Obituaries 03-23-2011

March 23, 2011
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Sukontha Rockwood

Waitress at Revere’s China Roma for more than 20 years

Sukontha “Susie” Rockwood died at her Chelsea home after a two year battle with cancer on March 20. She was 65 years old.

A native of Bangkok, Thailand, she arrived in the United States in 1970, making her home in Everett. In 1988, she moved to Chelsea. For more than 20 years, until February of 2010 when she retired due to illness, she was a popular waitress at the China Roma Restaurant on Broadway, Revere. “Susie,” as she was affectionately known, was a _most popular personality at the restaurant. She had an uncanny energy about her work and life in general. She had a faithful following and people always asked for her when they patronized the restaurant.

She was the cherished mother of Tommy S. Rockwood and his wife, Margo, of Chelmsford and Deborah L. McKinnon and her husband, James, of Everett; the devoted grandmother of Amaya N., Stone E. and Solenn L. Rockwood, all of Chelmsford, and Shaymus S. and Skyar S. McKinnon, both of Everett. She also leaves behind her faithful and loving companion, “Miss Ruby D” and three brothers, one sister and several nieces and nephews in Thailand. She was the loving and caring companion of 30 years to Kenneth J. Higgins of Chelsea and the dear surrogate sister of Michelina “Michelle” Cardone of Chelsea.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, March 25 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. Remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 So. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-9923.

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Joseph Francis Sinopoli

Retired Dental Technician

Joseph Francis Sinopoli died at his Cape Cod home on March 19. He was 72 years old.

A retired dental technician, he was born and raised in Boston’s North End and_ spent much of his life in Revere. He had his own laboratory on Tremont Street where he worked as a dental technician.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie (Gioioso) Sinopoli of Billerica and his beloved children, Gina (Sinopoli) Duprey and her husband, Dwayne, of Becket, Joseph V. Sinopoli and his wife, Lisa, of North Billerica, and Scot Sinopoli and his wife, Rosangela, of Merrimack, NH. He was the dear brother of Louise Price of South Yarmouth, Catherine McIntyre and her late husband, Robert, of Gloucester, Thomas Sinopoli of California and Peter Sinopoli; the cherished grandfather of Zachary, Gabriella, and Stacia Hentosh of Salem, and Mia and Dean Sinopoli of North Billerica. He is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Boston Harborside Home of Waterman-Langone, 580 Commercial St., Boston on Friday, March 25, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Stephen Church on the corner of Hanover and Clark Streets at 10 a.m. The family will accept visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 Riverside Road, Weston MA 02493. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Son-Waring-Langone www.bostonharborsidehome.com.

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Alexandros Kourembanas

Owner of Beachmont Roast Beef

Alexandros K. “Alex” Kourembanas of Lynn died on March 19. He was 54 years old.

The owner and manager of Beachmont Roast Beef in Revere, he was the husband of 25 years of Eleni (Leotsakos) Kourembanas; son of Fotini (Karabatsos) Kourembanas of Pylos, Greece and the late Konstantinos Kourembanas; father of Kostantinos Alex Kourembanas, Nikki Kourembanas and Stephanie Kourembanas, all of Lynn and Sonia (Kourembanas) Cako and her husband, Redi Cako, of Revere; brother of Vasiliki Vlismas of Peabody, Lambrini Shanos of Waterville, ME and the late Angela “Kiki” Olaes. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and many loving and caring friends.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rt 129) Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Alex was helped by many organizations and the family would like the opportunity to help others. No flowers please. If you were considering sending flowers, the family asks instead that you keep Alex’s memory alive through donations to their foundation. Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com.

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Stephanie Wells

Chelsea resident

Stephanie Wells of Chelsea died unexpectedly on March 20.

She was the beloved mother of John J. Hunter, Michael A. Viele, Isabella A. Viele and Dante J. Otero, all of Chelsea; dear and devoted daughter of Christine Wells-Amodeo and John F. Amodeo of Malden; devoted granddaughter of Anna Maria Patti of Revere and the late John Patti; dear sister of Stephen M. Wells of Malden, Christopher J. Wells of Everett, Nicholas J. Wells of Malden, Stacy Ann Pagliaro of Florida and Kristie Leigh Buccieri of Derry, NH; loving niece of Rosanne “Queenie” DiCicco of Malden, Sandra Valeri of Middleton, Loriann Goodwin of Revere and Doreen Faretra-Wiggins of East Boston.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass in the Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main St. Malden, Thursday, March 24 at 9 a.m.  Funeral arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

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Maria DiSalvo

Accomplished Bocce player, played every year with Boston’s Mayor Menino

Maria D. (Padula) DiSalvo died at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody on March 20. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. DiSalvo was born in Civitanova del Sannio, Italy on May 14, 1926 to the late Domenico and Lucia (Lastoria) Padula. She was raised in Italy and came to the United States in 1957 at the age of 31. She lived in Revere for a short time and was a resident of Chelsea until 2005. She has lived in Melrose with her daughter for the past six years.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker who cherished the time spent with her family, Mrs. DiSalvo was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea and was well known at the Chelsea Senior Center  where she enjoyed dancing, bowling and was an accomplished bocce player. She looked forward to playing bocce with Mayor Menino every year.

