Obituaries 01-08-2020

Marguerite Connolly

Newspaper Artist, member of Winthrop Art Guild and Zonta International

Marguerite (Chandler) Connolly, daughter of the late Margaret J. Davis, of Beachmont, Revere, formerly of Cambridge, passed away on Jan. 5 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 92. 

Marguerite, or ‘Peggy’ as she was fondly known, was an artist with the Malden Evening News and the Newspaper Guild.  She spoke of many fond memories as a substitute teacher in the Revere School district, mainly at the Garfield School.  Peggy was a member of the Winthrop Art League and Zonta International, an organization of professional women.  She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. 

She was the devoted mother of Thomas Connolly and his wife, Mary of Winthrop, John Connolly of Revere, Judith McGhee and her husband, William of Winthrop and Robert Connolly Sr. and his wife, Susan of Revere; cherished grandmother of Meghan Robinson and her husband, Michael, Erin Petti and her husband, Ryan, Christopher Connolly and his wife, Melanie, Ian Connolly and his wife, Liz, Ryan Connolly and his husband, Jorgenson, Robert Connolly Jr., and Abby Connolly and adored great-grandmother of Seamus, Ronan, Brianna, Victoria, Michaela, Emmeline, and Sadie.

Her funeral will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop at 11:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be in Winthrop Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, an organization that was so close to Peggy’s heart. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Antonietta Bellanti

Of East Boston

Antonietta (LoGiudice) Bellanti of East Boston passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Jan. 2. She was the beloved wife of the late Felice Bellanti, devoted mother of Maria Polcaro and the late Antonio of Winthrop, Joseph Bellanti and his wife, Pavlina of Beverly and Dorothy Roan and her husband, Daniel Sr. of Saugus; dear sister of Eleonora Loi and the late Teresa and Gugliemo LoGiudice; cherished grandmother of Lisa-Marie Marriott, Generoso Polcaro, Antonietta Adler, Daniel Roan Jr., Kristen Roan, and Brandon Roan, Helena Bellanti, Filip Bellanti, Sara Bellant and adored great-grandmother of Joseph A. Marriott, Gianna Marriott, Anthony Polcaro, Julia Polcaro, Jason Adler and Thomas Roan. She is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Antonietta’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Wednesday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston, for a Funeral Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Antonietta being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Felice, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. May they rest in peace. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Frances Cristello

Centenarian

Frances R. (Natale) Cristello, 100, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5 at home surrounded by her loving family. 

The cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Marafino) Natale, she was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Cristello, loving mother of Camille J. Cristello, caring sister of the late Anna Marotta, Frank Natale and Gilda Pennell and adored aunt of Mary Ann Marotta, Mary Ann Carvalho and her husband, Rick, Janice Natale, Linda Natale and Anthony Cristello and his wife, Carol.  She is also survived by many loving great-nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor Frances’ life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Friday morning before leaving in procession to St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m.  Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frances’ memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org.  For guestbook and directions please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Thomas Cadden

Lifelong Resident of Jeffries Point

Thomas M. “Tommy” Cadden, a lifelong resident of Jeffries Point, East Boston died on Dec. 31.

The son of the late Bridget (O’Leary) and Bernard Cadden, he is survived by his son, Shane Cadden of Florida and his sister, Mary and her husband, William Rose of Billerica. Tommy was the brother of the late Elizabeth Hafey, Margaret DeBellis, Owen, James, William, John and Bernard Cadden and  is also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick St., East Boston on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting with family in church prior to Mass commencing at 9 a.m. Interment of ashes in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.
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Peter Felt

As Santa, he spread Christmas Cheer all over Massachusetts

Peter A. Felt of Winthrop formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly, surrounded by his loving family at Mass. General Hospital after a brief illness.

Peter was born in Revere on April 3,1943 to Joseph and Doris (Freedman) Felt.  He graduated from Revere High School in 1962 and then went on to work at various restaurants and night clubs on Revere Beach before starting his own painting company, as well as working for the Revere Housing Authority for 20 years. He became a friend of Bill W. on July 16, 1975, and passed away with 44 years of sobriety.

 He met the love of his life, Patti Hurley in 1985. After several years of courting, dating and convincing, they were married on Dec. 14, 1991. Peter and Patti lived in Revere and Winthrop, and no matter where they were, they always had a home welcoming to all. Peter was never shy to share his opinion, however, he was always your biggest advocate. He wouldn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand, listen to a story or his favorite, share a story with you.

Later in life, Peter became Santa. He spread the Christmas Cheer all over Massachusetts, often volunteering for hours for people in need to try and brighten their day. He will be missed by many. 

