Obituaries 10-27-2010

Teresa Bellone

East Boston resident

Teresa (LaRosa) Bellone of East Boston died on October 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Bellone; loving mother of Philip Bellone of Hull, Josephine Piazza of the North End, Rose DiCicco of Winthrop, Rocco Bellone and his wife, Patricia, of Saugus, Charles Bellone of the North End and Theresa Bellone of East Boston. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with interment in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For online condolences and directions, please visit


Samuel Facella

His family was his treasure

Samuel ‘Sam’ Facella of Winthrop, died peacefully on October 13 surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years old.

Born on September 30, 1916 to Lucia (Antocci) Facella Madona and Francesco Facella and a life-long resident of Winthrop, he was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He retired in 1972 from the Boston Naval Shipyard after 35 years and continued to work as a general contractor into his eighties.

A World War ll veteran, having served as a sergeant in the Army Amphibian Engineers, he was a long-term member of the Businessmen’s Club of the Cambridge YMCA. Sam spent his life caring for those he loved – his family was his treasure. May the Lord grant him everlasting peace.

He was the beloved husband of the late Florence (Calabrese); devoted father of Lucille F. and her husband, Dr. John Cafarella, of Swampscott, Mia Facella and her husband, Robert Wilson, of Swampscott, Dr. Carol Facella and her husband, Michael Ervolini, of Winthrop, and Dr. Frank Facella of Boston; respected brother of Paul Facella and wife, Norma, of Melrose, Sara Sirois and husband, Larry, Frances Daly and the late Rose Sibelle, all of Winthrop; loving grandfather of Nina (Morello) Raymond and husband, Keith, of Danvers, Dr. Michael Cafarella and his wife, Dr. Caroline Barsoum, of New York City, Rachel Cafarella of Boston, and Joy Marie Facella-Ervolini of Winthrop; great grandfather of Sophia and Peter Raymond.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home in Winthrop. A Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church was followed by burial in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.


Roberta Halloran

Executive at Covexity Management Investments of Boston

Roberta F. Halloran, formerly of New York and a longtime resident of Winthrop, died on October 23 after a long illness. She was 65 years old.

Born in New York City, she was the loving daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Fulton. She attended the Millbrook, NY school system and graduated from Millbrook High School, Class of 1961. She later attended SUNY Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mrs. Halloran was employed as an executive at Covexity Management Investments in Boston.

She was the beloved wife of Attorney Philip W. Halloran of Winthrop and loving mother of Leslie H. Florio and her husband, Matt, of Winthrop; the dear and loving grandmother of Piper M. Florio of Winthrop and is also survived by her sister, Carol Falau, and her husband, Kakala, and their two children, Vika Shock and Kakala Falau, all of Staatsburg, NY.

Visiting hours will be held at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, 174 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, October 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial private. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the Winthrop Public Library Fund, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152.


Charles S. Nappi

Past Commodore of Winthrop Yacht Club

Charles S. Nappi, a professional truck driver, died suddenly while en route to the Whidden Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Everett on October 22. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was raised in East Boston and spent his early days there. He enlisted In the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Knapp. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and was a lifelong member of the "Tin Can Sailors" (National Association of Destroyer Veterans). He resided in Danvers for several years before settling in Revere some 30 years ago. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 and was employed at Monarch Foods for many years before his retirement. He was a Life member and past Commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club and he was a member of the Winthrop Elks and American Legion.

He was the beloved husband for the past 14 years of Patricia (Todd) Jeglinski-Nappi and the husband for 33 years of the late Edith (Palumbo) Nappi; devoted father of Wayne Charles Nappi of Stoneham; dear stepfather of Debbie Pilcher and her husband, Robert, of North Reading, Joyce Albanese of Revere, Stephanie McConaghy and her husband, Michael, of Rowley, David Jeglinski and his wife, Cynthia, of Revere, John Jeglinski and his wife, Brenda, of Sudbury; cherished grandfather of Kimberly Cohm, Marc and Eric Pilcher, Brendan and Christopher McConaghy, Victoria, Cody, Nicholas Jeglinski; adored great grandfather of Jillian and Lauren Cohm, Eric-Robert, Christopher and Olivia Pilcher; dear brother of Elaine Favello and her husband, David, of Sarasota Fl., Kenneth Nappi and his wife, Martha, of Stoneham; dear uncle of Lara Ryan and her husband, Ben and Christopher Nappi and his friend, Haliegh.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday November 2 jat 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Lillian ‘Gertrude’ Homan

Mother and Artist

Lillian Gertrude (Bonzagni) Honan of Winthrop, born _January 30, 1911, died peacefully at the age of 99 on October 20.

A graduate of Winthrop High School, she attended Simmons College and Boston’s Vesper George School of Art graduating in 1935 with a degree in Costume Design. Employed at Slattery’s Department Store in Boston, she was a pioneer of fashion illustration and design advertising. A lifelong artist, ‘Gert’ was a founding member of the Winthrop Art Association and hosted many art exhibits at her family’s home on Pleasant Street.

In 2007, she held a solo show with more than 150 works of art including mosaic collages, folk art and oil paintings. Everyday household items were the theme of her favorite paintings.

In the mid 1950’s, she and her husband, Bill, opened the Holiday Shop in Winthrop Center. This town center hub provided locals with hand-crafted gifts, Christmas trees, decorations, flowers and gardening products for many years. This family business adjoined Bill Honan’s Texaco gas station. Their Pleasant Street house always bustled with their seven children, along with friends, neighbors, dogs, cats, and even a seagull. Whether she was brewing fresh hot coffee or baking sweet gingerbread, this gathering place was full of love.

