Obituaries 09-23-2014

Joan Russo

New England Telephone Retiree

Joan G. (Connolly) Russo of East Boston passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on September 18. She was 81 years old.

Joan was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the mid 1950s. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone in the Ocean Area Office

The beloved wife of Robert J. Russo, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Michael and Theresa (Viglione) Connolly; devoted mother of Michael C. Russo of East Boston; dear sister of the late Barbara Domenico and sister-in-law of John Domenico of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St Joseph-St. Lazarus Church,. East Boston. Cremation was private. Donations in her memory can be made to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA. 02114. For guestbook, please visit


Diane Malfy

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Diane Malfy of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 20.

The beloved mother of Anthony Murray and his wife, Jacque of Revere, she was the loving step mother of Lisa, Daniel J., Jr. and Henry, former wife of Daniel J. Murray, Sr., dear sister of Lorraine Faro and Annette Lake and cherished grandmother of Arianna, Julie and Amelia Murray. She is also survived by many adored nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Diane by gathering Saturday, September 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston followed by a prayer service at 3 p.m. Cremation services are private. For more information:


Geraldine ‘Jerry’ Colotti

Of East Boston

Geraldine “Jerry” Colotti of East Boston died on September 22.

She was the dear sister of the late Filomina Panzini, Mary Langone, Josephine Diaz, Carmen, Antonio, Joseph and Pasquale Colotti and is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews, adored great nieces and great nephews and cherished great great nieces and great great nephews.

Family and friends will honor Jerry’s life by gathering on Thursday morning, September 25 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 12 noon at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For more information, visit:

Rose LaConte

Of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights

Rose ( Strangie ) LoConte of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on September 19 surrounded by her family. She was in her 92nd year.

Rose gradated the Blackington School, class of 1937, E.B.S. Class 1941 and was employed as a bookkeeper for Rodes & Sons N.E. Produce Center in Chelsea for 42 years. She was a C.C.D Teacher and volunteer Bingo Caller at St John’s Evangelist Church for many years, Treasurer of the Tenants Board Winthrop Housing for 16 years, a member of Winthrop Lady’s Lodge Sons of Italy # 2071 and a member of the F.C.O.A. Friends of Council On Aging.

The wife of the late Angelo LoConte and beloved mother of Arthur “ Archie “ LoConte and his wife, Denise and Paul LoConte and his fiancé, Marianne Bergonzi all of Winthrop, she was the dear sister of Jennie Luti of Saugus and Marie Zambella of Winthrop and the late Gennaro, Pasquale, Frank and Agostino Strangie; cherished grandmother of Carla, Gabriella, Nicholas, Maria and Vincent and great grandmother of Sofia, George and Ella Rose.

Family and friends honored Rose’s in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guest book:


Victor Presto, Sr.

Retired Union Presser and

Skilled Mandolin Player;

Had a good word and a smile for everybody

Victor A. Presto, Sr. who was born April 1, 1924 in Chelsea and lived in East Boston and David, Florida before settling in Weston, Florida, died after a brief illness at his Florida home on September 19 surrounded by his family. He was 90 years old.

A US Army Air Force veteran of World War II, Vic entlisted at the age of 19 and served his country honorably from 1942 to 1945 in New Guinea and the Phillipines as a US Army Air Force Military Policeman attached to the 9th Army Division. After the war, he became a Union Presser and a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union where he was employed for 47 years. Vic was a member of the Sons of Italy Lodge and the Italian American Club in Revere for more than 40 years.

Vic enjoyed travel and he and his beloved late wife, Phyllis travelled the world until her death in 1994. Always well dressed and congenial, Vic had a good word and a smile for everybody. He enjoyed playing golf and wa a skilled mandolin player. Later in life he became astute at day trading in the stock market.

Victor was the son of the late Vito and Maria Presto, husband of the late Phyllis Meoli Presto to whom he was married for 47 years. He was the brother of the late Frank Presto and Rose Zawacki and her husband, Harold; father of Victor A. Presto, Jr. of Naples, Florida and his wife, Dianne, Attorney Anthony V. Presto of Jacksonville, Florida and Marianne Ryan and her husband, David of West Newton; grandfather of Brendon D. Ryan, Meghan A. Ryan and Lauren F. Ryan, Michael V. Presto, Felicia Presto and Giana Presto; uncle of Harry and Alison Zea and their children, Antonia and Nicholas of Naples, Florida; brother in law of Esther and Anthony Manuel of Naples, Florida and great and grand uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, September 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, September 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 45 Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MVP Autism Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 959, Naples, Fl. 34106. For additional information, please visit:

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