Obituaries 05-11-2016

Anthony DeSimone

Of East Boston

Anthony L DeSimone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on May 9 at the age of 38.

He was the loving son of Norina (Capone) and the late Antonio DeSimone, both of Revere, dear brother of Franco DeSimone of Revere, cherished uncle of Anthony Gabriell and Nicholas DeSimone and is also survived by many adored aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will honor Anthony’s life by gathering on Friday, May 13 in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8:30 Saturday morning before leaving in procession to St Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass in celebration of his life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Anthony being laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Funeral home is handicapped accessible, children’s lounge available, courtesy valet parking front entrance of funeral home. For complimentary transportation to funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information:

Helen McDonough

Of East Boston

Helen McDonough,of East Boston passed away on Saturday, May 7. She was 66 years old.

The cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Helen (Clough) McDonough, she was the loving mother of Chad McDonough of East Boston; adored grandmother of Chad Jr. and Nicholas; caring sister of MaryLou McDonough and Patricia Dell Orfano, both of East Boston, Joan Spadorcia of Danvers, Thomas McDonough of N. Reading, James McDonough of Saugus and Kenny McDonough of Stoneham.

Family and friends will honor Helen’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere on Thursday, May 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a service beginning at 7:30 p.m. Committal is Private. At the family’s request, please OMIT flowers. For guestbook and directions

Carmela Migliore

Former proprietor of George’s Market

Carmela (Cinelli) Migliore of East Boston died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on May 6.

The former proprietor of George’s Market on Meridian Street, East Boston, she was the devoted mother of Anthony of West Peabody, Catherine and Ida of East Boston and the late

Louis Migliore; dear sister of Barbara Nese of East Boston, Antoinette Passaro of Winthrop, Elizabeth Marano of Somerville and Nicholas Cinelli of Florida; cherished grandmother of Clarissa, Olivia and Louis and is also survived by her loving great granddaughter, Sofia and by many adored nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. She was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Walter Christopher Davis

Of East Boston and Virginia

Walter Christopher “Chris” Davis of East Boston and Virginia Beach, VA, passed unexpectedly on May 3. He was 37 years old.

The beloved son of Helen D. (Keohane) and Walter A. Davis Jr. of Revere, he was the brother of Lisa Martin, Kelley and her husband, Lawson Wagner, all of Chelsea, Frederick Martin of Stoughton, Mark Davis of Newton, Joseph and Sean Davis, both of Revere, Rosemarie, Lori and Jessica Martin, all of Brookline; step-son of Marie Martin of Brookline; former husband of Melody Criger of Virginia and step-father of Mikayla and Brennan Criger, both of Virginia; uncle of Amanda Aguilar, Angela Rosa, Melissa Quirk and Lawson Wagner Jr. and great uncle to Christopher, Ahriana, and Isabella Aguilar, Michael Wagner and Dylan Ryan.

A friend, mentor, father figure, counselor and shoulder to lean on for many, he will be deeply missed.

Funeral arrangements are by the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston.

Gesamino DiPerre

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Gesamino DiPerre of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on May 2 in his 98th year.

 A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of over 58 years of Theresa (Straccamoro) DiPerre; devoted father of Robbin and his wife, Charlotte of New Hampshire, Wanda Morell and her husband, Jim of Florida, Dennis of Waltham, Brian of Auburndale and the late Kevin DiPerre and Deloris Hennessey and her surviving husband, Stephen of Hanson; dear brother of Mary Bergeron of Danvers and the late Richard, Alfred, Joseph, John, Salvatore DiPerre, Rose Zappulla, Mary Vincent  and Palma Faldetta. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Gesamino being laid to rest with military honors in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Jean Ann Festa

Leaves behind her most cherished gift from God– her family

Jean Ann (Carfagna) Festa of California, born and raised in East Boston, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer on May 1. She was 61 years old.

The loving daughter of Eleanor Carfagna (Abbott) and the late Alfred Carfagna, Jeanie leaves behind her devoted husband, David Foley of Los Angeles CA who has been by her side for 28 years; two beautiful children who she loves with all her heart: Richard Festa of Pasadena, CA and Renee Festa of Hollywood, CA and Richard’s fiancee, Shelly Rego.

The sunshine of her life was her granddaughter, Gianna Marie Festa and her mother, the late Adriana Schettino who is always remembered with love.

Jeanie leaves two brothers and a sister who she loves dearly and their spouses: Alfred Carfagna and his wife, Joanne Caputo-Carfagna, Carol Foley and her husband John Foley, Richard Carfagna and his wife, Mary Carfagna and two nieces, Emilia and Aria.

Jeanie shares her heart deeply with her in laws Marilyn and Frank Rodriguez, Robert and Debbie Foley, Donna Foley and her neice, Marilyn Foley and Kevin and Ricky Foley.

Special love goes to Tom Gay, a beloved family member, the Carli family: Paul, Denise and Shawn who share 37 years of friendship and the ever-loving Schettino Family.

Cookie – mommy is coming home.

