Obituaries 01-24-2018

Nicholas ‘Nick the Greek’ Gregory

Beloved husband and father

Nicholas L “Nick the Greek” Gregory died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Jan. 13.

He was the beloved husband for over 46 years of Barbara (Cortese) Gregory, devoted father of Nicholas Gregory and his wife, Jennifer and Dana Gobbi; dear brother of Ernest, John and Leo Gregory, adored grandfather to Tayla Gobbi, Nicholas, Valentina and Damian Gregory. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will honor Nick’s life by gathering in the Sacred Heart Church, North Square, North End, Boston on Saturday, Jan. 27 for a memorial mass in celebration of his life at 11 a.m. In honoring Nick’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home. For  more information, visit:

Michael Dalton

Of Lynnfield

Michael Dalton of Lynnfield passed away suddenly on January 13. He was 39 years old.

Michael was born in Revere to Richard Dalton and Carmela Marino Dalton. He was the devoted father of Mason Dalton of Somerville, the cherished brother of Stacey Dalton Cook and her husband, Jonathan and James R. Dalton, all of Lynnfield; adored uncle of Madeline, Lucas and Ava Cook.

Family and friends honored Michael’s life by gathering at St. Maria Goretti Church, Lynnfield on Jan. 18 for a Funeral Mass. Michael was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael’s memory to Town of Lynnfield – A Healthy Lynnfield Fund 55 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940.

Souad Abdallah

Of Medford

Souad Abdallah of Medford, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on Jan. 15.

The beloved wife for over 56 years to Victor Girgis, she was the devoted mother of Halim Moris and wife, June and Kamel Moris.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston.  Services concluded with Souad being laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Edward ‘Buddy’ Walsh

Past Commander of Beachmont VFW

Edward C. “Buddy” Walsh of East Boston died unexpectedly on Jan. 17.

Buddy was a proud and honorable US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, Past Commander of the Beachmont VFW and National Chairman of the Military Service.

The beloved  husband of over 46 years to Barbara (DeFranzo) Walsh, he was the devoted father of Cynthia Bodio and her husband, Joseph of Walpole, Deborah Marshall and her husband, Ross of Wells, Maine and Carol Parr and her husband, Walter of New Mexico; dear brother of Michael Sicuranza of Middleton and the late James Walsh and is also survived by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as by his cherished nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Buddy’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. for a memorial visitation in celebration of Buddy’s life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:  Veterans Assisting Veterans Fund, PO Box 274, Dracut, 01826 or MSPCA at For more information, visit:

Elena ‘Ellie’ Baer

Of Topsfield, formerly of East Boston

Elena “Ellie” L. (Buonopane) Baer of Topsfield, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Jan. 14 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of Melvin A. Baer and the former wife of the late Vincent “Skit” Schettino, Sr.; cherished daughter of the late Angelo and Nunziata Buonopane; loving mother of Vincent J. Schettino, Jr. and his wife, Lorraine of East Boston, Irene Ascolillo and her husband, Edward of Methuen and Angela Schettino-teevan of Rumson, New Jersey; dear sister of William “Billy” Buonopane of Saugus and the late Phyllis, Ralph, Assunta, Filomena “Fanny”, Mary, Michael, Jeannette, Robert and Nancy; loving grandmother of eight grandchildren: Edward, Michael, Lorene, Vinny, Franki, Lee, Olivia, Maverick and four adored great grandchildren; Mia, Hunter, Alexis and Christian and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Ellie was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Carol Casiello

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Carol A. Casiello of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died on Jan. 20.

Carol was a former member of the Italian Home for Children Women’s Guild, Sacred Heart Parish Council and the East Boston Central Catholic School Board.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Mildred (Charbonnier) and John M. Casiello Sr.; sister of Mildred L. Bickford and her husband, Ralph T. of Saugus and the late John M. “Butch” Casiello Jr. and James J. Casiello Sr.; dearest aunt of James J. Casiello Jr. and his wife, Carolyn and grand-aunt of Lionel J. and Roland H. Casiello.

