Obituaries 03-22-2012

Stephen Collins, Sr.

Former employee of Suffolk Downs

Stephen F. Collins, Sr. died unexpectedly in Revere on March 19. He was 70 years old.

A member of Iron Workers Union Local #7 and OSI-Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge of Revere, he was an employee of the Saugus School System and a former employee of Suffolk Downs Race Track.

He was the devoted father of Stephen F. Collins, Jr. and his wife, Carmen M. and cherished grandfather of Stephen F. Collins, III, Mckayla F., Sean P., Brenden K., Christopher R. and Jakob A. Collins, all of Revere. His life passion was the welfare and security of his cherished grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Atty. Robert F. Collins of Dorchester, Kerry E. Haughney and her husband, Lt. Col. Joseph F. Haughney, Ret. USA of Lynnfield and the late George T. Collins; beloved uncle of George T. Collins, Jr. of Winthrop, Christine Dare-Bryan of New York City, Jonathan J. and Gretchen B. Haughney, both of Lynnfield and Katherine Rose Collins of Dorchester.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere on Friday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conceptioin Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Christopher R. Collins Trust Fund, 79 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA 01960. For information, directions and more,

Joseph ‘Uncle Joe’ Permatteo

Retiree of the Original Deer Island

Pumping Station

Joseph N. “Uncle Joe” Permatteo of Holiday, Florida and Georgetown, formerly of Beachmont, died on February 24. He was 89 years old.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he was a retiree of the original Deer Island Pumping Station in Winthrop and the devoted husband of his predeceased wives, Midge, Henrietta and Jean.  He was a loving uncle to Carol Westhaver and her husband, Richard of Georgetown, James Starling and his wife, Joanne of Tewksbury, Lesley Cefalo of Saugus and Ronald Permatteo of Beachmont.  He will be missed by all his nieces and nephews, their children and all who knew him here and in Holiday, Florida.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, Topsfield.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave Boston, MA 02215.

Lorraine Cefalo-Castiello

Of Wakefield, formerly of East Boston

Lorraine Cefalo-Castiello of Wakefield, formerly of East Boston, died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on March 20 after a brief illness. She was 69 years old.

Born in the North End of Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Philip and Rose Cefalo and Bernice and Albert Puzin; the loving mother of Bernice Aquino of Lynn, Maria Castiello-Robinson of East Boston, Lisa M. Venezia of Wakefield, Joseph DeSilva of California and Diana Castiello of Wakefield and Patrice Moore of Salem; dear sister of Philip Cefalo and his wife, Sherry of Stoneham; cherished grandmother and great grandmother of Nicole, Dino, Alby, Zachary, Mark, Jimmy, Monica, Joshua and Alby II.

Visitation will be from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, March 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 8 p.m. this evening. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Judith Demetriou

Winthrop Resident

Judith (Nicholis) Demetriou of Winthrop died on March 19 in the Mass General Hospital. She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Lynn, Judy attended Lynn Public Schools and graduated from Lynn Classical High School. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of  Peter Demetriou; loving mother of  James Demetriou  of Winthrop, Angela and her husband, Nicholas  Scangas of Lynnfield and Maria and her husband, Michael LoPresti of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Kristina, Nicholas, Steven and Andrew Scangas; sister of Dr. George Ronald Nicholis of Kansas.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a funeral from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop Friday at 9:45 a.m. followed by a funeral service in St. George Greek Orthodox Church

54 S. Common St. Lynn  at  11 a.m.  Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle section). For guestbook, go to

Beatrice Flanagan

American Mutual Insurance Co. Retiree

Beatrice W. “Auntie Bea” Flanagan of Malden, formerly of East Boston, Medford and Somerville, died on March 9. She was 91 years old.

A graduate of Fr. Fitton High School, prior to her retirement, she worked for many years at American Mutual Insurance Co. in Wakefield.

Born in East Boston on June 2, 1920, she was the beloved daughter of the late Nicholas and Delia (Costello) Flanagan; devoted sister of Joseph Flanagan and his late wife, Irene of Longmeadow, MA, Catherine Douglass and her late husband, John of Winthrop, and the late Alice Fitzpatrick and her late husband, Frank “Uncle Fitzie.” She was loved and cherished by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and a recent great grand nephew.

A visiting hour will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, March 24 between 9 and 10 a.m.

A Funeral Mass will follow in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. For guestbook, go to

Santo ‘Sonny’ Lazzaro

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Santo M. “Sonny” Lazzaro of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on March 19.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the loving brother of Mary Zappulla of Winthrop, Raymond Lazzaro of Swampscott and the late Andrew and Michael Lazzaro and Lena Stellabotta.

He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. In honoring Mr. Lazzaro, memorial donations may be made to B.I.D.Med.Ctr 330 Brookline Ave., Shapiro 9th Floor Oncology Dept. Boston MA 02215. For more information, please visit

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