Obituaries 09-28-2011

Mitchell Ginsburg

New England Telephone retiree

Mitchell Ginsburg, the patriarch of a well known area family, died peacefully September 26 at his Tewksbury home surrounded by his family. He was 91 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Mary R. (Sciarappa) Ginsburg, with whom he celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary on September 17.

He was born in Revere, August 10, 1920, one of three children of the late Harry and Fannie (Falk) Ginsburg. He was raised in Revere, and lived in Malden before moving to Tewksbury in 1989. In retirement, he and his wife wintered in Florida from 1975 until 1995.

During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy, Pacific War Theater, as a crew member of L.S.T. 247. Upon honorable discharge, he worked for the New England Telephone Company, from which he retired as an instructor. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

In his retirement, he became an avid golfer, and lived his dream helping build and then work at the Tewksbury Country Club. Throughout his life he took great pleasure in taking family photos and assembling numerous albums. His recent wedding anniversary also coincided with the publishing of an article recalling the events around the heroism shown by Mitch as he saved the life of a gravely injured 16 year old boy while he was celebrating his 27th year of marriage to Mary.

He was active in civic and fraternal affairs as a member and Past Grand Knight of the Revere Knights of Columbus, Council 179, a life member of the Tewksbury Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Revere American Legion, and was an active parishioner of St. Dorothy’s Church in Wilmington.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by seven children; Richard T. Ginsburg and his wife, Kathy MacInnis of Tewksbury, his twin brother, Robert E. Ginsburg and his wife, Susan Conley of Revere, Ellen Salipante and her husband, Anthony of Tewksbury, Michael F. Ginsburg and his wife, Karen (Kline) of Norwell, Amy Scarpa and her husband, Pastor Nick Scarpa of Tewksbury, Maribeth Crupi and her husband, Carl of Wilmington, Maribeth’s twin brother, Marc P. Ginsburg and his wife, Leisa (Burnett) of Tewksbury; 17 beloved grandchildren; 10 adoring great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Caroline (Gilbert) Taylor of Tewksbury, Nancy Sciarappa of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Anna Wigderson and Murray Ginsburg.

In lieu of calling hours, his life will be celebrated with a Funeral Mass on Thursday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Dorothy’s Church, corner of Harnden Street and Main Street (Rte 38) Wilmington. . Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers and memorial contributions, Mr. Ginsburg’s memory would best be served by your celebrating a special meal with your family as throughout his life Mitch’s mantra was “Family First.”

Mary Taylor

Verizon Retiree

Mary A. (Reilly) Taylor, a native of Revere, died September 25 at the Lafayette Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Marblehead following a brief illness. She was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1940. She worked on the managerial level for New England Tel & Tel (now Verizon) for more than 30 years in the downtown Boston area and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

In 1982, after retirement, she and her husband moved to Hudson and then to Brookville, Florida. She returned to Revere in 2010 to live at the Jack Satter House on the Boulevard.

She was the wife of the late Charles F. Taylor who died in May of 1990 and the daughter of the late Stephen J. and Johanna (Shea) Reilly; the dear sister of the late John J. Reilly and the devoted aunt and Godmother to Paul J. Reilly and his former wife, Maureen of St. James, NY. She was the cherished grand aunt of Lindsey M. Reilly of Endicott, NY and Allison T. Reilly of St. James, NY and is also lovingly surived by her cousins, Mary Tibbets of Lynn and Doris Ryan of Longmeadow.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family today, Wednesday, September 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A Funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere with burial and services to follow at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, Brookville, Florida. Remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe Street, Revere, MA 02151.

James Palladino

Man with many interests

James (Jimmy) Vincent Palladino of Ashland died suddenly on August 12. He was 65 years old.

Raised in Winthrop, he attended Winthrop High School and Boston State College. He worked as a manager for Northeast Airlines (now Delta), Sack Cinema, and as a property manager for the Druker Company. In recent years, he worked in security.

