Obituaries 07-11-2018

Mary Grace Porcaro

Of East Boston

Mary Grace (Mazzarella) Porcaro of East Boston passed away peacefully on July 3 surrounded by her loving family.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony P. Porcaro, she was the devoted mother to John. A. and his wife, Susann Porcaro of Billerica, Deborah and her husband, Howard A. Fisher Jr. of Florida and Patricia M. and her husband, Frank A. Leone Jr. of East Boston; dear sister of the late Antoinetta Albano, Ralph and Jerry Mazzarella and adored grandmother of Michael, Lauren, Jason and Frankie. She is also survived by six loving great grandchildren and many adored nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Services concluded with Mary being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Anthony in Holy Cross Cemetery. May both rest in peace.

Patricia Buonopane

Founding member of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Board of Directors

Patricia A. (Armstrong) Buonopane of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on July 1.

Patricia was a founding member of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Board of Directors.

She was the beloved mother of Peter and his wife, Gigi of East Boston, Mark and his wife, Linda of Winthrop, Paul, of Acton, Brenda and her husband, Thomas Batts of Winthrop, James of Boston, Gayle Shea and her companion, Anthony DiGirolamo of Saugus and her former husband, Christopher Shea and the late John W. Buonopane; sister of Margaret and her husband, James Rooney, William and his wife, Ann, John and his wife, Joanne, Gladys “Tootsie” and her late husband, Simone “Sonny” Grato, Mabel and her late husband, Albert Arsenault, Theresa and her husband, Martin Morrissey and the late Jeanette and Kenneth Haddock, Frances and John Somers, Winifred McCarthy and the late Guy Colella and Mary Armstrong. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the former wife of the late John Buonopane and the companion of the late Ronald Gibbons.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Donations in her memory to the Salvation Army would be appreciated.  For additional information, visit:

Milena ‘Millie’ Ciancio

Of East Boston

Milena “Millie” (Coviello) Ciancio of East Boston, died peacefully surrounded by her family on July 8.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincenzo “Jimmy” Ciancio, loving mother of Carmen Ciancio and his wife, Maria, Maria Ciancio, Linda Walsh and her husband, Paul and Elena Abate and her husband, Tony and loving sister of the late Angelina Coviello. She is also survived by six beloved grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, July 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church in East Boston at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Complimentary valet parking today, Wednesday, at Main St. entrance. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations in Milena’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Salvatore Rocco Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO

Antonio ‘Tony’ DeSanctis

Died tragically

Antonio “Tony” Donatelli DeSanctis of East Boston, formerly of North Kingstown R.I., died tragically on June 30.

The loving son of Brian “Chuck”  DeSanctis and Alison (Haley) Bortone, he was the dear brother of Ashely St. Germain and her husband, Glenn of Rhode Island and Kelsey DeSanctis of California; cherished nephew of Edward and Laura Haley of North Reading and Raymond DeSanctics Jr. and devoted uncle to Sophie and Zoe St Germain of Rhode Island.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to  the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Antonio’s family to help with funeral costs. For more information,  please visit

Marie Iandoli

Of East Boston

Marie E. Iandoli passed away peacefully on July 2.

She was the loving daughter of the late Gennaro and Louise (Capone) Iandoli, dear sister of Nancy Iandoli of Revere, George Collins of Winthrop and the late Ciro Iandoli; devoted aunt of Lisa Howard and Dan and Hank Murray and is also survived by many adored great and grand nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Marie’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Monday, July 16 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Joseph –  St. Lazarus Church Ashley St., East Boston for an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Marie’s life. In honoring Marie and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101.

Paul Zellen

Carpenter and repair man

Funeral services and interment were held privately for Paul C. Zellen, a longtime resident of East Boston, who died on Monday, July 2 at the West Newton Health Care Center in Newton, following a long illness. He was 71 years old.

Paul was born and raised in East Boston and attended Boston Public Schools. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1964 during the Vietnam War and served his country proudly until he was honorably discharged in 1966, earning the National Defense Service Medal. Paul returned home to East Boston and worked for himself. He was known as a “Jack of all Trades.” His skill set was mainly carpentry, but he was proficient in all other trade areas.

