Obituaries 01-13-2010

Caterina ‘Terina’ Mannone

Revere resident

Caterina "Terina" (Valenti) Mannone of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Marsala Sicily, died on January 11.

The beloved wife of Giacomo Mannone with whom she shared 63 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Filomena "Fina" Mannone, Sebastiano "Sebio" Mannone, Salvatore "Sal" Mannone and Massimo "Max" Mannone and his wife, Lauren, all of Revere, Vincent "Enzo" Mannone and his wife, Annette, of Gloucester and the late Antonino "Nino" Mannone and his wife, Antonette, of Everett; dear sister of Sara Carbone of Quincy, Rose Migliore, Pasquale Valenti and Tomaso Valenti, all of Florida; cherished grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 13.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Friday 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 Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book,


Warren Manning Sr.

Retired City of Chelsea employee

Warren R. Manning Sr. of Chelsea died on January 6 following a long and courageous battle. He was 76 years old.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was born in Somerville and was a lifelong Chelsea resident, although he did spend a short time residing in Revere. He attended St. Rose Elementary School and was a graduate of Don Bosco High Technical School in Boston.

He was a skilled man who worked a variety of different jobs, but spent most of his career working for the City of Chelsea in the maintenance department of City Hall.

He was the beloved husband of the late Elfriede (Maier) Manning, the devoted father of Warren R. Manning Jr. of Chelsea, Diane Manning of Salem and the late Robert F. Manning. He was the devoted partner of Kathleen Brennan of Chelsea and is also survived by his granddaughter.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guestbook please visit


George Costa

Retired Chelsea DPW Superintendent and Supervisor

George W. Costa of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Kaplan Family Hospice House surrounded by his loving family on January 6. He was 76 years old.

Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late Francis and Grace (Spinney) Costa.

He attended local parochial schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. In 1953, he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean Conflict and after serving his country, he was honorably discharged. He worked for the City of Chelsea for more than 30 years as a Supervisor and later as a Yard Superintendant for the Public Works department, retiring in 1992.

He was the beloved husband of Joanne Palmer of Malden with whom he shared 44 loving years; devoted father of Lorena Rasmussen of Chicago, IL, Edna Anne Palmer and her husband, Richard, of Florida, Andrew Palmer of East Boston, Earlene Palmer and Amy Palmer, both of Malden; dear brother of Francis Costa of Revere; cherished grandfather of Nicholas and Leonard and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial with full military honors was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For online guestbook, please visit


Carmine Maglione

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant

Carmine J. Maglione, a Retired Revere Police Lieutenant, died unexpectedly on January 9 after being stricken at his Revere home and rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was 80 years old.

A life long Revere resident, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1948 and, as a young man, he worked for Borden Ice Cream Co. of Everett.

He was a US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict serving from February of 1951 until March of 1954 with the rank of Sergeant. He began his career with the Revere Police Department in 1968 and retired in 2003 after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Revere Police Relief Association, a life member of VFW Post 6712 of Beachmont, Revere Lodge of Elks 1171 and a member of the Retired State, County & Municipal Employees Association of MA.

He was the beloved husband of 22 years of Mary A. (Scarpetti); dear brother of Louise DeRosa and Antonio P. Maglione Jr., both of Revere, and the late Mary Clark, Carmella Santosuosso, Celia D’Agnese, Peter, Michael, Rocco and George Maglione. He is also lovingly survived by Mrs. Maglione’s children and grandchildren, Steven C. Santosuosso and his wife, Marie, of Beverly, Lori A. Tryder of Wakefield, Richard J. Santosuosso and his wife, Lynelle, of Middleton and Mark A. Santosuosso and his wife, Jennifer, of Pelham, NH, nine grandchildren, one great grandson and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio Home For Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rte 107) Revere on Thursday, January 14 at 9:30 am. followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Assoc, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701-4688.


Jerri-Ann Massucco

Beachmont resident

Jerri-Ann Massucco of Beachmont died unexpectedly at home on January 9. She was 45 years old.

Born in Boston and raised in Revere, she was the daughter of Ernest and Norma (Romano) Massucco. She was a graduate of Revere High School and a life-long resident of Beachmont.

She also leaves one son, Ernest Belmonte of Revere; one daughter, Nikki Belmonte of Revere; four sisters, Deborah Massucco of Revere, Laura Massucco-MacClellan of Everett, Dawn Buccieri of Winthrop and Kristen DiBarri of Swampscott. She was the beloved aunt of Dominique, Demitria, Dawson and Devin.

