Obituaries 03-31-2010

Phyllis DeSanctis Mancuso

Winthrop resident

Phyllis DeSanctis Mancuso of Winthrop died suddenly at home on March 23. She was 67 years old.

Born July 10, 1942 in Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Mancuso and Patricia McCarthy; loving mother of Donna DeSanctis and cherished Nana of Mark and Briana Mazzone, all of Winthrop.

A caring and wonderful neighbor, she was a warm and loving friend to all her knew her and will truly be missed by many. Her generous spirit will live in the hearts of all those whom she touched.

A Mass celebrating her life was held at St. John the Evangelist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made in care of her daughter, Donna DeSanctis – 177 Pauline St. Winthrop, MA 02152.


William Passaro

Self Employed Electrical Engineer

William C. Passaro of Grovers Avenue, Winthrop died at home on March 27after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, honorably discharged in 1954. A longtime resident of Winthrop, Mr. Passaro was self employed as an electrical engineer and was also a member of the East Boston Son’s of Italy.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the beloved son of the late Jennie (Russo) and Philip Passaro; the beloved husband of Antoinette (Cinelli) and the loving father of William P. Passaro Jr. of Winthrop and John Passaro of Florida. He was the brother of the late Nick and Nat Passaro and the cherished grandfather of Jillian, Michael, Gianna and Christian.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign his online guestbook, go to


Rose Aloisi

Talented Artist

Rose (Bolino) Aloisi, formerly of Revere and Saugus, died on Palm Sunday, March 28, following a long illness. She was in her 89th year.

Mrs. Aloisi was born in East Boston on July 19, 1921. She was raised in East Boston and came to live in Revere when she married. She and her family remained in Revere until moving to Saugus more than 45 years ago.

For her entire lifetime, Mrs. Aloisi was a devoted wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She most enjoyed entertaining and celebrating with her family. She and her late husband, Peter L. Aloisi, raised and educated six sons. Two sons, the late Christopher J. and Peter A. Aloisiwere special needs children and with their superb rearing grew to be productive and loving young men.

Mrs. Aloisi’s next favorite passion was her painting. It was a talent that could have brought her professional acclaim but bringing up six sons certainly took the majority of her time. She could reproduce any of the "Old Masters" – such as Renoir, Cezzane, Monet etc. to perfection. She was, indeed, a lady of grace and dignity, as the Bible recounts in the Book of Proverbs. Most of her family are enjoying the fruits of her artisty in their own homes.

She was the wife of the late Peter L.; cherished mother of Robert L. of Halifax, MA, Ronald A. Aloisi and his wife, Donna, of Middleboro, Frederick P. Aloisi and his wife, Joan, of Brockton, Kenneth M. Aloisi of Lynnfield and the late Christopher J. and Peter A. Aloisi; devoted sister of Dr. August C. Bolino and his wife, Jay, of Silver Springs, MD, Hazel U. Shiner and her husband, Robert, of Revere, and Philip Bolino and his wife, Anneliese, of Falmouth. She is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren Peter A., Catherine and William Aloisi and many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Thursday, April 1 at 9 a.m. followed by the funeral service and Liturgical Blessing in Blessed Sacrament Church, 16 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Aloisi’s family publicly and lovingly acknowledges the entire staff and administration at Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere for the extraordinary care, affection and professionalism in caring for her during her three years of residency. As an expression of their appreciation, the family asks that rather than flowers, remembrances be made to the Patients’ Recreation Fund at Lighthouse Nursing Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151.


Theresa Powers

Winthrop resident

Theresa J (Barone) Powers of Winthrop passed away at home surrounded by her loving family following a brave and courageous battle with cancer on March 25. She was 77 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she moved to Winthrop in 1973 where she continued to raise her family.

She was the devoted wife of 43 years of the late Robert Powers. She will be greatly missed by her five loving children, Lisa Callahan and her husband, Michael, of Braintree, Denise Hudson and her husband, Mark, of Salisbury, Pamela McSwiney of Winthrop, Matthew Powers and his wife, Ann, of Lynnfield and Stephanie Hayes and her husband, John, of Winthrop; cherished "Nana" of Samantha, Matthew, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Courtney, Hayley, Emma, Grace and Jack. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Janet Moulton of Pembroke, and Janis Riordan of Quincy and numerous nieces and nephews. She leaves behind her "Sister at Heart" and cherished family friend, Mary Corbett and her husband, Dennis, of Winthrop. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed especially by her lifelong friends, her friends at TOPS and the ladies of the Winthrop Senior Center. She will forever be remembered and always remain in our hearts.

The family wishes to thank her "family of friends" for all their wonderful love, support and prayers during her battle with cancer. The outpouring of cards, calls, visits and gifts during this difficult time was an amazing show of support for our mom as well as for all of us. We would also like to thank the wonderful nurses at the MGH Cancer Center, Yawkey Building in Boston and the entire team at Partners Hospice for taking such good care of our mother.

A funeral mass was held for family and friends at St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop, on Wednesday, March 31. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her name to the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop, MA 02152


Donna Kellner

Worked for Bank of Boston

Donna D. Kellner of Winthrop died on March 28 after a long illness. She was 67 years old.

Born in Boston, she was raised in Wellesley, attended the Wellesley School System and the Perry Normal School for Teaching.

