Obituaries 01-12-2022

Maria Virginia Isaak

101 Years Young

Maria Virginia (Castillo) Isaak passed away on January 3. She was 101 years young.

The cherished daughter of Maria Albelo and Mercedes Castillo, she was born in Córdoba, Argentina, lived in Buenos Aires and was a long-time resident of Winthrop and East Boston.

She was married to the late Liebmann Isaak and was the adored loving mother of Virginia Leonor Isaak and Liliana Isaak Snyder and her husband, Thomas J. Snyder, Jr.; the adored abuela of Nicholas Isaak Snyder of East Boston and Jonathan Snyder and sister of Nilo Castillo. She was predeceased by three brothers: Alfonso, Nicolas and Francisco and a sister, Elisa Castillo, all of Argentina and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

In Argentina, she was a nurse, a nurse anesthetist and had other diplomas in the medical field. Throughout her life, she loved classical music and tango and enjoyed time spent with family and friends singing and dancing. She read everything and anything that she came across. She liked traveling.  She especially loved eating specially ice cream and empanadas. She had the kindest loving heart, a very positive attitude, was very generous and was always smiling. May she be at peace in the company of her dear family and friends who have gone before her. God bless you dear Mami, you have always been our angel. We love you very much, you will be forever in our hearts.

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Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. 

Richard Mangiafico

Of Medford, formerly of East Boston

Richard “Ricky,” “Mungi,” Mangiafico of Medford, formerly of East Boston, passed away on January 3.

The beloved father of Tiffany Colon and her husband, David of Winthrop, he was the loving son of the late Sebastian and Grace (Ciampa) Mangiafico and cherished brother of Maria Mangiafico and the late Paul Mangiafico. Arrangements are under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston, MA 02128. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Salvatore Ferrera, Jr.

Papa Was His Greatest Title, He Will Be Missed Dearly

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral of Salvatore Anthony Ferrera, Jr., 82, today, January 12 at 10 a.m. at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere followed by a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Please wear a face mask throughout the services.

On Friday, January 7, 2022, Salvatore Anthony Ferrera Jr., loving and devoted husband of 60-years, cherished father of three, proud grandfather to five, and great grandfather of four, passed away with his loved ones by his side. He was 82 years old. It was his family that gave him the strength to battle through his adversity in life, with class, dignity and respect, always trying to dothe right thing to benefit his family. He was quick to offer a ride to school or work, lend an ear to anyone’s troubles and offer advice or tell a joke to put a smile on his grandchildren’s faces.

He served honorably in the United States Army National Guard for three years. After his service to his country, Salvatore went on to become a baker, earning a degree in Culinary Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. After earning his degree, he went on to teach Culinary Arts at Minute Man Technical Institute in Lexington. He continued in his professional, decorated career at Boston College, where he served as a Supervisor in the Bakery Department.

Being the worker that he was, after retiring from his passion in baking, he went on to continue working as a Shuttle Bus Driver at Embassy Suites Boston.

In his free time, Salvatore enjoyed reading the newspaper, playing on his phone and computer, spending quality time with his family and pets and enjoyed having weekly dinners at Kellys Pub in East Boston, where everyone knew him. One of his best joys was playing with his K-9 companion, Mea, his “little girl.” Salvatore was the son of the late Salvatore Ferrera Sr. and Angelina (Festa) Ferrera of East Boston and raised by the late Stella Spinale of East Boston. He is survived by his loving wife, Angela (Piscitelli) Ferrera of East Boston, the loving and proud father of Michael Salvatore Ferrera, Sr., and his late wife, Dina (Coccimiglio) Ferrera of Revere, Angela Frangolini and her husband, Pat Frangolini of East Boston and Lisa Ferrera August and her husband, Paul August of East Boston. He is further survived by his brother, Dominic

Ferrera of California and sister, Jo Zakarin and her husband, Keith of Maine; treasured Papa to five grandchildren: Michael Jr., Christopher, Angela, Nicole and Amanda and her fiancé, Ryan and is also survived by three great grandchildren: Clayton, Leo and Noah.

Salvatore is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Papa joins his departed great grandchild, Riley, and sister, Alberta Ferrera in Heaven.

Papa, his greatest title, will be missed dearly.

At the family’s request, please omit flowers.

Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. To send online condolences, please visit

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and directions of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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