Obituaries 05-23-2012

May 24, 2012
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Sophie Brunette

Revere Resident

Sophie (Bonavita) Brunette of Revere died on May 19.

She was the beloved wife of the late B. William Brunette; loving mother of Susan Brazil and her husband, John of Winthrop, Beverly Brunette of Revere and the late Gary Brunette; cherished grandmother of Shannon Brazil Carcia and her husband, Anthony, Erin Brazil and her partner, Paul Campbell, Richard Brazil and his wife, Narchia and Brendan Brazil and his wife, Elizabeth; great-grandmother of Andre, Amber, and Tajah Thomas; Gabriel Campell; Casie, Brendan and Harley Brazil; Daisy,  Zoe, Teo and Desmond Carcia; dear sister of the late Carmella (Millie) Mulawka, Nicholas, Carmen, Anthony “Butch” and Thomas Bonavita and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Prayer Service will be held in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Saturday at 10 a.m.  The family will receive visitors on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.  Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: The Home For Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Ave., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

Eleanor Fabiano

Of East Boston, formerly of Revere

Eleanor F. (Scopa) Fabiano of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died on May 19.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip Fabiano; devoted mother of Charles Smith and his wife, Ann of Hanson, Eleanor Szwarc and her husband, Adam of California and Alicia Hamdi and her husband, Liess of Cape Cod; dear sister of Paul Scopa of Danvers and Pasquale Scopa of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Charles, Marc, Derek, Erica, Nicholas, Carly and Daniel and adored great grandmother of Samuel and Natalie. She is also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of her life at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully. Services will conclude with Mrs. Fabiano being laid to rest in the Veterans National Cemetery in Bourne alongside her husband. May they both rest in peace. Because of flower restrictions at the Cemetery, in honoring Mrs. Fabiano, memorials may be sent to Mass. Comm. of the Blind, 48 Boylston St. Boston 02116. For more information or to send online condolences, please visit www.ruggieromh.com

Donna Rotondo

East Boston Resident

Donna L. Rotondo of East Boston died on May 18 after a long illness.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Angelo and Mary C. ( Cuozzo ) Rotondo and the dear sister of the late Louis Rotondo.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross, Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970 or The Center for Cerebellar Neurobiology at Mass General Hospital c/o Development Department, 165 Cambridge Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114 or American Cancer Society 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book www.vazzafunerals.com

Joyce Puzzangara

Retired Boston Hotel Cocktail Waitress

Joyce E. (Fitzgerald) Puzzangara of Revere, formerly of Cambridge and Winchendon, died on May 20 at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was 83 years old.

The wife of the late Joseph Puzzangara, she was born and raised in Winchendon and Cambridge, the daughter of the late Howard and Gertrude (Leland) Fitzgerald. A resident of Revere since 1962, Mrs. Puzzangara worked as a cocktail waitress at several Boston area hotels.

Mrs. Puzzangara leaves two daughters, Barbara Squitieri and her husband, Philip of Revere, Robin Hines and her husband, David of Lynn and one son, Charles Lindberg and his wife, Roberta of Revere; four grandchildren, Derek Lindberg and his wife, Nicole, Vanessa McKay and her husband, Matthew, Bianca Squitieri and her fiancé, John Quirk and Alexa Squitieri and her wife, Jennifer; three great grandchildren, Brooke McKay, Colin McKay and Jonathan Squitieri. She was the aunt of John Bernard and his wife, Lillie, Suzanne Bernard and Elizabeth Carey and great aunt of Brianna Carey.

Relatives and friends are invited to join in a celebration of her life on Thursday, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.at the Winthrop Arms, 130 Grovers Ave., Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1309 Beacon St. Memorial Donations, Brookline, MA 02446 or www.dana-farber.org. Funeral arrangements are by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus and Revere. For condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Paul ‘Pete’ Nolan

GE Retiree

Paul “Pete” F. Nolan died on May 16. He was 82 years old.

A retired GE employee, he is survived by his wife, Pearl, his daughter, Joanne Clark, his sons, Paul Jr., Timothy and Brian Nolan and their spouses. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Rd. Haverhill, MA 01832.

Rodolfo Callejas

Of Chelsea, formerly of Colombia

Rodolfo Callejas of Chelsea, formerly of Bogota, Colombia, died unexpectedly on May 17. He was 52 years old.

He was the devoted father of Christina Kelley and her husband, Sean Bridgewater and Ana and Diana Callejas, both of Chelsea; former husband of Nora (Gobin) Callejas of Chelsea; dear brother of Ilma Callejas of Colombia, Graciela Callejas of Chelsea, Manuel and Ramon Callejas of Colombia, Fernando Callejas of Boston, Gloria and Marta Callejas of Somerville, Pilar Callejas of Medford and the late Jose Callejas and the cherished grandfather of Sophia Grace Kelley. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston. For for more information: www.ruggieromh.com

Rita Leach

Pianist

Rita M. (O’Reilly) Leach passed away peacefully at her home in Winthrop on May 8 at the age of 92.

