Obituaries 06-15-2016

Leon DeRosa, Sr.

40 Year member of Revere Elks

Leon DeRosa, Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died on June 12.

Leon loved his family very much and relished the time spent together.  He enjoyed visiting hobby shops and had a collection of model trains.  Leon was an avid sports fan with hockey being his favorite.  He was a member of the Elks in Revere for over 40 years and sang in the church choir.  He will be sorely missed by family and friends.

The beloved son of the late Nicholas and Ida (Lamonte), he was the loving husband of 34 years to Lucille (DiPasquale), cherished father of Leon DeRosa Jr. and his companion, Natalie Marcil of Fitchburg and Melinda Kendall and her companion, Timothy Buckley of Leominster;  beloved brother of Joseph DeRosa of Lowell, and the late Nicholas and Robert DeRosa; adoring grandfather of Carissa, Michayla, Jessica, and Chase.  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 today, Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. Private Interment.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Leon’s name to National Association of the Deaf, 8630 Fenton St. #820, Silver Springs, Maryland 20910. For guest book, please visit

Frank Edward Haney

Retired owner of Kippendorf Kaluculator Corp. of Lynn

Frank Edward Haney of Revere died at his home on June 1 after a long illness. He was 82 years old.

Frank was born in Brooklyn, New York and lived in Revere for the past 56 years.

While in New York, Frank received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from CCNY after serving two years in Korea as a member of the US Army. He was employed at the GE plant located in Philadelphia before transferring to the GE Lynn facility where he met his wife, Carol. After seven years, Frank left GE to attend Harvard Business School where he received his MBA in 1968. After graduating, Frank worked for United Shoe Corporation in Boston and Beverly. In 1974, Frank purchased the Krippendorf Kalculator Corporation, Lynn, a company that provided services to the shoe industry.

He retired in 1996 and spent many years at his home in New Hampshire where he spent much time golfing and skiing. Frank was active in the Lynn YMCA and served on its board for several years.

 Frank was a devoted husband and father and will be sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol (Mosher), and their five children, Margaret “Maggie” Haney, Mary and her husband, Sean McRae, Christine and her husband, Joseph Burkett, Stephen and his wife, Marian Haney and Paul and his wife, Dana O’Leary and 12 grandchildren. He also leaves behind two brothers, Desmond and Denis. His son, Thomas G. Haney, his parents, Thomas and Jean Haney, and his brothers Thomas and Lawrence predeceased him.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the DAV, National Headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. For condolences, visit:

Robert Petrino

Of Revere

Robert S. Petrino of Revere died on June 6 following a long illness. He was 84 years old.

A US Navy veteran, he was the beloved life partner of Frances Sprigg of Revere, the devoted son of the late Treva and Chris Petrino; loving father of Robert and his wife, Jean of Merrimac, Chris of Sanborn, NH and Sharon and her husband, Artie of Hooksett, NH and stepfather of Maureen Pearson of Derry, NH; dear brother of Frances Davidson of Nashua, NH, and Mary Petrino of Rockland, MA; cherished grandfather of Patrick, Jonathan and Kirstie and great grandfather of Kylie; dear uncle of Mary Erb and her husband, George of Nashua, NH and great uncle of Arthur and Hillary Erb. Bob also leaves his best friends Bob and Nora Bagnulo of Tewksbury and John Zaino and his wife, Paula of Ohio as well as many cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be private.  Donations may be made in Bob’s memory to Friendship Home Inc. P.O Box 916, Norwell MA 02061. For guest book, please visit


Julie Longfield

Award winning federal employee

Julie Longfield,  a long-time resident of both Revere and East Boston, died Saturday, June 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a sudden stroke. She was 66 years old.

Born on December 16, 1949, Julie graduated as a National Honor Society student from East Boston High School in 1967. She continued her education in Travel and Tourism and successfully completed additional certified administrative and business training courses.

Julie was formerly employed by First National Bank of Boston and as a clerk at Home Insurance Company. In an employment shift, she accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at the JFK Federal Building in Boston. In her current assignment, she was a Management and Program Specialist. Julie directly reported to the Associate Regional Administrator for Medicare Health Plans Operations and was a key member of his staff. Julie was a dedicated federal employee and well-respected in the workplace for over twenty-five years. Among her many awards was the Boston Federal Executive Board’s Excellence in Government Award (administrative category.) Her dedication to her profession, her colleagues and the public she so aptly served was unwavering.

Julie enjoyed dining out, leisure travel in the U.S., doo-op music and visiting with her niece and nephews, who brought great joy to her in later years.

She is survived by her mother and father, Anne and Wilbert Longfield of Cambridge; her sister and brother-in-law, Diane and John Totten of Waltham; her brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Susie Longfield with their children, Kate, Tim and Matt of Cambridge; her aunt, Eileen Longfield of California and numerous cousins throughout the United States.

The family will receive those wishing to pay their respects at Vazza Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, today, Wednesday, June 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. On Thursday, June 16 at 9 a.m., Julie’s family and friends will gather again at the funeral home for final prayers before proceeding to 10 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Dana Rogerson

Skilled carpenter, known as a ‘kid at heart’

Dana L. Rogerson of Cape Cod, formerly of Oak Island, Revere, died tragically on May 31, 10 days after his 48th birthday.

Born and raised in Revere’s Oak Island section, Dana attended Revere Schools. He later joined the U.S. Army National Guard to serve his country. After being honorably discharged, Dana began a career as a carpenter, working for several local contractors. He mastered his trade and was incredibly skilled. Dana relocated to Cape Cod to live with his brothers, due to his health. Revere was always his home and where loved to be. He had a great fascination with collecting old toys and new toys. He was known as a “kid at heart”.

 He was the beloved son of the late Donald L. Rogerson, Sr. and Gwen R. (Prior) Rogerson; the cherished brother of Donald L. Rogerson, Jr., Dean L. Rogerson and Edwin P. “Ted” Rogerson, all of Sagamore; the loving uncle of Donald W. Rogerson, Peter D. Lastih, Melisa L. Rogerson and Nolan M. Rogerson, all of Sagamore. He is also lovingly survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial visitation and service was held in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Inurnment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana – Farber Cancer Institute “The Jimmy Fund” P.O. Box, 849168 Boston, MA 02284. For additional information, please visit

Dr. Richard Zizza

Former Revere Physician

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial gathering on Saturday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Dr. Richard L. Zizza, age 60, who passed away unexpectedly on June 7 at the Medical Center of Trinity in Florida. A memorial service will be conducted at the funeral home at 2:15 p.m. Interment will be private.

Born in Revere, Dr. Zizza was raised in Lynnfield and was a graduate of St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. He graduated from Boston University Medical School in 1979. Later, Dr. Zizza worked as a private practice physician serving the Revere community for many years. He left Massachusetts and continued practicing medicine in Carlsbad, New Mexico and then in Tampa, Florida. He was an avid tennis player, enjoyed fine wine and reading in his leisure time. He will be remembered as a kind man, who treated others fairly and always strived to do what was right.

He was the devoted husband of Cathlene Heideman of Land O’ Lakes, Florida and the beloved son of Shirley (Dalelio) Zizza of Peabody and the late Louis R. Zizza;  the dear brother of Joanne M. Zizza of North Reading, David Zizza and his wife, Annegret of North Billerica and Lorraine Zizza of Dripping Springs, Texas as well as the cherished uncle of Rhiana and Jonathan Champoux, Rachel and Miriam Zizza, Zachary and Tyler Culp and McKenzie and McKayla Mellen and great uncle to Henry Louis Grady.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Johns Prep., Memorial Gifts, 72 Spring
Street Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information, please visit

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