Of Ipswich, formerly of Revere
Joseph J. Rizzo of Ipswich passed away January 7 at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury. He was 88 years old.
Mr. Rizzo was born in Revere on July 6, 1927, the son of the late Anthony and Lena (Oliva) Rizzo. He served in the US Coast Guard during World War II earning the rank of Fireman First Class.
He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Hargrove) who passed away in 2010, siblings, George Cotone, Anthony Rizzo, Eleanor Ranere and Marie Paragona. Mr. Rizzo is survived by his children: Joanne Rubino of North Reading, John and his wife, Ellen Rizzo of Revere, Doreen and her husband, Ronald Mottola of Groveland and Jill and her husband, Greg Hills of Whitman, MA, 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
At Joe’s request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer and Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Haverhill and Bradford. Contributions in his name may be made to the Boston VA Health Care System, Voluntary & Recreation Service ATTN: Joseph J. Rizzo Memorial Gift Fund, 1400 V.F.W Park Way (135) West Roxbury, MA 02132. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com
Retired woodworking teacher at Northeast Vocational High School
Frank A. DiLena, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on January 7. He was 97 years old.
A woodworking teacher at Northeast Vocational High School and a US Army Air Force veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Esther J. (DeMarco) DiLena; devoted father of Joseph A. DiLena and his wife, Helen of N. Reading, Joyce Bruzzese and her husband, Ernie of Revere and Janice Palmer and her husband, Roger of Woburn; dear brother of Jerry DiLena of Revere, Joe DiLena and Richard DiLena, both of Florida, Robert DiLena of Melrose and the late Ronald DiLena, Kay Penza, Rose Marotta, Gloria MacDonald and Louis DiLena; cherished grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of 15. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Frank’s name to: Northeast Arc, Development Office, 64 Holten St., Danvers, MA 01923. For online guestbook and memorial visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
Deborah ‘Debbie’ Rose Labonte
Of Hyde Park, formerly of Revere
Deborah “Debbie” Rose Labonte of Hyde Park, formerly of Revere, passed away on January 8. She was 53 years old.
The cherished daughter of Connie (Onessimo) LaBonte, she was the loving sister of James LaBonte and his wife, Louise Mara-LaBonte, Robert LaBonte his wife, Shirley and Nicholas LaBonte; adored niece of Emilie Eustace who was also Debbie’s godmother and her husband, Robert, Mike and Mary Ann Onessimo and Janice Vassallo and her husband, Johnnie. She is also survived by many loving cousins.
The family would like to thank Maureen McPartlin, Margaret Morin, Roger Godfrey, and Yvonne Dickerson who were all caregivers at Bay Cove. Family and friends will honor Debbie’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Saturday, January 16 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere at 10 a.m. Committal Service is private. At the family’s request, please OMIT flowers. Donations may be made in Debbie’s name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis, TN 38101. For guestbook and directions please visit: www.vazzafunerals.com
Filippo Viola of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on January 6 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was 78 years old.
He was the beloved husband of Sarina Viola; loving father of Phyllis Tomassi and her husband, Mario and Michael Viola and his wife, Enza; cherished grandfather of Maria and her husband, Josh, Sarina, Johnny and his loving companion, Heather, Dorion, Sarina, Olimpia, Filippo and great-grandfather of seven and a late great-grandchild, Matteo. He was the caring brother of Vincenza Salvaggio and her late husband, Giuseppe, Giuseppa Cunsolo and her late husband, Rocco, Salvatore Viola and his wife, Lucy, Maria Viola, Sara Viola, Calogero “Lilo” Viola and the late Concetta Viola. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. Memorial donations may be made in Filippo’s name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation Massachusetts and Rhode Island, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02114. For guestbook, visit: Vazzafunerals.com.
Elaine (DeAngelis) Gorden of Revere died suddenly at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital on January 7. She was 72 years old.
Elaine worked as an office manager at the Golden Goose Markets in Boston’s North End.
Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Alfred P. and Margaret (Schena), she was the devoted mother of Vincent of Revere, Lisa Kalloch and her husband, Garry of Revere, Christina Gorden of Saugus and Maureen Gorden of S. Carolina; the dear sister of Alfred DeAngelis and his wife, Holly of Saugus and Stephen DeAngelis and his wife, Ghizlane of North Reading; beloved life partner of the late Richard Dolan and is also survived by six loving grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St. Revere today, Wednesday, January 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Matthew ‘Pooch’ Repucci
Outstanding high school and college athlete; member of Boston Iron Works Union Local #7
Matthew J. “Pooch” Reppucci of Revere died unexpectedly on January 6 at Boston’s Mass General Hospital. He was 35 years old.
