Devoted family man and sports fan
David W. Russell of Kennebunk, Maine, formerly of Tewksbury and Somerville, died on December 5 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a brief illness. He was 73 years old.
Born and raised in Somerville, the son of the late Charles and Mary (Mortimer) Russell, David was a loving and devoted family man and sports fan. A U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran, he worked in the telephone industry for many years, finishing his career in the Telecommunications Department at M.I.T.
He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Gillis); devoted father of Vanessa Tripp and her husband, Matthew of Portland, Maine and Jacquelyn Russell of San Francisco; dear brother of Charles J. and his wife, Claudette of Illinois and is also survived by many loving cousins, sisters and brothers in-law and nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, December 9h at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Alcoholics Anonymous. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Member of Everett VFW, Malden Moose
and Revere ITAM
Gregory J. Forte of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on December 5 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. He was 92 years old.
A US Army veteran of World War II, he worked in manufacturing for many years and was a member of the Everett V.F.W, Malden Moose and Revere ITAM.
Born and raised in Everett, the son of the late Louis and Julie (Scopa) Forte, he was the beloved husband of the late Gloria (Landano); devoted father of Joyce Bonasoro and her husband, Fred of Revere, Steven and his wife, Jean of Middleton; dear brother of Sophie Forte of Everett, Virginia Mucciarone of Everett, Beatrice Maines of Uxbridge and the late Anthony Forte, Lucy Carbone and Rita Mazzochia; loving grandfather of Lauren and Peter and is also survived by a great granddaughter, Emma and by many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, December 10 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Dedicated wife, mother, grandmother,
sister, daughter and aunt
Josephine M. (DiBlasi) Caggiano, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at home on December 2 following a long illness.
Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere schools and lived in Revere her entire life. Josephine was indeed a most dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and who enjoyed her family and sharing time and activities with them.
She was the wife of the late Rocco P. Caggiano; the devoted mother of Marie T. Wood and her husband, James T. Wood and Joseph V. Caggiano and his wife, Georgia, all of Revere and the late Michael J. Caggiano; the cherished grandmother of Michael J. and Tina Wood, Monica R. and Melanie G. Caggiano, all of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her two sisters-in-law, Marie Donarumo of Chelsea and Carol Caggiano of Amesbury, and by many nieces and nephews.
Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Richard ‘Richie’ Rizzo
Member of Boston Plasters and
Cement Mason Union, Local 534
Richard A. “Richie” Rizzo of Revere died on December 4.
A member of the Boston Plaster and Cement Makers Union Local No. 534, he was the beloved husband of Rosalie Cordwell- Rizzo; father of Karen M. Cordwell- Cote and her husband, Dale and Kimberly A. Cordwell, all of New Hampshire; Grandpa Jake to Dale, Chase and Alexis Cote and Ronald Richard Cordwell; brother of Grace Kennedy and Marie Rizzo, both of Reading; brother-in-law of George Cirino and his wife, Linda of Middleton; uncle of John Kennedy and Janine Sciuto. Richard is also survived by many family members, close friends and most importantly, his beloved Jake.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, December 10 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held in the Cota Funeral Home, 335 Park St., (corner of Park Sreet. and Rte. 28), North Reading at Reading line today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Please omit flowers and make donations in Richard’s name to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114 or Care Dimension, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.
Caring for her family was her passion
Jeanette (Seltzerman) Simon, beloved wife of the late Murry George Simon with whom she shared 67 years of marriage, died December 2 at home. She was 90 years old.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Philip Morris and Ida (Rosenberg) Seltzerman, she was raised and educated in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class 0f 1943. A long time resident of Revere, she was a stay at home mom whose greatest passion in life was caring for her family.
She is survived by her daughters Lois Simon Sauls and her husband ,Allen of W. Somerville and Natalie Simon of Gloucester. She was the loving grandmother of Charlee Bianchini, Iladro Sauls and Meca Sauls and was predeceased by her sister, Lee Schectman.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Interment was in Temple B’Nai Israel Cemetery,. Everett. Memorial observation was held at Cohen Florence Estates in Chelsea, Contributions in her memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation,165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For guest book please visit www.torffuneralservice.com
Gail Virginia Sewell
Phlebotomist and 30-year member of Kingdom Hall, Jehovah’s Witnesses in Revere
Gail Virginia (Lloyd) Sewell of Revere passed away December 2 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. She was 75 years old.
Born in Lynn, the daughter of the late John Lloyd and Phyllis (Edmondson) Gudaitis, Gail was a retired phlebotomist, having worked for a visiting nurse association for many years. She was a 30- year member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Revere.
She was the beloved wife of Robert B. Sewell of Revere with whom she shared 26 years of marriage; mother of Donna Shortridge; sister of Lisa Sin of Tennessee, Joanne Steen of Florida and the late George Lloyd. She is also lovingly survived by one grandson, Andrew Shortridge.
A Memorial Service in Gail’s memory will be held on Saturday, December 19 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 40 Hysil Avenue, Revere. The time is still to be determined. All relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.
Retiree of Beth Israel Medical Center
and The Gap of Chelsea
Marie A. (Bowman) Viehl, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on December 6 –- 18 days before her 81st birthday, at Windsor Place Assisted Living in Wilmington.
Born and raised in Revere, she attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School and graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1952. In 1957 she married her childhood sweetheart, Murray F. Viehl and the couple recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary. The couple had five children who all attended and graduated from Immaculate Conception Grammar School.
Several years back in the sixties, for almost 10 years, Marie worked for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a telephone operator. In those times the entire Board at the BIDMC was staffed by “Revere” girls (Mary Kirkpatrick, Gertrude Cronin, Pauline Romano, Frances Dillon Virginia Corbett, Dorothy Kngston, Ann Kingston, etc.) Theirs was an unusual friendship – actually more of an extended family. Most of them would remain close and in-touch until death. After leaving Beth Israel, Marie worked as a sales represenative for “The Gap” in Chelsea.
She was active in her parish church, Immaculate Conception, and when her children attended the school, she was very active in the Maria Assunta Guild and the Immaculata Guild.
In addition to her adoring husband of 58 years,, Murray F. Viehl, she leaves four children: Elizabeth . Viehl-McKenna and her husband, Thomas of Revere and Boca Raton, Florida, Patricia A. Viehl of Everett, James O. Viehl and his wife, Anne of Salem, NH and Kenneth F. Viehl and his wife, Erin of Pocasset. She was also the mother of the late Thomas M. Viehl, who passed in 2008. She was the cherished grandmother of Courtney M. Viehl of Providence, RI, Sarah A. Viehl of Salem NH, Michael T., Emily N., Nicholas J. and Alea V. Viehl, all of Hopkinton and Eliabeth and Victoria M. McGonagle, both of Everett. She was the dear sister of the late Dorothea E. O’Donnell, Robert G. Bowman and Patricia M. Carter. She is also lovingly survived by her daughter in law, Stephanie Viehl of Hopkinton and by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 10 at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN, 38101- 9908. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com