Obituaries 01-20-2011

Lorraine Murphy

Retired Secretary

Lorraine T. (Bertolon) Murphy of Winthrop died on January 10. She was 84 years old.

She worked as a secretary for First National Stores for several years before working for Teamsters Union local 379 as their Secretary of Health and Welfare for many years.

The loving wife of 58 years to the late Bernard G. Murphy who died on November 14, 2010, she was the devoted mother of Edward F. Murphy and his wife, Gail, of Norfolk and Joseph R. Murphy of Winthrop; daughter of the late Celio E. and Adele (Bertocchi) Bertolon; dear sister of the late Eleanore A. Costa and her husband, Antonio F. Costa; loving aunt of Marcia Lieberman and her husband, Robert, of Norwood, Anthony Costa and his wife, Debra, of Mendon and many other nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. For online condolences, please visit

Helen Caruso

Of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea

Helen B (King) Caruso of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “Tom”Caruso; devoted mother of Pasquale “Pat”Caruso and his companion, Jo Ann Morani, of East Boston, Linda Dempsey and her husband, Frank, of Hollis N.H., Thomas Caruso and his wife, Ana, of East Boston; dear sister of John Ciaramella and his wife, Rose, of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of Robert T Lanza and his wife, Laurie, and Gregory M. Lanza. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday January 21 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from  4 to 8 p.m. In honoring Mrs. Caruso’s memory, memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Youth Group, 303 Paris St., East Boston 02128 . For more information or to send an online condolence:

Mario Singarella

Long time driver for Viking Taxi

Mario Singarella of Kennedy Drive, Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on January 15 after a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Mineo, Sicily, he was the beloved son of the late Benedetta (Rullante) and Mario Singarella. He was a resident of East Boston for severeal years before moving to Winthrop 36 years ago. Mr. Singarella was employed for many years as a driver for Viking Taxi in Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of Santa (Rinzivillo) and the loving father of Marilena Studley of Malden, Joseph Singarella of Winthrop, Lorraine Cieri of Revere, Cesare Singarella of Winthrop, Mary Figga of Naples, FL, Paul Singarella of Winthrop and Patricia Singarella of Winthrop and the dear brother of Maria Mirata of Winthrop. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. The Rev Peter Graziano celebrated the Mass and offered prayers at the burial in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. To view his video tribute or to sign the online guestbook go to

Helen Fantasia

Of Wakefield, formerly of Chelsea

Helen F. (Boczkowski) Fantasia of Wakefield passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Stoneham on January 13 following a short illness.  She was 72 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of Jacob and Helen (Szkudlarek) Boczkowski.  She attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1955 and was a Chelsea High School Majorette.  After graduating from high school, she worked as a switchboard operator at Bell Telephone in Chelsea, finally settling with Belle Steel Industries as an administrator in East Boston until her retirement in 2000.

A loving mother, she devoted her life to her family and enjoyed bingo, a love for food and cats.  She will be missed by many relatives and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick Anthony “Babe” Fantasia; the devoted mother of Joyce (Fantasia) Murphy and her husband, George Murphy, of Stoneham and Michael Fantasia of Westbrook, ME; loving daughter of the late Jacob and Helen (Szkudlarek) Boczkowski; dear sister of the late Pauline Jaynes and sister-in-law to Albert “Sonny” Jaynes, Roberta (Fantasia) Pelland and John Fantasia; grandmother of Thomas Fantasia of Falmouth and cherished Aunt of Brooke Harrison of Lynn, Tiffany Anderson, Robert Jaynes and Albert Jaynes, all of Las Vegas.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, on Monday, January 24 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory can be made to VNA Hospice Care in Woburn, 100 Trade Center, Suite G500, Woburn, MA 01801.To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Rose Marie Geary

Revere resident

Rose Marie “Tootsie” (DeFrancesco) Geary of Revere died on January 15.

She was the loving mother of Patricia Geary of Winthrop and Walter R. Geary Jr. and his wife, Jean, of Salem; dear sister of Norma Pergola of Florida, Dennis DeFrancesco of Bedford and the late Sonny DeFrancesco; cherished grandmother of Jarret, Krista and KaylaTunstall, Rocco and Tyler Geary and the late Walter R. Geary III and Erica Marie Geary. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, January 21 in St, Anthony’s Church, Revere at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For online guest book Arrangements are by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.

