Obituaries 01-18-2017

John Votta

Animal lover and longtime Angell Memorial Hospital technician

     John F. Votta, born August 23, 1943, a resident of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, passed away on January 15. He was 73 years old.

John loved animals, especially horses, and spent

much of his youth and young adulthood riding and caring for them. Some of his fondest memories were of times he spent long-distance horseback riding. John’s love of animals extended to his work. He was a technician at Angell Animal Medical Center for more than 40 years. John spent many hours at the gym. He loved to work out. He also enjoyed fishing and being on the open water. John will be sincerely missed by his family and friends.

John was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor C. Votta, and his father, Edmond Votta.

He was the brother of the late Edmond R. Votta and uncle to Joseph Votta, Kimmarie Votta, and Karla Guarino and great uncle to Johnathan and Melissa Votta and Dana Flanigan.

A memorial service for John will be held today, Wednesday, January 18 at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Visitation between 4 and 5 p.m. will be followed by the service which will begin at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the MSPCA-Angell are appreciated. To donate, visit:

or mail to: MSPCA- Angell

Headquarters 350 South Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02130. For guest book and directions:

Dominic Mercurio

Retired heavy equipment operator; served under General Patton during World War II

Dominic J. Mercurio of East Boston passed away peacefully at home on January 13 surrounded by his loving family.

Dominic served his country proudly as a US Army Staff Sergeant in World War II under General Patton. After the war, he worked as a heavy equipment operator.

He was the beloved husband of 67 years of Carmela (Viola); loving father of Annette M. Mercurio of Revere, Joanne C. Pascucci and her husband, Anthony M. and Maria F. Mercurio, all of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Anthony D. Pascucci of East Boston and dear brother of the late Agnes Micele and Carmela Saia. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Dominic’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today (Wednesday) at 8:45 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston for a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Dominic being entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information:

Alfred Capone, Jr.

Retired Federal Maintenance Mechanic; member of Winthrop Elks and Jeffries Yacht Club

Alfred A. Capone, Jr. of Everett and East Boston passed away after a long illness on January 5.

A fetired Federal Maintenance Mechanic for GSA and the U.S. Coast Guard, Al was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and a lifetime member of Jeffries Yacht Club in East Boston. An all-around handyman who enjoyed boating, woodworking, and helping others, his career spanned 34 years.

He was the beloved husband of Virginia (Shea) Capone; devoted father of Marisa Shea Capone; son of the late Alfred and Mary (Hock) Capone, Sr.; loving brother of Ann Marie Davies and her husband, Paul of Andover and Florence DiPietro and her husband, Ross of Swampscott. He is also survived by a cherished niece, several nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Al’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Benjamin “Cyc” Ferrantino, Jr.

Of the North End, formerly of East Boston

Benjamin L. “Cyc’ Ferrantino, Jr of the North End of Boston, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on January 13.

The dear brother of Philip F. Ferrantino and his wife, Marie of the North End, he was the cherished uncle of Tracey DiFronzo and her husband, Richard of Medford.

In accordance with Ben’s wishes, funeral services were private and under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston, 617-569-0990.

Peter Fusco

United Airlines retiree of Melrose,

formerly of Revere

Peter Fusco of Melrose, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on January 6.

Peter was a retired employee of more than 30 years of United Airlines, a member of the Revere Patriots Senior Citizens Club and the retired United Airlines Employees Association.

He was the loving husband of the late Maria Concetta (Paletta); devoted father of Liberato Fusco and wife, Joanne of Lynnfield, Theresa Peters and her husband, Philip of Melrose and the late Lucia Carfagnini and her husband, Dino of Stoneham; cherished brother of Teodoro Fusco and his wife, Mafalda of Revere and the late Anthony Fusco, Giovanna Colarossi and Lucia Rinaldi. He was the adored “Bepa” and “Papa” of six grandchildren: Robert, Angela, Jonathan, Christopher, Amanda and Michael and six great grandchildren: Joseph, Lily, David, Nicholas, Lauren and Matthew. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Peter being entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made in Peter’s memory to the North End Waterfront Health Center, 332 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02113 or the American Heart Association P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. For more information, visit:

Alba Marie LaBella

Devoted wife and mother, considered a ‘card shark’ by family

Alba Marie (Manzo) LaBella died peacefully surrounded by her family at the Chestnut Woods Nursing Home in Saugus at the age of 101.

The wife of the late Gerard “Jit” LaBella, she was born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Alphonso and Jennie (Fabrizio) Manzo. A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. LaBella loved to cook, sew and play cards. Her family considered her a “card shark”, she loved playing rumnikub. She was a participant at the Senior Center in East Boston.

Mrs. LaBella is survived by her six children; Barbara Emma and her husband, Sal of Saugus, Geraldine Ventre and her husband, Charlie of Lynnfield, Diane Maruzzi and her husband, Bob of Saugus, Anthony LaBella and his wife, AnnMarie of Lynnfield, Gerard LaBella and his wife, Tricia of Haverhill and Alan LaBella and his wife, Debbie of Saugus; dear sister of Carmella “Millie” Cedrone of Hopedale, Jean Adamo of Winthrop and the late Peter, Salvy, Terry, Rosie and Betty. She was the beloved grandmother of 11 grandchildren; Donna Emma and her husband, Larry Davis, David Emma and his wife, Lisa, Sandra Nigro and her husband, Kevin, Michael Maruzzi and his wife, Arlene, Paul Ventre and his wife, Kelly, Stephen Ventre and his significant other, Danielle, Anthony LaBella and his wife, Katie, Jason LaBella and his wife, Savannah, Ashley Trout and her husband, Jon, Christopher LaBella and Cassandra LaBella. She is also survived by 13 great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to All Care Hospice 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. For directions and condolences, visit:

 Michael DiCenso

Past member of Bricklayers Union Local 3

Michael DiCenso of East Boston, formerly of Italy, died peacefully on January 16.

He was a past member of Bricklayers Union Local 3, he was the beloved husband for over 50 years of Gilda (Corso) DiCenso, thedevoted father ofUbaldo and his wife, Maria ofSaugus,Antonietta of East Boston and Paul and his wife, Shannon of NorthAttleboro; cherished grandfather of eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor Michael’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971SaratogaSt. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Michael’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Michael being laid to rest in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990

Joseph Anthony Forina

Educator and 4h Degree member of the Knights of Columbus

Joseph Anthony Forina, of East Boston, passed on January 15 surrounded by his family.

Joe was a beloved foreign language teacher for over 30 years and proud to be a 4thdegree member of the Knights of Columbus.

The son of the late Biagio and Anna Forina, Joe was the devoted husband of 26 years of Cynthia M (Sybertz) and the loving father of Anna Gower of Eureka, CA, Anthony Forina and his wife, Kathryn of Methuen, Teresa Dankner and her husband, Greg of Winthrop, and Marybeth, Nicole, and James Forina of East Boston and the cherished grandfather of Alison, Delia, and Georgia. He will also be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Joe’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights)East Boston today, Wednesday, January 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.  and again Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Joe’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Joe being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joe’s name may be made to East Boston Central Catholic School, 69 London St., East Boston, MA 02128. See for more information or directions.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.