Obituaries – 9/17/09

September 19, 2009
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Julia Pardi

Revere resident

Julia M. (Mancuso) Pardi of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Ronald Pardi and his wife, Evelyn, and Diana McManus and her husband, James A. “Tony,” all of Saugus; dear sister of Catherine Morico of Peabody and James Mancuso of Florida; cherished grandmother of Christine Oliva, Michael Pardi and Danielle, Sean, Lauren and Ryan McManus; and great-grandmother of Alyssa and Mia Oliva.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 22 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 8, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, Brook Street, East Boston, at 9 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

Mary Toomey, 98

Retired Revere Elementary School Teacher

Mary E. Toomey, a retired Revere elementary schoolteacher with more than 40 years of service, died on September 4 at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center of Swampscott, following a long illness. She was 98 years old.

Miss Toomey was a graduate of Revere schools and a 1934 graduate of the former Salem State Teachers’ College in Salem. She taught fourth grade in the Revere School System for most of her 40 years of service, retiring in 1973. She was a member of the Retired Mass. Teachers’ Association and the Retired Revere Teachers’ Association. For most of her life, she was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community, and when she moved to Ocean Avenue, she became a devotee of the former Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Beachmont. She was a remarkable woman who maintained an active social life until her early nineties.

She was the daughter of the late James M. Toomey Sr. and Margaret A. (Bohan) Toomey; sister of the late Richard J., James M. Jr., Thomas L. and Robert J. Toomey; devoted aunt of Ellen M. Rolli of Melrose, Richard F. Toomey of Ohio, Ann Weddleton and Maryellen Gould, both of New Hampshire, James Toomey of Marstons Mills and Paul Toomey of San Diego, California. She is also survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the sister-in-law of the late Mary V. Toomey, who died in 2008.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere, on Tuesday, September 22, at 8:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery of Gloucester.

Eleanor Phelan

Retired Revere teacher

Eleanor F. Phelan of Revere died on September 13.

A retired Revere schoolteacher, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred and Katherine (MacFlynn) Phelan; sister of the late Wilfred C. Phelan Jr. and his late wife, Kathleen (Zolla) Phelan; devoted aunt of Patricia Schroeder and her husband, Francis, of Revere, Pamela Sullivan and her husband, John, of West Roxbury and the late Paula A. Phelan; great-aunt of Jacqueline Sullivan of West Roxbury, Francis B. Schroeder, III of Atlanta, Ga. and Kathleen Schroeder of Revere; godmother of Ruth Trainor of Lynnfield; and special friend of Kathy Boyington of Revere.

Her funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held prior to the Mass today from 9 to 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Glen Ridge Resident Council Fund, Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center, 120 Murray St., Medford, MA 02155. For directions and her online obituary, please visit www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Alfreda Barbanti

Accomplished Musician of Swampscott, formerly of Revere

Alfreda (Seiferth) Barbanti of Swampscott, formerly of Revere, died on September 12.

Born in Germany, she moved to the United States when she was 9 years old. She enjoyed dancing and was a ballerina as a young child. She also was an accomplished musician, playing harp, violin and piano.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Barbanti, devoted mother of Doris Carbone of Woburn, Irene Taylor of Swampscott, Judith Rita of Medford, Elaine Figliola of Lynnfield and the late John Barbanti of Florida, and she is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m., followed by her funeral service in the First Lutheran Church, 98 Waite St., Malden, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For her guest book or flowers, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

T. Carl Torressen, 93

Retired Candy Salesman, member of National Candy Hall of Fame

T. Carl “Tolly” Torressen died on September 12 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston. He was 93 years old.

Born in East Boston, son of the late Sivert and Johanna (Wiedeman) Torressen, he spent most of his life in Beachmont-Revere.  Mr. Torressen served with the US Army Air Corps during World War II and was a salesman for many years with Schrafft’s Candy Co., Charlestown, and Borden/Deran Confectionary, Cambridge.  He was also a member of the National Candy Hall of Fame in Hershey, Pa.

