Active in many social, cultural and civic organizations
Longina ‘Lonia’ (Zawadka) Strokosz, a longtime resident of Chelsea and Revere, died peacefully on June 19 at her residence, Methuen Village Assisted Living Residences, surrounded by her family. She was 78 years old
She was born in Zawiercie, Poland on July 20, 1931, daughter of Jan and Leokadia (Rozanska) Zawadka. September 1, 1939, as World War II began, was to be Lonia’s first day of second grade. Her education interrupted throughout the war, she finished her studies when the war ended. She was a resident of Chelsea and Revere, and for a time lived in Londonderry, NH and Phoenix, AZ.
While in Poland, she worked as a dental assistant. She immigrated to the United States with her family in August 1965. While in the US, she was employed at Kayem, Polaroid, and Town and Country Jewelry, all in Chelsea. Most recently, she resided at the Methuen Village Assisted Living Residences, where she leaves many new friends, and especially her dining companion, Ben Olenick.
Both in Poland and the United States, she was an active member in many social, cultural and civic organizations. She held office of treasurer in the Polish Club Kopernik in Chelsea, and helped organize many festive events. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, sister and a friend. All those who knew her will miss her gentleness, her kind words, and her delicious cooking. Lonia was a graceful ballroom dancer, and an avid reader of Polish books. She enjoyed entertaining and her many friends. Walking, especially on Revere Beach, was one of her favorite activities. Her biggest passion, however, was her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by Ursula J (Strokosz) and her husband, Stanley Gabryjelski, of Methuen; Margaret J (Strokosz, Karniej) and her husband, Jack J McEachern Jr., of Salem, NH; her grandchildren, Mark J Gabryjelski of Salem, NH; Henry and his wife, Anne Gabryjelski, of Seattle, WA; Diane A (Gabryjelski) and her husband, Richard Hoffecker, of Phoenix, AZ; Jennifer M (Karniej) and her husband, Korrie Vinton, of Franklin; Sabrina E Karniej of Alexandria, VA; Melissa (Yebba) and her husband, Tim Malley, of Hudson, NH; and Melinda (Yebba) and her husband, Jeff Smith, of Hudson, NH; great-grandchildren, Antonella Hoffecker of Phoenix, AZ, Simon and Peter Gabryjelski, of Seattle, WA; and Ava Malley of Hudson, NH. She also leaves her sister Krystyna (Zawadka) Gorgol and nephew Arnold Gorgol in Gliwice, Poland; a nephew, Robert Gorgol, and his family in Duisburg, Germany and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and extended family in Poland and in the United States. She was predeceased by her youngest daughter, the late Irene (Strokosz) Yebba, and her younger sister, the late Zofia (Zawadka) Kot.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Friday, June 25 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church, 163 Chestnut Street, Chelsea at 9 a.m. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home will be held Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to National Breast Cancer Institute in the name of Irene (Strokosz) Yebba and Lonia’s, or to Beacon Hospice in Haverhill. To send a message of condolence to "Lonia’s" family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com.
Retired Stitcher, volunteer and member of many Revere organizations
Rose M. (Lombardo) LoMuscio, a resident of Revere for 50 years, died on June 21.
A retired stitcher, she was the president of the Patriot Civic Seniors, a member of I.T.A.M., Revere Moose Ladies Auxiliary and the Revere Senior Center. Mrs. LoMuscio was a volunteer at the Anne Mark Nursing Home and loved to travel, garden and spend time with her children and grandchildren.
She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Sebstiana (Bertolino) Lombardo; beloved wife of the late Andrew F. LoMuscio; devoted mother of Dorothy Iudice and her husband, Michael, of Melrose, Joseph G. and his wife, Ulda, of Revere and Anthony J. and his wife, Donna, of Salem, NH; loving grandmother of Gregory Iudice and his wife, Kimberly, of Wakefield, Jeffrey Iudice and his wife, Kristen, of Lowell, Joseph LoMuscio of Salem, NH and Andrea Rose LoMuscio of Norwood; great grandmother of Daniel and William Iudice and dear sister of Rosalie Giunta and her husband, Michael, of Malden, Lena Amico of Tewksbury and the late Jack Lombardo and Mary Picardi. She is also survived by her brother in law Paul LoMuscio of Boston and many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, on Thursday, June 24 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book or flowers, visit, www.Buonfiglio.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks, 18 Bothwell Road, Brighton, MA 02135-1803 in the name of her grandson, Daniel S. Iudice.
