Obituaries 08-07-2013

Patricia Ann Straccia

Former East Boston Resident

Patricia Ann (Hancock) Straccia, formerly of East Boston, died in Winthrop on August 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jerry A. “Chirpy” Straccia; devoted mother of Paula Czernetzky of Everett, Ann Gayhart of Revere, Joseph and his wife, Sandra, Jerry and his wife, Angela, all of Revere, Michael “Spanky” of Winthrop and Janine and her husbandm Mark Salvi of East Boston; loving sister of Catherine Siciliano, Dorothy Rose, Virginia Anderson, Michael Hancock and Judy Constantine; dear sister-in-law of Rosalie Capucci and is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St. [at Day Sq] East Boston on Thursday morning, August 8, at 10 o’clock. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, August 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St. For more information:

Mary Mulcahy

Secretary for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mary E. (O’Donnell) Mulcahy of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, passed away on August 2 at home surrounded by her loving family.

A secretary for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, she was the loving mother of Thomas, Robert, Marie, Kathleen and the late Joseph Mulcahy  nd is also survived by many loving relatives. At Mary’s request, a private ceremony was held at Holy Cross Cemetery. For online guest book:

Angelo Beatrice

Electrical Engineer

Angelo Beatrice of Swampscott died on August 1. He was 56 years old.

An electrical engineer, born in Bonito, Italy, he was the beloved husband of Donna J. (Oswald) of Swampscott; devoted father of Robert P. and Alexa M. Beatrice of Swampscott; loving son of Cristina (Colarusso) Beatrice of Revere and the late Filippo Beatrice; son-in-law of the late Geraldine Oswald; dear brother of Pellegrino “Pino” Beatrice and wife, Ellen and Anthony Beatrice, all of Revere; brother-in-law of Donald and Kim Oswald; cherished uncle of Christina, Steve, Nicholas, Kaleigh and Payton; great-uncle of Ethan and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations in Angelo’s name may be made to: The Angelo Beatrice Memorial Fund, 411 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151.For guestbook and online memorial please visit: Age 56Residence: Swampscott Born: Bonito, ItalyOccupation: Electrical Engineer


Mary Steriti

Retired Hair Dresser and John Hancock Life Insurance Claims Agent

Mary (Dall’Orso) Steriti of Billerica, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died on July 30 at the Life Care Center of the Merrimack Valley in Billerica. She was 98 years old.

Born in Genoa, Italy, she came the United States at the age of four, first settling in Medford. Upon her marriage, Mary and her husband. Angelo moved to Chelsea. After spending many years there they moved to Friendly Gardens Apartments which is located across from St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. In her later years, she received supportive care first at Merrimack River Valley House and lastly at Life Care Center. During her working years she was a hairdresser at Russo’s Hair Salon in Medford as well as a claims agent for John Hancock Life Insurance.

She was the devoted wife of the late Angelo Steriti; beloved mother of Loretta Walsh and her husband, Kenneth of Billerica and Christine D’Angelo and her husband, Patrick of Saugus; dear sister of the late Emma Dall’Orso, Margaret Salvia and Mildred and Joseph Dall’Orsa and is also lovingly survived by her grandchildren, Shawn, Stephanie, Michael and Michelle, her great grandson, Brian as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Mary’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140. To send a message of condolence to Mary’s family, please visit


Gloria “Dutchess” DiBella

Of Revere, formerly of the North End

Gloria M. “Dutchess” DiBella of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on August 1. She was 86 years old.

She was the cherished daughter of the late Jenny (Arigo) and Peter Luongo; beloved wife of Louis DiBella of Revere; loving mother of Francis M. DiBella of Peabody; adored grandmother of Leah M. DiBella and her companion, Brian Tester of Peabody and Courtney A. DiBella of Myrtle Beach, SC; great-grandmother of Jayden Tester; caring sister of Marie “Mickey” Luongo and Walter Luongo and his wife, Grace, all of Boston, and the late Helen “Cookie” Renda and Rena DiNunzio.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Revere followed by entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Arrangements were by the Boston Harborside HomeJ.S. Waterman &

Doris Creighton

Devoted Daughter, Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma

Doris E. (Linnell) Creighton, a 50 year resident of Revere, died on July 31 at the Beverly Hospital following a brief illness. She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Vermont, she came to live in Chelsea as a young girl with her family and lived there for more than 40 years until moving to Revere 50 years ago.

Mrs. Creighton was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and faithful and caring daughter to her late mother, Annice (Vallette) Linnell who made her home with her. (Mrs. Linnell died at age 96.) Doris’ father, the late Rev. Ralph W. Linnell, was Pastor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Chelsea for about 10 years, in the late forties and 1950’s.

