Obituaries – 10/6/09

Deborah Rockwood, 40

Of New York, formerly of Winthrop

Deborah J. (Nalen) Rockwood of Chittenango, NY died suddenly on September 24 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. She was 40 years old.

Raised in Winthrop, she was a beloved daughter, sister and mother.

The daughter of George J. Nalen and the late Loretta (Dolan) Nalen, she was the beloved wife of the late Keith Rockwood and devoted mother of Dolan Rockwod, both of Chittenango, NY; sister of George J. Nalen of Baldwinsville, NY, Donna Boudreau of Derry, NH, John Nalen of Winthrop, Katherine Velardo and Steven Nalen, both of Winthrop, Anthony Nalen of Everett, Mary Lockley and Regina Bonarsi of Revere. She is also remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsille, NY. A memorial service will be held at the Holy Rosary Church, 1015 Shirley Street, Point Shirley, Winthrop on Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.


Elena ‘Helen’ Silvestri

East Boston resident

Elena "Helen" (Luongo) Silvestri of East Boston died on October 2.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Silvestri; loving mother of Joseph Silvestri and his wife, Sharon, of Revere and the late Anthony Silvestri; cherished grandmother of Tony, Joey, Mark and Michael Silvestri of Revere and Jacqueline of Atlantic City; great-grandmother of Dylan, Joey, Alexis, Sienna and Alia Silvestri.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 8 at 11 a.m. in The Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston.


Mary ‘Dee’ Thomson

Former Office Administrator, member of VFW Mottolo Post

Mary "Dee" (DiSisto) Thomson, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on October 3.

A graduate of Revere High School and a former office administrator, she was a member of the VFW Motolo Post.

The beloved mother of Heidi T. Thomson of Beverly and Joseph D. Thomson of Revere, she was the devoted daughter of the late Berardino and Antoinetta (Rodino) DiSisto; dear sister of the late Guarino DiSisto, Donato DiSisto, Jake DiSisto, Louise Filadoro, Theresa David, John DiSisto and Joseph DiSisto and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, October 8 in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her family.


Adriana Ibieta-Hermosilla, 91

Of Haverhill and Revere

Adriana Ibieta-Hermosilla of Haverhill and Revere died on October 4. She was in her 91st year.

She was the loving mother of Julio Hermosilla and his wife, Lynne, of Haverhill, Gustavo Hermosilla and his wife, Gloria Ibieta Hermosilla, of Lynn and Oriana Hermosilla and her husband, Alex Zanetta of Revere; cherished grandmother of Gina, Alex, Mauricio Hermosilla, Andres Fuenzalida and Vanessa Zanetta.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. For guest book, please visit:


Joseph Gray, 66

Longtime Security Officer at JFK Library

Joseph R. Gray of Braintree, formerly of Somerville, died September 29 at his home after a long illness. He was 66 years old.

Mr. Gray was born in Cambridge and was raised and educated in Somerville schools. He graduated from Somerville Trade School, Class of 1962. He lived in Braintree for eight years, earlier living in Somerville. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and continued his service for over 20 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Mr. Gray also worked as a security officer at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for many years.

He was the beloved husband for 43 years of Lauren R. (Thomas) Gray; devoted father of Deborah A. Cuddyer and her husband, Robert, of Braintree, Larry T. Gray and his wife, Heather, of Nashua, NH, and Carlton M. Buscemi and his wife, Nicole, of Somerville and is also survived 11 eleven grandchildren. He was the brother of Franklin Gray of Somerville, Richard Gray of Revere, Michael Gray of Rutland, and Phillip Gray of Somerville. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and by his dear friends Paul and Darlene Phelan of Mashpee.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, Quincy. Burial with Military Honors was at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Gray’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 1115 West Chestnut Street, Brockton, MA 02301 or to a charity of your choice.


William Sylvester, 69

Truck Driver

William H. Sylvester of Attleboro, formerly of Whittier, CA and native of Revere, died on September 30. He was 69 years old.

He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1957 and a retired truck driver with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union.

He was the father of William Sylvester of Richmond, VA; Doreen Crowe and Andrea Pavlas, both of Wilmington, and Anthony Sylvester of Huntington Beach, CA; grandfather of five.

Private funeral services were entrusted to the Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, North Attleboro, MA (508) 695-0200 www.dyer-lakefuneralhome.com__


Marguerite DeStefano, 93

Of Billerica, formerly of North Revere

Marguerite (Collins) DeStefano of Billerica, formerly of North Revere, died on October 2. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Mary (Sawless) Collins, she was a long time resident of No. Revere before moving to Billerica. Mrs. DeStefano was the bookkeeper at the Jurgensen Gauge & Valve Co., in Burlington for 20 years prior to her retirement and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.

