By Cary Shuman
For the Journal
Revere High School is a place where dreams can come true.
Just ask football captain Manuel “Manny” Velez who has a signed a letter of intent to attend Merrimack College in North Andover. Velez has received a substantial scholarship from the college where he will continue his football career.
When Velez entered Revere High as a freshman, he hadn’t played a down of tackle football. Soccer was king in Colombia, the country in which Velez spent his early years before he moved here in the third grade.
But through hard work in practice and in the off season under the direction of head football coach Lou Cicatelli and his staff, Velez grew into one of the best linemen in the Northeastern Conference. Velez also grew, period – he is now a rugged 6-foot-1-inch, 265-pound lineman who also excels in track and can bench press 325 pounds.
The 18-year-old son of Dora Botero, Manny said he’s grateful and honored by the scholarship from Merrimack.
“I can’t wait to begin college,” said Velez. “It’s a great school with a great football program. I’m happy to have this opportunity to continue my education, especially at a school with the excellent reputation that Merrimack has.”
Velez said he has benefited from a strong support network, beginning at home where his mother has shaped his values and extending to Revere High where his teachers and coaches have brought out the best in his abilities.
“My mother has guided my life very well and provided everything I’ve needed to pursue my goals,” said Velez. “If it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t be in Revere. I’d probably be in Colombia and wouldn’t be the position I’m now in of preparing to attend college.”
He credited his teachers for keeping him motivated and stressing the primary importance of his academics. He also singled out coach Cicatelli and line coach Vin Gregorio for improving his football skills for the past four seasons.
“The teachers at the high school are great in all aspects of their profession,” said Velez. “And I just want to thank coach Cicatelli for everything. He’s a great coach who gave me this great foundation for the rest of my life. Coach Gregorio taught me the line techniques I needed to know and took me under this wing.”
Velez has enjoyed his relationship with his teammates in the football program.
“These have been the best four years of my life,” said Velez. “The whole football team is one big family and the senior class had a special bond. I’ll miss them a lot.”
Cicatelli said Velez’s success can be enjoyed by all who have supported his endeavors at the high school.
“Obviously it’s a great honor for Manny, Revere football, and the whole city of Revere,” said Cicatelli. “It’s something to be proud of. Here’s a story about a young man who came in as a freshman as a skinny kid and he worked out in the weight room for four years and did everything he had to do. It paid off for him and I’m just so proud of him.”
Cicatelli recognized Velez’s dedication and the respect he had earned from his teammates, paving the way for Velez to become a two-year captain of the football team, a mantle of leadership he shared this season with teammates John D’Eramo and Luis Cruz.
“I picked Manny because he had great leadership skills as a junior,” said Cicatelli. “He deserved everything he received and I know he’ll succeed at Merrimack and after his college years.”
Theresa Guarino, 93
Theresa (DiOrio) Guarino of Everett died on February 24. She was 93 years old.
The beloved wife of the late Edmund Guarino, she was the cherished daughter of the late Michael and Theresa (Roberto) DiOrio; dear sister of Elvera Sasso of Revere and the late Louise Scanzillo, Mary Frogillo, Joseph and Michael DiOrio; loving aunt of Anthony Scanzillo of East Boston, Nanine Lucia and her husband, Anthony, of Everett, Michael DiOrio and his wife, Georgine, of Andover and many more nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday morning at 9, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Everett, at 12 noon. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
For directions and guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Isabel Libran, 68
Isabel Libran of Chelsea died at the Chelsea Health Care Center after a three- month illness, on February 18. She was 68 years old.
Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, she came to Chelsea in 1967.
She was the devoted wife of the late Santos Libran Sr.; beloved mother of Awilda Lopez of Lynn and her husband, Ismael, of Beverly, Ramon Libran and Naomi Libran, both of Chelsea, Santos Libran Jr. and his wife, Lauren, of Revere, Marisol Cedeno and her husband, Marino, of Lynn, Jeffery Quiles of Chelsea and Omar Quiles of Peabody; sister of Anna, America and Alicia Quiles, all of Puerto Rico, Agustin Quiles of New York, Artemio Quiles of Rhode Island and the late Carmen, Jose and Adelaida Quiles. She was the cherished grandmother of Ingrid, Angela, Christopher, Felicia, Chimia, Eliana, Anthony and Alessandra and great- grandmother of Giovanni and Jaedon.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.
