Obituaries 03-13-2012

George Armitstead

Retired Auto Technician

George M. Armitstead of Golden Drive, Winthrop, a lifelong Winthrop resident, died on March 4 after a long illness. He was 65 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Edith (Vass) and Stanley Armitstead. He was employed as an auto technician for many years prior to his retirement. He was also a member of the Corvette Club and the NSRA.

He was the loving father of Craig Armitstead and his wife, Rose, Brian Armitstead and his wife, Tara, Aaron Armitstead and his wife, Dawne and Derek Armitstead and his wife, Jessica all of Winthrop. He was the dear brother of Elizabeth Doyle of Lynn, Bruce Armitstead of Lowell and Barbara Sharib of Lynn and the cherished grandfather of Brianna, Daniel, Brian Jr., Grace, Sofia, Lauren, Aaron, Lily and Elle. He was the former husband of Marie (Chiaradonna) Cheffro and brother in law of Marie Lewis Armitstead

Arrangements were by the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to the funeral home.

Antonio Silva

Retired Truck Driver

Antonio M. Silva, a retired truck driver, died on March 7 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a sudden decline in health. He was 88 years old.

Born in East Boston, he was the son of the late Emanuel D. and Gertrude (Santos) Silva. After graduating from East Boston High School, he enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1949.

After returning from the Army, he continued his education enrolling at Boston University. He married Marjorie and together they settled in Chelsea. He worked for many years as a truck driver for Universal Fixtures, an electrical supply company in Quincy.

He was the beloved husband of Marjorie M. Silva and devoted father and father in law of Maryann Silva-Munoz and her husband, Rafael Munoz, all of Lynn; cherished Godfather of Erica Monteiro and Vanessa Cruz and adored uncle of Roberto Fortes, Buffy Fermino and many other nieces and nephews. He was the brother of several late brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Rose Church in Chelsea. Services concluded with Military Honors followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To send expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Dorothy Iovanna

East Boston resident

Dorothy (DiChiara) Iovanna of East Boston and Swampscott, died with her family at her side on March 4 at the NSMC / Salem Hospital. She was 71 years old.

The wife of the late Frederick E. Iovanna, Sr., she is survived by her children and their spouses, Frederick E. Iovanna, Jr., of East Boston, Carmen F. Iovanna of Swampscott with whom she resided, Deborah A. Saggese and Nicholas R. Saggese, Ret. BPD of Georgetown, and Patricia E. Marzano and Frederick Marzano BPD of Peabody; six grandchildren, Nikkia Iovanna, Brianna and Kristina Marzano, Frederick, Anthony and Tyler Iovanna; 2 brothers, Richard DiChiara of Lowell, and John Long and his wife, Angela of Temple City, CA; two sisters and their spouses, Christine and Dominic Landry of Lynn and Shirley and John Barilone of Norco, CA; a brother-in-law, Robert Brabant of Tewksbury; many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews. Mrs. Iovanna was the daughter of the late Americo and Jenny (Barilone) DiChiara and the sister of the late Rosemarie Ling and Angelina Brabant.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. Please visit for online obituary and memorial guest book.

Milton ‘Mickey’ Solomon

Owned Solomon Metals Corp. in Lynn

Milton “Mickey” Solomon of Marblehead, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 8 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was 85 years old.

Mr. Solomon was born and raised in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School with the Class of 1945 and remained an active member of the reunion committee.

He owned and operated Solmon Metals Corp. in Lynn and continued to work as his health allowed. He was past president of Temple Tifereth Israel of Winthrop and a board member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury. He was a longtime member of Congregation Shirat Hayam and a Mason.

The devoted husband of Irene (Bluestein), he was the beloved father of Karen Solomon, Marcy Slovin and her partner, Les Selbowitz, Laurie and her husband, Lee Caplan and Alan and his wife, Rebecca Solomon; cherished grandfather of Ashley, Max and Hannah Solomon, Joshua and Elissa Slovin, Matthew and Shira Caplan and Levi Solomon and dear brother of the late Sylvia Wheeler, Moe Solomon, Lena Cramer, Ida Shook and Isaac Solomon.

Services were held at Congregation Shirat Hayam, Swampscott. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Congregation Shirat Hayam or the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 4 Community Road, Marblehead. For on line condolences:

Eleanor Santoro

Retiree of Liberty Market in East Boston

Eleanor (Reppucci) Santoro of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 5. She was 97 years old.

A retiree of Liberty Market in East Boston, she was the beloved wife of 73 years of Salvatore Santoro; devoted mother of Roberta J. Tortorici and her husband, Mario of Peabody, Janet M. DiPaolo of Revere and Richard M. Santoro and his wife, Phyllis of Novato, CA; dear sister of Ann Giglio and Lucy Salemme, both of Revere and the late Carmella M. Elliott, Anthony A. “Tom” Repucci, John and Joseph Repucci and Evelyn Reppucci; cherished grandmother of Susan E. Marconi and her  husband, James of Lynn, Stephanie A. Emmons of Woburn, Stacey M. DiPaolo of Revere and Laura L. Tortorici of Lynn. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, James, Nicholas and Samantha and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , P.O. BOX 1000, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For further information, visit:

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