Obituaries 05-25-2016

Edith Hunt

Former East Boston resident

Edith (Nastari) Hunt of Lexington, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully on May 22.

She was the devoted mother of Nadine Solomon of Arlington; dear sister of Eleanora Olivolo and the late Rose DeFeo, Gus, Al, Anthony and Ralph Nastari; cherished grandmother of Joseph Solomon and his wife, Deborah, adored great grandmother of Jacob Solomon and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews Family and friends will honor Edith’s life by gathering  today, Wednesday, May 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights)East Boston with a prayer service in our Serenity Chapel at 7:45 p.m. Cremation service  private. In honoring Edith’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990.  For more information,  please visit

Joyce DiGenio

Active 40 Year plus life member officer of Beachmont VFW Auxiliary

Joyce (Eldridge) DiGenio died on May 22 at the Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation Center in Saugus. She was 60 years old.

Joyce was a very active life member and officer for 40 plus years of the Beachmont VFW Auxiliary 6712. She volunteered much of her time to the Beachmont Post and our veterans.

The loving wife of 29 years of Joseph DiGenio of East Boston, she was born in Woburn and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary (Cutcliffe) Eldridge. Joyce was the sixth child born of a loving family of 10 siblings. She is survived by her brothers and sisters: Judy Clark, Ronald, Janet and John Eldridge of East Boston, June Dennen of Wakefield and Edward Eldridge of Windham, NH. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and was predeceased by her siblings: Charles, Jacqueline and Eugene Eldridge, Jr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to Beachmont VFW Auxiliary 6712 – Cancer Research, 150 Bennington St., Revere, MA 02151.

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Lena Cantone

Of Revere

Lena Cantone of Revere died on May 17.

The beloved daughter of the late Felix and Anna (Galli) Cantone, she was the dear sister of the late Carmella Stuppia, Nicholas, Louie, George, Vincent, Victor and Andrew Cantone and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday May 26 at 9 a.m. followed by Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Calogero Nano

Of East Boston, formerly of Sicily

Calogero Nano of East Boston, formerly of Sicily, died peacefully on May 20.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Rosaria (Paci), devoted father of Damiano and his fiancé, Rosa of Revere, Bobby and his wife, Christine of  Saugus, Vinny and his wife,  Sarina of Montreal and the late Lina; dear brother of Giuseppe Nano and the late Alessandro Nano; cherished grandfather of Rosaria, Charls, Charles, Charlie and Alexa and adored great grandfather of Favian, Dario and Damiano. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will honor Mr. Nano’s life by gathering on Friday, May 27 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 Saturday before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Mr.  Nano’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Mr. Nano being laid to rest with his beloved daughter in the community mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. May they both rest in peace.

In honor of Mr. Nano’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St.  Boston 02114.  For complimentary transportation to the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information, please visit:

Mary Louise D’Avella

Of East Boston

Mary Louise (Surette) D’Avella of East Boston died peacefully in the Don Orione Home on May 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis D’Avella; devoted mother of Leslie and Paul Bunnelle, both of East Boston; dear sister of the late John Surette; cherished  companion of many years to the late Patsy Camarano; adored grandmother of Lori and Sheryl and loving great grandmother of Alexa, Vanessa, Colin and Caylen.

In accordance with her wishes, funeral services are private and with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home. For more information, visit:

Amalia ‘Mary’ Rotigliano

Of Beverely, formerly of East Boston

Amalia M. “Mary’ (DeAngelis) of Beverly, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on May 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Rotigliano; devoted mother of Anthony Rotigliano and his wife, Annette of Peabody; dear sister of the late Speranza and Carmen DeAngelis; cherished grandmother of Tanya Thorpe and her husband, Bill of Amesbury, Michael Rotigliano and his wife, Jennifer of Salem and adored great grandmother of Victoria, Olivia, Addison, Amalia and Michaela. She is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.  Mary was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery with her beloved husband, Michael. May they rest in peace. In honoring Mrs. Rotigliano and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haborlight House, 1 Monument Square. Beverly 01915.   For more information, visit:

Bessie Donnarumma

Retired stitcher and office worker

Bessie (Emma) Donnarumma of Revere passed away on Sunday, May 22 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness. She was 94 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she come to live in Revere over 70 years ago. “Bessie” worked as a stitcher in Boston’s Garment District and then spent several years with the former firm of O’Brien & Russell Insurance as a clerk, retiring at age 62. “Bessie enjoyed her family and home most of all.

She was the wife of the late Anthony Donnarumma and the devoted mother of Rose M MacPherson and her companion, David Tucker and John A. Donnaruma and his wife, Cheryl, all of Revere; the cherished grandmother of Donna M. MacPherson and her husband, Donny Higgins of Revere, John F. McPherson, Jr. of Michigan, William A. MacPherson, John A. Donnaruma, Jr. and his wife, Annapaula, all of Revere and Taryn Crotty and her husband, Jason of Scituate. She is also lovingly survived by great grandchildren: Timothy, Piper, Saxton, Emma, Ashley and Tristan and one great great grandson, Michael. She was also the sister of the late Mary Landolfi, Rose Alferi and Jenny Palumbo. Many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews also survive her.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, May 27 at 9 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit:

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