Frank J. Gemellaro of Somerville died on February 22.
A veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Marion (Cerchione) Gemellaro; devoted father of Lorraine Seibel and her husband, Mark, of North Carolina, Guy Gemellaro and his wife, Maria, of Wilmington, John Gemellaro and his wife, Lisa, of Reading and the late Frank J. Gemellaro Jr.; loving grandfather of Christina, Erica, Jennifer, Alexandra, Victoria and Emily; loving great-grandfather of Craig, Jared and Julia; dear brother of Nancy Rumasuglia of Wilmington. Josephine Greco of Waltham, Gaetano Gemellaro and his wife, Brenda, of Revere, Santo Gemellaro of Florida and the late Joseph, Biagio and Basil Gemellaro.
His funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Francis Of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Contributions in his name may be sent to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-3517. For directions, obituary and guest book, visit dellorusso.net.
Former Owner of Papa’s Bakery in East Boston
Angelo Cucuzza of Everett died on February 18.
The former owner for over 20 years of Papa’s Bakery, East Boston, he was the beloved husband of Maria (Cucuzza) Cucuzza; loving father of Angela Chiumiento and her husband, Audeno, of Saugus, Carmelo Cucuzza and his wife, Antonella, of Revere, Joseph Cucuzza and his wife, Donna, of Saugus, Nellie Penta and her husband, Carl, of Boxford, Rosetta Cucuzza and her husband, Salvatore, of Milan, Italy, and Patricia Centoni and her husband, Robert, of Burlington; cherished grandfather of 20; dear brother of Salvatore Cucuzza and his wife, Febronia, Giuseppe Cucuzza and his wife, Giusepina, both of Italy, and the late Annetta Licata and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Visit his memorial at www.mem.com.
Kenneth Blair Jr., 55
Co-Owner of Cold Zone Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Kenneth P. Blair Jr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on Saturday, January 31, at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a seven-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He was 55 years old.
He was born and raised in East Boston and was a 1971 graduate of East Boston High School. After graduating from Refrigeration and Air Conditioning School, he began working in the family business, Cold Zone Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Service of East Boston. Although he fought poor health for the past seven years, Mr. Blair remained active until the spring of 2008.
He was the husband of 25 years of Lola F. (Kilduff) of Revere; cherished son of Anna (Pepe) Blair of East Boston and Kenneth P. Blair Sr. of Largo, Florida; brother of Vincent D. Blair, Lee-Ann Blair and Edward J. Blair, all of East Boston, Janet M. Blair of Saugus and Joseph M. Blair and his wife, Sally, of Lincoln. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 28, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 12 noon. Burial is private. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home For Funerals of Revere.
Remembrances may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Mass. Chapter), 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760.
Beverly Daniels, 74
Beverly (Burns) Daniels, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 20 at the Wingate at Needham. She was 74 years old.
Born in Waltham, she was educated in the Revere schools, graduated from Revere High School and worked as an office receptionist prior to retirement. She was a member of Hadassah.
She was the devoted mother of Robert Daniels and his wife, Nora, of West Newton; loving daughter of the late Charles and Louise Burns; dear sister of Fred Burns and the late Reevan Burns and loving grandmother of Jordan and Crysta Daniels.
A chapel service will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Square, Chelsea, on Sunday, March 1, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sharon. Following the burial, the family welcomes you to the home of Robert and Nora Daniels. For her online guest book and directions, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Concetta Soriano, 91
Soldiers Home Volunteer
Concetta A. (Ruma) Soriano of Chelsea, formerly of the West End, died on February 20. She was 91 years old.
She was a volunteer at the Chelsea Soldiers Home and a member of the Medford Senior Center.
