Obituaries – 08/27/09

Gabriele  Lane, 63

Worked for National Grid

Gabriele “Gaby” (Ruedinger) Lane of Lynnfield, a former longtime resident of Malden, died suddenly at Salem Hospital on July 26. She was 63 years old.

She was employed in customer service by National Grid.

Born in Germany, the beloved daughter of Dr. Herbert and Ingeborg Ruedinger of Michelbach-Bilz, Germany, she was the loving mother of Heidi Montgomery and her husband, Tom, of Winthrop and Jennifer King and her husband, Barry, of Nashua, NH; the dear sister of Dr. Bernd Ruedinger and his wife, Eva, of Worrstadt, Germany; cherished grandmother of Emma, Ally and Sean Montgomery and Matthew and Julia King; and dear aunt of Jonathan and Rebekkah Ruedinger. She is also survived by many loving friends.

Her funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by services in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the National MS Society, Central New England Chapter, P.O. Box 845945, Boston MA 02284-5945. For directions or to sign her online guest book, go to

John P. Walsh

Worked for MBTA, Wonderland Dog Track

John P. Walsh of Beachmont, Revere, and West Palm Beach, Fla., died July 26. He was the loving husband of Donna (Wallen) Walsh of West Palm Beach and the late Virginia (Murphy) Walsh of Revere.

Mr. Walsh was born in East Boston, son of the late Timothy and Mary (Gorman) Walsh. He graduated from East Boston High School in 1948, where he served as class president. He furthered his education at Naval military schools and Newbury College, where he received an associate’s degree in business administration. Mr. Walsh was a retired Navy chief petty officer who served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was employed by the MBTA, Local 264 as an automotive mechanic for 25 years, and also worked at Wonderland Dog Track.

Mr. Walsh had many affiliations, namely the Loyal Order of Moose, 1272, Revere, where he served as governor from 1992 to 1993; BPO Elks 1171, Revere; American Legion Post 61; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 6712, Beachmont; the Beachmont Yacht Club; and the Knights of Columbus, Revere.

He also was a member of the Revere Citizens Committee, Revere Beach Development Committee and Roughans Point, the Naval Fleet Reserve Association, the National Audubon Society, the Bird Watchers Society, and he was a coach for the Revere Pop Warner. He was also awarded an Honorary Eagle Scout award from the Norfolk Va. Council, and was scoutmaster and committeeman for Troop 2 of the Revere VFW 6712, was on the Board of Directors of the Beachmont Boys Club, treasurer for the Revere Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic Committee, and he served as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his children, Timothy of Revere, Michelle McLaughlin and her husband, Thomas, of Winthrop, Maureen DiBella and her husband, Gary, of Revere, Patrick and his wife, Kim, of Lynn, and his grandchildren, Erin and T.J. McLaughlin, Danielle, Nick and Cassandra DiBella, and his great-grandchildren, Drew and Tori. He was also the stepfather of Jodie Longshore, Elizabeth Acosta and step-grandfather of Giadonna, all of Florida.

His funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., Revere, on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions, visit

Janice Freitas, 51

Advocate for Children with Special Needs

Janice C. (Flugum) Freitas died unexpectedly at her Winthrop home on July 26. She was 51 years old.

Born and raised in Evanston, lllinois, she came to Chelsea in 1986 and later moved to Winthrop. She was an advocate for children with special needs and was past chairwoman of the Chelsea Special Needs. She was also a paralegal volunteer for Tri-Cap of Malden and a former substitute teacher at the elementary level schools in Revere and Chelsea.

She leaves her husband of 26 years, James M. Freitas of Winthrop, and her children, Ryan J. and Nicole M. Freitas, both of Winthrop. She also leaves her mother, Harriet Flugum of Evanston and her sister and brothers, Steve, Gregory, Thomas and Kari Flugum, all of Evanston, Illinois, her mother-in-law Barbara Freitas of Chelsea and several nieces and nephews. She was the daughter-in-law of the late John Freitas of Chelsea.

Visiting hours are Saturday, August 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere. Burial will be private.

John Pisano, 90

Longtime owner of Bartels Custom Tailoring of Boston, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company member

John A. Pisano of Braintree, formerly of Revere, died peacefully, on July 24 after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.

Born in Mammola Reggio Calabria, Italy, he was the owner of Bartels Custom Tailoring Shop located in downtown Boston for many years. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. from Boston. Spending time with his family is what he enjoyed most.

He was the husband of the late Maria (Pantano) Pisano; loving father of Annette Wilson and her husband, Peter, of Braintree and John Pisano and his wife, Lois, of Plymouth; devoted brother of Carmela Scali of Winthrop and the late Phillip Pisano and Rosa Pisano; dear grandfather of Amanda Noyes of Plymouth, John Pisano of Carver and Brian and Anna Wilson of Braintree; and he is also survived by six great-grandsons.

Mr. Pisano is reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree, until 9:30 a.m. today, Thursday, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Boston.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made in his name the American Cancer Society, 1115 W. Chestnut St., Suite 301, Brockton, MA 02301. For directions or to leave a sympathy message, visit

Anna Marie Teixeira, 81

N.E. Telephone retiree

Anna Marie (Coppola) Teixeira of Winthrop died at home on July 24. She was 81 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved daughter of the late Edith (Contilli) and John Coppola, she lived in Revere prior to moving to Winthrop 58 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an operator for N.E. Telephone. She was a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge 2057 O.S.I.A.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas J. Teixeira Sr.; loving mother of Judith E. Teixeira-Carey of Winthrop, Thomas J. Teixeira Jr. of New York, Timothy J. Teixeira and his wife, Judy, John A. Teixeira and Joseph P. Teixeira, all of Winthrop; sister of Marie Hubbard and her husband, Norman, of Peabody and the late Anthony and John “Chuck” Coppola; and the cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of Jonathan, Jennifer, Anthony, Ian, Amanda, Timothy, Katherine, Mary, Patrick, Juliana, Haley, Zao, Emma and Jack.

