Obituaries 02-29-2012

Grace Barrasso

East Boston Resident

Grace M. (DeStefano) Barrasso of East Boston died in Florida on February 25.

A former employee of the Boston School System, she was the beloved wife of Anthony Barrasso of East Boston; devoted mother of Janice A. Heffron of New Hampshire and Denice A. Barrasso of East Boston; cherished grandmother of Toni Ann St. John, Michael Heffron, Denise Alley and Nikki Dee Mackin and is also survived by six loving great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, March 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours will be on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to: American Heart Association 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Norma Merrihew

Worked at Sears and for NAFA

Norma L. (Porreca) Merrihew of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died at home on February 18 surrounded by her loving family.

She was employed at Sears Roebuck and NAFA at the US Coast Guard Base in Boston, as well as being a longtime nanny, becoming an integral part of the lives of many children and their parents. Mrs. Merrihew was also a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge 2057, Sons of Italy of Massachusetts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Merrihew; mother of Arlene Rizkovsky and her husband, John of Ocala, FL, Wanda Ervin of Haverhill, formerly of East Boston and Revere, and the late Carol Sue Ervin. She was the most cherished aunt and second mother to Jacqueline Varnauskas and her husband, Robert “Bobby” of Naugatuck, CT; Nana to Carol Sue Lanni and her husband, Michael of Haverhill, Johnny Rizkovsky and his wife, Christina of North Carolina, Sheryll Lewis and her husband, Don, James Porreca and his wife, Yvonne, Anthony Porreca and his wife, Michele, Roberta Rauch and her husband, Marty, Wanda Campbell, Stephen and Tina Varnauskas, all of Florida. She is also proudly survived by eight great-grandchildren: Shauna Rigsby, Dianne, Kristina and Anthony Porreca, Shianne Rauch, John Calia, Casey and Jaden Rizkovsky and her great-great-grandson, Tyler. She was the sister of Guido Porreca and his wife, Carmie of Everett and Leonora Whilden of Randolph, NJ.

She will be missed beyond measure by all her loving nieces and nephews, of whom she was a constant in their lives. Known as “Nana Norma,” she was Godmother and “Auntie” to many and will be forever cherished in their hearts.
Mrs. Merrihew requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements were private.

Guy Russo

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Guy S. Russo of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Revere and Swampscott, died on February 26 surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 57 years old.

A Funeral Service will be held at a later date. For online guestbook, please visit: Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, Hyde Park 617-361-3216

Robert Amerena

East Boston Resident

Robert L. Amerena of East Boston died on February 25. A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Evelyn R. (Barrett) Amerena with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; loving father of Joseph Amerena of Needham and his friend, Donna Harrison of Attleboro; dear brother of the late Anna Corzo, Josephine “DoDi” Viglione, Frank and Nicholas Amerena.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street,  East Boston at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and guest book, visit:

William Perella

Of Chelsea, formerly of Winthrop

William A. Perella, a resident of Chelsea for 10 years and formerly of Winthrop, died on February 21 at Boston Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.

He was the loving son of the late Angelina (DeRosa) Casiello and Alphonso Perella; brother of Dolores Casiello Roycroft, Richard Casiello, Conchetta “Connie” Hunt, Mary Perrotta (step-sister), Mario Aloisi (step-brother), and the late Rubina “Dolly” Perella-MacDonald, Alphozina (Tina) Perella-Rudolph and Albert Casiello. He was the beloved father of Alan Perella of Leominster, Fay Perella Stempien of Danvers, and William Perella, Jr. of Atkinson, NH; cherished grandfather of Ashley and Alesha Perella of Leominster, Sarina, Gillian and Nico Stempien of Danvers, Shaylyn Perella of Salem, NH, and Olivia, Anthony, and Madeline Perella of Atkinson, NH.

His Funeral Mass will be today, Wednesday, February 29 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 9 AM. Services will conclude with Burial at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Joseph ‘Giuseppe’ ‘Peppino’ DiFabio

Stoneham Resident

Joseph “Giuseppe” “Peppino” DiFabio of Stoneham, formerly of Medford and East Boston, died on February 22.

