Obituaries 11-25-2009

Ralph Carrozza Sr., 90

Member of Famed "Merrill’s Marauders"

Ralph Carrozza Sr. of Wilmington, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice of Reading after a brief illness on November 22. He was 90 years old.

Mr. Carrozza was born to a family of 13 in East Boston on May 15, 1919 to the late David and Frances (Vertuccio) Carrozza.

He was a graduate of East Boston High Scholl, Class of 1937, and worked with his brothers and father in stone masonry early in his career. He then began working as a longshoreman on the East Boston Docks. He retired in 1979 from the Boston Shipping Association and was a member of the ILA Local 805.

A US Army veteran of World War II, serving from January of 1942 until October of 1944, he attained the rank of Sergeant and was a participant in the Northern Burma campaign. He was a proud member of Gen. Merrill’s Marauders, a group which miraculously survived the Burma Campaign in spite of horrific physical and emotional conditions. This Campaign is significantly characterized in Tom Brokaw’s Book, "The Greatest Generation." Both he and his wife of 64 years, Edith, were members of the Merrill’s Marauders Reunion Committee and attended several of the reunions until 13 years ago.

In addition to his wife, Edith D. (Saponaro), he is survived by his children, Rachel E. Stanchi and her husband, Carmen, of Wilmington and Ralph Carrozza Jr. and his fiancée, Sheila Mulcahy, of Salem, NH; his grandchildren, Michelle M. Stanchi of Arlington, VA and Michael R. Stanchi and his wife, Kathryn "Kate" of Jamaica Plain, Susan M. Carrozza of Watertown and Cristina A. Carrozza of Billerica. He was the brother of Mildred E. Rodriguez and her husband, Diego, of Revere, David Carrozza and his late wife, Arlene, of East Boston, Nicholas Carozza and his wife, Rose, of Wilmington and Frances DiPlacido and her husband, John, of Florida and the late Maco, John "Panco", Elio "Leo" and Enrico "Eastago" Carrozza, Lesandrina "Sandra" Russo, Adeline "Lena" Incarto and Briget Pisano and father in law of the late Frances E. Carrozza. He is also survived by many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, November 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated following the visiting hours at noon at St. Dorothy’s Church, Main Street (Route 38) Wilmington. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867. Arrangements are by the Nichols Funeral Home of Wilmington.


Phyllis Dotolo, 81

Retired Waitress at Reardon’s and Winthrop Arms

Phyllis M. (Santa Anna) Dotolo, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on November 21 after a very long illness at the Hellenic Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Canton. She was 81 years old.

A retired waitress for several local area restaurants, namely Reardon’s Café of Revere and the Winthrop Arms Hotel of Winthrop, she was born in Revere and early in her career, she worked for the former Latin Villa of Lynn, a family run business. She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1946.

She was the wife of the late Carmine A., who died in May of 1972; cherished mother of Joseph A. Dotolo of New Albany, OH, Richard J. Dotolo and his wife, Joanna, of Wakefield, Cheryl A. Draper and her husband, Earl, of Canton, Steven A. Dotolo and his wife, Denise, of West Peabody and the late Carmine A. Dotolo Jr.; dear sister of Gregory Santa Anna of Revere, Donald Santa Anna of Winnsboro, TX, and the late Catherine M. Struthers, Joan Walsh, Claire Kelly and Paul Santa Anna; beloved sister in law of Jean Santa Anna of Revere; loving grandmother of Caroline and Lauren Dotolo of New Albany, OH, Christopher, Kimberly and Matthew Draper of Canton, Michael and John Dotolo of Wakefield, Nikolas and Gabrielle Dotolo of West Peabody, Candance Dotolo of Hyde Park and Brandice Dotolo of Rangeley, ME. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave. (Beachmont) Revere today, Wednesday, November 25 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , 85 Astor Ave., Norwood MA 02062. For directions:


Patricia Kerrins, 56

Health Care Director and Educator

Patricia A. Kerrins of Lynn, formerly of Revere and Montague, MA, died on November 16 at her aunt’s home in Lynn following a courageous 16-year battle with breast cancer. She was 56 years old.

Born in Chelsea and raised in Revere, she was a 1970 graduate of St. Rose Catholic High School of Chelsea and a 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

She began her 12-year career in Home Health Care in Franklin County. In 1977, she was hired as Fiscal Director of the Franklin County Home Care Center (FHCC) but soon became the Director of Community Services, Assistant Director and then Executive Director of the Agency. After 15 years there, she left to begin another career in the 1990’s with Franklin Medical Center, eventually becoming the Administrator of that facility, a position she held until her death.

