Obituaries 12-23-2020

Michael Armata

Longtime Northeast District Manager for Adidas

Michael C. Armata, of Manhattan, formerly of East Boston, passed away suddenly on December 14 at the age of 32. 

Michael was a graduate of Savio Prep Class of ‘06 and a long time Northeast District Manager for Adidas. His smile could light up a room and his laugh was contagious. He will be missed by all. 

The beloved son of Michael and Andrea (Lewis) Armata of East Boston, he was the dear brother of Nicole Armata and Nick Surrette of East Boston and Matthew Armata and his fiancé, Kristine of Chelsea; cherished grandson of the late Anne and John Armata and William and Alberta Lewis; adored nephew of Joanne Sandow and the late Joan Lewis and John “Jay” Armata; devoted uncle of Chris, Cameron, Nicholas and Skylar and loving cousin of Jennifer and Matt Baiungo. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends. 

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Michael was laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. To leave an online condolence, visit: www.ruggieromh.com.

Carmen Mario

He leaves behind many people who he loved and who will always love him

Carmen Mario, 82, of Peabody died from COVID December 14.

Carmen moved to Peabody from East Boston in 1962 with Phyllis Mario to build the successful Carmen Mario Hair Salon and Sock it To Me restaurant.  Carmen (aka Mario) and his salon have been a Peabody institution for 57 years. 

He was a generous donor and sponsor of many city youth and high school sports including a women’s softball league and the creator of the hockey team fashion show. Carmen retired in 2018.

Carmen was a skilled single and multi-engine pilot. His real passion was flying and teaching students out of the Beverly Airport. Due to his health, he stopped flying in 2019 but diligently continued his certifications in hopes that he could fly again. 

Carmen was a strong believer in education and loved to learn.  He was a self-taught flutist and had an immense appreciation for the arts, Italian culture and world history.  Born into an Italian immigrant family, he worked hard at his trade, enjoyed cooking and loved a good wine. 

 Happiness for Mario was his family.  He leaves behind many people whom he loved and will always love him, Phyllis Mario, son, Stephen Carmen Mario, daughter Sandra Mario-Williams and her husband, Rob Williams. Clayton and Bretton Williams, his grandsons, were Carmen’s ultimate joy. He treasured their affection and above all else, was extremely proud of them. A love for golden retrievers melted his heart; Brody the family dog will miss him, too. 

 Also surviving is Carmen’s brother, Anthony Mario and Josie, his wife; their children: Carmen, Michelle, Christine, Al and the late Toni of Lynn; nieces and nephews of his late brother, Christy Mario include Joe, Maryann, Michael, Cathy, Martin and Christy of East Boston and the late Teresa Pittella and her children, Billy and Bobby. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Adelaides Church, 712 Lowell Street, Peabody on Monday January 4 at 10:30 a.m. to honor his memory. 

Frances DeSantis

She will be truly missed by all who knew her

Frances (DePaolo) DeSantis of Revere passed away surrounded by her loving family on December 15 at the age of 89. 

Frances was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1949 and went on to graduate from Fisher Junior College. She was a homemaker who took great pride in raising her three children and later on her grandchildren. She enjoyed bowling, loved to travel and will be truly missed by all who knew her. 

Born in Chelsea on April 19, 1931 to the late Anthony and Lena (Belmonte), she was the devoted mother of Joseph DeSantis of Revere, Janice DeSantis and her longtime companion, Rob McPherson  of Chelsea and James DeSantis of Revere; cherished grandmother of Joseph DeSantis Jr. and his wife, Erin, John, Jenae and Rachael DeSantis and adored great grandmother of Lola Bartlett. She is also lovingly survived by many cousins.

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 in 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 alz.org.  For guestbook please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Nancy Cassetta

Beloved wife for 40 years

Nancy (Melchionda) Cassetta of Revere passed away on December 16 at the age of 96.

Born in Revere on July 2, 1924 to the late Michael and Carmelinda (Sarnecharo), she was the beloved wife for 40 years of the late Santo, devoted mother of Diane Iovanna and Ronald of Plymouth, cherished grandmother of David Iovanna and Tara of Plymouth, Greg Iovanna and Jessica of Duxbury and Steven Iovanna and Erin of Plymouth and adored great grandmother of Emily, Francesca, Gabby, Stella, and Abby.

She will be truly missed by all who knew her.

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 Holy Cross Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit  www.buonfiglio.com.

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