Obituaries 07-14-2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
By Transcript Staff

Robert Costa

Member of Pleasant Park Yacht Club, Fedex retiree

Robert Costa of Homosassa, FL, formerly of Winthrop and East Boston, died in Peabody on July 13 after a long illness. He was 68 years old.

Born in Boston the son of the late Theresa (Kyne) and Vincent P. Costa, he was a retired truck driver for Fedex, a member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and former member of Winthrop Lodge of Elks.

He was the beloved husband of Sarah (Borella); stepfather of Steven and Amelia DiGregorio of Salem; dear brother of Peter Costa of Winthrop and Paul and Nina Costa of Peabody; grandfather of Dante DiGregorio and is also survived by nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano & Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 11:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For directions and online guest book go to: www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 

Anne Sullivan

Retired Housing Administrator

Anne C. (Sullivan) Sullivan of Winthrop died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on July 12. She was 82 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development as a Housing Administrator.

She was the beloved wife of Daniel J. Sullivan. Born in Charlestown, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Katherine (Foley) Sullivan; devoted mother of Dennis P. Sullivan and his dear friend, Carolyn Troy, of Winthrop, Mark S. Sullivan and his wife, Loree, of Stratham, N.H., Daniel J. Sullivan Jr. and his significant other, Pamela Ross, of Winthrop, Eve Marie Sennott and her husband, Mark, of Winthrop, and the late Amy Sullivan; dear sister of Paul Sullivan and his wife, Elaine, of Somerville, Alice McNiff and her husband, Joseph, of Woburn, and the late Marie Lynch, Barbara, Joseph, and Coleman "Buddy" Sullivan, all of Charlestown; adored grandmother of seven and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Her Funeral will be from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be private. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-Massachusetts Chapter 9 Erie Dr. Natick, MA. 01760 in memory of Amy Sullivan. For guestbook go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

 

Ira Kaye

Former musician and photographer

Ira Kaye of Winthrop died on July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 95 years old.

A former musician, photographer and owner of Government Center Camera, he was the beloved brother of Bernice (Katkis) Lichtenstein, uncle of Bill and Barnett Lichtenstein and grand-uncle of Rose Lichtenstein.

Funeral Services will be held today, July 15 at 11 a.m. at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, Brookline.

 

John DePalma

Of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop

John R. "J.D." DePalma of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on June 29. He was 55 years old.

He was formerly employed as a maintenance supervisor at the Columbus Nursing Home.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Robert DePalma of East Boston and Carole Wells of Winthrop; devoted husband of Theresa "Amaru" DePalma of East Boston and loving father of Jessica DePalma of East Boston. He is also survived by Theresa McIntosh of Beverly, Patricia Wells and Roy A. Wells, both of Winthrop, and by many nieces and nephews._

Services and committal were private with arrangements by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial services are pending.

 

Mary Grassia

Somerville resident

Mary E. (Aylward) Grassia of Somerville died on July 11.

She was the beloved wife of the late Silvio "Cio" Grassia; mother of Michael Grassia and his wife, Penny, of Medford, Robert and his wife, Karen, of Tewksbury, Mary Magliozzi and her husband, Paul, of Winthrop and Kathleen Sullivan and her husband, John L., of Somerville; daughter of the late Michael and Mary Aylward; grandmother of Courtney, Jenelle, Alexandra, Nicholas and Rocky; sister of Jeanne Young of Revere and the late Eileen Wall, Rita Brennan, James, Thomas, George and Teresa Aylward. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from from the Cota-Struzziero Funeral Home, 197 Washington St., Somerville today, Thursday, July 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Catherine of Genoa Church, 179 Summer St., Somerville at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choice. www.cotafuneralhomes.com.

 

Pasquale Luongo

Helped develop materials for the Hubble Telescope

Pasquale A. "Pat" Luongo of Medford, formerly of East Boston, died on July 11. He was 82 years old.

A US Navy veteran, Mr. Luongo received a letter of thanks for his fortitude, resourcefulness and leadership signed by President Harry S. Truman. He worked as a machinist at the Boston Naval Shipyard in Charlestown and as a Research and Development Machinist for the Department of the Army in Watertown. He received a Commendation for Outstanding Service from the Office of the Project Manager for Nuclear Munitions for his work in Europe. After he retired from government service, he went to work at Harvard University where he was on a team that developed the materials for the Hubble Telescope. A professional candlepin bowler, he love to hunt, fish and play bingo and enjoyed watching football, baseball and hockey.