He was the beloved father of Stacey A. Zellen of East Boston, the devoted son of the late Robert L. Zellen and Helen (Corey) Zellen; dear brother of Patricia Kelly, Robert “Mickey” Zellen and  Barbara Zellen ,all of California and the late Dorothy Stevens. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere. For more information, please  visit

Lucy Fiandaca

Extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who happily embraced the positive in life and in people

Lucy (Fagone)  Fiandaca, a life-long resident of East Boston, extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away in her home on July 2 surrounded by loving family at the age of 94.

Lucy was born in the Jeffries Point section of East Boston on August 10, 1923 to Joseph Fagone and Rose (Cottagio) Fagone.

She attended East Boston High School where she met Joe Fiandaca, who she married on July 8, 1944. He would later serve as the First Assistant Clerk Magistrate of East Boston Court for more than 35 years. Together, they created a happy, warm home and filled it with love, laughter, delicious food, family and friends.

Joe and Lucy shared a special and eternal love. The children speak still of coming home from school and seeing Lucy and Joe alone in the kitchen dancing cheek to cheek, as Perry Como played on the radio.

Generous and kind to all, Lucy could feed an army on a moment’s notice. She was a wonderful, gleeful cook who could whip up an enormous meal in just minutes. On any given day, Lucy’s kitchen was busy with eggplant parmigiana or meatballs, fried dough, and sometimes all of these and more on the same day. Those delicious smells filled the second floor on St. Andrew Road, a sweet and constant reminder of how her love, too, filled her home.

Of all her kitchen creations, Lucy was perhaps best known for her legendary Christmas cookies. Starting right after Thanksgiving, Lucy and her daughters, and later her granddaughters, would bake dozens of different types of Italian cookies. A family enterprise, the group would gift wrap them and deliver them to hundreds of friends and family. She loved the Christmas Cookies, and how close the work brought her growing family.

Because family was most important to Lucy. She taught her children, by her own gracious example, to work hard and to be nice, to always help others and to take care of each other.

Vivacious and outgoing, Lucy never spoke a mean word about anyone. Beautiful and ageless, her family relied on her gentle and generous wisdom and took delight in the infectious sparkle in her bright, blue eyes. It always seemed she knew the right thing to say. Taped on her refrigerator door, these were the simple words Lucy lived by: Attitude and Gratitude. She happily embraced the positive, in people and in life.

Lucy is survived by her seven children: Kathy Picardi and her husband, Larry of Andover, Retired Boston Police Sergeant Detective Joseph Fiandaca and his wife Lorraine of Naples, Roberta Rose and her husband, Jim of Revere, WBZ-TV reporter Cheryl Fiandaca of Revere Beach, Judge Kenneth Fiandaca and his wife, Adele of Winthrop, Lisa Fiandaca and her late husband, James Mackin of Lynnfield, and City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina Fiandaca of East Boston. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Trina, Laurie, Beth, Joe, Dana, Danielle, James, Heather, Anthony and Renata. Lucy also leaves behind 12 great grandchildren.

Lucy’s memory lives on in all of her family, and in everyone she touched.

Arrangments were under the professional care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston. 617-569-0990.

Services concluded with Lucy being laid to rest with her beloved husband Joseph at Winthrop Cemetery (Cross Street Section).

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Kathleen Pazyra

Self taught carpenter and professional dancer

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, July 21 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Kathleen E.E. (Mansfield) Pazyra who passed away on Monday, July 9 at her Revere residence following a long battle with cardio-respiratory disease. She was 53 years old.

Her Memorial Funeral Service will be held following the visitation on Saturday, July 21 at 2:15 p.m. (Parking will be available left of the funeral home.)

Kathleen was an East Boston native and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1982. Before moving to Revere 12 years ago, she was a resident of Lynn for five years and a five year resident of Melrose. She was a self-taught carpenter and later became a professional dancer.

The beloved wife of 22 years to Francis J. Pazyra, Jr., she was the devoted mother of: Francis J. Pazyra, III of Florida, Dawn Marie Cahill-Robinson and her husband, William of South Boston, and William Panzini of Methuen and the dear sister of Sarah Ann Chiouchiolo of Waltham. She is also lovingly survived by her God-daughter and niece, Desiree Chiouchiolo of Waltham and another niece, Clara Chiouchiolo, also of Waltham and step mother of Maria F. Murphy and her husband BJ Murphy of Revere.

Interment will be held privately at a later time. Please, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, please visit:

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