Obituaries 02-27-2013

Bertram “Bert” Gibbs

Owned Biltmore Green Luggage; Member of Shriners

Bertram “Bert” Gibbs of Marblehead passed away on February 24 after a long illness.

Bert was born in Chelsea to Lithuanian immigrants Arthur and Shirley (Kaplan) Gibbs and raised in Chelsea and Revere.  He served in the US Marine Corps during World War II and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1944.  He owned and operated the Biltmore Green Luggage Store on Boylston Street and before that at the Sherry Biltmore Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston for nearly 60 years until 2008.

He was a longstanding member/mason/fraternal brother of the Moses Michael Hayes Lodge and Aleppo Shriners Temple in Boston, lifetime member of the Grand Lodge of Boston and Scottish Rite, Valley of Boston, and longstanding member of the Lion’s Club.

Growing up, Bert was devoted to his mother and brother, Dr. Richard F. Gibbs, late of Wellesley. He later married the late Norma (Adelson) Gibbs with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage and shared a passion for dancing.  He was the dear brother-in-law of Sydney Adelson and his wife, Gladys, of Swampscott, George Kurs of New York and Irving Gahm of Florida; devoted father to Terry Cominsky and her husband, Martin of Houston, TX, and Dawn Colsia of Newton; cherished grandfather to their children, Dr. Michael David Brown and his wife, Amanda of Carrboro, NC, Rayna and Aaron Golub, and Sarah and Rachel Cominsky, and adored great-grandfather to Silas Brown.  Bert was also a loving uncle to his nieces Robin Gibbs of Boston and Michele-Gibbs Luna of Seattle, WA, as well as other nieces and nephews on the Adelson side of the family, and a loving cousin to many Gibbs and Kaplan family members, all originally of the Boston, Metro-West and North Shore areas.

Bert was known for his warmth, charm and wonderful sense of humor.  May peace be with him.

Anna Rescigno

Of Malden, formerly of Revere

Anna M. (DiBiase) Rescigno of Malden, formerly of Revere, died on February 24 at the Bear Hill Nursing Home. She was 88 years old.

For 40 years, Anna was the bookkeeper and ran the candy store at Lou’s Fried Clams.

Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Alessandro and Carmella (DiCicco) DiBiase, she was the beloved wife of the late John; devoted mother of John and his wife, Corrine of Saugus, Carmine of Everett and Richard and his wife, Annette of Boxford; dear sister of Mary Riccardi of Revere, Frank DiBiase of Reading and the late Louis Gioia, Jennie Crocce and Ernest DiBiase. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren, one great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, February 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. For guest book please visit

Joseph Hamhoomis

Stop & Shop Employee, Member of Revere American Legion

Joseph J. Hamhoomis of Revere died unexpectedly at home on February 22. He was 45 years old.

Born in Everett, he lived in Melrose for most of his life and was a 1985 graduate of Melrose High School. Soon after graduation, in June of 1985, he entered the US Army and served until November of 1985. He was a member of the US Army Reserve and served until December of 1992.

For more than 25 years, he worked as a clerk and foreman for Stop & Shop, always working the “Nite Shift.” He was a long time member of the American Legion Post 61 of Revere, and an avid lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and Patriots. He lived in Revere for the past seven years.

He was the beloved husband of Andrea M. (Fay) Hamhoomis of Revere; cherished father of Nicole Hamhoomis of Revere and Zachary Hamhoomis of Peabody; devoted son of Harriet J. (Sabbagh) Hamhoomis of Melrose and the late Nicholas A. Hamhoomis; faithful brother of Michael S. Hamhoomis of Melrose and the dear nephew to: Teddy Hamhoomis of Tampa, Florida, Jerry Altario of Wakefield and Mary Zbeeb of Marblehead. He also leaves a loving extended family of cousins from the Greater Boston and the North Shore Areas.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, February 27 at 10 a.m. followed by his funeral service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:

Mary Tuffo

Retired Bookbinder

Mary (Ruggiero) Tufo of Revere died on February 21. She was 85 years old.

A retired bookbinder for a printing company, she was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale; the devoted mother of Vincent and his wife, Anna of Texas, Anthony and his wife, Patti of Peabody and Nick and his wife, Denise of Revere; dear sister of Carmen Ruggiero and his wife, Connie, Jerry Ruggiero and his wife, Rosemary, Mary Festa, Joseph Yebba and the late Jennie Sirois, Phillip, Michael and Nicholas Yebba, Lee Ray and Anna Banks. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MGH Neurology Dept.,165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston Ma. 02114. For guest, book please visit

Robert ‘Bud’ Edgar

Skilled Craftsman and Technical Writer

Robert “Bud” D. Edgar of Pawleys Island, South Carolina died on February 21 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 83 years old.

