Member of Founding Family of Revere Beach’s “The Banana Boat”
Andrew J. Schena died unexpectedly at his Revere home on December 3. He was 49 years old.
Born in Everett, he lived his entire life in Revere and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1981. Most of his working career was with the International Union of Laborers of North America, Local 22.
He was the beloved son of the late Anthony and Ann (Panara) Schena, who founded “The Banana Boat” in 1977, one of the last operating concession stands at Revere Beach. The concession is still family run and owned. Andrew spent many a hot summer at the concession with his mom, dad, brother and sisters.
He was the devoted father of Andrew Dallesandro of Saugus; the cherished brother of Anthony Schena, Jr. and his wife, Sharon of Plymouth, Avri A. Schena of Revere and Amora A. Schena-Callahan and her husband, Revere Police Sergeant Charles ‘Chuckie” Callahan of West Peabody and the beloved nephew of Robert Panara and his wife, Maureen of Saugus. He is also lovingly survived by two nephews, two nieces and several grand nieces and grand nephews.
Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, December 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Andrew’s funeral service will follow the visiting hours at 8:15 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.
Retired Lithographer, Saugus School Custodian and Excellent Athlete
Ronald P. Bennett of Saugus died in Blueberry Hill Nursing Home on December 10 after a long illness. He was 83 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the husband of Florence (LeBlanc) Bennett and son of Walter and Stella (Marchand) Bennett, he was raised in Revere and has been a Saugus resident since 1958.
While in IC (Immaculate Conception?) High School, he excelled in baseball, football and basketball having been voted into several All Star teams and also played in a playoff game in Fenway Park. He played outstanding hockey for the CYO teams. He was also a bowler of note and he and his son, Paul, were featured in a play off match against each other on Candle Pin Bowling Tourney on TV, a first for the TV program. Later in life, he was an avid horse shoe player and he and his son were known as the Killer “B’s. All told, he was an excellent athlete.
He worked as a lithographer for 21 years with Forbes and Buck Printing, then as a custodian with the Saugus School System from 1977 until retiring 20 years ago. He also spent 14 years with the US Army Reserves. He enjoyed his family, playing cards and greyhound racing.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Paul Bennett of Saugus and Gary Bennett of Lynn and by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend his funeral to be held from the St. Laurent Funeral Home, 554 Western Avenue, Lynn today, Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church, Saugus, at noon. Burial will be in St. Jean’s Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Fund.
Worked for Polaroid
Lois E. (MacInnis) Kehoe of Revere passed away on December 2 at the Lexington Health Care Center. She was 89 years old.
Born in Cambridge and a long time employee of the Polaroid Corp., she was the wife of the late Walter Kehoe. She is survived by her sister, Phyllis B. Wicks and her husband, Earl of Belmont and by nieces and nephews. Private services were entrusted to www.stantonfuneralhome.com
Palmina ‘Pamela’ D’Errico
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Palmina “Pamela” (Casaccio) D’Errico of Revere, formerly of Saugus and East Boston, died on December 7. The beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Sasso) Casaccio, she was the loving mother of Frederick M. Naumann Jr. and his wife, Denise of Saugus and Eric Naumann of Wakefield and also leaves her former husband, Frederick M. Naumann, Sr. of Revere. She was the dear sister of the late Angelo D’Errico; cherished grandmother of Brittney, Brianna and Brandon Naumann. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Ave, Brookline, MA 02445. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Eugene ‘ Gene’ Todd
Former Union Local 25 Business Agent
Eugene F. “Gene” Todd of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 6.
The former Business Agent of Teamsters Union Local 25, he was a US Army veteran of World War II attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, a member of the 520 Club, Irish American, Bunker Hill Council #62 Knights of Columbus, VFW Post 529, Somerville City Club and Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association.
He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Vitale); devoted father of Eileen O’Brien and her late husband, William of Woburn, Robert Todd and his wife, Patricia of Roslindale, Eugene Todd and his wife, Joanne of Medford, Stephen Todd and his wife, Kathleen of Braintree, Kathleen Mallett of Winthrop and Philip Mallett and his wife, Deborah of Revere; brother of the late William, Joseph, Frank and John Todd, Mary Hurnowicz, Rita Brennick, Loretta Mazaka, Mary Sullivan White and Daniel and John Sullivan. He is also lovingly survived by 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St, Danvers, MA 01923.
