Obituaries – 9/10/09

Anna Guarino

Known for Christmas display

Anna (Roffo) Guarino of East Boston died on September 2.

For many years, Mrs. Guarino and her husband, Mario, delighted the children of the East Boston community with a Christmas display around their home for all to come and enjoy.

She was the beloved wife of Mario “The Tailor” Guarino; devoted mother of Tiziana Lynch and her husband, Robert, of Revere, Mascia DeFrancesco and her husband, Jerel, of Salem and Marisa Kennedy and her husband, David, of Revere; dear sister of Mario Roffo and Donata Sacco, both of Brighton, Viviana Ruggiero of Revere, Delia Roffo of East Boston and Sergio Roffo of Scituate; cherished grandmother of Briana, Robert, Cristian, Luca, Isabella and Athena; and she is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights), East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send the Guarino family an online condolence, please visit:

William Petricca

TV repairman

William J. “Bill” Petricca of Chelsea died at home, surrounded by his loving family, on August 24, following a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

Born in East Boston, Mr. Petricca spent his early years in Everett. He was a graduate of Everett High School and enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. A member of the Navy Seabees, he was honorably discharged with the rank of coxswain.

He returned to Everett briefly and worked as a television repairman and salesman for D.A. Petricca TV and Appliances in Everett.

A resident of Chelsea for the past 45 years, he was a longtime parishioner of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church. In recent years, he was a devoted supporter of St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home.

He was the beloved husband of 43 years of Regina L. (Cenga) Petricca of Chelsea; loving son of the late Natalino and Mary (Fioretti) Petricca; devoted father of Charles Gallagher and his wife, Jeanne, of Oklahoma, Regina Bellerose and her husband, David, of Maryland, John Gallagher and his wife, Maureen, of Beverly, Daniel Gallagher of Chelsea, Kathleen Murphy and her husband, Edmund, of Quincy, Joanne Aleo and her husband, Barry, of Tewksbury; dear brother of Frank, Daniel and Anthony Petricca, all of Everett, Carmella Shea of Lynn and Eleanor DeYeso of Saugus.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Michael’s African Missions, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Anne Keane


Anne M. (Cahalane) Keane, an East Boston native and a 30-year resident of Wakefield, died unexpectedly on August 3 at Beverly Hospital. She was 63 years old.

A native of East Boston, she was a graduate of St. Mary-Star of The Sea Grammar School, East Boston, a 1964 graduate of Fitton Central High School of East Boston and a 1966 graduate of Boston Clerical College. She was a bookkeeper for several area firms until her retirement in 2007.

She was the mother of James F. Keane Jr. of Wilmington and the grandmother of Katelyn F. Keane of Wakefield and the late James Michel Keane; sister of William F. Cahalane and his wife, MaryLou, of Lynn, Mary Catherine and Helen-Marie Cahalane, both of East Boston, and the late Robert E. Cahalane and his late wife, Theresa. She also leaves the father of her son, James F. Keane Sr., of Wilmington and a wonderful friend, William O’Neill of Beverly. She was the daughter of the late Robert B. and Helen L. (Walsh) Cahalane and is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 1 Jimmy Fund Way, Roxbury, MA 02115-6007.

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