Obituaries 02-03-2016

Raymond Mayo

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Raymond Mayo of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away January 28. He was 91 years old.

The beloved husband of Lola (Giannoccaro) Mayo with whom he shared 68 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Deborah Mayo and Bradley Mayo and his wife, Linda, all of Winthrop; dear brother of Rose DeVincentis and her husband, Vero of Revere and the late Josephine Nande, Anita Fernandez and Antonio Martinez. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

Vincenzo Nappa

Of Framingham, formerly of East Boston

Vincenzo Nappa of Framingham, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on January 29.

He was the former husband of the late Geraldine (Pastore) Nappa; devoted father of Vincent Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Rockport, Jason Nappa of Westborough, Anthony and his wife, Sarah of Southold, NY and Katrina Nappa and her husband, Michael O’Neil of Santa Monica, CA; dear brother of Caroline LaRosa of East Boston, Carmine Nappa of Watertown, and Rico Nappa of San Francisco, CA. and the late Angelo; cherished grandfather of Leonard Nappa, Tadhg O’Neil and Enzo Nappa and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mr Nappa’s wishes, all services are private and under the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home

Joseph Pezzella

Former East Boston resident

Joseph Pezzella of Falmouth, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully and dignified as he lived surrounded by his loving family on January 28 after a brief illness.

He was the beloved husband for over 58 years to Theresa (Tino)Pezzella of Mashpee, formerly of East Boston; devoted father of Grace Bulmer and her husband, Chip Sr., of Forestdale, Maria Fisher and her husband, Wayne of Mashpee, Virginia Pezzella of Mashpee, Anthony Pezzella and his wife, Lisa of Haverhill and Lisa Fisher and her husband, Glenn, Sr; dear brother of Armando Pezzella of Medford, adored grandfather of Justin, Chip Jr, Bobby, Joey, Glenn, Jr, Olivia, Marissa, Christopher and Alexandra and is also survived by his loving great grandaughter, Stella Luna as well as by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.    Joseph was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring Joseph and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimers Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown 02172 or American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham 01701. For more Information, visit:

Richard Arnone, Sr.

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Richard J. Arnone,  Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on January 29.

He was the devoted father of Richard Jr. and his wife, Kristin of Melrose and Christopher Arnone of Lynn; former husband of Carol (DiChristoforo) DuFault of Florida; dear brother of Phillip of Florida and the late Robert Arnone; loving companion of Maryanne Moscone of Revere and adored grandfather of Jonathan Arnone.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home  (Orient Heights) East Boston.  Cremation services will be held privately. For more information, visit:

Joseph Bocchetti

Active in many area fraternal organizations.

Joseph M. Bocchetti of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, died on Saturday, January 30 at the Lahey Clinic, Burlington following a long illness. He was 80 years old.

Born in Tewksbury and raised in East Boston, he attended Boston Public Schools and entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, proudly serving his country. When “Joe” returned home, he began a career in the construction field. He worked as a “Rigger” for several of the larger construction companies in and around the Boston area. Due to failing health, Joe was forced to retire.

Joe was a  member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1272 Revere, Beachmont V.F.W. Post #6712, American Legion Post #61, Joseph L. Mottola VFW Post # 4524 and The Sons of Italy of Revere.

He was known for being very social and was very active in many of the area’s fraternal organizations. He had a love for playing cards with the guys at many of the social clubs. He especially liked playing “Gin” and “Texas Hold’em”. He was a regular at Suffolk Downs, betting or just socializing. During his life, Joe resided in East Boston, Chelsea and Revere.

He was the loving and devoted father of James J. Bocchetti of Revere, Joseph V. Bocchetti and his wife, Lisa L. of Haverhill and Joanne M. Peters and her husband, Carleton M. of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Vanessa M. Pozerski and her husband, Christopher of Crofton, Maryland., Eric Russano of Revere, Marissa C. and Ashley N. Bocchetti, both of Haverhill; adored great grandfather of Hayden Robert Pozerski. He was the beloved son of the late Vincent Muscara and Concetta “Connie” Bocchetti. He is also lovingly survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107 ) Revere, today, Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere at 11 a.m.. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, N.E. Chapter, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481

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Kempton Montgomery Flemming, Jr.

Of Dorchester

Kempton Montgomery Flemming, Jr. of Dorchester died unexpectedly on January 28.

The loving son of Kempton, Sr. and Cheryl Barrett of East Boston, he was the devoted father of Mila Rose Crosscup Flemming of Topsfield; dear brother of Teresia and Nadane Flemming, both of East Boston, adored grandson of Pansy Merchant of East Boston and Samuel Flemming of St. Croix and the late Miriam and Henry Prentice and is also survived by  many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather in Union Methodist Church, 485 Columbus Avenue, Boston (at the corner of West Newton Street) today, Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. for a period of visitation followed by a funeral service in celebration of Kempton’s life at 11a.m. Internment services will be private. In honoring Kempton and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chrons & Colitis Foundation, 280 Hillside Avenue, Needham, 02494

For additional information, contact Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston  617 569 0990

Anna Recupero

Of East Boston, formerly of Sicily

Anna (Rizzo) Recupero of East Boston, formerly of Sicily, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving and devoted family on January 30.

She was the beloved wife of Giuseppe; devoted mother of Giovanni and his wife, Anna of Chelsea, Francesco, Giuesppe and his wife, Carol, all of East Boston; dear sister of Leo Rizzo of Rhode Island, Salvatore Francesca and Antonia Rizzo, all of Italy and the late Nino and Calogero. She was the adored grandmother of 19, great grandmother of 27 and great great grandmother of five. She also leaves many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Anna’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, February 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again at 8:30 on Thursday morning before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Anna’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Anna being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990.  For more information, visit:

Ruth Callahan

Long time secretary for Boston Schools; family was the cornerstone of her life

Ruth K. (Pero) Callahan of East Boston (who also lived in Braintree from 2009 to 2015) died on January 26. She was 95 years old.

She was born and raised in Boston, graduated from Jeremiah E. Burke High School and worked as a school secretary for the City of Boston for many years.   Ruth was a proud World War II United States Navy WAVE veteran.  The cornerstone of her life was her family which was the foundation of all that was truly important to her. She cherished each of them and they felt the same about her. Ruth will be sadly missed by all those who were fortunate to have known her.

The beloved wife of the late (John) Bernard Callahan and loving mother of Sheila Chiaradonna of Yarmouth and Patricia Callahan of Richmond, Ruth is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Friday, February 5 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy followed by the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to Bershire Place, 290 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. See or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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