Obituaries 08-04-2021

Louis Gizzi

Lifelong East Boston Resident

Louis Gizzi, a lifelong resident of East Boston, passed away on Thursday, July 22 at the age of 94. 

The beloved husband of the late Rose (Faretra) Gizzi of East Boston, he was the devoted father of Debbie Cassano and her husband, Don of Framingham and Gail Visco and her fiancé, Mark DiPireo of Stoneham; dear brother of Adeline Magnuson and the late Alfred Gizzi, Annie Andriotti, Theresa LaRossa, Helen Tiano and Mary Wolochka; cherished grandfather of Craig Cassano and his partner, Jeanine Solomon of Norton, Nicole Rodriquez and her husband, Angel of Haverhill and Laura and Michelle Visco of Stoneham and adored great grandfather of Arianna Rodriquez and Bella Cassano. 

Funeral, memorial service and burial will be private. For more information, please visit

Joseph Anthony Sasso

Will be Truly Missed

Joseph Anthony Sasso of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sunday, July 25 at 49 years of age. 

The beloved husband of Jennifer Sasso, he was the devoted father of Alexa and Anthony Sasso of Revere, dear brother of Lisa (Sasso) Ferri and her husband, Vinnie of Revere and Jessica Screnci and her husband, Dante of Salem, NH; loving son of the late Joseph and Marie “Netta” Sasso and treasured son in law of Ann Gayhart of Saugus. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends honored Joseph’s life by gathering at Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston on Sunday, August 1 and again on Monday, August 2 for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass.  Services concluded with Joseph being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Joseph will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.

For more information or to leave an online condolence please visit

Michael Paulicelli

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Michael J. Paulicelli of Florida, formerly of East Boston, passed away on July 28.

The beloved son of the late Cosimo “Gus” and Marion (Capuana) Paulicelli, he was the cherished husband of Julie (Luongo), dear son-in-law of the late Joseph and Julia (Altieri) Luongo, loving brother of Al and Carol Paulicelli, Marilyn and the late Edward Broderick, Judith and the late David Cantalupo and Kathleen and Paul Engian; dear brother-in-law of Joseph and the late Debra Luongo, the late George and Martha Luongo and the late Adele and John Cecca. He was also adored by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. 

In accordance with the Paulicelli family’s wishes, all services are private. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Lillian Foley-Tierney

August 3, 1957 – July 29, 2021

Lillian Foley-Tierney, 63, passed away on July 29 in Mesa, Arizona.

Prior to her retirement, Lillian was a Boston Public Middle School Teacher. Lillian loved teaching her students and did keep in touch with a few of them during her retirement years.

Lillian was born in Boston and lived much of her life on Princeton Street in East Boston. She was the daughter of Theresa B. (Shanahan) and James J. Foley and the sister of the late Karen B. Foley. Lillian leaves behind her loving husband of 30 years, Peter Tierney of San Tan Valley, AZ, her daughter, Pauline   Tierney   of   Apache   Junction,   AZ and   her   precious   granddaughter,   Emma Tierney. She was the stepmother of Patrick Tierney, Kate LaChapelle and Ryan Tierney, all of Maine. She also leaves behind her best friend, Bernadette McDonald McEvoy whom she met at Saint Rose High School in Chelsea.

The family is planning a private service in the fall.

Eugene Keenan

Retired Mass. State Trooper

Eugene E. Keenan, 88, of Byfield, formerly of Winthrop, passed away on July 30.

The beloved husband of Margery A. (Driver) Keenan, he was born in East Boston, the cherished son of the late Edward A. Sr.  and Mary J. (Vargus) Keenan.

Eugene was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1954 to 1956.

He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division known as the “Screaming Eagles.” Prior to his retirement, Eugene was employed as a MDC Police Officer and after the merger with the Massachusetts State Police in 1996, retired as Massachusetts State Trooper. He was a life member of the Woburn Sportsman’s Association and also served as a Eucharistic Minister in Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport.