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

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. To sign her online guest book, go to

Joseph Martone, 48

Orient Heights resident

Joseph F. “Big Dog” Martone of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on July 25. He was 48 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Karen (Frizzi) Martone, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage; loving father of Koriana and Jennafa Martone, both at home; dear brother of Joan DiLuigi and her husband, Edward, of Connecticut, Diane McKenna and her husband, William, of East Boston, Robert Martone of Marlborough, Dorothy Vitiello and her husband, Frank, of Peabody, Michelle Lally and Debra Martone, both of Revere, and Paula Martone and her fiancé, Larry Barrows, of Everett. He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Pauline (Schwede) Martone; son-in-law of Anthony “Nene” Frizzi of East Boston and the late Grace (Crosby) Frizzi; dear brother-in-law of Anthony “Nene” Frizzi Jr. and Sharon Merullo and her fiancé, Darrell Challis, all of East Boston.

He also leaves his pets, Bella Kitty, Angell Grace and Babi, and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many friends.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, visit

Arline Ruth Mason, 67

Medical Receptionist

Arline Ruth (Daly) Mason of Winthrop, a woman known for her boundless energy and inimitable strength, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 19 at Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 67 years old.

A receptionist for Dr. Matthew Kaim’s office in Winthrop, she is remembered most for her generous heart, her understanding nature and her endless loyalty to the Red Sox. In life, she imbued those she knew with love and spirit, and with her passing, they will honor her by loving each other each day, knowing her legacy will live on.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved daughter of the late John S. and Dorothy (Gaddis) Daly. She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Joseph A. Mason Sr.; her adoring children, Karen A. Mason, Kimberly A. Nichols, Joseph A. “J” Mason Jr. and Michael J. Mason, all of Winthrop; her cherished grandchildren, Emily and Russell Nichols. She is also survived by her sisters, Jean Lynch, Barbara Fucillo and her husband, George, Alice Lally and her husband, Tom, all of Winthrop; her brother, John “Jack” Daly, and his wife, Joan, of Malden, and the late Richard Daly. She was the sister-in-law of Judy McCain and her husband, John, of Wilmington, and she is also survived by her beloved nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section).

Donations may be made in her honor to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Suite F, #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA, 95118. For her guest book, go to

Barbara Woods, 87

Retired nurse, volunteer

Barbara “Muz” Woods of Branford, Conn., formerly of Mobile, Ala., died on July 23 in Connecticut Hospice, Branford. She was 87 years old.

A retired nurse, for many years she volunteered at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, and at Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala. Affectionately know as “Muz,” she enjoyed many summers boating on Long Island Sound on “Happy Daze” with her family and friends.

Born in Winthrop on March 31, 1922, she was the daughter of the late George and Rebecca Gaddis Gilbert and wife of the late Henry A. Woods, a native of Winthrop, formerly of Branford. She was also the mother of the late Barbara Briggs of Glastonbury, Conn. and is survived by three daughters, Linda Shibles and Diane and her husband, Douglas Robison, all of Mobile, and Nancy Sambuco of Branford; three grandchildren, Rob Briggs of California, Ashley Briggs of Glastonbury, and Rebecca Robison of Mobile.

Funeral arrangements were by the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 504 Main St., Branford, CT. Burial was private. To see her online obituary, visit

Steven Miranda, 30

Stoneham resident

Steven J. Miranda of Stoneham, formerly of Medford, died suddenly on July 19. He was 30 years old.

He was the beloved son of Robert Miranda of East Boston and Patricia Stafford of Stoneham; beloved stepson of Ruth A. Miranda of East Boston; loving grandson of Salvatore DiGregorio of Chelsea, the late Beverly DiGregorio, and the late Charles and Rosemarie Miranda; loving brother of Nicole Price of Wakefield, Jennifer Casaletto of Chelsea, Ruthi Kulch of East Boston, and Allen Casaletto of Winthrop. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home of Chelsea.

Thomas McGrath, 85

Boston Street named in his honor

Thomas P. McGrath of Plymouth and Hyde Park died on July 20. He was 85 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a past president of the HP Cooperative Bank, and very active at MPB Church, including the Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul, and the Parish Counsel, where he was a lector, usher, CCD teacher and choir member. He also was a member of the Hyde Park Board of Trade, American Legion Post, Double Eagle BC High and was a college graduate. A longtime Hyde Park resident, he was honored by Mayor Menino with a street named after him.

He was the beloved husband of Irene (Mills); devoted father of Thomas J. and his wife, Helen, of Yarmouthport, Mary O’Neil and husband, Thomas, of Scituate, Theresa Weiand and her husband, Edward, of Marshfield, Peter W. of Winthrop, Joan Harold and her husband, Daniel, of Plymouth and Paul C. of Plymouth; cherished brother of Jack and his wife, Jean, of Stoughton and the late Mary Fallon, Eugenia Foley and Peter; loving “Papa ” of 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and he is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home of Hyde Park. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery. For his guest book, visit

Phyllis Manzo, 94

East Boston resident

Phyllis (Eruzione) Manzo of East Boston died on July 22. She was in her 94th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Salvatore Manzo, with whom she shared 62 years of marriage; loving mother of Alphonso Manzo and his wife, Patricia, of Peabody and the late Dennis Manzo; dear sister of Mary Albano of East Boston, Anne Jaworski, Annette Fucillo, Vincent and Eugene Eruzione; cherished grandmother of Allen Manzo of Peabody, Camille Manzo of Revere; and great- grandmother of Angelo and Jovani Manzo. She was the fond aunt of many.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book,

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