Obituaries 02-10-2011

Thomas D’Ambrosio

Founder of Painting by D’Ambrosio

Thomas D’Ambrosio of Medford, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on Monday at his home following a sudden illness. He was 67 years old.

Mr. D’Ambrosio was born in Boston, the son of the late Angelo and Angelina (Taglieri) D’Ambrosio and as a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Class of 1961.

A painter by trade and the founder of Painting by D’Ambrosio, a painting company of Medford from 1996 until 2010, he was an active member of Work Out World on Boston Avenue, Medford and a member of the D.A.T. Club of Charlestown. He held a black belt in karate.

He will be sadly missed by his faithful dogs, Maine and Rocky. He was an avid sports fan, particularly of the New England Patriots. An important facet of his life was being a “Friend of Bill W.”

He was the loving husband of the late Patricia (Leslie) D’Ambrosio and the former husband of Peggy (Brugman) of Winthrop; devoted father of Christopher D’Ambrosio of Medford, Mark D’Ambrosio and his wife, Christine, of Winthrop and the late Thomas D’Ambrosio; adored “Papa” of Jackson and Michael D’Ambrosio of Winthrop.

His Funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford on Friday, February 11 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Clement Church, 72 Warner St., Medford at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may make a contribution in his name to the Thomas A. D’Ambrosio Scholarship Fund, Treasurer’s office, One Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Edith Clucas

Goldstar Wife

Edith L. Clucas of Almont Street, Winthrop passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 6 after a long illness. She was 83 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Fahey) and Clement Vasseur. A longtime resident of Winthrop, Mrs. Clucas was employed as a telephone operator for New England Telephone for 19 years and then went on to work at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was a member of the Little Red Hens, St. John the Evangelist Mother’s Club and was a Goldstar Wife.

She was the beloved wife of the late William G. Clucas and will be lovingly remembered by her children; William J. Clucas and his wife, Jacki of Blackhawk, SD, Patricia Colangelo of N. Chelmsford, John F. Clucas of Winthrop and Ellen Clucas Bennett and her husband, Al of Beverly;  the dear sister of the late Rose Connor and Paul Vasseur; cherished grandmother of Christina, Kerri, Tara, Billy, Emily, Erin Rose, Daniel, Brendan, Kevin, Amanda, Ryan, Sammie, Katie and Will and is also survived by four great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, February 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Thursday (today) from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the mass in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St., Danvers MA 01923. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

Mario Collotta

Retired Airline Mechanic

Mario A. Collotta of Hyde Park, formerly of East Boston and Seattle, Washington died at the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital on February 3 after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Collotta served as a Corporal in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he received a Purple Heart for injuries received in battle. After his discharge, he went to work for United Airlines as a mechanic and then on to the Boeing Corp. in Seattle, Washington.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Catherine (Piscitello) and Ignazio Collotta; the dear brother of Stella Simione of Winthrop and the late Ray, Roy, Sam, George and Al Collotta; the loving uncle of Bruce Collotta of West Roxbury and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at a later date. To sign his online guestbook go to

Walter Granville Baker Jr.

Civil Engineer and Woodcarver, formerly of WInthrop

Walter Granville Baker, Jr. of Wilmington, NC, died on February 5, comfortably at his home, surrounded by his family.  He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

He was born in Winthrop on June 16, 1932, a son of the late Walter G. Baker and Anne Marie Gilmore Baker.   His beloved wife of 47 years, Jean Duguid Baker, a son, Kenneth Stuart Baker, and a brother, Warren G. Baker, preceded him in death.

Mr. Baker was a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He was an avid woodcarver who took up this rather unique hobby after his retirement as a Project Manager from BE&K Building Group Inc. of Charlotte, NC.  He had overseen the construction of many of the South’s most impressive structures during his long career. He was an active member of the Cape Fear Woodcarvers Club and former member and Board Member of the Piedmont Woodcarvers Club in Greenville, SC.