In Franklin County and throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she was regarded as a champion and innovator of improvements within the Home Care Programs. She worked incessantly for increased funding for the education and the actual implementation of Home Health Care Policy. She was one of the pioneers of the founding of the Older Workers Employment and Training through the Title III Grant Funding and sustained through collaboration with the Department of Employment and Training.

It is remarkable, that in spite of her very long battle with Breast Cancer, she returned to her work and education with renewed interest and energy. Within her career, she served as Administrator to the Amherst Redevelopment Authority, as acting Executive Director of Stavros Independent Living Cener of Amherst (executive director from 1989 to 1996) of the Franklin County Home Care Corporation in Turner Falls and finally as the Senior Management Community Director for Franklin Medical Center Management Team. She also served as a member and/or officer of the Mary Lyon Educational Fund of Buckland, MA, Shelburne Senior Center Council on Aging, Community Health Center of Franklin County, Independent Living Resources Inc., Stavros Inc. and the Mass. Home Care Association.

She was the cherished daughter of Jean F. (Innes) Kerrins of Revere and the late Thomas J. Kerrins Jr.; beloved sister of Kathleen J. Kerrins of Revere, Thomas J. Kerrins III and his wife, Ellen Torres, of Danville, CA and Atty. Michael P. Kerrins and his wife, Paula M., of Lynn and Revere; devoted partner of John Dunphy of Montague, MA; adored aunt of Jessica Britt and her husband, Jarrett, of Quincy, Thomas Kerrins-Torres and Stephen Kerrins-Torres, both of Danville, CA and Sophia M. and Benjamin D. Kerrins, both of Lynn. She is also lovingly survived by her aunt, Dorothy Bowman, of Melrose and her uncle, Jack Proverb, and his wife, Lois of Chelmsford and many cousins.

Burial was private. Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mary Lyon Foundation, P.O. Box 184, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370.


Vita Viarella, 96

East Boston resident

Vita (Tittone) Viarella of East Boston died on November 20. She was 96 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Viarella; loving mother of Joseph Viarella and his wife, Louise, and James Viarella and his wife, Janice, all of Revere, John Viarella and Steven Viarella and his wife, Bernie, of East Boston, Catherine Freni and her husband, Rocco, of Medford, Joan Viarella of Chelsea and the late Salvatore and Michael Viarella.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Homes. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book,


Joseph Giunta

Revere resident

Joseph Giunta of Revere formerly of East Boston, died on November 21.

The beloved husband of Stella (Amore) Giunta with whom he shared 50 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Salvatore Giunta and his wife, Ermilinda, and Josephine Catino and her husband, William Catino Jr., all of Revere, and Rosemaria Piazza of Italy; cherished grandfather of Joseph and Marisa Giunta, Angelo and Stephanie Piazza and Lia and Alessia Catino; dear brother of the late Josephine, Liborio and Salvatore Giunta.

His Funeral will be from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 9 o’clock. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Mausoleum. For directions and guest book, please visit:


Angelina Frederico-Salvati

Of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston

Angelina Frederico-Salvati of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston died recently.

She was the devoted wife of the late Louis Salvati; loving mother of Amelia Moschella of Saugus, Michael Salvati of Revere and Marie Sentner of East Boston and is also survived by six grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, today, Wednesday at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions:


John DiCicco Jr., 77

Retired Power Burner Technician

John J. DiCicco Jr., a 30 year resident of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on November 21 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was 77 years old.

He attended Everett Public Schools and retired at the age of 62 as a Power Burner Technician for the Chandler Heating Co. of Melrose after 37 years of service.

He was the husband of the late Joan (Gillespie) DiCicco; beloved father of John III of Revere, Joanne DiCicco of New Hampshire, Jimmy and his wife, Laurie, of Beverly, and Jamie DiCicco of Winthrop; brother of the late Rose Paradiso and is lovingly survived by six grandchildren Ava, Angela, Amanda, Elisha, all of Beverly, Olivia of Lynn and Karla of New Hampshire.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.


Marie Mancuso, 88

Former owner of Joe and Mary’s Variety Store in the North End

Marie Mancuso of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on November 18.

