Obituaries 04-17-2013

Frank Fiore

Of California, formerly of Revere

Aug. 22, 1922 – April 9, 2013

Frank A. Fiore, 90, of Benicia passed away April 9  in a local hospital following a brief illness.

Born on August 22, 1922, the son of Michael and Antonetta Fiore, he was born and raised in Revere and called Benicia, California his home since 1946. He was a US Army veteran of World War II, serving as a Staff Sergeant with the 3063 Ordinance Co. as a Staff Sargeant in the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign.

Frank worked for the U.S. Government for almost 35 years following his military discharge. He began his career as a Guided Missile Inspector at the Benicia Arsenal. When the Arsenal closed, he worked at the San Francisco Procurement District in Oakland, CA as an Inspector of Ordinance on Government Contracts. Frank then went to work at the Concord Naval Weapons Station as Quality Assurance Specialist and Management Supervisor. He retired in 1978.

Frank had a superb education in military technolgy. He thoroughly enjoyed his studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Philco Electronic Radar School, and Sperry and Rand Radar School. Frank was a pioneer with his “top secret” work in the early days of radar and guided missile systems. He enjoyed working with television sets in the 1940s and 1950s.

Frank was very proud to serve his country, and following that service he committed much of his time to helping veterans. He was Past Commander and life member of both the American Legion Post #101 and VFW Post #3928 in Benicia;  Past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #21, Past Commander of the Solano County Council of the American Legion, Past Quartermaster of VFW #3928; Past Commander of the Benicia Cooties Beni-Kia Pup Tent #77, member of La Societe Des 40/8, Solano Voiture #395 of the American Legion, and Past Veterans House Commission member for the Benicia Veterans Hall. In honor of Frank’s service to veterans, a room at the Benicia Veterans Memorial Building was dedicated in his name in 2002.

Frank loved sports and in his youth he was a semi-professional boxer. He was a member of the “Old Benicia Toppers” AAA baseball team in the late 1940’s. He was Chairman of the Benicia Halloween Parade for many years in the 1960’s, and was an ardent supporter of Benicia Little League, Boy Scouts of America and American Legion Child Welfare Program.

Frank was an extremely active member of St. Dominic’s Church, serving as usher, Parish Festival Chairman, man-of-all-help for the parish, and he greatly supported the church’s youth athletic programs in the 1960’s. He was an excellent woodworker and took great pride in producing quality crafted furniture for his family. Frank was an expert stamp collector, having collected since his youth. He enjoyed frequenting flea markets.

Frank loved history. He was the Benicia Pony Express Centennial Committee Chairman in 1960 and organized a wonderful parade and events. As a member of the Pony Express Trail Association, he helped fund monuments to its memory from St. Louis across the United States, ending in Benicia.

Frank is survived by his daughters, Joanne Wales of Vacaville, Frances (Donald) Wieber of Texas, Marian (Tim) Smock of Benicia, and Michelle (Loyd) DeWeber of Fairfield; his brother, Ernest (Pat) of Massachusetts, and his sister, Dolly (Tony) Serino of Florida; grandchildren, Jeanine (Terrance) Pai, Angela (J.D.) Oliver, Melanie Smock and Kyle DeWeber; great grandchildren, Britty and Emily Oliver and Colter and Midori Pai. Frank was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 65 years, Jennie Fiore, in March of 2012; his brothers, Michael, Dominic and John Fiore, and his son-in-law, Kenneth Wales.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. at St. Dominic’s Church, followed by burial with Military Honors at St. Dominic’s Cemetery. The family prefers donations be made to the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, or a charity of your choice. Please visit the online tribute

Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130.

Anthony Pittelli

Retired US Postal Service Custodian

Anthony D. Pittelli, a life long resident of Revere, died on April 13. He was 88 years old.

