Obituaries 11-19-09

November 19, 2009
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Marguerite ‘Betty’ Galzerano, 86

Winthrop resident

Marguerite "Betty" E. (Rothwell) Galzerano, a 58-year resident of Winthrop, died on November 14 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose. She was 86 years old.

The wife of the late Lt. Col. Samuel Joseph Galzerano (USAF), she was born in Boston and worked as a secretary in real estate business. A devoted wife and mother, she would spend the winters in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Mrs. Galzerano leaves three sons, Samuel Galzerano of New Hampshire, Paul Galzerano of Groveland, Richard Galzerano of Winthrop and two grandchildren, Richard and Lily Galzerano. She was the mother of the late Ethel Galzerano.

Her funeral service will be held in the Cliftondale Congregational Church, 50 Essex St., Saugus on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours will be held today, Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere. For directions, please visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com

 

Anna Marotta

Former East Boston Realtor

Anna C. (Natale) Marotta of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on November 16.

A former East Boston realtor, she was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Marotta with whom she shared 13 years of marraige; loving mother of Mary Ann Marotta of Revere; cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Marafino) Marotta; dear sister of Frances R.. Cristello of Revere and the late Gilda Pennell and Frank Natale; fond aunt of Cmille Cristello, Mary Ann Carvalho and Janice and Linda Natale.

Her service will be conducted by Father Vincent Gianni today, Wednesday, November 18 with entombment in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by the Vazza Funeral Home. For guest book, visit www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Anna Fulchino

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Anna (Odoardi) Fulchino of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on November 16.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Fulchino with whom she shared 58 years of marriage; loving mother of Joseph Fulchino Jr. of Lynn and Robin Driscoll and her husband, Thomas, of Saugus; dear sister of Emma Tritto and Florence Mercurio, both of Revere, James Odoardi of Florida, Richard Odoardi of Peabody and the late Antonetta De Rosa; cherished grandmother of Cara Sillpigni and her husband, David, Deanna McGovern and her husband, Sean, Leah and Jessica Fulchino and Jeff Driscoll and great grandmother of Logan McGovern.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday at 9 am. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus at 9 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Doris Farnsworth, 78

Of Lynn, formerly of Revere

Doris (Fitzgerald) Farnsworth of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on November 13 at the Lynn Union Hospital. She was 78 years old.

The daughter of the late Edward and Josephine (Farrel) Farnsworth, she was the beloved wife of Cecil E.; devoted mother of Rose Mahon and her husband, Wayne, of Danvers and Linda Costa and her fiancé, Steve Provo, of Lynn; dear sister of Joann Sforza of Georgetown, Edward "Buster" Fitzgerald of Wrentham and the late John "Jackie" and Robert Fitzgerald. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

At the request of the family, all services are private. Arrangements are by the Paul Buoniglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to Wrentham Developmental Center, PO Box 488, Wrentham, MA 02093.

 

Richard Bowles

Franklin resident

Richard M. Bowles of Franklin died on November 15.

He was the beloved son of the late Richard and Marian (Recchia) Bowles; loving nephew of Florence Delano; dear cousin of Roger Montalto, Marion Montalto, Karen Domenicis, Andrea Day and Geraldine Rogers.

A visitation will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook: www.buonfiglio.com

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Ave., Revere, Ma. 02151

 

John Pini

Member of Elks, Local 4 and Mass. National Guard

John P. Pini of Revere, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on November 13.

A member of the Everett Elks, Local 4 and the Massachusetts National Guard, he was the loving father of Julie Pini of Melrose and Heather Mancini and her husband, Anthony, of Peabody; dear brother of Lorraine Ramsey of Revere and the late James Pini; cherished grandfather of Matthew Pini, Anthony and Madison Mancini.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

Bierne Desilets

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

Bierne (Prochilo) Desilets of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on November 14 after a brief illness. She was 52 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Gina Rose Prochilo-Cawston and her husband, David, of Roslindale; loving grandmother of Kailey and is also survived by her loving mother, four devoted siblings and her dear friend, Anthony Lanci.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main Street, Medford, tonight, Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather for a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John The Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop, Thursday at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the MSPCA-Animal Care and Adoption Center, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

 

