Obituaries 07-01-2020

Stephanie Ciampa

VA Dental service retiree

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, June 29 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop for

Stephanie M. (Plakias) Ciampa who passed on Thursday, June 25 after a five month struggle with metastatic cancer at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section), Winthrop.

Born in Newport, RI, she lived in Winthrop her entire life, attended Winthrop Schools and was a 1974 graduate of Winthrop High School and a 1976 graduate of Northeastern-Tufts Dental Assistant Program. She spent almost 40 years in the Dental Service Profession and had a 32-year career with the V.A. Administration, Dental Service. Recently, and until the onset of poor health, she worked with Doctors Becker, Becker and Silvius Dental Service of Shirley Avenue, Revere.

Stephanie was a petite, vivacious and always… “exciting” personality, always to be remembered and loved. Nothing was more vital and fulfilling than her role as a Devoted Mom, Doting Grandmother, Cherished sister and Special Aunt.

She was the adoring daughter of the late William and Lillian (Ricupero) Plakias, the devoted mother to Boston Police Patrolman Francis R. “Frankie” Ciampa and his wife, Christina G. Ciampa and the doting grandmother to Francis C. “Frankie” and Leo M. Ciampa, all of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop and adoring sister to Paul T. Plakias of Winthrop. She is also lovingly survived by her niece, Dena M. Plakias and her fiancé, Hershel Beard and her grandnephew, Colton  H. Beard, all of Winthrop. Stephanie also leaves a legacy of extended family and friends, many of which she has enjoyed since her years at Northeastern-Tufts Dental Assistant Program.

Angelina DeLeo

Of the North End of Boston

Angelina M. DeLeo of the North End passed away on Monday, June 29. 

The beloved daughter of the late Alfonso and Maria (Guardino) DeLeo, she was the dear sister of Lillian Buscanera of East Boston and the late Frank, Leo, Nat, James, Rose, Grace, Kay and Anna and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor Angelina’s life by gathering at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Parish in the North End of Boston, on Thursday, July 2 from 9 to 10 a.m. before a Funeral Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Angelina being laid to rest at Saint Michael Cemetery, Boston. Services will be held in accordance to Phase 2 of the MA reopening plan. All attendees will be asked to wear face coverings during any services and maintain social distancing practices. For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit

Rita Padova

Of Revere

Rita (Santoli) Padova of Revere died on June 26 at the age of 98.

 Born in Boston on July 23, 1921 to the late Nicola Santoli and Theresa (Selvitella) Santoli, she was the devoted mother of the late Lorraine Padova, and James Padova and his surviving wife, Bernice of Florida; cherished grandmother of Jenna Harrity and her husband, Tim of Revere, Jimmy Padova of Florida and Anthony Padova of Revere; adored great grandmother of Charlotte and Declan Harrity; dear sister of the late Frank and Benjamin Santoli and late step sister of Dorothy Schena. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, July 2 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at Holy Cross Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre St, Newton, MA 02458.  For guest book please visit

Anna Patricia Blair

A Stay at home mother with a huge heart and a bright smile

Anna Patricia (Pepe) Blair passed away peacefully on June 19 in her home, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 87.  

She was a stay at home mother with a huge heart and bright smile, who devoted everything to her loving family.  For those who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her, they made friendships that lasted a lifetime.  

We Lost a Remarkable Woman full of life, courage and determination with such style, elegance and a personality that lit up a Room.

 Anna was the family’s matriarch, historian and storyteller. Her talents were endless. She will be missed, loved  and remembered by all. Our Tears were no match for the Cheers in Heaven. 

She was the beloved wife of the late Kenneth P. Blair,Sr.; devoted, Loving and Amazing Mother of the late Kenneth P. Blair,Jr, Vincent, Janet, Lee-Ann and Edward Blair, all of East Boston and Joseph and his wife, Sally Blair of Lincoln; Adored and Proud Grandmother nine grandchildren:  Kristina (Blair) and her husband, Andrew Howard of Washington, DC,  Casey (Blair) and her husband, Dave Hunt of Londonderry, NH,  Robert G. Vitale, Jr. of Peabody, Olivia (Danielle) Fernandez of East Boston and Matthew, Thomas, Andrew, Joan and Emma of Lincoln; two great grandchildren, Cody and Mackenzie Hunt of Londonderry, NH  and the late Linda Bohnicky of Maynard.  

Anna was born on July 26,1932 and was a lifelong resident of East Boston.  She was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph A. Pepe, Sr. and Pasqualina (Grieco) Pepe of East Boston,  originally from Bonito Avellino, Italy and the cherished sister to the late Alexander (Sonny) Pepe and his late wife, Pam of Marstons Mills, Cape Cod, MA  Gilda (Pepe) Morgan and her late husbandm Jack of Moreno Valley, CAm  Anthony and his wife, Fran of Punta Gorda, FL and Joseph Pepe, Jr and his wife, Marie of East Boston.  Anna was loved and adored by many nieces, mephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  

 Funeral Services for the family were held on Wednesday, June 24 at Ruggiero Funeral Home, 971 Saratoga St.,East Boston with a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church on Brooks St. East Boston. She was laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery  in Malden. For more information,  please visit

Assunta Luongo

Devoted parishioner and choir member of St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church and Don Orione Home volunteer

Assunta “Suzy” (Polcaro) Luongo of East Boston passed away on June 26. 

