Obituaries 06-20-2012

Antonetta ‘Netta’ Patti

Harvard Club of Boston Retiree

Antonetta “Netta” (Amoroso) Patti of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died on June 15 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Lynnfield following a brief illness. She was 86 years old.

Netta retired at the age of 77 after 20 years of service with the Harvard Club of Boston as a hostess and server. She was a dedicated homemaker and enjoyed her entire family who brought her many joys. May she find peace and contentment in the next life in being re-united with all her loved ones.

She was the wife of the late Ralph Patti, Sr., who died in February of 1997; devoted mother of Ralph Patti Jr. and his wife, Linda of Broken Arrow, OK, Cheryl A. Soriano and her husband, Gerard of Bradford, Debra A. Patti of East Boston and Anthony Patti and his wife, Kristin of Wakefield; dear sister of the late Mary A. “Angie” DeMarco; cherished grandmother of Christina M. Vargas of Las Vegas, NV, Brianna M. Soriano of Bradford, Kevin A., Andrew R., Marisa L. and Amanda K. Patti, all of Wakefield and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, June 20 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, at 10 am. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information and directions:

Mercedes Merullo

Of Pittsfield, formerly of East Boston

Mercedes Tocci Merullo of Pittsfield, formerly of East Boston, died on June 11. She was 99 years old,

She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Julia DiBona Tocci; beloved wife of the late Attilio J. Merullo and is survived by a daughter, Angela J. Hayes of Pittsfield and a son, Arthur J. Merullo of Florida, six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Amelia, Josephine, Dora, Edmond, Neal, Anthony and Arthur. Services are private with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody at a later date. There are no calling hours. The Derry Funeral Home, Pittsfield.

is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Robert Harney, Jr.

Well Known and Respected Sports Physician

Dr. Robert A. Harney Jr. of Winthrop died peacefully on June 13 after a courageous battle with cancer.

A graduate of the University of Guadalajara and Boston University Schools of Medicine, Dr. Harney was a well respected orthopedic surgeon in the Boston area for over 25 years.  He was a longtime partner of North Suburban Orthopedic Associates, member of the Hallmark Health medical staff, team physician for Winthrop High School, Melrose High School and the former Savio Prep High School.

Dr. Harney was past president of the American Academy of Sports Physicians, a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and Massachusetts Orthopedic Association. He was an independent physician for the NFL players association.

Through his years as a private physician, patients found confidence and trust in his friendly and calm demeanor; Colleagues found his commitments to patient care unwavering and his ability to teach, mentor and lead unsurpassed. As a result he was recognized as a 2010 Hallmark Health Hero. Dr. Bob, as he was so passionately known, was a tireless leader and innovator in Paralympic sports at the local, national and international levels.

His career has been dedicated to the education and welfare of able-bodied, physically challenged and intellectually challenged athletes. Dr. Bob Harney was a founder and past president of New England Disabled Sports. His dedication and compassion for the development of adaptive recreation was recognized in the naming of the Dr. Bob Harney Adaptive Sports Center at Loon Mountain.  He was the 2008 recipient of the Jim Winthers award, a 2010 nominee for the George Steinbrenner award and was inducted into the National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame in 2011. He was the national vice president of

Disabled Sports USA and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was also a medical technical consultant for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body for pro-cycling, para-cycling, and the Tour de France. He was internationally recognized in Paralympic Sports and was instrumental in developing disability classifications for the Paralympic Games. He was named to the International Olympic/Paralympic medical technical teams in Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino, Beijing, and Vancouver.

Dr. Harney was inducted into the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dr. Harney’s commitment to family and community was unsurpassed. His community volunteering included: Physical Fitness Consultant for the Miss Massachusetts/Miss America Organization, New England Regional Spinal Cord Center, Professional Ski Instructors of America and Member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Advisory Committee for Head Injury and Concussions. He was also a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club.

Dr. Harney is survived by his wife Andrea A. (Arcadipane) Harney, daughters Jessica D. (Harney) Griffin and her husband Michael of Charlestown and Kimberly M. Harney of Winthrop and his adored grandson, Andrew Robert Griffin. He was the dear brother of Dale Keating and her husband, John of Linwood, NJ, Paul Harney and his wife, Kathleen of Wakefield, and Peter Harney and his wife, Mary of Natick and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass to celebrate Dr. Harney’s life will be held on Friday, June 22 at 4 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop. Relatives and friends are invited. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Dr. Bob Harney Sports Foundation, P.O Box 520324, Winthrop, Ma 02152. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop. For more information, go to

Manyang Atem Mayiik

Of Chelsea, formerly of Sudan

Manyang Atem Mayiik of Chelsea, formerly of South Sudan, died on June 17. He was 31 years old.

A past employee of the Hilton Hotel, Prudential Center, Boston, he was the loving son of Atem Mayiik and Aluok Kon Deng of South Sudan, beloved nephew of Arop Atem, cherished cousin of Chol Chol and Malong Jok. He also leaves many dear friends and co-workers in the Boston Area and the Lost Boys of South Sudan.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Manyang’s life will be held on Friday, June 22 at St. Rose Church, Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Please go directly to the church. Visiting hours will be  Thursday, June 21 in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery.

His parents are in Sudan and it is the family’s wish that in honoring Manyang memorial donations be made to his parents by sending donations to the Funeral Home so that arrangements can be made to send donations to his parents in Sudan. For more information about donations or arrangements, visit or call 617 569 0990.

Rose Deraedt

Active in Humanitarian Causes

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

She attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston and  worked as head florist for Stop and Shop Stores, designing and opening their florist shops and training staff.

She was an enthusiastic volunteer for Boston Fair Share and consumer causes, for the Holy Redeemer Crossroads Family Shelter and was especially happy to knit clothes for new babies living there. She organized the first farmer’s market in East Boston, every week writing recipes for any unfamiliar vegetables and helped in the office of Save the Harbor, Save the Bay. She 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, daughter Marie said, “She is truly missed. She was a really good person who helped people quietly and selflessly. She befriended many, many people.”

The devoted wife of the late Edmond R. Deraedt, Sr., she was a loving mother to her daughter, Marie Cargill, her son, Edmond R. Deraedt, Jr. and his spouse, Joy Chesna, and her grandson Edmond R. Deraedt III.

In her memory, contributions can be made to Greenpeace or World Wildlife Fund, as she was deeply concerned with the environment.

Matilda ‘Tilda’ Giannotti

Of Italy, formerly of East Boston

Matilda “Tillie” (Cerulli) Giannotti, formerly of East Boston, died on June 11in Lucca, Italy. She was 80 years old.

After devoting her life to music, her family and to God, “Tillie” is now leading the choir in Heaven. She was the organist at Our of Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in East Boston for many years.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years Silvano Giannotti, her daughters Lola and Nina, her six grandchildren and her sister Norma Uva.

Her funeral was held on June 13 at the church of Santa Maria via del Santo in Diecimo, Lucca Italy.

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