Obituaries 07-12-2017

Robert J. Haas, Jr.

Four-term Mayor of Revere

Robert J. Haas, Jr. of Revere died most unexpectedly while vacationing at Block Island, R.I. on Sunday July 2.

Former Mayor Haas was born in Melrose and raised, educated and lived his entire life in Revere. An alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1963, he was also an alumnus of Northeastern University, Class of 1974, securing his Bachelor in Business Administration and continuing on for a Bachelor’s in Finance in 1978.

Over the years, “Bob” has immersed himself into the life and heart of Revere, affiliating himself with many fraternal and social organizations and endeavors. Early in his career, he was a member of the Revere Jaycees. He was Charter President of the Revere Jaycees and was awarded “One of the Outstanding Young Men of America.” A long-time member of the Revere Rotary Club, he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the highest commendation given by Rotary International. He was also a co-founder and organizer of the Revere Chamber of Commerce. For over 30 years, he has been a devotee of the Holy Name Society at St. Anthony’s Parish and an ardent supporter of the 100 Club of Massachusetts, Revere Chapter. He was also a late US Army Veteran of the Vietnam era.

Also and most recently, Bob was among a group reorganizing and reinventing the Revere Council 179 of the Knights of Columbus. He was also given honorary membership in the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose #1272, the American Legion Post #61 of Revere and the Revere Boys Club.

He began his working career at First National Shawmut Bank of Boston from 1964 to 1972, then onto Union Petroleum Corp. from 1972-1973 and then and still the proprietor and operator of Haas Business Forms from 1974 to 2017.

His political career began in 1979 as Councilor-at-large, serving for 12 consecutive years. After a hiatus, he returned in 2003 as councilor at-large and served until his untimely death on July 2 . Bob’s remarkable term as Mayor began in 1992 and ended with his fourth term in 2000.

The beloved husband of 50 years of Juanita M. (Brandariz) Haas, he was the devoted father of Jennifer M. Haas and her fiance, John R. Coyne, of Revere, Rachel M. Shanley of Revere and Robert J. Haas, III and his wife, Jennifer of Winthrop. He was the cherished Papa to Brayden, Luca and Noah; the dear brother to Sheila A. Arsenault and her husband, Arthur T. of Chelsea, Judy A. Cotter and her husband, William of Gilford, NH and the late Edward J. Haas. He is also lovingly survived by his brother-in-law, Ramon M. Brandariz & his wife, Anna of Billerica. Bob is also survived by an aunt and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

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 Revere Society for Cultural & Historic Preservation, 108 Beach St., Revere, MA 02151.

Gloria Ciccolo

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Gloria M. Ciccolo of Windham, NH died on Thursday, July 6 at the Warde Health Center in Windham with her three daughters at her side.  She was 95 years old.

She was born in Revere on October 16, 1921, a daughter of the late Joseph and Eleanora (DeMarco) Merullo and had been a resident of Windham for the past 1½ years, formerly living in Londonderry, NH and Revere.

Mrs. Ciccolo was employed as an administrative assistant for the Registry of Motor Vehicle’s Special Investigations Unit for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  She was a member of the Immaculata Guild. She prayed the rosary every day and was a member of the Buttrick Village Prayer Group.  She enjoyed traveling and spending winters with her husband, Jim, in Florida.

Mrs. Ciccolo was an avid reader and Red Sox fan.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished spending time with her family.

She is survived by three daughters: Diane Hoppe of Londonderry, NH, Lynda O’Brien and her husband, Robert of Tewksbury, MA, and Paula Duyon and her husband, Kevin of Londonderry, NH; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband, James Ciccolo in 2002; her son-in-law, Paul Hoppe, her brothers; Roland, Carmen, Anthony, Joseph and Robert and her sisters, Phyllis Rossetti and Violet Aucella.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Rd., Londonderry, NH.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mark’s Church, 1 South Rd., Londonderry.  The burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Warde Health Center, 21 Searles Rd, Windham, NH 03087.  To send a condolence or for more information, please visit,

Olga Lepito

Of Revere and North Reading

Olga (Desisto) Lepito of Revere and North Reading (Meadowview Nursing Home) passed away on  July 3 at the age of 92.

