East Boston resident
Dennis J. Ricupero of East Boston died on May 2.
He was the beloved son of the late Dennis C. and Lillian ( Rapino) Ricupero; dear brother of Michael A. and his wife, Terese ( Ristem) Ricupero, of Lawrence and Linda A. and her husband, Robert P. Vecchione, of Peabody; uncle of Michael and Joseph Fula and the late Matthew Vecchione. He is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial Services will be held in The Woodlawn Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett on Friday, May 7 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston.
Ralph "Mr. Sub" Costa of Skowhegan, Maine, formerly of Kennebunk, Maine died unexpectedly on April 29. He was 58 years old.
Born in Malden on August 11, 1951, the son of Joseph Costa and Lillian Ricci, he attended local schools and graduated from Melrose High School. While in school he was a dedicated hockey player. He owned Mr. Sub in Wells, Maine for more than 10 years. He loved the outdoors and his passions included hunting, camping, barbeques with family and friends and the Boston Red Sox. Over the years, he worked in construction, owned Maine Twig Wreaths and most recently Shakerland Driving Range in Waterboro, ME.
His survivors include his daughter Holly N. Costa "his pride and joy," his mother, Lillian Morelli; three brothers, Joseph Costa of Florida, Daniel Morelli of Revere and Robert Morelli of Malden; two sisters, Lillian Zarella of Melrose and Sandra Morelli of Florida, and four stepchildren Anita, Ario, Rheta and Franke Shaw of Kennebunk, ME, who he raised with Linda D’Antilio for 15 years.
Family services will be announced in the near future. Dennett, Craig & Pate, 365 Main St., Saco, Maine are in charge of the arrangements.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Angelina (DiMinico) Bruno of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died in Delaware on May 2.
Mrs. Bruno worked at Dexter and Windsor Sportswear for more than 25 years.
She was the beloved wife of the late Philip J. Bruno with whom she shared 36 years of marriage; loving mother of Patricia Straw and her husband, Bruce Straw Jr., of Delaware; dear sister of Mary DiMarino of Norwell and the late Maria Josie Elias, Jennie Trosian and Chris Di Minico; cherished grandmother of Kristen L. Straw and Bruce E. Straw III and great grandmother of Savannah Leigh Conrad.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by services in Vazza’s Chapel of the Resurrection at 10 o’clock. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book www.vazzafunerals.com.
New Bedford resident
Alberto Carrion of New Bedford, formerly of Mission Hill, died on April 23.
He was the beloved father of Minerva "Minnie" Carrion of Revere and Kenneth "ABJ" Carrion of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Reinaldo Diaz, Makayla Roche, Makenzy Carrion and Junyanie Roche.
Funeral arrangements were by The Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. For online condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com
Former Finance Manager for Pride Lincoln of Lynn
Gennaro C. Alario of Revere died on April 28 while driving his wife from Salem. Though he had been in failing cardiac health for the past 10 years, his death was most unexpected. He was 50 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, he moved to Revere with his family in 1966 and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1977. Until his illness, he worked in the auto financing business. For many years, he was the Finance Manager for Pride Lincoln of Lynn and for several other auto dealerships on the Lynnway of Lynn.
He was the beloved husband of 30 years of Susan F. (Capozzi); devoted father of April M. Alario of Cambridge and Anthony J. Alario of Revere; dear godson and cousin to Julie Raftery and her husband, Robert, Anthony Tammaro and his wife, Jeannette, John and Leonard Tammaro, all of Revere; cherished son of the late Orazio A. and Corine M. (Romano) Alario.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.
Mary (Palermo) DiTillio of Everett died on May 1. She was 96 years old
She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio DiTillio; loving mother of Patricia Garron and her husband, Richard, of Windham, NH, Marilyn Sacramone and her husband, Leonard, of Everett, and Ralph DiTillio and his wife, Deborah, of Burlington; loving grandmother of nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews; beloved sister of Joseph Palermo of Revere, Palmie Alverez of California, and the late Dominic Palermo, Tomasina "Betty" Zaccaria and Jennie DeMarco, all of Revere.