Marco Enzo Giangregorio
East Boston resident
Marco Enzo Giangregorio of East Boston died on June 19.
He was the beloved son of Lorenzo and the late Giovanna (Giammarco) Giangregorio; loving brother of Ralph Giangregorio of Haverhill, Marilyn Orlowski and her husband, Steven, of West Peabody, Michael Giangregorio of East Boston and Pasquale Giangregorio and his wife, Nancy, of Revere; cherished grandson of Rita Giammarco of Italy. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, 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 Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For online condolences, visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.
Carl Mansfield Sr.
Worked for Carmote Paint and Raffey & Swanson
Carl A. Mansfield Sr. of Chelsea passed away on May 16 in his Chelsea home after a one month cancer illness. He was 85 years old.
Born in Revere, he grew up in Chelsea, son of the late Charles F. and Lillian A. (Buzzell) Mansfield. He attended local schools and in December of 1942, on his 18th birthday, he left Chelsea High School to enlist in the US Navy. He served during World War II and was honorably discharged at the rank of EM 2Cl. In1946, he returned to Chelsea and married Phyllis V. (Hazelton) and together they shared 40 years residing in Chelsea to raise their daughter and son. He worked as a maintenance mechanic for local paint factories, Carmote Paint and Raffey and Swanson Co.
His wife, Phyllis, died in 1987, and for the last 20 years he has enjoyed the company of his dear friend, Wilma, watched his two granddaughters grow to successful young ladies, enjoyed traveling, visits to his daughter and son in law in Florida, shared his home with his son, and was blessed to see his great-granddaughter, Chloe. He was the beloved husband of 40 years of the late Phyllis V. (Hazelton) Mansfield, best friend and loving companion of 20 years to Wilma Stevens of Revere; devoted father of Theresa Tomasik and her husband, Richard, of Florida and Carl Mansfield Jr. of Chelsea; cherished grandfather of Michelle Tomasik of San Francisco, CA, Kathleen Black and her husband, Eric, of Santa Monica. CA.; adored great grandfather of Chloe Black; dear brother of the late Gertrude Foley, Margaret Dempsey, Lillian Robinson, Charles Mansfield Jr. and John Mansfield.__A Memorial Service will be held at the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend.
Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.
Judith Alter, 77
Vocalist, member of Tifereth Israel and B’nai Israel Sisterhoods
Judith M. Alter of Revere died unexpectedly on June 9. She was 77 years old.
She was born in Winthrop and was a lifelong Revere resident. She was educated in the Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School. She was a vocalist who preformed in Massachusetts and throughout New England. She was also a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists.
She was a member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere, and a member of the Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Brith. She was an employee of the Food and Drug Administration and a retired employee of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She was a National Honor Society member and actively involved with the Revere High School class reunion committee.
She will be remembered for her warmth, compassion, sense of humor and of course her beautiful smile. She is also admired for her strength and endurance in the upbringing of her three sons on her own. One last thing give Gram a big hug and a kiss for us, we love you.
She was the devoted mother of Keith Sugarman, Robert Alter and his wife, Suzanne, and Judd Alter; the loving daughter of the late David and Frieda Schwartz; the dear sister of Janet Katz and Philip Schwartz and the loving grandmother of Rhiannon Alter.
Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Tifereth Israel, 43 Nahant Ave., Revere, MA 02151.
Barbara A. (Bailey) Brooks of Malden died on June 16.
She was the beloved wife of the late James Russell Brooks; loving mother of Avis Brooks-Reed of Henderson, NV, Terence Brandon-Brooks of Revere and the late Trevis J. Brooks; sister of Norman Bailey of Medford and is also survived by four grandchildren: Trevis, Kristofor, Latoya and Anthony.
Funeral Services will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, June 24. A prayer service will be held in funeral home at 12 (noon). Visiting hours will occur on Thursday morning from 9:30 to noon. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett. Rocco – Carr – Henderson Funeral Home 1-877-71-ROCCO www.roccofuneralhomes.com.