She was the wife of the late Vincent J. DeStefano; beloved mother of James DeStefano of Lowell and Robert Singer of California; loving grandmother of Brian DeStefano, James R. DeStefano, Robert Singer, Jr. of California, Marion Singer of California and Christopher Singer of Arizona. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She was the sister of one late brother and three late sisters.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Randolph. For obituary please visit:


Nellie Capoccia

Worked at Almy’s and Lincoln School Cafeteria, member of many organizations

Nellie (DeRosa) Capoccia, a life long resident of Revere, died on October 2 at the Light House Nursing Care Center.

A former Cafeteria Staff worker at the Abraham Lincoln School and a former employee of Almy’s Department Store, she was a member of the Revere League for Special Needs, St. Anthony’s Ladies’ Sodality and the Revere Women’s Club. She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1939.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Russo) DeRosa; beloved wife of the late Anthony J. Sr.; devoted mother of Anthony J. Jr. and his life companion, Rose Antonelli, of Revere, Richard A. and his wife, Lorna, of Wakefield and Robert F. and his wife, Lynda, of Revere; loving grandmother of Corey and his fiancé, Tracy, Megan, Tiffany and her husband, Ryan, Zachary and Amy; dear sister of Ella Petrilli of Revere and the late Joseph DeRosa 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 Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Ave., Revere, MA 02151 or the charity of your choice. For guest book, please visit:


Anthony Capobianco, 84

Florida resident

Anthony J. Capobianco of Ellenton, Florida, died on October 1. He was 84 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Denise; son, Joseph Sr. of Revere; sister, Jeanne Lucey of Sudbury and his grandchildren, Joey and Jamie.

Burial will be in Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida, at a later date.


John Rose


Atty. John M. Rose of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 2.

A US Air Force veteran, he was the beloved father of John M. Rose Jr. and his wife, Galina Savina, of Moscow, Russia and Christopher A. Rose and his wife, Khadine, of London, England and grandfather of John M. Rose III.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was private.


Dorothy Froio, 82

Devoted homemaker and housemother

Dorothy M. (Derome) Froio died October 2 at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere where she

had been receiving supportive care for the past four years. She was 82 years old.

A devoted homemaker and housemother, she was born and raised in East Boston, the loving daughter of the late Arthur and Anne (Curry) Derome. At an early age, she worked as a seamstress. She soon married and was a devoted housemother raising her children and keeping her home, clean and caring. At 62 years old, she moved to Bradenton, Florida to enjoy her golden years, Nine years ago, she returned to be closer to her son and daughter and lived in Chelsea before moving to the Lighthouse Nursing Home.

The beloved wife of the late Robert A. Froio, she was the devoted mother of Robert J. Froio and his wife, Linda, of Revere, Debra Marks and her husband, John, of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Cheryl Pacheco, Jennifer Greenwood, Robert Froio, Stacey, Peter and Heidi Aceto, adored great grandmother of 12; dear sister of Arline Sobanek of Chelsea, John Derome of Las Vegas, NV, William Derome of Bradenton FL and the late Frances Ormond, Ethel Graham, George and Arthur Derome.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Anthony Memorial / Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Homes. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Lighthouse Recreation Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere 02151.


Phyllis Falzarano, 67

Former Proprietor of Rita’s Flowers

Phyllis A. (Hines) Falzarano of Salem, NH, formerly of Chelsea died on October 1 at the Parkland Medical Center of Derry, NH. She was 67 years old.

Mrs. Falzarano has lived in Salem, NH for the past eight years after selling the building that housed her business and where she made her home for more than 35 years. She, together, with her late husband, Frank B. "Gypsy Joe" Falzarano, operated Rita’s Flower Shoppe in Chelsea for over 35 years and after her husband’s death in 1989, she ran the shop alone until 2002. (The business was founded in the late 1930s by Mrs. Falzarano’s late mother-in-law, Rita Falzarano.)

She later worked in several floral shops for the "Stop & Shop" in Newton and in other area stores.

An outstanding designer, known especially for her creativity and genius in creating Dineyland characters with flowers, her expertise, however, did not end there. Animals (dogs, cats, cows) and any other object of art or conversation was a challenge to her gifted artistry. She spent long hours well into the wee hours of the morning to deliver on the promises of her commitments.

She was known to be as generous as she was gifted to the many people who came to her seeking aid and shelter. All of this contributed to a slow decline in her health and forced her to leave the business at an early age.

There is not a floral designer in the Greater Boston area who could match her creativity and enthusiasm.