Ruth Hartman

Revere resident

Ruth (Eaton) Hartman of Revere died on November 12.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert W. Hartman; loving mother of Ralph L. Hartman and his wife, Barbara, of Revere, Cheryl Blumsack and her husband, Alan, of Malden and the late Robert Hartman Jr.; dear sister of Faye McCall of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Scot, Eric and Nicole Hartman, Lori Fallon, Scott and Brian Blumsack and great grandmother of Jack and Kara Fallon. She was the fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the American Heart Fund, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Joyce Shea

Graduate of RHS, Class of 1960

Joyce E. (Burridge ) Shea of Revere died on November 14.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1960, she was the beloved wife of Paul D. Shea with whom she shared 48 years of marriage; the loving mother of Barbara Shea and Elaine Vajao and her husband, George, all of Revere; dear sister of George Burridge of Melrose, Lois Vigliotti of Peabody, Diane Brown of New Hampshire and the late Vincent, Donald, Richard, Barbara and David Burridge; cherished grandmother of Jared and Julia Vajao and Alyssa Shea.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Washington Avenue, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Paul Pruitt

Of West Peabody, formerly of Beachmont

Paul R. Pruitt of West Peabody, formerly of Beachmont Revere, died on November 14.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was a life member of Beachmont VFW Post 6712 and the American Legion of Middleton Unit 0227. He worked for many years as the Mechanical Plant Manager for Brigham’s.

He was the long time companion of 31 years to Shirley A. Smith of West Peabody and her family; husband of the late Joan Altri; loving father of Paul W. Pruitt of Winthrop and John R. Pruitt and his wife, Donna E. (Costa) Wood Pruitt, of Beachmont; cherished grandfather and uncle of many; dear brother of Ola Adams, Grace Ellen Bullington, Boot McMillan and James Pruitt, all of South Carolina, and four late brothers and four late sisters. He was the brother in-law of John Altri Jr.

His funeral service will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Mass., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions and obit www.BisbeePorcella.com

 

Daisy DiCesare

Proprietor/office manager of Atlas Auto Body

Daisy A. (Modugno) DiCesare of Revere died on November 13 at her daughter’s home after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

Born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Alphonina (Francis) Modugno, she lived most of her life in Revere. She was the former proprietor/office manager of Atlas Auto Body, a member of the Revere Historical Society, a former Den Mother Boy Scouts of America and an avid bowler who enjoyed ceramics in her spare time.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony; devoted mother of Vincent and his wife, Nancy, Anthony and his wife, Janet, Ferdinand and his wife, Paula, and Gail Shea and her husband, John, all of Lynnfield; dear sister of Lydia McDonough of Revere and the late Norma Modugno and Vilma Vonkahl. She also leaves an extended family member, Francis DeMarco, 11 loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, November 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. For guest book or flowers, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

 

Donald Woodside

30-year MBTA Employee

Donald J. Woodside of East Boston died on November 14.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a past member of Beachmont VFW 6712, Friends of East Boston and a 30 year MBTA employee.

He was the beloved husband of over 49 years to Rose (Chiodi); devoted father of Edward and his wife, Denise, of Saugus, Kevin, Boston Police Department, and his wife, Julie, of Winthrop and Donna of Revere; dear brother of Robert of Buzzards Bay, Alan of Minnesota and the late Edward and is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Joseph, Michael, Kevin, Lauren and Nicole and his 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 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrating his life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. To honor Mr. Woodside, memorial donations may be made to DAV, PO Box 14301 Cincinatti, Ohio 45250-0301 Attn Gift Processing. Services will conclude with Mr. Woodside being laid to rest with his military family in the National Cemetery in Bourne. For more information or to send the family an online condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com

 

Albert Agnese

Revere resident

Albert J. Agnese of Revere died on November 13 at Westford House. He was 81 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was born in Boston and lived most of his life in Revere. He worked as a beautician in Boston for many years before going to work at Polaroid.

He was the beloved son of the late Salvatore and Giacomina (Plaia) Agnese; dear brother of John of Norwood and Josephine McCormack and her husband, Leo, of Billerica and is also survived two loving nieces, four nephews and many grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

 

Florence Picariello

East Boston resident

Florence (Ruggiero) Picariello of East Boston died on November 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick, devoted mother of Patrick of East Boston, Deborah of Revere and Robert of Saugus; dear sister of Janet Ort, Rosalie Holt, Anthony Ruggiero and the late Carmen Ruggiero and cherished grandmother of Robert, Jessica and David.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com

 

Michael DeMeo

Saugus resident

Michael R. DeMeo died in Saugus on November 10.