He had a great knowledge of history and took a keen interest in politics. He loved the ocean and cats, and enjoyed walking, gardening, movies, and travel with his wife “Peppermint Patti”. Those who knew Jimmy appreciated his decency, and enjoyed his good humor and sense of fun.

Born in Revere on December 12, 1946, he was the son of Perry Palladino, Sr. and the late Alice (Kramich) Palladino;  the loving husband for 26 years of Patricia (Langevin) Palladino and is also survived by three sisters: Patricia Palladino of Winthrop, Rita Gioioso and Sal Riggio of Winthrop; Doreen O’Gorman and her husband, John of Winthrop, a brother, Perry Jr. of Beverly and three nephews.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, August 18 in St. Cecilia’s Church, Ashland followed by cremation and burial in Wildwood Cemetery, Ashland on August 27. Expressions of sympathy and tributes may be recorded at  and www.MatareseFuneral. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o St. Cecilia’s Church, 54 Esty Street, Ashland, MA 01721.

Harry Abrams

Past Mass. State Guard Commander

Harry Abrams of Revere died on September 22.

Born in Canada, he came to Chelsea as a child where he enjoyed his youth and adult life and  later moved to the Jack Satter House in Revere. He was loved by all who knew him as a warm, gentle and genteel man always ready to make you laugh.

He loved his family, adored his wife of 71 years, Sylvia, and wouldn’t miss a Red Sox broadcast or a card game where he was known as “Full House Harry”. He was honest, hard working and in earlier years volunteered at the Soldier’s Home and for Meals on Wheels. He was past Commander of the Massachusetts State Guard, a life member of the Knights of Pythias, and past President of the Brotherhood of Shaare Zion in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband of Sylvia Helen (Berkovitz) Abrams; devoted father of Elaine Abrams and Rona Medrano; loving son of the late Jacob Abrams and Rebecca (Tuchman); dear brother of the late Kay Geller; loving grandfather of John L. Adams, Eric L Adams; great grandfather of Joshua M. Adams, Mollie D Adams, Christopher Merchin and great-great grandfather of Mikayla Adams.

Graveside Services were held at Congregation Tifereth Israel Cemetery. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website:

Kenneth Edward McLaughlin

Member of Revere Elks and Moose

Kenneth Edward McLaughlin of Revere died on September 25 after a long illness. He was 65 years old.

Born to the late James and Grace McLaughlin in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, he resided there before moving to Revere. Prior to retirement he was employed as a house painter. He was also a member of Revere Elks and Moose organizations.

He is survived by his beloved wife Maryellen (Panarello) and his sister, Judy McLaughlin of Falmouth.  He was the uncle of Barry, Maureen, and Michael McLaughlin of Norwalk, CT, brother-in-law of Patricia and Lawrence Aiello of Andover, William and Carol Panarello of Marblehead and uncle to many other nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request, all services are private and  under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For guestbook please visit

Clark Heighton, Jr.

Winthrop Auxiliary Police Deputy Chief

Clark I. Heighton, Jr. of Winthrop died at home after a courageous battle with cancer on September 22 surrounded by his family and friends. He was 68 years old.

He retired in 2007 as a maintenance worker in the hotel industry. He rose to the rank of Deputy Chief in the Winthrop Auxiliary Police Dept. providing more than 35 years of volunteerism to the Town of Winthrop.

The husband of 33 years to Mary Lou (Riley) Heighton, he was born June 21, 1943, in Boston, the son of the late Clark I. and Lillian (VanBuskirk) Heighton Sr. He was the devoted father of Clark Lloyd Heighton of Winthrop, Brenda Poirier and her husband, John of Everett, Michelle Hall and her husband, Chris of Winthrop, and Melonie Nelson and her husband, Peter of Everett; dear sister to Sheila DeNicola and her husband, Robert of Revere; adored “Bumpy” to Joseph, Kaitlyn and Robert Poirier, Sarah and Jessica Nelson, Willow Hall, and the late Krystyl Poirier. He was the great-grandfather of Jayden Bagley and “Daddy” to his cat, Datzie.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Thursday September 29 at 10:30 a.m. Following the Service, a Funeral Procession will proceed to the Winthrop Landing for a brief moment of silence in memory of Poofy. Donations in his name can be made to the Alliance Foundation for Cambridge Health c/o Cambridge Health Alliance-Oncology Dept. /Whidden Hospital, 1493 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA, 02139. For guestbook, go to