She was the beloved wife of Joseph Soriano, with whom she shared 60 years of marriage; loving mother of Gary Soriano of Chelsea and Phyllis Fusco and her husband, Gaetano, of Salem; dear sister of Millie Fantasia of Stoneham and the late Josephine Noe, Neida Caribino, Rose Amara, Joseph, Charles and James Ruma; cherished grandmother of Gino Fusco and Christina Dumas and great grandmother of Anthony and Analisa Fusco and Francesco Dumas.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. For her guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Arcangelo Conte, 85
Revere School Department retiree, recipient of volunteer award for service during Blizzard of ’78
Arcangelo “Arkie” Conte, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 21 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, following a long illness. He was 85 years old.
Mr. Conte was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943. He entered the US Army in July 1943 and served until January 1946 in the European, African Campaigns, Northern France and the Rhineland. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon.
Mr. Conte’s working career brought him to many and varied tasks. Early in his working career, he was a cabinetmaker at SS Pierce of Boston. He then went to work at the Ford Automotive Plant in Medford. In 1962, he graduated from Barber School and then worked at the Barber Shop at MIT until 1965 when he joined the ranks of the City of Revere School Department as a custodian at the Paul Revere School and at Revere High School, from which he retired. He was the recipient of an award from the Revere School System in gratitude for his volunteer service during the Blizzard of 1978. After retiring, he returned to part-time work at Tri-City Mental Health of Malden as a courier. He finally retired in January 2000.
He was the beloved husband of 57 years of Dorothy N. (Ward); devoted father of Richard S. Conte and his wife, Jeanne E., of Revere and the late William J. Conte; cherished grandfather of Jennifer L. Conte of Revere; dear brother of Pasquale Conte and his wife, Theresa, Adam Conte and his wife, Angelina, Eva Giampietro and her husband, Walter, all of Revere, Victor Conte and his wife, Donna, of Malden, and the late Angelo Conte and his late wife, Rose. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Son of Founders of Parziale Bakery of North End
Romeo Parziale of Revere, formerly of the North End and Somerville, died on February 22.
He was the son of the founders of Parziale Bakery of Prince Street, North End, and a US Army veteran of World War II.
He was the beloved husband of Mary (Gallo) Baldassari Parziale, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; dear brother of Catherine Leo of Florida, Edith Rossi Borje of California, Helen Dello Iacono of Weymouth, Anna Parziale of Revere, and the late Corinne Paolera, Salvatore, Angelo and Jimmy Parziale and the cherished grandfather of six.
His funeral will be from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere,, today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Leonard’s Church, Hanover Street, Boston, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. Please omit flowers. For directions and guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Emilia Pasquariello, 90
Emelia (Tomasone) Pasquariello of Chelsea died on February 20. She was 90 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late Eugenio Pasquariello; loving mother of Angela Dwyer and her husband, John, of Revere, Mario Pasquariello of Needham and Lucia Gucciardi of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Christopher, Nicholas and Lisa Dwyer, and Marc Gucciardi Jr., and the sister of many siblings who preceded her in death.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s ‘Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For her guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Salvatore Schepici, 76
Executive Chef and Well Known Jazz Musician
Salvatore L. “Sal” “Skip” Schepici of Braintree, formerly of Saugus, died on February 20, surrounded by his loving family. He was 76 years old.
An executive chef and a well-known jazz musician, he was the beloved husband of Marcia A. (Knott) Schepici, to whom he had been married for 52 years; devoted father of five sons: Salvatore Schepici Jr. and his wife, Susan, of Middleton, RI; Stephen Schepici and his wife, Marianne, of Stoughton; Lawrence Schepici and his wife, Karen, of Troy, NY; Michael Schepici and his wife, Dawn, of Easton and Anthony Schepici and his wife, Rose, of Revere, and four daughters: Paula Fallon and her husband, Brian, of West Peabody; Katherine Quigley and her husband, James, of Quincy; Andrea Schepici of Revere, and Marcia Burns and her husband, Jeffrey, of Braintree; loving Papa of Andrea, James, Michael, Dustin, Axel, Nicole, Chris, Derek, Sophia, Sal, Jeffrey, Max, Mark, Francesca, Anthony, Nicholas, Jacqueline, Julia, Brian, Michelle and Daniella; Great Papa of Victoria, Bella, Emma, Brian, Tyler and Bella; grandfather of the late Tim-Tim Schepici; brother of the late Rose Durante of Saugus; uncle of Linda Durante and Pat Durante and his wife, Bonnie. He was the son of the late Salvatore and Rose (Pizzano) Schepici.
