Obituaries 07-20-2011

July 20, 2011
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 Richard Sullivan

Died by accidental fall

Richard J. Sullivan, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on July 15 at the Brigham & Womens Hospital of Boston after sustaining multiple injuries as the result of a fall at the “Franklin House” of Roslindale. He was 46 years old.

He was born and lived in Revere all his life until moving to “Franklin House” in 2009. He was a graduate of Wakefield Vocational School – Special Needs Program in 1985 and worked as a maintenance man for VINFEN, a program within the special needs agenda for Franklin House.

He was the beloved son of Robert E. Sullivan, Sr. and the late Celia P. (Rost-DeCelia) of Revere; the devoted brother of Robert E. Sullivan, Jr. of Everett, Charles E. Sullivan of Gloucester and Michael J. Sullivan and his wife, Karen of Melrose. He is also survived by three nephews and one niece; an uncle, Paul Sullivan of Lakeville, MA and two cousins, Ralph Vito and his wife, Cheryl of Melrose and Alcye Vito of Revere. He was also the nephew of the late Dorothy Sullivan Vito.

Services and burial were private with arrangements by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Franklin House” – Vinen Corp., 15 Catherine Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 Attn. Ms. Sydney Rives.

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Giovanna Falcucci

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Giovanna (Rinaldo) Falcucci of Revere, formerly of the North End, died on July 18 at the Don Orione Nursing Center of East Boston following a long illness. She was 81 years old.

A Revere resident for more than 25 years, she came to the United States from her native Naples, Italy in 1964 and settled in Boston’s North End. The family moved to Revere in 1986. Mrs. Falcucci retired from Boston’s Garment District as a lead seamstress and designer in 1992. She worked within the garment industry since her arrival in the USA.

She was the wife of the late Leonardo A., the cherished mother of Michael “Freddie” Falcucci and Archangelo Falcucci, both of Revere, Maria Grace Nicoloro and her husband, Peter of Cambridge, Phillip Falcucci of East Boston, Anthony P. Falcucci and his wife, Sheila and John Falcucci, all of Revere and Angela Sbordone of Boston’s North End and the late Carmela Falcucci who died in May of 2010. She is also lovingly survived by 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a nephew, Nicholas Rinaldo of Avellino, Italy and several other nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Maria Antonia Rinaldo.

Family and friends are invited to attend her Funeral from The Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte 107) Revere on Thursday, July 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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Cono Frizzi Jr.

Of Melrose, formerly of East Boston

Cono “Connie” Frizzi Jr. of Melrose, formerly of East Boston, died on July 17.

He was the beloved father of Luisa Victoria Frizzi and Julia M. Frizzi, both of Saugus and Marisa Frizzi Phillips of New Hampshire; loving son of Marie (Rizzuto) and the late Cono “Connie” Frizzi, Sr. of Melrose; dear brother of Maria Frizzi of Melrose and Anthony Frizzi of Revere; cherished uncle of Brianna Gorham and Cameron Gorham Jr. and long time friend of Luisa Ravida of Saugus. He is also survived by loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

His Funeral will be held from The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St., (Maverick Square) East Boston on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com.

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Samuel Baptista

Retired Boston Police Detective

Samuel “Sam” Baptista of Orient Heights East Boston, a retired Boston Police Detective, died unexpectedly on July 17.

He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Beachmont Post VFW and East Boston Post 77 D.A.V.

The beloved husband of the late Gloria (Carresi) Baptista with whom he shared 57 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Richard Baptista and his wife, Maria and Donna Baptista-Bean and her husband, Philip, all of East Boston and Linda Tassinari and her husband, James of Peabody; dear brother of Billy Baptista and his wife, Yvonne of East Boston and the late Fred “Cubie” Baptista and his wife, Laura of Revere; cherished grandfather of Samantha and Kenneth DeModena, Kristen Baptista, Danielle and Matthew Becker, Ericka Bean, Nikki, Michael and James Tassinari and great grandfather of Mya Maria deModena and Lucas Philip Becker.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit on today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. For directions and guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

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Marion Wheeler

Revere resident

Marion Wheeler of Revere died on July 17, a day after her 99th birthday.

