Obituaries

Thursday, March 12, 2009
By Cary Shuman

Massimiliano ‘Max’ Tassinari, 98

Managed Day Square Radio

Massimiliano “Max” Tassinari died in East Boston on March 9. He was 98 years old.

“Max” was the manager of Day Square Radio of East Boston for over 55 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Archetta “Annie” (Saccardo); devoted father of Maxine T. Teixeira, Thomas J. and his wife, Deborah Tassinari, Mark J. and his wife, Therese Tassinari, all of East Boston, Attorney Stephen J. and his wife, Sandra Tassinari, of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Carole Rizzo and her husband John, Maria Votava and her husband, Michael, Michael Teixeira and his wife, Jessica, Brian Teixeira, Max, Tiana, Stephen, Kara, Michele, Andrea, Mark, Joseph, Rachel, and Julie Tassinari; dear brother of Antenorie Tassinari of Melrose, Albano Tassinari of Winthrop, Giaconda Smart of Arlington, Gloria Overton and her husband, Al, Tosca Tassinari and Mary Schraeder, all of East Boston. He is also lovingly survived by seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston, Friday morning at 9, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Sacred Heart Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150, Att’n: Patient Activities Fund.

James Vincent Mazzarella

Winthrop resident

James Vincent Mazzarella of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on March 7.

A US Air Force veteran of Vietnam, he was the cherished son of the late Frank and Constance (Ciliberto) Mazzarella; loving companion for over 32 years to Denise Condon of Winthrop; father of Gina Mazzarella; dear brother of Marlene Cirrone of Revere; cherished grandfather of Adrian and Christopher; fond uncle of Salvatore Cirrone and Christina Soares and great-uncle of many.

Funeral and services will be held at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m., followed by services at 11:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit this morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Francis Michael Lanza, 74

Civil Engineer, sailing and golf enthusiast, involved in Winthrop youth activities

Francis Michael Lanza died on March 6 at Massachusetts General Hospital, after a long illness. He was 74 years old.

He was born in Boston on February 23, 1935 and was a Winthrop resident for almost 70 years.

He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1954, and Norwich University, Class of 1960, graduating with a B.S. in civil engineering. He began his career with the Vermont Highway Department, before going to work in Boston for the Perini Corporation and the W.T. Rich Construction Company, where he worked as a civil engineer and chief estimator for almost 25 years. He loved his work and loved being an engineer.

He was involved for many years with the Winthrop Youth Hockey Program, where he coached for eight years. He was also a longtime member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club (CPYC), where during the 1970s, he was actively involved in the youth sailing program as a regatta coach for many CPYC youth sailors who went on to win many regattas. He loved sailing with his friends and family on his boat Chandelle. He was also an active golfer and took many trips to Myrtle Beach with family and friends.

He was the son of the late Alphonsus and Elvira Lanza and the loving husband of Carlie J. Lanza of Winthrop, to whom he was married for 45 years; proud father of three sons, Christopher F. Lanza of Miami, Fla., Jonathan A. Lanza and his wife, Dina, of Winthrop and Matthew D. Lanza and his wife, Jeanette, of Kingston. He leaves five grandchildren: Andrew of Miami, Fla., Jonathan Jr., and Mia of Winthrop, and Chloe and Kelsi of Kingston. His grandchildren were the love of his life, and they will miss him dearly. He also leaves multiple family members throughout New England.

May God bless this wonderful man and let him join his family in heaven.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Viking Pride Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Winthrop MA 02152. To sign his online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Armando Mastrogiovannni, 94

Raytheon retiree

Armando Mastrogiovanni of Coppermine Road, Topsfield, formerly of Chelsea, died March 6 at Beverly Hospital. He was 94 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna (Frangolini) Mastrogiovanni.

Born in Gaeta, Italy, he was the son of the late Domenico and Maria (Uttaro) Mastrogiovanni. He was raised and educated in Italy and immigrated to the United States in 1947. He and his wife made their home in Chelsea, spending many wonderful years together there until recently moving to Topsfield.

Mr. Mastrogiovanni had been employed with the Raytheon Company for over 25 years until the time of his retirement in 1978. He loved photography, gardening, painting and reading philosophy books. He had a deep love of his family and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his daughter, Marian Mastrogiovanni, of Winthrop; his sons, David Mastrogiovanni and his wife, Jane, of Manchester, NH, and Renato “Ron” Mastrogiovanni and his wife, Marea, of Topsfield, with whom he resided; his grandchildren: Matt, Ronny, Lisa and Taylor Mastrogiovanni and Nicole Daugherty; two great-grandchildren, Dominick and Lucas; and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Danvers. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Teaching Fund, 1 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114.