Funeral arrangements were by the Mortimer N. Peck-Russell Peck Funeral Home, Braintree. Burial was in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Germantown Neighborhood Center Pantry, 366 Palmer St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to the Old Colony Hospice, 1 Credit Union Way, Randolph MA 02368.
Jeannette B. (O’Rourke) Doherty of Malden died on February 20.
She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas L. Doherty; devoted mother of William T. Doherty of Everett, Michael P. Doherty of Revere, Richard D. Doherty of Saugus, John J. Doherty and his wife, Linda, of Peabody. She also leaves her daughter-in-law, Judy Tenaglia, and her husband, Dave, of Melrose. She was the cherished grandmother of six grandchildren: Ryan of Las Vegas, Keith of Wisconsin, Thomas and Meghan of Malden and Madison and Jake of Peabody.
Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden.
For her online obituary, please visit www.weirfuneralhome.com.
Camille Albano, 72
Eucharistic Minister, social activist, volunteer, member of many organizations
Camille A. Albano, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, following a brief illness. She was 72 years old.
A 1954 graduate of Revere High School and a 1956 graduate of Katharine Gibbs Secretarial Junior College, she held positions as an executive secretary for the federal government in Boston, retiring in 1987.
She was one of the first Eucharistic ministers appointed at Immaculate Conception Parish Community, an honor she treasured. She was a member of several organizations and fraternal organizations, not only in name but in deed. For several years, she was a volunteer and Eucharistic minister for Lighthouse Nursing Care Center and for the Mass. General Hospital in Boston.
She was also a devotee of the founding of the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation, a member of the Revere Women’s Club, Revere Women of the Moose, The Red Hats Society and St. Anthony’s Sodality. As a member of these fraternal organizations, she was tireless in her devotion and commitment.
A gentle and dignified lady, she never sought fame or attention for her many generosities of money and time.
She was the devoted daughter of the late Americo “Ricky” and Ida (Leo) Albano; beloved sister of Joseph A. Albano and his wife, Ann A., of Revere; devoted cousin of Diana Albano-Mayo and her husband, Vernon, of Everett and Jerry J. Albano of Salem, NH. She is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins in Massachusetts and Portland, Maine.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Parish, 22 Lowe St., Revere, MA 02151.
Harold Winthrop Nelson, 91
Harold Winthrop Nelson of Peabody, formerly of Stoneham and Royal Palm Beach, Fla., died peacefully on February 20 at the Essex Park Nursing Center in Beverly. He was 91 years old.
Born in Boston and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Harold and Borghield (Edwardson) Nelson. He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1935.
During World War II, he was a chief warrant officer in the Army and participated in the battles at Guadalcanal and in the Solomon Islands.
Following his discharge, Mr. Nelson joined his family’s paint and supply business, C. Dale Garbutt Inc., located in Revere and Saugus. He and his wife, Pearl, settled in Stoneham in 1946, where they raised their family. He was a member of King Cyrus Masonic Lodge and twice was the Past Patron of Crescent Chapter of Eastern Star. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Stoneham, where he served as deacon and trustee. Upon retirement, Mr. Nelson moved to Florida.
For the past year and a half, he has lived at the Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in the Hannah Wing in Beverly, where the staff took excellent care of him and was a wonderful support to his family.
He was the husband of the late Pearl M. (Smith) and the late Martha G. (Holloway) and will be lovingly missed by his daughters, Karen Nelson of Lynn, Wendy Connolly and her husband, Henry, of Peabody and Andrea Robert and her husband, Richard, of Fruit Cove, Fla. He was the stepfather of Nels Nelson and his wife, Ann, of Peabody, Jane Osgood and her husband, Donald, of Saugus and Martha Grace Nelson of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; and the dear brother of Constance Blomerth of Danvers.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Eric, Ann and Jenny Connolly, Amy and Timothy Nelson, Dawn Van Blenis and Kristen Osgood, Heather and Brittany Nelson, John and Michael Robert; six great-grandchildren, Ella, Ethan, Caleb, Tyler, Megan and Eric; nephews, Stephen Blomerth and his wife, Ellen and Paul Blomerth and his wife, Mary, and their son, Will.
