Obituaries 10-27-09

October 29, 2009
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John Griffin, 89

MBTA Retiree, US Marine wounded at Guadalcanal during World War II

John T. Griffin, a lifetime resident of Revere, died on September 14 after a long illness at Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea. He was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1938. He served with the US Marine Corps from January of 1942 until January of 1946. He was wounded in August of 1942 while fighting enemy forces on Guadalcanal. After returning home, he began working for the MBTA and drove a bus for more than 35 years. He was a member of the MBTA Pensioners Club.

He leaves his wife, Alice L. (Cripps) and his children, John T. Griffin Jr. of North Carolina and Michael J. Griffin and Judith I. Griffin, both of Malden. He was the brother of Catherine T. Griffin, Thomas D. Griffin and his wife, Betty, all of Revere and the late Dorothy L. Griffin, Mary M. Brennan, Joseph, James and Frances Griffin. He is also survived by four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Tuesday, November 3 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church. Burial will be held privately at a later time at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett with arrangements completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.

 

Sara Moszka, 96

Retired Labor and Delivery Nurse, active in Revere senior citizen groups

Sara C. (D’Epifanio) Moszka of Revere (Beachmont) died peacefully at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on October 21. She was 96 years old.

A life-long resident of Beachmont, she would have turned 97 years old on November 1. Mrs. Moszka retired after 27 years as a Labor and Delivery nurse at the Waltham Hospital. She served on the Council of Elderly Affairs for the City of Revere and as Treasurer for the Revere Street Senior Citizens for many years.

She was the wife of the late Stanley Moszka; loving mother of Jean Zullo-Lake of Revere; cherished grandmother of Lyn Mazzarelli and her husband, Alfred, Carmen Zullo and his wife, Jan, Denise Anderson and her husband, Eric, Andrea Anderson and her husband, Richard, all of Revere; great grandmother of Krista, Dino, Andrea, Kendell, Aliza, Marco, Maxx, Christopher, Lynzie and Erica; dear sister of Elba Piscione of Chelmsford, the late Irma Venti, Sylvia Balboni and Arno D’Epifanio. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

Michael ‘Archie’ Cox, 47

Of Malden, formerly of Revere

Michael "Archie" Cox of Malden, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on October 24. He was 47 years old.

He was the beloved son of Marie (DeNapoli) Brooker of Melrose and Arnold J. Cox of Riviera Beach, Florida; loving brother of Lisa Furtak and her husband, Joseph, of New Hampshire; devoted uncle of Jaime and Justin Furtak and the cherished grandson of the late Michelina and Michael DeNapoli of Revere.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, October 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, Malden. Funeral will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham MA 01701 or Parkinson’s Disease Association, 720 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118. For information and condolences, visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com or call Carroll Funeral Home 781-322-6322.

 

James Mehigan

Revere resident

James F. Mehigan of Revere died on October 12.

He was the beloved husband of Joan C. (Barlow) Mehigan with whom he shared 52 years of marriage; loving father of Kathleen Marrone of Randolph, Joan Hammer of Tyngsboro and James C. Mehegan of Nahant; dear brother of David of Charlestown, Noreen Langone, Bridget McLaughlin, Catherine McIntyre and Sally Gorman, all of New Hampshire, Ellen Snow and Shirley Mehigan, both of Charlestown, and the late Eugene and Edward Mehigan; cherished grandfather of Stephen and Leslie Hammer.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Thomas Donovan, 87

Attorney, former Winthrop Planning Board member

Thomas J. Donovan of Winthrop died at the East Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chelsea on October 9. He was 87 years old.