Per her wishes, no formal service will be held.  She asked that friends and family remember her and celebrate her life by spending time with their families. Condolences can be sent online at: and cards and notes can be sent to Jeanie and Dave at 880 W. 1st Street #402, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Olympia “Lee” Mulloy

Of Orient Heights East Boston

Olympia “Lee” (Fiore) Mulloy of Orient Heights, East Boston died on May 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late William F. Mulloy; mother of the late Doreen Hardiman and Sandra O’Brien; sister of Teresa Niekirk, Dorothy Flammia, Lillian Giles, Anthony Fiore, Patricia Doria and the late Mary Campanaro and Jeanette Ferro; grandmother of Lisa, Deborah, Derek and Steven O’Brien and George Hardiman; great-grandmother of John Borgasano Jr, Danielle Borgosano, Erica O’Brien, Frank Borgosano, Derek O’Brien Jr, Sandra and Billy O’Brien. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For additional information, visit:

Donna Montalto

Worked in Human Services for over 25 years

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday May 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Donna M. (Recupero) Montalto who died at her Revere home on May 6 following a five month battle with lung cancer. She was 55 years old.

Her Funeral Mass will follow at 12 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the family moved to Revere in 1968 and she was a 1978 graduate of Revere High School. She held an Associates Degree in Business Administration and worked for more than 25 years in Human Resources & Health Services particularly with the Elliott Human Services and Community Health Services as office manager.

The beloved wife of 26 years to Mark R. Montalto Sr., she was the cherished mother of Mark R. ‘Marko’ Montalto, Jr. and Franki T. Montalto, both of Revere; the adored daughter of Theresa (Fantasia) Recupero of Revere and the late Frank Recupero; dear sister to Raymond Ray Recupero and his wife, Mary of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by an extended family of friends and other reatives. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Dr. Daniel B. Costa, MD (for cancer research) at BIDMC, 1000 Broadway, Chelsea MA 02150. For additional information, please visit

Frances Gaeta

Devout Catholic and retiree of Stone & Webster

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, May 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Frances M. “Auntie Frances” Gaeta, who died on Thursday, May 5 at Kindred Hospital – Boston North of Peabody following a lifetime battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 78 years old.

Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, May 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 10 a.m.

Born and raised in East Boston, the family moved to White Street in 1928 and Francis, who was born on May 1, 1938, always lived in the family home. She was a 1956 graduate of East Boston High School and a graduate of Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School of Boston. She began her career with Stone & Webster as a data entry clerk and rose to the position of Superisor and Ofice Manager which she held for more than 26 years. The constant debility with chronic obstructive pulmonay disease necessitated her early retirement.

As a devoted daughter, sister, “AUNTIE,” cousin, niece and friend, Frances would want to be remembered as a devout and faithful member of her Roman Catholic Faith and a most practicing and proud parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish of East Boston. Her legacy arrives from the etraordinary exemplars of her mother’s family who were long time parishioners at the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church at Jeffries Point. For years Frances’ mother, Anna M. (Severino), was with her sisters in the direct operation and success of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. Frances’ dear aunt, Rose Severino, was the “bench organist” at the church for over 50 years. Frances’ mom was a most gifted gown designer and custom dress maker. Her talents rendered many many altar linens and church vestments. Frances assisted her mother always with the sewing and final intricate detail work necessary for the completion of the many church linens and vestments. The generosity of the Gaeta family was not just confined to Mt. Carmel and Sacred Heart Parishes in East Boston but throughout the Archdiocese. Many of their gifts of linens, vestments, statuary etc. still grace the altars and sanctuaries of seminaries and convents throughout the North Shore area.

In spite of her own infirmity, Frances cared and nutured al the family members who have passed before her. She was the beloved daughter of the late Dante H. and Anna M. (Severino) Gaeta and the dear sister to the late Gerard C. “Sonny,” Alessandro L. “Alec,” Carmen A. and Dante H. Gaeta, Jr; the cherished aunt to Nanina C. Gaeta-Coletta and her husband, Edward J. of East Boston, Rosemary F. Murray of Revere, Alessandra Gaeta-Marrera and her husband, Miguel of Brockton, Gerard C. Gaeta of Connecticut, Dante Gaeta and his wife, Ksenia of Salem, MA, Regina Gaeta-Santoro and her husband, Derek of Eat Boston and the late Eugene A. Gaeta, US Navy and Thomas P. Murray; dear sister in law of Sally T. Gaeta and Martha A. Gaeta, both of East Boston and Jude Peterson-Gaeta of Maine and Florida. She was the loving grand aunt to Christopher E. Coletta and his wife Mavis of Baltimore, Maryland, Angela F. Coletta and her husband, Rick Acaved of East Boston, Eliabeth A. Gaeta-Sanders and her husband, Jason of Memphis, Tennessee, Kathryn R. and Rachel C. Murray, both of Revere, Gabriela D. Coletta of East Boston and the late Matthew T. Murray. She was the proud great grand aunt of Gianna, Jason and Alessandro and the most appreciative friend of Paul Verbanas of Burlington.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Sacred Heart Parish, 103 Paris St., East Boston Ma 02128. For additional information, please visit

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