Obituaries 03-02-2016

Walter Samas

Of Illinois, formerly of Revere

Walter Samas, 93, beloved husband of Caroline (Reppucci) (Scarpa) Samas of IL, died peacefully at his home in Glenview, IL on Wednesday February 24, 2016, while in the comforting presence of his family, following an extended illness.

Born in Peabody, he was the son of the late Isadore and Anna (Parwazas) Samas. He grew up in Peabody and graduated from Peabody High School, Class of 1940. He lived in Peabody and in Revere for many years, and moved to Venice, FL where he enjoyed his retirement. He recently moved to Glenview, IL during the last year.

Mr. Samas enjoyed his career in the airline field as a Flight Engineer and Mechanic for Delta Airlines. He started at Boston’s Logan Airport in 1943, and transitioned through many mergers including Northeast Yellowbird Airlines, Western and Pacific Northern Airlines. A truly dedicated employee, he retired from Delta after 43 loyal and fun-filled years of service.

A curious and talented serious hobbyist, he enjoyed tinkering with cuckoo clocks and pocket watches. He enjoyed Big Band Swing music and Ballroom Dancing, which led to a chance meeting at Wonderland Ballroom in Revere, where met his dear soul mate Caroline and enjoyed 40 happy years together.   He also enjoyed keeping meticulous records of family trees, and together they enjoyed traveling the world.

He is survived by his wife Caroline (Repucci) Samas of Glenview, IL; her three daughters and their spouses, Beth Ann Huber & Bill of Glenview, IL, Maria Caruso & Ric of Wakefield, and Jane Santini & Glenn of Woburn; her two sons, William Scarpa of Littleton, MA and Robert Scarpa of Lakewood, CO; 11 grandchildren, Daniel and William Huber, Krista and Caroline Caruso, Rugo Santini, Lesley Ryan, Lindsay Moran, Michael Scarpa, Jill Gray, Carlo Scarpa, and Candice Talbot; seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by his brother Tony Samas.

           Relatives and friends are kindly invited to gather on Monday March 7, 2016 from 10 – 11:30 AM in the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:30 AM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please visit for online obituary and sign condolences.

Lillian ‘Honey’ Colecchia

Wonderland retiree, Patriots Civic Club past officer

Lillian “Honey” (Perrella) Colecchia, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away February 27.

Honey was devoted to her family and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events. She worked at the Wonderland Dog Track and retired at age 80. She could always be found on the dance floor at parties with family and friends. Many of these parties took place at the Patriot’s Civic Club where she served as President, Vice President and Treasurer throughout the years. She was also a member of the Patriot’s Women’s Auxiliary Bowling League. Highlights in her life included baking, cooking, sewing and crafts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Mario Colecchia; mother to Donna Colecchia of Carver, Mario Jr. and his wife, Marilyn of Florida, Denise Colecchia and her husband, Frank Gormley of Lynn, Michael and his wife, Christine of Revere, Diane and her spouse, John Parks of Saugus and Mark Colecchia of Revere. She also leaves numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She was the dear sister of Louise Taglieri and Phillip Perrella, both of Revere, Vincent Perrella Jr., of Revere and the late John Perrella and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Honey’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Wednesday, March 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her name at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book and directions

Donald Sewell

Retired Metlife computer librarian

Donald T. Sewell of Revere passed away at Mass General Hospital on February 23. He was 82 years old.

Donald was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. He attended Bentley College and retired from Metlife as a computer librarian.

Born in Fall River, he was the beloved son of the late Francis “Frank” Sewell and the late Sarah (Ashworth) Sewell; loving brother of Mary, Robert and the late Frank, James, Sarah, Catherine, Raymond, Dorothy, William and Thomas Sewell. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on the grounds of the Chelsea Soldiers Home. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donald’s name may be made to the Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea, MA 02150. For online guestbook visit

Eleanor Cristiano

Of Revere

Eleanor B. (Picardi) of Revere on February 22, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Michael A. Cristiano. Devoted mother of  Michael Cristiano and wife Noreen of Revere, Nancy Ciarlone and husband Stephen of Revere and Brad Cristiano of FL. Dear sister of Robert Picardi of PA and the late George Picardi, Henry Picardi Jr., Madelyn Muello and Lillian Palumbo. Cherished grandmother of Laurie LeBranti, Todd Cristiano, Richard LeBranti, Amy O’Malley and Gary Cristiano. Great-grandmother of 7. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St., REVERE on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10am. Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours Thursday from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to: Memorials and Tributes, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter, PO Box 845945, Boston, MA 02284-5945. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Richard Rogers

Retired machine operator

Richard J. Rogers of Malden passed away on February 26 at Turfts Medical Center.

Born in Boston and a graduate of the Everett Vocational High School, prior to his retirement, he worked for 20 years as a machine operator for Market Forge in Chelsea.

He was the devoted husband of the late Theresa F. (Powell); beloved father of Melissa Minasian and her husband, Richard of Revere and Bradley Rogers and his companion, Antionette Riley of Lynn; brother of Edgar Rogers and his wife, Beverly of Saugus, George Rogers and his late wife, Elizabeth of Swampscott, Ernest Rogers and his companion, Ruth of Bridgewater, John Rogers and his wife, Carolyn of Medford, Regina DiGregorio and her late husband, John of Malden and the late Robert Rogers and his surviving wife, Margaret of Fitchburg and Dorothy Mackey and her late husband, Thomas. He was the cherished grandfather of Tyler Minasian of Revere and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a Funeral from the Carroll Funeral Home, 721 Salem Street, (Maplewood Square) Malden today, Wednesday, March 2 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem St., Malden at 9 o’clock. Services will conclude with interment at Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden. Expressions of sympathy in Richard’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to Richard’s family, please visit

Dorothy Nardone

Of Revere

Dorothy A. (Mottolo) Nardone of Revere died on February 29.

The beloved wife of Thomas W. Nardone of Revere, she was the devoted mother of Thomas M. Nardone and his wife, Alison of New Hampshire; cherished grandmother of twins Matthew and William, Rebecca, Samuel, Juliet and Anna Nardone. She is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, March 5 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. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: St. Jude, 501 St Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

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