Obituaries 12-09-2015

Louis Spada

Of East Boston

Louis L. Spada of East Boston passed away peacefully on December 7.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Margaret (Pessia) Spada; devoted father of Maria Hanton of East Boston and Leonard Spada and his wife, Elizabeth of Middleton; cherished grandfather of Michelle Varano and her husband, Nick of Lynnfield, Amy Solis and her husband, Orlando of Revere, Jacob and Jessica Spada of Middleton and adored great grandfather of Nico and Marina Varano and Alec Gonzalez. Mr. Spada was pre-deceased by two brothers and a sister and is also  survived by  many fond nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will  honor Louis’s life by gathering on Thursday, December10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8:30 a.m. on Friday before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church for a Funeral Mass in celebration of his life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Mr. Spada being laid to rest with military honors with his beloved wife, Margaret, in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In honoring Mr. Spada’s memory, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, One Bromfield St, Boston 02108.

For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990.

Anna Poli

Dedicated to home and family

Anna C. (DiMichele) Poli, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on  November 30 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a short illness. She was 87 years old.

Born in Newton Upper Falls, the beloved daughter of the late Crescenzo and Angelina DiMichele, Anna grew up in East Boston, attended Boston public schools and  graduated from East Boston High School. After school, she worked briefly outside of her home as a single lady and 62 years ago, she married Domenic Poli and together they raised their two sons, Mark and Dean in East Boston. She remained dedicated to home and family,  enjoyed cooking for family gatherings, traveling and spending nearly 30 summers with family in Falmouth.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, Domenic S. Poli and she was the devoted mother of Mark Poli and his wife, Priscilla of Quincy and Dean Poli and his wife, Judy of Melrose; dear sister of Ida DiMichele of East Boston and the late Daniel DiMichele; cherished grandmother of Domenic Poli and his wife, Jennifer of Greenfield and Nicholas Poli of Weymouth. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Quincy Public Schools Special Needs, 34 Coddington St., Quincy, MA 02169. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit:

Barbara Snow

Brave woman who battled Altzheimers

for 10 years with dignity

Barbara (Healy) Snow of East Boston died on December 3.
Barbara was born in East Boston in 1938 and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Eagle Hill. She grew up as the youngest in a large family of brothers she loved dearly.
She graduated from East Boston High School in 1955, where she was recognized as “Most Popular.” Ambitious, Barbara enrolled at Bentley College where she was one of a handful of women to receive a degree in accounting.
In the late 1960s, Barbara met and fell in love with Bill Snow from Jamaica Plain. They would go on to be married in November 1970 – a wedding that Barbara enjoyed talking about for her entire life. “The band played very late; nobody wanted to leave…” Barbara would say when she remembered her wedding.
She credited Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as having inspired her lifelong enthusiasm for reading. She took her children to the library many times during any given week, and instilled a legacy of appreciation for literature and reading.
Barbara and Bill raised four children in East Boston and she deepened her roots to her original community. Friends and neighbors might run into Barbara at swimming lessons at the Umana Harborside, baseball practice at Noyes Park, Girl Scouts at Grace Church, and later basketball and football games to cheer on either of her sons at St. Dominic Savio. Often, she could be found at either of the East Boston branch libraries, scouring the shelves for “mysteries” or “westerns” she had not yet read.
In 1990, Barbara turned her attention to caring for Bill, who had suffered a debilitating stroke. Barbara cared for her husband with love, compassion, and overwhelming dedication. Her strength was an inspiration to her children.
After Bill passed away in 1995, she worked for many years at the Orient Heights library, an environment she loved and had shared with her own children. She thoroughly enjoyed being a library assistant at the Orient Heights library, where she helped others foster their own love for reading.
When Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005, she didn’t veer from her typical traits of resilience, courage, and independence. She was remarkably brave, and battled this disease for ten years with dignity.
Barbara’s family would like to thank the staff at the Belmont Manor, especially Grace, Johnny, Raudaline, Gloria, Marie, Jonathan, Anasta, and Charles, as well as owners Stewart and Susan Karger. These individuals provided Barbara with compassion, warmth, and safety, while her family continued to provide love and affection.

 For that, they are eternally grateful.

She was the cherished wife of the late William Snow; loving mother of Stephanie Snow of Arlington, William and his wife, Alisha of Longmeadow, Allison Snow and   Christopher and his wife, Mary, all of East Boston. She was the Treasured “Nana” to Atticus Fletcher, Ansel Marek and Aidric Healey Snow of Longmeadow and Mackenzie Joy Snow of East Boston. She was the beloved daughter of the late Philip and Monica (Joy) Healey. She is  survived by her brothers Kenneth Healey of Peabody and William Healey of Lenoir, NC. She was the loving sister to the late Philip, John, James and Evelyn Healey and the loving aunt to many nephews and nieces.
Her funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home,  325 Chelsea Street (at Day Sq.) East Boston today, Wednesday, December 9 at 9:15 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in The Sacred Heart Church at 10 a.m.. Relatives and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Barbara’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA02472. For additional information, visit:

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