Obituaries – 04-15-09

Saturday, April 18, 2009
By Cary Shuman

William Scantlebury

Owned Betty Ann Food Shop of East Boston

William R. Scantlebury of East Boston died on April 12.

Owner of Betty Ann Food Shop of East Boston and a US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Rita (Donovan) Scantlebury; loving father of Robert W. and William J., both of East Boston; dear brother of the late Ronald, Sylvia DeMarchi, Gwendoline Anderson, Ethel Furlong, Laura Messer, and Herbert; and he is also survived by nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m., followed by funeral services in St. John’s Episcopal Parish, Bowdoin Street, Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. Visit his memorial at www.mem.com.

John Crisafulli, 88

Decorated veteran

John Crisafulli, formerly of East Boston and Brockton, died on April 6 at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge following a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Born in East Boston on April 21, 1920, he entered the US Army in World War II in January 1942 and served until October 1945. After suffering extensive wounds in the Rhineland, he was awarded the Purple Heart with two service Bronze Stars. He was also the recipient of the Good Conduct medal and several other campaign ribbons. One of the many living casualties of World War II, he suffered for many years with a myriad of physical and emotional disabilities resulting in many periods of long confinement at the Bedford and Brockton VA hospitals. For the last three years, he was a resident of the Lexington Manor Health Care Facility, where he was serene and especially well cared for.

He was the son of the late Antonio and Philomena (Maciulli); dear brother of the late Rose Federico, Yolanda D’Agata, Justin and Frank Crisafulli; devoted uncle of Angela Dowd and her husband, David W., of Chelmsford, Paul A. Federico and his wife, Deborah, of Winthrop, Anthony Federico and wife, Lisa, of Lynnfield, Justin Crisafulli and his wife, Ann, of Medford, Philip Crisafulli and his wife, Sharon, of North Carolina, Anthony Crisafulli and his wife, Sharlys, of Georgia, Joseph Crisafulli of Framingham and Nanci D’Agata of Lawrence and is also lovingly survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the NE Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston MA, 02118.

Barbara Jean Pocius, 63

Staff Accountant at Northeastern University

Barbara Jean Pocius of Golden Drive, Winthrop, died after a long illness on April 11, at the Epoch Senior Health Care Center in Melrose. She was 63 years old.

Miss Pocius worked for 40 years as a staff accountant for Northeastern University. She was a member of St. John’s Liturgy Committee, St. John’s Choir and a volunteer at the former Governor Winthrop Nursing Home.

She was born in Boston, daughter of Joseph Pocius and Josephine (Gerulskis) and was the sister of Marjorie Filleul of Hubbardston, Elaine Statham of Delaware, Robert Pocius of Delaware and Susan Pettruci of Texas. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Relatives and friends are invited. Funeral arrangements are by the O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice or The Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Gloria Forgione, 81

Retired from Sky Chef of the Marriott Corp.

Gloria A. (Ballerini) Forgione, a former longtime resident of East Boston and Winthrop, died on Good Friday, April 10, at the Life Care Center of Attleboro, following a long illness. She was 81 years old.

Born in Boston, she lived in East Boston for more than 60 years before moving to Winthrop in 1991. She remained in Winthrop until 2003, when she relocated with her daughter, Rosalie Semple, and her husband, James R. Semple of Attleboro.

She worked for many years for Sky Chef of the Marriott Corporation before retiring.

She was the wife of the late Martin who died in August 1997; cherished mother of Martin H. Forgione and his wife, Ann, of Cape Coral, Fla., Dennis A. Forgione and his wife, Joan, of Revere and Rosalie Semple and her husband, James R., of Attleboro; dear grandmother of Sheavhon DePaola and her husband, Christopher, of Florida, Kasey and Ryan Forgione, both of Revere, Jordan, Gina, Tori, and Julia Semple, all of Attleboro, Ryan, Kelly and Timothy Magee, all of Florida; dear sister of Rosalie Morelli and Norma Forgione, both of Saugus, Domenic Ballerini of Tewksbury, Angie Maurello of Chelsea and the late Anthony Ballerini, Anna Scofield, Mary West and Ramilda Vaccaro. She is also lovingly survived by three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral service today, Thursday, April 16, at 11 a.m. in the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere, followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Roberta West, 85

One of the original Sweet Adelines

Roberta (Nowell) West, a longtime resident of Derry, NH, formerly of Winthrop, died at home on April 11. She was 85 years old.

One of the original Sweet Adelines and a member of the Eastern Star, she loved Bingo, traveling and was an avid supporter of the Humane Society of Greater Nashua.

She was born in Weymouth, daughter of the late George and Mabel (Thomas) Nowell. She is survived by her children, William R. West and his wife, Deborah, of Derry, NH, Michael G. West and his wife, Judy, of Lynn, Mark G. West and his wife, Linda, of Dublin, NH. She also leaves four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. She was the wife of the late William West Jr. and sister of the late Dorothy Brewer, Alice Hamor and Carl Nower.

