Obituaries 01-26-2021

Miguel Marrero

He Fought a Courageous Battle

Miguel Marrero, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday, January 21 at the age of 61. He fought a courageous battle.  

Miguel was a jack of all trades and a talented master carpenter for over 40 years.  He will be remembered as a beautiful soul, loving husband and devoted father and friend to all.  His big heart, generosity and charismatic personality will be missed by many. 

Cherished and devoted son to Maria Del Carmen Vega and the late Johnny Marrero.

He was the beloved husband of Alessandra (Gaeta) Marrero with whom he shared 25 years of marriage; cherished and devoted son to Maria Del Carmen Vega; loving father to Christina Marrero, Michelle Casey, Michael Marrero and Nicholas Marrero; dear brother to Juan Marrero of Brockton and Jose Perez of Florida; doting nephew to Hermina and the late Benjamin Vega; adored son in law to Martha Gaeta; dearest brother in law to Regina, Derek, Gerard, Dante and Jessica; loved and admired uncle to Stephanie, Gabriella, Isabella and Derek; cherished grandfather of Ava and Kieran Casey and Zoey Marie Marrero. He is also lovingly survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Miguel’s bigger than life personality will never be forgotten for those who knew and loved him. 

Family and friends will honor Miguel’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. on Thursday, January 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston for an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Miguel’s life. Services will conclude with Miguel being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the goFundMe page set up for his son: For Nicholas #autismspeaks at the following link: https:/ For more information please visit

Nicholas Joseph Gaudino

Retired Troubleshooter for Boston Edison

Nicholas Joseph Gaudino of East Boston, formerly of Florida and Maine, passed away on January 20 surrounded by his loving family.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, Nick worked for the Boston Edison Company for 37 years as a troubleshooter and was a member of the Local Union 387. He was also a past member of the Winthrop Elks and the American Legion Post in Florida.  Nick enjoyed time spent with friends in both Maine and Florida. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the beloved husband of Loretta Buda of East Boston, loving son of the late Joseph and Anna (Colagiovanni) Gaudino, dear brother of Susanne Ruggiero and her late husband, Robert and the late Elissa Blakley and her surviving husband, Sylvester, adored brother-in law of Kathy Giacobbi and her husband, Frank and Stephanie Dangoia and cherished uncle of Anna Louise Ruggiero, Robert Ruggiero and his wife, Anna Maria, Nicholas, Matthew, Danielle Dangoia and her wife, Kelly, Candice, Nicole, Michael  and Brian Dangoia.

In accordance with the family’s wishes, all services are private.

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Mark Christopher

Employed by the City of Boston Traffic Lighting Division for more than 40 years and Member of Orient Heights Yacht Club for over 50 years

Mark R. Christopher of Plymouth, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Saturday, January 15 at 70 years of age. 

Mark was employed by the City of Boston – Traffic Lighting Division for 40 years. He was also a member of the Orient Heights Yacht Club in East Boston for over 50 years.

He was the beloved husband of Eileen M. (Goglia) Christopher; loving son of Alice Christopher and her late husband, Gerald; devoted father of Mark Jr. , Jason and his wife, Amanda and Justin and his loving companion, Naomi, all of  Plymouth; dear brother of Allyn Christopher and David Christopher and his wife, Marilyn; cherished grandfather of Julian, Charlotte, and Violet and treasured step-grandfather of Noah and Julia. 

Family and friends will honor Mark’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston for a memorial visitation on Sunday, January 30 from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. 

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Dorothy Merullo

Staple at E. Boston High School Jets Games and East Boston High School Food Service Worker

Dorothy (Kelly) Merullo of East Boston passed away on January 19.

Dorothy was the devoted wife of Carmine J. Merullo for 70 years. Together, they raised five sons and were lifelong residents of E. Boston. Dorothy was a proud mother, grandmother, and member of the community. She was a staple at E. Boston High School Jets games and a familiar face in the halls of E. Boston High School and as a food service worker.  Dorothy was happiest spending time in Gloucester, surrounded by her family and holding a glass of Crown Royal. 

The loving daughter of the late John L. and Margaret A. (Thornton) Kelly, she was the beloved wife of the late Carmine J. Merullo for 70 years; devoted mother of John K. and significant other, Debroh Roberto and, Robert M., all of East Boston, Leo A. and Michele of Peabody, Peter V. and Suzanne of Winchester, and Michael J. and Susanne of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Christopher Merullo, Sharna Sullivan, Shanee Masciulli, Katelyn Noble, Alyssa Bicchieri, Shaylyn Merullo, Jaclyn Merullo, Arianna Merullo, Meaghan Merullo, Christina Merullo, Erica Merullo and Lauren Merullo and cherished great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren; dear sister of the late John, Edward and Ruth A. and most beloved aunt among countless nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends honored Dorothy’s life by gathering at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop and services concluded with Mrs. Merullo being laid to rest with her beloved husband Carmine at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Dorothy’s name to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134, 1-866-731-2673 ext. 387, or email at  [email protected]. Donations can also be made online through the foundation’s website: For more information please visit

Catherine Strazzula

Of East Boston

Catherine “Katie” (Argiro) Strazzula of East Boston passed away on January 19. 

Catherine was 25 year resident of  the Victory Garden in East Boston where she started Bingo.

The beloved wife of the late Vincent “Jimmy” Strazzula, she was the devoted mother of Kathy Vitello and her husband, Carl of Lynn and Karen Buttiglieri and her husband, Jimmy of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Michael Gaetak loving aunt of JoAnn Palermo, dear sister of Vicki DeLuca and Joseph Argiro and the late Teresa Palermo, Marion Gingola and Jane Torname; adored sister in law of Marie LoVuolo and John Strazzulla and the late Marie Strazzulla and Rose Klein. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends will honor Catherine’s life by gathering at the Sacred Heart Parish, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston on Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Catherine being laid to rest at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Boston Senior Home Care, 89 South Street Suite #501, Boston MA 02111,  For more information, please visit 

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