Obituaries 04-18-2012

April 18, 2012
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Jack Arena

Former Winthrop Auxiliary Police Chief

Jack Arena of Putnam Street, Winthrop died at the Anne Mark Nursing Home in Revere on April 15 after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

A lifelong resident of Winthrop, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps during World War II and was honorably discharged as a Private First Class. After his discharge, he went on to become a truck driver for Milano Brother’s Trucking for many years. He was the former Chief of the Winthrop Auxillary Police and a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, the Winthrop Yacht Club and the Winthrop VFW.

He was born in Boston, the beloved son of the late Natalie (Ingeneri) and Frank Arena and was the devoted husband of the late Flora M. (Proto) and the loving father of Natalie Gioioso and her husband, Joseph of Peabody, Jacqueline Luti of Revere, Theresa DeLeo and her husband, Paul of East Boston, Florine Turner and her husband, Willow of Worcester, Francine Conley and her companion, Gary Andon of Somerville and Frank Arena and his partner, Dale Platt of Minnesota. He was the dear brother of the late Kenneth Arena and is also survived by 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

His funeral will be conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation today, Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Winthrop Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or go to www.perkins.org. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com

Joseph Felzani Sr.

Active at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere

Joseph Felzani, Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, went home to the lord suddenly with his loving family by his bedside on Easter Sunday, April 8.

A graduate of Mass. College of Pharmacy, Mr. Felzani was a lector and usher for many years at St. Anthony Church in Revere as well as a past member of St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society, St. Anthony’s Parish Council, Past President of Point of Pines Beach Association and a US Army veteran of World War II,He was the beloved husband of over 59 years to Ann B. (Cacchiotti) Felzani; devoted father of Jane A. Manning of East Boston, Joseph Jr. of Revere and Annette M. Felzani Dwyer of New Jersey; dear brother of the late Ernest and Marianne Felzani and Dora Pearson, cherished grandfather of Kathryn, Matthew, Lauren, Liam, Adam and the late Christopher Manning and is also survived by his many loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Felzani was laid to rest with his mother and father in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. May they all rest in peace. For more information or to send an online condolence: www.ruggieromh.com.

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Virginia Witkus

Wilmington Resident

Virginia M. (Davin) Witkus of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died on April 11.

A graduate of Sacred Heart School of Cambridge, Class of 1958, she was the devoted wife of Stephen Witkus; daughter of late John and Rose Davin, formerly of Somerville; beloved mother of Joyce Gochakowski and her husband, Ralph of Revere, Diane Maloy and her husband. Paul of Arlington and Sharon Sawyer and her husband, Ethan of Wilmington; dear step-mother of Stephen Witkus, Jr. and his wife, Stacey of Everett and David Witkus and his wife, Melissa of Douglas; loving sister of John Davin and his wife Rose of Revere and cherished grandmother of 11.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. It is the request of the family that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Oncology Dept. 585 Lebanon St., Melrose, MA 02176. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.carrollfh.com

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Anthony Cataldo

 Of Revere

Anthony G. Cataldo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 13 following a brief illness at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. He was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, he lived in East Boston most of his life before moving to Revere in 1950. Mr. Cataldo served in the US Navy from December of 1942 until January of 1946 as a Motor Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class. He continued on with his interest in autos and mechanics and went to work for the former “Perrotti Oldsmobile” on Broadway, Revere for several years. He retired from Pride Lincoln-Mercury of Lynn in 2001 at the age of 80. He was a longtime member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus.

He was the beloved husband of 61 years of Frances L. (Marino); cherished father of Domenic A. Cataldo and his wife, Gail of Phoenix, AZ and Cynthia L. Chipman and her husband, Kenneth R. of Revere; devoted grandfather of Nicholas A. D’Angelo of Revere, Tony Cataldo of Phoenix, AZ, Janelle Morales and her husband, Guillermo of Jacksonville, NC; dear brother of Mary Tranfaglia of Winthrop and the late Carmen Cataldo and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte 107) Revere today,Wednesday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m., followed by his Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For further information and directions, visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com

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Mary MacDonald

Died after a long struggle with Alzheimers

Mary E. (Finnegan) MacDonald died in Revere on April 9 following a long struggle with Alzheimers Disease. She was 88 years old.

