Obituaries 09-05-2012

John ‘Big John’ Belmonte

Longtime Manager of Cheapo Records, Cambridge

John G. “Big John” Belmonte of Malden died on August 31 at the Lifecare Center in Stoneham.  He was 77 years old.

Born in Cambridge and a longtime resident of Malden, Big John created “Oldies and Goodies” and was the longtime manager of Cheapo Records, Cambridge.

He was the beloved husband of Bonnie (Kelley); dear and devoted dad of Christopher J. Belmonte and his wife, Cindy of Wellesley and loving Papa of Victoria Belmonte.

His Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett

Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Wayland,  Friday at 12:30 p.m.  Contributions in his memory to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St. Boston, MA 02110 would be sincerely appreciated  

Rosemary Grace Cataldo

Dedicated Her Life to Family and the Revere Community

Rosemary Grace (Cerbone) Cataldo entered eternal rest and tranquility on August 31. Rosemary was the beloved wife of Dr. Gennaro L. Cataldo for 47 years and the loving mother of four children and grandmother of 10. She dedicated her life not only to her family, but to the community of Revere where she lived for her entire 67 years.

Rosemary was a woman of charity, giving her time, thoughts, and prayers to St. Anthony’s Church in Revere, her local business community, to her friends, and to acquaintences in time of need.

She was a founding member of the Revive Revere movement in the 1990s.  Her legacy can still be found in the planter boxes and hanging flowers that adorn Broadway throughout the year.  She was a long time board member of the Revere Chamber of Commerce, an active member of the Zonta Club of Chelsea, the Red Hat Society, Salem Country Club and countless other organizations.

Mrs. Cataldo was a trained seamstress, vocalist, and dental office administrator.  Her voice filled many venues including Boston Symphony Hall as a soloist, St. Anthony’s Church in Revere as a choir member, and Sacred Heart Parish in Lynn as a cantor.   Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, she was the manager of Young Years in Everett, where she directed dozens of seamstresses who created apparel that filled many children with joyful memories.  She attended the Beth Israel Hospital Dental Assistant Program and ultimately became the director of the program in the 1960s and 1970s.

Her greatest personal achievement was her close-knit family.  Together with her husband, Gennaro, they built a prominent dental practice in Revere. She was forever by his side, managing the office that provided support for her growing family.

The couple raised four children, Gennaro F. Cataldo and his wife, Denise of Revere, Dr. Leah Cataldo Callahan PhD. and her husband, Dr. John Callahan PhD. of Wilmington, Rosette Cataldo of Revere, and Attorney John Cataldo and his wife, Danielle of Boxford; her grandchildren, Gennaro A., Alaina and Anthony Cataldo, Vincent and James Callahan, Hunter and Sedona Jones and John, William and Matthew Cataldo filled her heart with joy.

She will be sorely missed and forever remembered.

Her funeral will be held today, Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street,  Revere. followed by a funeral mass in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 am. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Carmen Bertino

A Family Man; Appraiser for York Olds and Ira Olds

Carmen F. Bertino of Revere died at his home on September 2. He was 53 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was raised in East Boston until moving to Winthrop at the age of 10 with his family. He attended Winthrop schools and was a graduate of Northeast Regional Vocational School, Class of 1976. He moved to Revere when he married in 1977.

For over 25 years, he was employed at York Olds as an appraiser. He also worked for Ira Olds just prior to his illness. He was truly a “Family Man” and his entire life was dedicated to his family as a dedicated husband, dad, grandfather, son and brother.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Ellen L. (Sweeney) Bertino. He was also the cherished father of Joseph C. Bertino of Revere, Amy M. Bertino and her husband, Gregory L. Buchman of Winthrop and Matthew Bertino of Revere; devoted grandfather of Jacob M. and Ryan J. Buchman, both of Winthrop; dear brother of Joseph A. Bertino and his wife, Brenda, Annette M. Bertino and Esther Bertino, all of Winthrop and Rosemary Bertino of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by his mother in law, Rita C. (DeNunzio) Sweeney of Revere and several nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Carmelo and Mary (Iozza) Bertino and the son in law of the late John J. Sweeney.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, September 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 101) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, September 6 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Carmen Bertino Family Fund, c/o Citizens Bank, 385 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151. For more information:

Francis ‘Fran’ Reardon

Former Co-Owner of Reardon’s Café

Francis B. “Fran” Reardon of Revere died after a long illness on August 29 at Annemark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Revere following a long illness.   He was 96 years old.

“Fran” was born in Dorchester, one of seven children of the late Patrick J. and Abbie (Connolly) Reardon. The family moved to Revere in 1923 when Fran was seven years old. He attended Revere Schools and was a 1934 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School. He entered the US Navy in July of 1943 and served until November of 1945 as a Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class.

He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 61 and the Revere Council Knights of Columbus.

For more than 50 years, he and his brother, Patrick, owned and operated “Reardon’s Cafe and Restaurant.” He remained active in the family business, with his nephews, Stephen and Patrick until 2005.