Ruth Ann McCarthy

Longtime Stop & Shop employee

Ruth Ann (Collins) McCarthy, a 40 year resident of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died unexpectedly on January 10  at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a long and valiant battle with breast cancer. She was 61 years old.

A 15 year employee of Stop & Shop in Revere until January 1, she was born and grew up in Winthrop. She was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1967.

A devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, aunt, niece and cousin, she was the beloved wife of 40 years to John T. McCarthy Sr.; devoted mother of Kerri A. Rudy and her husband, Brett, of Wakefield, Karen J. Hanlon and her husband, Brendan, of Providence, RI, John T. McCarthy Jr. and his wife, Carryl, of Newton, NH, Patrick M. McCarthy and  Colleen P. Botte and her husband, Stephen, all of Everett; cherished daughter of Ruth C. (Lane) Collins of Winthrop and the late Joseph F. Collins, Sr.; dear sister of Edward L. Collins and his wife, Gail, of West Peabody, Joseph F. Collins Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Fort Mill, SC, Jane E. Hatch of Greenville, SC and Jean M. West and her husband, David, of West Newbury. She is also lovingly survived by her mother in law, Marie B. McCarthy of Revere, her grandchildren Colin, Rianna, Isabella, Ainsley and the late Declan and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Susan B. Komen for the Cure , 89 South St., Boston, MA 02111.

M. Catherine D’Eon

Former Chelsea Clock employee

M. Catherine (McLaughlin) D’Eon died on January 16 surrounded by the love of her family following a long confinement at Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston. She was 100 years old.

Born in Salunierville, Nova Scotia, she came to the United States as a young girl with her family to Haverhill and later lived in East Boston, Chelsea and Malden. She moved to Revere 40 years ago and worked as an assembler at the famed Chelsea Clock for several years.

She was the wife of the late Joseph; cherished mother of Gloria A. Haggerty and her late husband, John, of Revere, M. Elizabeth Dusz and her late husband, Donald, of Daytona Beach, FL, Marie Yvonne Taglieri and her husband, Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief George P. Taglieri of Revere, Joel Stephen D’Eon and his wife, Carole, of West Yarmouth, Louise K. D’Eon and Kathryn Duggan D’Eon, both of Revere, June T. D’Eon of Lafayette, CA and the late Raymond McLaughlin and Joseph Harvey D’Eon. She was the sister of the late Augustus and Emile McLaughlin and daughter of the late Charles and Evenie (Theriault) McLaughlin and is also lovingly survived by 17 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, seven great great grandchildren and Stephen P. Duggan of Revere.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rt. 107), Revere on Thursday, January 20 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Don Orione Nursing Home, 111 Orient Ave., East Boston, MA 02128, Attn. Residents Activities Fund.

John Zamparelli

Medford resident

John F. Zamparelli of Medford died on January 15. He was 88 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Betty (Doane) Zamparelli of Medford; loving father of John F. Zamparelli Jr. and his wife, Pannawadee, of Winthrop, Lisa M. Zamparelli of Medford  and Laurie J. Marcello and her husband, Michael W., of Scarborough, ME; dear brother of Mary Held and Rose M. Quattrocchi, both of Medford; cherished grandfather of Hope C. Marcello and is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also the loving brother of the late Joseph P. Zamparelli and his wife, Margaret “Peggy”, Andrew “Hawk” Zamparelli and his wife, Dorothy, Eleanor Cataldo and her husband, Robert, Margaret “Mickey “Zamparelli and her husband, George, and Francis Zamparelli.

His funeral will be held from the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Avenue, Medford, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fellsway West, Medford, today, Thursday, January 20 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are most welcome to attend. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fellsway West, Medford, MA 02155. For additional information, please visit

Sr. M. Leona Greenfield

Sister of Mercy

Sister M. Leona (Lorraine) Greenfield, a Sister of Mercy for 76 years, died January 16. She was 95 years old.

A native of East Boston, Sister Leona was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Angel) Greenfield.

Sister Leona received her B.A. degree in English from Mount Saint Mary College, Hooksett, N.H., and her M.Ed. From Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass. For many years she was a dedicated teacher and administrator in Catholic schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. In New Hampshire she taught at Sacred Heart School in Nashua, Immaculate Conception in Penacook and St. Anthony in Manchester. She served as principal at St. Joseph in Keene and St. Patrick and St. Catherine Schools in Manchester. She was also a teacher at St. Ann School in Gloucester, Mass.

