Obituaries 12-19-2012

Guido ‘Bill’ Lombardi

GE Retiree

Guildo “Bill” Lombardi of Revere, formerly of Saugus, died on December 13 surrounded by his family at his home. He was 94 years old.

The husband of the late Carmella (Rizzo) Lombardi, he was born and raised in East Boston, the son of the late Pedro and Maddalena Lombardi. Mr. Lombardi was a graduate of English High School in Boston and retired from General Electric in Everett in 1983 after 39 years of service. He moved from Saugus to Revere in 1993.

Mr. Lombardi leaves one daughter, Madeline Fisher and her husband, Earl of Revere; two granddaughters, Lisa Bain and her husband, John and Barbara Fisher; one great granddaughter, Gabrielle and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of six late brothers and two late sisters.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to All Care VNA Hospice, 16 City Hall Sq., Lynn, MA 01901. For condolences:

James McNamara

Of Arizona, formerly of Chelsea

James J. McNamara of Phoenix, Arizona, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 10 with his wife and daughter by his side. He was 60 years old.

He attended Don Savio High School in East Boston and continued became a Boilermaker for local union 29 in 1975.  He was a member of the Beachmont Yacht Club where he met and married his wife, Linda.  He had a great love for all sports and music and spent much of his time reading and enjoying friends and family dinners.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Linda; his mother Theresa; daughter Jennifer and sons Matthew and Daniel; his sisters, Linda and Joan; brother, David and grandchildren Faith, Daniel and Robert. He was preceeded in death by his father, Joseph and step daughter, Christine.

Please join the family as we celebrate the life of Jimmy MAC on Saturday December 29 at 1 p.m. at the Beachmont Yacht Club, 168 Pearl Ave, Revere MA. 02151  — 781-284-9636.

Arthur ‘Sonny’ Severino, Jr.

Stop and Shop Retiree

Arthur J. “Sonny” Severino, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on December 16.

A US Army veteran and a member of St. Francis Knights of Columbus, he was a former employee of Stop and Shop for more than 35 years.

He was the beloved husband of Joan (Flammia) Severino with whom he shared 57 years of marriage; loving father of Steven Severino and his wife, Madelyn and Karen Cipriani and her husband, John, all of Peabody and Robert Severino and his wife, Melissa of Revere; dear brother of Corine Ciulia of Taunton and the late Ann Marckini, Sandra Tontodonato, Richard and Anthony Severino; cherished grandfather of Rosalee, Giarose and Steven Severino, Jr. and Christine and Michael Cipriani.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Washington Avenue, Revere, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book:

Deborah Borella

Curtain Industry Stitcher

Deborah J. (Lancia) Borella,, a resident of Melrose, formerly of Everett, passed away on December 6 at the Tewksbury Hospital. She was 58 years old.

She was born in Revere on July 3, 1958, one of six children of the late Anthony and Harriet (Bos) Lancia. She grew up in Everett only recently moving to Melrose. She attended Everett Schools, graduated from Everett High School and worked in the curtain industry as a stitcher.

She was the sister of Diane Masucci of Chelsea, Lucille Najarian of New Hampshire, Anthony of Boston, Lisa Lancia of Melrose and the late Joanne King and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.

Bruno Urso

Of Revere

Bruno Ursa of Revere died on December 15. He was 68 years old.

A housekeeper, born in Livno, Croatia, he was the beloved husband of Divna (Burnjkovic) Ursa and devoted father of Pero Ursa and Zvoninir Ursa, all of Revere.

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

Dominic ‘Dickie’ Tarantino

Malden DPW Retiree

Dominic A. “Dickie” Tarantino of Everett, formerly of Malden, died unexpectedly on December 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 70 years old.

He was a US Army veteran, a retired employee of the City of Malden, DPW with 20 years of service and a member of the Malden Moose #1910.

He was born in Malden and was a longtime Malden resident before moving to Everett many years ago. He also worked for many years for Malden Taxi and HomeDepot in Everett

He was the beloved husband of more than 48 years of Nancy J. (Dascoli);  dear and devoted father of Paul T. and his wife, Theresa of Malden, Mark J. and his wife, Elizabeth of Florida and Michael D. and his wife, Laura of Peabody; dear brother of Marie Buckelew and her husband, Roy of Revere, Joseph Tarantino and his wife, Nancy of East Boston and Josephine Epps of Lynnfield; loving grandfather of Nicholas, Antonio, Marcus, Joseph, Sophie, Dylan and Natalie Tarantino.

His Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St.  (Corner of Main St.) Everett, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem St., Malden, at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbuilt Ave. Ste. 105, Norwood, MA 02062-5056, would be sincerely appreciated.

Patricia ‘Pat’ Power

Of Newburyport, formerly of Charlestown

Patricia A. “Pat” (Ellgner) Power of Newburyport, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 14. She was 73 years old.