She was the beloved wife of 64 years of Michael DiSalvo; devoted mother of Domenic DiSalvo and his wife, Dorothy, of Billerica, Adele Dantona of Melrose and the late Rita DiSalvo and the late Lucia “Lucy” DeSimone; loving grandmother of Michael and his wife, Gen, of Montreal, Daniel and his fiancée, Arlene, of Stow, Andrea and her fiancé, Matthew, of Tewksbury and Brittany and Anthony Dantona of Melrose; great grandmother of Ariana, Bella, Lauren, Domenic and Ashley.

Her Funeral will be held from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Thursday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. To sign her guest book please visit www.gatelyfh.com

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Ronald Tilton Sr.

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Ronald A. Tilton, Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on March 15.

He was the devoted father of Ronald Jr., Michelle, Brian and Shanine Tilton and is also lovingly survived by four brothers and nine grandchildren.

Visiting hours in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St (Orient Heights) East Boston will be today, Wednesday, March 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.

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Frederick Ciampa

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Frederick P. Ciampa of Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died unexpectedly on March 19.

He was the beloved husband of Mary Ellen (Sutherland) Ciampa with whom he shared 20 years of marriage; cherished son of Regina (Costanza) Ciampa of East Boston and the late Fred Ciampa; loving brother of Robert P. Ciampa and his wife, Christine, of Saugus and Patricia Donatelli of East Boston; cherished uncle of Frank Ciampa and Regina Oliveri.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony_s Church, Revere Street, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Cats Exclusive Vet Clinic Adoption Center, 6350 West Atlantic Blvd., Margaet, Florida, 33063. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com

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Kathleen Fiske-Reilly

Charlestown resident

Kathleen R. (McLaughlin) Fiske-Reilly of Charlestown died on March 19.

She was the beloved daughter of the late John J. McLaughlin and Kathleen (Allwood) Simpson; devoted mother of Kathy Ryan and her husband, Ted, Janice Reilly and her husband, Steve Kavanagh, all of Charlestown and Sean Reilly and his wife, Sandra, of Needham; loving grandmother of Brendan and Katie Ryan, both of Charlestown, and Brooke, Jillian and Sean Reilly, all of Needham; sister of Joseph McLaughlin of California, Roseann Roberts of Revere, Kevin Simpson of Revere, Thomas Simpson of New Hampshire and the late John McLaughlin and William Simpson; dear friend of Rita Coughlan and the late William Coughlan of Charlestown.

Her Funeral will be held from the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, 329 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, Thursday, March 24 at 9:10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers remembrances in her name may be made to the charity of your choice.

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Dorothy ‘Dot’ Mokeler

Lifelong Melrose resident

Dorothy “Dot” (Robinson) Mokeler, a lifelong resident of Melrose, died on March 19 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital following a period of declining health. She was 74 years old.

She was born on March 18, 1937 in Melrose, one of two children of the late Alton and Mildred (Johnson) Robinson.

She was raised in Melrose, graduated from Melrose High School and was a secretary for many years at Boit, Dalton and Church Insurance in Boston.  She was a Cub Scout mother and Boy Scout mother for her three sons, a supporter of homeless veterans and the American Arthritis Foundation. She loved cooking, sewing and animals, particularly cats.  Mrs. Mokeler was a member of the former Universalist Church in Melrose where she sang for many years in the choir.

The beloved wife of William F. Mokeler with whom she shared 45 years of marriage, she was the devoted mother of William F. Mokeler III and his spouse, Paul, of Malden and David M. Mokeler and Michael P. Mokeler, both of Melrose; dear sister of Priscilla Eales of Florida and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Wyoming Cemetery, Sylvan Street, Melrose today, Wednesday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Gifts in her memory may be made to the Melrose Humane Society, P.O. Box 760668, Melrose, MA 02176. For directions, obituary and guestbook please visit RobinsonFuneralHome.com.

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Arthur Weinberg

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Arthur Weinberg of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 18. He was 82 years old.

