Obituaries 06-12-2019

Diane Guarente

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Diane A. (Casaletto) Guarente of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly at home on June 8. 

She was the beloved wife of Michael E. Guarente, devoted mother of William King and his wife, Sharlene of Saugus, Lauriann “Dolly” Guarino and her husband, Angelo of Saugus, Michael D. Guarente and his wife, Crystal of Danvers, Danielle Guarente of Revere and her twin sister, Dena Ciampi and her husband, AJ of Methuen; loving sister of Marie Maloney of Revere, Robert and Anthony Casaletto of East Boston and the late John Casaletto and the cherished grandmother of 13 grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor Diane’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today, Wednesday, June 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to Sacred Heart Church 45 Brooks St., East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass in celebration of Diane’s life. Services will conclude with Diane being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Joanne Marie Raia

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Joanne Marie (D’Alessandro) Raia of Largo, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on May 25. She was 72 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ronald Raia; cherished daughter of Antoinette (D’Angelis) and the late John D’Alessandro; much loved sister of Diane LaVerture and her husband, Ronald of Winthrop and mother of Sharon and Brian Kelly of Florida.

A Memorial Mass will be held honoring her life on Friday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston.

Yolanda Coscia

Life-long East Boston resident

Yolanda (Colantuone) Coscia, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness on Tuesday, June 4. She was in her 99th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ferdinando Coscia, devoted mother of Joseph G. Coscia and his wife, Dorothy and Richard R. Coscia and his wife, Carol, all of Winthrop, Mary Mader and her husband Douglas of New Hampshire, Joann Coscia of East Boston and the late Fred A. Coscia; cherished grandmother of nine and great grandmother of seven.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Services concluded with Yolanda being entombed with her beloved husband at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of Yolanda’s favorite charities: Alzheimer’s Association 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. 

Carmen Gatti

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Carmen M. Gatti of Revere, formerly of East Boston and the North End of Boston, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday morning, June 5.

She was the beloved wife of the late Augustus A. Gatti, Sr., devoted mother of Ronald and his partner, Maria Bell of Lynn, Augustus Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Lowell and Leo Gatti of Revere; dear sister of the late Charles and Richard Diaz; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Michael, Ronald Jr, Steven and Lilliane and loving great grandmother of Aria. She is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Carmen being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Gus in Woodlawn Cemetery. May they both rest in peace.

In honoring Carmen’s life and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston 02114. For more information, visit:  www.ruggieromh.com.

Robert McComiskey

Past Governor of Revere Moose Family Center

Robert B. McComiskey of East Boston died peacefully on June 5.

Past Governor Revere Moose Family Center #1272 and a US Navy veteran, he was the loving son of the late Goldie and Bernard McComiskey, beloved husband of Madeline R Federico) McComiskey, devoted father of Robert M. and the late Richard B., dear brother of Sandra Marciello and he is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great and grand nieces and nephews.

Family and  friends  honored Robert’s life by gathering at Holy Cross Cemetery on Monday, June 10 before proceeding to the chapel hill mausoleum for a graveside service in celebration of Robert’s life. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com.

Josephine LeBlanc

Longtime East Boston realtor and recipient of East Boston Chamber of Commerce Businesswoman of the Year Award

Josephine L. (Cavarretta) LeBlanc, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Monday, June 3 at the age of 95. 

Josephine was a realtor in East Boston for many years. She was very active in non-profit and community-based organizations around East Boston including Kiwanis, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Disabled American Veterans Service Foundation and the Realtor Marketing Institute. A recognized entrepreneur, she earned her real estate license and later established J.L. LeBlanc Tax Service. In 1991, Josephine received the businesswoman of the year award from the East Boston Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding commitment to the city of East Boston, a place forever near and dear to her heart. She was a proud cub scout den mother and loved working with the children of East Boston. This legacy of helping others spans most of her adult life from 1960 to 2004. She will be missed by all who knew her. 

Josephine was born in Boston on December 13, 1923 to Vincent and Mary (Safina) Cavarretta. She was the beloved wife of the late John “Harry” LeBlanc; devoted mother of Harry LeBlanc and his wife, Helen of Lynnfield and James Dennis LeBlanc and his wife, Marcy of Virginia; dear sister of late Frank Cavarretta and cherished grandmother of Alicia M (LeBlanc) Mitrokostas and her husband, Bill of Tewksbury. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Services concluded with Josephine being laid to rest with her beloved husband Harry in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Dante Ferrara

Avid basketball fan

Dante W. Ferrara of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly in his home on Friday, June 7. He was 61 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in East Boston, he was the son of the late Dante and Margaret (Cestone) Ferrara.   An avid basketball fan, Dante attended schools in East Boston.

He is survived by three sisters: Debra Restiano and her husband, Lawrence of Middleton, Donna Restiano and her husband, Andrew of Saugus and Danielle Leonard and her wife, Katelyn of Swampscott. Dante was the uncle of Alycia, Michael, Andrew, Gena and Shea and great uncle of nephew Joshua.  He was the brother of the late Denise Lee.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend an hour of visitation in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus today, Wednesday, June 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital @ stjude.org.

For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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