Obituraries 08-01-2012

Ruth Webster

East Boston Resident

Ruth E. (Corey) Webster of East Boston died on July 28.

She was the beloved wife of the late George; devoted mother of Debra Oliveri of Winthrop, Donna Roberts of New Hampshire and the late Lynne Webster, loving companion of the late George A. Bolognese; cherished grandmother of Amanda, Thomas, Tara, Michael, Dawn, Erika and the late Christopher and she also leaves many great grandchildren. She was the former wife of Wilber and the best friend of Barbara Deutch.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information:

Joseph ‘Tony’ Wythe

East Boston Resident

Joseph A. “Tony” Wythe of East Boston died unexpectedly on July 28. He was 41 years old.

The Branch President of Local 301 National Postal Mail Handlers Union, he was the loving son of Helen F. (Hurley) and the late Joseph Dagostino; dear brother of Walter Wythe and his wife, Maria of Medfield, Donald Wythe of Louisianna and Barbara Perez and her husband, Alex of Florida; cherished uncle of Brianna, Alexis, Matthew, Valentina and the late Alex J. Perez II

His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday, August 3 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life at St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence:

Catherine Dotolo

ILGW Member

Catherine R. Dotolo died in Revere on July 27 following a brief illness.

A member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, Finished Garment Industry, Local #26, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Mary “Mamie” (Coppola) Dotolo; devoted sister of Nellie Grasso and Lorraine C. Holoway, both of Revere, and the late Vincent, Lawrence J., Carmine, and Anthony Dotolo and is also lovingly survived by many caring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For more information, visit:

Dorothy Vitiello

Of Peabody, Formerly of East Boston and Revere

Dorothy M. (Martone) Vitiello of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on July 27.

She was the beloved wife of Frank Vitiello with whom she shared 32 years of marriage; loving mother of Carolyn Marmiani and her husband, Thomas and Stephanie Taverna and her husband, Frank, and Nicole Vitiello and her fiancé, Michael Beemer, all of Peabody; dear sister of Joni DiLuigi of Connecticut, Diane McKenna of East Boston, Michelle Lally of N. Reading, Debra Martone, Paula Martone of Everett, Robert Martone of Marlboro, and the late Joseph Martone and the cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit:

Ralph Correale

East Boston Resident

Ralph Correale of East Boston died on July 25.

The former proprietor of Gold Fish, he was the beloved husband of Ruth (Morton) Correale with whom he shared 61 years of marriage; loving father of Ruth Anne Pavila and her husband, Ari of East Boston, Robert Correale and his wife, Rose of Peabody and the late Ralph C. and David J. Correale; dear brother of Anthony Correale, Dorothy Gobiel and Carmela Calvino, all of Peabody, Phyllis Curtis of New Hampshire, Marie Goldspring of East Boston and the late Domenic Correale; cherished grandfather of Ariana Pavlis, Peter Pavlis and Robert and Ryan Correale.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445-9924. For guest book:

Warren Arnold Hagar

Loving Father, Husband, Grandfather and Great Grandfather

Warren Arnold Hagar of California, formerly of East Boston, died at Park Lane Assisted Living, Monterey, California on July 13. He was 99 years old.

Mr. Hagar led a full life as manager of J.J. Newberry’s; a high school English teacher in Yucaipa, California; State Rehabilitation Counselor in Riverside, California; Social Worker, in Redlands, California,  top sales person – Encyclopedia Britannica and a member of the Sierra Club and World Affairs Council in Los Angeles.

He lived in Carmel, California for 25 years where he was an active member of the Carmel Foundation, leading a men’s group on philosophical discussions and enjoyed playing bridge.

Mr. Hagar was born in Troy, NY on June 25, 1913.  He was raised in Jamaica Plain, MA and attended the old East Boston High School where he was the junior and senior high school class president.

A remarkable salesman, he paid for college by selling old gold and graduated with a B.A degree, with honors, from Bowdoin College, ME. He received his premaster’s UCLA; M.A. UC Riverside, majoring in Philosophy, and pre-doctorate from UCR.  He authored,­­­ “Cognitive Awareness and the LPM,” published by Philosophical Library, Inc. Troy, NY, 1977.