He was the loving husband of Nelida (D’Keini) DiFabio; devoted father of Dr. Liliana DiFabio of Boston, Louie DiFabio and his wife, Teresa of Revere and Alex DiFabio of Stoneham; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Marc, Nicolas and Cristina; son of the late Ferdinando and Assunta (DiCamillo); dear brother of Angiolina DiPrinzio of Pennsylvania, Ilda Silveri, Grazia Flacco and Ada DiFabio, all of Italy and the late Salvatore, Guido, Armando and Alberto DiFabio, Nelda Bertelle and Ines Valentini.

Funeral arrangements were by the Della Russo Family Funeral Homes. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in his name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168. To leave a message of condolence:

Ralph Terenzio, Sr.

Retired Rosebud Produce Foreman

Ralph J. Terenzio, Sr., a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 21 at the Bedford VA Medical Center following a long illness. He was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1938 and served with the US Air Force during World War II from October of 1942 until November of 1945 earning the rank of Sergeant. For more than 40 years he worked for Rosebud Produce of Boston, retiring as General Foreman in 1982. He was a former member of the Revere Loyal Order of Moose.

He was the widower of the late Florence A. (Costarelli) Terenzio and Barbara A. (Greene) Terenzio; the devoted father of Ralph J. Terenzio, Jr. of Revere, Marguerite A. Upton and her husband, Robert, of Peabody and the late Florence R. “Flossie” Cremonem who died in December of 2010; the cherished grandfather of Gina M. Mustone and her husband, David of Westford, Laurie A. Cheverie and her husband, Justin of Reading, Jennifer Lee Duce and her husband, Brett of Worcester, Eric N. DiNapoli of Newburyport, Alycia R. Post and her husband, Robert of Bennington, Vt. and Kene Cremone of Revere; the dear brother of Joseph A. “Red” Terenzio and his wife, Delma A. of Revere, Phyllis Capuano and her husband, Joseph of Melrose and the late Domenic F. Terenzio, Antonetta Horton, Rose Sunderland, Connie Messina and Mary Siciliano. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren: Ivy, Holly, Sydney, David, Maggie, Cassidy, Adam and Lyla and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Entombment was in the Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For further information:

Winifred Mary DeLuca

Revere resident

Winifred Mary (Gould) DeLuca of Revere died on February 18.

She was the beloved wife of John DeLuca of Revere; devoted mother of Gail McAndrew and her husband, Darryl of Australia, Marilyn DeLuca and her husband, Frank Horton of New Hampshire, Denise Papasodora and her late husband, Peter of Revere, John A. DeLuca of Revere and Holly Schlichting and her husband, Thomas of Winthrop; dear sister of John Gould of New Hampshire and the late George Gould and Marilan Thompson. She was the cherished grandmother of 11.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit:

Rev. Salvatore ‘Sal’ Mazzola, Sr.

Former Revere Auxiliary Police Chaplain and Former President of Revere Ambulance Service

Rev. Salvatore “Sal” Mazzola, Sr. of Newburyport, formerly of Revere, died on February 22 at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston with his loving family by his side. He was 88 years old.

The devoted husband of Concetta “Tina” (DeMattia) Mazzola, he was born in Revere on July 3, 1923, the son of the late Philip and Catherine (Siciliano) Mazzola. He was a graduate of Revere High School and the American Bible College. As a business owner, Rev. Mazzola was president of Revere Ambulance Service for 13 years. He was an auxiliary police officer in the
City of Revere for many years and also served as auxiliary police chaplain. After becoming an ordained minister, Rev. “Sal” committed himself to serving the communities of Revere and Newburyport. He loved time spent with his family and always cherished visits with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of 70 years, he is survived by three sons, Philip M. Mazzola and his wife, Grace of E. Wakefield, NH, Richard W. Mazzola and his wife, Robin of No. Walpole, NH, and Sal “Jay” Mazzola, Jr. and his wife, Terre of Wakefield; a brother, Sam Mazzola; two sisters, Fanny Maria and Alice Auditore; 10 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and one
great-great granddaughter. He also leaves several nieces,  nephews and many dear friends. He was the brother of the late Joe, Charlie and Anthony Mazzola and Laura Albanesi.
Funeral arrangements were by the Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, Newburyport. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Assembly of God Church, 13 Hale Street, Newburyport, MA 01950.

