Obituaries 03-24-2010

March 23, 2010
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Catherine Barry

Active in elder Issues

Catherine Barry, a lifelong resident of Chelsea died early on March 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital shortly after being admitted. She was 79 years old.

A member of the Chelsea Senior Center, she was also active in elder affairs and issues.

She was the beloved companion of the late Robert Theodore, the devoted mother of Keith Barry and his late wife, Kathryn, of Milford, CT.; loving sister of Carol Larosa of Revere and Joan Benedetto of Everett; cherished grandmother of Niko, Alex and Liana Barry.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to Catherine’s family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com

 

Helen Parrell-Mardulier

Winchester resident and Eucharistic Minister

Helen L. Parrell-Mardulier, a 40 year resident of Winchester, died at the Bertram House of Swampscott following a brief illness on March 17. She was 95 years old.

Mrs. Mardulier was born and raised in Rockland, Maine and moved to Somerville as a young girl. She was a graduate of St. Clement’s High School, Class of 1932 and Regis College, Class of 1936. She was a devotee of St. Mary’s Parish Community in Winchester, a Eucharistic Minister for the Parish for several years and a member of the Winchester Senior Center.

She was the wife of the late John F. Parrell and the late Francis Mardulier; the devoted mother of Brian T. Parrell of Conway, NH and his wife, Geralyn A. Gargiulo-Parrell of Revere and Conway, NH; cherished grandmother of Matthew Gargiulo-Ganolgo and his wife, Cher, of Revere and great grandmother of Julia S. and Marina J. Gandolfo and David and Justin Hascock, all of Revere; the aunt of Evan Leonard of Newburyport and the cousin of Evelyn Webber of West Newbury and Faith Murray and her husband, David, of Hampton, NH. She is also lovingly survived by James Mardulier of Florida.

Funeral arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

 

Delinel ‘Nell’ Demaso

Retired Long Time Jordan Marsh (Macy’s) Sales Associate

Delinel C. "Nell" (Kaho) Demaso, a resident of Revere for 66 years, formerly of Dallas, TX, died on March 21. She was 89 years old.

Mrs. Demaso was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, the daughter of the late ‘famed photojournalist’ C.J. Kaho and his wife, Ava Mae (Johnson) Kaho. "Nell" was often her father’s first choice of a model for his photographic essays. At age 18, she moved to California to pursue a modeling career. It was there that she met a dashing Air Force Pilot from Revere, who swept her off her feet. They were married on January 8, 1944 and celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary two months ago.

In Boston, her working career spanned more than 50 years as a sales associate for Gilchrist Stores of Boston and then Jordan Marsh Co. (Macy’s) where she worked until her 80th birthday. She was a member of the Jordan Marsh Quarter Century Club.

She was the unofficial historian for her family, tracking births, weddings and more. She never forgot a birthday or anniversary. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, spirit and love of family.

In addition to her husband, Lt. Col. Edward M. Demaso USAF, (Ret.), she was the devoted mother of Kay L. Demaso of Revere, Ava Marguerite Heggie and her husband, Brian, of Sarasota, FL, Edward M. Demaso II and his wife, Marie D., of Revere, and the late Thomas E. Demaso; cherished grandmother of Edward M. Demaso III and Laura M. Demaso, both of Revere; dear sister of Lyrline Patterson and her husband, Pat, of Mead, OK and the late Hagar J. Kaho, Claravan "Bud" Kaho and Jack Kaho. She is also lovingly survived by many special nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rte. 107) Revere on Thursday, March 25 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688, or to the charity of your choice.

 

Daniel Shea

Civil Engineer

Daniel T. Shea of Revere, San Francisco, CA, New York City, Easthampton, NY, and New Milford, CT, died on March 21.

A civil engineer for Morrison Knudsen Corp., Manhattan, he was a graduate of San Francisco State College, Class of 1952.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rose A. (Belisle); the loving father of the late Maureen W. Whelan; grandfather of Daniel, Conor, and Ryan Whelan; father-in-law of Alan Whelan of New Milford, CT.; brother of the late William Shea, Eleanor Jaskoski, and Winifred Jacob and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere, on Friday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. _Burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guestbook, www.jmurphyfh.com. Funeral arrangements are by the Murphy Funeral Home, Dorchester.

 

Concetta Wilson

Saugus resident, formerly of East Boston

Concetta (LaPorta) Wilson of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on March 22.

