Obituaries 03-04-2010

Ann Gianturco

Retired Registered Nurse

Ann R. (Marino) Gianturco RN of Chelsea, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on February 26. She was 95 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. Nicholas D. Giantruco with whom she shared 51 years of marriage. She was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1932 and received her RN from Medfield State Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at the East Boston Relief Station on Porter Street and at the Revere Memorial Hospital. She married Dr. Gianturco in 1941 and worked at his home office on Garfield Avenue in Chelsea and as the school nurse at the Shurtliff School in Chelsea until she was 76 years old.

Private funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza Funeral Homes. She was buried with her husband in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book:


Wilson Jiminez

East Boston resident

Wilson Jiminez of East Boston, formerly Puerto Rico, died on February 26.

He was the beloved husband of Rhonda ( Zenga ) Jiminez; loving father of Wilson Morales of Waltham, Jason Morales of Framingham, David Jiminez and Toni Marie Small, both of East Boston; cherished son of Marcella Cruz Jiminez; dear brother of Nancy, Alba, Jose, Miguel, Israel, Magdalena, Beba and the late Martha and Anibal.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was private. For guest book, please visit:


Patricia Goglia

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Patricia "Patty" (Guarino) Goglia of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on February 26.

The beloved wife of John J. Goglia with whom she shared 44 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Marissa Rozenski and her husband, Roman, of Maine, Michele DaFonte and her husband, Mario, and Maria DaFonte, all of Milton; cherished daughter of the late Michael and Antonette (Lomanno) Guarino and John and Margaret (Frazier) Goglia; dear sister of Rosemarie Spaziani and her husband, Joe, of Saugus and Joan Simonelli of Revere and her late husband, Carmen; cherished grandmother of Teressa and Johnny Rozenski, Mario, Natalia, Patrice, Alexa and Brendan DaFonte.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. For directions and guest book.


Pamela Chipman

Winthrop resident

Pamela Chipman passed away at her Winthrop home after a long battle with cancer. She was 58 years old.

She leaves behind her devoted daughter, Shawna Chipman; her beloved grandson, Christian Chipman, who was under her care for the past nine years; her mother and stepfather, Rena and Martin Durant; her brother, Kenneth Chipman and his wife, Cindy; her niece, Janelle Chipman; her aunt, Earlene Matheson, and her cousins. She was the mother of the late Melissa, sister of the late Jeffrey and daughter of the late Ralph Chipman of Florida.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Saturday, March 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited.


Nicholas Caruso

Member of Mohawk Athletic Club, Moose and Sons of Italy

Nicholas J. Caruso of Revere, formerly East Boston, died on February 26.

He was a member of the Mohawk Athletic Club, Revere Moose and Revere Sons of Italy.

He was the beloved husband of Denise (DiCino) Caruso with whom he shared 35 years of marriage; loving father of Vanessa and Gina Caruso, both at home; cherished son of Josephine (Zichittella) Caruso of Lynn and the late Nicholas; son in-law of Charles DiCino of Revere and the late Marie ( Minerva) DiCino; dear brother of Frederick Caruso and his wife, Roberta, of Florida and Pamela Granese and her husband, Joseph, of Marblehead; brother in-law of Charles DiCino and his wife, Marie, of Salem; uncle of John Caruso, Karen Correnti and Joseph Granese.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Davenport 9 Oncology Suite, Salem Hospital, 154 Highland Ave Salem, MA 01970. For guestbook:


Howard Swanson

Professional Stenographer, served during two wars

Howard W. Swanson, a professional stenographer, passed away on February 25 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. He was 82 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the loving son of the late Paul Swanson and Hannah "Anna" (Mullen) Harlow. He attended local schools, enlisted in the US Army in 1945 and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He reenlisted during the Korean Conflict and was discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.

A professional stenographer, he first worked for the Boston Courts before taking employment with ITT recording and transcribing executive meetings and such. He retired several years ago.

He lived for many years on Orange Street in Chelsea and briefly on Admirals Hill before settling in Revere two years ago.

He was recently predeceased by his sister, Isabelle Holt, and is survived by his beloved niece, Beverly Dunnell of Medford and her friend, Sam Ferrera. He was the cherished great-uncle of Denice Mauro and her husband, Domenic, and great granduncle of Nicholas Mauro.

A Funeral Service was held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home on Monday, March 1st. Services concluded with committal prayers, Military Honors and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. For online guestbook, please visit


Maria Mancusi

East Boston resident

Maria A. (DeRosa) Mancusi died in East Boston on February 25. She celebrated her 90th birthday on January 4.

