Obituaries 11-13-2013

Mary Cosco

Retired Waitress, Volunteer, Ceramics Teacher and Longtime Member of Catholic Daughters

Mary V. (Shea) Cosco died at her Revere hoome after a brief illness. She was 98 years old.

Born in Charlestown, she was raised in Chelsea and lived in Chelsea until marrying Albert J. Cosco on September 5, 1938. As a young bride, she lived in Medford before moving to Revere more than 65 years ago.

She was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Chelsea, Class of 1934 and worked as a waitress for Jean’s Caterers of Milford for over 45 years retiring at the age of 84. She was a remarkable and fiercely independent woman who prided herself on her determination to continue her working career. For several years, she was a ceramics teacher at the Revere Youth Center. She also taught the art in Charlestown for several years. She was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America (former Court James Lee.) Mary was also a volunteer for the Salvation Army (Chelsea Citadel.)

She was the wife of the late Albert J. Cosco who passed away in 1981; the devoted mother of Robert A. Cosco and his wife, Judy of Naples, Florida, Judith A. Spellman and her husband, Charles J. Spellman of North Reading, Edward F. Cosco and his wife, Patricia J. of Revere and the late Albert J. “Bert” Cosco, Jr. She was the dear mother in law of Sandra G. Cosco of Saugus and the cherished grandmother of eight: Deborah Chen and her husband, Karl of Broomfield, Colorado, Michael J. Cosco and his wife, Kimberly, Peter G. Cosco and his wife, Stacey, all of Middleton, Robin Cosco of Winchester, Karen Pietrafesa and her husband, John of Wellington, Florida, James Spellman and his wife, Heather of Derry, NH, Craig Spellman and his wife, Sinead of Methuen, Lynne Spellman of Somerville and Brian F. and Krista A. Cosco, both of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by 15 great grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Timothy Shea and the great grandgrandmother of the late Evan.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, November 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, November 15 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:

Lorraine MacLellan

N.E. Tel & Tel Retiree

Lorraine T. (Bronsdon) MacLellan of Spring Hill, Florida, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died unexpectedly at her Florida residence on Saturday, November 9, three days following her 84th birthday.

Born in Chelsea, she lived in there for 25 years before coming to Revere in 1954. She lived in Revere until 1999 when she moved to Spring Hill, Florida. For more than 30 years, she worked for N.E. Tel & Tel (now Verizon) as a telephone operator. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She was the wife of the late Robert S. MacLellan who passed away in September of 1985. From Christmas of 2006 through August of 2011, she sustained the deaths of a grandson, four sons, a brother and a sister. To say that she was a woman of strength and faith is indeed an understatement. She always maintained her role as a mother to be strong and an inspiration to her remaining family.

She was the devoted mother of: Susan M. Noble and her husband, William M. and David P. MacLellan, all of Spring Hill, Florida and the late: Stephen R., John M., Robert T. and Thomas M.MacLellan. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the dear sister of June Gallagher and her husband, Leon of Omaha, Nebraska and the late Dorothy A. Cadogan, Retired Revere Police Detective Thomas C. Brondson, Helen Shea, Mildred Grasso, Chester H. “Bud” Brondson, Jr., James and Richard Brondson.

May God reward her with that perfect peace of spirit that she so richly earned.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, November 18 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9 a.m. Following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. In the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information,

Anthony ‘Chickie’ Giannino

Former Proprietor and Operator of Giannino’s Greenhouse; Member of Revere Moose and Revere Elks

Anthony P. “Chickie” Giannino of Revere died on Thursday, November 7 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, following a long illness. He was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a proud life-long resident of Revere and a 1962 alumnus of Revere High School. From age 14, Chickie worked in the family business, “Giannino’s Greenhouses” of Revere, being the proprietor and operator of the business until the business was dissolved in 2004. Concurrently, along with his responsibilities at the Greenhouse, he worked for over 30 years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in snow removal. Following the close of the Greenhouse, he worked for the Revere DPW until debilitating health forced him to retire.

Chickie was a long-time member of the Revere Elks Lodge #1171, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose #1272 and a long-time supporter and benefactor of the many Revere sports and community action organizations.