The beloved wife of William L. Wilson with whom she shared 62 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Diane Palermo and her husband, Domenic, and Mark Wilson and his wife, Lisa, all of Saugus; dear sister of Helen Breault of East Boston, Al LaPorta of Revere and the late Louise Pacitta, Margaret Cucchiello, Cantonetta Pepple, Mary Porcia, Michael Frank and Anthony "Red" LaPorta; cherished grandmother of Melissa Renea Kane, Rhonda, Jonathan and Isabella Palermo, Kelly and William Wilson and Wayne Smith III.

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

 

Ronald Fantasia Sr.

Logan Airport Postal Worker

Ronald B. Fantasia Sr. of Orient Heights East Boston died on March 233.

A US Postal worker at Logan Airport, he was the loving father of Christina Fantasia and her husband, Joseph Cataldo of Roslindale, Ronald B. Fantasia Jr. of Brockton and Deborah Colon and her husband, Henry, of Carver; dear brother of Gail Fantasia of Revere and Janice Fantasia of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Savana Brandi and Ronald B. Fantasia III, Bailey, Reese and Henry Colon.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Saturday at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Mafalda ‘Muffy’ Taylor

Retired Whelan School Lunch Room employee

Mafalda "Muffy" (Codespoti) Taylor of Revere died at the Light House Nursing Care Center on March 21. She was 97 years old.

Mrs. Taylor worked at the Whelan School Lunch Room for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lester; devoted mother of Lester Taylor and his wife, Jill, of Middleton, Paula Taylor-Steverson of Revere and the late Eleanor Freda and John Taylor; dear sister of the late Samuel Codespoti, Peter Codespoti, Susan Codespoti, Josephine Codespoti, Rose Mazzarella and Florence Manning. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buoniglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, on Thursday, March 25 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St., Revere, MA 02151. For guest book or flowers, visit www.Buonfiglio.com

 

William Charles Kuzmich

Answered Final Alarm

William Charles Kuzmich, born on December 12, 1931, answered his final alarm and reported for duty at Heaven’s fire station on March 19. He was 77 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the son of the late Alexander and Anna Kuzmich; the beloved husband of Gladys (Ravreby/Bloom) Kuzmich of Revere, father of William Kuzmich of Norton, Joan Kalil of Malden, Michael Kuzmich of Florida, and the late Jane Kuzmich; the brother of Catherine Kuzmich of Silver Spring, Maryland, Mary Whitaker of Brockton, MA, Helen Lamparelli of Canton, MA and the late Alexander Kuzmich of South Boston. He was also the beloved stepfather of Lynda and Joe Frank of Tewksbury, Ilene Bloom, Julie DiBella and James Griffin, all of Revere; the beloved "Papa Bill" to 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and another due to arrive in July.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Karen Shirk Memorial Vision Fund, New Hope Assembly, 9 Assembly Drive, Saugus, MA 01906. Cremation and interment will be private. For online register book www.casperfuneralservices.com

 

Albert Pantano Jr.

Retired Bartender for Jevelli’s of East Boston

Albert W. Pantano Jr., a resident of Everett for the past two years and a former 50 year resident of Revere, died on March 20. He was 81 years old.

Born in Medford and raised in Somerville, as a young man, he entered the US Army and served from February of 1946 to June of 1948. Most of his working career was as a bartender at local area restaurants. However, ‘Al’ spent more than 36 years tending bar at Jevelli’s Restaurant of Day Square, East Boston until his retirement. He was a member of VFW Post 6712 of Beachmont and the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose.

He was the beloved husband of 58 years of Elena M. (Mogavero); devoted father of Albert J. Pantano and his wife, Janet, of Georgetown and Dennis Pantano of Everett; dear brother of Gloria Ventura of Nahant and the late Anita, Domenic and Robert Pantano; cherished grandfather of Amanda M. Pantano and her companion, Lawrence McMahon, of Denver, CO, Amie J. Pantano and Andrea L. Pantano, both of Georgetown, and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere, today, Wednesday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Spina-Bifida Assoc. of MA, 321 Fortune Blvd, Milford, MA 01757.

 

Joseph Palmeira

Of Westwood, formerly of East Boston

Joseph R. Palmeira of Westwood, formerly of West Roxbury and East Boston, died on March 21.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rita C. (Fitzgerald); devoted father of Elaine A. and her husband, Carl A. Meyer, of Dedham, Warren J. and his wife, Heather, of Danbury, NH and Diane A. and her husband, Richard F. Travers, of Westwood; grandfather of Valerie, Eric and Carolyn Meyer, Laurie Tabory and Krysten Palmeira, Richard, Russell, Hayley and Keira Travers; brother of Grace Venezia of Revere and Jill Robinson of Hampton, NH and the late Regina, George, Edward and Beatrice.

