Obituaries 02-09-2022

Winifred McDonald

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Winifred M. (Forster) McDonald, 95, of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died February 5 at the Nevins Nursing Center in Methuen.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was born June 18, 1926 to the late Charles D. Winifred L. (Doherty) Forster.

Mrs. McDonald raised her family in Saugus and most recently lived in Lynnfield and Dracut. She had a 40-year working career in various administrative positions at the Suffolk County Private Court, the Saugus General Hospital, Fisher Scientific and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She had also been a soloist at St. Joseph Church in East Boston and St. Margaret’s in Saugus. Mrs. McDonald enjoyed lifetime pleasures of arts and crafts, especially ceramics, attending theater, traveling and most of all, spending time with family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. McDonald, Sr., the loving mother of Barbara A. Green and her husband, Michael of Barrington, RI, Mary C. Berninger and her husband, Thomas of East Boston, Ellen L. Faiella and her Husband, William of Dunstable, and Robert J. McDonald, Jr. and his wife,

Mary Ellen of Lynnfield; the sister of the late Charles D. Forster, Jr. and Charles J. Reagan. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St, Saugus, on Friday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be at ​the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, MA on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Covid restrictions: In accordance with town and church guidelines as well as the wishes of the family, masks are required at the funeral home and church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to National MS Society, PO Box #91891, Washington, D.C. 20090 or to PKU Awareness National PKU Alliance, Inc., 2809 E. Hamilton Ave., #311, Eau Claire, WI 54701.

Frederick Cornetta

Often Seen at Eddie C’s in East Boston

Frederick J. Cornetta of East Boston passed away on February 5. 

The devoted husband of the late Clementina (Leone) Cornetta, he was the beloved father of Lisa McCarthy and her husband, Paul Sr. of Winthrop and Karen Bernabei and her husband, Dennis of New Hampshire; dear brother of the late Rose Cornetta, Raffaela Basile and Hilda Faulkner and cherished grandfather of Paul McCarthy Jr., Dennis Bernabei Jr., Vanessa Bernabei and Michaela McCarthy. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends will honor Frederick’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, Boston on Friday, February 11 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston, for a 11 a.m. mass. Services will conclude with Frederick being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden with his loving wife. 

Frederick was often seen at Eddie C’s in East Boston. He will be missed by all. To leave an online condolence, please visit

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Frederick’s name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923.

Jean Cogliano

Graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1972

Jean M. Cogliano, 67, of Oceanside Avenue East, York Beach, Maine, passed away on Tuesday, February 1 in York Hospital.

She was born January 1, 1955 in Boston, daughter of Mary Lou (Goglia) Cogliano and the late Frank J. Cogliano Sr.

Jean graduated from East Boston High School, class of 1972 where she studied Business Education. By 1976, Jean moved to her permanent location in York Beach, Maine. She had started as a Sales Associate working at the Timberland Outlet in Kittery and then to a Senior Customer Service Specialist for Timberland LLC. in Stratham, NH for many years.

While residing in Maine, her popular phrase became her vanity license plate “HYAHUN”. She made plenty of friends wherever she went including her love to laugh and never ending tan on Long Sands. Besides her plethora of friends, she was very close to her family and dedicated any time available to her four grandnieces which were her enduring world, from sleep overs, attending musicals, playing cards to the little things like picking up assorted rocks. Leaving this last quote to them “I’ll always remember my girls not only my nieces, but my best friends who made me laugh out loud!”

Besides her mother, Mary Lou Cogliano of East Boston, she leaves two brothers, Frank J. Cogliano Jr. and his wife, Eileen of York, ME and Jerry J. Cogliano of East Boston; a nephew Steven Cogliano and his wife, Ashley and their children, Jasmine and Arianna of Wells, Maine and a niece, Jennifer Vieu and her husband, Jeremy and their children, Gianna and Kayleigh of York, Maine.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of her two her top organizations: American Cancer Society or Autism Speaks.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 19 in St. Christopher Church, 4 Barrell Lane, York, Maine.

Interment will be private in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home, York, Maine is directing arrangements. Visit for online condolences.

Mary Roach

Known for her Strength, Will and Compassion

Mary (DeRuosi) Roach, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully on February 4 at the age of 91.

Fondly referred to as “Auntie Mary” by many, Mary devoted her time to her family and friends. She was known for her strength, will and compassion. She enjoyed playing cards with her sister, Dolores, taking walks to Central Square for errands, and gathering with friends. She will be missed by all.
The beloved wife of the late Allan Roach, she was the devoted mother of the late Allan and Joseph Roach, adored aunt and second mother to Salvatore LaMattina and his wife, Lisa, of East Boston, Robert LaMattina of New Hampshire, David LaMattina of New Hampshire, John LaMattina of East Boston, Toni Guaetta of Peabody and Richard DeRuosi of Revere; dear sister of the late Dolores LaMattina, Sue DeRosa and Joseph, Angelo, Richard, David, Salvatore, Anthony, Peter and Sylvester DeRuosi. She leaves behind her granddaughter, great-grandchildren, and many great-nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston on Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m. for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Mary’s life. Services will conclude with Mary being laid to rest with her husband and her son at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to HarborCOV, P.O. Box 505754 Chelsea, MA 02150, in support of survivors of domestic violence and their families. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit or call 617-569-0990.

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