For his online guest book, visit www.legacy.com.

Dorothy Mahoney, 92

Retired teacher, president of the Point Shirley Association

Dorothy M. (McGlinchey) Mahoney of Winthrop died on March 6. She was 92 years old.

A retired schoolteacher, she was president of the Point Shirley Association and a member of the Senior Citizens Association.

She was the beloved wife of the late William F. Mahoney; loving mother of Steven Mahoney and his wife, Carol, of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Jennifer, Breanne, and Steven Mahoney; and the dear cousin of Richard Ward of Centerville and James Cunniff of Chelsea.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery.


Antonio Lambiase, 75

Winthrop resident

Antonio F. “Anthony” Lambiase of Willis Avenue, Winthrop, died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital on March 5. He was 75 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was the son of the late Nancy (Savatta) and Salvatore Lambiase.

Mr. Lambiase grew up in East Boston before moving to Winthrop 51 years ago.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the proprietor of Anthony’s 3A Motel in Weymouth, a member of the Knights of Columbus 2956, the St. Francis Council, the Knights of Don Orione and the Weymouth Rotary.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (DiFlumeri) and the loving father of Richard A. Lambiase and his wife, Rita, of Revere and April G. Lambiase of Winthrop; the brother of Grace Montuori of Saugus and the late John Lambiase. He was also the cherished grandfather of Lisa Pellechia, Anthony Pellechia and Francesca Lambiase.

His funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign his online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Robert Carrigan, 75

Norfolk resident

Robert W. Carrigan of Norfolk died on March 5. He was 75 years old.

He was the husband of Madeline C. (DiCiccio) Carrigan; father of Joseph R. Carrigan and his wife, Cindy, of Winthrop and Kelly L. Mullen and her husband, George, of Norfolk; brother of Catherine Grasso of Fairfield, Conn.; grandfather of Ryan and Brendan Carrigan and Jacqueline and Catherine “Catie” Mullen.

Funeral arrangements were by the RJ Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham. Burial was in Norfolk Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760. For additional information, please visit www.rjrossfuneralhomeinc.com.

Robert Davis, 81

Member of Winthrop Elks

Robert E. “Bob” Davis of Winthrop died on March 4. He was 81 years old.

He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

He was born on January 20, 1928 in Stoneham to the late Frederick and Irene Davis (Mossey). His survivors include his wife of 45 years, Priscilla; his son, Christopher, and his wife, Lynne Davis, of Hopedale, and his grandchildren, Cameron and Melissa.

Funeral arrangements were by the Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home. Donations in his name may be made to Our Lady Of The Airways Chapel, Logan Airport, East Boston, MA 02128. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Paula Johnson, 54

President-director of NE Wallcovering in Winthrop

Paula C. Johnson of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Winthrop, died on March 2 at Martin Memorial Medical Center, Stuart, Fla.

She was born August 1, 1954 in Winthrop and was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1972. She was a resident of Port St. Lucie since 1989.

She was president/director of New England Wallcovering (1978 to 1989) in Winthrop and was vice president-director of Bob Johnson Painting Corporation in Port St. Lucie. She was a member of ECW, Episcopal Church Women, in Palm City, Fla..

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Johnson of Port St. Lucie; two daughters, Lindsay Johnson of Altamonte Springs, Fla. and Jillian Johnson of Port St. Lucie; a grandson, Robert Paul Johnson and three sisters, Jean DeAngelis of Winthrop, Rita Marie Cashman and Mary Cashman, both of Swampscott.

To everyone who knew her, she was a wonderful and amazing mother, wife and friend who will be missed.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ayock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Daniel Shanahan

East Boston resident

Daniel F. Shanahan of East Boston died suddenly on March 3.

He was the loving son of the late James A. and Florence J. Shanahan; beloved brother of Edwin Shanahan and his wife, Dolly, of Peabody ,and the late James Shanahan and his surviving wife, Virginia, of Melrose; devoted uncle of Jim Shanahan and his wife, Erin, Jennifer and Lindsay Shanahan, Kristin Crockett and her husband, Scott, and their son, Patrick and Maria and Renee Shanahan; dear nephew of Robert and Beverly Barnes; adored cousin of Judy Barnes; and the cherished companion of Karen Cummings of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.

For more information or to send an online condolence, visit www.ruggieromh.com.

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