Obituaries 12-18-2013

John Kelliher

Worked at Donatello’s Restaurant

John F. Kelliher of Malden died suddenly on December 11.

An employee for more than 20 years at Donatello’s Restaurant, he was the beloved husband of Barbara (Miller) Marciano-Kelliher; devoted father of John F. Jr. of Baton Rouge, LA, Thomas of Watertown, and Stepsons Christopher Marciano of Lynn and John Marciano of Malden; dear brother of William of Arlington and the late Leonard, Robert and Mary Dellagata. He is also survived by five loving grandchildren: Alyssa, Nicholas, Benjamin, Andrew and Sarah.

A Memorial Visitation will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, December 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a prayer service at 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., #400, Waltham MA 02451. For guest book please visit

William Powers

Retired Electrician and Motorcycle Enthusiast

William E. Powers died unexpectedly on December 7 at his home in Anderson, South Carolina. He was 65 years old.

Born in Saugus on August 8, 1948, he attended Saugus Schools and was a 1966 graduate of Saugus High School and a 1970 gradaute of Wentworth Institute of Boston. For more than 20 years, he worked for the Peabody Municipal Light Plant as an electrician until his retirement in 2012 when he moved to South Carolina. Prior to the move, he lived in Revere for about 10 years but the majority of his life was spent in Saugus.

He was a US Army veteran of Vietnam and Desert Storm having served 24 years with the Army National Guard. His memberships include the Saugus American Legion Post and VFW and he was also a Past Exalted Ruler of the Saugus Lodge of Elks. Mr. Powers was a motorcycle enthusiast and member of the Hampton Seacoast Motorcycle Club.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Brenda J. (Hemeon) Powers and was the beloved father of: William E. Powers, Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Epping, NH, Jennifer and Janine Powers, both of Saugus, Kim M. Catizone and her husband, Michael of Pelham, NH and Cheryl L. Cimino and her husband, Sandro of West Peabody; the cherished grandfather to: Ashley, Nicole, Kaley, Samantha, Joseph, Cole, Cheyenne and Nicholas. He was the dear brother of Jacqueline Howard and her husband, Donald of Saugus and is also lovingly survived by his great grandaughter, Cassidy as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in Ireland and by his many friends and extended family in Anderson, South Carolina.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private.

Gayle Johnson

Victim of Tragic Accident

Gayle M. Johnson, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on December 10 following a tragic vehicular accident. She was 52 years old.

Born in Everett, she was a 1980 graduate of Revere High School and attended Bunker Hill Community College. She was a mail clerk secretary for several Boston Insurance Companies and, for the past six years, she was a clerk for Mellen Bank of Bedford.

She and her family were long time members of the First Congregational Church where she was active in the youth group and the church food pantry.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Ernest C. and Mary E. (Paul) Johnson; the cherished and devoted sister of Mark E. Johnson and his late wife, Gail Lisa (Stathas) of Woburn and Karen E. Johnson of Revere with whom she made her home. She was also the adoring aunt of Nicholas E. and Matthew H. Johnson, both of Woburn.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Officiating at services was the Rev. Nicholas G. Granitsas, Pastor of First Congregational Church of Revere and a close personal family friend. Interment was in the family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 94 Central Avenue, Revere 02151. For more information, please visit:

Augusto Sapone

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Augusto Sapone of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on December 11 surrounded by his loving family.

He was the beloved husband of Nelida L. (Curbelo); loving father of Monica Napoli and her husband, Frank of Saugus and Fernando Sapone of Revere and is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Jessica, Sabrina, Amanda and Katerina Napoli.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For guest

Dolores Paturzo

Retired Revere Police Department Coordinator

Dolores M. (Ventola) Paturzo of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, died on December 9 at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston following a valiant battle with lung cancer. She was 70 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, the daughter of the late James and Lucy (Calococci) Ventola, she was a 1961 graduate of the former Julie Billiart Catholic Central High School of the North End where “Dee” was known as a champion swimmer.

She moved to Revere 50 years ago and worked for the Revere Police Department as a call taker and coordinator for more than 18 years until her retirement in 2005. She enjoyed cooking and baking for family and friends, loved knitting, crocheting and ceramics and also taught an evening craft class at Revere High School.

“Dee” was the wife of the late Thomas A. Paturzo who died in November of 1997; the devoted mother of Tracey A. Paturzo and her boyfriend, Michael Matarazzo of Revere; the cherished sister of: Angela Capone and her late husband, Charles of Somerville, James Ventola and his wife, Laurel Thorne of Ocala, Florida, Christine “Chris” Welch and her husband, Allan Welch of Saugus and Nicholas “Nick” Ventola and his wife, Julie Ventola of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass. General Hospital Cancer Center, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02114 or online at: Other condolences may be left at Dolores’ online guestbook

Jennie Critch

Of Florida, Formerly of Revere

Jennie Critch of Estero, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on December 10. She was 94 years old.