Mary C. (Tavilla) DiBattista of Everett died at Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by her family on June 19. She was 88 years old.
The beloved wife of Anthony DiBattista, she was the loving mother of Maryann Brogna and her husband, Henry, of Lynnfield, Marie Simard and her husband, Raymond, of Middleton, Helen Malone and her husband, Kevin, of West Peabody and Edward DiBattista of New Ipswich, NH; dear sister of Josephine Tavilla of Revere. She is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren and four cherished great grandchildren.
Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral at the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, today, Wednesday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In her memory, donations may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For directions and online guest book visit www.jfwardfuneralhome.com
Of North Carolina, formerly of East Boston
Michelle F. (McDonald) Smiddy of Hillsborough N.C. formerly of East Boston died on May 13. She was 43 years old.
A Celebration of her life will be held in St. Joseph St. lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston on Saturday June 26 at 12 noon. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. After the church, family and friends are invited to share stories and good times at the Beachmont VFW Bennington St., Beachmont at the East Boston line.
In honoring her memory, memorial donations may be made to The Smiddy Children Fund c/o E.B. Savings Bank, 856 Bennington St, E. Boston MA 02128. Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home is assisting her family with local arrangements. For more info please call 617-569-0990 Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home.
Rose C. (Boccuzzi) Salvato of Beverly died on June 17.
She was the beloved wife of the late Carmine Salvato; devoted mother of Salvatore and his wife, Kathy, of Peabody, Carmen and his wife, Lee, of Florida, Karl of Beverly and Maria Haumann and her husband, Robert, of Peabody; sister of the late Angelo and George Boccuzzi; cherished grandmother of six and great-grandmother of two. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. Donations in her name may be made to: The Diabetes Society of Boston 1330 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Ralph Penta of Revere died on June 18.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the loving father of Christopher Penta and Butch Coles, both of Revere, and the late Thomas Penta and dear brother of Eleanor Lombardi of Everett.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com
Evelyn Di Natale
Evelyn M. (Fusco) Di Natale of Woburn died on June 17.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Di Natale; devoted mother of Thomas J. Di Natale and Diana M. Di Natale Doherty and her companion, James Casella, all of Dracut; dear sister of Lorraine Fusco and George Fusco, both of Chelsea, and the late John and Joseph Fusco and Gloria Plummer.
Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Memorial donations may be made to VNA of Middlesex East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. (Obituary and guest book at www.lynch-cantillon.com).
Of North Reading, formerly of East Boston
Mary L. (LaVita) Catone of North Reading formerly of East Boston, died on June 18. She was in her 82nd year.
She was the beloved wife of Orlando R. Catone with whom she shared 63 years of marriage; loving mother of Joyce Scarfo and Joseph Palladino of N. Reading; dear sister of Joan Tucker of GA and the late Pasquale and Anthony LaVita; cherished grandmother of Edmund Scarfo and Nancy Weiner of Haverhill and Mark Scarfo and his wife, Meylssa, of Stoneham.
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 Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, N. Reading. For directions and guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Orient Heights resident
Clara ( DiPietro) Vazza of Orient Heights East Boston died on June 18. She was in her 98th year.
A member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, she was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Amerigo "Al" Vazza with whom she shared 69 years of marriage; loving mother of Louis Vazza and Evelyn Cassiani of East Boston and Barbara Gulino and her husband, Charles, of Winchester; dear sister of Lydia Torrelli of Belmont and the late Silvio and Ralph Di Pietro; cherished grandmother Louis A. Vazza and his wife, Nancy, of Revere, Marissa Lazor MD and her husband, John Lazor MD. of Westwood, Carla Conigliaro and her husband, Douglas Conigliaro MD, of Dedham, Erica Fiore and her husband, John Fiore DMD, of Westwood and Andrea Mackey and her husband, J. John Mackey MD, of Winchester and the late Joseph Gulino and 18 great grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Concezio and Rosina (Marini) DiPietro and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Thursday morning at 9:30 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 3 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrance may be made in her name to the Joseph Gulino Scholarship Fund Belmont Hill School 350 Prospect St. Belmont MA 02478.
Godfrey D’Aprile of Revere died on June 15.