Loved to cook
Anna Dellaquilla, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on December 2.
Ms. Dellaquilla, who loved to spend time in the kitchen cooking for family and friends, was the beloved daughter of the late Donato and Addolorada (Palumba); devoted sister of the late Camille Milano, Pat Dellaquilla and Salvatore “Sam” Dellaquilla. She is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Of Rowley, formerly of Revere
Cheryl A. (Vazza) Gannon of Rowley, formerly of Revere, died on December 4.
She was the beloved wife of Lt. Richard J. Gannon B.P.D. Station 7 with whom she shared 22 years of marriage; cherished daughter of Ralph “Chubbie” Vazza and the late Elaine (Brock) Newman; dear sister of Felicia “Lisa” Vazza of Naples, FL, and the late Vincent Vazza; niece of Louis Vazza of Revere and Rose Arinello of New Hampshire; daughter in law of Cynthia (Doherty) Gannon of Middleton, and the late Mathew R. Gannon; sister in law of Michael and Connie Gannon of Lynnfield and their children, Jeff and Samantha. She is also lovingly remembered by Linda M. Aufiero of Revere, Thomas J. Garrett of Beverly, Jason M. Aufiero and his wife, Marla of Tewksbury and Tyler D. Mason of Revere.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Leo J. Bureau of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on December 5.
A US Air Force veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Barbara (Muise) Bureau with whom he shared 43 years of marriage; loving father of Jean Nowlan and her husband, James of Revere, Steven Bureau of Maryland and the late Keith Bureau; dear sister of Larraine Southe of Malden and the late Albert and Claire Bureau.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial with military honors was at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea and Revere
Allen M. Kresnow of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, entered into rest on December 6.
He was the beloved husband of Kalah (Estrach) Kresnow; devoted father of Marcie-jo Kresnow Sedacca and her husband, David Sedacca of Atlanta, GA, Malorie and her husband ,Michael Butera of Stoughton and Marnie and her husband, Robert Zammer of Peabody; loving brother of Renee Naseck of Swampscott; cherished grandfather of Halle and Daniel Sedacca, Amanda, Jake, Sam, and Luke Butera, Lexie and Allen Zammer and is also survived by many close nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was at the Chevra Mishna Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to Temple Ner Tamid, 368 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960 or the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
Michael Starr, Sr.
Former member of Revere Elks
Michael S. Starr, Sr. of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, died on November 27 surrounded by his loving family. He was 61 years old.
He began his relationship with Kathleen (Azzalina) Starr more than 26 years ago and shared more than 13 years of marriage. He was the former husband of Lorraine Starr of Marshfield.
Born and raised in Dorcherster, he was the son of the late Edward J and Rosalie M. (Macedo) Starr. He was raised and educated in Quincy. Following high school he joined the military and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Starr worked as a salesman for the former Somerville Lumber Company. He is a former member of the Revere Lodge of Elks. He loved being near the ocean. Among some of his favorite past times was spending time at Ogunquit and Wells Beaches in Maine. He was an avid Patriots Fan, enjoyed boxing and horse racing and nothing gave him more satisfaction than spending quality time with his family and granddaughter. He will be sadly missed by his beloved kitty “Mika”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Michelle Starr of Quincy, a son, Michael S. Starr Jr. of Weymouth, a granddaughter Amanda Jane Starr of Quincy, two sisters: Lee Christiano and Rose O’Keefe, both of Florida; his nephews, Mark and Ronnie Holland; Scott and Jason Christiano; Brad Hurd and his wife, Christine and his niece, Allison Hurd; He was the beloved nephew of Gloria Morling and Leona Walker of Quincy and Stella Iacovelli of Braintree; brother in law of Andy and Darlene Azzalina and is also survived by many cousins and a host of friends.
