Obituaries 08-09-2017

Virginia Facada

Of East Boston

Virginia C. (Centeio) Facada of East Boston died, peacefully on August 5th in her 99th year.

The beloved wife of 69 years to Manuel Facada, she was the devoted mother of John Facada and his wife, Alice Lippert of Virginia and Albert Facada and his wife, Roberta of East Boston and the dear sister of the late Antonio Centeio.

Family and friends will honor Virginia’s life in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston today,  Wednesday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Virginia being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information,  please visit

Marilyn Jean Limongiello

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Marilyn Jean (Tuttavilla) Limongiello of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on August 2. She was 68 years old.

Marilyn was employed as a clerk at Peabody City Hall for more than 31 years until her illness.

She was the devoted wife of the late Robert Limongiello, daughter of the late Louis and Sophia Mary (DeFilippo) Tuttavilla, loving mother of David Louis Limongiello and his wife, Shanda Coughlin and their daughter, Cayleigh, all of Peabody; beloved sister of Rosann Tuttavilla and Elaine and her husband, Donald J Leete, all of East Boston; loving grandmother of Katelyn and Tyler  and their mother, Lisa Larson Limongiello, all of Beverly. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Following cremation, visiting hours will be held on Sunday from 3 until 6 p.m. followed by her Funeral Service at 6 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Burial services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Marian Manor Nursing Home, 130 Dorchester St., Boston, MA 02127 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.  For directions and on-line obituary, visit:

Mary Pilcher

Of East Boston

Mary (Bottaro) Pilcher of East Boston passed away on August 4. She was 89 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Henry Pilcher, she was the loving mother of David

Pilcher and his wife, Carolanne of New Hampshire and Trina Sugrue and her

husband, Paul of North Carolina; dear sister of the late Rose Rizzo, Connie Larson,

Josephine Palladino, Catherine “Babe” Pilato, Anthony, Nicholas, Mario, and John Bottaro and cherished grandmother of Ryan Sugrue, Alexis

and Jackson Pilcher. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, August 9 at 9:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Mary’s name at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book and directions:

Helen James

50 year Filene’s employee

Helen M. (D’India) James, a lifelong resident of East Boston. died on July 30 at the age of 93.

Helen was born in Boston on November 15, 1923 to Michalangelo and Agtha (Franco) D’India. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and later in life volunteered at local hospice organizations helping make blankets and other items for seniors. She was an employee for over 50 years of Filene’s. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the devoted mother of Thomas C. James and his wife, Harriet of Fitchburg, Laura E. Valente and her husband, John of Port St. Lucie, FL, Brian F. James and his wife, Denise of Wilmington, Pamela A. Rose and her husband, Robert of Wilmington and the late Charles E. James. The dear sister of George D’India and Michael D’India, she was predeceased by 10 brothers and sisters and was the adored grandmother of James, Timothy, Jennifer, Robert, Jack, Rebecca and Valerie and the cherished great-grandmother of Ariel and Mackayla. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Helen’s remains were entombed beside her beloved son, Charles at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Lee Forgione

Passionate advocate for the elderly

Lee O. (Casiello) Forgione, of Medford, an East Boston native and a 40 year resident of Chelsea, died on August 3 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center of Medford following a brief illness. She was 97 years old.

Born and raised in Eat Boston, “Lee” was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1937. She lived in East Boston until 1957 when she and her family moved to Chelsea where they lived for more than 40 years. Her beloved and faithful husband, Robert A. Forgione passed on November 24, 1994.

In 1997, Lee moved to the Riverside Apartments for Seniors of Medford where she remained until a year ago when she became a resident of Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center.

At the Kraft Apartments for Elderly Seniors in Chelsea, she began her career as an advocate for the elderly and for the justice due them. She was the President of the Residents Advocacy Organization in Chelsea and later at Riverside Apartments of Medford. Over the years, “Lee” helped secure excellent living and recreational advantages for seniors in Chelsea and Medford.  She was the recipient of several awards from the governments of Chelsea and Medford for her contributions to and her work for seniors. Her family agrees that the zeal with which she crusaded was the true reason for her longevity. She would have celebrated her 98th birthday this coming November 23.

While still a resident of Chelsea, and on a visit with “Lee,” she was asked exactly what she did in her organizations for the seniors, she replied, “….I work hard, very hard for these folks – after all, some of them have no one and nothing. So you could say I am passionate in my work for the elderly seniors and for the justice due them.”

Lee was a woman of faith and grace, so referring to the Bible, particularly, the Book of Proverbs, the passage, a Valiant Woman, “…Praise her for the many fine things she does. Give her a share in what her hands have worked for and let her works tell her praises at the City Gates.”

The cherished mother of Robert A. Forgione, Jr. and his wife, Joan L of New Orleans, LA, she was the proud grandmother of Robert A. Forgione, III and his wife, Rosylene of Swampscott and Leanne M. Forgione of Marblehead; the dear sister of the late Agnes L Marandola, Vera LaCorrazza, Jennie Barbaro, Louise King, Elena Dittmer, John, Albert, Angelo, Joseph and Samuel Casiello. She is also lovingly survived by many caring and devoted nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, please visit:

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