Mr. Torressen is survived by his dear friend, Eunice Harvey, of Revere; his nieces and nephews, Miriam Jensen of Barre, Mark Jensen and his wife, Bonnie, of Maine, Ellen Bartlett and her husband, Kevin, of Maine; and his great-nieces and great-nephews, Amanda and Eric Jensen, Keith, Sidney, Jessica and Samantha Bartlett. He was the brother of the late Olaf Torressen, Sidney Torressen and Greta Jensen.

His funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., Beachmont-Revere on Thursday at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 32 Paris St., East Boston, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 32 Paris St., East Boston, MA 02128.  For directions, please visit www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Thompson Irwin

Marblehead resident

Thompson D. Irwin of Marblehead died on September 11.

He was the beloved husband of Janet (Moloney) Irwin; devoted father of Mark T. Irwin, of Revere, Laurie M. Pritika, and her husband, Lawrence, of Beverly, David C. Irwin, and his wife, Wendy, of Swampscott, Leslie M. Irwin, of San Jose, Calif., James S. Irwin, of Needham, and the late Gregg P. Irwin; dear brother of the late Norman Irwin and the loving grandfather of Alexandra Irwin of Arlington, Haley and Taylor Irwin of Swampscott, and Matthew and Alex Pritika of Beverly. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

His funeral will be held today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from the Solimine Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Marblehead. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. Directions and guest book are at www.solimine.com.

Mary McLaughlin

Beachmont resident

Mary F. (Donahoe) McLaughlin of Beachmont-Revere, died on September 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late William J. McLaughlin; loving mother of Ann Marie McLaughlin of Revere and Michael J. McLaughlin and his wife, Lorraine, of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Michael and Daniel McLaughlin; sister of Richard Donahoe of Peabody, Joseph Smith of Reading, Lillian Donahoe of Florida, Jane Daly of Melrose, Dorothy Donahoe of Revere and the late Joseph Donahoe, Gerard Donahoe, Norrine Knight and Judith Ardolino.

Her funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., Beachmont- Revere, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Fr. Bernard McLaughlin Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Gerard Majella Church, 1860 Washington St., Canton, MA 02021. Directions and online obituary are at www.bisbeeporcella.com.

Alfonzo Ferullo, 85

Owned and Operated Al’s Lunch and Armida’s Restaurant

Alfonzo “Fonzi” Ferullo of Boston’s North End died on Sunday, September 13. He was 85 years old.

He was the owner and operator of Al’s Lunch and Armida’s Restaurant located in the North End of Boston from the mid-1940s until his retirement in the mid-1990s.

The cherished son of the late Armida (De Pasquale) and Guiseppe Ferullo, he was the loving brother of Frederick Ferullo of the North End, Gloria Ferullo-Ferrante of Revere, Anthony “Jack” Ferullo and Joseph Ferullo Jr. of the North End, and the late Lena Ferullo Crea and Mary Ferullo Annese, and he is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and great-nephews and great-nieces.

His funeral will be held from the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St., Boston, today, Wednesday, September 16, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 12 North Square, Boston at 9:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Philip Plagenza Sr.

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Philip C. Plagenza Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 11.

He was the beloved husband of Mary “May” (Armstrong); father of Philip C. Jr., Lisa and Deanna Plagenza, all of East Boston; brother of Joyce Fournier O’Brien, Cheryl Zanga, Peter Gordon and the late Stephen Plagenza; grandfather of Anthony Plagenza and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

Josephine Sacco

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Josephine M. Sacco of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on September 11.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Nicholas and Carmella Sacco; loving sister of Edward Sacco and his wife, Elizabeth, of Burlington, and the late Blanche Scavongelli, Mary Jane Piazza, Joseph Sacco, Dorothy Gordon and Richard Sacco; sister-in-law of Ernie Scavongelli of Washington, D.C. and Frank Piazza of New Hampshire; and she is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For her online obituary and guest book, visit www.sullivanfuneralhome.net.

