Obituaries 02-20-2013

Dennis Golisano

Of East Boston

Dennis W. Golisano of East Boston died on February 17.

He was the loving son of Dorothy (Maccini) and late Salvatore Golisano; devoted father of Theresa and Nicholas Green of North Carolina; dear brother of Salvatore Golisano of East Boston, Joyce Decareau of Revere, Dorothy and Frankie Golisano, both of East Boston, Anita Altri of Revere, Guy Golisano of East Boston and Grace Golisano of Winthrop and the  cherished grandfather of Antonio, Gianna, Alexa and Samuel.

Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston are today, Wednesday,  February 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses. For more information, please visit

Letizia Bellapianta

Of East Boston, formerly of Italy

Letizia Bellapianta of East Boston, formerly of Italy, died on February 18.

After her father passed away at a young age, Letizia took on the role of matriarch raising her siblings in Italy and later immigrated with them to America to help raise her sister Franca’s two sons, Ciro and the late Angelo.

She was the loving daughter of the late Ciro and Teresa (Fiore) Bellapianta, the dear sister of Felicia Bellapianta and her late husband, Antonio of Italy, Franca Montemurro and her husband, Mario of East Boston and the late Donata Macaluso.

A Funeral Mass in Celebration of her life will be held at St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston on Friday, February 22 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston will be held prior to the Mass starting at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In accordance with the family ‘s wishes, burial services are private. For more information:

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Patsy Ceruolo

Retired Finish Carpenter

Patsy Ceruolo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 15 at his Revere residence. He was 93 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston schools and was a 1937 graduate of East Boston High School. He moved to Revere more than 40 years ago. All of his working career was spent in the construction business as a finish carpenter for several area firms and he had a long association with the Joseph Farina Construction Co. of East Boston. He was a long time member of the former Progressive Club of East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ella (Napolitano) and the late Edith (Zanick); the devoted father of Marie L. Ceruolo-Anzalone and her husband, Joseph of Revere and Richard A. Ceruolo and his wife, Donna of Orient Heights East Boston; the cherished grandfather of Richard C. Ceruolo and his wife, Stephanie of Annapolis, Maryland, David A. and Paul R. Ceruolo, both of Saugus, Lynn Marie Ceruolo of West Peabody and Christopher J. Ceruolo and his wife, Melissa of Lynn. He is also lovingly survived by: Diane Peak and her husband, Donald of Wilmington and five great grandchildren: Nick, Shawn, Savanna, Sam and Antonio and by many caring nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the brother of the late Nicholas, John, Emilio, Ralph, Arthur and Louis Ceruolo and the late Josephine Rindone, Louise Pepe and Marguerite Cammaratta.

His funeral was conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere on February 19 (his 94th birthday.) Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688

Jeanette Koerner

Court Administrator of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Jeanette (Nardone) Koerner of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on February 15. She was 75 years old.

A court administrator, she was the beloved wife of the late James E. Koerner; devoted mother of Denise M. Schepici and her husband, Anthony of Saugus and the late Lorene “Lori” Koerner; dear sister of Charles Nardone Jr. and the late Rosemarie Dellaria, Marilyn Conolly and Joseph “Butchie” Nardone; cherished grandmother of Steven Koerner of Saugus and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Jeanette’s family would like to extend special thanks to the wonderful staff at the Tufts Medical Center Medical Intensive Care Unit, and her caretakers Deedra Magee of Saugus and Jane Kilcullen of Braintree.

Visiting hours will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, February 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 21 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guestbook please visit:

Ruth Simonelli

Member of VFW Mottolo Post Ladies Auxiliary

Ruth (DeFeo) Simonelli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 13.

Born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Arnold and Joanina (Solomine), she was a graduate of East Boston High School, moved to Revere at age 19, then married and raised four daughters. She was a member of the VFW Mottolo Post 4524 Ladies Auxiliary.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony, she was the devoted mother of Joanne Hunter and her husband, David of Nahant, Gail Ferrairo, Diane MacLellan and Doreen Simonelli, all of Revere; dear sister of Alfonso DeFeo of Florida and the late Mary McCormick, Grace Ristino, her twin, Anthony DeFeo, Ralph DeFeo and Arthur DeFeo. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Lawrence Collins

Of East Boston

Lawrence F. Collins of East Boston died on January 31.

He was the beloved husband of Carol ( Taje ) Collins; devoted father of Susan Souza of Dudley and Gina Taje and Michelle Collins, both of East Boston; dear brother of Phyllis Martinello of Burlington, John Collins of East Boston and Thomas Collins of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Kayla and Matthew Souza of Dudley and Noah Pagliaro of East Boston. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In honoring Mr. Collins, memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl #201, Boston, MA  02114. For more information, please visit:

Rosaria ‘Sara’ Smaldone

Of Orient Heights East Boston

Rosaria M. “Sara” (Bamonte) of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on February 9.

She was the beloved wife of Edward Smaldone; cherished daughter of the late Matteo and Rosa (Cantalupo) Bamonte; loving mother of Jo-Ann Russo and her husband, Richard and Elisa LaPlante and her husband, Edward, all of Revere; adored grandmother of Richard E. Russo and dear sister of Anna Cogliandro and her husband, Sam of Revere and the late Emily Bean, Bernard Bamonte and Francesco “Tony” Bamonte. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook:

Alfred Fiandaca

Celebrity Designer

Alfred Fiandaca, an East Boston native, who worked as a fashion designer in Palm Beach, Boston and New York for more than 50 years, died on February 9 at JFK Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was 72 years old.

Mr. Fiandaca began cutting patterns at the age of nine and produced his first collection in 1959 after studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the former Traphagen School of Design. He opened his first salon on Boston’s Newbury Street, the Back Bay’s main shopping strip, in 1965 and has remained a fixture on the fashionable avenue since. He eventually opened branches in Palm Beach and New York in 1996. Mr. Fiandaca has been a supporter of many charitable organizations in Palm Beach County.

Mr. Fiandaca dressed notables such as Audrey Hepburn, Lady Bird Johnson, Julie Andrews, Louise Fletcher, Anita Baker, Nancy Reagan, jean Kennedy, Pia Linstrom, Pauline Boardman Pitt, Pauline Boardman Pitt, Jane Dudley, Sarah Farrish and Barbara Weinscott Berger.

Most recently, he was in the spotlight as Ann Romney’s designer of choice. He met Mrs. Romney when her husband, Mitt, was the Governor of Massachusetts.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Fiandaca of Winthrop; his son, Alfred Jr. of Aspen, Colorado and his partner, Carl Bartels of New York and Palm Beach.

Plans for funeral arrangements and a memorial service will be announced when determined by the family according to his daughter, Michelle, who was with her father when he died.

Edith Butler

Of East Boston

Edith C. (LaMonica) Butler died in East Boston on February 11.

She was the beloved wife of the late Glenn A. Butler Sr.; mother of Glenn A. Butler Jr.; sister of the late Santo LaMonica, Dorothy Arinella and Gloria Bell; aunt of Chris Bell and also leaves many other nieces and nephews. She was the grand aunt of Asha, Gianna and Christopher Bell.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in her memory to the American Heart Assn. would be appreciated.

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