Obituaries – 07/09/09

William Buckley, 67
Member of Pipefitters Union

William G. Buckley of Beachmont died on June 29 at his home, after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

A member of Local 537 Pipefitters Union, he was born in Somerville, son of the late Walter Buckley and Josephine (Flynn) Buckley. He was the beloved husband of Emilie Orlando Buckley; father of William G. Buckley II of Revere and Dana V. Buckley of Canyon Lake, California; brother of Mary Elizabeth Margarita of West Dennis and Geraldine Coughlin of Malden; and the uncle of five nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were by the O’Maley Funeral Home of Winthrop.

Ethel Beranger, 96
Keypunch operator for US Postal Service

Ethel I. (McLean) Beranger of Knoxville, Tenn., formerly of Winthrop, died at her home in Knoxville on July 2. She was 96 years old.

Born in East Boston, the daughter of the late Ethel (Smith) and Joseph McLean, she lived in East Boston and Winthrop prior to moving to Knoxville 20 years ago. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1931. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a keypunch operator.

She was the beloved wife of the late Peter F. Beranger and the devoted mother of Donna Black and Kevin Beranger, both of Knoxville. She is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted in Winthrop Cemetery with arrangements by the Caggiano Funeral Home of Winthrop. To sign her online book of condolences, go to

Gail Ferrara-Gradozzi
East Boston resident

Gail Ferrara-Gradozzi of East Boston died suddenly on July 4.

She was the devoted mother of Michelle, Joseph and Tracy Ferrara, all of East Boston; dear sister of Zeta Assini, Rita Shea, Joy Viola, and the late Arlene Caterino; former wife of Richard Gradozzi; cherished grandmother of Nelson, Jamie, and Joseph and is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Paul Lanzi, 72
Boiler engineer, Army veteran

Paul A. Lanzi of Wakefield, formerly of Malden and the North End, died on July 2 at the North Shore Medical Center in Boston.

A US Army veteran, he was born in Boston on April 15, 1937 to Louis and Alessandra (Cataldo) Lanzi and was raised and educated in the North End of Boston. He lived in Malden for 36 years and has been a resident of Wakefield for the past two years. He worked as a boiler Engineer at Sears and Roebuck in Brookline for over 26 years. He also worked for Comm Energy in Cambridge prior to his retirement.

He was the beloved husband of Catalina “Cathy” (Gutierrez) Lanzi; father of Paul A. Lanzi Jr. and his wife, Kristen, of Reading, Joseph F. Lanzi and his wife, Erin, of North Reading and Peter A. Lanzi and his wife, Katie, of Wilmington; grandfather of Gina, Jessica, Paul III, Christopher, Riley, Joseph Jr. and Maya; brother of Joan Griffin, Loretta Noe and Rosemary Massa, all of Winthrop, Louis Lanzi of Malden and the late Joseph Lanzi. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Breslin Funeral Home, Malden. For his online obituary and guest book, visit

Carpina Ciampa
Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Carpina (DiCicco) Ciampa of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on July 4.

She was the devoted mother of Dennis, Philip and Robert Ciampa and is also survived by two loving grandchildren, seven cherished great-grandchildren and her many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home of East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

For more information or to send an online condolence, visit

Merilyn Carroll, 81
Of Plymouth, formerly of Winthrop

Merilyn S. “Mel” (Morgan) Carroll of Plymouth, formerly of Winthrop and East Bridgewater, died unexpectedly June 30.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert S. Carroll Jr.; loving mother of Robert “Joe” Carroll and his wife, the late Rita Carroll, of Halifax, Wayne “Butch” Carroll and his wife, Anne, of Winthrop, Bruce Carroll and his wife, Candy, of Buzzards Bay, Janice Coffin and her husband, James, of Mansfield, Debra McAuliffe and her husband, David, of Winthrop, and Susan Jonah and her husband, Donald, of Middleboro; the much loved grandmother of 13 and great-grandmother of nine.

Burial was in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne.

Memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, Second Floor, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences, log on to

Ruth Lois D’Aveta, 59
Software Engineer

Ruth Lois D’Aveta of Winthrop, formerly of Hamilton, died on June 17 at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston, following a long illness with brain cancer. She was 59 years old.

A software engineer for 30 years for the Verizon Telephone Co., she was the beloved daughter of Ruth (Lindon) Sehovey of Lynn and the late Fortunato D’Aveto and the triplet sister of Renee A. Pike of Winthrop and Rose M. Grasso of New Mexico; niece of Claire Inkpen of Palm Coast, Florida and the dear aunt of Erik, David and Robert Little Jr. of New Hampshire and Courtney Hickey of Haverhill. She is also survived by her two cats, Whirligig and Lawerance Kitty Boy.

A memorial service will be held at the First Church United Methodist, 217 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Saturday, July 11, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Funeral arrangements were by the O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.

Memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844 or to the Brain Tumor Society, Suite 3-H, 124 Watertown St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Robert Edward ‘Leo’ Leonard
Programmer and sports fan

Robert Edward “Leo” Leonard died June 27 in Florida.

He was born on March 5, 1953 in Winthrop, a son of the late John and Barbara (Sheilds) Leonard. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School and a programmer for the Medical Device Division of Hewlett Packard/Philips. He was an avid Boston sports fan and loved horse racing.

Mr. Leonard is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Leonard, of Nashua and her fiancé, Matthew Bleau, of Nashua; his son, James Leonard, of Nashua; a brother, John Leonard Jr., of Winthrop; several nieces and nephews and his partner, Leah Letterman, of Daytona Beach, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Heart Association, New England Affiliate, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688.

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