Obituaries 05-09-2012

Grace Cacciola

Of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston

Grace M. Cacciola of Stoneham, formerly of East Boston, died on May 3. She was 84 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Simone and Giuseppina (Sottile) Cacciola; devoted sister of the late John of Everett, Charles of S. Boston and Joseph N. Cacciola of Everett; loving aunt of John of Melrose, William and Marie of Everett, Paul of New Hampshire, Joseph and his spouse, Thomas Trykowski of Boston, Frank of N. Andover, James and his wife, Nancy of Saugus, Wayne and his wife, Gilda of Tewksbury, Philip of Georgetown and David Cacciola of Rochester, NY and sister-in-law of Claire Maimone of Georgetown. She is also survived by 10 great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please honor her by making donations in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. To send a memorial condolence:

Donna Guidara

Educator and Long Time Cancer Survivor

Donna M. (Kapchus) Guidara died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on May 2. She was 64 years old.

She was born in Boston on June 1, 1947 and was raised in East Boston, graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Merrimack College and received her Master’s in education from Cambridge College.Mrs. Guidara lived in Wakefield for several years before moving to Stoneham 40 years ago. She was an ESL teacher for the Malden Public schools working at the Forestdale Elementary School for over 14 years. She loved teaching ESL and the many students whose lives she helped to enrich each day in her classroom.

During three difficult bouts with cancer since age 36, she always remained strong, upbeat and resilient, an inspiration to all she knew. She often counseled other cancer patients and helped them through the difficult days. Every year, she and her daughter, Alyssa, walked the Three Mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to raise funds to help fight breast cancer.

She loved frequenting art and historical museums, attending the opera, gourmet cooking and baking, reading fiction, and spending lots of time with family and many close friends.She was the beloved wife of 42 years to John P. Guidara; loving mother of Keith M. Guidara and his wife, Nicole of Winchester and Alyssa M. Moog and her husband, Jonathan of Chicago, IL; cherished daughter of Theresa (Bavaro) Kapchus of Melrose and the late Alphonse Kapchus; proud grandmother of Justin C. Guidara; loving sister of Paul Kapchus and his wife, Deb of Enfield, CT and sister-in-law of Elizabeth and David Hart of Andover. She is also survived by one niece and four nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. To send a message of condolence please visit

Emanuela DeNicola

Of Melrose, formerly of East Boston

Emanuela (Mattei) DeNicola of Melrose, a former longtime resident of East Boston who came to the United States from Italy in 1954 , died on May 6.

She was the beloved wife of 58 years of the late Michele DeNicola; loving mother of Raffaela Phyllis Natola of Wakefield, Anthony DeNicola and his wife, Linda of Braintree, Anna Marie King and her husband, Wayne of Wakefield, and Michael DeNicola and his wife, Sandra of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Marisa, Amy, Rebecca, Amanda, Andrew, Danielle, Michael Jr., Matthew, Alex and Lisa; great-grandmother of Aaron, Emilie, Aiden and Christopher and dear sister of the late Amalia, Michele and Mario.She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews in Italy.

Her Funeral will be from the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Our Lady of The Assumption Church, 404 Sumner St., East Boston at 10 a.m.

The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Services will conclude with entombment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.  For online condolences and/or directions, visit

Patricia Olsen Stornaiuolo

Of Las Vegas, formerly of East Boston

Patricia (Olsen) Stornaiuolo of Las Vegas, formerly of East Boston, died on April 29. She was 75 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late George Stornaiuolo and was also preceded in death by her sisters Elizabeth Olsen Smith, Constance Olsen Arpino and her brother Harold (Buddy) Olsen Jr. She was the daughter of late Harold Olsen, Sr. and Elizabeth Foley Olsen and is survived by her children; Steven of Las Vegas, Joseph and his wife, Carmela of Middleton, Diane and her husband, Brian Davis of Peabody and Laura and her husband, Adam Muse of New Hampshire. She was the loving Nana to Christina and her husband, David Adam of Georgetown, April and her husband, Jeff Ricker of Georgetown, Michael Stornaiuolo of Middleton, Nicole Giardina of Revere, U. S. Army Sgt. Christopher Giardina and his wife, Lauren stationed in Texas, Emily Muise and the late Vincent Giardina, Jr. and is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Olivia Adam, Alyssa, Adriana and Christopher Giardina Jr., Samantha and Stone Ricker and many nieces and nephews.

Rita Altimari

East Boston Resident

Rita D. Altimari of East Boston died on May 3.

She was the loving mother of Anthony Botto of East Boston; beloved daughter of Iolanda (Iebba) of East Boston; cherished sister of AnnaMaria Altimari of Quincy, Louis Altimari of Attleboro, Olga Altimari-Che and her husband, Phi of Middleton, Antonio Altimari of Saugus and Netta Altimari-Mello and her husband, David of Concord and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mass General Hospital Development Office c/o Oncology Department, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, Ma. 02114 or by visiting the web at https:\ For guest book

Grace Holden

Court Stenographer

Grace E. Holden of Bedford, New Hampshire, formerly of Winthrop, died on April 15 after a brief illness. She was 58 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of Anna (Roche) and the late Richard Holden. A resident of New Hampshire for over 16 years, she was employed as a court stenographer.
She was the dear sister of Kathleen Holden of Charlestown, RI and the late Patricia Holden and the loving aunt of Samantha and Christina Nicodemus.

