Obituaries 05-27-2021

Francis Cavaliere, Sr.

Retired Proprietor of Eastern Flooring in East Boston

Francis R. Cavaliere, Sr. of Winthrop passed away at the Katzman Family Center for Living in Chelsea on May 22. He was 93 years old.

Born in East Boston, the beloved son of the late Josephine (DeMassi) and Frank O. Cavaliere. He enlisted in the United States Army during WWII and after his honorable discharge he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree at the College of the Holy Cross. Prior to his retirement, he was the proprietor of Eastern Flooring in East Boston.

He was the devoted husband of the late Pauline C. (Kenney) and the loving father of Thomas Cavaliere and his wife. Mary of Winthrop, Anne Cavaliere of Tewksbury, Jodi Sampson of Middleton, Paula Cavaliere of Weymouth and the late Francis R. Cavaliere, Jr. and his wife, Christine Cavaliere-Ogus of Winthrop; dear brother of the late Rose Ligotti; cherished grandfather of Frank, Nick, Samantha, Jordan, Kaitlin, Scott and Michael and great grandfather of Parker, Cooper, Mila and Sloane.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Wednesday, May 26 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services concluded with the interment in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Cross Baseball in memory of Francis R. Cavaliere, Class of 1951 at

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Rachel Kaplan

Lifelong Winthrop Resident

Rachel (Bramson) Kaplan, a lifelong resident of Winthrop, entered into rest on Monday, May 24.

The devoted mother of Danielle Burke and her husband, Thomas of Attleboro and Joshua Kaplan and his wife, Raquel Kaplan of Saugus, she was the loving daughter of the late Ben Bramson and the late Dorothy (Bensusan) Bramson, dear sister of Fraidell Fenster and her husband, Richard Watson of Georgia and loving grandmother of Blake, Vincent, Giovanni, Brianna and McKayla.

Graveside Services were held Wednesday, May 26 at South Boston Lodge Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rachel’s memory may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Visit for guestbook.

Gloria DiFronzo

Retired Home Health Aide

Gloria G. DiFronzo passed away at the Wood Haven Senior Living Facility in Tewksbury on May 19. She was 94 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of the late Giulia and Julius Beraudo, she was a resident of Winthrop for over 61 years and worked as a home health aide for many years.

She was the devoted wife of the late Nicholas DiFronzo and the loving mother of Deborah Bighinatti and her husband, David of Tewksbury, Richard DiFronzo and his wife, Jane of Lexington, Alfred “Skip” DiFronzo and his wife, Marcia of Lynnfield and the late Peter DiFronzo and Cynthia DiFronzo; dear sister of the late Constantino Beraudo and his wife, Gladys, Catherine Rabiaotti and her husband, Andrew, Ann Beraudo and Jenny Bearudo; cherished grandmother of James Roper, Kirsten Smith and Alicia Buchanan and great grandmother of Jason, Kade and Declan.

Services and interment are private.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church 59 Ashley St., East Boston MA 02128.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign the online guestbook, go to

Mary Alice Miller

U.S. Postal Service Retiree

Mary Alice (O’Connell) Miller, 73, passed away on May 22.

Prior to her retirement, Mary Alice worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a postal clerk. She enjoyed spending time with family, listening to music, dancing and gardening.

Mary Alice was the beloved wife of John L. Miller for 52 years. Born in Chelsea, she was the cherished daughter of the late Edmund and Mary O’Connell; the devoted mother of Janel M. Miller and Melissa A. Miller, both of Winthrop and John L. Miller Jr. of Laconia, N.H.; the adored grandmother of Marykate Pote and Jessica, Alex and William Miller and the dear sister of Maureen Kilroy and her husband, Bill of Weymouth, Matthew O’Connell of Winthrop and the late Edmund Jr., William and John O’Connell. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St. Winthrop on Friday, May 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. with a funeral service in the funeral home beginning at 6:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment

will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516. To sign Mary Alice’s guestbook, please visit:

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