Born in East Boston, Mrs. Leach was raised in Revere and lived most of her life here. She graduated from Revere High School with Honors in 1938. After graduation, her career path took her from working in the Charlestown Navy Yard during World War II to becoming the Head Hostess at the prestigious Thompson’s Spa in Boston. Mrs. Leach began playing piano at the age of four and studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. She continued to play the piano until her death and has been featured on you tube. She was active in the Revere Lodge of Elks Ladies Emblem Club where her husband, Edward B. Leach, was Secretary. After her husband passed away, she played piano at social and political events while she raised her family.

Mrs. Leach was a campaign organizer for Endicott “Chub” Peabody in the 1960’s and helped lead a group which worked to keep Pebble “Rocky” Beach in Beachmont open to local residents.

Mrs. Leach was the widow of the late Revere Police Sergeant Edward B. Leach. She was the mother of the late Attorney Edward J. Leach, who was also a Sergeant on the Revere Police Department; Kevin and Daniel Leach; Katherine “Cindy” Leach and Candace “Candy” Pioppi and her beloved son-in-law, Frank. She was the devoted grandmother of Jason Leach, Edward G. Leach and Justin and James Pioppi. Mrs. Leach was the daughter of Denis and Teresa (Rothwell) O’Reilly and the sister of the late Dr. Denis O’Reilly, Charles O’Reilly and Eileen Gibbon. She was also the cherished aunt of Paul and Linda O’Reilly, Denise and Owen Hurley, Michael O’Reilly, Faith O’Reilly, Sandra Freeman and Gerard and Pat Gibbon.

After a Christian funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Mrs. Leach was laid to rest at Puritan Lawn Cemetery. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Pulmonary Rehab Program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Ave., Medford, MA 02155, in care of Mary Margaret Winter, RN, Program Director. Mrs. Leach attended classes there for a decade and was an inspiration to both patients and staff.

Diane Phyllis DePiano

Retail Salesperson

Diane Phyllis DePiano, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on May 21. She was 54 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late William J. and Virginia (Riconscente), she was the dear sister of William J. DePiano Jr and his wife, Jean of Reading; loving aunt of William J. III of Reading; devoted Godmother of Stacey Moscone and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday May 24 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New England, 40 Speen St., Suite 20,5 Framingham Ma 01701. For guestbook please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

Theresa McGrath

Retired Billing Clerk, Active CAPIC Member

Theresa (LaSalle) McGrath of Revere died on May 18. She was 85 years old.

A retired billing clerk, she was an active member of CAPIC Community Action Programs Inner City and former Treasurer of the Tenants Association Hyman Towers, Revere. She was an avid Bingo Player but, above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the beloved grandmother of Christine Quagenti and husband, Joseph of Saugus, Diana McGrath of Lynn, Mathew McGrath of Revere, Brian McGrath of Malden, Autumn Deheulle of Malden and April Dehueulle of Malden; cherished great-grandmother of Arianna, Victoria, Daniella, Aliyah and Jordan and dear mother-in-law of Linda McGrath of Malden.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, May 24 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com

Rosamond ‘Ruth’ Gregory

Whitmore Co. Retiree

Rosamond “Ruth” (Tower) Gregory, a resident of Revere for more than 25 years, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 17 following a long illness. She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea and a 1941 graduate of Chelsea High School, she was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church of Chelsea and the Chelsea Winnisimett Club. She retired from the Whitmor Co of Revere in 1987 after 25 years of service as an executive accountant.

She was the cherished mother of John T. Gregory and his wife, Linda J. (Kelley) Gregory and beloved grandmother of Liann J. Gregory, all of Tewksbury and is also lovingly survived by her devoted caregiver, David Lawson of Revere, her sister-in-law Lorraine Tower of East Boston and by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Joseph and James Tower, Doris Campbell and Grace Whitehead and the daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel (Williams) Tower.

Private services and burial were held with arrangements by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472-9982. For information: www.vertuccioand smith.com

Domenic Anthony Palumbo

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Revere

Domenic Anthony “Dom” Palumbo of Tewksbury, formerly of Revere and Cambridge, died May 18. He was 72 years old. A US Army veteran, he was a retired Supervisor at Delta Airline Cargo, Logan Airport.

He was the husband of Pilar “Laura” (Cafaro) Palumbo, and son of the late Vincent and Mary (Pulusi) Palumbo. He is survived by three children, Cynthia Palumbo-Mentas and her husband, Harry of Manomet, Peter Palumbo and his wife, Bronwyn Keefe of Gloucester, and Anatashia Palumbo-Darrigo and her husband, Peter of Tewksbury; eight grandchildren, Sam, Isaiah, and Luke Mentas, Sophia and Anabelle Palumbo, Shane, Kyle and Justin Darrigo; two brothers, Louis Palumbo of New Jersey and Vincent Palumbo and his wife, Lee of Revere; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Burial was at West Parish Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The ALS Association MA Chapter, 315 Norwood Park South, 1st Floor, Norwood, MA 02062 will be appreciated.

