Obituaries 06-14-2017

Mary Moughan

Proud client of the Commission for the Blind


Mary G. (Cataldo) Moughan of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed on Monday, June 5 at the Winthrop Pace Center after a long illness. She was 93 years old.

Mrs. Moughan was born and raised in East Boston and lived there until moving to Revere 30 years ago. She attended schools in East Boston and was a 1941 graduate of East Boston High School. She had a 12 year career at the John Hancock Life Insurance Co. of Boston within their food service division (cafeteria) retiring at the age of 65. Mary was also a proud client of the Commission for the Blind.

She was the beloved wife of the late Daniel C. Moughan who died on August 8, 2003; the cherished mother of Deborah A. Moughan and Mary Jean Moughan, both of Marblehead and Carl D. Moughan of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; the dear sister of Victoria DiBlasi and her husband, Retired Revere Firefighter Maurice “Moe” DiBlasi, Sr. of Saugus and Anthony Cataldo and his wife, Nina of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Remembrances may be made to the Commission for the Blind, 600 Washington St. Boston, MA 02111. For additional information, please visit:

Nadine Miller

Lifelong Revere resident

Nadine E. (Collar) Miller of Beachmont Revere died on Friday, June 9 at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a long battle with Leukemia. She was 68 years old.

The wife of Raymond E. Miller, she was born in Winthrop and raised in Revere, the daughter of the late Herbert and Georgianna (Lentz) Collar. A lifelong resident of Revere, Nadine was a graduate of Revere High School Class of 1967.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Miller leaves one daughter, Noelle C. Miller of Townsend; one brother, Brent Collar and his wife, Corinne of Revere; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was also the mother of the late Scott R. Miller.

Her funeral procession will leave the Bisbee-Porcella Funreal Home, 549 Lincoln Avenue, Saugus this morning, Wednesday, June 14 for interment at Shawsheen Cemetery,15 Shawsheen Rd., Bedford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nadine’s memory to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of assachusetts, . For directions and condolences: visit: .

Gregorio Ferrante

Enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and working in his garden

Gregorio Ferrante of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and East Boston, died suddenly on June 7.

Gregorio immigrated to America in 1967 from Salemi Sicily. He was a former member of Local 22 who enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and working his garden.

The beloved husband of the late Maria (Scimemi), he was the devoted father of John and his wife, Ann Marie of North Reading, the cherished grandfather of Danielle, Josephine, Gregorio and Gianna and is also survived by brothers, sisters and many nieces and nephews in Italy and Venezuela.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book, please visit

Marilyn ‘Marney’ Leyden’

Among the founding members of the Revere Society for Cultural & Historic Preservation

Marilyn B. “Marney” (Clarke) Leyden passed on Friday, June 9 at her Revere residence following a long period of failing health. She was 87 years old.

A lifelong Revere resident, she was a graduate of Immaculate Conception High School, Revere, Class of 1948. In 1950, she married her childhood sweetheart, Frederick V. Leyden who he died in March of 2001.

Marilyn and Frederick raised seven children. The family was always involved with the Immaculate Conception School Parish Community. Marilyn was Past President of the Immaculata Guild, an organization that oversaw many fund-raising projects over the years. They were very active in the completion of the building fund for the new convent in 1959 and for the new church in 1990. Fred and Marilyn were both founding members of the Revere Society for Cultural & Historic Preservation in the early 1990’s, securing the historic edifice that housed the Immaculate Conception Rectory. However, before all else, Marilyn and Fred were “family first” as loving and strong parents and grandparents.

Marilyn “Marney” was the cherished mother of Mary Ellen Dakin and her husband, Retired Superintendent of Schools, Paul S. Dakin of Revere, Peter C. Leyden and his wife, Holly of Wakefield, Nancy M. Porter of Revere, Robert M. Leyden and his wife, Rhonda of Plymouth and the late Joan E. Reardon, John M. and William C. Leyden; the dear sister of Dorothy “Dorsey” Benoit and her late husband, John of Peabody, Robert Clarke of Revere and the late Gladys Maguire, Eileen Clarke and Thomas Clarke; the adored grandmother to Jennifer L. Leyden of Salem, Michael P. Dakin of Revere, Dr. Christina M. Porter and her husband, Andrew Turchon of Salem, Brian T. Dakin and his wife, Amber of Revere, Jacqueline L. Leyden of Wakefield, Thomas Leyden and his wife, Summer of Weymouth, Maura Cugini of Georgetown, Beth M. Dakin and her husband, Geoffrey Garen of San Jose, Cailf., Daniel Leyden of Sacramento, California, Lauren Porter of Chelsea, Peter Leyden of Plymouth and Ellen Reardon and her fiancee, Nick Botto of Everett. She is also lovingly survived by her former son-in-law, Atty. Stephen F. Reardon of Revere, her five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Norah, Evelyn, Melody and Lily and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Funeral  arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere Society for Cultural & Historic Preservation (RSCHP), 108 Beach St. Revere, MA 02151

Sandra Guthrie

Of East Boston

Sandra Guthrie of East Boston passed away on June 7.