A retired US Postal Service Custodian and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved brother of Rosemarie T. Ellsworth and her late husband, Nelson of Revere and the late Francis Andreottola and her late husband, Nicholas. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Claire Shuko

Massport Clerk of Point of Pines

Claire M. (Baldwin) Shuko of Point of Pines, Revere, died on April 12.

A clerk for Massport, she was the beloved wife of the late Stephen F. Shuko with whom she shared 20 years of marriage; dear cousin of Anne Baldwin of Winthrop and aunt of Marilyn Ashcroft of Maine; dear friend of Mary Ellen martin of Revere and Marie Panagopoulos of Swampscott.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Benedict Cemetery, Boston. For directions and guest book:

Pasquale Bono

Of Revere, Formerly of the North End

Pasquale Bono of Revere, formerly of the North End, died on April 12. He was in his 94th year.

A retired longshoreman and a US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Mary (DeCristoforo) Bono with whom he shared 55 years of marriage; loving father of Victor Bono of North Carolina and the brother of 10 late siblings.

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

Bernard George Schwartz

Chelsea High School Teacher, Founder and Past President of Hayden Society

Bernard George Schwartz  passed away March 18. He was 91 years old.

Bernard was born on September 4, 1921 in the Chelsea home of his parents, Maurice L and Celia (Handler) Schwartz. He was a veteran of World War II, a Corporal with the US Army Air Corps who participated in both the American Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign.

An avid lover of music, he received a Master of Musicology degree from Boston University and was the founder and past president of the Haydn Society.

He had an uncanny ability to name a symphonic movement, as well as identify the orchestra and conductor when listening to a recording on the radio. Bernard and Isabel enjoyed season tickets to the Boston Symphony Orchestra when they lived in the Back Bay. He continued to enjoy live BSO performances until late in life.

Bernard was pleased to be an educator and spent his entire career teaching at the Chelsea Senior High School. His wonderful beaming wit and creative sensitivity will be fondly remembered and missed by all who were fortunate enough to have had him touch their lives.

Bernard loved and adored his wife Isabel (Gilmore) Schwartz. He was predeceased by Isabel and three of his siblings, Phillip Schwartz, Irving Schwartz and Pearle Eich and is survived by his brother, James Schwartz (who is almost 97); his nephews, Arnie Schwartz, Edward Eich, George Schwartz, Lester Schwartz  and Peter Schwartz,  many great nieces and nephews and by his wonderful friend, Eleanor Christie.

A gathering to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 at the Danversport Yacht Club. 161 Elliott Street. Danvers, MA  01923.  Funeral arrangements were by Boston Harborside Home of JS Waterman, Boston.                                                                            ” ROAR!”

John Fern

Retired Chelsea Police Patrolman, Recipient of Three Citations

John Fern, a retired Chelsea Police Patrolman, passed away at the North Shore Medical Center – Salem Hospital on April 9 following a long illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he attended local schools and was a US Marine Corps veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. John served as a Chelsea Police Patrolman for 11 years, retiring in 1981. During his career, he received three citations, two for saving children’s lives and another for capturing an arsonist.

A longtime Chelsea resident, he has been living in Revere and Swampscott for the past 10 years. He was a member of the Chelsea Police Relief Association and a Revere Beach Habitue who enjoyed boating and was a Harley and other motorcycle enthusiast.

He was the beloved husband of 28 years to Ottavia “Ottie” Santone; dear brother and brother in law of Ralph Fern and his late wife, Dolly of Peabody, Joseph Fern and his wife, Christine of Chelsea, Carol Holsten and her late husband, Bob of Lynn, the late Pat Lepore and her husband, Sonny of Chelsea, the late Elizabeth and Guy Toro, Italia Minchello of Lowell, Marcello Santone and his late wife, Theresa of Walpole and Stanley Santone of Ohio. He was the son in law of Vincenzo Santone and Anne Halteman of Medford and the late Marcia Martinez.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Hugo Ascolillo

Past US Postal Service Employee

Hugo V. Ascolillo of East Boston died on April 11.