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Ellen (LoConte); devoted father of John of Revere, Robert of Texas, Elaine D’Aprile of Washington DC, Mary Hodgkins and her husband, Richard, of Freetown, James and his wife, Carrie, of Franklin; dear brother of Delia D’Aprile of Saugus and the late Dante. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren; Aprile, Brianna, Caroline and Daniel.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in his memory can be made to the Arlington Retired Men’s Club, 1175 Concord Turnpike, Arlington, MA 02474. For guestbook www.buonfiglio.com.
Revere City Worker
Joseph A. Maglione of Revere died unexpectedly on June 15, his 26th birthday.
A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 2002, he was a heavy motor equipment operator for the City of Revere. He was a motorcycle enthusiast often riding to benefit several area charitable organizations.
He was the beloved son of Joseph and Karyn (Melchionno) Maglione, with whom he made his home; devoted brother of Nicholas A. and cherished grandson of Nicholas and Phyllis Melchionno and the late George and Florence (Giannino) Maglione; dear nephew of Lisa Melchionno, Marie Bright and George Maglione Jr., all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by his god daughter Brianna and many grand aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Because of his charitable works, the family asks, that in lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Marine Corps. Base, PO Box 227, Quantico, VA 22134-0227.
Lynne C. Cataldo of Revere, formerly of Stoneham and Winthrop, died suddenly on June 4. She was 59 years old.
The beloved wife of the late John D’Orsi, she was the devoted mother of the late Anthony and Carmen D’Orsi, loving daughter of the late Muriel (Corbett) and Rudy Cataldo, dear sister of Rudolph A. Cataldo of N. Andover, Elida F. Cataldo of Revere, Mark E. Cataldo of Marblehead, Tracy Amero of Somerville and the late Gary Amero.
Committal in the Holy Cross Mausoleum was private. To sign her online guest book go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.
Joseph V. Alvino of Saugus, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died unexpectedly on June 15. He was 90 years old.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a former member of Malden Moose and Revere Moose Clubs, a member of the Boston Musicians Union and was associated for over 50 years with the Joseph McNaught Orchestra and later as band leader for Joseph McNaught’s Men. At the time of his death, he was band leader of the Joe Alvino Orchestra.
He was the beloved husband of 66 years to Florence C. (Melchionda); devoted father of Mary-Lou Hagen and her husband Roy P. of West Peabody, Anthony "Tony" Alvino and his wife, Karen, of Bradford and Florence Alvino-Flanagan and her husband, James, of Wakefield; cherished grandfather of Gina Hagen-Kolenda and her husband, Robert, of West Peabody, Jodi L. Corsino and her husband, Mark, of Middleton, Anthony "Tony" Alvino Jr. and his wife, Laura, Christopher M. Alvino and his wife, Alexandra, all of Haverhill, Susan P. Hagen-Connors and her husband, Kevin, of West Peabody, Ryan J. and Shawn J. Flanagan, both of Wakefield; dear brother of Diana Campagna of Middletown, RI, Elena Tontodonato of Stoneham, Marie Fitzgibbon of Brookline, Gloria Alvino and Barbara Fitzpatrick, both of Hingham. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren, Skyler, James, Shannon, Michael, Boston and David and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of MA & RI, 220 North Main St., Natick,MA01760.
Dorothy M. "Dot" (Reardon) Petrola of Everett, formerly of Somerville, died on June 13. She was 75 years old.
She was the devoted mother of Cheryl A. of Tewksbury and Steven J. of Revere; former wife of Albert Petrola of Concord; sister of the late Thomas, James, Edward, Robert Reardon, Theresa Flaherty and Marjorie Washburn; dearest Nana of Daniel LaRue of Arlington. "Auntie Dottie" was also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. If you wish, memorial donations may be made in her name to American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 orNational Kidney Foundation , 30 East 33rd St., NY, NY 10016. For more information visit www.dohertyfuneralservice.com
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Arthur G. Babcock of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 15.
He was the beloved husband of the late Hazel ( King) Babcock with whom he shared 47 years of marriage; loving father of Evelyn Pardi and her husband, Ronald, of Saugus, Ann Falter and her husband, Stephen, of Attleboro and Teresa Babcock and her partner, Cheryl Cecere, of Revere; cherished grandfather of six and great grandfather of five.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For guest book. www.vazzafunerals.com.