Obituaries 11-01-2010

Oliviero Federico

North End resident

Oliviero Federico of Boston’s North End died on October 27. He was 83 years old.

The loving husband of Maria Federico, he was the cherished brother of Filomena Federico of Argentina, the late Domenico and Pierino Federico, Giulia Tomasilli and Regina Tecca. He is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home. Entombment was at St. Michael Cemetery, Boston. Please visit to leave condolences.


Ralph Polcari

Owner of Polcari’s Coffee

Ralph J. Polcari, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North End and owner of Polcari’s Coffee est. 1932 on Salem Street in the North End, died on October 26. He was 84 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Phyllis Polcari; cherished son of the late Anthony and Rose (Giarusso) Polcari; loving brother of the late Anthony and Marie Polcari. He is survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery in Boston. To leave online condolences, please visit


Teresa Bellone

East Boston resident

Teresa (LaRosa) Bellone of East Boston died on October 25.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Bellone; loving mother of Philip Bellone of Hull, Josephine Piazza of the North End, Rose DiCicco of Winthrop, Rocco Bellone and his wife, Patricia, of Saugus, Charles Bellone of the North End and Theresa Bellone of East Boston. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Interment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For online condolences, please visit


Alan Collier

Of Boston, formerly of the United Kingdom

Alan J. Collier of Boston, formerly of the UK, died suddenly on October 19.

He was the cherished son of Kay  and the late John Collier of the UK; beloved husband of Maureen Curreri Collier of Boston; devoted father of Daniel, Luke and Lauren, all of the UK; step father of Mikel Curreri of New York; dear brother of Vanessa Vale, Jean Gyll and Letitia Holder, all of the UK and also lovingly survived by his extended Boston family and workers who touched his life everyday.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Thursday. November 4 in the Wyeth Room of the Langham Hotel, 250 Franklin St., Boston from 5 to 9 p.m. Arrangements were under direction of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston.


Father Bede Ferrara OFM

Priest and Author

Father Bede Ferrara, OFM, of New York, formerly of East Boston and the North End of Boston, died on October 22.

Fr. Bede was ordained a priest on June 17, 1951. He served as assistant pastor of Saint Anthony’s in Troy for one year following his ordination; as assistant pastor of Saint Anthony Church, New York City from 1952 to 1953 and as assistant pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians, Pittsburgh from 1953 to 1955. From 1955 to 1958, while living at Saint Sebastian’s in New York City, he ministered to the Third Order as Provincial Vice-Commissary. In 1958, Fr. Bede was appointed Director of Vocations. He chronicled 15 years as a “Franciscan Recruiter” in his book entitled: The Boom and the Echo. Fr. Bede served as pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Mount Vernon from 1973 to 1976 and as pastor of Saint Leonard Church in Boston from 1976 to 1979. In January of 1980, he moved to The Listening Place in Lynn.

Visitation was held at Saint Francis Friary in Andover and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with burial following in the Friars’ Cemetery. For online condolences, visit


Margaret Aiello

Of Medfield, formerly of the North End

Margaret Aiello of Medfield, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on October 22 in Norwood, MA. She was 88 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Aiello Sr., she is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen Skapers and husband, John, of Dover, MA and Phyllis Daigle and husband, Raymond, of Hopkinton as well as her son Joseph Aiello Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Bellingham, MA. She is also survived by her beloved sisters, Lucy Ciulla and Anna Palazzolo, both of Medford, Lillian Conti and her husband, Robert, of Revere, Josephine Gasdia and husband, Anthony, of Somerville. She was the sister of the late James Maniscalco and is also survived by nine cherished grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To leave condolences, please visit

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