Obituaries 10-17-2010

October 27, 2010
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Elena Statuto

American Optical retiree

Elena "Helen" Statuto, a Chelsea native and a long time resident of Revere, died on October 25 in the Osceola Regional Medical Center of Kissimee, Florida following a brief illness. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Statuto was born, raised and educated in Chelsea. In 1950 she married the late Armenio ‘Mal’ Statuto of Revere and moved to this city. She lived in Revere until moving to Kissimmee, Florida in 1986.

Mrs. Statuto retired from the former American Optical Co where she worked as an assembler for many years. For the past 24 years, she has been a devout parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church of Kissimee, Florida.

She was the wife of the late Armenio ‘Mal’ Statuto who died in April of 1998; the sister of Anthony Minchella and his wife, Marion, of Springfield, MA, Rosemarie Quagliato and her husband, Anthony, of East Longmeadow and the late Michelene Roma, Margaret Rubino and Anna Noto. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was also the sister in law of Eda M. Corso of Revere, Mary A. Fulchino of Reading and the late Aurelio and Albert Statuto.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, October 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

 

Robert King

Former Proprietor of A.C. Lawrence of Danvers

Robert P. "Bob" King of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Cape Cod, Danvers and Revere, died at the Sea Coast Nursing Center on October 14. He was 87 years old.

Born in Swampscott, he was a veteran and the former proprietor of the A.C. Lawrence Tannery (Leather Company) of Danvers.

He was the son of the late Pierce W. F. King and Katheryn (Haley); beloved husband of Marie (Maiorano); devoted father of Jeff King and Jamie King, both of Danvers, Janice Lovell of Maine and Stephanie Giguere of Florida; dear brother of Marie Morin of Lynn and is also survived by 13 loving grandchildren, many great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum.

 

Philip Salvatore Vacca

Member of Sons of Italy Soccorso Club

Philip Salvatore Vacca of Revere died on October 23 at the Hammersmith Nursing Care Center in Saugus. He was 94 years old.

Born in East Boston, he lived in Revere for most of his life and was a member of Revere Sons of Italy, Soccorso Club and a retired truck driver.

He was the son of the late Louis and Sarah (Clarusso) Vacca; beloved husband of Annie (Mercurio); devoted father of Diane Clanton of Saugus and Louis Vacca and his wife, Joan, of Melrose; dear brother of Evelyn LaCasia of Revere and the late Anna LaCambria, Mildred Ciccatelli and Andrew Vacca. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren Robert, Mark, Cheryl and Wendi, seven great grandchildren and one late great grandchild.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday,October 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book or flowers please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

 

Janet Combe

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Janet T. ( Carpineto) Combe died on October 23 at the Rosewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Peabody. She was 72 years old.

The wife of the late Arthur Combe, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Joseph and Nellie (Bruno) Carpineto. She was raised in Revere and was a Saugus resident for the last 47 years. A member of the Saugus Historical Society, she was an active member of the Saugus community.

She is survived by one daughter; Rhonda Combe, of Lynn, one son Arthur Combe Jr. of Lynnfield, two grandchildren; Stephanie and Arthur III. She was the sister of Susie Sulis of Arizona and Jo Ann Carpineto of Revere and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus today, Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. For directions, visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com

 

Bartholomew G. ‘Bart’ Lewandowski Jr.

Retired Chelsea Firefighter, Star Athlete

Bartholomew G. "Bart" Lewandowski Jr., a retired Chelsea firefighter, died suddenly on October 18 at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Healthcare Center after being stricken in his home. He was 53 years old.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Bartholomew G. Sr. and Mary E. (Nasuti) Lewandowski. He was raised in Chelsea and was a graduate of St. Stanislaus Parochial School, St. Mary’s High School in Lynn, Bunker Hill Community College and Northeastern University.

He was athletic in football, basketball, baseball and track and earned more than 12 varsity letters in a starting position. He played for the semi-pro Northshore Lynn Packers football team. He worked for several years at Kayem Foods in Chelsea and was awarded "Employee of the Year" in 1987. He was appointed to the Chelsea Fire Department on October 31, 1988, was Aide to the Deputy Chief of the Department for several years and retired on April 30, 2008. He was awarded a Department Citation for heroic action on duty and nominated for the Massachusetts’ "Fireman of the Year" in 1999.

He also worked part-time as a professional tractor trailer truck driver and assisted in the "Big Dig" project. He was an expert marksman, a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of Chelsea Firefighters Local 937.