Born in Revere, a son of the late Thomas and Almira Edgar, Mr. Edgar was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a skilled craftsman. He was a Machinist, Tool and Dye maker for over 20 years and a technical writer for an additional 20 years.  He was an avid golfer, enjoyed gardening and photography and was a member of the Masons.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Edgar of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Linda and her husband, Bob Bluhm of N. Fort Myers, Florida; a son, Rob Edgar and his wife, Jane of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandchildren Bill, Kevin and Kimberly Bluhm and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. An online guestbook is available at

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Lynda Imperioso

Of Lynn, formerly of Revere

Lynda Imperioso of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on February 19.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Giulio and Edith (Walles) Imperioso; partner of Kael Carroll of Lynn; sister of Clark E. Imperioso and his wife, Debra of Merrimack and Dyane Amuzzini and her husband, John of Burlington; dear friend of Sandra Hudson of Lynn and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem, MA 01970. For guest book:

Alida ‘Lee’ Geremonte

Talented Artist of Wareham, formerly of Revere

Alida F. “Lee” (Young) Geremonte of Wareham, died February 20 in the Royal Cape Cod Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Buzzards Bay. She was 85 years old.

The widow of the late Louis I. Geremonte and the daughter of the late Paul and Alida (Fredette) Young, she was born in Haverhill and lived in Revere for 30 years before moving to Wareham.

Mrs. Geremonte was a talented artist who enjoyed painting and crocheting. She was a member of the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her children, Dawn Hunt of Plymouth, Dana Geremonte of Brockton and Frances Doyle of Tewksbury; her sisters, Suzanne Frasier of Phoenix, AZ and Dorothy DiFazio of Florida; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Joseph Geremonte and sister of the late Marie Brennan and Rita Munnis.

Her funeral was held on February 26 in the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene, Wareham. Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave., 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001 (Please note in memo: In memory of Alida Geremonte, research only) For online guestbook, visit:

Richard Carlson

Former IBM Employee, Member of Moose

Richard A. Carlson of Revere passed away unexpectedly after a period of failing health on February 4. He was 70 years old.

He was born in Boston, grew up in Needham and
graduated from Needham High School.  He served in the USAir Force during the Vietnam Era, was a former employee of IBM Computer and was a member of the Moose Lodge, Revere.

The beloved son of the late Ernest and Frances
(Tinlin) Carlson, he was the brother of Ernest Carlson and  his wife, Claire of Florida and devoted uncle and cousin of Scott and Lynne Carlson and Glenn Tinlin.

Committal services were held in the Mass.
National Cemetery, Bourne. Should friends
desire, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the: American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA.  Arrangements are under the
direction of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree, MA 02184.  For additional information or to leave a sympathy message, visit

Rosann ‘Roro’ Martini

Of East Boston

Rosann “Roro” (Celona) Martini of East Boston died unexpectedly on February 15.

She was the beloved wife of Donald Martini; loving mother of Theodore Sawtelle of East Boston; dear sister of Nunzio “Butchie” Celona and his wife, Delores, Josephine Freni and her husband, Steve, all of East Boston and James “JC” Celona and his wife, Loreena of Revere. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

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

Frank Viola, Sr.

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Frank Viola, Sr. formerly of Revere, died in Fort Myers, Florida on February 12.

He was the cherished son of Patricia Viola of Fort Myers and the late Nicholas Viola; loving father of Frank Viola, Jr. and his wife, Shanna of Malden and Alisha Hiduchick and her husband, Rick of Revere; dear brother of the late Patti-Ann Viola; adored grandfather of Layla and Mason Hiduchick.

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

William Famolare, Sr.

Of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights

William S. Famolare, Sr. of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on February 15.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Marion (Minichiello) Famolare; loving father of Patrick J. Famolare and his wife, Denise and William S. Famolare, Jr. and his wife, Catherine, all of Revere and Ruth Ann Famolare and her companion, Brian O’Boyle of Wakefield; dear brother of Henry Famolare and Lillian Faro, both of East Boston and the late Joe Famolare and Mary Ruggiero; cherished grandfather of Darice, Patrick, Justin, Jacqueline and William Famolare and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

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