Surviving are a daughter, Lorraine “Lorie” Alford of Wilmington; a son, Warren F. Baker (Paula) of Travelers Rest, SC; his grandchildren, Eleanor Anne Baker, John Roger Baker, Patrick Warren Baker, Joshua Stuart Alford (Emily), Kenah Berkley Alford; and the father of Joshua and Kenah, Chuck Alford; several nieces and nephews, and a lifetime full of close and dear friends.

A memorial service for Mr. Baker will be held at today, Thursday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.       In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to New Hope Pulmonary Rehabilitation c/o New Hanover Regional Medical Center, 2131 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC, 28401, or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC, 28401.

A very special and heartfelt thank you is extended to Dr. Chris Cosgrove, Dr. Douglas Lee, Dr. William McNulty, and Dr. Henry Patel, and the entire staffs of New Hope Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Phyllis Comstock

East Boston resident

Phyllis (Ricci) Comstock of East Boston died on February 4. She was in her 96th year.

The cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Martucci) Ricci, she was the loving sister of the late Mary, Leonard and Michael Ricci; fond aunt of Leonora and Vincent Palumbo of Revere; great aunt of Michael, Cara, Jason and Chris Palumbo.

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

Frank Caruccio

Florida resident

Frank Caruccio of Florida, formerly of Lynnfield and Winthrop, died on February 5.

He was the husband of Linda (Consilvio) Caruccio of Lynnfield; loving father of Frank and Paul Caruccio of Peabody; dear brother of Angela Caruccio of Revere and Lisa Caruccio of Malden; cherished grandfather of Bella and Frankie Caruccio.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. For directions and guest book:

Phyllis DiSipio

East Boston resident

Phyllis A. Disipio of East Boston died on February 3.

She was the beloved wife of Bruno DiSipio; devoted mother of Lorraine J. and her husband, Dennis D. McCarthy, of Stoughton, Rocco W. Palladino and his wife, Sandra, of Winthrop and William A. Palladino and his wife Marie of East Boston; sister of the late Lorraine Lane and is also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Edward DeNapoli

Member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society, Winthrop Elks and Pipefitters Union

Edward J. DeNapoli of Revere died on February 3.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of St. Anthony Holy Name Society, the Winthrop Elks and The Pipe Fitters Union Local 6.

He was the beloved husband of Mary (DelVecchio) DeNapoli of Revere; devoted father of Joseph DeNapoli and his wife, Freda, of Quincy and Donna Barchard and her husband, Reed, of Lynn; dear brother of Julie DeNapoli of Winthrop, Lee Kaestner of Florida, Anna Worden of Michigan, Virginia Knowles of Saugus and Marylou Heatherton of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Dr. Adrienne Barchard-Couts and Ryan Barchard and great-grandfather of Ian Couts.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to: BI Deaconess Medical Center, Prostate Cancer Research Fund, Hemotology/Oncology Dept., 330 Brookline Ave, Rabb 433, Boston, MA 02215. For guestbook, please visit:

Biagio Polsonetti

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Biagio Polsonetti of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 4.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the loving father of Daniel of Revere, David and his wife, Lisa, of Winthrop and Sherry Dilmore and her husband, Bob, of New Jersey; dear brother of Leah Colangelo, Dolores Miller, Norma Falanga and Anthony Polsonetti and the late Gino, Salvatore, Augustino “Hot Gus,” Frank “Dutchie” and Milio Polsonetti; cherished grandfather of five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Private burial was at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne. For guest book:

Helen Pennell

Of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop

Helen P. (Doig) Pennell of Danvers, formerly of Winthrop, passed away peacefully on February 2. She was 96 years old.

A long time resident of Danvers and the loving wife for 57 years of Charles Pennell of Danvers, she was born on October 14, 1914 in Aberdeen, Scotland, the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Beattie) Doig. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sisters, Catherine Wyman of Brunswick, Maine and Susan Lounsbury of Framingham and her brother, William Doig of Simpsonville, S.C. She was also the sister of the late Andrew, Thomas and Robert Doig. She will be greatly missed by her large extended family and friends of which there are too many to list.

