Obituaries 02-09-2011

February 10, 2011
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Rita Rodgers

Vibrant, genuine and caring person

Rita L. (Leonard) Rodgers of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on February 1.

Rita was such a vibrant, genuine and caring person: a devoted wife, mother (mommy), gammy, sister and friend. She loved life and courageously tried everything medical science had to offer in her six year battle with lymphoma. What truly sustained her were the thoughts and prayers of hope and healing from everyone around her. She was loved by all. We’ll miss her dearly. There’s a hole in our hearts that nothing here on earth can ever fill.

She was the beloved wife of James E. Rodgers; loving mother of Debra Serino of Wakefield, Sharon Serino (Oxley) of Saugus, Bobby Serino of Peabody and step mother of Mark Rodgers and his wife, Moira, of Falmouth; cherished grandmother of Drew and Paige Oxley, Flynn and Nuala Rodgers; former wife of Robert Serino, Sr. of Florida; sister of Robert Leonard and his wife, Jeannette, of Brockton and Charles Leonard and his wife, Patricia, of Wakefield; beloved friend of Betty Carmichael of Winthrop, Rosemarie Goins of New Hampshire and Lori Gallivan of Saugus, who was like a daughter

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett In lieu of flowers, donations: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.” For condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com. A mother holds her children’s hands for a while, their hearts forever.”

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Thomas Terranova

City of Revere Chief Engineer

Thomas D. Terranova of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, died on February 6.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the Chief Engineer for the City of Revere and a member of the V.F.W. and Paramount Foot Ball Team.

He was the beloved husband of the late Vincenza (Fiorino) Terranova with whom he shared 49 years of marriage; loving father of Thomas D. Terranova Jr. and his wife, Sylvie of Lynnfield; loving brother of James and Helen Terranova, both of Revere, Josephine Terranova of East Boston and the late Natalie D’Amelio, Mary Miraglia, Jennie Scandora Frances and Carl Terranova; cherished grandfather of Michelina and Thomas D. Terranova III.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Thursday morning at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the VNA of Middlesex East, 607 North Ave., Suite 17 Wakefield, MA 01880. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Geraldine Dicillio

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Geraldine (Cipoletta) Dicillio of Revere, formerly of

Orient Heights East Boston died on February 6 after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

She was the wife of the late Raymond P. Dicillio Jr.; loving mother of Patricia Baldassaro of Revere and her companion, Sal Ciccarelli, and Raymond J. Dicillio and his wife, Andrea, of Revere; dear sister of the late William, Anthony and James Cipletta, Grace McGilvary, Anna Genovese and Jeanette Cavalieri; cherished grandmother of Fred Baldassaro and his wife, Sarah, of Virginia, Susan Knowles and her husband, Stephen, of Wakefield, Michael Baldassaro of Revere and adored great grandmother of Peyton Victria Knowles.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Friday at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian  Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 9 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Chronic Disease Fund – 6900N Dallas Parkway, Suite 20, Plana, TX 75024 or a charity of your choice. For directions and guest book: www.funerals.com.

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Guido Chilante

East Boston resident

Guido Chilante of East Boston died on February 6.

He was the beloved husband of Carol (Saviano) Chilante; loving father of Lisa Stone and her husband, Dale, of East Boston; dear brother of Gaetano of Revere, Luigi and Paola of Italy, Maria Giurleo and Christina Turavani of East Boston and the late Vincenzo. He is also survived by two loving grandchildren Ashley and Brandon as well as many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Dorothy Fasbender

Retired Buyer for former Filene’s

Mrs. Dorothy L. Fasbender, a lifelong resident of Beachmont, Revere, died on February 4 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. She was 86 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Ethel (Durning) Fasbender.  She was a lifelong resident of Revere and worked as a buyer for the former Filene’s.  Ms. Fasbender was an avid Boston sports fan and loved horseracing touring all race tracks across the country.

She leaves three sisters, Lois Fucillo and Joanne Leavitt, both of Revere, Cheryl Maroney of Salem, NH and the late Janice Waitt.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere on Saturday, February 12 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends are invited.  Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery,

Everett.  For directions and condolences, please visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Frank Caruccio

Florida resident

Frank Caruccio of Florida, formerly of Lynnfield and Winthrop, died on February 5.

He was the husband of Linda (Consilvio) Caruccio of Lynnfield; loving father of Frank and Paul Caruccio of Peabody; dear brother of Angela Caruccio of Revere and Lisa Caruccio of Malden; cherished grandfather of Bella and Frankie Caruccio.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Lynnfield. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Phyllis Comstock

East Boston resident

Phyllis (Ricci) Comstock of East Boston died on February 4. She was in her 96th year.

The cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Josephine (Martucci) Ricci, she was the loving sister of the late Mary, Leonard and Michael Ricci; fond aunt of Leonora and Vincent Palumbo of Revere; great aunt of Michael, Cara, Jason and Chris Palumbo.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For  guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Antonetta Lea

Retired Secretary and Soloist

Antonetta (DiMonde) Lea passed away Thursday evening February 3 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers with her beloved husband at her side.  She was 80 years old.

A retired office secretary, she was born and raised in East Boston, the daughter of the late Angelo and Rosaria (Riccio) DiMonde.

In 1956, she married Henry J. Lea and they settled and remained in Chelsea. She was devoted to keeping a wonderful home for her family.  Receiving only a few voice lessons she was a self trained soloist and shared her talent of song at many family weddings and special ceremonies.  She enjoyed outdoor gardening and keeping a well manicured and lovingly cared for backyard oasis at her Chelsea home. She seldom missed a Friday ritual playing “Pokeno” with her sisters.  She also enjoyed live theater and watching over her children and grandchildren and also worked outside of her home for many years as an Office Secretary for Sears and Roebuck in the Kenmore Square “Landmark Building” in Boston.  She later worked in East Boston as an Office Administrator for Bethlehem Steel before retiring several years ago.

She was the beloved wife of 55 years of Henry J. Lea; devoted mother of Anthony G. Lea and his wife, Roberta, of Nashua NH, Louis D. Lea and his wife, Michele, of Danvers, Donna M. Najia and her husband, Toufic, of Danvers, Adele E. Vittozzi and her husband, Robert, of No. Reading; dear sister of Jean Barrett of Norwood, Pat DiMonte of Seabrook NH, Anna Rotondo of Saugus, Gloria Ferrullo, Rose Festa and Lena Spagnola, all of Revere, Marie DiMonte of Framingham, Anthony DiMonte of Chelsea and the late George DiMonte and Margaret DiMonte.  She was the cherished grandmother of Dominic and Joseph Lea, Alexandra, Christopher and Nicholas Lea, Mohamad and Laila Najia and Adriana and Aldo Vittozzi.

_Her Funeral Service was conducted in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel on Tuesday, February 8 followed by Inurnment in the Woodlawn Mausoleum. _Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers MA 01923 or the Dana Farber Cancer Institute,   44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com.

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Edward DeNapoli

Member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society, Winthrop Elks and Pipefitters Union

Edward J. DeNapoli of Revere died on February 3.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a member of St. Anthony Holy Name Society, the Winthrop Elks and The Pipe Fitters Union Local 6.

He was the beloved husband of Mary (DelVecchio) DeNapoli of Revere; devoted father of Joseph DeNapoli and his wife, Freda, of Quincy and Donna Barchard and her husband, Reed, of Lynn; dear brother of Julie DeNapoli of Winthrop, Lee Kaestner of Florida, Anna Worden of Michigan, Virginia Knowles of Saugus and Marylou Heatherton of Winthrop; cherished grandfather of Dr. Adrienne Barchard-Couts and Ryan Barchard and great-grandfather of Ian Couts.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to: BI Deaconess Medical Center, Prostate Cancer Research Fund, Hemotology/Oncology Dept., 330 Brookline Ave, Rabb 433, Boston, MA 02215. For guestbook, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com

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Biagio Polsonetti

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Biagio Polsonetti of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 4.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the loving father of Daniel of Revere, David and his wife, Lisa, of Winthrop and Sherry Dilmore and her husband, Bob, of New Jersey; dear brother of Leah Colangelo, Dolores Miller, Norma Falanga and Anthony Polsonetti and the late Gino, Salvatore, Augustino “Hot Gus”, Frank “Dutchie” and Milio Polsonetti; cherished grandfather of five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Private burial was at the VA National Cemetery in Bourne. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Jerry Zullo

Former Owner of Donna’s Restaurant and Seals Cleansers

Jerry Zullo of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston and Chelsea, died on February 5.

