Well liked and respected businessman, owner of Peter Woo’s restaraunt
Peter Woo of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on February 26 at the Beth Israel Hospital. He was 77 years old.
Peter came to the United States from China at age 27. He worked alongside his family at the well known August Moon Restaurant in Revere for many years and then, later in life, with his wife Betty, he opened Peter Woo’s Restaurant. Peter was a well liked and respected business man.
The husband of Elizabeth “Betty,” he was the devoted father of Linda Woo and her husband, Kim Lee of San Francisco, CA and the late Edward Woo; loving son of Kim (Li) Woo of Malden and the late Paul Woo; cherished grandfather of Kristin, Austin, Justin, Olivia, and Laura and three great grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Jenny Woo of Malden, and Julie Runge of Amesbury and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Peter’s memory to Paralyzed Veterans of America New England Chapter, 1208 VFW Parkway Suite 301, West Roxbury MA, 02132-4344 or Brain Injury Association of MA, 30 Lyman St. Suite 10, Westborough MA, 01581. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Devout parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church
Rosina (Squillacioti) Mellace of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on March 1. She was 95 years old.
Rosina came to the United States from Italy in 1962 and settled in Boston’s North End before moving to Revere in the early 1970’s.
A devout parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church, she was the beloved wife of the late Domenico, the beloved mother of Vincenzo Mellace and his wife, Maria of Revere, Salvatore Mellace and his wife, Michelle of N. Dartmouth, Leo Mellace of Revere and Anthony Mellace and his wife, Shannon or Dorchester; dear sister of Maria Ragosa of Medford and the late Leo Squillacioti. She is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, March 9 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 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief, active with Revere Special Needs Program
Angelo S. Moschella, Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief, died most unexpectedly while on vacation in Inverness, Florida, on Tuesday, February 28 at his Florida residence.
Born and raised in Revere, Deputy Chief Moschella, was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1942. He entered the U.S. Navy in January of 1943 and served until February of 1946, as a Motor Machinists Mate-lst Class. He later returned to school and succeeded as a mechanical engineer. His citations from the U.S. Navy included, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Amphibious Force Insignia: Asiatic-Pacific Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal.
He entered the Revere Fire Department in 1950 and worked his way to the position of Deputy Fire Chief. Considering the times and the preferences against Italian American candidates, the accomplishment as a Deputy Fire Chief was considered almost impossible. He served the Fire Department for over 35 years.
Both Deputy Chief Moschella and his beloved late wife, Antoinetta R. “Netta” (Casella) Moschella, were devotees of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community for many years. “Netta” passed on June 4, 2015. Deputy Chief Moschella and “Netta” sustained overwhelming grief on April 5, 2004 when God called their “Robbie”, a special needs angel, back home to heaven. Although, Robbie was just 37 years, he left a resounding mark on not only their lives, but many many lives across the city and state. The Moschella’s maintained their active membership with the Revere Special Needs program until their deaths.
The devoted father to Dr. William A. Moschella, DMD and his wife, Eileen of Lynn, M. Linda Doherty and her husband, Russell E. of Revere and the late Robert S.”Robbie” Moschella, he was the cherished grandfather of William A. Moschella Jr. of Minneapolis, Mn., Justin A. Moschella of Tampa, Fl., Keri-Ann Brugge and her husband, Matthew of Eau-Claire, Wisconsin and Brian R. and Jason M. Doherty, both of Revere; dear brother of Sarah T. Riley of Revere and the late Revere Fire. Cpt. Michael Moschella, Lena Pitrone, Anthony Moschella, Margaret Dipietro, Gerard and
Carmine Moschella. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, March 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere. His funeral will be held from the Funeral Home on Thursday, March 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Avenue), Revere at 11 a.m. and will be immediately followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to VA Brockton Healthcare, Attn: Voluntary Services (135), 940 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301. ATTN: Adult Daycare Program.
Orazio ‘Nick’ Coccimiglio
Hardworking and loving family man
Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Wednesday, March 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Orazio “Nick”
Coccimiglio who died on Sunday, February 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a long illness. He was 80 years old. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, March 2 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere.
Nick was born and raised in Calabria, Provincia Catanzaro, Italy. He proudly served his country in the Italian Army. Nick came to America in 1963. He settled in Revere where he and his wife raised their family with strong family values. Nick was a very hardworking man as demonstrated through his strong work ethic. He worked for many years at Norman Straeger Shoe Counter Co. He later worked as an Electronic Supervisor at Community Workshop in Boston. Nick took great pride in his home in Revere and kept it in pristine condition and well-manicured. He was also known as a loving family man.