Born in Malden, he lived in Revere for most of his life before moving to Hampstead, N.H. two years ago. Matt was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School, Class of 1998 and Fitchburg University, Class of 2002. For the past five years, he worked with the Iron Workers and was a member of the Boston Iron Workers Union Local #7.
Throughout his high school and college years, he was an outstanding athlete, especially in football.
He was the cherished son of Linda M. Stasio-Reppucci of Revere and the late, Paul G. Reppucci, who died on January 12, 2014; the adored brother of, Tammy L. Marra and her husband, James J. of Hampstead, NH., and Paul G. Reppucci, II and his wife, Jacqueline A. of Stratham N.H., formerly of Revere. He is lovingly survived by his fiancee,Telma Gagnon of Malden, his beloved grandfather, John M. Stasio of Revere, three nieces, Crystal, Melayna and Samantha and three nephews, Gennaro, Joseph and Matteo. He was also the grandson of the late Barbara L. (Finlay) Stasio and Emilio and Carmela B. (Alconada) Reppucci. Many devoted aunts, uncles and cousins also survive him.
. His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue), Revere at 10:30 a.m.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) at ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA. 02130-9923. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Of Concord, NH, formerly of Revere
Nancy N. Bonanno of Concord, NH died peacefully at her home on January 5 at the age of 93.
Nancy was born September 26, 1922 in Boston. She graduated from Revere High School where she met her beloved husband, Armando S. Bonanno. She married Armando on September 17, 1944 while his naval ship was being repaired after being hit and badly damaged in the Pacific during World War II. They celebrated over 69 years of loving marriage and had three children that they raised together in Concord, NH.
Nancy loved dancing and enjoyed being part of various dance ensembles from her early childhood through her senior years when she was an enthusiastic member of the Concord YMCA Line Dancers. She was active in the Concord community where she was a volunteer usher at the Capitol Theatre, a volunteer at the Concord Hospital and an active member of the Catholic Daughters charitable organization.
Nancy loved her family dearly and especially loved hosting elaborate holiday gatherings by carrying on favorite Italian cooking traditions.
She is survived by two sons, Robert A. Bonanno and his wife, Judith of Sunapee, NH and Sanibel FL, and Joseph M. Bonanno and his wife, Sue of Warner, NH. She was predeceased by her dear husband, Armando, her beloved daughter, Susan, and her younger brother, Jerry Parenti. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Catherine S. Bonanno, Jacqueline M. Hudkins and Joseph P. Bonanno as well as great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Chapel at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boscawen, NH followed by a luncheon at the Common Man in Concord. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by mailing contributions to Wounded Warrior Project attention Advance Guard, PO Box 758518, Topeka, KS 66675 or by visiting: www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bennett Funeral Home, Concord, MA
Messages of condolence may be offered at www.bennettfuneral.com
Longtime office manager for Sweet Heart Paper in Cambridge
Eleanor M. Iovine of Revere died on January 5. She was 100 years old.
Eleanor worked for many years as an office manager at Sweet Heart Paper in Cambridge.
The beloved daughter of the late Antonio and Dominica (Pasquale) Iovine, she was the dear sister of Camille Pothier and Anthony Iovine, both of Revere and the late Matilda Gilmore, Ida Quartarone and Vera Muollo. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Retired GE master mechanical and electrical engineer; served in US Navy and US Naval Reserve during WWII, the Korean conflict, and the Vietnam Era
William A. Fulchino of Reading, formerly of Revere, died following a long illness on January 7 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 97 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, “Bill” lived here for over 60 years before moving to Reading. For more than 40 years, his career with General Electric Co. of Lynn was spent concurrently with his etraordinary time with the US Navy and the US Naval Reserve until his 60th birthday on February 25, 1978 when he formally retired from the Reserve as a Chief Electrician’s Mate. He retired from GE as a Master Mechanical and Electrical Engineer.
He and his elegant wife of 63 years, Mary A. (Statuto) Fulchino were devotees of the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere and were also outstanding and generous supporters of the IC Community Parish Family. “Bill” was an usher at the church and a member of the Holy Name Society. He was also a life member of the Revere Council #179 Knights of Columbus.
He joined the US Navy in May of 1942 as a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era and served with the Naval Resere until February 25, 1978.
