Lifelong Revere resident
Jennie B. (Coscia) Anzuoni, a lifelong Revere resident and graduate of Emmanuel College, died on December 15.
She was the beloved wife of the late James G. Anzuoni; devoted mother of Paula Peters of Maryland, Sheila Anzuoni of Revere, Marianne Anzuoni of Cambridge, Geraldine Harrison and her husband, Michael, of Topsfield and George Anzuoni of Revere; dear sister of Dante, Carmella and Gilda Coscia, Gloria Gazo, Robert and Richard Coscia, the late Josephine Reppucci, Joseph, Eugene, Philip, Phyllis and Anthony Coscia; loving grandmother of the late Jennifer Anzuoni and surviving grandchildren Nicole and Rebecca Anzuoni, James Peters, Christina Anzuoni, Jaime Harrison and Chrysis Peters.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jimmy Fund 10 Brookline Place West, 6th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226. For guestbook visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Catherine T. (Quatieri) Bortone of Wayland died on December 19.
She was the devoted mother of Richard A. Bortone of Wayland; beloved sister of Josephine R. Schipani of Arlington, Eva Griffen of Revere and Alfred J Quatieri of Arlington and is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the wife of the late Virgil A. Bortone who died in 1977, mother of the late Thomas E. Bortone who died in 1966 and sister of the late Thomas Quatieri, Ettore Quatieri, Frank P. Quatieri and Gilda Quatieri.
Visitation will be today, Wednesday, December 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the John C. Bryant Funeral Home, 56 Pemberton Road (Off Rte 30), Wayland. Family and friends are invited to gather at the funeral home on Thursday, December 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Ann’s Parish, 124 Cochituate Road (Route 27) Wayland. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery. For on-line condolences and directions please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhome.com
Member of Circolo Cultura Viva Calabrese Society
Teresa (Fazzolari) Capogreco of East Boston died on December 20.
A member of the Circolo Cultura Viva Calabrese Society, she loved continuing her family traditions with her sisters and friends whether it was cooking or preserving jars of tomatoes, her passion was to be around her family and friends.
She was the beloved wife of Domenico Capogreco; devoted mother of Maria and Carlo Capogreco, Pasquale “Pita” Capogreco and his wife, Lisa, Roberto “Chicky” Capogreco and his wife, Erica, all of East Boston; dear sister of Lina Capogreco and her husband, Vincenzo, of East Boston, Caterina Schirripa and her husband, Frank, of Saugus, Vincent Fazzolari and his wife, Sheila, of Revere, and is also survived by her many brothers and sisters in law living in Australia. She was the adored grandmother of Rosemarie, Sara, Domenic, Grace, Michalena and Antonio and is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews._
Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday, December 24 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of her life in St. Joseph St. Lazarus Church Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, to honor Mrs. Capogreco ‘s memory, donations may be made to MGH HOPES Program Fund, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Services will conclude with Mrs. Capogreco being laid to rest in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For more information or to send an online condolence, www.ruggieromh.com.
She will always be remembered in our hearts and mind. May She Rest in Eternal Peace.
Retired retail salesperson
Gertrude Dropkin of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on December 20 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 95 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, she attended Chelsea Schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. She was a retired retail sales person, a member of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, N’Amat, and the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home.
She was the loving daughter of the late Samuel and Ida Dropkin; the dear sister of Irving and Marilyn Dropkin and the late Dorothy Lebowitz; the loving aunt of Barry and Helen Lebowitz, Steven and Sheryl Dropkin and Laurie and Steven Schertzer. She is also survived by many great nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Square, Chelsea, today, Wednesday, December 22 at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be in Everett. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Irving and Marilyn Dropkin following the interment until 8 p.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenant’s Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd. Revere, MA 02151. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
Member of Revere Woman’s Club and Catholic Daughters
Melba H. “Nana Melba” (Aucella) Pasquariello, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on December 19 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She was 99 years old.
A member of the Revere Women’s Club and the Catholic Daughters of America, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elvira (DiMinici) Aucella; beloved wife of the late Angelo “Andy”; devoted mother of Richard A. Sr. and his wife, Gail, of Revere and Robert A. and his wife, Sandra, of Methuen; dear sister of the late Philip Aucella, Albert Aucella, Edmund Aucella, Thomas Aucella, Rudolph Aucella, Theodor Aucella, Edith Gaita and Louise Pecce; loving grandmother of Richard A. Jr. and his wife, Janice, of Everett, Michael J, and his wife, Leanne, of Reading; great grandmother of Rachel J. and Rebecca J. Pasquariello of Everett and Ryan and Matthew Erickson of Reading. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and to many she was known as “Nana Melba.”
