Obituaries 03-27-2019

Janice Florentine

Of East Boston and Lynnfield

Janice E. Florentine of East Boston and Lynnfield passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, March 24 at the age of 71.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur “Artie” Smith, Jr., loving mother of John Giammarco and his wife, Leah of Lynnfield, cherished sister of Larry Florentino and his wife, Andrea of Lynn and the late Frank “Brother” Florentine and his late wife, Carol; adored grandmother of Kayla, John Jr. and Nicholas and great-grandmother of Connor. She is also survived by her loving nephews: Erik and his wife, Stacy and their daughter, Eriana and Robert and his wife, Emily and their son, R.J. as well as many friends. She was “Nana Janice” to Zara, Holland, Seamus and Sile. Family and friends will celebrate Janice’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Saturday, March 30 from noon to 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janice’s memory may be made to the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Inc. 178 Savin Street, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148 or you may visit them on the web at For more information, please visit:

John “Butch” McCarthy

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

John “Butch” McCarthy of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 23 at the age of 79.

He was the loving long-time partner of the late Carol Avola, devoted father of Raymond and Michael Avola, dear brother of Sharon Martin, Rosemarie Cogliano and the late Geraldine McCarthy and the cherished grandfather of Carolyn and Mario. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service for Butch will be scheduled for a later date. For more information, please visit

Ronald Stanley Saltzman

Of Jamaica Plain, formerly of East Boston

Ronald Stanley Saltzman of Jamaica Plain, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Feb. 6. He was 62 years old.

 He is survived by his former wife, Joanne Viarella Stone and Joseph Stone and his daughters, Kristen Saltzman J.D. of Woburn, Desiree Dipaolo and her husband, Peter Dipaolo of Revere and his grandchildren, Joseph Vitale Luca and Mikaelya Dipaolo. He is also survived by his uncle, Leonard  Saltzman of Andover, his brother and sister, Alan Saltzman and Kerri-Ann Tobin and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Friday, March 22 at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston.

Mary McCauley

Retired waitress

Mary M. McCauley, an East Boston native and longtime Revere resident, who passed following a brief illness on Sunday, March 24 at the Winchester Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Winchester. She was 95 years old.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, today,  Wednesday, March 27 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 10:30 a.m. and immediately followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Born, raised and educated in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1941.

Mary worked during her early years as a waitress at several of the venues at Logan Airport and at the former Reardon’s Restaurant of Revere. She, lastly, was employed at Cerretani’s Market Inc. in Revere as a clerk, a job she enjoyed.

Mary had a large and outgoing personality, always, a smile and always a laugh.

Foremost in her world was her late beloved husband, Peter E. McCauley, Sr., who passed in August of 2009.

She was the devoted mother of Virginia A. Cerretani of Revere, Peter E. McCauley Jr. and his wife, Marion “Meg” of Orlando, Florida and Donna M. Testa and her husband, Lawrence of Reading. She was the cherished grandmother of Alexandra C. and Ashley M. Testa, both of Reading, GianPaolo Cerretani of Revere and Kelli Y.McCauley of Orlando, Florida;. She was the dear sister of the late Loretta M. Gianino-Conroy, Anne V. Nagle, Harold “Happy” McCormick, Leonard McCormick, Vincent “Lefty” McCormick and Leo McCormick.

She is also lovingly survived by her faithful friends, Suzanne Dubuque of Reading and Nora Moscia of Lynnfield.

Remembrances may be made to the Patient Activities Fund at Winchester Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, 223 Swanton St., Winchester, MA 01890. For more information, please visit

Jodi Anne Ravida

Retired Boston School Psychologist

Jodi Anne Ravida  of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died on March 14. She was 78 years old.

The devoted mother of: Joseph C. Ravida and his wife, Kimberly of Groveland, Jonathon J. Ravida of Lynn, Jerry J. Ravida of East Boston and Traci Ravida of Saugus, she is also survived by two granddaughters, Rebecca A. Parnell, wife to Scott Parnell and Brianna M. Ravida of East Boston and two great-grandchildren, Aubry and Connor Parnell.

Jodi had recently moved to Lynn after being a lifelong resident of East Boston. She retired from her work as school psychologist with the City of Boston and was a member of the Teachers Union. She had her own private practice and spent many years devoted to specialized work in early childhood development and to children with disabilities from drug addicted pregnancies.

She proudly served her country in the United States Marine Corp (Woman Marines). Jodi held a PhD in psychology with thesis work done at MGH on Death and Dying. She was a writer, teacher and inventor of Trauma Box ™ therapeutic therapy. She was a lover of learning, music and the arts and a member of VFW post 6712 of Beachmont. A pioneer and true believer in continuous learning through experience towards inflation of one’s past standards to achieve and promote greater wisdom for all….. Semper Fi mother Marine. Visitation in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere will be held on Saturday, March 30 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 2:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Donations on her behalf can sponsor college savings plans or a cancer research charity.  For guest book please visit

George James Marshall

Of Charlestown

George James Marshall of Charlestown, formerly of Saugus and Revere, passed away peacefully at Massachusetts General Hospital surrounded by his family on March 21. He was 39 years old. George, who was born on Sept. 22, 1979, lived his early years in East Boston.

He was the loving son of Nancy Marshall and the late Robert Marshall of Saugus and is also survived by his brother, Stephen Mosley and his wife, Paula of Saugus, his brother, Robert Marshall Jr. and sister, Rosemary Marshall. He is also survived by his nieces, Ashley and Nicole Mosley.

George will also be remembered and missed by his friends, housemates and the wonderful staff that cared for George at his Charlestown residence.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Ruggiero Family Funeral Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston today, Wednesday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in a funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of George’s life. Services will conclude with George being laid to rest at Lakeside Cemetery in Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Franciscan Children’s Hospital, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135. For more information, please visit

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