Obituaries 04-16-2014

Francesca ‘Frances’ Pustizzi


Francesca “Frances” (Gigante) Pustizzi of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on April 13.

Frances was born in Italy and came to the United States when she was 39 years old. She worked as a stitcher for a Boston clothing company.

She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Pustizzi; devoted mother of Carmelo Pustizzi and his wife, Kathleen of Billerica and Robert Pustizzi and his wife, Maria Garffio-Pustizzi of Medford; cherished grandmother of five and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, April 16 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For online memorial and guest book, please

Carmen Moretti

Retired MIT Custodian

Services have been held for Carmen A. Moretti of Revere who died unexpectedly at the Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge on March 22. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, he was educated in Boston Schools, entered the US Navy in June of 1943 and served until April of 1946 as a Ship’s Cook 2nd Class. He worked for the National Biscuit Co. of Boston as a young man, Converse Rubber Co. for many years and retired in 1991 as a custodian from MIT in Cambridge after 12 years of service.

He and his devoted and beloved wife of 63 years, Rosemarie A. “Babe” (LaCortiglia) Moretti lived in Beverly for more than 30 years before moving to Revere 40 years ago. The couple were members of the ITAM Post of Beverly.

In addition to his wife, he is lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the son of the late John and Maria (Censale) Moretti.

Services have been held. Interment was private. Remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere (

Bella Kligerman

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Florida

Bella (Kagan) Kligerman of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Boynton Beach, Florida, entered into rest April 11. She was 95 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Daniel Kligerman, she was the devoted mother of Dr. Barry A. Kligerman and his wife, Vickie of Plantation, Florida and Lester Kligerman and his wife, Gaye of Peabody, who loved and respected her greatly; the loving sister of Pearl Bass and her husband, Sonny of Swampscott and the late Phil, Charlie and Irving Kagan; cherished grandmother of David and Allyson, Seth and Jennifer, Matthew, Maxwell, Scott and Julie, Amy and Cody and Shane and the adored great grandmother of Benjamin. Funeral services were held at the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Interment was at Tifereth Israel of Revere Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to Hadassah, PO Box 745, New York, NY 10101-0745. For online condolences, please

Nellie ‘Nikki’ Powers

New England Telephone Co. Retiree

Nellie “Nikki” (Di Fiore) Powers of Revere died on April 10 at the Kaplan Family Hospice. She was 91 years old.

A 25 year employee of New England Telephone, retiring in 1988, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Joseph and Jenny (Racca). She was the beloved wife of the late Robert E. Powers Sr.; devoted mother of James E Powers and his wife, Jean of Revere, Robert E Powers, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Maine, Joseph N. Powers and his wife, Darlene of Revere and Bernadette M. Powers and her husband, Michael of Florida; dear sister of Susan Di Fiore of Revere, Christopher Di Fiore and his wife, Ruth of Medford, Edward Di Fiore and his wife, Eleanor of Springfield, Herbert Di Fiore and his wife, Joanne of S. Dennis and the late Carl Di Fiore and his surviving wife, Anna of Revere. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren Jason, Jenni, Jessi, Nicole, Rian and Robert Powers III and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in Nikki’s name may be made to: Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit:

Constance ‘Connie’ Gallant

Happy as Wife, Mother and Grandmother Who Provided Unsurpassed Love, Care and Support

Constance “Connie” E. (Thistle) Gallant of Revere entered into eternal peace on April 7 surrounded by her family. She was 76 years old.

Although having numerous and varied part-time jobs, including as an operator with the Telephone Company, and as a cocktail waitress at the Village Green in Danvers, Connie was happiest and most proficient in her primary role as a homemaker. She latched onto the role of wife and mother at an early age and went at it with enthusiasm and determination, providing unsurpassed love, care and support to her husband and children.

Anybody who ever had Connie’s macaroni and roast beef Sunday dinners realized what a great cook she was. Her gravy (the red stuff) and her meatballs were unbeatable. Steak in the frying pan and hand cut french fries were another staple. Supper on the table at 5:30 every weeknight was like clockwork for so many years, a labor of love. Connie was uncompromising in making sure her young children were well dressed, ironing clothes for hours while on the phone with one of her cousins, preparing five children for the school week ahead.

Later in life, Connie heaped unconditional love upon her grandchildren. Taking them on train trips to New York City to see the Nutcracker, summertime vacations to the Margate in New Hampshire, and many other excursions. She especially enjoyed receiving visits and conversing with her grandchildren and their friends. In her last days of life, Connie talked about how missing her grandchildren would be her greatest loss.