He was a member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, Toastmasters, Holy Name Society, past treasurer of the Mass. Conveyancers Association, a former member of the Winthrop Planning Board and an active collector at St. John the Evangelist Church. He served with the U.S. Merchant Marine Service during World War II aboard the Stevenson Taylor. Prior to his retirement, he was an attorney employed by the Spencer and Stone Law Firm of Boston.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Cornelius and Jane (Fraser) Donovan; the devoted father of Jean Serino and her husband, Richard, of Revere, Thomas J. Donovan Jr., of Winthrop, Stephen Donovan and his wife, Deborah, of Portland, ME., Brian Donovan and his wife, Maureen, of Winthrop, and Christine MacNeil and her husband, Ron, of Winthrop; former husband of Jean A. (Howard) Donovan-McNeish of Winthrop; dear brother of the late John "Jack", Cornelius, Alpheus, Paul, and Joe Donovan, and the late Lillian Sweeney and Rita Day. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl 17, Chicago, IL, 60601. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com

 

Francis William Miret, 90

Retired Revere Traffic Investigator

Francis William Miret died after a long illness on October 12 at Palm Gardens of Port Saint Lucie, Florida. He was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Dedham, he lived and worked in Revere and retired from the Police Department as a Traffic Investigator.

During World War II he fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a Master Sergeant. He retired with 24 years of service in both the Regular Army and the Army Reserve.

While living in Revere he managed a little league team for 10 years and was an active member of American Legion, Post 61.

He moved to Florida in 1973. He was an avid square dancer and later a member of both the Riverfront Golf Club and Bridge Club. A devout Catholic, he attended St. Lucie Catholic Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Genevieve (Driscoll) Miret; his loving sons, Bill, and his wife, George Ann, of Fayetteville, GA and Paul and his wife, Karen, of Port St. Lucie; his grandchildren, Christopher, and his son, Brady, Jeffrey and his wife, Jennifer, and their sons, Justin and Jeremy, all of Port St. Lucie. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother.

He was always a true gentleman, a kind and loyal friend and a loving and giving family man. He will be greatly missed by many.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted at St. Lucie Catholic Church, Port St. Lucie, Florida. Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, Florida, was in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to your favorite charity.

 

Richard ‘Popeye’ Nelson, 70

Member of VFW and Elks

Richard "Popeye" Nelson of Revere died at the VA Healthcare Center on October 20. He was 70 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the VFW and the Revere Elks and a former employee of Diamond Tool and Dye in East Boston.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 2 at 3 p.m. in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VA Boston Healthcare Center, 150 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130. Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, www.Buonfiglio.com

 

Margaret Dodge

Dorchester resident

Margaret D. (Gnida) Dodge of Dorchester, formerly of Texas and Chicago, IL, died on October 24.

She was the beloved wife of the late Chester Szkolka and James Dodge; loving mother of Michael C. Szkolka of Dorchester, John M. Szkolka of Illinois, Joseph E. Szkolka of Arizona, James E. Dodge of Rhode Island and Paul Dodge of Revere; sister of Mary Olejniczak of Illinois and Rosemary Nelson of Indiana; devoted grandmother of Michael A. and Mary C. Szkolka, John and Jean Szkolka and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are by the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester. Her Funeral Mass will be in St. Margaret Church of Blessed Mother Teresa Parish, today, Wednesday, October 28 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Chicago, IL. For directions and guestbook, www.jmurphyfh.com.

 

Khacher ‘Hutch’ Dostoomian, 57

Former Blue Cross/Blue Shield computer systems designer

Khasher S. "Huch" Dostoomian, a 31 year resident of Revere, formerly of South Boston, died on October 24 following a long illness. He was 57 years old.

Mr. Dostoomian was born and raised in South Boston and came to Revere when he married Marie P. (Levosto) on October 14, 1978. He was a 1970 graduate of Jamaica Plain High School, a 1974 graduate of Boston State Teachers College and earned his Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Boston University. He worked as a Systems Designer for Blue Cross/Blue Shield for 10 years before illness forced him to leave his work in 1986.

As a young man, he was active in Revere sports leagues, especially in St. Mary’s Bambino League and Revere Youth_Hockey, coaching within both leagues for 10 years. He was a long time member of the Saugus Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his beloved wife of 31 years, he was the devoted father of Christopher J. Dostoomian and his fiance, Jamie L. Tessicini, of Revere; cherished brother of Isabella M. Johnson and her husband, Frederick D., of South Boston and is also lovingly survived by his niece, Melissa A. Ruscio and her husband, Joseph, of South Boston. He was the dear son of the late Sarkis K. Dostoomian and Anna M. (Sulfaro), who both passed away earlier this year, and the beloved son-in-law of the late John and Theresa (Sorrentino) Levosto.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere today, Wednesday, October 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

 

Robert Butters

Retired Engineer and Real Estate Broker

Robert S. Butters of Cotuit and Osterville, formerly of Wellesley Hills and Revere, died October 24 at the Cape Cod Hospital.

