Obituaries 07-13-2011

July 13, 2011
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Kevin McDonough, Jr.

Fought long and courageous battle with Cerebral Palsey

Kevin M. McDonough, Jr. of East Boston died on July 11 after a long and courageous battle with Cerebal Palsey. He was 32 years old.

Kevin, who enjoyed supporting East Boston Pop Warner and Little League, was the loving son of Maryellen (Serino) Mosca and her husband, Nicholas of East Boston; adored brother of Stacey Scott and her husband. Shane of Wakefield, formerly of East Boston, Nicholas Mosca and his fiancée, Lisa Ferrara of Revere, formerly of East Boston, Michael and Anthony Mosca, both at home; cherished grandson of Anthony and Marie (Olivieri) Serino,Thomas McDonough and the late Gloria (Scarpa) McDonough ,Carole (Grieco) Mosca and the late Anthony “Chubby” Mosca, all of East Boston. He is also survived by many fond aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Kevin’s life will be held in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston on Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited and requested to go directly to the Church on Friday Visiting hours will be held in the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights ) East Boston on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Because of the love and care that Kevin received from The Mass Hospital School, 3 Randolph St., Canton 02021, to Honor Kevin’s life, memorial donations may be made to the above named Hospital % Kathleen Kalell. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home please call 617 569 0990. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.

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Joseph Grasso                   

Active in Many Organizations

Joseph A. “Joe” Grasso of Winthrop died at home surrounded by his loving family on July 10. He was 82 years old.

He was a US Marine Corps. member serving during the Korean War, a Life Member of the Cottage Park Yacht Club, where he was active in many activities including secretary of the men’s bowling league as well as an avid bowler, a Life Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks 1078, Order Sons of Italy 2057-Winthrop, and the AMVETS-Winthrop Post 48. Prior to his retirement, he was a Right of Way Agent for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The beloved husband of Sophia E. (Tarnowski) Grasso, he was born in East Boston the son of the late Florindo and Lucia (Russo) Grasso. He was the devoted father of Deborah Kneeland and her fiancé, Lawrence Keegan of Salem, Constance Grayson and her husband, Steven of Winthrop, Joseph Grasso and his wife, Jackie of Wolfeboro, NH, Veronica Moore and her husband, William of Winthrop and Patricia Lambert and her husband, Mark of Wilmington; brother of Constance Millerick and Lucy DeLuca and her husband, Dr. Salvatore, all of Revere; adored grandfather of Robert, Briana and Nicole Kneeland, Sophia Grayson, Joseph, Jonathan, and Joshua Grasso, Matthew and Alyssa Moore, and Clyde, Julia, and Gus Lambert. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop, Thursday, July 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St. Winthrop, MA. 02152, or to a charity of your choice. For guestbook, go to www.mauricekirbyfh.com.

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Angelo Scarpetta

Former US Postal Employee

Angelo Scarpetta of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 10.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War and a former employee of the US Postal Service, South Postal Annex, he was the beloved husband of Carmella (Bonarrigo) Scarpetta with whom he shared 57 years of marriage;  dear brother of James of New York and the late Angelina Grebb, Phyllis Murphy, Anthony, Domenic and John Scarpetta and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com

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Alan Synnott

Well Known Musician and Entertainer

Alan G. Synnott, band leader and owner of the local band Rocky Road, died of Prostate Cancer on July 9 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 64 years old.

He attended the Berkley School of Music, was an accomplished saxophone player and married Sandra Pignato and  together they lived in Chelsea before settling in Revere 40 years ago.  A well known entertainer for over 25 years, he owned and led _Rocky Road_ and also entertained as DJ Alan Synnott.  He retired several years ago from the City of Chelsea DPW Dept.  He enjoyed Classic Cars, was a member of the NRA  and enjoyed vacationing on the beaches of Puerto Rico.

Born and raised in Fall River, he was the loving son of the late James and Hilda (Ponte) Synnott; beloved husband of 43 years to Sandy (Pignato) Synnott of Revere; devoted father of Alan Synnott of Everett and Renee Synnott of Texas; cherished grandfather of Nicholas Mastromarino and Roman Synnott and dear brother of James Synnnott.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Sunday, July 17 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Casa Lucia, 61 Lucia Ave., Revere.  A special tribute in celebration of Alan_s life will begin at 2 p.m. Please bring your favorite memory and a story about Alan to share with all.