He was the devoted father of Lauren Eremian of Florida, Linda Nowlan and her husband, Gerard of Boxford, Kathleen Guckert and her husband, Bruce of Billerica, Margery Beckwith, Eugene Keenan Jr. and his wife, Elaine and Patrick Keenan and his wife, Kathleen, all of Winthrop. He was the adored grandfather of 13 grandchildren and the great-grandfather of seven great-grandchildren. Eugene was the dear brother of the late Edward A. Keenan Jr. and his late wife, Louise.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Wednesday, August 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral will be from the funeral home Thursday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.)  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Assn. 300 5th Ave. Ste. 6, Waltham, MA 02451. For guestbook, please visit: 

Patricia Peppe

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston

Patricia J. (Ferrandini) Peppe, 79, of Everett, formerly of East Boston, passed away on July 22.

Born in Boston, the cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Gelormini) Ferrandini, she was the devoted mother of Michele Frazier and Joe Peppe and his late wife, Maria of Salem, NH, David Peppe and his wife, Lynne of Winthrop and the late Larry Peppe; the adored grandmother of Kimberly Sharp, Lakeisha Maxwell, Mario, Raffaella and JoJo Peppe and Nicholas and Justin Peppe and the loving great-grandmother of Tabatha and Tavin Bland and Charlee Peppe; the dear sister of Frank Ferrandini of California, Robert Ferrandini of Winthrop, Linda Ferrandini of California and the late Joseph and Diana Marie Ferrandini.

A visiting hour will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, August 7 from 1 to 2 p.m.  followed by a funeral service in the funeral home beginning at 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be private. For guestbook, please visit:     

Cornelius “Neil” Manning

US Postal Service Retiree

Cornelius “Neil”  Manning died in East Boston on July 29.

Neil was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict who served in the Heavy Motor Co. of the 5th Calvary. He was also a retired employee of the US Postal Service.

The beloved husband of Etta M. (McArdle), he was the loving father of Doreen and Charles “Chuck” Manning, both of East Boston, brother of Laurita Swope of Arizona, Patricia Manning of Lady Lake, FL and the late Catherine Bearse, Margaret Kaminski, Mary McIntyre, Helen Chodor, Dennis and John Manning. He is also survived by three generations of nieces and nephews. He was the brother-in-law of Dottie and Skip Marcella and Special «Unk” to Joseph and his wife,

Mary, Matthew and his wife, Mariana, Christopher, Emilia and Jameson Marcella.

His funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 336 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston today, Wednesday, August 4 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 11 o’clock.  Relatives and friends are invited. Committal Services with Military Honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden

Neil’s family would like to extend special thanks to John Cannon, Amy Parker, RN, Jeaneddy Paul and Patrick Pierre-Paul who took such wonderful care of Neil during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Neil’s memory to the St. Mary – St. Lazarus St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o Charles Marcella, 178 Wordsworth St., East Boston, MA 02128 would be appreciated. Please leave messages of condolence to Neil’s family on his Tribute Page at

Michael Dellorfano

MGH X-Ray Technician for 50 Years

Michael H. Dellorfano, a life-long resident of East Boston, passed away on July 30. 

The beloved husband of Evelyn (MacDonald) for 42 years, he was the dear brother of Carmella Casey and her husband, Edward of Lexington and Ann Marie Doherty and her husband, John of North Billerica and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Michael worked as an X-Ray technician at Massachusetts General Hospital for 50 years. Michael loved to spend his free time bowling. He will truly be missed by all.

Family and friends will honor Michael’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Wednesday, August 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 8:30 AM before leaving in procession to St. Joseph- St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston, for a 10 a.m. Mass honoring Michael’s life. Services will conclude with Michael being laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. To leave an online condolence please visit

Robert E. Kimmerle

March 3, 1928 – July 22, 2021

Robert E. Kimmerle of Columbia, MD, formerly of Revere and East Boston, passed away on July 22 at the age of 93.

He was born March 3, 1928 in Syracuse, NY.  After graduation from Onondaga Valley Academy, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Philippines and Guam. Robert was a Life Member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion.

In 1949, he married Mary McCue.  They were married for 55 years until her death in 2004.

Robert is survived by his children: Jacklynn of Revere, John P. Kimmerle of Saugus, his daughters-in-law, Susan Kimmerle and Sylvia Foley, his grandchildren: Robert J. Kimmerle (Christine), Diane Blackwell (Brian), Kristin Vera (Joshua) and Christopher Kimmerle and eight great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary, his sons, Robert J. and James  R. and grandson, Justin Kimmerle.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, August 14 at 12 noon at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach Street, Revere,.  Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Robert’s memory to a charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be made at

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