He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Nancy T. (Lepito) Giannino; the devoted father of Joseph A. Giannino and his wife, Debra of Boxford and Anthony P. Giannino, Jr. of Revere; the cherished grandfather of: Alexa A., Taylor M., Nicole A., and Anthony P. Giannino, III; the dear brother of Theresa J. Hogrell and her late husband, John, Retired Revere Firefighter Crescenzo C. “Christy” Giannino and his wife, Joann, all of Revere and Roseann Waite and her husband, Harvey of Topsfield and the late: Maria D. “Mary” Lospennato, Florence L. Maglione, Barbara A. Gambale, Joseph L. Giannino, Carmella “Millie” Piscopio and Marie A. “Dolly” Giannino. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, November 13 from 4 to 7:15 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Following the visitation, a Memorial Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.

Josephine Naples

Lifelong Resident of Boston’s North End

Josephine C. (Cesario) Naples, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North End, died after a short illness at Epoch Nursing Center of Melrose on November 6. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Naples, who was born, raised and lived in the North End for her entire life, was a devoted wife and mother, caring for her family and keeping an impeccable and meticulous home.

She was the wife of the late William A. “Sonny” Naples who passed away on May 26, 2006; the dear mother of Lucille A. Capone and her husband, Patrick of Dover, New Hampshire, Rose N. Rago and her husband, Nicholas of Hampton, NH, Jody A. Lukas-Peck and her husband, Charles of Malden and William C. Naples of South Boston; the beloved grandmother of Patrick K. Capone and his wife, Rebecca of Stratham, NH, Nicholas W. Rago and his wife, Amanda of York, Maine, Jana N. and Lea N. Rago, both of Hampton, NH and Shane P. Lukas of Malden. She is also lovingly survived by four great-grandchildren: Isabella, Gianna, Nicolas and Kendall and by many nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. A Graveside Funeral Service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For additional information:

Joseph ‘Joe Dumpy’ D’Ambrosio

Charter Member of VFW Mottolla Post of Revere and NRA Member

Joseph A. “Joe Dumpy” D’Ambrosio of Revere died unexpectedly on Friday, November 8 at the Foxwoods Resorts of Connecticut. He was 89 years old. Joe and his wife, Judy were at Foxwoods to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on November 6. Joe died on November 8, 16 days before his 90th birthday.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a life-long Revere resident and a 1941 graduate of Revere High School. Early in his working career, he worked for the former Bethlehem Steel as a draftsman. He spent more than 20 years with General Electric Co. of Lynn, retiring at age 62 in 1985. A little known fact about Joe’s early retirement, which is most worthy to be known… As he was considering retirement, a young man who had the same position as Joe was about to be laid off. When Joe approached the personnel department, he made a hard and fast deal, that he would retire only on the guarantee that the young man would continue his employment, uninterrupted. Anyone who really knew Joe would not be surprised by his unselfishness and kindness – a character trait that he kept well hidden, but often practiced.

Joe also maintained a business within the fish industry as a long-time clam digger, which he enjoyed immensely. He also ran a weekly “flea-market” from the grounds of his home on the marsh for many years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from June of 1943 to February of 1946. He was a “Charter Member” of the VFW Mottollo Post, #4524 of Revere and a member of the National Rifle Association.

In addition to his beloved wife of 30 years, Judith A. (Jagello) D’Ambrosio, he was the devoted father of: Peter J. D’Ambrosio and his wife, Dawn of Revere, Joseph A. D’Ambrosio, Jr. of Sheffield, MA, Jay A. D’Ambrosio and his wife, Lisa of Revere, Scott M. D’Ambrosio of Boxford and Shawn E. D’Ambrosio and his wife, Elizabeth of Chelmsford; the cherished grandfather of: Peter J. D’Ambrosio, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Lynnfield, Joseph A. D’Ambrosio, III and his wife, Nicole of Portland, Maine, Andrea R. and Angelina Marie D’Ambrosio, both of Melrose, Scott R. and Christopher J. D’Ambrosio, both of Middleton, Megan and Albertina. He is also lovingly survived by four great–grandchildren: Gianna, Gabriella, Caleb and Maya. He was the dear brother of the late Mildred A. Cinseruli and the special uncle to: Patricia M. Wyatt of Revere and the late Vincent M. and Andrea M. Cinseruli.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere today, Wednesday, November 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 So. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923. For more information, please

Joseph Dwyer

Industrial Designer of Maryland, formerly of Revere

Joseph E. Dwyer of Timonium, MD, formerly of Revere, died on November 8. He was 66 years old.