She was the dear daughter of the late Jacob and Rose Wheeler; loving sister of the late Milton Wheeler, Harris Wheeler and Melvin Wheeler; cherished aunt of Billy and Penny Wheeler, Irma Sabbag, Kenneth Wheeler, David Wheeler, Jay and Laura Wheeler, Debbie Reiss, Herbert Strachman and the late Barbara Strachman. She is also survived by many grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington St., Canton today, Wednesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance will be held the home of Billy and Penny following the burial until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Stanetsky Memorial Chapel 781-821-4600 www.stanetskycanton.com.

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Frank Smith

Lifelong Revere resident

Frank L. Smith, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on July 17 at the Whidden Hospital after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

The husband of Helen (Harrington) Smith, he was born in Malden, the son of the late Walter and Ethel (Louer) Smith. He was a Revere High School graduate and a US Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children; Stephen Smith of Roslindale, Stacey Smith of Revere, Christopher Smith of Salem, Timothy Smith of California and Kevin Smith of Revere. He was the grandfather of Deven, Regan, Courtney, Daniel, Connor, Eve, Luke, Jeremiah and Quincy and brother of Anne Martineau of Billerica.

His Funeral Mass will be held in St. Michael’s Chapel at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea on Friday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to veteran’s families at the Fisher House Foundation, Inc.,111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168 or Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

For directions www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Charles Klayman

Member of Odd Fellows and Temple B’nai Israel

Charles Klayman of Quincy, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, died on July 14. He was 93 years old.

The beloved husband of 70 years of Dorothy (Sherman) Klayman, he was born in Boston and graduated from Cambridge High School.  He was very athletic and gave up a college scholarship to support his family.  A World War II Army veteran, he loved to dance, listen to music and was very involved in local politics.  He was a member of The Odd Fellows, Temple B’Nai Israel of Revere, and a Past President of the Brotherhood at Temple B’Nai Israel of Revere.

He was the loving son of the late Kate Klayman; the devoted father of Nancy Nelson and Robert Klayman and his wife, Julia; the dear brother of the late Frances Klayman, Barbara Gold, Ethel Baron and Gussie Cholfin; the loving grandfather of Jonathan Nelson and his wife, Beth, Joshua Nelson and his wife, Debbie and the late Jeremy Nelson and the loving great grandfather of Benjamin, Evan, Emily, Zachary, and Judah.

Arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Lynn. Donations in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes, MA Chapter, 112 Turnpike Road, Suite 102, Westborough, MA 01581. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website: www.torffuneralservice.com.

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Maria Pinto

Volunteer Senior Home Companion

Maria A. (Giglio) Pinto of Revere died on July 13.

A volunteer senior home companion, she was the beloved wife of the late Nicholas Pinto, the devoted mother of Diane Brown of East Boston and Nicholas Pinto of Revere; dear sister of Frank Giglio of Florida and the late Pasquale, Charles and Vincent Giglio. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

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Joseph DeSimone, Jr.

30-year Cott Beverage employee

Joseph M. DeSimone, Jr. of Needham died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on July 15. He was 89 years old.

A graduate of English High School, Class of 1940, he was a US Army veteran of World War II, a 30 year employee of Cott Beverage and Former President of the Varsity Dance Club at the Sherry Biltmore Hotel and die hard Red Sox fan. He was a very generous and charitable man who loved people, children and animals.

He was the loving son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Jannini) DeSimone, the brother of Robert R. DeSimone of Acton and the late Lucas L. DeSimone and Helena Colton; uncle of Marguerite Fleury of Revere, Patricia Eaton of Hudson, NH and Camille Flaherty of Salem NH; great uncle of Michelle, Mark and Christina. He also leaves his wonderful neighbors and numerous friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave., Needham today, Wednesday, July 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Memorials in his name may be made to Children’s Hospital, Boston, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 or to the Jimmy Fund c/o Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For obit, directions or to share a memory please visit www.eatonfuneralhomes.com.

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Giuseppe Joe Mattaliano

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Giuseppe Joe Mattaliano of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on July 16. He was 54 years old.

