Obituaries 03-08-2017

Anthony ‘Tony’ Viscione

Former Proprietor of Frank’s Market

of East Boston

Anthony F. “Tony” Viscione, born and raised in East Boston and a former 25-year resident of Revere, died following a long illness on Friday evening, March 3 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers. He was 78 years old.

He was a 1956 graduate of Boston Trade School for Boys. Although he majored in carpentry during his high school training, he really never used his skill in his life work. The family long-held ownership and full operation of Frank’s Market (Corner of Trenton and Prescott Streets) in East Boston where “Tony” would spend most of his working career as an expert meat cutter. The family enjoyed a consistent reputation for quality, professionalism and cleanliness at their market.

After the passing of Uncle Jerry, Uncle Lou, Grampa and Uncle Frank (Tony’s Dad), the family decided to sell the business. However, Tony took some well deserved vacation time and then began to get bored. So a return to work was decided. He worked for several markets along the way and then spent about eight years with MacKinnon’s Markets. He finally retired at age 70.

He suffered the loss of his wife, Joan F. (Dantona) Viscione on April 4, 1990 to metastatic endometrial carcinoma. He mourned her intensely until God sent him an angel, namely, Susan M. Huuskonen. For the past 23 years. Susan has occupied a special place in Tony’s life and that of his three daughters.

The cherished father of Andrea Zecha, Rosemarie Villani and her husband, Michael and Janet O’Connor and her husband, Thomas, all of West Peabody, he is the cherished grandfather of Alysse Zecha and her fiancee, Kyle Schneider of Weehawken, New Jersey, Joanna F. Zecha of Somerville, Steven A. Villani, John R. Villani, Olivia J. O’Connor and Matthew S. O’Connor, all of West Peabody; the dear brother of Rosalie T. Gillis of Winthrop and he is also lovingly survived by his faithful long-time companion, Susan M. Huuskonen and her family of Salem, his former son-in-law, former Chelsea Alderman, Frank J. Zecha, his two nephews, James Gillis and his wife, Christine and John Gillis and his wife, Julie, all of Winthrop.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, March 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere.  His funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, March 10 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate

Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.), Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information, please visit

Mary Abate

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Mary A. Abate of Revere, formerly East Boston, passed away peacefully on March 3.

The beloved wife of the late Alfred Abate, she was the devoted mother of Diane M. Lucas and her husband, Malcolm Stone of New Hampshire, Nancy (Bua) Ranese of Revere, Lisa Abate and her husband, Randy Boyd of Connecticut; dear sister of Charles DiPerri and Elena Brown, and the late John DiPerri, Phyllis Jalbert and Rose Abate; cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Mary being laid to rest with her beloved husband in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody. May they both rest in peace. For more information, please visit

Jo-Anne Vasco

Properietor of Jo-Anne’s Barber Shop in Winthrop

Jo-Anne Vasco of East Boston passed away peacefully on March 1.

Jo-Anne was the proprietor and beautician of Jo-Anne’s Barber Shop in Winthrop and a member of the Winthrop Elks.

The devoted mother of Robin St. Pierre and her husband, Donald of Eliot, Maine, she was the dear sister of Lillian Demopoulos of Wells, Maine and the late William Vasco; cherished grandmother of April, Donald and Dylan St. Pierre and Stefanie Demarco; beloved great-grandmother of Adrianna and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Committal services were at Saint Demetrios Hellenic Orthodox Cemetery, Biddeford, Maine.  In honoring Jo-Anne and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 186 Bradley Street, Saco, Maine 04072. For more information, please visit


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