Obituaries 08-16-2017

Ronald Catena

Boston and Florida public and political activist

Ronald A. Catena of Ft. Lauderdale Florida, formerly of East Boston and Revere, passed away on August 3 at Holy Cross Hospital, Florida after a short battle with cancer.

Ron spent most of his working life in Boston, directing public and political affairs  for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and the Massachusetts Water Resources  Authority. He was also very involved in Boston politics. Ron loved to travel, touring Europe  and beyond with his dear friends Marcia MacClary and Dick and Diane Pabich.

He moved to Ft. Lauderdale 12 years ago. Once Ron decided to set down “new roots” in South Florida, he was anxious for things to do, places to go, and, of course, people to meet. He was already a member of the Boston Prime Timers group. And so he joined the Ft. Lauderdale affiliate.

He became active in his Condominium Association, making friends with most of  the friendly, gracious folks who lived there, throwing lavish dinner parties and joining its   board for a while. Ron was always the jokester at a party. You could always be sure  everyone would be laughing.

But he was also socially aware and politically active, so he sought out other avenues: the Dolphin Democrats (through which he made many lasting political allies) and, dearest to his heart, SAGE of South Florida (an independent affiliate of SAGE USA) advocating for LGBT rights in general and senior rights in particular. He served as Board Vice President four years, and was elected Board President in March of  2017.

Ron was the son of the late Rose and Frank Catena and brother of the late Michael   Catena. Ron is survived by his aunt, Irene Moscariello, several nieces, nephews and cousins, especially his close cousin, Melanie Curley and her family, and by many close friends.

He will always be remembered for his wit and his love of life.

A Mass will be celebrated on August 16  at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere followed by burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Friends and family are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. For online guest book, visit:

Nicholas  DiCicco

“Nick the Barber” – 18 times named

Best of Boston

Nicholas “Nick the Barber” DiCicco of East Boston died on August 13.

Nick was a well-known barber in Boston who worked for many years at The Park Plaza Hotel, and was named Best of Boston 18 times.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (Durgin); devoted father of Norine DiCicco, Janine Raffaele and her husband, Frank, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Angelo Raffaele and Joann Bairos and great grandfather of Gabriella and Dominic Bairos; dear brother of Anthony of East Boston, Linda Giordano of Everett, Sarah Zirpolo of East Boston and the late Thomas, Charles, George, Joseph, John, Capina, Roseann and Rita. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday August 17 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit:

Frank Petrucelli

Retired 50- year General Sales Manager for Portland Pipe & Supply Nationwide

Frank Petrucelli, of North Reading and an East Boston native, passed away at ’99 years young,’ following a brief illness on Thursday, August 10 at Wingate of Andover.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was a member of the class of 1936 at East Boston High School. Frank and his dear families were natives of Jeffries’ Point, East Boston all their lives, until moving to North Reading 23 years ago. From his early youth, until his untimely passing, he would qualify to become an award-winning time-keeper, score-keeper for all of our beloved Boston sports teams. Next to his dear family and his God, sports took the lead. However, to capture on paper his feelings and love of family would be an impossible task. In this rushed and often unfeeling society, Frank stands above the rest for his continued celebration of family, family ties and family traditions.

His place in the work world is marked, particularly for his work ethic and the zeal he inspired to many colleagues. He was an institution at Portland Pipe & Supply –  Nationwide for over 50 years as their General Sales Manager. He retired at age 76. Over the years, he received many commendations and awards for service above and beyond.

Frank passed on August 10, exactly 15 years to the day that Jennie passed in 2002.

He was the cherished father of Robert N. Petrucelli and his wife, Claire M. (Moynihan) Petrucelli of Norwell and Lorraine C. D’Agostino and her husband, Edward J. of North Reading, with whom, Frank made his home;  the devoted grandfather of Michele L. Sabbia of North Reading, Robert M. Petrucelli and his wife, Jeanna of Norwell, Edward J. D’Agostino, Jr. of North Reading and Kristine K. Campbell and her husband, Charles “Chuck” of Hanover. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law, Margaret Landolfi of North Reading and his 10 great grandchildren: John M. Sabbia, Marisa M. Sabbia and Nic E. Sabbia, all of North Reading; Robbie M. Petrucelli, Ryan J., Luke M., Nolan A. and Jennie M. Petrucelli, all of Norwell and Kylie C. and Charlie R. Campbell, both of Hanover. He was the dear brother to the late Rose Consalvi, Lucy Albanese, Josephine Ciampolillo and Anthony Petruccelli. Many caring nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews also survive him.

His Funeral will begin in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Theresa of Lisieux Parish, 63 Winter St., North Reading, MA 01864-2282. For additional information, please visit

Aliberti Vittorio

30-year Piantedosi Bakery employee

Aliberti Vittorio of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August12.

A former employee of Piantedosi Bakery for over 30 years, he was the beloved husband of Maddalena (Calabrese) Aliberti,  devoted father of Leonilde (Aliberti) Sclafani and her husband, Vincenzo  and Alfonsina Aliberti, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Philip Bulla, Victoria Ackles and Giuseppina Sclafani; dear brother of Silvia Franco and the late: Giuseppina, Emilia, Alfonsina, Carmine and Giuliano.

Family and friends will honor Vittorio’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, August 17 from 4 to 8 p.m, and again on Friday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to St Anthony Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass celebrating Vittorio life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Vittorio being laid to rest in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Frances ‘Frankie’ Barbaro

Past member of many organizations

Frances “Frankie” (Schena) Barbaro of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 9. She was 92 years old.

Frances was born in Haverhill on February 25, 1925. She worked 12 years stitching for New Balance footwear and was a member of Young Senior Citizens, Senior Place, VFW-Beachmont, Young Seniors of the North End and Sacred Heart Woman’s Guild. She also worked as CCD teacher at the Holy Family Church for nine years.

The devoted mother of Valerie Barbaro, she was the dear sister of the late Mary Fumicello, Jack Schena, Rose Nesta and Rita Schena and the cherished aunt of Sandra Bartolini as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Frances’s life by gathering on Friday, August 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, and again Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. 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 Frances being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For local, complimentary transportation to the funeral home for the visitation, please call 617-569-0990.

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