Obituaries 06-11-2014

Alfred Collazzo

Retired Machinist

Alfred Collazzo of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died on June 8 at Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was raised in Somerville, the son of the late Francesco and Carmela (Petrone) Collazzo, he attended Somerville Schools and worked as a machinist for many years for Sylvania and Avco.

He was the beloved husband of Josephine (Mirisola); devoted father of Susan Millman and her husband, Barry of Tewksbury, Barbara Noonan and her husband ,Michael of Georgetown, Andrew and his wife, Susan of Saugus and John of Revere; dear brother of Francis Collazzo of Revere and the late Theresa Collazzo, Mary Collazzo, Joseph Collazzo and Ralph Collazzo. He is also survived by his loving granddaughter Adrianna.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, June 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Mary of the Assumption Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Virginia Parker

Proprietor and Stylist at “Virginia Parker’s Beauty Salon”

Virginia E. (Teta) Parker, a long time Revere resident, died on Wednesday, June 4 at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Boston, she lived in East Boston during her early years before coming to Revere more than 60 years ago. She was an alumna of the prestigious Boston Latin Girls’ High School, Class of 1945 and owned and operated “Virginia Parker’s Beauty Salon” on Beach Street, Revere for 50 years – from 1950 to 2000. Her salon became a “meeting place” for many of the senior set, especially a segment of “The Greatest Generation.” Clients became part of her and her family’s extended family. Virginia always had a stash of baked goods for her clients as well as the infamous cup of coffee. In spite of the many arthritic flare ups she sustained as well as several surgeries, she maintained a most positive attitude for life and living. She thrived upon the attendion brought to her life and she nutured a close and loving bond with her eight siblings.

She was a long time active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Family and a member of the Immaculata Guild of the Immaculate Conception Grammar and High School. Over the years, she was blessed to have her youngest daughter, Kim, work alongside to maintain her clientele.

She was the cherished mother of: Debra A. Murphy and her husband, Boxford Chief of Police Michael J. Murphy of Saugus, Richard M. and James M. Parker and Kim E. Parker, all of Revere; the devoted grandmother of Revere Firefighter Michael J. Murphy, Jr. and his wife, Tricia of Lynnfield and Alexya T. Femino and her husband, Christopher of Saugus. She was the dear sister of Grace Raponi of Newport Richey, formerly of Saugus, Stephen Teta and his wife, Ann of Winthrop and the late Anthony, Carmen, Ralph and Charles Teta and Adelaide Miniscalco and Kathleen Lucido. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren: Abigail, Molly, Christopher, Madilyn and Michael; her brother in law, Frank Miniscalco of Andover and three sisters-in-law: Karen Bernard of Charlotte, ND, Jenny Teta of Andover and Rosemary Tata of Accadia, California. Many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grandnephews also survive her.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114-2699. For additional information, please visit:

Dorothy Jannino

Family was the Center of Her Life

Dorothy M. (Smith) Jannino, a lifelong resident of Revere and a graduate of Revere High Scool, Class of 1957, died unexpectedly at her Revere residence on June 1.

Dorothy’s wants were few as her family was the center of her life.

She was the wife of the late Anthony J. “Slim” Jannino who passed in December of 1977; the devoted mother of: Donna M. Ciarlone of Bradenton, Florida and Lisa Marie Arma and her husband, Jose of Revere; the cherished grandmother of: Ashley L. And Kasey L. Arma, both of Revere, Anthony J. Soto and his partner, Craig Lampert-Soto of Mansfield, Amanda C. Soto and her partner, Randy Johnston, Alexander L Soto and his partner, Charleen Jimenez, Adam C. Soto and his fiancee, Brenna Wilson and Elizabeth W. Soto, all of Florida. She was the dear sister of Edward Smith and his wife, Edna of Florida, Donald F. Smith of Revere, Janet Parker and her husband, John of Chelsea and the late former Revere City Councillor Richard A. “Dick” Smith who passed on February 14, 2014 and the late Frank “Sonny” Smith and William “Billy” Smith. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandaughter, Jaslyn D. Torres and her sister-in-law, Kathleen A. “Kath” (DeRosa) Smith of Revere and by many nieces and nephews.

Services have been held. Interment was private. Remembrances may be made to: The Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-9849. For more information, visit:

Joanne Fraser

Accounts Receivable Representative

Joanne (Crumley) Fraser of Revere died peacefully at home on June 3. She was 64 years old.

Joanne, who was a graduate of Revere High School, worked as an accounts receivable representative, most recently for Diversified Credit Services.

She was the devoted mother of Michelle Jones and her husband, John of Revere, Jared Fraser and his wife, Trish of Dracut and the late Richard Fraser; beloved daughter of Angelina (Spinazola) of Saugus and the late Francis Crumley; loving grandmother of JJ, Myles, Marcus and Autumn and the dear sister of Frank Crumley of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanne’s memory to the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St Framingham MA 01701. For guest book please visit

Lena ‘Lee’ Pallozzi

Retired Filene’s Executive

Lena G. “Lee” Pallozzi, an 80 year resident of East Boston and 60 year executive with Filene’s Department Store of Boston, died following a brief illness on June 7 at the Southeast Health Care Center of Easton, MA. She was 91 years old.

Born in Clinton on November 11, 1922, the fourth child of Ralph and Josephine (Tarullo) Pellozzi, the family moved to East Boston in 1934 and “Lee” proudly called East Boston home ever since.

She began working part time in the Filene’s Department Store of Downtown Boston as a Christmas wrapper and bundle person. She was rehired in 1940 and remained with Filene’s for 60 years. For many years, she was the Executive Accounts Manager within the Credit Department. Her awards and citations from Filene’s are many. Filene’s was a second home to Lee and it is where she nutured many, many friendships and close relationships.

Her stories of her times at Filene’s were rich and entertaining — from meeting Elizabeth Taylor and Cary Grant, to the glamour of the patrons of the “French Shop,” to the hustle and bustle of Christmas and – sometimes – even the chaos of the infamous Filene’s Basement.

Not satisfied to sit at home, when Lee reitred in her mid-70s, she volunteered at the former St. Mary-Star of the Sea Parish School, founding their library. After the closure of St. Mary’s, she began a more intense time of volunteering with the East Boston Central High School.

Lee was a devotee of the former St. Mary’s Star of the Sea and, more recently, St. Joseph’s/St. Lazarus Church of Orient Heights. She was an avid reader, a movie buff and loved the theatre, ballet and opera. She travelled to Europe several times including Greece, Italy, France and Hungary. She also took many a road trip in her V-8 Coupes to visit her friends in New Hampshire, Florida and Cape Cod.

Lee was a beloved member of her family – a loving daughter, loyal sister and generous aunt. Her wit and humor will be long remembered and sorely missed, not only by her family, but by her large and loving extended family.

She was the cherished sister of Margaret Ann Smith of Waltham and the late Dora Impeduglia, Victor Pallozzi and Anna Dolan; the devoted aunt to: Marianne Principe of York, Maine, Barbara A. Buccigross and her husband, James of South Boston, and Lisa M. Smith of Sudbury. She is also lovingly survived by five great grand nieces and nephews and by the large extended members the DelMuto, Corea, Ciampa, McLean and Laurano family.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph/St. Lazarus Church, Orient Heights, East Boston at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the family lot in St. John Cemetery of Lancaster, Mass. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the East Boston Central Catholic High School, 69 London St., East Bosotn 02126. For more information, visit:

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