Obituaries 05-19-2010

Joan Berardi

Formerly owned North American Site Developers

Joan S. (Clarke) Berardi of Watertown died on May 14.

Mrs. Berardi was the owner of North American Site Developers, Inc. from 1976 to 1996.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A.; loving mother of Joseph A. and his wife, Helena, of Groton and Chris A. of Newton; grandmother of Mark, Jacquelyn and Christie Berardi, and great grandmother of Kamiren; sister of John Clarke of Worcester, James Clarke of Revere, Margaret Colwell of Waltham, Steven Clarke of Watertown, and the late Thomas Clarke of Arlington; mother-in-law of Maureen E. Berardi.

Funeral from the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home, 270 Main St., Rte. 20, Watertown, Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 9 a.m. in the Church of St. Patrick, 212 Main St. Watertown. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Contributions may be made in her memory to the American Heart Assn., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701-4668.

Anthony Laurence Casarano

Logan Airport retiree

Anthony Laurence Casarano of Everett, an East Boston native who moved to Everett 25 years ago, died at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston on May 17 following a brief illness He was 66 years old.

Born in Cambridge and raised and schooled in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1961. He entered the US Navy in August of 1963 and served until August of 1969. Early in his working career, he worked as a mechanic for Norelco in the Anderson Power Project. He retired after seven years of service with Local 22 at Logan Airport.

He leaves his wife of 44 years, Camille A. (Suarez) Casarano and his children, Anthony L. Jr. and his wife, Lee Anne, of Londonderry, NH, Kerri Anne Casarano and her companion, Thadeus Darcy, of Malden and Steven M. Casarano and his wife, Erika, of Methuen. He was the dear brother of Anne Marie Venti and her husband, Richard, of Dracut and the late Nicholas and Michael Casarano and the proud and cherished Grampy to Grace M., Maria R., Arthur R. and Joseph Casarano; loving cousin of the Interbartolo family and the life long friend of Louis Lauria of Peabody, Adeline and Joseph Ciarcia of Danvers, Trudy Lumia of Tewksbury and the late Larry Lumia.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, May 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton.

Marion Bateman

Mass. Department of Public Health retiree and Hospital Volunteer

Marion D. (Driscoll) Bateman of Revere, a Winthrop resident until 1987, died on May 14. She was 93 years old.

She was a graduate of Winthrop High School, Class of 1934, former Public Health Worker for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and a volunteer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett, from 1995 to 2007.

Born in Winthrop, she was the loving daughter of the late Maurice F. Driscoll and Agnes M. (Fitzgerald) Driscoll; the beloved wife of the late Chester E. Bateman; devoted mother of Bonnie M. Bateman of Winchester and Cheryl M. Egan and her husband, Albert P. Egan, both of Winthrop. She was predeceased by the late Maurice F., John F., William F. and Leo Driscoll, Dorothy (“Dede”) Bowditch, Agnes M. Dunphy and Elizabeth Grady. She also leaves several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

At her request, burial will be private. Visiting hours will be held on May 22 at the Winchester Unitarian Church, 478 Main Street, Winchester from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the North Shore 75 Sylvan St, Suite B-102, Danvers MA. 01923. Funeral arrangements are by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. For guestbook, go to

Richard Gordon

East Boston resident

Richard A. Gordon of East Boston, formerly of Chelsea, died May 15.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the beloved husband of Susan (Sacco) Gordon of East Boston and former husband of Joann (Russo) Gordon of Winthrop; loving father of Michael Gordon, Michele Tauro and Richard Gordon, all of East Boston, and cherished papa of Steven, Matthew, Isabella and Joseph.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, Thursday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, East Boston, at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. For directions and guest book,

William ‘Bogash’ Schwarz

Past Commodore of the Beachmont Yacht Club

William J. “Bogash” Schwarz of (Beachmont) Revere died on May 13 while receiving hospice care at the home of a relative in Wappingers Falls, NY. He was 64 years old.

Born on May 23, 1945, the son of the late Julia and Albert Schwarz, he served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as an artillery gunner and worked for many years as an independent roofing contractor until his retirement. He was the Past Commodore of the Beachmont Yacht Club and a member of VFW Post 6712.

He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Croce, his grandchildren, Ava, Nicholas and Amya, his aunt, Clara Schwarz and several cousins. He was the brother of the late George Schwarz.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 P.M. Prayer Service. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. with Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery, For directions

Rose Marie Gudewich

Revere resident

Rose Marie (Albano) Gudewich of Revere died peacefully on May 12 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center. She was 93 years old.

