Obituaries 06-16-2011

Lawrence Sirois

Retired Owner of Surf Cleaners in Winthrop

Lawrence Sirois of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, Maine and Florida, died June 13 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Revere after a long illness. He was 89 years old.

Born in Norridgework, ME, the son of the late Laura (Burgoyne) and Edmund Sirois, he spent his early years in Sherman Station, Maine and was a graduate of Sherman High School. A US Army Veteran of World War II, prior to his retirement, he was the proprietor of the Surf Cleaners in Winthrop. He lived in Winthrop for more than 28 years and also lived in Acton, Me and St. Peterburg Beach, FL

He was the beloved husband of Sara (Madona);  the  dear brother-in-law of Paul and Norma Facella of Melrose, Frances Daly of Winthrop and the late Sam and Florence Facella, loving uncle of Paula Ward and Christine Deveau, dear brother of Coleen Mullis, Jerald and Brenda Sirois, of all of Millinocket, ME and the late Leonard Sirois and Ronald Mullis; uncle of Reed and Karen Mullis of Wells, ME and Peggy and Hugh Cumming of Millinocket, ME. He is also survived by many more nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son – O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St. Winthrop, today, Thursday,  at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Belle Isle Section of Winthrop Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends at the funeral home prior to the Mass commencing at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions and online condolences go to

Anthony DeFeo, Jr.

Former GE Machinist

Anthony A. DeFeo Jr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on June 13.

He was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1971, and a former machinist at the GE Plant in Lynn.

The cherished son of Anthony A. DeFeo Sr. and Elena “Helen” (Todesco) DeFeo of Chelsea, he was the loving brother of  Constance Bertolino and her husband, Anthony, of Revere and Patrick DeFeo and his wife, Donna, of Florida; dear friend of Diane Pagluc of Medford and adored uncle of Toni-ann Merlina and her husband, Mark, of Saugus, Amy of South Weymouth, Felicia of Nahant and also leaves many uncles, aunts and cousins. He is also survived by his cat, Misty.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Thursday, at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, please visit:

Martin Hagerty

Of Winthrop, former Lexington activist and hockey coach

Martin L. Hagerty died suddenly, by accident, in his Winthrop home on June 12.

“Marty” was a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, a member of the first class to enter Merrimack College in Andover, MA. His college years were interrupted in his junior year and he served as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He finished his education at Boston College Evening Division in 1957 and attended three years at Boston College Law School.

He served Lexington as a Town Meeting member, President of the North Lexington Association and religious education teacher at St. Brigid Church. A former semi-professional hockey player in California, he coached hockey to all ages at the Hayden Center in Lexington and started the first “Junior-A” hockey program for high school students.

A 75 year resident of Lexington and summer resident of Hull, he moved to Winthrop after the death of his oldest son, Bill, in 2004.

He was the loving husband of Madeline “Maddy” Grady for 58 years and is survived by his son, George and his wife, Jacki, and stepgranddaughter, Kaitlin, of Stoughton, and son, Charles, formerly of Lexington.

The family would like to express sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and technicians in the Emergency Room and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital. We will never forget you. We would also like to thank the members of the Winthrop Fire, Police and EMT Departments for their heroic lifesaving efforts.

His Funeral will be held from the Douglass Funeral Home, 51 Worthen Rd., Lexington, Friday, June 17 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Brigid Church, Lexington at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Belmont Cemetery.(

Ann Napolitano

East Boston resident

Ann (DiFrono) Napolitano of East Boston died on June 12.

She was the mother of Lisa of East Boston and Lori Russo and her husband, Michael, of Winthrop; cherished daughter of the late Alfonso “Boonzie” and Josephine DiFronzo; dear sister of Leonard DiFronzo and his wife, Marsha, of Virginia and is also survived by two loving grandchildren, Nicole Cvijie and her husband, Ranko of Revere and Michael A. of Winthrop and one loving great granddaughter, Gabriella. She was the devoted cousin of Diane Tiro and her husband, Dennis, of Lynn.

Her Funeral will be held today, Thursday, from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:

Marion O’Regan

Of Connecticut, formerly of Winthrop

Marion B. (Bailem) O’Regan of Enfield, CT. died on May 28 surrounded by her loving family at Evergreen Healthcare, Stafford Springs.