The Peabody Funeral Home and Crematorium is handling the arrangements and the family will hold a private service at a later date.

Donations in memory of Mrs. West may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Nashua, 24 Ferry Road, Nashua, NH 03064. For more information and to express online condolences, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.

Eileen Mercer

Everett resident

Eileen Mercer of Everett died on April 5.

She was the loving mother of Thomas Mercer and his wife, Krisy, of Winthrop and is survived by her longtime companion, Joseph Aubrey. She was the beloved sister of Bernard Lloyd, Charlene Pereault, Patricia Krupcheck, Michelle Coviello, James and Daniel Lloyd, Rita Mercier and Richard, Joseph, Diane and Michael Farnkoff; her loving granddaughter, Ashley Mercer; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Joan Culliton

Telephone operator

Joan F. (Harrington) Culliton of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 10. She was 73 years old.

A graduate of Winthrop High School, prior to her retirement, she was a telephone operator for the former New England Telephone (now ATT) and the IBEW Union.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur M. Culliton. Born in Everett, she was the daughter of the late James and Dorothy (Dearing) Harrington; devoted mother of Michael Culliton and his wife, Arlene, and Paul Culliton of Revere, Steven Culliton and his wife, Marla, of Swampscott, and Kathleen MacDonald and her husband, John, of New Durham, NH; sister of Marion Gill of West Yarmouth and Al Arnold of Florida; adored grandmother of Christopher, Jacob, and Naomi Culliton; and she is also survived by several nieces and a nephew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For her guest book, go www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Kathleen Todisco, 62

Winthrop resident

Kathleen A. (Barrett) Todisco of Winthrop died suddenly at her home on April 6. She was 62 years old.

The devoted mother of David Todisco, she was born in Winthrop, daughter of Robert and Catherine (Griffin) Barrett, who preceded her in death.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was at the Winthrop Cemetery. For her guest book, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Linda Chamberlain, 62

Of California, formerly of Winthrop

Linda D. Chamberlain of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Winthrop, died on April 5. She was 62 years old.

Born in Massachusetts, she was the beloved daughter of the late Waldo and Evelyn Chamberlain. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For her guest book, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Elaine Berardi, 83

Member of Cottage Park Yacht Club Ladies Bowling League, former CCD Educator

Elaine (Leonard) Berardi of Winthrop died on April 9. She was 83 years old.

A former member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club Wednesday Afternoon Ladies Bowling League and a former CCD educator at St. John the Evangelist Church, prior to her retirement, she worked for Kemper Insurance Company as a transcriber.

She was the beloved wife of the late Dominic Berardi and former wife of John Barry of Salem. Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late John and Katherine (McCarthy) Leonard; devoted mother of Eileen Barry Johnson and her husband, Bruce, and Thomas Leonard Barry of Winthrop, Kevin John Barry and his wife, Marcella, of Pleasanton, Calif., and Patricia Ann Vernstrom and her husband, Jon, of Hagerstown, Md.; sister of Claire Teska of Cork, Ireland and Denver, Colo., and the late Eugene Patrick Leonard and Catherine Callahan and adored grandmother of Jessica and Kiel Barry. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church c/o CCD Education, 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop, MA, 02152. For her guest book, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Anna ‘May’ Zedalis, 91

Swampscott resident

Anna M. “May” (Hurd) Zedalis of Swampscott died on April 10. She was 91 years old.

She was the wife of the late Adolph J. “Petesy;” mother of Adolph J. “Joseph” Zedalis, III and his wife, Christine, and George E. Zedalis and his wife, Estelle, all of Winthrop; sister of Marjorie Fuscus of Portland, Oregon, Chester Hurd, Dolores Arnold and Phyllis Lackie, all of Hudson, NH, and the late June Renaud, Ruth Moore and Jane Sanders; grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of nine; and aunt of many.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home of Lynn. For her guest book, visit www.solimine.com.

Carmina Cellurale

North End resident

Carmina (Mucciarone) Cellurale of Boston’s North End died on April 10.

She was the beloved wife of Michele Cellurale; loving daughter of the late Felice and Maria Mucciarone; loving mother of Felice J. Cellurale and his wife, Josephine, of Belmont, Mirella Petruccelli and her husband, Roger, of Winthrop, Fernanda C. Blood and her husband, Clifford Jr., of Medford and the late Nicolindo and Olindo; dear sister of Michelina D’Angelo of Franklin and the late Michele Marco Mucciarone and loving grandmother of Paul, Carla, David, Cristina, Adam, Meredith and Russell.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman-Langone. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Stroke Association, 185 Franklin Street, Boston MA.

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