Obituaries 06-10-2015

­­ Barbara Spellenberg

Owned Roger’s Pizza on Revere Beach and Spelly’s Bakery in Beachmont

Barbara Spellenberg of Revere died May 26 at Whidden Memorial hospital after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 85 years old.

Barbara owned a pizza place on Revere Beach (Roger’s) for many years, a bakery in Beachmont (Spelly’s Bakery) and also worked in real estate for Seacoast (Century 21) for many years.

She was the daughter of the late Dorothy (McGlinchey) Lowney and James Lowney of Somerville; the adored wife of the late George Spellenberg; the devoted mother of Frank DiNapoli; the beloved grandmother of Eric DiNapoli, and Alycia (DiNapoli) Post; the loving great-grandmother of Ivy Post, Holly Post, Wesley Post and Vincent DiNapoli and she was also a dear friend to so many.

Arrangements were by Lawler Funeral Home, West Roxbury. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everet. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association

Aloise Stewart

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Aloise J. (Schumann) Stewart of Plymouth, NH, formerly of Revere, died on Friday morning in her home. She was 73 years old.

The wife of Richard A. Stewart, she was born in Malden, the daughter of the late Warren and Aloise (Ellard) Schumann. Mrs. Stewart worked for many years as a pre-school teacher at the Hilltop School in Malden. She was previously a member of the Methodist Women’s Guild of the former Cliftondale Methodist Church. A devoted homemaker, she loved gardening, animals and any outdoor activity.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children: Diane Flynn and her husband, James of Wakefield and Richard A. Stewart Jr. and his wife, Julie of Saugus; four grandchildren: Daniel Stewart Flynn, Alexander James Flynn, Kelly Ann Stewart and Nicole Sandra Stewart. Mrs. Stewart was the sister of Dolly Memmolo of Peabody, Warren Schumann of New Bedford and the late Daniel Schumann, Karlene Brewer and Ronald Coughlin.

Arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was in Puritan Lawn memorial Park, Peabody.Donations in her memory may be made to the Pemi-Baker Community Health Hospice, 101 Boulder Point Dr., Suite 3, Plymouth, NH 03264. For

John Mastronardi

Retired Delta Airlines pilot and golf enthusiast

John Mastronardi (called Jack by everyone who knew him) passed away on June 3 after a valiant and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. He was 73 years old.

He leaves his beloved wife, Jeannie (Lavoie) and their children, Lia Mastronardi of Cape Giardeau, MO, Jena Frederick and her husband, Joey of New Orleans, LA and Nick and his wife, Bobbie Sue, currently of Fayetteville, GA. Jack is the son of Dorothy DePietro and the late Anthony Mastronardi and is also survived by his siblings, his sisters, Merilyn and her husband, Scott Yianacopolus of Lynnfield Jeanne Coffey and Anne Mastronardi, both of Port St. Lucie, Florida and a brother, Ronald of Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Hudson Frederick and Leo and Marcus Mastronardi, a brother-in-law,, Warren Lavoie of Georgia, a sister-in-law, Rita and her husband, David Heller of Florida and many dear cousins (especially George West) and nieces as well as his long time pal and dear friend, Johnny Lanza and many other friends.

Jack graduated Revere High School, Class of 1960 and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – RPI, Class of 1964 where he received his degree in mechanical engineering. He played baseball and was the captain of the team in his senior year. He served his country during the Vietnam War achieving the rank of Captain in the US Air Force. He later became a Delta Airlines pilot, a job he performed with distinction and from which he retired after 30 years.

He was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his relatives and friends at his gorgeous home on a spectacular golf course in White Water Creek, Fayetteille, GA. He was an ardent student of the game of golf and came to be quite proficient at it. He enjoyed reading and talking about golf, watching it on TV and he especially loved playing endless rounds of golf whenever he had the chance. He was a master of the game and scored a ‘hole in one’ a few years ago.

He is remembered by many people who have known him over the years as a great companion, an intelligent, kind and generous person who was always willing to offer help to all who needed it. Many were the beneficiaries of his advice, his wise counsel and his always helpful suggestions in traversing life’s difficulties.

He was particularly honored by a young South Vietnamese soldier, Pham Quang Khiem, who Jack trained during the war in Vietnam, in an article written for an Air Force publication. Khiem, who was aided by Jack both financially and socially when he had to flee that country, received assistance for himself and his family during a harrowing time. He credits Jack with his later success in the United States where he lives and has prospered as an airline pilot. He gives thanks to Capt. Jack Mastronardi for all the effort he made on his behalf.