She was the devoted mother of Donna Dacey of Charlestown, Charles Power of Seabrook, N.H., Bobby Power of Everett, Joey Power of Somersworth, N.H., Anthony Power of Revere and Tina Gillen of Somersworth, N.H.; loving Nana Pat to 12 grandchildren and to four great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Kay Coughlin of Florida and the late Peggy Galipeau. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 22, at 10 am. in St. Francis De Sales Church, 313 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. Burial will be private. There are no visiting hours. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Barbara Upton

Longtime Whidden Memorial Hospital Dietary Worker

Barbara A. (Clough) Upton of Beachmont Revere died on December 14 at the Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge.  She was 74 years old.

The wife of the late John Upton, she was born in Medford and raised in Medford and Malden, the daughter of the late Ralph and Alice (Robb) Clough.  She was a graduate of Beebe Junior High School and Malden High School. A resident of the Beachmont section of Revere for the last 30 years, Mrs. Upton was a dietary worker for many years at Whidden Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by three children; Jeffrey Upton and his wife, Sumiko of Saugus, Kenneth Upton of Everett and Renee O’Brien of Winthrop; six grandchildren:  Christina, Julia, Alice, Cindy, Kenneth and Stephanie and one great grandson, David.  She was the sister of Ralph Clough, Herbert Clough, Albert Clough, William Clough, Edith McGillen and the late Richard Clough.  Mrs. Upton, who is also survived by many nieces and nephews, was the mother of the late Steven Upton.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Beachmont-Revere. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. For condolences please visit,

Anthony Maggio

Former Proprietor of ‘The Bayside Restaurant of Revere’

Anthony F. Maggio of Revere died on December 12 after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

The former proprietor of the “Bayside Restaurant of Revere,” he was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of American Legion Post # 61 of Revere.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Elaine A. (Cotugno); devoted father of Susan of Malden and Darren F. Maggio and his wife, Tracey of Stoughton; cherished grandfather of Ashley M., Brittany M. and Mathew M. Maggio, all of Malden, Christopher A., Darren James, Jonathan Paul and Nicholas F. Maggio, all of Revere and Elizabeth S. Sloane of Stoughton; dear brother of Frances DeAngelis of Arlington, Mary Perrotta and her husband, Thomas of Waltham and the late James Maggio and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information: visit:

Jeanette Spellman

Of Revere

Jeanette L. (Eastwine) Spellman of Revere, formerly of Malden and Jamaica Plain, passed away on December 11. She was 77 years old.

The daughter of the late Charles and Helena (Schwartz) Eastwine, she leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Robert W. Spellman and his wife Gail (Goldstein) of Atkinson, NH; her daughter, companion, and best friend, Mary A. Spellman with whom she resided in Revere; a beloved and devoted grandson, Thomas Bernard Spellman of Atkinson; a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Margaret Eastwine of Jamaica Plain and many members of her extended family whom she affectionately referred to and treated as daughters, sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Cheryl Gannon

Of Rowley, formerly of Revere

Cheryl A. (Vazza) Gannon of Rowley, formerly of Revere, died on December 4.

She was the beloved wife of Lt. Richard J. Gannon B.P.D. Station 7 with whom she shared 22 years of marriage; cherished daughter of Ralph “Chubbie” Vazza and the late Elaine (Brock) Newman; dear sister of Felicia “Lisa” Vazza of Naples, Florida and the late Vincent Vazza; niece of Louis Vazza of Revere and Rose Arinello of New Hampshire; daughter in law of Cynthia (Doherty) Gannon of Middleton, and the late Mathew R. Gannon; sister in law of Michael and Connie Gannon of Lynnfield and their children, Jeff and Samantha. She is also lovingly remembered by Linda M. Aufiero of Revere, Thomas J. Garrett of Beverly, Jason M. Aufiero and his wife, Marla of Tewksbury and Tyler D. Mason of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook:

Cono’Tony’ Donnaruma

Retired USDA Inspector

Cono A. “Tony” Donnaruma, a longtime resident of Everett, died at home on December 12. He was 84 years old.

A US Coast Guard veteran, he was a retired Federal Inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture where he worked for 30 years.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marie F. (Barresi); dear and devoted father of Karen A. Haskell of Everett and the late Kim Donnaruma; brother of Gerald of Charlestown, Carmen of Melrose, Rosanna Shea of Revere and the late Eva and Frances. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in the MA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, contibutions in his memory to the charity of one’s choice  would be sincerely appreciated.

Patricia Cunningham-Healey

Of California, formerly of Revere

Patricia M. Cunningham-Healey of San Jose, California, died on November 18 after a year long illness. She was 62 years old.

‘Trish’ grew up in Revere and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1968.

She will be missed by her mother, Patricia A. Cunningham, longtime resident of Revere, now living in Shutesbury, MA, her sisters and brothers: Michele Cunningham of Shutesbury, Michael Cunningham and Peggy Wright, both of Winthrop, Kathy Brainerd of Salt Lake City, Jay Cunningham of Salem, Steven Cunningham of Reading and Karen Garrett of Derry, NH. She was also the daughter of the late John A. Cunningham.

A memorial mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St, Winthrop, Saturday, December 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a gathering at the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, 562 Pleasant St, Winthrop.

