Retiree of Mass. Division of Personnel and Admr. Services
Antoinette L. (Brienza) Sorrentino, a long time resident of Revere, passed away on August 2 at her home following a brief illness. She was 90 years old.
Born and raised in New Bedford, she attended school there and was a graduate of New Bedford High School, Class of 1942 and Campbell Secretarial Junior College, Class of 1944. She was also a 1938 graduate of Holy Name Grammar School of New Bedford.
“Ann,” as she was affectionately known, worked as a Principal Clerk for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts within the Division of Personnel and Admr. Services in Boston, retiring in the mid 1980’s with more than 15 years of service.
She was a devotee of the Immacualte Conception Parish for over 50 years. A staunch Catholic, she enjoyed her faith and liturgy immensely. She was a member of the Mass. State Municipal Retired Employees Association.
After her marriage to Nunzio “Sonny” Sorrentino in 1946, the couple moved to the Bronx, NY for 14 years. In 1960, she moved to Revere and raised her three children here.
Ann was a remarkable person of strength and dignity. She continued to be most active in politics and volunteering at her parish church. An amazing ‘walker,’ even at 89 years old, she could be seen walking at a “crisp clip.” Often friends and neighbors would stop to offer her a ride and she would decline by responding, “Thank you, thank you, but I need the exercise. God bless you for offering….”
Her husband passed away in June of 1988. She was the cherished mother of: Nancy B. Davis of West Wareham, MA, Linda M. Sorrentino of Revere and the late Carmine D. Sorrentino; the dear sister of Linda B. Ohnesorge of New Bedford and the late Domenica M. Mello and Antonia Brienza; the devoted aunt of Leonard Mello of New Bedford and also leaves several other nieces, nephews and cousins in the New Bedford area.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Sunday, August 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Monday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army (Chelsea Citadel) 258 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Helen ‘Honey’ Hill
Retired Revere School Secretary; Member of One of Revere’s Oldest Families
Helen M. “Honey” Hill of Revere died on Thursday, July 31 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was 76 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, she was a 1956 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. She also attended Salem State Teachers’ College. “Honey” served with the Revere School System as a secretary for more than 30 years.
She was born into one of Revere’s oldest families and her popularity and personality are legendary.
She was the daughter of the late Herbert S. Hill, Sr. and Helena M. (Spelman) Hill; the cherished sister of Retired Revere Firefighter Thomas L. Hill and his late wife, Florence E. Hill, Grace P. Sannella and her husband, former Revere School Committee member, Frederick A. Sannella, all of Revere and the late Staff Sergeant Herbert S. Hill, Jr., Staff Sgt. James J. Hill, Revere School Superintendent William J. Hill, Former Revere City Assessor Kenneth F. Hill, Mary G. Cushing, H. Pauline Hill and Audrey Cogliano. She was the dear sister-in-law to Eleanor (Cronan) Hill of Lynnfield, Carolan (Hegarty) Hill of Revere and John Cogliano of Westford. She is also lovingly survived by many dedicated and loyal nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, great grand nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, August 6 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will follow the visitation with a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Silver Spring,
Maryland, 20910 or online at: www.phassociation.org. For more information, visit:www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Franklin ‘Al’ Nolan
US Postal Service Retiree
Franklin J. “Al” Nolan , a 60 year resident of Revere, died on Saturday, August 2 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, he came to live in Revere more than 60 years ago. “Al” retired from the US Postal Service in 1990 as a mail carrier in Medford. He was a member of the Retired Postal Workers Union.
He was a graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School of Chelsea, Class of 1944. Immediately following graduation, in June of 1944, he entered the US Navy and served as a Radioman 3rd Class until June of 1946.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret J. (Donovan) Nolan. He was the dear brother of Robert Nolan of Kansas City, Missouri and the late John W. Nolan, Joseph R. “Ritchie” Nolan, Claire F. Nolan and Eleanor Baczewski. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Mary K. “Kay” Nolan of South Weymouth, his brother in law, Retired Revere Fire Lt. Anthony V. Pesce, Sr. of Revere and by many dedicated and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Revere
Grayce J. (Murphy) Borgatti of Saugus, a Chelsea native, who lived in Revere for 25 years and in Chelsea for over 50 years, died on July 30 at Epoch Center of Melrose following a long illness. She was 87 years old.
