Obituaries 03-03-2011

Carol Babine

Winthrop resident


Carole L. (Viscio) Babine of Winthrop died home on February 24. She was 71 years old.

She was the beloved wife of Daniel F. Babine; born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary C. (Mangone) Viscio; devoted mother of Nancy A. Boudrow and her husband, Richard, of Winthrop, Daniel F. Babine Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Wilmington, Susan M. Gennaco and her late husband, Steven, of Winthrop, Stephen E. Babine and his wife, Mariana, of Winthrop, Paula J. Maturo and her husband, William, of Norwood, and Jennine C. Macauda and her husband, Michael, of Tewksbury; dear sister of Michael Viscio of Whitman, Arline Festa of Winthrop, and the late Lorraine Viscio. She is also survived by 13 adored grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section.) Donations can be made to the Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B 102, Danvers, MA. 01923, or to St John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA, 02152. For guestbook, go to


Elaine Zampanti

Member of Survivors by the Sea in Winthrop


Elaine L. ‘Lanie’ (Lazzari) Zampanti of Winthrop died at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital on February 26. She was 65 years old.

She was a member of Survivors by the Sea here in Winthrop.

Born in Annapolis, MD, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Louise (Grieco) Lazzari;  the devoted mother of Ronald R. ‘Ronnie’ Zampanti of Winthrop, Tracy E. Caeran and her husband, James, of Marblehead, and Kristen L. Zampanti of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Ronald J. and Lexa L. Zampanti, Craig A. Nolan and James H. Caeran; dear twin sister of the late Patricia A. D’Avolio; cherished aunt of Richard and Steven D’Avolio; former wife of Joseph J. Zampanti of Nahant.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to


Thomas Jesson

Recently named Massport Employee of the Year


Thomas Jesson of Peabody, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on February 20 while visiting family in Florida. He was 59 years old.

A member of the Winthrop High School Class of 1969 and 1976 graduate of the criminal justice program at Northeastern University, he was a 42-year employee of the Massachusetts Port Authority and.

Recently named Massport Employee of the Year, he was the Facilities Manager at Logan International Airport, helping to make it one of the most highly-regarded aviation terminals in the United States.

A member of the Massport Golf League for many years, Tom and Sandy Jesson loved golf and travel. They also enjoyed summer camping trips and spending time with friends, family and especially their children.

He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Eggleston) Jesson with whom he shared 34 years of marriage, and was the devoted father of Melissa Silver of Reading, Michael Jesson of Brooklyn, NY and Kerri Jesson of Boston.

Raised in Winthrop, Tom. He was the son of the late William F. and Kathleen V. (MacMullan) Jesson. In addition to his wife and children, he leaves his son-in-law, Mike Silver of Reading; brother and sister-in-law, William F. Jesson and Sharon Stark of Winchester; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Leslie Jesson of Winthrop; and sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen (Jesson) and Francis Harris of Winthrop. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Karen Williams and husband, Dennis, of Auburn. CA, Joanne Lally and her husband, Jim, of Bradenton, FL, Judy Hogan and her husband, Steve, of Bradford, Patty Latshaw and her husband, Tom, of Culpepper, VA, Christine Brown of Newburyport, Paula Sexton and her husband, Sean, of Georgetown, as well as brothers-in-law Mark Eggleston and his wife, Mari, of Kingston, NH and John Eggleston and his wife, Melaina, of Rowley. He was also the beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

His life was celebrated at a Funeral Mass at St John the Baptist Church in Peabody on February 26 attended by friends, family and his colleagues from Massport.


Charles Zuffante

Member of DAV and Sons of Italy


Charles T. Zuffante of East Boston died on February 28.

He was a US Army veteran of World War II, a member of D.A.V. Post 77 of East Boston and the Sons of Italy.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (McGrane) Zuffante with whom he shared 67 years of marriage; loving father of Charles “Charley Zuff” Zuffante of East Boston and his late wife, Christine (Duca) Zuffante; Susan Panzini of East Boston and her late husband, John “Penny” Panzini, and John “Jack” Zuffante and his wife, Carole (Anzalone) of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Charles Zuffante III, Christopher Zuffante and his wife, Jeralyn, Cheryl Breault and her husband, Richard,  Debra Wright and her husband, Stephen, Anna Panzini-DiCenso and her husband, Tony, Lori Owen and her husband, Shawn, and Lisa Zuffante and her husband, Joseph and 17 loving great grandchildren. He was also the beloved and longtime friend of Mrs. Elaine Marley and the Marley Family of Winthrop.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston at 10 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For shuttle service from East Boston to Revere, call 1-800-252-1127. For directions and guest book,


Richard Pisani

Died recently


Richard A. Pisani died on February 25.

He was the beloved son of the late Luis Pisani and Jenny (Colaninno) Pisani; father of Richard Pisani of Revere, Robert_Pisani and Joyce DePippo, both of Winthrop; grandfather of Joseph and Matthew Pisani; long time companion of Nancy Peterman and step-father to Michael,_Ronald and Scott Hillary; dear brother of Jeannie Bolognese and the late Reginald Bolognese of Revere and Anthony Pisani of East Boston; loving uncle of Dennis Bolognese of Revere, David Bolognese and his wife, Ellen, of Saugus, Lynda Cooke and her husband, Michael, of Stoneham and Anthony Pisani Jr. of the North End. He was also great uncle to Jenna and Nicolas Bolognese and Robert Cooke.