He was the devoted father of Jessica, Lauren and Alexandria; beloved son of Dennis and Marie DeMeo of Lynn; brother of Maria of Revere; childhood friend and nephew of Christopher Curcio.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.

 

Anthony Melchionna

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Anthony Melchionna of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on November 11.

He was the loving son of Anthony Melchionna and his wife, Linda, of Saugus and the late Christine (Forrest) Melchionna; beloved father of Anthony Catino of Peabody; dear brother of Nicholas Melchionna and his wife, Lily, of Lynn, Laura Shugarts of Florida, Patricia (Lewis) Pepi of Methuen and is also survived by nieces and nephews Rion, Nancy Lee, Samantha, Tori and Lina.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.

 

Irene Lapukas, 77

Retired Real Estate Broker and Restaurateur

Irene V. (Bennett) Lapukas died on November 12 at the Lahey Hospital in Burlington. She was 77 years old.

Retired Real Estate Broker for Century 21 and Hunneman-Coldwell Banker, both in Lynnfield, she was also head hostess at Augustine’s Restaurant in Saugus and owner of the King Neptune Restaurant in Malden during the 1980′s.

She was the beloved wife of Stanley J. Lapukas of Lynnfield with whom she shared 56 years of marriage; loving mother of Stephen M. Lapukas, Lisa M. Sciaudone and her husband, Sal, all of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Thomas S. Sciaudone of Lynnfield; loving sister of George Bennett of Saugus and aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Mildred (Llewlyn) Bennett.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery, Lynnfield. For online obituary and memorial guest book, please visit www.ccbfuneral.com

 

Mary Hibbard, 69

Of Washington State, formerly of Revere

Mary H. Hibbard of Port Orchard, WA died on November 8. She was 69 years old.

She was born in Revere on November 29, 1939 to Wesley K. and Mary M. (Griffin) Camic. She married James R. Hibbard on November 29, 1973 in Chelsea and they have been together for 36 loving years. She loved music and dancing.

Survivors include her husband, James Hibbard of Port Orchard; her son, Michael J. Brennan of Winthrop; daughters, Sandra M. and her husband, David R. Del Monte of Port Orchard and Renee A. Hibbard of East Boston and six grandchildren. Online memorial at www.rill.com.

 

James LaFerrara

Roslindale resident

James V. LaFerrara died in Roslindale on November 11.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Marie S. (Sgro) LaFerrara and devoted father of Albert J. LaFerrara and his wife, Sandi, of Malden, James A. LaFerrara and his wife, Joanne, of Taunton, Karen A. Smith of Roslindale and Michael S. LaFerrara and his wife, Jane, of Kingston; brother of Carmen LaFerrara of Boston, Antonette Cavallo of Revere, Eleanor McGuiggan of Ohio and the late Rocco LaFerrara, Diana DeMeo, Josephine Stanton, Dominica Trafralin, Mickey Diaferio, Stella Circiello and Angelina Anzalone; loving grandfather of Casey, Matt, Eric, Alison, Max and Jake and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Joseph Russo Funeral Home, Roslindale. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, Mr. LaFerrara may be remembered through the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130. Guest Book at www.josephrussofuneralhome.com

 

Gertrude Strasnick

Of Swampscott, formerly of Revere

Gertrude (Lourie) Strasnick of the Aviv Center of Living in Swampscott, formerly of Marblehead, Revere and Boca Raton, Florida died on November 10.

Born in Boston, she was a graduate of Revere High School. In her earlier years, she was a decorator at the Andrew Dutton Co. in Boston and in 1968 she became a real estate agent at Carlson Realty until moving to Florida in 1977. She was a life member of Hadassah, The Order of Eastern star and a former member of Temple Israel (now known as Congregation Shirat Hayam) in Swampscott.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Strasnick; devoted mother of Janice and her husband, Irwin Cohen, of Swampscott, Kenneth Strasnick of Greenwich, CT, and mother in law of the late Caren Strasnick; loving sister of the late Rose Goldberg, Ann Gorin, Lee Meyers, Sam Lourie, Sippy Lourie, sister in law of the late Bea Strasnick, Sam Strasnick, and Sarah Morse; cherished grandmother of Thomas Cohen and his wife, Susan King, Jim Cohen, Lauren Strasnick, Aaron Strasnick, and great-grandmother of Andrew, William, and Alexandra Cohen.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to the AVIV Center for Living, 330 Paradise Rd., Swampscott, MA 01907 or the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

 

Lillian Ellerin

Clerk for Department of Unemployment

Lillian (Lescovitz) Ellerin of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on November 11. She was 93 years old.

