Obituaries

February 17, 2009
By

Donald Jedry, 71
Of Oregon, formerly of Revere

Donald “Donnie” Lewis Jedry of Oregon City, Oregon, formerly of Revere, died on December 1, 2008, after a brief illness.

He loved fishing, traveling and happy hour with his many friends in Revere and Oregon City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Clifford and Gertrude Jedrey and his stepmother, Blanche; his adoptive parents, the late Dora and Lee Comeau; and his favorite nephew, the late Wayne Jedrey.

He is survived by his brother, Alan, and his wife, Kay Jedrey, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; his half-sister, Mary Ann Donovan, of West Barnstable; his half- brother, Stanley Jedrey, of Saugus; his nephews, Dana Jedrey of Arizona, Craig Donovan of Danbury, Conn., and Brendan Donovan of Charlotte, NC; his great- nephews, Wayne Jedrey and Dana Cunningham of Arizona; his nieces, Linda Cunningham and Gail Gudbergsson of Arizona, Erin Donovan of West Barnstable; and his cousins: Dr. Robert Jedrey of Gloucester, Richard Jedrey of Florida, Nancy Bounopane of Reading., Ronald Saulnier of Cape Cod, Betty Parsons of Stoneham, Patty Rainville of Wakefield, and Karen Dean of New York.

His wishes were to have no services. Arrangements were handled by his longtime friends, Scott and Vikki Haggarty of Oregon City, Oregon.

Condolences may be sent to his brother, Alan, 610 Lookout Lane, Lake Havasu, AZ. 86403.

Ernest DiOrio
Co-Owner of DBI Waste Co.

Ernest R DiOrio of Medford died on February 16.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and co-owner of DBI Waste Co., he was the devoted father of Robert DiOrio and his wife, Terri, of Chelsea; dear brother of Joseph DiOrio of Peabody, Edith Romano and Theresa Stanchi, both of Revere, Marie Prezioso of Saugus, Richard DiOrio of West Peabody, Emelio DiOrio of Lynnfield and the late Michael DiOrio; cherished grandfather of Robert Jr. and Deryn DiOrio and Monica and Carmine DiPietro; and he is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights), East Boston, on Friday, February 20, at a time to be announced, followed by a Celebration of his Life in St Anthony’s Church, Revere. Burial with military honors will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Mary ‘Munya’ Antle, 54
Member of French Club of Chelsea

Mary E. (Polovick) Antle of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 16 after a long illness at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 54 years old.

A homemaker, she was born in Chelsea, attended Chelsea public schools and was a member of the French Club of Chelsea.

She was the beloved wife of the late Roger D. Antle of Everett; devoted mother of Eddy S. Torres and his fiancŽe, Cynthia Jackson, of Revere and Tyese Kasperek and her husband, Robert, of Chelsea; dear sister of John Polovick of California, Linda Bartlett and her husband, David, of Methuen and Richard Polovick of Everett; sister-in-law of the late Darlene Polovick and she is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, Latia, Eddy II and Jessalyn.

Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea, on Thursday, February 19, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours in the funeral home will be Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal prayers will by conducted by the Rev. James J. Barry, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Church at Woodlawn Chapel in Everett.

Lucy Ann Byczkoski, 90
Chelsea resident

Lucy Ann (Wisniewski) Byczyoski of Chelsea died on February 13 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 90 years old.

Mrs. Byczkoski was a 1937 Chelsea High School graduate. Shortly after graduation, she worked for America Optical and later for Bloomberg Brothers, both of Chelsea. She spent her retirement years with her husband, Edmund, traveling up and down the East Coast and enjoying many cruises. Mrs. Byczkoski enjoyed painting and collecting photographs.

