Obituaries – 05/09/09

June 10, 2009
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Donna Rauseo
Massport Administrative Assistant

Donna M. (Morash) Rauseo of East Boston died on June 9.

She was a former employee of East Boston’s APAC and an administrative assistant at Massport.

The beloved wife of John J. Rauseo, with whom she shared 27 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Rocco Rauseo of California; cherished daughter of Evelyn (Caucci) Morash of East Boston and the late Arthur Morash; dear sister of Stephen Morash and his wife, Donna, of Milton, Paul Morash, Eric Morash, and his wife, Elaine, all of East Boston and the late Patricia Paglia; dear sister-in- law of Janet and Thomas McDonough of Lynnfield; daughter-in-law of the late John and Millie (Mingolelli) Rauseo; fond aunt of Emily, Amanda and Leah Morash, Nicole and Robert Paglia and Lisa and Jessica McDonough.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Saturday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Helena Conroy, 91
Retired clerk for Jordan Marsh Co.

Helena M. (DuLong) Conroy, formerly of Golden Drive, Winthrop, died on June 8 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, following a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

A retired clerk for Jordan Marsh Co., she was born in Woburn, daughter of the late George E. DuLong and Helena Veronica (Hart) DuLong. She was the wife of the late John F. Conroy and the mother of Marie C. Lynch of Bedford and Janice H. O’Maley of Winthrop and Gilmanton, NH; sister of the late George DuLong and the loving grandmother of Donna M. Francis of Acton, Kevin Lynch of Vermont, Brian Lynch of Providence, RI, Kathryn E. Bethoney of Tewksbury and Erwin M. O’Maley of Revere. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the O’Maley Funeral Home, 79 Atlantic Street, Winthrop, Thursday, June 11, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Church of St. John the Evangelist. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford.

Memorial donations may be made to the Perkins Institute for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02172.

Margaret Murphy, 73
Proud member of the Red Hat Society

Margaret T. (Perotti) Murphy, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died peacefully in her sleep on June 7. She was 73 years old.

During her working career, she was a clerk for State Street Bank in Boston for 15 years, a secretary at Kyanize Paint in Everett for over 10 years and she worked as a telemarketer for Trendlines in Chelsea for 10 years. She was also a proud member of the Red Hat Society.

She was the devoted wife of the late Brendan M. Murphy, beloved sister of Barbara Carruthers of Revere, and she is lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Thursday morning, June 11, at 8 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 9 a.m. Visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 186 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.

Daniel Farren, 77
Retired Letter Carrier

Daniel J. Farren of Norwood, formerly of Charlestown and Jamaica Plain, died on June 7. He was 77 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired letter carrier for the US Postal Service, he was the beloved husband of 47 years of Mary M. (Conlon) Farren; devoted father of Mary Ann Tobin and her husband, Michael, of Waterford, Ireland, Daniel J. Farren of Norwood and Kevin M. Farren and his wife, Kathleen, of Salem; loving granddad of Roisin and Mary Tobin; beloved son of the late Daniel P. and Rose (Devlin) Farren and beloved brother of Anna Doris and her husband, John, of Pocasset, Alice Mortali and her husband, Fred, of Revere, Kathleen Whelan and her husband, Eugene, Grace Campbell and her husband, Daniel, all of Charlestown, Eileen Sullivan and her husband, James, of Billerica and the late James and Bernard Farren. He is also survived many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington St., Norwood, Thursday, at 8 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 549 Washington St., Norwood, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Norwood.

Irma Nazzaro
Saugus resident

Irma (Lanzetta) Nazzaro of Saugus, formerly of Stoneham, died on June 8.

She was the beloved wife of Henry J. Nazzaro, with whom she shared 48 years of marriage; loving mother of Mark Nazzaro and his wife, Donna, of Peabody and Susan Urrata and her husband, Giovanni, of Wakefield; dear sister of Nina Lanzetta and Ann Yardumian, both of Stoneham, Mary LoRe of Braintree and the late Joseph Lanzetta; cherished grandmother of Joseph and Jesica Urrata and Mark Jr. and David Nazzaro.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Friday morning at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1834, Merrifield, VA 22116. For directions and guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Lucy Guidara
Revere resident

Lucy (Puopolo) Guidara of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 7.

She was the beloved wife of the late Leo Guidara; loving sister of Theresa McGinley of Attleborough and the late Angie, Jennie, Annie, Josie, Mini, Helen, Vera, and Vincent. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held in The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston, on Thursday at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Karan Mejia
Revere resident

Karan A. (Auch) Mejia of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on June 6.

She was the beloved mother of Rickey Auch and Shannel Auch, both of Charlestown; loving grandmother of Sandro, Enrique, Raymond, Jason and Asia; and the beloved sister of Karla Orpen, Ronnie Tamburello, Deborah Rodriquez, Denise Smelders and Bernard Auch.

Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For her guest book, obituary and directions, please visit www.carrfuneral.com.