He is survived by his wife, Olga Hagar of Monterey, CA; two daughters, Sharon Lovell of Bridgewater, NJ and Charlene Wilder of Hagerstown, MD/Upperstrasburg, PA; one son, Everett Hagar of Pine Mountain, CA; one stepson, Pierre Roubaud of Paris, France; four granddaughters, Katrina Schneider of Phoenix, AZ; Valarie Wilder of San Diego, CA; Denise Payne of Grand Junction, CO; Loddie Foose of Pasadena, CA;  one grandson, William Feigen of Irvine, CA; five great grandchildren, Alyssa and Joshua Schneider of Phoenix, AZ; Joslyn and Ashlyn Payne of Grand Junction, CO and  Tira Foose of Pasadena, CA, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in Boston and Maine.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Genevieve Hagar; his brothers, Edward, Justin, Preston, and Ralph Hagar, and his sister, Ethel Davis.

Messages of condolences may be sent to [email protected].

Leo Kavjian

East Boston Resident
Leo Kavjian of East Boston died on July 26.

He was the beloved husband of Anna (Catrazola) Kavjian; loving father of Frank Laude and his wife, Lercica of Seattle, WA and Robert Kavjian and his wife, Karen of Lynnfield; cherished grandfather of Robin Marshall and her husband, Joseph, and Robert Kavjian; cherished great-grandfather of Breanna Langille and Damian Kavjian; loving uncle to Lorraine Defeo and her husband, Joe, and Elaine Najaryan and dear brother-in-law of Al Catrazola and Amelia Catrazola.

Funeral arrangements were by The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to: St. Joseph ~ St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston, MA 02128. For online condolences, please visit

Robert Castellarin

Former Owner of Castle Marble

Robert “Bob” Catellarin of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on July 24.

The late proprietor of Castle Marble and a late member of the Mass. National Guard, he was the beloved husband of Rosalie (Lucacio) Castellarin with whom he shared 48 years of marriage; loving father of Stephen Castellarin and his wife, Nancy of Burlington, David Castellarin and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and Mark Castellarin and his wife, Robin of Middleton; dear brother of Gloria Castellarin of Peabody, Esther Smith of West Virginia and the late Catherine and Albert Castellarin.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the National Kidney Foundation of Mass, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02062. For guest book, please visit:

Ralph DiDonato

Medford Resident

Ralph DiDonato Of Medford died on July 23.

He was the beloved husband of the late Teresa (Delpo) DiDonato; devoted father of Joseph DiDonato and his wife, Ree Cashman of Swampscott and Ralph DiDonato of Nevada; loving grandfather of Christine, Lisa and Alexander DiDonato; dear brother of Camille D’Amico and Lucy DiDonato, both of East Boston and the late Louis, Phil, Albert and Vincent DiDonato and Margaret Ferullo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, Medford. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. For guestbook and obituary

Roseanne Ameno

Family Nurse Practitioner

Rosanne (DiLeo) Ameno of North Reading died on July 22.

Mrs. Ameno was a Family Nurse Practitioner at Lynn Community Health Center where she provided comprehensive healthcare to the community, regardless of ability to pay. Prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner, she managed the McGlaughlin House in North Reading, a transitional living facility for adults with brain injuries. She also worked as a Visiting Nurse for pregnant and parenting teens at Family Service of Greater Boston, a Visiting Nurse on the Psychiatric Team at the Malden Visiting Nurse Association and the Charge RN at Franciscan Children’s Hospital. She received her Post-MS, MS and BS degree in nursing from the University of Mass. Boston and her BS in psychology from Boston State.

She was the beloved wife of Michael Ameno; mother of Michelle, Gennaro and Mario Ameno, all of North Reading; daughter of Mario and Rosemarie DiLeo of East Boston and daughter-in-law of Gennaro and Adeline Ameno of the North End; sister of John DiLeo and his wife, Deana of Virginia, Lorraine DiLeo of East Boston and Steven DiLeo and his wife, Susan of Methuen; sister-in-law of Carl Ameno of the North End and Sofia Raffael and her husband, Ernie of North Reading. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosanne’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and It’s Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, West, Sixth Floor, Boston, MA 02445.

