Obituaries 08-01-2012

Charles Richard Dusevitch

Longtime Wonderland Parking Supervisor

Charles Richard Dusevitch died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of July 24 after a brief illness. He was 82 years old.

“Charlie” was born and raised in the Old West End of Boston.  However, it was early 1949 in the North End of Boston where he met Louise, the love of his life.   A few years later, while on leave from the Army, he proposed to her on “the roof” where she lived.  Within days they eloped and enjoyed a full and vibrant 59 year marriage.    When they sang and danced together it was like the rest of the world fell away.

He courageously served in the US Army as a Wolfhound during the Korean War.  After 35 years in the USPS he enjoyed 20 years of retirement.

He was a fixture for nearly half-a-century as a parking supervisor at Wonderland Dog Track.  He was very sociable and made friends no matter where he went.  He couldn’t walk into a store without running into somebody he knew.

Reading, especially history, mystery and science was a passion.  His love of music saw no bounds as long as he could tap his foot to it. He was masterful as a chess player.

From childhood on there was always a rescue cat or dog in the home.  A package of love, laughter and family made his world go round.   He was deeply loved by his family and will remain in their hearts forever.

He is survived by his adoring wife, Louise (Ronzano) and his cherished daughters, Donna Thompson and son-in-law, Joseph of Swampscott and Karen of Revere.  He also leaves many nieces and nephews.   He was the devoted son of the late Anna and also the son of the late Gennaro “Gerry Noyse” Selvitella.

At Charlie’s request memorial services and cremation were private.

Michael Ivaldi, Sr.

Of Revere, Formerly of Winthrop

Michael C. Ivaldi, Sr. of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on July 23. He was 38 years old.

Mr. Ivaldi was employed in the culinary arts.

He was the devoted father of Michael C. “The Boopa” Ivaldi, Jr. and boyfriend of Nichole Anderson, both of Revere. Born in Boston, he was the beloved son of Suzanne (Pires) Lentini and her husband, Gary of Marblehead and the late Richard B. Ivaldi Sr.; cerished grandson of Sara Ivaldi and the late Charles G. Ivaldi of S. Weymouth, formerly of Winthrop, and the late Alberto and Marie Pires; dear brother of Elena Ivaldi-Crowley and her husband, Stephen of South Weymouth, Richard B. Ivaldi Jr. of Marblehead, Nicole Ivaldi and John J. Recca Jr., both of Winthrop, and Vanessa Recca of Chelsea. He was the uncle of many nieces and nephews and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Funeral arrangements were by the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, Winthrop. Burial was in Winthrop Cemetery (Belle Isle Section). For guestbook, go to

Dorothy Vitiello

Of Peabody, Formerly of East Boston and Revere

Dorothy M. (Martone) Vitiello of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on July 27.

She was the beloved wife of Frank Vitiello with whom she shared 32 years of marriage; loving mother of Carolyn Marmiani and her husband, Thomas and Stephanie Taverna and her husband, Frank, and Nicole Vitiello and her fiancé, Michael Beemer, all of Peabody; dear sister of Joni DiLuigi of Connecticut, Diane McKenna of East Boston, Michelle Lally of N. Reading, Debra Martone and Paula Martone of Everett, Robert Martone of Marlboro, and the late Joseph Martone. She was the cherished grandmother of seven grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit:

Catherine Dotolo

ILGW Member

Catherine R. Dotolo died in Revere on July 27 following a brief illness.

A member of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union, Finished Garment Industry, Local #26, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Mary “Mamie” (Coppola) Dotolo; devoted sister of Nellie Grasso and Lorraine C. Holoway, both of Revere and the late Vincent, Lawrence J., Carmine, and Anthony Dotolo and is also lovingly survived by many caring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. For more information, visit:

Eleanor Lawson

Of Peabody, Formerly of Revere

Eleanor (Sworin) Lawson of Peabody, formerly of Revere, Winthrop and Chelsea, died on July 26. She was 87 year old.