Grace Cantone
Medford resident

Grace M. (Terrio) Cantone of Medford died on June 5.

She was the devoted wife of 68 years to Cueso “Phil” Cantone; beloved mother of John Cantone and his wife, Flora, of Medford, Phillip Cantone and his wife, Kathy, of Abington, Sandra Tringale of Medford, Mary Silvestro of Medford and her companion, David Courlang, Camille Cantone-Centerino of Melrose, Elisa Cantone of Revere, Diane Champigny and her husband, Michael, of Barre, Jinarra Cantone of Medford and the late Loreen Cantone; sister of Mary Motzkin, Theresa Chisolm, Robert and Walter Terrio and the late Josephine Vining, Al, Eddie, John, Paul and Eileen Terrio. She is also survived by five generations of grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For her guestbook, see www.spadaforafuneral.com.

Edward Verheyen, 90
Truck driver, member of Teamsters and Seaview Lodge AF&AM

Edward C. Verheyen, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on June 1 at Woodbriar of Wilmington, following a long illness. He was 90 years old.

Mr. Verheyen was born in Chelsea, graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1936 and for most of his working career, he was a truck driver. He was a member of the Teamsters’ Union, Local 25 and Seaview Lodge of Masons, AF&AM.

He was the husband of the late Dorothy E. (Lavery), who died in July 1977; beloved father of Ronald W. Verheyen and his wife, E. Brenda, of Woburn; dear brother of Regina Daley of Swansea, MA and the late Marie MacDonald; and he is also survived by three granddaughters.

Services and burial were held privately, with arrangements by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923.

Lena Scarlata, 89
Seamstress

Lena (Tedeschi) Scarlata, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Thursday, June 4, at St. Joseph’s Manor in Brockton, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she lived here most of her life before moving to Brockton seven years ago. Mrs. Scarlata worked in the garment industry in Boston’s garment district for most of her working career, and also in her Revere home.

Mrs. Scarlata and her late husband, Leo J. Scarlata, who died in November 2005, were members of the Revere Moose Lodge. She was also a member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Sodality and the Roxanna Girls of Revere, a private club with only five members: Lena, Margaret, Helen, Rose and Mary. The club met for almost 50 years.

She leaves two daughters, Patricia A. Witman, and her fiance, Edward R. Barkhouse, of Hanson and Lillian M. Scarlata of Revere. She was the cherished grandmother of Paul Witman Jr. and his wife, Sandra, of Bridgewater and Tara M. Bongiorno and her fiance, Todd Antonucci, of Peabody; dear sister of Anna T. Gogliormella of Framingham; and she is also lovingly survived by her great- grandchildren, Cameron, Taylor and Chloe Witman, all of Bridgewater, and several nieces and nephews. She was the mother-in-law of the late Paul Witman Sr.

Funeral arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Activities Fund at St. Joseph’s Manor, 215 Thatcher St., Brockton, MA 02302.

Anne Katz
Revere resident

Anne Katz of Revere died on May 19.

She was the wife of the late Abraham Katz, who died in 1972; devoted mother of Barbara (Katz) Bornstein and her husband, Dr. Robert Bornstein, and Allan Katz and his wife, Harriet; loving grandmother of Beth (Bornstein) Dunnington and her husband, Steven, Dr. Michael Bornstein and his wife, Aimee, Daniel Katz and his wife, Kimberly, and Adam Katz; loving great-grandmother of Marena and Sean Dunnington, Alec and Zack Bornstein, and Alison and Zachary Katz.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenant Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd., Revere MA 02151 or to the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Centre St., Boston, MA 02131. For her online guest book, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.

James Halley
Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

James L. Halley of New Hampshire, formerly of Lynn and Revere, died on June 5.

A General Electric Co. employee for over 40 years, he was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of the late Virginia (MacKey) Halley, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage; loving father of Fr. James Halley Archdiocese Los Angeles, Donna Renkert and her husband, Michael, and John Drew and his wife, Peggy, all of New Hampshire, Lori Armenio and her husband, Vincent, Scott Halley, Donna Alessandrini and her husband, Lee, and Leslie Tibbetts and her husband, Kevin, all of Lynn; dear brother of Loretta Flahive of Peabody, Florence La Freniere of Revere, Doris Talios of Maryland, Paul Halley of Dorchester, Douglas Halley of Brockton, Walter Halley of Wilmington and the late Monica Geehan, Sister Dismas of the Sisters of St. Joseph, John Herbert and Alexander Halley; cherished grandfather of 16; great-grandfather of 11; and great-great-grandfather of one.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For his guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Marion Newhook
Former Revere resident

Marion E. (DiNapoli) Newhook, formerly of Revere, died on June 5.

