Obituaries 09-16-2020

Maria Chilante

Former East Boston Resident

Maria (Rancitelli) Chilante, formerly of East Boston, died on Sept. 8.

Maria came to the United States in 1966 with her young children to join her husband. She worked for several years at Converse Rubber and Cold Water Fish Co. and enjoyed playing Bingo and cards in her retirement.

The beloved wife of the late Vincenzo Chilante, she was the loving mother of Franco Chilante and his wife, Darlene of Peabody and the late Matilde Badolato;grandmother of Michael Badolato Jr. of Arizona, Franco Paul Chilante and Danielle Stone, both of Peabody; great-grandmother of Gianna Marie Chilante,  sister of Rossana Lafrate of Abruzzo, Italy and the late Benito Rancitelli, special aunt of John DeNapoli of Revere and several other nieces and nephews in the United States and Italy.

Maria’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere on Monday, Sept. 14 and interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

In lieu of flowers, donations in Maria’s memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor would be appreciated. Please send messages of condolence to the family on the funeral home Tribute Page:

Eduardo Colon

Of East Boston

Eduardo R. Colon of East Boston passed away on August 30. 

The beloved husband of Elaine Colon, he was the loving son of the late Rosenda Raices and Florencio Sanchez, devoted father of Eduardo Colon Jr. of Oklahoma, AnnMarie Colon Porto of New Hampshire, Michael Colon of East Boston, Stephen Colon of Methuen and Kevin Colon of East Boston; adored brother of Luis Sanchez, Gloria Sanchez and the late Roberto, Ramon, Rafael, Angel, Maria and Ana Sanchez and is also survived by many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Family and friends honored Eduardo’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Saturday, September 12. To leave an online condolence, please visit 617-569-0990.

William Minichello

Retired US Customs Inspector and Past Exalted Ruler of Winthrop Elks #1078

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours today, Wednesday, Sept. 16  from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for William R. “Bill” Minichello, who passed unexpectedly on Friday, September 11 at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 88 days following the unexpected death of his beloved wife, Frances M. “Fran” (Hickey) Minichello on June 15. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 11 a.m. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett will be private.

A reminder to all attendees to the funeral home and the church, due to the ongoing pandemic, all mandates issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Archdiocese of Boston must be followed; Masks must be worn and social distancing maintained.

Bill was born in Revere and lived in East Boston until moving to Swampscott in 2012. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in East Boston, Class of 1967, attended Emerson College during his freshman year and then transferred to the University of MA, graduating in 1971. He entered the work force with Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1968, achieving the position of Medicare Manager. In 1992, he changed careers and entered the employ of U.S. Customs, first serving as an inspector and retiring as an Auditor in 2008.

For many years, both he and his late wife, “Fran” were active members of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and both were Past Exalted Rulers of that lodge, creating a whole network of close relationships. Bill also served with the Mass State Elks Association as an organist. Both Bill and Fran were also Past District Deputy Life Members. Their work and energy spent within the Elks Foundations is both immense and outstanding.

He was the cherished father of Boston Police Sergeant Andrew J. Minichello and his wife, Maria and the adoring “Nonno” to Matthew Daniel Minichello, all of East Boston, the dear brother to Edward T. Minichello and his late wife, Valerie A. (LeBlanc) of Winthrop, the special uncle of Ronald Moore of Revere and Stephanie Lane and her husband, Michael of Winthrop. He is also proudly and lovingly survived by Fran’s family (The Hickey and Crotty Clan) and his extended family at Winthrop Elks and U.S. Customs.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass State Scholarship Fund, c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191 Washington Ave., Winthrop, MA 02152. To send online condolences,please visit:  Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Carol Firby

Member of VFW Auxiliary and Loyal Order of Moose

Carol C. (Eccleston) Firby of Exeter, NH, formerly Saugus, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 10.

A member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Loyal Order of Moose, she was the devoted mother of Yvette Landry and her husband, Gary Sr. of North Anson, ME, Carolann George and her husband, David of Merrimac, MA and Kimberly Florentino of Saugus, the dear sister of Cynthia, Willian, Wayne, Louanne, Sandy, Jerry, Joseph, Ricky, Pamela, Linda, and the late Etta; cherished grandmother of Gary Jr., Jason, Charle, Josh, Felicia, Kristina, Christopher, Tommy, Michael, Stephen, Jayleen, Amanda, Little Mikey, and Ashley and beloved great-grandmother of Gavin, Carver, Ava, Maverick, Lorreta, Virgil, Cohen, Hailey, Gary III, Xavier, Kylie, Landen, Christopher, Dylan, Kaden, Logan, Kane, Aubrey and Ryder. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Carol’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Wednesday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon before leaving in procession to Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody, where she will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Carol’s name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For more information, please visit

Jennifer Turco

Of Revere

Jennifer L. Turco of Revere passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 9. 

The beloved daughter of Carol (Boutwell) Turco and the late Rosario Turco, she was the devoted mother of Nicholas Turco, Ronnie Burnett Jr., Jami-Lyn Turco-Burnett and Christopher Moriconi; dear sister of Joseph Porter, Jeffrey Turco, John Turco and the late Gregory Turco and James M. Porter and adored grandmother of Ronnie Burnett III. 

