Obituaries 05-25-2011

May 25, 2011
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Harold Gaff Jr.

Verizon employee

Harold J. Gaff Jr. of Revere died unexpectedly on May 21.

He was a graduate of Immaculate Conception School, Class of 1974, BC High, Class of 1978 and the University of Maine in Orono and was employed by Verizon for more than 25 years.

He was the husband of Sophia Mamos Gaff of Lynn; cherished son of Jean (Snow) Gaff and her long time friend, Ralph Colarusso, both of Revere and the late Harold Gaff, Sr.; loving father of Harold III, Rachael and George Gaff, all of Lynn; dear brother of the late Lynn Ellen Gaff; grandfather of Jordan Gaff; adored nephew of Helen Zucco and her husband, Ernest, and Charles Schlicher and his wife, Doreen, all of Chelsea and Joseph Schlicher and his wife, Patricia, of Saugus.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Sterling Wardell Jr.

Of Beverly, formerly of East Boston

Sterling Wardell Jr. of Beverly, formerly of East Boston, died on May 23.

He was the cherished son of the late Sterling Sr. and Mary (Ciampa) Wardell; dear brother of Anthony Lascuola of Marblehead,  Enrico Lascuola of Brockton and the late Mary Cerese and Carol McLibargey; fond uncle of Michael and Kate McLibargey of North Andover, Ronnie Tattersalo and his wife, Deborah, of Rowley and Edward McLibargey of Taunton and many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invied to visit with the family on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. with a service at 7:30 p.m. in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Burial will be private. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Barbara Foley

Worked for “Food Master” of Charlestown

Barbara E. Foley, formerly of Revere, died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on May 22 following a brief illness. She was 64 years old.

Born and raised in Charlestown, she lived there until moving to Revere in 1999. She left Revere in 2005 shortly after her late husband, Maurice B. Foley died in November of 2004. From 2005 untl her death, she made her home with her sister, Patricia Copithorne of Malden. Mrs. Foley worked for more than 15 years, until the time of her death, as a clerk at “Food Master” of Charlestown. She was a graduate of Charlestown Girls High School, Class of 1964.

She was the cherished mother of William H. Foley and his wife, Kelly A., and Maurice B. Foley, Jr., all of Everett and the devoted grandmother of Breanna D. and Brady M. Foley of Everett. She is also lovingly survived by her mother Kathleen (Hindle) Duggan of Medford and was also the daughter of the late James Duggan. She was the dear sister of John Duggan and his wife, Susan of Shirley, MA and Patricia Copithorne and her husband, Robert, of Malden and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours are Thursday, May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted in the Funeral Home on Friday, May2 7 at 11 a.m. followed by burial in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Roxbury.

Josephine Ciampi-McDuff

Former Proprietor of Tammy Sportswear

Josephine L. (Ciulla) Ciampi-McDuff of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on May 22.

She was a member of the Contractors Association of the International Garment Workers where she sat on the Board of Directors and the former proprietor Tammy Sportswear in Boston’s China Town.

The beloved wife of Raymond B. McDuff, she was the devoted mother of James Ciampi of Danvers and step mother of Diane Newton of Peabody, David McDuff of Derry, NH, Jean DaRusso of Salem and Marie Engler of Florida; dear sister of the late John Ciulla, Jennie Lochiatto, Stephen Ciulla, Jeanette Solazzo and Joseph Ciulla and is also survived by seven loving grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio &Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a  Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery.

Joan Tigges

Homemaker

Joan H. (White) Tigges, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on May 20 at the following a long illness at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 70 years old.

Born in Chelsea, most of her life was spent as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

She was the wife of the late Alfred T. Tigges who died on December 25, 1983; cherished mother of Edward M. Tigges and his wife, Marcy E., of Revere, Thomas A. Tigges and his wife, Linda, of Chelsea, Robin J. and Kevin J. Tigges, both of Revere, and the late Deborah A. Tigges; devoted grandmother of Edward M. Tigges II and his wife, Christine M., Emily and Abigail Citro, all of Revere, and Alexa M. and Brielle A. Tigges, both of Chelsea; dear sister of Mary “Tudy” Masella and her husband, Eugene, of Revere, Edward White and his wife, Mildred, of Arizona, Jeannette “Sister” Angelo and her husband, Joseph L., of Saugus, Frederick White of Port Charlotte, Florida and the late Joseph White, Josephine “Pinky” Souza and Winnifred White. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Josephine White of Boca Raton, FL, many nieces and nephews, and her canine companion, “Zoey.”

