Obituaries 12-28-2016

Hazel DiTomaso

Loving mother and long time foster mother

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston

Hazel M. DiTomaso of Raymond, NH, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully in her sleep on December 23 at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, NH. She was 90 years old.

Born in Boston on October 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Timothy and Mary Elizabeth (Robichaud) Boudreau, Hazel grew up in East Boston and attended the local schools. She was a proud homemaker and loving mother. She was active in Scouts and in the foster care program in the Boston area. She cared for many foster children over the years. In her later years she enjoyed being on the back of a motorcycle, riding over 50,000 miles with Allan. She loved spending time with her family, primarily her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas DiTomaso; two brothers, Raymond Boudreau and Edward Boudreau and two sisters, Irene Venezia and Pauline Gayhart. She is survived by her longtime companion, Allan McLaughlin of Raymond, NH; her children, James Gayhart of East Boston, Linda St. Germain of Winthrop, Susan Gayhart of Canaan, NH, Donna Kostinden of Hampton, NH, Steven DiTomaso and his husband, Robert Hourcade of Vallejo, CA, Joyce Skiff and her husband, John of Bedford, NH, Nicola DiTomaso and his wife, Lauren of East Boston, Paul DiTomaso of Smyrna, GA; many grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be today, Wednesday, December 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Brewitt Funeral Home, 2 Epping St., Raymond, NH. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Private burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 66 South River Rd., Suite 210, Bedford, NH 03110. For more information, please visit

Walter Day, Jr.

Longtime Beachmont School crossing guard

Walter I. Day, Jr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on December 21 surrounded by his loving family.

A late member of Teamsters Local 25 and a longtime crossing guard at the Beachmont School, he was the beloved husband of more than 54 years to Julia R. (Colonna) Day, devoted father of Karin Day of Lynn, Debra Leary and her husband, Kenneth of Revere and Daniel Day Sr. and his companion, Lisa Serpa of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Kenneth Leary and Daniel Day.

In accordance with the wishes of the Day family, funeral services were private. In honor of Mr. Day and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, please visit Arrangements under the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston.

Giuseppe Minacapelli

Former proprietor of Charlie’s Cleaners in East Boston

Giuseppe Minacapelli of East Boston, formerly Revere, passed away peacefully on December 20.

Giuseppe is the former proprietor of Charlie’s Cleaners in East Boston.

The beloved husband of the late Giuseppina (Giunta) Minacapilli, he was the devoted father of Marina Batres and her husband, Rene of Everett, Grace Kruse and her husband, Matthew of Melrose, Salvatore and his wife, Lana of East Boston, and the late Joseph; cherished brother of Angelo Minacapilli of Italy, and the late Salvatore, Filippo, and Maria; loving grandfather of Samantha, Joshua, Matthew J., Brandon, Julia, Callie, Isabella, Gia, Claudia, and Dante. He is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Giuseppe was laid to rest with his beloved wife, Giuseppina, at the Sheffield Mausoleum in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. May they both rest in peace. For more information please visit

Mary Lou Brazzo

Of East Boston

Mary Lou (Hill) Brazzo died unexpectedly in East Boston on December 23.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Brazzo, she was the loving mother of Doris Brazzo, Joseph Brazzo Jr, Stephen Brazzo, Susan Juliano, Edward Brazzo, Patricia Sarro, Michael Brazzo, Machelle Hubley and Anthony Brazzo and is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Square] East Boston on Thursday morning, December 29 at 9:15 followed by a Funeral Mass in the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., East Boston at 10:15 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, December 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:15 p.m. Indoor parking and entrance to Funeral Home available from 340 Bremen St.  For additional information, visit: Magrath Funeral

Anthony Guerra

Of East Boston

Anthony Guerra of East Boston died peacefully on December 21 in the East Point Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea.

Mr. Guerra was an honorably discharged US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict who worked in the construction business for many years.

He is survived by his cherished friend and neighbor, Thang Vo and family as well as by many other dear friends of Monmouth Street, East Boston and Eagle Hill..

Family and friends will gather on Thursday, December 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 10 a.m. Friday morning for a graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Benito Armando Matos

Of East Boston

Benito Armando Matos of East Boston passed away unexpectedly on December 19.

The loving son of Lorraine (Caldarelli) Romero and the late Benito Matos, he was the devoted brother of Lorraine Matos of Beverly and Sharon Matos of Lynn and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Private cremation will follow at a later date.  For more information, please visit

Filippa ‘Phyllis’ Rizzo

Of East Boston, formerly of Medford

Filippa C. “Phyllis” (Adragna) Rizzo of East Boston, formerly of Medford, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 21.

The beloved wife of the late John F. Rizzo, she was the devoted mother of John F. Rizzo and his wife, Carole of Swampscott, Elizabeth Rizzo Flanders of Swampscott, and Stephen F. Rizzo and his wife, Nicole of East Boston; dear sister of Frank Adragna of Florida, Joseph Adragna of Wakefield, and the late Catherine Macedo and cherished grandmother of Brianna, Gabrielle, Stephanie, Samantha, Sabrina, Veronica, Stephen Rizzo, Jillian and Kaitlyn Flanders. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Mrs. Rizzo was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In honoring Mrs. Rizzo’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.. For more information, please visit

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