Obituaries 08-30-2012

Eleanor Coscia

Of Las Vegas, formerly of Revere

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation and celebration of life for Eleanor L. (Cristiano) Coscia at the family residence at 43 Cushman Avenue, Revere on Tuesday, September 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Mrs. Coscia died on July 15 at Spring Valley Medical Center of Las Vegas, Nevada following a brief illness. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Revere and a 1950 graduate of Revere High School, she spent most of her life here until moving to Las Vegas in 2000.

In Nevada, she worked for more than 10 years for the County of Southern Nevada Health District as their Executive Administrative Assistant.

She was the wife of the late Anthony L. Coscia who died in August of 1993; the daughter of the late Domenic and Anna (Penta) Christiano; the cherished mother of Steven A. Coscia of Winthrop and David M. Coscia of Los Angeles, CA. She was the sister of the late Anna (Cristiano) Russo and Michael Cristiano and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Los Angeles Chapter) 6033 West Century Boulevard,  Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90045, Attn: David M. Coscia. (

Margaret ‘Jean’ Brogan

Retired Nurse and avid golfer and bridge player

Margaret E. ‘Jean’ (Harlow) Brogan of Winthrop died peacefully with her family by her side on August 25. She was 94 years old.

She will always be remembered as a very generous, thoughtful and loving person who always cherished the time spent with her family. Jean will also be remembered for her love of sports and was an avid golfer and bridge player. She was a member of the Winthrop Golf Club. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a nurse for many years.

Born December 21, 1917 in Irasburg, VT., she was the youngest of four children born to the late Arthur and Maude (Dow) Harlow. She was the beloved wife of the late James E. Brogan; devoted and loving mother of Sue E. Carfagna and her husband, Richard of North Andover, Kathy Chiasson and her husband, Gary of Duxbury, William Brogan of Saugus, John Brogan and his wife, Karen of Winthrop and the late Margaret and James “Tim” Brogan; dear sister of the late Helen, Gerald, and Kenneth and adored grandmother of Cain Brogan, Richard and Marissa Carfagna, Ellie and Laurie Brogan, Hunter Chiasson, Patrick and Daniel Brogan, Matthew, Kevin, Zachary, and Renee Brogan. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Service will be held at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, August 30 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472 or to the Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 531313, Henderson NV, 89053. For guestbook, go to

James Celona, Jr.

East Boston Resident

James J. Celona, Jr. of East Boston died on August 24.

He was the beloved father of James A. Celona of Winthrop and Gabriella, Alexandra and Guilianna of Malden; former husband of Susan (Fronduto) Celona and Annette (Monteleone) Celona; cherished son of Dolores (Silva) Celona and James J. Celona, Sr.; loving brother of Michelle Celona O’Neill and her husband, Daniel of Winthrop, St. Sgt. Joel Celona and his wife, Paula of East Boston and Meghann Celona of Revere; adored uncle of Michayla, Michel, Daniel, Joelle, Ella and Joel, Jr.

His Funeral will be from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book:

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Sparicio

Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Elizabeth A. “Betty” (Connors) Sparicio died peacefully on July 16 in San Luis Obispo, CA. The daughter of the late Howard and Lillian Connors of Winthrop, she grew up in Winthrop and attended Salem State Teacher’s College where, in addition to having been the president of the Social Club, she played basketball and tennis. After graduation she taught in the Newton school system prior to starting her family.

She and her former husband, Frank raised their family in Simsbury, CT. She was active in the community, leading the local Girl Scout troop, teaching religious education and volunteering for the PTA. She later settled in San Luis Obispo, CA. where she combined her love of the arts and volunteering by ushering at the Performing Arts Center for over 10 years.

Her happiest times were those spent dancing. If there was music and a dance floor, Betty would be there in a colorful outfit with a lilt in her step and a smile on her face.

She is survived by her brother Robert “Bob” and his wife, Pat of Winthrop; her former husband, Frank of Florida; her three children Paula Rocco and her husband, Thomas of West Roxbury; F. Joseph Sparicio, Jr. and his wife, Mary Kay of Natick; Carol Bych and her husband, Ken of San Luis Obispo, CA; five grandchildren: Margaret and Elizabeth Sparicio and Garrett, Marissa and Brendan Bych.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church Winthrop. Burial was at Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Rd, S.W. Lilburn GA. 30047 ( Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, go to

Mary Ann Page

Active in Many Winthrop Organizations

Mary Ann (Hoffman) Page of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on August 23. She was 80 years old.

Mary Ann was a member of the Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club, T.O.P.S., Winthrop Senior Center, and a former member of the Sea Side Tappers.

