Obituaries 10-06-2011

Anna Crosby 

East Boston resident

Anna A. (Minerva) Crosby of East Boston died on October 3.

She was the beloved wife of the late John A. Crosby with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; loving mother of Carol Ann Cinelli and Laura Mero and her husband, Leonard, all of East Boston; dear sister of Yola Cinseruli of Winthrop, Ida Lauletta of Revere and the late Angelina Castriotta, Marie DeCino, Joseph and Nicholas Minerva; cherished grandmother of Carolyn Norton and Marisa Puppo and great grandchildren Jonathon, Hailey, Justin and Jeremy.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston, today, Thursday. October 6 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home. For guestbook:

Patricia Ostergard 

Lifelong Chelsea resident

Patricia J. Ostergard, also known as Pat Harkins, died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on October  3 surrounded by family and friends who love and adore her. She was 67 years old.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Carolyn (Crock) Ostergard and a devoted mother and caregiver to her children.  She was the beloved mother of Joanye C. Harkins of New Bedford, Jean M. Harkins of Chelsea, Patricia H. Garceau of Fall River, Albert F. “Duke” Hoey III and his wife, Barbara of Winthrop; the dear sister of Robert Ostergard of Revere, Chester Ostergard of Florida, Deb Bednarek of Chelsea, Barbara Breault of W. Bridgewater and the late Ronald “Duke” Ostergard, Ann Noseworthy, Helen “Chickie” Thomas and Joan Ostergard and special life-long friend of Delores “Dee” Coito of Chelsea.  She is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours in the funeral home are today, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m.  Committal prayers will conclude at the church.

John Cannata, Jr. 

East Boston resident

John M. Cannata, Jr. of East Boston died suddenly on October 1. He was 39 years old.

The loving son of John M Cannata, Sr. of East Boston and the late Josephine “Joanne” (McDonough) Cannata, he was the dear brother of Daniel of East Boston; cherished nephew of the late Anthony “Tony” Cannata and his wife, Peggy and their children, Michael and his wife, Tammy and Tasha and her companion, Craig. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston today, Thursday, October 6 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of his life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with his being laid to rest with his mother in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

John Ford, Jr. 

Worked at former Daniels Printing Co.

John F. Ford Jr. of Everett died October 2 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 54 years old.

A US Navy Vietnam veteran, he served aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz as a 2nd class Ordinance man. He also worked for 25 years at the former Daniels Printing Company in Malden as a lead pressman.

He was the beloved son the Marion J. (Joslin) Ford and the late John F. Ford Sr.; the brother of Theresa Parella and her husband, Richard of Melrose, Marion Iandolo of Winthrop and the late Lt. Roger A Ford, Massachusetts State Police (Ret.). He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and two aunts, Norah Ford and Mary McCormick of Medford.

A period of visiting will be held today, Thursday, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett followed by a graveside service at Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody at 12 noon.

Adam Lao 

Kennedy Day School Student

Adam Lao died on September 21 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston after a long illness.  He was 14 years old.

A student at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton, he was born in Malden, the beloved son of Nereida Vega of Winthrop and Diego Lao of Chelsea; step-son of Raimundo Baquero of Winthrop; dear brother of Diego D. Lao, Jr. of Winthrop; grandson of Concepcion Santiago of Florida, Lucy Diaz of Chelsea, Diego Lao of Boston and the late Victor Vega; nephew of Judy Lao of Chelsea, Jolanda Rodriquez of Florida, Maria Lao of Weymouth, Betty Vega of East Boston, Iris Castillo of Dorchester, Victor Vega of Pennsylvania, Diego Lao of Lynn and Danny Lao of Boston.  He is also lovingly survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.

Roy Coffin 

Malden resident

Roy B. Coffin of Malden died on September 29.

He was the beloved husband of Mildred (Foley) Coffin; father of James M. Coffin and his wife, Janice of Marshfield, Robert P. Coffin and his wife, Linda of Winthrop, Roy M. Coffin and his wife, Judy of Malden, Col. William J. Coffin and his wife, Rebecca of Staunton, VA and Mary J. Raymon and her husband, Peter of Revere; brother of Richard Coffin of Salem, Bertha Surette of Saugus and the late Kenneth and Harold Coffin. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Breslin Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Forest Dale Cemetery in Malden. Memorial donations may be made to Hallmark Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148. For obituary and online guestbook, visit

Johanna Green 

Medford resident

Johanna K. (Boermeester) Green of Medford died on September 24. She was 90 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence Green; loving mother of Carol and her husband. George H. DiNardi of Winthrop and the late Janet A. Green and is also survived by five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were private. For additional information, please visit,

Andrew Guarino, Jr. 

Everett resident

Andrew “Zeke” Guarino, Jr., of Everett died on September 29.

He was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Gianatassio); loving father of Andrew Guarino III and his wife, Carol of Reading and Richard Guarino and his wife, June of Winthrop; beloved brother of Eddie Guarino of Everett and Helen Scotti of Wilmington. He is also survived by six loving grandchildren, Katie, Drew, Matt and Toby, Luke and Zach and one great grandson, Giancarlo, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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