Obituaries 03-25-2020

Loretta Helen Giuffre

Of Orient Heights East Boston

Loretta Helen (Venturelli) Giuffre of Orient Heights, East Boston passed away on March 19 at the age of 86.

The cherished daughter of the late Amedeo and Phelamina (Ciampa) Venturelli, she was the beloved wife of the late Frank Giuffre, loving mother of Rachel Giuffre of Florida, Lisa DiGenio and her husband. George of Saugus, Francine Leone of East Boston and Joseph Giuffre and his wife, Nancy of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Rebekah, Christopher, Jacqueline, Anthony, Nicholas, John, Michael, Alexa, David, Gabriella and Joey and great grandmother of Amedeo “AJ.” Loretta was predeceased by six sisters and three brothers. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Adhering to the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the CDC, funeral services will be held private. Friends are encouraged to leave condolences for the family at A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. At the family’s request, please omit flowers. Donations may be made in Loretta’s name to WINARC at P.O. Box 520240, Winthrop, MA  02152. For additional information, Vazza Funeral Home, Revere 781-284-1127.

Joanne Othmer

Of East Boston

Joanne (Zirpolo) Othmer of East Boston, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, March 19. 

The beloved wife of the late Robert Othmer, Sr., she was the devoted mother of James Othmer and Joseph Othmer, both of Revere, Cheryl Othmer and her husband, John Oliver and Charlene Albanese and her husband, Ray, all of East Boston, Sean Othmer of Revere, Michael Othmer of East Boston, Stephen Othmer and his wife, Angela of Chelsea and the late Robert Jr., Richard, Dennis and David; loving sister of Nicholas Zirpolo, Anna Giovanni, Gloria Scorzoni, Delores DiGianvittorio, and Louise Ciccarello; cherished grandmother of Danielle Puopolo, Ashley Mantyla, Shana Oliver, Tiffany Albanese, Ray Albanese, Jimmy Othmer Jr., Isabella Othmer, Dennis Othmer Jr., Melina Othmer and the late Christine Puopolo and adored great-grandmother of Michael and Giana. 

Joanne was a resident of the Barnes School Senior Living. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joanne’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund, Department 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 (Tel: (877)465-6636). 

In accordance with the CDC, Mass. Department of Public Health, Archdiocese of Boston guidelines and local restrictions on gatherings and congregations due to COVID-19, all services will be held for the immediate family privately. If you have any questions or would like to express your condolences please contact the funeral home during normal business hours or leave a message for the family on the tribute wall. Joanne will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information please visit

Suzanne Deedy

Retired Nurse at former Winthrop Hospital

Suzanne P. (Hart)  Deedy of East Boston passed away on March 20 at the age of 83.

Born in Chelsea to Helen (Sullivan) and Peter J. Hart, she spent her formative years in East Boston and most of her adult years in Winthrop. She was the loving wife of Thomas R. Deedy, mother of Kerin Green, Sue Ellen Briggs, Thomas E. Deedy, Conal Deedy, and Jane Deedy as well as the devoted sister of Peter J. Hart and Kathleen Kane and sister in law of Patricia Hart.

She was a bright student and obtained a full scholarship to attend Emmanuel College where she graduated with a business degree in 1958. Like many of her generation, she married, had children, and devoted decades to loving, nurturing, and raising her brood. Her family was her priority.

She started a second career by becoming a nurse and enjoyed working at Winthrop Hospital until it closed in 1992.

She loved to travel and instilled that love in her children. She had the chance to visit Australia, Alaska, London, Moscow, Sweden, Paris and many other destinations. When she wasn’t traveling, she hosted many exchange students from France, Germany and Japan. She loved the ocean and spending countless days on the water or at Cottage Park Yacht Club.

She also loved a bargain and tried to never miss a yard sale, flea market, or trip to Savers. Her inquisitiveness and curiosity led her to stay informed by reading and watching the news.  

She was loved by all who knew her including her nine grandchildren: Patrick Deedy, Priscilla Briggs, Nicholas Briggs, Madeline Green, Michael Deedy, Trevor Deedy, Quinn Deedy, Annika Deedy, Matthew Deedy and her many nieces and nephews. She will be missed.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.  Sue would also ask that you be kind to one another and help your neighbor.

Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop, Ma. For guestbook, please visit:

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