Obituaries 12-16-2020

Ursula Maccaro

One of the First WWII War Brides

Ursula (Wehren) Maccaro of Revere passed away on December 7 at the age of 94.

Ursula was one of the first War Brides in the Boston area coming to Revere in 1947. She met her future husband “Mac,” as he was called, while he was stationed in Berlin. Their story made the Boston Globe when they arrived. Ursula, along with her husband, owned “Tony’s Fruitland” in East Boston from the mid 50’s to the early 80’s. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Born in Berlin, Germany on September 25, 1926 to the late Johann and Gertrude (Wagner) Wehren, she was the beloved wife of 40 years to the late Anthony Maccaro, devoted mother of Peter Maccaro and his wife, Maureen of Dracut, and Maryann Russo and her husband, Stephen of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Michael and his wife. Sharon, Rebecca Maccaro, Kimberly Cash and her husband, William, Jennifer Green and her husband, Joshua, and Stephen Russo Jr. and his wife, Emily; adored great grandmother of Sophia, Audrey, Scarlett, Kyle, Elise and Benjamin. Due to the current spike in COVID-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethany Health Care Center, In care of Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, 97 Bethany Rd, Framingham, MA 01702. For guestbook, please visit 

Elaine Harder

Boston Herald Retiree

Elaine M. (Miles) Harder, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on Dec. 8 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 73 years old.

Elaine loved spending time and going places with her grandson, Timmy. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and playing Bingo. She was a retired employee of the Boston Herald as a switchboard operator for over 20 years.

The beloved daughter of the late A. Frank Miles and A. Lucy (Discenza) Miles, she was the cherished mother of Lauren J. Robinson and her husband, Mark of Millbury, Jennifer J. Buonopane and her companion, Anthony of Derry, NH, Dana M. Harder and his wife, Jessica of Quincy and Darcie L. Harder of East Boston; adored grandmother of Brittany, Kayla, Sydney, Marissa, Bobby, Timmy, Evan, Anthony and Rino; dear sister of Ellen J. Connell and her husband, Dave, Debbie Tassinari and her husband, Thomas, all of East Boston and Cindy F. Homer of Alabama and her late husband, Brian Homer.  She is also lovingly survived by her dear cousin, Bobby Discenza and his wife, Virginia of Minnesota and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Funeral Services were private. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled and announced at a later date. Remembrances may be made to the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128.      

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere, is honored to have assisted the family in completing arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit

Russell Quigley

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Russell J.  Quigley of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on December 11.

Russ had a love of Harleys, he was on the track team at East Boston High School and loved to sing Elvis Presley songs.  He serenaded Anna with “You Are Sincere” on their wedding day. 

He was the beloved husband of Anna (Birkmaier) for 30 years, father of  Brittany, Marissa, Russell Jr. and Phillip; brother of the late Robert and William Quigley, son of the late Helen (Todesco) Quigley-Finno and the late Joseph Quigley, step-son of the late Alfed Finno who had a great influence on his life, half-brother of Alfred Finno, Jr. and is also survived by many nephews.

Visiting hours in the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St [at Day Sq] East Boston today, Wednesday, December 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service at 1 p.m. will be followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Please omit flowers. Donations to aid in the support of his children would be appreciated.  **PLEASE NOTE:  Masks must be worn at all times in the funeral home and at the cemetery.  Social distancing required. Occupancy is limited. Please pay your respects and exit to allow others to enter.

Please feel free to express condolence to the family on our Tribute Page:

John Corrado

World War II US Army Veteran

John E. Corrado of Revere died on December 8 at the age of 98. 

John proudly served his country in the United States Army in WWII.  He was a recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal of Germany.  A member of the V.F.W. Mottolo Post,  John and his wife, Paula were devout parishioners of St. Anthony’s Church where John was a member of the Holy Name Society.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

Born in East Boston on January 25, 1922 to the late Pasquale and Lucy (Fredestefano) Corrado, he was the beloved husband of 60 years to Paula (Fala); devoted father  of John B. Corrado and his wife, Karen of Revere, and Paul Corrado and his wife, Domenica of Lynnfield; dear brother of Joseph P. Corrado and his wife, Ann of Revere and the late Adeline Corrado; cherished grandfather of Christopher and Catherine Corrado; step grandfather to Jamie Hershey and her husband, Jarrod, and Kristin Degou and adored great grandfather of Theodore Harrison and William  Hershey.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St, Revere on Saturday, December 12. Interment followed at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at  For guest book please visit

Helene Edwina Courier

Her Sense of Humor, Contagious Smile and Poetic Moments Are Treasured.

Helene Edwina Courier, 88, of Pine Hill Rd, Berwick, ME died peacefully at home on November 28. 

She was born on November 10, 1932, daughter of Herbert Bolivar and Helen (Mosher) Bolivar.  She married Edward E. Courier III on April 5, 1953 and they were together for a total of 75 years.  She was a devoted wife, best friend and mother.

Helene lived in East Boston until 1994 and was an active member of Grace Church Federated.  You could find her every year at the church fair sharing a table with her best friend for life, Marilyn Ford.  She loved her flower garden in her small back yard and to this day a rose bush still blooms that her father, Herbert Bolivar brought back from the Cape. 

After moving to Berwick, she worshipped at the First Parish United Church of Christ in Somersworth, NH.  She enjoyed camping, crafts and spending time with her family and friends. 

Helene had a kind and caring heart and helped those in need whenever she could.  Her sense of humor, contagious smile and poetic moments are treasured.

She was predeceased by her sister, Ruth Boudreau, son-in-law. Frederick Ross and grandson,

Walter Smith. Helene is survived by her husband, Edward Courier, sister, Margaret Flanagan and sister-in-law, Eleanor Chenevert; her children, Ruth Ross of Wakefield, Edward H. Courier and his wife, Jaynie Courier of East Boston, Lori Smith of Berwick, ME and Cindy Courier of Tewksbury; her grandchildren: Elizabeth Courier, Nathaniel Ross, Meghan Courier, Angelin Ross Cocorochio, Edward Courier Jr., and Emma Smith and three great-grandchildren: Autumn, Abagail and Gregory.

A Celebration of Helene’s Life will be held sometime next year.

Cremation care by Peaslee Funeral Home. To express condolences, please visit:   

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