She leaves her children, G. Rita Falzarano and husband, Melvin Palma Rivera, of Revere, John W. Falzarano of Salem, NH, and Pasquale B. Falzarano of Lynn; cherished grandmother of Nicholas Falzarano of Salem, NH. She was the dear sister of Corinne M. Comeau of Lancaster, NH, Ronald W. Hines of Mission, TX, Dwight H. Hines of Starke, FL, Francis H. "Chick" Hines of Castaic, CA, Lani Dadmund of Milford, NH, Linda Teague of Canton, MA, Shirley Hines of Braintree, and the late Raymond Hines. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters in law, Lena Buttiglieri of Beverly, Marie "Chickie" Faretra of East Boston, Joanne Dobson of Antioch, CA, Regina Falzarano of Peabody, and the late Rose Ciampolillo and Louise Faretra and is also survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Burial was held privately in the family lot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere.


Edward Ostrow, 84

Member of VFW Post 6712 of Beachmont

Edward Ostrow of Revere died on October 3. He was 84 years old.

Born in Boston, he lived in Revere all of his life and was educated in the Revere Schools and Revere High School. He worked in the restaurant industry prior to his retirement.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he played percussion in the Navy Band and served on the USS Wichita. He was a member of VFW Post 6712 in Beachmont.

The beloved husband of Jeanne (Lampert) Ostrow, he was the devoted father of Arlene Albanese and her husband, Liborio, and Scott Ostrow and his wife, Karen; the loving son of the late Samuel and Francis (Kligerman) Ostrow; dear brother of the late George and Al Ostrow. He was also the dear brother of his sister in law, Ruth Margossian and the loving grandfather of Amanda Ostrow. He is also survived by his niece, Barbara Bartola.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service of Chelsea. Burial was in Woburn. Memorial Observance will continue at the home of Scott and Karen Ostrow today, Wednesday, from 2 to 9 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. For online guest book please visit:


Pasqualina Sinatra

Revere resident

Pasqualina (Pagliocca) Sinatra of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 28.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Sinatra, she was the loving mother of Frank of California and James of Hawaii; cherished grandmother of Christopher; dear sister of Lena Sordello of Revere, Audre Voci of Wakefield and Anthony Pagliocca of Walpole.

Funeral arrangements were by The Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. _


Michael Bolger Sr.

Retired MDC Fireman

Michael J. Bolger Sr. of Revere, formerly of Medford, died on October 3.

A US Navy Veteran of World War II and a retired MDC fireman in Revere and Nahant, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary C. (Dunne) Bolger with whom he shared 21 years of marriage; loving father of Michael J. "Mick" Bolger Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Beverly and Maureen Romano and her husband, Peter, of Everett; stepfather of Eileen McCann of New Hampshire and the late Ann McCann; dear brother of the late Robert and Francis Bolger; cherished grandfather of Lauren and Megan Bolger, Thomas Romano, Tracy Robertson and her husband, Michael, and great grandfather of Kristen, Brianna and Michael Robertson.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. MichaeI the Arc Angel Chapel, 91 Crest Avnue, Chelsea, MA 02151. For guestbook, please visit:


Esther Gesamondo, 90

Haverhill resident, formerly of Revere

Esther (Hartwell) Gesamondo of Haverhill, formerly of Wakefield and Revere, died peacefully at home on October 1. She was 90 years old.

She was born in Lynn on August 10, 1919, daughter of William and Alvaretta (Hakey) Hartwell. She lived most of her life in Revere.

She enjoyed her family and managed to keep love and laughter in plentiful supply while working at Transitron. Her love of life and sense of humor won her many lasting friends and she made her home a comfortable place for everyone to enjoy the holidays, birthdays, every day and each other.

Twice lucky in love, she was the wife of her first husband, Ralph Santosuosso, and her second husband,Joseph Gesamondo. She is survived by her much loved brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jenny Harwtell of Saugus, and by her sister and best friend, Mabel Rowell of Hampstead, NH. She leaves behind four children; Ralph Santosuosso of Wakefield, Lewis Santosuosso and his wife, Helen, of Methuen, Deryl Santosuosso of Haverhill and Linda Bruno of Nottingham, NH; two step children, Grace Statuto of Danvers and Joanne Sarro of Revere; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends. She also leaves the world a better place than she found it.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Condolences to her family may be made at


Anthony Cardone

Saugus resident

Anthony E. Cardone of Saugus, formerly of Malden and Chelsea, died on September 30.

