Obituaries 04-05-2012

William Wallace 

Had Distinguished Banking Career

William L. “Bill” Wallace of Winthrop, formerly of Everett, died at the Chelsea Soldiers Home on March 28.

He was 82 years old.

He was a US Army veteran who served with honor during the Korean War. Upon returning from service, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and later attended Brown University where he received a degree in Banking and Finance. He had a distinguished career which began in mortgage lending and culminated with becoming President and CEO of two banks.  Prior to his retirement, he successfully converted Glendale Co-Operative Bank in Everett into a publicly owned company.

He enjoyed golfing and “The Captain” loved spending time on his boat. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, and brother. His integrity, wit and generous spirit will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survived by his beloved of wife of 58 years, Mabel (Johnson) “Mae” Wallace, he was born in Everett, the son of the late Joseph D. and Clara (O’Shea) Wallace. He was the devoted father of Elizabeth Wallace of Winthrop and Daniel Wallace of Chester Township, NJ and he also leaves behind his daughter-in-law Ami (Sharpe); two grandchildren, Emily and William Wallace; siblings Robert, Joseph, and Carol Wallace and the late Ellen Wallace, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in St. Michael’s Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery-Peabody. Memorial donations can be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA, 02150. For guestbook, go to

Eleanor Sheperd 

Registered Nurse 

Eleanor L. (Small) Shepherd of Florida died on April 1. She was 72 years young.

A Cardiac Unit Registered Nurse, she was the loving mother of Donna, Jack and Sandy, all of Florida; the daughter of the late Samuel and Eleanor Small and the loving sister of Carol Kilberth of Florida, Catherine Clapp of Maryland, Patricia Gillespie of Winthrop, Lillian Nesbit, Charles and Samuel Small and Ronaele Polito, all of East Boston and Suzanne Small of Everett; sister of the late William Small, Marian Chefero and Barbara McCormack; loving sister in law of the late Thomas Gillespie and Richard Polito; loving grandmother and aunt to many, many nieces and nephews of the Small family.

Edith Carrozza 

Of Wilmington, formerly of Revere and East Boston 

Edith D. (Saponaro) Carrozza of Wilmington, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on March 30 at the Meadow View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of North Reading following a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she attended school there, graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1937 and entered the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps in February of 1943. She served for six months, until August of 1943. She married her beloved husband, Ralph Carrozza, Sr. in 1945. The couple moved from East Boston to Revere in 1950 where they remained until 1975 when they made their final move to Wilmington. They spent 64 years together “in richness and in health and in sickness…” until his death on November 22, 2009.

She was the devoted mother of Rachel E. Stanchi and her husband, Carmen A. of Wilmington and Ralph Carrozza Jr. and his wife, Sheilah of Salem, NH; cherished grandmother of Michelle M. Stanchi of Wilmington, Michael R. Stanchi and his wife, Kathryn “Kate” of Winthrop, Susan M. Carrozza of Malden and Christine A. Carrozza of Billerica; dear sister of Emma Gomez of Epping, NH, Anthony Saponaro of Revere and the late Romaine Langone, Helen Parrelli, Lucy LaScola, Armando “Willie” and Joseph Saponaro and the mother-in-law of the late Frances E. Carrozza. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472:

Livia ‘Lee’ Sprague 

Longtime Employee of Fenton Shoe 

Livia “Lee” (Molino) Sprague of East Boston died peacefully on March 26.

A longtime employee of Fenton Shoe in Cambridge, she was the devoted mother of Robert Sprague and his wife, Lisa of Strasburg, PA; beloved aunt of Jacqueline Ruggiero of Bradford, MA, Frank Ruggiero of Charlotte, NC, Lynn Cabral and John Shea of Wilmington, MA and Neil and Donna Cabral of East Boston; cherished grandmother to Robert Sprague and his wife, Sharon of Watertown, Matthew Sprague and his wife, Lia of Fremont, NH and Lauren O’Brien and her husband, Matthew of Gilbertsville, PA and celebrated great grandmother to Will, Bennett, Landon, Aislinn, Griffen, Delaney, Jack and Paige. She is also survived by her dear friends Susan Sprague of Manchester, NH and Theresa Calla of Winthrop.