Jack, who his cousin, Kevin, called “The Aristotle in the family,,” was a leader and a great “thinker.” Like the Greek, he had his keen mind always working on something, analyzing some issue, doing research on various subjects (like studying the stock market, etc.) and basically continuing to provoke and inspire others with his profound insights. And he was a perfect “devil’s advocate.” It was a delight to speak with him on many topics because you always learned something from him. In addition, he could tell a great story….he had a sly wit and a great sense of humor.

He was intelligent as well as street smart and was a savvy and canny observer of life, the likes of which we will not see anytime soon.

He will be greatly missed by many people.

Memorial services have not yet been set. Announcements will be made at a later date.

Robert Parsons

Of Hull, formerly of Revere

Robert M. Parsons of Hull, formerly of Revere, died at his residence on Sunday, June 7 following a long illness. He was 83 years old.

A Revere native, he left Revere in 1965 when he moved to Hull. Mr. Parsons attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and was a 1950 graduate of Revere High School. He was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict who worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a stationary engineer for almost 20 years until he was forced to take an early retirement because of a work related accident.

He was the beloved husband of the late Rafaella L. “Ella” (Coppola) Parsons who passed in 1990; the devoted father of Donna M. Booke and her companion, John M. Heckman of Hull; the cherished grandfather of: Darrin C. Booke and his wife, Elizabeth of Palmer and Derek C. Booke and his fiancee, Renee Marshall of Albany, NY; the dear brother of: Walter J. Parsons and his wife, Dusty of Easton, Paul D. Parsons and his wife, Rosemary of Hull, Joan M. Falco and her husband, Salvatore of Rockland, Marilyn A. Parsons of Revere and Rita M. Nazzzaro and her husband, Steven J. of Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by his great grandaughter, Alexandra Violet Booke and by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, June 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home following visitation at 7:15 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The American Cancer Society, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376 or American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For more information, please visit:

Claire McKenna

Crossing guard for 20 years at

Webster and Broadway, Chelsea

Claire M. (Sullivan) McKenna passed away on June 5 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Center in Medford where she has been receiving supportive care for the past two years. She was 74 years old.

Born and raised in the family home at 32 Page St., Revere, she was one of 16 children of the late Martin and Amanda (Morin) Sullivan. Claire attended Revere schools and six days before her 24th birthday, she was wed to her beloved husband Richard McKenna who she would refer to as her “best birthday present.”

They made their home on Webster Avenue in Chelsea for most of their 50 years together. Claire worked outside of her home at various jobs but the one she best loved was the 20 or so years she spent as a school crossing guard at the corner of Webster and Broadway in Chelsea, crossing and befriending two generations of Chelsea students.

Claire loved all people, possessed an outgoing spirit and was generous to a fault. She enjoyed socializing at “Sully’s Variety Store” enjoying her coffee and time spent with friends and strangers alike.

In addition to her parents, Claire was preceded in death by siblings: the late Margaret Nickerson, William, Leo, James, Martin, Leonard, John, Raymond and Edward Sullivan. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Richard McKenna of Saugus; her loving sons, Kenneth McKenna and his companion, Marzi Galazka of Swampscott and Christopher McKenna and his wife, Moira of Lexington. She was the cherished grandmother of Kayla, Christopher II, Shannon, Michael and John McKenna; dear sister of Florence Twomey, Elizabeth Pentoney, Carol Mendez, Edna McCauley, Ellen Thornton and Larry Sullivan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be private. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Peter Anthony Pepe

Longtime manager of Finast Supermarkets and member of Orioles Nest 123

Peter Anthony Pepe of Revere, formerly of Roslindale, passed away on May 30. He was in his 94th year.

Peter was a US Army veteran of World War II, a long-time manager of Finast Supermarkets and a member of Orioles Nest 123.

He was the beloved husband for 63 years to Rose (Prochilo) Pepe; loving father of Peter Pepe Jr. and his wife, Martha of Franklin, Joseph G. Pepe and his fianceé, Christine Dodd of Revere and Michael P. Pepe and his wife, Anne of Revere; adored grandfather of Erin Plante of Nevada, Kristin Lovely of Franklin, Lauren Pepe of Boston, Michael J. Pepe, Joseph P. Pepe, Anthony Pepe, Michael P. Pepe Jr. and Marissa Pepe, all of Revere and the late baby Nicholas Pepe; caring brother of Angelo and Augustine Pepe of Roslindale and the late Theresa Belmonte, Angela Pepe and Joseph Pepe. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren, his former daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Pepe and many nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his honor at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Peter’s name to the Lupus Foundation of America, PO Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241. For guestbook and directions:


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 Red Sox and proud of his Boston heritage.