A past employee of the US Postal Service, he was a US Navy veteran of World War II, a  Master Mason and a graduate of Suffolk University. Mr. Ascolillo charted the union for the Airmail Facility at Logan Airport.

He was the beloved husband of Theresa Stapleton, the devoted father of Edward P. and his wife, Irene of East Boston, William A. and his loving soul mate, Susan Collela and her daughter, Kara Lombardi of Revere; dear brother of the late Louis, Robert, Ronald Ascolillo and Barbara Moccia; cherished grandfather of Edward and his wife, Caroline and Michael and his wife, Janette; adored great grandfather of Mia, Hunter and Alexis and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston, today, Wednesday, April 17 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held prior to the service starting at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with burial with Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to N.E. Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., 9th floor, Boston 02108.

William Vincent ‘Vin’ Monagle

Retired Revere Firefighter

William Vincent “Vin” Monagle died at his Revere home on March 19 surrounded by the peace, joy and love of his family. He was 86 years old.

Born in Medford, he lived in Revere for almost 60 years. He attended St. Clement’s School and was a 1944 graduate of St. Clement’s High School. He joined the US Navy in November of 1944, served until July of 1946 and was discharged as a Seaman 1st Class.

He began his career with the Revere Fire Department in 1955 and served the city for more than 35 years, retiring in 1990.

Like so many of his fellow colleagues, “Vin” represented a quickly vanishing generation of men who dedicated their lives to their God, their family and to their chosen vocation in life. It is a well known and respected fact that the Revere Fire Department displayed at all times a unique bond and quiet dignity about the execution of their duties, especially in a time of crisis. “Vin” was all about quiet dignity and selfless energy in his chosen field. On many occasions, within the City of Revere, he, along with his colleagues, were present to quell the tragedy of fire. Most often, when firefighters leave their homes, they have no idea as to when or if they will return. Knowing this is true, it is testimony of the character and integrity of the individual at hand.

After retiring from the Fire Department, “Vin” worked for the well-respected and loved Giannino Family, working at their greenhouses as a delivery person. His superb knowledge of the geography of the City of Revere made him an invaluable asset to the Giannino Family and their greenhouse business.

He was also a long time member of the Revere Council Knight of Columbus, #179 and the Revere Fire Department’s many and varied charitable endeavors.

He leaves his beloved and faithful wife of 62 years, Mary Theresa “Tess” (Cunningham) Monagle and was the devoted father of William V. Monagle, Jr. and his wife, Margi of Lynnfield, Neal P. Monagle of Medford, Gavin F. Monagle and  his wife, Janet of Middleton and Amy T Monagle of Revere. He was also the cherished grandfather of Patrick W. Monagle and his wife, Marissa of Reading, Bridget A. Monagle of Lynnfield, Gavin F., Daniel F. and Kaleigh F. Monagle, all of Middleton; the dear brother of Anna McAGonagle of Roslindale, Mary Barry of West Somerville and the late John, infant Mary, Catherine MacDonald, Charles, James, Patrick Monagle and Marguerite Rowe. He is also lovingly survived by his great granddaughter, Grace E. Monagle of Reading, his cousin, Charles McLaughlin and his wife, Mary of Milton and 54 treasured nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial remembrances may be made to the restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Parish, 22 Lowe St, Revere, MA 02151

Rosemarie Goins

Retiree of Revere Treasurer’s Office and Board of Health Offices

Rosemarie Goins of Revere died unexpectedly on April 9 at Mass. General Hospital, Boston. She was 72 years old.

Born in Boston and raised and educated in Revere, she was a 1958 graduate of Revere High School and an alumna of Bay State Community College. She worked for over 12 years within the Revere Municipal Government in the Treasurer’s Office and the Board of Health. Leaving Revere in 1983, she moved to Newington, NH where she lived until moving back to Revere last fall.