The beloved husband of 53 years of Elena (Beatrice) Coccimiglio of Revere, he was the loving father of Trev Coccimiglio and his wife, Grace of Revere, Olina Roberto and her husband, Anthony of Peabody, Nick Coccimiglio and his wife, Jenna of Revere and the late Dina (Coccimiglio) Ferrera. He was the cherished grandfather of Paige, Krystalyne, Zach, Giana and Gabriella; dear brother of Viola Cimino of Revere and her late husband, Ralphaele, the late Eugenio and Maria Coccimiglio, Ottavio Coccimiglio, Antonio Coccimiglio, Francesco Coccimiglio & his wife Teresa. Also lovingly survived by his sister-in-laws Frances Coccimiglio of Revere and Matilda Coccimiglio of Calabria, Italy. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Oliva
President of Consolidated Parking Inc. of Miami; former Revere resident
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Oliva died in Florida on February 12 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.
Larry was President of Consolidated Parking, Inc. of Miami. He enjoyed traveling, cooking, dining out and music, especially opera. Larry loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Born and raised in Revere, he was the beloved husband of Thuy Kim Tu of New Orleans; devoted father of Alexandre Oliva, Florida and Amy Tran of New Orleans; son of the late “Stealer” and Mildred (Spinazzola) Oliva; loving brother of Denise Sweeney of Florida and the late Maria Le Vay; grandfather of Chloe Oliva, uncle of Eric LeVay; grand uncle of Sienna and Scarlett LeVay, all of Florida and caring nephew of “Meena” and “Tony” Scoppituolo of Wilmington, MA. He also leaves many cousins.
“In memory of Larry, we’re sure he would like everyone to enjoy a fine glass of wine.”
SCA Industries & Enterprises retiree; decorated veteran
Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere schools and was a 1941 graduate of Revere High School. Most of his working career was spent in waste disposal, retiring from SCA Industries & Enterprises of MA. after 20 years of service. He joined the Army in March of 1944 and served until May of 1946, as a Pvt. 1st Class and sharpshooter rifleman. As an expert gunner, he served during the Battle of the Bulge-The Rhineland and Central Europe. He was proud of the time he spent at the front. He was the recipient of many decorations and citations, i.e., the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. He was a former member of the American Legion Post #61 of Revere, The I.T.A.M. Revere Post #17 of Revere and the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose #1272.
He leaves his beloved wife of 66 years Beatrice L. (Boudrow) Ciampoli. He was the cherished father of David P. Ciampoli and his wife, Karen of Saugus, Benjamin Ciampoli and his wife, Mary-Lou, Nina Green, Retired Revere Patrolman Paul J.Ciampoli, all of Revere, Karen Messina and her husband, James of Alton, NH and the late Linda M. Shaughnessy and her surviving, husband, Paul J. Shaughnessy of Revere; devoted grandfather of Joseph P. Shaughnessy and his wife, Cindy, Matthew P. Shaughnessy and his wife, Amy, all of Revere, Michael Ciampoli of Winthrop, Benjamin A. Ciampoli and his wife, April Moody of Plaistow, NH, Crystal Mejia and her husband, Luis, Albert Whorf and Carissa Messina, all of Alton, New Hampshire and the late David, Paul and Carolyn Ciampoli. He is also lovingly survived by four great-grandchildren; Brianna, Amelia, Marlon and Gianna and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was the proud son of the late Antonio and Assunta (Gianantonio) Ciampoli and the much loved brother of the late Frances Corulli, Philomena Perdomenico, Annie Russo, Emily DiVino, Susan Baldesari, Quido, Edward, Harry and Qurino Ciampoli.
His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately in the spring at New Riverside Cemetery, Alton, New Hampshire
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Center & Home for Veterans, PO Box 845257, Boston, MA 02284-5257.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Viscione
Former Proprietor of Frank’s Market of East Boston
Anthony F. “Tony” Viscione, born and raised in East Boston and a former 25-year resident of Revere, died following a long illness on Friday evening, March 3 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, he was a 1956 graduate of Boston Trade School for Boys. Although he majored in carpentry during his high school training, he really never used his carpentry skill in his life work. The family long-held ownership and full operation of Frank’s Market (Corner of Trenton and Prescott Streets) in East Boston where “Tony” would spend most of his working career as an expert meat cutter. The family enjoyed a consistent reputation for quality, professionalism and cleanliness at their market.