Mrs. Honan was deeply spiritual and reached out to those who needed compassion, prayer or a warm meal. Cruising along the north shore in her Fiat or VW bus to Rockport, Marblehead, and Kelly’s of Revere Beach was a summer pastime. Painting ‘en plein’ along the roadside, or walking the beach to gather shells, she found creativity in nature. Journals of her adventures were made into a documentary film in 2010 by one of her grand-daughters.

Her unique sense of style was obvious, bright pink nails and lips, numerous hats, colorful sunglasses, necklaces, socks and silver bangles defined her and she is remembered for her joyful curiosity, intellect and contagious love of life. She was a gifted artist, community member, gardener and friend.

Four of her sons served in the United States military, one in the Army and three in the Marine Corps. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who weaved faith, values, inspiration, optimism and humor into the fabric of her family.

Gert Honan was the beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Honan and mother of the late Patric. She is survived by two daughters, Kenny, and her husband, Jack McCurdy, of Barrington, RI, and Kathleen Honan of Revere and her sons, Tony and his wife, Jeannette Honan, of Minnetonka, MN, Bill Honan Jr. of Annapolis, MD, Stephen and his wife, Helen Honan, of Winthrop and Richard and his wife, Mary Ellen Honan, of Winthrop. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Anthony A. and Lillian I. (Ellis) Bonzagni.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Winthrop Food Pantry, 222 Bowdoin St, Winthrop MA 02152, or to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116. For guestbook, go to


Frances ‘Chickie’ Barresi

Longtime dressmaking factory owner

Frances J. "Chickie" Barresi of Leverett Avenue, East Boston died suddenly at home on October 20. She was 88 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Lillian (Marchese) and Ignazio Caruso. She was a lifetime resident of East Boston and the proprietor of a dress making factory for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ernest Barresi and the loving mother of the late Letteria M. "Letty" Albano; the dear mother-in-law of Felix Albano of Winthrop and sister of Santa Condell of Saugus. She is also survived by two grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For memorial donations or to sign her online guestbook, go to


Mario Anthony Paolini

Boston Public Library retiree

Mario Anthony "Moe" Paolini died peacefully on October 20 at the Remington Club Healthcare Facility in San Diego, California. He was 88 years old.

Born in Boston on August 13, 1922 to the late Anselmo (Sam) and Lucia (Deprofio) Paolini, he was married to his wife, Dorothy (Marengi) Paolini, from 1948 until her death in 1997. During their marriage they resided in East Boston and Winthrop. After his wife’s death ,in 200, he moved to North Kingstown, Rhode Island and then to San Diego, California in 2007 with his daughter and her family. He was the youngest of 11 children and was the brother of seven late sisters: Mary, Emma, Florence, Esther, Lynda, Marion and Josephine and three late brothers Anthony, Americo and Renato. Mr. Paolini served in the US Navy during World War II from October 1942 to April 1946 on the USS SANGAY and the USS OBSTRUCTOR. He received a World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon (One Star) and a Good Conduct Medal.

"Moe" spent most of his working life in Boston retiring from the Boston Public Library in the late 1980’s.

He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Marino and husband, Robert, of Winthrop and Doreen Choquette and husband, Dennis, of San Diego. He was "Papa" to Robert, Michelle and Michael Marino and Marc Choquette of Massachusetts and Jenna Choquette of California and was great-grandfather to Derek Marino.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend a celebration of his life at the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on October 30 from 9 to 11 a.m. Immediately following calling hours and a blessing, Mr. Paolini will be buried with Military Honors with his wife, Dorothy, at the Belle Isle section of the Winthrop Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, we respectfully request donations be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on-line or by mail at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to any branch of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.


Carmen DiVita

Retired Jeweler

Carmen F. DiVita of Orlando, Florida died on October 11. He was 85 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he moved to Central Florida in 1982.

Mr. DiVita was a US Army veteran of World War II and a retired Jeweler. He was of the Catholic Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Rita DiVita of Orlando; daughter, Darlene DiVita Monzadeh and her husband, Sid, of Altamonte Springs; son, Craig S. DiVita of Orlando; sisters, Anita DiVita of Boyton Beach, Florida and Margie Watson of Wellington, Florida and two grandsons, Garrett and Cameron Monzadeh, both of Altamonte Springs, FL.

Services were held in Florida. Mr. DeVita was buried in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery on October 17. . Local arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign his online guestbook go to


Geraldine Scheibert

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

Geraldine F. Scheibert, a 15 year resident of Derry, NH, formerly of Everett, died on October 21. She was 55 years old.

Born in Cambridge, a daughter of Francis and Louise (Killion) McDonald, she was the beloved wife of Robert Scheibert of Derry; beloved mother of Kerin L. Scheibert, fiance of David Pelletier, of Derry, Kyle R. Scheibert and his wife, Katie, of East Derry, NH, Lt. Ryan Scheibert, USAF, North Dakota; beloved grandmother of Baylie, KC and Lucas; beloved sister of Louise Hitchko of Andover and Kathleen Roberts of Winthrop.

Arrangements were by the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Derry, NH. Contributions to the Sonshine Soup Kitchen, 4 Crystal Avenue, Derry, NH 03038 will be appreciated. For more information, visit

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