Elena Watson, 66

Former City of Revere Assistant Auditor

Elena M. (Ponte) Watson of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on September 11. She was 66 years old.

The former assistant auditor for the City of Revere, she was the devoted mother of William A. Marino and his wife, Elizabeth, of Alexandria, Va., Paul S. Marino of Charlton, and Susan K. Bell and her husband, Lawrence T., of Revere; dear sister of Irene R. Gomez of Revere and the late Juanita A. Ponte, Dolores Salemi and Ramon Gomez; cherished grandmother of Samantha, Jonathan and Claire; and she is also lovingly survived by Cameron and several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867.

Armand Tempesta

Revere resident

Armand D. Tempesta of Revere died on September 10 after a long illness.

He was the beloved husband of the late Pauline (DiRosa); devoted father of Donnie of Revere, Theresa Mosko of Peabody, Jean D’Amico and her husband, James, of Saugus and the late Norma and Ronald P. Tempesta; loving grandfather of Dan, Michelle, Jimmy, Eric, Brian, Sherylann, Lauren, Shawn and Michael; and the dear brother of the late Mary, Angie, Ida, Tulio, Americo, Bruno and Guido Tempesta.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For his guest book or more information, visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Ralph DeCata, 59

Worked for Highland Real Estate

Ralph E. DeCata of Winthrop died suddenly on September 10. He was 59 years old.

He was employed by Highland Real Estate.

Born in Cambridge, he was the beloved son of the late Michael A. DeCata and Dorothy A. (Volpe); brother of Elizabeth Polino and her husband, James, of Winthrop, Joseph and Anthony DeCata, both of Revere and Paul DeCata of Marblehead; dear uncle of James Polino Jr. and his wife, Melissa, of Winthrop, and Jonathan and his companion, Miranda Gordon, of Winthrop; and granduncle of Dominic Polino of Winthrop. He is also survived by many dear cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Belle Isle Cemetery in Winthrop.

Memorial donations may be made to The Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Sixth Floor, Brookline MA 02445.

Camille Guarino

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Camille M. (Frusciante) Guarino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 1.

She was the beloved wife of the late Carmen Guarino, with whom she shared 28 years of marriage; loving mother of Joseph Guarino of Revere, Robert Guarino of Salem and Angela Figueroa and her husband, Joe, of Middleton; dear sister of the late Anna Hickman, Louise Provenzano, Ralph and Joseph Frusciante; cherished grandmother of Joseph and John Guarino and Marisa Figueroa and great-grandmother of two.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Homes. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For her online guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

Anton Bakunowicz

East Boston resident

Anton Bakunowicz of East Boston died on September 10.

He was the beloved husband for more than 59 years of Livercina (Dos Santos) Bakunowicz; devoted father of Ronny Bakunowicz of East Boston, Paul and his wife, Marie, of Florida, Stan of Revere and Sonia Santilli and her husband, Pat, of East Boston; and the cherished grandfather of Christopher, Nicholas, Dante and Paul Jr.

In accordance with Mr. Bakunowicz’ wishes, funeral services were private and under the direction of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home. To send his family an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

Alicia Faneuf, 76

Of Revere, formerly of Winthrop

Alicia (Amaya) Faneuf of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center on September 10, after a long illness. She was 76 years old.

Born in Bogata, Colombia, daughter of the late Joaquin and Mercedes Amaya, she lived in Winthrop prior to moving to Revere 30 years ago.

She was the beloved wife of Edward T. Faneuf, devoted mother of Diane Firicano and her husband, Paul, of Chelmsford and the loving grandmother of Gianna, Devin, Ava, Natalia and Anson Firicano.

A graveside service was conducted in Winthrop Cemetery, with arrangements by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. To sign her online book of condolences, go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Mildred Kaplan, 92

Sisterhood member of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett and Revere

Mildred (Ansin) Kaplan of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on August 23. She was 92 years old.