She devoted her life to the happiness and well-being of her family and close friends. She loved spending time and caring for her eight great-grandchildren.

Her life will be celebrated at her home from 2 to 6 p.m. April 7. Family and friends are encouraged to come and share their fond memories. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to Boys Town, PO Box 6000, Boys Town, NE 68010.

Angelina Sulprizio 

Past Member of Sempre Avanti Lodge, Sons of Italy

Angelina E. (Bottini) Sulprizio of East Boston died on March 28.

A past member of the Sempre Avanti Lodge, Sons of Italy, East Boston, she was the beloved wife of over 61 years to Bernard C Sulprizio; devoted mother of Elena M. Melillo and her husband, Remo of East Boston and Stephen Sulprizio and his wife, Pauline of Saugus; dear sister of the late Frances Biagi; cherished grandmother of Gina, Melissa, Michael, Robert and Stephen; adored great grandmother of James and Amanda and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For more information:

Donald ‘Sonny’ Marino 

Born on the Fourth of July! 

Donald J. “Sonny” Marino of Orient Heights, East Boston, born on the Fourth of July died on March 27 at 81 years young after a three year, hard fought battle with illness.

He went on his own terms, and for those who knew and loved Sonny, please lovingly know and remember that he “sang” right to the end and all the way to Heaven.

He was number eight, the youngest brother of the seven Giambrones of East Boston. He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian N. (Iapicca) Marino, daughter Leah Marino Dillon and her husband, Robert E. Dillon Jr. of South Boston and Boxford, his three beautiful grandchildren who were his world, many nieces and nephews, and countless dear friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s Funeral Home, Revere.

Valarie Jean Coro 

Worked for Cataldo Ambulance Co. 

Valarie Jean Coro of Revere died on April 1. She was 25 years old.

She was a member of the MA Army National Guard PV2 Chemical Company, Recon Platoon, an employee of the Cataldo Ambulance Co. and a graduate of Revere High School.

The beloved daughter of Nelson and Susan A. (Pointer), she was the devoted sister of Christina Coro and her companion, Richard Coscia of Winthrop and Robert Coro of Boston; loving fiancé of Roger Gendrin of Medford; cherished aunt of Angela and Nicholas Coscia and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Visiting hours will be in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today,Thursday April 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts Veterans Emergency Fund, 351 Bedford St., Fall River MA 02720. For guest book please visit

David Kristin 

Poet and Actor 

David Kristin of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died at home on March 31 after a long battle with cancer. He was 62 years old.

A lifelong poet, avid theatre-goer, photographer, and passionate lover of music, he was also an actor who was known for his unique, humorous, and powerful roles on local stage, national screen, and in life. Whether he was intensely delivering his poetry at the Winthrop Public Library, directing/acting in productions like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest at the Winthrop Playmakers, or silently surrendering his punk-rock jacket over to a nude Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator, David radiated with a fullness of character, a raw sense of humor, and an emotional honesty that was admired and cherished by everybody who knew and loved him. From Brooklyn to Denver to L.A. to Boston, he carried himself with the gentle swagger of an accomplished eccentric and the warmth of a sensitive extrovert with a penchant for stopping to read a poem he knew by heart to a stranger. Above all, he was a compassionate and loving father.

David is survived by his mother, Bea Krivulin of Brooklyn, NY, his three children, Wil, Jesse, and Sarah, their mother, Virginia Land, and his partner Kathy. He is peacefully buried at New Montefiore Cemetery on Long Island, NY. A memorial and celebration of David’s life will be held on Sunday, April 15 from 4-7 p.m. at the Winthrop Playmakers, 60 Hermon St.  Friends and acquaintances are encouraged to attend with any stories, anecdotes, poetry, or artwork to share, or just for company and comfort. For information: e-mail [email protected]

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