Obituaries 02-15-2017

Albert ‘Butch’ Kyes

Father of Chelsea Police Chief

Albert H. “Butch” Kyes of Hanson, formerly of Chelsea and Revere, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 8. He was 79 years old.

Al was employed as a master carpenter for many years. He was a friend of Bill W for 30 years and an avid fisherman who enjoyed many happy times fishing with his grandchildren on Oldham Pond.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 53 years, Linda (Penta) as well as his beloved sons and their wives: Brian (Chelsea Police Chief) and Rosie of Peabody, Kevin and Linda of Lynnfield and Michael and Jennifer of Reading. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren: Yelitza, Brianna, Kaitlin, Ryan, Hunter, Chase and Emma; brother of Jean Iandolo of Everett and his special niece, Diane Hamel and her husband, John as well as by many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents Perley and Gladys of Revere as well as his sisters, Virginia and June.

Visiting hours will be held at the the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, February 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services and internment will be private.

Funeral Home is fully handicap accessible, ample parking opposite the funeral home.  For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit :

Gary Simons

Plant manager for former “DELA” Co. of Haverhill

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, February 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere for Gary A. Simons, who died following a long illness at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers on Friday, February 10. His Funeral Service will be conducted at 7:15 p.m. in the Funeral Horne. Interment will be held privately.

Born and raised in Malden, he attended Malden schools and was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1969. He spent the majority of his younger life in Malden, moving to Revere, 30 years ago. For over 30 years, he worked in the employ of the former “DELA” Co. of Haverhill as Plant Manager. He thoroughly enjoyed his position and time spent there and had many a friend that he maintained. However, his role as husband and father far surpassed his dedication and supreme life pleasures.

He was the beloved husband of 37 years to Sharon F. (Rautenberg) Simons; the cherished father of Cori A. Simons and her partner, Sean Brinkley of Woburn and Sara P. Simons and her fiancée, Joseph Mercurio of Lynn; the dear brother of Ruth Colman of Fall River, Barbara Rodrigues of Tewksbury, Jonathan Simons of Boston and the late Brian O’Hara and his late wife, Marilyn. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews. Gary was also the son of the late William and Barbara Simons.

Mary Vangell


Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass today, Wednesday, February 15 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 am for Mry F. (Palermo) Vangell who died on Wednesday, February 8 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home where she has been a resident for the past four years. She was 100 years old.(Visiting hours are respectfully omitted.)

Born in Boston’s North End, she lived there until moving to Somerville more than 60 years ago.

Mrs. Vangell was the wife of the late Vasil C. Vangell who passed on September 25, 1969 and the cherished aunt to Annette M. Gentile of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was the daughter of the late Carmine and Angelina (Corsino) Palermo, the devoted sister to the late Peter, Salvatore “Sam,” Anthony “Butch” and Angelo Palermo and the late Nancy Palermo, Carmella Coviello, Palmina Palermo and Lillian Puopolo.

Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett will complete the services. For additional information, please visit:

Robert Alan Olson

Writer and Editor

Robert Alan (“Bob”) Olson of Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully while in the care of Treasure Coast Hospice on February 2. He was 80 years old.

Robert attended the Revere public schools graduating from Revere High School, class of 1954, where he was a very popular student, a natural leader and a member of numerous clubs including the glee club and chorus. He had many colorful and loyal friends, especially Eddy Gillespie, with whom he went to school every day, starting from first grade.

Bob was a 1958 graduate of Tufts University, Medford and was awarded a Liberal Arts degree with a major in English. He later attended Boston University – School of Management, graduating with an MBA in Marketing.

After graduating Tufts, Bob applied his collegiate NROTC training by becoming an officer in the U. S. Navy, serving aboard the heavy cruiser USS Leyte and the aircraft carrier USS Boxer.

In his first civilian career position, Bob served as the      Assistant Editor  of “The Standard” – a weekly insurance trade publication published by Standard Publishing, Boston from September 1960 to August 1963. From there he went on to work in the Public Relations, Advertising, and Sales Promotion           Department for Prudential Insurance, first in their Boston office and then as Director in their Chicago, Illinois and Jacksonville, Florida offices, before retiring in December of 1994 after more than 31 years of service.

In October 1990, Bob began a new adventure as a freelance writer and editor. His efforts included being an Adjunct Professor, instructor in “Writing for Public Relations,” Flagler College, St. Augustine FL; “Ghost Writer,” travel blog for Palm Beach Post, advertising copy and columnist for Mandarin, Florida weekly newspaper.