Born and educated in Chelsea, she graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943 and was a member of the Jewish Women International, Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Auxiliary, and Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont.

She was the beloved wife of Martin Lawson; devoted mother of Bette Bissonnette and her husband, Tom, Bruce Lawson and his wife, Jane and Ronald Lawson and his wife, Susan; loving daughter of the late Barney Sworin and Ida (Rosen); dear sister of Belle Cohen and the late Rose Aronson and loving grandmother of Adam, Alexander and Dvorah.

Burial was at Mishna Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Woodbridge Assistant Living, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, MA 01960. For online guestbook. please visit the funeral home website.

John Badolato, Jr.

Fourth Generation Member of Badolato Trucking

John M. Badolato, Jr. died unexpectedly in Revere on July 23. He was 37 years old.

John was the fourth generation who worked in the family business, Badolato Trucking. He was an alumnus of Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH, Class of 1993.

He was the beloved and adored son of John M. Sr. and Denise M. (Russo) Badolato and devoted brother of Christopher J. Badolato, all of Revere; cherished grandson of Gregory and Vincella (DiLiegro) Badolato of Revere, Rose Russo of Salem, NH, and the late Angelo Russo and is also lovingly survived by many caring aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information and directions, please visit:

Nicholas Ciambrello

Retired Revere Firefighter

Nicholas Ciambrello, a lifelong resident of Revere and a retired Revere Firefighter, died on July 26. He was 96 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was born in Revere and was the beloved husband of the late Lucille (Blaise) Ciambrello, the devoted father of Bruce Cambrello and his wife, Margie and Michelle O’Connell; father-in-law of the late Jeanette Cambriello; dear brother of Anthony and Frank Ciambrello; cherished grandfather of Janine Carlo and husband, Peter, Richard Cambriello and wife, Dianne, Lauretta Chiarella, Gina Gallarelli, Anthony Chiarella and wife, Nikki; great-grandmother of Mia and Jack Cambrello and Peter John and Dominic Carlo, Julia, Tony, Joey and Angelina and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

David Anthony Weiner

Of Lynn, formerly of Revere

David Anthony Weiner of Lynn died suddenly at home on July 24. He was 51 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved son of Lawrence and Joan (DeRosa) Weiner, he lived in Revere for most of his life before moving to Lynn more than 10 years ago.

He enjoyed many activities and spending time with his family.  He loved everyone and everyone loved him.

In addition to his parents, he leaves his brother, John Weiner of Lynn, his sister, Jodi Weiner of Lynn, and his nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service was held in the Cuffe-McGinn Funeral Home. Burial was private.  For online memorial and guestbook, please visit

Robert Castellarin 

Owned Castle Marble 

Robert “Bob” Catellarin of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on July 24.

The late proprietor of Castle Marble and a late member of the Mass. National Guard, he was the beloved husband of Rosalie (Lucacio) Castellarin with whom he shared 48 years of marriage; loving father of Stephen Castellarin and his wife, Nancy of Burlington, David Castellarin and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and Mark Castellarin and his wife, Robin of Middleton; dear brother of Gloria Castellarin of Peabody, Esther Smith of West Virginia and the late Catherine and Albert Castellarin.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the National Kidney Foundation of Mass, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02062. For guest book:

Gerhard George ‘Gerry’ Oberle 

Member of the Greatest Generation 

Gerhard George “Gerry” Oberle died peacefully at home in Revere (Beachmont) on July 13 with his loving wife of 66 years, Anne (Stashewsky) Oberle, along with many other loved ones by his side. He was 86 years old.

A graduate of Boston Latin High School, he  was a member of the “Greatest Generation” and served proudly in the US Marine Corps in World War II. He worked for many years as payroll auditor for Great American Insurance Co. He later worked at both Wonderland Park and Suffolk Downs, where he retired.

