Obituaries 09-30-2020

Francis Michael Mahoney

Decorated Veteran and United Airlines Retiree

Francis Michael “Fran” Mahoney, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 88. 

Fran proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received numerous medals for his service to his country.  After returning home from the war, Francis worked for United Airlines, retiring after 30 years.  He was an avid sports fan with all of the Boston teams being his favorite.  He will truly be missed by all who knew him. 

Born in Revere on Sept. 6, 1932 to the late Michael and Ethelyn (Mallison) Mahoney, he was the beloved husband of the late Jeanne (Roy), devoted father of Karen Ruggieri and her partner, Bastiano Mancuso of Wayland and Philip Mahoney and his late wife, Kathleen of  Weymouth; cherished grandfather of Tyler Ruggieri and Olivia Mahoney; dear brother of Ethelyn Mitchell and her husband, Jim of Revere and the late Helen Vorhees and Philip Mahoney.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW, Processing Center, P.O. Box 8958, Topeka, KS 66608-8958 or at   For guest book, please visit

Madeline McComiskey

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston

Madeline R. (Frederico) McComiskey of Salem, NH, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Sept. 23.

Madeline, who volunteered for several East Boston organizations, was the loving daughter of the late Josephine and Roger Federico, beloved wife of the late Robert B. McComiskey, mother of Robert M. and the late Richard B. McComiskey and dear sister of Loretta Pardi. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For condolences,  additional information or to leave an online condolence, visit 617-569-0990.

Arthur Rizzo

Longtime Proprietor of Pinball Arcade in the Old Boston Garden

Arthur E. Rizzo passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 24.

Arthur was a member of the Orient Heights Yacht Club, Fitton K.C. Buddies Club and Holy Name St. Joseph- St. Lazarus Parish. Arthur was the proprietor of Pinball Arcade in the old Boston Garden for many years. He is loved and will be remembered by many.

He was the beloved husband for 70 years of Josephine “Tootsie” (Giuffre), devoted father of Deborah LiConti and her husband, Charles of New York, Arthur J. Rizzo of East Boston and Joseph J. Rizzo and his late wife, Marie of Reading; dear brother of Sophie Galardi of Revere and the late Salvatore Rizzo, Carmella Lombardi, Florence Rizzo, Samuel Rizzo and Edith Mercurio; loving grandfather of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends honored Arthur’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Monday, Sept. 28 and again Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street East Boston MA 02128, for a Mass celebrating Arthur’s life. All other services were private. 

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Ann Felzani

Traffic Supervisor for the Boston Police Department for 40 Years

Ann B. Felzani (Cacchiotti) Felzani passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 18.

Ann was raised in Our Lady of the Assumption parish in East Boston and then spent over forty years as an active member of the St. Anthony of Padua parish in Revere. Ann’s faith and family were always at the center of her life. She wanted her children and grandchildren to be surrounded by the loving presence of family and to have the privilege of the best education. She taught these values to her family through her example and through the stories she told. She loved to socialize in the communities of East Boston and Revere. She always worked hard, loved to be busy, and had high expectations for herself. She was very proud of her baking. She was famous for her biscotti, apple cakes and custom birthday or special occasion cakes for grandchildren. 

She was a traffic supervisor for the Boston Police Department for 40 years. She not only safeguarded children crossing the street, but also questioned anyone she did not recognize before letting them pick up a child after school. Her winning smile lit up Day Square, but she had a fierce instinct when something did not look right.

She was the daughter of the late Francesco and Antonetta (Cardinale) Cacchiotti, beloved wife of the late Joseph Felzani, Sr., beloved and devoted mother of Jane and her late husband, William D. Manning Jr. of East Boston, Joseph Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Revere, and Annette and her husband, Terence Dwyer of Summit, NJ; sister of Rita Sorrento and her late husband, James, of Revere and the deceased Carmella, Costanzo (Chris) and Vincent (Jimmy). Ann also leaves her grandchildren: Matthew Manning and the late Christopher Manning of East Boston, Kathryn (Felzani) Tocci of Wilmington, Lauren Felzani of Manhattan, NY, Liam Dwyer and Adam Dwyer of Summit, NJ; her great-grandson, Nicholas of Wilmington as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s memory to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere, MA 02151; Amedisys Foundation, 3864 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816; or Mass General Hospital at A Memorial Mass celebrating Ann’s life will be held at a later date.

Lillian Melchionda

Passed in her 103rd Year

Lillian (Falanga) Mel- chionda AKA Letteria Frances Melchionda, 102,  passed away in her 103rd year on Sept. 24 following a brief illness.

The beloved wife of the late Alfred S. Melchionda, she was the cherished mother of Ralph J. Melchionda and his wife, Janet R. of Chelmsford, Florence Grieco of Dracut, Mary-Frances LaBrecque and her husband, Dennis of Salem, NH and Alfred J. Melchionda and his wife, Nancy of Amesbury; dear sister of the late Leo, Charles, Frank, Andrew, Rudolph and Joseph Falanga and Frances Alberti. She is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Graveside Service was held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett followed by interment. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements werenentrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Thomas Santiano

True Patriot, Veteran of Two Wars and Member of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Thursday, Oct. 1  at 12:45 p.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for Thomas William Santiano, 96, who passed on Tuesday, Sept. 22  at his residence in Orient Heights, East Boston.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was a 1942 graduate of the High School of Commerce in Boston. “Tommy” entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 and served through January of 1946. At that time, he began working for the Boston Housing Authority.

A true patriot and a defender of all things U.S.A., he re-entered the U.S. Navy at the time of the Korean Conflict and served for another three years. Throughout his working career, he worked in the field of construction and industrial arts. He worked for over 25 years with the Perini Corp. of Framingham as a lead laborer and foreman.

He was an avid rock and precious metals collector and a longtime member of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club. His collection is vast and bares proof of many hours and years of avid searches throughout National Parks, local parks and forests. He enjoyed family outings and gatherings and the conversation they provoked.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth A. (Kelly) Santiano who passed in January of 2010; the devoted son of the late Michael J. and Madeline G. (Nealon) Santiano and the dear brother to the late Louis R. Santiano, the late Michael J. Santiano, Jr.and the late Lawrence F. Santiano; the cherished father to Mary F. McIntosh of Madison, NH and the proud grandfather to Paul W. Dunn and his wife, Dolores of Sutton, MA and Brian D. Dunn and his wife, Linda of Marshfield, MA. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law Phyllis E. Santiano of Saugus, his three great grandchildren, Tristan E. Dunn of Sutton, MA and Tyler W. Dunn and Rachael C. Dunn, both of Marshfield. He is also lovingly survived by his niece, Michelle Santiano, with whom he made his home, her son, Antonio Santiano, his daughter, Adriana Santiano, all of Orient Heights, East Boston and the special uncle to Maureen D. Santiano, Rose Sarro, Robert J. Santiano and his wife, Anne, all of Saugus and the late Richard L. Santiano and the late Michael J. Santiano, III. His extended family includes Montana S. Santiano of Saugus, Michael A. Santiano of Haverhill, Maryanne Santiano of East Boson and Julie E. Santiano of Revere. Many caring cousins also survive “Tommy.”

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MPSPCA – Angell, 350 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130-9923. To send online condolences, please visit

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere is honored to have assisted the family with the completion of funeral arrangements.

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