Obituaries – 03-25-2009

March 25, 2009
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Angelo Consolo

Past President of Revere Little League

Angelo J. Consolo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on his birthday, March 23.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a US Postal Service Police Department employee for more than 40 years, past president and a member of the Revere Little League for more 25 years and a member of Beachmont VFW Post 6712.

He was the beloved husband of Elvira (Carfagna) Tarquino-Consolo, with whom he shared 12 years of marriage, and of the late Catherine “Lena” (Forti) Consolo; loving father of Joseph Consolo and his wife, Carol, of Somerville, Janet Dente and her husband, Michael, of Maine, Steven Consolo and his wife, Linda, of Revere, Louis Tarquino of Peabody, Steven Tarquino and his wife, Denise, and Robert Tarquino, all of New Hampshire, and Linda Farless and her husband, Steve, of Maryland; dear brother of Phyllis Falbo of Waltham, Mary Scozello of Reading and the late Philip Consolo; cherished grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of four.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Friday morning at 9:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

John Mercurio, 55

Proprietor of Pandora’s Produce and ‘J & J’ Flowers

John S. “J.J.” Mercurio of Chelsea and Revere died unexpectedly on March 20 at Boston Medical Center, after a long illness. He was 55 years old.

He was born in Winthrop and lived in Chelsea almost all of his life. He was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1971. In his early working career, he worked as a counselor and instructor for the Walter Fernald School for Special Needs. His intrinsic affable nature and personality won him many friends among his students and a great deal of respect from his peers. Later, and until his health began to fail, he owned and operated the Pandora’s Produce and “J.J.” Flower Concession at Broadway, Chelsea, located just over the Revere line.

He was the cherished son of John V. and Helen (Saladino) Mercurio of Chelsea; devoted brother of Richard T. Mercurio and his wife, Sharon, of Middleton; beloved nephew of Jean Baldassaro of East Boston, Lucy Fields of Medford and Gloria Palmerini and her husband, William, of Saugus. He is also lovingly survived by his long time companion and best friend, Laura J. Fiore-Osgood, and her sons, Robert A., Brennan and Brett Osgood, all of Revere and many dear cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, on Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, Nichols Street, on the Chelsea-Everett line, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Because he suffered from diabetes mellitus for many years, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the N.E. Chapter-Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

Rocco Fierro

Member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society

Rocco Fierro of Revere died on March 23.

A member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society, he was the beloved husband of Elena (Luongo) Fierro; devoted father of Antonietta Fierro-Tucker and her husband, Tommy Lee, of Saugus; Patty Fierro of Saugus, Anthony Fierro and his fiancée, Tanya Drigotas, of Peabody; dear brother of two sisters; and the in-law and uncle of many, all in Italy.

His funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Bruno Funeral Home, Revere, on Thursday 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 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA 02445. For guestbook or flowers, visit www.buonfiglio.com.


Janet Fondini

Revere resident

Janet A. Fondini of Revere died on March 20, after a brief illness.

She was the beloved daughter of Bruno and Theresa (Zaccardo) Fondini; loving sister of Leonard Fondini and his wife, Rosemarie, of Peabody and Gennaro Fondini and his wife, Arlene, of Nashua, NH.

Private services were arranged by Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes.

For more information, call 1-877-71-ROCCO or visit www.roccofuneralhomes.com.

Helen Marie Voss, 85

Crochet ribbon-winner, worked for Raymond NH school services

Helen Marie (Crotty) Voss, formerly of Revere and Raymond, NH, died at the home of her youngest son, Warren, in Yorba Linda, Calif., after a long illness. She was 85 years old.

She was the wife of the late Revere Police Patrolman Julius A. Voss, with whom she shared 52 years of marriage. Mrs. Voss worked for Miss Helene’s Beauty Salon in Cambridge. In 1976, when her husband retired from the police department, the couple moved to their summer residence in Raymond NH, where she worked in food service in the Raymond schools. She remained active in Raymond, enjoying blue ribbons for her crochet skills and visiting her many friends.