He was the beloved husband of Vernell Lewandowski of Worcester, loving son of the late Bartholomew G. Sr. and Mary E. (Nasuti) Lewandowski and dear brother of Thomas D. Lewandowski and his wife, Debbie, of Newport Beach, CA.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to a Memorial Gathering at the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 29 from 4 to 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Stanislaus Church 163 Chestnut St. Chelsea on Saturday, October 30 at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

 

Charles Nappi

Past Commodore of Winthrop Yacht Club, member of Elks and American Legion

Charles S. Nappi, a professional truck driver, died suddenly while en route to the Whidden Memorial Hospital Emergency Room in Everett on October 22. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was raised in East Boston and spent his early days there. He enlisted In the US Navy and served during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Knapp. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and was a lifelong member of the "Tin Can Sailors" (National Association of Destroyer Veterans). He resided in Danvers for several years before settling in Revere some 30 years ago. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 and was employed at Monarch Foods for many years before his retirement. He was a Life member and past Commodore of the Winthrop Yacht Club and he was a member of the Winthrop Elks and American Legion.

He was the beloved husband for the past 14 years to Patricia (Todd) Jeglinski-Nappi and the husband for 33 years of the late Edith (Palumbo) Nappi; devoted father of Wayne Charles Nappi of Stoneham; dear stepfather of Debbie Pilcher and her husband, Robert, of North Reading, Joyce Albanese of Revere, Stephanie McConaghy and her husband, Michael, of Rowley, David Jeglinski and his wife, Cynthia, of Revere, John Jeglinski and his wife, Brenda, of Sudbury; cherished grandfather of Kimberly Cohm, Marc and Eric Pilcher, Brendan and Christopher McConaghy, Victoria, Cody, Nicholas Jeglinski; adored great grandfather of Jillian and Lauren Cohm, Eric-Robert, Christopher and Olivia Pilcher; dear brother of Elaine Favello and her husband, David, of Sarasota Fl., Kenneth Nappi and his wife, Martha, of Stoneham; dear uncle of Lara Ryan and her husband, Ben and Christopher Nappi and his friend, Haliegh.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be conducted from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Tuesday November 2 at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Inurnment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Monday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. For online guestbook and directions, please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com.

 

Lillian ‘Gertrude’ Homan

Mother and Artist

Lillian Gertrude (Bonzagni) Honan of Winthrop, born _January 30, 1911, died peacefully at the age of 99 on October 20.

A graduate of Winthrop High School, she attended Simmons College and Boston’s Vesper George School of Art graduating in 1935 with a degree in Costume Design. Employed at Slattery’s Department Store in Boston, she was a pioneer of fashion illustration and design advertising. A lifelong artist, ‘Gert’ was a founding member of the Winthrop Art Association and hosted many art exhibits at her family’s home on Pleasant Street.

In 2007, she held a solo show with more than 150 works of art including mosaic collages, folk art and oil paintings. Everyday household items were the theme of her favorite paintings.

In the mid 1950′s, she and her husband, Bill, opened the Holiday Shop in Winthrop Center. This town center hub provided locals with hand-crafted gifts, Christmas trees, decorations, flowers and gardening products for many years. This family business adjoined Bill Honan’s Texaco gas station. Their Pleasant Street house always bustled with their seven children, along with friends, neighbors, dogs, cats, and even a seagull. Whether she was brewing fresh hot coffee or baking sweet gingerbread, this gathering place was full of love.

Mrs. Honan was deeply spiritual and reached out to those who needed compassion, prayer or a warm meal. Cruising along the north shore in her Fiat or VW bus to Rockport, Marblehead, and Kelly’s of Revere Beach was a summer pastime. Painting ‘en plein’ along the roadside, or walking the beach to gather shells, she found creativity in nature. Journals of her adventures were made into a documentary film in 2010 by one of her grand-daughters.

Her unique sense of style was obvious, bright pink nails and lips, numerous hats, colorful sunglasses, necklaces, socks and silver bangles defined her and she is remembered for her joyful curiosity, intellect and contagious love of life. She was a gifted artist, community member, gardener and friend.

Four of her sons served in the United States military, one in the Army and three in the Marine Corps. Above all, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who weaved faith, values, inspiration, optimism and humor into the fabric of her family.

