Longtime Revere school teacher
Theresa L. (Ioven) Walles of Wilmington, formerly of Revere, died on March 17 surrounded by her family after a long illness at Spaulding Rehab in Cambridge. She was 69 years old.
The daughter of the late Frank and Renalda (Federici) Ioven, she was the beloved wife of Thomas L.; devoted mother of Thomas G. and his fiancé, Whitney of Chelmsford, Rena Stroud and her husband, Michael of Wilmington; loving Nonna of Zachary and Joshua Stroud; dear sister of Anthony Ioven and his wife, Mary of Mashpee and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and cherished friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham Ma 01701. For guestbook, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Robert K. Odoardi of Revere passed away March 20. The beloved husband of the late Janet (Russo) Odoardi, he was the loving father of Jennifer Odoardi of Revere and Robert James Odoardi of Rhode Island; cherished son of Richard and Joyce (Manning) Odoardi of Peabody; adored grandfather of Mia Isabella Gorman and Myles Xavier Odoardi; dear brother of Angela Mickunas of Danvers, Cristina Odoardi of Peabody, Diana Odoardi Paris of New Hampshire, Anthony Odoardi of Mansfield, Dennis Odoardi of Revere, Michael Odoardi of East Boston, Stephen Odoardi of Florida and the late Richard D. and Richard A. Odoardi and fond uncle of many nieces nephews and cousins.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Robert’s life by gathering Thursday, March 26, in St Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11 a.m. For online guest book www.vazzafunerals.com
Stephen Romano, Jr.
Of Saugus, formerly of Revere
Stephen V. Romano, Jr. of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on March 19. He was 54 years old.
Stephen worked for Classic Wine Imports and was well known in the Boston area restaurant community.
He was the beloved husband of Judith M. McBreen Romano; devoted son of Stephen and Gloria (Cortese) of Saugus; dear brother of Deborah Routhier and her husband, George of Saugus and Denise Drinkwater and her husband, Ralph of Wakefield; loving uncle of John Routhier and his wife, Justine, Daniel Routhier and Gina Drinkwater. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Forest Glade Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston MA 02215 or visitwww.bidmc.org For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Carol Ann Schelfhaudt
Carol Ann (Intraversato) Schelhaudt of Revere died on March 21.
She was the beloved mother of David Mejia and his wife, Mysti of New Hampshire; devoted daughter of the late Savino and Matilda (Dello Russo) Intraversato; dear sister of Joseph and his wife, Gail of St. Martin, formerly of Sudbury and is also survived by her loving grandson, Ayden.
A Memorial Mass celebrating Carol’s life will be held on Friday, March 27 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 charity of one’s choice. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
MassDOT Inspector/ Engineer
Glenn L. O’Neil of Revere died on March 18 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 54 years old.
Glenn worked as an inspector/engineer for the MassDOT Highway Dept for 27 years. He loved boating, playing the guitar and singing. He was a character with a great sense of humor that would make your day.
The son of the late Carl and Miriam O’Neil, he was the loving husband of Aida (Alicia) O’Neil; dear brother of Kim O’Neil of North Carolina and Lisa (Thomas) Kenney of W. Bridgewater and the late Lyle Brownawell and dear uncle to several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boston Cremation, 287 Main St., Malden. A Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. at Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main St., Malden. To leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.bostoncremation.org.
James Boyle, Jr.
Exxon Fuel Retiree; once prevented what could have been a disastrous oil spill into Boston Harbor
James Boyle, Jr., a life long resident of Everett, passed away at the Whidden Hospital on March 12. He was 87 years old.
Born in Medford and raised in Everett, Jim was educated at Immaculate Conception Grammar School in Everett and later attended Everett High School. On his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the US Navy to defend his country during World War II. After proudly serving his country, he came home, returned to school and earned an Associate Degree in Accounting from Burdette College in Boston.
On November 8, 1952, he married his long time sweetheart, Ann P. Donnelly. The couple remained in Everett and began their life together, raising seven children.
Jim worked for almost 40 years for Exxon Fuel, formerly Esso. He began his career in the front office and later decided to take a position in the plant. He quickly excelled through the ranks and became the plant operator. Due to his keen intuition, one evening during the 1970’s, as an oil tanker was about to off-load its fuel, he noticed that something wasn’t right. The valves weren’t in proper the position, therefore the load of fuel was going to begin emptying into Boston Harbor. Jim’s quick wits prevented an oil spill that would have devastated Boston Harbor and all of its marine life. Jim was a hero. But, due to the severity of the situation, many people never became aware of the dire circumstances.