He was born in Norwood in 1928 and was self employed for many years. He was a longtime active member of Congregation Beth Israel in Malden, enjoyed horse racing and will greatly miss his two birds, Sebastian and Ginger.

He was the dear brother of Herbert Wineberg and his wife, Elsie, the late Irving Weinberg and the late Sarah Weinberg. He was the devoted uncle of Larry Wineberg and his wife, Janet, Barry Wineberg and his wife, Renee, Madalyn Purdy and her husband, Doug, and the loving great uncle of Christopher, Cori, Amanda, Shaina, Justin and Sean.

Services were held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Association PO Box 14906 Minneapolis, MN 55414.

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Carmen DeLucia

Longtime GE Employee

Carmen V. DeLucia of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 19 at the Mass General Hospital in Boston following a valiant two-year struggle with metastatic cancer. He was 54 years old.

Born in Revere, he lived in East Boston for most of his life and was a 1976 graduate of East Boston High School. He entered the US Army in September of 1976 and served until October of 1978. worked for more than 30 years as a machinist at the General Electric Co., retiring due to failing health in 2009.

He was the devoted father of Vincent Delucia of Revere and Michael DeLucia of East Boston; beloved son of Julia (Statkiewcz) DeLucia of Revere and the late Carmen “Choo” DeLucia; former husband of Katherine Botaro of East Boston; dear brother of Alfred DeLucia and his wife, Claudia, of Chelmsford; cherished grandfather of Vincent Lorenzo DeLucia of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his devoted companion, Terry Monaco, of Revere.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere today, Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Gilda O’Hara

Of Revere, formerly of Winthrop

Gilda A. (Capone) O’Hara of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died on March 18.

The beloved wife of the late George O’Hara, she was the devoted mother of Michael O’Hara and his wife, Julianna, of Hollister CA; dear sister in-law of Ella Capone of Chelmsford and is also survived by her loving cousin Jackie Grande of Revere, her dear friend Manny Agritha and many cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 311 Arsenal St Watertown MA 02472. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Rev. John Pashby

Of Peru, formerly of Revere

Reverend John J. “Jerry” Pashby of Santo Tomas, Peru, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly in Boston on March 18.

Some of Father “Jerry’s” accomplishments were building roads and hospitals and tending the spiritual needs of the people of Santo Tomas, Peru.

He was the cherished son of the late Francis and Clara (Collins) Pashby; loving brother of Mary Mullen of Quincy, Francis Pashby and his wife, Natalie, of W. Peabody and Claire Hietala of Florida; adored uncle of 12 nieces, nephews and 13 grand nieces and nephews.

His funeral was held from the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere with a Mass of Christian Burial with Bishop Robert Hennessey as the Main Celebrant. Burial was private. For online guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Susan Pioppi

East Boston resident

Susan (Gaglione) Pioppi of East Boston died on March 18.

The mother of the owner of Luigi’s Pizza in Beachmont, she was the devoted mother of Charlotte S. Iapicca and her husband, Gus, of Peabody and Frank Pioppi and his wife, Candice, of Winthrop;  loving daughter of the late Frances (Alferi) Gaglione;  dear sister of Angelina “Angie” King, Michael ‘Pat’ Pasquale and Ronald Gaglione; cherished grandmother of Arianna, Justin and James and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was laid to rest with her mother in Holy Cross Cemetery. In honoring Mrs. Pioppi, memorial donations may be made to St Jude, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis TN 38105. To send The Pioppi family an online,condolence, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com. Arrangements were under the personal care of the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston 617 569 0990.

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Ronald Baldassari

Revere resident

Ronald “Ron” Baldassari of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died  suddenly on March 16.

He was the loving son of Jennie (DeMarco) and her husband, Mario D’Amato, and the late John Baldassari; devoted father of Ronald of Saugus, Darlene Vella and her husband, Joe, of  Peabody , former husband of Joy (Narasini) Viola; dear brother of John of Florida, Steven of East Boston, Joanne Baldassari of Malden, Joyce Iantosca of Florida,  Denise D’Amato-Coe of New Hampshire; cherished grandfather of Joseph, Jamason and Shaye-Marie Vella and is also survived by his many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East _Boston, today, Wednesday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of his life in the Immaculate Conception Church,  Beach Street, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information or to send an online condolence, www.ruggieromh.com.

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Rose Marie Benitez

Of Lynn, formerly of East Boston

Rose Marie (Rock) Benitez of Lynn, formerly of the Jeffries Point Section of East Boston, died on March 17.

