Obituaries 06-03-2014

Frederick Fitzmeyer

Licensed plumber; loved the sea and loved life

Frederick R. Fitzmeyer of Winthrop passed away peacefully on May 27 at the age of 70 after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Fred grew up in Winthrop and after his service in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, he worked in Boston Harbor as a Shipyard Rigger and Boat Captain for the Boston Harbor Pilot Association, where his love of the sea began. He reminisced often about those years, confessing to episodes of cheerful mayhem with his friends out on the Harbor Islands. He also loved skiing in New England.

Eventually settling down, he became a licensed plumber, working and living on Cape Cod and later in Boston, where he was a member of Plumbers Local 12.

When he retired in 2007, he and his partner, Connie spent five years sailing in the Caribbean and South America on their boat S/V Tashtego.

Fred loved life, had a playful sense of humor and was always ready for adventure. His humorous stories will be treasured by all who loved him. He will be greatly missed.

He was the son of the late Frederick A. Fitzmeyer and the late Helen Krovitz Fitzmeyer; the loving brother to Elaine Grato and Jean Day, long time companion of Constance Elson, and brother-in-law to Chris Day and the late Tom Grato. He was the close uncle to Donald Rubbicco and his wife, Linda, Megan and Chris Day and great uncle to Colton, Chase and Hadley Rubbicco.

There will be visiting hours at the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop Street, Winthrop on Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by an informal service where family and friends are invited to share their memories. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Piers Park Sailing Center, 95 Marginal Street, East Boston, MA 02128 or online at To sign virtual guestbook, please visit

Daniel Carideo

US Postal Service retiree

Daniel J. Carideo passed on May 11. He was 81 years old.

Daniel retired from the U.S. Post Office after 33 years of service and was also a Veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia J. Belliveau-Carideo; daughters Donna Carideo, Diane Christi and Deborah (Brian) Rockwell; stepchildren Donna (Jim) Festa, Deborah Marini (Tom), Denise (Ron) Delgizzi, Dianne Adriani, Darlene Rich, Douglas Belliveau, Danette (Terry) Schaap and James Belliveau. He also leaves behind many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Carmella Carideo; his brothers, Anthony, Augustino, Joseph and Frankie; his sisters Mary Maglio and Jennie DelRocco and his stepchildren Phillip, Richard, Robert, Paul, Brad Belliveau and Dayle Zelandi.

Frances Goldstein

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Frances L. (Marget) Goldstein of Peabody, formerly of Revere, entered into rest May 29 at the Rosewood Nursing Home in Peabody. She was 91 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Robert Goldstein, she was born in Revere, the dear daughter of the late Ephraim and Dora (Myers) Marget. She is survived by her three devoted children: William Goldstein and his wife, Barbara of Revere, Nancy Goldstein of Revere and Kenneth Goldstein and his wife, Cheryl of Peabody; three cherished grandchildren, Jonathan Goldstein, Dale Goldstein and her husband, David Shapiro and Todd Goldstein and his wife, Gina; three adored great-grandchildren, Madison and Isabella Goldstein and Rachel Shapiro.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem. Interment was at Tifereth Lebanon Israel of Malden Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial observance was at the home of Kenneth and Cheryl Goldstein. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to Rosewood Nursing Home, 22 Johnson Street, Peabody, MA 01960, or to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For online condolences, please visit:

Marjorie Robertson

Wife of late Revere firefighter

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, June 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Marjorie E. (O’Hara) Robertson who died unexpectedly on May 19 at her Middleborough Home. Her funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 3:15 p.m. Interment is private.

Mrs. Robertson passed just three months and three days following the death of her beloved husband of 61 years, James F. “Sonny” Robertson on February 5 who was a retired Revere firefighter.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1951. She was a Revere resident all of her life until she and her late husband left Revere to live with her devoted daughter and son in law, Patricia L. Cautillo and her husband, Alphonse A. of Middleborough. She was the cherished grandmother of: Christopher J. Cautillo of Smithfield, RI and Robert J. Cautillo and his wife, Sara of Franklin; the dear sister of F. Phyllis McLaughlin and her husband, Robert F. of Revere and the late Dorothy O’Hara, Helen Botta, Mary Racca and John O’Hara. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioand

John Miller, Jr.

Teacher and Coach; played for Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers

John J. Miller, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Lowell, passed away May 27 surrounded by his family.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a teacher and coach and graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1956, Boston College Keath Academy and a late member of the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers.

He was the beloved husband of Norma (Doyle) Miller with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; loving father of Mary Ellen Miller of Revere, Christine Waggett and her husband, Michael of Saugus and John J. Miller III and his wife, Larmie of N. Andover; dear brother of Dr. Marilyn Miller MD of Dartmouth, MA and cherished grandfather of Norma and Matthew Waggett and Melissa, John J., IV, Brendan and Christopher Miller.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s name to Connections Recreations Fund, 14 Porter St., East Boston, MA 02128. For guest book:

Robert Louis Caprio

Successful Florida restaurant and night club business owner; formerly of Revere

Robert Louis Caprio of Coral Springs, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away suddenly in the Dominican Republic on January 1. He was 55 years old.

