Fought long battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystraophy
Paul J. Bennett of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on June 24 at the age of 44 after a long and courageous battle with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.
He was the beloved son of Marie Bennett (Kitchel) of East Boston; dear brother of John Bennett and his wife, Melissa of Salem, NH; cherished grandson of Ida Femino of East Boston and adored uncle of John, Jacob and Jordan. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held in celebration of Paul’s life on Saturday, July 2 at Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at NOON. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Arrangements are under the professional care of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ruggieromh.com.
Maria G. (DiPierro) Rizzo of Revere died unexpectedly on June 21 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was 87 years old.
Born, raised and educated in Chiusano, San Domenico, Italy. Maria journeyed to America in 1966 accompanied by her husband and children. She and her family settled in Boston’s North End for 11 years before moving to Revere, where she remained for 39 years. She immediately began working as a seamstress for the Forecaster Clothing Company, where she worked for many years. Maria took great pride in her home and taking care of her family. She enjoyed cooking for her family which gave her such great happiness and pleasure.
She was the devoted wife of 65 years of Raffaele G. “Ralph” Rizzo; loving mother of Antonietta Picardi and her husband, Robert and Ermelindo “Lenny” Rizzo and his wife, Maria, all of Revere; cherished grandmother of Amy Salvati and her husband, Joseph of Salisbury, Robert A. Picardi, Raffaele “Ralph” Rizzo and his wife, Melissa, Anthony Rizzo and Johnny Rizzo, all of Revere and Linda (Rizzo) Fillion and her husband, David of Salem and the adored Nonna of Julia, Ava, Dylan, Ryder, Jeannette and Melinda. She was the beloved sister of nine late siblings and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Daniel G. Flynn of Wakefield, formerly of Revere, died suddenly at Whidden Memorial Hospital on June 23. He was 60 years old.
A graduate of Revere High School, Daniel was a Master Electrician who owned and operated Flynn Electric Inc. for 35 years. He was a member of the Electricians Union Local 103, Saugus Elks lodge 642 and the VFW Mottola Post.
Born in Boston, he was the beloved husband of Marion (Bird); devoted father of Daniel T. Flynn of Peabody, Michael J. Flynn of Wakefield, and Christina M. Flynn of Wakefield; loving son of the late Thomas and Maria (Cacciola) Flynn; dear brother of Thomas and his wife, Maureen, Joseph and his wife, Wendy and Helene Gardiner and her husband, Peter, all of Saugus. He is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Joseph ‘Joe Words” Scannelli
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Joseph “Joe Words” Scannelli of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on June 10.
Born on June 21, 1932, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary (Manganello) Scannelli; loving father of Cheryl Fischer and her husband, Brad of Danvers and the late Joseph Scannelli Jr.; cherished grandfather of Ashley Fischer; dear brother of Diana Iannuzzi of Florida and Robert Scannelli of New Hampshire. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s ‘Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.
Leon DeRosa, Sr.
Of East Boston, formerly of Revere
Leon DeRosa, Sr. of East Boston, formerly of Revere, died on June 12.
He was the beloved son of the late Nicholas and Ida (Lamonte); 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 and adoring grandfather of Carissa, Michayla, Jessica, and Chase. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Leon loved his family very much and relished in 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.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was private. 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 www.Buonfiglio.com
Avid reader and music lover
Maureen F. Conway of Revere passed away in Boston on June 5. She was 82 years old.
An avid reader who loved music, Maureen was born in Revere on February 3, 1934 to Frances and Harold Parsons. She was the mother of Susan Corea and her husband, Joseph of Pelham, NH, Nancy Conway of Chelsea, the late Richard H. Conway and his wife, Leslie of Lewiston, ME, Paul Conway of Revere, Frank Conway and his wife, Maureen of Derry, NH and Maureen Dingee and her husband, David of Chicopee. She was the grandmother of 10, great grandmother of six and aunt of many nieces and nephews. Maureen is also survived by her sisters Jean Gonzales of Tewksbury and Margeret Parsons of Haverhill. She was predeceased by her son, Richard H. Conway, David Parsons and Ella Gleitzman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maureen’s name to: The Home For Little Wanderers, 10 Guest St., Boston, MA 02135. Private services.
Richard Kirby Connor
Retired Revere teacher
Richard Kirby Connor of Winthrop died on June 25 at the age of 74.
A retired middle school teacher for the City of Revere for 32 years, he was a longtime member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, a lifetime member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and a longtime member of the Winthrop Knights of Columbus Council #162.