Funeral arrangements were by the Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, Stoneham. Memorial tributes may be sent to First Congregational Church Book of Remembrance or The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.
Gilbert J. LeBlanc, 86
Former Revere resident
Gilbert J. LeBlanc, formerly of Somerville, Revere and Chelsea, died on February 20. He was 86 years old.
He was the beloved husband of the late Edith (Soltz) LeBlanc; loving uncle of Bob Soltz and his fiancée, Roberta Loss, Anne and Jeffrey Riskin, Elaine and Barry Epstein, Linnie and Marc Newman; and the brother of the late Leo, Bernie, Rudolph, Gladys, Rita, Bernadette, and Alfred.
Graveside services were held at the Agudas Achim of Malden Cemetery with arrangements completed by Levine Chapels, Brookline. Memorial contributions may be made to The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., Fifth Floor, Norwalk, CT 0685l.
Mary Grace Concilio, 93
Retired telephone company employee
Mary Grace (Pitts) Concilio of Revere died in Centerville on February 19. She was 93 years old.
Born in Winthrop, she worked as a clerk for the telephone company.
She was the beloved wife of the late Gerardo; devoted mother of Phyllis M. McNally and her husband, James, of Marston Mills, Catherine R. Connaughton and her husband, Thomas, of Hyannis, Thomas E. Concilio and his wife, Katherine, of Dedham, Stephen P. Concilio and his wife, Katherine, of Norwell and the late Michael V., Gerard S. and Joan Concilio; cherished grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of 21.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Memorial donations may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph, 85 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01702. For her guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Richard Gagan, 77
Richard P. Gagan of Bedford died on February 19. He was 77 years old.
A graduate of Holy Cross College and a US Navy veteran, he was the Saint Michael Parish webmaster.
He was the husband of the late Eleanor (Downey) Gagan, father of Peter M. and John C. Gagan, both of Revere, and the brother of David M. Page of Florida and the late Marilyn I. Comerford.
Funeral arrangements were by the Bedford Funeral Home, Bedford.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Parish Building Fund, 90 Concord Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
Maureen ‘Kelly’ Stiles, 61
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Lynn
Maureen E. “Kelly” (Kelleher) Stiles of Londonderry, NH formerly of Lynn, died at her home on February 16. She was 61 years old.
She was the wife of 42 years of William H. Stiles. Born in Lynn on June 29, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Elaine (Cordes) Mini and the late Edwin Kelleher. She graduated from Lynn Classical High School and lived in Lynn until nine years ago, when she moved to Londonderry.
In addition to her husband, she leaves three children, Jason Stiles of Seattle, Wash., Erin Dunlop and her husband, Todd, of Salem, and Cody Stiles and his wife, Sivet, of Billerica; four grandchildren: Ryan Stiles, Todd Dunlop Jr. and Briahna Dunlop, all of Salem, and Elijah Greene of Lynn; and a brother, Richard Kelleher, of Revere. She was also the sister of the late James “Mickey” Nowlan.
“It’s not what you take with you when you leave this world, it’s what you leave behind you when you go. Loved you then, love you still,” wrote her husband, Bill.
Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. For her online guest book, visit www.mem.com.
Michael Petrello, 23
Michael J. Petrello of Topsfield died on February 14. He was 23 years old.
The beloved son of Raymond Petrello and Ann Hennis-Petrello of Topsfield, he was the dear brother of Alexis Petrello of Topsfield, Seaman Rachel Welch, USN, and her husband, Corporal Jesse Welch, USMC, of San Diego, Calif.; cherished grandson of Frances Hennis of Revere and the late Lawrence Hennis, Raymond and Eleanor Petrello of Revere; loving nephew of Steven and Cheryl Petrello, Frances Hennis, Louise Liptscher, Lauren Hennis, Maureen Hennis, and Larry Hennis, all of Revere, and he is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Topsfield.
In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to: CAB Health and Recovery Center, 111 Middleton Road, Danvers, MA 01923. For his guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Past Commander Beachmont Post VFW
Guy J. Colella died unexpectedly in Revere on February 17.
