Obituaries 06-14-2018

Matthew Cascio

Retired barber

Matthew B. Cascio of Pond Street, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on June 9. He was 86 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Josephine and John Cascio, he grew up in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School. After graduating, he went to barber school and worked as a barber until his retirement. He was also a member of the National Guard.

He was the devoted husband of the late Mafalda (Curzi) and the loving father of John Cascio and his wife, Arlene, Matthew Cascio, Jr., Diane Cascio, Carolanne Howe, Tina Mills and her husband, David, John Zampanti and his wife, Nancy, Joseph Zampanti and his wife, Trudy and Diane Barzykowski and her husband, Al; dear brother of Carmella Leopold and the late Raymond Cascio and is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, June 13, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment followed the mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 1245 Albert Lea, MN 56007-9976 or go to: http// To sign the online guestbook, go to

Sheila Ann Williams

11/26/1951 ­— 02/28/2018

Sheila A. Williams of Golden Drive, Winthrop, formerly of Lawrence, passed away at Boston Medical Center due to complications from colon cancer. She was 67 years old.

Though Sheila’s family has been deceased for quite some time, she leaves behind her closest friends and loved ones: Gary and Edward Centofant of Winthrop, Robert Vella of Saugus, Charles Cudreau and Emily Wendt of Holbrook and Vincent Scarpa, formerly of Winthrop.

Sheila was a unique and one-of-a-kind individual, not only in her voice but also in her personality. She was a kind, gentle and loving person and a lover of animals as well. She was loved by the people who knew her and the people she reached out to and she will be deeply missed.

In the past, she worked at Mass General Hospital and the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston as a billing clerk and at General Electric in Lynn. Her last known record of employment was at Nevins Nursing and Rehab Center in Methuen.

“We thank the Elder Service Plan, the PACE Program and Boston Medical Center for her care as a patient.”

A Funeral and Memorial Service will be officiated by Father Walter Connelly at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop, at 2 p.m. June 24 for those who wish to attend. For further information, contact Gary Centofanti at 857-417-9447 or 617-539-0521 or via e-mail at [email protected] .

Ritchie Strangie

Fought two-year courageous battle against cancer

Ritchie Strangie of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer, went home to the lord peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 7 at the age of 28.

Ritchie was a graduate of St. Mary’s Lynn, Class of 2008, and UMass Lowell, Class of 2012. He was an active member and camper of Salesian Boys and Girls Club and a former employee of the Boston Herald.

For the last two years Ritchie courageously battled cancer, never giving up and fighting bravely every day. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was the devoted son of Ritchie Strangie and his wife, Leigh Anne (Tobin) of Winthrop, dear brother of Christopher Strangie and Stephanie Strangie, both of Winthrop and cherished grandson of John Tobin and Claire (Paiva) and her husband, Thomas Haddad and the late Gennaro “Cue Ball” and Mary (Thistle) Strangie. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. Ritchie was laid to rest in Winthrop Cemetery.

In honoring Ritchie and in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Research fund of Dr. Elizabeth Mullen project # 9617214 at Dana Farber Cancer Center Boston 02215 –  in memory of her much beloved patient Ritchie Strangie.

Barbara Gravel-Gillis

Of Saugus, formerly of Winthrop

Barbara A. Gravel-Gillis of Saugus, a former longtime Winthrop resident, died unexpectedly on Monday, June 4 at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital after being stricken at her home in Saugus. She was 61 years old.

Barbara was born and raised in Winthrop. She attended Winthrop Public Schools and was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1975. Immediately after graduation, she began working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the State Treasurer’s Office as a clerk in the Department of Abandoned Property. She later took a position as a Service Agent at Avis Car Rental at Boston’s Logan International Airport where she worked for approximately eight years until she was forced to retire due to declining health.

Barbara’s most important and precious thing in her life was her son, Owen. She was a very proud mother and she admired the man he has become.

The cherished and loving mother of Owen J. Gillis of Saugus, she was the devoted daughter of Ann C. (Welter) Gravel of Topsfield, formerly of Winthrop, and the late Joseph R. Gravel; dear sister of Kimberly J. Vellante and her husband, Albert V. “Al” Vellante of Ipswich and the late Rae F. Chappie and her husband, Steven Chappie of Spring Hill, Fla. She is also lovingly survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Interment was in Winthrop Cemetery.

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Louise Edwards

Retired seamstress

Louise M. Edwards of Nahant Avenue, Winthrop, passed away at the Whidden Hospital in Everett on June 10. She was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Mary (Anzalone) and Saverio Capone, she was a long time resident of Winthrop and worked as a seamstress in the garment industry for many years.

Mrs. Edwards was the devoted wife of the late Joseph Edwards and the loving mother of Nancy Iandoli of Revere, Marie Iandoli of East Boston, George Collins of Winthrop and the late Ciro “Gerry” Iandoli; dear sister of Rico Capone of Revere and the late Virgilio “Al” Capone, Gerry Capone, Carmen Capone, Tony Capone and Benjamin Capone and cherished grandmother of Lisa Howard, Daniel Murray, Henry Murray, Gavin Collins and Kesharine Collins..