She was the loving daughter of the late Frank and Anna Wisniewski and the wife of 69 years of Edmund S. Byczkoski Sr.; sister of the late Genevieve Coakley, Louis Wisniewski, Chester Wisniewski, and Frank Wisniewski, all of Chelsea; beloved mother of Lucille A. Kopaczynski and her late husband, Paul, of Stoneham, Edmund S. Byczkoski Jr., and Thomas H. Byczkoski of Chelsea; adoring grandmother of Ann Catalano of North Reading, Mary Burns of Billerica, Lynn Casa of Epping, NH, Elaine Navarro of Stoneham, Beth Agneta of Plaistow, NH, Edmund Kopaczynski of Litchfield, NH, Robin Byczkoski of New Hampshire Joseph Kopaczynski of Springfield, Pa., Edmund S. Byczkoski III of Fort Bragg, NC and Thomas Kopaczynski of Danvers; great-grandmother of Adam, Nicholas, Amanda, Daniel, Caitlin A, Kyle, Caitlyn B, Evangelyn, Jonathan, Edmund IV, Robert Jr., Katrina, E’Angelyliz, and Paul Joseph.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

To send a message of condolence, visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.

John DeFillippo, 67
Retired metal burner and recycler, talented singer

John A. DeFillippo, a retired metal burner and recycler, died unexpectedly at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center “On Broadway,” Chelsea, where he had been convalescing for the last few months. He was 67 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Rosario DeFillippo and Mary (Gildea) Tashian, and stepson of the late Malcolm Tashian. He attended local schools and was a member of Chelsea High School, Class of 1959. He served in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era and worked with his stepfather, Malcolm, for many years in the scrap metal reclamation trade. He was member of the Revere Lodge of Elks and was a talented singer.

He was the beloved brother of Helen Bolaccio and her husband, Frank, Malcolm Tashgian and his late wife, Donna, all of Salem NH; cherished uncle of Frank Bolaccio of Arizona, John Bolaccio of Derry NH and Malcolm Tashgian of Salem NH; and he is also survived by four grandnieces and two grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Celia Shick, 93
Member of B’nai B’rith, Hadassah

Celia (Miller) Shick of Medway, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 15 at the Medway County Manor. She was 93 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was educated in the Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a was a member of B’nai B’rith and Hadassah and also enjoyed collecting dolls.

She was the devoted mother of Lawrence Shick and his wife, Cheryl; dear sister of Jeanette Fraidan and Hilda Patch; the loving grandmother of Daryl Ross and her husband, Jason, and Jennifer Shick-Bahani and her husband, Siyavosh. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Nadia, Kamron, and Matthew Bahani.

Graveside services were held at the Liberty Progressive Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett.

Donations in her memory may be made to Autism Speaks-5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

For her online guest book, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.

Marcella Rizzo-Repucci, 91
Worked for Tom McAn Shoes

Marcella (Scrivano) Rizzo-Repucci of Revere died in Florida on February 9. She was 91 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and was a sales clerk for Tom McAn Shoes.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Rizzo and Joseph Repucci; devoted mother of Marilyn Simard of Middleton, Joan Capano of Hingham and Marianne Festa and her husband, Anthony, of Cape Coral, Fla.; dear sister of Sarah Famiglietti of Chelsea and the late Katherine Pydyknowski, Jenny Karpenko, Adeline Gibb, John and James Scrivano; cherished grandmother of Jayne Giarrusso, John Capano and his wife, Katie, Nicole Gallagher, Anthony Festa Jr. and his wife, Shauna, Rochelle Sherman and her husband, Todd, Vincent Festa and Geena Festa and great-grandmother of Matthew Giarrusso, Analise Giarrusso, Max Giarrusso, William Sherman, Alex Capano and Hailey Powers. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, on Thursday, February 19, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 229 Kent Street, Brookline, MA 02446. For her guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Walter Jankowski Jr., 65
Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Walter S. Jankowski, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on February 6 after being stricken at the VA Medical Center in Jamaica Plain during a routine appointment with the Hematology Clinic. He was transferred to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 65 years old.

A native of Chelsea, he attended Chelsea schools and entered the US Army in October 1965. He served until March 1976. Upon returning home from Vietnam, he was disabled and made his home with his sister, Helen A. Fulco of Revere for the past 25 years.

He was the son of the late Walter S. Sr. and Charlotte (Talarski) Jankowski; devoted brother of Helen A. Fulco of Revere and Geraldine DeSalvo and her husband, Joseph, of Lynnfield; beloved father of Walter Jankowski of Mantica, Calif.; dear uncle of Charlotte A. Ferrante and her husband, Mark, of Revere, Deborah Martin and her husband, Edward, of Pembroke and is also lovingly survived by his grandnephews, Ryan E. and Michael S. Martin, Michael C. Ferrante and several other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the grandson of the late Helen and Marcin Talarski.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere. Burial was at the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Beatrice Cataldo, 96
Chelsea resident

Beatrice F. (Matys) Cataldo of Chelsea died on February 11. She was 96 years old.