Visiting hours will be held in the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. For directions, please visit:


William Nickerson

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

William Nickerson of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on Christmas Eve morning December 24 after a long and courageous batle with colon cancer. He was 85 years old.

Born in June of 1924, he served in the Pacific with the US Air Force during World War II and his plane was shot down in combat. He survived and returned home to marry his sweetheart, Dottie Nickerson, in December of 1945. Together, they built a home and raised a family in Malden where he served on the Malden Police Force in the 1950’s. The couple volunteered their time with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1970’s with Mr. Nickerson keeping the instruments in excellent condition.

The couple lived in several cities in Massachsuetts and eventually settled in Revere where they lived until Mrs. Nickerson died in February of 1988. Mr. Nickerson continued working at the Seaview Towrs and Waters Edge Apartments where he ran the maintenance divisions until he finally retired at the age of 82 and moved to Florida to live with his oldest son, Leigh, in Port Charlotte.

Mr. Nickerson will be greatly missed and always loved by those who knew him. He is survived by his two sons, Leigh, and his wife, Debbie, of Port Charlotte and Scott and his wife, Janet, of Tewksbury. He also leaves four grandchildren, Sandy Monaco, Brian Nickeson, Robert and Andrew Nickerson and seven great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in the spring when he will be brought home to Massachusetts for burial alongside his wife. Details will be announced later. Friends and Family are invited to view an online Tribute for Bill Nickerson and leave remarks in his "Memory Book" at


Gerald Small

Former Boston Clerk of Court

Gerald T. Small, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on January 4 at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers after a brief battle with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He was 64 years old.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1962, he was a US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from July of 1962 until May of 1966 with the rank of Aviations Storekeeper 3rd Class. He began working for the City of Boston as a Clerk of Court in 1970 and retired after 10 years of service because of health issues.

He was the beloved son of the late Francis J. and Margaret (McCarthy). He leaves his devoted sister Mary Ellen Gill of Wilmington. He was the brother of the late Francis D. Small and is also lovingly survived by his nephew, Joseph M. Gill of Wilmington and nieces, Melissa A. Wenger and her husband, Jonathan, of North Andover and Holly M. Griffin and her husband, Thomas, of Tewksbury and is also lovingly survived by several grand nieces and grand nephews.

Services and burial were private at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements were completed by the Vertucchio Home for Funerals of Revere.


Joel Samuels

Of Boston, formerly of Revere

Joel M. Samuels of Boston, formerly of Brookline and Revere, died on January 8.

He was the devoted father of Jayne Myer Samuels and her partner, Bruce Moore, of Austin, TX, and Joann Marissa Samuels and her husband, Evan Smestad, of Sacramento, CA; loving brother of Miriam and Joel Gopen of Sharon, former husband of Ann Samuels of Marshfield, uncle of Ruth Gopen of Sharon, Emily Gopen and her husband, Sonny Crawford, of Shelburne Falls, MA and Nathan Gopen and his wife, Geraldine Gopen of Irvine, CA.

Services were held at Temple Israel of Sharon. Shiva will be at the home of Miriam and Joel Gopen through Friday at sundown. Remembrances may be made to the Israel and Doris Samuels Scholarship Fund at Temple Israel, Sharon, MA 02067 Arrangements were by the Brezniak-Rodman Chapel 617-969-0800


Clara Albiani

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Clara (Giarla) Albiani died after a short illness in Boynton Beach, FL.

Born on March 13, 1912, she grew up in Revere and Winthrop, and attended Lasell College. Over the years, she always enjoyed entertaining her family and friends at her home in Chelsea and later Miami and Lighthouse Point, FL.

She was the wife of the late Salvatore Albiani, sister of the late Robert, Thomas, Dorothy and Augustine. She will be lovingly remembered by her nieces and nephews, Stephen Parker, Robert Giarla, Judith Giarla-McQueen, David Giarla, Dorothy Giarla, Richard Giarla, Gerald Giarla, Elizabeth MacIsaac, Clair Doyle, Marybeth Clark, Thomas Giarla, Peter Bonzagni , Vince Bonzagni, Joseph Albiani, Anthony Albiani, MaryLouise Wilson, Paul Albiani, Marguerite Silva, Charles Albiani and James Albiani. She is also survived by more than 50 grand and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Boynton Memorial Chapel, 800 West Boynton Beach Blvd, Boynton Beach, Florida. She was laid to rest at the Boca Raton Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial donation to Hospice of Palm Beach County, 5300 East Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33407.


