Obituaries 02-24-2011

Joseph Cassone Jr.

Member of Many Organizations

Joseph H. Cassone Jr. of Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop died at home on February 17 after a brief illness. He was 77 years old.

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he was the beloved son of the late Arline (Thomas) and Joseph H. Cassone Sr.. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from service in 1956. After his discharge, he graduated from Wentworth College and went on to work as a superintendent in construction, working on the Alaskan Pipeline and then for the Schnabel Foundation Co.

A resident of Malden before moving to Winthrop almost 40 years ago, he was a member of the Teamster’s Local 56, the Winthrop Yacht Club, the Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the Mystic Valley Gun Club.

He is lovingly survived by his beloved wife, Judith D. (McFarland) and his cherished puppy, Lexi. He was the dear brother of Linda Berry and her husband, Joe, of Ellington, CT and the brother in law of Robert and Janis McFarland of Winthrop; the loving uncle of Robert and his wife, Laurie, Amanda and her husband, Joe, Joseph and his wife, Robin, and Christopher and his wife, Shannon and the great uncle of Kylie, Mercedes, Ethan and Avery.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial with military honors was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Beth Israel-Deaconess, Division Hematology/Oncology, 338 Brookline Ave.-Rabb 430, Boston MA 02215. To sign his online guestbook, go to

Mark Wagner

Winthrop resident

Mark E. Wagner of Winthrop, formerly of Dorchester, died on February 22. He was 49 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Beth (Tick), loving father of Michele; loving brother of Debbie (Drake), Linda and her husband, Eddie Williamson, and Billy and his wife, Ivy; loving uncle of Cameron, Vanessa, and Aidan; son of the late Howard and Sally Wagner.

Relatives and friends are invited to the Dolan Funeral home in Dorchester from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Thursday. Friends and relatives are also invited to attend a celebration of his life at the Elks Club in Winthrop on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the multiple myeloma research foundation.

Kathleen Manning

North Shore Collaborative employee

Kathleen J. Manning, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 19 at Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Boston following a 12 year battle with Breast Cancer. She was 49 years old.

Born in Boston and a life long Revere resident, she worked for the North Shore Collaborative.

She was the cherished daughter of David P. and Carol M. (McCormack) Manning of Revere, devoted sister of David P. Manning Jr. and his wife, Debra, of Point of Pines, Revere and Julie A. Manning of Revere; the loving niece of Arlene McGovern and her husband, James, of Lynnfield, Leo McCormack and his wife, Josephine, of Billerica, Paul D. Manning of Saugus,  Joanne Colantone and her husband, Joseph, of Salem, NH and the late Francis, Michael and John McCormack, William D. Manning, Alice O’Neill, Ruth Miraglia and Anna McCormack of Leominster and Linda McCormack of Naples, Florida.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Burial will follow the Mass at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445-9924. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.

Stella Thomas

A True Hometown Girl, Always Helping Others

Stella (Booras) Thomas of Winthrop died suddenly in Florida on January 29.

Born and raised in Winthrop she was the daughter of the late Dimitri and Pauline Booras. A true hometown girl, she lived in Winthrop all her life. Affectionately known as “Mama Stella” she welcomed everyone into her life with her warm smile and kind heart.  Our family was never just the four of us. The door was always open. She taught us what it meant to see the good in people.  She was always busy helping others, never thinking of herself.   Keeping these lessons in mind, let’s all pay it forward everyday and do something kind to help someone as well. Her legacy will live on forever and the world will be a better place.

The beloved wife of the late John N. Thomas, she was the devoted mother of Paula Carrozza of Beverly and Katherine Koutroubas of Manchester, NH; cherished guardian to John Harrelson of North Redington Beach, FL, Ricky Harrelson of Quechee, VT, Tricia Harrelson and Michael Harrelson, both of San Diego, CA; adored grandmother of Irene Carrozza and Elizabeth and Marena Koutroubas; dear sister of John and Paul Booras of Winthrop and the late Peter Booras; supportive mother-in-law to Paul Koutroubas and Bobby Carrozza. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. She was born and raised in Winthrop and was the daughter of the late Dimitri and Pauline Booras.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Her Funeral Service was held in St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Lynn. Burial was at Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to   A Memorial Service will be held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn on March 6. Donations in her name may be made to Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop, MA, 02152.

John Tamboli

Driver for Airborne Express/DHL

John C. Tamboli, a well known and beloved resident of Tewksbury for the past 16 years, formerly of Everett, died February 19 at his home, surrounded by his friends and family, following a courageous year long battle with cancer. He was 47 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Jeanine M. (Withrow) Tamboli, with whom he had celebrated a 22nd wedding anniversary this past May 20.

He was born in Everett on November 27, 1963, one of six children of Lorenzo and Victoria (Visconti) Tamboli, who reside in Everett. He graduated from Pope John XXIII High School in Everett as a member of the “Class of 1981.”_He worked as a driver for the Airborne Express/DHL Company and was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 in Charlestown.

