Obituaries 08-12-2020

Bernardine Joslin

Active in the East Boston Community

Bernardine Joslin of East Boston passed away on August 6.

Bernardine was a member of the Paris Street Community Council, Piers PAC and a past member of the Land Use Council and Eastie Pride Day. She was also a member of many other neighborhood organizations. 

She was the loving sister of Mary Lou Screnci and her husband, Dennis Sr. of Peabody and the late Patricia Aguiar, cherished aunt of Tracy Ann Bisson, Damien Aguiar, Dennis Screnci Jr., Dante Screnci and Dominic Screnci and is also survived by many loving great nieces, nephews and friends. 

Family and friends honored Bernardine’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston on Monday August 10 and again on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church for a mass celebrating Bernardine’s life. Services concluded with Bernardine being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. May she rest in peace. 

Due to her dedication to East Boston and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to an East Boston charity of your choice.  

All services were held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit www.ruggieromh.com. 

Ann Matarazzo

Of East Boston

Ann M. Matarazzo of East Boston passed away on Thursday, August 6. 

The beloved wife of the late Edward Matarazzo, she was the devoted mother of Robert and Lisa Matarazzo, dear sister of Eileen White and cherished grandmother of Christopher, Elena, Nicholas and Emily. 

Family and friends honored Ann’s life by gathering at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, for a graveside service on Saturday, August 8. May she rest in peace.

For more information or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Susan DiGregorio

She Embraced and Cherished All of Life’s Gifts

On August 11, 1945 our beloved Susan was born in Boston and introduced to the world as Susan Beth Stolman, daughter of Albert and Ruth Stolman, and younger sister of Marjorie (Stolman) Alberti.

Susan’s roots began in Boston in The West End (Beacon Hill) and Dorchester, where she had a unique diverse upbringing and made tight knit friends that lasted a lifetime.

She moved to the beach with her family and graduated from Revere High School with the class of 1963, where she jumped right in with the in-crowd — bonding with girlfriends who became instant “sisters” — all of them sharing and celebrating life together for nearly 60 years.

At age 25 she fell in love with David DiGregorio, who she nicknamed “Greg,” eloping five months later. They had two beautiful daughters, Marcy DiGregorio — a Registered Dietitian living in California; and Amy DiGregorio — a jeweler and handbag designer living in Santa Barbara. They moved to Stoneham, where Susan lived for 25 years, and then retired to Naples, Florida.  Living life to the fullest, she and her husband of 42 years took their last trip together, a Mediterranean cruise, before he became very ill and passed away. A couple of years later Susan reunited with Ernie, her high school sweetheart.

Susan worked in Boston for her father’s print shop, Stolman Printing; spent the majority of her career as a typesetter for the Stoneham Independent; and worked for Northeast Airlines which afforded many travel opportunities all over the world before getting married — she did the tango in Buenos Aires, shopped in London, and took her parents on a tour all around Israel. One of Susan’s favorite roles was being a Mother. A natural caregiver always offering her advice and doing everything she possibly could for her daughters with endless love. She always made sure they never had to ask for a thing throughout her lifetime — she selflessly gave, it was just her way. She spoke so proudly of the confident, successful daughters she raised, and they often let her know she was their biggest hero.

Susan had a strong appreciation for the arts. Being very artistic herself, she especially loved to paint. She embraced and cherished all of life’s gifts.

We are heartbroken to lose one of the world’s finest, kindest, funniest, most generous and loyal and gorgeous souls anyone could ever wish to meet. We miss her immensely.

Susan’s final hours were spent with her immediate family — her two daughters, Marcy and Amy; and her sister, Margie. They reminisced with stories, sang songs, laughed, cried, kissed, hugged, held hands, said their final thank yous and goodbyes…until Susan took her final breath, soaring off with an abundance of Love into her next Big Life…

Susan’s ashes will be scattered, upon her request, with those of her late husband and with her parents. Due to Covid-19 we will be holding off on her Celebration of Life (for now) and will keep friends and family posted as soon as we have more freedom to honor her memory — even if it takes a year or more, it will happen.

Donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Eastern Divisional Headquarters, 440 West Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994 or by going to  salvationarmyusa.org. For guest book please visit  www.buonfuiglio.com

Nancy Ciampi

Of Haverhill, formerly of East Boston

Nancy G. Ciampi of Haverhill, formerly East Boston, passed away on Sunday, August 9. 

The beloved wife of the late Carmen D. Ciampi, she was the devoted mother of Carmen Ciampi and his wife, Diane of East Boston, Paula DiFrancesco and her husband, Michael of Haverhill and the late Phyllis McGuirk; dear sister of Patricia Marciello of Revere and the late Santos DiMattia; cherished grandmother of Ray, Carmen, and Tiana and great-grandmother of Angelina. She is also survived by many loving cousins. 

All services will be private. In accordance with the family’s wishes and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Nancy’s name to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. For more information or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Anthony Santosuosso

His Family Meant the World to Him

Anthony Santosuosso of East Boston passed away on Saturday, August 8.

Anthony was a graduate of East Boston High School – Class of 1999. He loved to play hockey and was an avid fan of the Bruins, always watching their games with his son and dad. He also loved watching his son play sports. Anthony was always making people laugh. His family meant the world to him.

The beloved son of Mary Savage of East Boston and the late Anthony Santosuosso, he was the devoted father of Anthony Cali of East Boston and his mother, Alycia Cali, dear brother of David Savage of East Boston cherished grandson of Josephine Santosuosso and the late Anthony, Alice Pellar and Frank Savage and the treasured nephew of Carmella Mattera, Phyllis Camarca-Christian and Joseph Santosuosso. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Anthony’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Monday, August 17 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston, for a Funeral Mass celebrating Anthony’s life at 11 a.m. Committal services will be private. All services will be held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Face coverings are required to be worn in the funeral home and social distancing measures are encouraged.

In accordance with the family’s wishes and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses. For more information please visit  www.ruggieromh.com or call 617-569-0990.

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