Funeral services and burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. Memorial donations may be made to Fr. Curtis Metzger, Rector of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Po Boz 435 Pittsfield NH 03263.

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James Schena

Medford Resident

James A. Schena of Medford died on May 2.

The beloved husband of the late Margaret (D’Angelo), he was the beloved long-time companion of Norma Monaco; devoted father of James Schena, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Medford, Robert Schena and his wife, Christine of North Reading and the late Rose Schena; loving grandfather of Jessica Bellino of Medford, Christian Schena of Methuen, and Rene Ward of Reading and is also lovingly survived by eight great-grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Anthony Schena of Melrose, Mary Nichols of Ipswich, Ann DeAngelis of Amherst and the late Josephine Gallo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. To leave a message of condolence, visit:

Richard Hollohan

Of California, formerly of East Boston

Richard G. Hollohan of Imperial Beach, California, formerly of East Boston and Salem, NH, died on April 22  following a long illness. He was 82 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston and a 1949 graduate of Boston English High School, he entered the US Navy during the Korean Conflict and served for several years. He lived with his family in East Boston until moving to Salem, New Hampshire in 1966 and in 1976, the family moved to Imperial Beach, California where his family remained.

For more than 30 years, he worked for New England Tel & Tel and he was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Margaret I. (Crotty); devoted father of Monica R. Nunley and her husband. John, Paul S. Hollohan, Mary Elizabeth Woods and Margaret A. Hollohan, all of California and the late Richard “Danny” Hollohan; dear brother of Mary Garcia of Billerica, Joseph Hollohan of Maynard and the late Augustine and Michael Hollohan and Theresa Cahalane; cherished grandfather of Melinda, Sean, Andrew and Katherine and is also lovingly survived by his two great grandchildren, Kaelin and Kaila and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Salem, NH. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice. For more information please visit:

Keith Lakey

Past VP and CFO of MA Audubon Society

Keith G. Lakey of Brookline died on May 4.

A US Navy Veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict, discharged at the rank of Captain, he was a graduate of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis and of MIT with degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. He was the past Vice President and CFO of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.The beloved husband of Elaine Lakey, he was the father of Scott and Cheryl; brother of Joyce Lakey; brother in law of Ernest Felzani and his wife, Lorraine and their children, Matthew and Adam.A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Captain Lakey’s life will be held at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill today, Wednesday, May 9 at 10 a.m. A period of visitation will be held in the church starting at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Services will conclude with Captain Lakey being buried with full Military Honors in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Brookline.

Arrangements are by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information or to send Mrs. Lakey an online condolence

Marie ‘Chickie’ Faretra

East Boston residemt

Marie ”Chickie” (Falzarano) Faretra died unexpectedly at her East Boston home on May 5. She was 85 years old.

“Chickie” was born and educated in Chelsea and lived in Revere for many years before moving to East Boston more than 25 years ago. During her working career, she wore many hats – as a clerk at the “Old Racket Store” in East Boston, as a bar maid in several of the local cafes and finally in ladies’ apparel. She worked as an associate at Tello’s of East Boston before opening her own dress shop “Before & After” of East Boston which she operated for 12 years.

She was the daughter of the late Giovanni and Rita (Terino) Falzarano, founders and operators of Rita‘s Flower Shop in Chelsea for more than 65 years; wife of the late Pasquale “Pat” J. Faretra and the mother of the late Pasquale “Pat” Faretra and John M. Faretra; beloved mother in law of Rita M. Faretra of West Peabody; cherished grandmother of Lisa M. Kieran and her husband, Timothy of Wilmington and Ilia L. Faretra of West Peabody; dear sister of Lena Buttiglieri of Beverly, Joanne Dobson of Oakland, California and Regina Falzarano of West Peabody and the late Frank B. “Gypsy Joe” Falzarano, Rose Ciampolillo and Louise Faretra and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Antonia, Bella and Lex and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere at 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Lydia Torrielli

Of Belmont, formerly of East Boston

Lydia A. (DiPietro) Torrielli of Belmont, formerly of Watertown and East Boston, died on May 1. She was in her 95th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred M. Torrielli with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Lawrence “Larry” Torrielli and his wife, Lorraine of Watertown, Charles Torrielli and his wife, Paula of Acton, Rosana Hodapp and her husband, Dave of California, and Andrea Goquen and her husband, Dave of Hadley; dear sister of the late Clara Vazza, Silvio and Ralph DiPietro; cherished grandmother of 10, great grandmother of three and fond aunt of many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Brasco & Sons Memorial, Belmont. Burial was at Belmont Cemetery.

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