Obituaries 12-18-2012

Michael Mercogliano

Owner of Mike’s Pastry

Michael Mercogliano of Saugus passed away on Tuesday, December 11 surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.

The owner of Mike’s Pastry in Boston’s North End, he was the beloved son of the late Philomena (Caronia) and Michael Mercogliano; loving husband of Annette (Fiorentino) Mercogliano; cherished father of Diane Volch and her late husband, Ronald and the late Michael Mercogliano, Jr. and Phyllis DeNictolis; devoted step-father of Angelo Papa and his wife, Lorraine, Elaine Martins and her husband, Richard and Joseph Papa and his wife, Bridget; adoring grandfather of Maria Johnson and her husband, Tyrone, Vince DeNictolis, Jason Volch and his wife Beth, Monique Mercogliano Battista and her husband, Gerald, Danielle Papa and James Caterino, Amanda Benoit and her husband, Shaun, Joseph and Rebecca Papa, James McConville, Lorenzo and Giorgi Papa, and Michael and Nikko Martins; cherished great-grandfather of AJ Johnson, Ryan Volch, and Landon and Angelina Benoit and caring brother of Ralph Mercogliano and his wife, Janice and Rose Tricca and her late husband, Anthony.

His Funeral will be held from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St, Boston today, Tuesday, December 18 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Leonard’s Church on the corner of Hanover and Prince Streets at 9:45 a.m. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet St., Boston, MA 02113. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone

Luisa Bruno

Owner of Ida’s Restaurant

Luisa (D’Ippolito) Bruno of Boston’s North End died on December 11. She was 91 years old.

The owner of Ida’s Restaurant on Mechanic Street in the North End of Boston, she was the loving wife of the late John P. Bruno, Sr.; cherished mother of John P. Bruno, Jr. and his wife, Karen of Reading and Paul Bruno and his wife, Donna of the North End; beloved grandmother of Christin Gurgo and her husband, Eric and John, Michelle, Paul and Philip Bruno; great grandmother of Giuliana Gurgo; loving sister of Ines Caggianelli and her husband, Andrea, Angelo D’Ippolito and his wife, Luisa and the late Augusto and Salvatore D’Ippolito. She is also survived by many loving nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home. Entombment was at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or Boston Harborside Home J. S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone

Patricia Rapacioli

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Patricia A. (Carey) Rapacioli of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on December 11.

The former proprietor of Electroligy Saloon, Danvers and a bookeeper for G & R Tile Co. of Saugus, she was the beloved wife of Geno Rapacioli with whom she shared 34 years of marriage; loving mother of Jason and Tamarah Rapacioli, both of Saugus; cherished daughter of the late Eugene and Christine Kaczynski; dear sister of Kathleen Stuart of New Hampshire, John J. Carey of Revere, Christine Cronin and her husband, Robert of Boxford and the late Michael D. Carey and his wife, Nina Carey of Revere and fond aunt of many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book:

Adelia Susi

Of Medford, formerly of the North End

Adelia (DiCenso) Susi of Medford, formerly of the North End, died on December 10.

She was the beloved wife of the late Silvio Susi; devoted mother of Anna Susi and her husband, Dominico and John Susi, all of Medford; loving grandmother of Franco and Giancarlo Susi; loving great-grandmother of Amara and Dominico; dear sister of Guido DiCenso of Framingham and the late Mario DiCenso.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. To leave a message of condolence visit

Anthony Primo

Noresco Corp Senior Project Engineer

Anthony C. Primo of Weymouth, formerly of Somerville and the North End of Boston, passed away December 9. He was 63 years old.

A Senior Project Engineer for Noresco Corporation in Westborough, he was formerly employed by Parsons Corporation, Vanderweil Engineering, and Raytheon (United Engineering). He was an active member of the Fisherman’s Feast “Madonna DelSoccorso Society” in the North End for many years. He was a former CCD teacher at St. Francis Xavier Church, a Weymouth Youth Soccer Coach and former President of Weymouth Youth Soccer. He graduated from English High School and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Tech.)