He was the beloved husband of 65 years to Mary L. (Lanzo Christopher; the devoted father of: Karen Lovarati of Peabody, Christina M. “Tina” McKenna and her husband, Eugene G. “Gene” McKenna of Revere, Bernard Christopher, Jr., and his wife, Donna of Newington, New Hampshire and Thomas P. Christopher and his wife, Maribeth of Georgetown, MA; the dear brother of Lawrence J. “Lonnie” Chirstopher and his wife, Jean L. Christopher of Revere, Eileen Davis of Danvers and the late Rita Moore, Ruth Francis, Evelyn Theodore, Henry Anderson, Christina 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.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was 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

Jamie Marescalchi

Of Reading, formerly of Revere

Jamie ( Caggiano) Marescalchi of Reading, formerly of Revere, passed away unexpectedly on May 30.

The beloved wife of Albert Marescalchi with whom she shared 39 years of marriage, she was the cherished daughter of the late James and Rose (DeLuca) Caggiano; dear sister of Emily Marini and her husband, Richard of New Hampshire and Diane Dumas and her husband, George of Revere. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jamie’s name to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For guest book:

Antoinetta ‘Netta’ Moschella

Immaculate Conception Parish devotee and Revere Avon Lady for 50 years

Antoinetta R. “Netta” (Casella) Moschella, a life long resident of Revere, died on June 4 following a long illness at her Revere residence and in the presence and comfort of her devoted family. She was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, “Netta” was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1946. A busy mother of three, she was an early member and volunteer for the Revere League for Special Needs. She maintained her support for the League long after the death of her son, Robert S. “Robbie” in 2004. She was also a long time volunteer, member and devotee of Immaculate Conception Parish Community, a member of their bowling league and a member of the Daughters of Italy. For over 50 years, she was one of Revere’s Avon Ladies – always accomodating and servicing her clients personally and gratefully.

She was the beloved wife of 67 years to, Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief, Angelo S. Moschella; the cherished mother of Dr. William A. Moschella, DMD and his wife, Eileen of Lynn, Linda Doherty and her husband, Russell E. of Revere and the late Robert S. “Robbie” Moschella; the devoted grandmother of William A. Moschella, Jr. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Justin A. Moschella of Tampa, Florida, Keri-Ann Brugge and her husband, Matthew of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Brian R. and Jason M. Doherty, both of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Sarah T. Riley of Revere and by many nieces and nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Louis Casella. Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, visit:


Baby Addison Molloy Mallett

Baby Addison Molloy Mallett passed away on June 4. The beloved daughter of Angela (DeYoung) and Scott Alan Mallett, Jr., she was the cherished granddaughter of James and Cheryl (Sullivan) Griffin and Diane and Scott Mallett, Sr. and Dominic DeYoung; sister of Nolan M. Mallett and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family and friends with gather in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home on Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a Prayer Service to be held at 7:30 p.m. in our Chapel of the Resurrection. Interment is Private. For guestbook and directions

. A. Olga Palladino

Talented artist and great Italian cook

Olga (DiBattista) Palladino, a life-long Revere resident, passed away on Monday, June 8 after a long illness at the Lighthouse Nursing Home. She was 93 years old. A late US Postal service employee, she was a very talented artist and great Italian cook. Olga loved to be surrounded by her family and friends and enjoyed cooking for everyone. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lucia DiBattista; beloved wife of the late Louis Palladino; sister of the late Eletta Graceffa, Flora Adelman and Philip DiBattista; adored mother of John Palladino of Revere, Joan Palladino, Yvonne Palladino Ball and her Angel, the late Nancy Palladino; mother-in-law of Dyan Palladino of Florida and Ronald Ball of New Hampshire; devoted grandmother of Lainie Ball of New Hampshire, Lorna Ball of Revere and Kimberly Alston. Olga leaves behind six great-grandchildren “her pride and joys” Briana Scata, Devyn Alston, Delanie Paradise, Jayden Negron, Jared Alston, Ralphie Sheffield and one new great-great granddaughter Khalia. Olga is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and cousins. The Palladino family thanks the staff at the Lighthouse Nursing Home in Revere for their care and devotion. Family and friends will honor Olga’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home on Thursday, June 11 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. Friday morning for a Funeral Service to be held in our Chapel of the Resurrection at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For directions and guestbook

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