Mrs. Creighton was the widow of the late George W. Creighton who died in December of 1982; the devoted mother of Robert H. Creighton and his wife, Catherine of Lynnfield, Ralph J. Creighton of Las Vegas, Nevada, Eleanor Kelley of Saugus, formerly of Revere and the late George C. Creighton, Jr. She was the dear sister of Ralph W. Linnell, Jr. of Tampa, Florida and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908. For more information, please visit:

Yolanda Lanza

Of Revere and Centerville

Yolanda M. Lanza of Revere and Centerville died on July 31. She was 94 years old.

She was the wife of the late William A. Lanza for 66 years and the mother of Patricia Fitzgerald and her late husband, John of Sandwich, Susanne Tuttle and her husband, Donald of Fort Myers, FL, and AnnMarie Lanza and her husband. Bruce Porter of Sudbury.  She also leaves two grandchildren: Patrick Fitzgerald and his wife, Jennifer of Ft. Washington, PA and Brian Fitzgerald and his wife, Meghan of Brooklyn, NY; two step grandchildren: Warren and Jason Porter and four great-grandchildren: Aaron, Brendan, Maeve and Willa Fitzgerald.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 6 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 324 Quaker Meeting House Road in East Sandwich.  Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

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Mary Festa

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Mary T. (Yebba) Festa of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on August 1. She was 89 years old.

A homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late James A. Festa, Sr.; devoted mother of James A. Festa, Jr. and his wife Diane of Peabody, Anthony A. Festa and his wife, Marianne and Michael R. Festa  and his wife, Maria, all of Florida and Susan M. Porter and her husband, Michael of Peabody; dear sister of Joseph Yebba of Florida, Carmen Ruggierio of Methuen, Gerry Ruggierio of Danvers and the late Phillip Yebba, Tony Yebba, Alfred Yebba, Lee Ray, Ann Banks, Nicholas Yebba, Michael Yebba  and Mary Tufo. She was the cherished grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of nine.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook and online memorial please  visit:

Elsie Ann Palermo

Active in Revere Society for Historical and Cultural Preservation and Revere Beach Restoration Committee

Elsie Ann (Pasquale) Palermo of Revere passed away on August 4. She was 93 years old.

Born on December 12, 1919, Elsie was the 10th of 12 children who all grew up in an impressive three story house at the top of Prospect Avenue in Revere.  Her parents, Anthony and Albina Pasquale immigrated from Lapio, Italy in the early 1900’s and wasted little time starting a close knit loving family who celebrated holidays and special family occasions  in grand traditional style.  Food that could feed an army along with music that lifted hearts graced the Pasquale home on all major holidays.  It was not uncommon to find up to 80 family members and friends celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas at the spacious home during the 40’s , 50’s and 60’s.

The devoted wife for 68 years of the late Joseph A. Palermo, she was the beloved mother of two sons,  Paul A. Palermo and his wife, Tina and Edward Palermo and his wife, Linda and the mother of a deceased daughter, Jay who is survived by her husband, Jim.  Elsie’s family also includes seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Elsie was predeceased by her brothers Jimmy, Lawrence and Albert, and sisters, Dena, Edith, Esther, Clara, Emma, Helen and Laura.  A brother, Anthony, the youngest of the Pasquale dozen, is the sole surviving sibling.

A graduate of Revere High School, Elsie, quiet and a bit reserved in large groups, was not shy at all displaying her musical talents.  She performed in various amateur shows as a singer and dancer in her high school years into her early 20’s.  Before her marriage to Joseph Palermo, on leave from the Army in January of 1944, she worked in the Charlestown Navy Yard ropewalk factory during World War II when the Navy Yard was producing over 1000 tons of rope each year for the Navy vessels involved in the war fought by “the Greatest Generation”.

After her marriage, she became the classic homemaker and mother raising her three children on a healthy diet of good choice foods, (except for the occasional Hostess cupcake or twinkie),  a guidebook of commonsense courtesy and manners that would have made Ann Landers proud  and a whole lot of perpetual love.  She was a constant companion and confident when support was needed lending a guiding hand through every rough spot her kids encountered.

Like her musician father, Elsie enjoyed the songs and dancing of the big band era and continued to find time to enjoy her musical pastimes into middle-age and beyond, donating time as a dance instructor while prodding her offspring to take up dancing and a musical instrument.

