Obituaries 08-28-2012

Anthony Natola

Of Malden, formerly of the North End

Anthony J. Natola of Malden, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on August 19.

He was the devoted husband of the late Marietta (Ruggiero) Natola; beloved father of Marie Natola, Anthony Natola Jr., and Loretta Sullivan and her husband, William, all of Malden and the late Linda Piranian; dear brother of Jennie Ciulla and the late Frank, Joseph, Michael, Carlo, Pat, Grace and Mary Natola; brother in-law of Lillian Natola; cherished grandfather of David Natola, Jessica Gouin, Michelle Patterson, William Sullivan Jr., Michael and Joseph Sullivan and Bonnie Natola and great grandfather of Makayla and Carter Mills and Collin and Isabella Sullivan.

Funeral arrangements were by the A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook see

Alexander Capossela, Sr.

Member of the “Mambo Duces” and Wonderland and Suffolk Downs Retiree

Alexander F. Capossela, Sr. (AKA Bobby Santo) died unexpectedly on August 18 after being stricken at his Revere home.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, he attended schools in the Boston area.  For more than 55 years, he was associated with Suffolk Downs Race Track and Wonderland Dog Track serving as a Mutuals Clerk in their Mutuals Departments. He relocated to Florida in the 1960s and 1970s  where he worked at several Florida tracks.

Early in his career, he and two other friends formed a “Dance Trio” known as “Mambo Duces” which performed professionally on the Boston Pop scene in supper clubs, night clubs and for private social clubs and events. The Trio specialized in and featured Ballroom and Latin American dancing and won many awards in competitions and demonstrations throughout the state from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.

Mr. Capossela was the devoted husband of 32 years to Patricia A. (Ross) Capossela; the cherished father of Alexander F. “Alex” Capossela, Jr., Lauren M. Capossela and Robert E. Capossela, all of Revere, the dear brother of Marie Capossela and Eleana Sutera, both of Boston’s North End and the late Louise DiCenso, who died on July 7, 2012, Margaret Lanni, Lana Perroso and Carmine Capossela. He was the beloved brother in law of Robert W. Ross of St. Petersburg, Florida, Mary Lou Ross and her companion, Thomas Prizio and Cynthia M. Ross, all of Revere and the late Edward Ross, Jr. and is also lovingly survived by many caring nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, August 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, August 22 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church,  Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 60 Walnut St., Wellesley, MA 02481. For more information, visit:

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