Obituaries 11-11-09

November 11, 2009
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Phillip Barisano

Served aboard the USS Missouri

Phillip R. Barisano of East Boston died on November 8.

A US Navy veteran serving on the USS Missouri and a member of Local 3, he was the beloved husband of more than 59 years of Eleanor (Valen) Barisano; devoted father of Robert Barisano and his fiancé, Laraine Rossi, and Richard Barisano, all of East Boston, and the late Ronald Barisano and his surviving wife, Corrine, and the late Randal Barisano; dear brother of George Barisano and his wife, Beverly, of Winthrop, Ann Marie Gioia and her husband, Sal, of Saugus ; cherished grandfather of Lauren, Christine, Bridget and Julianne and is also survived by his adored great grandson, Anthony, and many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, November 12 at 9 a.m. followed a Funeral Mass celebrating his life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

 

Alice Pagliaro, 92

Of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights

Alice (Dente) Pagliaro of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on November 8. She was in her 92nd year.

She was the beloved wife of Santo Pagliaro with whom she shared 69 years of marriage; loving mother of Steven Pagliaro and his wife, Carol; dear sister of Albert Dente of Revere, Virginia Cieri of Saugus, Mary Basile of Stoneham, and the late Josephine Gravallese, Marie "Nellie" Bataglia, Rose DeFranzo and Alphonse Dente; cherished grandmother of Kara DiGiacomo and her husband, Anthony, and Kristofer Pagliaro; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book and directions, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Irene Grzybinska, 83

Retired President of Chelsea Provident Cooperative Bank, charter member and first President of Zonta Club

Irene A. Grzybinska of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Dedham, died on November 4 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she has been receiving supportive care for the past three years. She was 83 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late John A. and Mary T. (Nauiokas) Grzybinski. She attended St. Stanislaus Parochial School. While attending Chelsea High School, she worked part time for the Chelsea Provident Bank. After graduating in 1944, she began working full time for the bank. She received a certificate in accounting from Bentley College. In 1947, she was promoted to the position of assistant treasurer. She continued her education by attending Suffolk University and gaining a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. In 1970 she was promoted to Treasurer, in 1971 she was appointed a Director of the bank and became Vice-President of the bank in 1976. In 1979, the Board of Directors elected her President of the Bank, a position she held until her retirement.

During her career, she was active in many community affairs. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Stanislaus Church and a member of its financial councils. She also served as a director for the Chelsea Community YMCA and Chelsea Neighborhood Housing. She was a charter member and first President of the Zonta Club of Chelsea.

The loving daughter of the late John A. and Mary T. (Nauiokas) Grzybinski, she was the beloved sister of Richard Grzybinski and his wife, Vicki, of Westford, Janine Trainor of Brewster and the late Chester Grzybinski and Charles Grzybinski; dear sister in law of Veronica Grzybinski of Riverview, FL and Rita Grzybinski of Beverly. She is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews and five great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held at St. Stanislaus Church with Rev. Andrew T. Grelak officiating. Services concluded with burial next to her parents in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

 

Dorothy Moscato

Revere resident

Dorothy Moscato of Revere died on November 6.

The beloved wife of the late Vincent Moscato, she was the devoted mother of Joseph Moscato and his wife, Roberta, of Peabody, Richard Moscato and his wife, Mary, of Winthrop, Nancy Amos and her husband, Thomas, of Revere and is also survived by her four loving grandchildren, Thomas and Kristen Amos and Liane and Lauren Moscato.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

 

James Ciccarello

Past member of Orient Heights Civic Club

James Ciccarello of East Boston died on November 8.

A past member of the Orient Heights Civic Club, he was the beloved husband of the late Louise (Zirpolo) Ciccarello; the devoted father of Deborah Ciccarello of Lynn, James Ciccarello and his partner, Jeanne, of Quincy, Joseph Ciccarello and his wife, Adeline, of Melrose and Donna Matarazzo and her husband, Steven, of Salem; dear brother of Frank of Woburn, Joseph of Medford and Josephine of Richmond, VA. He is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday November 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating his life in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

 

Arthur Venuti

Saugus resident

Arthur W. Venuti of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on November 8.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Flora (Marotto) Venuti; loving father of Arthur A. Venuti of Saugus; dear brother of Michael of East Boston, Victoria Conway of Revere, the late Evelyn Britt, Frank, Ann, Tony, Vigilio, Victor, Harry and Amando Venuti and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, 917 Bennington St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visit memorial at www.mem.com

 

Helen Gallarelli, 72

Winthrop resident

Helen (Koumanelis) Gallarelli of Winthrop died at her daughter’s home in Revere on November 4. She was 72 years old.

Born in Winthrop, she was the beloved wife of the late Jack Gallarelli; the daughter of the late James and Georgia (Rodes) Koumanelis; devoted mother of Lori Adreani and her husband, Ray, of Revere and William Smith of Cincinnati, OH; sister of William Ellis and his wife, Maureen, of Ormond Beach, FL; adored grandmother of Melissa and Raychel Adreani; dear aunt of Kristin Mullaney and Melissa Bythrow and is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, PO. Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ, 85038. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

 

John Douglass, 88

Retired Mass Highway Department Inspector

John J. Douglass of Winthrop, formerly of Beachmont Revere, died at his home on November 5. He was 88 years old.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was an avid tennis player and enjoyed daily walks along Revere Beach. Prior to his retirement, he was an Inspector for the Massachusetts Highway Department.

