Obituaries 03-04-2015

Anthony Pesce, Sr.

Retired Revere Fire Dept. Lieutenant

Anthony V. (Tony) Pesce Sr., of Revere, retired Lieutenant Revere Fire Department, passed away on February 15.

Tony was a Revere firefighter for over 35 years. He was stationed at Station#5 on Freeman Street and was instrumental in fighting many of the Revere Beach fires. He was one of the founders and past vice president of the Firefighter’s Credit Union and Secretary Emeritus of the Local 926 Firefighter’s Union.

For over 50 years Tony worked to preserve the memory of fallen Firefighter’s Memorial. He was Past Commander of the American Legion Post, Past President of the Revere Kiwanis, a 4th Degree member of the Revere Knights of Columbus, and a US Army veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of the late Frances E. (Donovan) Pesce with whom he shared 65 years of marriage; loving father of Anthony V. (Buddy) Pesce, Jr. and his wife, Sandra of Lynnfield, Richard J. Pesce and his wife, Sheryl of Venetia, Pennsylvania, and Janice DeSimone and her husband, Stephen of Revere; cherished grandfather of Kristin Doherty, Lauren Mastrocola, and Richard DeSimone; great grandfather of Cameron, Ryan, Ben, Anthony, and Elizabeth; dear brother of Phyllis DiVasta of Saugus and dear brother-in-law of Margaret Nolan of Revere. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook, visit:


Richard Penta

Revere City Councillor

Richard A. “Revere City Councillor” Penta of Beachmont died on February 25.

He was the beloved husband of Cynthia (Adreani); devoted father of Richard B. and his wife, Nicole of W. Peabody, Steven, Mario, Jessica Penta and her wife, Jennifer, and Louis Penta all of Revere; loving son of Mary (Rice) and the late Benjamin; dear brother of Barbara Kelly of Lynn, Benjamin of Saugus, Paul of Revere, Patricia Fields of Lynn and the late Edward and is also survived by his loving granddaughter, Emily Claire and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to The Art Garden, 128 Harvard Ave., Suite 2, Boston, MA 02134. For guest book, please visit


Anna Grasso

Her favorite place was with her family

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, March 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Anna (Scrima) Grasso who died on Sunday, March 1 at the Aviv Centers for the Living in Peabody following a long illness. She was 85 years old. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, March 5 at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m., in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere.

Born and raised in Ariano Irpino, Italy, she married in Italy to Ferdinand P. Grasso in 1953 and shortly afterward, in the same year, the couple journeyed to America. She and her husband settled in East Boston and began to start their family. In 1971, Anna and her family moved to Revere and continued to raise their five daughters.

Anna took great pride in caring for her home and taking care of her family. She was an extraordinary cook and did it all with love. In later years, she was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed caring and loving them. It was also known that Anna enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting the casino’s for fun, but her favorite place was being surrounded with her family.

She was the devoted wife of Ferdinand P. Grasso with whom she shared 61 years of marriage; the loving mother of Mary Anne Fiore and her husband, William J. of Topsfield, Linda M. DeGuglielmo and her husband, Carmine of Lynn, Diane R. Januario and her husband, John B. of Lynn, Denise A. Burch and her husband, Edward of Tewksbury and Lisa J. Rizzo and her husband, Paul of Revere; the beloved sister of the late Geruzzo Scrima, Marie Giardino, Antonio Scrima and Pasquale Scrima; the cherished and adored grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 10. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: MA Lions Eye Research Fund, P.O. Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742 Or Alzheimers Assocaition MA & NH Chapter 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.


Robert ‘Bob’ Macero

Retired Marketing Representative for Commercial Union Insurance; Melvin Jones Lions Club Award recipient

Robert M. “Bob” Macero of Saugus died peacefully at home with his loving family at his side on February 24. He was 80 years old.

Bob was born in Chelsea on September 26, 1934, the dear son of the late Antonio and Anna (Capadano) Macero. He was raised on Joy Street in the brick bottom section of Somerville and was part of the “Joy Street Gang” who all remained close friends throughout their lifetimes. Bob was educated in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School. He went on to further his education at Boston University.

Prior to retiring, Bob worked for many years as an Insurance Marketing Representative for the Commercial Union Insurance Company. Bob had a great work ethic and a wonderful personality — these were traits that helped him become such a success in his field.

Family was always first and foremost to Bob; he was the very devoted father and a wonderful grandfather. Bob was always very supportive of children and whatever they were involved in — school events, sporting events, little league, or acting classes, He was always there coaching or cheering them on and he always beamed with pride when he spoke of his family and their many accomplishments.