Funeral arrangements were by the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, West Roxbury. Burial was in Mt. Benedict Cemetery. For guestbook www.gormleyfuneral.com

 

James DiChiara

Revere resident

James DiChiara of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 18.

A US Army veteran, he was a member of Local 22.

He was the beloved husband of the late Pamela (Bangs) DiChiara with whom he shared 42 years of marriage; loving father of Michelle L. DiChiara of South Boston, Tara DiChiara of Woburn and her former husband, Scott Booley, of Tewksbury and Melissa Brown and her husband, Thomas, of New Hampshire; dear brother of Angelo of Woburn, George of Peabody, Matteo of Revere and the late Mary Maffie, Frederick and Alfonse DiChiara; cherished grandfather of Zachary Booley and Samantha Brown.

Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. in Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Burial will be held on Thursday at the VA Cemetery Bourne Mass at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent in his name to Camp Starfish, 440 Totten Pond Rd. Suite 201 Waltham, MA 02451. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Leah Ann Caputo

Fought valiant 11 year battle with Breast Cancer

Leah Ann Caputo "Opened Arms to life" after an 11 year valiant battle with breast cancer, our sweet angel Leah left this world on March 17 at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, FL surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Revere, she graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1983, where she was known for her laughter, passion for life, and love of family and friends. She brought her lightness of spirit and adventure to everyone she touched – she was truly magical! She travelled the world extensively and later found solace in her home on the ocean in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

She graduated from Bay State College and the Florida College of Natural Health and worked for Marriott Corporation as an aesthetician in the spa at the Marriott Harbor Beach hotel in Ft. Lauderdale. She lived a holistic lifestyle and studied yoga and meditative reflection for much of her adult life – sharing her gift of love and compassion.

She was a volunteer for several years with the "Look Good – Feel Better" program for women undergoing cancer treatments.

Her family and friends remember her as always smiling, kind, sympathetic, helpful, charming and positive. She opened her arms to life and approached people of all backgrounds with a kind and non-judgmental nature. Her trusting heart led her to forgive others, seek peace and approach life with faith, compassion, spirituality and devotion.

She is survived by her loving parents, Judith Buonfiglio Levis, and Joseph, of Andover, MA and Hillsboro Beach, FL; her sister Laurie (Caputo) Sousa and her husband, Damian, of Palm Harbor, FL; her sister, Catherine Caputo, of Morrisville, NC; her brother Paul Caputo of Miami, FL; Chris Levis of Exeter, NH; John Levis and his wife, Christine, of Methuen; Matt Levis and his wife, Pamela, of North Andover and Brian Levis of Boston. She is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her many friends reached out to her during her illness and traveled far and wide to wherever she was in order to express their love for her.

The family wishes to thank her extended family of friends and co-workers, doctors and nurses at Mass. General Hospital; her oncologist of 11 years, Dr. Leif Ellisen of Mass. General Hospital; and the wonderful nurses at the Cancer Center, Yawkey Building in Boston, who took care of her.

A Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, will be held today, Wednesday, at 11a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. There will be a service for her Florida friends at a later date.

A commemorative walk of 26 miles in Leah’s memory will be held on May 15 and May 16 in Boston. Donations can be made to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, www.avonwalk.org/goto/pattyolson, with her lifelong friend, Patty Neill Olson, walking in her memory. For guestbook please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

 

Angelo ‘Chickie’ DeAngelis

Amatuer hockey player

Angelo "Chickie" DeAngelis of East Boston died on March 18. He was 79 years old.

A goalie for many North Shore hockey teams, he was the beloved husband of the late Joseph (DiZio) DeAngelis with whom he shared 35 years of marriage; loving father of Joseph A. De Angelis of East Boston; cherished son of the late Joseph and Sadie (Aiello) DeAngelis; dear brother of Ann D’Alessandro of East Boston and the late Elaine Keiley and Mary T. Burke; dear friend of Carmen Enciso; loving uncle of Joanne, Diane, Linda, Carol, Judy and many great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the East Boston Hockey Team, 86 White St., East Boston, MA 02128. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com

 

Frank Spadaro

Revere resident

Frank P. Spadaro of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on March 18. He was 86 years old.

