Obituaries 05-13-2010

Mark Robinson

Computer Analyst and Basketball Coach

Mark Robinson of East Boston died at the Tufts Medical Center on May 5 as a result of an accident that took place in Connecticut on April 3. He was 48 years old.

A US Army veteran, he was born in Shirley, MA, the son of the late Erika (Brauner) and Curtis E. Robinson, he was a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College and was a basket ball coach in Orient Heights for over 10 years. He was employed by the BRA as a computer analyst.

He was the beloved husband of Maria (Castiello), the devoted father of Mark Robinson, Jr., Albert D. Diaz and Dino M. DiBennedetto, the loving grandfather of Alby D. Diaz and brother of Dianna Robinson of Boston, Heidi Robinson of Spring Lake, NC, Sonja Robinson of Leominster, Renate Robinson of Alpharetta, GA and the late Mildred Robinson and Joanna Robinson. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and six grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. To sign his online book of condolences go to


Anna Ruggiero

Winthrop resident

Anna (Ricupero) Ruggiero, a resident of Winthrop for more than 70 years,formerly of East Boston, died at the Beverly Hospital on May 10. She 96 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Jennie (Gilesta) and Nicola Ricupero. She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Ruggiero, the devoted mother of Angelo Ruggiero of Andover and Nicholas and his wife, Joanna, of Lynnfield. She was the sister of Joseph Ricupero of Louisiana and the loving grandmother of Lisa, Greg, Nicholas, Jr. and Marie.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop on Friday, May 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation at the funeral home is today, Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. To sign her online book of condolences go to


Rosemarie Zona

Orient Heights resident

Rosemarie H. (Palladino) Zona of Orient Heights East Boston died on May 11.

The beloved wife of the late Andrew F. Zona Sr. with whom she shared 45 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Andrew T. Zona Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Peabody; cherished Nana of Marisa Zona of Winthrop and Alexandra Zona of Peabody; daughter of the late Anthony and Alfonsina "Alice" (DeVito) Palladino.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, visit:


John Esposito

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop and Salem

John Esposito of Port Saint Lucie, FL, lost his battle to cancer on May 8. He was 64 years old.

Mr. Esposito was born in Winthrop and moved to Port Saint Lucie from Salem. He was a 30 year veteran of the US Army, former President of AFGE Local 1900, and President of the Port St. Lucie Sons of Italy.

He is survived by his son, Joseph Esposito, of Malden; his loving partner of 23 years, Kathy Kessel, of Port St. Lucie, FL; his granddaughter, Paige Esposito of Revere and his sister, Phyllis Lurie, of Tilton, NH. Arrangements were yunder the direction of Forest Hills-Byrd, Young & Prill Funeral Home in Port Saint Lucie. Condolences may be registered online at:


Henry Gubski

Member of PAV and St. Stanislaus Holy Name Society

Henry S. Gubski of Chelsea died on May 7 at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was 84 years old.

Born in Boston and growing up in the Mission Hill section of Boston, he was a carpenter by trade. He first worked for Lincoln Labs in Cambridge and later, for 37 years until his retirement in 1981, at Hanscom Air Force Base.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the recipient of the Purple Heart for service connected injuries. An active member of St. Stanislaus Parish, he was an usher for over 25 years, belonged to Holy Name Society and was a member of the PAV Post 13.

The devoted husband for 41 years of the late Josephine E. (Konop), he was the beloved father of Sister Barbara Ann Gubski, Sisters of Notre Dame of Ipswich, and Betty Mikolajewski and her husband, Daniel Sr., of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Kristin Beth Mikolajewski-Breen and her husband, Joseph, of Quincy and Daniel Mikolajewski, Jr. and his wife, Siobhan, of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in his name may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 30 Jeffreys Neck Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit


Robert Johnson, 57

Of Florida, formerly of Winthrop

Robert D. "Bob" Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL, died May 4 at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Ft. Pierce, FL. He was

57 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he has been a resident of Port St. Lucie, FL since 1989. He owned and operated Bob Johnson Painting Corp. in Port St. Lucie, FL since 1993.

He was the husband of the late Paula C. Johnson who died on March 2, 2009 and brother of the late Janet De Roo. Survivors include two daughters, Jillian Johnson of Port St. Lucie, FL and Lindsay Johnson of Altamonte Springs, FL; one grandson, Robert Paul Johnson-Micale, of Port St. Lucie, FL and a niece, Karen Cloutman, of New Hampshire.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Please visit and sign guest book at


Mildred Chiarella

Revere resident

Mildred "Millie"(Pagliuca) Chiarella of Revere died on May 7. She was in her 97th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent; devoted mother of Jeanette Leonard and her husband, Robert, of Brockton, Louise Baldyga of Connecticut, Rose Marie Paulson of Revere, Carol Kellog of California, Anthony Chiarella and his wife, June, of Revere and the late Lauretta Chiarella; dear sister of Dominic Pagliuca and his wife, Ann, of East Boston and the late Josie Perella and Mary Smith. She was the cherished grandmother of 18 grandchildren as well as many loving great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In honoring Mrs. Chiarella, memorial donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Home, Proctor Ave., Revere. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send online condolences


Susanne Hutcheson

Of Reading, formerly of Winthrop

Susanne F. (Lazzarino) Hutcheson of Reading, formerly of Stoneham and Winthrop, died on May 7.