Her Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Thursday morning, Jan. 25 at 9 a.m. followed by a  Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 10 o’clock.  Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St. For additional information visit:

Dr. Joanna Doku

Practiced dentistry in East Boston for over 40 years

Dr. Joanna Doku, formerly of Brookline, passed away on January 11 after a long and healthy life surrounded by her beloved family. She is remembered as a warm-hearted and caring person by all who knew her. She taught us all how life should be lived: by consistently defying expectations with perseverance and a rebel’s spirit.

Dr. Doku was born in Istanbul, Turkey sometime between 1918 and 1921. It’s not that her birth documents are unavailable or inaccurate, Joanna just preferred to keep her age a mystery! The eldest daughter of successful Greek parents – dentist Anastasios Dokos and schoolteacher Despina Dokos – Joanna lived a happy and social life in Turkey.  After the sudden death of her father, 18-year-old Joanna took over his dental practice and became the financial provider for her young family. In 1964, during a time of social upheaval in Istanbul, Joanna immigrated to the United States with her young daughter, Lucy. Despite knowing very little English, she forged a new life in America as a single mother, earning a second degree in dentistry with high honors from the University of Alabama in 1967.

Dr. Doku resettled in Massachusetts soon after, practicing family dentistry for over 40 years in East Boston. She ran her own successful dental practice for nearly 25 years. Dr. Doku was affectionately known as Dr. Achelois by her patients, after the Greek moon goddess whose name means “she who washes away pain.”

An independent woman, Dr. Doku frequently ignored societal rules, including the rules of the road! She was also the ultimate friend, with a caring heart and easygoing attitude. On cruises, her friends would fight over who would get to be her cabin-mate. She loved hosting parties, travelling, spending summers on Cape Cod with four generations of her much-loved family, and ballroom dancing at Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

Dr. Doku remained active and social in the local Greek scene even into her later years. Though she frequently stayed out later than her roommate/grandson George and his rowdy friends, she would wake bright and early the next morning to cook them runny eggs to soak up the previous night’s revelries.

Dr. Doku was preceded in death by her younger sister, fellow independent woman Dr. Kitsa Fields of Rochester, NY.  She is survived by her younger brother and best friend, Dr. Chris Doku and his wife, Teddi Doku; nieces Annette Wolf, Odette Newsome, and Deadra Doku Gardner; daughter, Lucy Poulos and her husband, Peter Poulos; grandchildren: Kristina Ings, George Poulos and Deanna Petrucci; great-grandchildren: Jonas, Amara, Evangelina, and Peter; as well as many loving friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 17 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Chapel, 162 Goddard Avenue in Brookline.

Dr. Doku was laid to rest at Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston.

Memorial donations may be made in Dr. Joanna Doku’s name to the Dental Outreach to Trauma Survivors DOTS Program at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, a grant-funded program that allows survivors of domestic violence to receive dental treatment at little or no cost.  To learn more about this program, please visit the website at

DOTS Program c/o Kim Regan, Tufts Dental Fund Tufts University School of Dental Medicine One Kneeland Street Boston, MA 02111

Donald Fougere

Of East Boston

Donald J. Fougere of East Boston, formerly of Gardner, passed away on Jan. 16 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 73.

Donald was a 20 year employee of Carlo’s Catering, retiring in 2011, and a past member of the Gardner Fish and Gun Club. Donald loved spending time with his grandchilden. He was a member of various different clubs and love to hang out with the guys. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille (Vella); devoted father of Carrie Collins and her husband, Ken of Athol and Danielle Fougere and her fiancé, William Gore of East Boston; dear brother of Clarence Fougere and his wife, Marie of Gardner and Rita Plamondon of Florida. He was also predeceased by five brothers and five sisters. He was the adored grandfather of Hannah Morton and Santino Garcia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.  Services concluded with Donald being laid to rest with his beloved Lucille at Woodlawn Cemetery Everett.

Jasmin ‘Jasko’ Tihic

Graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 2013

Jasmin “Jasko” Tihic, age 23, passed away suddenly on Jan. 15.

Jasko, who was a member of the East Boston High School, Class of 2013,  was born in Vinkovci, Croatia to Mehmed Tihic and Branka Tihic. He was the dear brother of Alen Tihic and Alexis Slowey and is also survived by many other friends who considered Jasko family.

Arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information, visit:

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