Obituaries 11-01-2017

Virginia Lee Fyler

Self-appointed Mayor of Maverick, tenacious advocate for children, police and seniors

Virginia Lee (Collins) Fyler, a life-long resident of East Boston, died on October 29 at the age of 78.

Virginia was the self-appointed Mayor of Maverick, a true lifelong advocate for all of East Boston. She was a tenacious advocate for children, police and seniors. She was a past member of the St. Kevin’s Knights of Dorchester. She will be missed by all who knew here

The beloved wife of the late Raymond E. Fyler Sr., she was the devoted mother of Raymond E. Fyler Jr. of Holbrook, David W. Fyler of East Boston, Richard M. Fyler of Winthrop, Elizabeth A. Hogan of East Boston and John P. Fyler of East Boston; dear sister of Elizabeth “Tootsie” Maher of Quincy, Barbara McKinnon of Iowa, Davis Collins of South Carolina, Walter Collins of Tewksbury, Dorothy Collins of New Hampshire, Judith Montero of Wilmington, Susan Frongillo of Wilmington and the late Richard and Steven Collins; adored grandmother of nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and the late Alex Bonilla and King Howard.

Family and friends will honor Virginia’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St.,  East Boston on Thursday, November 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Most Holy Redeemer Church Maverick St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Virginia’s life. Virginia will be laid to rest at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA beside her beloved Raymond.

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Maria Mirata

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Maria L (Singarella) Mirata of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully at home with her family by her bedside on October 29.

The beloved wife of the late Pino Mirata, she was the devoted mother of Jennie Lanza and husband, Joseph, Peter Mirata and his wife, Rachael, all of Winthrop and the late Maria G. Mirata; dear sister of the late Joseph and Mario Singarella, cherished grandmother of  Nicholas, Anthony, Peter ll, Tristan and Isabella. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Maria’s life by gathering  in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, November.1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to the Most Holy Rosary Church, Shirley Street,  Winthrop for a Funeral Mass  celebrating  Maria’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Maria being laid to rest with her beloved daughter, Maria in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle ) section. For complimentary transportation to and from funeral home please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:

Barbara Martello

Of East Boston

Barbara L. Martello of Byron Street, East Boston passed away at the Boston Medical Center on October 30. She was 76 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Helen (Frongillo) and Ralph P. Coluntino; the devoted wife of the late Peter Martello and the loving mother of Ralph Martello of East Boston and Lisa Anzalone and her husband, Gene of Middleton. She was the dear sister of Leo Coluntino and his late wife, Maryanne of Revere, Joseph Coluntino and his wife, Theresa of Stoneham and the late Ralph Coluntino and his wife, Madelyn of Beverly Farms; cherished grandmother of Briana, Julia, Ava and Matthew and the loving companion of James Powers. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere on Saturday, November 4 at 10 a.m. Committal will be private. To sign the online guestbook go to

Arrangements are under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Anne Gioiosa

Retired Project Manager for Massachusetts Division of Information & Technical Assistance

Anne L. Gioisa, an East Boston native and a resident of Cape Cod, ended a long struggle with metastatic disease on Wednesday evening, October 25 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers. She was 59 years old.

Anne was born and raised in East Boston taking her elementary schooling at the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grammar School, East Boston. She then attended the Julie Billiart Catholic High School for Girls in Boston’s North End, graduating in 1976. In the late 1970s, she began a job with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, working in several departments for the next 38 years and settling about 30 years ago as Project Manager within the Division of Information & Technology. Anne maintained a close relationship with her former colleagues after retiring in 2015. She was a member of NAGE (National Association of Government Employees.)

She lived in Saugus for over 30 years and about 10 years ago she began summering at the Cape, particularly in

Eastham. For several years, she and her devoted wife of 23 years, Linda A. Stiles, wintered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Along with Linda, she traveled often throughout the country and visiting Italy.

In 2016, Anne chaired and orchestrated a superb 40th High School Class Reunion. It had been the only reunion offered for the Class of 1976. It was a huge success, deemed mostly because of the tremendous work effort afforded by Anne.

Anne was the beloved daughter of the late Daniel and Josephine (Geraci) Gioiosa of East Boston; the cherished sister to Charles Gioiosa and his wife, Barbara Brainin of Seattle, Wash.,

Denise A. Giangregorio and her husband, Alan of Winthrop, John Gioiosa and his wife, Mary of

Malden and the late Anthony and Marie Gioiosa. She is also lovingly survived by Renee A. Parente of Dorchester, Brian L. Parente of Winthrop and Michael V. Parente and his wife, Karen of Canton. She was the adored “Nonna” to Nevaeh R., Eli M., Amarra J. and Ryan J. Parente and the proud aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio& Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions (Attn: Kaplan Family Hospice House) 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Phyllis Cerrone

Retired accounting manager and founding member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Arch Confraternity of Christian Mothers

Phyllis Cerrone of East Boston passed away on October 27 at the age of 97.

Phyllis was a devoted founding member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Arch Confraternity of Christian Mothers for many years. She retired as an Accounting Manager from M.I.T. and General Electric Company, East Boston.

The cherished daughter of the late Antonio and Francesca (Dragonetti) Cerrone, she was the dear sister of the late Prudence, Joseph, and Anthony Cerrone, Elena Conroy and Mary Spelladora and is also lovingly survived By many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Phyllis’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St.,  Revere today, Wednesday, November 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham.

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John Margado

Loving father, grandfather and friend

John A. Margardo of Mashpee,passed away peacefully on October 20 after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late MarsalMargardo and the son of the late John and Rose (DeSimone) Margardo.

John was born and raised in East Boston and graduated from Dom Bosco Catholic High School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and started a career in communications during his military service.  He went on to hold the position of Chief Engineer and Regional Sales Manager for numerous companies including Boston University and For.A Corporation until his retirement.

He loved living at Southport where he was actively involved and made many, many

great friends. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend to many and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.

John is survived by his children: Damien Margardo his wife, Stacey and their daughters McKenzie and Morgan of Winthrop, Joseph Connors his wife, Liana and their children, Jon Oliver and his wife, Elizabeth, Kacie and Christopher, all of Tewksbury, and Kelly Nichols her husband, Paul and their daughter, Jessica of Winthrop and his best friend, Cindy Germain and her daughters, Tara Carey and Tiffany Stanley and their families.

A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home 74 Algonquin Ave. (Rte 151) Mashpee, on Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held and live streamed at Christ the King Church, 3 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee on Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite d-3 South Dennis, MA 02660. For online guestbook and directions please visit:

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