The beloved husband of Loretta ( Caruana ) Zullo with whom he shared 59 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Donna Zullo Marquardo and her husband, Ric, of Lynn, Jerry Zullo Jr. and his husband, Wayne Michalsci, of Danvers, Attorney Vincent Zullo and his wife, Jo-Anne, of Bradford and the late Michael Anthony Zullo; dear brother of Barbara Libby and Mario Zullo, both of Chelsea, and the late Betty Sophia, Christopher, Felix, James, John, Joseph, Michael, Anthony and Charles Zullo; cherished grandfather of Daniel and Michela Marquardo, Roxanne Nealon, Justine, Michaela, Miranda, Zachary and Joelle Zullo and is also survived by four great grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a  Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com

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Florence Monteforte

New Hampshire resident

Florence (Balliro) Monteforte of Brentwood, NH, formerly of Bourne and Medford, died on February 3. She was 89 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alexander L. Monteforte; devoted mother of Margaret Wohrle and her husband, Hans, of Stoneham, Lucille Collings of Malden, Leah Miller and her husband, Stephen, of Brentwood, NH, Louis Monteforte and his wife, Janice, of Everett and the late Alexis M. Giangrande; loving grandmother of 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren; loving sister of Mary Tzannos and her husband, Nicholas, of Bourne, Frances Bent and her husband, Arthur, of Wilmington, Lucille Winship of Plymouth, William Balliro and his wife, Linda, of Revere, Anthony Balliro of Boston’s North End and Bruno Balliro and his wife, Dee, of Florida.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her name may be sent to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For guestbook and obituary: dellorusso.net.

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John Ruggiero

Winthrop resident

John Ruggiero of Winthrop died on February 3.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of over 64 years to Vincenzina “Vinnie” (Cannata) Ruggiero; devoted father of Frances Spinazzola and her companion, Robert Patrie, Janet Macrina and her husband, Lenny, all of Winthrop, Joseph Ruggiero and his wife, Geraldine Iovanna, of Revere; dear brother of the late Anthony, Jerry, Frederick,  Carmine Ruggiero and Lucy DeLaglio; cherished grandfather of Lori Hartley and her husband, Anthony, Lenny Macrina Jr, Brian Macrina, Vanessa Ruggiero, Joseph Ruggiero Jr and his wife, Tracy; adored great grandfather of Brett Ashley Hartman and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston. Mr. Ruggiero was laid to rest with Military Honors in Winthrop Cemetery Belle Isle section. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.

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Richard Jackson

Of Lynn, formerly of Revere

Richard P. Jackson of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died February 2 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness.  He was 83 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Frank and Albina (Berard) Jackson and the beloved husband of Shirley (Morse) Jackson with whom he shared more than 48 years of marraige.

Raised and educated in Revere, he enlisted in the US Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

He worked for 15 years for Cushman’s Bakery, then 25 years as a truck driver for Schuster Trucking, and finally, before retiring in 2008, his most rewarding and enjoyable experience was from the kindergarten students when he worked as a custodian and in general maintenance at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Swampscott.

He loved watching the Patriots and Bruins and was well loved and enjoyed the company of his friends, family and especially his neighborhood friends. He will be dearly missed.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his daughter, Dana and her husband, Michael Schmorrow, of Haverhill, his son, Paul and his wife, Barbara Jackson of Middleton, Nancy and her husband, Louie Tgettis of Peabody and Paula Erlicman; his sisters, Mildred Starkey of Rhode Island, Hazel Lamalfa of Revere and is also survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  He was the brother of the late Earl Jackson, Gertrude Jackson, Edith Cinney, Ruth Sharp and Charles Jackson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Memorial donations can be made in his name to the MGH Cancer Center, 102 Endicott St. Danvers, MA  01923.

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Richard Weiner

Of Danvers, formerly of Revere

Richard F. Weiner of Danvers, formerly of Revere, died on February 2.

An avid golfer, he was a member of The Polish Club and The Knights of Columbus._

He was the beloved husband of the late Carmela N. (Agnello); devoted father of Karen M. and her husband, Rocco A. Ciampa, Sheryl A. and her husband, Thomas G. Esposito, Susan C. and her husband, Robert J. DiStefano Jr., all of Danvers and Judith L. Weiner of Revere; brother of Edward of Maine, Robert of Georgia and the late Judith, Dorothy and Lawrence; cherished grandfather of Michael, Thomas, Christopher, Sean, Domonique, Leah, Matthew, Robert, Joseph and Stephen.

Funeral arrangements were by the C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Home, Danvers. Burial was in Annunciation Cemetery.

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Margot White

Worked for US Postal Service

Margot White of Clifton Park, NY, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died peacefully on January 15 in the presence of her loving family, under the care of Hospice at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY. She was 66 years old.

