Obituaries 05-18-2016

John Bruttaniti

Award Winning Chelsea Police Officer

John P. Bruttaniti, Chelsea Police Officer of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 12. He was 41 years old.
John, or as he was affectionately known to family and close friends as Coco, was born in Boston to Karen Bruttaniti and Johnny Perkins on September 23, 1974. He graduated from the Dearborn Academy in 1993.  After graduating, he began working as a heavy equipment operator.

John began his public service career by enlisting in the US Army Reserves, serving as a Military Police Investigator. He was deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004.

In June of 2001, he began working for the Massachusetts General Hospital Police until April of 2005.  On April 18, 2005, John began the Mass Firefighting Academy, Recruit Class #168 and successfully completed the course on July 15, 2005 for the City of Chelsea Fire Department and was assigned to Central Fire Station, Engine #2. On March 3, 2008, John began the Massachusetts Transit Police Academy and graduated on August 20, 2008 for the City of Chelsea Police Department.

During John’s career as a Chelsea Police Officer, he was assigned as a motorcycle officer, arson investigator and most recently, on April 20, 2016, he became a Field Training Officer.

One of John’s most proud moments was in June of 2015 when he was approached by the parent of a young child who had a penny lodged in her throat.  John immediately sprung into action and within seconds dislodged the penny and resuscitated her.  John kept that penny with him and carried it on him at all times as a memento. For John’s heroic actions, he was awarded the Chelsea Police Department’s Life Saving Award.

On May 12th, 2016, Chief Kyes, also of the Chelsea Police Department, notified John that the Statewide Advisory Committee for CPR/First Responders within the Mass Police Training Council (MPTC), would be recognizing him for going above and beyond their law enforcement duties in rendering medical assistance to a person in need.  This recognition exemplifies that their CPR/First Responder training was beneficial in saving a life.
John was an avid motorcycle rider both on and off-duty.  He was a member of the Renegade Pigs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Boston.  On several occasions, John assisted the Massachusetts Wounded Vet Run, providing an escort as a motorcycle officer for hundreds of riders through several North Shore Communities.

He was the loving son of Karen Bruttaniti of East Boston and Johnny Perkins of Alabama; devoted boyfriend to Kim Segal of Chelsea; dear brother of Karen Bruttaniti-Campbell of Dorchester, Nicole Correa of Florida and Ernest (Cucho) Acevedo of Wilmington; loving uncle to Festus, Noah and Gemeisah and he is also survived by his loving uncles, aunts and cousins.

Family and friends honored John’s life by gathering on Tuesday, May 17  in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea, where John lay in repose from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held today, Wednesday, May 18 in St Rose Church  at 10:30 a.m. in celebration of John’s life (PLEASE GO DIRECTLY TO CHURCH TODAY)  Services will conclude with John being laid to rest with military honors in Woodlawn Cemetery.

For  more information visit: Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston  617 569 0990

Jeane Marie Blackler

Boston Public Library retiree

Jean Marie (Morgan) Blackler of East Boston died on May 7 surrounded by her loving family. She was 76 years old.

Jean graduated from the Jeremiah Burke High School in 1957 and received her BFA in Fashion Design from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1961. She retired from the Boston Public Library in 2009 after 25 years of service as a Library Assistant 4. She was also very involved with her local AFSCME chapter.

She is survived by her husband Robert G. Blackler who she married August 29, 1964 in Boston; her sisters Catherine L. Carpenter of Dorchester, Dorothy Reed of Kingston, Margaret Mitchell of Hawthorne, Florida; her sons, Christopher L. Blackler and Robert G. Blackler, Jr., her daughter, Laura J. Blackler, daughter-in-law Jessica Bateman Blackler, grandson Graham F. Brown and by and many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family is holding a private memorial service. In Jean’s honor, please consider donating to the Greater Boston Food Bank at To leave a condolence, visit

Anthony DeSimone

Of East Boston

Anthony L DeSimone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on May 9 at the age of 38.

He was the loving son of Norina (Capone) and the late Antonio DeSimone, both of Revere, dear brother of Franco DeSimone of Revere, cherished uncle of Anthony Gabriella and Nicholas DeSimone and is also survived by many adored aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Anthony was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery,  Medford.  For more information, visit:

Judith Sarro

Of East Boston

Judith A. ( Jordan) Sarro of East Boston died peacefully on May 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; devoted mother of Joseph R of Boston, Gerald and his wife, Margaret of Plympton,MA, James C. and his wife, Dina  of Winthrop, Judith A. Sarro and her husband, Luis Sanchez of Lynn, Timothy E. and Scott M., both of East Boston and the late Gregory M. She is also survived by 11 loving grandchilden and six cherished great grandchildren as well as by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Judith’s life by gathering today,  Wednesday,  May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston with a service in our chapel starting at 7:45 p.m. Cremation service will be private. In lieu of flowers and in honoring Judith,  memorial donations may be made to Animal Rescue league of Boston, 10 Chandler St., Boston 02116.   For complimentary transportation to funeral home please call 617 569 0990. For more information:

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