Obituaries 08-11-2021

John Zuccaro, Sr.

East Boston AmVets Member

John E. Zuccaro, Sr. of East Boston passed away on July 14. 

John was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict who served with the 24th Infantry Division. He was also part of the East Boston AmVets.

The beloved husband of the late Grace Luongo, he was the loving father of John Zuccaro, Jr. and Catherine of Billerica, Richard Zuccaro and Mary Beth of Saugus, and David Zuccaro of Boston; adored grandfather of John Zuccaro III, Richard Zuccaro and Kyle Zuccaro. John was predeceased by eight siblings. 

Family and friends honored John’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Sunday, July 18 and again Monday morning, July 19 before leaving in procession to St. Joseph- St. Lazarus Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass. Services concluded with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

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Josephine Cieri

Died Just Days after Her 100th Birthday

Josephine (Gregorio) Cieri, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on August 9, just three days after her 100th birthday.

Born in Revere on August 6, 1921 to the late Pompilio and Mary (Colucci), she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Cieri, devoted mother of Maria McGinty and her husband, John of Florida, Donald Cieri and his wife, Barbara of Arizona, Ethel Sinatra of Saugus, formerly of  Everett, and Lynne Guinta and her husband, Joseph of Rowley; dear sister of William Gregorio  and his wife, Judy of Revere,and the late Anne Ciardelli, Luca Gregorio, Rosemarie Orlanzo, and  Ralph, Anthony and Alfred Gregorio. She was the cherished grandmother of 14, great grandmother of 23,  and great great grandmother of five and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A  visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere today,  Wednesday, August 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a 12 noon Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Revere. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Private Interment. In lieu of flowers. donations may be made in Josephine’s name to St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or at For guest book, please visit

Carol Spano

Of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop

Carol A. (Ferraguto) Spano of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on August 6. 

The loving daughter of the late Domenic and Mary (Simole) Ferraguto, she was the beloved wife of John Spano, devoted mother of Jonathan Spano and his wife, Natalia of Stoneham and Justin Spano and his wife, Tiffany of Peabody; dear sister of the late Andrew Ferraguto and cherished grandmother of Gianna, Ariana, Antonio and Luca. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends honored Carol’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston to share stories and memories of Carol’s wonderful life.  In accordance with the Spano Family’s wishes, funeral services after the visitation were private. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Madlyn Riley

Former East Boston Resident

Madlyn R. (Murphy) Riley, in Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on July 22.

She was the beloved wife of the late James F. Riley Sr., loving mother of Nancy and her husband, Michael Celona of East Boston, Kevin Riley of Winthrop and the late James F. Riley Jr.; grandmother of Michael and Kimberly Celona, Stacey and Thomas Strong, Tina and Kristen Celona and great-grandmother of Olivia and Madlyn Strong, Victor, Brayleigh and Aislynn Celona.

Madlyn’s funeral was held from the Magrath Funeral Home on Monday, July 26. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in Madlyn’s memory to MSPCA-Angell Memorial Hospital would be appreciated. Please send messages of condolence to the family on Madlyn’s Tribute page at

Francesco “Frank” Licciardi

A Kind and Loving Husband, Father and Nonno (Grandfather)

Francesco “Frank” Licciardi of Revere passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on August 9 at the age of 83.   

Born in Apice, a Province of Benevento, Italy on February 3, 1938 to the late Erminio and Caterina Licciardi, Frank married the love of his life, immigrated to America in 1963, settled in Revere and was employed at Straeger Co. in Revere. 

He was the beloved husband of Maria Assunta (Beatrice) for 58 years, loving father of Caterina “Cathy” O’Donnell and her husband, James of Revere, Frank Licciardi and his wife, Sabrina of North Reading, Maureen Melillo and her husband, Matthew of Sturbridge; cherished grandfather of Alexia and Marco Licciardi and Jake Melillo; dear brother of Joseph Licciardi and his wife, Kathy of Saugus, Michele Licciardi and his late wife, Rachela of Apice, Italy, the late Antonio Licciardi of Middleton and Rosaria Genato of Italy; dear brother-in-law of Carmine Masiello and his late wife, Nicolina, Carmine Colarusso and his late wife Antonietta, Elena Coccimiglio and her late husband, Nicola, all of Revere, Francesco DiVito and his late wife, Angelina of Saugus and the late Filippo Beatrice and his wife, Cristina, Michelina Monaco and her husband, Pasquale, Antonetta Beatrice, Antonio Beatrice and Angelo Beatrice; dear Godfather of Anthony Masiello, Gianni Inglese and Giuseppe Genato. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and dear friends. 

Frank was a kind and loving husband, father and Nonno (grandfather). He was a joyful man who taught us that “family was the most important thing.” Frank cherished his wife, Maria, and loved spending time with her; gardening, taking walks hand in hand, going to concerts and traveling. Nothing brought him greater joy than being with his children and grandchildren; summer trips to Maine and family visits to North Carolina. He also enjoyed making (and sharing) wine, swimming, going to the movies and dining out. Frank was a very spiritual man and a devoted parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church. No words can express this incredible loss. He will be deeply missed.

His funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, August 13 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held at Buonfiglio Funeral Home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.

(Masks and social distancing are requested by the family and will be required upon entrance to funeral home and church.) Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  For guest book please visit

Josephine Falzone

Of Revere

Josephine Falzone of Revere passed away on August 5 at the age of 101. 

Born in Boston on March 19, 1920 to the late Phillipo and Theresa (Micchi), she was the dear sister of the late Ida Contino, Phillip Falzone, Concetta Capobianco and Salvatore Falzone.  Josephine is survived by her loving niece and caretaker, Roberta Rizzo and her husband, Lee of Revere as well as many additional nieces and nephews. 

A visitation was held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Tuesday, August 10 followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home.  A private entombment will take place for the immediate family at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Josephine’s name to The Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Attn: Activities, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151 all proceeds will be used for resident activities.  For guest book please visit

Lorraine Tower

Of East Boston

Lorraine (McDonald) Tower of East Boston passed away on August 6.  

The beloved wife of the late James Tower Sr., she was the loving mother of the late James Tower Jr., dear mother in law of Sandra DiPhilippo and cherished grandmother of James Tower. 

In accordance with the family’s wishes, all services are private. A memorial mass will be announced at a later date. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Mary “Marilu” Alessandroni

Decades-Long Devoted President of the St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Courageous Generation

Mary T. “Marilu” (Luca) Alessandroni  of East Boston passed away peacefully on August 2 at age 88.  

A decades-long devoted president of the St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Courageous Generation, she was the devoted wife of the late Salvatore “Red” Alessandroni, the beloved mother of Donna O’Connor and her husband, Mike, Retired Sergeant BPD, of Jamaica Plain, Michael Alessandroni of Lunenburg and the late Joseph; cherished sister of Joseph Luca and his wife, Terry, of Medford and Vincent Luca of East Boston; dear sister-in-law of the late Nora, Aldo, and Ann Alessandroni and Edith LaFleur; adored nana to Michael O’Connor III and his wife, Allie, Erin Candeloro and her husband, John and Julianne O’Connor and treasured great-grandmother of Sophie O’Connor. 

Family and friends honored Mary’s life by gathering at St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston, on Thursday, August 5 and again Friday, August 6 for a Mass celebrating Mary’s life. Services concluded with Mary being laid to rest with her husband and son at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, please consider doing an act of kindness in Mary’s memory.  To leave an online condolence please visit

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