Obituaries 10-04-2011

Michael Ruggiero

Member of VFW

Michael E. Ruggiero of East Boston died on October 1.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the VFW Post 6712.

He was the beloved husband of the late Teresa (Schifino) Ruggiero with whom he shared 68 years of marriage; loving father of Jo Ann Peroni and her husband, John of Newburyport, Michael Ruggiero and his wife, Celeste of Lynn, Joseph Ruggiero of Revere and his late wife, Kathleen and the late Marianne Ruggiero; dear brother of Alfred Ruggiero of East Boston and the late Helen Naso, Beatrice Bruker, Rose Hamond and Salvatore Ruggiero; cherished grandfather of six and great grandfather of eight.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m. Family and friends may visit today, Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne at 1:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts Chapter of Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston MA 02108. For directions and guest book

Adam Lao

Kennedy Day School Student

Adam Lao died on September 21 at the Children’s Hospital in Boston after a long illness.  He was 14 years old.

A student at the Kennedy Day School in Brighton, he was born in Malden, he was the beloved son of Nereida Vega of Winthrop and Diego Lao of Chelsea; step-son of Raimundo Baquero of Winthrop; dear brother of Diego D. Lao, Jr. of Winthrop; grandson of Concepcion Santiago of Florida, Lucy Diaz of Chelsea, Diego Lao of Boston and the late Victor Vega; nephew of Judy Lao of Chelsea, Jolanda Rodriquez of Florida, Maria Lao of Weymouth, Betty Vega of East Boston, Iris Castillo of Dorchester, Victor Vega of Pennsylvania, Diego Lao of Lynn and Danny Lao of Boston.  He is also lovingly survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Mattapan.

Edward Beechin

Revere resident

Edward M. Beechin of Revere, formerly of Malden and Everett, died on September 28.

He was the beloved husband of the late Cynthia (Costa); devoted father of Cheri Harris and her husband, Richard of Revere, Scott Beechin and his wife, Christine of Malden, Rhonda Papa of Florida, Patty Natarelli and her husband, Michael of Weymouth, Michelle Harris and her husband, Rob of Florida and the late Jamie Papa; dear brother of James Beechin of California, Debra Morabito of Lynn and the late Judy Gagnon. He is also survived by 15 loving grandchildren and five loving great grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere today, Tuesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church (Malden) at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Forest Dale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book visit

Queen Austin

Active at Zion Baptist Church

Queen (Gousby) Austin, of Lynn, formerly of Boston, died September 29 following a long illness. She was 58 years old.

Born in Russell County, Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Minnie (Lias) Gousby. She has lived in Lynn for the past 20 years and was a member of the Zion Baptist Church. She had a passion for her church, and felt it was part of her family.

She is survived by her son, Dwayne Gousby of Lynn, siblings Joe Lias of Ft. Meyers, FL, Zola William of Boston, Viola Jackson of Alabama, Carrie Green of Boston, Odester Nelson of Rochester, NY, Walter Gousby Jr. of Ft. Meyers, FL, and Develma Gousby of Boston; her aunt, Lillie Pearl Browder of Alabama, a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, two great grandchildren, good friends Rev. William Hill and his wife, Audrey, and longtime best friend, Tony Fugate. She was the sister of the late Lola Jones and Oscar Gousby.

Her funeral service will be held in the Zion Baptist Church, 4 Adams Street Ext., today, Tuesday, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Arrangements are entrusted to the Goodrich Funeral Home, 128 Washington Street, Lynn

Francisco Tiburcio

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Francisco Tiburcio died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on September 25 after a long battle with overwhelming illness. He was 47 years old.

Born in New York City, he was the dear son of Carmen Cruz of Revere and the late Francisco Tiburcio Jr.  As a child. he settled in Boston with his family and graduated from Boston Latin High School. He joined the US Marine Corps and was honorably discharged after serving out his enlistment.  He and his family relocated to Chelsea where he has lived for most of his adult life. For the past five years he has been living in Revere.

