Obituaries 03-28-2012

Olga Johnson


Olga C. (Dandaneau) Johnson of Medford, formerly of Everett, died on March 18 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Born in Lynn on December 14, 1942, the daughter of the late Fabian and Verda (Husson) Dandaneau, Mrs. Johnson  worked as a nurse caring for patients at a local nursing home. Always gracious, she will be remembered for her deep love and loyalty to family and friends.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Johnson and the loving mother of Frank E. Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Sheri Denning of Pasadena, California, Michael Johnson and his wife, Tracy, Lisa Hinton, Olga and her husband, Michael Corriea and Kathleen Johnson, all of Medford; the proud grandmother of Scott, Nicole, Tori, Jade, Kira, and Max;  the sister of Fabian Dandaneau and his wife, Shannon and sister-in-law of Patricia and Joseph Fialli of Everett.

Funeral arrangements were by The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.

Jennie Griffin

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

Jennie M. (Cogliano) Griffin of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Everett, died quietly at her home on March 23 surrounded by her family. She was 93 years old.

She was born in Boston on July 11, 1918, a daughter of the late Gennero and Teresa (Catarano) Cogliano and grew up and spent much of her life in Everett.

She was the wife of the late James R. Griffin, who died on March 24, 1982.

Mrs. Griffin is remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed keeping a clean home, crocheting and making Christmas ornaments.  Before she was married she won a prize for singing. Her favorite song was “Shine on Harvest Moon,” and she would often sing with her brother while he played the guitar.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish.        Mrs. Griffin is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Fred McQuesten of Litchfield; her grandchildren, John B. and Lynne Noseworthy of Merrimack and Fred P. and Lesa McQuesten of Litchfield, NH; her great grandchildren; Nikolas and Jennifer Noseworthy, both of Merrimack, Denton and Maura McQuesten, both of Litchfield and Morgan Lewis and her husband, James of Foxboro; one great great grandchild, Cole Lewis of Foxboro; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett at the convenience of the family. The DAVIS FUNERAL HOME, One Lock St., Nashua, NH has been placed in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at

Thomas ‘The King’ MacArthur

Retired Everett Police Sergeant

Thomas A. “The King” MacArthur of Everett died on March 17. He was 88 years old.

A Sergeant in the Everett Police Department, retiring after 38 years of service, he served as a tank driver for General Patton during World War II.

The beloved husband for 64 years to Yolanda “Lana” (Spacer), he was the loving father of Thomas
MacArthur and his wife, Robyn and daughter, Jackie MacArthur, all of Everett and the late Michael and Timothy. He is also survived by his two loving
grandchildren, Duran and Megan as well as his one loving great grandson, Nico. He was the loving son of the late Anthony MacArthur and Beatrice Moddy; brother
of Marilyn Leavitt and the late Doreen Rush and Betty DeMartino.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., Malden, MA 02148.

Elvira Tejeda

Raynham Resident

Elvira C. (Casto) Tejeda of Raynham, formerly of Westwood, died peacefully on March 20 just shy of her 80th birthday.

She was the loving daughter of Giuseppe and Rosaria (Motta) Casto. She grew up in East Boston and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1949. To follow her pursuit of education, she joined the US Air Force where she met her future husband, Julio. They were married on December 22, 1951 and lived on various Air Force bases before settling in Westwood where they raised their family. Her passion was spending time with her children and grandchildren; all else came secondary. She was the loving wife of Julio B. Tejeda of Raynham and devoted mother of Julie Tejeda and her husband, Charles Spall of Raynham, Richard and his wife, Connie of New York, Eva Melzar and her husband, Ray of Arizona, and Linda T. Gieg and her husband, John of Sharon; proud “Grandma” of Jonathan, David, Peter, Maria, Heather, Danny, Emily, Catherine, and Philip; sister of Eddie of Lynn, Rose D’Angelo of Everett, Tony of Watertown, and the late Chris.

Funeral arrangements were by the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Bridgewater. Memorial donations may be sent to the American Lung Association 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004. For online guestbook, please visit

Therese Connors


Therese A. Connors of Milton died at home on March 22 after a brave and determined year-long struggle with kidney cancer. She had turned 60 on February 29.