Private services were held on December 4 in the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, Medford. Contributions in his name may be sent to Rosie’s Place, 889 Harrison Ave. Boston MA. 02118.
Former Revere School Lunch Mother and Avid Dancer
Rose (Gullifa) Cerabone, a resident of Revere for 60 plus years, previously of Medford, died on December 2 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford following a long illness. She was 94 years old.
Born in Boston, she served as a lunch mother for several years at the Whelan School in Revere where she was most popular with the children she served as she went far above her duties. She treated all the children as her own and was certainly loved by many. Both she and her late husband, Michael J. Cerabone, were avid dancers and socializers, especially patronizing the “Wonderland Ballroom.”
She was the beloved mother of Robert M. Cerabone and his wife, Elaine Lord of Winchester and Leonard J. Cerabone and his wife, Linda of Hallendale Beach, Florida; cherished grandmother of Vickie Stagliola and her husband, Mark of Billerica, Leonard Cerabone of East Boston and Roy V. Cerabone of North Andover; dear sister of Baldassaro “Bob” Gullifa of Malden, Jean D’Angelo of Newton and the late Grace Keller and Ludovico “Ludi” Gullifa. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Alexandra and Brian Cerabone and Marina and Andrew Stagliola and by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For further information: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Jean Marie Christilaw
Jean Marie Christilaw of Methuen, formerly of Boston’s North End and Randolph, died on December 9 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 62 years old.
Born in Boston, she was a graduate of the Julie Billiard School and a telephone company computer operator. She was the beloved daughter of the late Jerry and Eva (Gizzi) Christilaw; devoted sister of George Christilaw of Methuen 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, December 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Of Florida, formerly of Revere
Emery H. Nunes died peacefully on November 29 in Venice, Florida following a brief illness. He was 67 years old.
Born in Revere and raised in Peabody, the son of the late Emery Nunes and Irene Nunes of Littleton, he graduated from Peabody High School, attended Barber School and later went on to receive his driving certification from Sunoco who he was employed with for many years. For the past several years he had worked in finance and sales.
A life-member of the Elks Lodge #2378 of Englewood, Florida, he served as Esteemed Lecturing Knight and Esteemed Loyal Knight plus being deemed Elk of the Month on a number of occasions for his many volunteer efforts. He was an avid hockey fan, Bruins at heart despite residing in Florida, a music lover; a gifted artist; and a great cook who will be greatly missed for the countless volunteer hours he devoted catering for the weekly Elks Lodge events.
He is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Nunes of Danvers, a son, John Nunes, his wife, Kristen, and a grandson, Camden Nunes of Saugus, a niece, Christine Elliott of Danvers, a nephew, Michael Flynn of Hooksett, NH, several cousins and many devoted friends.
A memorial service, Lodge Of Sorrow, will be held in remembrance at the Elks Lodge #2378, Englewood, FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Hospice of North Shore and Greater Boston, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923 or to a charity of your choice.
Of California, formerly of Revere
Patricia Cunningham of California, formerly of Revere, died on November 18 in San Jose after a year long illness. She was 62 years old.
“Trish” grew up in Revere and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1968.
She will be missed by her mother, Patricia A. Cunningham, longtime resident of Revere, now living in Shutesbury, MA and by her brothers and sisters: Michele Cunningham of Shutesbury, Michael Cunningham and Peggy Wright, both of Winthrop, Kathy Brainerd of Salt Lake City, Jay Cunningham of Salem, Steven Cunningham of Reading and Karen Garrett of Derry, NH. She was the daughter of the late John A. Cunningham.
A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop, Saturday, December 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a gathering at the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, 562 Pleasant St, Winthrop.
Worked for Northeastern University and Suffolk Downs
Anthony Fauci, a lifelong Revere resident, died on November 16. He was 65 years old.
Mr. Fauci worked for Northeastern University’s Transportation Department transporting students around campus for many years as well as a Parking Attendant at Suffolk Downs.
He was the beloved son of the late Charles and Rose (Bellitti) and is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.
All services are private with arrangements by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Of Saugus, formerly of Revere
William L. Wilson of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on December 9.