Born in Boston, he was the beloved husband of Catherine M. (Flanagan) Douglass; the son of the late James A. and Frances G. (Neville) Douglass; devoted father of Bob Douglass and Jane Murphy of Cambridge, Jack Douglass and Cheryl Douglass of New Hampshire, Jayne Cleary and Paul Cleary of Winthrop and the late Karen Marie Douglass; dear brother of Genevieve F. Muldoon of Gilford, NH. and the late Mary Person, Eleanor Barry, Dorothy Moore, and Neville Douglass; adored grandfather of Kara and Colleen Douglass, Jacquelyn and Kathryne Cleary, and John and Shanon Douglass. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA. 02472. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

 

Matthew Twomey Sr., 78

Norwood resident

Matthew J. Twomey Sr. of Norwood died on November 7. He was 78 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of Florence T. (Sullivan) Twomey; devoted father of Daniel J. and his wife, Ginny, of Norwood, Michael G. and his wife, Lynne, of Marshfield, Matthew J. Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Norwood, Mary S. Marshall and her late husband, Richard J., of Revere and Lynne Dixon and her husband, Marc, of Walpole; cherished Gramps of Mark, Kevin, Lee, Jonathan, Jenna, Patrick, and Jeffrey; brother of the late Daniel, Mickey and George "Toto" Twomey and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home, 1248 Washington St., Norwood, Thursday, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, 601 Broadway St., Chelsea. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m. Burial with Military Honors will be at Woodlawn Cemetery Everett.

 

Robert Goldstein, 86

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Robert Goldstein of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on November 6. He was 86 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Frances (Marget) Goldstein; devoted father of William Goldstein and his wife, Barbara, of Revere, Nancy Goldstein of Revere, and Kenneth Goldstein and his wife, Cheryl, of Peabody; cherished grandfather of Jonathan Goldstein, Dale Goldstein and her companion, David Shapiro, Todd Goldstein and his wife, Gina, Robert White, Walter White, the late Christopher White, and Barbara Walker, her husband Michael, and their children Michael, John, and Jake Walker.

Graveside services were held at Temple Tifereth Israel of Malden Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Wingate at Reading, 1364 Main St, Reading, MA 01867 for the exceptional care they provided. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem.

 

Renee Wolff, 74

Of Hingham, formerly of Revere

Renee L. (Golb) Wolff of Hingham, formerly of Revere, Newton and Boynton Beach, FL, died on November 6 of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 74 years old.

The loving wife of Franz D. Wolff, she died on their 54th wedding anniversary.

She was the devoted mother of David and Ann Wolff of South Windsor, CT, Andrea and Alan Ryter of Sharon and Nancy and Arthur Leary of Reading; cherished grandmother of Joshua and Jenny Wolff, Jessica and Benjamin Ryter and Hannah Leary; dear sister of the late William Golb and Sidney Golb.

Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, on November 8. Donations in her memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6 Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Levine Chapels, Brookline.

 

Michael Marotta, 88

Decorated Veteran, Former Director of Field Operations for Boston’s RMV

Michael A. Marotta of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly after being stricken at his home and rushed to Lahey Clinic North on November 5. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1939 graduate of Revere High School and lived in Revere all his life until moving to Brooksby Village in 2007.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he served from August of 1942 until December of 1945. He was highly decorated and the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze service arrowhead, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze service stars and the Victory and Good Conduct Medals.

After returning home, he worked for the federal government at the Watertown Arsenal. In 1950, he began his career with Boston’s Registry of Motor Vehicles on Nashua Street as an inspector and quickly rose in rank. He was the first Director of Field Operations for the Registry for over 20 years retiring in 1986. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society in Revere for many years.

His dear late wife, Rose A. (DeLena) died in 2004. He was the devoted father of Karen R. Findlen and her husband, Edward, of West Peabody, Michael R. Marotta and his wife, Elaine, of Andover; cherished grandfather of Atty. Trevor M. Findlen and his wife, Michelle, of Dorchester, Paul E. Findlen and his wife, Carley, of Beverly, Alison L. and Jonathan M. Marotta, both of Andover; brother of the late Carol Lyons, Florence C. Marino, Louis E., William A. and Leo Marotta and is also lovingly survived by his great grandson, Sean E. Findlen, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home (Beachmont) Revere. Burial was Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the VNA Care Network & Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923-3687.

 

Maria Galante

East Boston resident

Maria (Uliano) Galante of East Boston died on November 5.