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons -Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday December 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly Invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children 51 Blossom St Boston Ma 02114. For guest book or flowers, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Orient Heights resident
Yolanda (Nappi) D’Errico of Orient Heights East Boston died on December 19
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph D’Errico with whom she shared 59 years of marriage; loving mother of Anna Marie DeDonato and her husband, Robert, of East Boston; dear sister of the late Jean Gianusa, Mary DiFlumeri and Ralph Nappi; cherished grandmother of Robert R., Amanda and Ariana.
Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Ellen (LoConte) D’Aprile of Revere died on December 17.
The beloved wife of the late Godfrey, she was the devoted mother of John of Revere, Robert of Texas, Elaine D’Aprile of Washington DC, Mary Hodgkins and her husband, Richard, of Freetown and James of Franklin; dear sister of Rita Hardy of Randolph, Jean Pulsifer of Malden and the late Mary Panakio, Anthony LoConte and his surviving wife, Veronica, of Medford. She is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Aprile, Brianna, Caroline, and Daniel.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons -Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, December 22 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or flowers, visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Angela (Nisco) DiMaggio of Revere died on December 19.
She was the devoted mother of Raffaela Hamel and her husband, Vincent, of Revere; loving grandmother of Paul V. Hamel and his wife, Lea, of Boxford and John D. Hamel and his wife, Dina, of Boston; cherished great grandmother of Christian, Daniela, Brendan and Isabella; dear sister of Joseph Nisco of Chelmsford and the late Maria Nisco Baviello.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, December 22 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 Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook or flowers please visit www.buonfiglio.com
Anne Marie Porterfield
Of California, formerly of Revere
Anne Marie (Donnelly) Porterfield died quietly on December 13 in her home in Carmichael, California. She was 87 years old.
The eldest of seven children, she was born in 1923 in Brockton to James Arthur and Olive Rosemary Donnelly and grew up a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean in Revere. She was of great assistance to her mother with their large family and enjoyed many an adventure on the beaches and coastline of the region.
Excelling at school, she graduated with top honors in a Chemistry and Biology double degree program from Emmanuel College in Boston, which was founded in 1919 by the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur as the first women’s Catholic college in New England.
On completing university, she worked with Sylvania Laboratories, a technology and innovation leader before serving her country in the Second World War as a Navy WAVE or “Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service,” enlisting shortly after women returned to general Navy service. During her tour of service, she was stationed at Bethesda Naval Medical Research Institute’s laboratories, where pioneering scientific work was being conducted.
Following the war, she married Alan Robert Porterfield and shortly thereafter moved to establish their home on the west coast in California.
Mrs. Porterfield was an avid reader and gardener and during her lifetime was active in her community, church and children’s sporting activities, as well as an active supporter of democratic and liberal causes. She will be dearly missed and continues to be a guiding light to her family and friends.
Mrs. Porterfield is survived by her sister Sheila Meaney, her brothers David and Buddy Donnelly, her beloved children, Theresa, Peter, Christopher, Joseph and John, loving grandchildren Justin, Peter, Edwin, Zachary, Ryan, Nathaniel, Crystal, Jason, Brooke and Daniel, as well as her 10 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Dorothy M. Mulloy, Edwin T. and Robert J. Donnelly and the mother of the late Michael and Paul.
Funeral arrangements were by Lind Brothers, Carmichael, California. Burial with full military honors was at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.
East Boston resident
Herbert J. Gleeson of East Boston died on December 18.
He was the beloved husband of Virginia (Dunbar) Gleeson; devoted father of Mark Gleeson and his companion,_Marianne, of New Hampshire, David Gleeson and his wife, Cheryl, of Danvers; dear brother of Edward “Buddy” Gleeson and his wife, Betty, of Winthrop, William Gleeson and his wife, Josephine, of East Boston, Mary Thompson of Texas, formerly of East Boston, Joanne Candelora and her husband, Frana,_of Revere, Katherine Gleeson and her companion, Chuck, of Winthrop, Elaine Bates and her husband, Edward, of Boston and the late Francis, Joseph ,Thomas Gleeson and Theresa McQuiggan; cherished grandfather of David, Mark, Nicole, Randi and Michael and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, to honor Mr. Gleeson’s Memory, memorial donations may be made to Hallmark Hospice, 178 Salem St., Malden 02148 or the Leonard Florence Living Ctr, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea 02150. For more information or to send an online condolence www.ruggieromh.com.
Member of Bricklayers Union
Robert “Bobby” DiGiulio of North Reading, formerly of East Boston, died on December 17.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Bricklayers Allied Craftsman Union Local 31.
The beloved husband of the late Mary A. (Fasullo) DiGiulio with whom he shared 45 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Robert DiGiulio and his friend, Erinn Kennedy and Annette D’Ambrosio and her husband, Richard, all of North Reading; dear brother of Rosetta DiGiulio of Florida and the late Constance McCaughey, Edward and Peter DiGiulio; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Alex and Jenna D’Ambrosio.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, N. Reading. For guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com.