The beloved wife of Nicholas “Luis” Huertas-Ortiz of East Boston, she was the devoted mother of Jason Guthrie of Boston, Wilson Guthrie and his wife, Jessica of Lynn, Rolando Guthrie and his wife, Dena of East Boston, Jennifer Pizarro and her husband, Eliezer of Chelsea and the late Stephanie Abreu and her husband, Alfredo; loving daughter of the late Shirley Guthrie and Constance (McDermott); dear sister of Stephen Guthrie and his wife, Jan of New Hampshire and the late Carol Guthrie and cherished grandmother of Kayli, Yessica, Gianna, Nico, Joshua, Hannah, Eliel, Isabella, Jacob and Jael.  She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sandra’s name to Breast Cancer Research C/O Mass General Hospital, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.  For guest book, please visit

Michael Joseph Gorman

Decorated Vietnam veteran; racing greyhound trainer; coined the dog track’s ‘Grand Poo Bah’

Michael Joseph Gorman of Revere died on May 31.

The loving son of the late Charles and Margaret (Driscoll) Gorman, Mike was born in Boston and spent his childhood and teen years in Jamaica Plain.  He later  enlisted in the United States Air Force, then joined the Marines and was off to Vietnam.  Mike had a number of ailments and illnesses mostly acquired in Vietnam trying to protect and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.  For his Vietnam stint, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals, the RVN Cross of Gallantry, the Good Conduct Metal, the Rifle Marksman Badge, and for actions in Vietnam on September 6, 1969, he received the Purple Heart.  He participated and attended many ceremonies honoring our military heroes.

Leaving Vietnam, he lived in East Boston and later in Revere.  He sold fire alarm systems and was a trainer for racing greyhounds.  He enjoyed taking deep sea fishing trips off the coasts of Florida, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela and always picking up the tab for one of the race track buddies he brought along.  His greatest joy was being coined the “Grand Poo Bah” at the old Wonderland dog track and most recently Plain Ridge race track.  The cast of characters were Fat Frankie, Johnnie Long Hair, Benny the Lip, Peter the Gee, Berkie, Pumpkin, Pine Cone, Killer, Shecky, and Wally Beech were right out of the pages of a Damon Runyon book. Mike would never refuse anyone down on his luck (or with a good story.)

I know he would also like to thank Laura and her crew at Sorella’s Restaurant for taking care of him over the years.  Not counting a couple of Photo – Finishes – Mike seemed to have no regrets and lived his life as he wished.  He will be sadly missed by his many friends.

A committal service will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne today, Wednesday, June 14 at 11:30 a.m. Friends are kindly invited.  For guest book,  please visit:

James Tango

Retired City of Revere custodian, former member of Revere K of C and Winthrop Elks

James L. Tango of Tewksbury, formerly of Leominster and Revere, passed away at the Sutton Hill Center in North Andover on Saturday, June 10. He was 73 years old.

Born in Boston on October 25, 1943, the son of the late James and Ida (Puzzo) Tango, Jimmy was raised in Revere and attended Revere schools. He was employed for 20 years by the City of Revere as a custodian until his retirement. Jimmy was a former member of the Revere Knights of Columbus and the Winthrop Elks.

He is survived by one sister, Joanne Starling and her husband Jim of Tewksbury; his nephew and niece, Mark Starling and his wife, Kelly Moloney of Stoneham and Sheila Lokken and her husband, Michael of Littleton; his grandnephews, Devin, Gavin, Ryan and Dylan. Jimmy was the brother of the late Phyllis M. Delmonico of Leominster.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, June 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, 16 Lee St., Tewksbury immediately followed by a prayer service to held at the funeral home. Kindly Omit Flowers. Donations in Jimmy’s memory may be made to the Friends of the Elderly, 175 Chandler St, Tewksbury, MA

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Annette Minichiello

Retired Revere Housing Authority Social Services Coordinator

Annette (Antonetta) Libra (Fuccillo) Minichiello of Revere, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt,cousin and friend to so many, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital just after midnight on Friday, June 9, due to cardiac complications.