In 2003, Mrs. Voss decided to move to the warmer weather in California, to live near two of her sons.

Mrs. Voss leaves four sons: Thomas of Barrington, NH, James of Kingston, NH, and Julius and Warren of Yorba Linda, Calif.; seven grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s Church of Epping, NH. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter NH 03833.

Marie Clabby, 51

Stoneham resident

Marie E. Clabby of Stoneham died on March 19. She was 51 years old.

She was the beloved wife of William E. Manning; devoted stepmother of William A. Manning and Jean A. Manning; cherished daughter of Mary Lou (Conroy) and Kevin R. Clabby; devoted sister of Kevin R. Clabby Jr. of Revere, Martha Clabby of Georgia, Nancy Muldrew of Watertown, Carole Urbano of Wakefield and the late Susan. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her funeral will be from the Barile Family Funeral Home, 482 Main St. (Route 28) Stoneham, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central St., Stoneham, at 10 a.m. Please honor her with donations to the Jimmy Fund, c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. For directions or to send a memorial condolence, visit www.barilefuneral.com.

Charles Freedman, 67

Retired Brookline Firefighter

Charles Freedman of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on March 2 at the Chelsea Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

Born in Brookline and a retired Brookline firefighter, he was the devoted companion of Charlene McLeod for over 10 years; brother of Ron Freedman and his wife, Carol, of Connecticut and Jerry Freedman and his wife, Maryanne, of California; and the uncle of Jesse Freedman, Suzanne Kasai, Amy Lebel and Andrea Iacabone.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home of Chelsea.

Marie Gianino, 87

Woburn resident

Marie A. (Tramonte) Gianino of Woburn, formerly of Somerville, Medford, and East Boston, died on March 20. She was 87 years old.

She was the wife of the late Guy J. Gianino; sister of John Tramonte and his wife, Loretta, of Newburyport, Julia Gianino and her husband, Andrew, of Florida, Dante Tramonte of Revere and Florida, Michael Tramonte and his wife, Josephine, of Woburn, and the late Antonio Tramonte and his wife, the late Sylvia Tramonte. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and four godchildren.

His funeral will be held from the Graham Funeral Home, 3 Arlington Road, (corner of Pleasant Street) Woburn, today, Wednesday, March 25, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Barbara’s Church, Woburn, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Elaine Fitzpatrick

Medford resident

Elaine R. (Sarkisian) Fitzpatrick of Medford died on March 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael B. Fitzpatrick; devoted mother of Ann Nucci of Medford, Jean Prior of Rhode Island, Michele Zinko of Wakefield, Carol DelTorto of Medford, Matthew Fitzpatrick of Medford, Michael Fitzpatrick of Revere and Glen Fitzpatrick of North Reading; loving grandmother of 15; great-grandmother of six; and dear sister of the late John Sarkisian.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For her guest book and obituary, please visit dellorusso.net.

Barbara Messenger, 85

Retired Manager of Gibbs Oil

Barbara (Morecroft) Messenger, a Revere native and a resident of Everett for 18 years, died on March 19, following a long illness, at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 85 years old.

Born in Revere, she was a 1941 graduate of Revere High School. She worked as a clerk for Filene’s of Boston before beginning at 15-year career as manager with Gibbs Oil Co., retiring in 1989.

She was the wife of the late Charles C. Messenger, Sr., who died in May 1976; devoted mother of Charles C. Messenger Jr. of Winthrop, Marilyn A. Evans of Everett and her husband Bernard C. Evans (former P.E.R. of the Revere Lodge of Elks), Richard L. Messenger and his wife, Nancy, of Malden; dear sister of Norma Doyle of Burlington, Beatrice Fitzgerald of Hampton, NH and the late George and Clifford Morecroft and Lillian Stone. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass Elks Scholarship Fund Inc., 63 Baystate Road, Lynnfield, MA 01940.

