Life dedicated to home and family
Amelia Santos passed away on Saturday, April 7 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers surrounded by her loving family. She was 78 years old.
A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, Amelia was born and raised in Arroyo, Puerto Rico, one of seven children of the late Henio Cordero and Hermenia Santiago. As a young lady in Puerto Rico, she married Jose Juan Santos. Together they settled in Chelsea raising their own family of nine children. She was widowed in 2004 after sharing 46 years of love and devotion with her beloved Jose. Her life’s dedication was to her family and home.
Amelia took great pleasure in knitting, sewing and cooking for family. She enjoyed arts and crafts and was an all-around “Handy-Mom.” With her hard-working hands, she would paint the interior and exterior of her home, wallpaper rooms, tackle carpentry projects and even assist her son working to repair his cars.
In addition to her parents and beloved husband, Amelia was also predeceased by an infant son, Aduein, two adult sons, Jose Santos, Jr. and Freddy Santos, and one brother, Miguel Torres. She is survived by her loving children: Brenda Cotto, Tommy Santos, Aduein Santos, Miguel Santos, Milagros Diaz and Minerba Santos. She was the cherished grandmother of Miguel Jr., Marcus and Daunte Santos, Michael Diaz, Marisel, Willie and Wilfredo Cotto, Nicholas and Rayna Santos-Wright, A.J. Santos, Caitlynn White, Tamara, Todd, Tanya and Timothy Santos. She was the dear sister of Lydia Anaya, Carmen Crespo, Anastasia Torres, Esperanza Torres and Hector Torres.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment will take place in Puerto Rico.
102 year old family matriach
Eva M. (Fucillo) Riccio passed in the presence of her God, serenely and peacefully, on Tuesday, April 3 at her Chelsea residence at the privileged age of 102 years.
Born in Revere, the family lived there until moving to Boston’s North End, where Eva attended schools and then moved to Chelsea over 75 years ago. She was married to the late Joseph R.
Riccio, who died on February 1, 1995. Eva was the quintessential wife, mother and aunt, to her husband, children, nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being at home, always welcoming a visitor.
Until her early nineties, she was a long-time active member of “The Socialites” at Our Lady of Grace Parish of Chelsea and a member of the Saugus Senior Center.
The cherished mother of Joseph A. Riccio and Libria M. “Libby” Downing, both of Chelsea, she was the devoted aunt to Theodore “Skip” Fucillo and his wife, Linda of Wells Beach, Maine, Gerald Riccio and his wife, Linda of Boston’s North End, David Riccio and his wife, Gina of Revere and several
other faithful nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Josephine Fucillo, Esther Sicuranza, Armando Fucillo and Theodore Fucillo and the proud daughter of the late Luigi and
Michelina (Cataldo) Fucillo.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.