Born in Revere, she was a resident of Revere for many years and was educated in the Revere schools. She was a secretary for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company before her retirement. She was a Life Member of the Jewish Memorial Hospital and a Life Member of the Everett Senior Social Club.  She belonged to the Sisterhood at Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere and the Sisterhood at Tifereth Israel of Everett, Hadassah, and the Peter A. Torigian Community Life Center in Peabody.

She was the devoted mother of Ronald Kaplan and his wife, Deborah, and mother-in-law of John Cimino; loving mother of the late Linda Cimino and Michael Kaplan; dear sister of the late Charlotte Ross; and the loving grandmother of Aaron and David Kaplan.

A chapel service will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Square, Chelsea on Thursday, September 17, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Tifereth Israel of Revere Cemetery, 232 Fuller St. Everett.  Memorial observance will be Thursday following burial only at her late residence.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hadassah, 19A Crosby Drive, Suite 210, Bedford, MA 01730.  For her online guest book and directions, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.

Katherine Federico, 70

Revere resident

Katherine L. (Florio) Federico of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on September 7.

She was the beloved wife of Robert G. “Butch” Federico; loving daughter of the late Anthony and Yolanda (Longo) Florio; and the dear sister of Michael Florio and his wife, Diane, of Vermont and the late Lucille Kaplan.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be sent to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. For her online obituary and guest book, please visit dellorusso.net.

Vincent Calderone

Well-Known Local Musician

Vincent J. Calderone of Everett died on September 7.

A 40-year member of the Everett Kiwanis Club, he was a longtime and well-known local musician, member of the Maine Country Western Hall of Fame and a former winner of the “Chance of a Lifetime” music talent show.

He was the beloved husband for 62 years of Gloria (DelVecchio); father of Marianne Ciarlone and her husband, Robert, of Everett, Diane Ellis of Las Vegas, Vincent A. and his wife, Catherine, of Wakefield and John F. and his wife, Mary, of Saugus; brother of Phyllis Varricchio of Chelsea, George of East Boston, Joseph of East Boston, Claire Williams of Revere and the late Edward. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Gina, Kristin, Vincent M., Michael, Nicholas, Daria, Nicole, Hannah; and two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Jordan.

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

Peter Recchia

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Peter Recchia of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on September 8.

A member of the Laborers International Union Local 22, he was the beloved husband of Constance (Pastore) Recchia; loving father of Tobyann Repici and her husband, Joseph, of Saugus and the late Alfred Recchia; adored grandfather of Melissa and Matthew and his wife, Melissa; great-grandfather of Matthew and Christopher; and the brother of Alfred Recchia of Florida, Alphonse Recchia and John Recchia, both of Revere, and the late Guilio Recchia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Anthony Pavone, 82

Retired Owner of My Donuts

Anthony M. Pavone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 7. He was 82 years old.

In his early years and humble beginnings, Mr. Pavone shined shoes on the Boston ferries. He joined the US Navy in 1942 during World War II. After he was honorably discharged, he studied electronics, carpentry and mechanics. In the late 1950s, he became a baker at Godfrey’s in Saugus, with a vision of opening his own bakery. His dream was realized in the late 1960s, when he opened his bakery, My Donuts. His slogan of “My donuts once, yours forever” rang true as his success soared.

He was able to retire at age 53, enabling him to pursue his true passion for boating, which he enjoyed up until his last years. His other joys included traveling, fine dining and a lust for life. Everyone close to him will recall his kind gestures, compassion and honesty.

He will be sadly missed but forever happily remembered by his two sons, Joseph E. Pavone of New Hampshire and Michael A. Pavone of Winthrop; his former wife, Marjorie Bresnahan, and her daughter, Cindy Sullivan, of New Hampshire; his seven loving grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Dovan Bolivar

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Dovan Bolivar of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died by accident in Plymouth, NH, on September 8.

He was the beloved husband of Roshana M. (Beard) Bolivar and cherished son of Orlando and Gloria (Munera) Bolivar, both of Colombia.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was private. For his guest book, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.

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