An avid reader and lover of music and opera,  Bob also enjoyed traveling – especially the numerous cruises he shared with his beloved wife and traveling companion, Sunni. Bob and Sunni moved to Jupiter, Florida in 2000 where he was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoyed singing in the choir, taking major roles in their fine theatrical productions and attending the “Good Guys” meetings where he frequently volunteered for breakfast duty.

Born on July 31, 1936 in Everett, he was raised in Revere, the son of the late Harry A. Olson and the late Mildred E. (Peterson) Olson. Bob was the loving husband of Sunni Olson for 27 years: beloved father of Cheryl Bistricky and her husband, John of Jacksonville and is also survived by his brother Ronald and his wife, Joanne of Marblehead. He was the uncle of Kristopher and Scott; stepfather of Patrick Cox and his wife, Carrie of Lexington, KY and Lisa Cox; and adored grandfather to Vincent Bistricky, Jessica Cox, and Samantha Hooker and dear cousin of Irma Solomons.

Services were held at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL on February 10. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 Seabrook Road, Tequesta, FL 33469 or Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL  34997. On line condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by visiting:

Anthony ‘Icky’ DiMonte

Retired local barber

Anthony “Icky” DiMonte of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on February 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was 73 years old.

“Icky,” who lived in Revere for most of his life before moving to Chelsea more than 15 years ago, spnt most of his working career as a barber for several local shops.

The beloved son of the late Angelo and Rosaria (Riccio) DiMonde, he was the devoted father to Melissa Delmonte of South Boston; the cherished brother of: Jean Barrett of Norward, Pasquale Dimonte of Seabrook, NH, Anna Rotondo of Saugus, Gloria M. Frullo, Lena Spagnola, and Rose Festa, al of Revere and the late Angelo and George DiMonte, Marie M. DiMonte, Margaret DiMonte and Antonetta Lea. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 50 Walnut Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. For additional information, visit:

Vincent Conte

Late proprietor of Vin’s Auto Service, a Revere man through and through who had wisdom and kindness

Vincent Conte of Revere passed away unexpectedly on February 7. He was 87 years old.

The longtime companion of the late Rae Barrasso and the former husband of Rosemarie “Chickie” Sorrentino, he was the loving father of Vincent R. Conte and his wife, Patricia of Marblehead, Donna Conte and her husband, Thomas Jacob of Peabody and Kimberly Barrasso of Revere; adored grandfather of Nicole and Julie O’Brien, Ariana and Eva Conte, and Anthony Belmonte; cherished great-grandfather of Domenic Belmonte and Dante Barrasso and dear brother of the late Anthony Conte and his late wife, Angelina. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

“How do you sum up a man’s life in a few paragraphs? I am talking about a very special man named Vincent Dante Conte and he was my dad.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, almost on the boat from Italy.He didn’t speak a word of English, but he was persistent and wanted to fit into the American culture.  My grandfather and grandmother migrated to the North End of Boston and then finally settled in a small town called Revere.

My grandfather was a tailor and my father and my Uncle Tony picked up the trade on Harrison Street in Boston making pea coats for the military and the soldiers going to war during World War II. That is where he met Rosemarie, in a clothing factory, making five cents per pocket on each coat.            Rosemarie had some issues but Vin and Tony came to the rescue to help her out.  Their friendship began at a young age but continued on to a 19 year marriage. Vin was also a doting son and always took care of his mom, Linda Conte who lived on Mountain Avenue in Revere.

At the very young age of 23, my dad took the biggest chance of his life and opened a  business of his own, “Vin’s Auto Service,” which has been in business 56 years—a major accomplishment. He had worked at a ladder company in Lynn and decided that it was too dangerous with two young babies.  He did what he did best, he went on to an automotive repair career.

He was handy and smart and all the customers loved him (and still do even after he retired several years ago).

Vin started out small and accomplished much despite his humble beginnings. He was their car doctor and they trusted him because his work ethic and his integrity were outstanding.

He loved Revere Beach in its hay day. He danced at the Frolic, Wonderland Ballroom, the ITAM Club and the Grand Pier, which burned down many years ago.      He enjoyed the pleasures of old Revere Beach with the roller coaster, The Wild Mouse that I always went on with him and going to the Sunday bandstand to hear our Grandpa Emilio play in the Army Band.

The changes he witnessed were remarkable, sometimes good, but I think he always missed the old simpler ways of life.

As time went by, his children grew up and had families of their own; Donna had two girls, Nicole and Julie, and Vin Jr. also had two girls named Ariana and Eva. Vin Sr. had a relationship for many years with Rae and our loving family expanded to also include her daughter, Kim, and baby, Dante.

He transferred the business to his doting and loving son, Vin Jr. and together they accomplished so much in business and as friends as the years went by.        Vin Sr. and Vin Jr. had many lunches together over the years in and around Revere. They talked over business and life and the father-son relationship flourished. He was a Revere man, through and through.  He built a life for his family and was always in attendance for all his grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments.