A native of Everett, she was a graduate of Pope John XXIII High School. She was an alumna of Regis College and received an M.A. in education from Lesley University. She taught elementary Special Education in the Boston Public Schools, and retired in 2010 after her many years of caring and dedicated teaching from the Roger Clapp Elementary School.Artistically talented, she possessed a beautiful voice and had continued to sing with her church choir in Milton, even through her most difficult illness. She also enjoyed playing piano and was a gifted watercolorist. She is remembered as a most cherished wife, mother, and friend and is deeply missed by her husband of 35 years, the Hon. Thomas A. Connors, Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, and by her son, Brendan M. Connors and her daughter-in-law, Lt. Jenny Chen, U.S.N., M.D. both of Okinawa, Japan, and by her son, Andrew P. Connors of Milton. She also leaves her two sisters and their husbands, Zoe and John Williams of Everett, and Flora and Earl Pearce of Boise, Idaho, and her sister-in-law, Barbara Connors of Quincy. She was predeceased by her newborn grandson, Terence M. Connors.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Dolan Funeral Home, 460 Granite Ave., Milton. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Hills Church, 29 St. Mary’s Rd., Milton at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 28. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Israel-Deaconess Med. Ctr. Kidney Tumor Program, Andrew A. Wagner Co-Director, Boston, MA 02215.

Herman ‘Zeb’ Zybura

New England Telephone Retiree

Herman E. “Zeb” Zybura of Billerica, formerly of Everett, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 17. He was 69 years old.

A  U S Navy Veteran who served during the Vietnam War and a retired employee of New England Telephone Company, he was the beloved husband of Kathleen M. “Kathy” (Burton), devoted father of Sharon Kubiak and her significant other, Christopher Merrill, both of Billerica; loving “Bampy” of Cameron James Kubiak and Alexander Cameron Merrill and cherished son of the late Stanley and Mary (Shank) Zybura; dear brother of Sara Zybura, Dolores Berkhimer, Millie Zybura, and Stephen Zybura, all of Pennsylvania, brother-in-law of Eileen Zybura of Arizona, the late Stanley Zybura, Jr., Andrew Zybura, Theodore Zybura, Donald Zybura, and Stella Mihalick, “Herm” is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and dear friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. Burial was in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. Memorial donations may be made to VNA of Middlesex East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the Winchester Hospital Foundation, Oncology Department, 611 Main St., Winchester, MA 01890-9944.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Trickett

Everett Resident

Patricia M. “Pat” (Savoie) Trickett of Everett died on March 23. She was 83 years old.

She was the devoted and loving mother of Janice Troisi of Revere, Susan Trickett of Revere, Timothy Trickett of Everett, Paul Trickett and his longtime companion, Patty Cannatella of Revere, Scott Trickett and his wife, Diane of Saugus, and the late Ronald “Bunky” Trickett.; cherished grandmother of Keith, Nicole and Jenna; great grandmother of Gia and great great grandmother of Isabella.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chelsea Skilled Nursing Employee Appreciation Fund, 932 Broadway, Chelsea, MA., 02150. For guestbook, visit

John Amato

Everett Resident

John A. Amato of Everett died on March 26.He was the beloved husband of the late Bessie M. (Fasciano); loving father of Jon D. Amato of Florida and Sharon A. Amato of Everett; dear friend of Paule Lambert; brother of the late Joe, Tino, Tony, Harry,
Vincent, Rose and Lena Soucy and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main Street, Everett on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. A service will be held in
funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 29 Krafts Street, Newton, MA 02458. Complimentary valet parking at main street entrance.

Flora ‘Flo’ MacDougall

Melrose Resident

Flora V. “Flo” (Sheppard) MacDougall of Melrose died on March 23.

She was the wife of the late Bernard V. “Bud” MacDougall; mother of Linda J. DeHart of Melrose and B. Paul MacDougall and his wife, Peg of Missouri; grandmother of Shawn DeHart and his wife, Michele, Amy Oakes, Shawna Bligh, Esq. and Ambre Sapp and her husband, Tracy; great grandmother of Sophia, Jackson and Tristan DeHart and Jackson, Lucas and Weston Sapp; sister of the late Alice Smith and Norman Sheppard and is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Wyoming Cemetery in Melrose. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P. O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, For obituary, directions, or to send a message of condolence, please visit:

Patricia ‘Patsy’ O’Brien

Everett Resident

Patricia M. “Patsy” O’Brien of Everett, formerly of Somerville, died unexpectedly on March 23.She was the beloved daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Lombard) O’Brien and is survived by many relatives and friends in Ireland.Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 489 Broadway, Everett, today, Wednesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Missionary Sisters of St. Columban, Mapleton Street, Brighton, MA 02135, would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home Everett 617-387-3120

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Curreri

Malden Resident

Gerald “Jerry” Curreri of Malden died on March 20. He was the beloved companion of Kathey Orne; loving father of Nicholas, Jessica and Justin Curreri; loving brother of Lydia Biersteker, Thomas, Paul and Stephen Curreri and  is also survived by a loving granddaughter, Skylah.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett:

Nora Faherty

Brookline Resident

Nora (Heanue) Faherty of Brookline died on March 16. The beloved wife of the late Michael Faherty, she was the loving mother of Michael of Brookline, James of Everett, Paul of East Boston, Sean and his wife, Abby of Billerica, and the late Mary Griffin; grandmother of Jessica and Michael and great- grandmother of Terrell; sister of Patrick Heanue of Ireland, Ann MacDonald of Billerica, and the late Sr. Mary Benedicta Heanue; loving daughter of the late Michael and Margaret (Conroy) Heanue of Ireland.Funeral arrangements were by the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, West Roxbury.

Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in the memories of Nora and her daughter, Mary Griffin, may be made to Glioblastoma Brain Tumor Research, Mass. General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For guestbook, visit:

Howard Rutstein

Everett Resident

Howard Rutstein of Everett died on March 22. He was 56 years old.

He was the beloved father of Lauren Owen and her husband, Jeffrey and Lindsay Rutstein; the loving son of Dorothy Rutstein and the late Oscar “Blackie” Rutstein.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial and memorial observance were private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Howard B. Rutstein Scholarship Foundation, c/o Everett High School, 100 Elm St., Everett, MA 02149. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Alphonse Castagno, Jr.

Belmont Resident

Alphonse J. Castagno, Jr. of Belmont died unexpectedly on March 20. He was the beloved son of the late Alphonse J. and Helen C. (Catalano) Castagno; brother of the late Joanne H. DiFilippo and Robert T. Castagno; brother-in-law of Salvatore J. DiFilippo and Linda Castagno; uncle of Salvatore J. DiFilippo, Jr. and Mario DiFilippo.

Graveside services were held in the Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge with arrangements by Short, Williamson & Diamond, Belmont.

Ida Edith Fogel

Of Weymouth, formerly of Everett

Ida Edith (Israel) Fogel of Weymouth, formerly of Everett, died on March 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late Max Fogel; devoted mother of Naomi Miller; loving daughter of the late Benjamin Israel and Fannie (Cohen); dear sister of Martha Stone and the late Harry and Abraham Israel; loving grandmother of David Wolfson and his fiance, Sarah Snell and Nancy Miller and her husband, Paul. She is also survived by one great grandson, Marc Miller.Graveside Services were held at New Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Everett with arrangements by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Memorial donations may be made to the Old Colony Hospice, 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph, MA 02368. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home

Amoroso ‘Amo’ DiPierro

Everett Resident

Amoroso C. “Amo” DiPierro of Everett died on March 17.He was the beloved husband of Lucieni (Burgarelli); son of Ciriaco and his wife, Hilda of Everett and the late Deborah (Fronduto); brother of Ramona of Brighton, Stephanie of Medford and John of Woburn. He is also survived by one niece, his god daughter, Shirley, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

Michael Forgione

Owned Former Peppino’s Restaurant in Everett

Michael A. Forgione, a lifelong resident of Everett, died unexpectedly at home on March 18.  He was 46 years old.

A graduate of Everett High School, he was the proprietor of the former Peppino’s Restaurant, Main Street, Everett and was the “Mayor” of the Totem Pole Park in Freedom, NH. He was the beloved boyfriend of Shelia A. Galvin of Everett; dear and devoted son of Michael A. “Sonny” and Gloria F. (Moro) Forgione of Everett; devoted brother of David Forgione and his wife, Carrie of Tewksbury, Bernadette Graffeo of Everett and Judith McGowan of Conway, NH.  He is also survived by several  loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, would be sincerely appreciated.

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