The devoted husband of the late Helen S. (Stokinger) Butters for 61 years. He was born in Revere and has lived and worked in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Wisconsin, Europe, Greenland and Cuba in his 50 years of employment and consulting work.

He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and was a licensed New Jersey Power and Refrigeration Engineer,and had a Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspection Commissions in 14 states. He received a bachelor of science degree from Newark College of Engineering Evening Division on the G.I. Bill. At Northeastern University, he obtained several certificates for continuing Education and was on the industrial Advisory Board at Wentworth Institute. Mr. Butters was a registered Professional Engineer and a registered Real Estate Broker. He retired from Riley Stoker Corp. in Worcester and did contract work for them after retirement. Robert and his late wife, Helen, enjoyed a summer home in Union, Maine for a number of years.

He is survived by his brother, William, and his wife, Dina, of Fort Pierce, Florida, a cousin, Marjory Bradshaw, and her husband, Nicholas, of Mountainside, N.J., a cousin Ruth Costa of Plymouth, MA., nieces and nephews and several friends.

A funeral service will be held in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home 3778 Falmouth Rd (RT28) Marstons Mills on Thursday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m. Visiting hours will be 11 to 12:30 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Mosswood Cemetery, Cotuit.

Ronald Marino

Malden resident

Ronald J. Marino of Malden, formerly of Everett, died suddenly on October 23.

He was the loving son of the late Alfred R. and Lillian (Tranfaglia) Marino; dear brother of the late Alfred Marino and his surviving spouse, Pauline Marino, of Revere and the late Philip Marino, Nancy Jenner, and Elizabeth "Betty" DeFino; cherished nephew of Helen "Chickie" Ciulla of Medford and is also survived by his many devoted nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a great great niece.

His Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett, Thursday morning at 9 followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

 

Giovanna Bertolino, 100

Retired Seamstress

Giovanna (Rosalia) Bertolino of Revere, formerly East Boston, died recently. She was in her 100th year.

Mrs. Bertolino came to America in 1958 from Marsala Sicily and worked as a seamstress. She was a member of the International IGLWU.

She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe Bertolino with whom she shared 75 years of marriage; loving mother of Frank Bertolino and his wife, JoAnn, Antonina Bertolino and her husband, Guiseppi, Vita Mazzone and her husband, Chester, Michela Santostefano and her husband, Michael, Frances Santostefano and her husband, Vincent, Anthony Bertolino and his wife Constance, all of Revere, and Leonard Bertolino and his wife, Linda, of S. Weymouth; dear sister of the late Francesca, Pina, Paulo, Gaspare and Nino Rosalia; cherished grandmother of 21 grandchildren and the late Joseph Bertolino and 28 great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s 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. For directions and guest book. www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

William Nolan, 78

GE Retiree

William L. Nolan of Malden, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on October 24. He was 78 years old.

He was born in Revere and was a 1950 graduate of Revere High School. After high school, he joined the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Nolan retired as a Production Control Supervisor for General Electric in Lynn and retired after 20 years of service.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Hayes) Nolan of Malden; the devoted father of William L. Nolan Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Billerica, Kevin Nolan and his wife, Laurie, of Malden and Stephen Nolan and his wife, Christine, of Westford; loving grandfather of Haley, Hannah, John, Amanda, Cera, Casey, Patrick and Elizabeth Nolan; loving brother of Walter T. Nolan and his wife, Elizabeth, of New Hampshire, Paul "Pete" Nolan and his wife, Pearl, of New Hampshire and Florida, Joseph Nolan and his wife, Ann, of Florida and the late Mildred Randell. He was the brother in-law of John Hayes, James Haggerty, Robert Hayes, Michael Marrotta and his sister in-law, Elaine Marrotta.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St., Malden today, Wednesday, October 28 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main St., Malden at 10 a.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of ones choice. For obituary and directions: www.weirfuneralhome.com.

