Quintessential mom, grandmother, great grandmother and Wonderland Dog Track retiree
Norma A. (Albano) Gioia, a 30-year resident of Revere, formerly of the North End of Boston, passed away on April 26 at her Revere residence following a long illness. She was 86 years old.
Mrs. Gioia was born and raised in Boston’s North End and attended Boston schools. She and her family moved to Revere more than 55 years ago. For more than 30 years, she worked as a supervisory matron for wonderland Dog Track of Revere before retiring in 1996.
Norma was the quintessential mom, grandmother and great grandmother, always enjoying her time with her family and extended family.
Her late husband, Frank A. Gioia, Sr. died on March 12, 1989. She was the daughter of the late Nicholas A. and Etta (Amato) Albano; the cherished mother of Frank A. Gioia, Jr. and Ann Anslin, both of Revere, Anthony Gioia and his wife, Dianne of Peabody and Mark T. Gioia of North Salem, New Hampshire; the devoted grandmother of: Attorney Frank J. Gioia and his wife, Cristen of Los Angeles, CA and Moultonboro, NH, Tanya M. Johnson of Revere, John C. Johnson and his wife, Donna of Lake Worth, Florida and Anthony P. Hanslin of San Diego, California; the dear sister of Claire Filippone and her husband, Andrew A. of Revere and the late Rose Pisano, Marie C. Luongo and William R. Albano. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren: Briana, Destiny, Juliana, Jessica and Jeffrey and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart & Stroke Association, Founders Affiliate, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Edward James Melanson
Decorated Veteran and former MDC Police Officer
Edward James Melanson of Revere, formerly of Woburn, died on April 28.
Edward was a Purple Heart recipient who fought in the Korean War for the United States Army and received the Combat Infantry Badge, Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal. He was an MDC Police Officer on Revere Beach for over 15 years and was a member of the Woburn Elks and the Woburn Lions. Edward will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He was the beloved husband of Marie (Cantone) Melanson; devoted father of Bryan Melanson and his wife, Brenda of Woburn, Edward Melanson and his wife, Gail of North Reading, David Melanson and his wife, Susan of Reading, Stephen Melanson and his wife, Helena of Natick, and step father of Kathleen Noel and her husband, Steven of Revere, and Keith Cantone and his wife, Linda of Lowell; dear brother of Geraldine Curran of Woburn and the late Robert Melanson; cherished grandfather of nine, loving great grandfather of two and step grandfather of seven. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Edward’s name to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Of Peabody, formerly of Revere
Madeline (Colacchio) Tentindo of Peabody, formerly of Revere and East Boston, died on April 30.
She was the beloved wife of 64 years to the late Angelo P Tentindo; devoted mother of Denis Tentindo and his wife, Betsy of Revere, Kenneth Tentindo and his wife, Christine of Topsfield and Janice Susi and her husband, Paul of Grafton; dear sister of Anthony Colacchio of Florida and the late Mary Jarvis and Thomas Colacchio. She was the cherished grandmother of 11, the loving great grandmother of seven and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a mausoleum service at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Madeline’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Businessman, active in many organizations, opened his home and heart to many
Joseph Mastromarino of New Hampshire, Revere and Palm Bay, Florida died on April 25 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was 87 years old.
Born in Boston on July 23, 1929, a son of the late Joseph and Eutimia (Reppucci) Mastromarino, he attended Northeastern University in Boston for a short time before joining the US Air Force. He served with distinction and honor as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War from May of 1950 to March of 1955. During his service, he was stationed in Germany and received six medals.
He co-owned a family business with his brother Henry, Mastromarino Brothers in Wilmington, MA. They employed several family members where many memories were made and it was all started by his father “Noni.” He later enjoyed many other adventures such as opening a Plumbing and Heating Store in Nashua, NH.
Joe was a Lifetime club member and ‘Man of the Year’ for the Derry, NH Rotary Club, helped establish and volunteered for the Derry Girls and Boys Club and was a member of the DAV and VFW. Joseph was the center of a large family and hosted a yearly, not to be missed, Fourth of July Family Reunion.
After the death of his first wife Louise, he once again found love and happiness with Claudette. They enjoyed traveling, golfing and hosting many parties. He was adored by his sisters who called him “Sonny” and was the glue to an amazing family who will miss him dearly.
Joseph opened his heart and home to many including Ann (Cino) Simmons, the late Jacqueline (Mamie) Durisch, Evelyn (Mamie) Fiore of Switzerland and Irene (Mamie) Matarozzo of Derry NH, enriching his life and theirs. He had a unique ability to make each family member or friend feel as if they were a very special person in his life.
He is survived by his wife, Claudette (Ruel) Mastromarino of Palm Bay, Florida; six children: John and his fiancé, Marsha Burgess, Joseph and his wife, Dawn, all of Derry, NH, Jeanine Bonner and her husband, Paul of Franklin MA, James of Derry, NH, Jerome and his wife, Debra of Pittsfield, NH and Jay and wife, Susan of Hudson, NH; two stepchildren, Karen Foye and Michael Rioux , both of Palm Bay Florida; , 13 grandchildren: Nik, Ryan and Brianna Mastromarino, Trevor, Sheena and Lynelle Mastromarino, Chantel Schools, Joseph Bonner, Cameron and Tyler Mastromarino, Mia Wallace, Joshua Foye and Tara Laver and four great-grandchildren: Emilina Schools, Sarah and Harper Jo Wallace and Maddie Laver. He is also survived by three sisters: Dorothy Trapane, Edith Shaheen and Clara Mottola, as well as by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and godchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Louise (Farrell) Mastromarino in 1981 and five siblings: Dr. John A. Mastromarino, Assunta Mastromarino, Louise Marotta, Henry Mastromarino and Florence Feudo.
Memorial calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry, NH. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 26 Crystal Avenue, Derry with burial to follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, East Derry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Veterans, 4647 Forbes Blvd. Lanham, MD 20706 or to the DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.