A homemaker, born in East Boston, she lived most of her life in Revere and was the daughter of the late Vincent and Maria (LaConta) Albano and the beloved wife of the late Charles K Gudewich; devoted mother of Vincent “Jim” and his late wife, Angela, of California, Charles “Kaz” and his wife, Muriel, of Arizona; dear sister of Anthony Albano and Clara Finocchio, both of Peabody, Carmen Albano and Michelina Smith, both of Nevada and the late Alexander Albano; cherished grandmother of Rhonda, Charles. Kenneth, and Vincent Gudewich and Valerie Francesconi and the late Audrey Gudewich and great grandmother of 11. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Private burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of MA 220 North Main St Suite 104 Natick MA 01760. For guestbook, please visit

Martha Cassaro

Retired Revere Teacher

Martha E. (O’Connor) Cassaro of Revere died on May 13. She was in her 103rd year.

A retired teacher of the Revere Public School system, she was a member of the Revere Teachers Association, Retired Educators Association and the National Teachers Association.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael J. Cassaro; cherished daughter of the late Fredrick and Mary (Young) O’Connor; dear sister of the late Sister Marion E. O’Connor, Frederick, William and Charles O’Connor. She is survived by three nieces and a nephew.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farley Funeral Home, Stoughton. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.

Staney Kire


Stanley F. Kire died peacefully on May 8. He was 81 years old.

He was born on March 9, 1929 in Hatfield, MA, the son of Stanley Kirejczyk and Bertha (Besko) Kireczyck. He was a graduate of Holy Cross College and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Lorraine Bisson of Uxbridge, in 1952 and lived in Peabody. He worked in retail, insurance, and was a genealogist with Altschuler’s Genealogical Services of Boston. In retirement, he and his wife, Lorry, crisscrossed the USA in their RV and settled at Jojoba Hills SKP Resort in Aguanga, CA. In 2009, the couple moved to Pittsfield, ME, to be closer to their family. He was a ham radio operator, keeper of the family archives, family poet laureate, and a volunteer at Jojoba Hills SKP Resort. He loved Polish food and polka music.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorry; his daughters, Ellen Kire and her husband, Mark Burns, of St. Albans, ME, and Kathy Kire of Revere; his grandsons David and Joseph Kireburns, his great granddaughter, Alexis Kireburns; his brother-in-law Dana Bernor and his wife, Sandra; his nephews, Stephen, Peter, and Joseph Bernor of Nashua, NH.

Richard Bruno

Revere resident

Richard P. Bruno of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Orient Heights, East Boston, died on May 13.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the cherished son of the late Pasquale and Libera (Picinisco) Bruno; loving brother of Antonetta Famolare and her husband, Philip, of Peabody, Rose Mozzetta of Revere and Christine Sale and her husband, Manuel, of Everett and the late Anne DeMatteo and the fond uncle of nine nieces and nephews and 11 grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in the VA National Cemetery in Bourne. For guestbook,

Sandra Mazza

Registered Nurse

Sandra M. (Hart) Mazza died at her Tewksbury home on May 12. She was 61 years old.

She born in Medford on January 9, 1949 to William L. and Marion (Adams) Hart, raised in Charlestown and Somerville and was a former Chelsea resident. She was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School in Somerville, Class of 1966. She has been a resident of Tewksbury for the past 20 years.

For more than 30 years, she worked as a Registered Nurse at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She enjoyed many friendships and activities as a member of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

She is survived by her husband, Salvatore J. Mazza of Tewksbury; by her children, Victoria Mazza and her partner, Laurie Taraskiewicz, of Chelsea and John B. Mazza and his wife, Michelle, of Revere; her grandchildren, Kylie, Cameron and Corrine; her great grandchildren, Caleb and Alexia; her mother, Marion (Adams) Hart of Charlestown; and by her siblings, William Hart and his wife, Joanne, of Windham, NH, Ronnie Kierstead of Florida and Carol Harrington and her husband, Henry, of Westminster. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late William L. Hart and sister in law of the late George Kierstead.

Funeral arrangements were by the Breslin Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

Michael Bucciero Sr.

Retired Revere Firefighter

Michael A. Bucciero Sr., a lifelong resident of Revere, died on May 12 at the Kaplan Family Hospice.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired Revere Firefighter and the late Proprietor of US Perishables of New York and Atlanta.

