Obituaries – 04/29/09

Frederick J. Hickey, 71

Worked for Gulf Oil Corp.

Frederick J. Hickey of West Maple Street, Palmyra, Pa. died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 in the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. He was 71 years old.

Born June 9, 1937 in New Haven, Connecticut, he was a son of the late Frederick D. and Theresa M. (DeLorey) Hickey.

He attended the Winthrop School District and was a graduate of Hershey High School, Pa. Retiring from the Gulf Oil Corporation and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, he was a member of the Campbelltown American Legion, Pa.

He is survived by his daughters Laurie Camplese of Palmyra, Pa., Dr. Theresa Hickey of Adelaide, Australia, Cynthia Kane of Houston, Texas, Diane Lerew and Carolyn Hickey both of Hershey, Pa; 14 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Palmyra, Pa.

Condolences may be shared at

Raffaele Quarato

East Boston resident

Raffaele “Lalo” Quarato of East Boston died on April 23.

He was the beloved son the late Matteo Quarato and is survived by his mother, Maria (Castriotta) Contrada, and his stepfather, Fiore, of East Boston. He was the loving father of Mathew Drew of Roslindale and Leanna Quarato of Winthrop; companion to Linda Slade of North Reading; cherished brother of Maria Quarato of Everett, Giulia Sorrentino and her husband, Francesco, of Woburn, Michael Quarato of East Boston, Vincenzo Quarato and his fiancée, Terri Cowan, of Florida, Rosa Carbo and her husband, Alfonso, of Everett, Domenic Quarato of East Boston and the late Pasquale Quarato and his surviving wife, Laura, of Danvers; stepbrother of Maria Labella and her husband, Paul, of Somerville. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

His funeral will be held from the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Square), East Boston, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Brook Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Harry Mehos, 55

Melrose resident

Harry G. Mehos of Melrose, formerly of Malden, died on April 25. He was 55 years old.

He was the beloved son of Barbara (Mikols) Mehos and the late Nicholas Mehos; devoted brother of Michael Mehos and his wife, Ellen, of Winthrop and John Mehos and his wife, Cheryl, of Melrose; and the loving uncle of Nicholas, Katharine and Jacqueline Mehos.

Funeral arrangements were by the A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden. For his guest book, see

Mary Lou Molloy, 70

Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Mary Lou (Person) Molloy of Chatsworth, California, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on April 20. She was 70 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved daughter of the late Olaf and Mary (Douglass) Person, she is survived by her children: Douglass, Doreen, Darren, Dawn and Deanne, and nine grandchildren, all of California. She was the devoted sister of Joseph Person and his wife, Constance, of Melrose, Barbara Matarazzo and her husband, Michael, of Winthrop and loving aunt of many.

A Memorial Mass will be offered in her memory at Saint John the Evangelist Church on Sunday, June 7, at noon.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Alfred DiSessa, 57

East Boston resident

Alfred T. DiSessa, a 40-year resident of East Boston, died suddenly at home on April 22. He was 57 years old.

He was born in Winthrop and was the former husband of Mary (D’Urbano) Metcalf of East Boston; beloved father of Alfred, Anthony, Daniel and Joseph DiSessa, all of East Boston; dear brother of John DiSessa of Leominster, Anthony DiSessa of Malden, Mark DiSessa of Marlborough and Eric DiSessa of Napa Valley, California; and he is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Florence Capprini, 95

Longtime Hairdresser

Florence Capprini of Atlantic Street, Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 24, after a brief illness. She was 95 years old.

Born in East Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Sophia and Aniello Saviano. She was a resident of Winthrop for the past 68 years and a hairdresser for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Galeano Capprini and the loving mother of Robert Capprini and his wife, Joanne, of Winthrop, and Janet Rosa and her husband, Pat, of Revere; sister of Joseph Saviano, Andrew Saviano and his wife, Florence, and the late Steve, Philip, Victor, Frank, Louis Saviano and Antonette Comunale; sister-in-law of Phyllis Saviano, Mary Saviano and Dorothy Auferio; and she is also survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the East Boston Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, PO Box 83, East Boston MA 02128. To sign her online guestbook, go to

Anna Giannusa, 82

Past President Mass State Catholic Women’s Guild and Winthrop Ladies Lodge Sons of Italy

Anna (Rossi) Giannusa died April 24. She was 82 years old.

A member of the Mass. Catholic Women’s Guild and past state president, she was also active at Our Lady’s Church, where she was past president of the Lady’s Sodality and past president of the Sons of Italy – Winthrop Ladies Lodge.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1944. She lived in East Boston for 40 years, then 33 years in Saugus before moving to Amesbury nine years ago. During the 1940s, she worked at the Federal Reserve Bank. She also worked as a cook for Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Lynnfield from 1975 to1985.

