Obituaries 05-31-2023

Eda D’Apolito

Of East Boston

Eda R. D’Apolito of East Boston passed away on May 16.

She was the loving daughter of Pasquale and Eda (DiGiampaolo) D’Apolito and the cherished sister of Rose D’Apolito. 

Family and friends honored Eda’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Tuesday, May 30 for a prayer service in our serenity chapel. Services concluded with Eda being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. To leave an online condolence, visit

Dante Spadoni

Had Long and Distinguished Military and Business Careers

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, June 3, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 10 a.m. for Dante V. Spadoni, who passed away peacefully on May 9, at 95 years of age.

Born in Boston, the son of Antonio and Josephine (Caramello) Spadoni, he was raised in East Boston and attended local schools. In 1945, he was drafted into the United States Army and served during World War II, receiving the Army of Occupation Medal. In 1952, he served overseas in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. Following his honorable discharge, he re-enlisted and continued a military career which spanned over 24 years and included his being awarded Two Purple Hearts.

Towards the end on his career, he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving with the Airforce Military Police.

Dante was the owner and proprietor of Dante Messenger Service located on Federal Street in Boston working with insurance companies and automotive dealers throughout the area. He also owned Winchester

Health Club in Winchester and Fancy Tootsies and The Final Touch in Revere. He worked as an Associate Insurance Broker with Quarantello Insurance Agency in Revere, John Hancock in Boston and most recently with Allianz until his health prevented him from doing so.

He retired to Florida 20 years ago and he enjoyed golfing, cooking, swimming and being active within the community. He donated his time to volunteer at the V.A. Hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was

Past President of the Sons of Italy Chapter in Royal Palm Beach, Florida and was a member of the Italian American War Veterans since 1991. He always loved spending time with family and friends with a glass of red wine.

He will be fondly remembered and missed by all  his family, friends and all  those whose lives he touched over the years. To send online condolences, please visit         

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals.

Paul Bartlett

US Postal Service Retiree and US Naval Veteran of WWII

Paul A. Bartlett passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, May 23, at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea. He was 101 years old.

He was born on August 1st, 1921 in Boston and was raised in Revere.

The son of the late Edith (Di’Ambri) Bartlett and the late George Bartlett.

Paul attended  the Revere schools, joined the C.C.C. camps and then later joined the U.S. Navy in August of 1942 during WWII. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and volunteered at the V.A. in Jamaica Plain for 15 years. He was a fan of baseball and enjoyed the sport of fishing.

The beloved husband of the late Mary Katherine (Ferrante) Bartlett and father of Richard P. Bartlett and his wife, Leticia Bartlett of East Boston, the late Paul J. Bartlett and the late Patrick Bartlett; cherished grandfather of Victoria Hirsh, Renee Bartlett, Richard Bartlett and Joseph Bartlett; brother of the late Albert, George and Edith Bartlett. Paul is also survived by his three great-grandchildren.

Paul will be laid to rest at the National Military Cemetery in Bourne, MA.

Services will be held at a later date.

In Paul’s memory, donations can be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, #2601, Boston, MA 02108.

Ann DiFeo

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Ann (Piscitelli) DiFeo, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on May 26 surrounded by her loving family.

The loving daughter of the late Michael and Angela (Catina) Piscitelli, she was the beloved wife of Carmine DiFeo, treasured mother of Paul DiFeo and his wife, Kelli of East Boston, Felicia A. DiFeo of Revere, her adopted son, Dino C. Manca of Revere and the late Carmen and Michael DiFeo; cherished Nana of Matthew and his girlfriend, Wendy, Stephanie and her boyfriend, Paul, Anthony and his girlfriend, Rachel, Sean and Kayli; Great Nana of Nicholas; dear sister of Lucy Intonti and her late husband, Gerald of Reading and Angela Ferrera and her late husband, Salvatore of East Boston.  She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends, Michael Regnetta and Jamie Wolowicz.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, June 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the J.S. Waterman Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., North End. Complimentary valet parking attendants at front door.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston.  PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.  Services will conclude with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 313 Washington St., Suite 310, Newton, MA 02458.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit:

Helen Leach

Of East Boston

Helen J. (Larkin) Leach in East Boston on May 22.

The beloved wife of the late Donald J. Leach Sr., she was the mother of Deborah Serino and her husband, Thomas of Wilmington, Linda Henry and her husband Daniel, Donald J. Leach Jr. and Rhonda Leach, all of East Boston; grandmother of Jason, Kyle, Matthew and Amie Serino, Daniel Henry Jr. and his wife, Melissa, Kayla and Connor Henry, great-grandmother of Isabella Henry and sister of the late William Larkin.

Helen’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, May 26 in the Sacred Heart Church.  Donations in Helen’s memory to VNA Hospice would be appreciated.  Please leave messages of condolence for her family on her Tribute Page at

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