Obituaries 06-13-2012

Judith Bostrom

Retired Employee of Bianco Inc. of Revere

Judith A. (Collins) Bostrom of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 8 at the Leonard Florence Center of Chelsea following a long and arduous struggle with cancer. She was 68 years old.

Born in Boston and raised and educated in East Boston, she has lived in Revere for 58 years and was a 10-year employee of Bianco Inc. of Revere.

She was the daughter of the late John F. Collins and Anne M. (Reardon) Collins; the beloved sister of John F. “Jack” Collins and his wife, Beverly and Barbara M. Orsini, all of Revere and Charles J. Collins of East Boston; the dear aunt of: Karen Sarro and her husband, Frank and Paul Collins and his wife, Lisa, all of Wakefield, Tracey Walter of Hudson, NH, Sharon Winnett and her husband, John and Tina Collins, all of Londonderry, NH. She is also lovingly survived by grand nieces and grand nephews: Christina, John, Ryan, William, Kristen, Ashley, Olivia and Nadia.

Her funeral will be conducted today, Wednesday, June 13 from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass General Hospital Cancer Research, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions, visit:

Anthony Spadorcia

Retired Educator, Coach

Anthony C. Spadorcia of Danvers, formerly of East Boston, died on June 8 at Beverly Hospital. He was 74 years old.

The husband of Joan (McDonough) Spadorcia, with whom he shared 49 years of marriage, he was born in Boston on Sept. 21, 1937, the son of the late Domenic and Palmira (Barrasso) Spadorcia. He was raised and educated in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School. He went on to further his education with a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and a master’s degree from Salem State.

For many years, Mr. Spadorcia was a teacher, coach, and assistant principal at Danvers High School. In 1982, he left his teaching career to become the Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard. Following his term as Adjutant General, he served as U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Colonel in 1997.An avid sports fan, he was a Boston Bruins lifelong season ticket holder. Most of all, he was a beloved ‘Papa’ to his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Anthony Spadorcia and his wife, Kelleigh of Norwood, Jane Shea and her husband, Michael of Reading, Joanne Fagan and her husband, Scott of Stoneham, Julie Spadorcia of Reading, Jeanne Spadorcia of Milford, and Jill McGinnity and her husband, Michael of Danvers; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Conor, and Kathryn Shea, Bradley and Jeffrey Fagan, Joseph, Nicholas, and Emily Spadorcia, and Megan, Allison, and Johnny McGinnity, an uncle, Anthony Barrasso of East Boston, and a loving extended family. He was the brother of the late Dolores Chodrick and Marie Pastore.

Funeral arrangements were by C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, Danvers. Burial was in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers.

Robert ‘The Chief’ Cooney

California Resident

Robert ‘Bob’ John “The Chief” Cooney died peacefully in his home on June 7 after a two year battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases.

He was born to John Cooney and Bridget O’Connor on March 5, 1928 in St. Clair County, Pennsylvania and was one of five boys. He was cared for and loved by his children right up to his last breath.

He served his country for over 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. One of his most memorable jobs was serving as security at the Kennedy Compound for President Kennedy and his family. He also worked for the Treasury Department and his most recent employment was with Valley Church in Vacaville, California where he spent 10 wonderful years. He has been a member of Valley Church for over 27 years and made many lasting friendships and spent some time singing in the church choir as well as participating in many of the shows the worship team put on.

His favorite pastime was watching sports with his family, especially when his favorite teams were on. Though he grew up outside Philidelphia, he was a diehard Boston fan, something he got from his beloved late wife, Emma. Reading and working in his yard always brought him peace.He was preceded in death by Emma, his wife of over 51 years and brothers, Vincent, William and Joseph. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Cooney, Gabrielle Cooney, Maureen Bothun and her husband, Dave, all of Vacaville and Stephen Cooney of Louisiana; his brother, Dave and his wife, Hilda,  of Gilbertsville, PA and his sister-in-law, Rose D’Amore of East Boston. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews who loved him and will miss him greatly.

Robert (Uncle Bobby, Papa) will be missed by many, but will forever live on in our hearts.A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, June 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at McCune Garden Chapel. Graveside services will be Thursday, June 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Vacaville Elmira Cemetery with a Memorial to follow at Valley Church at 3 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of McCune Garden Chapel, 707-448-6546.

Anthony Luisi

Of Stoneham, formerly of the North End

Anthony D. Luisi of Stoneham, formerly of The North End of Boston, died on June 6.

He was a past member Assunta Lodge, Knights of Columbus of the North End.He was the beloved husband of more than 50 years of Barbara ( Toscano) Luisi; devoted father of Anthony and his wife, Kimberly of the North End, Christine Lottatore and her husband, Mark of Burlington, and Deborah Luisi of the North End; dear brother of Joseph, Louis and Paul Luisi, Marianne Pepicelli, Joanne Sarro and the late Robert Luisi; cherished grandfather of Marco, Nico, Sofia, Anthony and Ava and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews,

His Funeral Mass in Celebration of his life was held at St Leonard’s Church, North End. For more information or to send the Luisi family an online condolence, please

Funeral arrangements were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.

