Obituaries 03-24-2011

Col. John Moriarty

Masschusetts State Police (retired)

Colonel John R. Moriarty, retired, of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) died at his home in Winthrop on March 18.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop and a 1943 graduate of Winthrop High School where he proudly served as the co-captain of the Winthrop High School football team, Col. Moriarty was a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, serving on LST 119 during World War II.  Following the war, he joined the MSP.  After an active and exciting career in the ranks, he rose to the highest position of Colonel.  As a commissioned officer (Trooper) Moriarty was extremely active with the special services unit, Strike Force.  This group was in the vanguard of the MSP accelerated efforts against organized crime, gaming, and drug operations, becoming known as “Moriarty’s Raiders.”

Civil unrest at Harvard University during the Vietnam War found Moriarty and his Troopers involved in trying to control several disruptions and riots at the institution to regain peace.

Moriarty assumed command of the Bureau of Investigative Services, directing all of the investigative efforts against organized crime.  This occurred during the rash of gangland style murders throughout the state.  Rioting at Walpole State Prison caused Governor Frank Sargent to announce on state wide television that he had just fired the prison’s commissioner and put Colonel Moriarty in charge.  A contingent of Troopers moved in with Moriarty clamping tighter security on a troubled prison.  The General Court later recognized all who served at Walpole by means of a rare public tribute to Colonel Moriarty by honoring him both in the Senate and House of Representatives.  It was a proud day for Moriarty, the highpoint of an enforcement career that spanned more than a quarter of a century.  He addressed each chamber and praised the men who had ensured successes at Walpole.

Other highlights of his colorful career include the capture of an escaped prisoner who had murdered a police officer and was hiding out in a Beacon Hill Hotel.  A newspaper photograph of Moriarty kicking down the door won newspaper acclaim and was shown around the country.  He was also involved in the Albert DeSalvo, Boston Strangler Case, as well as the Boston busing controversy.  His assignments over the years were many and he always conducted them with pride, fairness, and humility, as stated by his peers.

After his retirement from the MSP, he transitioned to the New England Telephone Company as a leading member of their security division.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ann (Briggs); the loving father of Cathy Pellicelli and her husband, Ed, and the late John R. Moriarty, Jr. and his wife, Pam; adored Papa to Colleen, Patrick, and William Moriarty and John and Amanda Pellicelli. He was the son of the late William and Grace Moriarty. A devoted brother, he leaves his sisters, Mary Sirianni, Nonny Hayes, and the late Elaine Petrillo, Jean Floyd, and his brother, William “Moe” Moriarty. He also leaves many special nieces and nephews who always looked up to him as their role model.

A Memorial Mass was held at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Massachusetts State Police Airwing Scholarship Fund, c/o Genevieve Moynahan, 80 Cherry Street, Framingham, MA 01701.

Hannah McCarthy

Member of many organizations

Hannah E. McCarthy of East Boston, formerly of Beachmont, died unexpectedly at her residence on March 21. She was 63 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she lived in Beachmont and East Boston for most of her life. She attended the Boston School System and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1965. She worked as a secretary and most recently became involved in the travel business as a booking agent.

She was also a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, Past President of the Beachmont Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6712 and the Winthrop Emblem Club.

She was the beloved wife of Albert E. McCarthy of East Boston and dear daughter of Laura Passariell Charles of East Boston and the late Quenton Stary; the devoted mother of Lawrence Ingless and his wife, Tara, of Londonderry, Michelle Macchione of Revere, Deborah Fudge and her husband, Keith of Everett and Jeffrey Inglese of East Boston. She was also the former mother in law of the late Charles Maccione; dear sister of Maryann Stary and Joseph Stary, both of East Boston and the late Quenton Stary; loving grandmother of Tony, Amanda, Lauren, Samantha, Erik, Lorenzo, Jon Vincent and Giovanni.

Visiting hours at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home, 174 Winthrop St., Winthrop will be Thursday, March 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory be donate to: The Crohns & Colitis Foundation, 386 Park Ave., South on the 17th Floor, New York City, NY 10016.