She was the wife of the late Joseph H. Cataldo; beloved mother of Ralph H. Cataldo and his wife, Mary, of Florida, Robert E. Cataldo and his wife, Carol, of Chelsea and the late Joseph Cataldo and Dorothy Dushinski; mother-in-law of the late Irene Cataldo; sister of the late Frank Matis, Edward Matys, Dominic Matys, Stanley Matys and Jessie Corcoran; and she is also lovingly survived by 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa and Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Robert Haseman, 80
Retired Boston State Gas Office Manager

Robert P. Haseman of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died February 10 in a local nursing home. He was 80 years old.

Born and educated in Chelsea, he was the son of the late William J. Haseman and Frances H. (White) Cronin.

A US Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict, he held the rank of staff sergeant. He was an office manager for Boston State Gas for 25 years until his retirement. Mr. Haseman was a member of American Legion Post 61, Revere, and enjoyed swimming, biking and living life to the fullest

He leaves one brother, Francis Cronin, of Bradford, two sisters, Barbara Maida of Lynn and Diane Accettullo, and he is also survived by several nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. He was brother of the late Sonny Haseman and Ann Cronin.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home of Lynn. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For his online guest book, visit www.mem.com.

Minnie Gilefsky, 95
Life Member of Hadassah

Minnie (Ross) Gilefsky of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, Swampscott, and

Florida, died on February 10 at the Union Hospital in Lynn. She was 95 years old.

Born and educated in Chelsea, she was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Mrs. Gilefsky was a resident of Swampscott for 30 years, Florida for 21 years and Revere for the past six years. She was a life member of Hadassah.

She was the beloved wife of Morris Gilefsky; devoted mother of Ronald Gilefsky and his wife, Barbara, and Sandra Clark; loving grandmother of Scott, Judd, Erica, Michael, and Stephen; and great-grandmother of five.

Arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service of Chelsea.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association or Cong. 420-at the Jack Satter House, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, MA 02151 or to All Care Hospice 16 City Hall SQ Lynn, MA 01901.

For her online guest book, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.

Mary Giordano, 86
Proprietor of Mary’s Kitchen of Everett

Mary G. (Imbernino) Giordano of Revere, formerly of Everett and Boston’s North End, died on February 10 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere, following a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she lived in Everett for more than 30 years before moving to Revere 42 years ago. She and her husband owned and operated a popular luncheonette in Everett known as Mary’s Kitchen for more than 25 years. She was a member of the Revere Center Seniors.

Mrs. Giordano was the wife of the late Alfred P Giordano, who died in August of 1997; devoted mother of Joseph J. Giordano and his wife, Julie, of Seattle, Wash. and Steve P. Giordano of Malden; cherished grandmother of Brett of Texas and Domenic T. Giordano of Seattle; sister of the late Charles and Philip Imbernino; and she is also lovingly survived by her cousins, Phyllis F. Palermo of Revere, Mary Tassinari of Winthrop, Jennie Anderson of Florida and Mary Chester of Belmont; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, on Thursday, February 19 at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 11 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Activities Fund of the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Avenue, Revere, MA 02151.

Harry ‘Frank’ Briggs Jr., 45
Truck Driver, member of Winthrop Elks

Harry “Frank” Briggs Jr. of Main Street, Winthrop, died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital on February 16. He was 45 years old.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the beloved son of the late Mary A. (Huffman) and Harry “Frank” Briggs Sr.

A resident of Winthrop for most of his life, he was active in Winthrop Little League and the Winthrop Youth Hockey Association. He was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1981, and was employed as a truck driver, working for EZ Disposal, Viking Oil and most recently for UPS. He was a member of International Order of Teamsters and the Winthrop Lodge of Elks 1078.

He was the beloved husband of Paris (Theriault); loving father of Samantha Briggs of Revere; brother of Vickie Briggs of Winthrop and Joe Briggs and Barbara Finnegan, both of Tampa, Fla.; and the cherished uncle of Bryan, Adrianna, Kelsey, Amber and Brian.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop, on Friday, February 20, at 10 a.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will follow the service in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

For directions or to sign his online guest book, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Kathleen Minghella
Stoneham resident

Kathleen M. Minghella of Stoneham died on February 14.

