Obituaries 04-17-2024

Analia “Sally” Pagliuca

Devoted Mother and Grandmother

Analia M. “Sally” Pagliuca, of East Boston passed away suddenly on April 15 at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, surrounded by her loving family.

Sally was born in the Azores, Portugal, on April 21, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Elias Travassos and Mary Mello (Lundstrom) Travassos. Sally and her family moved to the United States in 1948, settling in Cambridge.

Sally later moved to East Boston to start her family with her former husband, Anthony Pagliuca. She was a devoted mother and grandmother to her three sons and five grandchildren. Sally enjoyed sewing, knitting, and making her own clothing. Most importantly, she loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

She was the devoted mother of Mark Pagliuca and Victor Pagliuca, both of Winthrop and Paul Pagliuca and his wife, Kerri of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Nykole Pagliuca of Tewksbury, and Allison, Jennifer, Ashley and Joseph Pagliuca, all of Lynnfield; dear sister of Elias Travassos and his wife, Jan of Hudson, NH and the late Edward Travers and Allan Travassos and his wife, Lorraine. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and her former sister-in-law, Madeline Reyes.

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Thursday, April 18th, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere. At the conclusion of visiting hours, there will be a brief prayer service. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to MGH CAA Research.

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

Anthony “Tony” Maio

He Will Always Be Remembered as a Hardworking, Humble Family Man With a Great Sense of Humor

Family and Friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, April 26, from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere for Anthony “Tony” Maio, of East Boston, who died at his home in Orient Heights following a most courageous battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Interment will be private.

Tony was born in Boston on May 25, 1942, to his late parents, Frank Maio and Anna (Carbone) Maio. Tony was one of six children who began his younger days in Winthrop before settling in East Boston. Tony was raised and educated in East Boston. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Tailor. As a young man, he worked alongside his father and began to master the skillful trade. He eventually went on his own and worked all of his life as a tailor and dry cleaner. Tony also operated at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home at “the Tailor Shop” which was his business and spanned over 40 years. Tony loved his garden and was most proud of his tomatoes. He also loved to play his guitar and sing.

Tony married his wife, Christine (Canney) of OHEB on November 6, 1966 and they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Tony and his wife remained in East Boston where they began their family having a son and daughter. He will always be remembered as a hardworking, humble family man with a great sense of humor.

He was the adoring father of Attorney Anthony M. Maio and his wife, Alison Booth – Maio of Sunderland, MA and Alyson (Maio) Federico and her husband, John of Orient Heights East Boston. He is the proud and cherished grandfather of Army Specialist PFC Gianna Federico, Caitlin Maio, Anthony Federico and Evan Maio. He was the dear brother of the late Louis Maio, Ralph Maio, Esther Gualtieri, Michael Maio and Rosemarie Mazzone. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, Revere.

Corinne Jean Corbett

She Loved and Cared for Everyone, Especially Her Family

Corrine Jean Corbett of East Boston passed away on April 11, 2024.  Corrine was a long time former employee at Spotless and Frankie’s Cleaners in East Boston. She was a social butterfly who loved and cared for everyone, especially her family. Corrine was the heart and soul of the family and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

The loving daughter of the late Joseph and Gertrude (Tiffany) DiStefano, she was the beloved mother of Jodi Spolsino and her late husband, Peter Pelosi of Revere, Tammie Ambrosino and her husband, Frankie of Saugus, and Tracie Corbett-Donovan of Malden and former spouse Michael Portrait, Sr. of Medford; dear sister of Robert DiStefano and his wife, Anne of Revere, Claire Sparks and her husband, Nick Spolsino of Saugus, Gail DiStefano and her husband, Ray Cosby of Malden, the late William DiStefano and numerous loving nephews and nieces. She was the adored grandmother of Shane Corbett and his wife, Cassie, Keah Tillman, Destiny Morgan, Michael Portrait, Jr., Shealynn Spolsino, Kaylee Morgan and the late Vanessa Gail Morgan and the cherished great grandmother of fourteen.

Family and friends will honor Corrine’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston today, Wednesday, April 17th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Committal services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Corrine’s name to the American Cancer Society.  Rest in peace our sweet and forever angel!

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Marion Femia

Her Life Was Defined by Unwavering Love and Devotion to Her Family

Marion A. Femia, a cherished member of the East Boston community, formerly of Brookline, passed away on April 9, 2024.

 Born on August 4, 1923, in Boston, Marion was the beloved daughter of Joseph and Victoria (Cocenza) Femia. Marion’s life was defined by her unwavering love and devotion to her family. She was the loving mother of John and his wife, Mary-Ellen and Zani Nicolopoulos of Melrose. Marion was also a dear sister to the late Mary “Dolly” Hitchcock, Joseph Femia, Nicholas Femia and Charles “Chickie” Femia. Her legacy lives on through the many nieces and nephews she leaves behind, each of whom was touched by her kindness and generosity. 

Family and friends will honor Marion’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston, today, Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Parish, East Boston, for a Funeral Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Marion being laid to rest at Winthrop Cemetery, Cross Street, Winthrop. 

