Obituaries 06-17-2015

Marie DiMonte

Studied at New England Conservatory of Music

Marie M. DiMonte, an East Boston native and Revere resident, died on June 12 at the Resident Care Rehab & Nursing Center of Framingham following a long illness. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Boston, the family lived in East Boston and moved to Revere more than 65 years ago. Marie was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1954. She attended New England Conservatory of Music, majoring in voice. Marie had a genuine love of opera and the classics. Her voice was, indeed, according to friends, “most operatic” even in the early days of her career. A long standing illness came upon her and prevented her from continuing her education and hopes of an operatic career. However, in spite of her handicap, she continued to sing for her family, friends and neighbors.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Angelo DiMonde (DiMonte) and Rosaria “Rose” (Riccio) DiMonde (DiMonte); the dear sister of Jean Barrett of Norwood, Pasquale Dimonte of Seabrook, NH, Anna Rotondo of Saugus, Gloria M. Ferullo, Lena M. Spagnolo and Rose Festa, all of Revere, Anthony Dimonte of Chelsea and the late Margaret DiMonte, George DiMonte and Antonette Lea. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, June 17 beginning at 9 a.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Miss DiMonte’s funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 11 a.m. and will be followed by interment in St. Michael Cemetery in Boston’s Forest Hills Section. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. For more information, please

Alan Lipson

Retired salesman and outstanding photographer

Private services and entombment at Woodlawn Columbarium, Everett have been held for Alan A. Lipson who died following a brief illness on Thursday, June 4 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. He was 84 years old.

Born and raised in the Hyde Park section of Boston, the family came to live in Revere more than 60 years ago. Mr. Lipson was an outstanding photographer and worked as a lead salesman for Cameras, Inc. of Arlington for over 20 years. He later worked at Ace Photogrpahic Supply of Boston.

He was the son of the late Louis Lipson and Sara (Bashway) Lipson, the beloved husband of 61 years of Carole T. Schwade); the devoted father of Mark L. Lipson and his wife, Carol A. of Newbury, Laurie J. Lipson and her companion, Thomas Hetherington of Tewksbury and Audrey G. Hudson and her husband, Thomas of Saugus; the cherished grandfather of J’Aime Scimeni and her husband, Joseph of Revere, Talia Bruzese of Tewksbury and the late Taylor E. Richards. He was also the dear brother of the late Herbert Lipson.

Remembrances may be made to: The Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, Georgia, 30047. For further information, please visit:

Maryse Vitale

Her door was always open to friends and family

Our beloved sister and aunt, Maryse Vitale, 78, passed away Saturday, June 13.

Maryse was everyone’s friend, she loved people. The door to her home was always open to friends and family; if you arrived at her home you would be expected to share a home-cooked delicious meal. Maryse led a colorful life, never afraid to try anything new; she always spoke her mind. She was active in the Armenian community in the area and active in planning events in the building on Saint John Avenue where she lived.

She was predeceased by her husband, John; twin sister, Jeanine; parents, Garabed and Satenik Chirinian; sister, Jaqueline; niece, Michelle Kalagian; and nephews, Phillip Kalagian and Brian Reynolds. Maryse is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Harry Kalagian, Binghamton; sister, Claudette Chirinian, Marseilles, France; and nieces and nephews, Jaqueline and David Spencer, Owego, Catherine Reynolds, Binghamton and Christopher and Cindy Garabedian, Marseilles, France. She leaves behind a large extended family.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon, today, Wednesday, June 17 at the DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue, Binghamton with Pastor Joe Wickman. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorial contributions in Maryse’s name may be made to the Armenian Relief Society, 33 Andrea Dr., Apt A, Vestal, NY 13850. To forward condolences please visit

Gregory Capano

Past Commander of Quincy VFW, member of Saugus VFW and BPOE in Florida

Gregory ‘Greg’ A. Capano of North Reading died on June 3.

Greg was a member of the VFW in Saugus, BPOE in Naples, FL, past Commander of the VFW in Quincy and served his country in the US Army Air Corps. during World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Adrienne (Kirby) Quercia-Capano and the late Edith Capano; father of Carol Cresey and her husband, Bert of Merrimac and Gregory Capano Jr. of Revere; step-father of Mark Quercia and his wife, Stephanie of North Reading, Kim Leone and her husband, Stephen of Andover and Greg Quercia of Andover. He was the son of the late Salvatore and Mary Capano; grandfather of Christine D’Ettore and her husband, Mark and April O’Shea and her husband ,Warren; step-grandfather of Jessica, Danielle, Jacquelyn, Matthew and Michael and great grandfather of Ashley, Mark, Elizabeth, Ben and Ewan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cota Funeral Home, North Reading. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Greg’s name to Friends of Fatima, PO BOX 206, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837. For more

Geraldine Fontana

Of Arlington

Geraldine Fontana passed away at her Arlington home on June 14. She was 66 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late Cosmo and Elizabeth Fontana and loving sister of Louis Fontana and Audrey Fontana Torra, both of Revere, Geraldine is also survived by her dear niece, Lisa Reilly and grand niece, Sophia Reilly of Saugus.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, June 18 at 10 a.m. in St. Camillus Church, Rt. 2, Arlington. For further information and directions please see: www.