He was the beloved husband of Janis L. (DeRoo) Connor; devoted father of Jocelyn E. Connor and Paul K. “Pete” Connor and his wife, Georgeanne Connor, all of Winthrop; brother of the late Paul C. Connor, formerly of New Hampshire and the cherished grandfather of Haley, Richard and Paul Jr.
Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St., Winthrop today, Wednesday, June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church-Winthrop, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will follow in Winthrop Cemetery, Belle Isle Section. For guestbook and directions, please visit www.mauricekirbyfh.com.
Of Revere, formerly of East Boston
Peter Motherway of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on June 12 after a long battle with many illnesses. He was 63 years old.
He was the cherished son of the late Peter and Rose (Donohue) Motherway; beloved husband of Patricia (Farro) Motherway; loving father of Peter Motherway of Revere; dear brother of John Motherway and his wife, Anne of Arizona, Robert Motherway of Saugus and George and Joyce Motherway, both of Revere. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “ Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Committal was private. For guest book and directions: www.vazzafunerals.com
Past and former member of Ladies of Revere Moose and Chelsea Golden Agers
Laura J. (Mongiello) Wangrocki passed away on June 23 at Care One of Peabody where she had recently been rehabilitating and receiving supportive care. She was 94 years old.
Born in Revere, the beloved daughter of the late Lugi and Elvira (Monzione) Mongiello, she grew up and attended schools in Chelsea. She was married to Joseph E. Wangrocki and settled in Revere where she resided for more than 45 years. Her husband predeceased her in 1970. Laura worked as a nurse’s aide for many years before retiring several years ago. She was a past and former member of the Ladies of the Revere Moose and the Chelsea Golden Agers.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her son, Louis A. Wangrocki in 1976 and by two sisters, Antoinette Turmminello and Josephine Weiner. She is survived by her brother, Richard L. Mongiello, a sister, Mary Mongiello, both of Chelsea and her brother–in-law David Weiner of Salem. She was the cherished aunt of Rachel and Martin Finn of No. Reading, Cheryl and Brian Gideon of Salem, Robert and Janet Weiner of Wakefield; the adored great aunt of Matthew Finn and Alicia Saro and she is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit
Norma Joan Guarente
Ballroom dancer; took great pleasure in raising her children and grandchildren
Norma Joan (Polcari) Guarente, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on June 24 at Wingate of Chestnut Hill. She was 89 years old.
Norma devoted herself to family, and took great pleasure in raising her children and grandchildren. Norma enjoyed ballroom dancing for many years.
The daughter of the late Angelo and Rose (DeYeso ) Polcari, she was the beloved wife of the late Leonard Guarente, the devoted mother of Leonard Guarente and his wife, Borislava Stoyanova of Newton and Dennis Guarente and his wife, AnnaMarie of Revere; dear sister of Angelina “Angie” Terenzi and her late husband, Harry of Revere, Gloria Romano and her husband, Albert of Lynnfield, the late Albina Sasso and her husband, Chester, Helen Trunfio and her husband, Paul, Margaret Moschella and her husband, Anthony, Edith Murray and her husband, Paul and Evelyn Polcari; cherished grandmother of Jeffrey, Elena and Marco Guarente. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, June 29 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St, #200, Wellesley Hills, 02481. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Fred ‘Sibby’ Girolamo
Of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston
Fred J. “Sibby” Girolamo of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on June 7. He was 88 years old.
A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of the late Theresa (Vigliotta) Girolamo; loving father of Janis Merchant, Fred E. Girolamo and his wife, Michelle, all of Peabody and the late Gary Girolamo; cherished grandfather of Renee Merchant, Gary and Stephen Girolamo and the late Danielle Linn – Merchant and adored great- grandfather of Dylan Linn; dear brother of Mary Carbone of Revere and the late Carmen Girolamo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred’s name to Creutzfeldt – Jakob disease. 341 W. 38th Street, Suite 501. New York, NY 10018. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com
Celeste ‘CeeCee’ Caccaviello
Retired VA Nurse
Celeste “CeeCee” Caccaviello of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away June 21.
A retired nurse for the Veterans Administration, she was the cherished daughter of the late Peter and Rita Caccaviello, dear sister of Carla Cress and her husband, Don of Florida and life long friend of Donna Fasulo of Revere. She is also survived by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flower,s donations may be made in Rita Caccaviello’s name to Don Orione Home 111 Orient Ave. Boston, MA 02128. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com