He was the beloved husband of 31 years of Elaine J. (O’Donnell); devoted father of Gerald L. Styburski of Revere; dear brother of the late John P. “Mickey” Reardon, James M. Reardon, Patrick J. Reardon, Jr., Marie B. Gormley, Kathleen B. “Kay” Reardon, and Ann E. Readon; cherished uncle of John P. “Jack” Reardon of Lynn, Sheila A. Screnci of Saugus, Atty. Michael H. Reardon of Washington, DC, Patricia Schwabenbauer of Erie, PA, John Reardon of Merrimac, NH, Atty. Stephen F. Reardon, Patrick J. Reardon, Jr., both of Revere, Janice Lane of Fairview, PA, former Revere Police Chief Terrence K. Reardon of Lynnfield, and Mary Regis Fusco of Stoneham. He is also lovingly survived by his granddaughter, Natalia Styburski of Tewksbury and vt many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For more information, visit:

Dennis Folan

Health Care Provider

Dennis P. Folan, a health care provider and US Army veteran, of Chelsea died suddenly on August 27 in the Emergency Department at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett while recovering from long term injuries. He was 57 years old.

Born in Norwood, he was the son of the late John F. and Helen A. (Kannegieser) Folan. He attended elementary schools in the Wollaston section of Quincy and later moved to Hamden, CT, where he graduated from High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served his country for three years during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged in 1975. While stationed in Germany, he met Genie Boland and together they had one daughter.

He was a resident of Wollaston, Hamden, CT and resided in Flagstaff, Arizona for many years. While in Arizona, he worked as a health aide caring for autistic adults. In his spare time, he enjoyed biking, hiking and swimming. He was recently reunited with Genie and his daughter, Patty. He relocated to Chelsea and took residence with his wife while he was convalescing from injuries he sustained a year earlier.

He was the beloved husband of Genie (Boland) Folan of Chelsea; devoted father of Patty Blinn and her husband, Richard of Weymouth; dear brother of Nancy Folan-Grace and her husband, Robert of Florida and John Folan and his wife, Laura of Florida; cherished grandfather of Katrina and Brianna Boland and Leila Blinn; adored uncle of Jack, Jill and Tara. He is also survived by his great-nieces and nephew: Shelby, Sophia, Olivia and Nicholas.

The reward is not of this world but in the next, we know that, we will not ever be able to repay for your kindness or generosity, but that our gracious and loving God and the Blessed Virgin Mary will guide, bless and protect you abundantly throughout your lives. THANK YOU so much for everything from Dennis, Genie, Patty, Brianna, Katrina and Leila.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere on Tuesday, September 4. Services concluded with Military Honors and burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made by donating Care Food Packages to NAHVCS-Dom Residents, 500 North Hwy 89, Prescott, AZ 86313-5001, a donation or Memorial Mass in his name at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere or by donations to his niece, Desiree Geestman, [email protected], to continue to serve the community of City of Hope for children with cancer.

Genevieve ‘Gen’ Butt

Of Topsfield, formerly of Revere

Genevieve “Gen” Butt, recently of Topsfield and a long time resident of Revere, beloved wife of Lester A. “Les” Butt died on August 10 at her daughter’s home in Topsfield after a long illness. She was 93 years old.

Her late parents, Robert Ash and Diana Mortimer Ash, were born in Newfoundland. As young adults, both Gen and Les’ parents moved to the United States and settled in the Chelsea and Revere area. Gen and Les knew each other their entire lives and were friends during childhood. Their friendship turned to love, and while Les was in the Army during World War II, they married on March 7, 1942 at Revere Methodist Church when Les took a brief leave from his military duties. That love and marriage lasted for more than 70 years.

For 60 years, they resided together in Revere in a home built for them at 234 Vane Street by Gen’s brother-in-law, Chet Reynolds.

Gen was a strong and independent woman. She graduated from Revere High School and attended Emerson College and Northeastern University. She was an accomplished seamstress. She worked at John Hancock Life Insurance Company, Boston before raising her family and returned to work for The Travelers Insurance Company, Boston when her children were in school.

She was a Sunday School teacher and superintendent for many years at Revere Methodist Church and later taught at Good Shepard Methodist Church, Malden. Gen cherished the children she taught and her time with them.

Family was very important to Gen as was her strong faith in God.

Asbury Grove was a part of Gen and Les’ lives from early on when they were brought as infants by their parents by open air trolley car from Revere to Hamilton for Camp Meeting Services and stayed for weeks in Asbury Grove. They owned their own Asbury Grove cottage in the 1950’s and attended Sunday services and activities at Asbury Grove through the years.