Walter Malas

Retired Shipping Clerk

Walter A. Malas died on July 20 at Hammersmith Transitional Care and Rehab in Saugus after a long battle with overwhelming illness. He was 75 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the loving son of the late Walter J. and Helen (Rolka) Malas.  He attended local schools, was a graduate of Chelsea High School, married Rosemarie Russo in 1960 and settled in East Boston.  He was inducted into the US Army later that same year and was honorably discharged in 1962.  He returned to East Boston and with his wife remained there for many years before resettling in Chelsea 29 years ago.  He worked as a shipping clerk for Colonial Provisions in South. Boston for 23 years and later worked for HP Hood in Charlestown for another 10 years before fully retiring in 2002.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years Rosemarie (Russo) Malas; his sister Marion Donovan of Chelsea, his brother Henry Malas of Billerica and by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Sacred Heart Church in East Boston. Services concluded with Military Honors and burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Woburn, MA 01801.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Jordan Fern-Amodeo 


Jordan C. Fern-Amodeo, died at Children’s Hospital in Boston on July 28. He was 25 days old.

He was the beloved son of Ashley Fern of Chelsea and Jackie Amodeo of East Boston; brother of Hailey N. Fern of Chelsea; dear grandson of Joseph and Christine Fern of Chelsea, Dawn and Thomas Clark and Jackie Amodeo, Sr., all of East Boston; great-grandson of Rita Rich of Chelsea, Linda Boyer and John Amodeo, both of East Boston and is also lovingly survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Thursday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cherubs, 3650 Rogers Rd. #290 Wake Forest, NC 27587

Charles ‘Charlie the Barber’ Zucco 

48 Year Orient Heights Square Legend 

Charles P. “Charlie the Barber” Zucco of Melrose, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on July 29, following a long illness. He was 74 years old.

“Charlie the Barber” spent all of  48 years of his barbering career in The Orient Heights section of East Boston, only retiring in May of 2011 due to health issues. Charlie and his shop were legend to The Orient Heights Square area.

A US Air Force peacetime veteran, he was the beloved husband of 45 years of Margaret “Peggy” (Pedersen) Zucco; devoted father of Lisa M. Pirelli and her husband, Edward J. Jr. of Melrose and Peter L. Zucco and his companion, Paul J. Reardon of South Boston; dear brother of Julia “Sis” Bidmead and her husband, Warren T. of San Ramon, California and the late Dr. Angelo “Sonny” Zucco. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Thursday August 2 at 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 12 noon. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice Inc., 178 Savin St., Malden, Ma. 02148. For more information & directions: visit

Louis Portalla, Jr. 

Retired Longshoreman 

Louis J. Portalla, Jr. of Revere died following a long illness at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after being stricken unexpectedly at his Revere home on July 28. He was 81 years old.

He was born in East Boston and moved to Revere with his family more than 75 years ago. He was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School and soon after joined the US Air Force (SAC) serving during the Korean Conflict for over six years.

He was a longshoreman all of his working career and a member and past treasurer for more than 25 years of the International Association of Longshoremen, Local 805. He was also a member of the First Revere Chapter of the Ancient & Honorable Order of Hibernians and a 30-year member and Past Commander of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club of Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Lorraine J. (Vaillant); the devoted father of Doranne J. Mattoon and her husband, Robert, of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mark F. Portalla of Revere and Craig C. Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Newburyport; cherished grandfather of: Lauren E., Ryan L. and William D. Portalla, all of Newburyport and Brendan R. and Patrick N. Mattoon, both of Greensboro, North Carolina; the dear brother of Mary Alongi of Kernersville, North Carolina, Donald Portalla and his wife, Corrine of Saugus, William Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Epping, NH, Charlotte Curley and her husband, Austin of Revere and Edward Portalla of Boston and the late Joseph Portalla and Louise Potenza. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals (Route 107) 773 Broadway, Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Anthony’s Parish, 250 Revere St., Revere, MA 02151.

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