Obituaries 03-24-2021

Elaine DiSerio

Lifelong Advocate for Children

Elaine V. DiSerio of Revere passed away on March 20.

Elaine had a career in Child Protection with DCF and was a lifelong advocate for children. She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1970 and Tufts University. She loved spending time with family and friends and in her spare time she enjoyed traveling, dancing, and Karaoke.

The devoted mother of Adriana DiSerio of Revere, she was the beloved sister of Joanne McLean and her late husband, John of Revere, Jacqueline “Jackie” Hanson of New Jersey, Catherine “Kiki” Catizone of Lynn, Mary Martin of Chelsea and the late Barbara Weatherly and her husband, Robert of North Carolina; dear lifelong friend of Linda Ciampa of East Boston.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere will be on Wednesday, March 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, unit B-102 Danvers MA, 01923 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at  For guest book, please visit

Corinne Nastasia

Of East Boston

Corinne M. (Roccia) Nastasia died in East Boston on March 17 in her 95th year. 

She was the beloved mother of Lewis “Buzzy” Nastasia and his wife, Peggy of Woburn, Martin Nastasia of New Hampshire and Florida, Carol Vitale and her husband, Ronald of Winthrop, Richard “Rick” Nastasia and his late wife, Nancy of Plymouth, Corinne Nastasia of East Boston and the late Robert Nastasia; sister of William Roccia of Florida, David Roccia and his wife, Maureen of Hamilton and the late Eleanor Turner, Barbara Onchick and Robert Roccia and grandmother of Ronald Jr., Martin Jr., Lewis, Cher, Gara, Amanda and Jenna. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, March 22 in the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

In lieu of flowers, donations in Corinne’s memory to the Tufts Medical Renal Center, 35 Kneeland St., Boston, MA 02111 would be appreciated. Please leave messages of condolence for the family on her Tribute Page at

Philip LaGrassa

Retired Sheet Metal Worker

Philip F. LaGrassa, 89, of East Boston, passed away on March 17. 

Philip was a member of the OTIS Social Club of East Boston. He also participated in the Bowling League with OTIS. He was also a member of the Stadium Softball League. Philip found great joy and fun in playing sports and going to the Casino. He was a sheet metal worker throughout his life. Philip was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

The beloved husband of over sixty-six years to Mary C. LaGrassa (Memmolo), he was the devoted father of Joanne Bottaro and her husband, John, of Londonderry, NH, Jimmy LaGrassa and his late wife, Leonora “Lee” of East Boston, John LaGrassa and his wife, Dawn, of Danvers, Joyce Bedell and her husband, Jonathan of North Reading and Joseph LaGrassa and his wife, Darlene of Revere; dear brother of Marion Burwell of New Hampshire and the late Beatrice, Grace and Frank; cherished grandfather of fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Philip’s name to Saint Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  For more information, please visit

Rosanne Anzuoni

Of East Boston

Rosanne (Sirignano) Anzuoni of East Boston passed away peacefully on March 19. 

The loving daughter of Frances (Vitale) and the late Arthur Sirignano of East Boston, she was the beloved sister of Marie Palumbo and her husband, Nicholas, of Stoneham and Joseph and Richard Sirignano, both of East Boston; adored aunt of Elena Martinez and her husband, Wilfredo, of Revere and Anne Grant and her husband, Keith of Georgetown. She is also survived by nine great nieces, nephews and cousins and by  her uncle, Carmen and aunt, Terry Sirignano. 

Family and friends will honor Rosanne’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, March 24 at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, for a Funeral Mass celebrating Rosanne’s life at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Rosanne being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  All services will be held in accordance to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations. For more information please visit

Rose DeRafina

A Fixture in the East Boston Pace Community, She Will Be Missed by All

Rose M. DeRafina, 89, of East Boston passed away with family by her side due to complications from a long illness on Thursday March 18. At her request, there will be no viewing though the family will hold a memorial service at a place and time to be determined for friends who want to share in her life and memories.

In her lifetime, Rose was driven to be the best she could be, finishing her GED later in life, then achieving an Associate’s Degree from Bunker Hill Community College. She wore many hats, as a mother, sister, and friend. She achieved successes as a Beautician, a Legal Secretary, and a Notary Public and worked in the business end of hotels and travel.

Rose was at times a free spirit, it was not unusual to see her walking all over her beloved East Boston neighborhood. She had a quick wit, strong opinions and a personality that grew on you. With Rose, you always knew where you stood, she never held back for better or worse, but she was always fiercely loyal

to those she considered her friends. She was an avid reader, enjoyed music and the outdoors.

Later in life she was active in the PACE center in East Boston, where she had many friends. She was a fixture at the front door where she could watch the changes in the people in the neighborhood, when she needed something different, she would shift to “poolside” with a select few of her inner circle of loyal friends. Rose has become a fixture in the PACE community, she leaves her friends and family to join her son and brothers and sisters, mother and father, but she will be missed by all.

She is survived by nieces: Debra A (DeMonte) Concannon and her husband, Kevin of Saugus and Joanne

Rapallo of Wildomar, Ca; nephews: Ralph Dell and his wife, Geri of Wildomar Ca and Diana (DeMonte) Pirone and her husband, Patrick of Saugus and many great nieces and nephews.

Rose was preceded in death by her son, Vincent Demonte. She was the youngest of seven and was also preceded in death by brothers: Ralph DeMonte, Matteo DeMonte, Michael DeMonte, Domenic Demonte and

Sisters: Marie Concetta Dell’Ofano and Anna Rapallo. Rose was a longtime companion to Rinaldo Mantini until his passing in 1995.

Richard A. Odoardi

Formerly of East Boston

Richard A. Odoardi, of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston, passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at the age of 90 surrounded by family. Richard was the son of the late Vincent and Rose (DiBenedetto) Odoardi. Beloved husband of Joyce (Manning) Odoardi of Peabody. Loving father of Dennis Odoardi and his wife Cheryl of Revere, Stephen Odoardi and his wife Virginia of FL, Angela Mickunas of CA, Michael Odoardi and his wife Magally of East Boston, Cristina Odoardi of Peabody, Diana Odoardi of Haverhill, and the late Richard D. Odoardi, Anthony Odoardi and his surviving wife Linda of FL, Robert Odoardi and his late wife Janet, and Richie A. Odoardi. Dear brother of the late James and Robert Odoardi, Antionetta DeRosa, Anna Fulchino, Florence Mercurio, Emma Tritto, and survived by his sister in-laws Louise Odoardi and Joan Linatopi. Adored grandfather of Ricky, Katrina, Jennifer, Robert, Anthony, Bryan, Stephani, Bianca, Giana, Skyler, Otto, Christopher, Joseph, Michael, Tanya, Christopher, Bryce, Brady and 13 cherished great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends will honor Richard’s life by gathering at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Wednesday, March 17, from 2 to 6 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. for services to be held in the Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Richard was a proud Union member of the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen Local #3 for 69 Years.

In accordance with state and federal guidelines masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be practiced. Please make your visit brief so that others guests have a chance to pay their respects.

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