Joanne Haskell Katz
Nurse who loved people and animals
Joanne Haskell Katz, known as “Jan,” passed away quietly after a long illness, on January 14 in North Dartmouth.
Born in Norridgewock, Maine, the daughter of Ivory and Leah Haskell, she grew up in Auburn, Maine and moved to Boston following high school to study nursing. After graduating from Boston City Hospital School of Nursing, she lived and worked in Massachusetts for the rest of her life. She and her husband made their home in Revere for over 40 years. She will be remembered as a kind and generous person who loved people and animals.
She was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Leonard H. Katz (“Len”), and her older brother, Frederick “Fred.” She is survived by her brother, Peter Haskell of Auburn, ME, her step-son, Steven Katz of Los Angeles, and granddaughters, Robin and Kailie. She also leaves dear friends James and Darcy Austin of Albuquerque, NM and New Harbor, ME; Barry Simon, of Revere, Irene Cyr of Fall River and John Travers of Boston.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or to the Animal Rescue League of Boston.
Found happiness in giving to others
Elizabeth L. (DiBlasi) Havens of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on February 1. She was 64 years old.
She worked as a bookkeeper for Walgreens for 25 years and centered her life on her family. She cherished the time she spent with her children, nieces and nephews, and especially with her grandchildren Riley, Allie and Connor. She enjoyed holidays and special events with loved ones as much as she enjoyed escaping to North Conway with her cousin for fun and relaxation. She found happiness in giving to others and always put others before herself.
Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Yolanda (Gisetto) DiBlasi and a dear sister to Linda Spinazzola and her husband,Tony of Melrose. She was the devoted wife of the late Edward Havens and loving mother of Kimberly Freedman and her husband, Andrew of Danvers and Michele Havens of Georgetown.
She leaves two daughters, son-in-law, three grandchildren, her sister and brother-in-law as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. For condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Longtime Revere Public School teacher
Bernice C. Dondero of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 1.
Bernice was a legal secretary in Chelsea for many years while continuing her education. She received her Master’s degree from Suffolk University and went on to teach in the Revere Public Schools for many years. She was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Zonta Club, Friends Fighting Breast Cancer, The Red Hats, and St. Stanislaus and St Anthony’s Ladies Sodalities.
The beloved wife of the late Louis P. Dondero. Jr., she was the devoted mother of Lisa Brengola and her husband, Andrew of Lynnfield; dear sister of Judith A. Mauchan and her husband, Donald of Marlboro, and the late William V. Hurley and his wife, Margaret, Ronald J., and Paul F.; cherished grandmother of Alissa Louise Brengola. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made in Bernice’s name to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244, and the American Diabetes Association, 10 Speen St 2nd floor, Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Retired clothing company seamstress
Antonetta (Poccio) Annese of Revere formerly of East Boston, passed away January 29. She was 92 years old.
A retired seamstress for a clothing company, she was the beloved wife of the late Albert “Libby” Annese; loving mother of Anne-Marie West and her husband, Vernon Jr. and Albert Annese and his wife, Toni, all of Peabody; dear sister of the late Melina Emmanuel, Peter Poccio, Mary Festa, Anthony Poccio, Pasquale Poccio and his surviving wife, Lorraine of Revere; cherished Nanni of Jackie, Vernon the III, and Samantha West, Alyssa, Ashley, Dominic and Dylan Annese and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter St. Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94109-5400. For guest book: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Of Boston’s North End
Giuseppina DiCenso of Boston’s North End died on February 4.
The beloved wife of the late Rocco DiCenso and Antonio “Anthony” Cammarata, she was the devoted mother of Frances Milano and her husband, Anthony of Medford, Anna Ferrullo of Winthrop,and the late John “Johnny Shoes,” Joseph, and Frank Cammarata; cherished grandmother of Michelle and Scotti and his wife, Denise Milano, all of Medford, and great grandmother of Anthony and Mathew Milano. She is also survived by many more loving grandchildren and great grandchildren and by many dear nieces and nephews.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, Wednesday, February 8 at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 12 N Square, Boston at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be this morning — the morning of the funeral — at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Plumber who took pride in his work, always had a smile on his face, and dearly loved his family and friends
Nicholas Verdura of Revere passed suddenly on January 29.
