Obituaries 09-25-2019

Jennie Sciortino

Passed Peacefully

Jennie Sciortino passed away peacefully on Sept. 19.

She was the cherished sister of Lina Guarnieri, Joe Manfredonia, Fred Manfredonia, and the late Dolly, Maria, Leo, and Antoinette Manfredonia, Ella and Sue Salvaggio and Nina DeSisto; beloved daughter of the late Ferdinando and Anna (D’ Amato) Manfredonia and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Family and friends will honor Jennie’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Friday at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, East Boston, for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Jennie being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden For more information,  please visit

Mario Olivieri

Teamsters Member, Long Active in East Boston Football and Softball Teams

Mario J. Olivieri of East Boston passed away peacefully at the Kaplan Hospice in Danvers after a courageous battle on Tuesday morning, September 17.

Mario was a 1970 graduate of East Boston High School where he excelled in sports particularly football and baseball. After graduating, Mario continued his love for sports joining the East Boston Stadium Football League and as a role player with the SDM Club Softball team. Mario was also a member of local teamsters union.

The loving son of the late Mario and Mary (Quartarone) Olivieri, he was the devoted father of Regina Olivieri of Revere, dear brother of the late Louis, Nancy and Frank Olivieri, former husband of Patricia Ciampa and cherished uncle of Lisa Balzotti and Louis Olivieri.

His funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Joseph- St. Lazarus Church on September 23 and services concluded with Mario being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.

John Joseph Connolly

Member of East Boston Chapter DAV and Former Member of the East Boston Veterans Council

John Joseph Connolly, 86, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20. 

John was a US Army Korean Veteran, a member of the DAV East Boston Chapter 77 and a former member of the East Boston Veterans Council.

The cherished son the late John and Lucy (Palange) Connolly, he was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn (Nardone) Connolly, loving father of Brenda Connolly and Brian Connolly and his loving companion, Judee Chambers Walsh, adored grandfather of Robert and Sean Connolly and caring brother of Joseph Connolly,

Marie Barbetta, Carol Limone and her husband, Peter, Kathy Garcia and her husband, Joe and the late Patty Curtis and Lucille Tacardo and loving companion of Loretta Zullo.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and neighbors. 

Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church in East Boston.  Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  For guestbook and directions please visi

Alexander Struzziero

Of Chelsea

Alexander Struzziero of Chelsea passed away on Sept. 19.

The beloved husband of the late Cindy (Smith) Struzziero, he was the devoted father of John Struzziero of Billerica, Peter Struzziero and Jennifer of Weymouth; dear brother of Robert Struzziero of Scituate, Carolyn Ganshirt of Billerica and the late Theodore, Ralph and Angelo Struzziero and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Alexander’s wishes, all services are private. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Lena D’Ambrosio

Retired Executive Secretary and Arts Patron

Lena D’Ambrosio died unexpectedly in East Boston on Sept. 17. She was 90 years old.

Lena worked as an executive secretary for several large companies in Boston’s Financial District for over 25 years.

She also enjoyed attending the Boston Ballet. She was a great patron of the arts and always enjoyed completing arts and crafts projects in her spare time.

She was the dear sister of the late Louise Mackay and her late husband, William M. and the late Concetta “Connie” Vitale, beloved sister-in-law of Henry F. Vitale of East Boston, cherished aunt of William M. Mackay Jr. and his wife, Lisa M. of Stoneham, Henry F. Vitale Jr. and his wife, JoAnne of Jamaica Plain and John R. Vitale and his wife, Muna of Brighton. She is also lovingly survived by many great-nieces and a great-nephew.

Private funeral services and interment were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice. For more information, please visit

Rose Aloisi

Fiercely loyal, Naturally Inquisitive Voracious Reader and Avid Follower of Local and National Politics

Rose (Costa) Aloisi died at home, in the loving care of her family, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. She was 93 years old.

Rose was born and lived her entire life in East Boston, the youngest of the five children of Stefano and Antoinette (Schire) Costa. Her sisters Jennie, Mary and Connie, and her brother Peter, predeceased her.

In her youth. she lived the life of an immigrant’s daughter in Depression-era America, a life focused on family and hard work and aspiration. In this setting she learned many valuable life lessons, as well as the frugal tricks of “cucina povera,” a skill set that would eventually launch her on a culinary career of modest but impactful scale.

Rose married Jim Aloisi, a Medford native, four years after he returned from naval service in the Second World War. They settled in East Boston, had two children, and lived and loved through good times and bad through 70 years of marriage. They especially enjoyed holidays, centered as they were on family and food, and in retirement they summered in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

She worked for many years cooking evening meals for the Salesian priests and brothers assigned to Domenic Savio High School in East Boston. In this role she expanded her culinary skills in ways that invigorated her and delighted her friends and family. The day she tossed cauliflower flowerets with lemon juice, olive oil and cumin, and roasted it on high heat with plump raisins, everyone knew she had moved beyond her culinary roots to a new place of creativity and satisfaction.

Rose was fiercely loyal, naturally inquisitive and had a generosity of spirit that would often amuse and sometimes vex her children. She was a voracious reader and an avid follower of local and national politics.

Her son James and daughter Carol Ann would like to acknowledge the support and care of the Care Dimensions hospice team, and the home care support provided by truly wonderful people who seamlessly worked with the family to make a challenging time manageable.

Rose Aloisi is mourned by her husband and her two children who loved her, as she loved them, as much and as deeply as anyone can possibly love, their spouses Paul Rehme and Susan Ward, and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.The family strongly prefers that In lieu of flowers donations be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Care Dimensions.

A Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere on Monday, Sept. 30 at 9:45 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home.

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