After the passing of Uncle Jerry, Uncle Lou, Grampa and Uncle Frank (Tony’s Dad), the family decided to sell the business. However, Tony took some well deserved vacation time and then began to get bored. So a return to work was decided. He worked for several markets along the way and then spent about eight years with MacKinnon’s Markets. He finally retired at age 70.
He suffered the loss of his wife, Joan F. (Dantona) Viscione on April 4, 1990 to metastatic endometrial carcinoma. He mourned her intensely until God sent him an angel, namely, Susan M. Huuskonen for the past 23 years. Susan has occupied a special place in Tony’s life and that of his three daughters.
He was the cherished father of Andrea Zecha, Rosemarie Villani and her husband, Michael and Janet O’Connor and her husband, Thomas, all of West Peabody; the cherished grandfather of Alysse Zecha and her fiancee, Kyle Schneider of Weehawken, New Jersey, Joanna F. Zecha of Somerville, Steven A. Villani, John R. Villani, Olivia J. O’Connor and Matthew S. O’Connor, all of West Peabody; the dear brother of Rosalie T. Gillis of Winthrop and is also lovingly survived by his faithful long-time companion, Susan M. Huuskonen and her family of Salem, his former son-in-law, former Chelsea Alderman, Frank J. Zecha, his two nephews, James Gillis
and his wife, Christine and John Gillis and his wife, Julie, all of Winthrop.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, March 9 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, March 10 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 the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Former MBTA carpenter
Leo LaCascia, a resident of the Chelsea Soldiers Home, formerly of Charlestown, died on March 4.
The beloved son of the late Calogero and Rosalia (Vanella) LaCascia, he was the dear brother of the late Philip, Peter, and John LaCascia and loving uncle of Carol, Linda, and Chuck
He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a recipient of the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal-3 stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal -2 stars. Leo was a former employee of the MBTA as a carpenter.
All services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home C/O St Michael’s Chapel, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. Interment will be at Massachusetts National Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Mary A. Abate of Revere, formerly East Boston, passed away peacefully on March 3.
The beloved wife of the late Alfred Abate, she was the devoted mother of Diane M. Lucas and her husband, Malcolm Stone of New Hampshire, Nancy (Bua) Ranese of Revere, Lisa Abate and her husband, Randy Boyd of Connecticut; dear sister of Charles DiPerri and Elena Brown and the late John DiPerri, Phyllis Jalbert and Rose Abate; cherished grandmother of six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Services concluded with Mary being laid to rest with her beloved husband in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Peabody. May they both rest in peace. For more information, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.
Frank Scearbo, Sr.
Of Saugus, formerly of Revere and Woburn
Frank J. Scearbo, Sr of Saugus, formerly of Revere and Woburn, died on February 28.
The beloved father of Frank and his wife, Deborah of Georgetown and Mark and his wife, Janine of Revere, he was the devoted husband of the late Geraldine Scearbo, her daughters, Kristin Bell and her husband, James Capobianco of Ashland, and Jaime Bell and her daughter, Mia of Rehoboth; cherished grandfather of Christopher, Matthew, Jessica, Tyler and Toni; dear brother of Constance Pandolph and Frederick Scearbo Jr. and his wife, Pat, all of Woburn and the late Joseph Scearbo and Rose Ranaudo. He is also survived by his former wife, Barbara Scearbo, companion Mo Megna, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition of MA 347 Massachusetts Ave Suite 3, Arlington, MA 02474. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Richard ‘Fat Richie’ Picardi
Well known local businessman and member of many organizations
Richard J. ”Fat Richie” Picardi of Revere died on March 4.
A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Richard was a well known local businessman, proprietor of Lucy’s, Broadway Deli, Yellow Taxi and many businesses on Revere Beach during its heyday. He was a member of the American Legion, Sons of Italy and a 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 179.