Biagio Memmolo

Died in Italy

Biagio Memmolo died in Italy on September 14. He was a former resident of East Boston and Revere,

The cherished son of the late Ciriaco and Maria Grazia (Albano) Memmolo, he was the beloved brother of Maria Elisa D’Addieco and her husband, Antonio of East Boston, Olimpia Cappuccio and her husband, Ciriaco of New York and the late Rizziero Memmolo and his wife, Asteria Memmolo of Revere; loving uncle of Fiorinda Tartaglia of Revere, Frank and Marilena D’Addieco of East Boston and Marino Cappuccio of New York.

Arrangements were by Vazza Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guest book:

Catherine  Pilato

Of Chelsea, formerly of East Boston

Catherine “Babe” (Bottaro) Pilato of Chelsea, formerly of Medford and East Boston, died on September 22.

She was the beloved wife of the late James “Sonny” Pilato; loving mother of Lori Crist of Peabody; dear sister of Mary Pilcher of East Boston and the late Rosie Rizzo, Connie Larson, Josie Palladino, Mario, John, Nicholas and Anthony Bottaro; cherished “Nunnie” of Gregory A., Lisa M., and Richard T. Crist Jr. and longtime companion of Rocky Vitale of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For guest book:

Beatrice Silverman

Of Swampscott, formerly of Revere

Beatrice (Nathanson) Silverman of Swampscott, formerly of Revere, died on September 22. She was 77 years old.

Born in Boston, she was raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School. Mrs. Silverman enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was the beloved wife of 52 years of George Silverman; devoted mother of Nanci Small and her husband, Michael Halperin of Sharon, Randi Levenson and her husband, Edward of Swampscott, and Amy Sorkin and her husband, Jeffrey of Marblehead; loving sister of Fred Nathanson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; cherished grandmother of Zachary, Jacob, Jamie, Allison, Amanda, and Jeremy.

Arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Burial was at Old Tifereth Israel of Everett Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Brigham & Women’s Hospital, 116 Huntington Ave., 5th Fl., Boston, MA 02116. On memo line, please write for ICU or to the Mass General Hospital Development Office, Attn: Shawn Fitzgibbons, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114 for Dr. Steven Greenberg’s Neurology Research.

Barbara Ort

Wilmar, Hale and Dorr Law Firm employee

Barbara J. Ort of Boston, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on September 22.

An employee of Wilmar, Hale and Dorr Law Firm, she was the cherished daughter of Ronald and Janet (Ruggiero) Ort of Revere; loving sister of Larry Ort of California and Stephen Ort of Revere; dear aunt of Stephen and Brittney Orr and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Remembrances may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For guest book:

Arthur Pierni

Worked in family business, United Super Market

Arthur A. Pierni of Revere died peacefully on September 22 at the Chelsea Jewish Rehabilitation and Nursing Home after a brief illness. He was 96 years old.

He worked in the family business, United Super Market, originally located on Revere Street, Revere and later expanded to the United Supermarket on the Lynnway. As the business truck driver, he is remembered driving into Boston in the wee hours of the morning picking up slabs of meat and produce.

A US Army veteran of World War II, after retirement in 1973, he enjoyed golfing in Nahant, visiting with family,  travelling as far as Hong Kong and residing part time in Florida working on his golden tan.

He was the beloved son of the late Theodore and Amelia (Santosuosso) Pierni; dear brother of Albert of Revere, Ernest of Andover, Jeanette LeDonne  of Revere and the late Carl, Theodore Jr, Rose Parisi and Caroline Cella. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and several grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.

Lena Matera

Member of Retired State, County and Municipal Association

Lena Matera of East Boston died on September 21. She was in her 84th year.