My father was a gardener and I thrived to be just as good but I will never be as good as him—there were no weeds in his garden and he had the best tomatoes and basil around. He made sure that he was able to walk his daughter down the aisle and made sure he gave a heartwarming speech at the wedding which I will treasure, always.

He had wisdom and kindness and made donations to various causes and was very loyal to his doctors at Mass General, for they helped him survive his bout with cancer.   There was life after cancer and he appreciated and valued things more.        His doctors always looked forward to seeing him.

We had grown especially close over the last few years because I was the chauffer. We traveled to Boston together and enjoyed and cherished our conversations about politics. Dad enjoyed the many house parties at my house and Vin’s, but he especially loved my beef stew and my Italian delicacies.

My father was able to see history with the Patriot’s big win this year in the Super Bowl. He was blessed by his loving family and friends and has touched the hearts of many through the years.

He will be truly missed but never forgotten.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. A Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church was followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Vincent’s name to Mass General Development Office 125 Nashua St. Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114. [email protected]

Tobi DiPietro

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Toby DiPietro of Peabody, formerly of Revere, entered into rest on December 15 at the age of 75. The beloved wife of the late Andrew DiPietro, she was the devoted mother of Stacy Margossian and her husband, Marc and Amanda DiPietro and her husband, Jim Kukas, all of Peabody; loving grandmother of Jason, Rachael, Emma, Jack and Kate and cherished sister of Nancy Albaneze of California.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem on December 19. Interment was at Temple Emanuel of Chelsea Cemetery in Danvers. Donations can be made in Toby’s memory, in honor of Dr. Bauer, Dr. Bonder and Dr. Beach, to The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (

John McCarthy

Retired bartender with a passion for the ‘good life’

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 16 from 9 to 11 am. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for John T. McCarthy who passed on February 11 at his residence at Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea following a well fought 10 year battle with metastatic carcinoma.

Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1950.

All of his life was soent as a senior bartender within the circle of high end supper clubs and lounges in downtown Boston, Gloucester and Florida. He formally retired in 2003.

John had a passion for the “good life,” particularly fine food and wines, dapper clothes and adventurous traveling. He owned a large and wonderful personality, enjoyed many long time friendships and relationships throughout his 84 years.

He was the beloved son of the late Thomas J. and Lillian M. (Burns) McCarthy); the adored brother of Marilyn M. Malone; devoted uncle of Judy H. Rizzo and her husband, David of Peabody, Kathleen Angelini and her husband, Gary and Shawn Cook and her husband, Michael, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by four grandnephews: Jason D Rizzo of Peabody, Nicholas D. Rizzo and his wife, Sarah of Wilmington, Michael Cook and his girlfriend, Colleen of Lynn and Matthew Cook of Revere.

His funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home immediately following the visitation on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Services will conclude with entombment at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Nahant. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Fr additional information, please visit:

Yolanda ‘Viola’ Ferraro

Of Arizona, formerly of Revere

Yolanda M. “Viola” (Balzi) Ferraro of Kingman, Arizona, formerly of Revere, died on February 8 after a long illness. She was 88 years old.

“Viola,” who was born in Boston, was able to attend school only to the eighth grade. At that time, she began working at a clothing manufacturing company. sewing in sleeves and collars to help her family of 11 siblings and Mom to survive. She met Thomas in 1948, they married in 1950 and they had 66 loving years of marriage. They shared many good years at the summer cottage with their family on Mousam in Acton, Maine. Her legacy is of a loving, caring and giving person; always taking care of others’ needs.

The beloved wife of 66 years to Thomas A. Ferraro Jr., she was the cherished mother of Susan M. (Crews) and her husband, Robert of Kingman, AZ and Michael T. Ferraro and his, wife Sandy of Middleton, MA; adored grandmother of Michelle Bowes and her husband, Christopher of Revere, Kristen Rogers of Haverhill, Mallory M. Ferraro of Boston’s’ Back Bay and Madison L. Ferraro of Middleton; dear sister of Adele Sestito of Taunton, Anna Gangemi and her husband, Peter of Sandwich, Louis Balzi and his wife, Nina of Sagamore Beach, MA and the late Phyllis Smeglin, Olga Lynch, Ida Piatelli, Jennie Dundon, Richard “Archie” Balzi, Josephine Karas, Margaret Alward and Doris Balzi. She is also lovingly survived by two great-grand children, Austin Nichols Phibbs and Lillian C. Bowes Phibbs.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 12 to 1:15 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere on Sunday, February 19 followed by the funeral service in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Parking is available left of the funeral home. Interment is private.

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