She was the beloved wife of the late Donald M. Newhook; devoted mother of Ken Newhook and his wife, Karen, of Long Pond, Pa., Wayne Newhook and his wife, Pamela, of Chichester, NH, and George Newhook and his wife, Marjorie, of Georgetown; loving sister of Michael DiNapoli of Arlington, Vilma Bishop of Danvers, Eleanor Pfeiffer of Pittsfield, Joyce Flurry of Maryland, and Camille Barco of Pennsylvania; cherished grandmother of 15 and great-grandmother of five. She is also survived by 18 nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Calvary Christian Church Missions Fund, 47 Grove St. Lynnfield, MA 01940. For her online obituary, please visit www.weirfunerahome.com.

Marie Solombrino
Member of many organizations

Marie I. Solombrino of Revere died unexpectedly on June 5.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Sodality, Our Lady of Grace Church, Chelsea Socialites and the Patriots Civic Club Senior Citizens.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Carmine and Jennie (Sarno) Solombrino; loving sister of Alfred Solombrino and his wife, Adelva of Essex; fond aunt of Stephen Solombrino and his wife, Cheryl, and Scott Solombrino and his wife, Maryann; and great-aunt of Anthony, Zachary and Siobhan Solombrino.

Her funeral will be held today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For directions and guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com.


Jose Morales, 42
Died on his 42nd birthday

Jose Morales of Revere died on June 2, his 42nd birthday.

He was the beloved husband of Irma Sosa of Revere; devoted father of Irma Yajaira and Fatima Morales of Revere; cherished stepfather of Berenice, Saul and Evelyn Valenzuela; loving grandfather of Jeshua, Grazielee and Leisha.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence to his family, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Tina Maniscalco, 86
Died on her 86th birthday
Tina (Rindone) Manscalco, a longtime resident of East Boston, died on June 3, her 86th birthday.

A homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late Charles Maniscalco; devoted mother of Annette Silliker of Malden, Joanne and Patricia of East Boston and Marilyn of Revere, Gus of Peabody, Malden, Salvatore, Charles, James and Tina of East Boston and Joseph of Revere; and the dear sister of Concetta Rindone of Malden. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was the sister of many siblings who preceded her in death.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For her guest book, visit www.Buonfiglio.com.


Sgt. Ernest Venezia
Decorated Veteran

Sgt. Ernest J. Venezia, formerly of Revere, died on March 14 in Las Vegas.

He was born and raised in Revere but lived in California and Las Vegas for many years. He was a decorated hero in World War II for service in Burma. The then- corporal was decorated when a bomber crashed and burst into flames and he plunged into the aircraft and removed its victims. Machine gun bullets were exploding in all directions, and the ever-present possibility of the fuel tank exploding presented extreme danger. Corporal Venezia ignored that and managed to save many lives. Additionally, he was a special person who always made room at his home for children and friends in need. His generosity will be missed by many.

He was the husband of the late Ruth Foster and former husband of Jean Januario Nickerson; brother of Edward, Alfonso, Dadda, William Venezia, Rose McLaughlin, Lillian Costa, Bea Woods and Emma Purro. He is survived by his children, Phyllis Aiello of Peabody, Edward Venezia of Everett, Wash., Judith Venezia of Las Vegas and Paul Venezia of Chesapeake, Va.; foster father to Bob and Clay Jackson of California. He was the grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 10. He will also be greatly missed by several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, NV 89123.

Merrill ‘Jake’ Dowd, 85
Of Stoneham, formerly of Revere
Merrill R. “Jake” Dowd of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, died on May 31. He was 85 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Edwina (O’Brien) Dowd; devoted father of Patty Bourrell and her husband, Artie, of Stoneham and Thomas Dowd and his wife, Glenda, of Arkansas; cherished grandfather of Robert Bourrell of Lawrence, Dennis Bourrell and his wife, Lisa, of Wilmington, Debra Figucia and her husband, Paul, of Tewksbury, Bill Dowd and Stacey Cisco, both of Arkansas; loving great-grandfather of Ashley, Rachel, Julie Figucia, Kacie and Kayla Bourell. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Homes, Stoneham-Reading. In lieu of flowers, please honor Mr. Dowd by making memorial donations to St. Vincent DePaul, c/o St. Patrick Church, 9 Pomeworth St., Stoneham, MA 02180.


Carole Palombo
Of Nahant, formerly of Revere

Carole A. (Morris) Palombo of Nahant, formerly of Revere, died on June 2.

She was the loving mother of Nahant Fire Lieutenant Dean J. Palombo and his wife, Diane, dear sister of Virginia M. Hunter of Colorado, and the cherished grandmother of Connor J. Palombo and Joe Durgin Palombo.

A celebration of her life will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be sent in her name to the Hospice of the North Shore, Suite B, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For her online guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Donna Raschi
Somerville resident

Donna J. Raschi of Somerville died on June 1.

A Somerville Girl Scout Leader for more than 20 years, she was the devoted single mother of Karla Murray and her husband, Bill, of Revere; daughter of Helen Raschi of Somerville and the late Eugene Raschi; sister of Cindy Bakalis of Watertown, David of Maynard, Richard, Victor Raschi and Sandra Sylvain, all of Somerville, and the late Linda Raschi.

Arrangements were entrusted to the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit dohertyfuneralservice.com.

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