The beloved wife of the late Michelangelo Mancusi, she was the devoted mother of Michael Mancusi and his companion, Kathy Maag, Peter Mancusi and his companion, Tammy Pacitta, all of East Boston; sister of Francesco Luisi and Giuseppina Abbondanza, both of Italy, and the late Joseph DeRosa and Domenico Luisi; grandmother of Charlene and her husband, Giovanni Torregosa, and Maria Mancusi; great-grandmother of Liana Torregosa. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her loving caretaker, Patricia Molina.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.


Walter Almeida

Retired East Boston Firefighter

Walter F. Almeida of East Boston died on February 9.

A US Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a retired member of the Boston Fire Department Ladder 2 of East Boston.

Mr. Almeida was the beloved husband of Helen W. (Flynn); devoted father of Frank "Rusty" of East Boston Cheryl A. and her husband, Greg Natalucci, of Saugus and Frederick J. of East Boston; grandfather of Gregory and his wife, Crystal Natalucci, Jeffrey and his wife, Jill Natalucci, Nicole and her husband, Mike Newbury, Matthew A. Almeida, Jenna Almeida and the late Cheryl Grace and Michael T. Almeida and great-grandfather of Isabella and Sophia Natalucci. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

At his request, visiting and funeral services were private. He was buried with Military Honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Donations in his memory to Make-a-Wish Foundation, 295 Devonshire St., 4th floor, Boston, MA 02110 would be appreciated.


Victor Nardi

East Boston resident

Victor F. Nardi of East Boston died on February 25.

A veteran of World War II, he was the loving son of the late Agazio and Mary (Fera) Nardi; the dear brother of Ida Rizzo and the late Virginia Romano; cherished uncle of Steven and Michael Romano, Fred Cataldo and the late Salvatore Romano.

In accordance with Mr. Nardi’s wishes, he was buried with his military family in the National Cemetery in Bourne. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston.


Michelina ‘Mickey’ Bruno

Of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston

Michelina "Mickey" (Rozzi) Bruno died at the Eastpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea on February 25. She was 83 years old.

She was born in Boston on July 22, 1926, raised in East Boston and attended East Boston Schools. Mrs. Bruno moved to Chelsea in 1952 and lived in Chelsea for over 30 years before moving to Stoneham in 1985.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who cherished the times spent with her family. She enjoyed bowling and was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea. The Bruno family would like to thank the nursing staff and her beloved friends at Eastpointe for the loving care shown to Mrs. Bruno.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carmelo C. Bruno; loving mother of Grace DiFilippo and her husband, Carmen, of Everett, Joseph Bruno and his wife, Karen, of Bourne, Michael Bruno and his wife, Marie, of Melrose and Carl Bruno and his wife, Sheila, of Everett; grandmother of Anthony DiFilippo, Karen D’Arco and her husband, John, Nicholas, Gina, Eric, Michael Jr., Tim, Peter and Christina Bruno; great grandmother of Jessica, Andrew, Lauren, Benjamin and Alison; sister of Theresa Bourque and her husband, Joseph, of Florida and the late Carmella DiGiovanni, Betina Labossier, Vincenzo and Carmen Rozzi; sister-in-law of Jennie and Joe Gulizia and Joseph Bruno. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, 02115. To sign guest book please visit


Pauline Donatelli

East Boston resident

Pauline (Arena) Donatelli of East Boston died on February 25.

The beloved wife of the late Fernando Donatelli, she was the devoted mother of William J. Donatelli of Quincy, Paul Donatelli of North Reading and Joanne Donatelli of East Boston; dear sister of Anna Capillo of Saugus, Guy Arena of Wilmington and the late John, Domenic, Angelo, Josephine and Esther; adored grandmother of Marissa, Mark, Michele, Paul and William and is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send the Donatelli Family an online condolence, please visit:


Sister Joan Armstrong (M. Paula) S.S.N.D.

Sister of Notre Dame

Sister Joan Armstrong S.S.N.D. (M. Paula) of the School Sisters of Notre Dame died February 10 at Lourdes Health Center, Wilton, Ct., after a prolonged illness. She was 70 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Paul B. and Josephine (Kelly) Armstrong and is survived by her sisters, Kathleen of Boston, Mary Jo (Robert) Sheehan of Medford, Nancy of Malden, and her brother, Arthur, of New York. She was the sister of the late Robert, James, Thomas, Kenneth, Pauline (Reilly) and Patricia.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at the S.S.N.D. Villa Chapel in Wilton, Ct. Donations in her memory will be greatly appreciated and may be sent to S.S.N.D. District of Latin America, c/o 345 Belden Hill Rd. Wilton, Ct., 06897


Amelia Somers

East Boston resident

Amelia A. (Abruzzese) Somers died suddenly in East Boston on February 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late William Somers; mother of Jonathan Somers of Lynn; sister of Eleanora Montalto of Peabody, Marie Gray of New York, Peter Abruzzese of California, Anita Climo of Virginia and the late Robert Abruzzese; grandmother of Jonathan Somers Jr.

