Obituaries 04-07-2021

Emily Mazzarella

Operated Mazzarella Funeral Home in Orient Heights With Her Late Husband

Emily (Bergamasco) Mazzarella, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away Saturday evening, April 3, at home surrounded by her loving family after brief illness.

She along with her late husband operated the Mazzarella Funeral Home in Orient Heights since 1952.

After Vincent’s untimely passing in 1982, Emily operated the Funeral Home on a temporary license granted by the Board of Registration for Funeral Directing and Embalming. Her permanent license, which culminated after three years of intensive study at the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, was received in June of 1985. She was also an active and vital member of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce and associated with the St. Lazarus Holy Name Society. 

She was the devoted wife of the late Vincent J. Mazzarella, Sr., beloved mother of Barbara Petrillo and her husband Louis, Vincent J. Mazzarella, Jr., Susan Smith and her husband, Michael, Karen Mazzarella and Michael Mazzarella; daughter of the late Angelo and Mary (Cardillo) Bergamasco; cherished grandmother of Nicole Panzini, Jennifer Hrdy, Ryan Smith, Vinnie Foster, Matthew Smith and Michael Mazzarella, Jr. and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Emily Rose and Sophia Hrdy and Raleigh Smith.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Those attending are asked to follow Covid-19 protocols regarding face covering and social distancing and are asked to enter the funeral home, respectfully pay their condolences and exit to allow others to enter.

James Richards

Retired Lieutenant Suffolk County House of Corrections (Deer Island)

James M. Richards of East Boston passed away surrounded by his loving family on Easter Sunday morning at the age of 89. 

A US Navy Veteran of the Korean Conflict, He was a retired Lieutenant of the Suffolk County House of Corrections (Deer Island) and a longtime member of the Elks. He will be missed by all. 

The beloved husband for over 70 years of Marion (Olivieri) Richards, he was the devoted father of Beverly Buckley and her husband, Michael of Peabody and James Richards and his wife, Colleen of Lynn; cherished grandfather of James Buckley and his wife, Katie of Wilmington and Jarrod Richards of Peabody and the adored great-grandfather of Emma Buckley and Joseph and Kristine Richards. 

Family and friends will honor James’ life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today, Wednesday, April 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to St. Mary’s of the Sacred Heart Church, 8 S. Common St., Lynn. Services will conclude with Full Military Honors. All services will be held in accordance with the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in James’ name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place, W. 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445.

To leave an online condolence please visit

Joan Martone

Retired Legal Secretary

Joan F. Martone of East Boston died on March 22. 

Joan was born and raised in East Boston and worked for many years as a legal secretary until her retirement.

The beloved daughter of the late Mary (Sarnacchiaro) and Joseph A. Martone, Sr., she was the loving sister of Dorothy Daddario and her husband, Rudy of Saugus, Frank B. Martone of East Boston and the late Joseph A. Jr. and his late wife, Paula, Anthony J., and Louis R. and his wife, Annette Martone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Due to the COVID pandemic, private Graveside Services were held for the immediate family in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Please leave messages of condolence for the family on her Tribute Page at

George Aceto III

Of Alabama

George J. Aceto III of Alabama passed away on Saturday, March 20.

The loving son of George Jr. and Carol (Sullivan) Aceto, he was the dear brother of Ashley Aceto, cherished grandson of Lucy Aceto and the late George Sr., Sandra Sullivan and the late James; treasured uncle of Hunter and Wyatt and is also survived many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Family and friends will honor George’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Saturday, April 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a memorial gathering.

All services will be held in accordance with the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations. 

Paul DiCiccio

Massport Police Dept. Retiree

Paul W. DiCiccio died In East Boston on March 13. 

The beloved husband of Marie P. (DeSciscio) DiCiccio, he was the father of David DiCiccio and Anny DiCiccio, both of Winthrop and the late Victor DiCiccio.

Paul was born and raised in East Boston and attended East Boston schools. He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and later re-enlisted in the US Air Force and served for six years before he returned to civilian life.  Paul retired from Massport Police Dept.

He previously was a baker at Boston Children’s Hospital and worked for many years in several other Boston restaurants. Paul was a great baker and cook and enjoyed sharing a good meal with family and friends, he will be sorely missed.

At the family’s request Memorial Services will be held at a later date due to the COVID pandemic. Please leave messages of condolence for the family on Paul’s Tribute Page at

Eric Leach

Of Winthrop

Eric M. (Zona) Leach of Winthrop passed away on March 26. 

The cherished son of Marie Zona and the late Michael and Eugene Leach and the late Kathy Hughes, he was the beloved father of Ella and Amelia Leach, loving fiance of Jillian Passaro, dear brother of Rhonda Areniello and her husband, Tizziano, Mario Zona and his wife, Tara, Vanessa D’Amelio and her husband, David, Joseph Leach, Katelyn Pumphret-Leach, Amy Hughes, Trinity Hughes and the late Kristy Hughes.  He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends as well as his best friend and beloved dog, Rocco. 

Family and friends honored Eric’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Tuesday, April 6 and again today, Wednesday morning, April 7 at St. John’s the Evangelist Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Eric’s life. Services will conclude with Eric being laid to rest at Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section) Winthrop. All services will be held in accordance with the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations. For more information, please visit

Angela Tracey

Will Be Missed by All Who Knew Her

Angela T. Tracey, 71, formerly of East Boston and Revere passed away at her home in Saco, Maine on March 25. Angela was born in 1948 to Rose DeStefano and Douglas Tracey and is survived by many family members and friends

A graduate of East Boston High School, she had a great heart, a wonderful sense of humor, the ability to make people laugh, and would do anything to support those she cared for. She will be missed.

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