Obituaries 09-30-2015

John Fitzgerald

Worked in Human Resources

John G. Fitzgerald of Danvers, a former resident of Peabody and Topsfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home on September 24. He was 47 years old.

John spent most of his young years in Peabody and graduated from Masconomet Regional High School Of Topsfield in IN 1986. Most of his working career was spent in human resources, working for non-profit agencies.

From about 1995 until November 1, 2000 John spent time as a student and genealogy researcher in Aberdeen, Scotland. There, he met the love of his life, Angela “Angie”(McKenzie) FitzGerald. The couple married and returned to the USA in November of 2000 settling in Peabody. In January of 2006, they moved to Danvers, where they have remained since that time. John had a passion for music, especially the group Fleetwood Mac. If you knew John, you knew what type of music, he enjoyed.

He leaves his beloved wife ofc21 years, Angela “Angie” (McKenzie)FitzGerald. He was the devoted son of Helen R. (Green) FitzGerald of Peabody and the late, James E. FitzGerald; the cherished brother of: Susan M. Hamlin and her husband, Eric M. of Ipswich and Bonnie L. Kelley and her husband, Stephen J. of Methuen. He was the proud uncle to Tyler A. Hamlin of Ipswich and Daniel and Michael Bennett, both of Aberdeen, Scotland, He is also lovingly survived by his mother and father-in-law, John and Margaret (Murray) McKenzie of Aberdeen Scotland, his brother-in-law, Kenneth McKenzie and his wife, Anne and his sister-in-law, Linda Bennett and her husband, Stephen all of Aberdeen, Scotland. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the PERKINS School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA, 02472-9982.

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, October 1

from 4 to 6 the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte 107) Revere. Funeral services and interment will be held Privately.

Please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.comfor more information.

Leona ‘Libby’ Grell

Former Chelsea resident

Leona “Libby” (Rubenstein) Grell, formerly of Chelsea, passed peacefully on September 25.

Libby was a vibrant woman who was highly respected and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Manuel Grell and is survived by her son, Steve of California; her former son-in-law and wife, Carl and Sharon Minkovitz of Revere; grandchildren Gina and Ron Ellison, Greg Minkovitz and Brad and Kristina Minkovitz. She was also the adored great grandmother of Tori and Ava; sister to Shirley Cohen, the late Selma Galer, Bertha Seigal and Herbert Rubenstein.

Service and burial were held Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida. Memorial donations may be made to the Manuel R. Grell Home Care Agency, 201 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or Temple Emmanuel, 60 Tudor Street, Chelsea, MA 02150.

Bianchina Caggiano

Retired clothing industry seamstress

Bianchina (Grieci) Caggiano of Revere died on September 27. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. Caggiano, who worked many years as a seamstress in the clothing industry, was the beloved wife of the late Alessandro; devoted mother of Carmela D’Andrea and her husband, Attilio and Julia Cilano and her husband, Philip all of Saugus; loving grandmother of Lisa, Deanna, Christina, Anthony, Jennifer, Stephanie and great grandmother of Dylan, Erica and Norah.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, September 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center c/o Beacon Unit, 204 Proctor Ave, Revere, MA 02151. For guestbook, please visit

Kristina McDonald

Worked in hospitality industry and as a home care senior aide

Kristina C. (Makara) McDonald, a Revere resident for about 25 years, died unexpectedly after being stricken on September 19. She was 59 years old.

Born and raised in Tarnow, Poland, she came to the USA with her dear family in 1966 when she was 10 years old. The family settled in Boston where Kristina attended Girls Latin School and Cambridge High School graduating in 1974.

She was a most attractive woman who spent most of her working career in the hospitality industry as a waitress, hostess, manager and later in the home health care industry. At the time of her unexpected passing, she was acting as a home care senior aide for several Revere seniors.

Her late husband, David A. McDonald passed in 2013. She was the cherished daughter of Wanda Z. (Koza) Makera of North Chelmsford and the late Stanley Makara the devoted sister to Marta E. Makara-Higgins and her husband, Frederick G. Higgins of Chelmsford and Roman T. Makara and his wife, Brenda of Malden; the dear aunt of Frederick J. Martina, Jr. and Lauren E. Higgins, all of Chelmsford, Christopher G. Makara of Haverhill and Ericka L. Makara of Malden. She is also lovingly survived by her extended family of friends and former co-workers.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment will be held privately at a later date at the family lot in Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Rosie’s Place, 1750 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 12118. For additional information, visit:

Angelina ‘Ann’ Ruzzo

Lifelong Revere resident, homemaker, and member of Revere Loyal Order of the Moose 1272

Angelina ‘Ann’ (Ferraro) Ruzzo of Revere died on September 23 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett following a brief illness. She was 96 years young.

Mrs. Ruzzo was born and raised in Revere and was a 1937 graduate of Revere High School. She was married to Dominic Ruzzo for over 37 years when he died in February of 1998. “Ann” enjoyed her membership with the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose on Broadway, Revere and took advantage of the many trips offered to the Revere Seniors and members.

She is survived by her devoted and adoring son and daughter-in-law, Richard T. Ruzzo and his wife, Priscilla J. of Lynnfield. She was the beloved grandmother of: Mark A. Ruzzo of Melbourne, Fla., Stacy Blue and her husband, Mark of Palm Bay, FL., Stephanie Niles

of Charlotte, North Carolina, Christopher Ruzzo of Titusville, Fla., Denise Doherty and her husband, William of Saugus, Michelle Dobbins and her husband, Mark of Winchester, Jeanine Dion and her husband, Peter of Georgetown and Jennifer Tammaro and her husband, Philip of Lynnfield. She is also lovingly survived by 10 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Phyllis Bieclecki, John and James Ferraro.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Activities Fund at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

Marlene Santo

Had long and successful career in show business and modeling

Marlene Santo of Loquinto, California, formerly of Revere, passed away on February in Palm Springs California.