Memorial Services will be held at a date to be announced. Arrangements were by Magrath Funeral Home.


Armand ‘Mindo’ Cericola

Of Medford, formerly of East Boston

Armand "Mindo" Cericola of Medford, formerly of East Boston, died on February 21.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rita F. (Scaramalla); devoted father of Rita Jean Giacobelli and her husband, Vincent, of Medford, Richard Cericola of Maui, HI, Lorraine Cericola and her husband, Ahmed Orchi, of Everett; loving grandfather of Robert and Gina Giacobelli, Ellissa Miguel and Jamil Orchi; brother of the late Mary Panetta, Helen Caccarillo, Joseph and Fred Cericola.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For obituary, and guestbook


John Lino

Winthrop resident

John Lino of Winthrop, formerly of the South End and East Boston, died on February 18. He was 97 years old.

A US Navy "Sea Bee’s" veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of June (Shiner); the devoted father of Anthony Hamded of New York and Debra Deeb and her husband, Ernie, of Winthrop; loving "Grandpa" of Jason and Jordan Deeb and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, Hyde Park. Burial was at Mount Benedict Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For guestbook, please visit


N. Grace Strangie

Eucharistic Minister

N. Grace (Casella) Strangie died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers on February 20 following a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Mrs. Strangie was born in Boston’s North End and has lived in Revere for more than 55 years. She was a mailroom retiree of Stone & Webster and Cool-Ray Corp. She was a long time devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community and served as one of the first Eucharistic Ministers until four years ago.

She was the wife of the late Pasquale; devoted mother of Josephine P. Chisholm and her late husband, George, of Everett, Janice Lewis and her husband, Peter, Pat L. Strangie and his wife, Patricia, all of Danvers and the late Professor Emeritus Paula A. Strangie; dear sister of Natalie DeVito of Revere, Josephine Saia of Everett and the late Frances O’dardi, Sally Mechetti, Camille Gravellese, Joseph, Vincent and Mary Casella, Nicoletta LeDuc and Connie Simmons; cherished grandmother of Kelly A. Foley and her husband, William, of Everett, Bryan J. Chisholm of Revere, Michelle Masella and her husband, John, of Stow, Lauren and Tracy Fiore, both of South Boston, and Nicholas Strangie of Danvers. She is also lovingly survived by her three great grandchildren, Breanna, Brady and Antonio and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Vincent DeFilippo Jr.

East Boston resident

Vincent T. DeFilippo of East Boston died on February 23.

He was the beloved husband of more than 60 years to Lena (Montalto); devoted father of Thomas DeFilippo and his companion, Christina Jones, of East Boston, Steven and his wife, Anne, of Saugus, David and his wife, Barbara, of North Reading and Sharon Wright and her husband, Alexander, of Revere; dear brother of Rosemarie Grasso of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Jenna, Kristy, Ashley and Megan and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home. Burial with Military Honors was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please honor Mr. DeFilippo with donations to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Layfayette St., Chelsea 02150.

For more information or to send an online condolence to his family:


Alice Diggin

Braintree resident

Alice T. (Hartnett) Diggin of Braintree, formerly of Dorchester, died on February 21. She was 84 years old.

Born in Boston, she grew up and lived in Dorchester for many years before moving to Braintree almost 40 years ago. She was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, Class of 1943 and a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother whose smile and warmth touched the lives of everyone she met.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Diggin; loving mother of John J. Diggin, Jr. of Rochester, Paul G. Diggin of Attleboro, Matthew T. Diggin of Aiken, South Carolina, Alice T. Elstermeyer of Braintree, Sheila M. DePaulo of East Boston, and the late James and Patrick Diggin; devoted sister of the late James Hartnett, Thomas Hartnett, Rita O’Connell, and Mary Hutchinson. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, So. Braintree. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Recreation Fund c/o Alliance Health Care, 175 Grove St., Braintree MA 02184 or to the N.E. Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. For additional information, or to leave a sympathy message, visit

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