She was the beloved wife of Allen Minghella; loving mother of Allen Jr. and his fiancŽe, Dawn Richfield, of Revere, Michael and his wife, Rachel, of Derry, NH, and Jeffrey of Stoneham; sister of William Bennett of South Dennis, Phillip Bennett of Brewster, Ellen Demers of Arlington, John Bennett of Stoneham, and the late Jane Bennett; and grandmother of Lucas and Dominic Minghella. She is also survived by her loyal friends Jeannette and Robert Smart of Wakefield.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham, today, Wednesday at 12 noon. Relatives and friends may call at the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St., Stoneham this morning prior to the funeral, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 100 Sylvan Road, Woburn, MA 01801. For online obituary/directions/guestbook, visit www.mcdonaldfs.com.

Rosalie Lavargna
Revere resident

Rosalie (Malta) Lavargna of Revere died on February 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alphonse Lavargna; devoted mother of Anthony and Paul Lavargna, both of Malden; dear sister of the late Mike, Joseph, Stellorio, George and Lawrence Malta, Sarah Selvitella, Jenny Della Porta and Connie Paolini and is also survived by four loving grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Lighthouse Nursing Home, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

For her guest book, please go to www.buonfiglio.com.

James Duffy, 90
Of Monument Beach, formerly of Revere

James W. Duffy of Monument Beach, formerly of Revere, died recently. He was 90 years old.

He was a longtime parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset and served as a Navy Seabee during World War II.

He was the husband of Margaret Mary “Rita” (Brennan) Duffy for more than 62 years.

Funeral arrangements were the Nickerson Bourne Funeral Home, Bourne. For more information, visit nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.

Mary Puleo
Of Wilmington, formerly of Revere

Mary E. (Caruso) Puleo of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on February 13.

She was the beloved wife of Frank Puleo; devoted mother of Joanne “Jodi” Puleo Moschetto of Wilmington and Frank Puleo Jr. and his wife, Michelle, of Burlington, Vt.; loving grandmother of Janelle, Frank, Jenna and Matthew Puleo; sister of Ann Nucci of East Boston, Angela Caruso of Wilmington and the late Anthony Damplo.

Her funeral will be held from the Dello Russo-Cavanaugh Funeral Home, 374 Main St., Wilmington, today, Wednesday, February 18, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Dorothy Church, Main Street, Wilmington, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

It has been requested that flowers be omitted and that memorial contributions be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226.

For directions, online obituary and guest book, visit: www.cavfh.com.

Mary Bourke, 79
Bay Bank retiree

Mary C. (Whitman) Bourke of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on February 11 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston. She was 79 years old.

She was raised in East Boston and lived there until moving to Revere in 1976. She was a retired mail teller at the Bay Bank (Everett Branch) for 15 years retiring in 1997. For many years, she was a member of the First Congregational Church of Revere and was active in their many varied ministries.

She was the wife of the late James D. Bourke; devoted mother of Janet A. Bourke of Revere, Patricia J. Bourke of Altmonte, Fla., Lawrence M. Bourke of Lynn, Thomas J. Bourke and his wife, Charlene, of Revere and the late Maryellen Mosher; cherished grandmother of Willard Mosher Jr. of Dania, Fla.; beloved sister of Jean Flewelling of Englewood, Fla., Barbara Gookin of Dracut and the late Charlotte Curry-Barilone. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 94 Central Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

Albert Giorgio Sr. (Al Judd)
Of Rhode Island, formerly of East Boston

Albert L. Giorgio Sr. (Al Judd) Of Rhode Island, formerly of East Boston, died on February 11.

He was the beloved husband of Helen; father of Lucy Giorgio-Pirkey, Albert L. Giorgio, Jr., and the late Steven Giorgio, all of Revere; brother of Helen Reitano and Anthony Giorgio of Winthrop and the late Charles, Joseph, and Mario; grandfather of Robert and Jason Palladino, Albert L. Giorgio III, James and Kathryn Pirkey. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Mass was held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Providence, RI.