A member of the Retired State, County and Municipal Association and the Third Order of St. Francis, she was the cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Lucy (Frederici) Matera; loving sister of Victor Matera of Las Vegas, Nevada and the late Joseph Matera; loving niece of the late Eugenio and Marguerita Matera, formerly of Jeffries Point, East Boston with whom she resided for many years.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial remembrances may be made in her name to the Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, 3305 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or East Boston Elder Services, Lewis Mall, 225 Summer St., East Boston, MA 02128. For online guest book:

Katherine O’Connor

Our Lady of Lourdes secretary, Suffolk Downs retiree

Katherine T. (Sullivan) O’Connor of Beachmont, Revere died on September 20 in the Mass. General Hospital in Boston following a six year battle with colon cancer. She was 83 years old.

Born in Charlestown, she came to live in Beachmont Revere when she was seven years old and remained at the very same home until her death. For many years, she was a devotee of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Revere and volunteered as a secretary and clerk there. She was also a secretary in the Suffolk Downs Race Track office.

She was the wife of the late Arthur J. O’Connor who died in May of 1999; devoted mother of Jane M. Messinger and her husband, Peter G. of Winthrop, John F. O’Connor and his wife, Linda DeRico-O’Connor of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Michael J. O’Connor and his wife, Maureen P. of Quincy and the late James J. “Jay” O’Connor; cherished grandmother of Julie, Michael, John, Lucas, Mary-Katherine and Molly; dear sister of John Sullivan and his wife, Norma of Saugus, Mary Keegan of Revere and the late Joseph, Thomas, Patrick and Edward Sullivan and Julie Dolphie-Persico. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in the Mass National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, “The Jimmy Fund, “10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.

Anna Sinagra

North End resident

Anna (Assenza) Sinagra on Boston’s North End died on September 21. She was in her 96th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Sinagra; mother of Anthony and his wife, Louise of Revere, Nancy of Boston and the late Louis Sinagra Jr.; sister of Lena Assenza, Jennie Ruotolo and the late Mary Riley, Joseph Assenzo and Carmella Renzulli; grandmother of Annemarie, Anthony Jr., Deidre and Stephen. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 would be appreciated.

John Giggie

Of Belmont, formerly of Everett

John A. Giggie of Belmont, formerly of Everett, died on September 19.

A US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, he was a graduate of the BU School of Engineering, a proud member of the Belmont Lions Club and an active parishioner of St. Joseph’s Church.

He was the beloved husband of Irene M. (Driscoll); father of Dr. John M. and his wife, Dr. Marisa of Tuscaloosa, AL, Ellen M. Hurley and her husband, Jim of Acton, MA, Jules Giggie and her husband, Gregg Fowler of Belmont, and Michael P. and his wife, Joy of Brentwood, TN; loving Papa of Julia, Alexandra, Christian, Tim, Megan, Caitlin, Kyle, Olivia and Louisa; brother of Richard of Revere and Ed of Fairport, NY. He is also survived by a loving extended family and numerous dear friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Brown & Hickey Funeral Home, Belmont. Burial was in Highland Meadow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Belmont Food Pantry, PO Box 291, Belmont, MA 02478 or to the Belmont Lions Club Scholarship Fund, 1 Common Street, Belmont, MA 02478. For online guestbook

Michael Hegarty 

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Michael J. “Capt. Buzz” Hegarty of Saugus, formerly of Winthrop , Everett and Revere, died on September 16 at Tufts Medical Center, Boston. He was 53 years old.

Born in Winthrop and a roofer by trade, he was the beloved husband of Maryann (Walczak); son of the late John and Ruth (Liston) Hegarty; dear brother of John Hegarty of Randolph, Kathleen Walsh of Winthrop and Maureen Alikonis of Tewksbury; brother-in-law of Valentine Walczak and his wife, Lisa of Saugus and Larry Walsh of Winthrop.  He is also survived by several loving aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Arrangements were by Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his  memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114 would be sincerely appreciated.

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