Joseph was an Industrial Designer for Yves St. Laurent and Eberhard Farber and he most recently worked at McCormick Spice Co., MD. He was an avid automobile enthusiast and was the President of the Tri County Corvette Club.

He was the loving son of the late Joseph E. and Rose Marie (Defilippo) Dwyer; beloved husband of Mary Jane (Connolly) Dwyer of Maryland; devoted father of Brendan Dwyer of Maryland; dear brother of his twin sister Rose Marie (Dwyer) Richard of Walpole, Christine Jeffries and her husband, John of Chelsea and Margaret Dwyer of Woburn; cherished uncle of Amy Hill and her husband, Brian and Brian Richard and his wife, Diana, all of Attleboro.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, November 15 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. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.-8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Joseph’s name to: Dana- Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215. To light a candle or to leave a memory or condolence, please

Florence ‘Flo’ Donovan

Worked for USDA Food Stamp Program

Florence “Flo” (Salucco) Donovan, a lifetime resident of East Boston, passed away on November 9. She was 89 years old.

After graduating from East Boston High School, Class of 1941, Flo went to work for the USDA as a secretary for the Food Stamp Program.

She was the beloved wife of the late William F. Donovan; devoted mother of Juliane Donovan-McCormack and her late husband, James “Jimmy” McCormack and William Donovan and his wife, Sharon, all of Peabody; dear sister of Lillian Nicotera and Linda Anderson, both of Seabrook, NH, Carmen and Roger Salucco and the late Joseph and Jerry Salucco. She was the loving grandmother and great-grandmother of Kiara, Kameryn, Serena, Nathan, Jossalynn, Abigail and Dominic. She was the daughter of the late Carmen and Josephine (Annese) Salucco and the daughter in-law of the late Daniel Donovan #1 VP International Long Shoreman Assoc and Julia (Portella) Donovan. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly Invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Aleppo Shriners 99 Fordham Rd Wilmington MA 01887. For guest book please visit

Madeline Sutera

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Madeline R. (Capazzi) of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Boston’s North End, died on November 7. She was 85 years old.

Born in Boston’s North End, the daughter of the late Michael and Gins (Retrovato) Capizzi, Madeline and Sal moved in Revere in 1974 to raise their daughter, Anna, and then moved to Peabody in 1996.

She was the beloved wife of Vincent; devoted mother of Anna Terrazzano and her husband, Paul; cherished grandmother of Paul Jr., Dominic and Gina, all of Peabody; dear sister of Michaelina Amato and the late Sam Capazzi, Louis Capazzi, Joseph Capazzi and Mary Benvenuto. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arramgements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book, please

Joyce Halopoff

Trucking Company Accountant

Joyce M. Halopoff of Salem, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 12. She was 60 years old.

A longtime Chelsea resident and graduate of the Shurtleff School and Chelsea High School, Joyce passed away at her sister’s home Tuesday morning where she had been receiving supportive care since being diagnosed with lung cancer in March of this year. A faithful and avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, she enjoyed spending time at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun and, until her health made her unable to work, she worked as a accountant for ADCOO, Inc. a transportation and distribution trucking company in Lynn.

She was the devoted mother of Keven Halopoff and his fiancee, Paige Doherty of Salem; long time companion of Maribeth Reagan of Salem; loving daughter of Anthony Citro of Revere and the late Jeanette (Tracia) Citro; dear sister of Donna Tobin and her husband, Fred of Peabody, Fr. Anthony Citro of Michigan and Thomas Citro and his wife, Elaine of Saugus; former wife of Michael Halopoff of California; cherished aunt of Renee Russo of Lynn, Jason Coelynn of Lynnfield and Erica Citro of Saugus and great aunt of Brianna and Anthony Russo.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, November 16 from 11a.m. To 1 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St. Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joyce’s name may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. To send a message of condolence to Joyce’s family, please visit

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