She was the beloved wife of Jose Benitez-Ruiz; devoted mother of James Rock of North Carolina, Anthony Rock of Hull, Elizabeth “Ellie” Madaula of Revere, Carrie Ann Boyarsky of Brighton, Brian Rivas of New Jersey, Juan Jose Benitez of Peabody, Jonathan Benitez of Boston and Nathaniel Benitez of Lynn; dear sister of Maryann Black, Josephine Aiello, Gilbert “Junior” Rock, Grace Simon, Patrick J. Rock and Arnold Rock; cherished grandmother of 20 grandchildren; adored great grandmother of nine and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero_Mazzarella Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.

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Fannie Fanos

Member of Eastern Star

Fannie (Zouras) Fanos of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Springfield, died on March 16. She was 95 years old.

She was an active member St George Greek Orthodox Church Springfield, a member of the Eastern Star and worked for many years at Breck Products, a hair product factory in Springfield.

Mrs. Fanos, moved to Springfield 65 years ago before recently moving back to this area.  She was the beloved wife of the late Sofoulis “Phil”; devoted daughter of the late Demetrious and Julia (Marcopoulous) Zouras; loving aunt of James Zouras and his wife, Paula, of Revere and great aunt of Charles Zouras.

Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 25 in the Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield MA.

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Richard Edward McLaughlin

Delta Airline retiree

Richard Edward McLaughlin of Goodview, VA, died March 17 at the Salem VA Medical Center.  He was 78 years old.

He proudly served this country as a US Marine in the Korean War and was employed by Delta Airlines for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rosemary Liberatore McLaughlin; four daughters, Cathleen McLaughlin, Robin Gallagher and her husband, Jack, Karen Seaman and her husband, Tom and Maureen Rioux; one son, Michael McLaughlin and his wife, Gina; nine grandchildren, Thomas, Michael, and Kelly Seaman, Madison and James McLaughlin, Brooke Rioux, Sarah Elliott, Ryan and Patrick Gallagher; and one sister, Lois Picardi and her husband, Bob.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salem VA Palliative Care Center, 1970 Roanoke Blvd, Salem, VA 24153. To send condolences, please visit www.tharpfuneralhome.com.  Funeral arrangements were by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

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Walter Spolsino

Revere resident

Walter D. Spolsino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on March 16.

He was the cherished son of the late Nicholas and Madeline (Taylor) Spolsino; dear brother of Michael of Danvers, Nicholas of Saugus and Jenry Connolly of Ohio and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral and services were private. For on line guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Dorothy Costigan

Former Winthrop Hospital Telephone Operator

Dorothy A. (Grace) Costigan died March 15 at Lakes Region General Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Born in Everett, the daughter of S. Fred and Alice (Carroll) Grace, she grew up in the Everett and Revere area later moving to Winthrop before her move to New Hampshire in 1996. While living in Winthrop, Mrs. Costigan worked as a Telephone Operator for Winthrop Hospital. She was also a member of the Winthrop Emblem Club. After her move, she worked at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH also as a Telephone Operator. She had a flair for baking and was known for her magnificent decorated cakes. She also enjoyed doing ceramics.

Family members include her husband of 49 years, Thomas Costigan Sr. of Bristol, NH; five sons: Thomas Jr. and Kevin, both of Bristol, NH; Patrick of Winthrop, Brian of Plymouth, NH; Daniel of Hill, NH; 16 grandchildren; two sisters: Althea Clark of Tewksbury and Lorraine Washburn of Merrimack, NH and a brother, Fred Grace of Middleton_ as well as many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Bob and Bill Webster. Services-Calling hours will be Friday, March 18, from 1-3 pm at the Bristol United Church of Christ, South Main Street, Bristol, NH. Funeral Services will be observed at 3:00 pm in the Church. Private burial will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol.

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Lydia Johnson DeCristoforo

Kansas resident

Lydia Johnson DeCritoforo died February 22 at her home in Derby, Kansas. She was 47 years old.

She graduated from Charlottesville High chool in 1982 and James Madison University in 1986 and was employed by Cargill in Wichita, KS.

She was the daughter of the late Donald _Happy_ and Phyllis Johnson, formerly of Revere, and is survived by her husband, Robert DeCristoforo and her daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth DeCristoforo; her sisters, Holly Neavear, Constance Johnson and Patricia Johnson; her nephew, John Neavear and niece, Lyara Neavear.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Charlottesville, VA. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. DeCristoforoe asked that memorial donations be made to Victory in The Valley, 3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218 or Sarah & Elizabeth DeCristoforo College Scholarship Fund 3/o Ed Lewis, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 33 Cardinal Ct. Stanardsville, VA 22973, checks payable to _Thriveau Mutual Fund. Remembrances welcome at www.dailyprress.com or www.smithfamilymortuaries.com.