She was the wife of the late George W. MacDonald; devoted mother of Brian K. MacDonald and his wife, Janice of Lynn and Barry T. MacDonald of Revere; cherished grandmother of Meaghan M. Walsh and her husband, Timothy of Cape Coral, Florida and Evan M. MacDonald of Lynn; dear sister of Thomas Finnegan and his wife, Anna Louise of Saugus and the late Kathleen T. Mackay, Margaret DeBeasi and Eileen Clifford. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Burial will be held at a later time at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For further information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com

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Nicholas Luongo

Past Commodore of Lynn Yacht Club

Nicholas R. Luongo of Revere died on April 8.

The Past Commodore of the Lynn Yacht Club and a US Army Vietnam veteran who served for many years in the Massachusetts National Guard, he was the beloved husband of Lynn (Atkinson) Luongo; loving son of Ida (Giangrande) Luongo of Revere and the late Nicola Luongo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Knollwood Cemetery, Canton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tufts Medical Center Trust, 800 Washington Street, Box #231, Boston, MA 02111 For condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com

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Richard DeMauro

Member of Sons of Italy

Richard C. DeMauro of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on April 2 at the Salem Hospital.

He was 77 years old.The husband of Louise (Gove) DeMauro, he was born in Boston and raised in Revere, the son of the late Vincent and Jennie (Chiota) DeMauro. He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran and has been a resident of Saugus for over 20 years. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Revere and the Maria SS del Sorrorso Society.In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Anthony DeMauro and his wife, Julie of Saugus and one grandson, Nicholas. He was the brother of Jean Allen and Frank DeMauro, both of Florida, Robert and Edward DeMauro, both of Revere and the late Anthony and James DeMauro and the special uncle of Kim DeMauro-Whitehurst of Saugus. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.

Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Mass., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For condolences, www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Betty Hannah Fogel

Avid reader who loved poetry and the Red Sox

Betty Hannah (Goldstein) Fogel died on April 14 at the Beth Israel Hospital, Brookline.  She was 96 years old.

She was born in Revere on October 19, 1915 and attended Revere Schools, graduating from Revere High School and later Remington Rand Business School. She assisted her husband at his real estate office, M. T. Fogel and Son in Winthrop. She was a volunteer at the Winthrop Hospital and was always ready to lend a hand.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Fogel lived for 10 years at the Jack Satter House in Revere. There she happily found many friends that she had relationships with over the years from Winthrop and Revere. She spent the last year of her life at the Royal Rehab in Braintree. She was an avid reader, loved poetry, music and the Boston Red Sox. She will be dearly missed.Formerly of Winthrop, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Anna Goldstein from Revere and widow of Morris (Murray) T. Fogel. She is survived by her children, Jane and Charles; her daughter-in-law, Mazal and her three grandchildren: Karen, Shelley and Daniel Fogel. She also leaves
two sisters, Ruth Gootkin of Novi, MI and Barbara Adams of Westborough, MA.

Funeral arrangements were the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial followed the service in the New Tifereth Israel of Winthrop Cemetery in Everett. Memorial observance will be held at 587 Bridge St., Weymouth.

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Marion Hart

Former Charlestown Resident

Marion V. (Adams) Hart of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, Medford, Somerville and Charlestown, died on April 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late William L. Hart; mother of Marion “Ronnie” Kierstead of Largo, FL, Carol Harrington and her husband, Henry of Westminster, William L. Hart Jr. and his wife, Joanne of Windham, NH and the late Sandra Mazza and her husband, Salvatore of Tewksbury; grandmother of Donna, Maureen, George, Kelly, Sandra, Valerie, Karen, Susan, Brian, Victoria and John; sister of the late Kathleen Adams, Virginia McNelley, Irene Ricupero and James and Charles Adams. She is also survived by 17 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Breslin Funeral Home, 610 Pleasant St., Malden on Thursday, April 19 at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Malden at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday April 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Guardian Hospice Palliative Care, 1214 Park St., Suite 203, Stoughton, MA 02072.
www.breslinfuneralhome.com

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Helen Paull

East Boston Resident

Helen (McDonough) Paull of East Boston died on April 12.