Anthony Savasta
WW II veteran

Anthony J. Savasta of East Boston died on February 12.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Julia (Frongello) Savasta; devoted father of Pamela Capezzuto and her spouse, Peter Metcalf, of Revere, Diane DiGiacomo and her spouse, John, of East Boston; dear brother of Joseph A. Savasta and his wife, Muffie, of Saugus and the late Connie Dacey, Mary Capazzuto and Sam Savasta; cherished brother-in-law of Elizabeth Frongello of Winthrop; loving grandfather of Peter Metcalf and his wife, Victoria, and his special triplets, Sophia, John and Gia DiGiacomo. He is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Burial with military honors was in Holy Cross Cemetery with funeral arrangements by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston.

Memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund of St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street, East Boston.

For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Phillip Maddalone
Winthrop resident

Phillip L. Maddalone of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 4.

He was the loving son of the late Francis and Carmella (Grieco) Maddalone; dear brother of Saverio “Sully” Maddalone of Swampscott, Rose Tacelli of East Boston and Frank Maddalone of Revere; special uncle of Carla, Carmine, Christopher and Christina DiRuzza of Revere; loving companion of Rosemarie Zarro and her niece, Tanya, of Malden. He is also survived by many fond nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial celebrating his life will be held in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston on Saturday, February 21, at 10 a.m. A memorial visitation will be held in The Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St.(Orient Heights), East Boston, on Saturday, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. prior to the church service. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Because of his love for and devotion to his nephew, Christopher, memorial donations honoring Mr. Maddalone may be made to Boston College Campus School Campion Hall Room 197, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill MA 02467.

For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Salvatore Gulino, 80
Retired Educator

Salvatore A. “Sal” Gulino of Attleboro died on February 12.

A former educator and principal of several elementary schools in the North Attleboro Public School System, he was the loving husband of 57 years of Jean M. (Welsh) Gulino; beloved father of John and his wife, Nancy Gulino, of Wrentham, the Rev. Stephen Gulino, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Uncasville, Conn., Thomas and his wife, Lisa Gulino, of Attleboro, Susan Livingston of Provincetown, Lisa Gulino of Providence and Carol Gulino of Attleboro. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Victor, and his wife, Gail Gulino, of Attleboro; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Silvia of Attleboro. He was the loving brother of the late Estelle Silvia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Duffy-Poule Funeral Home of Attleboro. Burial with full military honors was in St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 1 St. John’s Place, Attleboro, MA 02703 and/or St. John’s Poor Box, 22 Maple Ave., Uncasville, CT 06380. For his online guest book, visit www.duffy-poule.com.

Rose Gravallese, 92
Member of Sons of Italy

Rose F. (Mercurio) Gravallese of Wilmington, formerly of East Boston, died on February 11. She was 92 years old.

A member of the Angelo Giuseppe Roscali Sons of Italy Lodge 2183, Wilmington, she was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Gravallese, with whom she shared 64 years of marriage; loving mother of Sally Radomski and her husband, Stan, of Wilmington, Dolly Gravallese of Revere and Anthony Gravallese and his wife, Muriel, of Hudson; dear sister of the late Anna Connerty, Raffaella Tango, Carmella Cammarata, Carmen, Joseph and Philomena Mercurio; cherished grandmother of Gerald McKinnon and his wife, Stephanie, of Florida, Robert McKinnon of Salem, Mary Rose Austin of Peabody, Jim Moynihan and his wife, Kim, of Pennsylvania, SPC Brian McKinnon, US Army-Afghanistan, and his wife, Vicky, of Kentucky, Stephen Gravallese of Hudson; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere. Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Letteria Swindle
East Boston resident

Letteria R. Swindle of East Boston died on February 11.

She was the beloved mother of Raymond and Kevin Swindle, Maryann Avila and Dawn Ferdinand, all of Revere, Mark of Middleboro and David Swindle of Peabody; sister of Richard Giardina and Deborah Westbrook, both of East Boston, Nicholas Giardina and Rose Pugh, both of Brockton; and she is also survived by eight grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 would be appreciated.

Charles McConnell, 42
Of Springfield, formerly of East Boston

Charles McConnell of Springfield, formerly of East Boston, died suddenly on February 9. He was 42 years old.

