Obituaries 08-29-2013

Marie Gioiosa

Former resident of East Boston and Winthrop

Word has been received here of the untimely death in Toms River, New Jersey of Marie A. Gioiosa, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, who died at the Hospice of Toms River, NJ on August 14 following a two year battle with metastatic cancer.

Ms. Gioiosa moved to Toms River, New Jersey more than 20 years ago and up until very recently she worked for the Lakewood, New Jersey Board of Education as a Teacher’s Aide (Para Professional) for all that time.

A native of East Boston, she was a 1969 graduate of Fitton Catholic High School and an alumna of Bryant-Stratton Business College-Class of 1971. She lived in Winthrop for about 10 years before moving to Toms River, NJ.

She was the beloved mother of: Jonathan Elliott of Lovell, Maine and Lt. Robert Elliott, US Army of Germany; the dear fiancée of John Conway, with whom she made her home; the devoted daughter of the late Daniel and Josephine (Geraci) Gioiosa; the cherished sister of: Charles Gioiosa and his wife, Barbara Brainin of Seattle, Washington, Denise Giangregorio and her husband, Alan of Winthrop, John Gioiosa and his wife, Mary of Malden, Anne Gioiosa and her wife, Linda Stilles of Saugus and the late Anthony Gioiosa. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held in Toms River. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a time and place to be announced. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701-9376. For more information, please visit:

Ruth Goldberg

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Ruth (Frim) Goldberg of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on Monday, August 26.

She was the beloved wife of 60 years of the late Jack Goldberg; devoted mother of Alan Goldberg and his wife, Lynne Goldberg and Sandra Abramson and her husband, Dr. Mitchell Abramson; loving daughter of the late Morris Frim and Gertrude (Kaplan); dear sister of the late Albert Frim and Melvin Frim; loving grandmother of David Goldberg and his wife, Allison, Jeffery Goldberg and his wife, Alisa, Daniel Goldberg and his wife, Sarah, Jason Abramson and Jennifer Abramson; great grandmother of Lexi, Levi, Drew and  Max.

Services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave,. Chelsea, MA 02150. Memorial Observance will continue today, Thursday, from 1 to 8 p.m. at the residence of Sandra and Dr. Mitchell Abramson.  Visit for guest book and directions.

Maura DiBattista

Of Revere, formerly of Ireland

Maura (Kelly) DiBattista of Revere died on August 25 at the MGH after a brief illness. She was 76 years old.

Born in Ireland, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Beatty) Kelly, Maura came to the United States in 1963 and was employed as a Nanny. Shortly after that she married and settled in Revere to raise her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip; devoted mother of Darrow and his wife, Andrea of Winthrop, Emmet and his wife, Patty of Revere and Emory of Revere; loving grandmother of Ryan, Robert, Philip, Jordyn, Charlie and Cali and the dear sister of Michael, William, Aamond and  John Kelly,  all of Ireland.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Thursday, August 29 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maura’s memory to the North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem MA 01970. For guestbook, please visit

Ronald Russo

Union Bricklayer

Ronald Russo of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston. died unexpectedly on August 24.

A Union Bricklayer, he was a member of Local 22 Allied Craftsman Union and one of the Bricklayers of the Rumney Marsh Academy of Revere.

He was beloved son of Salvatore “Sammy” Russo of Winthrop and the late Patricia A. “Patty” (Sullivan) Russo; loving brother of Thomas R. Russo and his wife, Jodi of Revere, Salvatore J. Russo and his wife, Andrea and Kenneth P. Russo, all of Winthrop and Patricia M. Lio and her husband, Anthony of Westwood; cherished uncle of Philip and Anthony Lio, Thomas J. Russo, Amanda M. Rivera and her husband, Odie, Richard Russo, Amanda C. Di Cicco, Rochelle Marzano and also leaves his great niece Zoey Rivera. He was the loving nephew of Marie Papandrea and her husband, Ben, Margaret Selvage and her late husband, Robert and Alice Teneriello and her husband, Sal, Philip Russo, Richard Russo and his wife, Joann and Marie Gulsti, all of Revere, Edward Russo and his wife, Louise of Oklahoma and Josephine DiMinico of Norfolk and many loving cousins.

Visiting hours will be from 8 to 11 a.m. today, Thursday at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston at noon.  Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ronald’s name to the Epilepsy Foundation, 540 Gallivan Blvd., Boston, MA 02134. For directions and guest book:

William ‘Jim’ Gobiel

Of Winthrop

William ‘Jim” Gobiel of Winthrop died on Wednesday, August 28, his 87th birthday.

An avid fisherman, enthusiastic gardener, a great listener and storyteller, he was the devoted and loving husband of 62 years of Norma E. Gobiel ( Beattie); loving father of James J. Gobiel of Winthrop, Peter Gobiel and his wife, Sharon of Winthrop, Norma Conley and her husband, Richard of Walpole, Linda Rand of Winthrop and Marc Gobiel and his wife, Pam of Melrose; cherished and proud grandfather (papa, buppy, gerkie) of Britney, Jake, Kevin, Christopher, Jessica, Jennifer, Joseph, Jaime and Katherine.

His Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St John the Evangelist Church at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation on  Friday, August 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal will be private. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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