Obituaries 07-12-2012

Rose Celona

East Boston Resident

Rose (Marino) Celona of East Boston died on July 4. She was in her 100th year.

A member of the Mt. Carmel Society, St. Lazarus Parish, she was the beloved wife of the late Frank J. Celona, Sr.; devoted mother of Frank Celona, Jr. of New York, Rosa Robinson of Hingham, Joseph Celona of Wilmington, James Celona of Derry, NH, Robert Celona of East Boston and the late William “Billy” Celona; dear sister of the late Margaret Cardullo, Adele Scott, Anthony Marino and Rico Marino; cherished sister in law of Ray Celona of East Boston and Charles Scott of Winthrop; adored grandmother of 14.grandchildren and loving great grandmother of 11 and is also survived by her many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. She was laid to rest with her beloved husband and son, Billy at St .Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. May they all rest in peace. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Pietro Castaldini

Of East Boston, formerly of Italy

Pietro A. Castaldini of East Boston, formerly of Grottaminarda, Italy, died on July 4.

He was the beloved husband of Angiola (Annese) Castaldini; loving father of Maria Immacolata Scarpa and her husband, William of East Boston, Flavia Petruzziello and her husband, Umberto and Filomena Castaldini, all of Winthrop, Francesco Castaldini of East Boston and Antonio Castaldini and his wife, Sandra of Westwood; cherished grandfather of Candice Talbot, Nadia Caiazza, Marco Petruzziello, Carlo Scarpa, Antonio Castaldini, Luca Castaldini and Domenic Castaldini; great-grandfather of Robert and Angelina Talbot; dear brother of Lucia Aniello, Antonio Castaldini and Carlo Castaldini, all of Italy and the late Remigio Castaldini. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. For online condolences, please visit

Thomas Michael Beckwith

Longtime Member of Winthrop Elks

Thomas Michael Beckwith of Boxford, formerly of Winthrop, died on July 2. He was 64 years old.

Born in Boston on March 22, 1948, the son of the late Harold W. and Edna M. (Smith) Beckwith, he was raised and educated in Winthrop and graduated from Bentley College with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He owned and operated his own retail tire business for more than 30 years and was a longtime member of the Winthrop Elks.

He was the husband of the late Neysa (Swain) Beckwith,  father of Michael Thomas Beckwith and Emily Swain Beckwith, both of Boxford, brother of Chrysan Corcione of Peabody and is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by C.R. Lyons & Sons, Funeral Directors, Danvers. Memorial donations may be made to St. Rose of Lima Church, Park Street in Topsfield.

Carmela Baldi

Everett Resident

Carmela M. (DiSessa) Baldi of Everett died on July 4. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Baldi; dear and devoted mother of Louis E. Baldi and his wife, Noreen of Winthrop, Robert Baldi and his wife, Nancy of Melrose and Elaine Champion and her husband, William of Sandown, NH; sister of Vincent J. DiSessa of Weymouth and the late David DiSessa; loving grandmother of Mark Baldi, Zachary Champion, Robbie, Kate and Sara Baldi and great-grandmother of Mark J. Baldi, Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Contributions in her memory to Hope for the Warriors, 1335 Western Blvd, Ste.

E, Jacksonville, NC, 28546, would be sincerely appreciated.

Anthony Capaldo

Winthrop Sealer of Weights and Measures

Anthony A. Capaldo of Taunton, formerly of East Boston, died on July 1 after a long illness at the Boston Medical Center. He was 65 years old.

Born in Cambridge and raised and educated in East Boston, he lived in East Boston until moving to Taunton seven years ago. He was a 1965 graduate of East Boston High School and spent much of his working career within the City of Boston as the Deputy Sealer of Weights & Measures. After retiring from his Boston position 15 years ago, he re-entered the work force as Sealer of Weights & Measures for the Town of Winthrop, a position he held until his death.

He was the beloved husband of Elaine M. (Fortier) Capaldo of Taunton, formerly of East Boston; the cherished father of Denise M. Freedman and her husband, Greg, of South Easton and David A. Capaldo of Taunton; devoted grandfather of Olivia R. and Madelyn L. Freedman; dear brother of John and his wife, Maureen of Newton, Albert G. Capaldi and Flora M. Flamenco, both of Revere and the late Frank Capaldo. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Pasquale and Jennie (Patovano) Capaldo.

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

Lillian Crowley

Of Someville, formerly of Charlestown

Lillian R. (Whalen) Crowley of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died on July 6. She was 87 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Daniel J. Crowley, she was the devoted mother of James Whalen and his wife, Marsha of Tilton, N.H., George Whalen of Winthrop and Edward Whalen and his fiancé, Lisa McGrath of Everett; loving Nana to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; beloved sister of the late Helen Killeen, Evelyn Young, Irene White and James Whalen.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, T.N., 38105-9956. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Patricia Campatelli

East Boston High School Cafeteria Manager

Patricia ‘Pat’ Campatelli entered into eternal peace on June 30 at the Coral Traces Skilled Facility in Fort Myers, Florida after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 79 years old.

Born in East Boston to the late Jermano Alberti and Mary Cambria, she was raised in East Boston and considered Eastie to be her home. She worked for the City of Boston as a lunch mother in various Boston Public Schools and, in 1978, she was promoted to Cafeteria Manager at East Boston High School where she proudly served Eastie students for 27 years, retiring after 34 years of service. The best time of her life was feeding Eastie students and attending Eastie football games.

She was the wife of the late Joseph “Skip” Campatelli; sister of the late Pasqualie “Blackie” and Jermano “Dukie” Alberti and is survived by her daughters, Mary Macdonald and her husband, Brian of Shippensburg, PA, Theresa Cansler and her husband, David of Pasadena, CA and Patty Campatelli of East Boston. She was the dearest sister of Antonina Boncore of Winthrop; sister in law of Marie Marine and Rosemary Trafficanti of Saugus.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The EBHS Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, C/O Margaret McGrath Riley, 38 Wild Crest Avenue, Billerica, MA 01821.

Meyer Leavitt

Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea

Meyer Leavitt of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 8. He was 97 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (Belsky) Leavitt; devoted father of Richard Leavitt, Ellen Leavitt,  Heidi Leavitt and Jeffery Leavitt and dear brother of Dorothy Goodman and the late Victor Leavitt, Edward Leavitt, Marion Bean, and Ruth Thaler.

Graveside Services were held and memorial donations may be made to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Fred Doucette

Of Orient Heights, formerly of Beachmont

Fred J. Doucette of Orient Heights, East Boston, formerly of Beachmont, Revere died on July 1.

He was the cherished son of Frederick J. and Dolores (Alves) Doucette of Revere; dear brother of Lori Doucette Swindler and her husband, Kevin, of Revere; fond uncle of Kevin Swindler, Jr. and Karissa Restino and her husband, Patrick.

A memorial service was held in the Chapel of Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book:

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