Obituaries – 08/27/09

John P. Walsh

Worked for MBTA, Wonderland Dog Track

John P. Walsh of Beachmont, Revere, and West Palm Beach, Fla., died July 26. He was the loving husband of Donna (Wallen) Walsh of West Palm Beach and the late Virginia (Murphy) Walsh of Revere.

Mr. Walsh was born in East Boston, son of the late Timothy and Mary (Gorman) Walsh. He graduated from East Boston High School in 1948, where he served as class president. He furthered his education at Naval military schools and Newbury College, where he received an associate’s degree in business administration. Mr. Walsh was a retired Navy chief petty officer who served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was employed by the MBTA, Local 264 as an automotive mechanic for 25 years, and also worked at Wonderland Dog Track.

Mr. Walsh had many affiliations, namely the Loyal Order of Moose, 1272, Revere, where he served as governor from 1992 to 1993; BPO Elks 1171, Revere; American Legion Post 61; Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 6712, Beachmont; the Beachmont Yacht Club; and the Knights of Columbus, Revere.

He also was a member of the Revere Citizens Committee, Revere Beach Development Committee and Roughans Point, the Naval Fleet Reserve Association, the National Audubon Society, the Bird Watchers Society, and he was a coach for the Revere Pop Warner. He was also awarded an Honorary Eagle Scout award from the Norfolk Va. Council, and was scoutmaster and committeeman for Troop 2 of the Revere VFW 6712, was on the Board of Directors of the Beachmont Boys Club, treasurer for the Revere Democratic Party, a member of the Democratic Committee, and he served as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his children, Timothy of Revere, Michelle McLaughlin and her husband, Thomas, of Winthrop, Maureen DiBella and her husband, Gary, of Revere, Patrick and his wife, Kim, of Lynn, and his grandchildren, Erin and T.J. McLaughlin, Danielle, Nick and Cassandra DiBella, and his great-grandchildren, Drew and Tori. He was also the stepfather of Jodie Longshore, Elizabeth Acosta and step-grandfather of Giadonna, all of Florida.

His funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., Revere, on Friday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions, visit

Constance Simonson

Registered Nurse of New Hampshire, formerly of Beachmont

Constance “Connie” (Nicolini) Simonson of Nashua, NH, formerly of Beachmont, Revere, died on June 14, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

She was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School and a 1951 graduate of Carney Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at both the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston City Hospital and later moved to Nashua, NH, where she worked in nursing homes. She was an avid Red Sox fan.

She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Rebecca (Brady) Nicolini and the wife of 54 years of Joseph Simonson Sr. of Nashua, who was also a former Beachmont resident. She is also survived by three daughters, Patricia Pelletier of Nashua, NH, Janet Zalenski of Milford, NH, and Jane Lyttle and her husband, Jeff, also of Milford; two sons, Dr. Joseph Simonson of Merrimac, NH and James Simonson his wife, Maureen, of Falls Church, Va.; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She also leaves three loving sisters, Florence Boudreau, and her husband, William, of Nashua, Paula DeCain and her husband, William, of Revere and Ernestine Farro and her husband, Dominic, of Melrose; one brother, Lawrence Nicolini, of Danvers; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She also was the sister of the late Phylis Chaffee and the late John Nicolini.

A Christian Burial Mass was celebrated on June 20 in Nashua, NH.

Janice Freitas, 51

Advocate for Children with Special Needs

Janice C. (Flugum) Freitas died unexpectedly at her Winthrop home on July 26. She was 51 years old.

Born and raised in Evanstown, lllinois, she came to Chelsea in 1986 and later moved to WInthrop. She was an advocate for children with special needs and was past chairwoman of the Chelsea Special Needs. She was also a paralegal volunteer for Tri-Cap of Malden and a former substitute teacher at the elementary level schools in Revere and Chelsea.

She leaves her husband of 26 years, James M. Freitas of Winthrop, and her children, Ryan J. and Nicole M. Freitas, both of Winthrop. She also leaves her mother, Harriet Flugum of Evanstown, Illinois, and her sister and brothers, Steve, Gregory, Thomas and Kari Flugum, all of Evanstown, her mother-in-law, Barbara Freitas, of Chelsea and several nieces and nephews. She was also the daughter-in-law of the late John Freitas of Chelsea.

Visiting hours are Saturday, August 1, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere. Burial will be private.

Robert Fanning

Revere resident

Robert D. Fanning of Revere, formerly of South Boston, died on July 24.