Should friends desire, contributions in Alan_s name may be made to Boston Prostate Cancer Walk, 69 Farragut Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144 (Memo; Alan Synnott on your check).

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Joseph DeSisto

US Postal Service retiree

Joseph DeSisto, an East Boston native and US Postal service retiree, died following a brief illness on July 10 at the Bear Hill Nursing & Rehab. of Wakefield. He was 98 years old.

Mr. DeSisto was born and raised in South Framingham and came to live in East Boston with his family at a young age. The family moved to Revere in 1960 and he spent the past five years as a resident of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home.

Mr. DeSisto entered the US Navy in August of 1935 and served until February of 1945 with the rank of Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class. He retired in 1973 with more than 35 years of service with the US Postal Service working as a Postal Clerk at South Postal Annex. He was also a member of the National Association of the DAV.

His late wife, Joan G. (Sbordone), died on June 2, 2010. He was the beloved father of Mary Ann DeSisto of Lynn, Camille M. DeSisto of Medford and Stephanie R. DeSisto of Revere; devoted brother of Albert Pavone of Jamaica Plain, Alice Pearson of Somerville and the late Emile Pavone. He is also lovingly survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, July 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home on Friday, July 15 at 10 a.m. preceded by an hour of visitation beginning at 9 a.m. in the Chapel. Burial will be private.

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Martha Grella

Revere resident

Martha R. (Chiuve) Grella of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Hyde Park, died on July 10. She was in her 91st year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ralph J. Grella with whom she shared 59 years of marriage; loving mother of Stephen Grella and his wife, Nadine of Mansfield, Karen Grella of Stoughton and Patricia Goneau and her husband, Paul of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of Jennifer Thompson and her husband, Gerard and Jonathan Goneau and great grandmother of Mercedes Thompson; dear sister of Josephine LoBue of California, Margaret Cardoza of Wakefield and Alfred Chiuve of Stoneham and the late Michael and Emmanuel Chiuve.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com

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Vincenzo Giuliano

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Vincenzo Giuliano of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on July 10.

He was the beloved husband of Annunziata (Parascandolo); loving son of the late Giuseppe and Maria (Brando) Giuliano; cherished father of Joseph A. Giuliano and his wife, Wendi of Chelmsford, Maria Giuliano and her fiancée, Shawn Colman and Vincenza Leto and her husband, Massimiliano, all of Saugus, Lynda Cloutier and her husband, Philip of Middleton and Anna D’India and her husband, Robert of Derry, NH. He is also survived by seven loving grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday at 10:45 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 12 noon. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Susan Lashus 

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Susan M. (Merchant) Lashus of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, died on July 9.

She was the loving mother of Amy Lashus of Saugus; daughter of the late Harold C. and Eileen M. (Costigan) Merchant; dear sister of Dennis Merchant of Revere, Kathleen Thibeault of Scituate, Diane O’Connor of Malden and the late Linda Wickwire. She is also survived by many uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Memorial donations  may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., PO Box 9376, Framingham, MA 01701. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Violet DePaulo 

Aetna Insurance of Boston retiree

Violet A. (Ariniello) DePaulo, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died at the Wingate of Kingston in Kingston, MA on July 8 following a brief illness. She was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was educated here and was a 1942 graduate of Revere High School. She lived in Revere until marrying in 1949 when she moved to Chelsea. For more than 25 years, she worked as a claims adjustor with Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Co. of Boston, retiring in 1989. She also worked as a comptometer operator for General Electric of Lynn prior to her career with Aetna.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will  be sorely missed.

She was the wife of the late John P. DePaulo who died in September of 1984 , the devoted mother of Donna M. Metcalf and her husband, Neil of Kingston, MA, John P. DePaulo Jr. of Brighton, Richard J. DePaulo and his wife, Anna of San Francisco, CA, Stephen J. DePaulo and his wife, Sue Yen of Marblehead, Diane F. Crowley and her husband, William of Rockland, Denise R. Lynch and her husband, Michael of Atkinson, NH and Maria A. DiCenso and her husband, Domenic of Lynn. She is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, two great granddaughters and many nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Lydia Buckley, Mary Breton, Americo and Robert Ariniello.

