Obituaries 08-14-2013

James Milton Harriss

Retired Cook, Will Be Remembered for His Kindness, Intelligence and Sense of Humor

James Milton “Jim” Harriss died surrounded by family in his Revere home on Friday evening, August 9.  He was 93 years old.

Jim served in the United States Coast Guard from 1940 to 1962 and traveled all over the world.  One of his favorite places was Rhodes, Greece.  Through the years he spoke often and fondly about his time there.  He became an expert cook as a 1st Class Petty Officer for the US Coast Guard and took those skills to McLean Hospital for 25 years until his retirement.  He will be remembered for his kindness, intelligence and sense of humor.  Jim’s love of gardening and cooking for family and friends will be missed.

Born October 1, 1919 in Wilmington, NC, to Esther Harriss, he was predeceased by:  his wife of 17 years, Martha “Pat” (Mather) Harriss, originally from Manchester, England and his uncle and aunt, Milton and Mamie Harris of Wilmington, NC.  He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah Harriss of Revere and Victoria Harriss Provost, her husband Mark Provost and their children Ella and Naomi of Hamilton.  Jim leaves his partner of 20 years, Anne Calcaterra of Arlington.  He also leaves Maria (Calcaterra) Hood, her husband, Peter, their sons, Kyle and Ryan, Anita Cristina Calcaterra and her partner Leah Gilbert who considered him part of their family. He is also survived by his cousins: Harold Harris and his wife, Lucinda of Maryland, their children, Greg Lanier of California, Pamela Harris of North Carolina and Fran (Harris) Fulcher, her husband Nathan and their children, Grace and Maxx of Florida.  Jim also leaves many beloved friends and extended family.

A celebration of the life of James Harriss will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynn.  A reception will follow at the church and all are welcome to share memories of a life well lived.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the “Building Fund” at St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 74 South Common Street, Lynn, Massachusetts, 01902/781-599-4220.

Caroline Haney

Revere Farmer’s Market Volunteer

Caroline M. (Guertin) Haney of Revere died suddenly at her home on August 2.

Caroline was a graduate of Masconomet Regional High School and Salem State College. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Revere Housing Authority for several years.  She also did volunteer work at the Revere Farmer’s Market.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas G. Haney of Revere, and her brother, Michael Guertin of Londonderry, NH. Her sister, Rose Guertin, predeceased her.

A private ceremony was held.  Donations in Caroline’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army.

Ernest Hart


Ernest R. Hart of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on August 7.

Mr. Hart worked as a chauffeur for a taxi company and was the cherished son of the late William and Ethel (Reed) Hart; step son of the late Clayton Dodge; dear brother of Phyllis Brady and William Hart, both of Everett and the late Lillian Tato, Gordon, Robert and Al Hart. He was the cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews and great and grand nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere and committal will take place today, Wednesday, August 14 at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and guest book:

Antoinetta DiRuzza

Longtime Box Company Machine Operator 

Antoinetta DiRuzza died at her Revere home on August 8 surrounded by her family.

A lifelong Revere resident, she worked for many years as a machine operator in a box company

She was the beloved daughter of the late Phillip and Mary (Cristello) DiRuzza; dear sister of Theresa Marks of Lynn, Jennie Robichaud, Dolores Daigle, Pasquale “Pat” and the late Mario, Angelo and Felix and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MA, 9 Erie Drive, Natick MA 01760. For guest book please visit: www.

Andrea Zaccaria 

Of Revere  

Andrea (Rich) Zaccaria of Revere died on August 11. She was 57 years old.

The beloved wife of Salvie  Zaccaria of Revere, she was the devoted mother of Salvie M. and Michael F. ,both of Revere; dear sister of Mary Anne Hanson of Maine; loving daughter of Joseph and Anne (Litwin) Rich; aunt of Michael, Gregory, Victoria, Jacqueline and the late Victor; sister-in-law Emily Zaccaria and Debra Zaccaria of Revere.

Visiting hours will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, August 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Donations in Andrea’s name may be made to: Dana Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For guestbook and online memorial please visit:


Victor Frangolini 

Retired Clothing Designer, Decorated Veteran 

Victor Frangolini of North Billerica, formerly of Revere and Somerville, died on August 11.

Born in Italy, Victor came to the United States at age seven and moved to Somerville from Rochester, NY as a young adult. After the war, he moved to Revere where he lived most of his adult life before moving to Florida for 15 years. He served in the US Army during World War II in the 104th Infantry Regiment and earned the Bronze Star. He worked as a designer for College Town and Berkshire Apparel Clothing Co and was a member of the ILGU and the Revere American Legion.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rose “Babe” (Petrella); devoted father of Debra Saraceni and her husband, Steve with whom he made his home, cherished grandfather of Rose Saraceni, dear brother of the late Elvira DelCol, Anna Mastrogiovanni, Pasquale Frangolini and Alice DiPietro, Loving companion of 27 years to Gert Imber and dear uncle to many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, August 15 at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc, 20 Speen St, Framingham MA 01701.


Dorothea Gesamondo 

Retired Registered Nurse, Active at Immaculate Conception Parish and Member of Many Organizations 

Dorothea E. (McCellan) Gesamondo, a longtime resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died after a brief illness at Winchester Hospital on August 11. She was 92 year old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a 1939 graduate of Chelsea High School and a 1943 alumna of Chelsea Memorial Hospital – School of Nursing. After receiving her R.N., she worked at Chelsea Memorial Hospital for about 10 years.

She moved to Revere with her husband, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Sr., in 1944 and remained in Revere until his death in 1993 when she moved to her daughter’s home in Lynnfield.

Always an energetic woman, she managed to be an exemplary mother, grandmother, daughter and care giver while maintaining an active social calendar. A faithful member of Immaculate Conception Parish Community, she was a past president and member of the Immaculata Guild at Immaculate Conception School and a Eucharistic Minister for the Parish. She was also a volunteer at Lighthouse Nursing & Rehab center, as a pastoral assistant.

“Dottie” was a Past Regent and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Court James Lee and a member of COA at St. Agnes Church in Reading. She was a member and a past officer of the Revere Woman’s Club. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of Revere’s Smart Set Bowling League and the City of Revere’s Senior Bowling League.

She was the cherished mother of: Anita M. Lalicata and her late husband, Anthony of Reading, Salvatore J. Gesamondo, Sr. and his wife, Doris of Lynnfield, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Jr. and his wife, Frances of West Newbury and Mary B. DeMaina and her husband, Joseph of Lynnfield; devoted grandmother of: Anthony Lalicata of Reading, Anthony Gesamondo, II of Lynn, Gina Gesamondo of Chestnut Hill, Deanna Moran of Dorchester, Doris Fournier of Reading, Salvatore Gesamondo, Jr. of Lynn, Anthony Gesamondo, III and John Gesamondo, both of West Newbury, Michael Gesamondo of Mansfield, Christopher DeMaina of Newton, Daniel DeMaina of Medford and Meredith (DeMaina) Kells of Wenham. She is also lovingly survived by 11 great grandchildren: Dante, Trinity and Dino Gesamondo, Sophia and Griffin Fournier, Emerson and Genevieve Moran, Christian DeMaina, Anabelle (Gesamondo) Acari, Enzo and Stella (Lalicata); dear aunt to Jo-Ann Sarro of Revere, Grace Statuto of Danvers and the late Betty-Ann Santosuosso. Mrs. Gesamondo was the daughter of the late Hugh F. and Rosanna M. (Wilneff) McClellan.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 771 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, August 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Fund for Autistic Children, 22 Meeting House Hill Road, West Newbury, MA 01985. Please visit: for additional information.

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