She was the beloved wife of Robert E. Hutcheson; devoted mother of Steven R. Hutcheson and his wife, Vicki, of Newburyport, John J. Hutcheson and his wife, Tara, of Milton, and Robert T. Hutcheson of N. Andover; cherished sister of Frank Lazzarino of N. Andover and loving grandmother of Joshua, Deana, Adam, Matthew and Christian.

Funeral arrangements were by the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Reading. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield. Those who wish may make contributions in her memory to the charity of one’s choice. For information and register book, visit


Richard DeCourcey

Of Braintree, formerly of Winthrop

Richard D. DeCourcey of Braintree, formerly of Winthrop, died on May 8. He was 79 years old.

Born in Winthrop and a graduate of Winthrop High School, he was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and worked in teletype operations in a brokerage business. He was a member of the V.F.W.

He was the beloved husband of 49 years of Jeanne (Vienneau) DeCourcey; loving father of David DeCourcey and his wife, Judith, of Canandaigua, NY; devoted brother of Eileen Castrucci of Spring Hall, FL and the late James J. DeCourcey Jr. and Clair Flaherty; loving grandfather of Michael D. DeCourcey and James T. DeCourcey of Canandaigua, NY.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cartwright Venuti Funeral Home, Braintree. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Colonial Nursing & Rehab. Center, 125 Broad St, Weymouth, MA 02188. For additional information or to leave a sympathy message, please visit


Charles Vangel

Former owner of Fratecelli Blouse Designs of Boston

Charles Vangel of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly in Appache Junction, Arizona on April 30. He was 79 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the former proprietor and designer for Fraticelli Blouse Designs of Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Antoinette (Leone); devoted twin brother of Helen Vangel of Brooksville, FL and the brother of the late Theodore Anton; dear uncle of Robert J. Anton and his wife, June, of Wellesley Hills and is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law, Catherine Anton, of Brooksville, FL, his grandnephew, Timothy Anton and his grandniece, Courtney M. Anton, both of Boston. He is also survived and respected by the Leone Family of East Boston, Winthrop, Florida and Arizona.

His Funeral Service was held in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, followed by burial in the family lot. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 845 Third Ave., NY, NY 10022. Arrangements were in the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.


Michael Murree

Of Boston, formerly of East Boston

Michael D. Murree of Boston, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on May 5. He was 48 years old.

He was the husband of Barbara (LeMoure) Murree of Winthrop; devoted father of Michaela Murree of Winthrop; loving son of Joyce (Muise) Murree of East Boston; dear brother of Steven Murree of Revere and Charles Muise and his wife, Jodi, of Wakefield; cherished uncle of Amanda, Rose and Brandon and is also survived by his loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, 209 Broadway, Saugus MA. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit:


Robert Pessin

Falmouth resident

Robert H. Pessin of Falmouth, formerly of Holliston, died May 5.

He was the beloved husband of Marcia T. (Hyte) Pessin for 43 years; loving father to Jenifer S. Pessin (former Captain, US Army) of Marlborough, married to Daniel Galarza (Major, US Army, Ret), William J. Pessin (former Captain, US Army) of Hopkinton, married to Rebecca Pessin, and Daniel A. Pessin of Upton, married to Kerrilyn Pessin; grandfather of Joshua, Zachary, Benjamin, Jonathan, Jacob, Jordon, Hannah, Aden, Sarah, Kyleigh; brother of Joyce Rowins of Pompano Beach, FL, formerly of Framingham, married to Harry Rowins; and uncle of Jim Rowins of Winthrop and Caraline Levy of Framingham. Also surviving are many cousins and many cousins.

His funeral service was held at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation (Meetinghouse) East Falmouth followed by burial at Falmouth Jewish Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7266 Attn: Contribution Services. Arrangements were by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth. For on-line guest book, please visit


Rita Sullivan

East Boston resident

Rita A. (Mazzarella) Sullivan died in East Boston on May 4.

She was the wife of the late Louis Sullivan; mother of Coleen Pino and her late husband, Martin, Glen Sullivan of East Boston, Audrey Fisher and her husband, Robert, of Winthrop and the late Barry and Kevin Sullivan; sister of Eleanor Dias of Malden and the late Dolores Mills. She is also survived by four grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in her memory to Pino would be appreciated.

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