Alfred ‘Freddie’ Fariole, Sr.

Of Florida, formerly of East Boston

Alfred L. ‘Freddie’ Fariole Sr. of Lakeland, Florida, formerly of East Boston, died on February 12 following a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

Mr. Fariole, who moved to Florida from East Boston in 1993, was born and raised in East Boston and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1947. He served as a US Navy Corpsman during the Korean Conflict. For most of his working career, he worked with Local 60 of the International Union of Asbestos Workers as a pipe-fitter and installation specialist for more than 30 years. Concurrently, for more than 15 years, he also worked with the security department at Lesley College in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Eleanor B. “Ellie” (Burden); devoted father of Alfred L. Fariole, Jr. of Stroudsburg, PA, Steven T. Fariole of Lakeland, FL, Donna M. Fariole-Coviello of Salisbury, MA, Mary Louise Terrones and Joseph A. Fariole, both of Woburn. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert Fariole.

Services and burial were at the Mass. National Cemtery, Bourne. Remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923. For further information and more,

Adele Cecca

Mass Pike Toll Collector

Adele L (Luongo) Cecca of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died on February 23.

A toll collector for the Mass.Turnpike for over 16 years and a past member of the Teamsters Union Local 127, she was the beloved wife of John Cecca; devoted mother of Amanda Cecca of Winthrop; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Altieri) Luongo; adored sister of George Luongo and his wife, Martha of East Boston, Joseph Luongo and his late wife, Debra of Revere, Julie Paulicelli and her husband, Michael of Florida; cherished daughter in law of Carmela “Cammy” (Cantalupo) and Anthony Ruggerio of Winthrop; dear sister in law of Colleen DiCicco of Revere, Maureen Sacco of New Hampshire and Nancy Colleran of Tennessee. She is also survived by many fond nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit

Naomi Bagdon

Naomi E. (Chamness) Bagdon of West Bridgewater, formerly of Revere, died February 22 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 53 years old.

A native of Revere, she graduated from Revere High School in 1977. For the next 20 years she served in the U.S. Air Force on a combined active and reserve status all over the world in the law enforcement career field. She retired as a TSgt. out of the 66th S.F.S. at Hanscom Air Base. Among her many military decorations, she was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for her actions at the Flugtag Air Show disaster at Ramstein Air Force Base on August 28, 1988.

She worked at the Marriot at Logan Airport, then from 1989 to 1992 she worked at Oak Lounge and since 1992, she was employed by Boston Financial in Quincy until her illness. A member and past vice president of the Polish White Eagles, she enjoyed time with friends at the “Oak” and the “Eagles.”

She was devoted to her family, loved her German Shepherds Sampson and Barbara Jane and also Boston theatre shows and was an avid Patriots fan.

The loving wife of Jay Bagdon for 22 years, she was the beloved daughter of Barbara Chamness and the late Charles (Charlie the Indian of Revere); dear sister of William Chamness and his wife, Sabrina, Frances Capezzuto and her husband, Steve, Barbie Skane and her husband, Don and the late Freddie Chamness and his wife, Vivian; sister-in-law of Jeff Bagdon and his wife, Julie and Lee Bagdon and his wife, Marie. She was the aunt of many.

Funeral arrangements were by the Waitt Funeral Home, Brockton. Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Cure Pancreatic Cancer, Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, New York 11714 . For more information: call 508-583-7272 or visit

Stephen Goodwin, Jr.

