Obituaries 10-04-2023

Renaldo Agostinelli Sr.

Retired Educator and Member of Sons of Italy and Winthrop Lodge of Elks

Funeral Services were conducted on Tuesday, October 3, in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals for Renaldo G. “Rennie” Agostinelli, Sr. who died on Tuesday, September 26th at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a long hard-fought battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 72 years old.

Rennie was born in Winthrop Hospital on April 30, 1951 to the late Ralph “Skippy” and Elda T. (Catone) Agostinelli. He was one of three children raised in East Boston. Rennie was a graduate of Boston Tech, Class of 1969 and Bridgewater State College, Class of 1973. He happily pursued a career as a Special Education Teacher and proudly taught in the City of Boston for over 25 years. During this time, Rennie married his best friend Catherine “Cathy” (Connors) on July 10, 1977. Rennie and Cathy began their life together and started their family. He was a very proud father of three children and moved from East Boston in 1989 to settle in Winthrop.

When Renaldo retired as a teacher, he pursued his other passion of carpentry. He worked for several construction companies, before going on his own. He especially focused on furniture making, which he thoroughly enjoyed doing. Rennie enjoyed music and playing his guitar.

He was a member at the Sons of Italy Lodge #2057 & Winthrop Lodge of Elks Lodge #1078. Rennie was forced to stop working due to his declining health. He was loved and cared for by his wife and family.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Catherine A. (Connors) Agostinelli of Winthrop. He was the loving father of Leanora Agostinelli of St. Johns, FL., Renaldo G. Agostinelli Jr. and his wife, Nicole of Stoughton and Daniel Agostinelli and his wife, Michelle of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Anastasia, Dominic, Lexi, Renaldo III and Martin; dear brother of Ralph Agostinelli Jr. and his wife, MaryBeth of Dedham and Ronald Agostinelli and his wife, Ellen of West Roxbury. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grand nephews.

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Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals.

John Joseph La Voie

Retired Educator

John Joseph La Voie, 91, of Franklin died peacefully September 25, at the Chelsea Veterans’ Home.

He was the husband for 67 years of the late Anna Carmella (Minichiello) La Voie.

Born in East Boston on July 31, 1932, the son of the late Norbert James and Alice Mabel (King) La Voie of East Boston, John was raised in East Boston and lived in Franklin for the past 64 years.

John was a graduate of East Boston High School and also graduated from Fitchburg State College as an educator.

John served in the United States Navy from June 1951 until June 1955 as an Electrician’s Mate 2 (EM2) aboard the Chester T. O’Brien destroyer escort ship.

John worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard and then worked as a schoolteacher at Bedford High School and Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon until his retirement.

John and his wife used to spend the winters in Palm Springs, California. He enjoyed golf, fishing, sailing, woodworking, traveling, music and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Kathi Wyatt and her husband, John of Winthrop, Paul La Voie and his wife, Karen Marie of Franklin, John La Voie and his wife, Janice of Franklin and James La Voie and his fiancée, Robin Carpus of Yorktown Heights, New York. He is also survived by his siblings: Paul Nelson La Voie and his wife, Susan of North Andover and Charles La Voie and his wife, Barbara of Deerfield, Florida. He was predeceased by his brothers: Norbert La Voie and his late wife, Blanche, George La Voie and his wife, Chris and by his sisters: Frances Genevieve La Voie, Alice Mary Bayer and her late husband, Francis, Rose Madeline Bernstein and her late husband, Robert.

He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shaun and his fiancée, Jill, Michael and his wife, Daniela, Matthew and his fiancée, Jaclyn, John, Katherine, and James and by his great-grandson, Jack.

At his request, services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Chelsea Veterans‘ Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. Attn: Recreation – John Davis. Arrangements are under the care of the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin (

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