He was the son of Barbara Hayward of Revere and the late John Fanning; father of Shauna Fanning of Weymouth, Patricia Rivera of Revere and the late Carolyn McDermott; brother of Diane Murphy of Revere, John Fanning of South Boston, James Hayward of Revere, Patricia Hayward of Revere, William Lee of South Boston, Lisa Randolph of Brockton and Cherie Meaney of South Boston and the loving boyfriend of Carol Ann Hilliard of Taunton.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 146 Dorchester Street, South Boston. Burial will be private.

Pauline Stern

Revere resident

Pauline (Sackmary) Stern of Revere, formerly of Brighton, died on July 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Stern; devoted mother of Kenneth and his wife, Margie Stern, and Robert and his wife, Barbara Stern.

Graveside services were held at Chevra Thilim of Boston Cemetery, Everett, with arrangements entrusted to Stanetsky Memorial Chapels.

Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 44 Binney St. Boston, MA 02215.

John Pisano, 90

Longtime owner of Bartels Custom Tailoring of Boston

John A. Pisano of Braintree, formerly of Revere, died peacefully, on July 24, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 90 years old.

Born in Mammola Reggio Calabria, Italy, he was the owner of Bartels Custom Tailoring shop located in downtown Boston for many years. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. of Boston. Spending time with his family is what he enjoyed most.

He was the husband of the late Maria (Pantano) Pisano; loving father of Annette Wilson and her husband, Peter, of Braintree and John Pisano and his wife, Lois, of Plymouth; devoted brother of Carmela Scali of Winthrop and the late Phillip Pisano and Rosa Pisano; dear grandfather of Amanda Noyes of Plymouth, John Pisano of Carver and Brian and Anna Wilson of Braintree; and he is also survived by six great-grandsons.

Mr. Pisano is reposing at the Cartwright Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree, until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Boston.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1115 W. Chestnut St., Suite 301, Brockton, MA 02301. For directions or to leave a sympathy message, visit

Anna Marie Teixeira, 81

N.E. Telephone retiree

Anna Marie (Coppola) Teixeira of Winthrop died at home on July 24. She was 81 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved daughter of the late Edith (Contilli) and John Coppola, she lived in Revere before moving to Winthrop 58 years ago. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as an operator for N.E. Telephone. She was a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge 2057 O.S.I.A.

The beloved wife of Thomas J. Teixeira Sr., she was the loving mother of Judith E. Teixeira-Carey of Winthrop, Thomas J. Teixeira Jr. of New York, Timothy J. Teixeira and his wife, Judy, John A. Teixeira and Joseph P. Teixeira, all of Winthrop; sister of Marie Hubbard and her husband, Norman, of Peabody and the late Anthony and John “Chuck” Coppola; cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of Jonathan, Jennifer, Anthony, Ian, Amanda, Timothy, Katherine, Mary, Patrick, Juliana, Haley, Zao, Emma and Jack.

Her funeral was conducted from the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To sign her online guest book, go to

Joseph Martone, 48

Orient Heights resident

Joseph F. “Big Dog” Martone of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on July 25. He was 48 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Karen (Frizzi) Martone, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage; loving father of Koriana and Jennafa Martone, both at home; dear brother of Joan DiLuigi and her husband, Edward, of Connecticut, Diane McKenna and her husband, William, of East Boston, Robert Martone of Marlborough, Dorothy Vitiello and her husband, Frank, of Peabody, Michelle Lally and Debra Martone, both of Revere, and Paula Martone and her fiancé, Larry Barrows, of Everett. He was the son of the late Joseph A. and Pauline (Schwede) Martone; son-in-law of Anthony “Nene” Frizzi of East Boston and the late Grace (Crosby) Frizzi; dear brother in law of Anthony “Nene” Frizzi Jr. and Sharon Merullo and her fiancé, Darrell Challis, all of East Boston and his pets, Bella Kitty, Angell Grace and Babi and many nieces nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and many friends.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St.,Revere, Thursday, at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book, please visit

Margaret Landino, 100

Retired Presser

Margaret (Rizzo) Landino of Melrose, formerly of Revere, died on July 27. She was in her 100th year.

A retired presser, she was the beloved wife of the late Angelo; dear sister of Olga Adamo and William Rizzo, both of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and the late Louis, Jerry, John, Frank and Carmella Rizzo. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Son-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St.,Revere, on Thursday, July 30, at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Incarnation Church, 429 Upham St., Melrose, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For her guest book, please visit

Dr. Sanford Monsein, 81

Optometrist for 53 Years

Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Monsein of North Revere, formerly of Melrose and Malden, died on July 24, after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

A practicing optometrist for 53 years, he was the past president of both the Massachusetts Society and N.E. Council of Optometry.

He was the devoted husband of 51 years to Leonore (Michelman); beloved father of Jonathan R. Monsein; dear brother of Gerald V. Monsein; and the loving son of the late Sadie and Abraham Monsein.