She was born in Boston and married Richard Santo on August 26, 1982 in Squam Lake, NH.

In the 1950’s, Marlene was the lead dancer and line captain at the famous “Latin Quarter Night Club” in Boston;; the “Hawaian Club” in Albany, NY, the “Che Ami” in New York, NY and the “Parisian Room” in East Hartford, Conn. She danced alongside many celebrities incouding Frankie Lane, The Four Coins, The Ritz Brothers, The Ames Brothers and Billy Barry.

During her teenage summer months, she traveled as a professional dancer throughout the United States aned Canada with the “Dolanettes” and performed at a multitude of state fairs including fairs in New York and Maine. She was also a fashion and print model employed through the prestigious Hart Modeling Agency, known as the executive agent for the “Hart Girls.” She was the administrative director of ADTEK Engineering Firm located in Irvine, California for 15 years and was also the vice president of the Retired Public Employee Association (RPEA.) Prior to moving to the desert,, she was a commissioner for the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Board and the entertainment director for many street fairs throughout Orange County, California.

She was an amazing and loving mom to her daughters, her step daughters, her granddaughter, her great granddaughter and her granddogs. She was a devout wife and angel to her husband and a beautiful, classy woman throughout her entire life. She was always stopped by people at the shopping mall, theaters and restaurants to compliment her on her beauty and to find out what her skincare routine was! She was aways flawlessly coifed and never left the house without her hair and makeup perfectly done.

Marlene’s biggest accomplishment was her relationship with God. In her final hours our Lord Jesus Christ came Himself to meet her.

She is survived by her husband, J. Richard Santo of La Aquinta; daughters, Suette Owen of Montrose, Colorado and Shari Sanderson of Las Vegas, Nevada; granddaughter, Shana Davis of Las Vegas and great granddaughter, Madelyn Dawn Davis of Las Vegas; step daughters, Ruth Martin of Portsmouth, Va, Karen Eastes of Virginia Beach, VA, Vicki Read and the late Patricia Biernot, both of Chesapeake, VA. She was the sister in law to her husband’s brothers: the late Paul and Gerry Santo of Malden, Jim and Ann Santo of Peabody, John and Linda Santo of Vanderbilt, Del, Walter and Carol Santo of the family home (since 1937) on Warren Street in Revere. Her father and mother in law were the late Pat and Margaret Santo of Revere, father and mother to the Santo boys.

A service was held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 47-225 Washington St., La Quinta, CA 92253. Forest Lawn Cathedral City was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Russo

Retired Body Shop Manager, busineess insurance adjustor, auto appraiser, carpenter, and builder; member of Masons, Aleppo Shrine, and hot rod clubs

Robert W. Russo, a 29 year resident of North Reading, formerly of Saugus, died at his home on September 21. He was 71 years old.

Born in Chelsea on December 7, 1943, the son of the late Rocco and Blanche (St. Laurent) Russo, he was a graduate of Revere High School and later attended a vocational school. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

Robert was a retired body shop manager. He also worked as a business insurance adjustor, automobile appraiser and a carpenter and builder. He has been a resident of North Reading for the past 29 years. He was a member of the North Reading Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M., Aleppo Shrine, Orientals Hot Rod Club and Stroker Hot Rod Club in Gloucester.

He was known for his strength of character, teaching others by example and perseverance. His functioning ability under any circumstances, power, intuition, loving, always an avid listener and problem solver. He was smart, funny, kind and spiritual. Robert loved nature, hiking, kayaking, the beach, the mountains, lakes and the ocean. He loved animals and birds of prey like hawks and eagles. He was always building, a house, a camp, a shed or fireplace. He loved hot rods and motorcycles. He also enjoyed reading and thinking.

Family members include his loving wife of 43 years, Linda (Roberts) Russo; daughters, Nicole Russo of Wakefield and Vanessa (Russo) Vath and her husband, Alex of Peabody; his sister, Debbie Powers and her husband, Larry of Winthrop; nieces, Jessica Powers of Everett and Sharon Powers of Winthrop and grandson, Logan Vath of Peabody.

His funeral was held at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Wakefield with arrangements by the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: Tufts Medical Center Trust, 800 Washington St., Box 231, Boston, MA 02111, checks payable to Tufts Medical Center, specifically to Prostate Cancer Research Fund (Dr. Paul Mathew). For additional information, visit:

Ronald Hubbard

Taxi Driver for Patriot Taxi of Revere and member of VFW Post 71 of Beachmont

Ronald C. Hubbard of Revere, who was raised in Concord and Carlisle, passed away on September 19 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett following a long illness. He was 68 years old.

A graduate of Concord High School, class of 1965, he entered the US Army during the Vietnam War in April of 1966 and served until April of 1969. In September of 1969, he began his college degree at Suffolk University and graduated in 1973 with a degree in economics. After early retirement, he returned to work as a cab driver for Revere’s Patriot Cab from about seven years when declining health forced him to formally retire. Ronald was a member of the VFW Post 6712 of Beachmont and was a resident of Revere (Beachmont) for about 20 years.

He was the beloved husband of 20 years to Eugenia “Gina” (Malinowska); devoted surrogate father to Magdalena “Magda” Malinowska of Revere; dear brother of Alvin W. Hubbard, Jr. and his wife, Dianne of Derry, NH and Margia Bellia and her husband, Matthew J. of Bel Air, MD. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews and a large extended family of friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, October 3 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere. His Funeral Service will be conducted in the Funeral Home at 2:15 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For additional information, visit:

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