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere on Thursday, May 26 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Marie Assunta Collins

Resident of North Carolina

Marie Assunta Collins of Fayetteville, North Carolina died on May 20 at her residence. She was born August 27, 1924 in Suffolk County, MA. and was 86 years old.

She was the wife of the late Edward Joseph Collins and is survived by a son, Edward Joseph Collins Jr. and his wife, Ruth, of Carlisle, PA; two daughters, Lucy Collins of Raleigh and Mary Lee Garrett and her husband, Steve, of Wilmington, NC; four grandchildren, Stephen Edward Garrett and his spouse, Brandy, Elizabeth Ann Garrett and her husband, Edwin Britt Martin III M.D., Robert Michael Stockwell and Sean Edward Collins and two great-grandchildren, Carleigh and Dylan.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville on Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 27 in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home Chapel with Msgr. Michael Shugrue officiating. She will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

Edward Nazzaro

Educator

Edward J. Nazzaro of Melrose, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on May 21.

A former educator in the Revere Public Schools, he was the beloved husband of Ann (Zizza); devoted father of Patricia Niedzwiecki of Dracut, Nancy Nazzaro of Boston and Susan Haley and Edward Jr., both of Medina, Ohio; dear brother of the late Frederick Nazzaro and is also survived by four loving grandchildren Zachary, Holly, Andrew and Alex.

Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Elmira LeBlanc

Office Manager

Elmira (Warner) LeBlanc of Revere died on May 22. She was 77 years old.

An office manager, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward L. LeBlanc; devoted mother of Edward David of Tennessee, Bruce A. of Maine, Kim Dow of New Hampshire, Edward F. of Revere, Scott of New Hampshire, Ellie Lancaster of Maine and George of New Hampshire; dear sister of Frank Warner of Florida and the late Charles and Carl Warner. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons -Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a graveside service in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

Andrea Muise-Duval

Everett resident

Andrea Muise-Duval of Everett, formerly of Winthrop, died on May 22.

She was the beloved fiancée of Paul Aversa of Everett; loving mother of Renee Muise and John of Salem, NH, Tracy Muise and her fiancé, Christopher, of North Revere, Edward Muise and his wife, Shannon, of Sanford, ME.; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Stefon, Aaron, Leighana, Kaylee and Peyton; great-grandmother of Isabella.

Her Funeral will be held from The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, 917 Bennington St. (Orient Heights) East Boston on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m.  The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Donations in her memory may be brought to visiting hours.  To leave online condolences and for directions, visit www.kirby-rapino.com

Irene Peters

Dance instructor

Irene A. (Shields) Peters of Revere died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on May 20. She was 86 years old.

Her passion was tap dancing. She was an instructor at the Winthrop Senior Center, coaching the “Seaside Tappers” and the owner of the Irene A. Baron Dance Studio in Beachmont, Revere. In her earlier years, she enjoyed many dance outings at the former Blinstrubs Ballroom near South Station in Boston. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a Loan Officer at the Nashua Trust in New Hampshire.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert L. Peters and the former wife of the late Jacob Baron. Born in Cambridge, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary (McNeice) Shields; devoted mother of James S. “Jim” Baron and his wife, Kathy, of Winthrop, and Diane Baron-DiMino and her husband, Sal, of Revere; adored grandmother of Julianna DiMino of Revere; dear sister of the late Lorraine Alfano, Jim Shields, and Dr. Joan Shields and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Visiting hour will be held on Thursday May 26, at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop beginning at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass following the visitation at St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. For guestbook and directions, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

Irene Harrington

Revere resident

Irene B. (Rudolph) Harrington of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paul F. Harrington; devoted mother of Patricia Harrington of Revere, Jean Melvin and her husband, Ronald, of Auburn, NH, and Diane Harrington of Everett; loving daughter of the late Ernest and Sophie (Tomczak) Rudolph; cherished grandmother of Brian Carmody, Patrick Coyne, Irene Melvin-Wright, Stephanie Melvin-Brockstedt, Eric Harrington-Negron and Danielle Harrington-Negron and adored great-grandmother of Isabella Carmody, Christopher Wright, Brian Carmody, Jr. and Nolan Coyne.