Born in Cambridge, she was raised in Chelsea and lived in Chelsea for more than 60 years before moving to Revere. She worked as a clerk for the Division of Unemployment and will be remembered by her family as a devoted homemaker who had a strong influence on everyone she touched.

She was the devoted wife of the late Myer Ellerin; beloved mother of Dr. Philip S. and Barbara Ellerin, Anita Lederman and John Dobbyn, Jr. and Robert W. and Vilaiwon Ellerin; adored grandmother of Sarra Lederman, Marc and Shari Lederman, Todd and Mahla Ellerin, Lauren and David Cohen, Janice Ellerin and Paul Ellerin. She was the cherished great grandmother of seven.

Private services were held at the Mishna Cemetery in Everett with arrangements by the Goldman Funeral Chapel of Malden. Expressions of sympathy may be donated to the charity of one’s choice.

 

John McDonough Jr.

Georgia resident

John P. McDonough Jr. of Marietta, GA., formerly of Brighton, died on October 13. He was 62 years old.

He was the loving brother of Maureen Bouvier and Elizabeth Jalowick, both of Revere, Helena McDonough of Falmouth, and the late Fred McDonough of South Weymouth; beloved brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Memorial services will be held in both Marietta, GA. and Boston, dates pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the MGH Cancer Center/MGH Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Ctr., 165 Cambridge St. Boston, MA. 02114

 

Domenic Mariani

Florida resident

Domenic Mariani, formerly of Allston, died in Hallandale Beach, Florida on November 6.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor E. "Helen" (Cocorochio); brother of Dante Mariani of Everett, Emily R. D’Amico of Melrose and Mary Stellato of Revere and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lehman & Reen Funeral Home, Brighton. Burial was in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford. For guest book, please visit www.lehmanreen.com

 

Claire McLellan

Malden resident

Claire M. (Keegan) McLellan of Malden died on November 10.

She was the beloved wife of the late Donald A. McLellan; devoted mother of Christine M. McLellan, Barbara A. Maxwell and her husband, Joseph, all of Malden; loving sister of the late Richard W. Keegan, formerly of Malden; cherished grandmother of Ian J. Maxwell and his wife, Jennifer, of Durham, NH, Casey A. Maxwell of Revere and Andrew E. Maxwell of Malden.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-Mac Cuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Contributions in her memory maybe made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-376. For obit www.weirfuneralhome.com

 

Sheila Howard

Everett resident, formerly of Chelsea

Sheila M. (Budney Howard, a 31 year resident of Everett, died on November 10 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was 60 years old.

A homemaker, mother and grandmother, she was born, raised and attended schools in Chelsea.

She was the beloved wife of 41 years of Robert E. Howard Sr. of Everett; devoted mother of Robert Howard Jr. and his wife, Stephanie, of Everett, Scott Howard and his wife, Shye, of Florida, Angel Daigle and her husband, Billy, of Revere and the late Timothy Howard; dear sister of Richard Budney and his wife, Sandy, of North Brookfield, Bette Mohr of Hingham, Beverly Gallant of North Andover, Patricia Sobolewski of Revere, Sandra Laft and her husband, Richard, of Saugus; sister in law of the late Russ Mohr, Al Gallant and Robert Sobolewski; loving grandmother of Chanel, Timmy, Michael, Faith and the late Chuckie. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.

 

Stephen Melesciuc

Retired Chelsea Building Inspector and Zoning Board Officer

Stephen Melesciuc of Chelsea died on November 9 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was 87 years old.

A lifelong Chelsea resident, he attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He worked for the City of Chelsea for over 30 years as a Building Inspector and then later as a Zoning Board Officer. He was a fan of horse racing and enjoyed frequent visits to Revere Beach to enjoy the view of the water.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Bilot) Melesciuc; devoted father of Barabara Melesciuc – Cormier and her husband, Walter, of Everett, Susan Melesciuc of Chelsea, Stephen Melesciuc and his wife, Kathryn, of Reading, Robert Melesciuc and his wife, Jeannie, of Wrentham, James Melesciuc and his wife, Joanne, of N. Reading and Edward Melesciuc of Chelsea; dear brother of the late Alex Melesciuc and brother in law of Anne Melesciuc of Revere. He is also survived by his 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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