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Benjamin Cecca

East Boston resident

Benjamin V. Cecca died suddenly in Clearwater, FL on March 15.

A resident of East Boston, he was the beloved husband of Mary C. (Lindstrom); devoted father of Stephen B. and his wife, Diane, of Winthrop, Paul V. and his wife, Sharon, of Revere, Karen and her husband, Greg Capillo, of W. Peabody; dear brother of Dorothy Goode-Evans of Lowell and the late Michelina Bowen, Anthony, Louis, Silvano and John Cecca. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl., Brookline 02445. MagrathFuneralHome.com

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Maxine Teck

Longtime familiar figure greeting customers at Revere McDonalds

Maxine Teck of Malibu, California and Swampscott, died peacefully at her Malibu home on March 10. She was 85 years old

She was born June 23, 1925 at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York , the daughter of Harry and Shirley (Goldring) Rapp. She grew up in the larger than life atmosphere of Coney Island where her parents operated a carnival booth. She had many colorful friends from her childhood years who remained friends throughout her entire life.

In 1944 she married prize fighter Artie Tedesco. Their marriage was a stormy and short couple of years that produced a beloved son, Steven. They remained friends all their lives.

In 1948 she met the love of her life, Stanley Teck, a soda jerk and World War II combat veteran working in his father’s deli in the Bronx. He swept her off her feet and he took Maxine and her son, Steven, to beautiful sunny California. It was here that three more children joined their family, David, Sarah and Susan. The Teck family lived in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles where many friends from New York came to visit and stay. Her home was always where the action was. Food, family and friends were all welcome at their table. The door was always open.

As the children grew older and began families of their own, she returned to school as an adult and graduated from the California State University at Northridge with a BA and a teaching credential. It took many years, but eventually she began teaching high school history for the Los Angeles Unified School District from which she eventually retired.

Her thirst for knowledge never ceased. She always read anything she could get her hands on. She was intelligent and informed. She enjoyed conversations on most any topic from music, art, business, or politics. Her views were slightly to the left of Ted Kennedy’s and she was always a champion of the underdog. There was no topic she would avoid. She was gifted when it came to making acquaintances.

She knew many people in Revere as her daughter owns the new McDonalds on Squire Road, and Mrs. Teck sat at the first booth for some 15 to 20 years greeting customers.

She did plenty of traveling with her dear Stanley until his early departure in 1985 after 36 years of marriage. That was a tough loss for the whole family.

Her children would tell her she had “ants in her pants!” She never wanted to sit around. Let’s go here, let’s go there… anywhere new and exciting. Even in her later years, she strapped her scooter on the back of her car and off to the mall she went.

Maxine Teck will be missed by many, many friends and family. She was predeceased by her dear husband Stanley, her loving son, David, and her beautiful granddaughter, Sabrina. She is survived by her son Steven and his wife, Donna Teck of Granada Hills, California, Sarah Teck and her husband, Robert “Mac” Wishon, of Swampscott and Susan and her husband, Richard Nuttall, of Malibu, California. She leaves her grandchildren Jeffrey and his wife, Galit Teck, and Michael and his wife, Meredith Teck and Derek Koda, all of California, and Cameron and his wife, Vera Everson, of Salem and David and his wife, Tracy Wishon of Somerville and Shannon Wishon and Rich Morley of Wakefield, England. She leaves five great grandchildren Ryan, Braden, Kelly, Carson and Mr. Gabe. She also leaves a devoted sister, June Rosoff, of Burbank, California and many nieces and nephews. Her dear companion “Radar” misses her as well.

A memorial service was held and she was buried near her husband and son in California.

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Robert Ventullo

East Boston resident

Robert F. Ventullo of East Boston died on March 3.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved father of Judith Ventullo of Revere, Robert A. Ventullo and his wife, Gina, of Salem, NH, Margaret Ventullo of Haverhill and the late Donna Ventullo; loving grandfather of seven grandchildren and one great grandchild; brother of James Ventullo of Saugus, the late Carol Derousi and Nicholas Ventullo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Robert Loucks

Chelsea resident

Robert C. Loucks of Chelsea died on March 10. He was 50 years old.

He was the son of the late Byron and Charlotte (Sheppard) Louks; brother of Carol S. Loucks of Revere and brother in law of John R. Lewis, Sr.; nephew of Elaine and Walter Sheppard of Malden, Susan and John Porcaro, Charles and Debbie, all of Billerica; uncle of Melissa S. Lewis and John R. Lewis, Jr., both of Revere.

Private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family with arrangements entrusted to the William R. Carafa and Son Funeral Home of Chelsea.

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