Stella Pijanowski

Of Arizona, formerly of Chelsea

Stella (Mroz) Pijanowski of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Chelsea, died on March 17.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph Pijanowski of Phoenix; devoted mother of Edward Pijanowski and his wife, Theresa, of Dorchester, Henia Marecki of Chelsea, Kazimir Pijanowski and his wife, Aniela, of Revere and Poland, Richard Pijanowski of Revere and Zosia Pijanowski of Phoenix; loving daughter of the late Jozef and Mariana (Zawojek) Mroz; dear sister of Jozef Mroz of Peabody; and she is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Ralph Milo

Longtime Everett Water Department employee

Ralph P. Milo of Everett died on March 18.

A member of the Pelham Fish & Game Club, Mass Rifle Association and a longtime City of Everett Water Department employee, he was the son of the late Salvatore “Sonny” and Phyllis (Coppola); brother of Kenneth S. of Everett, Mary Ann Bosari of Revere, and Michael of Winchester and is also survived by one niece, Leticia Latorelli; one nephew, Blue Milo; and two grandnieces, Vanessa and Amelia Latorelli.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Stephen Sistis, 88

Of Gardner, formerly of East Boston

Stephen A. Sistis of Gardner, formerly of East Boston and Wakefield, died on March 16. He was 88 years old.

He was the husband of the late Rose C. (Vega); beloved father of Linda S. Nelson and her husband, Charles, of Gardner, and Stephen P. Sistis and his wife, Lydia, of Winchendon; devoted brother of Peter Sistis and his wife, Mary, of Michigan; dear grandfather of Gregory M. Boland and Alicia Sistis, both of Gardner, Christopher B. Boland of Salem, Stephen A. Sistis of Winchendon, Dawn C. Nelson of Arlington, Michelle A. Nelson of England, Tammy of Leominster and Michelle of Gardner. He is also lovingly survived by his great-granddaughter, Jazmyn.

Funeral arrangements were the Vertuccio Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Judith LeBlanc, 69

Reading resident

Judith “Judy” C. (Anderson) LeBlanc of Reading died on March 15. She was 69 years old.

She was the beloved wife of Philip LeBlanc; loving daughter of the late Leo Anderson and Alice (Duffy) Anderson; dear sister of James Anderson and his wife, Carol, of Reading, John Anderson and his wife, Ann, of Ramona, Calif., Robert Anderson and his wife, Elaine, of Jacksonville, FL, Peter Anderson and his wife, Carol, of East Falmouth, Jane Cronn and her husband, John, of McFarland, Wis., Marylin Carlson and her husband, William, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Janice Pierce and her husband, Mike, of Beverly. She is also survived by her special friend, Danielle Brown, her guide dog, Jack, and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, Reading. Burial was in Charles Lawn Memorial Park, Reading. At the request of the family, please omit flowers and honor her by making donations in her memory to The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976. To send a memorial condolence, please visit: www.josephdohertyfuneralhome.com.

Laurie Guerriero

Revere resident

Laurie A. Guerriero of Revere died on March 16.

She was the beloved mother of Robert Montanez of Revere; loving daughter of Robert and Lois (Griffin) Guerriero of Revere; dear sister of Michael Guerriero of Everett, Mark Guerriero of Revere, Lisa Cassidy and her husband, Thomas, of Amesbury and Maria Conception of North Carolina; longtime companion of David Montanez of Revere and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For her guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Paula DeCosta

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Paula D. (Anzalone) DeCosta of Sebring, Fla., formerly of East Boston, died March 12 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

Prior to moving to Florida in 1996, Mrs. DeCosta was an integral part of the East Boston community, most notably working at the Little Folks Day Care and APAC Fuel Assistance Program. She also worked for Prudential Insurance and the U.S. Census Bureau. In Florida, she worked at Florida Hospital and managed the Pieces of the Past Gift Shop with her sister, Nancy.

