Obituaries 12-23-2010

Edith Janielis

Jordan Marsh retiree

Edith L. (Cassaro) Janielis of Winthrop died December 20 at Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness.  She was 79 years old.

She was the wife of Joseph P. Janielis with whom she shared over 56 years of marriage.  Born in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Michele and Santina (Cosentino) Cassaro.  She was raised in East Boston, was a graduate of East Boston High School and has lived in Winthrop for the past 50 years.

She worked in data entry for Jordan Marsh for 26 years until retiring in 1994.  She was extremely devoted to her family and especially enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children; Kevin J. Janielis and his wife, Joanne, of Wakefield, Joseph M. Janielis and his wife, Ann Marie, of Winthrop, and Debra L. Chancey and her husband, Fred, of Peabody. She also leaves eight grandchildren; Emily, Michael, Brandon, Caitlin, Molly, Jonathan, Rachel and Pamela; three great-grandchildren; Dylan, Sophia and Audrey; four sisters, Lee Contardo of Wakefield, Mary “Sue” Mahoney of Hudson, MA, Julie Cassaro of Wakefield, and Gloria Morrison of Swampscott; her sister-in-law, Phyllis Cassaro of Wakefield and many nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Michael Cassaro and Adeline Allen.

At the request of the family, services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALS Foundation for Life, P.O. Box 96, Natick, MA  01760.  Arrangements are under the direction of Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt 1A), Lynn.  For guestbook:

Mary Geraci

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Mary J. (Dalelio) Geraci of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on December 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony Geraci; devoted mother of Joanne Baroutas and her husband, Bob, of Stoneham, Anthony Geraci and his wife, Deb, of Swampscott, Grace Palmer and her late husband, Ken, and James Geraci, all of Winthrop; dear sister of the late John, Fiore and Phyllis Dalelio, Margaret Rigolizzo and Grace McCormick; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Anthony and Michael Palmer, Nicholas Baroutas, Wade and Wes Geraci and adored great grandmother of five. She is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, December 23 at 9 a.m.  with a Mass of Christian Burial  in Celebration of her life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. For more information or to send  the Geraci family an online condolence, please visit:

Sandra Rodman

Of Framingham, formerly of Winthrop

Sandra J. (Berman) Rodman of Framingham died on December 18.

She was raised in Winthrop and was the beloved wife of the late Stephen J. Rodman; dear daughter of the late Samuel and Ethel Berman; devoted mother of Sherri Rabin and husband, David, of Northboro, Tammi Friedland and husband, Mark, of Michigan, and Debbi Rodman Tsekrekas and husband, Angelo, of Framingham; cherished grandmother of Michael, Tyler, Brandon, Jarett, Brittani, Stephen and Samantha; loving sister of Robert Berman of North Carolina.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, Brookline. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Anna Phillips

Retired Shawmut Bank Assistant Manager

Anna D. (DiBella) Phillips, a resident of Winthrop for more than 50 years, died at the Ellis Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Norwood on December 16 after a long illness. She was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Josephine (DiRago) and John DiBella, she lived in East Boston prior to moving to Winthrop. Before her retirement she was employed as an Assistant Manager at the Shawmut Bank.

She was the beloved wife of the late Andrew A.  Phillips, the devoted mother of Terri Salemme of Alexandria, VA and David and Rena Phillips of Canton, the loving grandmother of Christopher Salemme and Nicole Kahle and great grandmother of Dina Phillips and John Phillips.

Her funeral was conducted on December 18 with a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign her online guest book go to

John Karagianis

Retired Chef at Copley Plaza Hotel

John D. Karagianis of Winthrop died at his home on December 16. He was 92 years old.

Prior to his retirement, Mr. Karagianis worked as a chef for the former Copley Plaza Hotel now renamed the Copley Fairmount Hotel.

He was the beloved husband of the late Maria (Koutsouti) Karagianis. Born in Greece, he was the son of the late Dennis and Garifolia (Psyxogis) Karagianis; devoted father of Gail Karagianis and her husband. Andrew Simon, of Winthrop; adored grandfather of Andreas Simon of Winthrop; dear brother of Pandelis and Peter Karagianis, Koula Kapalekas, Dena Dedopoulos and Athanasia Demos, all of Greece. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. His Funeral Service was held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Lynn. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Memorial donations can be made to St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 54 South Common St., Lynn, MA, 01902. For guestbook, go to

Joyce Spataro

Member of the MGH Chaplaincy Department

Joyce (Murray) Spataro of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on December 17. She was 63 years old.

She was an avid reader and a Jeopardy genius who was impossible to beat. She was a valued member of the Chaplaincy Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, which provides pastoral and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff. She found her job fulfilling and rewarding and loved going to work everyday. Mrs. Spataro found no greater pleasure in life than her family, most importantly her husband, Ron, her daughter, Robyn, and her beloved dog, Jack.