He was the beloved husband of the late Janice (Vaughn) and Margo (Hankel); devoted father of Donna Kelley and her husband, Joseph of Haverhill, Richard Jr. and his fiancé, Danielle Michaels of Revere, Heidi Picardi and her husband, Pat Starkey of Saugus, Robert of Revere, Paul and his wife, Doreen of Revere, Antoinette Abreu and her husband, Estarlo of Lynn, Donna Picardi of North Andover, Lucia Picardi, Richard III, and Connie “Sissy” Picardi, all of Malden; loving son of the late Michael and Lucy (Cella); dear brother of Helen Picardi of Revere, Ann DerMarderosian and her husband, Armen of Needham, and the late “Sam, Robert H. and Camille Sasso. He is also survived by 20 loving grandchildren, many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and his sister in-law, Marylin McNeil of Burlington.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, March 10 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 will be Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home C/O Adult Day Care, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, Ma 02150. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Former employee of Necco Candy
Geraldine (Clark) Gravell of Revere, formerly of Maine, died on March 5. She was 85 years old.
In her younger years, she worked at the Necco Candy Factory in Cambridge.
The beloved wife of Richard Gravell, she was the dear sister of Pat Clark of Florida and Shirley Clark of Brimfield and is also survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Funeral arangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Graduate of Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing; member of Hadassah, B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel
Beatrice (Pirkovitz) Shaffer, beloved wife of Henry Shaffer, died at Winthrop Place, Winthrop on March 5. She was 95 years old.
Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Morris and Esther (Yudin) Pirkovitz, she was raised and educated in Boston attending Boston Girls High School and graduating from Chelsea Memorial School of Nursing in 1957. She was a member of Hadassah B’nai Brith and Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews: Johanna Alper and Amy Alper of Colorado, Susan Cohen of New York, Russell Pirkot of Greenfield, Donald Alper of W. Roxbury, Andy Cohen of Tennessee, Gerald Pirkot of Randolph, Murray Bass of New Jersey, Joshua Alper of Belmont and Daniel Cohen of Massachusetts. She was predeceased by her siblings: Jeanette Alper, Jack Pirkot, Rose Cohen and Ann Brody.
Graveside services were held at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Assisting the family with arrangements was Torf Funeral Service 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the Mass Commission of the Blind, 600 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111 or the Mass Commission of the Deaf, 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111. For guest book, please visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Volunteer Nurse’s Aide
Angelina N. Margareci of Revere died on March 3.
Born in Boston, she lived most of her life in Revere and made Friendly Garden her home later in life. Angelina volunteered as a nurse’s aide.
The beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Lillian (Masarro), she was the devoted sister of Margaret Ambrosino and her husband, Frederick of Revere and the late Josephine Margareci, Mary Aufiero and her husband, Michael; dear aunt of Paul Ambrosino, Thomas Ambrosino, Michael Aufiero, Peter Aufiero, Paul Aufiero, and Noreena Tuetkin. She is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Jeffrey ‘Coop’ Cooper, Sr.
Jeffrey R. “Coop” Cooper, Sr. of Malden, died recently.
The beloved son of Ellen and the late Richard W. Cooper of Malden, he is survived by his fiancé, Jill Martineau of Malden; his son, Jeffrey R. Jr. and Tyler Martineau, half brother of Jeffrey R. Cooper Jr. He is also survived by his loving grandmother, May Cooper of Wakefield, his uncle John Cooper of Wakefield and his late grandparents, Edgar and Elizabeth Hermanson, loving aunt, Laurie and uncle, Eugene Comeau of Nova Scotia, Canada and his loving cousins, Andy, Jason and Jennifer Comeau of Nova Scotia.
May he Rest in Peace and Lord Have Mercy on his Soul.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jeffery R. Cooper, Jr. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Amateur Poet, many of her poems were published in the Revere Journal
Shirley M.(Smith) Kezar, a longtime resident of Revere, died on February 27 at the Annemark Nursing Care Center– West Revere Health Center after a long illness. She was 100 years old.
Born and raised in Springfield and St. John’s, Vermont, the family came to Revere more than 80 years ago. As a young lady, she worked within Boston’s Garment District as a stitcher for several of the local garment houses. She would also be known to Revere Journal patrons and readers for her publication of many, many poems in the Journal over the years. Up to her illness, she continued to write poetry. Mrs. Kezar was indeed all about family and spending time with them. She was an extraordinary wife, mom, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt.
She was the wife of the late Chester A. Kezar who died on June 22, 1981; the cherished mother to Joanne F. Ferrara and her late husband, John Ferrara Jr. of Revere, Joseph Kezar and his late wife, Laura of Berwick, Maine and David C. Kezar and his wife, Linda of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was also the sister of the late Mildred G. Fleischer.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private interment was held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.