Later in life, in the empty nest years, she worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.  After retirement, she contributed a great deal of her free time serving on the Board of Directors of the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation (RSCHP) and, in addition, had a very active role serving on the Revere Beach restoration committee.  The RSCHP was a passion of hers and the friends she made in that organization and accomplishments they attained brought her endless memories and feelings of achievement.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, August 8 at 11a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her name may be made to the RSCHP, 108 Beach St., Revere 02151. For online memorial and guestbook,  please visit:


Augustine ‘Gus’ Souza

Of Revere

Augustine “Gus” Souza of Revere died on August 5. He was 78 years old.

Mr. Souza was born in Cambridge, worked in administration for MIT and was the beloved husband of Maureen (Montesanti) Souza of Florida; devoted father of Bonnie Fillippi and her husband, Christopher of Florida and Jason Souza and his wife, Nicolle of New Hampshire; beloved son of the late Augustine and Sizaltina (Tiexiara) Souza; son-in-law of the late Harding and Albertina Montesanti; dear brother of the late Manuel Souza and Joseph Souza and his surviving wife, Marie Souza; cherished grandfather of Paige and Lilly Souza and Ella Fillippi and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, August 10 at 1p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be held from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  In lieu of flowers donations in Gus’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. . For guestbook and online memorial please visit:

Agripino ‘Tito’ Salemi

Waiter at Ritz Carlton Hotel

Agripino “Tito” Salemi of Revere died on August 5. He was 84 years old.

Born in Argentina and a waiter at the Ritz Carlton Hotel for 35 years, he was the beloved husband of the late Dolores (Gomez) Salemi, the devoted father of Raymond and his wife, Karen of Framingham, Bob and Janet Taylor of New Hampshire and Thomas and his wife, Nicole of Newburyport; dear brother of the late Santos Salemi and his surviving wife, Cecilia; cherished grandfather of Jeffrey, Rachel, Olivia, Alex Poole, Theo and Zepherin and loving uncle of Alex and Nancy Salemi.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, August 9 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guestbook and online memorial visit:


Hilda ‘Snookie’ O’Donnell

Co-Proprietor of Avon Café of Chelsea

Hilda F. (Jacobsen) “Snookie” O’Donnell of Revere passed away peacefully at Epoch Nursing Care in Melrose surrounded by her loving family on Saturday evening, August 3.  She was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Dorchester, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Hilda (Webb) Jacobsen.  She grew up in St. Margaret’s Parish in Dorchester and attended schools in that Boston neighborhood.

She married William H. O’Donnell in 1948 and they settled in Revere to raise a family of two daughters and three sons.  A resident of Revere for 65 years she was a devoted wife, mother and adoring grandmother.  She was a longtime parishioner of the Immaculate Conception parish in Revere and a past member of the Immaculata Guild at that church.  “Snookie” also worked outside of the home for a short time at Dennison Stationary Supply in Boston’s Downtown Crossing.

“Snookie” and her husband, Bill were lifetime proprietors of the Avon Café in Chelsea; she assisted her husband as a bookkeeper, office manager and helping along with the many day to day duties around the café.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 2007.  Throughout her life she remained a caring and loving matriarch to her much beloved family.

She was the beloved wife of the late William H. O’Donnell, Sr.; devoted mother of Dorothy Morgan and her husband, Michael of Saugus, James O’Donnell of Jackson, NH and Revere, William H. O’Donnell Jr., and his wife, Tricia of Peabody, Joseph F. O’Donnell and his wife, Kellye of Newburyport and Mary Welch and her husbandm George of Saugusl dear sister of Margaret Reardon of Falmouth and the late Anna Doherty; cherished grandmother of Michael R. Morgan, Jr., Michael A. Morgan, Whitney and Keri Morgan, Joey O’Donnell Jr., Brittany, Michael and Brooke O’Donnell, Trevor MacKinney, George III and Meghan Welch.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Thursday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Home fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Shriners Burns Center 51 Blossom St. Boston MA 02114. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial /  Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Homes

Marguerite Milano

Of Saugus and Florida, Formerly of Orient Heights East Bostono

Marguerite I. ( Zito) Milano of Saugus and Singer Island,  Florida, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, passed away peacefully on July 31at the Kaplan House in Danvers surrounded by her loving family. She was 91 years old.

