Obituaries – 07/16/09

Alessandro Santosuosso, 93
Longtime member of DAV national association

Alessandro “Alexander” Santosuosso, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on July 12 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Revere and a 1933 graduate of Revere High School, he joined the US Army Air Force in January 1942 and served as a flight engineer. He served more than six months in the foreign service before contracting yellow fever, which led to his discharge.

For many years, he worked as a foreman for the former Federal Paperboard Co. of Malden before his retirement. He was a longtime member of the National Association of the DAV.

He was the husband of the late Elaine V. (Davies) Santosuosso, who died in May 1995 and is the father of Jennie E. Tippett and Ronald A. Santosuosso, both of Revere, Edward A. Santosuosso and his wife, Louise, of North Reading; father-in-law of the late Dawn B. Santosuosso; grandfather of Olivia and Emma Santosuosso and Michael Tippett, all of Revere. He was the brother of the late Albert J., James, and Leo Santosuosso and Concetta DeSisto. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Visiting hours are Thursday, July 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, July 17, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden.

Gerald Gallant, 87
Retired Oil Farm Worker, Teamster and Fire Buff

Gerald G. Gallant died at his Revere home on July 13, surrounded by his loving family. He was 87 years old.

A retired oil farm worker and Teamster, he was born in Tignish, Prince Edward Island, Canada, son of the late Ceofred and Julia (Perry) Gallant. His family settled in Chelsea when he was 2 years old and he attended the Assumption “French” School and Chelsea High School.

During World War II, he enlisted in the US Navy, and while he was in the service, he married Marie Cormier of Chelsea. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of seaman 1st class, returned to Chelsea and soon settled in Revere with his wife and family. He began working as “Rackman” for Union, Belcher and Global Oil, located on the Lee Burbank Highway in Revere. A member of Teamsters Local 25, he retired in 1985.

He was later married to Margaret Deon, and together, they continued to grow and raise their family to three sons and four daughters. He was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Holy Name Society and was an avid fire buff.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Margaret (Deon) Gallant of Revere. He was also the husband of the late Marie (Cormier) Gallant, who died in 1955. He was the devoted father of Gerald Gallant Jr. and his wife, Judith, of Milford NH, Suzanne Noye and her husband, David, of Winthrop, Wayne Gallant and his wife, Donna, of Londonderry NH, Peggy O’Driscoll and her husband, Richard, of Chelsea, Joan Murtagh and Debra Gallant, both of Revere, the late Thomas Gallant and his wife, Barbara Gallant, of Winthrop; dear brother of Joseph Gallant of Revere, Rita Moscatelli of Chelsea, the late Aldine Catalano, Kevin, John, Fred, Robert and Paul Gallant. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 11 great- grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was lovingly cared for by many, including his granddaughter, Tessa Gallant, of Revere.

His funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Friday July 17, at 8:45 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends who desire to contribute in his memory may do so by contributing to “In Season and Out of Season,” Father Tom DiLorenzo’s Catholic Evangelical Radio & Television Programs, P.O. Box 602, East Boston, MA 02128.

Antonetta ‘Etta’ Poto
East Boston resident

Antonetta “Etta” (Nigro) Poto of East Boston died on July 13.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ovideo Poto; loving mother of Emily M. Curry and her husband, Joseph J., of Revere, formerly of East Boston, and Anthony R. Poto and his wife, Beverly A., of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Ronald Curry of New Hampshire, Mark A. Poto of Saugus, Cheryl A. Krauss of New Hampshire, Sandra J. Henson of Virginia and the late Joseph Curry; great-grandmother of Stephanie, Joseph, Shannon and Michael; dear sister of Gilda Fiandaca of Saugus, the late Anthony Nigro, Frank Nigro, Connie Nigro and Angie Esposito; and she is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights), East Boston, on Friday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, East Boston, at 10 a.m. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Anthony ‘I.E.’ DeMarco
East Boston resident

Anthony “I.E.” DeMarco died in East Boston on July 10.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of the late Rose (DeFreitas); father of Erika Ragusa of Florida, Stephen and Lorene, both of East Boston, Justin of East Bridgewater, Robin of Medford and Kris DeMarco of Reading; brother of Marie Fowler of New Hampshire, Pasquale of Revere, Joseph of Florida and the late Vincent DeMarco; and he is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

His funeral will be held from the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. (at Day Square), East Boston, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Vincenzo Zingariello, 89
Worked for Schwartz and Benjamin Shoe Co. of Lynn

Vincenzo Zingariello of Revere died peacefully at home on July 10. He was 89 years old.

A former employee of the Schwartz and Benjamin Shoe Co., Lynn, he was born in Avellino, Italy and was an Italian War veteran.