 

Ellen Santosuosso

Of Revere and Florida

Ellen P. (Huestis) Santosuosso of Revere and Naples, FL, died unexpectedly on October 23.

She was the beloved wife of Richard M. Santosuosso with whom she shared 44 years of marriage; loving mother of Patrick Santosuosso (Patrick Smith) and his wife, Julia Petipas, of Somerville and Susan Edelmann of Boxford and her former son-in-law, Richard Edelmann; daughter of Nancy (Ahern) Huestis of Revere and the late George Huestis; dear sister of Amy Donovan of Wellesley and cherished grandmother of Abigail and Alexander Edelmann.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 So. Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02130. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Frances LaCava

East Boston resident

Frances (Barter) LaCava of East Boston died on October 23.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. LaCava; loving mother of Nancy Messina and her husband, Gregory, of Melrose, Maryann Estee and her husband, Kenneth, of Tewksbury and Frances Recupero and her husband, Richard, of East Boston. She is also survived by six grandsons and two great grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Charles Barter of Revere and the late Doris, Irene and Pearl and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. Memorial donations may be made to: The Ellison #9 Cardiac Care Unit Fund, MGH 165 Cambridge St. Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

 

William Marks, 38

Revere resident

William C. Marks, a life long resident of Revere, died unexpectedly, although he as a longtime victim of Juvenile Diabetes, on October 20. He was 38 years old.

Born in Everett, he was a 1989 graduate of Revere High School and a former mailroom employee of the Boston Childrens’ Hospital. His struggle with Diabetes kept his social world confined but not limited. He was an avid sports fan and had a keen interest in motorbiking and motorcycling.

He leaves his devoted parents, Donald L. Marks Sr. and Lorraine A. (Aideuis) Marks with whom he made his home. He was the cherished brother of Brenda J. Kelly and her husband, John, and Donald L. Marks Jr. and his wife, Maria, all of Lynnfield; loving uncle of Matthew and Lauren Kelly, Austin H. and Olivia M. Marks, all of Lynnfield, and is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Pl., Boston, MA 02215, Attn: Development Office.

 

Norma Santone, 70

Revere resident

Norma (Zannerini) Santone of Revere died on October 21. She was 70 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 48 years of Donato Santone; loving mother of Dr. Dante Santone and his wife, MarySue, of Methuen; grandmother of Leah Kate and Rebecca Lynn Santone, sister of Wanda Gynan of Hampton, NH and Piero Zannerini.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cataudella Funeral Home, Methuen. Entombment was in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Lawrence. For online guestbook: www.cataudellaFH.com.

 

Anastasia Myers, 89

Of North Reading, formerly of Revere

Anastasia Myers of North Reading, formerly of Revere, died on October 23. She was 89 years old.

A retiree of General Electric in Lynn and Wilmington, she was the beloved daughter of the late James Sr. and Maude (Gill) Myers; loving sister of William J. Myers of North Reading, the late James, Jr. and Thomas Myers, Madeline Schena and Elizabeth DuBois. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, today, Wednesday, October 28 at 9:45 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St. (Rt.62), North Reading. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

 

Paul ‘Red’ Sinatra

Revere resident

Paul R. "Red" Sinatra of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 17.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the beloved husband of the late Diane (Costello) Sinatra; loving father of Christina Sinatra of Revere; dear brother of Natalie Colella of Watertown, Joseph of Sampscott, Carl F. of Newton and the late Dolores Livoti, Frances Vasquez, Joan B. Beatrice, Robert and Fincent J. Sinatra Jr.; cherished grandfather of James A. Feeley Jr. of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Carmen Simonelli

Revere resident

Carmen Simonelli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 21.

He was the beloved husband of Joan (Guarino) Simonelli with whom he shared 43 years of marriage; loving father of Carmine Simonelli of Milford and Christian Simonelli of Revere; dear brother of Jeanette Festa and Elaine Cali, both of East Boston; brother in law of Rosemarie and Joseph Spaziani and Patricia and John Goglia, all of Saugus. and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Karen Zappala, 48

Owned "Simply Kids" and Andover Video Stores

Karen M. Zappala of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere, died at home on October 22. She was 48 years old.