Peter is survived by his wife, Patricia “Patti” Hurley-Felt, his son, Charles “Buddy” Felt, grandchildren Madison and CJ Felt, brother Charles Felt and his wife, Catherine and many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Joseph Felt. 

Family and friends honored Peter’s life by gathering at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop on Tuesday, Jan. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Winthrop CASA 45 Pauline St., Winthrop, MA. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit ruggieromh.com.

Salvatore Mattera

Of East Boston

Salvatore C. “Smiley” Mattera of East Boston passed away on Dec. 31.

The beloved husband of the late Marie S. (Coderre) Mattera, he was the loving father of Marie Ciaccio and her husband, Lenny of Lynn, David Videtti and his wife, Kelley of Chelsea and Stacey Mattera of Framingham; dear brother of Josephine Magaletta and her late husband, Roger “Pinky”of Groton and Ronald Mattera and his wife, Nicolette and Michael Mattera and his wife, Carmella, all of East Boston; cherished grandfather of  Brandon and his wife, Gina, Jarred, Joshua, Madison, Nathan and Giovanna. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Smiley was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information,  please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Stan Bakunowicz

Of Revere

Stan Bakunowicz of Revere passed away on Dec. 28.

He was the loving son of Livercina (Dos Santos) Bakunowicz and the late Anton, dear brother of Paul Bakunowicz and his wife, Maria of Florida, Sonia Santilli and her husband, Pat of East Boston and the late Ronny and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the family’s wishes all services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Stan’s name to a charity of choice. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Mary Ann E. Carlson

Of East Boston

Mary Ann E. (McGinness) Carlson of East Boston, formerly of Lynn passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Mass. General Hospital, Boston.

Daughter of the late William and Mary (Pedro) McGinness. Wife of the late Allan Carlson and beloved mother of Daneen Carlson of Lynn, Dawn Reno and her husband Brian of Tyler, TX, Dena Filali and her husband Yasser of Tampa, Fl.

Sister of Kathleen Gross of San Diego, CA, Carol and Helen McGinness, both of East Boston and the late Eileen Beaupre of Mapleton, IL.

Cherished grandmother of Lissette Godfrey, David, Daniel and Sierra Gerena, Ayah Accia, Adam and Alia Filali. Also survived by six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Private family burial was held in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

In lieu of flowers donations in Mary Ann’s memory to your favorite charity would be appreciated.

Jennie Manfra

Past Member of Beachmont VFW and Avid Elvis fan

Jennie (Zozzi) Manfra of East Boston passed away peacefully on Dec. 31.

Jennie was a past member of The Beachmont VFW and an avid Elvis fan.
The beloved wife of the late Edward Manfra, she was the devoted mother of Edward Manfra, Denise Manfra and her husband, Don Lasecki of Las Vegas, NV and the late Jeanne M. Sasso and her surviving husband, Michael Sasso; dear sister of the late Mary, Nicolina, Lucy, Anthony “Harry” and Ann “Annie” and cherished grandmother of Michelle Ambrosino and Eddie Sasso ; adored great-grandmother of Bianca Teazis and her husband, Mike, Alexa Bonavita and her husband, Nick, Franky Ambrosino and Isabella Sasso and loving great-great-grandmother of Violet Jeanne and Sienna Jeanne. She held a special place in her heart for her niece, Doris Puopolo and nephew, Joey Gaughan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Jennie’s life by gathering on Jan. 11 at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. prayer service in our serenity chapel. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit ruggieromh.com.

Philip Romano

Proprietor of Romano Truck Leasing LLC and Longtime Member of Winthrop Elks

Philip “Phil” Romano passed away peacefully on Dec. 31.

Philip was the proprietor of Romano Truck Leasing LLC., a past employee of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and a longtime member of the Winthrop Elks. Philip enjoyed anything to do with the ocean and working on machinery. May he rest in peace.
He was the beloved father of Lu Ann Arciero and her husband, Thomas of East Boston and Paula Duggan and her husband, Thomas of Bradford; dear brother of the late Annetta Romano, Virginia Cotter, Irene Marcucci and Louis “Chick” Romano; cherished grandfather of Ashley, Jason, Krysta, and Courtney and former husband of Mary (Lentini) Romano. He is also survived by many loving nieces. nephews and the late Michael Marcucci.
In accordance with the family’s wishes, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Philip’s name to Healing Winds North Shore, 6 Lynde Street #2 Salem, MA 01970, www.healingwindsusa.org. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit ruggieromh.com.

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