Obituaries 09-10-2014

Louis ‘Red’ Schraffa

US Postal Service Retiree

Louis A. “Red” Schraffa of East Boston died on September 3.

Red” was a Vietnam Era veteran of the US Army and a retired 33 year employee of the US Postal Service- Back Bay Annex.

The beloved husband of Lillian A. “Lilly” (Scalfani) and the son of the late Margaret (Lawson) and Victor Schraffa, he was the father of Margaret Palmisano and her husband, Bob of Revere, Laura Cintolo of Winthrop, Victoria LeBlanc and her husband, Sean of Reading and Victor Schraffa and his wife, Kathleen of East Boston; brother of Mary Bynarowicz of Braintree and the late Anthony Schraffa. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service with Military Honors was held in the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to the American Lung Association would be appreciated. For more information:


     Vincent Toscano, Jr.

Of East Boston

Vincent A. Toscano, Jr. of East Boston died unexpectedly on September 3. He was 46 years old.

The loving son of Vincent Sr. and Maryann (Barrone) Toscano, he was the dear brother of AnnMarie Raffaele and Karen Toscano; cherished uncle of Christopher, Raffaele and Kristina Pereira and he also leaves many fond aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Vincent’s life by gathering for a Memorial Mass on Thursday, September 11 in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information, visit:


Steven King

Of East Boston

Steven King of East Boston died unexpectedly on August 29. He was 56 years old.

The loving son of the late Edward and Ann (Nickerson) King, he was the brother of Daniel King and his wife, Donna of Lynn and the late James King. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In accordance with the King family’s wishes, services are private and under the personal care of theRuggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 099


David Terenzi

30 Year General Electric Employee

David Terenzi of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died September 2.

David graduated from East Boston High School in 1974 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge, David attended East Coast Aero Tech and then went on to work at General Electric in Aviation for 30 years.

Born September 7, 1955, he was the son of the late Quirino Richard and Eleanor Terenzi; brother of Michael Terenzi and Dolores and her husband, Vincenzo DelViscovo, all of Londonderry, NH and the late Rita E. Fardella. He is also survived by six godchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m, Saturday, September 13 at Saint Jude’s Parish in Londonderry, NH. Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the POW MIA Foundation, 7407 LeGrande Street South, Jacksonville, FL 32244. To sign the online guestbook, please visit


Carmela Spolsino

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Carmella (Orio) Spolsino, a long time East Boston resident and a Revere native, passed away on Sunday, September 7 following a long illness at the Courtyard Nursing and Rehab Center of Medford. She was 92 years old.

Born and educated in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1940 and came to East Boston more than 60 years ago after marrying Anthony M. Spolsino (who passed in July of 1988.)

In her early years, Carmella worked at the former Honeywell Manufacturing Corp. She later became a certified homemaker, working for several local agencies and retiring at the age of 72.

Carmela lived briefly at East Boston Senior Housing (The Victory Gardens) before entering the nursing facility 10 months ago.

She was the cherished mother of Michael A. Spolsino and his wife, Elizabeth of West Peabody and Frank Spolsino of East Boston; the devoted grandmother of Christopher Spolsino and his wife, Danielle of Sandown, NH and Michelle Stracqualurai and her husband, Jason of West Peabody; the dear sister of Jean Cowhig of Chelsea and the late Antoinette M. “Ann” Scarpo, Maryann Fahlstrom and the late John, Peter and Anthony Orio. She is also lovingly survived by her twin grandsons, Matthew A. and Jason M. Stracqualurai and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, Wednesday, September 10 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9 a.m. Her Funeral Mass will follow the visitation in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 35 Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. followed by interment at the Mass. National VA Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Mass. Chapter), 9 Erie Drive, Natick, MA 01760. For more information, please visit:


Susan Martinez

Of East Boston

Susan Martinez of East Boston died unexpectedly on August 30 at the age of 44. She was the devoted mother of Stephanie Ramsdell and her husband, Patrick, Kristin Martinez and Brendan Benzeleski and the former wife of Luis Martinez. Ann was one of seven siblings.

Family and friends will honor Susan’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, September 10 from 9 to 11a.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston followed by a prayer service at 11 a.m. with Deacon Vincent “Jim” Leo officiating. The service will conclude with Susan being laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. For more information, please visit:


Michael Murphy

Retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer

Retired Chief Petty Officer US Navy Michael F. Murphy of Oak Harbor, Washington, formerly of East Boston, died on September 1 from ALS. He was 53 years old.

He was the son of the late Frances Murphy; the beloved husband of Maria Murphy of Washington, devoted father of Toni Jones of Ohio, Ronald Lorimor of Arizona, Linda Lorimor of Oregon and William Lorimor of South Carolina; dear brother of Laurene Murphy of Chelsea, Daniela Gitautis of N. Carolina, Sharon McPherson of Winthrop and Kevin Murphy of Chelsea; grandfather to Samantha, Ashley, Josh and Adam and he is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services were held in Oak Harbor, Washington on September 5. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to ALSA online in memory of Michael Murphy. Comments can be made on Facebook at

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