She was the beloved wife of the late Peter DeCosta; daughter of the late Joseph and Ernestine (Carbone) Anzalone; devoted mother of Daniel M. DeCosta and his wife, Christina, of East Boston; stepmother of Peter J. DeCosta and Anne Marie DeCosta, both of Haverhill, Paul DeCosta of Florida and Theresa Northrup of Texas; loving sister of Gerard Anzalone of South Carolina, Joseph Anzalone and his wife, Andrea, of Revere, Nancy Lombardo and her husband, Domenic, of Florida and the late Arlene Malerba; sister-in-law of Mildred Churchill of Peabody, Marilyn Kalil of Chelsea and the late Patricia Anzalone. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for the benefit of her beloved granddaughter to Phyllisea A. Torian’s Educational Fund, c/o Daniel M. DeCosta, 41 Ashton St., Everett, MA 02149 or to Spot the Spot Melanoma Memorial Foundation, c/o Nancy Anzalone. P.O. Box 126, Dania Beach, FL 33004.

Carol Cortese, 65

Real estate broker, Logan Airport Delta Crown Room employee

Carol A. (Dembowski) Cortese of Revere, formerly of Lynnfield and West Peabody, died suddenly on March 16. She was 65 years old.

Born in Chelsea and raised in Chelsea and Everett, she attended St. Stanislaus School in Chelsea and graduated from Everett High School. During her varied career, she worked in the Public Relations Department of Children’s Hospital, as a real estate broker on the North Shore, and for many years, until the time of her death, in the Delta Crown Room at Logan Airport. Her sunny disposition and positive attitude made it a joy to be with her. She was particularly well suited to work with the public and made a positive impression upon all those she encountered.

She leaves her devoted longtime companion, Frank Grillo, along with his children and grandchildren; her beloved cousins, Alice and Joe Conlon and their children; her godchild, Kathleen Ruggieri; surrogate sister Patricia Cooper; Mary Leverone, Janet Conlon, Joe Conlon, Bill Conlon, and their families. Her passing is grieved by her cousins Barbara Castle, Edward Kelley, Mary Massinger, Regina Targee-Ribeiro, Fredericka Noble, Janice Dullea, and Fred Targee. She will also be sadly missed by her dear friend and partner in adventure, Candy Barletta.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Beverly DiTullio

Florida resident

Beverly M. (Andersen) DiTullio of Apollo Beach, Fla., formerly of Stoneham, died unexpectedly on March 8.

She was the loving wife and best friend of William A. DiTullio Jr., her high school sweetheart, to whom she was married for 32 years; mother of William A. DiTullio III and his wife, Julianne, of Charlestown, and Danielle Bressoud and her husband, Christopher, of Jamaica Plain; daughter of Margaret Andersen and sister of Arthur and his wife, Virginia, of Revere, Richard and his wife, Beth, of Arlington and Donald and his wife, Patricia, of Lawrence. She is also survived by Domenica DiTullio, Anne and Jim Thompson of Ashland and Philip DiTullio of Milford and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org).

Marguerite ‘Nina’ Frederick, 84

Abington resident

Marguerite E. “Nina” (Lattanzi) Frederick of Abington, formerly of Holbrook and the North End, died on March 12. She was 84 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Linda Rankin of Abington, loving grandmother of Scott Gullicksen of Pembroke, sister of Peter Lattanzi of Revere and the late Joseph and James Lattanzi, Mary, Loretta, Ida, and Susan and dear aunt of many.

Arrangements were by the Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

Marie Vitale

Everett resident

Marie (Rindone) Vitale of Everett died on March 16.

She was the beloved wife of Pasquale “Pat;” mother of Joseph and his wife, Susan, of Everett, Lillian Berardino and her husband, Arthur, of Middleton and Lucille Crosscup and her husband, David, of Malden; devoted sister and best friend of Barbara Butera and her husband, Tom, of Revere and Carol Chirichiello and her husband, John, of Fort Myers, Fla. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Pasquale “Pat,” Frankie, Andrea, Samantha, Ariana, Joseph and two great-grandchildren, Mila and Christopher.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Vitale’s memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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