Obituaries 10-07-2015

Virginia Gatti

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Virginia ( Zerola) Gatti of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, passed away on October 1.

She was the beloved wife of the late Peter Gatti Sr.; loving mother of Peter Gatti Jr. and his wife, Donna of Revere; cherished grandmother of Peter Gatti III and Jennifer Lanes; great grandmother of Briana, Kyle, Francesca, Peter IV and Anna; dear sister of the late Frank, Bruno, Charles and Muffy Zerola, Millie Covino, Anna Mulone and Aida Bartolomeo and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

Albert ‘BABA’ Masciocchi

Of East Boston

Albert A. “BABA” Masciocchi of East Boston passed away unexpectedly on October 2.

He was the beloved husband of the late Helen “Dolly” (Barnes) Masciocchi; devoted father of the late Linda, Frances and Christine; dear brother of Elena Imperato, Mary McDonald and the late Jennie Masciulli, Americo, Anthony and George Masciocchi and is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, adored great grandchild and by many fond nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Albert’s life by gathering on Thursday, October 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston.

Phyllis Fougere

Of East Boston

Phyllis (Dattoli) Fougere of East Boston passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on October 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late John “Ozzie” Fougere; devoted mother of John Fougere, Denise Wilson and her husband, Larry, Bella Orlandella and her husband, John, all of East Boston; dear sister of Rose Dattoli of East Boston and the late Jerry and Anthony Dattoli and Mary Daloia; cherished grandmother of Scott, Brad, Lori, John and Michelle and adored great grandmother of Alex, Lucas, Sam, Finn, Jackson, Cameron and Jay and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and fiends will honor Phyllis’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, October 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Phyllis’s life at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Phyllis being laid to rest with her beloved husband in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:

Thomas Butler, Jr.

Former proprietor of Butler Flooring in East Boston

Thomas M. Butler, Jr. in Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on August 29.

A US Vietnam Era veteran of the United States Air Force, Tom was the proprietor of Butler Flooring in East Boston and also a member and former officer of the Point of Pines Yacht Club, Revere.

He was the beloved son of Alice (Lucash) Butler of Chelsea and the late Thomas M. Butler, Sr.; father of Richard Butler of Winthrop and Dennis Butler of Virginia Beach, VA; brother of Richard Butler of Stockton Springs, Maine and is also survived by several grandchildren.

Memorial Services were held at the Point of Pines Yacht Club on October 3. To express condolences, please go to

Italia ‘Italina’ D’Agostino

Co-owned D&M Sportswear for 30 years

Italia, “Italina” (Ciarlone) D’Agostino passed away peacefully at her Winthrop home on September 16 after a long illness. She was 93 years old.

Italia grew up a child of the depression in the rural town of Roccasicura, Italy. She endured many hardships during World War II when first the Germans and then Allies occupied her town.

She married her beloved Mario just after the war ended and immigrated to the United States in the early 1950s both to seek a better life for her family and to obtain medical treatment for her son, Francesco who was ill with cancer. Following the tragic death of Francesco, Italia worked tirelessly as a loving mother and wife, as well as the proprietor with her husband of a dress making business, D&M Sportswear, which she founded with her dear friend Marion Marino, and continued to run for over 30 years.

She was comforted, supported and delighted in her later years by her cherished grandchildren who were truly her pride and joy. Not a day could go by without Italia talking to at least one of her beloved grandkids. To Italia, they were both her greatest achievement and her lasting legacy.

Italia lived for the last 35 years in Winthrop, and was fortunate enough to be surrounded by many loving friends who provided her with comfort and companionship, and to whom the family is extremely thankful. During her final weeks and months, while her health deteriorated, Italia’s well-being was supported by her family, and also by the extraordinary personal care assistants and health care providers from Intercity, CRW Elder Care and Care Dimensions. Their tireless efforts eased her pain during her final hardship and to them the family is eternally grateful.

She was the beloved wife of the late Mario Nicola D’Agostino with whom she shared 42 years of marriage. She was also predeceased in death by a son, Francesco. She is survived by her two loving sons, Anthony P. D’Agostino and his wife, Kathy of Winthrop, and Frank A. D’Agostino and his wife, Denise of Ipswich. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Krista D’Agostino and her husband, John of Chicago, IL, Adrienne and Nicholas of Winthrop and Daniel, Gabrielle and Michael of Ipswich. She was predeceased by two brothers, Benigno and Fioravante Ciarlone of Italy, and is survived by her brother, Julio Ciarlone of East Boston. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on Monday, September 21 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Entombment followed the mass in the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make a donation in her name to St. John’s the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop.To sign the online guestbook go to

Kenneth John Abbott

Of Weymouth, formerly of East Boston

Kenneth John Abbott Jr., age 28, passed away suddenly in Weymouth on October 1, 2015. Kenny was born, raised, and educated in E. Boston then moved and settled in Weymouth at the age of fifteen. As a child Kenny loved Baseball but as he grew up he got involved with Mixed Martial Arts and began training for it. Although Kenny had his struggles in life he was always passionate about his health and his family. He would offer advice about how to be healthy even if you didn’t ask for it. Kenny’s most prized accomplishments in life were the love he had for his son, and becoming a certified personal trainer.

Kenny is survived by his beloved son Kevin Pierre of Norwood, his loving parents Kenneth J. Abbott Sr. of Lynn and Debra O’Neill of Weymouth, his cherished grandmother Edith Abbott of E. Boston, his devoted sisters Kristin and Jazlynn Abbott of Lynn, his Aunt Charlotte Pulsifer and his Uncles Paul Abbott and Timothy O’Neill. Kenny is also survived by many other relatives, friends, and especially Lovely Patrick, Farrah Alkanan, and Noemi Silva.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours for Kenny on Friday October 9, 2015 from 5-8pm at the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) S. Weymouth. Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home on Saturday October 10 at 8:30am for a Celebration of Life prior to the Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, Weymouth, at 9:30am. Burial will immediately follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester. For directions or online condolences please visit

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