Obituaries 01-23-2013

January 23, 2013
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Walter Bruce

Well Known Revere Beach Bartender, Member of Revere Elks, Special Needs School Bus Driver

Walter M. Bruce, a lifelong Revere native, died January 19 at Genesis of Wakefield following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.Born in Chelsea, he lived in Revere all his life and was a 1954 graduate of Revere High School.  He was also a 1950 alumnus of the Immaculate Conception Grammar School.  He soon entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and served for over four years.

Walter spent many years driving special needs children in the early busing days.  He is most remembered for his many years on the Beach (Revere Beach), working many of the local cafes and lounges as a bartender, especially at Buddy’s Cafe and Bill Ash’s Pizza.  He was a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171.

He was the beloved son of the late, M. Walter Bruce and Eleanor (Morgan) Bruce;  the dear father of Steven Ryan of Raymond, NH and Kimberly Richard and her husband, Mark of Hanover, NH.  He was the devoted brother of Retired State Police Sergeant James R. Bruce of Winthrop and his late wife, Carole P. Bruce, Eleanor “Sissy” Bruce-Kelley and her husband, Robert N. Kelley of Fort Lauderdale, FL and New Hampshire, Barbara Bruce-Meade and her husband, Franklin “Frank” Meade of Revere and Marilyn A. Symmes of Winthrop.  He is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and the large extended Morgan family on his Mom’s side here in Revere and throughout the North Shore.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue), Revere. Internment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108.  Interment will be held privately.

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Anna Edelstein

Travel Was Her Passion

Anna P. (Sutera) Edelstein of Revere died on January 17. She was 83 years old.

Anna’s passion was travel. She toured several countries and loved to share stories of her journeys with family and friends.

The beloved wife of Marvin Edelstein, she leaves her niece Lucy Giorgio-Pirkey and her husband, Ed of Revere, and nephews Albert Giorgio II and his wife, Mary Ann, and Paul Charles Sutera. She also leaves four grandnephews: Robert, Jason, Albert III and James and her  grand-niece Katy. Anna was predeceased by her sister Lillian Giorgio, brother Paul Sutera and nephew Steven Giorgio. Anna’s passion was travel.

Her Funeral Mass will be at St. Leonard Church, corner of Prince and Hanover Streets, today, Wednesday, January 23 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Family will receive visitors from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Boston Harborside Home, 580 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109 prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018 or www.pdf.org. Please visit www.BostonHarborsideHome.com to leave online condolences.

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John Thomas Federici

Avid Bowler, Retired Truck Driver and Former Barber

John Thomas Federici of Revere died on January 20. He was 86 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a retired truck driver and a member of Teamsters Local 25. Born in Cambridge and raised in Revere, he attended Revere Schools and was an avid bowler. Before becoming a Teamster, he worked as a barber.

He was the beloved husband of the late Sally (DeSalvo); devoted father of Marian Bruzzese and her husband, Anthony, Debra Vickers and her husband, Chris and Janis Guide and her husband, Michael, all of Revere; dear brother of the late Vincent Federici, Mary Santoyanni and Rena Ioven. He is also survived by seven loving grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, January 23 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923.  Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Antonio Parco

Of East Boston

Antonio Parco of East Boston died on January 20.

He was the beloved husband of Grace (Locinto) Parco; loving father of Jennie Holland and her husband, Ronald of East Boston and Pasquale Parisi of Revere; cherished grandfather of Jacquelyn Solari and her husband, Jeffrey of Sturbridge and Kimberly Holland of Rochester, NH; great-grandfather of Grace and Jonathan Solari of Sturbridge and Promise Holland-Willwerth of Rochester, NH.  He is also survived by a brother and two sisters in Italy and by many loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in Sacred Heart Church, corner of Brooks and Paris Streets, East Boston at 11 a.m.  For online condolences and/or directions, please visit www.rapinomemorialhome.com

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James King

Auditor; Member of Revere Elks

James W. King died on January 16 at Emerson Village in Watertown. He was 76 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late John and Katherine (Cotter) Graham. He worked as an auditor at Extra, Inc. transportation company. He was also a member of the Revere Lodge of Elks.

Mr. King leaves one sister, Margaret Crepeau of Rhode Island and two brothers, William King of Charlestown and John Graham of Texas. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Mr. King was predeceased by one brother, George G. King.

His funeral service will be held in the Woodlawn Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett on Thursday, January 24  at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.

Arrangements are by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. For condolences, www.BisbeePorcella.com.