Rose Deraedt

Former Head Florist of Stop & Shop Stores,

Rose M. (Addario) Deraedt of East Boston died on May 23. She was 98 years old.

Mrs. Deraedt attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and worked as head florist for Stop & Shop Stores designing and opening their florist shops and training staff. She was an enthusiastic volunteer for Boston Fair Share and consumer causes and for the Holy Redeemer Crossroads Family Shelter. She was especially happy to knit clothes for the new babies living there and organized the first farmer’s market in East Boston, every week writing recipes for any unfamiliar vegetables. She helped in the office of Save the Harbor, Save the Bay and was very active in animal rights, participating in many humane campaigns.

She especially enjoyed hosting foreign visitors from the Japanese college with which her daughter was affiliated. She was an expert at creating clothes and an avid reader.

Speaking of her mother, her daughter, Marie said, “She is truly blessed. She was a really good person who helped people quietly and selflessly. She befriended many, many people.”

Contributions in her memory may be made to Greenpeace of World Wildlife Fund, as she was deeply concerned with the environment.

Jack Palermo

Beachmont Resident

Jack Palermo of Beachmont Revere died unexpectedly on June 6.

He was the cherished son of Concetta (Scurto) Palermo of Revere and the late Albert Palermo; dear brother of the late Frank Palermo and his wife, Susan, of Florida.

Mr. Palermo was employed in the Aircraft Division of GE in Lynn and enjoyed his motorcycle and Revere Beach.

Family and friends are invited to share memories with his family today, Wednesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral HOme, 262 Beach St., Revere. Burial private. For directions and guest book:

Norma Lynn Donnarumma

East Boston Resident

Norma Lynn Donnarumma of East Boston died on June 2. She was 57 years old.

Born in Springfield on January 20, 1955, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mario and Joyce Donnarumma and step-daughter of Mary Donnarumma of Wakefield.  She is survived by her brother, Mario Donnarumma of East Boston and her sister, Mary Margherita and her husband, Frank of Wakefield.  She was the cherished aunt of Angela and Matthew Margherita, Cathy Marie Cucchiello of East Boston, Crystal Clemens of Rockland and the late Toni Marie Paolini.  She is also survived by her uncles Benjamin, Ralph and Carmen Donnarumma, all of Florida, as well as many loving cousins and friends. The family will receive visitors in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Saturday, June 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. with a Prayer Service to be held at 4 p.m.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit

Francis ‘Dom’ Pagliuca

East Boston Resident

Francis D. “Dom” Pagliuca of East Boston died on June 9.

He was the beloved husband of Anna (Sarno) Pagliuca;  loving father of Francis Pagliuca and his wife, Gail of Stoneham, Richard Pagliuca and his wife, Marlene of Wilmington and the late Joseph Pagliuca; cherished grandfather of seven and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held 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 Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 10 a.m.  The family will receive visitors on today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit

Elizabeth D’Amico

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Elizabeth “Betty” D’Amico of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on June 7.

She was the daughter of the late Gaetano and Elizabeth (Stelatto) D’Amico; beloved sister of Alba Petrillo of Saugus, Gloria (D’Amico) Sozio of Saugus and the late Vincent D’Amico and Mary D’Amico and cherished aunt of Michael D’Amico of Saugus.

Funeral Services at the request of the family are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For condolences:

John ‘Bill’ Reed

Chelsea Resident

John W. “Bill” Reed died in Chelsea on June 5.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of Ann (Joy) of East Boston; father of John “Rick” Reed and his wife, Tracey of New Hampshire, Anne Marie Johnson and her husband, Tim of New York, Deborah Simmons and her husband, Scott of New Hampshire, Patricia Interbartolo, Kathleen Clark and her husband, Billy, all of Chelsea; brother of Paul Reed, Kaye Johnson and Mary Church and is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston where prayer services and Military Honors were held. For additional information:

Domenic Celona

East Boston Resident

Domenic B. Celona died in East Boston on June 9. He was the beloved husband of Jodi (Magliano); devoted father of Jennifer and her partner, Dido Rodriguez, Matthew and his partner, Gina Ciampa and Jillian and her partner, Paul Feudo, all of East Boston; grandfather of Samantha Lee; brother of Patricia and her husband, Eugene Stibolt of Tennessee, Nunzio and his wife, Evelyn and Theresa, all of East Boston, Joseph of Hull and Rudy of Lowell and son in-law of Patricia Magliano. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. (at Day Sq.) East Boston today, Wednesday, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in The Sacred Heart Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations to Kaplan Family Hospice, 78 Liberty St. Danvers MA 01923, would be appreciated.

Frances Giardina

East Boston Resident

Frances (Malta) Giardina of East Boston died on June 5. She was in her 98th year.

A member of the Everett Armory, she was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Giardina; mother of Edward W. Giardina and his wife, Shirley, Teresa Moran and her late husband. William, all of East Boston and Gene Giardina and his wife, Janice of Lynn; grandmother of six grandchildren and one late grandson. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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

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