Rev. Rocco Crescenzi
Longtime Administrator and Director of Don Orione Nursing Home
Rev. Rocco Crescenzi, son of Domenic and Philomena, died at the Don Orione Nursing Home on April 3 after a brief illness. He was 95 years old.
He was the last of six children. The family was very close, loving and religious, and he became interested in the priesthood very early in life. His uncle, nephew, a niece and two cousins have joined religious orders.
Father Rocco entered the Don Orione Congregation in 1930, and attended the Don Orione Seminaries in Northern Italy, where he met Don Orione in person. Father Rocco was privileged to associate with him during the last 10 years of Don Orione’s life and for a period of one year, he enjoyed the privilege to have been one of Don Orione’s personal younger attendants, performing many of the necessary chores required of Don Orione.
Fr. Rocco was ordained a priest on October 3, 1943, at the age of 27, at the Shrine of Our Guardian Lady in Tortona.
His early assignments were spent in Naples from 1945 to 1949, where he was caring for and teaching the orphans and war crippled children. On October 10, 1949, he left Naples for Boston, disembarking in Philadelphia, on October 29, reaching Boston on October 30, four months after the official opening of the Italian Home for the aged in East Boston. Shortly after his arrival, 12 elderly women became the first occupants of the first Home which stands on 120 Orient Avenue, East Boston.
Fr. Rocco became the director in 1952, and served as such for various terms and as its Administrator, for more than 40 years, During Fr. Rocco’s service and leadership, the Home, from its very humble beginnings, has become a 200 bed Nursing Home providing skilled nursing care, medical assistance, social and rehabilitative services combined with spiritual guidance and comfort. It was among the first to recognize the importance of providing home life, not just institutional care.
In 1975, the Don Orione Home created a Day Care Health Center for Elderly citizens. Sixty five elderly men and women participate in this program receiving nursing and medical care during the day and returning to their residences each evening. The Home is considered one of the finest in the state. He was also instrumental in the building of the Madonna Queen National Shrine across the street from the nursing home.
In October of 2003, Fr. Rocco’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated, marking his 60 years in priesthood and 54 years at the Don Orione Home. He was also presented with the First Don Orione Lifetime Achievement Award at the 37th Annual Banchetto.
Fr. Rocco will lie in state in the Volpe Chapel in the Don Orione Nursing Home today, Wednesday, April 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, April 7 at the Chapel of the Madonna Queen National Shrine at 12 noon. Burial will follow the mass in the Don Orione Father’s lot in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the Don Orione Home 111 Orient Ave., East Boston MA 02128. To sign Fr. Rocco’s online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop.
Erica Lynn Grover
Erica Lynn Grover of Chelsea died unexpectedly on Friday afternoon, April 1. She was 28 years old.
Born in Melrose and a resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she worked for a number of years at S&L, Floramo’s and at the Olive Garden in Boston
She was the devoted mother of James P. McKinnon, III; beloved daughter of Linda Grover of Revere and Frederick L. Grover, III of Florida; loving sister of Frederick L. Grover, IV of Revere, Christopher Grover of Somerville and Paul Grover of Florida; cherished granddaughter of Lester Erickson of Florida and Irene Holstine of Chelsea and is also lovingly survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7:30 PM. Committal Services will be private. To send a message of condolence to Erica’s family please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
George V. Sakillaris of Revere died on April 4.
A US Army veteran, he was the beloved son of the late Vasilios and Demetra (Kanellos) Sakillaris; loving brother of Joan Tatosky, Sammy Sakillares and his wife, Christine, and the late Panos Sakillaris; brother in law of Irene Sakillaris and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
His Funeral will be held from the Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home, 558 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown on Thursday, April 7 at 9 a.m. followed by services in Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 14 Magazine St., Cambridge. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Blue Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the above named church.
Resident of Medford and Florida
Melvin J. ‘Mel’ Fistori of Medford and Englewood, FL, died on April 3.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Bridget (Coffey); devoted father of Mary O’Keefe and her husband, Walter, of Medford, Melrene Stone and her husband, Allen, of Revere, Theresa Doherty and her husband, Daniel, of Malden, Christina Rivkees and her husband, Scott, of Connecticut and Timothy Fistori and his wife, Carol; dear uncle of Alfred Poirier and his wife, Sandra, of Tewksbury and is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, eight loving great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church, 600 Pleasant St., Malden, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. For directions, obituary and guestbook dellorusso.net
Joan L. (Hewitt) Kirk of Winthrop died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital on March 30. She was 69 years old.
Prior to her retirement, she worked as a waitress in Jeveli’s Restaurant in East Boston and the former Cloud Nine Restaurant in Logan Airport.
The beloved wife of John J. “Jack” Kirk, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Hugh M. and Marian V. (Sanborn) Hewitt. She was the devoted mother and step-mother of Robert V. Cone and his wife, Julie, of Latham, NY, Christine L. Murphy and her husband, Kevin, of Winthrop, Scott B. Cone and his companion, Robin McDonough, of Winthrop, John T. Kirk and his wife, Joanne, of Winthrop, Dennis E. Kirk of Revere, and William J. Kirk of Saugus; dear sister of her late twin, Judith Acone, and Virginia Triantos; adored grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
At the request of the family, funeral arrangements will be private and entrusted to the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Retired self employed mason and bricklayer
Harry S. Crawford of Revere died at the Massachusetts General Hospital on April 3. He was 87 years old.
