Obituaries 03-07-2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013
By Transcript Staff

Edmund Santamaria

Of Winthrop

Edmund P. “Eddie” Santamaria of Winthrop passed away suddenly on March 2 in the Chelsea Soldiers Home after a complication with dementia.

A Vietnam War veteran, Air National Guard 102nd Tactical Fighter Wing, he was the loving son of the late Michael Santamaria and Amelia (DeCristoforo), the beloved husband of Barbara (Rotcavich) Santamaria; loving father of Candice Santamaria and her companion, Chris Parker of Farmington, NH, Bruce Santamaria and his wife, Reiko Nagano of Billerica and Scott Santamaria and his wife, Asa of Sweden; cherished grandfather of Emilia, Olivia and Molly; dear brother of Beatrice Anderson of Bedford, Evelyn Santamaria of East Boston and the late Elena Hartery, Albert Santamaria, Adeline Ruotolo and Arthur Santamaria.  He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Burial will be in June. Arrangements are under the care of Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., East Boston.

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Thomas ‘Tanka’ Donovan, Jr.

Self Employed Contractor, Member of Pleasant Park Yacht Club and Winthrop Elks

Thomas J. “Tanka” Donovan, Jr. of Winthrop passed away at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 28. He was 60 years old.

“Tanka” was a life member of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. He was a self-employed contractor.

Born in Boston, he was the cherished son of Jean A. (Howard) McNeish of Winthrop and the late Thomas J. Donovan Sr.; devoted father of Paul P. Donovan of East Boston and Jennifer J. Donovan of Peabody; loving companion and best friend of Tammy Burditt of Winthrop; step-father to Robert Trainor of East Boston and Marie Trainor of Winthrop; dear brother of Trudy Serino of Revere, Stephen Donovan of Portland, Maine and Brian Donovan and Christine MacNeil, both of Winthrop. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923. For guestbook, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

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Catherine VanDalinda

Worked for NE Tel & Tel and Suffolk Downs

Catherine R. (Holtz) VanDalinda of Winthrop passed away on Saturday, March 2. She was 94 years old.

She was a graduate of Resurrection Elementary School and Saint Brendan High School in Brooklyn, NY. On Dec 8, 1942, she enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. She trained in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and was assigned to the USCG District in Boston where some of her duties included those of storekeeper and payroll typist. She attended Officer Candidate School and was promoted to the rank of Ensign and worked in the Finance Office in Palm Beach, Florida. At the end of the war, she was discharged on Jan 31, 1946. “Kay” was a late employee of N.E. Telephone Co. and Suffolk Downs and a member of the American Legion-Winthrop Post #146.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J. VanDalinda, Lt. WPD; devoted mother of Regina M. “Jeanie” Doucette and her husband, Henry L. of Winthrop and The Villages, Florida and adored grandmother of Andrea M. Doucette of Greenfield, MA. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on October 9, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Catherine M. (Mulholland) and Fredrick R. Holtz; dear sister of the late Francis X. O’Reilly, William J. Holtz, and Leonore Jacobson. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, March 7 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 in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA, 02152 or to the EWTN (Global Catholic Network) 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, AL. 35210.

Kay’s family would like to extend many thanks to her caregivers, Bettie, Donna and Debbie, whose undying devotion and loving care allowed her to remain in her home for as long as she did. They also appreciate the wonderful care provided by the second floor nurses and CNAs at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. For guestbook, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

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Mary Vitagliano

Co-Proprietor of Winthrop Public Market

Mary F. Vitagliano of Wadsworth Avenue, Winthrop passed away unexpectedly at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on March 1. She was 96 years old.

Born in the North End of Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Josephine (Rizzo) and Antonio Sarno. She was a graduate of Everett High School and has lived in Winthrop for more than 55 years. She worked as a seamstress for many years and along with her husband was the proprietor of the Winthrop Public Market.
She was the devoted wife of the late Joseph N. Vitagliano and the loving mother of Frances Vitagliano of Winthrop, Joseph Vitagliano and his wife, Janet of Wayland and the late Marian Vitagliano;  the dear sister of the late Louis Sarno, Mary C. DeNapoli, Joseph Sarno, Amabile Sarno and Amarino J. Sarno and the cherished grandmother of Antonia Marian Vitagliano.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.cremationsbycaggianofh.com.

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Lawrence Inconiglios

Member of Winthrop Elks and American Legion

Lawrence P. Inconiglios of Atlantic Street, Winthrop passed away at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on March 1 after a brief illness. He was 92 years old. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and was honorably discharged after serving for over 20 years.

A Winthrop resident for close to 70 years, he was employed by the State of Massachusetts as a Food and Drug Inspector. He was also a member of the VFW, Winthrop Lodge of Elks and the American Legion.
He was the husband of the late Constance (Silivia) and the beloved father of Paul Inconiglios of Millis;  the cherished grandfather of Paul Jr., Jeannamarie and John. He was also the great grandfather of Phillip, Peter Joseph, Juliana and John Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.  Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.cremationsbycaggianofh.com.

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Sandra Santilli

Suffolk Law School Administrative Manager

Sandra G. Santilli of Chelsea, formerly of Winthrop, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on February 21 after a brief illness. She was 35 years old.

An administrative manager for Suffolk Law School, she was born in Melrose, the beloved daughter of Karen (Skelley) and the late James F. Santilli. She was the dear sister of Janine and her fiancé, Mark McClelland of Winthrop and Kim Santilli-Tommaney and her husband, Brendan of Framingham. She is the loving girlfriend of Michael Cocilova; cherished niece of Sandra and Peter G. Edmonds of Peabody and Barbara and George Constantine of Florida; beloved cousin of Peter A. Edmonds of Peabody and is also survived by loving family and many friends who adored her.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley  Funeral Home, Winthrop.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Sandra to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
To sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.cremationsbycaggianofh.com.

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Claire Wallace Brown

Winthrop High School Library Volunteer,  Cottage Park Ladies Bowling LeagueTreasurer

Claire Wallace Brown of Ocean Avenue, Winthrop passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital on March 1 after a sudden illness. She was 79 years old.

A resident of Winthrop for over 50 years, she was employed as a records clerk at the Massachusetts General Hospital for over 25 years. She was a member of the Cottage Park Ladies Bowling League, where she served as its treasurer. She was also a volunteer in the Winthrop High School library and took part in Senior Learning Classes at UMass Boston.

Born in Belmont, she was the beloved daughter of the late Frances (Bradley) and Grant E. Wallace; the devoted wife of Harold “Hatch” Brown and the loving mother of Matt Brown of Winthrop, Anne Brown of Cambridge and Emily Dunlap and her husband, Wayne of Austin, Texas;  the dear sister of Eleanor Wallace of Florida and the late Muriel Wallace and Mary Lawrence and the cherished grandmother of Carolyn, Justin, Lisa and Ian.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to
the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For memorial donations or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com or www.cremationsbycaggianofh.com.

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