Obituaries 11-23-2016

Phyllis Trifone

Of Revere

Phyllis C. (Cerbone) Trifone of Revere passed away on November 19 in her home surrounded by those she loved. She was 87 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Henry Trifone, she was the loving mother of Karen Trifone of Middleton, Phyllis Foster and her husband, Bernard, Jayne D’Angelo and her husband, Nicholas, all of Revere and Amy Vigliotti and her husband, John of Amesbury; dear sister of the late Ralph Cerbone and Rose Tartarini; cherished grandmother of Leo Antoncecchi, Kelli and her husband, Edward McCarthy, Bernadette and her husband, Robert Downing, Jean Foster and Stephen Spillane, Nicholas and his wife, Kathleen D’Angelo, Jillian and her husband, Anthony Coletti, Zack D’Angelo, John Vigliotti and Laura Slavikova, Alyssa Vigliotti and Christopher Huber and great grandmother of: Paul and his wife, Jenna Clapp, Jade Clapp, Frank Brown, Tori and her husband, Brandon Mastropietro, Anthony Matos and Gabrielle Ramunno, Kaycie and Robert Downing, Olivia D’Angelo and Caroline D’Angelo, Julianna Coletti and Nico Coletti and great great grandmother of, Jiada Alqudah and Jason Randazzo, Austin Clapp and the late Jordan Clapp.

Family and friends honored Phyllis’s life by gathering in Vazza’s Beechwood Funeral Home for visitng followed by a service held in our Chapel of the Resurrection. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jordan Clapp, donations can be made in his name to SMA, 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Bernard Arnold ‘Bernie’ Portney

Of Swampscott, formerly of Revere

Bernard Arnold “Bernie” Portney of Swampscott, formerly of Revere, died on Thursday, November 17.

A proud US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Harriett (Mandell) Portney; devoted and loving father of Shari Lyn Losanno of Saugus and Steven Portney of Revere; loving son of the late Samuel and Rebecca Portney and dear brother of the late Isadore Portney, Jack Portney, Betty Altman and Esther Newman.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Interment was in Tifereth Israel of Revere Cemetery, Everett. Memorial observance was held at his late residence following the burial. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Bernard’s memory may be made to the MGH Cancer Research Fund-c/o development office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540,  Boston, MA 02114. For additional information and guest book, visit www.torffuneralservice.

Helen Carino

Pioneer female supervisor at South Postal Annex, Boston

Helen V. (Faldetta) Carino of Everett, formerly of East Boston, passed in the presence of her God and her family at her home following a long illness on Saturday, November 19. She was 96 years old.

Born in Fall River, Mrs. Carino came to live in East Boston as a little girl and remained there until moving to Everett in 1987. She was an honor roll student for all of her elementary and high school education and was a 1937 graduate of East Boston High School.

After the untimely and traumatic death of her beloved husband, Walter L. Carino on April 9, 1957, Helen was faced with the sole responsibility of raising two very young children. A strong willed and courageous woman who was stately, attractive and fiercely intelligent, she entered the work force in 1955 and began to climb in the totally male populated US Postal Service at the South Postal Annex in Boston. Helen persevered among many obstacles, studying, taking exams and always maintaining a positive demeanor. Her ‘pioneering” stance took hold and she rose in position until the pinnacle was hers and she became the only female supervisor in Area Logististics until that time. She retired in 1986 after almost 30 years of service. Helen was a member of the Everett Garden Club and the Everett Seniors Arts and Crafts Association.

She was the cherished mother of Walter L. Carino, Jr. of Everett and his wife, Dr. Dorothy A. Carino, PhD, LCMHC, PLLC of Brookline, New Hampshire and Debra A. Walker and her husband, George F. Walker of Everett and the adored grandmother of Tara E. DiFelice and her husband, Steven of West Peabody. She is also survived by her great granddaughter, Laurena M. DiFelice and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She is the last of her family and was the endeared sister of the late John and Frank Faldetta, Mary DiMaio and Emily Sullivan.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, November 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 46 Oakes St., Everett at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boton, MA 02241-7005. For additional information, visit:

Gertrude Homer-Scenna

Longtime Revere Public Schools cafeteria worker

Gertrude (Nazzaro) Homer-Scenna, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on November 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 89 years old.

Gertrude worked many years in the Revere Public Schools Cafeteria.

The beloved wife of the late Revere Fire Department Lieutenant Nicholas Scenna and Donald Homer, Sr., she was the devoted mother of Donald Homer, Jr. and his wife, Judy of Revere and the late Elaine Marie Homer; loving grandmother of Breanne Camerlengo and her husband, Scott and Nicholas Homer; dear sister of Margaret Rizzo of Revere and the late Nellie Connery, Laura Saia and Michael Nazzaro. She is also survived by three loving great grandchildren: Elaina, Ella and Jake. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105. For guest book please visit

Maurice ‘Moe’ Sigouin

Of Revere, former umpire for Revere Parks and Recreation, and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #179

Maurice “Moe” Norman Sigouin (83) of Revere, passed away on November 18, 2016. Beloved husband of Helen Sigouin (Pirrello) of Revere. Devoted father of Maureen Clapp and husband Kevin of FL, Michelle Sigouin of Saugus, Marie-Robin Cimino and husband Antonio of Revere, Michael Sigouin and fiancée Ellen Joyce of Revere, Margarette Neary and husband Robert of Revere and Melanie Carter and husband Donald of ME. Dear brother of the late Raymond Sigouin, Jeannette Lavoie, and Richard Sigouin. Cherished grandfather of 21 and great grandfather of 5.

Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. An avid Red Sox fan, Moe is best known as a former umpire and referee for the Revere Parks and Recreation. He is also a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus #179 Council.

A member of the American Legion Post 61, Veteran of the USAF 945 Squadron and Air Force Reserve 3084th Support Squadron, an active board member of Saint Mary of the Assumption Church St. Vincent de Paul Conference, and a retired supervisor from Raytheon in Bedford.

A Memorial Mass at St. Anthony’s Church will be held Tuesday November 29, 2016 at 9:00am. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:45pm. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made in Moe’s name to the VA Boston Health Care Voluntary Service, 1400 VFW Pkwy Unit 135, West Roxbury MA 02132. For guest book please visit

Helen Dimaso

Sky Chef retiree and devout Catholic

Helen Dimaso, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on November 20.

Helen worked 32 years for Sky Chef in Boston and retiring at the age of 77.  She was an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching the Celtics and Bruins.  Helen was a devout Catholic who would recite the rosary several times a day.

She was the loving daughter of the late Angelo Dimaso and Mary (Cappola); dear sister of the late Joe Dimaso, Tony Dimaso, Andrew Dimaso, and Amelia Diorio and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday November 25 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A visitation will be held Friday, the morning of the funeral, starting at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

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