Family & friends are invited to attend her Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, July 13 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. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701

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Lawrence A. Duffy 

Longtime Sagamore Club Bartender

Lawrence A. Duffy, a longtime member of the Sagamore Club, passed away in his Chelsea residence surrounded by his loving family following a brief but overwhelming illness. He was 65 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Lawrence J. and Beatrice A. (Bourdeau) Duffy. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served his country during Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969. He worked for a brief time in the Chelsea Naval Ship Yard and later became a bartender at the Sagamore Club in Chelsea for over 20 years.

A gentleman devoted to his family and friends, he enjoyed helping others. He also enjoyed nature and spending time at his family_s camp in the mountains. A devoted parishioner and longtime supporter of Our Lady of Grace Church, he served as an usher there for many years. He lived by the motto _Live in the day, stay in the day.

He was the loving father of Renea Banks of Kansas; the devoted brother of Dianne Cady of Saugus, Robert Duffy and his wife, Amalia of Connecticut, Kathleen Campbell and her partner, Steve Viviano of Revere, Marie Duffy and her partner, Tony Meads of Salem, Arlene Ellard of Everett and the late Arthur and Stephen Duffy; devoted uncle of Lauren, Karen, Toni, Robbie, Stephen, Barry and Darren. Dear great uncle of Barry, Addy, Jayden, Dario, Dante, and Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Rev. James Barry in Our Lady of Grace Church on July 12. Burial was in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial/Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea.

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Dorothy Fregosi 

Devoted Catholic

Dorothy C. (Rossetti) Fregosi of Everett died on July 7 following a brief illness at the home of her daughter in Stoneham. She was 93 years old.

A longtime Everett resident, she was a devotee of “The Catholic Tradition” of attended churches in and around the area. Family and friends could always be sure of a special place on ‘Dottie’s’ “Prayer List.” She was a woman of devotion who was not only a woman of faith but a woman living the faith. She was as St. James instructs, “Be ders of the word and not bearers only….”

She was the wife of the late James Fregosi; cherished mother of Mary Ellen Calvey and her husband, Thomas F. of Stoneham and the late Paul G. Fregosi; devoted mother in law of Mary E. Fregosi and adored grandmother of Ryan J. Fregosi, both of Princeton, NJ; dear sister of Margaret Lewis of Everett and the late Ann McGeoghan, Eva Petrosino, Angelina Marino, Lillian Orlando, Joseph P., Frank, Albert, John, Patrick and Rose Rossetti. She is also lovingly survived by many surrogate grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice Services of Mass., 391 Broadway Everett, MA 02149.

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Rabbi Abraham Teitel 

Rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere

Rabbi Abraham Teitel, Rabbi of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere, passed away Friday July 8 at his home.

He was loved and cared about very much by his family and many friends.

He leaves his wife Phyllis, his daughter and son-in-law Faith and Mark Redlich, his son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey and Hillary Teitel and grandsons Solomon, Yosef, Yochanon, Eliezer, Reuven and Zachary whom he loved very much.

He wanted to be remembered for speaking about not forgetting the holocaust and felt his biggest accomplishment in life was, together with his brothers, having saved his mother’s life during the holocaust.

May his soul rest in peace.

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Phyllis Pierce-Austin 

Died after swimming accident on Revere Beach

Phyllis D. Pierce-Austin of Revere died at Mass. General Hospital on July 6 following a swimming accident at Revere Beach on July 4. She was 67 years old.

Mrs. Austin was a 1962 graduate of Revere High School and a Boston Housing Authority employee who retired in 2009 after 30 years of service as an administrative assistant. For the past two years, she was a crossing guard for the City of Revere.

She was the cherished wife of 30 years to Richard J. Austin; devoted sister of Patricia R. Sullivan of Revere, Mary Ann Picariello and her husband, Revere Fire Captain Jay Picariello of Saugus and the late Joseph Pierce; loving aunt of Laura P. Kabel and her husband, Brahim of Swampscott, David E. Sullivan of Revere, Cristine Kardas and her husband, Dr. Michael Kardas of Chapel Hill, NC, Jay Picariello and his wife, Angela of Melrose and Julia Newhall and her husband, James of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by several grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St Framingham, MA 01701__

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Roseann Battaglia 

Winthrop resident

Roseann “Angie” Battaglia of Pond Street, Winthrop died on July 7 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice in Haverhill after a long illness. She was 90 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Theodora (Todisco) and Raymond Terilli. She lived in East Boston before moving to Winthrop more than 24 years ago. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Battaglia and the loving mother of Theodora Ciampa and her husband, William of Haverhill and Ross Battaglia and his wife, Elizabeth of Kailua, HI; dear sister of Stella Masiello of Revere, Albert Terilli of Medford and the late Frances Fernades, Mary Loguidice, John Terilli and Joseph Terilli. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St. Building 9, Lawrence MA 01843. To sign her online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

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Joseph Peter Pagliuca 

Electrical Engineer

Joseph Peter Pagliuca of Fairfax,VA, formerly of Revere, died on July 2.