He and his family were active members in the Tewksbury community as well as St. William’s Parish community, and he was a member of the Fr. Coppen’s Council 4336, Knights of Columbus in Tewksbury. Through his health issues, his numerous friends formed a group known as “Team Tamboli”. He will be remembered for his devotion and deep love for his immediate and extended family and circle of friends, some of whom are known as the Traveling Party.

In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is survived by a daughter, Christina Marie Tamboli, a son, William L. “Billy” Tamboli, both of Tewksbury; five siblings and their spouses, Vincent and Denise Tamboli of Florida, Rosemary and Lino Petrangelo of Revere, Victoria “Tori” and Brian McCarthy, Andrea and John Lynch, and Lisa Tamboli, all of Everett; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Richard and Carole (Reardon) Withrow of Tewksbury; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gary and Marie-Elena Withrow of Florida, Richard and Karen Withrow, Robert and Jeannine Withrow, and Jennifer Withrow, all of Winthrop, many loving and beloved nieces, nephews, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, No. Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Jude Children_s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105-1942,, will be appreciated.

John Pransky

Known for his Charitable Endeavors

John Pransky of Charlotte, NC. formerly of Winthrop, died at home on February 18 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 95 years old.

Raised in Winthrop, Mr. Pransky earned a Juris Master degree at Northeastern University Law School. During World War II he was a Staff Sergeant in Army Americal Division in the Pacific with the Judge Advocate division. He worked at Pransky Industrial Sewing Machinery in Boston until moving to Charlotte in 1961. For 40 years he owned and operated Piedmont Sewing Machine and Supply Company until his retirement at age 82.

Mr. Pransky leaves a legacy of charity to many organizations. He established the Pransky Family Scholarship Fund to Camp Ramah in Georgia, conducted religious services to small Jewish communities throughout the Carolinas, and helped establish the Charlotte Yiddish Institute, now in its 33d year. He sang in Temple Israel choir for more than 40 years. He was a 33rd degree Mason and member of the Oasis Shriners in Charlotte.

A kind and loving man, he was the devoted husband of 58 years to Baila (Richmond); beloved father of Glenn and his wife, Terry Pransky, Daniel and his wife, Sandy Pransky; cherished grandfather of Jackie, Lena, Natalie and Hannah; dear brother of the late Esther Eisenstadt, Rose Rosenthal, Freyda Siegel, Nathan Pransky and Abram Pransky. He will be missed by his many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Pransky Family Camp Ramah Scholarship Fund, c/o Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226 or Hospice & Palliative Care, 1420 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204. For online condolences go to:

Ida Curzi

East Boston resident

Ida (Blandino) Curzi of East Boston died on February 17.

The beloved wife of the late Emilio Curzi, she was the loving mother of Sandra Curzi and her husband, Jerry Twomey, of Winthrop, Dennis Curzi and his wife, Colette DiGenio, of East Boston, Richard Curzi and his wife, Nancy McCabe, of Belmont and Barbara Curzi of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Lucia and Nina Colombaro, Roxanne, Michael “Ricky”, Rachel, Laura and Bridget Curzi; great-grandmother of five; dear sister of Josephine Micciulla and her husband, Carmine, of Revere and the late Phyllis Porcello, James, Salvatore, Rocco and Carmella Blandino. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in her memory may be made to: Missionary Franciscan Sisters, 790 Centre St., Newton, MA 02458. For online condolences,visit

Jennie Raffaele

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Jennie (D’Agostino) Raffaele of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died recently. She was in her 101st year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Raffaele; loving mother of John Raffaele and his wife, Nancy, of Winthrop and the late Joseph Raffaele and his wife, Mary Lou, also of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of five and great grandmother of five; dear sister of Mary Masiello of Stoneham, Mafalda Franco of Lexington, Emily Grande of Plymouth and the late Mary Pisiello, Theresa Girdan and Angelo D’Agostino.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood: Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle section.) For guest book:

Margaret DiGiovanni-Garrett

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Margaret M. (Coscia) DiGiovanni-Garrett, formerly of East Boston and Everett, died in Winthrop on February 16. She was 81 years old.

She was the wife of the late Armando DiGiovanni and Jimmie L. Garrett; devoted mother of Jimmie L. Garrett Jr. and his wife, Lorraine, of Rockwall, TX, David W. Garrett and his wife, Yoncha,  and Patrick Garrett and his wife, Karen, all of Derry, NH; cherished grandmother of Michael R. Garrett and his wife, Alisha, of Rockwall, TX, Airman Spec. Stephen D. Garrett, USAF of Arkansas, Briana L., Maryann C. and Sarah E. Garrett, all of Derry, NH; dear sister of Roy Coscia of East Boston. She is also lovingly survived by her two great grandchildren, Lily and Jack Garrett.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to “Team Staples”, Cape Cod Getaway (National Multiple Sclerosis Society), at www.nationalmultiplesclerosis

Carmela DeFeo

East Boston resident

Carmela A. DeFeo of East Boston died on February 16. She was 49 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Kevin Swindle and Regina and Marysa Robichaud, all of Revere; loving daughter of Bruno and Marie (Quigley) DeFeo of Revere; dear sister of Lisa Ralph of Texas and Bruno DeFeo of Winthrop and is also survived by her many cherished aunts , uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence,

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