Connie often spoke about how lucky she was to have such wonderful friends and neighbors. She knew how important that was and was ever so grateful.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph V. Gallant, as well as four children and 16 beloved grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first born son, Peter (Joseph), a Boston Police detective who passed away suddenly on January 4, 2013. She is survived by Peter’s wife, Kathy (Fougere) of West Roxbury, who remained lovingly close to her, as well as by their children: Jennifer, Joseph, Christopher and Maria. Connie is also survived by three sons and their spouses: Paul and Jean (DeNisco), of Halifax, MA., and their children, David, Daniel and Mary; Mark and Dianne (Noel) of Hyannis, and their children, Matthew, Nicholas and Marissa and Steven and Marissa (Manuele) of Reading and their children Mark-Anthony, Isabella and Madeleine.

She is also survived by her only daughter, her confidant, her main caregiver and soul mate, Mary Ann, and her husband, Stephen O’Leary, of Reading, as well as their children, Stephen, Michael and Alison.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Connie’s memory to The Salvation Army, Attn: Development, 25 Shawmut Rd., Canton, MA 02021. For

Lenore Contarino

Of East Boston

Lenore J. (Amico) Contarino of East Boston passed away on April 10 surrounded by her loving family. She was 73 years old.

The cherished daughter of the late Mary (Romano) and Joseph Amico, she was the beloved wife of Michael Contarino; loving sister of Annette Johns and her late husband, Robert, Elaine Wallace and her late husband, John and the late Salvatore Amico; adored aunt of Darleen Welshons, Maureen Abate, Allen Welshons and his wife Mary, Elaine Bertolino, Jodi Cirrone and her husband, Marc, Sean Wallace, Maryellen Wallace, Kathleen Wallace and Karen Minasian; caring step-mother of Anthony Contarino and his wife, Lori, Patty Contarino and Danielle Contarino and her husband, Josh and cherished grandmother of Brooke and Michael.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lenore’s memory may be made to the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or by visiting For guestbook:

Angela Adams

Lifelong Revere Resident

Angela (Caruso) Adams, a lifelong resident of Revere, died suddenly at home on April 9. She was 69 years old.

The beloved mother of James Adams and his wife, Lisa of Maynard and the devoted daughter of Rose (Rossi) Caruso and the late Armando, she was the dear sister of Armand Caruso of Revere and is also survived by her loving granddaughter, Sofia.

Funeral services were held in The Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Angela’s memory to the charity of your choice. For guest book please visit

Angelo Ravagno

Of Merrimack

Angelo C. Ravagno of Merrimack passed away on February 25 at his home after a long illness. He was 75 years old.

He was born on September 19, 1938 in Boston to the late Angelo and Tomasina (Fontana) Ravagno.

Before retirement, he was last employed as an expeditor for Electronic Fasteners in Waltham. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

Angelo was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Michael Ravagno and is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Barbara (Marino) Ravagno; two daughters, Jennie Paulette and Karen McDonald; three sons, Thomas, James and Robert Ravagno; several grandchildren, and by four great-grandchildren.

There are no calling hours. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date, at the convenience of the family.

Lisa Fortunato

Child Care Worker

Lisa M. (Reynolds) Fortunato, a 10 year resident of East Boston, died after a year long battle with metastatic cancer on April 13 at Boston Medical Center. She was 50 years old.

Born and raised in Leominster, she spent most of her life in the Fitchburg Area before moving to East Boston 10 years ago. She was a child care worker and caregiver for several agencies, the last being Rock & Roll Day Care of Boston.

She was the cherished fiance of Michael T. Corbett of East Boston with whom she made her home; the beloved mother of Chris Fortunato and his wife, Aleesa of Garland, Maine and Eric Marien of Somerville; dear sister of Cheryl Reymolds of Fitchberg and David Reynolds of Seattle, Washington and the devoted grandmother of Anton, Phoebe and Lily. She is also lovngly survived by The Colbert and Gay Family of family of East Boston and Medford.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, April 18 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A Funeral Memorial Service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Boston Medical Center, Attn: “Cancer Care,” One Boston Medical Center Place, Boston, MA 02118. For more information, visit:

Concetta ‘Connie’ Pasquale


Services and interment was held privately for Concetta ‘Connie” (Penta) Pasquale of Revere who died at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on April 12 following a brief illness. She was 76 years old.

A homemaker, born and raised in Naples, Avellino, Italy, she came to the United States in September of 1961, settling in Revere.

She was the wife of the late Anthony M. Pasquale; the beloved mother of Carmille R. Pasquale, sister of Michelina Pasquale and Joseph Penta and his wife, all of Avellino, Italy and the late Lena Penta of Italy. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews in the United States and in Italy.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart & American Stroke Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For additional information, visit:

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