Her Funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Wednesday, May 25, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Washington Avenue, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

Celia DiPietro

Lifelong Revere resident

Celia L. (Bagnulo) DiPietro, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on May 20. She was 93 years old.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1935, she was the beloved wife of the late Carmine DiPietro, the devoted mother of Sally Pacheco of Natick, Paul of Wakefield, Carl of Acton, Robert of Revere and the late Alan DiPietro; dear sister of Robert Bagnulo of Tewksbury and is also survived by nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Don Orione, 111 Orient Ave. Boston, MA. 02128. For guest book visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Raymond Forster

Member of American Legion, Bay State Postcard Club and United Airlines Retirement Association

Raymond R. Forster of Revere died on May 20. He was 78 years old.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the American Legion, Bay State Postcard Club and the United Airlines Retirement Association.

He was the beloved husband of 51 yrs. of Wanda (Pavey); loving father of Raymond Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, of Andover, Daniel and his wife, Patricia, and Philip and his wife, Judith, all of Marblehead; cherished grandfather of Philip II. Justin, Jaclynn, Jessica, Mary Rose, Raymond III and Mia; dear brother of Ruth Hannigan of Milton, Mary of Revere, Eugenia Nicholson of Lynn, Edward of Winthrop, Joseph of Lynn and the late Rita Kamholz, William and James and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Please omit flowers. Donations in his name can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, Church St. Station, PO Box 780 New York, NY 1008-0780 or visit www.michaeljfox.org. For guestbook please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Peter Spolsino

Rosetti Senior Center member

Peter P. Spolsino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on May 19. He was 86 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a graduate of  Wentworth Institute and a member of the Rossetti Senior Center of Revere.

He was the husband of the late Margaret T. (Marciano); devoted father of Sandra J. DeAmelio and her late husband, Thomas J., Joyce S. Parent and her husband, Michael, Lisa S. King and her husband, Donny, all of Revere and Gail S. Nicholls and her husband, John, of Middleton; dear brother of Rose Fiorino of East Boston, Mary Venezia of Florida and the late Anthony and Nicholas Spolsino and Angie Ferro. He is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, a great-grandson, Brayden P. DeAmelio of Worcester and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the VNA of Boston, 500 Rutherford Avenue, Charlestown, MA 02129.

Joan Frammartino

Of Danvers, formerly of Revere

Joan M. (Morelli) Frammartino of Danvers, formerly of Revere, died on May 18 following a long illness. She was 77 years old.

She was the beloved wife of 57 years to Domenic P. Frammartino; cherished mother of Mark A. Frammartino and his wife, Barbara, of Wanaque, NJ, Michele A. Lea and her husband, Louis, and Maria A. Blaikie and her husband, Robert, all of Danvers and Michael A. Frammartino of Peabody; devoted grandmother of Robert D. and Anna R. Blaikie, Alexandra J., Christopher L. and Nicholas E. Lea, all of Danvers, and Nikki E. Frammartino of Wanaque, NJ.; dear sister of Albert J. “Bert” Morelli Jr. and his late wife, Kathleen, of Revere and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Burial was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Remembrances may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2931. Arrangements were in the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.

Gaetana Russo

Retired Stitcher

Gaetana (Maira) Russo of Revere died on May 20. She was 97 years old.

Born in Italy, she worked as a stitcher and was the beloved wife of the late Luigi Russo; devoted mother of Giovanna Lucifora and her husband, Frank, Vincenza “Enza” Bagnato and her husband, Rocco, all of Revere and Angelo Russo and his wife, Catherine, of Winthrop; loving grandmother of Sally Nelson, Frank Lucifora, Laura Bagnato, Christina Russo and three great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Cross Mausoleum. www.buonfiglio.com.