She was the wife of the late Vincent B. Giannusa Jr.; mother of Gerald S Giannusa of Amesbury, Ronald D. Giannusa and his wife, Susan, of Hampton, NH and the late Vincent B. Giannusa III; grandmother of Julianna S. Giannusa of Hampton, NH, Ursala Della Paolera and her husband, Daniel, of Amesbury, and Andrea and Valerie Giannusa of Amesbury; mother-in-law of Ellen Giannusa and sister of Sabatino S. Rossi of Saugus and Frances LaRocca of East Boston. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was private. Her online guest book is at

John Cross

Founder and President of Vanguard Electronics of Needham

John H. Cross of Weston died on April 23.

He was the founder and president of Vanguard Electronics of Needham, a graduate of NJ Institute of Technology and a US Merchant Marine veteran of World War II.

The beloved husband of the late Grace (Campbell) Cross, he was the cousin of Mary Hopler and William McManus, both of East Orange, NJ, and the dear friend of Robert Kelley of Winthrop and Simon Gregory of Holden.

His funeral will be held from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, 477 Washington St., (Route 16), Wellesley, Friday, May 1, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Julia’s Church, Weston Center, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Weston.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Salvation Army, 147 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116-5197 or to NJ Institute of Technology, 323 Martin Luther King Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102. For directions and guest book, visit

Patricia Russo Sweeney, 80

Of Colorado, formerly of Winthrop

Patricia Russo Sweeney of Colorado, formerly of Winthrop, died in Colorado on Easter Sunday. She was 80 years old.

Born in Winthrop, daughter of Anthony T. and Dolores Fegan Russo, her survivors include her sons, Mark and Joseph; her daughter-in-law, Lynn; her grandchildren, Daniel and Laurel, all of Colorado; and her sister, Dolores Gahan, of California. Please see for more information and her photo.

Joseph Cinseruli

East Boston Activist

Joseph V. “Joe Cenci” Cinseruli of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on April 25.

A U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a Past Grand Knight, St. Francis Council, East Boston Knights of Columbus, Winthrop Elks, a former member of the East Boston Athletic Board, Land Use Council and an East Boston activist.

The beloved husband of Yolanda “Yola ” (Minerva) Cinseruli, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Ellen Howe and her husband, Jeffrey, of Winthrop, Debra Gavegnano and her husband, Joseph, of Salem and Joseph D. Cinseruli and his wife, Valerie, of North Andover; dear brother of Marie Di Orio of Melrose, Phyllis Todisco of Winthrop, Frank “Frankie Brown” of Revere and the late Matthew, Carmen, George and Vincent Cinseruli; cherished grandfather of Jessica and Lauren Howe, David Gavegnano, Michelle and George Gilpin, Nicholas and Isabella Cinseruli; and great-grandfather of Brady Gavegnano, Emma Gilpin and the late Rory Gavegnano.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery Winthrop. For his online guest book, visit

Michelle Schreibman, 43

Member of many organizations

Michelle (Rosenzwaig) Schreibman of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly on April 23. She was 43 years old.

Born in Everett, she lived in Chelsea and was educated in Chelsea schools before moving to Winthrop. She was a member of the Winthrop Art Association and Temple Tifereth Israel and many other organizations.

She was the beloved wife of Nathaniel Schreibman, devoted mother of Helena and Brian; loving daughter of Edward Rosenzwaig and the late Barbara (Glassberg) Rosenzwaig; daughter-in-law of Joanne (Gilman) Schreibman; dear sister of Jay Rosenzwaig; and she is also survived by aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

Arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service. Burial was in Everett.

Memorial observance will be held at the home of Joanne Schreibman through today, Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493 or a charity of one’s choice.

Philomena Mastrangelo, 100

Winthrop resident

Philomenia “Fanny” (Manfredonia) Mastrangelo of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died at the Lighthouse Nursing Center in Revere, after a brief illness, surrounded by her loving family on April 22. She was 100 years old.

A former member of the East Boston Ladies Lodge Sons of Italy, she was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1909, daughter of the late Leo and Adelaide (Scutellaro) Manfredonia, and was the beloved wife of the late Rocco Mastrangelo; devoted mother of Adelaide R. Gallo of Winthrop, John Mastrangelo of Lynnfield and the late Mary Gaeta; dear sister of the late Rose Pastore, Salvatore, Joseph and Ralph Manfredonia; cherished grandmother of 17; great-grandmother of 27; and great-great-grandmother of one. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop. For more information, visit

Denise Condon

DMR employee

Denise M. Condon of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on April 23, after a brief illness.

A former employee of the Department of Mental Health, she was the fiancée of the late James Mazzarella for over 32 years; cherished daughter of the late Richard F. and Ruth (Campbell) Condon; dear sister of Patricia Flaherty of Winthrop and the late Richard F. Condon Jr.; cherished aunt of Michelle and Richard Flaherty; and the fond niece of Jack and Ruth Campbell of Salem.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For her guest book, please visit

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