Obituaries 07-22-2010

Charles Ficaro

Of Medford, formerly of the North End

Charles Ficaro of Medford, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on July 20.

He was the beloved husband of Irene (Bramante) Ficaro and the late Olivia (Romano) Ficaro; devoted father of Joanne Lauria and her husband, John, of Andover; loving grandfather of Janell and Nicole Lauria and Richard and Christopher LaVerde; dear brother of Antoinette Scola of Everett, Anna Provenzano of Revere, Jack Ficaro and his wife, Marie, of Winthrop; brother of the late Mary Tortorici, Steven and Nicholas Ficaro. He will be sadly missed by Irene’s children, Domenic Bramante and Debra LaVerde.

His Funeral will be from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford on Friday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant Street, Malden at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name may be sent to the Boston Catholic Television Center, 55 Chapel St., P.O. Box 9109, Newtonville, MA 02158 or Children’s Hospital, Boston. For directions, guestbook and obituary


Rev. David Pendleton

Of Vermont, formerly of Winthrop

Rev. David E. Pendleton of St. Johnsbury, VT., formerly of Winthrop, died July 11 as the result of a bike accident in North Danville, VT. He was 60 years old.

He was born in Pasadena, California on October 16, 1949, the son of Helen Mulcahy Pendleton and David E. Pendleton Sr. His family moved to Winthrop where he grew up and attended local schools.

A memorial service for Rev. Pendleton will be held, Saturday, July 24 at 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Congregational United Church of Christ, 142 Main St., Lancaster, NH. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bailey Funeral Home, Lancaster, NH. For more information or to send an online condolence please go to


Loretta Wilson-Napier

East Boston resident

Loretta M. Wilson-Napier of East Boston died on July 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dennis P. Napier; mother of Loretta Napier and Robert Puopolo of East Boston, Patricia and Daniel Szathmary of Somerville; grandmother of Robert, Alexandra and Alyssa; daughter of the late Mary and Ed Wilson; sister of Eddie Jr., Walter, David, Billy, Charles "Buddy", John and Chet Wilson, Maria Pulieo, Helen Collins and the late Thomas and Frankie Wilson.

Her Funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St [at Day Sq] East Boston today, Thursday, July 22 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited.


William Nugent

Of Charlestown, formerly of Winthrop

William E. Nugent of Charlestown, formerly of Winthrop, died on July 14.

He was the beloved husband of Christine M. (Chiappa) Nugent; devoted father of Billy and Corey Nugent, both of Charlestown; beloved son of Janice (Walker) Nugent of Winthrop and loving brother of Linda Marie Nugent of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. For obituary and guest book, visit


George Hodges Jr.

Resident of the Philippines

George A. Hodges Jr., formerly of Manchester and Reading, died recently. He was 75 years old.

After growing up in Boston, Marblehead and Beverly Farms, he served in the US Army and Foreign Service in Germany, Greece and Brazil, and was a teacher and coach at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge and a research specialist before retiring to the Philippines in 2000. He was a fierce patriot, a passionate fan of the Red Sox, and a scholar of Soviet-American relations, US politics and history.

He was the devoted and beloved husband of Noime Hodges of Manila; loving father of Laura Hodges Taylor and her husband, Scott Taylor, of Weston and George A. Hodges, III and his wife, Melanie Hodges, of Manila, step-father of Mark Ficken and his wife, Erika, of Winthrop and Justin Ficken of Chatham, and grandfather of Zachary Taylor, Nicholas Taylor, Katya Hodges, Hawkins Hodges and Will Ficken. He is also survived by his sister Molly Hodges Henshaw and brothers Christopher Ciullo, Jeffrey Ciullo and Jonathan Hodges, and the children and grandchildren of his wife, Noime, Oliver (and Marites) Valeza, Ferdinand (and Ronia) Pensotes, Norman (and Lhing) Pensotes, and Renie Pensotes; and Angelo Valeza, Krystal Mae Pensotes, John Fernando Pensotes, Michaela Kate Pensotes, Matthew Benedict Valeza, Nathaniel Valeza and Akisha Pensotes.

Burial was private with arrangements by the Dee Funeral Home of Concord. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MGH Cancer Center Leukemia Treatment Fund, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Kelly MacLean Clark.


Antoinetta ‘Netta’ Mercadante

East Boston resident

Antoinetta "Netta" Mercadante of East Boston died on July 13.

The dear sister of the late Josephine Amicone and Mary Fay, she was the cherished aunt of Grace D’Agostino, Robert "Daga" and Mary"Mae" D’Agostino, all of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more info or to send an online condolence

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