Mr. Oberle had a love for many things in his 86 years of life, including the horse and dog races, music by The Boston Pops and Bing Crosby, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. His greatest love, however, was and will forever be his wife, Anne.

In addition to his wife, he will be remembered as a loving father to his children, the late Gerhard “Gary” Oberle Jr. and his wife, Donna of Hanson, and Edward Oberle and his wife, Rosann of Algonquin, Illinois.

Gerhard was blessed to be the eldest of many brothers and sisters whom he lovingly cared for: the late Gertrude (Oberle) Vangundy, Frank X. Oberle, Geraldine (Oberle) Stangeby, Louise (Oberle) Read, the late Hildegard (Oberle) Druckamiller, the late Adolph “Rudy” Oberle and George Oberle.

He took tremendous pride in the eight grandchildren who he leaves behind: Julianne Oberle, Kaitlyn Oberle, Jennifer Oberle, Gerhard “Greg” Oberle III, James Oberle, Edward Oberle Jr. and his wife, Katy, Joseph Oberle, and Daniel Oberle, as well as his precious great-granddaughter, Audrey Oberle.

Affectionately known as “Uncle Gerry,” Mr. Oberle also leaves many nieces and nephews who held a special place in his heart. In addition, he is survived by his cousins, Martha and Elizabeth.

Donations in his memory can be made to Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc. 178 Savin Street, Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148. A family “Celebration of Life” was held. The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home of Rockland has been honored to assist the family.

Charles ‘Charlie the Barber’ Zucco 

48 Year Orient Heights Square Legend 

Charles P. “Charlie the Barber” Zucco of Melrose, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, died on July 29, following a long illness. He was 74 years old.

“Charlie the Barber” spent all of  48 years of his barbering career in The Orient Heights section of East Boston, only retiring in May of 2011 due to health issues. Charlie and his shop were legend to The Orient Heights Square area.

A US Air Force peacetime veteran, he was the beloved husband of 45 years of Margaret “Peggy” (Pedersen) Zucco; devoted father of Lisa M. Pirelli and her husband, Edward J. Jr. of Melrose and Peter L. Zucco and his companion, Paul J. Reardon of South Boston; dear brother of Julia “Sis” Bidmead and her husband, Warren T. of San Ramon, California and the late Dr. Angelo “Sonny” Zucco. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Thursday August 2 at 11 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 12 noon. 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 Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice Inc., 178 Savin St., Malden, Ma. 02148. For more information & directions: visit

Louis Portalla, Jr. 

Retired Longshoreman 

Louis J. Portalla, Jr. of Revere died following a long illness at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after being stricken unexpectedly at his Revere home on July 28. He was 81 years old.

He was born in East Boston and moved to Revere with his family more than 75 years ago. He was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School and soon after joined the US Air Force (SAC) serving during the Korean Conflict for over six years.

He was a longshoreman all of his working career and a member and past treasurer for more than 25 years of the International Association of Longshoremen, Local 805. He was also a member of the First Revere Chapter of the Ancient & Honorable Order of Hibernians and a 30-year member and Past Commander of the Pleasant Park Yacht Club of Winthrop.

He was the beloved husband of 60 years of Lorraine J. (Vaillant); the devoted father of Doranne J. Mattoon and her husband, Robert, of Greensboro, North Carolina, Mark F. Portalla of Revere and Craig C. Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Newburyport; cherished grandfather of: Lauren E., Ryan L. and William D. Portalla, all of Newburyport and Brendan R. and Patrick N. Mattoon, both of Greensboro, North Carolina; the dear brother of Mary Alongi of Kernersville, North Carolina, Donald Portalla and his wife, Corrine of Saugus, William Portalla and his wife, Elizabeth of Epping, NH, Charlotte Curley and her husband, Austin of Revere and Edward Portalla of Boston and the late Joseph Portalla and Louise Potenza. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, August 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals (Route 107) 773 Broadway, Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Friday, August 3 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Anthony’s Parish, 250 Revere St., Revere, MA 02151.

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