Before being medically disabled, he worked in Charlestown for US Gypsum Co., and was a security officer for the Mass General Hospital, Chelsea Unit on Bellingham Street.

He is lovingly survived by his devoted mother, Carmen Cruz of Revere, his beloved children; Yazmin, Lillibeth and Francesna Tiburcio all in South Carolina, Damien Tiburcio of Lynn, his dear brother David Tiburcio and his wife, Jaime of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Manuel Ortiz Tirado

Retired Carpet Installer

Manuel Ortiz Tirado of Chelsea died at home just before midnight on September 20 after a 16 month courageous battle with Leukemia.

He was 79 years old.

Born in Maunabo, Puerto, he worked as a carpet installer for Chelsea Floor Covering on Everett Avenue, Chelsea prior to his retirement.

He was the devoted husband of Dominga (Ramos) Ortiz; beloved father of Manuel Ortiz, Jr. of Chelsea, Evelyn Kenny of Lynn and William Ortiz of Waltham and is also lovingly survived by many brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Robert ‘Moona’ Peterson

Retired Painter

Robert “Moona” Peterson of Lynn died suddenly at home on September 24 after a brief illness. He was 68 years old.

Born in Lynn, he was the longtime companion of Joanne “JoJo” Wilson with whom he shared 27 years of friendship. Before his retirement, he was a painter most of his life. He was a member of the Cocktail League Associates, the 595 Club and an avid horseshoe player.

He is survived by three step sons, Robert and his wife, Shannon Wilson of Saugus, Kenneth and his wife, Heather Wilson and Tony Barbosa, all of Saugus. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kenneth Jr., Jacob, Arianna Wilson, Serenity and Remenity Barbosa, all of Salem.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nadworny Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial will be private.

Thomas Angelucci

Barber, owned “Vincent’s Clip Joint” in Lynn;  received French “Croix de Guerre”

Thomas W. Angelucci, a lifelong Lynn resident, died on September 23. He was 92 years old.

He was a graduate of Lynn English High School, Class of 1937 and a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He was awarded the French ” Croix de Guerre with: SILVER-GILT STAR,” for his involvement in the liberation of France.  The 23rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron completed 705 sorties over French territory insuring, through the invaluable intelligence thus obtained, the success of the Allied landings on the Mediterranean Coasts and the rapid deployment of the Franco-American forces.

Prior to his retirement, he was a Barber – Owner of “Vincent’s Clip Joint,” in Lynn, where he specialized in giving children’s first haircuts on the carousel horse, Chester.  He helped families celebrate the occasion of “graduation from babyhood” with a diploma, lock of hair, a t-shirt and video tape of the event.

He was also a professional musician- the accordionist for his dance trio, “We Three”  and decorated and cared for the “Thomas Angelucci Rotary Island,” so named for his 25 years of devoted service, at Fernwood Avenue and Maple and Stanwood Streets.

He is survived by his wife, Carmella Angelucci of Lynn; daughter, Leanne Fisher and her husband, Gary of New Hampshire; son,  Steven Angelucci of California;, six loving grandchildren, Lisanne Pessini, Christian Pessini, Andre Pessini and his wife, Jennifer, Beau Fisher, Christa Fisher and Dante Fisher and two great-grandchildren, Logan and Evylynn Pessini.

His Funeral Mass was held in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Salem. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105- Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.

Brian Sullivan

Winthrop resident

Brian M. Sullivan of Winthrop, formerly of Saugus, died on September 23. He was 37 years old.

He was the cherished son of Marie Adams (Inello) and her husband, Dennis and Harold Sullivan and his wife, Diane, all of New Hampshire; devoted grandson of Marion Sullivan of Lynn; loving brother of David Sullivan, Marianne Sylvester and her husband, Mark, Kerry Falzone and her husband, John, all of New Hampshire; step-brother of Ryan Adams of Lowell, Kimberly Beaulieu and her husband, Tim of Dracut; uncle of Riley, Lucas, Lexi, Mackenzie and Bella and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Boomer Esiason Foundation, c/o Etsuko Murase, 483 10th Avenue, Suite 300, New York, NY 10018, For condolences

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