Drain Technician

Stephen T. Goodwin, Jr., a lifelong resident of Everett, died unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on February 20.  He was 32 years old.

A drain technician for more than 10 years for Rapid Flow, he was born in Malden and was the beloved son of Stephen T. and Geraldine (Marchetti) Goodwin of Everett; loving father of Mickayla Rose Goodwin of Revere; dear brother of Melanie Marie Goodwin of N. Andover and Derek J. Goodwin of Clinton.  He is also survived by Mickayla Rose’s mother, Gina Ballantine.  Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Donna Lee Caramello

Former Revere Teacher; Psychic and Specialist in Magnified Healing

Donna Lee Caramello of Salem, formerly of Revere and Winthrop, died on February 20 following a valiant struggle with Multiple Myeloma at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers. She was 61 years old.

Born and raised in Winthrop, her family moved to Revere in 1952 where she attended school and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1968. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education at Salem State College in 1973 and her Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling in 1978.

Early in her teaching career, she taught students with learning disabilities, kindergarten hrough grade three, in Revere for many years. She became an early volunteer with the City of Salem Drug Program and the North Shore Community Action Program.

Realizing from an early age her potential with psychic abilities, she developed her skills and gifts in numerology, astrology and psychorientology, astrology and psychorentology. For many years, she taught meditation classes and magnified healing.

She realized her lifelong dream when she founded “A Sacred Place Wellness Center” of Salem, which is still in active practice. For the past 20 years, she has also been a Real Estate Agent within the Greater North Shore for the Caldwell Banker Group.

A strong and vibrant environmentalist, she was a founding member active in the non-profit Salem Sound Coastwatch since 1998.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Vincent J. and Geraldine P. (Repucci) Caramello; devoted sister of Ret. Revere Fire Lt. James V. Caramello and his wife, Lynne, David G. Caramello and his partner, Deanne Mantia, all of Revere, and the late Diane M. Caramello-Daley; cherished aunt of Christopher V. Daley of Haverhill and Caitlyn L. Caramello of Revere; beloved niece of Joseph Indrisano of Winthrop, Mary Indrisano of Gainesville, GA and Bessie Gauthier of Middleton. She is also lovingly survived by many cousins, dedicated friends and colleagues.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salem Sound Coastwatch, 201 Washington St., Salem, MA 01970. For further information and more:

Paola Marcella

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Paola (Sestito) Marcella of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on February 22. She was in her 91st year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Giuseppe Marcella with whom she shared 52 years of marriage; loving mother of Maria Stella Russo and her husband, Mario of Lynnfield. Antonio Marcella and his wife, Lidia of Malden, Rosamaria Correia and her husband, Francisco of Revere and the late Pasquale Marcella; dear brother of the late Salvatore, Vincenzo and Domenic Sestito; cherished grandmother of seven and great grandmother of seven.

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

George Thomas Patrick Doyle

Retired member of Ironworkers Local 7

George Thomas Patrick Doyle of Dracut died on February 20. He was 73 years old.

A former resident of Tewksbury and Everett, he was a  U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired member of Ironworker’s Local 7.

He was the beloved husband of Roberta G. (Robbins); son of the late Augustine P. and Margaret (Keating) Doyle; father of Augustine Scott Doyle of Dracut and Jennifer L. Krider and her husband, Micah of Valparaiso, FL; adored grandfather of Hayden, Carsen, Toby and Duncan Krider; brother of Paul G. Doyle and his wife, Mary of Medford, Ronald J. and his wife, Mary, Jean Hussey and her husband, Warren, all of Stoneham, Michael A. and his wife, Pauline, Adrian J. and his wife, Ann, all of Everett and Mary Burton and her husband, Frank of Revere. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Donations in his memory may be made to Local # 7 Scholarship Fund, 195 Colony Ave., PO Box 7, S. Boston, MA 02127. For obituary see