Joan Spakoski-La Monica

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Joan (Chipman) Spakoski-La Monica of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 20.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Spakoski and Joseph S. LaMonica; loving mother of Walter LaMonica of Pennsylvania, Keith LaMonica and his friend, Rachel Belew, of Ipswich and Annette LaMonica of New Hampshire; dear sister of Carol Carlson of South Carolina, Arthur Chipman of Hyannis, Walter Chipman of Weymouth and the late Patricia Bystone, Rainy King and Fred and Richard Chipman; cherished grandmother of Cody LaMonica, Jenna Capone, Jayden LaMonica, Nicholas Venuti, Casey Migliacci and Destiny Belew and great grandmother of one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the MGH Hospital Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 Att: Eugene Mahr. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Carolyn Concepcion

Touched many lives in the Hispanic community

Carolyn (Scaramozza) Concepcion of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, died at home on May 19   surrounded by her loving family and closest friends after a long illness. She was 58 years old.

A former employee of Boston Parks & Recreation Department, East Boston Health Center, Stephen Gopin, LLC as well as the Chelsea Square interpretation services, she will be remembered for the many lives she touched and families she reunited through out the Hispanic community.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Concetta (DelTufo) and Guido Scaramozza; devoted mother of Thomas, Richard, Cruz and Gregory of Revere; beloved sister of Janet of Merrimack, NH, Joseph and Rita of Revere and Richard, Annette and the late Robert of East Boston. She is also survived by her loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

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

Helen Danberg

Revere resident

Helen (Lotten) Danberg of Revere, formerly of Malden, died on May 19. She was 88 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Nathan Danberg; beloved mother of Donna Elfman and Sheila Taymore; loving sister of the late Bertha Greenfield and Annette Rosenbloom; adored grandmother of Heather Hagler, Douglas Elfman, Sean Taymore, Justin Taymore and five great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Everett. Shiva will be observed at the Elfman residence, 6 Southwood Road, Worcester through Thursday from 1 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online condolences: www.goldmanfc.com.

Claire Lauro

Of Salem, formerly of Revere

Claire G. (Mulcahy) Lauro of Salem, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on May 18. She was 82 years old.

She was the wife of the late Frederick C. Lauro; devoted mother of Mary Elise Lauro of Salem, Thomas F. Lauro and his wife, Jill, of Melrose, Frederick P. Lauro and his wife, Lisa, of Canton, and the late Jane M. Lauro; cherished grandmother of Kate M. and Jack D. Lauro, both of Canton; dear sister of the late Mary T. Mulcahy.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Friends of the Public Garden, Inc., 87 Mt. Vernon St., Boston, MA 02108,or www.friendsatpublicgarden.org.

Marie Napoleone

Charlestown Navy Yard retiree and Sacred Heart Church receptionist

Marie Napoleone of Boston’s North End died on May 16. She was 94 years old.

She worked at the Charlestown Naval Ship Yard and upon her retirement became receptionist at the Sacred Heart Church in the North End where she was a devoted parishioner.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Giulia (DiBerto) and Settimio Napoleone; loving sister of Umberto “Al” Napoleone and his wife, Dorothy, of Westwood and the late Egidio “Jimmy” Napoleone and Rita Lucente; dear sister-in-law of Michael Lucente of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. www.bostonharborsidehome.com.

Adelina Marano

East Boston resident

Adelina (Coscia) Marano of East Boston died on May 17. She was in her 95th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincenzo Marano with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; loving mother of Pasquale Marano and his wife, Christine, of Peabody, Alphonse Marano and his fiancé, Ann Marie Raffaele of Revere, Michael Marano of East Boston and the late Anthny Marano; dear sister of Antonetta Greorio and Marie Bonetti, both of Italy, and the late Filomena Trichet, Antonio, Frank and Orlando Coscia; cherished grandmother of Peter, Sherri and Vincent Marano and great grandmother of James and Anthony Tommey.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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