Nicholas always had a smile on his face and loved his family and friends dearly. He played baseball growing up but was a fan of all sports. Nicholas enjoyed traveling with his family and his girlfriend. He was fond of the family dog, Mia and would take her everywhere with him. Nicholas was a plumber who took pride in the work he did.
He was the loving son of Carolyn Verdura of Revere and her companion, Herbert Comeau III of Saugus and Angelo Verdura and his wife, Amy Beth of Revere; cherished boyfriend of Shana Scott of Revere; beloved grandson of Millie Coviello and the late Benedict Coviello Jr, and Lucy and Luigi Verdura; Godson of Andy and Maureen Verdura and dear nephew of Rosie and Sal Vacirea and the late David Coviello. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St, Framingham, MA 01701. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Waitress and Hostess at former Reardon’s Restaurant
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on, Thursday, February 9 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue, Revere) at 12 noon for Elaine J. (O’Donnell) Reardon who died unexpectedly on January 30 at Cambridge Hospital after being stricken at her Revere home. She was 76 years old.
Raised and schooled in Chelsea, she was a graduate of St. Rose’s High School of Chelsea, Class of 1958. She worked as a secretary for John Hancock Life Insurance Co., Boston, for 10 years and for more than 31 years she was a waitress and hostess at “Reardon’s Restaurant” in Revere until its closing in the late nineties.
She was the wife of the late Francis B. “Franny” Reardon, who died in August of 2012; the beloved mother of Gerald L. Styburski of Chelsea and the adored grandmother to: Natalia M. Styburski of Tewksbury; the dear sister of Cornelius W. O’Donnell and his wife, Helen F. O’Donnell of Revere; the devoted aunt of: Dr. Carolyn M. O’Donnell and her husband, Jon J. Walker of Groton and Timothy F. O’Donnell and his wife, Milena of Revere, the late John P “Jack P” Reardon and his surviving wife, Frances “Fran” of Lynn, Sheila A. Scranci of Saugus, Attorney Michael H. Reardon of Washington, DC, Patricia Schwagenbauer and her husband, Michael of Erie, PA, John Reardon and his wife, Daralyn of Revere, Patrick J. Reardon, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Revere, Janice Lane and her husband, Thomas of Fairview, PA, former Revere Police Chief Terrence K. Reardon and his wife, Laureen of Lynnfield and Mary Regis Fusco and her husband, John of Stoneham. She is also lovingly survived by many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Geraldine Flynn Scigliano
Of Nahant, formerly of Revere
Geraldine (Flynn) Scigliano of Nahant, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday with her loving husband, Robert by her side.
Geri had many interests throughout her life. She excelled in virtually anything she set her mind to including ballroom dancing and instructing, knitting and crocheting, cooking and – most especially – baking. Her baked goods are legendary in the family. Geri had an outsized warm, loving, open and vivacious personality with a terrific sense of humor. Geri leaves us all with incredible wonderful memories.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Joan Kitsis; four Flynn brothers: Frank, Bill, Roddy and Larry, one sister, Marilyn Newhook and by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, February 10 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere followed by a funeral service in the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Immediate burial at Greenlawn Cemetery, Nahant Road, Nahant will follow. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Annette C. (Barresi) McGlinchey of Revere died at Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett on January 24 following a long illness. She was 71 years old.
Born and raised in Somerville, she graduated from Somerville High School in 1961. About 40 years ago, she married William C. McGlinchey and the couple moved to Revere where they remained. “Bill” died on May 3, 2016 following a brief illness.
They had a son, William Anthony McGlinchey, who was ill from birth. The couple maintained their home, created a hospital-like atmosphere with all of the handicap accommodations needed to care for him for almost 50 years. About two years ago, as Bill and Annette became older and less healthy, the decision was made to maintain the level of care in a facility outside of his home. William Anthony lives in Revere at a facility where he is splendidly looked after.
In her early years, Annette worked as a graphic arts technician for 10 years at the former Graphic Arts Co. of Somerville.
