Obituaries 10-25-2023

Maria Di Libero

Dedicated And Generous Community Leader and Activist

Maria (Di Berardino) Di Libero, 83, of East Boston and Pescara, Italy passed away peacefully on September 23. She was born on January 14, 1940 in Pescara, Italy to Antonio and Yolanda (Speziale) Di Berardino. She spent her first 14 years in the Abruzzi region of Italy before immigrating to the United States and settling in East Boston.

Maria was an extraordinary and cherished wife, mother, sister, cousin and “Nina.”

She and her treasured husband of 63 years, Nicola “Nick” made their home in East Boston where they raised their three children, Lehana and her former husband, John LaPlaca, Nicola “Nick Jr.” and his wife, Joellen, and Erik. Maria was the proud grandmother of Leah Gibbons and her husband, TJ, John and Joshua LaPlaca, Perry Di Libero and his wife, Vanessa, Nicola “Nicky” Di Libero III, Erik Jr. and Matthew DiLibero and the adored great grandmother of Ella, Hallie, Tommy and Lily Gibbons and Vincent Di Libero; the dear sister of Luigi Di Berardino and his wife, Pina, and the late Cpl. Perry Di Berardino. She is also lovingly survived by her beloved cousins and friends.

Maria was a trailblazer who was fiercely independent and forever determined to be the best person she could be. She was a successful self-taught businesswoman and entrepreneur who always gave 110% to anything she did. Maria was a dedicated and generous community leader and activist. She was proud of her time with the Kiwanis Club, East Boston Chamber of Commerce, and Sacred Heart Church to name a few.

Maria pursued many passions throughout her life, playing tennis, traveling the world, gardening and spoiling her grandchildren. Her greatest passion was spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking delicious food for everyone to savor. As a survivor, our “energizer bunny” was determined to live each day to the fullest. She instilled in everyone the importance of generosity, kindness and dependability. She will continue to be an inspiration to all.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston on Saturday, October 28th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923 or             

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

Jane English

Loving And Caring Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Jane E. (Briand) English of East Boston passed away on October 19. She was 81 years old. The beloved wife of the late Kenneth E. English, Jane was born in Medford, the cherished daughter of the late John H. and Rita (Cashman) Briand.

Jane was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, always putting her family first.

She was the devoted mother of Denise Masse and her husband, Lawrence of Andover, Alice Atkinson of Haverhill, Suzanne Merullo and her husband, Peter of Winchester and Janelle Lovell, currently of Swampscott and her late husband, Wayne; the adored grandmother of Lawrence Masse III and his wife, Britney, Kenneth Masse and his wife, Julie, Taylor Petrillo and her husband, Nicholas, Gregory Atkinson and his twin sister, Janie Atkinson, Meaghan Kerrigan and her husband, Brendon, Lauren Merullo, Ryan Lovell, Hailey Lovell and loving great-grandmother of Brooke, Devin, Emilia and Kenneth Masse Jr. She was the dear sister of Thomas Briand and his wife, Patricia of East Boston and the late John and William Briand. Jane is also survived by many adoring nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, October 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Parish, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are

invited. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Greater New England Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 62 Walnut St. Suite 5, Wellesley, MA. 02481.

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Elisa Tammaro

Her Dedication to Her Family Was Unwavering

Elisa Tammaro, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on October 17, at the age of 82. Elisa was born on July 28, 1941 in Mirabella-Eclano, Italy to Giacomo and Virginia Rosa. She immigrated to America in 1961, embracing a new life full of dreams and possibilities. 

Elisa shared 57 beautiful years of marriage with her devoted husband, Nunziante Tammaro and their love remained a testament to enduring commitment. They joyously celebrated their anniversary on October 15, just two days before her passing. 

A skilled seamstress for over two decades, Elisa dedicated her talents to her craft and later worked at United Airlines for 15 years, leaving a mark of professionalism and hard work.

Her dedication to her family was unwavering and her sons, Gino Tammaro of East Boston and ClaudioTammaro and his wife, Kristine of Loveland, Ohio, cherished the delicious meals she prepared, especially her artichokes, tiramisu and apple pie. 

Elisa found immense joy in spending time with her grandchildren, Nicolas and Claudia Tammaro of Loveland, Ohio, delighting in their laughter and milestones. She adored her family and found comfort in their love. 

Elisa was preceded in death by her dear siblings: Giuseppe Rosa, Mario Rosa and Filomena Guarino, but she leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories for her surviving nieces and nephews. 

Elisa had a passion for life that shone through in her love of playing Bingo with friends, trying her luck with her favorite numbers and savoring moments over espresso coffee. She enjoyed taking long walks with her husband, relishing the beauty of each day. As we bid farewell to Elisa Tammaro, we celebrate a life well-lived, a woman deeply loved, and memories that will forever echo in our hearts. She will be remembered for her warmth, generosity, and unwavering love for family and friends. 

Family and friends gathered to honor Elisa’s life at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Sunday October 22nd and a Funeral Mass in celebration of Elisa’s life was held on Monday, October 23rd at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston. Services concluded with Elisa being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery. May she rest in eternal peace and her spirit live on in our hearts.

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