Obituaries 11-18-2020

Charles DeMattia Sr.

Well-Known Musician

Charles DeMattia Sr. of Revere passed away at the age of 92 on November 4. 

Born in Medford on August 29, 1928 to the late Michael and Marina (Potito), he was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Insani), devoted father of Charlene McDonald of Salem, Judith Melanson, David DeMattia, and Robert DeMattia, all of Revere and the late Charles DeMattia Jr.; cherished grandfather of Courtney McDonald, Krystal Vacketta, Lauren Melanson and Amanda, Stacey, Rachel, Jonathan and Jennifer DeMattia; dear brother of Jody Caruso of Maine and the late Michael DeMattia, Helen Carvotta, George DeMattia, Clara DiCarlo, Arthur DeMattia and John DeMattia.  He is also survived by his former son-in-law Vincent “Jimmy” Melanson and many loving nieces and nephews.  Charlie, as he was known, proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.  He studied electronics, and during the early days of television, owned a TV repair shop in Everett. He later worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard. Then, at Raytheon, for the Department of Defense in Quality Control.  Charlie came from a family of musicians and played the clarinet and saxophone. He performed at many weddings and social gatherings with his brother, Mike.  Charlie was a devoted Catholic and member of the St. Mary’s Holy Name Society. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services were privately held for the immediate family.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33 rd St, New York, NY 10016 or at  For guest book, please visit

Charles DiPerri, Jr.

Member of MBTA Local 589

Charles J. DiPerri, Jr. of East Boston passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday morning, November 14 at the age of 76.

Charles was a member of the MBTA Local 589.

The beloved husband of more than 58 years to Angela (Chianca) DiPerri, he was the devoted father of Cheryl DiPerri of Winthrop, Deanna Cutlip and her husband, Richie of Everett and Lori Lockhead and her husband, Kevin of East Boston; dear brother of the late Sandra Lewis Roberto, the late Paula Desimone and her surviving husband, Anthony of Revere; cherished grandfather of Kevin, Michael, Kenneth and John Lockhead, Randi, Richie and Jessica Cutlip, Joseph and Matthew Powers and Danielle DiPerri and adored great-grandfather of Angelina Powers. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Charles’ life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, November 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of his life at 10 a.m. Committal services will be private. In honoring Mr. DiPerri’s life, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114.

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 and social distancing measures are encouraged. For more information, visit:

Marie Recchia

Member of Winthrop Daughters of Italy, Winthrop Ladies Bowling League and The Red Hats

A Graveside Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, November 10 for Marie (Mastrangelo) Recchia who was stricken unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, November 3 after being taken to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born and raised in Boston, she attended East Boston schools and was a 1950 graduate of Fitton Catholic Girl’s High of East Boston and a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs Junior Secretarial College.

All of her working career was spent as an executive medical assistant, she was proficient as a Medical Secretary and managed the office completely and perfectly. She also served as a clerk and counter person in her in-law’s long-time family business, “Day Square Tailors” in Day Square of East Boston. And as time happened, following the deaths of her in-laws, the business was sold. However, as a wife, mother, sister and grandmother her reputation is legendary. She thoroughly beamed with her family’s roles.

She had a busy social life as well, enjoying the theatre and the Boston Symphony performances. She was a long-time member of the Winthrop Ladies’ Bowling League and was their Treasurer for many years. She was also an

active member of the Winthrop Ladies’ Lodge- Daughters of Italy and especially enjoyed the sponsored trips they offered. “The Red Hats Society” was another of her interests, lending an excellent venue to meet new and exciting personalities as well as an opportunity to dress to the “nines”.

The beloved wife for 46 years of the late Richard A. Recchia, she was the devoted mother of Maria Lucia Recchia and her husband, Todd Watts of New Brunswick, Canada and Vincent M. Recchia and his wife, Stephanie and adoring grandmother to Lorenzo M. Recchia, all of Winthrop; dear sister of Joanne M. Fuller and her husband, Brad of Reading and the late Caroline T. Burge, Frances Mauro, Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Albert V. Mastrangelo, Angelo Mastrangelo, Peter Mastrangelo, Jerry Mastrangelo, Rocco and Alfred Scorzello, Michael Scorzello and Joseph Scorzello. She is also lovingly

survived by her brother-in-law, George Burge of Danvers and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Although, her death was most unexpected, her family is somewhat consoled with the peace and Ease with which God called her home. She was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery – Belle Isle Section, Winthrop.

Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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

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