Linda Siuda-Valentin

Chelsea resident

Linda Siuda-Valentin of Chelsea died on February 20. She was 49 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Luis A Valentin and  devoted mother of Erik Scriven of Chelsea;  loving daughter of Helen (Riley) Siuda and the late Stephen Siuda of Chelsea; cherished granddaughter of Sophie (Kupczewski) Siuda and the late Vincent of Revere; dear sister of Darlene Siuda of Chelsea, Mark Siuda and his wife, Annette of Everett, Cathy Todisco and her husband, Pat of Peabody and Stephen Siuda Jr. and his wife, Charlotte of Malden and is also survived by many fond aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MGH Ellison 16 Nursing Fund, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston 02114. For more information:

Margaret ‘Peggy’ Delamere

Revere Resident

Margaret E. “Peggy” (Perrone) Delamere of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on February 21.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paul Delamere; loving mother of Elaine Saulnier and Joanne Annese, both of Revere, and John Delamere and his wife, Stephanie of Malden; cherished grandmother of Michelle Saulnier and Anthony Annese.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For guestbook:

Carmella Caputo

Revere Resident

Carmella M. (D’Alesandro) Caputo of Revere died on February 20. She was in her 96th year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Caputo with whom she shared 45 years of marriage; loving mother of Nicholas Caputo and his wife, Linda of Marshfield and Florida and Lorraine Petipas and her husband, Richard of Revere; dear sister of the late Linda Prost, Edith Maccaro, Alfred, Joseph, Americo, Frank, Domenic and Anthony D’Alesandro; cherished grandmother of four and great grandmother of five.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. F

Sharon DeRenne

Of Reading, formerly of Revere

Sharon E. (Jalbert) DeRenne, 27- year resident  of Reading, formerly of Revere, died at home on February 26 ending a valiant and long struggle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 64 years old.

She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1965 and worked as a secretary for the Massachusetts General Hospital in the OBS-GYN Out Patient Clinic for five years before moving on to O’Brion-Russell Insurance Agency of Boston for more than 10 years.

She was the beloved wife of Lawrence L. DeRenne; cherished mother of Kristen A. DeRenne-Travelo and her husband, George M. and proud grandmother of Maddison R. and Autumn L. Travelo, all of Reading; adored daughter of Hector H. and Elizabeth A. “Lee” (Scarpetti). Jalbert and dear sister to Leslie A. Parechanian and her husband, Dale F. and loving aunt to Janelle M. and Justin M. Parechanian, all of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her aunt, Mary Santosuosso of Revere and many cousins as well as several other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rte 107) Revere on Thursday March 1 at 9:30 am. followed by a funeral mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Hospice of The North Shore, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA. 01823 or to www.rundfmc/org/2012/jasonc. For further information, directions and more,

Linda Merrick

Of Lawrence, formerly of Revere

Linda M. (Stone) Merrick of Lawrence, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on February 20.

The beloved daughter of Winfred Stone of Revere and the late Margaret (Winters) and step mother Mary (DiCologero), she was the dear sister of Richard Stone and his wife, Maryann of Topsfield, Margaret Spera and her husband, Louis of Medford, Donna Cardillo and her husband, Robert of Sandwich, Salvatore Lombardi of Nahant, James Stone of Florida and the late Catherine Stone. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation and Funeral services were held privately in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice . For guest book, please visit

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Orlando ‘Red’ Rojas 

Security Supervisor 

Orlando “Red” Rojas of Revere died on February 19. He was 69 years old.
Born in Cuba on August, 1, 1942, the son of Alipio and Julia (Ramos) Rojas, he came to the United States in 1962 and worked for many years at Eastpointe Nursing Care Center, Chelsea, as Security Supervisor.

He leaves his wife, Ada of Revere; three sons, Lenny and his wife, Katherine of Michigan, David Orlando of Revere, Robert of Revere, and one daughter, Julia Marie-Allyce of Revere. He is the treasured grandfather of two, Trent and Isabella; dear brother of Argelia, Rafael, Maurilio, and Osvaldo.

Arrangements were by the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston.

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