He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (Bernardinelli) Luongo with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; loving father of Charles Luongo of Bradford and Camille Strupa and her husband, Salvatore, of Medford; dear brother of Margaret Lopilato of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Christopher, Jade and Tiffany Luongo, Danielle Devlin, Michael, Amy and Brianna Struppa and great grandfather of Nancy May Devlin. He was the brother in law of Robert Bernardinelli and his wife, Roseann, and Rosemarie Forte.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Thursday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Fellsway, Medford at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

 

Jeannette Abate

Federal Government retiree

Jeannette L. Abate of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died at her residence on Reservoir Avenue, Revere on July 7. She was 98 years old.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Federal Government as an administrator.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Laura (Cataldo) and Angelo Abate, dear sister of Gloria Visco of Arizona and the late Albert Abate, Frank Abate and Laura Abate; loving aunt of Albert Abate of Rockport, ME, Joanne Linehan of Quincy, Karen Bevilacqua of Peoria, AZ, Richard Visco of Medford and Lauren de’Albuquerque of Lake Charles, LA. She is also survived by grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To sign her on line guest book go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

 

Pearl Tieuli

Last of the ‘Late Great Morrissey Girls"

Pearl (Morrissey) Tieuli of Revere died on July 11 with her family by her side. She was in her 93rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late John S. Tieuli with whom she shared 51 years of marriage; dear and devoted mother of Anthony of Revere, Bonnie of Winthrop and the late Frank and John Tieuli. She is also lovingly survived by Ann Metivier of Winthrop and Richard Caruso of Boston. Mrs. Tieuli was the last of the late, great Morrissey girls, her mother Mary Margaret "Mutie" and sisters Mildred Rogers, Dorothy Butler, Helen Butler and Ethel Fairfield; proud grandmother of Lauren Fusco, Lisa Chapman and John Tieuli and great grandmother of seven. She is also survived by several loving and faithful nieces and nephews and especially by her devoted niece Diane Fairfield Nimatallah of Gainsville, VA.

The family wishes to thank her wonderful health aides, Mary, Grace, Donna and Iris who offered her their affection and respect as well as Laura McCarthy and the All Care Hospice Team. Some people come into our lives and quietly go, some people come and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never the same because of it.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Church, High Street, Medford at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book and directions: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Douglas Muise

Shawmut Bank retiree

Douglas R. Muise, a lifelong East Boston resident, died on July 10.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired 42 year employee of the Shawmut Bank and a member of the K of C of Winthrop.

He was the beloved father of Susan Muise Bavaro and her husband, John; son of the late Raymond J. and Margaret (Frauten); brother of Leo J. and his wife, Virginia, of Tewksbury, James A. and his wife, Peggy, of Middleton and the late Victor J., Earl P. and Kenneth L. and his surviving wife, Beatrice Muise, of Dorchester. He was the husband of the late Bernice (Hagen) Muise and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., E. Boston 02128 would be appreciated. www.MagrathFuneralHome.com.

 

Vincent Ruggiero

Of Billerica, formerly of East Boston

Vincent "Jimmy" Ruggiero of Billerica, formerly of East Boston and Cambridge, died on July 10.

He was the husband of the late Anna (Rourke) Ruggiero; father of Maria Ruggiero of Billerica and her companion, Mark Brighi, and his children, Lara and Christian Brighi; brother of Angelo Ruggiero and Augustino Ruggiero and his wife, Jane, of Malden, Frank Ruggiero and his wife, Joan, of Winthrop, Anthony Ruggiero and his wife, Carmela, of Revere and Theresa Cocozza of East Boston. He is also survived by his beloved pets.

A Memorial Mass will be held today, Thursday, at St. Theresa Church, One Grace Ave., Billerica at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Memorial contributions may be made to the Billerica Council on Aging, 25 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA 01821. Arrangements are under the care of the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica. www.sweeneymemorialfh.com

 

June Sleger

Of Wakefield, formerly of Winthrop

June C. Sleger of Wakefield died July 10 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington following a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Born in Boston on June 15, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Eugene M. and Phyllis (Hoar) Gillis. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1956, and also attended Fisher Junior College. She retired from Agfa Corporation where she was the Payroll Clerk. She had been an active member of the Rainbow Girls in Winthrop. __She is survived by her husband, Leon F. Sleger of Wakefield, and her children; Bonnie Lee Sleger Braese and her husband, Stephen, of Woburn, and Mark Alan Sleger and his wife, Nancy M. Given Sleger, of Wakefield. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Elisabeth and Jonathan Braese, and Shelby, Jeffrey, and Andrew Sleger.__Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

Joan Mueller

Of East Boston, formerly of Charlestown

Joan M. (Lane) Mueller of East Boston, formerly of Charlestown died on July 7.

She was the beloved daughter of the late John and Helen (Sullivan) Lane; devoted mother of Diane Scott of Winthrop, William Mueller of Revere and Robert Mueller of Hull; sister of Charles Lane of Hull and the late Alyce Gauthier and William and James Lane and is also survived by five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

 

Rita Washeba

Winthrop resident

Rita D. Washeba of Winthrop formerly of Medford and Peabody, died at the Radius Health Care Center in Danvers with her family at her side on July 5. She was 67 years old.

She was a financial analyst at AGFA of Wilmington for 20 years.

She is survived by her partner and best friend, John F. Washeba of Winthrop; three daughters and their spouses, Susan N. and Gordon Plutsky of Beverly, Nancy A. and Stephen McWhirter of South Hamilton and Patricia M. and John Reynolds of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Megan McWhirter and John "Jack" McWhirter of South Hamilton, and Kerry Reynolds and John Reynolds III of Georgetown; a sister and her husband, Pauline and Edward Mulvaney of Hyannis; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Washeba, and a sister-in-law, Linda Washeba, both of Medford; and many nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late Manuel and Olive (Leger) DeCouto and sister of the late Gilbert DeCouto.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of the North Shore, (www.hns.org) 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online obituary and memorial guest book please visit www.ccbfunerral.com.

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