Born in Boston on December 10, 1960, she was the daughter of Thomas J. and Catherine F. (Countie) Murphy of Lynnfield. Mrs. Zappala was raised in Revere and was a graduate of Pope John High School. She was the owner and operator of Andover Video and also owned Simply Kids, a clothing store, in Lynnfield. She later worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital Gift Shop.

Mrs. Zappala was the wife of the late William J. Zappala. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughters, Brittany C. Zappala and Alex Zappala, both of Lynnfield, her stepdaughter, Kimberly Burke and her husband, Thomas, of Lynnfield, her brother Thomas Murphy of Natick and her sisters, Joan Marks of Winthrop and Ann Russell of Stoneham. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. Kindly make memorial contributions to the Karen M. Zappala Children’s Fund c/o Wakefield Co-Operative Bank, 342 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880. For obit and guestbook, www.mcdonaldfs.com

 

Joanne DeMato

Everett resident

Joanne G. (Santoro) DeMato of Everett died on October 19.

She was the beloved wife of Michael F. DeMato Jr with whom she shared 57 years of marriage; loving daughter of the late John Santoro and Louise (DiGiammarino) Santoro; devoted mother of Mickey DeMato and his wife, Joanne, of Everett, Robert DeMato and his wife, Lauren, of East Boston, Michelle Carr and her husband, Paul, David DeMato and his wife, Michele, and Paul DeMato and his wife, Angela, all of Everett; dear sister of Terry Ingalls of Revere, Robert Santoro of Stoneham, and the late Mary Santoro, Phyllis Santoro, Anthony Santoro, Alfred Santoro and Henry Joseph Santoro. She is also survived by 10 cherished grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robinson Funeral Home, Melrose. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Gifts in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210. For obituary or to sign guestbook, please visit www.robinsonfuneralhome.com.

 

Phyllis DiVenuti

Lynn resident

Phyllis M. (Alwell) DiVenuti of Lynn died on October 20.

She was the beloved wife of John J. DiVenuti; devoted mother of Joan DiVenuti of Middleton and Gerard DiVenuti, Sr. and his wife, Adelaide Karina, of East Boston; grandmother of Michael DiVenuti of Lynn, John DiVenuti of Revere and Gerard DiVenuti, Jr. of East Boston and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Robert Alwell and Mildred Clancy and mother of Mark DiVenuti of Virginia.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home, Lynn. Gifts in her memory may be sent to the charity of one’s choice. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit www.cuffemcginn.com

 

Rita ‘Connie’ Sforza

Reading resident, formerly of East Boston

Rita C. "Connie" (Cioffi) Sforza of Reading, formerly of Saugus and East Boston, died on October 21 surrounded by her loved ones after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

The beloved wife of the late Anthony Sforza, she was the loving mother of Lauren Fusco and Michael Sforza, both of Reading, Lisa Chapman and her husband, William, Anthony Sforza and his fiancĹ˝, Kelly Ryan, all of Saugus, and John Tieuli and his wife, Kim, of North Andover; mother in law of Bob Fusco, Jackie Tieuli and Corina Parish; dear sister of Rosemarie Yanetty of East Boston, Joseph and Vincent Cioffi, both of Revere, and Ann Fitzgerald of Georgetown; cherished grandmother of Michaella, Cameryn, Nellie, Kendyll, Cole, Emily, Anthony, Reid, Isabella, Alexandria and Madyson; aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

William Thomas Raffoul, 94

Revere resident

William Thomas Raffoul of Revere, formerly of Peabody, died on October 18. He was 94 years old.

He was the husband of the late Betty Jennie (Cudnik) Raffoul; father of Donna Raffoul of Glendale, AZ and Arlene Collins and her husband, Leo, of Port St. Lucie, FL and the late Christine M. Raffoul; grandfather of Seth Collins of Smyrna, GA, Stephanie Brown of Burlington and Kimberly Christa Raffoul of Lynn; great grandfather of Gregory Raffoul and Connor Brown; brother of Thomas Raffoul of West Roxbury, Betty Azar of New York and the late Wade and Ralph Raffoul. He is also survived by his dear friend, Grace Pavone, of Melrose, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totem Pond Rd. Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For guest book www.solimine.com

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