stay. Many times, he provided shelter in his home for friends in need.
A master chef and baker, he was most himself when he was cooking for others, whether it was at his restaurant, large family meals, one of the many clubs where he volunteered his time, or one of his notorious summer birthday parties at his home in Epsom, which always included a fireworks display to rival anywhere else in New Hampshire.
Of all things, family, friends, fun and the sea were his passions. His regular poker game was always an uproarious event, held around the same table where he served Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinner. While standing at the head of the table, he would give a lengthy thanks for all those who he loved and cared for, something everyone waited for.
Billy is survived by his daughter, Candace White Bouchard, her husband, Joe, and son, Jed, of Concord; his sons Walter White and his wife, Lynn, and sons Billy and Robert of Florida; William White and his four children: Clayton, Corissa, Walter and Calvin of Montana; granddaughters Heidi Raymond of California, Chelsea Drew of Epsom and Mallory Drew of Chichester; and nine great-grandchildren; his brother, Joe White of Epsom; Dennis and his wife, Carol White of Massachusetts; Everett White of California and Jimmy White of Florida; his sisters Dolores Urciolli and Marie Giardina of Massachusetts; and by many nieces and nephews.
Billy was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, who supported and loved him for some unknown reason, Theresa Maher White; his daughter, Crystal Drew White; four brothers Larry, Bobby, Donny and Kenny White; and his sisters Alice McNulty and Rose Marie Govostos.
Calling hours will take place Friday, February 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bennett Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in Northwood on Saturday, February 27 at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of his life party that would make the old man proud at the Epsom Elks Lodge. A private family burial will be held Monday, March 1 at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. Donations in his memory may be made to the New Hampshire Veterans Home Benefit Fund, 139 Winter St., Tilton 03276. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Messages of condolence may be offered atbennettfuneral.com.
Nicholas Antonucci Sr.
Co-owned Marnick Construction with his brothers; worked until age 82
Nicholas J. Antonucci Sr, a longtime resident of Malden, passed away on February 6 at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody after a brief illness.
Nick was born in East Boston in 1933, the son of Giacinto “George” and Corinna (Spera) Antonucci. After he graduated from East Boston High School, he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict with the “Sea Bee’s” and was honorably discharged in December of 1953. After his discharge he returned to the Boston area. He later attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in Civil-Engineering.
In October of 1956, he married his sweetheart, Wanda P. Czerepica, and they first settled in Chelsea where they began to raise their family. They lived there until 1962, when they relocated to Malden.
Nick and his brothers began their Mason Contracting business, Antonucci Brothers, and later changed the name to Marnick Construction. Even at the age of 82, Nick was still working.. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local #3 Union and a past member of the Moose Lodge of Malden.
Also, having grown up playing baseball in his youth and in the Navy, Nick remained an avid baseball fan, especially of the Boston Red Sox. Nick was also a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Malden.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda P. Antonucci; his sons, George J. Antonucci and his wife, Wendy W. of Rowley, Nicholas J. Antonucci Jr. of Tewksbury, and Kenneth G. Antonucci and his wife, Andrea P. of Malden, his sister Virginia Ziegler of Framingham, his brother Mario F. Antonucci of W. Medford, and his grandchildren: Nicole, Jordan-Marie, Nicholas III, Kenneth Jr, Sofia, Bianca, Lucia and Christian.
Nick was preceded in death by his siblings: Angela Delaney-DellaPiana, Norma Formisano, Victoria Plaine-Given, George Antonucci and Joanne O’Neill.
Funeral services were from the Weir- MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Josephs Church, Malden. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden,
James Gallo, Sr.
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
James G. Gallo, Sr of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully at home with his loving family by his bedside on February 16.
He was the beloved husband for over 61 years to Adelaid (Mastrangelo) Gallo; devoted father of Margie Hughes and her husband, Peter of Braintree, Karen Donnelly and her late husband, John, Christine Gallo, Jim Gallo and his wife, Kathy, David Gallo and his wife, Karen, Diane Romano and her husband, Anthony, all of Winthrop and Andrew Gallo and his wife, Michelle of Franklin; dear brother of Nicholas Gallo of Florida; cherished grandfather of Amanda, Shauna, David, Bridget, Andy, Joseph, Matthew, Anthony, Nicholas, James, Frankand Christopher and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass in celebration of James’ Life was followed by a procession to Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) where Mr. Gallo’s ashes were interred. In honoring Mr. Gallo and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN.38105. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com