Gert Honan was the beloved wife of the late William "Bill" Honan and mother of the late, Patric. She is survived by two daughters, Kenny, and her husband, Jack McCurdy, of Barrington, RI, and Kathleen Honan of Revere and her sons, Tony and his wife, Jeannette Honan, of Minnetonka, MN, Bill Honan Jr. of Annapolis, MD, Stephen and his wife, Helen Honan, of Winthrop and Richard and his wife, Mary Ellen Honan, of Winthrop. She also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Anthony A. and Lillian I. (Ellis) Bonzagni.

Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Winthrop Food Pantry, 222 Bowdoin St, Winthrop MA 02152, or to the Animal Rescue League of Boston, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

 

Ruth Novin

Avid Bridge Player

Ruth (Greenfield) Novin, a long time resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 24 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she attended the Chelsea schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a longtime employee of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald newspapers and an avid Bridge player.

She was the devoted mother of Mitchell Novin and Jonathan Novin; the loving daughter of the late Nathan and Esther Greenfield; the dear sister of the late Ronald Greenfield and Fred Greenfield and the loving grandmother of Nick and Alex Novin.

Graveside services were held at the Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website: www.torffuneralservice.com.

 

Dolores Fiorino

East Boston resident

Dolores M. (Pasqualini) Fiorino of East Boston died on October 24.

She was the beloved wife of Anthony Fiorino with whom she shared 50 years of marriage; loving mother of Anna Maria Esposito and her husband, Guy, Toni Anna Fiorino, and Theresa Luti and her husband, Frank. all of East Boston, Josephine Caruso and her husband, Amerigo, of Waltham, Mary Anne Fiorino and her husband, Abe Benchalh, of Revere and the late Dolores Fiorino; dear sister of Rose Matachio of Hyde Park and the late Grace Foley.

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 the Sacred Heart Church, Brook Street at 10 o’clock. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. For directions and guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Agatha Wood

30-year employee of State Street Bank

Agatha (Forti) Wood of Beachmont, Revere died on October 21.

Mrs. Wood worked for State Street Bank for 30 years. She was a devout parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church where she taught religious education. When not helping others, she enjoyed knitting, bowling and bingo.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Forti; devoted mother of Maureen Wessel and her husband, Gary, of Dover, DE., William Wood and his wife, Claire, of Revere, the late Janice Perrella and her surviving husband, John, of Revere and the late Kenneth Wood; dear sister of Domenic Forti, Stella Fasoli and the late Paul and Vincent Forti, Geraldine Musto and Lena Consolo. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, two late grandchildren; Johnny Perrella and Zachary Cookinham, and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, visit www.buonfiglio.com

 

William Eugene O’Brien

US Postal Service retiree

William Eugene "Bill" O’Brien of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Revere, died on October 23 following a brief illness. He was 84 years old.

One of eight children of the late Edward and Bridget (Flaherty) O’Brien from Revere, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific along with all five of his brothers; Frank, Walter, Edward, Joseph and Robert.

A US Postal Service employee for over 40 years, following his retirement from the postal service, he worked for the State of Massachusetts. His loves were his family, the beach, and the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park was like a second home.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara O’Brien whom he married on August 5, 1951; his devoted daughters, Bonnie O’Brien-Weich and her husband, Eddie, of Texas and Susan O’Brien Boone and her husband, Harry, of New Hampshire; his sister, Joan Nixon of California and his grandchildren, Jin and Andy Welch of Texas. In addition to his late parents and five late brothers, he was also the brother of the late Rita Cotter. All of his family and friends, and even his cats, will miss him dearly.

Services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, C/O Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445. ATTN: Contribution Services. To sign his online guestbook, visit www.RemickGendron.com.

 

Mildred ‘Millie’ Hudson

Of Cambridge, formerly of Revere

Mildred G. "Millie" Hudson of Cambridge, formerly of Revere, died on October 15. She was 83 years old.

A Massachusetts General Hospital retiree, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Alice (Cupip) Hudson; sister of the late James Hudson and Evelyn Martin and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Services and burial at Wyoming Cemetery of Melrose have been held. Because she was an avid animal lover, the family asks that gifts be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923. Arrangements were in the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.