She was the cherished wife of the late Joseph T. Mancuso, with whom she owned and operated Joe and Mary’s Variety Store in the North End for many years.

She was the loving mother of Joseph Mancuso and his wife, Domenica, Lorraine Parlante and her late husband, Franco "Leo" Parlante, and Frances Slowey and her husband, Bernie Slowey, and is also survived by many loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.


Joseph Piazza, 96

Winchester resident

Joseph L. Piazza of Winchester died on November 20. He was 96 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the husband of the late Evelyn (D’Eramo) Piazza; devoted father of James, Richard, Lucie and Virginia Piazza, all of Winchester, and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the cherished brother of the late Josephine, Frances, Dominic, Carl, Leo, Alberta and James.

Funeral arrangements were by The Lane Funeral Home, Winchester. Burial was in Wildwood Cemetery, Winchester. Please visit for on line condolences.


Agnes Follis, 89

Retired Registered Nurse

Agnes T. (Conley) Follis of North Reading, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on November 18. She was 89 years old.

Mrs. Follis worked as a Registered Nurse for many years.

She was the beloved wife of the late John J."Jack" Follis; dear friend of Robert and Tawnya Elworthy of North Reading; loving daughter of the late Michael and Agnes C. (Mullen) Conley; sister of the late Harry and Joseph Conley and Grace Maloney.

Funeral arrangements were by the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in North Reading.


Joseph Raimondi Sr., 81

Of North Weymouth, formerly of East Boston

Joseph P. Raimondi Sr. of North Weymouth, formerly of East Boston, died on November 18. He was 81 years old.

A retired technician for Dry Tech, Clinton and LFE Corp. of Waltham, he was a US Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothea "Dotty" (Downs) Raimondi; devoted father of Joseph "Joey" P. Raimondi, Jr. of No. Weymouth, Karen Miller and Jill Sweeney, both of Whitman; proud grandfather of Robert and Justine Sweeney; loving brother of Peter of Winthrop, Vincent of Maryland, Richard of Jamaica Plain, John of Marshfield, Albert of East Boston, Ann Crowley of Las Vegas, Margaret Giambrone of Revere, the late Virginia Devlin and the late Rose Serra. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 100 Bay State Drive, PO Box 85960 Braintree, MA 02185.


Nancy Hart McCarthy, 57


Nancy Hart McCarthy, of Holiday, Florida, a former long time resident of Revere, died suddenly November 6 in Florida. She was 57 years old.

She was a 1969 graduate of Revere High School and a graduate of The Soldier’s Home Nursing Program in Chelsea. She spent most of her life living and working in Revere and relocated to Florida in 1991. She loved the beach, boating, swimming, was an avid reader, and enjoyed snow skiing.

Survivors included her husband, Alan Montgomery; her step daughter, Michele Reeves; three sons, John Cordwell, Mark Leonard, Sean McCarthy and two daughters, Jennifer Carleton and Jill Leonard. She was the mother of the late Maureen McCarthy. She also leaves eight grandchildren.

Services were held at the Crystal Beach Chapel, Crystal Beach, Florida.


Chrstine Kinder

Arlington resident

Christine L. (Binkly) Kinder of Arlington died on November 17.

She was the beloved wife of the late Arthur; loving mother of David of Somerville, Sharon Portesi of Quincy, Diane Cutliffe of Woburn, Donna McArdle of Revere and Suzanne Kinder of Candia, NH. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was the sister of the late David Binkly, Jr. and grandmother of the late Scott Garrett Portesi.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keefe Funeral Home, Arlington. Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge. For obituary or to send a condolence, visit


Anna Marotta

Former Realtor

Anna C. (Natale) Marotta of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on November 16.

A former realtor, she was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Marotta with whom she shared 13 years of marriage; loving mother of Mary Ann Marotta of Revere; cherished daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Marafino) Marotta; dear sister of Frances R. Cristello of Revere and the Late Gilda Pennell and Frank Natale; fond aunt of Camille Cristello, Mary Ann Carvalho, and Janice and Linda Natale.

She was entombed in the mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery with the service conducted by Father Vincent Gianni. Arrangements were entrusted to the Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home. For online guest book.


John Hurley, 80

Hurley family had long standing ties to Revere Beach

John Hurley of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on October 26.

