Obituaries 02-17-2021

Charlette Hudson

She made friends wherever she went and people gravitated to her

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Avenue) Revere, for Charlette S. Hudson, 60, formerly of East Boston and West Palm Beach, Florida, who was stricken at her home in Revere and later passed at the CHA-Everett Hospital on Tuesday, February 9.          

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. The church hac a capacity of 40%, temperatures will be checked, contact tracing lists, face coverings and social distancing will be in effect.

Charlette was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany while her father was serving his country. She and her family returned to Massachusetts and settled in Jeffries Point in East Boston. Charlette was educated in Boston Schools and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1978.

Charlette always had a wit, a take-charge attitude and always spoke her mind, but Charlette was always a kind and loving person.

She later moved to West Palm Beach, FL where she married, began her family, started her own cleaning company and was immediately being referred due to her fanatical cleaning obsession. Charlette, became very popular with many of the wealthier homeowners.

She later returned to the Boston area where she met her best friend and love, Louie P. Abric, IV. Charlette immediately made friends in her new neighborhood and brought a level of energy there as well. She made friends everywhere she went and people gravitated towards her. She will be remembered in many ways for her unique and genuine ways.

The beloved daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth L. “Betty” (Loberg), she was the loving mother of Victoria T. Dalton of Revere, Phillip C. Dalton and Michelle C. Hudson, both of Florida; the adored grandmother of Theo and Alexandria and cherished companion of Louie P. Abric, IV of Revere with whom she made her home; dear sister of Elaine Hudson of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, Debra Hunter of Lakeworth, FL, Shelia Hudson – Parks and her husband, Robert of Wilmington and the late Charles R. Hudson and Beverly Grady. She is also lovingly survived by her former husband,  Phillip K. Dalton of Palm Beach, FL and by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her faithful feline companion “Nico.”

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.          

The staff at Vertuccio& Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway Revere was most honored to have assisted the family completing arrangements. For online condolences, visit

Dolores LaMattina

Worked at front desk of the Paris Street Gym and Pool for many years

Dolores (DeRuosi) LaMattina, a life long resident of East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 10 at the age of 85.

Dolores was a long-time employee of the City of Boston, working the front desks of the Paris Street Gym and Pool for many years. She was adored by members and staff for her warmth, humor, and generosity. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and brought them together for Sunday dinner at her home every week. She was so proud of “her boys,” and she shared that same pride with her grandchildren. She will be missed by all.

The beloved wife of the late Salvatore LaMattina, she was the devoted mother of Salvatore LaMattina and his wife, Lisa of East Boston, Robert LaMattina and David LaMattina, both of New Hampshire and John LaMattina of East Boston; dear sister of Mary Roach and the late Sue DiRosa and Joseph, Angelo, Richard, David, Salvatore, Anthony, Peter and Sylvester DeRuosi; cherished grandmother of Robert, Lauren, Liana, Domenic, Bella and Maximo and adored great-grandmother of Reggen.

Family and friends will honor Dolores’ life by gathering at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston on Thursday February 18 at 10 a.m. for a Funeral Mass in celebration of her life. Services will conclude with Dolores being laid to rest with her husband at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salesian Boys and Girls Club, 150 Byron Street. East Boston, MA 02128. or the East Boston Social Center, 68 Central Square, East Boston, MA 02128. All services will be held in accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Capacity will be limited. Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged.

For more information or to share an online condolence, visit: www.ruggierofuneralhome.como.

Anthony Buonopane

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Anthony “Tony “ Buonopane, 50, of  Saugus, formerly of East Boston, passed away unexpectedly on February 3.

The cherished son of the late Robert and Frances (Gallo) Buonopane, he was the former husband of Maria (Patti) Buonopane, loving father of Massimo Buonopane and Anthony Ferullo, dear brother of Aileen Buonopane and her fiancé,  MichaelLazarz of Michigan, Michele Buonopane of Lynn and his twin brother, Robert Buonopane of Peabody, son in law of Elena Patti and her longtime friend, Mario DeVenezia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.     

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Peter Cardinale

Lifelong resident and advocate of Jeffries Point

Peter D. Cardinale, a lifelong resident and advocate for Jeffries Point, East Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, February 9.

Peter was a member of Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association. He was a Navy Veteran who served in World War II. Peter and Joann liked to visit Piers Park and participated in the many activities held there.

The beloved husband of the late Joann (DiStasio) Cardinale, he was the devoted father of Joseph Gaeta of East Boston, Peter D. Cardinale and his wife, Stella, of East Boston, Craig Cardinale and his wife, Michelle, of Saugus, Peter Cardinale and his wife, Patty, of California, and the late Louis Cardinale; dear brother of Orazio Cardinale of East Boston,and the late Cosmo, Bennedetto, Frank, Joseph, Anna and Mary; cherished grandfather of Louis, Nicholas, Ava, Kellsie, Megan and Christopher and great grandfather of Vincent, Gianni, Brody, Alessandra and Brock.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Peter’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, February 17 at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass celebrating his life at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Peter being laid to rest with his beloved wife, Joann, at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, Malden. May they rest in peace.