She was the beloved mother of Kenneth C. Foster and his wife, Anne M. of Peabody; the cherished grandmother of Allison M. and Michael R. Foster, both of Peabody and Adam and Jillian Matthews, both of Danvers; the dear sister of Arthur R. Fittante and his wife, Joan of New York City and the late Alfred R. Fittante and his late wife, Mary Ann “Marion” Fittante; the dear aunt of Steven R. Fittante and his wife, Sally and David P. Fittante, all of New Jersey, Dana R. Fittante and her husband, Shawn Stockman of Maine, Philip Fittante and his wife, Jane of North Carolina, Karin Fittante and her husband, Kyle Jackson of California and Glenn Fittante and his wife, Jackie of New York. She is also lovingly survived by her faithful surrogate sister, Betty Carmichael of Winthrop, James Rodgers and his late wife, Rita Rodgers of Saugus, and is also survived by her former husband, Wilbur L. Goins of Newington, NH and his daughter, Christine Matthews and her husband, Wayne of Danvers.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute-Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168. For more information, visit:


Richard Conrad

Retired Atlantic City Convention Center VP

Richard A. Conrad died on April 7 at the Atlantic Care Hospital, Pomona, New Jersey. He was 81 years old.

Born in Chicago, his family moved to Dorchester when he was a young boy. He lived in the Dorchester-Boston Area for most of his life before moving to Ventnor, New Jersey more than 40 years ago. He spent more than 25 years with the Atlantic City Convention Center as Vice President retiring in 1996.

Mr. Conrad served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict from April of 1951 until March of 1953.

He was the beloved husband of 42 years to Roberta T. (Forman) Conrad of Ventnor City, New Jersey; the devoted father of Alan B. Segal and his wife, Shirley of Revere; the beloved brother of Elaine Bushey and her husband, Larry of Buzzards Bay, Paul Conrad and his wife, Linda of Hanover, George Conrad and his wife, Patricia and Gerrye Sampson and her husband, James, all of Braintree. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, visit:


Robert Giancola

Former Proprietor of Rossi Bread, Retired Mass Pike Toll Collector

Robert A. Giancola, a Chelsea resident for the past 53 years, passed away at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 9. He was 87 years old.

Born in Brighton, the son of the late Michael and Anna (Ghidella) Giancola, he grew up in Chelsea and Revere, attended local schools and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. He enlisted in the US Navy and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in1946.

After his discharge, and for the next 30 plus years, he was the proprietor of Rossi Bread a small Italian bread bakery specializing in home delivery of fresh bread and baked goods.  During the mid 1970’s, he retired from baking and began working as a toll collector for the Mass Pike Authority.  He took his full retirement in 1987.

He was a former member and lieutenant with the Revere Auxiliary Police Dept. and a life member of the Revere American Legion Post 61.

He was married to the late Claire E. (Lavery) and together they raised their family of two daughters and three sons in Chelsea.  He was the devoted father of Patricia Storer and her  late husband,  Raymond of Reading, Diana Czyzewski and her husband, Boleslaw “Bill” of Waltham, Robert Giancola of Salem, NH,  William Giancola and his wife, Michelle of Melrose and Paul Giancola and his late wife, Linda of Wakefield; dear brother of the late Doris Iovanna and is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or by visiting To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Jean Magno

Longtime Whalen School Lunch Lady

Jean A. (Milano) Magno, a lifelong Revere resident, died at her daughter’s home on April 9. She was 90 years old.

A lunch lady for many years at the Whalen School, she was a retired employee of the Revere School Department and a former member VFW Mottolo Post Ladies Auxiliary.

She was the daughter of the late Michael and Jennie (Moschella) Milano; the beloved wife of the late George J.; devoted mother of Janice Magno-Geoffrion and her husband, Louis of Ipswich and Gary G. Magno of Revere; dear sister of the late Edith Bevilacqua and Emma Milano; loving grandmother of William D Carbo and his wife, Jessie Ballantine of Manchester, Matthew Carbo and Cory Magno, both of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation 1 Bulfinch Pl # 201 Boston MA 02114. For guest book please visit

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