He was the son of the late Ralph and Lena (Cantone) Fulchino and the dear brother of the late Victor, Carmine and Anna Fulchino and the late Dr. Albert Fulchino PhD Ed. and Dr. Harry Fulchino, M.D. He was the devoted uncle of Christi Mangan and her husband, David of Wakefield, Ann Marie Hemphill of Norfolk, MA, Thomas Fulchino of Auburn, MA, Paul Fulchino of West Palm Beach, Florida, Anthony Statuto and his wife, Grace of Danvers, Stephen A. Statuto of Disney World, Florida, Kathleen A. McCarthy of Saugus, Robert N. Corso and his wife, Lisa M. of Middleton, Nancy E. Rollins and her husband, Steven A. of Lee, NH and the late Ralph Fulchino. He is also lovingly survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.
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 Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn:: Patients Activities Fund. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Domenica ‘Maggie’ Aloisi
‘Grand Lady of the old school’ – active at St. Anthony’s Parish
Domenica C. ‘Maggie’ (Ferraro) Aloisi a lifelong resident of Revere, died on January 6 following a long illness at her Revere residence.
Born in Lynn, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943. “Maggie,” as she was affectionately called, was married in October of 1946 to Giusto A. “Gus” Aloisi. The couple celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this past October.
A grand lady of the “old school,” she embodied all things family, i.e., an extraordinary housekeeper, an intrinsic gourmet cook, and a prize-winning baker. Among her family, extended family and friends, she will long be remembered for her gentle spirit and genuine loving persona.
Maggie was an active member of the Anthonian Club of St. Anthony’s Parish.
She was the cherished mother of Domenic D. Aloisi and his wife, Linda of Uxbridge, Anthony Aloisi and his wife, Doreen M. of Revere and Robert D. Aloisi and his wife, Donna of No. Reading; the adoring grandmother of David D. Aloisi and his wife, Lisa of West Townsend, Ma., Susan M. Greene and her husband, Thomas of Douglas, Ma., Anthony R. Aloisi and his wife, Amie of Haverhill, Joseph D. Aloisi and his wife, Melissa of South Boston, Christina M. Aloisi, R.N. of Revere, Nicholas R. Aloisi of No. Reading and Matthew Aloisi of Atkinson, N.H. She was the faithful and dear sister to Anna L. McKinnon and her late husband, John of Revere and the late Mary Costanzo, Lawrence L. and Joseph L. Ferraro. She is also lovingly survived by her brother-in-law, Andrew Costanzo of Burlington, formerly of Arlington, her sister-in-law Eileen Ferraro of Derry and her four great grandchildren, Michael A., Gabriella M., Gianna M. and Isabella D. Many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews also survive her. 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 Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, Inc., 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Feisty lady with a tell it like it is spirit who loved and adored children
Jean M. Lalone of Derry, NH died January 6 in Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry. She was 79 years old.
She was born in Revere on February 12, 1936, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Morse. She had been a resident of Derry for the past two years, formerly living in Amherst, NH, Hawaii, and Revere where she graduated from Revere High School.
Jean was an avid supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, a very good ukelele player, and a master crocheter. She enjoyed collecting anything relating to elephants. Jean was well known as a fiesty, tell it like it is spirit, who loved and adored children. She was a life member of the Church of St. Anthony in Revere and a member of the AARP.
She is survived by her son, Richard C. Lalone and his wife, Ella of San Antonio, TX; her grandchildren, “Little” Richard Lalone, Briana Lalone and Brandon Lalone of San Antonio TX; many nieces, nephews and cousins including her niece, Betty as well as the Chesson family; her best friend, Alice Moran of Amherst; and Luke and April Biancaniello and family with whom she made her home. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard C. Lalone; her son, Christopher L. Lalone and her siblings, Arthur, Clarence, Marie, Dorothy, Barbara and Nadelyn.
Funeral arrangements were by the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch St., Derry, NH.. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit, www.peabodyfuneralhome.com
Anthony C. Citro of Revere died on January 11.
He was the beloved husband of the late Jeanette M. (Tracia) Citro; devoted father of Donna A. Tobin and her husband, Fred of Peabody, Thomas Citro and his wife, Elaine of Saugus, Fr. Anthony M. Citro of Michigan and the late Joyce M. Halopoff; dear brother of Romolo Citro and his wife, Jenny of Burlington, Rita Tentindo and her husband, George of Revere and the late Michael and Matthew Citro; cherished grandfather of Rene Russo, Jason Coelyn, Keven Halopoff and Erica Citro. And great-grandfather of Brianna and Anthony Russo. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, January 15 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Anthony’s name may be made to: Dr. Matthew Shwartz Hospice and Palliative Care, 123 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For online guestbook and memorial please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com