She was the beloved wife of Charles Paull; loving mother of Virginia Jordan and her husband, William of Revere, Charles Paull and his wife, Ebeth of New Hampshire, Kathleen Drohan and her husband, Kevin of Revere, Charlene Scarpa and her husband, Mario of Lynn and Cheryl Granara and her husband, Thomas of East Boston; dear sister of Thomas McDonough of Revere, Bertha Santoro of East Boston and the late Myles McDonough; cherished grandmother of 11; great grandmother of 10 and the late Bobby Goggin. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captain Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. The entire Paull family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of the Leonard Florence Center for the Living for the exemplary care and hospitality provided during Helen’s time at the Center. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com

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Ronald Argenzio

Of Michigan, formerly of Revere

Ronald Argenzio of Michigan, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on March 26. He was 56 years old.He was the beloved husband of Kathleen (Sullivan) Argenzio; loving son of Betty and the Late Vincent Argenzio; dear brother of Mark and Paul Argenzio and is also survived by his step-daughters Andrea and Candice, granddaughter, Cailin, mother-in-law, Nellie Sullivan and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.

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Anna Maio

Of Peabody, formerly of East Boston

Anna Maio of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died at the Life Care Center in Plymouth on April 16 after a brief illness. She was 96 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was the beloved daughter of the late Rose and Ralph Carbone. A resident of East Boston for many years, she was employed as a stitcher for Picarello and Singer until her retirement. She was also a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

She was the devoted wife of the late Frank Maio and the loving mother of Louis Maio and his wife, Irene of Peabody, Esther Gualtieri and her late husband, John of Revere, Michael Maio and his wife, Rose of Peabody, Anthony Maio and his wife, Christine of East Boston, Rosemarie Mazzone and her husband, Rickie of Plymouth and the late Ralph Maio and his late wife, Esther. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Thursday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will be held today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow the service in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to www.caggianofuneralhome.com.

Claire Alvino

Member of Re-Gi Bowling League

Claire M. (Struthers) Alvino of Revere died unexpectedly on April 11 at her Revere home. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Alvino came to live in Revere as a young girl in the Oak Island Section of Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1946. For many years, she worked at Logan Airport within the different venues there as a cocktail waitress. She was a member of the Re-Gi Bowling League for over 30 years.

A devoted mother, wife and cherished grandmother, sister and aunt, she was the beloved wife of 61 years of Charles A. “Chicko” Alvino; devoted mother of Charles Alvino and his wife, Judy of New Hampton, NH, Cindy Silvia and her husband, Manny, Nancy Boudreau and her husband, Paul, all of West Peabody, Retired State Police Officer Stephen Alvino and his wife, Kerry of West Newbury, Susan Gordon and her husband, Michael of Danvers; cherished grandmother of Francesca, Charles III and Gabriella Alvino, all of New Hampton, NH, Brian Boudreau and his wife, Cori of West Newbury, Lauren deMoraes and her husband, Christopher of West Peabody, Matthew Boudreau of West Newbury, Christina Boudreau of West Peabody, Shannon, Molly and Justin Alvino, all of West Newbury, Daniel, David and Dayna Gordon, all of Danvers; dear sister of the late Raymond J. “Jimmy” Struthers and the late Joanne D. Foye. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson Brennan Boudreau and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral services were conducted at St. John Episcopal Church, Saugus. Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Mass Chapter Inc, 29 Crafts St., Suite 450, Newton, MA 02458-1287. For further information visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com

Paul Cioffi, Jr.

Of Revere, formerly of Everett

Paul A. Cioffi, Jr. of  Revere, formerly of Everett, died on April 11.

