Obituaries 11-8-09

Silvio DeModena

Boston Naval Shipyard retiree

Silvio L. DeModena of Hingham, a former 58 year resident of Winthrop, died at the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth on October 31 after a brief illness. He was 93 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Marietta (D’Angelo) and John DeModena. He and his wife moved to Hingham recently to be near their daughter. Mr. DeModena was employed for many years as an electronics supervisor for the Boston Naval Shipyard.

He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Grifone) and the loving father of Marietta DeModena-Burns and her husband, Richard, of Hingham; the devoted grandfather of Robert Burns and the brother of the late Mario and John DeModena. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, November 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Thursday, from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Catholic Charitable Bureau, 51 Sleeper St., Boston MA 02210 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown MA 02472. For directions or to sign his online guestbook go to


Margaret Chalmers

Retired seamstress

Margaret "Mickey" Chalmers of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on October 16 after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Born in Everett, she attended school in East Boston at the Barnes and Donald McKay Schools and East Boston High School. She was later employed as a seamstress for more than 25 years for Junes Sportswear in Boston.

The beloved wife of the late Fred Chalmers, she was the dear daughter of the late Raphael and Rose Minichiello, devoted mother of Fred Chalmers and his wife, Kathy, of North Reading and Doug Chalmers and his wife, Mary, of Winthrop; loving sister of Rocco Minichiello and his wife, Shirley, of California, Janet and her husband, Don Blair, of Utah and the late Mickey, Johnny Ming Toy, Christy Minichiello and Caroline Calvino; dear grandmother of Nick and Chris Chalmers of North Reading, Gina and Brian Chalmers of Winthrop and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were private. A Memorial Mass will be conducted at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of Bowdon and Buchanan Streets, on Sunday, November 8 at 1:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. The family asks that expressions of sympathy in her memory be donated to Hallmark Health & Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148 or the Book of Remembrance c/o St. John’s Episcopal Church of Winthrop. Arrangements are by Frazier Funeral Home, 617-846-0050


Tena DePippo

Retired Blue Cross/Blue Shield Secretary

Tena (Pegano) DePippo of Rowley, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, died on November 1. She was 93 years old.

A retired secretary for Blue Cross/Blue Shield Corp. of Boston, she was the loving wife of the late William DePippo and devoted mother and mother-in-law of Thomas and Dolly DePippo of Haverhill, Robert and Susan De Pippo of Winthrop, Richard and Frances DePippo of Tampa, Fl and the late William DePippo; mother-in-law of Debra DePippo of Concord, NH, sister of Ann Dellaria of East Boston and the late Laura Arrigo and Frank Pagano. She is also survived by nine cherished grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held today, Thursday, November 5, at 10 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01730 or to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 in her memory. For directions, guestbook and obituary, please visit


Barbara Sue Herzog

Of Rhode Island, formerly of Winthrop

Barbara Sue (Cohen) Herzog, beloved wife of Richard Herzog of Chepachet, R.I., formerly of Winthrop, died at her home on November 1 after a courageous 6 1/2 year battle with cancer.

She was the dear sister of Sharon Cohen of Winthrop, Stanley Cohen and his wife, Vivien, of Plymouth and Ronni Cohen of Claymont, DE.; loving aunt of Seth and Joy Richard-Cohen and Aaron and Jessie Ratey-Cohen; devoted stepmother of Heather Squires and her son, Colton, of Tampa, FL and David Herzog and his sons, Dylan and Holden, of Sunnyvale, CA. She also leaves behind her much-loved dogs, Hoshi, Sacha and Jake and her beloved cats.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Brookline. Donations may be made in her memory to: Passions 4 Paws P.O. Box 791 Dayville, CT 06241


Raymond Santangelo Jr.

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Raymond F. Santangelo Jr. of New Hampshire, formerly of Boston’s North End and Revere, died on October 23 at Wentworth Douglas Hospital in New Hampshire. He was 44 years old.

A caretaker, born and raised in Boston, he was a family member of the Madonna Della Cava Society.

He was the beloved husband of Roberta (Strazzullo) Santangelo, the devoted father of Jessica R. Santangelo, loving son of Raymond F. Sr. and the late Nancy (Tragno), dear brother of Joseph and Emily Santangelo of Winthrop, Gina and Joseph Chiarenza of Lynn, and Paul Santangelo of Winthrop and is also survived by two nieces, six nephews, three grand nephews and one grand niece.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guestbook:


Albertina ‘Tina’ Montesanti

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

Albertina "Tina" (Paglierani) Montesanti of Winthrop, a former long time resident of Revere, died at home on October 28. She was 83 years old.

She was a former Polaroid employee and a member of the Patriot Civic Seniors, Revere Moose Ladies Auxiliary and St Anthony’s Lady Sodality.