Rosalia Monaco

Of Missouri, formerly of Winthrop

Rosalia Monaco of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Excelsior Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on March 20 after a long illness. She was 90 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Maria (LaTerza) and Giuseppe Colarusso. A resident of Winthrop for more than 55 years, she moved to Excelsior Springs five years ago.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent J. Monaco Sr. and the loving mother of Maria A. Brown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri and Vincent J. Monaco Jr. of Andover; the dear sister of the late Angelo Colarusso and Pasqualena Colarusso; the cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Heather, Tamra, Angela, Vincent III, Micahel, Rocco, Diego and Jacob.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Monday, March 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Sunday, March 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For directions or to sign her online guestbook go to

Carmen DeLucia

Longtime GE Employee

Carmen V. DeLucia of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 19 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston following a valiant two-year struggle with metastatic cancer. He was 54 years old.

Born in Revere, he lived in East Boston for most of his life. He was a 1976 graduate of East Boston High School, entered the US Army in September of 1976 and served until October of 1978. He moved to Revere in June of 2009. Mr. DeLucia worked for more than 30 years as a machinist at the General Electric Co., retiring due to failing health in 2009.

He was the devoted father of Vincent Delucia of Revere and Michael DeLucia of East Boston; beloved son of Julia (Statkiewcz) DeLucia of Revere and the late Carmen “Choo” DeLucia; former husband of Katherine Botaro of East Boston; dear brother of Alfred DeLucia and his wife, Claudia, of Chelmsford; cherished grandfather of Vincent Lorenzo DeLucia of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his devoted companion, Terry Monaco, of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Frederick Ciampa

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Frederick P. Ciampa of Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died unexpectedly on March 19.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Sutherland) Ciampa with whom he shared 20 years of marriage; cherished son of Regina (Costanza) Ciampa of East Boston and the late Fred Ciampa; loving brother of Robert P. Ciampa and his wife, Christine, of Saugus and Patricia Donatelli of East Boston; cherished uncle of Frank Ciampa and Regina Oliveri.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony_s Church, Revere Street, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Cats Exclusive Vet Clinic Adoption Center, 6350 West Atlantic Blvd., Margaet, Florida, 33063. For directions and guest book:

Arthur Weinberg

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Arthur Weinberg of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 18. He was 82 years old.

He was born in Norwood in 1928 and was self employed for many years. He was a longtime active member of Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, enjoyed horse racing and will greatly miss his two birds, Sebastian and Ginger.

He was the dear brother of Herbert Wineberg and his wife Elsie, the late Irving Weinberg and the late Sarah Weinberg;  the devoted uncle of Larry Wineberg and his wife, Janet, Barry Wineberg and his wife, Renee, Madalyn Purdy and her husband, Doug, and the loving great uncle of Christopher, Cori, Amanda, Shaina, Justin and Sean.

Services were held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Association, PO Box 14906, Minneapolis, MN 55414.

Gilda O’Hara

Of Revere, formerly of Winthrop

Gilda A. (Capone) O’Hara of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died on March 18.

The beloved wife of the late George O’Hara, she was the devoted mother of Michael O’Hara and his wife, Julianna, of Hollister CA; dear sister in-law of Ella Capone of Chelmsford and is also survived by her loving cousin Jackie Grande of Revere, her dear friend Manny Agritha and many cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown MA 02472. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Corrine Ferrante

Everett resident

Corrine R. (Cocorochio) Ferrante of Everett died on March 17.

She was the beloved wife of Constantine “Charlie”; mother of Donna Sullivan and her husband, Ernie, and Thomas and his wife, Darlene, all of Everett; sister of Thomas Cocorochio of Florida, Florence Vassallo of Winthrop and the late Mary Mandracchia, Eleanor Parente, John Cocorochio. She is also survived by four grandchildren Michael, Andrea, Thomas, Nadine, and four great grandchildren, Kayla, Keara, Gianna and Zachary.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Susan Pioppi

East Boston resident

Susan (Gaglione) Pioppi of East Boston died on March 18.

