Obituaries 10-14-2015

Joseph Rizzo

Revere DPW retiree

Joseph A. Rizzo of Revere died on October 1 at the West Revere Nursing Center. He was 90 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a US Navy veteran of World War II. For many years, Joe worked for the City of Revere, Department of Public Works.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marie (Sciarappa); devoted father of Janice Speranza and her late husband, Mario, Judy Minicleri and her husband, Larry, John and his wife, Stacey and Joyce Rizzo, all of Revere. He was predeceased by a grandson, the late John Speranza and is also survived by six loving grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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 Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown MA 02472. For guest book please visit

Susan Mellace

Brilliant pianist, piano teacher, past president of the North Shore Piano Teachers Guild, member of Beethoven Society

Susan F. (DeStefano) Mellace of Peabody, formerly of Revere, the loving, devoted wife and high school sweetheart of Arthur W. Mellace, passed away on June 16, 2015 at home peacefully. She was 78 years old.

Born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late Amelio and Flora (Dellaporta) DeStefano and the sister of the late Lorraine Tegan,Susan was a graduate of Revere High School. She attended Boston University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music Degree. She was a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society and the Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Coeducational Music Fraternity. While attending BU, Susan performed at Carnegie Hall. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and was awarded a scholarship toward her Masters Degree. Susan completed her Masters Degree of Arts in Piano Pedagogy from Norwich University. In addition, Susan completed education courses at Harvard University.

A brilliant pianist, Susan taught piano at her own studio in her Peabody home for 41 years. She was the Director and Organist of the Children’s Choir at St. Adelaide’s Church, where she also taught CCD. Susan was President of the North Shore Piano Teacher’s Guild and was a member of the Beethoven Society. Susan was a faithful donor to the Food Pantry at St. Adelaide’s and The Vietnam Veterans Association.

Susan is survived by her husband, Archie, of Peabody;; two daughters and sons-in-laws, Gina Gagnon-Carter and Richard Carter of Londonderry, NH and Michele and Richard Morelli of Yarmouth Port, MA, and a grandson and his wife, David Arthur Mellace Gagnon and Lucy Seyfarth of Philadelphia, PA.

On Saturday, October 17, the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m.before the Funeral Mass at Saint Adelaide’s Church, 712 Lowell St., Peabody at 11 a.m.. The Burial will follow at the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to: THE SUSAN MELLACE MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND, to be awarded to a high school student who will study music in college. Please mail all donations to: St. Adelaide’s Parish, 712 Lowell St., Peabody, MA 01960.

Marilyn Segee

Her priorities were home, family and church

Marilyn R. (Owler) Segee died on October 7 at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers following a brief illness.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1953. She furthered her education at the then, Catherine Gibbs Junior Secretarial College of Boston graduating in 1956.

Most of her working career was spent as an executive clerk and accounting specialist. She began her career at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, then on to Tidewater Oil Inc. of Boston, then as an office manager at Revere Public Library. Her final work place was at the Produce Center at Chelsea particularly for Tavilla Brothers from which she retired in 2000 where she was accounts manager for the last 10 years of her working career. However, above all, Marilyn’s really big job in life was her “FAMILY” and all who met her realized, that to be true and holding. She was so very proud of her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Every family unit has a “home central” and Marilyn and Dick’s home was just that — the place you sought to be sharing happiness, sadness and all of the other emotions that clog our lives.

Next in Marilyn’s life priorities was her church, and, in her case, the First Baptist Church of Revere (at the corner of Beach and Library Streets.) She and her family were active members of that church community for almost 100 years and she shared membership in many of the Ladies Aide Societies of that church .

Marilyn leaves her beloved husband of 58 years, Richard I Segee. She was the devoted mother of Donna L. Margossian and her husband, David B. and Richard I. Segee, Jr., all of Revere, Debbie Cunningham and her husband, Patrick of Revere and Darrell M. Segee and his wife, Raquel Alvarez-Segee of Saugus; the dear sister of Warren D. Owler, Jr.and his wife, Marjorie P. of North Port Myers, Florida; the cherished grandmother of Beth McCarthy and her husband, Timothy of Hyde Park, Keith and Kyle Segee and his wife, Ashley, all of Peabody, Christopher S. Segee and his wife, Ashley of Lynn, Christa M. Margossian of Revere, Stefvon Facey of Saugus, Morgan Cunningham, Skylar Segee, Maddison and MacKenzie Cunningham, all of Revere, Diego Alvarez-Segee and Manny Alvarez-Segee, both of Saugus and the late, Krysten-Lynne Margossian. She is also lovingly survived by her daughter-in-law, Virginia “Ginny” (Eydenberg) Segee of Framingham, her three great-grandchildren, Cameron, Shealynn and Connor and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Joseph Martorana

AKA DJ Smokin’ Joe

Joseph Martorana of Revere died on September 26. He was 61 years old.

Known as DJ Smokin’ Joe, he loved music and also loved gardening and cooking.

The beloved husband of the late Florence Bilardi, he was the dear stepfather of Gina Serino and her husband, Richard of Revere, Joseph Bilardi and his wife, Kelley of Salem, NH, loving grandfather of Richard Serino; dear brother of Marie DiMauro and her husband, Paul, Antoinette DiMauro and her husband, Thomas and Carol Jachrino. He was predeceased by his parents John and Susie (Falzone) Martorana.

A graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in his memory may be made to Hallmark Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden MA 02148. To leave a condolence, please visit

Christina Redding

Former Manager of “Eddie Mac’s Lounge”

Christina C. (aka Christine C.) Redding, a lifelong Revere resident, died on Friday, October 9 following a 16-year long illness at Tremont Health Care Center of Wareham. She was 75 years old.

Born and raised in Revere’s Oak Island section, she was a 1957 graduate of Revere High School who enjoyed the distinction of being ‘the first baby’ born at the Revere Memorial Hospital on October 12, 1939.

For over 10 years, she and her then husband, Revere Patrolman Edward J. McManus, owned and operated the infamous “Eddie Mac’s Lounge” on Revere Beach Boulevard. Christina drew and maintained a large following at the club.

The beloved daughter of the late George W. and Mary (Martin)) Redding, she was the cherished sister of Richard A. Redding and his wife, Dolores of South Yarmouth, ME, Robert W. Redding and his wife, Pauline (Hopkins) Redding of Revere and the late George W. Redding, Jr. She was the niece of the

late Eleanor and Walter Redding and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, October 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. The funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to BIA-MA (Brain Injury Association of Mass.) 30 Lyman St., Westborough MA 01581. For additional information, visit:

Wanda Kyle

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Wanda (Skovinski) Kyle of Bartlett, NH, formerly of Revere, died on September 30.

Born in Boston, she lived most of her life in Revere and was a bookkeeper for a law firm for many years.

She was the beloved wife of Robert C. Kyle of Bartlett, NH; devoted mother of Robert S. Kyle and his wife, Keri of Tewksbury, Danielle Day and her husband, Bill of Revere and Rachelle Marasca and her husband, Mark of New Hampshire; loving daughter of the late William and Marie (Merullo) Skovinski; dear sister of Valerie King and her husband, Bill of Nahant, Claire Selvitella and her husband, Jerry of Saugus, Wilma Skovinski of Vermont and the late Bernadette Skovinski and the cherished grandmother of Christian, Mark, Megan, Dillan and Ethan. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wanda’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit:

Robert Testa

Soccorso Club member

Robert P. Testa of Revere died on October 4.

Born in Brockton, the son of the late Joseph and Marie (Brasso) Testa.

Bob worked many years in the home improvement business. He was a US Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Soccorso Club in Revere.

Born in Brockton,, the son of the late Joseph and Marie (Brasso) Testa; the beloved husband of the late Patsy (Patterson) Testa, the devoted father of Melody Tosi and her husband, Philip of Salisbury; dear brother of the late Joseph Testa; cherished grandfather of Valerie, Stephanie and Dylan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Clarence ‘Dan’ Tillinghast

Retired Revere Deputy Fire Chief

Clarence D. ‘Dan’ Tillinghast, regarded by his family as the “Quintessential Fireman,” died at his Saugus residence on Sunday, October 11 in the presence of his loving God and family following a long illness. He was 77 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late John T. Tillinghast and Annie (Coomey) Tillinghast. The Tillinghast family was one of the first settling families in the early 1900’s on “top of Mountain Avenue” where the family remains to this day.

After graduating from Revere High School in 1956, he entered the US Air Force and served until November of 1959. He began his career with the Revere Fire Department in 1962 retiring in 1994. Dan was an alumnus of Bunker Hill Community College, graduating in 1979 with an associate’s degree in “Fire Science” and was also a member of the Saugus VFW Post.

His joy was his family and his time at the Fire Department where he made many many long enduring friendships only interrupted with the passing of one.

Dan was a tall man, over six feet and resplendent in his dress uniform with a larger than life personality.

He seldom encountered negative energy only to channel it to the positive one.

He and his wife of 56 years, Marie (Santosuosso) Tillinghast, especially enjoyed their time at their cottage in China, Maine and they traveled the country, forging new friendships and relationships over their many years together.

As life moves on there is always and will always be tragedies, events and situations that alter the joy of living. Their road was no exception with the sudden and unexpected death of their son, “Danny” on December 30, 1991 – only because of the grace of God and their full realization of that fact, and their tremendous courage and determined attitude did they finally arrive at a peaceful time and never to diminish the love and continuing support of their other two children and the presence of both Marie and Dan’s large family of siblings, nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was the devoted father of Kathleen M. Ballard and her husband, David L. of Brentwood, NH, Brian J. Tillinghast and his wife, Christine of Weston, Florida and the late Daniel L. Tillinghast; the proud grandfather to Reed C., Ella C. and Cade L. Tillinghast, all of Weston, Florida, Dylan T. and Danielle Woodman, both of Brentwood, NH, David L. Ballard of East Kingston, Rhode Island, Brittney L. Ballard of St. Petersburg, Florida and Megan E. Ballard of Portsmouth, NH: the dear brother of Irving E. Tillinghast and his wife, Helen of Melrose and the late John T., Jr., Ernest, Robert, Paul J. Tillinghast and Maureen Ratacik. He is also lovingly survived by his sister in law, Dorothy Tillinghast of Revere and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, October 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, October 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, West Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Surfers For Autism, Inc. 7491 N. Federal Hwy, C5-180 Boca Raton FL 33487. For additional information, please visit:

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