Born in Boston,  the daughter of the late Vincent “Jim” and Emily ( Tacelli) Zito, she was the beloved wife of the late Vincent “Red” Milano with whom she shared 37 years of marriage; loving mother of Diane Leccese of Saugus; dear sister of Gloria Mucci of Revere and the late Marie Arcieri, Eness Leccese, Camille DeFranzo and Annette Addonizio; cherished grandmother of Lisa Morgante and Todd Leccese, both of Saugus and Tanya Gioldasis and her husband, John of Newburyport and great grandmother of Tyla, Jana, Jake, Sophia, Georgio and Avery.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Monday morning, August 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Burial with her husband will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For directions and guest

Alice Longo 

Loved her Role as a “Stay at Home Mom” 

Alice G. (Fabian) Longo, a lifelong Revere resident, died on August 2 following a brief illness at Rosewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Peabody. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere schools and was a 1938 graduate of Revere High School.

Mrs. Longo was what one would classify as a “stay at home mom,” a role that she loved and epitomized.  Born on June 1, 1918, so many women of that era were indeed equal, if not excelled their male counterparts as members of “the greatest generation.” Their inimitable style in the discharge of their responsibilities as wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend are legendary. Although the majority of these women viewed their role as “not extraordinary,” they were indeed, often the force behind the success of their husbands and children and such was the likeness of Alice C. Longo.

She was the wife of the late husband, Edward H. Longo, Sr. (they were married in 1938 and he died in 2003 after their 65th wedding anniversary; the cherished mother of: Carol A. Longo of Lynn, Edward H. Longo, Jr. and his wife, Victoria of Wakefield and John B. Longo and his partner, Steven Clark of Chatham; the devoted grandmother of: Lori Joyal and her husband, Paul of Sudbury, Edward H. Longo, III and his wife, Laurie of Westboro,  Debra Longo of Salem and Jennifer Hickey and her husband, Christopher of Wakefield; the dear sister of Doris McCarthy of Revere, Frank Fabian of Rhode Island, Edith Palmer of California, Phyllis Lee of Virginia, Barbara Ventola of New Jersey and the late Carl Fabian and the late Beatrice Cortese. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren: Timothy, Jeffrey, Olivia, Emily and Benjamin and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Private services and interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett were held with arrangements by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care, 275 Grove St., Newton, MA 02466. For more information, please visit:

Joseph Morante 

Life Ended at the Hand of An Unidentified Assassin Thief 

Joseph A. Morante of Revere died on Wednesday, July 31 at the Boston Medical Center following an attack on Tremont Street, Boston where he was employed. He was 19 years old.

“Joseph enjoyed an unusual and tender bond with his immediate and extended family.” This tragedy happened on July 31st, only two days following his 19th Birthday. May our loving God and his mother, Mary, enfold Joseph and his entire family in the mantle of protection, shielded from all things negative and restore their minds and hearts to peace and enduring love.”

Joseph was born in Melrose and lived in Revere all of his life. He was a 2012 graduate of Revere High School. He was employed by “Eye-World” Cell Phone at the Tremont Street, Boston location where the tragedy occurred. Ironically, he was to be transferred to the East Boston store on Tuesday, August 6.

Joseph was an unusually loving young man who was most fond of children, especially his 10 year old twin brothers, Alan C. and Steven G. Plitech of Revere and his two year old baby sister, Grace M. Morante of East Boston.  He was the cherished son of Carolyn M. Russo of Revere and Joseph J. Morante, Jr. and his wife, Seeyee Morante of East Boston; the devoted grandson of Richard R. Russo of Arlington and the late Sara E. Russo and Camille M. Morante of Revere and the late Joseph J Morante, Sr. Joseph also leaves his fiancée, Diana Alvarez and his adoring aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Broadway, Revere.  Interment was held privately at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: ROCA, 101 Park Street, Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information, please visit:

Timothy Binford 

Of Texas, formerly of Beverly 

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service today, Wednesday, August 7 beginning at 11 a.m. at West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson Street, Peabody to remember Timothy R. Binford who died suddenly on Saturday, July 27 at his home in Azle, Texas. He was 44 years old.

Born in Beverly where he lived for most of this life, he moved to Manchester, NH and finally to Azie, Texas where he spent his remaining life with his beautiful daughter. He was a 1987 graduate of Beverly High School and worked for O’Reillys Auto Parts in Texas.

He was the beloved son of Fred and Joan (Davis) Binford of Beverly; the cherished father of Katelyn L. Binford of Texas and stepfather to Victoria McMillan of New Hampshire; loving brother to Sandra L. Warren and her husband, Eric J. of Nahant and their children.

In lieu of flowers, it is asked that donations be sent to Boys Brigade Scholarship Fund in memory of Timothy, c/o West Congregational Church, 27 Johnson St., Peabody, MA 01960. Arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. For more information, visit:

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