Family and friends honored Jennifer’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston, on Sunday, September 13. Services concluded with Jennifer being laid to rest at Woodbrook Cemetery, 100 Salem Street, Woburn, MA 01801, on Monday, September 14.  To leave an online condolence, please visit 617-569-0990.

Joseph “Jiga” Giacalone, Sr.

Of the North End

Joseph “Jiga” A. Giacalone, Sr., of the North End of Boston, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September . 

The beloved son of the late Vito and Geraldine (Taromino) Giacalone, he was the devoted father of Joseph Jr., Gianna, and Danielle Giacalone, all of Revere and former husband of Roseann (Ventola) Giacalone of Revere. 

Family and friends honored Jiga’s life by gathering at Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Parish, 320 Hanover Street, Boston on Friday, September  and again on Saturday, September 12. Services concluded with a Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Committal services were private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jiga’s name to Saint Leonard of Port Maurice Parish. To leave an online condolence, please visit 617-569-0990

Amy Juneau

Beloved Mother, Sister, Nurse and Friend

It is with great sadness that the family of Amy (McLoon) Juneau announces her unexpected  passing on Friday, Sept. 4 at the age of 60 at her home in Revere.

Amy was a beloved mother, sister, nurse and friend. She was the devoted mother to Raquel Miller of Biddeford, ME, and will be deeply missed. Amy will also be lovingly remembered by her partner, Angelo Grech of Revere, her siblings: Lauren Moskowitz of Georgetown, David McLoon of Watertown, Chris McLoon of Brunswick, ME, and Wendy Waterman of Portland, ME; her many nieces and nephews: Evan Moskowitz, Ilana Walker, Ian McLoon, Erin Basile, Patrick McLoon, Meredith McLoon, Emelia Waterman, Bailey Waterman and Colin Waterman and countless other family members and  friends.

Amy was born in Amesbury on April 3, 1960, the daughter of Richard McLoon and Marilyn  J “McLoon” Tedesco and was predeceased by her father and her mother. She is survived by her step-father, Theodore Tedesco of Stow.

Ever since she was a little girl, Amy wanted to be a nurse. Amy became a registered nurse in 1986, receiving her education from Westbrook College/UNE in Maine. She dedicated over half of her life to her career as a nurse. Amy found a way to connect with all of her patients, always meeting them with compassion, and left a lasting impact on all she worked with.

Amy was ferociously dedicated to the wellbeing of children. She loved to be with  children—laughing, playing silly games, teaching them how to swim, and making them all feel  special and seen. Their happiness was her own.

Amy is in the hearts of many. She is remembered as a sensitive soul who saw the best in everyone. She found ways to connect with every person she met, creating friends wherever she would go. Amy loved to laugh–whether it be with her coworkers on Unit 1 at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, or amongst family and friends in the backyard by the pool. Amy was a snapchat selfie queen, an animal lover and a delicious pie baker.

As we celebrate the legacy of this incredible woman, we want to encourage all to try to see the goodness in everyone, be kind to all, and spread humor and joy in life–as Amy did daily.

Those who wish to pay their respects can do so on September 19 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

Contributions may be made to Canines For Kids in her honor: .   For guest book, please visit

William “Wilian” Flores

Of Mattapan

William “Wilian” Flores of Mattapan, formerly El Salvador, passed away on Tuesday, September 1. 

He was the beloved husband of Nidia Ruiz Flores, devoted father of Alexander William Flores, William F. Rivera, Graviec Rivera, and Kimberly Rivera. 

Family and friends honored William’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston on Sunday, September 13 and again on Monday, September 14 for the burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.. To leave an online condolence, please visit 617-569-0990.

Maria G. Contrada

Of East Boston

Maria G. (Castriotta) Contrada, of East Boston, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Beloved wife of the late Fiore Contrada and Matteo Quarato. Devoted mother of Maria Quarato of East Boston, Giulia Sorrentino and husband Francesco of Woburn, Michael Quarato of East Boston, Vincenzo Quarato of Florida, Rosa Carbo and husband Alfonso of Everett, Domenico Quarato and late wife Linda of South Boston, the late Pasquale Quarato and surviving wife Laura of Boston, and the late Raffaele Quarato and surviving wife Debra of Winthrop. Dear sister of the late Lorenza, Michele, and Vincenzo. Cherished grandmother of Gaspare, Matteo, Giuseppe, Agata and husband Daniel, Matthew, Gabriele, Leanna, Accursia, Alfonso, and Domenic and wife Vanessa. Adored great-grandmother of Vincent, Alessandro, and Amelia. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends will honor Maria’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Sunday, September 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. and again Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to the Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston, for a funeral Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m.

Services will conclude with Maria being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Maria’s donation page within her obituary on to offset funeral expenses. All services will be held in accordance with Phase-3 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Face coverings are required to be worn in the funeral home and social distancing measures are encouraged.

Daniel Johnson

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Daniel T. Johnson, 67, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on August 8 after a brief illness. 

He was the beloved son of the late Allen and Molly (Stornaieulo) Johnson, brother of Richard Johnson and his wife, Geraldine, Irene Costello and her husband, Edward, Cheryl Van Meter, Warren Johnson and the late Dorothea Greco, Allen Johnson and Anthony Stornaieulo.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Danny today, Wednesday, September 16 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks St, East Boston.  Masks and social distancing protocols will be required in accordance with church policies.

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