The beloved husband of Anna (Galanti) Spadaro of Revere, he was the devoted father of Lorraine Spadaro of Boston and the late Frank P. Spadaro, Jr.; and a dear uncle to many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held from the Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman & Sons-Langone, Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation for PSP (Progressive supranuclear palsy), Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Rd, Suite 906, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or www.psp.org.

 

Robert Lang

Member of Elk’s Lodge, Winthrop

Robert J. Lang of Revere, formerly of Jamaica Plain, died on March 17.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Elk’s Lodge, Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. (Solari) Lang; loving bother of the late Cecilia M. Gallagher, Herbert J. Lang and Barbara M. Whalen; devoted brother-in-law of Lawrence Whalen of Norwood. He is survived by his loving nieces and nephews, Susan and Gary Mackenzie of West Barnstable, Richard and Joanie Whalen of Norwood, Carol Whalen of Norwood, Stephen Whalen of Jamaica Plain, Lorraine Thompson of Roslindale, Paul Thompson of West Roxbury, Edward and Cheryl Thompson of Randolph and Neil and Laura Thompson of California. He was a dear friend of Geraldine Sweeney and family of Newton, Robert Shea of Westwood and Ralph and Rita Panetta of Winthrop and is also survived by many great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robert J. Lawler and Crosby Funeral Home, West Roxbury. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Stanley Tippett House, 920 South St., Needham, MA 02492 www.lawlerfuneralhome.com.

 

Ottavio Gallotto

East Boston resident

Ottavio Gallotto of East Boston died on March 18.

He was the beloved husband of 55 years to Paolina (Opromolla) Gallotto; beloved father of Anthony and his wife, Linda, of Tewksbury, Mario and his wife, Mary, of Quincy, Robert and his wife, Laurie, of Medway and Maria Brown and her husband, William, of N. Reading; cherished grandfather of Lauren, Anthony Jr., Jason, Michael, William, Ana, Matthew, Alex, Danielle, Marissa, David and Julie; dear brother of Carmela Marino of Somerville, Giuseppe of East Boston, Mario of Revere, Lucy Decesare of New York, Amadeo of California, the late Rosa D’Elia and Antonio.

Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: The Friends of Don Guarnella, Don Guarnella Center, 37 Nicholas St., Chelsea, MA 02150. For online condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

 

Henry Ginsburg

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Henry Ginsburg of Tamarac, FL, formerly of Revere, died on March 14. He was 91 years old.

He was a warm, caring and generous person who was devoted to his family. He was a US Army veteran of World War II who saw action at the Battle of Guadalcanal. After the war, he attended Bentley College for a degree in accounting and later became a CPA. His entire professional career was with the IRS-US Treasury Department, Corporate Audit Division in Boston.

Upon retiring from the government in 1977, he and his wife lived in Sunrise, FL before moving to Tamarac. An original resident of the Wedgewood Condominiums in Tamarac, FL, he was on their Board of Governors for 31 years.

He is survived by wife of 67 years, Beatrice (Kelfer) Ginsburg; his sons, Peter of Watertown, Marvin and his wife, Karen, of Cherry Hill, NJ; his grandchildren Melissa of Philadelphia, PA and Daniel of Cherry Hill, NJ and his sister Gladys Barron of Centerville, MA. He was the brother of the late Robert Dushan and is also survived by nieces Melanie Barron, Mindy Lehtman, Barbara Cohen, Linda Lippoldt and nephews, Allan Dushan and Jeffrey Barron.

In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity will be welcome. Private funeral arrangements have been made for the immediate family.

 

George Manzo

Peabody School Department retiree

George T. Manzo of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on March 17 at the Lynn Union Hospital. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Manzo was raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1962. He retired from the City of Peabody School Department after more than 20 years. He had previously been employed by the Gillette Corporation. He was World War II history enthusiast and a member of the Lynnfield Council Knights of Columbus

Born in Lowell on February 20, 1943, he was the son of the late William and Margaret (Riggi) Manzo.

He is survived by his life partner, Joanne A. Piselli, of Wakefield; his brother, Richard A. Manzo and his wife, Tammy, of New Hampshire. He was the uncle of Kristen Richard, Kory and Kevin Giberti and Richard W. Manzo and the brother of the late Carol A. Giberti.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, Wakefield. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in W. Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of MA 11 Vanderbilt Ave. Suite 105 Norwood, MA 02062.

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