Richard Gautreau of Cambridge died suddenly on December 13. He was 73 years old.
The loving son of Anna (VanDozzi) Gautreau of Palm Coast FL. and the late Edward Gautreau, he was the dear brother of Dolores Hinchee of Revere, William Gautreau of Tewksbury and Rosalie Hansen of Palm Coast Florida and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with his wishes and desires, funeral services were strictly private. To send an expression of sympathy to the family please visit www.AnthonyMemorial.com.
Anthony J. Marotta of Revere died on December 14.
He was the beloved husband of Antonietta (Addesa) Marotta; devoted father of Mary DiPietro and her husband, Gabriele, of Saugus, Michael Addesa and his wife, Joan, of Revere, Anna Malin and her husband, Ralph, of Lexington, Anthony Addesa and his wife, Lisa, of Florida, Carmen Addesa and his wife, Angelina, of East Boston, Marilyn Schribner and her husband, Fred, of Arlington and Irene Reid of New Hampshire. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Crestview Cemetery-Lexington. For more information or guestbook visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Revere School Department retiree
Luciano J. Pagliarulo of Hudson, a former long time resident of Revere, died on December 16. He was 93 years old.
He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a retired maintenance worker for the Revere School Dept.
Born in Revere, the son of the late John and Assunta Pagliarulo, he was the devoted husband of Norma (Tanzilli) Pagliarulo-Garcia of Hudson for 25 years and was predeceased by his first wife, Lillian Pagliarulo. He was the step-father of Michael Garcia of Quincy and Sandra Ann McMullen of Northboro; brother of Albert Pagliarulo of Revere and the late Patsy Pagliarulo and Melina Belmonte and her husband, Musty Belmonte, of Revere; loving uncle of Susan Chezanne, Linda Johnston, Agnes Trazucco and Mary, Jenny, John and William Pagliarulo and is also survived by five step-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. Hudson. (www.tighehamilton.com) Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett will be at a later date.
Member of St. Domenic Society
Sebastiana “Anna” (Imprescia) Serra of Orient Heights East Boston died on December 15. She was in her 101st year.
Mrs. Serra was born in Boston, moved to Augusta Sicily when she was five years old and returned when she was 21. She was a member of St Domenic Society and celebrated her 100 birthday this past June 24.
She was the beloved wife of the late Domenico Serra with whom she shared 49 years of marriage; loving mother of Concetta “Connie” White and her husband, John Jr., of Marshfield and Former State Representive of East Boston Emanuel “Gus” Serra and his wife, Lindy, of Revere; dear sister of the late Domenica Amara and Mary Arangio; cherished grandmother of Kathryn, John D., Paul and David and Lisa, Domenic and Jonathan and great grandchildren from ages two days to 20 years old.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial remembrances may be made in her name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 -1942. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com.
Annie (Mercurio) Vacca of Revere died on December 16.
The beloved wife of the late Philip S. Vacca, she was the devoted mother of Diane Clanton of Saugus and Louis Vacca and his wife, Joan, of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Robert Conte of Saugus, Mark Clanton and his wife, Kristin, of Peabody, Cheryl Kenny and her husband, Michael, of Saugus and Wendi Bennett and her husband, Steve, of Lynn; great-grandmother of seven and one late great grandchild.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Mazzarini
Worked for East Boston APAC
Elizabeth “Betty” (DeSimone) Mazzarini of East Boston died on December 15 after a brief illness.
Mrs. Mazzarini was employed at East Boston APAC for more than 29 years.
She was the beloved wife of Louis Mazzarini with whom she shared 56 years of marriage; loving mother of Elizabeth ” Liz” Sarro and her fiancé, Michael Campbell, and Donna Mazzarini, all of East Boston, and Michael Mazzarini and his wife, Maryann, of Saugus; dear sister of Anthony “Desi” DeSimone and his wife, Cecelia, of North Reading; cherished grandmother of Tommy and Timmy Sarro, Louis, Kayla and Melanie Mazzarini; dear sister in law of Anthony Mazzarini of Wareham, Jack Mazzarini of Florida and the late Josephine Baggley; fond aunt of several nieces and nephews and is also survived by close cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, www.vazzafunerals.com.
Charles “Chuck” Brinig of Somerville died on December 13.
A member of the Somerville National Honor Society, he was the recipient of the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal, all while serving his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
He was the son of the late Raymond and Josephine Brinig; brother of Harold Brinig of Revere and the late Raymond. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Cota-Struzziero Funeral Home, Somerville. www.cotafuneralhomes.com.