Born in Chelsea, she was a 1944 graduate of Revere High School. She moved to Chelsea when she married and she remained there for over 50 years.
Her beloved late husband, Louis F. Borgatti, died in September of 2006. She was the dedicated mother of four children: Richard L. Borgatti and his wife, Belinda of Revere, Linda M. Borgatti-DiCarlo and her husband, Dennis of Stoneham, Thomas F. Borgatti and his wife, Marie and Nancy A. Krouse and her husband, Phillip, all of Peabody. She was the dear sister of Joanne Reppucci of Revere and the late Robert F. and Paul E. Murphy. She is also lovingly surviced by 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant st., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Former Long Time Waiter at Louis of Boston and The Marriott at Long Wharf
Louis A. Spagnola of Revere died on Wednesday, July 30 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston from Chronic Leukemia. He was 55 years old.
Born and educated in Revere, he was a 1976 graduate of Revere High School and also attended the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
All of his working career was spent in food service, as a lead waiter at several of Boston’s upper-class restaurants. He spent many years at “Louis” of Boston and also at the Marriott at Long Wharf for over 10 years.
Louis was a proud member and supporter of “Friends of Bill W.” for many years. He was a seasoned greater and a sponsor to many, becoming their mentor and, in some cases, their surrogate brother and uncle. Louis spent much of his life in Revere and the North End.
He is survived by his beloved mother, Lena (DiMonda) Spagnola of Revere and also the late Frank Toscano of Boston’s North End. He was the devoted father to: Jeanne Barron of Revere and the cherished brother of Cheryl A. Spagnola and her companion, Ruben H. Vasquz of Revere, Michael Toscano of Salisbury and the late Debra M. Spagnola. He was the dear uncle of Nicholas Spagnola of Revere and is also lovingly survived by his former wife: Eve Barron of East Boston, several aunts, uncles, cousins, colleagues and friends.
Family and friends are invited to a vistation on Thursday, August 7 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately. For more information, visit: vertuccioandsmith.com streHm
US Postal Service Retiree
Brendan T. Kirby, a lifelong resident of Revere, died following a long illness at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose on July 27. He was 69 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1963 graduate of Revere High School. A member of the National Association of Postal Workers, he was a postal worker at the South Postal Annex for over 15 years before retiring.
He was the son of the late Robert E. and Pauline E. (Tighe) Kirby; the beloved brother of Paula C. Martin and her husband, William J. and Dorothy F. Foley and her husband, Gerald, all of Revere; the dear uncle to: Anne C. Belliveau and her late husband, David M. Belliveau of Revere, Patrick M. Foley of Chelsea, Paul R. Foley of Malden and Robert J. Martin and his wife, Julie of Saugus. He is also lovingly survived by his grand niece Catherine A. Belliveau and his grand nephew, Liam J. Martin.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Longtime Marblehead Resident
Lucille Sevinor, formerly of Marblehead, died at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea on August 1. She was 96 years old.
Lucille was born on June 5, 1918 in Brockton and at age six moved to Hyde Park. She was the daughter of the late Abraham Mezansky and Dorothy (Block) Mezansky and resided in Marblehead for most of her life.
She was the devoted and loving wife of the late Leo Sevinor with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. They married in 1941 and within three months theeafter, Leo was drafted into the US Army and served as an infantryman and sharpshooter in the Phillipines. In all, he served five years in the US Army during which time they were apart. He received numerous medals including the Phillipine Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Service Star.
Lucille was a member of Temple Israel in Swampscott and Congregation Shirat Hayam. She was a lifelong member of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood, the Marblehead-Swampscott Chapter of Hadassah and a volunteer at Salem Hospital.