He was the beloved husband of Silvia (Ferullo); devoted father of Carmine of Revere, Anna Zingariello of Salem, Gerald and his wife, Patricia, of Wakefield and Angela Giliberti of Revere; dear brother of Anna Nardiello and Salvatore Zingariello, both of Revere, Alfredo, Alberto and Assunta Zingariello, all of Italy; and he is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For his guest book, please visit

Estelle Broady
Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Estelle (Taylor) Broady of Peabody, formerly of Revere, Malden, and Chelsea, died on July 10.

She was the devoted wife of Manuel Broady; beloved mother of Susan and Larry Lonas, Rick and Sophie Broady, and the late Paul Broady; loving sister of Arlene Rovner, the late Martin Taylor, and Charlotte Batista; adored grandmother of Erin Lonas, Brad Lonas, Craig Broady, Madison Wong, and the late Marissa Broady.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the National Marfan Foundation c/o The Marissa Fund, 22 Manhasset Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050

Josephine LaMonica
East Boston resident

Josephine (Colombo) LaMonica of East Boston died on July 9.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent LaMonica; loving mother of Rosemarie Ranelli and her husband, Henry, of Melrose, Catherine Simonelli and her husband, Tony, of East Boston, and Salvator LaMonica and his wife, Debbie, of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Jim, Steven, John, Paul, Michelle, Tony Jr., Chris, Debbie, Vinnie and Nicole; great-grandmother of Danyelle, John Jr., Steven, Joseph, Rachel, Samantha, Katrina and Ryan; dear sister of Joseph Colombo and his wife, Dorothy, of Burlington; sister-in-law of Fannie Flott of Revere and Jennie LaMonica of East Boston. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Burial was in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. Visit her memorial at

Joseph Porrazzo, 98
Co-Founder of St. Francis K of C of East Boston

Joseph Porrazo of East Boston died on July 9. He was in his 98th year.

He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, co-founder and deputy of St. Francis Knights of Columbus of East Boston Council, former assistant superintendent of Rust Craft Card Co. and recruiter for school volunteers for Boston (SVB.)

He was the beloved husband of the late Anna F. (DiGirolamo), with whom he shared 71 years of marriage; loving father of Albert V. Porrazzo and his wife, Marla, of North Reading and the late Joseph M. Porrazzo and his wife, Kathleen, of Whitman; dear brother of Louise Fiantaca of Peabody and the late Armando, Edward M., Albert Vincent (US Army) and the Hon. Michael Porrazzo; cherished grandfather of John, Elizabeth, Michael and Kerry Porrazzo.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For his guest book, please visit

Anita Boccuzzi
Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Anita E. (Gusmini) (Colombo) Boccuzzi of Naples, Fla., formerly of Revere, died recently.

She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Bocuzzi and the late Guy A. Colombo; loving mother of Mareann Kaddaras and her husband, George, of Wakefield, Anthony Colombo and his wife, Georgette, of Melrose, Louis Colombo of Naples, Fla., Robert Boccuzzi and his wife, Meryl, of Revere, Vito Bocuzzi of Revere, Lucy Lally of Swampscott, and Anthony Boccuzzi and his wife, Annette, of Peabody; devoted sister of Madeline Cardinale of Holtville, NY, and is also survived by 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends in Florida and Massachusetts.

Funeral services at the Fuller Funeral Home in Naples, Florida were private. The date of the memorial service in Massachusetts will be announced.

Anthony Firicano
Medford resident

Anthony J. Firicano of Medford died on July 7.

He was the beloved husband of Lena (Guerriero) Firicano; devoted father of Laura DeBisz and her husband, Frank, of Medford, Missy Hull and her husband, Ron, of Florida, Bob Firicano and his wife, Pat, of North Carolina and the late Walter Firicano; loving grandfather of Michael and Mark DeBisz and Samantha and Kyle Hull; dear brother of Josephine Molinaro and her husband, Joseph, of Revere, Marie Amorino and her husband, Syl, of New Hampshire and Frank Firicano and his wife, Rose, of California.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For his guest book, visit

Guy Umana, 83
Owned Guy’s TV Sales of Broadway, Revere

Guy C. Umana, a 60-year resident of Revere, formerly of South Boston, died on July 6, following a long illness, at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 83 years old.

He moved to Revere from South Boston in 1949 with his family. As a young man, he worked at the Hingham Shipyard before opening his own TV repair shop in 1950, Guy’s TV Sales & Service of 236 Broadway, Revere, which he operated for over 15 years. He was born and raised in South Boston and was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1943. His was the first TV repair shop in Revere and the surrounding communities. He later worked for Admiral Corporation and retired in 1990 from G.T.E. Corporation

He the beloved son of the late Charles and Frances (Castriano); devoted brother of Josephine Matarese of Everett, Salvatore F. Umana and his wife, Margaret, of Freeport, NY and the late Rev. Alphonse Umana, O.F.M. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New England, 40 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701-1898.

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