Robert was a 1977 graduate of Christopher Columbus High School in Boston. He attended Central Florida College in Orlando and went on to become a successful business owner in the restaurant and night club business. Robert was respected and loved by all his employees as well as by his closest friend and business partner of 15 years, Phil Gori.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Beth Caprio, son, Tye Ridolfi and daughters, Sinclaire Caprio, Ashley Porcaro and her husband, Steven Porcaro, all of Florida. Robert was the beloved son of Carmen Rauseo Caprio of Juno Beach, FL and the the late Louis W. Caprio, Sr. of Revere. He was the brother of Louis W. Caprio, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Caprio of Miami, FL and the late Lucille DiFlumeri of Revere and is also survived by his loving in-laws, Irving and Rose Dorffman of Florida, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members from the Boston, S. Florida and North West areas.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated with family and friends at St. Mary of The Assumption Church in Revere on Saturday, June 6 at 11 a.m. Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Franciscan Mission Associates, at 274-280 West Lincoln Ave. PO Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10552-1018, c/o Ms. Madeline Bonnici, Exec. Dir.

Bernard Christopher, Sr.

Member of Truckers’ Teamsters Union Local 379

Bernard ‘Bernie’ Christopher, Sr., a long time Revere resident, formerly of Chelsea, died at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness on May 31. He was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1947. He married Mary L. Lanzo and moved to Revere in 1965. “Bernie” was a teamster and worked as a truck driver for Local 379 at P. Schaffer Paper & Fibers of Chelsea and Dorchester for more than 44 years until retiring in 1991.

An avid sportsman, he was especially devoted to “The Old Ball Game,” passionate about his Sox and proud of his Boston heritage.

He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Mary L. (Lanzo) Chirstopher; the devoted father of Karen Lovarati of Peabody, Christina M. “Tina” McKenna and her husbsand, Eugene G. “Gene” McKenna of Revere and Bernard Christopher, Jr. and his wife, Maribeth of Georgetown; the dear brother of Lawrence J. “Lonnie” Christopher and his wife, Jean L. Christopher of Revere, Eileen Davis of Danvers and the late Rita Moore, Ruth Francis, Eelyn Theodore, Henry Anderson, Christine Testa, Thomas F. Christopher, Jr. and John Christopher. He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. through noon in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Christopher’s funeral serice will follow the visitation in the funeral home on Thursday at 12:15 p.m. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, remembances may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9908 or to: the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 778517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675 at: For more information, please visit:

Katherine Spinale

Of Revere

Katherine E. (DeStasio) Spinale of Revere, formerly of Medford, died on May 25 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Medford before moving to Revere 40 years ago, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph; dear sister of the late Angela DeStasio and Victoria DeStasio-Zaccaria and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and a great great niece and great great nephew. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For guest book, please visit

Joseph Bianco, Sr.

Founder of Bianco’s Italian Sausage

Joseph Bianco, Sr. of Revere died at home on May 30. He was 82 years old.

Born in Boston’s North End and raised in Medford, Joe was the founder of Bianco’s Italian Sausage, established in 1960 in Revere. Bianco’s Sausage headquarters remains in Revere serving all of New England. Bianco’s is served in many of the area’s major grocery chains, restaurants, by vendors surrounding Fenway Park, at the feast in Boston’s North End and more.

The husband of Charolette Zizza Bianco, he was the beloved father of Michele Bianco of Revere, Joseph, Jr. and his wife, Leslie of Saugus and Vincent of Revere; loving grandfather of Bianca LePore, Francesca, Lewis and Joseph Bianco, III; dear brother of Frank of Maine, Marie Geary of Chelmsford, Josephine Abbott of Brockton and the late Jimmy Bianco.

At Joe’s request, all services will be private. In celebration of his life, enjoy a glass of wine…..Salute. For guest book please visit

Patricia Cafarella

Member of VFW 6712 Beachmont

Patricia (LaRoche) Cafarella of Beachmont, formerly of Somerville, died on May 25. She was 72 years old.

A homemaker and a member of VFW 6712 Beachmont, she was born and raised in Somerville, the daughter of the late Earl and Margaret (Keating) LaRoche; devoted mother of Kevin Shaheen of Winthrop, Deborah Ann Shaheen, Margaret Rose, Gary Shaheen and Michael Cafarella, all of Revere; dear sister of Earl LaRoche, Jr. of Somerville and is also survived by eight loving grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701. For guest book please visit www.

James ‘Jimmy’ Jacobs, Sr.

Boston University retiree

James J. “Jimmy” Jacobs, Sr., 75, of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Revere, born October 22, 1939 in Winthrop, passed May 23, 2015.

He retired from Boston University in 1999 and moved to Leesburg, Florida where he was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church.

A loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, he leaves his wife, June of Leesburg, FL; daughter, Irene Laurano and her companion, Mike Rice of Wakefield ; sons, James Jr. and his wife, Maritza, of Woburn, Christopher and his wife, Tiffany, of Vero Beach, FL, and stepson David Rodwell of Korea. He was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn Schramm and he leaves his brother, Arthur and his wife, Sheila, of Summerfield, FL, his sister, Ellen LeBlanc of Weymouth and seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Adelaides’s Church, 708 Lowell St., Peabody. Inurnment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Condolences can be left online Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.

Francis Roy

Revere Senior Center member

Frances M. (Vitkus) Roy of Revere, formerly of Somerville and raised in Hartford, CT. died recently. A member of the Revere Senior Center, she was the beloved wife of Leonard C. Roy of Revere; devoted mother of Michael Roy of Revere, Laure Roy of Florida and the late Ronald and the dear sister of August Vitkus and Elizabeth Cantaffi, both of Connecticut. At the families request, services are private. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Arrangements are by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

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