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Edward T. and Eleanor M. McFarland

Memorial Funeral Mass Last Saturday

Edward T. McFarland of Revere died after a long illness at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose on July 23, 2012. His dear wife of 69 years, Eleanor M. (Valiante) McFarland, also of Revere and also a resident of Annemark Nursing Home in Revere, where they both had been living (she was unaware of his passing) died at Annemark Nursing Home on November 23, 2012, exactly four months later, peacefully and quietly.

Mr. McFarland was born in Framingham, raised in Charlestown and attended Charlestown Schools. Most of his working career was spent as a policeman with the former Boston and Maine (B&M Railroad) for more than 45 years. He also worked as a maintenance supervisor for the MBTA until retiring in 1985.

Mrs. McFarland was born in Boston, raised in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School, Class of 1940. For many years, she worked for the Somerville Hospital as a Patients’ Advocate and Adjucator. She was a long time member of the Guild at the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain.

Mr. and Mrs. McFarland lived in Somerville for most of their lives until coming to Revere 15 years ago in 1998.

They were the beloved and devoted parents of Lorna M. McFarland of Hudson, Florida and Lynne M. McFarland-Robison and her husband, David V. Robison of Revere; the cherished grandparents of Edward M. Piscopo of Manchester, NH, David M. Piscopo and his wife, Priscilla of Salem, NH and the dear great grandparents of Brittany D. and Miranda L. Piscopo of Manchester, NH and Jessica L. and Angela Piscopo of Salem, NH. Mrs. McFarland was the dear sister of Constance Rando of Wilmington. Mr. McFarland was the brother of the late Henry McFarland and Margaret Bartera. They are also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A Memorial Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, January 19 at in the Immaculate Conception Church Revere followed by entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel Building in the Narcissus Room. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN. 38148-0142. Arrangements in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere –www.vertuccioandsmith.com

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Thomas Murphy Jr.

Real Estate Broker and Longtime Member of Revere Council K of C

Thomas J. Murphy, Jr. of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere, died on January 17 at Golden Living-Elmhurst following a long illness. He was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Somerville, he was a 1938 graduate of Somerville High School. He also attended Boston University. Mr. Murphy joined the US Navy in September of 1942 and served until March of 1946.

Most of his working career was spent with the Army Corps of Engineers, as a Property Manager. He held a Mass. Real Estate Broker’s License and worked within the industry for more than 20 years. He was a principal in the firm of “Mallard, Moriarty & Murphy” of the North Shore and worked until his late seventies.

The family lived in Revere for more than 50 years and moved to Lynnfield in 1996. He was a long time member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus #179 and the Lynnfield seniors. Both he and his wife were devotees of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield and were both Eucharistic Ministers at the church.

He was the beloved and faithful husband of 62 years to Catherine F. (Countie) – (the couple would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 20.) He was the devoted father of Joan M. Marks and her husband, Peter W. of Winthrop, Anne M. Russell of West Peabody and Thomas J. Murphy, III of Natick and the late Karen M. Zappala; cherished grandfather to: Meredith Cooke and her husband, James Cooke, Jonathan and Ashley Marks, all of Winthrop, Kevin Russell of Stoneham, Matt Russell of Los Angeles, California, Shannon Russell of Reading, Brittany Zappala-Acciavatti and her husband,  Thomas and Miss Alex Zappala, all of Lynnfield and Coleman Murphy of Paris, France. He was the brother of the late Rita Zappelli and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere today, Wednesday, January 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery of Lynnfield. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. www.vertuccioandsmith.com 

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Nicholas Carangelo

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Nicholas G. Carangelo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 16.

Nicholas served his country honorably as a US Marine during the Korean Conflict.

He was the beloved husband of Elena (Cataruolo) Carangelo with whom he shared 30 years of marriage; loving father of Gregory Carangelo and his wife, Maria of Revere, Sabrina Colombo and  her husband, James of Peabody, Nicholas Carangelo of Maine, Pamela Corrado and her husband, Joe of Winthrop and Brendalee Scolaro and her husband, Peter of East Boston. He was the dear brother of Domenic Carangelo and his wife, JoAnn of Melrose, Carmella Traniello and her husband, John of Medford and the late James Carangelo; brother in law of Michael Cataruolo and his wife, Patricia of Watertown; cherished grandfather of Jared, Nicholas, Ashley, JJ, John, Alycia, Olivia, Taylor and Nick. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com  

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Aida Bartolomeo

Of East Boston

Aida (Zerola) Bartolomeo of East Boston died on January 16.

She was the loving mother of Bernice Caldarelli and her husband, Ronald of Revere and Robert Bartolomeo and his wife, Christine of Peabody; dear sister of Virginia Gatti of Saugus and the late Frank, Bruno, Charles, Muffy Zerola, Millie Covino and Anna Mulone; cherished grandmother of Melissa and Ronald Caldarelli, Jake and Tina Marie Bartolomeo; great grandmother of Dylan and Zoe Caldarelli and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For guest book: www.vazzafuneral.com. 