Anne was the daughter of the late Anthony Fuccillo and Raffael (D’Avolio) Fuccillo, sister of Carmen Fuccillo, Frank Fuccillo, Helen (Fuccillo) Freda, Francis (Fuccillo) Manzione, Fay (Fuccillo) O’Brien and Emma (Fuccillo) Mastrolia – all deceased and the mother of Ralph Minichiello and the late Rocco Minichiello.

Annette was born December 18, 1929 in Everett, the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Everett High School in 1946 as the head cheer leader. While in high school, she had her picture published in LOOK magazine.

She worked as a paralegal and then as a social worker for FEMA doing disaster relief and finally as a social services coordinator for Revere Housing Authority, a job she held for 20 plus years and from which she eventually retired. In recent years, Annette worked providing therapy and 1:1 counseling with Pyramid Builders and Greater Malden Behavioral Services.

She had a generous, kind heart and got tremendous pleasure from helping people from all walks of life (and taking credit for it.) She enjoyed music, dancing, travel, fashion and making connections with people. A marvelous cook, Anne showed her true artistry in the kitchen.

It was her family, however, that gave her the greatest joy and pleasure in life. With her incredible capacity for love, she had a knack for making people feel welcome and truly stretching and redefining what family means. Combining her two great loves of food and family made holidays and Sunday dinners a wonderful experience.

Anne is survived by her son Ralph Minichiello and his partner, Carol Swetow, daughter-in-law Linda Thomas and her husband, Steven Thomas, grandchildren: Robin Minichiello Thomas, Marco Minichiello, Mia Minichiello and Allison Thomas and great granddaughter, Lily Thomas.

She was loved by all who knew her and she will be dearly missed.

Funeral and services will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood Funeral Home, Revere today, Wednesday, June 14. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Michaelina ‘Lee’ Procopio

Of Revere

Michaelina “Lee” (Beatrice) Procopio passed away at home on June 2 surrounded by her family at the age of 98.

She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic A. “Nick” Procopio; devoted mother of Andrew A. Procopio of Revere, Steven D. Procopio of Saugus and Andrea Sparks of Revere; dear sister of Jeanette Amorosa of California, Gloria Palleschi of Revere, and the late Mary Quarantello, Anthony Beatrice, Alphonso Beatrice, Camille Marino and Edward Beatrice; cherished grandmother of Alison, Michelle, Steven and Gino; loving great  grandmother of Gia, Lexi, Drew, Kassandre, Paul and Max and adoring great great grandmother of Adrian.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.  For guest book,  please visit:

Ella ‘Dee’ Petrilli

Devout Catholic, member of many organizations, longtime precinct 3-1 voting warden

Ella “Dee” (DeRosa) Petrilli, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on May 30 at the age of 95.

Ella was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Anthony’s Sodality of Our Lady, Daughters of Italy of Revere, Revere League for Special Needs, Patriot Civic Club, the Soccorso Club of Revere and the Bowling Girls. She was the voting warden for many years for precinct 3-1. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

The beloved wife of the late William G. Petrilli “RFD”, she was the daughter of the late Frank DeRosa and Josephine (Russo) DeRosa; devoted mother of William Petrilli “RFD” and his wife, Charlene of Malden and Lorna King and husband, Paul of Revere; dear sister of the late Nellie Capoccia, Joseph DeRosa and baby Joseph DeRosa; cherished grandmother of Jesse King and his wife, Angela and Katie King and her fiancé, Rob Russell and loving great grandmother of Lucia and Charles King.  She is also survived by her loving sisters in law and by many caring nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ella’s name to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For guest book, please visit

Mollie Hookness

Retired from Graphic Arts Finishers of Charlestown after 67 years of service

Mollie Hookness of Revere died on June 8 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 100 years old.

Born in Beverly, the daughter of the late Samuel and Dora (Lipman) Hookness, she was raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1933. Mollie worked for the Graphic Arts Finishers of Charlestown for 67 years, retiring in 2001. She was a past member of the Dana Farber Institute, the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home and the Museum of Science.

She is survived by her niece, Annette Berman and her late husband, Edward of S. Carolina; grandnieces Debra Berman, Lisa Leblanc and Melanie English; two great grandnieces and two great great grand nephews and her cousins, Shirley Kane and Hilary Simon and the love of her life, Chase. She was predeceased by her sister, Anne Berman.

Graveside services were held in Sudilkov Cemetery, Everett on Sunday June 11. Shiva private. Assisting the family with arrangements was the Torf Funeral Service, 151 Washington Ave., Chelsea. Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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