Phillip Brooks

Of Haverhill, formerly of Revere

Phillip J. Brooks of Haverhill, a former lifelong resident of Shirley Avenue, Revere died on December 11.

A former US Marine, he was the beloved father of Laura Brooks of Virginia and Anthony Brooks of Florida; loving uncle of Heidi and Chris Bonsall, Nadeaja Kingsberry and Bernard Christie.

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

Patricia Rapacioli

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Patricia A. (Carey) Rapacioli of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on December 11.

The former proprietor of Electroligy Saloon, Danvers and a bookkeeper for G & R Tile Co. of Saugus, she was the beloved wife of Geno Rapacioli with whom she shared 34 years of marriage; loving mother of Jason and Tamarah Rapacioli, both of Saugus; cherished daughter of the late Eugene and Christine Kaczynski; dear sister of Kathleen Stuart of New Hampshire, John J. Carey of Revere, Christine Cronin and her husband, Robert of Boxford and the late Michael D. Carey and his wife, Nina Carey of Revere and fond aunt of many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Anthony Primo

Noresco Corp Senior Project Engineer

Anthony C. Primo of Weymouth, formerly of Somerville and the North End, passed away December 9. He was 63 years old.

A Senior Project Engineer for Noresco Corporation in Westborough, he was formerly employed by Parsons Corporation, Vanderweil Engineering, and Raytheon (United Engineering). He was an active member of the Fisherman’s Feast “Madonna DelSoccorso Society” in the North End for many years, a former CCD teacher at St. Francis Xavier Church, a Weymouth Youth Soccer Coach and former President of Weymouth Youth Soccer. He graduated from English High School and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Tech.)

He was the beloved husband of 40 years of Barbara A. (Sullivan) Primo; devoted father of Anthony J. and his wife, Kate Primo of Quincy, Michelle Primo-DeRosa and her husband, Keith of Wrentham and Mark J. Primo of Weymouth; loving son of Vincenza “Tina” (Misuraca) Primo of Revere and the late Joseph Primo; brother of Salvatore Primo of Mansfield and Joseph Primo of Everett; loving grandfather of Michael and Anna Primo and Giuliana DeRosa and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth.  Burial was in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association , 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. See for online condolences.

Barbara Rotman

Paul Revere School Secretary

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 22 at noon at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, for Barbara J. (Ginnetti) Rotman, who died at her Revere home on December 15 following a long battle with cancer. She was 63 years old.

Born in Boston, she was a lifelong resident of Revere, a 1967 graduate of Revere High School and worked within the Revere School System for more than 20 years. Until last May, she was the longtime secretary at the Paul Revere School.

She was a devoted mother, daughter, wife and an adoring grandmother who gave her life and energy to her family and their needs, first and foremost.

Her late husband, Alan B. Rotman, died in February of 1995. She was the cherished mother of Melissa E. Ruggiero and her husband, Joseph E. Ruggiero, Jr. and Matthew S. Rotman and the adoring grandmother of Samantha F. and Rebecca A. Ruggiero, all of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her faithful and devoted companion, Richard M. Kelleher of Revere and by several aunts, uncles, cousins and Godchildren. She was the beloved daughter of the late Spartaco “Sparky” Ginnetti and Ann M. (Capadaqua) Ginnetti.

Burial is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. For more information, visit:

Donna Marie Perretti

Mass. Dept. of Revenue, Retiree; “Everett Huskies” Volunteer

Donna Marie (Sledzinski) Perretti died at her York, Maine home on December 18 following a long illness. With the first Christmas snow falling and her family surrounding her with love, she peacefully walked into the Kingdom of Heaven at the age of 69.

Born in Chelsea, she lived in Revere until she was a young woman. She was a 1961 graduate of Revere High School. For many years, she worked as a clerk-typist for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in Chelsea until her retirement. She was a long time resident of Everett and an avid supporter and volunteer for the “Everett Huskies.”

She was also a long time summer resident of York, Maine and spent all of her time between her Everett home and her home in York.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Carl D. Perretti and her spirit lives on through Carl’s life. She is the cherished mother of Everett Firefighter Derek C. Perretti and his wife, Brenda of Cape Neddick, Maine and Dale T Perretti and his wife, Lois of Everett; adoring grandmother of: Rory D. and Dierk Perretti; dear sister of May Hanson and Dorothy Hearn and her husband, Donald, all of West Palm Beach, Florida and Danielle Brogna and her husband, Robert. She also leaves her aunts: Marilyn Carroll and Rita Kehoe and her husband, Joseph, all of Revere.

Embracing her at the Gates of Heaven are her late son David T. Perretti of Revere, her late parents, Isabel M. (Kehoe) and Anthony Constantino and her late siblings, William and Carol Sledzinski.

The Perretti Family extends sincere thanks to the American Medical Response Ambulance of Kittery, Maine for making Donna’s last trip home amazing as they stopped at her two favorite spots, “The Nubble Light House” and “York Beach.” The family also extends deepest gratitude to Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Harvard Vanguard, Boston and York Hospital Hospice for their extraordinary support and care.

Her funeral will be conducted in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere on Thursday, December 20 at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:

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