Rita Sweeney

Dedicated wife and ‘mom’

Rita C. (DeNunzio) Sweeney passed away on June 11 at her Revere residence following a brief illness and in the presence and love of her devoted family.

Born and raised in Revere, Rita was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1946. She began a career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and remained there for over 20 years. She was a devotee of the St. Anthony of Padua Parish community and a member of the former Anthonian Club of the parish for several years, serving on many committees. She was a poll worker in the city for over 20 years and also a member of the Golden Age Club at the East Boston Social Center at Central Square, East Boston. She was an active woman, but always, a dedicated “Mom” and wife to her family.

Rita was the beloved wife of the late John J. Sweeney, who died in April of 1993; the devoted mother of Ellen L. Bertino and her late husband, Carmen F. of Revere, Kathleen M. Cimino-Fauci and her husband, James of Everett, Shelia M. Hosmer and her husband, Wallace J. Hosmer of Epping, NH and Scott J. Sweeney and his wife, Stephanie of Saugus; the dear sister of Joan Patti and her husband, Joseph of San Francisco, CA and the late Vincent DeNunzio and Ann Peterson. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, three great-grandsons, Jacob, Ryan and Gianni, her sister-in-law, Jean DeNunzio of Washington and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376. For more information, please visit:

Robert Lanza

Retired Revere letter carrier

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours this evening, Wednesday, June 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Robert J. Lanza, a lifelong resident of Revere, who died on Monday, June 15 at Union Hospital, Lynn following a long illness. He was 63 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1969 and enjoyed a 43 year long career with the US Postal Serice as a letter carrier in Revere, retiring in 2012.

He was the beloved son of the late Rudolph U. Lanza and Josephine (DiGiulio) Lanza. He leaves his faithful and best friend Nicholas C. Chitopoulos and his family of Medford. Mr. Lanza leaves no immediate survivors.

Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, please visit:

Warrick Mitchell

Late member of the Pile Drivers

and Carpenters Union

Warrick Mitchell of Revere passed away peacefully at home on June 13 surrounded by his loving family. He was 91 years old.

He was a member of the Pile Drivers & Carpenters Union, Local #56 and a veteran of World War II.

Born in Portugal Cove, St. John’s West, Newfoundland, Canada on August 19, 1923 to Archibald and Violet (Cook) Mitchell, he attended public schools in Newfoundland and emigrated to the United States at the age of 22. He worked in the U.S. Before he entered the United States Army in 1945. He was stationed with the 39th Infantry Regiment and the 7th Infantry Regiment in the area of Bavaria, Germany and was honorably discharged in February of 1947 at the rank of PFC. After his discharge, Warrick worked as a commercial fisherman fishing out of New England waters from the Port of Boston to the Grand Banks, Canada.

In the late 1940’s, Warrick met his lovely Joyce and they were married in 1948. After five years in the fishing industry, Warrick became interested in construction and for the next 26 years he worked as a Pile Driver, retiring in 1979 because of his health.

After recovering from heart surgery, Warrick worked part time for Bayside Engineering in Somerville. After several years, Warrick finally retired to enjoy a rich life with Joyce and his family, taking special delight in his four grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of Joyce C. (Cluett) with whom he shared 66 ½ years of marriage; devoted father of Warrick F. Mitchell and his wife, Adele M. of Wickford, RI, and Catherine C. Mitchell and her husband, Bryan A. Townsend of Ipswich; dear brother of Pauline Hammond of London, Ontario and the late Frederick Mitchell, Armorel Hussey, Donald Mitchell, Freeman Mitchell, Irene Hibbs, Malcolm Mitchell and Harry Mitchell. He is also lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Warrick W. Mitchell and his wife, Barbara of California, Wynn W. Mitchell of Boston, Lili Bao Lan Mitchell and Lenzie Xian Rong Mitchell of Ipswich and numerous nieces, nephews and his dear neighbor and best friend, Arthur Minichello of Revere.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be conducted on Friday, June 19 at 12 Noon at the Ascension Memorial Episcopal Church, 31 County Rd., Ipswich. Floral tributes in Warrick’s memory may be sent to the above named church. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.Late US Army Veteran of WWII. Late Member of the Pile Drivers & Carpenters Union, Local #56. Warrick served on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Church in Chelsea for several years in the 1970s. Donations in his memory may be made to the Food Pantry or Community Dining Room Outreach Programs at St. Lukes-San Lucas Episcopal Church, 201 Washington Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Carafa Family Funeral Home, Chelsea.

Mirella Ursino

Proud family matriach

Mirella (Ferraro) Ursino of Revere died suddenly on June 13. She was 62 years old.

Mrs. Ursino was the proud matriarch of the family. She enjoyed spending countless hours with her children and grandchildren always cooking for all of them and sharing stories. She will be forever missed and always remembered as someone who cared deeply for her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

She was the beloved wife of 43 years of Nicola; devoted mother of Rocco Ursino of Revere, Laura DeCologero and her husband, Paul of Revere and Danielle Munro of Wakefield; dear sister of Maria Jeraci and her husband, Vincenzo and the late Natali Ferraro; cherished grandmother of Isabella, Dante, Caden and Gwen and is also survived by many loving neices and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mirella’s life by gathering today, Wednesday, June 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston and again on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in funeral procession to Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere for a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Emtombment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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