Obituaries 06-26-2013

Frederick Diamond


Frederick Diamond of Revere passed away on June 23.

An attorney, he was the loving son of the late David and Irene Diamond; dear brother of the late Edward Diamond; loving uncle of Carla Carpinelli, Randall Diamond, Kim Grant, Scott Diamond, Eric Diamond and Meagan Diamond and is also survived by his longtime companion, Annaliese Cooper.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Ave., Cary Sq., Chelsea today,  Wednesday, June 26 at 12:00 Noon. Donations in Frederick’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. For directions and online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Richard Sordillo

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Richard Sordillo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 23.

The devoted father of Robyn Sordillo, he was the cherished son of Joan (Moulton) Sordillo; dear brother of Robert Sordillo of East Boston, Kathleen Viola of New Hampshire and Pamela Sordillo of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., Orient Heights East Boston on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. Visitation with the family prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Barbara Hayward

Homemaker of Revere, formerly of South Boston

Barbara (Blood ) Hayward of Revere,  formerly of South  Boston, died on June  22.

A homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late Francis Hayward; loving mother of Diane Murphy and her husband, Donald, James Hayward and Patricia Hayward, all of Revere, Lisa Randolph of Braintree and the late John and Robert Fanning; dear sister of Patricia Corzziello of New Hampshire and Mary Jane Russel of Texas; cherished grandmother of Shannon, Dawn, Sean and Jacqueline Murphy and Patricia Rivera and many more grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass celebrating Barbara’s life will be held Thursday, June 27  at 11 a.m. in St Anthony’s Church, Revere. For online guest book:

Joseph DiMattia, Sr.

Founder and Owner of DiMattia Rug Cleaning and Installation

Joseph L. DiMattia Sr., of Litchfield, NH, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly on Friday, May 31at Southern NH Medical Center. He was 73 years old.

Born in Boston to Louis and Lena DiMattia of Revere, he was predeceased by his loving wife, Beverly Santos DiMattia, his parents, his sisters Josie Brady and Mary Limosani, and his brothers-in-law, who were like brothers to him Robert Lonardo, Frank Brady and John Limosani.
Joe was the founder and owner of DiMattia Rug Cleaning and Installation and worked up to the week of his death. His son Joe Jr. will be continuing on with the business.
He loved his family, the ocean, classic cars and reading. He instilled the love of the ocean in his children at an early age by spending countless summers aboard the family boat enjoying the ocean, family and friends.
Joe is survived by his three loving children: son, Joseph DiMattia Jr. of Concord, NH, and daughters, Mia DeFilippis (Frank) of Hudson, NH and Loren Mangum of Effingham, NH; four loving grandchildren, Matthew Mangum (Miranda) of Oceanside, CA , Benjamin Mangum (Amber) of  Wolfeboro, NH, Jacob Mangum and Megan Mangum, both of Effingham, NH; two loving sisters, Jean Scotina and her husband, Danny and Theresa Lonardo as well as 12 loving nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.

Family and friends are invited to visit Tuesday,  Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, where the service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. To sign the online guestbook or leave a memory, please visit

Irene Myrna McCormick

Distinguished resident of West Virginia, formerly of Revere

Irene Myrna McCormick died on April 22 at Hubbard Hospice Home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 73 years old.

She was born on March 7, 1940 to the late Goodman and Fanny Gordon in Boston. She grew up in Revere and resided here with her first husband, the late Jacob Isbitsky. She eventually moved to Charleston, West Virginia with her second husband, the late Charles McCormick.

She worked at many jobs throughout her lifetime, most notably as a security guard at One Valley Square, as a CNA in a nursing home for Genesis Health Care, as a caregiver at a group home for disabled adults and as a poll worker. She proudly served for eight years on the board of directors of the Family Care Health Center, most recently as their secretary. The conference room at their Patrick Street facility in Charleston, WV was recently dedicated to her.

She taught knitting and crocheting at the Tiskelwah Senior Center and participated in activities for seniors at the East End Family Resource Center.  She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose and was a former member of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary. She attended local crime watch meetings. She served on the West Virginia Silver Haired Legislature for six years, advocating for senior and women’s rights.

She was proclaimed a Distinguished Mountaineer by West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and was also honored by Senator Joe Manchin III for her political endeavors, her service to the community and her love of life. She had an artistic nature and enjoyed music, dancing, knitting, crocheting and making jewelry.

She is survived by her daughter, Natalie A. Isbitsky of East Boston; her brothers, Lawrence Gordon of Deerfield, Florida and Martin Gordon and his wife, Anna Gordon of Saugus; her sisters-in law Benita McCormick of Niantic CT and Barbara Mitchell, of Dunbar WV; her  step-son, Michael McCormick and his wife, Annette and her step-daughter, Kelly Carpenter and her husband, Randy and their families in West Virginia. In addition, she is survived by many loving friends, cousins, nieces and nephews.

She generously donated her body to West Virginia University. A memorial service will be held on June 30 at 3 p.m. at Zumix, 260 Sumner St., East Boston. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Mountain Mission, 1620 Seventh Ave., Charleston, WV 25387.