She was the beloved sister of Frank Barresi and his wife, Eileen of Halifax, MA and the late Anthony R. Barresi; the dear cousin to Angela Jernstedt and her husband, Richard C. of Tewksbury, Kathleen Dandell of Stoneham and several other cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister in law, Joyce M. (Puppo) Barresi of Revere and her faithful caregiver, James M. Morgan of Revere.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, February 11 beginning at 12 noon until 1 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Visitation will be followed by a memorial funeral service in the funeral home at 2:15 p.m.Inurment will be held in Woodlawn Chapel Columbarium, Everett. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Edward ‘Butchie’ Malisko
Services and inurnment at Woodlawn Chapel Columbarium in Everett were held privately last week for Revere native Edward W. “Butchie” Malisko who died after a long illness on January 25 at East Pointe Nursing & Rehab Center of Chelsea. He was 73 years old.
Born in Revere, he spent his life between Chelsea and Revere. He attended Chelsea schools and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1962. For most of his working career, he was a chef at several local restaurants.
He was the beloved son of the late Edward H. Malisko and Carmella (Seratta) Malisko-Barrett; loving brother of Beatrice A. “Bea” Malisko and her partner, Madeline LoPresti of Methuen, formerly of Revere; the devoted nephew to: Marion Zaremba and her late husband, Stanley of Peabody, formerly of Lynnfield and he is also dearly survived by his faithful cousin Robert Belevich and his wife, Karen of Revere and by many other cousins.
Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Revere School System retiree
Alfred Giamattei, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 7 after being stricken at his home and rushed to Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was 93 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere High School, entered the US Navy on October 15, 1942 and served as a Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class until February 16, 1946. He was most proud of his military service and would often regale his family and friends with stories of his adventures during World War II. He worked as a custodian for the Revere School System for over 20 years from 1967 until 1987.
He was the husband of the late Rose Marie (Alvino) Giamattei, who died in January of 1999; the devoted father of John L. Giamattei and his wife, Nancy M. of Salem and Joseph S. Giamattei of Revere, with whom he made his home; the adoring grandfather of: Christine M. Giamattei and her fiancé, Nicholas Rubino of Wakefield and Julie Rose Giamattei of Boston’s Back Bay. He is also lovingly survived by his brothers-in-law, Robert and Charles Alvino and his faithful nephew, Carl “Butchie” Marino, all of Revere and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was the dear brother of the late Anna Pacella, Margaret DelGrosso, Patsy, Armando and Joseph Giamattei.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, February 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be with his beloved wife, Rose Marie, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-9959. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Wife of late Judge Salvatore Aloisi
Catherine J. (Bicchieri) Aloisi of Boston, formerly of Revere and Middleton, died on February 5. She was 103 years old.
The beloved wife of the late Honorable Judge Salvatore Aloisi, she was the devoted mother of Peter Aloisi and his wife, Donna of Lynnfield, and Attorney Andrew Aloisi of Boston; cherished grandmother of Peter Salvatore Aloisi and his wife, Kathryn of Boxford and loving great grandmother of Ryan Peter; dear sister of the late Rose Gonnelli, Frank Bicchieri, Dr. Nunzio Bicchieri, Anthony Bicchieri, and Antoinetta Bicchieri. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Church, 12 North Square, Boston. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Judge Salvatore E. Aloisi Scholarship Fund, C/O Boston College office of Development/Giving Cadigan Center RM 304, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Interment will be private. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Janet Hickey of Revere died on February 6 at the age of 69.
The beloved daughter of the late James Hickey Sr. and Eileen (Sheehan), she was the dear sister of Kathleen Zimbone and her husband, Joseph of Reading, and James Hickey Jr. and his wife, Susan of Wakefield; cherished aunt of Dina Pinkham and Thomas and Brian Hickey.
She is also survived by many relatives and friends. Janet will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday February 10 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Private interment. In lieu of flowers. donations can be made to the Windows of Hope Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center, 330 Brookline Ave Shapiro 9, Boston, MA 02215, or to the VNA of Middlesex-East, 607 North Ave Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. For guest book please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.