After retiring from teaching, Sister Leona served as administrator of the Convent of Mercy on Union Street in Manchester. For two years she was at Maria’s House in Methuen, Mass., where her ministry was child care. She also performed numerous services within the community at Warde Health Center in Windham.    Family members include a brother, Thomas Greenfield, of Winthrop and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Bernice Driscoll, Mae Laforette and William and Francis Greenfield.

Friends may call at the Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Road, Windham, N.H., today, Thursday, January20, from 9:30 to 11 a.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at the Warde Health Center. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery; Bedford, NH.     Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 21 Searles Road, PO Box 420, Windham, NH 03087-0420.

Fred Nardone

US Postal Retiree

Fred Nardone, born, raised, and a long-time resident of Revere, died December 21, 2010 in Port Charlotte, FL. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Nardone was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked as a shoe salesman for Coward Shoe in Boston for many years and was also a retired postal worker in Boston. He was a former musician in the U.S. Army Band and the U.S. Postal Band. Mr. Nardone was also a former member of the Winthrop Elks Lodge.

He was the loving father of Barbara Comeau and her husband, Eugene, of Covington, GA, Thomas W. Nardone and his wife, Dorothy, of Revere, and the late Fred Nardone Jr. of Lynn and is also lovingly survived by a sister, Louise Bianchi, formerly of Revere; the loving brother of the late Philomena Lillo of Revere, Angelo Nardone of Revere, and Ann Cooke of Malden; loving grandfather of Chris Comeau and his wife, Amy, of Conyers, GA, Lance Comeau and his wife, Christine, of North Kingston, RI, Thomas M. Nardone and his wife, Alison, of Nashua, NH, Eric Nardone of Lynn, and the late Mark Nardone of Lynn. Great Grandfather of Joshua Comeau of Georgia, Ryan Comeau of Rhode Island, Matthew, William, Rebecca, and Samuel Nardone of New Hampshire and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church on Saturday, January 22 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guest book please visit

James Ruane Sr.

Survived the Battle of Iwo Jima

James E. Ruane, Sr. of Malden died on January 13.

He was a 30 year employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Attorney Generals Office and a US Marine Corps veteran of World War II who survived the Battle at Iwo Jima.

He was the devoted husband of Marie (Connelly); beloved father of James E. Ruane, Jr. and his wife, Thelma, of San Diego, CA, Mary Ruane of Winthrop, Joseph Ruane and his wife, Barbara, of Atkinson, NH, Theresa Ruane of Amesbury, Thomas Ruane and his wife, Cheryl, of Tyngsboro, and Christine Stefanovich and her husband, Vladamir, of Rochester, NY; brother of Phyllis Terrio of Burlington and the late John, Sr. Julia Marie, Alfred, Robert, Richard, Frank, Eileen, Alice, Sr. Alicia, and Paul. He is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 47 West St., Boston, MA 02111 or at or to The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Office, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd floor, Boston, MA 02115. Carroll Funeral Home 781-322-6322

David Newton

Winthrop resident

David J. Newton of Winthrop died on January 15. He was 97 years old.

He was the beloved son of the late Samuel and Bessie (Davidson) Newton; loving brother of Reva Fishlyn of Newton and the late Deborah Geller; dear uncle of Adena Geller of Newton and Alan Geller of Newton.

Graveside Services were held at the Tifereth Israel of Winthrop Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Jewish War Veterans, State House, Room 547, Boston, MA 02133 or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were by Levine Chapels, Brookline (617) 277-8300

Joan Delory

Registered Nurse and Professor of Nursing

Joan M. Delory of Middleton, formerly of Everett and Pittsfield, entered into eternal life surrounded by her family on January 14 after a long illness. She was 75 years old.

A Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, she was a graduate of Cheverus High School in Malden and Whidden Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Everett. She received a B.S.N. Degree in Nursing from Boston College and an M.Ed. from Boston State College. She was an instructor of Nursing at Whidden Memorial and Chelsea Hospital School of Nursing and  a former Director of the Everett Visiting Nurse Association before moving to Pittsfield in 1968.

