Obituaries 04-28-2010

Shazi Mataj


Shazi Mataj of Lynn died suddenly at home on April 21. He was 74 years old.

After coming from Albania 18 years ago, he was an electrician for various contractors.

Born in Albania, the son of the late Salikha (Oopeku) Mataj, he is survived by one son, Tony Mataj of Revere; two daughters, Garta Mujaj of Winthrop, Branka Mataj of Danvers and one sister, Malaise Koka of Albania. He was the brother of the late Dusham Mataz, Rose Memushi and Hadila Varai and the grandfather of three grandchildren.

Private services were held at the Parker Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery.


Roman Szczepanski

Cambridge resident

Roman Szczepanski of Cambridge died on April 20.

He was the husband of Stephanie (Galazka) Szczepanski of Chelsea; devoted father of John Szczepanski of Chelsea, Barbara Szczepanski and Eve Szczepanski, both of Lynn; dear brother of Stanley Szczepanski of Warsaw, Poland and cherished grandfather of Tommy Guarante.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, 157 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Tuesday, April 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For online guestbook and directions, please visit Anthony Memorial Chelsea, 617-884-3259


Angelina Ferrera

Of Lynn, formerly of East Boston

Angelina Ferrera of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died on April 17. She was 87 years old.

She was the mother of Stephen Johns, Richard Johns of Amesbury, Deborah Jones of Florida, and Linda Wagner-Tzannos and her husband, Gregory, of Winthrop; the partner of Tom Finnegan of Lynn and a grandmother, great grandmother and aunt. She was the sister of the late Doctors Charles and Patrick Ferrera.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Donations may be made to the PACE Program, Elder Services of the North Shore, 62 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01902. For guestbook,


Robert Harmon

Brick Mason

Robert D. Harmon of Lynn died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers on April 19 after a long illness. He was 72 years old.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, the son of the late John and Violet (Hombager) Harmon, he lived in Lynn for the past 13 years after moving from Texas. He was a brick mason for various contractors.

He is survived by one son, David Harmon of Lynn, three daughters, Mary and her husband, Stephen Dufy of Lynn, Susan Allen and Debbie and her husband, Spencer Rishle, both of Texas. He was the beloved grandfather of 13 and great grandfather of 15. He was the brother of Karl, Ralph, Floyd and Rose Harmon, all of Michigan, and the uncle of several nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Melvin, Roy and Pearl Harmon.

Private services were held at the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial will take place in Texas.


Phyllis Stella

Retired Stitcher

Phyllis Stella of Quincy Avenue, Winthrop, formerly of Lynn and East Boston, died at the Epoch Senior Healthcare in Weston on April 15 after a long illness. She was 89 years old.

Born in East Boston, she was the loving daughter of the late Francesca (Pugliarus) and Sebastian Savoia. She was a resident of East Boston and Lynn before moving to Winthrop in 1955. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a stitcher in the garment industry for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic Stella and the dear sister of Josephine Stella of Saugus, Concetta Colarossi of Winthrop, Jennie Zolla of Bedford and the late Vincent, Domenic, Angelo and Benjamin Savoia. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery. For memorial donations or to sign her online guestbook, go to

Constance ‘Connie’ Ballerene

Former owner of Bayberry Antiques of Cape Cod

Constance “Connie” (Mantica) Ballerene of Lynn, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, Centerville and Newton, died on April 24. She was 93 years old.

The former proprietor and operator of Bayberry Antiques of Cape Cod, she was the wife of the late Louis F.; beloved sister of Grace Lennon of Walpole and the late Ann Dagle, Mary Amicangioli, Leo, Augostino, Domenic and Robert Mantica and is also lovingly survived by her sister in law, Claire Mantica, of Woburn and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family today, Tuesday, April 27, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Route 107) Revere followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 AM. Burial will be at Mosswood Cemetery, Barnstable. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis TN 38105

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