He was the loving son of Antoinette (Sacco) and the late Bruce McConnell of East Boston; dear brother of Donna Scalfani and her husband, Nick, of Revere, Bruce McConnell Jr. and Dorothy McConnell, both of East Boston, Michael McConnell and his wife, Susan, of Revere and Patricia Guarino and her husband, Ralph, of East Boston. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Carol Tallman, 60
Former Beachmont resident

Carol M. Tallman, formerly of Beachmont, San Diego, Calif., and Okeechobee, Fla., died in Okeechobee on December 3, after a long, hard-fought illness. She was 60 years old.

Ms. Tallman graduated from Revere High School in 1966 and moved to California, where she had a 30-year career in the insurance industry. After retiring, she moved to Florida to care for her late aunt.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Edna M. (Baron) and Walter Tallman, both of Revere, and niece of the late Henry F. Baron of Okeechobee. She leaves cousins in the Boston and Virginia area and good friends Jan and Earl Coombs of Connecticut and Florida, Florence and Joe Anderson of Florida, Audrey Taub of Burlington, Howard Taub of Charlestown, and Irving and Edith Taub of Peabody as well as many dear friends in California, Massachusetts and those in Okeechobee who helped her while she lived there.

Esther Zidel
Revere resident

Esther Zidel of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died on February 11.

She was the devoted daughter of the late Annie (Miller) and William Zidel; loving sister of the late Sidney, Herbert, Saul and Mischel Zidel; adored aunt of Carl Zidel, Linda Dubinsky, Marshall Zidel, Roberta Zidel, Lester Zidel, and Howard Zidel; and dear friend of Ralph Venezia and Richard Mangone.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Peabody.

Expressions of sympathy may be donated to Temple B’nai B’rith, 201 Central St., Somerville, MA 02145.

Thomas Pesola, DDS, 59
Dentist

Thomas N. Pesola, DDS, died unexpectedly at home in Danvers on February 11. He was 59 years old.

A practicing dentist in Revere, he is remembered as a loyal husband, proud father, doting grandfather, a dear friend, a Boston sports fanatic, and an avid golfer.

He was born in Fitchburg, the only son of the late Wiljo “Bill” and Jeannette “Nan” (Wiinikka) Pesola. He graduated from Ashby High School as the valedictorian of the Class of 1967 and earned his B.S. in pharmacy from Northeastern University in 1972. He graduated from Georgetown University’s dental school with his D.D.S. in 1976. Throughout his career, he had dental practices in West Peabody, Peabody, Danvers, and Revere, where his patients frequently complimented him on his sense of humor and soft touch. He was a delegate in the North Metropolitan District Dental Society.

He made his home in Danvers for the past 30 years and enjoyed living so close to his children and grandchildren, who nicknamed him “Jimmy the Horse” because of the special piggyback rides he gave them.

He was the husband of Joan (Taylor) Pesola, with whom he shared 36 years of marriage. He is also survived by his children, Kirstin McEachern and her husband, Brendan McEachern, of Danvers, Kara Pesola and her boyfriend, Scott Booth, of Brookline, and Victor Wirkkala of Leominster; his grandchildren, Avery Finn McEachern and Owen Thomas McEachern of Danvers and Gunnar Holt of Leominster. He also leaves his mother-in-law, Joan (Gionet) Taylor of Norwich, Connecticut, and an extended loving family.

Funeral arrangements were by the C.R.Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors of Danvers. Burial was in Annunciation Cemetery, Danvers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., #501, Boston, MA 02210.

Caroline Estrada
Of Malden, formerly of Everett

Caroline G. (Gaston) Estrada of Malden, formerly of Everett, died on February 9 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born in Everett, she as a lifelong resident there until she moved to Malden a short time ago. She attended the Everett School System.

She was the beloved wife of Genaro Estrada; loving daughter of Lucy (Cafazzo) Gaston of Malden and the late Lawrence; and the sister of Daniel and Lucy Gaston of Malden.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Mario Marotta
East Boston resident

Mario Marotta of East Boston died on February 11.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary C. (Torrierio); father of Mario F. of East Boston and the late Charles Marotta; grandfather of Stephanie and her husband, Christopher Grossmann, Mario and his wife, Jennifer (McGahan), Daniel and Justin Marotta; and the great-grandfather of Kylie, Haylie and Gianna.

Burial was in Cross Cemetery, Malden.

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