Services will be held at the Goldman Funeral Chapel, 174 Ferry St., Malden, today, Wednesday, July 29, at 12 Noon. Burial will be in Peabody. Condolence calls may be made at his late residence, 21 Overlook Ridge Terrace, #516, North Revere, today, Wednesday, until 8 p.m. and tomorrow, Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Cardiovascular Fund, c/o Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Jeanne Doherty, 80

Banquet coordinator for Ramada Inn

Jeanne F. (McCarthy) Doherty of Peabody, a former Revere resident for more than 50 years, died after a long illness at the Union Hospital of Lynn on July 25. She was 80 years old.

Mrs. Doherty was born and raised in Lynn and graduated from high school in 1947. She came to live in Revere after her marriage in 1950 and remained in Revere until after the death of her husband in March 2000, at which time she relocated to Peabody to the home of her daughter, Patricia J. Naglieri, and her husband, John.

Mrs. Doherty worked or the former Ramada Inn in East Boston for more than 25 years as a banquet coordinator. She was a member of the Trask Peabody Seniors.

She was the wife of the late Daniel J. Doherty Jr.; cherished mother of Revere Fire Chief Eugene W. “Gene” Doherty and his wife, Michele, of Point of Pines, Revere, Stephen J. Doherty of Lynnfield, John E. Doherty and his wife, Renee, of Revere, Daniel J. Doherty III and his wife, Kim, of North Reading, Patricia J. Naglieri and her husband, John, of Peabody and the late Michael G. Doherty; beloved sister of Mary Burke of New York, Carole VanName of Arizona and the late Richard McCarthy and Katherine Binkley. She is also lovingly survived by 12 grandchildren, her sisters-in-law, Catherine McCarthy of California and Marie Doherty of Peabody, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, today, Wednesday, July 29, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Peabody Council on Aging, 79 Central St., Peabody, MA 01960, Attn: Trask Adult Day Health Care Center.

Sam Montefusco

Air Force veteran

Sam A. Montefusco of Chelsea died on July 25.

A US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Era, he was the beloved husband of 47 years to Priscilla (Weidner) Montefusco; devoted father of Ellen Benson and her husband, Gregory, Karen Buckley and her husband, Christopher, all of Saugus, Eric Montefusco and his wife, Patrice, of Revere; cherished grandfather of Christopher and Brian Benson, Derek and Erin Buckley, Samantha and Scott Montefusco; loving son of the late Enrico and Carmella (Nazzaro) Montefusco; dear brother of Salle DeNisco and Virginia Dionne, both of Chelsea, and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea, on Thursday, July 30, at 8 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, at 9 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the Don Guanella Center, 37 Nichols St., Chelsea, MA 02150.

Irene Shikles

Saugus resident

Irene M. “Nonnie” (Gillen) Shikles of Saugus died on July 23.

She was the loving wife of Jack Shikles; loving mother of Jacqueline Lane of Michigan, Mark Shikles and his wife, Alison, of Tewksbury, Sandra Dean and her husband, Robert, of Revere and the late Earl Shikles; mother-in-law of Carol Shikles of Peabody; dear sister of Elaine Nazzaro of Billerica, Kathie Laney of Saugus and the late Mary Ann Campbell and Robert Gillen and cherished grandmother of 10.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus, MA 01906. For her online obituary, visit

Robert MacLellan Sr., 52

Carpenter and former Sheraton Hotels Chef

Robert T. MacLellan Sr. of Revere died following a very brief illness at Brigham & Women’s Hospital on July 23. He was 52 years old.

Born and raised in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1974, he lived in Revere until moving to Everett 13 years ago. He was a chef for the Sheraton Hotel Corporation for over 20 years and lately had become a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Revere ITAMS.

He was the beloved husband of nine years to Laura (Massucco); devoted father of Robert T. MacLellan Jr. and his wife, Jill, of Saugus, Michael S. MacLellan and his wife, Stephanie, of Revere and the late Bryan P. MacLellan, who died on December 24, 2008; cherished grandfather of Robert T. III, Dylan J. and Alyssa D. MacLellan; dear son of Lorraine T. (Brondson) MacLellan of Spring Hill, Fla. (formerly of Chelsea and Revere) and the late Robert S. MacLellan; and he is also lovingly survived by the mother of his children, Diane J. (Simonelli) MacLellan of Revere and several nieces and nephews. He was the dear brother of Stephen and John, both of Attleboro, Susan Noble of Spring Hill, Fla., David of Lynn and Thomas of East Boston.

Funeral arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02062.