William Forster Jr.

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston

William J. Forster Jr. of Nashua, NH, formerly of East Boston, died on January 7.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Gertrude M. (Doucette); father of William J. Forster III and his wife, Paula, of Revere and Kathleen L. Drift of Nashua, NH; brother of Ruth Hannigan, Jean Nicholson, Mary, Edward, Raymond, Joseph and the late James Forster and Rita Kamholz; grandfather of Brenda Forster-Wojick, Stephen Forster, Joseph and Kathleen Drift, great-grandfather of Alyssa, Tayla and Marc Ginnetti. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to St. Joseph Home Health & Hospice, 25 North River Rd., Milford, NH 03055 or Greenbriar Terrace Nursing Home, 55 Harris St., Nashua, NH 03062 would be appreciated.


James Benton PhD

Of Canada, formerly of Chelsea

James A. "Jim" Benton PhD, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at his home in King’s Bay Seagrave, Canada on November 28. He was 63 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Coral (Shifrer) Benton; dear brother of Kathleen "Ginger" of Revere and Patricia "Patti" and her husband, Gerry, of Westport; loving uncle of John, Vincent, Victor, Timothy and Gina Russo and is also lovingly remembered by his extended family in Canada.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, on Saturday, January 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 3815-1942 or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and guest book, visit:


Rafaela "Fannie" Giarle

North End resident

Raffaela "Fannie" Giarle of the North End of Boston died on January 7. She was 95 years old.

She was the dear sister of Lucy Giarle of Boston, Mary Tortorici and her husband, Bennie, of Everett, Michael Giarle and his late wife, Columbina, of Revere, Adeline Ameno and her husband, Gennaro, of Boston, and the late Louis Giarle. She also leaves her dear friend, Mary Frasca of Boston and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons-Langone, Boston. Burial was in in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St, Boston, MA 02113.


Frank Richard

Skilled Carpenter, Member of Winthrop BPOE Elks

Frank J. Richard, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on December 25 after a brief illness. He was 60 years old.

Born in Boston, the dear son of the late Benjamin J. Richard and Jeanette Labbe, he was a skilled carpenter who applied his trade in various North Shore communities and a longtime member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 1078.

He is survived by 11 brothers and sisters: Joseph Richard, Annette Purcell, both of New Hampshire, Janet Sturges of Fitchburg, Joann Scrabner of Indiana, Wayne Richard of Saugus, Edward Richard of Tewksbury and Linda Riley, Barbara Richard, Arnold Richard and Ernie Richard, all of Chelsea.

Funeral services and burial were private with arrangements by the Frazier Funeral Home of Winthrop. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to: The Elks National Foundation, c/o The Secretary, Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Avenue, Winthrop,MA 02152 or a charity of your choice.


Barbara Santella

Restaurant Owner

Barbara Santella of Florida, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died peacefully at her home in Sarasota, Florida on Christmas Eve. She was 82 years old.

She was born in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She attended the Art Institute of Boston and worked for Bell Telephone Company and Western Union.

She and her late husband, William P. Santella, owned and operated Suffolk Downs Track Kitchen, Lums Restaurant in Saugus, The Beef and Brandy Restaurant in Revere and the B & B discothèque. Prior to retirement, she worked for the Marriot and the United States Postal Service. She relocated to Sarasota, Florida after retirement where she worked part time for her daughter.

She was the wife of the late William P. Santella, Master Electrician; the daughter of the late Felix Arketook and Olga (Zaika) Arketook; sister of the late Michael Arketook, Jean Handler, Marina Arketook and William Arketook. She is survived by three children, Elaine Kretas of North Berwick Maine, Andrew Santella of Swampscott, and Carol Fenzl of Sarasota, Florida. She also leaves four grandchildren, Tara Ministeri, Christopher Kretas, Adam Santella and Alexis Santella; three nephews, Nicholas, Jonathan, and Christopher Willis, and a niece, Donna Handler. She will also be greatly missed by her best friend, Claire Reed of Revere.

Private services will be held in Sarasota, Florida.


Albert Salt

Of Florida and Revere

Albert E. "Al" Salt of West Palm Beach, Florida and Revere, died on December 27.

