Obituaries 03-08-2011

Richard Pisani

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Richard A. Pisani died on February 25.

He was the beloved son of the late Luis Pisani and Jenny (Colaninno) Pisani; father of Richard Pisani of Revere, Robert

Pisani and Joyce DePippo, both of Winthrop; grandfather of Joseph and Matthew Pisani; long time companion of Nancy Peterman and step-father to Michael, Ronald and Scott Hillary; dear brother of Jeannie Bolognese and the late Reginald Bolognese of Revere and Anthony Pisani of East Boston; loving uncle of Dennis Bolognese of Revere, David Bolognese and his wife, Ellen, of Saugus, Lynda Cooke and her husband, Michael, of Stoneham and Anthony Pisani Jr. of the North End. He was also great uncle to Jenna and Nicolas Bolognese and Robert Cooke.

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


Kim Marie Forte

Math Professor

Kim Marie (Surette)Forte of Wilmington died February 21, from injuries sustained in an accident. She was 51 years old.

She was born on January 30, 1960, in Winthrop, the cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere. She grew up in East Boston,  attended the Julia Billiart High School in Boston’s North End and graduated as the class Valedictorian in 1978.

She married her High School “Sweetheart,” Louis Forte, on August 30, 1981 and they shared a wonderful life together. They were doting parents to their son, Timothy, he was their world and a big reason that she always had that amazing smile. Together they loved to travel, entertain, and spend time with their family and friends. Kim and Lou never spent a day apart in 30 years, they were “soul mates” who truly loved one another unconditionally.

She was a hard worker, since the age of 16 she worked as a dental assistant in East Boston. When she moved to Wilmington in 1983, she took a job as a dental assistant for Dr. Edgerly’s dental office in Wilmington where she worked for many years. She earned her Associates Degree in Math from Middlesex Community College in Bedford and her Bachelor’s Degree in Math from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell Campus. At the time of her death, she was working as a Professor of Math at Middlesex Community College and pursuing her Master’s Degree in Math. She loved teaching and was very fond of her students, always giving them the support and courage to further their education and better their lives.

She loved to exercise and to be outdoors. She walked and biked all over Wilmington. No matter what the weather was outside, everyone knew Kim. She would often stop to help someone rake, shovel, or carry in some groceries, she just loved to help others and the streets of Wilmington will never seem the same without passing Kim with that huge smile on her face. Kim was also a regular at RMA fitness where she worked hard and was so kind and friendly, just a pleasure to be around.

She will be fondly remembered for her optimistic attitude and her endearing personality. People were drawn to her. She had a soft, kind way about her and a warm smile that would light up a room. Kim had a love for others, especially children. She loved to entertain them and just have fun with the kids.

Very devoted to her family, she was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a true friend to many. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those she loved. Her absence will leave a huge void in their lives but her memory will be with them forever.

Her motto in life was: “The secret to life is to skip and dance, it will make you smile,” and those who knew Kim knew she loved to dance, she embraced life to the fullest, and was always smiling. To take a quote from a popular song “When you smile the whole world stops to stare for a while, girl you’re amazing”, that describes the Kim everyone knew and holds dear to their hearts.

She was the loving wife of Louis J. Forte, devoted mother of Timothy L. Forte, both of Wilmington, cherished daughter of Luella S. (Pevear) and the late Howard Surette of Revere, dear sister of Dwayne Surette and his wife, Cathy, of East Boston and Sharon Nelson and her husband, Michael, of Exeter, NH, sister-in-law of Anthony Forte of Florida, Veronica Forte of East Boston, John Forte of Revere, and the late Salvatore Forte, Kim was also the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Burial took place in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in her name may be made payable to the MCC Foundation, Inc., with a memo “in memory of Kim Forte” and mailed to: MCC Foundation, P. O. Box 716, Bedford, MA 01730.


Domenico Federico

1999 Holy Name Man of the Year

Domenico Federico of Boston’s North End died on February 26. He was 84 years old.

Mr. Federico emigrated from his native Italy in 1946 following in the footsteps of his father and uncles. He settled in Boston’s North End and made the North End his home for the rest of his life.

He was a founding member of the Associazione Gizio, a social club for his friends and their children from his native town, and served as president for 24 years. He was a member of the Federazione Abbruzzese and was very involved in many activities at St. Leonard’s Church as a lector for the Italian Mass on Sundays and as a Eucharistic Minister.

In 1999, he received the Man of the Year award from the Holy Name Society as well as an Apostolic blessing from John Paul II.

One of his proudest achievements was bringing together a group of individuals to collect funds to build a church in his native Vallelarga in Pettorano Sul Gizio, Italy.

He is survived by his wife Sestilia (Incretolli) Federico (happily married for 61 years), and son Francesco “Frank” Federico and his wife, Mary, of Reading and daughter, Maria Pia Bonanno and her husband, Joseph, of Everett. He is also survived by grandchildren: Michael, LeeAnn, Kobe, Paul, Robert, Jennie, Tina and Antonio; his sister, Iris DeSantis, and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman-Langone. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Mr. Federico requested that donations be made in his name to St. Leonard’s of Port Maurice Church, 14 North Bennett St., Boston, MA 02113.


Dorothy Davis

North End resident

Dorothy (Ballantyne) Davis of Boston’s North End, formerly of Beverly, died on February 22. She was 83 years old.

She was the loving wife of the late Donald G. Davis; caring step-mother of Anna Davis and Donna Davis; beloved sister of Edward and Helen Anne Ballantyne of New York; loving aunt of Jessica Gerber and her husband, William, of Connecticut and Leslie M. Ballantyne of New York. She is also survived by a great niece and great nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to a charity of one’s choice. Services were private. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Son-Waring-Langone 617-536-4110

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