Bob was very active in his community. For many years he coached Saugus American Little League and served as secretary for 13 years, Bob was also the Past President of the Saugus Band Parents Association and spent many years fund raising for the band.

He was very passionate about his role in the Saugus Lions Club where he worked tirelessly spending countless hours volunteering at their many fund raisers and candy drives. Bob served as President of the Lions Club in 1995-1996, a position he took very seriously. He was always giving of his time and talents to the club and its members. Bob’s efforts did not go unnoticed and he was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellow Award which is the highest award one can receive from the club.

Bob let his creative side come to light when he served as Past President and Vice President of the Peninsula Players Community Theatre Group in Nahant. He was not only a talented actor but a producer as well. Bob was very proud of the many productions that were put on by the theatre group and everyone always had a great time together.

Bob loved to travel; he visited ports of call all over the world especially following his retirement. He went on many wonderful trips with his family and friends throughout the years; these were memorable experiences that will be cherished for years to come.

Bob will be fondly remembered as a “great guy.” He was kind, caring, and always willing to do for others. Bob’s unconditional love for his family and friends was always evident in whatever he did; their happiness was very important to him. Bob will also be remembered for his endearing personality, quick wit, and warm smile; he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was the devoted father of Michael F. Macero and his wife, Judy of Chelsea, John J. Macero and his wife, Trudy of Winthrop, Chief Petty Officer Robert L. Macero and his wife, Linda of Grapeview, WA, and Angela D. Carpenter of St. Petersburg, FL; beloved companion of Yolanda Giannone of Saugus, loving “Grandpa” of Joseph Macero, Melissa Macero, Jaime Montesano, Michael Montesano, Alixandra Macero, Robert Macero II, Eugene Macero, Adrienne Vetters, Cheyenne Carla, Pamela King, and the late Taynna Melendez, “Great-Grandpa” of Andersen and Lillian Carla, Piper King, Riley and Bryan Vetters. Cherished son of the late Antonio and Anna (Capadano) Macero, dear brother of Daniel Macero of Walpole, the late Cosmo, Salvatore, Anthony and Nancy Macero. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and a large and loving extended family.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the Mausoleum at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the Saugus Lions Club, P. O. Box 1121, Saugus, MA 01906.


Nancy Worcester

Loving wife and mother; worked for Catholic Charities

Nancy A. (Nichinello) Worcester of Revere died recently.

Nancy was born in Boston on March 16, 1934 and was raised and lived in Revere the majority of her life. She worked for the Catholic Charities for over 15 years assisting teachers and elementary students in the Malden School systems.

She was the wife the late George F. Worcester Jr., loving mother of Janice Worcester and her companion, Mark Menard of Peabody and Brian Worcester and his wife, Joann of Revere; grandmother of Brian G, Jennelle, Jennifer, Anthony and Jenna Worcester; beloved sister of Marion Sessa of Middleton and Dorothy Fraser of Peabody and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her Funeral Service was conducted in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere on February 26. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial remembrances may be made to: Make A Wish Foundation of MA, One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2031. For additional information, visit: www.


Norman Snider

Of Salem

Norman Snider of Salem died on March 1.

He was the beloved husband of Sandra (Davis) Snider; devoted father of Todd Snider and his fiancé, Daryl DiCarlo; loving son of the late Maxwell Snider and Frances (Sklaber) and dear brother of the late Theodore Snider and the late Sylvia Garfinkle.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Sq., Chelsea, today, Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his memory may be made to the VA/ADHC (Veterans Club) at the Chelsea Soldiers Home-check may be payable to Duane Sullivan-music director, 90 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information, visit for guest book and directions.

Anthony Koczorowski

Retired Autobody Tech

Anthony Koczorowski, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died at Saugus Care and Rehab on February 27.

Anthony was a retired Auto Body Tech who worked many years for Crystal Auto Body of Wakefield and United Auto Body. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of the late Martin and Pauline Koczorowski, he was the beloved husband of Louise (Flammia); devoted father of Lola Hollingsworth and her husband, Brian of Tewksbury, Richard and his fiancée, April of Haverhill, Teresa Koczorowski of Revere and the late Marie Mandracchia; dear brother of the late Helen Koczorowski, Joseph, John, Chester, Laura Greenleaf, and Mary McCandless. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, Ma 02472. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit www.


Margaret Nolan

Member of Catholic Daughters of America

Margaret J. (Donovan) Nolan, a life long resident of Revere, died on February 27 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home following a long illness. She was 90 years old.