Funeral arrangements were by the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Danvers. Burial was in Wadsworth Cemetery, Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the charity of one’s choice.

John Ruggiero

Winthrop resident

John Ruggiero of Winthrop died on February 3.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of more than 64 years to Vincenzina “Vinnie” (Cannata) Ruggiero; devoted father of Frances Spinazzola and her companion, Robert Patrie, Janet Macrina and her husband, Lenny, all of Winthrop, Joseph Ruggiero and his wife, Geraldine Iovanna, of Revere; dear brother of the late Anthony, Jerry, Frederick,  Carmine Ruggiero and Lucy DeLaglio; cherished grandfather of Lori Hartley and her husband, Anthony, Lenny Macrina Jr, Brian Macrina, Vanessa Ruggiero, Joseph Ruggiero Jr and his wife, Tracy; adored great grandfather of Brett Ashley Hartman and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. Mr. Ruggiero was laid to rest with Military Honors in Winthrop Cemetery Belle Isle section. For more information or to send an online condolence

Rocco Calli

Winthrop resident

Rocco “Rocky” M. Cali of Winthrop and Punta Gorda, Florida died on January 27.

He was the beloved husband of Gina Cali, father of Stephen “Cal” Cali and grandfather of Katherine and Elizabeth Cali; brother of Philip, Catherine, Thomas, Benjamin, Jeanette, James, Rose, Gloria, Frank Jr., and Robert.

Services to be announced at a later date.

Rita Rodgers

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Rita L. (Leonard) Rodgers of Saugus, formerly of Revere,  died on February 1.

Rita was such a vibrant, genuine and caring person: a devoted wife, mother (mommy), gammy, sister and friend. She loved life and courageously tried everything medical science had to offer in her six year battle with lymphoma. What truly sustained her were the thoughts and prayers of hope and healing from everyone around her. She was loved by all. We’ll miss her dearly. There’s a hole in our hearts that nothing here on earth can ever fill.

She was the beloved wife of James E. Rodgers; loving mother of Debra Serino of Wakefield, Sharon Serino (Oxley) of Saugus, Bobby Serino of Peabody and step mother of Mark Rodgers and his wife, Moira, of Falmouth; cherished grandmother of Drew and Paige Oxley, Flynn and Nuala Rodgers; former wife of Robert Serino, Sr. of Florida; sister of Robert Leonard and his wife, Jeannette, of Brockton and Charles Leonard and his wife, Patricia, of Wakefield; beloved friend of Betty Carmichael of Winthrop, Rosemarie Goins of New Hampshire and Lori Gallivan of Saugus, who was like a daughter

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Everett. For condolences In lieu of flowers, donations: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. “A mother holds her children’s hands for a while, their hearts forever.”

Mary Inza

Retired State Employee

Mary G. Inza of Hawthorne Avenue, Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on January 26 after a brief illness. She was 85 years old.

Born in East Boston and an East Boston resident for several years, she was the beloved daughter of the late Carolina (Ruggiero) and Gaetano Spina. She moved to Winthrop 60 years ago. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a license specialist for the State of Massachusetts in the Marine Fisheries.

She was the beloved wife of Buster M. Inza and the loving mother of Carol-Anne Quinn and her husband, Edward, of Winthrop, Anne-Marie Altieri and her husband, Frederick, of Winthrop and Steven Inza and his wife, Sheryl, of Londonderry, NH; the dear sister of the late Angelo, Anthony and Louis Spina; the cherished grandmother and great grandmother of David, Jennifer, Kristen, Stacey, Steven Jr. and Benjamin.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop on January 29 followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Rev. Charles Bourke celebrated the mass and offered prayers at the burial in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign her online guestbook go to

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