Obituaries 1-23-2020

Adelaide Martignetti
Her family was her pride and joy
Adelaide Martignetti, our beloved Mother, Wife, Nonna, Bisnonna, Sister, Aunt and Friend, passed away peacefully on Jan. 19 surrounded by the love of her family. Also known as Nenella, Adelaide was born in 1936 in the picturesque village of Montefalcione, Italy, to parents Federico Martignetti and Maria Pagliuca. In 1958, Adelaide married Antonio Martignetti of Montefalcione and together they set out on a journey towards a life full of possibilities. Along with their first born daughter, Michelina, the family immigrated to Canada in 1961. Adelaide adapted to new ways of life and the family welcomed a second daughter, Maria.
In pursuit of greater opportunities, the family immigrated for a second time in 1969. This move brought them to Revere, where they created a beautiful home. The family welcomed their son, Alessandro in Revere, and Adelaide was proud to say that her three children were born into three nations.
Adelaide and Antonio enjoyed 61 years of marriage and were forever in gratitude to God for all their blessings. Adelaide’s family was her pride and joy. She immersed herself fully in motherhood and homemaking and was a light in her family’s lives. She was a phenomenal chef and baker who united her family through her cooking and entertaining.
Being a Nonna brought so much happiness to her life and she was so proud of her grandchildren’s accomplishments. Her great-grandson Antonio was the apple of her eye and she would beam with pride at the mere mention of his name.
Adelaide was a force of unconditional love and strength to her family and she will be tremendously missed. Her family will keep her memory alive in their hearts and her traditions alive in their kitchens. Adelaide leaves behind her husband, Antonio, and her three children, Michelina Martignetti of Revere, Maria Swan and her husband, Michael of Revere, and Alessandro Martignetti and his wife, Paula of Seneca Falls, New York; her grandchildren Melissa Swan of Revere, Elijah Swan and his wife, Maria of Revere, and Brandon Carlson of Revere, in addition to her great-grandson, Antonio DeAndrade of Revere. Adelaide was the beloved sister of the late Rosa Gensale and her late husband, Florindo, the late Angela Spinelli and her late husband, Sabatino, the late America Martignetti and her late husband, Carmine, the late Raffaela Cocozza and her husband, Carmine, Giuseppe Martignetti and his wife, Giuseppina and Francesco Martignetti and his wife, Mima. She was the devoted sister-in-law of the late Emanuella Martignetti and her late husband, Ferdinando, Lucia Musto and her late husband, Biaggio, Suora Antonietta Martignetti, the late Ferdinando Martignetti and his late wife, Angela, the late Beniamino Martignetti and his wife, Elena, the late Felice Martignetti and his wife, Palmina and the late Alessandro Martignetti and his wife, Antonietta. Adelaide was also blessed with many nieces, nephews and cousins who she cherished and loved.
Family and friends will honor Adelaide’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Friday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Adelaide’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. For guest book and directions please visit

Henry Ricupero
Self-employed accountant and photographer
Henry D. Ricupero of East Boston died on Jan. 18 at the age of 76.
Henry was a lifelong East Boston resident, a self-employed accountant and photographer and along with his wife, the former proprietor of a small grocery store in East Boston.
He was the beloved husband of the late Andrea Rauseo-Ricupero, devoted father of Ronaldo and his wife, Sevrine Rauseo-Ricupero and Natali Rauseo-Ricupero; loving grandfather of Armenio and Zavier Rauseo-Ricupero, dear brother of Patricia Ann Ricupero and son of the late Henry and Maria Ricupero.
His funeral will be from the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St., new location (at Day Sq.) East Boston on Friday morning, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are Thursday, Jan. 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment private.
At his request, memorial donations to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church would be appreciated. Parking assistance available.

Meghan Ann O’Brien-Pheley
Aug. 29, 1980 – Nov. 15, 2019
Meghan Ann O’Brien-Pheley was an amazing athlete, excelling in basketball, softball and long distance cycling and competed in a marathon, placing very high. Meghan earned a nursing degree from Coconino Community College and was a Registered Nurse. Meghan loved the out of doors. She fly fished the rivers and streams of Montana and Alaska. She hunted, hiked the 6,000 ft. mountains usually alone near Flagstaff, AZ looking for shed antlers, and from childhood her earliest defining words were “Me do it,” and no matter what it was, she wanted to complete things on her own. Meghan was also an accomplished photographer and earned prestige in nature photographs and her photographs literally brought the outside world she loved to vivid reality. 

Meghan left us all too soon, but we will always carry her in a place deep within our hearts.

Meghan is survived by her parents, Kemp Pheley and Maureen O’Brien-Pheley of Southern Oregon; three brothers: Justin Pheley of California; Joshua Pheley and his wife, Amy and their children, Connor and Caleb of Alaska and Kevin Pheley of Southern California; aunts: Katy O’Brien of East Boston, Christina Komadina of Washington, DC, and her uncle, Greg O’Brien of East Boston.

Private family services will be held in Oregon. If you wish to make a donation, please do so in Meghan’s name to the charity of your choosing. 

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