Prior to his retirement, he was a self employed mason and bricklayer. One of his favorite pastimes was going to Suffolk Downs to enjoy the races and the horses.
He was the beloved husband of the late Cecile N. (Myers) Crawford. Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Halprin) Crawford; devoted father of Dianne E. McCarthy and her husband, William J., of Marblehead, Natalie C. Crawford of Ware, Edward Jeffries and Ronald Crawford, both of Revere, and the late John Morrison; dear brother of Dorothy Tirrell of Winthrop, and the late Joseph and William Crawford; adored grandfather of Dianne Lincoln and her husband, Paul, of East Brookfield, Chance Boisse of Sandwich, Kerrin McCarthy of Brooklyn, NY, Michael McCarthy and his wife, Patricia, of Weston, CT, Jessalyn, Susie, Merritt, and Edward Jeffries, and Lauren Crawford. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Cremation was private. Donations in his name may be made to the MSPCA-Angell Memorial Animal Hospital 350 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02130. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
East Boston resident
Constance Pusateri of East Boston died on April 1.
She was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Rose (Bova) Pusateri; loving sister of Camille Ferullo of Vermont, Anthony of Florida, Frank of East Boston and the late Philip, Anna, Jon and James Pusateri.
Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a service in our Chapel of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit from 9 to 11 a.m. today. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book, please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com
Francis Dowling, Jr.
Of Orange, formerly of Revere
Francis A. Dowling, Jr. of Orange, MA, formerly of Revere, died on April 1.
A retired machinist and an avid hunter / fisherman, he was the beloved father of the late Laurie; devoted son of the late Francis “Frank” and Mary (Krebs) Dowling; loving cousin of Pauline Dion of Burlington, Anita Sybertz of Reading, Paula Jeffrey of Revere, Richard Krebs of Florida, Diane Berkenfield of Utah and David Myette of North Reading; dear friend of Barbara Barnes of Orange Ma. He is also survived by three grandchildren.
Graveside services were held in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody with arrangements by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. www.Buonfiglio.com
Aboard USS Randolph that survived World War II Kamikaze attack
Richard J. Cesareo of East Boston died on April 1.
He served proudly aboard the aircraft carrier USS Randolph during World War II, seeing combat in the pacific including a kamikaze attack on his ship. After the war, he worked for more than 20 years as an MBTA employee. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, Big Band music and spending time with family and friends.
He was the beloved husband of the late Raffella “Ella” (Amato) Cesareo and son of the late Stellario and Vincenza (Triffiletti) Cesareo; beloved father of Richard Cesareo and his wife, Elaine, of Winthrop, Linda Reeves and her husband, Maurice, of Winthrop, Paula Montagano and her husband, Peter, of Wakefield, and Anthony Cesareo and his wife, Melissa, of Hazlet, NJ; loving grandfather of Richard, Joseph, Christopher and Stephanie and cherished great-grandfather of Krystiana. He was the dear brother of Josephine Cesareo of Revere, Anthony Cesareo of Peabody, Eleanor Pupolo and her husband, Frank, of Revere and the late Joan, Leo, Larry, Nancy Cesareo, Katherine Stokes, and Lena Caissie. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, 917 Bennington St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors today, Wednesday, from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box, 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. To leave online condolences please visit www.kirby-rapino.com.
Monica M. Trapp of Chelsea died on Friday evening, April 1 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers. She was 58 years old.
Born in Santiago, Chile, she has lived in Chelsea since June of 1996. For over eight years she was a private childcare provider and for a short time worked in real estate.
She was the devoted mother of Ricardo Lyon Trapp of Pleasantville, New York, Carolina Lyon Trapp of Houston, Texas and Felipe G. Lyon Trapp of Chelsea; beloved daughter of Luz E. Munoz of Villa Alemana, Chile and the late Guillermo F. Trapp; loving sister of Patricia Trapp Munoz of Santa Catalina, Brazil, Francisco Trapp Munoz, Ricardo Trapp Munoz and Marcelo Trapp Munoz, all of Villa Alemana, Chile; cherished grandmother of Vincente, Natalia and Tomas Lyon.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Memorial Service on Friday evening at 7:30 in the Iglesia Cristiana Renacer, 65 Munroe Street, Lynn. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes.com
Former DPW employee and member of Orioles
Patrick M. DeSimone of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on April 3.
A former employee of the Revere DPW, he was also a former member of Orioles Nest 123.
He was the beloved son of the late Pasquale “Patsy” and Carmella (Zaccaria) DeSimone; dear brother of John DeSimone of Revere; loving uncle of Lorene Griffin and her husband, Daniel, of Billerica, Karen DeSimone of S. Yarmouth and grand uncle of Alexandra and Jake Griffin. He is also survived by many loving cousins.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home today, Wednesday, April 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905. For guestbook or flowers please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Anna Rose DeCain
Retired Registered Nurse
Anna Rose DeCain, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on April 1 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 98 years old.