He was the devoted husband of Ann P. (Donnelly) Boyle of Everett with whom he shared 62 years of marriage; the loving father of James J. Boyle, III and his wife, Maureen D. of Saugus, Mary E. Boyle of Everett, Ann P. Jwanowski and her husband, John S. of Peabody, Kathy T. McCarthy and her husband, Ed of Littleton, John J. Boyle of Hooksett, NH and his late wife, Jennifer L. Boyle, Matthew J. Boyle and his wife, Michelle of Boxford and Elizabeth A. Liberatori and her husband, Robert of Bradford. He was the cherished grandfather of 15 loving grandchildren; the beloved brother of Mary Dalquist of Reading, John “Jack” Boyle of Everett, Anne Pelribe of Reading, Kathleen Trunfio of Canton, Alice Cox of Walpole and the late Eileen Flagg and Richard Boyle. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Immaculate Conception Church in Revere on March 16. Interment took place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Should friends desire, remembrances may be made to: Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, New England Chapter, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere.
Proud and dedicated family man
Gerald J. Lepore of Revere passed away on March 13 at the Lighthouse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Revere following a long illness. He was 77 years old.
Born, raised and educated in Chelsea Public Schools, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1954. After high school, Gerry went to work for his family business Sheraton Shoe. He worked there for years before enlisting in the Army National Guard. He was a Vietnam Era veteran who served protecting the homeland for over five years.
In 1960, Gerry married his long time sweetheart, Rose M. Speranza. The couple resided in Revere, and raised his family here. He worked at Fenton Shoe for a period of time before taking a position as a mechanic at the Nabisco Company. He was a very proud and dedicated family man.
The devoted husband of 54 years of Rose M. (Speranza) Lepore of Revere, he was the loving father of Rosemarie DeStefano and her husband, Michael of Revere and Attorney Michelle S. Kelley and her husband, David; cherished grandfather of Julia R. DeStefano, all of Revere; beloved brother of Marion Cella of Long Island, NY and the late Nicholas Lepore. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were conducted privately. Should friends desire, remembrances may be made to: Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere:www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Former Administrative Assistant
Debora A. Gavin Ragucci passed away unexpectedly in her Revere home on March 5. She was 55 years old.
Debora was born in Cambridge and at an early age, her family moved to Malden. She was educated in the Malden Public Schools and was a graduate of Malden High Schoo,l Class of 1977. For most of her working career, she was an administrative assistant at several area bank branches. She later worked in the administrative department of Malden Hospital. Debora was forced to stop working when she became disabled due to declining health.
She was the devoted daughter of the late Richard Gavin and Catherine A. (Farrow) LeBlanc; the wife of the late Kenneth Ragucci, Sr.; the loving mother of Kenneth Ragucci, Jr. of Tewksbury and U.S. Marine Corporal Michael T. Ragucci of Hawaii and the adored grandmother of Kaylee A. Ragucci and Maya Murphy. She is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also the companion of the late John Falcucci.
A Funeral Service was conducted in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere on March 18. Interment was private. Remembrances be made to Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch place, Boston, MA 02114. For More information, visitwww.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Former legal secretary and Revere taxi driver
Gail M. McGinnis passed away on March 11 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was 60 years old.
Gail was born, raised and educated in Medford. She was a graduate of Newbury College earning an Associates Degree as Legal Secretary. For many years she worked in various law firms and businesses in the Boston area as a legal secretary. For the past eight years, she drove a taxi locally in Revere. She loved people and meeting new people and taxi driving enabled her to stay connected with people. Due to her warm personality, new customers became regular customers and then became friends.
She was the loving daughter of Richard R. Ladderbush, Sr. of Pompano Beach, FL and the late Dorothy T. (Bowman) Ladderbush; the cherished sister of Joyce M. Ladderbush of Somerville, Randy Ladderbush and his wife, Lorraine A. of Saugus, Brenda Ladderbush of Revere and Tristan Ladderbush and his wife, Andrea Grillo of North Andover; the devoted aunt of Jill and Alex, Derek, Corey, Tyler, Angel, Gabino, Madison and Andy and is also lovingly survived by her canine companion “Benji,” whom she adored.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Remembrances may be made to: MSPCA Angel, Office of Development, 350 South Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02130-9923. For more information, visit:www.vertuccioandsmith.com.