She was born in Cambridge, the daughter of the late Giovanni and Maria (Baldinini) Paglierani; the beloved wife of the late Harding; devoted mother of Maureen Souza of Winthrop; loving grandmother of Jason Souza and his wife, Nicolle, of New Hampshire and Bonnie Fillippi and her husband, Chris, of Winthrop and great grandmother of Paige and Lilly Souza; dear sister of Tudina Misiano of Revere, Eileen Pescatore of Lynn and the late Henry Paglierani and is also survived by her son in law, Gus Souza, two sisters in law and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. The family would like to thank Dr David Ryan, Terry McDonnell and VNA nurse Andy Binder for all their care and dedication. Donations may be made to MGH Gastro Intestinal Cancer Center, 165 Cambridge St., Boston Ma 02114. For guestbook, visit


Margaret Burbine, 83

North Reading resident

Margaret T. (Gorman) Burbine of North Reading died on October 29. She was 83 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip A. Burbine, Sr.; loving mother of Philip A. Burbine, Jr. of Hutto, TX, George E. Burbine of Winthrop, Mary M. Anderson of North Reading, Theresa A. Fitzsimmons of Lawrence and Patricia R. Caron of Effingham, NH; sister of Alice Doucette of North Reading and the late Eugene and George E. Gorman, Jr.; grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 11 and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Meadowview of North Reading, Solana Unit, c/o Amy Davis, 134 North St., North Reading, MA 01864 or to Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.


Thomas ‘Torro’ Phillips

Past member of Chelsea Planning Board, Owner and Operator of Torro Contractors, longtime supporter of Chelsea youth sports

Thomas C. "Torro" Phillips, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on October 28. He was 71 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1957, he was the owner and operator of Torro Contractors for over 45 years, a US Army veteran and active for many years as a sponsor and coach of fast pitch and modified softball and flag football. He was a past member of the Chelsea Planning Board and a past president of St. Dominic Savio Father’s Club. Mr. Phillips was also known as an ardent Patriot’s and Red Sox fan.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Rosemarie T. (Smith) Phillips; the devoted father of Thomas C. Phillips Jr. of Brookline; son of the late George C. and Anne (Seavey) Phillips; brother of Joan Buontempo of Winthrop, Anne Alpert of New Hampshire and the late Henry Phillips and Ruth Cassidy; brother-in-law of James Cassidy of Chelsea and the late Arthur Alpert and Richard Buontempo. He is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Alexandra Phillips, of New York, her mother, Nicole, of Cape Cod and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in his memory to the Thomas C. "Torro" Phillips "Unsung Hero" Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mr. Phillips supported youth sports in Chelsea throughout his life and this scholarship will be awarded each year to a Chelsea High School senior football player who will attend college. The student will be designated by team and coaches as an Unsung Hero. Please make checks payable and send contributions to: Thomas Phillips Scholarship Fund c/o Duffy-Keane, 118 Tudor St. Unit #, Boston, MA 02127. For more information, please call 617-268-4479.


Rose Ilene Alimonti-Jones

New Hampshire resident

Rose Ilene Alimonti-Jones of Manchester, New Hampshire, died October 26 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. She was 47 years old.

Born in Winthrop, December 23, 1961, daughter of late Howard and Fay (Kitover) Sugarman, she was the loving mother of Jeanna Alimonti, Alicia Acevedo and Samantha Alimonti, and grandmother of Ayden del’Etoile and a loving sister, and aunt. She was the wife of the late Robert Jones.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Manchester, NH. To view an online guestbook and memorial, please go to


Robert Lang

West Roxbury resident

Robert A. Lang of West Roxbury died on October 28.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of Anne C. "Nancy" Lang; loving father of Cynthia Garron of Plymouth, Karen Pavlan of California and West Roxbury, and John O’Donnell of West Roxbury and is also survived by six grandchildren. He was the loving brother of Eugene Lang of Winthrop and the late Mildred Lang.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robert J. Lawler & Crosby Funeral Home, West Roxbury. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Deutsches Altenheim, 2222 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA 02132.


Anna Andriotti

East Boston resident

Anna (Gizzi) Andriotti of East Boston died on October 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael Andriotti; loving mother of Ann Marie McDonald and her husband, William. of Winthrop and the late Mary McCallum and her surviving husband, Kenneth; cherished grandmother of Laura Matarazzo of East Boston, Joyce and Joseph Burns of Easton and Matthew and Alex McCallum of East Boston; cherished great grandmother of Kyle and Lyndsey Burns; dear sister of Louis and Rose Gizzi of East Boston, Alfred and Adeline of California, Mary of Rhode Island and the late Helen and Theresa. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Elder Service Plan, Winthrop Place, 26 Sturgis St. Winthrop, MA 0215

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