The beloved wife of the late Charles R. Page, she was born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late Carl E and Helen J. (Rowan) Hoffman. She was the devoted mother of Marianne E. Chandler of Lynn, John J. Page and his wife, Katherine of Winthrop, Paul F. Page of Lynn, Maureen A. Preble and her husband, Joe of Hampstead, NH and Charles G. Page and his wife Lisa of Swampscott; loving sister of the late John R. Hoffman, formerly of Winthrop and cherished grandmother of 15.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Cross St.). Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook, go to

Anne Grieco

Postal Worker and Hertz Car Rental Agency

Anne M. (Brugman) Grieco of Winthrop died at the Lakeview Nursing Home in Haverhill on August 24. She was 56 years old.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop, she was a graduate of Winthrop High School Class of 1974, was employed as a postal worker and worked for Hertz Car Rental Agency in Boston. While she was at the Lake View Nursing home she enjoyed group bible study and would often encourage other to read the bible. She always had a great sense of humor.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Richard D. and Mary A. (Healy) Brugman; loving sister of M. Teresa Brugman and her late husband Dr. Stephen Bender of Groveland, Richard A. Brugman of Swampscott, Noreen M. Gorman and her husband, James of Nevada, Peggy M. Ackerman and her husband, Jeffery of Winthrop and Daniel H. Brugman and his wife, Cece Cabot of Barcelona, Spain.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. She was predeceased by her loving godson, Thomas D’Ambrosio.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Memorial donations may be made to the LakeView Nursing Home, 87 Shattuck St., Haverhill, MA 01830. For guestbook, go to

Gloria Marcinkowski

Retired Insurance Adjuster, Member of Winthrop Senior Center

Gloria M. (Gundersen) Marcinkowski of Winthrop died at the Blaire House in Tewksbury on August 21. She was 83 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Gloria was an insurance adjuster in the Boston and Winthrop area for over 36 years. She worked at the Elliott, Whittier, Hardy & Roy Insurance of Winthrop, Cleary, Paige, & Osborne of Boston and Dwight & Rudd Insurance Company of Boston. She was a member of the Winthrop Senior Center for many years and was an avid knitter.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony M. Marcinkowski. Born in Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lillian (Fraseca) Gundersen; devoted mother of  Carl R. of  Vermont, Andrew M. of  New Hampshire, Joseph  M. of Walpole, Roxane M. Meroles  of Florida, Susan M. Torpey of Billerica, Erica M. of Winthrop, Alan M. of Wilmington, John M. of Charlestown, David M. of Methuen and Joy M. Cronin of New Hampshire; loving sister of Barbara M. Jenkins of Billerica. She was the loving grandmother of 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Massachusetts/New Hampshire, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For guestbook, go to

Nora Pellegriti

Of New Hampshire, Formerly of Winthrop

Nora R. (Carresi) Pellegriti of Pelham, NH, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop died August 25. She was 88 years old.

The wife of the late Dr. A. Thomas Pellegriti who died May 24, 2011, she was born in Boston on February 29, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Rose (Palladino) Carresi. She was a graduate of Boston Girl’s High School, attended Harvard University and was a retired assistant buyer for Jordan Marsh in Boston, She enjoyed travelling, sailing, golfing and spending her winters in Marco Island, FL. Her true passion was being with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Pelham Funeral Home, 11 Nashua Rd. in Pelham, NH from 9 to 12 Friday morning. E-condolences/directions at

Joseph Edward Faitel

Florida Resident

Joseph Edward Faitel, a resident of North Palm Beach, FL for 17 years, died suddenly at his home on August 18. He was 64 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the devoted father of Stephanie (Faitel) Goodwin and her husband, Michael of Burlington; loving son of the late Benjamin and Evelyn Faitel; dear brother of Thomas Faitel of Stoughton; loving grandfather of Zachary, Jacob and Madison of Burlington; uncle of Jonathan Faitel and Jennifer (Faitel) Sheridan.

A Memorial Service will be Friday, August 31, at 11 a.m. in the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Square, Chelsea. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website: Torf Funeral Service 1-800-428-7161

Miriam Smith

Winthrop Resident

Miriam Smith of Winthrop died on August 24. She was 71 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Jeffrey L. Smith, Howard M. Smith and Anna G. Smith; loving daughter of the late Charles and Esther (Melniker) Smith; dear sister of Sandra King; loving grandmother of Eric Fabrizio, Michael Fabrizio Smith, Salvatore Rinaldi and Angelina Rinaldi; great grandmother of Julian Fabrizio Smith and Lillee Fabrizio Smith; dear niece of Morris Melniker and loving cousin of Ann Maddaford. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was at Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers,  remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, MA Division, 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493. For on-line guest book please visit:

Marie Capone

East Boston Resident

Marie (Izzo) Capone of East Boston died on August 27.
The beloved wife of the late John Capone Sr., she was the devoted mother of Karen  Gaeta and her husband, Steven of Winthrop, John Jr. and his wife, Karen and Robert and his wife, Joanne, all of West Peabody, Andrea Capone of East  Boston and Michelle Reilly and her husband, Dennis of Winthrop; dear Sister of Rita Izzo of Winthrop, Paul Izzo and his wife, Lorraine of East Boston, Anna DeCosta of East Boston, Joseph Izzo of Revere and the late Ida Villano, Nicholas Izzo, Anthony Izzo and Jean Nicoletti; cherished grandmother of  Robyn Marshall, Lauren, Robert and Nicole Capone, Shawn, Michael and Taylor  Reilly and adored great grandmother of Ella Marie Marshall. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held in the  Chapel of the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient  Heights) East Boston on Saturday, September 1 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be  held on Friday, August 31 from 4 to 8 p.m.Relatives and friends  are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Mrs.Capone being laid to rest with her beloved husband, John in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in  Peabody.

family were in attendance, adding to a great show of support for the Kilmartin family and for a man who truly was an unsung hero in Winthrop town history.

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