Amelia Elfman, 102

Longtime Chaplain of Prince Strauss Post JWV of Revere

Amelia (Coster) Elfman of Revere died on July 24. She was 102 years old.

Born in London, England, she lived in Revere most of her life. She was educated in the Malden schools before moving to Revere and was a life member of the Jewish War Veteran’s Auxiliary, Prince Strauss Post in Revere, where she served as a chaplain for over 40 years.

The beloved wife of the late Louis Elfman, she was the devoted mother of Nancy Greenberg and her husband, Irving, of Revere, Thelma and her husband, Leonard Seidenberg, Marion Elfman and her late husband, Alvin, and the late Henry Trager; cherished grandmother of Ronnie Seidenberg, Steven Greenberg, Edward Greenberg, Debbie Seidenberg, Linda Zach, Lisa Roblin, and Richard Elfman. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at the Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance was private.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, Attn: Activity Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151 or to a charity of one’s choice. For her guest book, please visit the funeral home website:

Natale DeLisio, 84

Longtime GE Toolmaker

Natale M. Delisio of Saugus and Revere died at Union Hospital after a brief illness on July 11. He was 84 years old.

He was a toolmaker in the Aircraft Division of the General Electric Company for many years and a member of the IUE Local 201 and Quarter Century Club.

Born in Italy, he was the son of the late Federico and Frances (Ceccacci) Delisio and the husband of the late Jacqueline (St. Hilaire) Delisio.

He is survived by one son, Thomas Delisio of Sebago, Maine, and three daughters, Joan and her husband, Philip Martin, of Amherst, NH; Susan Griffin, wife of the late James Griffin of Roswell, Ga., and Carol and her husband, Joseph Boyle of Saugus; one brother, Albert Delisio of Swampscott; three sisters, Jean Smith of Salem, Margaret McGovern of Lynn and Ellen Marino of Swampscott. He also leaves seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Mary Legere.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody, Saturday, August 1, at 11 a.m. (gathering will take place inside the gate at 10:45 a.m.) A celebration of his life will take place at Spinelli’s Restaurant, Route 1, after the service. Funeral arrangements are by the Nadworny Funeral Home of Lynn.

Salvatore ‘Jay’ Tringali

Revere resident

Salvatore “Jay” Tringale of Revere, formerly of Medford, died on July 21.

He was the former husband of Lorraine (Mifflin) Gianturko; devoted father of Melanie Tringali and her husband, James Murdock, of Medford, Brenda MacDonald and her husband, Vincent, of Billerica, Marcie Maffeo and her husband, Steven, of Reading, Tracey Marley and her husband, Robert, of Lynnfield, Mark Tringali and his wife, Zarah, of Revere; adored Papa of Makayla, Emily, Jacqueline and Jacob Murdock, Megan, Sara and Rachel MacDonald, Valerie and Stephanie Maffeo, Katherine, Robert and Elizabeth Marley and Ariannah Tringali; dear brother of Frances, Andrew and Robert Tringali, all of Medford, Joseph Tringali of Saugus and Angelo Tringali of Stoneham. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For his online obituary and guest book, please visit:

Shean Marley

Of Westminster, formerly of Revere

Shean P. Marley of Westminster, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died unexpectedly on July 20.

A registered nurse at Boston Medical Center, Mass. General, Beth Israel and Salem hospitals, he was the beloved husband of Frederic W. Fair; cherished son of Margaret Marley of Hamilton and the late James Marley; dear brother of Michael Francis and his wife, Kristen, of Hamilton and Michelle Gjika and her husband, Stephen, of Peabody; son-in-law of Gay Fair of Gainesville, Florida and the late Warren Fair; dear friend of Jeff Beard of Lynn; fond uncle of Olivia and Liam Francis and Rachel and Nicholas Gjika. He also leaves his pets, Jake, Brodi and Gizmo.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home of Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For his guest book, visit

Arthur Hickey, 76

Registry of Motor Vehicles Inspector

Arthur G. Hickey of Terrace Avenue, Winthrop, died at the Salem Hospital on July 21, after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Malden, he was the son of the late Laura (Mabb) and Arthur H. Hickey. A graduate of Malden High School, he enlisted in the US Army, serving in Korea attached to Co. G of the 187th Airborne. After his honorable discharge, he became an inspector with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, retiring after 30 years.

A resident of Winthrop for over 46 years, he was the beloved husband of Dolores (Gerrin) and the loving father of Arthur G. Jr. of Winthrop, Timothy of Seattle, Wash., Dennis of Revere and Michael and Daniel Hickey, both of Winthrop; brother of Laura Owen and Mary Hickey both of Malden. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Shaughnessy Kaplan Rehab, Dove Avenue, Salemm MA 01970. To sign his online guest book, go to

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