 

Margaret Aiello

Of Medfield, formerly of the North End

Margaret Aiello of Medfield, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on October 22 in Norwood, MA. She was 88 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Aiello Sr., she is survived by her two daughters, Kathleen Skapers and her husband, John, of Dover, MA and Phyllis Daigle and husband, Raymond, of Hopkinton as well as her son Joseph Aiello Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Bellingham, MA. She is also survived by her beloved sisters, Lucy Ciulla and Anna Palazzolo, both of Medford, Lillian Conti and her husband, Robert, of Revere, Josephine Gasdia and husband, Anthony, of Somerville. She was the sister of the late James Maniscalco. She is also survived by nine cherished grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. To leave condolences please visit www.bostonharborsidehome.com.

 

Teresa ‘Terry’ Terranova

Worked for Pleasant Auto School

Teresa G. "Terry" (Castaldo) Terranova of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 22.

An employee of Pleasant Auto School in Revere for more than 50 years, she was the beloved wife of James Terranova with whom she shared 53 years of marriage; cherished daughter of the late Ralph and Christine ( Zizza) Castaldo; loving sister of Rita Prew of Reading , Frank Castaldo of Stoneham, Pasquale Castaldo of Florida and the late Carmella Pisco; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery Everett. For guestbook, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.

 

Cynthia Lena Bono

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Cynthia Lena Bono of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on October 20 at the Melrose/Wakefield Hospital. She was 39 years old.

She lived in Revere for most of her life and was a 1989 graduate of Revere High School.

She was the beloved mother of Charles and Brianna Bono, both of Saugus; devoted daughter of Charles Bono of Saugus and the late Angela (Perretti); dear sister of Maria Watts of Cranston, RI and Charleen Bono of Saugus; loving granddaughter of Maria Bono of Saugus; cherished aunt of Chucky Galatis III, Cameron Bono and Makenzi Barrett and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Nicholas Steven Perretti Fund, 315 Turnpike St., N. Andover, MA 06845 at www.nickperrettifund.com. For guest book and flowers, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

 

Toby Roslyn Dick

Former Revere resident

Toby Roslyn (Poverman) Dick, formerly of Revere, died on October 21. She was 73 years old.

She was the beloved wife of George Dick; devoted mother of Jeff Dick and his wife, Cindy, of Portland, OR, Laurie Waldman and her husband, Michael, of Austin, TX and Stacy Hiou and her husband, Arthur, of Peabody; loving sister of Beatrice Spiro of Randolph and the late Frank Poverman; cherished grandmother of Erin and Brian Dick, William and Mikayla Waldman and Nicholas and Jason Hiou; dear sister-in-law of Flora Poverman of Revere, Philip Dick of Lynn and Morris Dick of El Paso, TX and aunt of many loving nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association , P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. Arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel 781-581-2300 www.stanetsky.com.

 

Lucy Lombardi

Boston Public Library retiree

Lucy G. Lombardi of Danvers, formerly of Revere, Chelsea and East Boston, died unexpectedly on October 19. She was 84 years old,

A member of Revere Senior Citizens, she was a Boston Public Library retiree.

She was the daughter of the late Antonio and Emma (Catullo) Lombardi; beloved sister of Augustus Lombardi of Nahant and the late Anna Macauley, Phyllis R. Cammisa and Vincent Lombardi; cherished aunt of Lucille A. Annis and her husband, George E., of Beverly, Anthony J. Pugliese and his wife, Adele, of Norwood, NY, Frank R. Cammisa and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lynnfield, Anthony Lombardi and his wife, Patricia, of Lexington, Emma Sherwood and her husband, Ralph, of North Reading, Anthony Lombardi and his wife, Patricia, of Washington DC and is also lovingly survived by her grand nieces and grand nephews, Stephanie L. Annis of Beverly, Marc A. Pugliese of Salem, Christine A. Tardiff of Amesbury, Anthony J. Pugliese Jr. of Plymouth, Tanya Frasier and her husband, Mark, of Revere and Frank Cammisa of Lynnfield.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

John MacLellan

Former Revere resident

John M. MacLellan died unexpectedly in North Attleboro on October 18. He was 57 years old.

Formerly of Revere, he was the beloved father of Jacqueline M. MacLellan of Revere; devoted son of Lorraine T. (Brondson) MacLellan of Spring Hill, Florida and the late Robert S.; cherished brother of Susan M. Noble and her husband, William M., of Spring Hill, FL, David P. MacLellan and his wife, Joan, of Lynn and the late Robert T., Stephen R. and Thomas M. MacLellan. He is also lovingly survived by his former wife, Kathleen M. (Saviano) MacLellan of East Boston, several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

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