The beloved wife of the late John A. Terilli and Michael Galante, she was the devoted mother of the late Lorraine McCue; dear sister of the late Frances, Theresa, Joseph, Raymond and Jennie; cherished grandmother of Marie McCue of Revere and Raymond McCue Jr of East Boston; adored great grandmother of John, Nicholas, Christopher and Samantha McCue; loving great great grandmother of Michele and Ashley McCue and is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Wednesday, November 11 at 9 a.m. followed by as Funeral Mass celebrating her life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with burial in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

 

Patricia Smith, 41

Revere resident

Patricia Smith of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on November 5. She was 41 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Leona and Christopher J. Smith; loving daughter of Antonette (Chiodi) and the late James Smith; dear sister of Larry and James Smith and Rose Trainito and the late Leona and Anthony Smith.

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

 

Ailish Hayes, MD, 58

Pediatrician with Revere-Winthrop Pediatrics

Ailish Hayes MD died peacefully at her home "Seascape" in Marblehead after a long and valiant battle with Kidney Cancer on November 4. She was 58 years old.

Born in Ireland, she followed her family tradition of medicine and attended medical school in Ireland. She did post graduate pediatric training in Toronto and Montreal before moving to Harvard Medical School in Boston where she pursued a rewarding academic career, specializing in Neonatology and Genetics. For the past 15 years she was dedicated to her primary care pediatric practice at Revere-Winthrop Pediatrics. She lived and loved life to the fullest and drew much joy from friends and family around the world who touched her life.

The daughter of the late Richard Hayes, she will be deeply missed by her beloved Robert W. Dine, her mother, Chris, her brother, Garrett, sister-in-law, Siobhan, sisters, Maeliosa and Christine, and brother-in-law Damien Rutledge and nieces, nephews and cousins. Her loss is also deeply regretted by her beloved friends, colleagues and patients.

A Memorial Funeral Mass was held with arrangements entrusted to the Eustis-Cornell Funeral Home, Marblehead. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Attn: Kris Laping, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. Please make checks payable to "Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center" and include "in memory of Ailish Hayes". For online memorial, please visit www.mem.com

 

Angela Gramegna

Revere resident

Angela (Gullotti) Gramegna of Revere died on November 3.

She was the beloved wife of the late John; devoted mother of Janice Ryan of California, Beatrice Coleman of New Jersey and the late Linda Betterbid; dear sister of Aurora Maratea of New Jersey and is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were private with arrangements by The Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

 

Neil Howard Wilensky, 57

Of Lynn, formerly of Revere

Neil Howard Wilensky of Lynn, formerly of Newton and Revere, died November 3. He was 57 years old.

He was the beloved son of the late Julius "Yudie" and Beatrice (Berren) Wilensky; dear brother of Joni (Kagan) Mayer and her husband, Ross, of Sharon; loving uncle of Eric Kagan and his wife, Melissa, of Easton and Lisa Barney and her husband, David, of Illinois and is also survived by his great nieces, nephew and loving cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, Canton. Burial was at Sharon Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02215.

 

Phyllis Pecora

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere

Phyllis (Filamino) Pecora of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on October 31.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas; loving daughter of the late Luigi and Stella (DeSanto) Filamino; dear sister of Mary McCrobie of Virginia and the late Charles Filamino and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons- Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in St. Michaels Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com

 

Leonard Harold ‘Len’ Katz

Revere resident

Leonard Harold "Len" Katz died in the early hours of November 3 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness where he had been _receiving hospice care.

He is survived by his loving wife Joanne H. "Jan" Katz of Revere, his son Steven and daughter-in-law, Adina, and two granddaughters, Robin and Kailie, all of Los Angeles.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements were _be private. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

 

Carmella Farro

East Boston resident

Carmella (Sciarappa) Farro of East Boston died on November 3.

She was the loving mother of Maria Farro of Plymouth, Patricia Motherway and her husband, Peter, of Revere, Steven Farro and his wife, Gretchen, of New Hampshire and Doreen Woods and her husband, John, of East Boston; dear sister of many siblings; cherished grandmother of Peter Motherway and John and Anthony Woods.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery Peabody. For guestbook, www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Catello ‘Carlo’ Battinelli

Lexington resident

Catello " Carlo " Battinelli of Lexington died on November 3.

He was the beloved husband of the late Caroline ( Minucci ); loving father of Connie and her husband, Dr. Paul Bombara, of Lexington and the late Frank Battinelli; dear Papa of Paul Joseph Bombara and Carla Bombara, both of Lexington. He is survived by four sisters and many nieces and nephews residing in Italy.

Funeral arrangements were by the DeVito Funeral Home, Arlington Heights. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers memorials c/o St. Paul’s Evangelical Church would be appreciated. www.devitofuneralhomes.com

 

Joseph Visconti

Of Revere, formerly of Everett

Joseph T. "Joey" Visconti of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on October 31.

He was the loving son of Victoria (Visconti) and Kenneth Messina; loving brother of David and Annamaria and is also survived by his loving wife, Stephanie King, and their loving son, Joseph K. Visconti. He was the loving grandson of Ann (Catalano) and Joseph A. Visconti Jr., the loving nephew of Ralph and Lisa, Nick and Christine and beloved Godson of Roslyn Catalano.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made directly to the family for the care and education of his son, Joseph. . Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Home 617-387-4180 www.roccofuneralhomes.com

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