Lucille was the devoted and loving mother of Dr. Sheldon Sevinor and Ruthann Sevinor and Ralph and Meryle Sevinor and Gary Sevinor and his wife, Lydia. She was the adored grandmother to Cara Fineman and her husband, David Sobol, Jared Sevinor and Jordan Sevinor; the loving great grandmother to Alexa, Dylan and Gavin Sobol of Wellesley. She was also the cherished sister of Jeanette and Alan Ablow, the late Bernard Mason and Eugene Mezansky.
“Lucille had a knack for making everybody who came into her life feel important, beautiful and cherished. There was no one like her and there never will be”, said Dr. Sevinor.
Mrs. Sevinor’s Funeral was held at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Swampscott, on August 3. Internment was at the Temple Israel Section of Congregation Shirat Hayam Cemetery on Lowell Street in Peabody. Shiva was held at Woodbridge Assisted Living in Peabody following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Lucille’s Memory may be donated to All Care Hospice, Development Office, 210 Market St., Lynn, Massachusetts 01901.
Rosemary Kratman Palazzola
Retired Nurse of New Hampshire,formerly of Revere
Rosemary Kratman Palazzolo of Merrimack, NH passed away on Thursday, July 31 at her daughter’s home surrounded by her loving family following a five year battle with cancer. She was 74 years old.
She was born May 14, 1940 in Revere, a daughter of the late Salvator and Agnus (Conley) Elliot. Rosemary grew up in Revere and married Robert Kratman in 1956. She then raised seven children, was a stay at home mom and was also an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chelsea.
Rosemary went back to school while in her 40’s to become a nurse, a very proud moment for her and her family. She worked many years for Governor Winthrop Nursing Center.
Following her retirement, she began travelling with her partner, Philip Marino, living the “high life” for five years prior to returning to New England. Once back, Rosemary took an active role in raising many of her grandchildren.A life-long animal lover, she loved all of her pets, was an avid reader and enjoyed watching old movies.
She is survived by six children: Deborah Bochert of Littleton, NH, Kurt Kratman of Middleton, MA, Robin Mulvey and her husband, Joseph of Nashua and William Kratman of Nashua, John Kratman and his wife, Teresa of Lincoln, RI and Jennylyn Trainor and her husband, William of Merrimack. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Dina, Christina, Sabrina, Joseph, Kurt Jr., Kristopher, Nicole, Michael, Rosemary, William Jr., Ashlee, Joshua, Matthew, Samantha, Abigail, Lucy, James and Sara, and by 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by the love of her life; Philip Marino in 1998, her daughter; Anita Kratman and a sister, Jeanette Warner.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Zis-Sweeney Funeral Home, 26 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 9 in St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 777 W. Hollis St., Nashua. Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Center, 172 W. Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03061 or to St. Joseph Home and Hospice Care, 24 N. River Rd., Milford, NH 03055.Condolences may be offered at: www.zissweeneyfuneralhome.com
John ‘Jack’ Caprio
Finance Director of the German International School and Adjunct Professor Finance at Suffolk University
John ‘Jack’ Caprio of Revere, formerly of East Boston John “Jack “ Caprio of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away August 1 of cancer surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was the Finance Director of the German International School, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Suffolk University and a late member of the US Coast Guard Reserve.
He was the beloved husband of Maria ( Rossetti ) Caprio ith whom he shared 42 years of marriage; loving father of John B. Caprio of Colorado and Christopher M. Caprio and his wife Meghan of Medford; father in law of Sonya Caprio of Colorado; dear brother of Richard Caprio and his wife, Faith of Saugus; adored grandfather of Melissa, Rori and Calleigh; brother in law of Janet Rossetti of Woburn and the late Michael, Ann and Richard Gerace of Wakefield and Elena Rossetti and husband, Aldo Bouteraa of East Boston. He is also survived by loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends will honor Jack’s life by gathering at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere at 8:30 a.m. Today, Wednesday before leaving in procession to St Mary of the Assumption Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Community Mausoleum (Sheffield Building) Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Yawkey Cancer Center, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, Mass 02114. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com