She was the beloved wife of Ronald P. Spataro. Born in Winthrop, she was the daughter of Helen M. (Sullivan) Murray and the late Joseph J. Murray; the devoted mother of Robyn Mason and her fiancée, Michael Welsh, of Canton, Ohio and stepmother to Ronald Spataro Jr. and his wife, Alaina, of Florida, Keith Spataro and his wife, Jenny, of California, Nicholas Spataro and his wife, Dawn, and Adam Spataro, all of Florida; dear sister of Dennis Murray and his wife, Gina, and Susanne Connolly and her husband, Kevin, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Mia, Juliana, Natalia, Luciano, Briella, and Brayden. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, December 23 at 11:30 a.m.. Donations in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop. For guestbook, go to

Yolanda D’Errico

Orient Heights resident

Yolanda (Nappi) D’Errico of Orient Heights East Boston died on December 19

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph D’Errico with whom she shared 59 years of marriage; loving mother of Anna Marie DeDonato and her husband, Robert, of East Boston; dear sister of the late Jean Gianusa, Mary DiFlumeri and Ralph Nappi; cherished grandmother of Robert R., Amanda and Ariana.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book:

Herbert Gleeson

East Boston resident

Herbert J. Gleeson of East Boston died on December 18.

He was the beloved husband of Virginia (Dunbar) Gleeson; devoted father of Mark Gleeson and his companion,_Marianne, of New Hampshire, David Gleeson and his wife, Cheryl, of Danvers; dear brother of Edward “Buddy” Gleeson and his wife, Betty, of Winthrop, William Gleeson and his wife, Josephine, of East Boston, Mary Thompson of Texas, formerly of East Boston, Joanne Candelora and her husband, Frana,_of Revere, Katherine Gleeson and her companion, Chuck, of Winthrop, Elaine Bates and her husband, Edward, of Boston and the late Francis, Joseph ,Thomas Gleeson and Theresa McQuiggan; cherished grandfather of David, Mark, Nicole, Randi and Michael and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, to honor Mr. Gleeson’s Memory, memorial donations may be made to Hallmark Hospice, 178 Salem St., Malden 02148 or the Leonard Florence Living Ctr, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea 02150. For more information or to send an online condolence

Martin Redington

Concord resident

Martin T. Redington of Concord died on December 16. He was 77 years old.

The beloved husband for 42 years of Andrea (Kammer), he was the devoted father of Peter A. Redington and his wife, Kristin B. Kane, of Amherst and Rebecca M. Redington of New York City; loving “Papa” of Myles Kane Redington and Annika Kane Redington; brother of Arleen M. Shea of Winthrop, Joan M. Zaremba of Saugus, Grace B. McKenzie of Middleton, and the late Donald F., Robert A., and Paul E. Redington. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dee Funeral Home, Concord Center. Burial was in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord. Contributions in his memory may be made to Boston College Financial Aid Program, c/o Development Office, More Hall, #220, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or to Holy Family Parish Center, 55 Church Street, Concord, MA 01742. For obituary and guestbook visit:

Thomas Stundza

Award Winning Journalist

Thomas J. Stundza of Winthrop died suddenly December 15. He was 62 years old.

“Tom” to everyone he met, was born March 4, 1948 in Lawrence, MA. He was a seasoned professional, and never knew a stranger. As one of his close friends said,” Tom is busy working the room, telling stories to all that will listen.”

An award winning journalist since 1968, Stundza was one of the leading authorities on industrial commodities. He received numerous news-writing awards and is listed in various media resource books, as well as Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Journalism.

In 2001, the Association of Steel Distributors named him Honorary Steel Man of the Year; the first time in the award’s more that three-decade history that someone other than a steel mill or steel distribution executive has been so honored.

Tom Stundza was a Senior Analyst, Pricing & Purchasing Service Division of IHS Global Insight, with an office in Lexington. He was formerly an executive editor of Purchasing Magazine, since 1983. Stundza was the magazine’s chief industrial commodities analyst, and coordinated coverage of supply, demand, and prices of such industrial commodity materials as steel, nonferrous metals, energy, chemicals and plastics.

Previously, he wrote for American Metal Market, the daily metals industry newspaper; The Post-Tribune, a daily newspaper in Gary, IN, and The Eagle-Tribune Daily Newspaper in Lawrence, Mass. He also has been a lecturer in journalism as Valparaiso University and the University of Pittsburgh.

He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Lawrence and Merrimack College in North Andover, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education in 1970. He went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Urban Sociology from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN. in 1975.

Active in his community, he was a 4th Degree Knight, Knights of Columbus, Lawrence Council 67, a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Lithuania, Lawrence Council 78, a member of the Lithuanian Alliance of America, Lawrence Lodge 41, a member of the Lithuanian Club of South Boston, a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club of Winthrop, and a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish of Winthrop.

He was an avid supporter and active alumni of Merrimack College. He enjoyed playing golf and loved watching his beloved Red Sox and Patriots compete. Perhaps one of his biggest highlights was sitting on the Green Monster last summer. Those who knew him well knew he was always searching for the perfect Merlot and understood his eclectic taste in music ranging from Jimmy Buffutt and the Eagles, to the Three Tenors.

He took pride in his family, work and friends and the Pack: Yarr, Atticus, Brewski, his Cocker Spaniels, and two cats Yodi and Sir Albert.

He was the son of Matilda (Stanulonis) Stundza and the late John A. Stundza; loving husband of Keleigh (Kreie) Stundza of Winthrop; loving father of US Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jerry W. Horner II and his wife, Jenene, of Bremerton, WA and Kristine Plastino of Bozeman, MT; devoted grandfather of Joshua and Jessica Horner of Bremerton, WA and Samantha Plastino of Peabody. He is also survived by his aunt and Godmother Amelia Stundza and brothers, William Stundza and Jonas Stundzia, all of Lawrence.

A Funeral Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop.  Arrangements were by the Boles Memorial-Baron-McAuliffe-Yameen Funeral Home, Lawrence. Burial was in the Lithuanian National Catholic Cemetery in Methuen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association.

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