Obituaries 04-17-2019

Carmella LaPia

Lifelong East Boston resident

Carmella  LaPia, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully on April 15.

She was the loving sister of the late Antoinette, Jennie, Nancy, Michael, James and George LaPiaand is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Carmella’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Tuesday, April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning, April 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a service in our Serenity Chapel at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Carmella being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. The funeral home is handicapped accessible. For more information,  please visit

James Giagonelli

Retired sheet metal worker

James Giagonelli of Bremen St., East Boston passed away at the Winthrop Place in Winthrop on April 12. He was 97 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Rosaria (Rubino) and Michael Giagonelli. A long time resident of East Boston, he was employed as a sheet metal worker for many years working for Donnelly Manufacturing and Boston Precision.

He was the devoted husband of the late Philomena (Rinaldi) and the brother of the late Pasquale Giagonelli, Mary Capogna and Jeanette Costa; beloved brother in law of Josephine Cioffi of East Boston and the late Joseph Cioffi, Domenic and Grace Rinaldi, Antonetta Rinaldi, Michael and Lois Rinaldi and Mary and Salvatore Arena and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday, April 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with the interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. 

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Victor Staffier

Exemplary family man and US Postal Service retiree

Funeral services were held on April 12 at the Vertucco & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere for Victor J. Staffier, a Revere resident for over 40 years, formerly of East Boston, who passed away on Tuesday, April 9 at the Lighthouse Nursing & Care Center of Revere following a long illness. He was 95 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he attended East Boston Schools and was a graduate of Boston Trade School, Class of 1941. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and all of his working career, for over 35 years, was as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service.

Mr. Staffier was an exemplary “Family Man” who thoroughly enjoyed the company and presence of his family. 

His late wife of more than 50 years, Victoria B. (Angelo) Staffier, passed on Sept. 3, 2009. He was the son of the late Emilio and Louise (Giannattasio) Staffier; the cherished father of Donna L. Sarmanian and her husband, Michael of Stoneham; the devoted grandfather of Jena E. Sarmanian of Stoneham, Lara M. Roche and her husband, Kenneth of Milton and Michael D. Sarmanian of Medford; the dear brother to: Jennie Garufo of East Boston and the late Angelo Jr., “Al” Staffier, Michael, Ralph, George, Anthony, Thomas and Tomsina Staffier. He is also lovingly survived by two great granddaughters, Paige and Caroline Roche, both of Milton, and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Remembrances may be made to the N.E. Center & Home for Veterans, PO Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257. For additional information, please visit: 

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