He was the beloved son of the late Angelo and Carmela (Schillaci) Mattaliano; loving father of Johnathan and Alexander Mattaliano and stepfather of Crystal Wright; cherished brother of Salvatore Mattaliano, Lina Favuzza, Giovanni and Alphonso Mattaliano, and the late Rosario Mattaliano and is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Square) East Boston today,  Wednesday, July 20 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, on the corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Donations may be made in his memory to the Italian Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave Boston, MA 02115.

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Susan Keohane

MBTA and City of Boston retiree

Susan Keohane of Revere, formerly of Jeffries Point, East Boston, died on July 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. She was 68 years old.

Born and raised in the Jeffries Point Section of East Boston, she lived there all her life until moving to Revere in 2003. She was a 1960 graduate of Fitton Catholic Girls High School of East Boston and retired as a clerk secretary for “The Ride – MBTA” in 2003. She previously worked as a Purchasing Agent for more than 20 years for the office of Robert G. Crane, Boston City Treasurer. For many years, she was an active member of the Jeffries Yacht Club of East Boston serving as treasurer and chief bartender.

She was the daughter of the late James J., Sr. and Josephine A. (Clericuzio) Keohane and sister of the late James J. “Beansie” Keohane, Jr.; devoted companion of Frank L. Stibolt, Jr. of Revere; cherished Godmother of Kara A. Pernice of East Falmouth. She is also lovingly survived by many cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Dept., 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115-9849.

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Andrew Kernander

Revere resident

Andrew C. Kernander of Revere, formerly of Woburn, died on July 13.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Preston) Kernander; devoted father of Joyce McMahon and her husband, Robert Doucas of Revere and Carl Kernander and his wife, Mary of New Hampshire; loving grandfather of Steve McMahon and his wife Dawn, Jack McMahon, Michael Kernander and his wife, April, Heidi Marcotte and her husband, Dan, William Bernan, Adam Kernander, Jaci Washburn and her husband, Daren and four loving great grandchildren, Stephen, Julie, Brannon and Sean. He is also survived by his dear sister-in-law, Ann Kernander.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mr. Kernander’s memory to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Obituary and guest book at www.lynch-cantillon.com.

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Louise Gage

Wilmington resident

Louise M. (Tomeo) Gage of Wilmington died peacefully on July 14 surrounded by her loving family. She was 93 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Louis E. Gage, she was the devoted mother of Robert V. Gage and his late wife, Marilyn, Richard E. Gage, Jeanne L. Kane and her husband, Paul, all of Wilmington, and the late William A. Gage; loving “Mimi” of Brian Kane and his wife, Michelle, Andrea MacGilvray and her husband, Paul, Jennifer Kane, all of Wilmington, Angela Nimblett and her husband, Robert of Winthrop, the late John Gage, and great-grandchildren, Hayden and Julia Kane, Ashley, Ava, and Thomas MacGilvray and Holly Nimblett. She was the cherished daughter of the late Alfred R. and Angela (Cuneo) Tomeo; dear sister of Vito Tomeo and his wife, MaryAnn of Las Vegas, NV, Eleanor Tomeo and Evelyn Tomeo, both of Revere.

Arrangements were by the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., Wilmington. Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. www.nicholsfuneralhome.com.

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Eric Tempesta

North Reading resident

Eric M. Tempesta of North Reading died on July 12.

He was the cherished husband of Laura (Hartman) Tempesta and loving father of Peter, Juliana, and Ava; treasured son of Maureen Timmons and Don Tempesta; beloved brother of Shawn Tempesta of Nevada and Dan Holmes and his wife, Rebecca of Virginia; grandson of Pauline and Arthur Timmons.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Memorial donations may be made to the Family of Eric Tempesta Memorial Fund, c/o TD Bank., 470 Main St., Reading MA 01867.

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Carmella Nigro-Gagliardi

Of Chelsea, formerly of Revere

Carmella E. “Ellie” (DeLuca) Gagliardi of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died on July 11 at the Spaulding Therapy & Nursing Center of Boston’s North End following a valiant battle with Pancreatic Cancer. She was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she lived in Revere all her life until moving to Chelsea one year ago.

Mrs. Gagliardi’s parents, the late Louis and Ida (Tempesta) DeLuca and her siblings, Vincent and Dorothy DeLuca, perished in a tragic house fire in Revere on August 14, 1932. Mrs. Gagliardi was five years old and was the only survivor of that tragedy. Perhaps, early on in life, she acquired her determined spirit and feistiness which brought her an indomitable strength and character.   In spite of the catastrophic situation that arose from this family tragedy, “Ellie” never lost her zest for life and love of family.