The beloved wife of 54 years of William G. O’Regan and the daughter of the late Charles and Catherine (McIntyre) Bailem, she was born in Boston and has lived in Enfield CT for the past 45 years. She grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1952. She was an avid bowler for many years and enjoyed Bingo nights. A parishioner of the Holy Family Church, she was a member of the Women’s Guild and also taught CCD for many years.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her loving children, Doreen Cross and her husband, Larry, of Agawam, MA, William O’Regan, Jr. and his wife, LuAnn and Diane Pfeifer and her husband, Kurt, all of Somers, MA and by 11 beloved grandchildren: Richard, Valerie and Brittany Cross, Melanie and Tiffany O’Regan, Brandon and Heidi Pfeifer, Lauren, Moran and Patrick O’Regan and Joseph O’Regan; two sisters, Dorothy Bunker of Maine and Florence Schisler of Massachusetts as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. She was the sister of the late Rita Melia and Irene Brayson.

The O’Regan family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the Evergreen Healthcare Facility for its compassion and dedicated care.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Browne Memorial Funeral Chapels, Enfield, CT. Burial was in the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. For online condolences:

Paula Elfant Spencer

Boston resident

Paula Elfant Spencer of Boston died on June 7 of natural causes. She was 75 years old.

Born in Winthrop on August 29, 1935, she loved the beach, enjoyed music and reading, and was a masterful knitter. She is survived and missed by her daughters Elizabeth Spencer and her husband, Eric Leidberg, of Montague, and Eve Spencer and her husband, Paul Selfa, of Lexington, and by her beloved granddaughter, Katherine Grace Ellen Selfa.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Our Redeemer in Lexington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Vincent Buccieri

North End resident

Vincent J. Buccieri of Boston’s North End died on June 11.

He was the cherished son of Anna (Manganiello) Buccieri of the North End and the late James; beloved brother of Anthony Buccieri and his wife, Patti, of Medford, Angela Passacantilli and her husband, Robert, of Medford, Paul Buccieri and his wife, Dawn, of Winthrop; loving uncle of Gianna, Anthony Jr, Robert Jr, Patrice, Christopher, Dominique and Demitria; devoted grandson of Angelina Buccieri of Medford and is also survived by many dear aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210 or to the North End Community Health Center, 332 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113. To send a message of condolence

Joseph Ruggiero Sr.

Dedicated his life to family and community

Joseph L. Ruggiero, Sr. of East Boston went home to the Lord on June 10  with dignity and strength as he lived his life.

Mr. Ruiggiero dedicated his life to his family and without his help his son’s dream of owning the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home would never have happened. Dad may you rest in peace and be with your beloved son, Michael, and both enjoy eternal happiness.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Mr. Ruggiero was a member of the Typographical Union for more than 50 years and an employee of the City of Boston Printing Dept. He was a past member of the  Courageous Generation of St. Lazarus Parish, Sons of Italy, Sempre Avanti Lodge 1600 and many other senior and community groups. He dedicated his life to family first and then to his East Boston Community,

He was the beloved husband of more than 53 years to Josephine (Pignato)Ruggiero; devoted  father of Joseph L Ruggiero, Jr. of East Boston and the late Michael P. Ruggiero; loving  brother of Robert Ruggiero and his wife, Suzanne, of East Boston and their children, Robert Ruggiero of Saugus and Anna Louise Ruggiero of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Joseph III, Jason and Catie Ruggiero, all of East Boston; dear brother in law of Damiano Pignato and his wife, Karen, of Florida, Mary Carrozza and her husband, Robert, of East Boston and the late Rose Marie Parisi and Patricia Pignato.

The Ruggiero Family would like to thank the staff of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for their dedicated care

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Thursday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of his life in St Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

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Domenic D’Amore

Past member North End K of C, member of Beachmont VFW

Domenic P. D’Amore of East Boston died on June 9.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a past member of the K of C  Assunta Lodge of the North End of Boston and the Beachmont VFW.

He was the beloved husband of Carmela (Gambale); devoted father of Sandra D’Amore and her husband, Paul Anderson, of Arizona and Domenic P. D’Amore Jr. of East Boston; dear brother of Carmela Soriano and her husband, Patrick, of Saugus and the late Jenny Cogliano, Ann Miller, Samuel, Anthony, George and Joseph D’Amore; adored grandfather of Christina and Domenic III; cherished brother in law of George Gambale of East Boston, Nicholas Gambale of Leominster, Anthony Gambale and Alfonso Gambale, both of East Boston, and the late Angelina Scarpetta, Philip and Charles Gambale and Jenny DiMinico.

Funeral Arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. For more information or to send and online condolence, please visit:

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