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Robert Yett

Master Mason; Gifted Athlete; Member of Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont

Robert J. Yett of Revere entered into rest on January 16. He was 87 years old.

From an early age, Bob was a gifted athlete. He skied, played golf and tennis and was a Vermont state ping pong champion. He also loved fishing. Modest and humble, Bob never bragged about his five holes-in-one. An avid golfer, Bob was a long time member of Kernwood Country Club. During World War II, Bob served with General Patton’s troops in Europe.

He was a member of Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont-Revere and a Master Mason from the lodge in West Rutland, Vermont.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 44 years, Laurlalee (Goldstein) Yett.

Born in Burlington, VT, he has been a resident of Revere for many years and was the loving son of the late Benjamin and Ethel (Haberman) Yett of Burlington and the brother of the late Temaly Yett Jacobs of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Renee Currie and nephew Richard Currie and was predeceased by his nephew the late Robert Currie.

Bob will be remembered and missed by his many wonderful friends and business associates.

Services were held in the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial in the Rabbi Issac Elchonon Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Dr. Allan Goroll, Mass General Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For more information:

www.torffuneralservice.com

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Ernest Pierni

Worked at Family Supermarket

Ernest V. Pierni of North Andover, formerly of Swampscott and Revere, died on January 15. He was 94 years old.

Mr. Pierni worked at the family business, United Market, originally located on Revere Street and later expanding to United Supermarket on the Lynnway.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ann A. (Bisegna); devoted father of Ellen Munick and her husband, Dana and Victor Pierni and his wife, Veronica, all of Andover; dear brother of Albert Pierni and Jeanette LeDonne, both of Revere and the late Rose Parisi, Caroline Cella, Teddy, Carl and Arthur Pierni; loving grandfather of Alex and Benjamin Munick, Vanessa and Teddy and Brian Pierni and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Joseph Gillen

Boston Globe Retiree

Joseph F. Gillen of Revere died on January 15 at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge following a brief illness. He was 87 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1943 graduate of Revere High School. He entered the US Navy immediately following graduation in July of 1943 and served until February of 1946 as a Gunner’s Mate-3rd Class.

For all of his working career, he was immersed within the newspaper industry. He worked at the Daily Lynn Post and the moved on to the Boston Herald and finally to the Boston Globe. He retired from the Boston Globe in 1988 after 25 years of service as a pressman.

He was a member of the Printers & Pressman’s Union, #3 and an Honorary Life Member of the Graphic Communications International Union.

On May 2, 2012, Joseph suffered the loss of his beautiful and faithful wife of 63 years, Kathryn M. (Fogarty) Gillan. He was the devoted father of Barbara J. (Gillen) Gillham and her husband, Patrick T. Gillham of Sherman Oaks, California, Steven J. Gillen of Revere and Mark S. Gillen and his wife, Marie of Peabody; the cherished grandfather of Patrick J. and Kelsey M. Gillham, both of Sherman Oaks, California, Christopher J. and Alycia E. Gillen, both of Peabody; dear brother of Ella Gouveia of Revere and the late Mary Bishop, Frances Flynn, Catherine Sullivan, Margaret Gillen, John and Martin Gillen. He is also lovingly survived by the Fogarty Family and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimers’ Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertwon, MA 02472. www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

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Frank Puopolo

Former Revere Planning Board Member

Frank Puopolo, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at home on January 21. He was 82 years old.

A graduate of Revere High School, he was a former Produce Manager for Stop & Shop and a former Planning Board member for the City of Revere.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Cesareo)  who passed on January 3; devoted brother of the late Anna Blasi, Anthony Puopolo, Joseph Puopolo, Mary Gulla-King, Vinci Zabroski, Connie DeCillis, Rocco Puopolo, Nellie Perullo and Edith Murano and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revereon Thursday January 24 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square Lynn MA 01901. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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Frank Puopolo

Former Revere Planning Board Member

Frank Puopolo, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at home on January 21. He was 82 years old.

A graduate of Revere High School, he was a former Produce Manager for Stop & Shop and a former Planning Board member for the City of Revere.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Cesareo)  who passed on January 3; devoted brother of the late Anna Blasi, Anthony Puopolo, Joseph Puopolo, Mary Gulla-King, Vinci Zabroski, Connie DeCillis, Rocco Puopolo, Nellie Perullo and Edith Murano and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday January 24 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Frank’s memory to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square Lynn MA 01901. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com

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