The mother of the owner of Luigi’s Pizza in Beachmont, she was the devoted mother of Charlotte S. Iapicca and her husband, Gus, of Peabody and Frank Pioppi and his wife, Candice, of Winthrop; loving daughter of the late Frances (Alferi) Gaglione;  dear sister of Angelina “Angie” King, Michael ‘Pat’ Pasquale and Ronald Gaglione; cherished grandmother of Arianna, Justin and James and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was laid to rest with her mother in Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring Mrs. Pioppi, memorial donations may be made to St Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Pl. Memphis TN 38105. To send the Pioppi family an online condolence, visit: Arrangements were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 0990.

Dorothy Costigan

Telephone Operator for former Winthrop Hospital

Dorothy A. (Grace) Costigan died March 15 at Lakes Region General Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Born in Everett, the daughter of S. Fred and Alice (Carroll) Grace, she grew up in the Everett and Revere area later moving to Winthrop before her move to New Hampshire in 1996. While living in Winthrop, Mrs. Costigan worked as a Telephone Operator for Winthrop Hospital. She was also a member of the Winthrop Emblem Club. After her move, she worked at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH also as a Telephone Operator. She had a flair for baking and was known for her magnificent decorated cakes. She also enjoyed doing ceramics.

Family members include her husband of 49 years, Thomas Costigan Sr. of Bristol, NH; five sons: Thomas Jr. and Kevin, both of Bristol, NH; Patrick of Winthrop, Brian of Plymouth, NH; Daniel of Hill, NH; 16 grandchildren; two sisters: Althea Clark of Tewksbury and Lorraine Washburn of Merrimack, NH and a brother, Fred Grace of Middleton_ as well as many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Bob and Bill Webster. Services-Calling hours will be Friday, March 18, from 1-3 pm at the Bristol United Church of Christ, South Main Street, Bristol, NH. Funeral Services will be observed at 3:00 pm in the Church. Private burial will be held in the Spring . In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

Benjamin Cecca

East Boston resident

Benjamin V. Cecca died suddenly in Clearwater, FL on March 15.

A resident of East Boston, he was the beloved husband of Mary C. (Lindstrom); devoted father of Stephen B. and his wife, Diane, of Winthrop, Paul V. and his wife, Sharon, of Revere, Karen and her husband, Greg Capillo, of W. Peabody; dear brother of Dorothy Goode-Evans of Lowell and the late Michelina Bowen, Anthony, Louis, Silvano and John Cecca. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl., Brookline 02445.

Bruno Scali

Recently honored by the Lynn Item

Bruno J. “Red Nolan” Scali of Lynn, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died on March 15. He was in his 91st year.

He graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1937 and was employed as a letter carrier for the US Postal Service for more than 30 years. He was a US Army veteran of World War II who participated in many campaigns including Normandy.

Last summer he, along with 20 other veterans, made a trip to Washington, DC courtesy of Freedom Flight in New Hampshire to view the World War II Memorial. This past Veterans Day, he was featured in the Lynn Item honoring him for his duty in France and Germany during World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Marguerite (Grella) Scali with whom he shared 42 years of marriage; lovng father of Paul Scali and his wife, Wendy, of Lynn and David Scali and his wife, Kathy, of Reading; dear brother of the late Mary Buontemp, John and Danny Scali; cherished grandfather of Michelle, Nicholas and Paul Scale and dear friend of Raela Connors of Lynn.

His Funeral was held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Flight, PO Box 16287, Hooksett, NH, 03106. For guest book:

Teema Simons

Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Teema (Goldfader) Simons died at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California on March 8 where she lived for the past nine years of her amazing life.

She was born June 10, 1918 in Worcester, Massachusetts and also lived in Winthrop for many years, before moving to California.

She was the beloved mother of Beth Fisch of Berkeley, CA and Harriet Kelliher of Easton, MA. She also leaves three beloved grandsons, Doug Fisch of Berkeley, CA and Craig and Jeffrey Misner of Boston and two great grandsons Benjamin and Jacob Misner and many nieces and nephews. Her connection to her family and friends were number one in her life as was her passion for music.

Memorial Services were held at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California.

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