Obituaries 12-05-2018

Louis Vazza

Owner of Vazza Funeral Homes

Louis R. Vazza of East Boston and Naples, FL passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, Nov. 29. He was in his 86th year.

A US Coast Guard veteran of the Korean War, he was a Licensed Funeral Director for over 60 years and owner of the Vazza Funeral Homes.  Mr. Vazza was a member of the Orient Heights Yacht Club and the East Boston Kiwanis Club.

The beloved son of the late Amerigo and Clara (DiPietro) Vazza, he was the loving father of Louis A. Vazza and his wife, Nancy of Revere, adored grandfather of Jessica Vazza, loving companion and best friend of Evelyn (Rodriguez) Cassiani of Florida with whom he made his home these past 10 years; dear brother of Barbara (Vazza) Gulino and her husband, Charles of Winchester; caring uncle of Dr. Marissa Lazor and her husband, Dr. John Lazor, Carla Conigliaro and her husband, Dr. Douglas Conigliaro, Erica Fiore and her husband, Dr. John Fiore, Andrea Macky and her husband, Dr. John Macky and many more grand nieces and nephews. He was the special father to Lorraine Sullivan and her sister, Frances Velona; Papa of Troy “TJ” and Tyler Maloney and his special boy, Cashmere (his dog) and the dear friend for many years of Linda Cintron.

Family and friends will honor Louie’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere today, Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to St. Anthony Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow at the Vazza family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

The Vazza family would like to thank the entire staff at the Kaplan Family Hospice House for their attentive care and compassion during such a difficult time.  At the family’s request, please OMIT flowers.  Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation by visiting  or by mail to National Kidney Foundation Finance Department 30 East 33rd St.  New York, NY 10016.  For guestbook and directions please visit Vazza Funeral Home

REVERE 1-800-252-1127.

Dorothy ‘Dotty’ Roper

Recent retiree of Beth Israel Deaconess

Medical Center

Dorothy E. “Dotty” Roper of Revere, a former lifelong resident of East Boston, died on Nov. 17. Dottie fought a long, hard battle with diabetes until ultimately succumbing to her disease.

Born in East Boston, Dottie was a lifelong resident of her beloved city before recently moving to Revere. She was a 1973 graduate of East Boston High School and worked in the insurance industry for several years following high school. She recently retired from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center after being employed with the BIDMC for the past 22 years.

She is survived by her precious cat, Taffy, her mother, Theresa Roper, her sisters: Cathy Russo and her husband, Johnny, Joany Caponigro and her husband, Doug,  Loretta DeMarco and her husband, Rob, Patty Rickards and her husband, Lynn and her brother Larry Roper and his wife, Laura, 10 loving nephews, a great nephew, two great nieces and her devoted friend, Jo Ann Rubino.

Dottie’s friends and family will miss her talents in the kitchen, as well as her sense of humor. Music brought such great joy and peace to Dottie, especially anything Elvis. Hopefully, she will finally get to meet The King! Dottie will rest in peace with her late sister, Jeanne Thompson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Services concluded with committal prayers at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Joslin Diabetes Center One Joslin Place Suite 745, Boston, MA 02215 or online at are appreciated.  Tel: 1-617-309-2400.


Gerard Ciampolillo

Worked for Mass State Lottery Security Department, DAV member

Gerard M. Ciampolillo of Pond St., Winthrop passed away at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home on Dec. 3. He was 88 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Mary (Capodilupo) and Giovanni Ciampolillo, he grew up in East Boston before moving to Winthrop more than 50 years ago.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as an Airman 2nd class. After his discharge, he went on to work for Consolidated Cigar and then went on to work in the security department for the Massachusetts State Lottery. He was also a member of the DAV.

He was the devoted husband of Mary (Vaccaro) and the loving father of Gina Marie Acone and her husband, Ralph of Middleboro and Carole Ann Brown of Winthrop, dear brother of the late Nancy Flammini, cherished grandfather of Courtney, Natalie, Briana, Alexa and Michelina.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Committal will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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