Joan Foster-Goggin NE Tel & Tel retiree
Joan M. (O’Leary) Goggin, a 55-year resident of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14 at the West Revere Nursing Center after a long illness. She was 75 years old.
Raised in East Boston and a graduate of Fitton High School, East Boston, Class of 1958, she moved to Revere in 1960. She had a 32 year career with N.E. Tel & Tel (primarily in the mail room) retiring in 1990 and was a long time member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was devoted to her late mother and tended to her until her dying day.
She was the beloved wife of the late John J. Goggin and George T. Foster; the devoted and cherished sister
of John J. O’Leary, Jr. and his wife, Dorothy of Revere; the dear daughter of the late John J. O’Leary Sr. and Jessie (McGreal)) O’Leary and is lovingly survived by her extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and former N.E. Tel & Tel co-workers.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, February 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday, February 18 at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 12 noon. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Bricklayers union activist, investor in properties and art collector
Mario A. Covalucci of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away February 13.
Mario graduated Boston English High School in 1949. He had joined the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Union at age 17. When the draft came, he selected the Seabees, the Construction Forces of the U.S. Navy. Mario led construction projects in Africa and Cuba from 1953 to 1955. When he returned, he attended Wentworth Institute and resumed his career as a masonry supervisor. His work can still be seen in downtown Boston at the Prudential Center apartments and Lord & Taylor building.
As an officer in the bricklayers union, Mario worked to advance fair wages and working conditions. One personal accomplishment was his perseverance and success in fighting to include wives on workers’ health insurance, mainly to protect families during the births of their children.
After a debilitating back injury in 1968, Mario used his G.I. Bill benefit to attend Bentley College, graduating in 1974 with an accounting degree. He spent the second phase of his career owning and investing in properties, and continued to serve the union through the rapid growth in the construction industry during the late ‘60s and ‘70s.
Mario was devoted to his family. After retirement, he traveled the world with his beloved wife Joann and collected art.
He was the beloved husband of the late Joann (Pasto) Covalucci; devoted son of the late Mario T. Covalucci and Alberta (Redmond) Covalucci; father of Celeste High of Dover, and Renee Covalucci of Concord and the grandfather of three grandchildren.
Family and friends will honor Mario’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St Revere today, Wednesday, February 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.and again at 9:30 a.m.Thursday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his name at 10:30 a.m.. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at pancan.org/donate to honor the cherished memory of Joann Covalucci. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com
Former John Hancock insurance broker and owner and operator of area businesses
Josephine (Barbanti) Keith of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on February 7. She was in her 94th year.
Josephine was born in Boston on June 15,1922. She was an insurance broker for John Hancock for many years and also operated her father’s bar in Boston. After selling the bar, she opened a laundry in Winthrop. Then, as she was approaching retirement age, she sold that as well and enjoyed her retirement before going into the Everett Nursing and Rehab.Center where she passed away.
She was the beloved wife of the late Larry Keith; loving daughter of the late Phil and Mary Barbanti and is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Jeanne Marie Winter
Of Point of Pines, Revere,
formerly of East Boston
Jeanne Marie (Raffo) Winter of Point of Pines, Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly in her home on February 9.
She was the devoted mother of Jason and Melissa Brooks, both of East Boston; dear sister of twins Andrea Barone and Danielle DeVarne and is also survived by her cherished grandson, Jason Jr. as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend Jeanne’s memorial funeral mass in celebration of her life on Saturday, February 20 in St Joseph St Lazarus Church, East Boston at 11 a.m. Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 0990. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Past member of the Orient Heights Civic Association and Orient Heights Community Center member
George V. DeStefano, a lifelong East Boston resident, passed away peacefully in the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on February 14.
George was a past member of the Orient Heights Civic Association, Orient Heights Community Center and a US Navy veteran of World War II.
The beloved husband of the late Mary (Filipponi) DeStefano, he was the devoted father of Eleanor Fisher and her husband, Gary and Joanie Pennacchio and her husband, Frank, all of Peabody; dear brother of Richard DeStefano and his wife, Josephine of Malden and the late Catherine Stanziani,Vincent “Snooky” DeStefano and his surviving wife, Claire of Salem; cherished grandfather of Robert Fisher, Michelle Wolowicz and her, husband, John and Michael and Frankie Pennacchio and adored great grandfather of Brianna Wolowicz. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather on Friday, February 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., Orient Heights East Boston and again on Saturday, February 20 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to St Joseph St Lazarus Church for a Funeral Mass in celebration of George’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with George being laid to rest with military honors with his beloved wife, Mary at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For complimentary transportation to the funeral home for the visiting hours please call 617-569-0990. For more information, please visit ruggieromh.com
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Anthony Sacco of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully surrounded by his loving and devoted family on February 14.
He was the beloved husband of the late Rose (DeLeo)Sacco; devoted father of Karen Bryant and her husband, Frederick of Winthrop and Susan Guarino and her husband, John of Revere; dear brother of the late Peter J. Sacco Jr.; cherished grandfather of Sean and his companion, Liz Ryan, Connor and his wife, Maya and Victoria. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Anthony’s life by gathering on Thursday, February 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Friday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass celebrating Anthony’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Anthony being laid to rest with Military Honors with his beloved wife, Rose in Woodlawn Cemetery. May they both rest in peace.
In honoring Anthony and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston
Mary E. “Betty” (Daye) Gleeson of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on February 13.
She was the beloved wife for over 60 years of Edward “Buddy” Gleeson; devoted mother of Edward Gleeson of Winthrop, Tracy Wilson and her husband, Kenneth of Hampton N.H. and Doreen Gleeson and her loving companion, Charles DiGiacomo of Winthrop; dear sister of Shelia and Dennis Daye, both of Winthrop and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, February 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Mary’s life at 10 a.m.Services will conclude with Mary being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit: www.ruggieromh.com