She married Restituto “Rusty” Nigro and had three devoted children. Mr. Nigro died in April of 1971. While visiting her husband’s grave at Holy Cross Cemetery, she met a charming and handsome widower, Frank Gagliardi, who was also mourning the loss of his spouse. Their meetings at the cemetery site became coincidently consistent and they married in 1976.

She was the beloved wife of 35 years of Frank Gagliardi and the late Restituto “Rusty” Nigro; the devoted mother of Stephen L. Nigro and his wife, Linda of Capistrano Beach, CA, John A. Nigro of Wellesley and Nancy I. Nigro and her companion, Maryanne Carroccino of Peabody; cherished grandmother of John A. Nigro Jr. and his wife, Sarah of Saugus and Dani Nigro of Capistrano Beach, CA. She is also lovingly survived by Jack Gagliardi and his wife, Carol and Frank Gagliardi, all of Everett and many nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Vincent and Dorothy DeLuca.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Network, 1500 Rosencrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.

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William Ferruzzi

Revere resident

William L. Ferruzzi of Revere died on July 13.

The beloved husband of Clorinda “Corrine,” he was the devoted father of Rev. William A. Ferruzzi SDB, Nancy Del Grosso and her husband, Daniel; dear brother of the late Albert and Ralph Ferruzzi; loving grandfather of Suzanne Del Grosso Pike and her husband, Tim and Matthew Ferruzzi.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Salesian Boys & Girls Club, 150 Byron St., East Boston, MA 02128. For guest book, visit www.buonfiglio.com.

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Morton Schwartz

Owner of Nu-Deal Plumbing and Heating

Morton Schwartz of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on July 12. He was 80 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was born in Chelsea and was a resident of Winthrop, formerly of Revere. He was a graduate of Revere High School and Boston University School of Business and was the owner and proprietor of NU-Deal Plumbing and Heating, Chelsea. An avid golfer, gardener and athlete, he enjoyed and extended his time and resources with the children and community of Chelsea. He was also a member of the Freemason’s of Massachusetts.

He was the beloved husband of Thelma (Rubinovitz) Schwartz; devoted father of Kurt Ian Schwartz and his wife, Lori and Eric Steven Schwartz and his wife, Stacy. He was the loving son of the late William Schwartz and Rose (Timmerman) Schwartz; dear brother of the late Edward R. Schwartz and loving grandfather of Andie, Jonathan and Jacob.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472. For on-line guest book please visit the funeral home website: www.torffunerservice.com.

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Paul Thomas King

Lynn resident

Paul Thomas King of Lynn died on July 2. He was 48 years old.

He was born and raised in Malden, the son of the late Thomas and Leona (Rettmeier) King and has lived in Lynn for the past 11 years.

He is survived by his grandmother, Corinne DiLuigi of Revere, his brothers, Dwayne King and Thomas McLaughlin, both of Brockton, Paul McLaughlin of Whitman and his sister, Lille Mann of Brockton, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held in the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.

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John Webster, Sr.

Of Nahant, formerly of Revere

John L. Webster, Sr. of Nahant, formerly of Oak Island Revere, died on July 9.

A graduate of Revere High School and Wentworth Institute, he attended classes at Harvard and MIT and worked for National Research Corp. and Cabot Corp. for many years. He proudly served in the US Navy during World War II aboard the USS Power, DD839. He was a very active member of the Nahant Village Church, an avid golfer and hunter. He was also a leader in the Nahant Sea Scouts for many years.

He was the beloved husband of Muriel (Edmonston) Webster with whom he shared 58 years of marriage; loving father of John L. Webster Jr. of Texas, David D. Webster and his wife, Carole of New Hampshire and Diana E. Marsteller and her husband, Michael of Nevada; dear brother of the late William J. Webster; cherished grandfather of Jessica, Kyle, Madison and Mark and fond uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Private burial was held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Nahant Village Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. For online guestbook www.vazzafunerals.com Vazza Funeral Home Revere (1-800-252-1127).

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