Obituaries 11-09-2016

John Paul Borden, Sr.

Long time Harvard University animal caretaker/ handler; former taxi driver for Tunnel Cab in East Boston

John Paul Borden, Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, passed away peacefully at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on November 4 from an advancing illness. He was 79 years old.

 Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (MacNeil) Borden, he was best known as Paul to family and friends.  He was first raised in Chelsea where Paul’s father passed away when he was a young boy.  As a school age lad, he settled in East Boston with his mother and step-father Tim Moore and at the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Army and served honorably during the Korean Conflict.  Discharged in 1958, he returned to East Boston, married and began raising his family.

He worked for many years with Harvard University, Dept. of Animal Research, as an animal caretaker and handler.  For the past 15 years, he was the devoted husband and companion of Marie Cifuini, together residing in East Boston.  He also worked as a chauffeur/taxi driver for Tunnel Cab in East Boston for several years.

During his lifetime Paul enjoyed attending racing sports at Suffolk Downs and Wonderland Park, visiting, socializing and conversing over a good cup of hot coffee with family and friends.  He always held a special spot in his heart for his late pet ferret “Candy” and cat “JJ.”

 He is survived by his beloved companion and wife of 15 years, Marie Ann Cifiuni of East Boston and his first wife, Janet Borden of New Hampshire. He was the devoted father of Raymond E. Borden, Sr. and his wife, Paulina of Winthrop, Ernest DiPiero and his fiancé, Elizabeth Karnofsky of Dracut and the late Joseph Paul Borden, Jr.; cherished grandfather of Raymond E. Borden, Jr., Mariah Rae Borden, Brandon Dunn, Anthony Russo, Daelan DiPiero Efthimios and Evangelos Georgakakis and the adoring great-grandfather of Jayce Ray Borden-Sandborn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.  Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be held a later date.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to an animal rescue league. or the American Diabetes Assoc.

Alexander LaVertue

Of Athol, formerly of East Boston

Alexander R. LaVertue, Sr. of Athol, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 4.

A past member of Friends Club, The Bunker,  ITAM and Revere Moose, he was the beloved father of Jessica LaVertue of Billerica and Alexander R. Jr.; loving son of Ronald LaVertue and his wife, Diane of Winthrop, and Kristine McMahon and her deceased husband, Richard of East Boston; dear brother of André LaVertue and his wife, Misty of Manchester, New Hampshire, and Carl “CJ” LaVertue of East Boston; longtime companion of Janice Decareau of East Boston and cherished uncle of Alexis and André LaVertue.

Family and friends will honor Alexander’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, November 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service in our Serenity Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Committal services will be private. In honoring Alexander’s memory and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to

For complimentary transportation to the funeral home for visitation, please call 617-569-0990. For more information please visit

Alfonse Catrozolo

Of East Boston

Alfonse Catrozolo of East Boston died peacefully on November 2

A US Army veteran, he was the loving brother of Ann Kavjian, Emily Catarouzolo and the late Lucy Tordiglione, Florence Quagenti and Elena Najaryan and is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews,

Family and friends will honor Al’s life  today, Wednesday, November 9 at St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street. East Boston with a memorial Funeral Mass celebrating his life at 11a.m. In honor of Alfonse’s life  and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to St Lazarus Church Building Fund. For more information, visit: Arrangements are with the personal care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 617 569 0990

Marion Morani

Past member of the East Boston Social Center and 40-year volunteer at St. Anthony’s Bingo in Revere

Marion E. Morani of East Boston passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on November 2.

Marion was a volunteer of Saint Anthony’s Bingo in Revere for over 40 years and was a past member of the East Boston Social Center.

The beloved wife of the late Thomas L.A. Morani, she was the devoted mother of Thomas Morani and his wife, Martha of Mansfield, Marian Lowd of East Boston, William Morani and his wife, Shirley of East Boston and the late Richard Morani; cherished grandmother of ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and her very special late great-granddaughter. Marion was pre-deceased by 16 brothers and sisters and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services  concluded with Marion being laid to rest with her beloved husband in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. For more information,  please visit

Amedeo Gnerre

Long time proprietor of A & L Bakery

Amedeo Gnerre of East Boston died peacefully on Novembr 2.

The proprietor of A & L Bakery on Sumner Street, East Boston for many years, he was the beloved husband for more than 46 years to Rita (Cotugno) Gnerre; devoted father of Antonio Gnerre and his wife, Linda of Revere and Louis and Maria Lisa Gnerre, both of East Boston; dear brother of Angela Giangregio of Italy and the late Agnese Colella, Ciriaco, Luigi, Cosimo and Antonio Gnerre and the adored grandfather of Sofia Maria Gnerre.

Funeral arrangements were the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In honoring Amedeo’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Lung Association, 25 Spring St.,  Walpole 02081. For more information, visit:

Rose Tromba

Of East Boston

Rose (Bertuccio) Tromba of East Boston passed away on November 3. She was 96 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Saverio Tromba, she was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred and Concetta (Cambria) Bertuccio and dear sister of the late Antonina Correia, Olympia Famolare, Anna Aceto, John, Salvatore and Alfred Bertuccio. She is lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “ Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Winthrop Place, 26 Sturgis St., Winthrop, MA 02152. For guest book:

Anthony Bernabei

Retired Operating Engineer of Glorida, formerly of East Boston

Anthony Bernabei of Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, loving son of the late Antonio and Anna Bernabei, passed away on October 25 after a long illness.

He attended schools in Boston and Brighton and graduated as a licensed pipe fitter from the Peterson School of Steam. He became a licensed Operating Engineer and was a member of the Boston Branch of the International Union of Operating Engineers, local 4 for 59 years.

Tony was a creative, inventive and intelligent man who had fond memories of his childhood on Cottage Street. He had great friends and loved his get togethers with family and friends. A true patriot with a strong knowledge of history and a collector of World War II books of battles and their leaders often reviewed through his library of videos and audio tapes.

After retiring, he moved to Green Acres, Florida where  he volunteered for the Palm Beach County Citizens on Patrol. He also served on the board of the Pine Ridge 3.

He resided with his wife Adele Shality Bernabei until his passing. He will also be sadly missed by his sister, Jeannie Gaeta and husband, Russell Engebretson; daughters Ellisa Peterson and Tammy Zak, sons-in-law, Scott Peterson and Edward Zak and his six grandchildren: Amanda, Zack, Paige, Morgan, Lexie and Luke.

His funeral will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church. 2892 Congress Ave Palm Springs, Florida. Donations may be made to hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. 5300 East Avenue. W Palm Beach, FL 33407.

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