He was the husband of Shirley (Drucker); father to Susan Don and her husband, Stewart, and Deborah Salt-Flynn; grandfather to Adam and Cindy Don, Matthew and Rachel Foley.


Jeanette Dasho

Revere resident

Jeanette G. (Sargent) Dasho of Revere, formerly of Reading, died on January 5.

The beloved wife of the late Walter S. Dasho, she was the devoted mother of Kenneth R. Dasho of Revere, formerly of Reading, and Warren S. Dasho, formerly of Reading.

Funeral arrangements were by the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Reading. Burial was in Forest Glen Cemetery. For information and register book please visit


Eleanor Taft

Revere resident

Eleanor (Edison) Taft of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on January 5. She was 85 years old.

Mrs. Taft was born May 6, 1924 in Portland, ME, daughter of the late Benjamin and Bessie Edison. She was the devoted wife of the late Jack Taft; beloved mother of the late Leonard Taft; dear sister of Estelle Fineman of Newport News, VA and Leona Roberts of Norfolk, VA. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Hadassah Chapter c/o Maureen Appel, 22 Sanders Dr., Saugus, MA. 01906. For online condolences, go to


Patricia Geremonte

Brockton resident

Patricia L. Geremonte of Brockton died on December 30. She was 58 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Danae A. Lamarre and her husband, Lloyd, of Brockton and James M. Geremonte of Brockton; loving grandmother of Caleb J. Lamarre, Dante L. Lamarre, Giana C. Lamarre and Kailyn P. Shepherd; sister of Kevin Piana of Revere, Stephen Piana of Everett and John M. Piana of Florida and the wife of Dana Geremonte for 39 years.

Arrangements were by the Waitt Funeral Home, Brockton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Salvation Army, 281 North Main St., Brockton, MA 02301.


Marcelino Sardina

Retired Boston Police Officer, Little League Coach, founder of East Boston T-Ball League

Marcelino Sardina of East Boston died on January 5. He was 82 years old.

A US Army veteran and a Boston Police Officer for more than 32 years, he was the founder of the East Boston T-ball league and was also involved in coaching East Boston Little League for more than 30 years.

He was the beloved husband of Geraldine (Kelly) with whom he shared 55 years of marriage; loving father of Karen Batchelder and her husband, Stephen, and Mark Sardina, all of Saugus, Barbara Salsberry and her husband, Steve, of Lynn, Deborah Grimaldi and her husband, Cody, of New Hampshire and James Sardina and his wife, Tracy, of Charlestown; cherished son of the late Marcelino and Assumcion (Calzada) Sardina; adored grandfather of Shawn, Steve, Jeremy, Marc, Cody, Justin, Evan, Ethan and great grandfather of Zeta.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. In Lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mr. Sardina’s name to the Peabody Animal Life Savers, 6 Strawberry Hill Ave, Danvers, MA 01927 or the East Boston Athletic Board, P.O. Box 371 East Boston, MA 02128. For guest book,


Robert Woodard

Wakefield resident

Robert M. Woodard of Wakefield died in Stoneham on January 5. He was 89 years old,

He was the husband of Edith (Faretra) Woodard; father of Claire Battis of Revere, Charles A. Woodard of Saugus and Sheryl Bourgeois and her fiancé, Scott Bucknam, of Lynn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Parker Funeral Home, Lynn. Please make memorial donations to The American Cancer Society , Centralized Memorial Processing Center, 30 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01710-9376. Guest book at


Martin Tesler

Retired Manufacturer’s Representative

Martin Tesler of Lake Worth, Florida, formerly of Revere, died peacefully on January 4. He was 91 years old.

Born in Chelsea, Mr. Tesler was a long time resident of Revere. He then moved to Florida and has spent the last 23 years living in Lake Worth. He was a manufacturer’s representative and his extroverted nature was perfectly suited for a lifetime of dealing with people.

He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Gertrude (Meyer); two beloved children Marc Tesler (Ellen) and Sandra Parven (Alvin); adored grandchildren Scott Parven (Cari), Andrew Parven (Michelle), Valeri Michaels (Edward) , Steven Tesler (Merril), Richard Tesler (Yen) and A.J. Tesler (Jenny) and 12 cherished great grandchildren; Olivia, Emma, Sam, Will, Jane, Victoria, RJ, Dianna, Leo, Zeke, Liem and Ailinh.

Funeral arrangements were by the Star of David Funeral Chapel of the Palm Beaches, 9321 Memorial Park Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, 3333 Forest Hill Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33406.

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