Obituaries 06-23-2016

Catherine Driscoll

New England Telephone retiree

Catherine M. Driscoll of Golden Drive, Winthrop passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on June 17. She was 89 years old. Born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Agnes (Clancy) and Michael Pidgeon, she has been a resident of Winthrop for almost 30 years. She worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone for many years. She loved to travel with her family, especially to Cape Cod and New Hampshire. She loved do to crossword puzzles and read romance novels and was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers.

She was the devoted wife of the late John J. Driscoll and the loving mother of Patricia DiLiuso and her late husband, Paul of Winthrop, Regina Snyder and her husband, Stephen of Weymouth and Abington, John J. Driscoll, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Westbury, New York, Maureen Driscoll and her wife, Kathryn Collins of Hyde Park and Cathleen Ham and her late husband, Gary of Falmouth; dear sister of the late William “Pidgie” Pidgeon; cherished grandmother of Michael, Lauren, Steven, John, Andrew and Melissa and is also survived by one great grand daughter, Riley.

The funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Wednesday. Interment was in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Patient’s Activity Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere MA 02151. To sign the online guestbook go to

Michael Todisco

Graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 2010

Michael W. Todisco of Beacon Street, Boston, formerly of Winthrop, passed away suddenly on June 19. He was 24 years old.

Born in Malden, the beloved son of Deanna (Lord) and Robert Todisco, he was a 2010 graduate of Winthrop High School and worked as a bartender for several years.

He was the dear brother of David Todisco and John Hansen;  the cherished grandson of Maureen Lord and her companion, Paul Michalsky and Rita Todisco and her late husband, William; He was the beloved nephew of Stephen and Lisa Devaney, William, Stevie, John, Scott, Jimmy, Joe, Rita, Rhonda, Robin, Denise and the late Kenny Todisco. He was the loving boyfriend of Christina Baker and is also survived by many loving cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home today, Thursday, June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Friday, June 24 at 10 a.m. Committal will be private. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go

Carol Manzo-Pelosi

Giving person and organ donor

Carol A. Manzo-Pelosi of Cape Coral passed away June 11 in Ft. Myers, FL.  She was born December 25, 1956 in East Boston and was 59 years old.

Carol was a giving person.  In her passing, Carol was an organ donor and saved three lives with the help of Life Link.

She is survived by her daughter, Joelle Cohen; her husband, Bill; mother, Patricia Manzo and her sister, Lisa Manzo.

Carol will be greatly missed with her upbeat bubbly personality.

“God Bless Christmas Carol”

A Celebration of Carol’s life will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, June 27 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1015 Shirley Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at Mullins Memorial Funeral

Robert Sloane, Jr.

Survived two ships being torpedoed during World War II and a week on a lifeboat without food or water

Robert F. Sloane, Jr. of Pond St., Winthrop passed away at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on June 19. He was 92 years old.

Born in Somerville, the beloved son of the late Katherine L. (Tobin) and Robert F. Sloane, Sr., he was a longtime resident of Winthrop.

He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II.  He was torpedoed and sunk on the Alcoa Rambler in the South Atlantic and spent over one week in a lifeboat without water or food. The lifeboat made its way to the Brazilian coast and he was rescued. After his rescue, he was stationed on the Freighter William W. Gearhard. With troops and ammunition on board, the ship was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Salerno, Italy. He finished the war stationed on the USS Wasatch in the Pacific. After his honorable discharge he went on to work as an offset printer for a commercial printing company.

He was the devoted husband of the late Ethel R. (Rasmussen) and the loving father of Robert Sloane of Chilmark and the late Patricia Fowells. He was the dear brother of the late George Sloane and Rena Sloane. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home on Sunday, June 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, June 27 at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to

Antonietta Zanelli

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Antonietta (Ruggiero) Zanelli of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on June 19.

The beloved wife of over 52 years to Ageo Zanelli, she was the devoted mother of Andrea  Zanelli of Swampscott and Robert Zanelli of Winthrop; dear sister of  Antonio Ruggiero of Revere, Gilda Dorsi of Italy and Giuseppe Ruggiero of Revere; cherished grandmother of Jessica, Isabella, Gabreilla, Daniella and Luca and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

 Family and friends will honor Mrs. Zanelli’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Mrs.  Zanelli’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Mrs. Zanelli being laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery.

The family of Mrs. Zanelli would like to extend special thanks to the staff of the Don Orione Nursing Home for the tremendous care given to their mother.

For complimentary transportation to the funeral home please call 617 569 0990.  For more information, visit:

Mary MacNeil

Retired educator

Mary R. (Reilly) MacNeil of Winthrop, formerly of Gloucester, passed away on June 17. She was 68 years old.

Mary was a graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy in Boston, Class of ‘66 and a graduate of Emmanuel College, Class of ‘70. Prior to her retirement, Mary’s occupation was as a teacher. She taught at multiple schools including: Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, Bishop Fenwick High School in Peabody, Fisher College and North Shore Community College and was an online instructor for the University of Phoenix. She was also proud to be a teacher and coordinator for a fairly new program at the time called Virtual High School at Pope John XXIII in Everett.

She was the beloved wife of Peter J. MacNeil; devoted mother of Kelli Anne Gaynor and her husband, Eric and Christine M. Evans and her husband, Christopher, all of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Ellen Mary Gaynor, Mackenzie Sally and Kyle Christopher Evans. Born in Boston, she was the cherished daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Tobin) Reilly; dear sister of Thomas Reilly and his wife, Donna of Winthrop, James Reilly and his wife, Marilyn of Weymouth, Anne Toomey and her husband, Joseph of Belmont, Michael Reilly and his wife, Elizabeth of South Boston, Eileen Reilly and her friend, Eddie Downes of Roslindale, Christine Reilly and her husband, Glenn, Alice Reilly, Peggy Reidister and her husband, Garry, and Ellen Reilly, all of Winthrop; loving aunt to Patty Wells, Tommy and Kate Reilly, Matthew, Joseph, Mary, and Kevin Toomey, Katie Reilly and Eric and Anna Reidister and best friend of Virginia Wilder. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, please visit,


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