While she resided in Revere, Jennie’s working career consisted of long term jobs with Transitron Electronics Corp in East Boston, Lester Shoe Co in Chelsea and the Necco Corp.
Her life was centered on her family and friends. She was known for her generosity and was always there for loved ones in need. Jennie spent hours in the kitchen cooking her famous spaghetti and meatballs for her husband, daughter, grandchildren and friends who had come to love her cooking almost as much as her.
Jennie enjoyed playing cards with her friends and spending time with her large family. During the last 20 years, she was under the care of her constant companion and daughter, Elaine and son in law, Joe of Estero. For the past eight years, she was a resident of the Life Care Center of Estero.

“Nana” will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Born February 22, 1919 to Maria and Geralamo Veglia of Revere, Jennie was married for 43 years to Richard S. Critch until his death in 1983. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Patenaude and her husband Joe; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was the third born of 14 children and is survived by four sisters: Natalie Daley and Eleanor Henegan of Revere, Grace Daley of Wilmington and Nancy Rivers of Albany, Vermont; three 3 brothers: Alfred Veglia and Frank Veglia of West Palm Beach, Florida and Victor Veglia of Medford.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Light Church in Estero, Florida. Online condolences may be left at

Mary Pagliarulo

Longtime Employee of the Chelsea Soldiers Home

Mary E. (Daley) Pagliarulo of Chelsea died on December 14, nine days before her 74th birthday which she would have celebrated at Newbridge Café with steak tips and a Bloody Mary.

Born in Vermont, she began working at the Fessenden School in Waltham at age 18 where she met her first husband, Rocco Pagliarulo. They married and moved to Chelsea to raise their family and where she started her longtime employment at the Chelsea Soliders Home.

Later in life, she met Alfred DeAngelis, who was a fellow Moose Lodge member. They eloped to Las Vegas and settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mary hated being away from her three daughters so Alfred, who loved her so much, agreed to move back to Revere so she could be closer to her girls who, in fact, she was often seen walking with, laughing and enjoying life.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alfred DeAngelis and Rocco Pagliarulo; devoted mother of Deborah Pagliarulo and her husband, George Cashman, Nancy Pagliarulo and Diane Hernandez and her former husband, Vincent; dear sister of William Daley, Kathy Frost, James Daley, Nancy Hubbard and the late George Daley and is also survived by five loving grandchildren.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, December 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. followed by prayers at 7 p.m. in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St., Revere. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary’s name to: Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place, Brookline, Ma 02445. For online guestbook and memorials please visit

Stella Michalski

Amateur Radio Operator Who Enjoyed Gardening

Stella M. (Dudek) Michalski of Revere died on December 13. She was 89 years old.

Mrs. Michalski worked for many years in the Navy Yard at the South Boston Naval Annex. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time as an Amateur Radio Operator and working on her garden.

Born in Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Ann (Kania) Dudek, she lived most of her life in Revere and was the beloved wife of the late Stanislaw “Stanley” RPD, the devoted mother of Edward J. of Revere; dear sister of the late Joseph Dudek, Peter Dudek, Frank Dudek and Alice Woytach and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St. Revere today, Wednesday, December 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Ruth Merrill

Star Market-Shaws Retiree

Ruth M. (McCarthy) Merrill, a 40 year resident of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 16 at the Mass. General Hospital in Boston following a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

Born and raised in Charlestown, she attended St. Francis de Sales Grammar & High School and was a graduate of Charlestown High School, Class of 1951. She remained in Charlestown until moving to Revere in 1965 and continued to live in Revere until moving to Middleton with her daughters in 2007.

Mrs. Merrill worked as a lead cashier for the Star Markets Group (Shaws), retiring in 1998. Her expertise in her work led her across the state as the company opened new stores where she would train the cashier team and then moved on ot her next assignment.

She was the beloved wife of the late William F. “Bill” Merrill who died in July of 1988 (Bill was a popular personality and Revere DPW employee.) She was the deoted mother of: Robert W. Merrill and his wife, Mary F. of Lowell, Joan C. Buonopane and her husband, Bartholomew “Bart” and Ruthellen Duhainy, all of Middleton; the cherished grandmother of Robert and Renee Merrill, both of Lowell, William and Domenic Buonopane and Zenah Duhainy, all of Middleton. She is also lovingly surived by four great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Charles, William, John and Daniel McCarthy and Claire Aucella.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, December 19 beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 11 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, visit:


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