He was the son of the late Nicholas and Emma (Satossuosso) Bucciero; beloved husband of Phyllis (Ancillo); devoted father of Michael A. Jr. of Arlington VA, Patricia Perrotta and her husband, Paul, of Melrose; loving grandfather of Matthew Bucciero and his wife, Stephanie and Caroline Bucciero, all of California, and Nicholas Perrotta of Melrose; dear brother of Ann Trudeau of Wakefield and the late Marie Nichols. He 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. For guestbook please visit

Norah ‘Mary’ Barry

Former President of Cooperative Services Inc.

Nora “Mary” (Griffin) Barry of South Boston and Charlestown died in peace after a short illness on May 10 at the Marian Manor in South Boston.

She was the proud mother of four children, former President of Cooperative Services, Inc, a retired textile worker, and the greatest fan of the Boston Red Sox.

She graduated from Galway Technical High School, where she played on the championship camogie team. In 1949, she immigrated to the United States, settling on the North Shore. She moved to Pittsfield, MA, in 1953, where she and her husband raised their family, and she began her career as a textile worker. She returned to Ireland for several years in 1981 and returned in 1987 to live Charlestown until 2007. She was active in the Constitution Co-op building council for several years. She had many friends, traveled around the country and indulged her love of Red Sox Baseball.

She was born in a thatched cottage in Rahoon, County Galway, Ireland in 1923 to the late Peter and May (Heffernan) Griffin. She and her late former husband James N. Barry of Beverly and Melbourne FL, were the loving parents of Anna M. Barry and her partner, Leo A. Dirrane, of South Boston, Lee T. Barry of Revere, Peter D. Barry of Pittsfield and James J. Barry and his wife, Patricia, of West Seattle, WA. She also leaves her brothers-in-law, Vincent James DiPaolo of Beverly and John Curran of Brampton, Ontario, and her sister-in-law, Carmen Barry of Beverly, many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, in the United States, Canada and Ireland, who mourn her, including: Mrs. Mary Strong and Mrs. Robert Hart of Brookline, Mrs. James A. Scannell of West Roxbury, John and Ann McGrath of Norwood, Dennis DiPaolo and Jeanne Larssen, of Mason, New Hampshire, Marie and John Soucy of Beverly, James Barry of Groveland and Brian Barry of Beverly. She also welcomed to her family as her grandchildren, Leo’s children, Christine Battcock, Tara Dirrane and Dan Dirrane and their families.

Her children thank the staffs of the Marian Manor and the Evercare Hospice for their compassionate care and friendship for their mother. They particularly thank them for giving Mrs. Barry and her family comfort and peace in her last days. They invite her friends and family to make donations to the Marian Manor or the charity of their choice in her name. The family will celebrate her life in a private Mass.

Michael Schifino

Revere resident

Michael A. Schifino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on May 11.

He was the father of Amanda Gardner and her husband, William, of Lynnfield, Michelle Auger and her husband, Timothy, of Revere and Michael R. Schifino of Lynnfield. He is also survived by Nancy Schifino of Lynnfield and Anna Schifino of Revere; dear brother of Gerard Schifino and his wife, Sheila, of Maine and Allen Schifino of New Hampshire; cherished grandfather of Liam Gardner.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private. For guest book:

TSgt. James McGuirk

Career Air Force Sergeant

TSgt James “Jim” E. McGuirk USAF (retired) of Spokane, Washington, formerly of Revere, passed away quietly in Omaha, Nebraska surrounded by his loved ones on October 15, 2009. He was 60 years old.

Born in Chelsea on January 11, 1949, the son of James and Elinor McGuirk, he was raised in Revere. He served in the US Air Force for 19 years, including two tours of duty in Vietnam.

He was preceded in death by parents, his sisters Christine, Karen, and Katherine McGuirk and his brother Thomas McGuirk and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Charles Klinetobe and his son and daughter-in-law, David and Kirsten Austin and his grandchildren, Aidan and Jessica Austin, all of Omaha; his brother, William McGuirk, of Springfield, MA; his sister-in-law, MaryAnne McGuirk of Malden; his niece, Caitlin McGuirk of Malden and his nephew, William McGuirk of Deerfield, MA as well as many beloved friends and relatives in Spokane, WA and Massachusetts.

A memorial celebrating his life will take place in Spokane, WA on May 20. Final burial will take place at the Massachusetts National Veteran’s Cemetery in Bourne, MA, at 10 a.m. May 24.

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