A Starter at Sagamore Golf Club, he was the beloved husband of Rosalie (Cardoza) Cioffi with whom he shared 57 years of marriage; loving father of Paul Cioffi III and his wife, Frances of Burlington, Stephen and his wife, Candace of Malden, Denise Iannaco and her husband, Steve, Dana Cioffi Mario, Christina Wortman and her husband, Fred and David Cioffi and his wife, Denise, all of Everett, Joseph Cioffi and his wife, Gail of Florida, Maria Nadeau and her husband, Jeffrey of Ludlow, Michael Vasily Cioffi and his wife, Jodie of Reading, Anthony Cioffi and Virginia Frost of Whitman and Mathew Cioffi and Nicole Joyce of New Zealand; dear brother of Jean Farese of Everett, Helen DeSimone of Tewksbury, Albert Cioffi of Stoneham, Gloria Cioffi of Hanover, Carl Cioffi of Saugus, Carmella Capuano of Everett and the late Alphonso and Angelo Cioffi and Mary DiGiacomo; cherished grandfather of 21 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the VNA Care Network and Hospice, 5 Federal St., Danvers, MA 01923. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Nicoletta Masiello

Homemaker

Nicoletta (Beatrice) Masiello, a longtime resident of Revere, died on April 14 at her Revere home after a long illness. She was 86 years old.

Born in Avellino, Italy, she came to the United States in 1961 and settled in Revere.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many, she worked in the shoe industry locally for several years.

She was the beloved wife of 48 years to Carmine Masiello; devoted mother of Revere Animal Control Officer Anthony C. Masiello and his wife, Christine and Melina I. Sousa and cherished grandmother of David C. Sousa and Madison Masiello, all of Revere; dear sister of Michelina Monaco and her husband, Pasquale o Aellino, Italy, Assunta “Susie” Licciardi and her husband, Frank and Elena Coccimiglio and her husband, Nicola, all of Revere and the late Antonetta Colarusso, Angelina DiVIto and Filippo Beatrice; loving sister in law of Cristina Beatrice and Carmine Colarusso, both of Revere and Frank DiVito of Saugus. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews in the United States and in Italy.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, April 18 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere from 4 to 8 p.m. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Bernadette Covalucci

Malden Homemaker

Bernadette (Caron) Covalucci of Malden died on April 16. She was 96 years old.

A homemaker, born in New Hampshire, she was the beloved wife of the late Americo Covalucci; devoted mother of the late Arthur Pacific, Rose Pender and MaryAnne Spencer; dear sister of the late Henry Caron; cherished grandmother of Lisa Barbera of New Hampshire, Karen Spenser and Billy Spencer, both of Billerica; great-grandmother of Michael, Ashley and Nicholas Barbera and Darren Bemis.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com

Bernard ‘Barney’ Ranahan

Civil Engineer, Former Suffolk Downs Jockey

Bernard T. “Barney” Ranahan died on April 6 at the Hospice at Bay Pines in St. Petersburg, Florida surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was 84 years old.

“Barney” worked as a civil engineer for the State of Massachusetts.  In his younger years, he also was a jockey at Suffolk Downs. He enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Shoemaker Bowling League and he also coached Lynn Shore Baseball. His true passion was golf and he was a member of the Amesbury Golf and Country Club.He served his country in the United States Navy. He was also a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks where he was Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy for the Metro-North District. He was also a member of the Polish Club in Amesbury.He was the husband of the late Mary (O’Donnell) Ranahan and the son of the late John and Dorothy (Bezanson) Ranahan. He is survived by his children: Kevin Ranahan, Bernard Ranahan and his wife, Debbie, Kathleen Barrett and her husband, John, Dennis Ranahan and his wife, Nancy, Maryann Bigwood and her husband, Clint and Robert Ranahan. He was the proud grandfather of Jennifer, Shannon, Colleen, Suzanne, Katie, Kevin, John, Jimmy, Robby and Helina and he also leaves 10 great grandchildren. He is survived by his sister, Winifred Killeen, his brother-in-law, William O’Donnell and his sister-in-law Barbara (Ranahan) Harkins, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late John Ranahan, Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Barney’s name to the Bay Pines VA Hospice Unit 5C, PO Box 5005, Bay Pines, Florida 33744. For guest book www.solimine.com

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