Liberato ‘Libby’ DiBattista

Owned Libby’s Market in East Boston

Liberato “Libby” DiBattista of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, died recently. He was 91 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the proprietor of Libby’s Market in East Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Carmella (Maglio) DiBattista of Peabody; devoted father of Marie Sulkey of Danvers, Janet DeStefano and her husband, Frank of Salem, Joseph DiBattista and his late wife, Marie of West Peabody; dear brother of Phyllis Salvaggio of Southboro, John DiBattista of Revere, Julia Piazza of Bolton and the late Maria Casseletto, Helen Fabello and Frank DiBattista; cherished grandfather of Allison, Christopher, Jason, Joseph, Amanda and the late Joyce and great-grandfather of four. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to: Dementia Care Foundation 69531 213th , Darwin, MN 55324. For guestbook, please visit: www.buonfiglio.com

Kenneth Errico

Member of Many Revere Organizations

Kenneth R. Errico of Revere died on May 16.

He was a member of the Patriots Civic Club, Revere Businessman’s Association, Sons of Italy and the Mottolo Post VFW.

He was the beloved husband of Karen (Boomhower); loving son of Joseph and Connie Errico; dear brother of Robert Errico and his wife, Roseann and David Errico; brother in-law of Mark Boomhower and his wife, Tammy, Lynn Downing and Brian Boomhower and his wife, Josie and is also survived by 14 loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com

Paul ‘Pete’ Nolan

GE Retiree

Paul “Pete” F.Nolan, a retired GE employee, died on May 16. He was 82 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl, his daughter, Joanne Clark; his sons: Paul Jr., Timothy and Brian Nolan and their spouses; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. In-lieu of flowers, donations to Merrimack Valley Hospice House 360 North Rd. Haverhill, MA 01832 would be appreciated.

Bernice Mogul

Of Dedham, formerly of Revere

Bernice (Allman) Mogul of Dedham, formerly of Revere, died on May 17. She was 98 years old.

She was the beloved wife of  late George Mogul; devoted mother of Renee Hart of Chestnut Hill; cherished grandmother of James Hart and his wife, Linda, Amy Krushell and her husband, Dr. Jack and great grandmother of Alison Hart, Perry Hart, Jonathan Krushell and Alexander Krushell.

Services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Stanetsky Memorial Chapel 617-232-9300 www.stanetsky.com

Mario Parlante

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Mario Parlante of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on May 14.

He was the loving father of Carmela Julianello of Medford, Donna DelViscovo of Winthrop, Elean Sanfilippo of Throop, PA and the late Frank Parlante; beloved grandfather of 10, great grandfather of six  and longtime companion of Gloria Carregal of Malden. He is also survived by a sister in New York and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For condolences,
www.BisbeePorcella.com

Vincent Ferrelli

Revere Resident

Vincent Ferrelli of Revere died on May 14.

He was the beloved husband of Maria (Forcucci); loving father of Mary Ann, Francine and Louis and is also survived by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.

Donald Diaz

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Donald V. Diaz of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on May 19.

A Massachusetts National Guard veteran, he was the beloved husband of Angela (Braccia) Diaz with whom he shared 53 years of marriage; loving father of Donald Diaz Jr. and his wife, Barbara, Steven Diaz and Joanne Fiore and her husband, Jim, all of Revere; dear brother of Richard Diaz and Dennis Diaz, both of Revere and Anne Brangiforte and Lorraine Chabuz, both of East Boston. His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, www.vazzafunerals.com. Vazza Funeral Home.

Ann Marie D’Amelio

North Revere Resident

Ann Marie D’Amelio of North Revere died on May 13. The wife of the late Henry J. D’Amelio, she was the loving mother of Irene Reardon of N. Revere, Henry D’Amelio and his wife, Rosemary of N. Revere, Kevin D’Amelio and his wife, Janine of New Hampshire and Michael D’Amelio, of N. Revere; cherished grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of three and dear sister of Anthony DelGenio of Newburyport. She was the sister of six late brothers and sisters.

A graveside service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences:
www.BisbeePorcella.com

Ruth Merchant

Revere Resident

Ruth A. (Winsor) Merchant of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on May 14.

She was the beloved wife of Frederick J. and loving mother of Michele Merchant, Brian Merchant and his wife, Ann Marie, and the late Michael; loving sister of Robert Winsor, Claire Russell, Joan Farnsworth, and the late James Winsor and Phyllis Abare. She is also survived by three loving grandchildren Jenna, Bailey and Nickey and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in her memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 615 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22313. www.roccofuneralhomes.com

Robert Flot

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant 

Retired Revere Police Department Robert Flot of Revere died on May 20.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Marjorie (Francis) Flot; loving father of Kathleen MacCorkle of Somerville, Robert Flot and his wife, Christine of Georgetown, Dorothy Griffiths and her husband, David of Tyngsboro and the late Mark Flot; cherished grandfather of Mark, Robbie and Ryan MacCorkle, Lauren, Brandon and Cameron Flot and Kathryn, Kyra and Kyle Griffiths; dear brother of Lillian Bostrom of East Boston, Ronald Flot of Southborough and the late Edward Flot.

His Funeral will be from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave, Saugus on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St, Revere at 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008. For directions and condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com

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