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Concetta (LaPorta) Wilson with whom he shared 65 years of marriage; loving father of Diane Palermo and her husband, Domenic and Mark Wilson and his wife, Lisa, all of Saugus; dear brother of Patricia Willoghby of Texas and the late Lois Wilson; cherished grandfather of Melissa Kane Palermo, Renea Kane Palermo, Rhonda Palermo and William and Kelly Wilson and great grandfather of Jonathan Palermo, Wayne Smith and Isabella Palermo.
His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross cemetery Malden. For directions and guest book. www.vazzafunerals.com
Of Wilmington, formerly of the North End
Elena (Savino) Coviello of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of the North End of Boston, died peacefully at home on December 10. She was 87 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Coviello; cherished daughter of the late John and Caterina (Caggiano) Savino; devoted mother of Rosa Lobuono and her husband, Frank and John Coviello and his wife Anne, all of Tewksbury, Vito Coviello and his wife, Floriana of Bedford, Cathy Guarino and her husband, Guy of Revere, Sergio Coviello and his wife, Sharon of North Reading, and Nancy Garrett of Wilmington; loving “Nonnie” of 18 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; dear sister of Maria Ruberti of Stoneham, Michelina Abbondanza of Burlington and the late Rosa, Pasquale, Joseph, Luigi & Gerry. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Maria Savino, of the North End, as well as by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Thursday, December 13 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:30 a.m. Entombment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home today, Wednesday, December 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Nichols Funeral Home, Inc. 978-658-4744 www.nicholsfuneralhome.com
Floral Designer of Arizona, formerly of Revere
Gail A. (Bellino) Gentile, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly at the Banner Boswell Medical Center of Sun City, Arizona on November 13. She was 63 years old.
Mrs, Gentile was born and raised in Revere and a 1967 graduate of Revere High School. She moved to Arizona with her husband, Joseph (who died in 2006) 14 years ago.
For several years she worked as a receptionist for a group of Everett doctors. She had an innate sense of style and design, especially for floral design and home decorating. When her sister, Carole A. Alexander opened Alexander’s Floral Lane on Broadway, Revere in 1973 and then reopened the shop under “Carole’s Floral Boutique” on Park Avenue, Gail assumed the role of designer and manager of the shoppe for more than 10 years.
Gail was a victim of the 1954 “Polio Epidemic” and subsequently, after many years of enjoying good health, became a statistic in the numbers of those who developed “post-polio syndrome.” This necessitated the move to Arizona where the climate was dry.
Mrs. Gentile leaves her devoted son, Dason Gentile of Bangor, Maine. She was the dear sister of Carole A. Alexander and her husband, Alfred “Fred” Alexander of Point of Pines, Revere and James R. Bellino of Sun City, Arizona; cherished aunt of Dr. Scott C. Alexander, PhD, Ed., and his wife, Karen L. Alexander of Chicago, Ill and their son, Myles S. Alexander of Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late James G. and Marie A. (Carco) Bellino. She is also lovingly survived by several cousins in the Revere, Malden, East Boston and surrounding communities.
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in November at St. Clement of Rome Church, Sun City, Arizona. Burial was in Arizona. Remembrances may be made to “The Jimmy Fund” at Dana Farber, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. For more information visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Former Manager of Bisutecki Steak Houses
Services will be held in Japan for Tetsuya Sasanuma of Revere who died unexpectedly at his Revere Beach Boulevard home on October 27. He was 71 years old.
Born in Japan, he came to live in Revere 40 years ago. For more than 30 years, he worked as chef and manager at the Bisutecki Steak Houses in Revere and Cambridge. Tetsuya was a remarkable worker and was regarded by many of his colleagues as a man of great honor and integrity.
He was the beloved son of Yikiko Sasanuma of Kawasaki City, Kawagawa, Japan; devoted brother Yoko Hashimoto of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa, Japan and the cherished son of the late Toju Sasanuma. He is also lovingly survived by his friend and colleague, Hiroshi Nei of Revere.
Arrangements were entrusted to Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com