Ms. DeCain retired as a Registered Nurse from the Massachusetts Eye an Ear Infirmary in Boston.
She was born in Somerville, the daughter of the late William M. an Laura (Zarlli) DeCain; dear sister of William M. DeCain and his wife, Paula, of Revere, Bernice L. Hudson of Chelsea, Laura B. Smith and her husband, Gene, of Chelsea and the late Dante, Frederick and Vincent DeCain; sister in law of Josephine, Edna and the late Lewis G. “Butch” Hudson and Mary DeCain. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady of Grace Church Maintenance Fund, 59 Nichols st., Chelsea, MA 02150.
Touraine Paint retiree
Earl D. Reddick of Swampscott, formerly of Lynn and Chelsea, died on March 31 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a short illness. He was 85 years old.
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a graduate of Chelsea schools and a dedicated employee of Touraine paints in Everett, retiring after 40 years of service. He was a member of the Cary Square Associates, a former member of the Bellingham Bowling League and a member of the Swampscott Senior Citizens.
The beloved husband of Myrtle B. (Smith) Reddick, he was the devoted father of Gail Benton and her husband, Michael, of Swampsctt and Robert Reddick and his wife, Kimberly, of Lynn; dear brother of Flora Hall and her husband, Richard, of Eastham, Beverly Ege and her husband, James, of Revere and the late Evelyn Corbett and Wiliam W. Reddick. He is also lovingly survived by seven granchilren, Jill, Adam, Lindsey, Aaron, Caleb, Evan and Daniel.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Alfred ‘Al’ Panzini
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Alfred “Al” Panzini of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on March 31.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of Marie (Consolo) Panzini with whom he shared 49 years of marriage; loving father of Lisa Rosetti and her husband, Brian, of Marblehead and Michelle Prodgers and her husband, Marc, of Melrose; dear brother of Eleanor Gogliotti and Louis Panzini, both of Revere, William of Salem and the late Patrick and Joseph Panzini; cherished grandfather of Christian and Christina Rosetti and Gavin and Gabrielle Prodgers.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Neal Harvey Young
Member of JWV of Revere
Neal Harvey Young, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on March 29. He was 67 years old.
He attended Chelsea schools, was a graduate of Chelsea High School, a US Army Vietnam Veteran and a proud member of the Jewish War Veterans Prince-Strauss/Gorman Post 161 in Revere. He was also a member of Walnut Street Synagogue. He enjoyed traveling and visited numerous countries during his life.
The loving son of Norman and Sarah Young, he was the dear brother of Sheldon Young, Elaine Young, Carol Bell and her husband John, Sandra Padulsky and her husband Morton, Carl Young and his companion, Nancy Dyer, Barbara Nair and her husband, Howard, Jordan Young, and the late Norton Young. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02210; The Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA 02062 or to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website, www.torffuneralservice.com.
Edmund Turiello of Saugus died on April 5.
A US Marine veteran of World War II, in 1943, he was a MT Marine Seargent who guarded President Roosevelt. He was a member of the Society of American Registered Architects, a former professor at Wentworth Institute and writer for the Post-Gazette News Paper.
He was the beloved husband of Gertrude (Rizzo) of Saugus; dear brother of the late Virginia Cirace, Harold Turiello and Arelia Airola and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
At the family’s request all services are private with arrangements by the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
Lifelong Revere resident
Frances (Pittelli) Andreottola, a lifelong Revere resident, died on April 5 at the Massachusetts General after a brief illness.
A homemaker, who loved spending time with her family, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Carmella (Restiano) Pittelli Francis, the beloved wife of the late Nicholas; devoted mother of Frank and his wife, Phyllis, of Saugus, Donna Bowden and her husband, Peter, of Revere and Paul and his wife, Dianne, of Newburyport; loving grandmother of Brian Andreottola and his wife, Michelle, Michael Bowden and his wife, Tara, Kimberly Cobbett and her husband, Jon, Jaime O’Byrne and her husband, Chris, David Bowden and Kris and Rose Andreottola; dear sister of Anthony Pittelli and Rosemarie Ellsworth, both of Revere. She is also survived by three loving great grandchildren Vanessa, Nicholas and Caleigh and many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday April 8 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905 or Boston Catholic TV 55 Chapel St PO Box 9109 Newtonvile Ma 02460.
Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea
Louis Colombo of Naples, FL, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 27. He was 59 years old.
He served in the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War; was the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
He was the son of the late Guy Anthony Colombo and Anita and Angelo Boccuzzi; father of Erica Colombo of Boston, brother of Mareann (George) Kaddaras of Wakefield, the late Anthony (Georgette) Colombo of Melrose, Robert (Meryl) Boccuzzi of Naples, FL, Vito Boccuzzi of Revere, Lucy Lally of Swampscott and Anthony (Annette) Boccuzzi of Peabody; nephew of Madeline Cardinale of New York, uncle of several nieces and nephews in the Boston area, and former husband of Deborah Clayman of Revere and Kathy Colombo of Maine.
A Memorial Service will be held at a future date; notification to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150.