Charlotte DeSimone

Longtime Suffolk Downs Employee

Charlotte M. (Gallo) DeSimone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 22.

Charlotte was past president of EBARC, a member of the Winthrop Ladies Bowling League and a longtime employee of Suffolk Downs.

She was the beloved wife of Frederick DeSimone, Jr.; devoted mother of Liza Internicola and her husband, Daniel of Winthrop, Erica Capogreco and her husband, Robert “Chicky” of East Boston and Frederick DeSimone III of Revere; dear sister of Elizabeth Catanese and her companion, Michael Chalmers of Revere; cherished grammy of Michalena, Lola and Antonio and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston on Thursday, June 27 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Charlotte’s life in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, Ashley Street at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Charlotte being laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting Hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For complimentary transportation to and from the funeral home, please call 617 569 0990. For more information:

Vincent Holcroft

Self-Employed Finish Carpenter

Vincent J. Holcroft died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 1 at his Malden residence. He was 60 years old.

Born in Malden, he lived in Revere for most of his early life and was a 1970 graduate of Revere High School. He also attended Bunker Hill Community College. Most of his working career was spent as a self-employed finish carpenter.

He was the son of the late Vincent T. and Helen E. (Silva) Holcroft; devoted and cherished brother to: Sandra A. and Elaine M. Holcroft, both of Malden and Robert M. Holcroft of Chelsea; the dear uncle to Lauren C. Stephens of Revere and Michael R. Holcroft of Malden. He is also lovingly survived by two grand nephews and three grand nieces, Marty and Ryan, Janessa, Alexis and Angelina.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Route 107) Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. Please visit: for more information.

Joseph Simili

Member of the “Greatest Generation”

Joseph Similie, a 42 year resident of Revere and an East Boston native, died at the Golden Living Center of Malden following a long illness. He was 94 years old. Joe returned home to God on June 20, only seven days after the Feast of St. Anthony and within the octave of the celebration of St. Anthony’s Day. That fact would have pleased him immensely since the entire Simili family shared a common devotion to St Anthony.

Although Joe remained a bachelor, he was most fond of children and his generosity to them is legendary. Again, another gentleman from the “Greatest Generation” has departed from this world to begin enjoying his well earned reward of peace and perfect love. May “Joe” and all the other paragons of virtue and genuiness find a very special place of refreshment and joy…

Mr. Simili was born in East Boston on May 31, 1919. He attended East Boston Schools and was a 1937 alumnus of East Boston High School. He entered the US Army and served from July of 1943 through January of 1946 as a Sergeant.

The family moved to Revere in 1971 where he remained until his death. For more than 30 years, he owned and operated “The Crossing Fruit Store” on Cambridge Street in Cambridge. After selling the business, he went into semi-retirement for a couple of years before accepting a position with the former “Liberty Market” of East Boston where he spent 10 years finally retiring in 1985.

Joe was a devout Catholic and was devoted to his church and the many charitable organizations it supported. He was a long time member of the Anthonian Club of St. Anthony’s Parish.

He was the son of the late Lorenzo and Marianna (Chiuve) Simili and the devoted brother of Martha Simili of Revere and the late Mary Simili. He is also survived by several dear cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioand

Annabel DeVincent

Of Revere, formerly of Malden

Annabel R. (Mullen) DeVincent of Revere, formerly of Malden, died on June 20.

The daughter of the late Francis and Alice (Lauzon) Mullen, she was born in Malden, graduated from Malden High School and moved to Revere in 1956. She was a stay at home mother raising her daughters. Annabel loved the beach, golfing, traveling and spending time with her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late John; cherished mother of Darlene Gallant and her husband, Robert of Marlboro and Nadine Oliveri and her husband, Thomas of Methuen; dear sister of the late Jeanne Trabucco and is also survived by six loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Her Funeral was held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Monday, June 24 followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Annabel’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown MA 02472. For guest book, please visit

Jean Martin

Of Michigan

Jean B. Martin of Traverse City, Michigan passed away at the Grand Traverse Pavilions on June 8.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date and a full obituary will follow at that time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City, Michigan.

Lorraine Murphy


Lorraine I. (Cummins) Murphy of Saugus, formerly of Somerville, died on June 13.

A housewife, she was the wife of the late William Murphy; loving mother of John “Lenny” Roderick and his wife, Darcy of Orange, Robert Roderick of California, Linda Tighe and her husband, Edward of Saugus and Deborah Patrick of Revere; dear sister of Ethel Abbott of Somerville and was predeceased by eight siblings and she also leaves many grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book:

Eleanor Gugliotti

Clerk at Filene’s and Almy’s Department Stores

Eleanor (Panzini) Gugliotti of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on June 12.

A department store clerk who worked at both Filene’s and Almy’s, she was the cherished daughter of the late Domenic and Mary (Balestrino) Panzini; loving sister of Louis Panzini and his wife, Josephine of Revere, William Panzini and his wife, Edna of Salem and the late Patrick Panzini and his wife, Regina of Revere, the late Alfred Panzini and his wife, Marie of Revere and the late Joseph Panzini. She was the fond aunt of 10 nieces and nephews and 13 grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral and services were held in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book:

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