Obituaries 11-02-2017

Maria Mirata

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Maria L (Singarella) Mirata of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died peacefully at home with her family by her bedside on Oct. 29.

The beloved wife of the late Pino Mirata, she was the devoted mother of Jennie Lanza and husband, Joseph, Peter Mirata and his wife, Rachel, all of Winthrop and the late Maria G. Mirata; dear sister of the late Joseph and Mario Singarella, cherished grandmother of  Nicholas, Anthony, Peter ll, Tristan and Isabella. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Maria’s life by gathering  in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Thursday, at 8:30a.m. before leaving in procession to the Most Holy Rosary Church, Shirley Street,  Winthrop for a Funeral Mass  celebrating  Maria’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Maria being laid to rest with her beloved daughter, Maria in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle ) section. For complimentary transportation to and from funeral home please call 617 569 0990. For more information, visit:

Sylvia Abrams

Centenarian lovingly known for her charm and beauty will be deeply missed

Sylvia (Berkovitz) Abrams passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the age of 100.

She was born in the West End of Boston on Dec. 19, 1916, the first of three cherished children of the late Molly (Teper-Rubinovitz) Berkovitz and Morris Berkovitz, Sylvia was predeceased by her two beloved brothers, the late Hyman and Arthur Berkovitz. The family moved to Roxbury where Sylvia graduated from Roxbury Memorial Girl’s High School in 1934.  She then graduated from Mansfield Academy and enjoyed her time as a beautician at Joette’s Beauty Salon.

In 1939 Sylvia met the love of her life, the late Harry Abrams. They married in 1940 and were inseparable over the next 71 years until Harry’s death in 2011. Following their marriage, Harry and Sylvia lived in Chelsea for the next 45 years and later in Revere. Sylvia was a life-time member of City of Hope, Hadassah and the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home as well as a long-time member and past president of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett.

Sylvia was cherished by two devoted daughters: Elaine Abrams of Winthrop and Rona Medrano and her husband, Leonard of Revere; two grandsons, John Adams and his wife, Tanya and Eric Adams and his wife, Beth of Florida; three great-grandchildren: Joshua Adams, Mollie Adams and her partner, Adam Kackritz of Florid, and Christopher Menchin of Medford; two great-great-grandchildren, Mikeyla and Adein Adams-Kackritz of Florida; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Sylvia was lovingly known for her charm and beauty and will be deeply missed by all. Donations may be made in her memory to a charity of your choice. Funeral services and internment were held, Oct. 15 at the New Tifereth Israel of Everett Cemetery. Arrangements were under the care of Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Visit for guestbook.

John Margardo

Loving father, grandfather, and friend

John A. Margardo of Mashpee passed away peacefully on Oct. 20 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marsal Margardo and the son of the late John and Rose (DeSimone) Margardo.

John was born and raised in East Boston and graduated from Dom Bosco Catholic High School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and started a career in communications during his military service.  He went on to hold the position of chief engineer and regional sales manager for numerous companies including Boston University and For.A Corporation until his retirement.

He loved living at Southport, where he was actively involved and made many, many great friends. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend to many and will be dearly missed by all who loved him.

John is survived by his children: Damien Margardo his wife, Stacey and their daughters McKenzie and Morgan of Winthrop, Joseph Connors his wife, Liana and their children, Jon Oliver and his wife, Elizabeth, Kacie and Christopher, all of Tewksbury and Kelly Nichols her husband, Paul and their daughter, Jessica of Winthrop and his best friend, Cindy Germain and her daughters, Tara Carey and Tiffany Stanley and their families.

A visitation will be held at the Chapman Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Avenue, (Rte 151) Mashpee on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held and live streamed at Christ the King Church, 3 Job’s Fishing Road, Mashpee on Monday, November 6 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice, 434 Route 134, Suite D-3 South Dennis, MA 02660. For online guestbook and directions please visit:

Anne Gioiosa

Retired project manager for Massachusetts Division of Information & Technical Assistance

Anne L. Gioisa, an East Boston native and a resident of Cape Cod, ended a long struggle with metastatic disease on Wednesday evening, Oct. 25 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers. She was 59 years old.

Anne was born and raised in East Boston, taking her elementary schooling at the former Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Grammar School, East Boston. She then attended the Julie Billiart Catholic High School for Girls in Boston’s North End, graduating in 1976. In the late 1970s, she began a job with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, working in several departments for the next 38 years and settling about 30 years ago as project manager within the Division of Information & Technology. Anne maintained a close relationship with her former colleagues after retiring in 2015. She was a member of NAGE (National Association of Government Employees.)

She lived in Saugus for over 30 years, and about 10 years ago, she began summering at the Cape, particularly in Eastham. For several years, she and her devoted wife of 23 years, Linda A. Stiles, wintered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Along with Linda, she traveled often throughout the country and Italy.

In 2016, Anne chaired and orchestrated a superb, 40th high school class-reunion. It had been the only reunion offered for the Class of 1976. It was a huge success, mostly because of the tremendous work effort afforded by Anne.

Anne was the beloved daughter of the late Daniel and Josephine (Geraci) Gioiosa of East Boston; the cherished sister to Charles Gioiosa and his wife, Barbara Brainin of Seattle, Wash.,

Denise A. Giangregorio and her husband, Alan of Winthrop, John Gioiosa and his wife, Mary of Malden and the late Anthony and Marie Gioiosa. She is also lovingly survived by Renee A. Parente of Dorchester, Brian L. Parente of Winthrop and Michael V. Parente and his wife, Karen of Canton. She was the adored “Nonna” to Nevaeh R., Eli M., Amarra J. and Ryan J. Parente and the proud aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions (Attn: Kaplan Family Hospice House) 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Frederick ‘Ted’ Butler Jr.

Retired union electrician

Frederick “Ted” W. Butler Jr., beloved husband of Rosemary (Scorzella) Butler, went to glory on Thursday evening, October 19, after a long struggle with various illnesses. He was 79 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Frederick W. Butler, Sr., and Margaret (Walsh) Butler. He grew up in Waltham, graduated from Waltham High School, lived in Winthrop for 25 years and lived in Peabody for the last 20 years.

Ted was a retired union electrician, having proudly belonged for many years to Local 103 IBEW in Boston.

He is survived by his wife Rosemary (Scorzella) Butler of Peabody, with whom he shared 56 years of marriage. He was the loving dad to Lynne M. Butler of Peabody and to Stephen F. Butler and his wife, Kelli of Rangeley, Maine; devoted grandfather “Pa” to Steven M. Butler and his fiancé, Megan, Justin R. Butler, and Dylan Butler, all of whom reside in Maine; a brother, J. David Butler of Waltham and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 2900 North Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 or at

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