An electrical engineer, he was born in Revere and was the beloved husband of Terri (Miller) of Virginia; devoted father of Katlyn, Eric and Elisabeth, all of Annadale, VA; loving son of Joseph and Annette (Cutrona) Pagliuca of Revere; dear brother of Peter and his wife, Patti and Stephen Pagliuca and is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or American Cancer Society 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Jeanie Nazzaro 

Revere resident

Jeanie Nazzaro of Revere died on July 7.

The beloved daughter of the late Nicholas and Pauline (Luongo), she was the dear sister of the late Margaret D’Amore and Emily Coleman; loving aunt of Doris DiCologero, Daniel D’Amore, Steven D’Amore and many grand nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody with arrangements by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Anselm College, 100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102.

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John Interbartolo 

Orient Heights resident

John J. “Johnny Bartolo” Interbartolo of Orient Heights East Boston died on July 5.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Roach) Interbartolo with whom he shared 39 years of marriage; loving father of Karen De Filippo and her long time companion Michael DeSimone and John J. Interbartolo and his long time companion, Corinne Cavolich, all of East Boston; dear brother of the late Margaret Langone, Florence Belgiorno, Ross, Charlie, Joe “Dot” Sal Bartolo, Michael, Tony and his twin brother, Pat; cherished grandfather of Adam DeFilippo, Kim Draskovics and her husband, Frank, Jacquelline Interbartolo, Koren Brodin and John Bartolo and great grandfather of six. He was also the fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Ralph Simpson 

Carpenter

Ralph Simpson of Revere died on July 6. He was 69 years old.

A member of the Carpenter’s Union Local 33, he was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (McCabe) of Revere; devoted father of Karen Simpson of Lynnfield, Christine Hitchcock-Simpson of New Hampshire, Shannon Simpson of Revere and the late Susan M. Simpson; dear brother of George Simpson of Boston and Ronald Simpson of Somerville; cherished grandfather of Ashley, Robert, Elizabeth, Schae, Brei-ana, Keegan, Hannah, Joshua and Daniel.

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.

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Donna Chapman 

US Postal Clerk

Donna L. (Cutulle) Chapman of Revere died on June 22 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

She worked for many years as a Clerk for the US Postal Service in Revere, Chelsea and East Boston. She was 65 years old.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Nicholas and Lucy (Oreto) Cutulle, she was the beloved wife of Richard, the devoted mother of Brian “RPD” and his fiancé, Nancy Nicosia; dear sister of the late Rose Chandler, Joseph Cutulle and Nicholas Cutulle and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral was held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN38105-1905.

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Rose Scopa 

Long involved with the I.C. Reveries, 27th Lancers and Rosetti/Cowan Senior Center

Rose V. (Mancini) Scopa of Revere died on July 2.

Born in Rome, Italy, on April 1, 1925 and baptized at St. Peter’s Basilica, she came to the United States with her parents in 1928. She and her four younger siblings attended schools in Boston and Revere. She studied voice and piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and on Valentines’ Day, 1946, she married Paul A. Scopa, her husband for 45 years. Long involved with the I.C. Reveries and 27th Lancers drum and bugle corps, she loved watching her three girls march. She was a member of the Rossetti/Cowan Senior Center, and there and at home throughout her life, produced hundreds of crocheted and knitted afghans, lap robes, baby hats and blankets.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Tomaso and Maria (Saviantoni) Mancini; devoted mother of Paula Scopa of Revere, Anita Schoen and her husband, Daniel of Melrose and Montana and Nancy Vetrano and her husband, Gaspar of Revere; dear sister of Ann Rossi of West Medford and the late Dominic, Tommy and Jean Mancini; best friend of Louise Conte and also leaves numerous beloved cousins, nieces and nephews and many close friends.

At the family’s request, all services were private. Arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St., Revere. For guest book please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

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