Margaret was born and raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943. After graduation, she worked at Forbes Lithograph of Lynn where she met her husband. The couple married in 1953 and remained in Revere. Margaret was a proud member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She was the beloved wife of the late Franklin J. “Al” Nolan; the loving sister of the late John J. Donovan, Jr., Frances Pesce and her late husband, Ret. RFD Lt. Anthony V. Pesce, Sr., Mary Arsenault, Catherine Halpin and Anna Boudreau; the cherished aunt of Anthony V. Pesce, Jr. and his wife, Sandra of Lynnfield, Richard Pesce and his wife, Sheryl of Pennsylvania and Janice T. DeSimone and her husband, Stephen R. of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:


Edward Manganiello

Former Revere High School Principal

Edward E. Manganiello, a life long resident of Revere and former Principal of Revere High School, died on February 24 at the Leonard Florence Center for the Living in Chelsea following a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

Ed was born and raised in Revere. He was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1949.

It is well known that Ed was a tremendous athlete in high school and a key member of the football team. After graduation, he attended Boston University for one year, then was recruited by Brandeis University to play football. Ed excelled on the field and became the captain of the Brandeis Football Team. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Brandeis. Ed was also scouted by the San Francisco Forty Niners due to his talents. In later years he was inducted into Brandeis University Hall of Fame.

He continued on to earn a Master’s Degree from Boston University. Ed felt strongly about education and pursued his career as a teacher.

In 1957, Ed was married to his lovely wife, Joan Fox. The couple remained in Revere, where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Mia. He became the Principal of Revere High School in 1981.

He was the devoted husband of the late Joan (Fox) Manganiello and was the loving and cherished father of Nancy L. Manganiello and Mia G. Manganiello and her partner, Robert Mullins, Jr., all of Swampscott; the beloved nephew of Rosemarie DiFabio and Basil Bova, both of Revere and dear cousin of Thomas Russo and his wife, Terry of Ipswich.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funeral, Revere. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America 292 Madison Avenue, 10th Floor New York, NY 10017. For more information, visit:

Marcella Pease

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Marcella M. (Giordano) Pease of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on February 26.

She was the beloved wife of Brian E Pease,

Sr.; devoted mother of Brian J. Jr. and Brandon, both of Revere; loving daughter of Bertha “Cookie”(Corso) Riley of Revere and the late Mateo Giordano; dear sister of Lillian Silva and William Riley, both of Everett, Marlena Mellone of Revere and the late Donna Belida and is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephew.

Family and friends will honor Marcella’s life by gathering in the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere. Services will conclude with Marcella being laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery. For more information, visit:

Salvatore ‘Larry’ Micciullo

Retired Chef

Salvatore L. Micciullo, a lifelong Revere resident, died on February 21 at the Easpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Chelsea. He was 92 years old.

Larry was born and raised in Revere and educated in Revere Public Schools. In November of 1942, he enlisted in the US Army and served his country for four years during World War II. He most proud of being a World War II Veteran.

When he returned home from service, Sal knew his passion — it was cooking. He began a very long career in the restaurant industry. He worked all over the City of Boston and at some of the most prestigious restaurants and premier hotels.

Larry found more than a job when he began working at Jay’s Luncheonette in Boston’s Historical “Old Scollay Square,” where he became part of a family. He worked there as a chef for many many years and continued to work for and with the Salamone Family. He affectionately became known as “Uncle Larry” and he loved meeting new people.

He was the devoted son of the late Sebastian and Mary (Milano) Micciulla; the brother of Carmen Micciulla of Revere and the late Lucille Gulla and Louis Micciulla; the loved and adored uncle of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the very special and dear friend of Nora Salamone of Revere and her husband, the late Salvatore Salamone.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, March 7 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-3495. For more information,


Anna Piccinni

Devoted homemaker

Anna (Gaeta) Piccinni of Beachmont Revere died on February 25 at the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea. She was 88 years old.

The wife of the late Frederick Piccinni, she was born in Italy and raised in the North End of Boston. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Filomena (Aratrudo) Gaeta. A devoted homemaker, she had lived in Beachmont since her marriage.

Mrs. Piccinni leaves five children: Vincent A. Piccinni of Revere, Joanne Buonopane of Revere, Frederick Piccinni of Lynnfield, Camille Ciambelli of Revere and Raymond Piccinni of Marblehead; 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and one sister, Camille DiOrio of East Boston. She was predeceased by her brother, Nicholas Gaeta.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. of MA, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For condolences

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