Relatives and friends may visit with the family Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in The Rapino Memorial Funeral Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston. Private burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  For online condolences, visit


Maximus Reth

Winthrop resident


Maximus Reth, cherished son of Jennifer (Manning) and Sunday Reth, died at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston on February 24.

He was the loving grandson of Patricia and William Kelly and Sarun and Bounthay Reth.

Visitation will be held at the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, March 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Home at 7 p.m. this evening. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you bring a children’s book to the visitation to be donated to the Jimmy Fund. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to


John Capone Sr.

Proprietor of Elite Upholstering


John P. Capone Sr. of East Boston died on February 25.

He was the proprietor of Elite Upholstering of Arlington.

The beloved husband of more than 62 _years of Marie (Izzo), he was the devoted father of Karen Gaeta and her husband, Steven, of Winthrop, John Jr. and his wife, Karen, Robert and his wife, Joanne, all of West Peabody, Andrea Capone of East Boston, Michelle Reilly and her husband, Dennis, of Winthrop; dear brother of Mary Saladino _of Arlington and the late Buster and Raymond Capone;  cherished grandfather of Robyn Marshall, Lauren, Robert and Nicole Capone, Shawn, Michael and Taylor Reilly 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 Puritan Lawn Memrial Park, Peabody. In honoring Mr. Capone, memorial donations may be made to Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl. #2 Boston, 02114. For more information or to send the Capone family an online condolence,

Lena Dunn

East Boston resident


Lena (Devizia) Dunn of East Boston, formerly of Saugus, died on February 27. She was in her 106th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Patten Dunn; devoted mother of the late Barbara S. Selig; dear sister of the late Anna, Angie, Edward and Mary and is survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

In accordance with Mrs. Dunn’s wishes, services were private with arrangements under the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston.

Noreen Muscarella

Charlestown resident


Noreen R. (Mahoney) Muscarella of Charlestown died on February 25. She was 75 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 53 years to Louis V. Muscarella; devoted mother of Debbie Fitzgerald and her husband, Leo, of Florida, Lois MacIntyre and her husband, Joe, of Winthrop, Carole Gosselin and her husband, Gary, of East Boston, Teri Doherty and her husband, Roger, of Charlestown and Tracy Scolari and husband, Louiz, of Boston; loving Nana to eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Thomas Mahoney of Holliston, and the late Helen “Marie” Mahoney, Dorothy Hanbury and John Mahoney. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801. For obituary and online condolences,

Sheila Mullen

NE Tel & Tel retiree


Sheila N. (Moran) Mullen of the Harbor View section of East Boston died on February 24 following a brief illness. She was in her 90th year.

A retiree of NE Tel & Tel, she was the wife of the late Atty. Francis R. Mullen; devoted mother of Mary Elizabeth Mullen of East Greenwich, RI, David F. Mullen and his wife, Judith L., of Melrose and Paul J. Mullen and his wife, Lisa M., of Bedford, NH; cherished grandmother of Justin F., Casey E., Christopher P., Daniel J. and Samantha J. Mullen; dear sister of Robert Garnett and his wife, Gail, of Winthrop and the late Mary Leone, Joseph P. Moran, Lawrence P. Moran and George Lombardi. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

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 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 37105-1942.

Catherine Cerulli

Past President of Revere Women’s Club


Catherine Margaret “Peg” (Pratt) Cerulli of Winchester, formerly of Revere, died peacefully on February 17 at the Winchester Nursing Center.  She was 99 years old.

Her main occupation was loving and caring for her late husband, Edward Cerulli – a retired Captain of the Revere Fire Department.  She also loved travel, needle arts including tailoring, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint, quilting and an occasional Scotch in her long life.  She served as President of the Revere Women’s Club from 1963 to 1965.

When her husband Edward passed away in 2000, she lived in Winchester with her nephew and godson, Robert Nutile, his wife Susan, and daughter, Kate.  In addition to Robert, she leaves eight other nieces and nephews, nine great nieces and nephews, and four great great nieces and nephews.

Burial services in Winthrop, her childhood home, were private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Winchester Youth Baseball c/o 21 Taft Drive, Winchester, MA  01890.

Elvira Molinaro

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston


Elvira (Tranfaglia) Molinaro of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 22.

She was the beloved wife of the late Al “Molly” Molinaro; mother of Roberta Daley and her late husband, Francis, Sandra Esterbrook and her late husband, William, all of East Boston and Ronald and his wife Kathleen Molinaro of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren. She was the great-grandmother of 11 and one late great-granddaughter and great-great grandmother of one.

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

Joanne Stack

Longtime President of the Revere League of Special Needs


Joanne (Colangelo) Stack of the Beachmont Section of Revere died on February 22.

The president of the Revere League of Special Needs for more than 20 years, she was the beloved wife of Thomas Stack Sr. with whom she shared 44 years of marriage; loving mother of Thomas Stack Jr. of Revere; dear sister of Carmella Puopolo and her husband, Joseph, of East Boston and Ginny Colangelo of Revere; cherished daughter of the late Michael and Virginia (Bisazza) Colangelo; fond aunt of Denise, Christopher and the late Ralph Puopolo and Michael and Joseph Vacchio.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Thomas Stack Donation Account, C/O the Citizens Bank, 385 Broadway, Revere. For online guest book:



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