Her funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today, Wednesday, May 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, Everett, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dr. Matthew Schwartz, Hospice Care, 285 Commandents Way, Chelsea 02150. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. www.roccofuneralhomes.com.
Former employee of Rite Aid Pharmacy
Gail F. Fisher of Revere lost her two year battle with cancer on April 21. She was 56 years old.
She was formerly employed at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Revere.
She was born in Everett, the daughter of her loving mother Frances T. Fisher and her late father, Arthur W. Fisher Sr. She was the long time loving companion of Lawrence Banks of Revere, the devoted and loving mother of Jason and Scott Banks of Revere and also leaves five brothers, Kevin and his wife, Shirley, of South Weymouth, Arthur Jr. and his wife, Linda Ciampa, of Dover, NH, Robert of Tewksbury and David and Keith, both of Revere, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass will be held in her honor at 10 a.m. May 8 at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. She will be greatly missed.
Raoul ‘Bama’ ‘Kool One’ Demers
Retired US Postal Worker
Raoul "Bama" "Kool One" Demers of Revere, formerly of Cambridge, died on April 29. He was 74 years old.
A retired US Postal Worker, he was a US Army Korean War Veteran.
He was the beloved husband and best friend of Virginia (Shaw) Demers; devoted father of Diana "Deedee" Lewicki and her husband, Joseph, of Lewiston, ME, Joseph Demers of Cambridge, and Jay Cosmopoulos and his wife, Rachel, of Franklin; brother of the late Margaret Cole; loving grandfather of Joseph, Adam and Matthew Lewicki, Kayla Frazier, and Jason and Karissa Cosmopoulos; uncle of Richard Cole and Brenda MacWilliams.
Funeral arrangements were by the John C. Burns & Sons Funeral Home, Cambridge. Burial was in Cambridge Cemetery. www.burnsfuneralhomes.com.
Conrad & Chandler and Travelers’ Insurance Retiree
Helen M. Riccio-Rich of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 27 at Masconomet Nursing Healthcare of Topsfield following a brief illness. She was 94 years old.
Miss Riccio was born and raised in East Boston and lived there until moving to Revere with her family in 1941. She was the Head of the Alterations Department at the former Conrad & Chandler Department Store on West Street in Boston for many many years. She also worked at Travelers’ Insurance Company as a secretary until her final retirement.
She was the daughter of the late Francesco and Angiolina (Caso) Riccio; dear sister of the late Mary Passeri, Rose Riccio and Anthony Riccio; devoted aunt of Angelo F. Passeri and his wife, Catherine, of Revere, Andrew Passeri Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Port St. Lucie, FL, Richard J. Passeri and his wife, Estelle, of Byfield, Francis Riccio of Georgetown and the late Gerald Riccio.
Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements were in the care of The Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.
Joseph Silva III
Of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere
Joseph J. Silva III of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on April 29.
He was the cherished son of Joseph J. Silva II and Claire (Buchanan) Silva of Lynnfield; dear brother of Eric Silva Esquire of Georgia; loving grandson of Grace (Cagnina) Silva of Revere and the late Joseph Silva Jr. and the late William and Solange (Colucci) Buchanan; fond nephew of many uncles and aunts.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Stephen Guerra, 75
Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere
Stephen L. Guerra of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on April 27 at the Radius Specialty Hospital. He was 75 years old.
Born in Boston, he lived in Revere for most of his life.
He was the beloved son of the late James and Jennie (Oppito) Guerra, the devoted cousin of Joseph Oppito of Revere and is also survived by two loving nieces.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. www.Buonfiglio.com.
Of East Boston, formerly of Revere
Joanne (Gilmore) Casaletto of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died on April 27.
She was the loving and devoted mother of Robert Casaletto and his wife, Leanne, of Revere and the cherished grandmother of Brittany, Joseph and Jiana Casaletto.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Thomas MacLellan Sr.
Of East Boston, formerly of Revere
Thomas M. MacLellan Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on April 24. He was 52 years old.