Suzy was a long time devoted and dedicated parishioner of St.Joseph- St.Lazarus Church in East Boston as well as a member of their choir which she enjoyed greatly. She was also a volunteer at the Don Orione Home in East Boston.  

The loving wife of the late Joseph Luongo, she was the devoted mother of Joseph, Gregory and Rossano Luongo; cherished sister of Joseph Polcaro of North Carolina, Alba Maiorano of Revere and the late Giovanna Contrada, Giuditta Pagliuca, Giusepina Giannelli and Antoinetta Baldassarre and the adored grandmother of David, Rebecca, Emma, Jackson, Evan and Ellinor.  

Due to the ongoing health concerns regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic, all services will be held privately. Suzy will be laid to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Everett. A memorial service in celebration of Suzy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St.Joseph-St.Lazarus Church, 59 Ashely Street, East Boston MA 02128. For more information, please visit

Lisa LaCorte

Of Revere

Lisa M. LaCorte of Revere passed away on June 23. 

She was the loving daughter of Gaetano “Guy” and Muriel (McCormick) LaCorte, devoted mother of Zachary LaCorte and cherished sister of Noelle LaCorte and her husband, Carl Testa and Joseph LaCorte and his wife, Melissa. She is aAlso survived by many loving family and friends. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information, please visit

Barbara Lombard-Angiulo

Authority, honesty, leadership, life of the party… are all the things she abided by

Barbara A. Lombard-Angiulo of Nahant passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23 at her Nahant residence surrounded by her loving family. She was the life partner of the late Jerry J. Angiulo.

Born in Boston and raised in East Boston, Barbara was the daughter of the late Stephen A. and Edith L. (Cuddi) Lombardozzi.

Authority, Honesty, Leadership, Life of the party… are all of the things that Barbara abided by. There are not many people that could say they achieved nearly as many adventures as our MOM has completed in her 80 years.

From her start as a cocktail waitress at Jay’s Lounge where she met Dad in the 1960’s, to her many travels around the world such as skiing the Swiss Alps with Auntie Laurie, Italy with our late sister Thais, and jet setting here, there and everywhere to visit family and friends, Mom made all holidays extra special and always included the whole extended family by reaching out with her amazing Christmas Cards.

Her latest accomplishment was becoming “Nanna A.” to Baby G. She was a one of a kind and extraordinary woman who could light up a barstool with a glass of Cutty and a Benson and Hedges in her hand, no matter what the “rules” were. Mom always kept her “girls” near and dear but made room for the Johnny-come-lately’s and brought them under her enormous wings and swept them into the kitchen in Nahant. Never missing a dancing ball or a milestone birthday, Mom celebrated in style at every possible occasion and will continue setting trends along her final ride.

Barbara is survived by her two beloved children, Gennaro Jay Angiulo and his fiancée, Gabriella and Barbara Jay “B-Jay” Angiulo, all of Nahant; her step-son, Jason B. Angiulo of Nahant; her cherished grandson, “The Prince” Gennaro Francesco Angiulo; her brother, Stephen A. Lombardozzi and his wife, Nancy of Florida; three nephews: Stephen Lombardozzi, John Lombardozzi and his wife, Lisa, and Christopher Lombardozzi and his wife, Tracy. She was predeceased by her step-daughter, Thais Susan Angiulo. Barbara is also survived by many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and her loyal companion, Ziggy the cat.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter at or to the MGH Cancer Center in Danvers at

Gloria Perullo

Colonial Provision retiree

A Graveside Service was held on June 25 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden for Gloria J. Perullo, 88, who passed on Saturday, June 20 at the Boston Medical Center, following a brief illness.

Born, raised and educated in East Boston, she lived there until moving to Winthrop in 1986. Gloria had a 27-year career with Colonial Provision of Boston as a packer and processor. Family always and forever meant everything to Gloria and she most enjoyed the company of her daughter, Carol, Vinnie and her three boys, Anthony, Santino and Dominic. Gloria was a long-time member of the Third Order of St. Francis (Mt. Carmel Chapter) Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, East Boston. She was most proud of her affiliation with the Third Order and received much comfort and joy from her association.

She was the daughter of the late Louise and Maria (Santoro) Perullo and the cherished mother of Carol F. Sorrentino and her husband, Vincent of Winthrop;  the devoted grandmother to Anthony J. Perullo and his former wife, Renee of Winthrop. She is also lovingly survived by her two great-grandsons, Santino and Dominic Perullo. She is the last of her siblings and was the dear sister of the late Philomena Lepore, Frank, Anthony, John, Edward and Charles Perullo, Louise Tolentino, Yolanda Tramonte, Anna Birchett and Virginia and Michael Perullo. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Maria Recupero

Of East Boston

Maria Recupero of East Boston passed away on June 22. 

The beloved wife of Francesco Recupero she was the devoted mother of Catena Ford and her husband, Robert of East Boston, Joseph Recupero and his wife, Lucille of Peabody and the late Giovanni Recupero; loving grandmother of Kayla and Joseph A. Recupero, Robert and Veronica Ford, cherished great grandmother of Jaden, Dante, Savannah and Aria and the dear sister of Brigida Stefano. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  For more information, please visit

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