She joined the Faculty of Berkshire Community College where she taught as a Professor of Nursing for 27 years until her retirement in 1995. During her tenure at the college she served for seven years as the Chairperson of the Nursing Dept.

She was also involved in many religious, civic and charitable organizations. She was a past President of the Pittsfield Lodge of the Sons of Italy and a member of the Everett Emblem Club.

She dedicated her life caring for the sick and teaching others how to care for them as well. Her kindness towards her patients and students will long be remembered.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Perina J. and Alice N. Delory; cherished sister of Mary D. Keller and her husband, Ernest, of Winthrop, Carole D. O’Keefe and her husband, John, of Middleton and Atty. Paul A. Delory and his wife, Paula, of Lynnfield. She is also survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and four godchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in memorial donations may be made to the Alice N. Delory Book Award of the Everett Emblem Club, c/o Mary Keller, 3 Seal Harbor Rd., Winthrop, MA 02152.

Anne Farrell

Charlestown resident

Anne M. “Cookie” Farrell in Charlestown, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died unexpectedly. She was 60 years old, unexpectedly.

Born in Boston, she spent most of her life in Revere. Although her life and activities were simple and limited, her presence and her joy in living was magnanimous as is the life of a ‘true angel of God.’

She was the beloved daughter of the late Bernard J. and Anna M. (Kenny) Farrell; cherished sister of Linda M. Scannelli and her husband, Joseph R., of Revere, Bernard W. Farrell and his wife, Joanne, of Millis, Matthew E. Farrell and his wife, Kathleen, of Middleton; dear Aunt of Marc, Shawn, Brendon, Craig, Bridgett and Lauren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl., Boston, MA 02114-2931.

Salvatore Mazzei

MBTA Carmen’s Union member

Salvatore P. Mazzei of Everett died on January 10.

A member of the MBTA Carmens Union, he was a loyal supporter of Malden Catholic Lacrosse.

The beloved husband of the late Evelyn (Kingsbury), he was the loving father of Richard of Chelsea, Patricia Massa and her husband, Fred, of Swampscott, Janet Manetta and her husband, Louis, of New Hampshire, Donald Pratt and Robert Pratt and his wife, Norma, all of California; beloved brother the late Frank and Sarah Mazzei. He is survived by 14 loving grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Internment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum in Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Evelyn F. Mazzei Memorial, University of Notre Dame and Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 1007A Cook Lane, Norristown, PA 19401.

Frederick Sorrento

Retired State Social Worker

Frederick C. Sorrento of Randolph died January 11 at Good Samaritan Medical Center. He was 67 years old.

He was born in Winthrop, raised and educated in East Boston and had been a resident of Randolph for the past 20 years. A social worker/child abuse investigator for the State of Massachusetts for many years, he retired five years ago. He was a US Air Force veteran, an avid sports fan and was devoted to his family.

He was the beloved son of Santine (Giangreco) Sorrento of Randolph and the late Joseph Sorrento; brother of Joseph Sorrento of New York and Charles Sorrento of Randolph and is also survived by his nephew, Charles Barros-Sorrento and nieces, Alessandra, Cristina, and Gina Sorrento.

Funeral arrangements were by the Hurley Funeral Home, Randolph. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

Irene Cole

Of Braintree, formerly of Winthrop

Irene (Cohen) Cole of Braintree, formerly of Winthrop, died on  January 11. She was 95 years old.

Irene, a/k/a “Miss Scott”, was a senior classified advertising sales representative at the Boston Globe for 25 and a hostess at Jimmy’s Harborside in Boston for 20 years.

The beloved wife of the late Irwin Cole, she was the loving mother of Roberta Cohen and her husband, Arthur, of California, Wendy Klein and her husband, Stephen, of New Jersey and Irma Cole and her fiancé, Mark Scolnick, of Florida; adored grandmother of Laura Sue and David D’Annunzio, Ilene and Mike Erickson, Leslie and Anthony Darcy and Jeff and Tricia Klein and great grandmother of Josh Erickson, Eric and Emily Darcy, Taylor and Addison Klein; devoted daughter of the late William and Mollie (Feinberg) Cohen; dear sister of the late Marion Hill, Mildred Bloomberg and Alice Berit; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Levine Chapel, Brookline. Burial was at the Mohliver Cemetery, Baker Street, West Roxbury. Memorial observance was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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