Obituaries 05-19-2016

John Bruttaniti

Heroic Chelsea Police Officer

John P. Bruttaniti, Chelsea Police Officer of Lynn, formerly of Chelsea, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 12. He was 41 years old.

John, or as he was affectionately known to family and close friends as Coco, was born in Boston to Karen Bruttaniti and Johnny Perkins on September 23, 1974. He graduated from the Dearborn Academy in 1993.  After graduating, he began working as a heavy equipment operator.  John began his public service career by enlisting in the US Army Reserves, served as a Military Police Investigator and was deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004.

In June of 2001, he began working for the Massachusetts General Hospital Police until April of 2005.  On April 18, 2005, John began the Mass Firefighting Academy, Recruit Class #168 and successfully completed the course on July 15, 2005 for the City of Chelsea Fire Department and was assigned to Central Fire Station, Engine #2. On March 3, 2008, John began the Massachusetts Transit Police Academy and graduated on August 20, 2008 for the City of Chelsea Police Department.

During John’s Career as a Chelsea Police Officer, he was assigned as a motorcycle officer, arson investigator and most recently, on April 20, 2016, he became a Field Training Officer.

One of John’s proudest moments was in June 2015 when he was approached by the parent of a young child who had a penny lodged in her throat.  John immediately sprung into action and within seconds dislodged the penny and resuscitated her.  John kept that penny with him and carried it on him at all times as a momento. For John’s heroic actions, he was awarded the Chelsea Police Department’s Life Saving Award.

On May 12, 2016, Chief Kyes, also of the Chelsea Police Department, notified John, that the Statewide Advisory Committee for CPR/First Responders within the Mass Police Training Council (MPTC), would be recognized for going above and beyond their law enforcement duties in rendering medical assistance to a person in need.  This recognition exemplifies that their CPR/First Responder training was beneficial in saving a life.

John was an avid motorcycle rider both on and off-duty.  He was a member of the Renegade Pigs Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Boston.  On several occasions, John assisted the Massachusetts Wounded Vet Run, providing an escort as a motorcycle officer for hundreds of riders through several North Shore Communities.

He was the loving son of Karen Bruttaniti of East Boston and Johnny Perkins of Alabama; devoted boyfriend to Kim Segal of Chelsea; dear brother of Karen Bruttaniti-Campbell of Dorchester, Nicole Correa of Florida and Ernest (Cucho) Acevedo, of Wilmington; loving uncle to Festus, Noah and Gemeisah and is also survived by his loving uncles, aunts and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston.  Services concluded with John being laid to rest with military honors in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Stephanie Lanzo-Stellabotta

Spiritual person, active in many church groups

Stephanie A.Lanzo-Stellabotta of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Emergency Dept. in Everett on Monday May 16.

A resident of Revere for the past 10 years, Stephanie was born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Ignacio and Lorraine Mandracchia. She attended Chelsea Schools and  graduated from Chelsea High School. She married her first husband, William Lanzo and settled for many years in Winchester raising her family of one daughter and two sons. In Winchester, Stephanie became a state certified daycare operator and  a provider of home daycare services from her home. She later married Michael Stellabotta and relocated to Winthrop where she resided for several years to the time of Mr. Stellabotta’s passing in 2002. Stephanie was always a spiritual person and was active in many church groups, most recently with Blessed of the Lord Church in Woburn.

In addition to her parents and second husband, Stephanie was also preceded in death by her brother Robert Mandracchia. She is survived by her beloved and devoted children; Jessica Geloso and her husband, John of Rutland, Jamie Lanzo and his wife, Sarah of Reading and William Lanzo Jr., and his wife, Melinda of Stoneham. She was the dear sister of John Mandracchia of No. Andover; cherished grandmother of Jordan, Gabrielle, John and Jack Geloso, James, Henry and Nellie Lanzo, William III and Russell Lanzo. She is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be private. For online guest book or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

John Cappuccio, Jr.

Avid baseball fan

John J. Cappuccio, Jr. passed away on May 14 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.  He was 63 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea he was the beloved son of the late retired Chelsea Firefighter John J. Cappuccio Sr., and Louise Cappuccio.

Johnny was a longtime resident of Sagamore Avenue and the Prattville neighborhood of Chelsea.  He worked as a private security officer and held other jobs in the local area.  He was an avid baseball fan following the Red Sox, possessing a great knowledge of statistics and player attributes.

He was the adored nephew of the late Kay Cappuccio and is survived by his cousin Phyllis Costa and her husband, Michael of Connecticut and by several additional cousins and friends.

Family and friends are most kindly invited to attend his funeral from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home 718 Broadway Chelsea on Thursday, May 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery will be private.  Visiting hours have been omitted.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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