Obituaries 01-30-2014

Joan Ruggiero

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Joan F. (Indingaro) Ruggiero of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on January 27. She was 73 years old.

The beloved wife of over 54 years of Frank G. Ruggiero, she was the devoted mother of Stephen Ruggiero and Debbie Farren and her husband, Patrick, all of Winthrop and the late Frank Ruggiero; dear sister of Charles Indingaro and his wife, Madeline of Boston and the late Richard Indringaro and his surviving wife, Ann of Tennessee; cherished grandmother of Stephen Ruggiero and Marisa Joan Farren and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston on Friday January 31 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Joan’s life in St. John the Evangelist Church, Winthrop Street, Winthrop at 10 a.m. Visiting Hours will be today, Thursday, in the chapel of the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with Joan being laid to rest beside her son, Frank at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call (617) 569-0990. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit

Philip Halloran

Criminal Defense Attorney

Atty. Philip W. Halloran of Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on January 25. He was 81 years old.

Philip was a criminal defense attorney for over 53 years. He was a graduate of Boston Latin and received his law degree from Boston University. He was the co-founder of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at B.U., a member of the Massachusetts Bar Assn. and the Association of Trial Lawyers. He also served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband of the late Roberta H. (Fulton) Halloran. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Timothy and Portia (MacKenzie) Halloran; devoted father of Leslie H. Florio and her husband, Matthew of Winthrop and adored grandfather of Piper Florio of Winthrop.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday, January 31 only, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Military Funeral Honors will be held at the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Sq., Winthrop, MA. 02152. Interment will take place at a later date in the Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham with his wife. For guestbook:

Peter Raimondi, Jr.

Had Long and Successful Electronic Security and Military Careers

Peter J. Raimondi, Jr. passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on January 26 after a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. He was 87 years old.

Peter, who resided in Winthrop for more than 50 years before moving to Revere, joined the US Army on D-Day and served in Europe toward the end of World War II. He remained involved with the military for many years serving 37 years in the Mass National Guard and retiring as a Captain. He was a member of the 182 Infantry Regiment of Melrose. He very much enjoyed being part of the military and helping others as he did in the Blizzard of 1978 driving an Army truck throughout Winthrop aiding in the evacuation of Point Shirley and Winthrop Shore Drive.

Peter had a long and successful career in the electronic security business first with Sonaguard and then as the owner of IDS where he provided employment for several of his children for many years. Peter was instrumental in creating the first unified association for the Alarm System owners which paved the way for a Massachusetts Security System licensing for both companies and individuals. He has been a long-time member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Peter and Erma enjoyed many years of travel which took them on exciting cruises and trips back to his family’s homeland in Italy. The past 25 years he enjoyed the winters and the warmth in the Palm Beach area where he and Erma acquired many friendships. Peter will be sorely missed by all.

Peter is survived by his loving wife Erma of 66 years and their four sons: John and his longtime partner, Ralph Cantin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Randy and his wife, Donna of Winthrop; Peter III and his wife, Christine of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and William and his wife, Kathleen of Revere. He also leaves seven grandchildren and three adoring great-grandchildren especially his great-grandson, Ayden who visited him daily. He also leaves his sister, Margie Giambroni and brothers: Richard and his wife, Fredda and Vincent and his wife, Leslie. Peter was born to the late Mary and Peter Raimondi in Boston on January 18, 1927. He was preceded in death by his brothers: Carl, Murray, Joe, John and Albert and sisters Ann, Rose, and Virginia. He also leaves many caring and loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Saturday, February 1 from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St. Winthrop from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a funeral mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the scholarship fund set up in honor of Peter. Checks should be mailed and made payable to Boston University, Office of Development, Attn: Gifts and Records, 595 Commonwealth Ave., West Entrance, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02215, and should be accompanied by a letter or other annotation indicating that the gift is intended for the Captain Peter J. Raimondi Jr. Scholarship Fund. Donations also can be made to the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168,
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the health aides of New Outlook Home Care and Care Dimensions Hospice for their dedicated service, care and personal attention to both Peter and Erma.
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Jean Berg

Of Winthrop

Jean B. (Zirngiebel) Berg of Winthrop passed away at home on January 23. She was 83 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Jean was self-employed as a caretaker.

Born in Winthrop, she was the cherished daughter of the late Edwin and Mildred (Corkhum) Zirngiebel; devoted mother of Pamela E. Troy and her companion, Mark deConstant of Rye, NH, Michael B. Troy of Bellingham, MA, Patricia A. Dill and her husband, Jerome of Putnam, CT, Barbara J. Troy and her companion, Daniel Flynn of Winthrop, Amy J. Berg of Winthrop, and Jennifer L. McEleney and her husband, Brian of Woburn; dear sister of Donald Zirngiebel of Florida and is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jean was pre-deceased by two of her grandchildren, Erica Rogowicz and Francisco Almonte.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, today, Thursday, January 30 from the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home beginning at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will follow in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society 43 Nagog Park, Ste. 110, Acton, MA. 01720. For guestbook, please

Alicia Matthews

Boston Gas Co. Retiree

Alicia F. Matthews of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away at the Leonard Florence Center in Chelsea on January 23. She was 86 years old.

Prior to her retirement, Alicia was employed by the Boston Gas Co. as an Executive Assistant.

Born in Boston, she was the cherished daughter of the late Wallace and Catherine (Carter) Matthews Sr.; dear sister of Edna M. Dankens and her late husband, Charles of Revere, George J. Matthews and his wife, Kathleen of Manchester-by the-Sea, Ann Regan and her late husband, Thomas of Belmont, Joan Peterson and her late husband, Frederick of North Andover, and Dr. Wallace J. Mathews Jr. and his wife, Sherry Loo of Honolulu, HI. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. A Funeral Mass was held in the Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in her name may be made to Sacred Heart Parish, 303 Paris St., East Boston, MA. 02128. For guestbook, please visit

Josephine Dionisi

Retiree of State Street Bank and Baybank, Hospital Volunteer

Josephine A. (Ragusa) Dionisi, a Revere resident for 58 years, passed away on Wednesday, January 22 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, Josephine was educated in the Boston Public Schools system. In 1940, she married Philip Dionisi, with whom she began her life and family which included a son and a daughter. They remained in East Boston until moving to Revere in 1966, where she remained.

Josephine retired after 20 years as a clerical secretary at State Street Bank. Shortly after retiring from State Street Bank, she went to work at Baybank, in the same field, for 17 years, retiring at the age of 76. For several years, Josephine dedicated her time as a volunteer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, and also would spend time at the Rossetti Senior Center.

In 2001, she lost her husband of 61 years of marriage, the late Phillip Dionisi. She was the devoted mother of: Philip R. Dionisi and his wife, Anne of Salem and Diane M. Iacuzio and her husband, Gennaro “Jerry” of Revere; the cherished grandmother of: Maria Dahlgren and her husband, Rodney, Theresa Dionisi and Christopher Dionisi, all of Salem, Deanne L. Pedersen and her husband, Thomas of North Andover and Gerald Iacuzio and his wife, Michiko of Wellesley. She was the adored great-grandmother of: Kanata, Yuna, Koga and Adrianna; the loving sister of Robert Ragusa of Peabody and the late Phyllis Salini, Magaret Spolsino and Elsie DeDonato and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information and guest book, please visit

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