Marion was a life-long parishioner of St. Lazarus Parish in East Boston and was a long-time employee of the Logan Airport Hilton, where she developed friendships with colleagues and guests alike. Marion’s memory will be cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She was a warm, fun-loving, compassionate person, with an unrivaled zest for life. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the love of her family and the comforting embrace of her faith.

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Thomas Farrell

An Extraordinary Man Who Braved the World

A Memorial Funeral Service was celebrated in the First Congregational Church of Revere for longtime member, devoted volunteer, and friend, Thomas W. Farrell, who died on Tuesday, March 26 at the Kaplan Family  Hospice in Danvers following a long illness. He had just celebrated his 76th birthday on March 14.

Tom was born, raised and educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1967. Tom was an extraordinary man who braved the world while afflicted with Cerebral Palsy from birth. This did not slow him down in any manner. He still pursued and lived his life every day. He had strong convictions, will and incredible faith.

Tom married his sweetheart and best friend, Barbara (Butler) on July 12, 1987. The couple lived in Revere and Winthrop and then settled in East Boston. Tom was a custodian for the Boston Public Schools, and was very well liked by his peers, teachers, and most of all, the students.

Tom was a character and his always smiling face made it very easy for him to make friends quickly. He was a man who enjoyed fishing and especially liked planning fishing trips in various areas of New England with his nephews.

He was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church in Revere and loved his church friends and family. He was a committed volunteer for years at the First Congregational Food Pantry and assisted in any way possible. His memory will live on with the many people he met each week.

He was a devoted and loving husband for 36 years to Barbara A. (Butler) Farrell of East Boston, the beloved son of the late Francis J. “Frank” Farrell, Sr. and Mary J. (O’Brien) Farrell, dear brother of the late Francis J. “Chickie” Farrell, Jr. He is survived by his sister Anne and her husband, John of Arizona, as well as by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

To honor his memory, please make a donation in Tom’s memory to the First Congregational Food Pantry, 230 Beach St., Revere, MA  02151. 

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

Patricia Sullivan

An Incredibly Hard Working Woman Who Loved To Shop and Never Passed Up a Good Deal

Patricia L. (Nerpouni) Sullivan of East Boston passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 28. She was 70 years old.

Born January 23, 1954, Patti grew up in Cambridge before moving to Rockville, CT when she was 13. She made her way back to Massachusetts in her early 20’s and met Sully while working at KLH. The two married in 1981 and were together 38 years when Sully passed in December of 2014. He was the love of her life.

Incredibly hardworking, Patti spent 32 years at Boston Water and Sewer Commission and 25 years at Home Depot before retiring from both.  Patti loved to shop and never passed up a good deal. You could often find her browsing the aisles of TJMaxx/HomeGoods and the Christmas Tree Shop when she got off work at Home Depot. When not working or shopping, Patti enjoyed spending time with friends and family, soaking up the sun at the pool in Winthrop or at the beach (her happy place), and watching westerns. 

The beloved wife of the late Donald (Sully), Patti is survived by her daughters, Jody Yeskey (Ben), Dawn Cronin (Paul), and April Blake; proud ‘Nana’ to Josh, PJ, Dean, Michael, Joey, Will and Tom; loving sister and sister-in-law to the late Margaret (Peggy) Shellmer, Michael Smith (Linda), Joe Sgro (Michelle), Maria Flaherty, Tony Sgro (Noreen), Phyllis DeZenzo, Sandra Sullivan and Mary Chrisom and cherished ‘Auntie’ to her many nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends will celebrate Patti’s life by gathering Saturday, April 20th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. 

In honor of Patti, and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more information please visit

Ann Marie Cuozzo

Retired Office Worker Who Enjoyed Travel and Spending Time With Her Family

Family and friends attended Visiting Hours on Monday, April 15 in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere for Ann Marie (Sistillio) Cuozzo, who passed away on April 8 at 84 years old. A Funeral Service was conducted in the funeral home, during the visitation and interment will be held privately.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Antonette (DiGiacomo) Sistillio. She was raised in East Boston where she attended local schools. She entered the workforce at a young age and began working for Cappizio Shoe, a manufacturer of ballerina shoes located in Boston. She began working in the factory and eventually worked her way up the ranks to an office position. Her career there spanned 20 years. She later found employment working for the Law Offices of Foley, Hoag and Elliot, a large law office in Boston where she enjoyed another 20 plus year career operating the switchboard. She retired about 10 years ago.

Ann Marie and her husband lived in East Boston and later moved to Revere. They took residency in Winthrop 10 years ago. Ann Marie enjoyed spending time with her family and especially loved to travel with her husband. The couple took every opportunity to travel and share wonderful experiences together.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph T. Cuozzo of Winthrop and the cherished sister of the late Theresa “Chickie” Iannarone and her husband, Leonard, Louise LaGrasta, Olga Annese, Florence DiBello and Irene, Fred, John, Peter and Frank Sistillio, Jr. She was also the dear sister-in-law of Dorothy “Dottie” Cuozzo and the late John Cuozzo.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.       

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

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