He was the beloved husband of 40 years of Barbara A. (Sullivan) Primo; devoted father of Anthony J. and his wife, Kate Primo of Quincy, Michelle Primo-DeRosa and her husband, Keith of Wrentham and Mark J. Primo of Weymouth; loving son of Vincenza “Tina” (Misuraca) Primo of Revere and the late Joseph Primo; brother of Salvatore Primo of Mansfield and Joseph Primo of Everett; loving grandfather of Michael and Anna Primo and Giuliana DeRosa and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth.  Burial was in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. See for online condolences.

Jean Marie Christilaw

Of Methuen, formerly of the North End

Jean Marie Christilaw of Methuen, formerly of Boston’s North End and Randolph, died on December 9 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 62 years old.

Born in Boston, she was a graduate of the Julie Billiard School and a telephone company computer operator. She was the beloved daughter of the late Jerry and Eva (Gizzi)  Christilaw; devoted sister of George Christilaw of Methuen and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book please visit

Elena Coviello

Multi Talented Woman, Of Wilmington, formerly of the North End

Elena (Savino) Coviello of Wilmington, formerly  a long-time resident of the North End of Boston, died peacefully at home on December 10.

Born and raised in Italy, she was the cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino.  She moved to Tripoli, Africa where she met the love of her life, Joseph Coviello and they married in 1944.  Elena and Joseph lived in Tripoli for many years and raised a beautiful family of six before returning to Genoa, Italy.

In 1963, she came to the United States to experience the birth of her first grandchild and to stay with her daughter, Rosa and her twin sons, Vito and John, settling in the North End of Boston.

In 1964, her three youngest children, Cathy, Sergio, and Nancy followed and shortly after Joseph arrived, reuniting the entire family.  Elena and Joseph, along with their family, lived in the North End for more than 40 years where they made many memories to last for generations to come.  In 2003, following the death of her beloved Joseph, Elena moved to Wilmington to be with family.

Elena will be remembered for her many talents. She was an avid knitter and her specialty was socks.  She made thousands of pairs of socks over the years giving them to everyone she knew, family, friends, doctors, nurses, animals (yes she even made little socks), and strangers; if you got a pair of Elena’s socks you knew you were special.

An incredible seamstress would be an adjective to describe Elena’s talent for sewing. She worked for many years at Priscilla’s of Boston where she dressed some of the most beautiful brides and made their “special day” even more special by making them look their best.

A wonderful cook, as her family would agree, describes the aromas that would come from Elena’s kitchen where she would prepare delicious dinners and holiday feasts.  She loved to feed people and watch them enjoy her creations.

Elena’s most cherished talent was that of a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend, her unconditional love for her family and friends was always evident in whatever she did.  Her family was first and foremost in her life, she treasured the time she spent with them, enjoyed family holidays and celebrations, and was extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.  Elena was very important to her family and dearly loved by her family and by all who knew her; she will be greatly missed.

She was the beloved wife of 59 years of the late Joseph Coviello, cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino, devoted mother of Rosa Lobuono and her husband, Frank and John Coviello and his wife, Anne, all of Tewksbury, Vito Coviello and his wife, Floriana of Bedford, Cathy Guarino and her husband, Guy of Revere, Sergio Coviello and his wife, Sharon of North Reading, and Nancy Garrett of Wilmington; loving “Nonnie” of Ralph, Gina, Rita, Joseph, Minnie, Daniel, Cynthia, Christina, Joseph, Denise, David, Steven, Marc, Jared, Adam, Matthew, Robert, and Brian, as well as great grandchildren: Annemarie, Liam, Aidan, Devllin, Sabella, Christopher, Carolyn, Paige, Leo, Hailey, Marco, Sophia, Mia, Mia, A.J., and Jordyn; dear sister of Maria Ruberti of Stoneham, Michelina Abbondanza of Burlington and the late Rosa, Pasquale, Joseph, Luigi, and Gerry.  Elena is further survived by her dear sister-in-law of Maria Savino of the North End as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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