A US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the vice president/treasurer and past Post commander of VFW Post 6712, Beachmont.
He was the son of the late Josephine (Tutrone) and Nazareno Colella; beloved father of Theresa Vieira and her fiancé, Robert DiAngelis, of Winthrop, Joanne and her husband, Richard Nugent, and Wendy McCarthy, all of East Boston, Robin (Laidlaw) Wyers of Alabama, Josephine and her husband, Jason Sullivan, of Foxboro; longtime companion of Winifred McCarthy and the late Marjorie Laidlaw, the mothers of his children. He was the brother of Mary DeAngelo of New Hampshire, Joseph of Ohio, Anthony, John and Peter Colella, all of Somerville, Josephine Rackie and Concetta Nyman, both of Swampscott, and the late Rosalie Whalen and the grandfather of Stephen, Rachel, Sarah, Christopher, Tessa and Amanda.
Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Miriam Stavisky, 99
Former co-owner of Cary Square Stationary, Chelsea
Miriam (Goodman) Stavisky of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on February 16 in West Palm Beach, FL. She was 99 years old.
Born in Boston, she was a resident of Revere for 10 years and moved to Chelsea, where she lived for 81 years. She lived in West Palm Beach, Florida, for the past two years.
She was educated in the Chelsea school and graduated from Chelsea High. The former co-owner of the Cary Square Stationery Shop, she was a member of Temple Emmanuel in Chelsea, Eastern Star, Hadassah, and the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association.
She was the beloved wife of the late Max Stavisky; devoted mother of Norman and Ruth Stavisky and the late Harold and Wendy Stavisky; loving grandmother of Jayne and Goran Berggren, Paula and Joseph Ziskin, Adam and Liz Stavisky, Steven and Laurie Stavisky, and Andrew and Matthew Stavisky. She is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren. She was the loving sister of Libby Ruby and the late Sarah Taylor, Teddy Goodman, and Juke Goodman.
Arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service of Chelsea. Burial was in the Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Moray Street, Lynn.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd. Revere, MA 02151. For her online guest book, please visit Torffuneralservice.com.
Annamay Citro, 62
Retired Maggio’s Restaurant Hostess
Annamay M. (Viviano) Citro died unexpectedly in Revere on February 16. She was 62 years old.
The retired hostess for Maggio’s Restaurant of Revere, she was the cherished mother of Paul J. Citro Jr. and his wife, Christine, and Michelle L. DeBonis and her husband, David R., and devoted grandmother of Emily R. and Abigail M. Citro, all of Revere; sister of the late Michael F. Viviano; former wife of Paul J. Citro Sr. of Revere.
She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Viola M. (Capozzi) Viviano of Revere, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
Member of JWV
Harold Waxer of Revere recently died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old.
Born in Chelsea, he was a lifelong resident of Revere, educated in Revere schools and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1950. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Jewish War Veterans.
He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Sacks) Waxer; devoted father of Bradley Waxer and his wife, Christine, and the late Edward Waxer; dear brother of the late Leonard Waxer and loving grandfather of Caroline and Alec.
Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service. Burial was in the Chevra Mishna Cemetery in Lynn.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. For his online guestbook, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Wanda Celani, 83
Retired Bookkeeper and devoted homemaker
Wanda J. (Alunni) Celani died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on February 16. She was 83 years old.
Born and raised in Boston, she worked as a bookkeeper for Freshwater Fish Company of Boston and was a devoted homemaker.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Rosanne (Pagalucci) Alunni and the loving wife of Rudolph F. Celani. In addition to her husband, she leaves four sons: John Celani and his wife, Beth, of California, Rudolph A. Celani and Richard Celani, both of Revere, and Edward Celani of East Boston; three daughters, Rosanne Celani of Revere, Wanda Delfonso and her husband, Ronald, of Wakefield and Constance Celani of Revere; five grandchildren: Robert, Ryan, Brett, Chantal and Joshua; one brother, Donald Alunni of Medford.
She also was the sister of the late Edward Alunni and Constance Alunni.
Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Beachmont, Revere. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Restoration Fund, 133 Beach St., Revere, MA 02151.