He and his family had long standing ties to the Revere Beach community, contributing many years to local beach activities. He retired from General Electric in 1989 after 39 years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lillian M. (Eddy); his children, Louise A. (Hurley) Carter and John Lutes of Revere, Frederick T. and Mary Hurley of Wakefield, April C. and Kenneth C. Van Vorst of Punta Gorda, FL; his brother, Leo Hurley, and his sister Madeline B. "Dolly" (Hurley) Long, both of Revere. He

also leaves behind five grandchildren, Julie A. Reardon, Michael J. Carter, Frederick T. Hurley, Jr., Edward M. Hurley, Elisabeth A. Hurley and two great grandchildren, Robert W. Reardon, Jr. and Ryan M. Reardon, all living in Massachusetts, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Frederick T. Hurley and Anna C. (DeVito) Hurley, and brother of Mary L. (Hurley) Meere and Christine H. Hurley.

A memorial service and celebration of his life was held at the Heritage Oak Park Sports Club, Port Charlotte, Florida.


George Servitelli Jr.

Revere resident

George S. Servitelli Jr. of Revere died on November 16.

He was the cherished son of the late George S. and Frances Bryne; dear brother of Dorothea Aldrich of Florida, Estelle Kiska of Ohio and the late Rosalie Lewis and May Servitelli.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home.


Cathy Ann Sullivan

Revere resident

Cathy Ann Sullivan of Revere died on November 13.

She was the devoted mother of Stephen Edward Angier and his wife, Cindy, and James Michael Sullivan; beloved grandmother of Irena and Daniel Angier; beloved sister of Donna Faria and her husband, John, Kevin, Michael and the late Joseph and Daniel Sullivan; loving girlfriend of Nick Kokkinis and is also survived by nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Rogers Funeral Home, Cambridge.


Joseph Carr, 89

Retired engineer

Joseph A. Carr of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Melrose, died unexpectedly at Salem Hospital on November 17. He was 89 years old.

Born in Boston on February 3, 1920, he grew up in Revere where he attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School. He received his degree in Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on October 2, 1944 during World War II and was discharged on December 8, 1945 with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He worked as an engineer for Raytheon Corporation, A.V.C.O., and Sanders Associates of Nashua, NH.

He began his own car dealership in 1960 know as Colonial Motors & Colonial Imports in Nashua, NH and worked there until 1974. In 1978 he began working for Wang Laboratories as an engineer in their research and development division, retiring in 1982. He was a member of Bellevue Golf Club in Melrose and Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gladys G. (Sullivan) Carr; devoted father of Virginia Morrison and her husband, Warren, of Saugus and Deborah Dunn and her husband, W. Michael, of Concord, NH; loving grandfather of Thomas Morrison and his wife, Beth, of Wakefield, Scott Morrison of Melrose, Ryan Dunn of Concord, NH and his great-grandaughter, Julia Morrison; beloved brother of William Carr and his wife, Barbara, of Boston and the late Alice Pedonti and Lawrence Carr; beloved brother-in-law of Frank Sullivan and his wife, Dolores, of Sandwich and dear companion of Alicia Roman of Stoneham. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Burial was at Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. For obituary or to send a condolence, visit


Doreen Campbell, 91

Revere resident

Doreen M. (Pomeroy) Campbell of Revere died in East Kingston, NH on November 17 after a brief illness. She was 91 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert J. Campbell Sr.; loving mother of Robert Campbell Jr., Chief of Revere Auxiliary Police Department, Elaine Holmes, Retired Captain, US Navy Medical Corps, and her husband, Wyman "Wes" Shuler, Retired Colonel, US Marine Corps, of East Kingston, NH; cherished grandmother of Robert W. Holmes and his wife, Danielle, of Saugus and great grandmother of Kayla Holmes.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St. Revere, MA 02151. For guest book,


Jonathan Phillip Dampolo

Of South Boston, formerly of Revere

Jonathan Phillip Dampolo of South Boston, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died unexpectedly on November 14.

He was the cherished son of the late Michael "Mario" and Marylou (Barrasso) Dampolo; loving brother of Cheryl Yetman of Arlington, Robert Stack and his wife, Patricia, and Eric Stack and his wife, Michelle, all of East Boston, Robyn Stack of Newburyport, Mia Dampolo of Saugus, Michael Dampolo of Carver and the late Doreen "Renee" Marasca; fond uncle of many nieces, nephews, cousins and his best friend and cousin, Marie Labriola and her husband, Mike.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private. For guest book, please visit:

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