She was employed as a credit analyst for the Bank of Boston for more than 14 years. An avid reader, she enjoyed watching all of the Boston and New England Sports Teams.

She was the wife of Edward A. Kellner of Wenham; dear mother of three daughters, Debbi Kellner, Liz Kellner and Susan Kellner, all of Winthrop, and a son, Jeff Kellner, of Hamilton; the loving sister of Robert Williams and his wife, Ann, of Maine and is also survived by four grandchildren and one great grandson.

Funeral services were private and under the direction of the Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Winthrop Library Book Fund, c/o Winthrop Library, One Metcalf Square, Winthrop MA 02152 or to a charity of your choice.


Scott Panzini

Winthrop resident

Scott E. Panzini of Winthrop died on March 12.

He was the beloved son of Edward and Eileen (Ferland) Panzini of Winthrop; dear brother of Robert Panzini and Laurie Ferullo, both of Winthrop and is also survived by loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were private and under the care of The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston.


Marie Holland

East Boston resident

Marie (Ciampa) Holland of East Boston died on March 25.

She was the loving mother of Donna, Lisa and Frank Holland, all of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Ashley Holland; beloved friend of Frank and Joni Holland of Chelsea and best friend of Phyllis Bushey of Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Committal was private. For guest book, please visit:


Joan Marino

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Joan F. (Hanlon) Marino of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on March 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Marino (Proprietor of Delma’s Donuts); mother of Frank III and his wife, Karen, of Winthrop, Andrew G. and his wife, Patty, of Chapel Hill, NC and the late Christopher A. Marino; sister of Claire Mace and the late Virginia Walker, Edward, Robert, Agnes, William, Albert, Paul and Lawrence Hanlon and is also survived by three grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was at Belle Isle Cemetery. Donations in her memory to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated.


Antonetta Colasante

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Antonetta Colasante of Revere, formerly East Boston, died on March 25.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Bonaventura and Assunta ( Giachetti ) Colasanti; dear sister of Lea Ciaramella of Revere and her friend, George Psomos, of Saugus and Marie Colasanti of Winthrop and the late John B. Colasanti; adored aunt of three nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Life Focus Center, 1 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129 or Zelma Lacey House, 9 West School St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For guest book, please visit:


Rosemarie Wallace

Of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights

Rosemarie L. "Chickie " (Palladino) Wallace of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on March 25.

The beloved wife of the late John A. Wallace with whom she shared 52 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Mark S. Wallace and his wife, Beth Tallent, of Winthrop and the late Mona Lynch; cherished daughter of the late Rocco and Louise (Cassetta) Palladino; dear sister of the late Peter Palladino; cherished grandmother of John James Wallace, Danielle Perry Tallent and Rhonda Pollini.

Funeral and Service were private with arrangements by Vazza Funeral Homes, East Boston & Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop MA. 02152 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. For guest book, visit:


Thomas Medeiros

Worked for Specialty Aluminum in Revere

Thomas J. Medeiros of Revere died March 24 after a courageous four-year battle with cancer. He was 52 years old.

Born in Attleboro, he was the son of Anthony J. Medeiros of Norton MA and the late Georgina (Texeira) Medeiros. He was employed by Specialty Aluminum Co. in Revere and was an avid fisherman, enjoyed rock music and time spent with his family.

In addition to his father, he leaves his fiancé, Karen Bostrom of Revere; a daughter, Tina Medeiros of Lynn; two sons, Thomas of Florida and Terry of Pennsylvania; a sister, Joanne Medeiros of Winthrop; two grandchildren, Chloe and Eric and his former wife, Sally, of Florida. He was the brother of the late Anthony Medeiros Jr.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, April 3 in the Silva Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Taunton from 2 to 4 p.m. with a service at 4 p.m.


Margaret Dalessio

Of Woburn and Florida

Margaret A. "Peggy" (Belcher) Dalessio of Woburn and St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Somerville and Medford, died on March 23.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Dalessio; devoted mother of Joseph Dalessio and his wife, Laura, of Lititz, PA, Peggy Jensen and her husband, Lyle, of Largo, FL, Diane DeSimone of Melrose, David Dalessio of Winthrop, Laura Baccini and her husband, Dom, of Billerica and Linda Spencer of Medford; loving grandmother of Angela, Joseph, Michael, Steven, Brooks, Gracie, Jaden, Ronni, Jessica, Charlie, Jennifer, Pamela, Holly, Joey, David Jr, Mia, Glenn, Domenic, Liana, Lisa, Anthony, Paul, Sean and Adam; loving great-grandmother to Colin; dear sister of Michael Belcher and the late William Belcher and beloved sister-in-law of Ava Belcher. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Hill Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the charity of one’s choice. For obituary and guestbook , please visit:


Mary Lauria

Of South Carolina, formerly of East Boston

Mary G. (Conti) Lauria of Simpsonville, South Carolina, formerly of East Boston, died on March 23.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Lauria with whom she shared 61 years of marriage; loving mother of Kenneth Lauria and his wife, Melissa, of North Carolina and Arlene Laskowski and her husband, Stephen, of South Carolina; dear sister of Theresa Salvo of Maine and the late Helen Hillen, Gloria Mangino, Sadie, Rose and Dorothy Conti; cherished grandmother of Keith and Blake Lauria, Stephen, Juliane and Christine Laskowski.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. For guest book,

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