He was the beloved father of Thomas M. Jr. of Brighton; cherished son of Lorraine T. (Brondson) MacLellan of Spring Hill, Florida and the late Robert S. MacLellan; long time and caring companion to Deborah A. Barker and her family of East Boston; dear brother of Susan M. Noble and her husband, William M., of Spring Hill, FL, John M. MacLellan of North Attleboro, David P. and his wife, Joan, of Lynn and the late Robert T. MacLellan and Stephen R. MacLellan. He is also lovingly survived by his sisters in law, Diane J. MacLellan of Revere and Laura MacLellan of Everett, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody.
Valerie ‘Val’ Garofalo
North End resident
Valerie A. "Val" (Nagle) Garofalo of Boston’s North End died on April 27.
She was the beloved wife of Sam Garofalo; devoted mother of Cynthia Garofalo of Maryland, Ronald Garofalo and Valerie Jackiewicz, both of Revere, Kim and Steven Garofalo, both of Boston’s North End and the late Sammy Garofalo and is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and one loving great grandson. She was the sister of Paul Nagle and Judith Colleran, both of Florida, and Barbara Nagle of Boston.
Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent in her name to the National Kidney Foundation , 85 Astor Avenue, Suite 2, Norwood, MA 02062. For obituary and guestbook, www.dellorusso.net.
Retired secretary, active volunteer, member of Temple B’nai Israel and Hadassah
Zelda Cherry died on April 27 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 88 years old.
She was born in Beverly and lived in Revere for all of her life. She attended Revere schools and graduated from Revere High School and Boston University. She was a retired secretary for the real estate industry. An active member of Temple B’nai Israel of Revere for more than 50 years, she was the Vice President and a life long member of her local Hadassah and volunteered as a travelers aid for 30 plus years.
She was the devoted mother of Howard Cherry, Elyse Cherry and Deborah Cherry, the dear sister of Pearl Zassman and the loving grandmother of Jacob and Rebecca.
The family sends a sincere thank you to her special care takers, Mrs. Ari, "Jing-a-Ling", Shena and Whitney.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore, c/o Kaplan Family Hospice, 78 Liberty St, Danvers, MA 01923 or Temple B’Nai Israel, 1 Wave Ave, Revere 02151. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
Retired Mass. State employee
Julia P. (Gumbin) Kectic, a longtime Revere resident, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing on April 26 after a long and wonderful life. She was 94 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Apolonia (Brach) Gumbin. She attended local schools, married Philip Kectic and together they raised their son and two daughters in Chelsea. She settled in Revere in the late 1960’s and has been a resident of Revere since that time.
Mrs. Kectic worked in the Saltonstall Office Building in Boston as an office clerk for the Commonwealth of Mass Division of Employment Security retiring after 20 years of service. She resided in the Cohen-Florence-Levine Assisted Living Center for four years before coming to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Get Together Club, The Smart Set Club, The Polish Falcons Nest 485 and the Anthonians in Chelsea and Revere.
She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Kectic; devoted mother of Joan Donovan and her husband, Daniel, of No. Marshfield, Robert M. Kectic Sr., and his wife, Donna, of Nashua, NH, Janet McDonough and her husband, Edward, of West Roxbury; dear sister of Adele Grigas of Florida and the late Stella Foster; cherished grandmother of Daniel and Sean Donovan, Anjulie Cotter, Robert M. Kectic Jr., Adrienne Ulrich, Allison Warren and Brian McDonough and adored great grandmother of nine.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.
Medical Records Secretary
Ann E. DeSisto of Revere, formerly of Malden, died suddenly, on April 27 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 48 years old.
She was born and raised in Malden. A graduate of Revere High School, she worked as a Medical Records Secretary
She was the devoted daughter of Christie A. DeSisto of Revere and Ann (Keats) DeSisto of Malden; loving sister of Patricia A. Costa of Haverhill, Frank DeSisto of Arizona, Donna E. Matthews-Brauer of Florida, Debora M. Savage-Baker of Everett, Christina L. DeSisto of Florida, Susan C. DeSisto of Everett and the late Daniel DeSisto; dear friend of James M. Mahoney of Revere; beloved niece of Sue DiRosa of Revere and cousins MaryEllen Lucia and Suzanne DiRosa. She is also survived by her many loving nieces and a nephew.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association of MA, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.