All services will be held in accordance with phased Covid-19 reopening precautions. Face coverings are required and social distancing practices encouraged. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit

Amelia Falanga

Nynex retiree and member of the Red Hat Club of East Boston

Amelia A. Falanga of East Boston, 82, passed away on February 4.

She worked many positions for years at the New England Telephone Co. and retired from Nynex in October of 1991.

She was a member of the Red Hat Club of East Boston and enjoyed traveling and reading. 

Amelia was passionate about spending time with friends, family and her many nieces and nephews, especially dinning out with them and enjoying a perfect espresso martini.

Amelia was born in East Boston on October 25, 1938 to the late Andrew and Mary (Picardi) Falanga. She was the sister of Anita Buckley of Wakefield and the late Marie Gayhart, Joseph Falanga and Andrew “Rusty” Falanga.

Amelia is survived by her sister-in-law, Anne Falanga of Wilmington; her nieces and nephews: Mary Lou Cicalese of Everett, Ronald and the late Eileen Buckley of Florida, Kevin and Diane Buckley of Peabody, Robert Buckley of Maine, Andrew and Cassie Falanga and Tina and Damiano DiCenso, all of Wilmington; 12 great nieces and nephews and four great-great nieces as well as her dear friends: Sabina Taylor of East Boston, Camille Gilardi of North Reading and Therese McNamara of Winthrop.

The family received visitors on Tuesday, February 9 in J.S. Waterman-Langone Chapel, 580 Commercial St., Boston. Following a Prayer Service, interment was held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For online condolences, please visit:

James DeSantis

Sports and music enthusiast

James R. DeSantis, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on February 13, surrounded by his loving family at the age of 58.

 Born in Revere on November 13, 1962 to Joseph DeSantis and the late Frances (DePaolo), he was the cherished father of Rachael DeSantis and longtime friend of her mother, Valerie DiSalvo Green; dear brother of Joseph DeSantis Sr. of Revere and Janice DeSantis and her longtime companion, Rob McPherson of Chelsea; adored uncle of Joseph DeSantis Jr. and his wife, Erin, John DeSantis and Jenae DeSantis and great uncle to Lola Bartlett and beloved nephew of Richie DeSantis and the late Bobby DeSantis. He is also survived by cousins and countless friends.

James played hockey his entire life and more recently picked up tennis and racquetball. He coached all of Rachael’s sports growing up and loved all the New England teams especially the Boston Bruins. James had a great knowledge of music going to every concert he possibly could and Rock and Roll being his favorite. He never missed a Revere High School football game on Thanksgiving.

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, February 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (capacity limits are in effect, please make visits brief so others may enter the funeral home).  Funeral Mass to follow at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere at 12 noon (names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance).  Masks and social distancing are required at church and funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

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Wendy Lu Reed

Advocate for those in need

Wendy Lu Reed, 57, died unexpectedly on Friday morning at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daughter of Lucille Reed and the late Charles Reed.  A constant advocate for those in need, Wendy was the director of the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry and worked tirelessly to combat homelessness with Healing Abuse Working for Change (HAWC). She was a former CCD teacher at Blessed Sacrament Church, was actively involved with the Saugus PTOs, she served on the Saugus School Committee for several years, many as Chairman and was the longtime Board of Selectman Clerk.

In addition to her mother, Wendy is survived by her three proudest achievements, her sons: Stephen and Kristin Reed of East Boston, James Reed of Saugus and Scott Reed of East Boston. She was the sister of Joh Reed and her husband, Joe of Saugus, Edward Reed and his wife, .Jennifer of Florida and the aunt of Emily and Anna.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are encouraged to be made to the Saugus United Parish Food Pantry, 50 Essex Street, Saugus, MA  01906.

Arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus. For condolences:

Gail Ducey

Longtime employee of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

Gail K. Ducey of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 7 at the age of 67.

Gail was a long-time employee of East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.

The loving daughter of the late Nicholas and Irene (Terrio) Ducey, she was the dear sister of Joan Guidaboni of New Hampshire, Loretta Long and her husband, Robert of New Hampshire and the late Mary Davis and Barbara Haywood and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Gail’s life by gathering on February 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere St., Revere at 12 NOON. Services will conclude with Gail being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery.  All services will be held in accordance with Phase-2 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts phased reopening plan due to COVID-19. Capacity will be limited. Face coverings are required to be worn and social distancing measures are encouraged. To leave an online condolence please visit

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