The beloved husband of the late June F. (Martin) Cardone, he was the devoted father of Patricia A. Wood and her husband, David W. Wood, of Saugus and the late Anthony V. Cardone, formerly of Malden; the brother of Lawrence Cardone of Revere, Elizabeth Addivinolia of East Boston, Diana Russo and M. Margie Mamzur, both of Revere, and the late Michael Cardone, formerly of Chelsea, and the late Rose Thayer, formerly of Billerica; the cherished grandfather of David Anthony Wood, Michael Russell Wood and Toni June Wood, all of Saugus.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. For obituary:


Thomas Stanton

Melrose resident

Thomas F. Stanton of Melrose died on September 30.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Arlene F. (Waters) Stanton; loving father of Frank Stanton and his wife, Gia, of Fresno, CA, Frederick T. Stanton and his wife, Maureen, of Pelham, NH, Priscilla Pennacchio and her husband, Frank, of Melrose, Thomas P. Stanton and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lowell, Robert M. Stanton and his wife, Kim, of Revere, Ellen G. Stanton of Melrose, Michael E. Stanton and his wife, Andrea, of Salem, NH and Elizabeth A. "Lily" Houghton and her husband, Jay, of Townsend; devoted grandfather of David, Brian, Steven, James, Mark, Allison, Jennifer, Matthew, Andrew, Angela, Kevin, Christopher and Kathryn; great grandfather of Aidan Stanton; caring brother of Richard M. Stanton of Waltham and the late Phyllis Lindgren and is also survived by several nieces, nephews, relatives and close friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472 or Autism Speaks, 99 Wall St., Princeton, NJ 08540. To sign guest book, please visit


Joseph Primo

Fisherman and Small Business Owner

Joseph A. Primo of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on September 30 after a brief struggle with cancer.

A fisherman and small business owner, a loving and generous husband, father and adored grandfather.

The beloved husband of Tina (Misuraca), he was the devoted father of Anthony Primo and his wife, Barbara, of Weymouth, Joseph Primo and Cheryl of Malden, Salvatore Primo and his wife, Marie, of Mansfield; loving grandfather of Anthony, Michelle, Joseph, Mark, Kristyn, and Lisa Primo; loving great-grandfather of Michael and Anna; son of the late Anthony and Accurzia Primo; dear brother of Juanita Teta of Andover, the late Katie Maniscalco, James Primo, Gus Primo, and Frances Chermesino.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to Partners Hospice, 281 Winter St. Suite 200, Waltham, MA 02451. For obituary and guestbook, please visit:


Mary Agnes Cody

Everett resident

Mary Agnes (Callahan) Cody of Everett died on September 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis Cody and the late James McArthur; sister of the late Helen Wharton; devoted aunt of Judith and Louis Silva and Nancy Wharton; loving great aunt to Jessica, Leah and Rebecca Silva.

The family would like to acknowledge the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere for her exceptional care. Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.


Randie Gore

Revere resident

Randie Y. (Rios) Gore of Revere died on September 25.

The beloved wife of Ronald Gore of Revere, she was the loving daughter of Dolly Rios of Malden and Victor Rios of Waltham; dear sister of Robin Messina of Everett, Darlene Angiolillo and her husband, James, of North Reading and is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook or to send flowers:


Victor Carriere, 90

Service Station Owner

Victor Carriere, formerly of New Britain and Newington, Connecticut, died September 26 at the St. Mary’s Home in West Hartford. He was 90 years old.

Mr. Carriere was the owner and operator of Vic’s Service Station, also known as Twin City Exxon, for nearly 35 years before his retirement in 1982. He was also proud to have served his country as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

The husband of the late Dorothy (Yourwith) Carriere, he was born in Revere on February 5, 1919, a son of the late Joseph and Lauretta (Liberto) Carriere. Mr. Carriere is survived by his daughter, Carol Washington and her husband, Kevin, of Granville, MA, a son, Dennis Carriere and his wife, Sandra Fern, of Marlborough, CT and a grandson, Robert Myjak of Oxnard, CA; his sister, Mary Broderick of North Andover, MA and his brother, Joseph Carriere, Jr. and his wife, Lillian G., of Revere, and brother-in-law William Yourwith and his wife, Mary, of Derby, CT. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Nancy M. (Carriere) DeMatteis and John, Peter, Andrew and Alphonse Carriere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farrell Funeral Home, 110 Franklin Sq., New Britain. Burial with full military honors was in St. Mary Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle, please visit

Daniel Carbone, 23

Worked at Chelsea Soldiers Home

Daniel J. Carbone, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on September 27 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 23 years old.

Born in Boston, he worked for a period of time at the Chelsea Soldiers Home as a member of the facilities service for the kitchen.

He was the devoted son of Lynne Carbone of Revere; beloved grandson of Carole Carbone of Revere and the late John Carbone; dear nephew of Steven Carbone and his wife, Jayne, of Saugus, John Carbone and his wife, Christine, of Billerica and the late Brett Carbone; loving cousin of John and Sophia Carbone, Danielle and Connor Morency and great nephew of the late Janet Durant.

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