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop today, Thursday, June 14, 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 to follow the mass will be in the Belle isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

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Frank Rinfret

President and owner of East Coast Electronics and past commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club

Frank P. Rinfret, of Saugus, president and owner of East Coast Electronics, passed away peacefully at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, June 5 at the age of 90.

Born in Boston on Dec. 19, 1927, he was one of two sons of the late Francis R. Rinfret and Mildred (McWade) Rinfret. Frank was raised in Medford and graduated from Medford Vocational School. After graduation, Frank and four friends from his graduating class enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Frank and his classmates served together on the USS John R. Pierce and remained friends throughout their lives.

On May 3, 1952, Frank married Barbara Geary at Gate of Heaven Church in South Boston and they settled in Melrose to raise a family of seven daughters. In 1959, Frank established East Coast Electronics Co. Inc. in Medford, a company specializing in the installation and distribution of sound and communications equipment. Frank grew the business through his determined hard work and dedication to getting the job done the right way. Still actively managing the company until just two weeks ago, Frank was intricately involved in the business nearly 60 years after its opening. A leader in the communications field, East Coast Electronics installed complete sound systems for churches, schools, airports, train stations and for major events and businesses. Frank was very proud of “the shop” and dedicated his working life to ensuring his customers were satisfied.

A Medford native, Frank was very involved with the Medford community. He was a past president of Medford Rotary Club, a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow, maintained a perfect attendance record for over 50 years, and was awarded a Key to the City from the mayor of Medford. He served as president of the Medford Chamber of commerce and was a member of Salem Street Business Association.

A lifelong and avid boater, Frank was a longtime member of Winthrop Yacht Club where he served as past commodore. Frank and Barbara enjoyed many weekends cruising with their family aboard “Girls Inc.” For 33 years, Frank and Barbara wintered in Jupiter, Fla., where Frank served as President of the Ocean Trails Condo Association.

A natural leader and mentor, Frank established the Frank and Barbara Rinfret Gold K Scholarship at Merrimack College in 1986. Hoping to inspire young people, the award is given every year to a student majoring in electrical or civil engineering.

Frank was a member of the Harold O. Young VFW Post #2394 in Melrose, the Winchester Elks, North Shore Old Car Club, and the Commodores Club of America.

He was very proud of his seven daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Hard working and skilled with his hands, Frank always tried to pass his knowledge and life experience on to his family. Frank’s strong work ethic, determination and self reliance will continue on in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed, but always lovingly remembered.

Frank was the beloved husband of Barbara P. (Geary) Rinfret with whom he shared 66 years of marriage; devoted father of Patricia Milligan and her late husband, James of Melrose, Francine Rinfret-Cronin and her husband, David of Marblehead, Jeanne Rinfret of Malden, Denise Rinfret of Boston, Suzanne Rinfret of Somerville, Marie Rinfret of Winthrop, and the late Jacqueline Rinfret; dear brother of the late Randolph Rinfret; cherished grandfather of Frank Milligan, Joseph Milligan and his wife, Jennifer, Peter Milligan and his wife, Jennifer, Matthew Cronin and his wife, Eve, Brianna Kolodny and her husband, David, Courtney Cronin and her fiancé, Owen Murphy, Timothy Cronin and his wife, Nicole, Melanie Ebert-Winberg and her husband, Eric, Alicia Ebert-Wyatt and her husband, Peter, Otavia Tropeano, Bianca Tropeano, Elvio Tropeano, Alessio Tropeano, Xavieria Tropeano, and Austin Silvestri. He was the loving great-grandfather of William, Noah, Oliver, Oisin, Caoimhe, Jonathan, Declan, Madison, Alexandria and Cecily.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose.

Interment with military honors presented by the US Navy was at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. For online tribute, or directions, visit

Karen Mastrangelo

Of New Hampshire

Karen P. Mastrangelo, born on Oct. 3, 1956 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, to The late Patricia Mastrangelo, and the late Rocco Mastrangelo, passed away at age 61 on May 16th, 2018 at her home in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Karen graduated from Winthrop High School in 1974. Karen was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Mastrangelo. She is survived by her sons Anthony Mastrangelo, and Christopher Mastrangelo; daughters Andrea Mastrangelo, Alicia Mastrangelo, and Lauren Mastrangelo; and her brother Paul Mastrangelo.

Friends and family are welcome to attend a grave side ceremony and burial on Wednesday June 13th from noon – 1:00pm. At Winthrop Cemetery, 131-199 Cross St Winthrop, Massachusetts.

When I come to the end of my journey, and I travel my last weary mile,

Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned, and remember only the smile.

Forget unkind words I have spoken; Remember some good I have done,

Forget that I ever had heartache, and remember I’ve had loads of fun.

Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered, and sometimes fell by the way.

Remember I have fought some hard battles, and won, ere the close of the day.

Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day.

But in summer just gather some flowers

And remember the place where I lay.

And come in the shade of evening,

When the sun paints the sky in the west.

Stand for a few moments beside me

And remember only my best.

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