Born in Germany, she settled in East Boston in 1963. She had been employed for over 25 years by the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the American Postal Workers Union. An animal lover, she cared for many pets over the years.

She is survived by her daughter, Carla J. Ward and her husband, John, of Clifton Park, NY; her son, Robert T. White and his wife, Francesca, of Easton, MA; her brother, Oswald Goepner of Essingen, Germany and her grandchildren, Amber Ward of Clifton Park, NY; Christopher, Olivia and Loretta White of Easton, MA; and many relatives in Germany and the Boston area.

Memorial services were held at The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Those who wish, may make contributions to Community Hospice, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205-3809 or to the ASPCA. For online condolences visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.

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Dororthy Simone

Homemaker

Dorothy C. (Natola) Simone of New Hampshire,  formerly of Peabody, died on January 30. She was 83 years old.

A homemaker for most of her life, she loved spending time with and taking care of her family and also enjoyed shopping, musicals and floral arranging.

She was the beloved wife of Frank Simone,  the devoted mother of Karen January and her companion, Jim McLaughlin, of North Andover and Janet Leonard of New Hampshire; dear sister of Mary Cunio of Peabody and the late Ann Timpani, Phyllis Gesualdo, Vittorio “Mike” and Frank Natola. She is also survived by three loving grandchildren, Steven Leonard, Christin Leonard  and Michelle Lefever and her husband, Jason, and two great grandchildren, Michael and Josiah Samuel Lefever. Her third great-grandchild is due in September.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio  & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lahey Clinic, Philanthropy Dept., 41 Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803.  Please specify funds to go to Dr. Jeffrey Arle, DBS Stimulator Research Fund. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Mario Speranza

Inspector for General Electric

Mario S. Speranza, born in and a life long resident of Revere, died on February 1. He was 60 years old.

An inspector for General Electric, he was the beloved husband of Janice (Rizzo) Speranza of Revere; devoted father of Jessica Ramos and her husband, Regis, of Revere and the late John Speranza; dear brother of Rose Pellegrino and Michele Corso, both of Revere; cherished grandfather of Nicholas and Alexander Ramos. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, all services were private with arrangements under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno  Funeral Home, Revere. Donations in his name may be made to: American Heart Association 20 Speen St., Famingham, MA 01701. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Anthony Noce

Past Grand Knight Everett K of C

Anthony S. Noce of Revere died on January 31.

He was a past Grand Knight of the Everett K of C, St. Pius 10th General Assembly and member of St. Anthony Holy Name Society.

He was the beloved husband of the late Jenney (Nicholas) Noce; loving father of Rosalie L. Slater of Revere, Anthony P. Noce and his wife, Karen, of New Hampshire, Paul N. Noce and his wife, Jane, of W. Peabody; dear brother of Salvatore Noce of Saugus and the late Joseph and Carmen Noce and Angela Cattogio; cherished grandfather of Sandra, Todd, Adam, Christopher and Evan; great-grandfather of eight and great-great grandfather of one.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to: Children’s Hospital, 750 Washington St., PO box 231, Boston, MA 02111. For guestbook please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Francis ‘Frank’ McCusker Jr.

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Francis W. “Frank” McCusker, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 30. He was 50 years old.

A member of the Mass Army National Guard, he was the beloved husband of Linda L. (Lindstrom) McCusker; loving father of Francis W. McCusker III and his wife, Jennifer, of Everett, John M. McCusker of Saugus, Stephanie M. McCusker of Chelsea; dear brother of Joseph J. of Lynn, Edward P. of Revere, Robert A. of Lynn, Randy A. of Wilmington, Deborah R. McCusker of Revere, Karen Cioffi of Winthrop, and the late James Sobanek.  He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Alec, Dylan, Joshua, Jada, Ariana and George.

Funeral Services are entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. However, arrangements are incomplete at this time due to the inclement weather.  Inquires may be made to the Funeral Home at (617) 884-4188.

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Jose Santos Jr.

Of Puerto Rico, formerly of Chelsea

Jose J. Santos Jr. of Arroyo, Puerto Rico, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at home on January 16.

Born in Malden, he was the beloved son of the late Jose Santos Sr. and Amelia (Cordero) Santos; beloved brother of Brena Cotto of Webster, Tommy Santos of Revere, Avein Santos of Specer, Miguel Santos of Everett, Fredy Santos of Spencer, Milaros (Santos) Diaz of Chelsea, Minerba Santos Cordero and the beloved uncle of many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Service were held in Puerto Rico. He will be sadly missed.

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