Gen and Les enjoyed traveling during their marriage, and after retirement they traveled extensively, enjoying one anothers company. Gen adored her extended family and kept in touch with them as family members moved from Massachusetts, often visiting them in their out-of-state homes. She also traveled to Newfoundland to visit with her and Les’ Newfoundland family members. Gen was proud of her Newfoundland roots and kept track of and researched her genealogy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Diana Butt Campbell and her son-in-law, James Campbell of Topsfield, her son, Jon Butt of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren James, Lisa and Alan Campbell, Pamela Helling, Jon and Ricci Butt; great-grandchildren Tyler, Ethan and Dylan Campbell, Michelle and Ian Tomlinson, Rachel Beck, Brenden Overseth, Morgan and Jaxon Butt and Jonathan Murphy; sister-in-law Dorothy Butt Ash of Texas and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Phyllis Britt of California, and many adored nieces, nephews and cousins. She was the sister of the late Herbert Ash, Florence “Tot” Ash Reynolds, George “Carl” Ash, Viola Ash Aiesi and Winona Ash, and brothers-in-law, N. Chester Reynolds and Donald Aiesi.

Gen’s journey on earth is over, but for those who love her she will remain in their hearts forever.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on September 13, Gen’s 94th birthday, at 2 p.m. at Asbury Grove, Hamilton. A reception at the Asbury Grove Dining Hall will immediately follow the service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements were by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to The Home For Little Wanderers, Big Wishes Program, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02115 or to the E. Stanley Jones Chapel at Asbury Grove, 1 Pleasant Avenue, Hamilton, MA 01982. To send a condolence to her family, please visit

Al Overton

East Boston Resident

Al H. Overton of East Boston died on August 30.

A US Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Gloria L. (Tassinari) Overton; loving father of Aleta Lanzilli and her husband, William of Revere and Ronald Overton and his wife, Lorna of East Boston; cherished grandfather of David and his wife, Ana, Danielle and her husband, Derek, Dawn and her husband, Mark and Richard and his partner, Kim; great-grandfather of Deandra, Domenic, Dario, Dante, Gwendolyn, Isabel, William, and Ava.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home (Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online condolences please visit

Rosemarie Palermo

Of Stoneham, formerly of Revere

Rosemarie Palermo of Stoneham, formerly of Revere, died on August 30 at her residence. She was 83 years old.

Born in Cambridge on March 2, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Gladys (Parente) Lopilato.

Mrs. Palermo was a graduate of Chelsea High School and had been a member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Revere.

She was the wife of the late Pasquale Palermo and is survived by her son, Richard Palermo and his wife, Maria of Lynnfield and her daughter, Mary Ann Delgado and her husband, John of Revere.  She is also survived by four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held from the McDonald-Finnegan Funeral Home, 322 Main St, Stoneham today, Wednesday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, 71 Central St, Stoneham at 10 a.m.  Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

William Merenda

Retired Sheet Metal Mechanic

William J. Merenda of Revere died on August 24.  He was 86 years old.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was a fond member of the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center and a retired sheet metal mechanic.

The beloved husband of the late Yolanda (Simili), he was the devoted father of Lois Internicola and her loving companion Antonio D’Ambrosio, Sandra O’Connell and her husband, Daniel of Revere; dear brother of Marie Trinidade of Iowa, Anne Bethune of Saugus, Eleanor McHarg of Lawrence, Frances Ferragamo of Revere and Carmella Umanita of Bedford; grandfather of Joseph Jr., Lisa Granese and her husband, Michael and Daniel O’Connell and great grandfather of Joseph Internicola III and William Michael Granese. He is also survived by his loving companion Irma Accettullo.

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

Gaetano ‘Pudgie’ Gobbi

Of Revere, Formerly of East Boston

Gaetano ” Pudgie” Gobbi of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on August 28.

A past member of the Orient Heights Yacht Club and a US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of 48 years to Mary (Incrovato); devoted father of David Gobbi and his wife, Kimberly and their children: Drew, Jack and Eli  of Newburyport and Mark Gobbi and his wife, Fadia and their children: Anthony, Kristin and Andy of Haymarket, VA; dear brother of Lena, Joseph, Mary, Sammy, Edward and the late Emma, Frank, Rita and Patty. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, 10 Brookline Pl. West, 6th Floor, Brookline MA 02445. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit

Marie Capone

East Boston Resident

Marie (Izzo) Capone of East Boston died on August 27.

The beloved wife of the late John Capone Sr., she was the devoted mother of Karen Gaeta and her husband, Steven of Winthrop, John Jr. and his wife, Karen and Robert and his wife, Joanne, all of West Peabody, Andrea Capone of East  Boston and Michelle Reilly and her husband, Dennis of Winthrop; dear sister of Rita Izzo of Winthrop, Paul Izzo and his wife, Lorraine of East Boston, Anna DeCosta of East Boston, Joseph Izzo of Revere and the late Ida Villano, Nicholas Izzo, Anthony Izzo and Jean Nicoletti; cherished grandmother of  Robyn Marshall, Lauren, Robert and Nicole Capone, Shawn, Michael and Taylor  Reilly and adored great grandmother of Ella Marie Marshall. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient  Heights) East Boston. Mrs. Capone was laid to rest with her beloved husband, John in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.

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