She was the loving daughter of the late Philip and Philomena Desisto; beloved wife of the late Robert A. Lepito, Sr., adored mother of Robert A. Lepito, Jr. and his wife, Mariah, of Hyde Park, Vermont, William J. Lepito and his wife, Susan, of Amesbury and Christine A. Molle and her husband, Wayne, of Stoneham; cherished grandmother of  Kim Caldwell, Erik Lepito, Samantha, Jason, and Christian Molle. She also leaves two great-grandchildren, Ashley and Sophia Budd. She was predeceased by her brothers Felix and Harold Desisto and is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Phyllis Lepito of Stowe, Vermont and her best friend, Fern DeStasio of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Interment was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made “In memory of Olga Lepito” to Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 800 West Cummings Park, Suite 3100, Woburn, MA  01810.  For guest book please visit

Bernadina Scippa

Of Kaplan Estates, formerly of East Boston

Bernardina (Iapicca) Scippa, of Kaplan Estates (formerly of East Boston) died on July 8.

She was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Raffaele Scippa; beloved mother of Maria Rosaria D’Itria and her husband, Anthony, Rocco Scippa and his wife, Zita, Linda Mirasolo and her former spouse, Joseph; adored grandmother of Dayna Geigner and her husband, Chris, Michael D’Itria and his wife, Tami, Michelle Korisianos and her husband, Peter, Stephen Mirasolo and his wife, Nicole, Bernardina Scippa and her husband, Alexis Mohamed, Maria Scippa, and Angelo Scippa and his wife, Marielle; great-grandmother of Nicolette, Gianna, Anthony, Ava, Alexa and Georgia; sister of Rocco Iapicca and his wife, Gaetana, Pasquale Iapicca and his wife, Janice, Gioconda and Ivonne Iapicca and the late Amelina and Giuseppe Scippa, Vincenzo, Romano and Adriana Iapicca. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends at the Kaplan Estates.

Her Funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio and Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, July 12 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Lazarus Church, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mass General Neurology Department, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114 and Allcare Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901.

Vincenza Gallo

Of Revere

Vincenza C. (Dionisi) Gallo of Revere died on July 8.

The beloved wife of the late George Gallo, she was the loving Mother of George Gallo; grandmother of  Melissa, Christopher and Michael Gallo; sister of the late Enis and Philip Dionisi.

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

Kim Tuttavilla

Will be remembered for her kind, gentle spirit, laughter, and generous heart

Kim Theadora Tuttavilla of Chelsea, previously of Revere, passed away July 2 at the age of 63.

The beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Patricia Tuttavilla, she was the loving sister of Michael and his wife, Michelle, Mark and his wife, Maureen, and Mia and her husband, Andrew. She was a loving sister, a fun aunt, a dear cousin and niece who will be greatly missed.

Kim will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit, for her laughter and her generous heart. Even while Kim may have endured many difficulties in life, she still retained her love of creating art which she did on a daily basis, whether in poetry or paints or pastels, and she  loved cooking for others and attending to her garden. Along with music, these were her greatest joys.

Services will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, July 13 beginning at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at 11a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Suffolk Mental Health Association, 37 Hawthorne St. Chelsea 02150 c/o Vernon Street Program.

Elaine Ciccolo

“Life of the Party”

At 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 25, a beautiful, sunny summer day, our mother, sister, daughter, nana and friend went to heaven. Elaine Ciccolo had been bravely battling a terminal illness for the last four years and this day marked a peaceful end to her journey.

Always ready to enjoy herself and the company of others, Elaine left no party unattended and no quick joke un-told. As a result of having three older brothers she mastered the art of flirting at an early age and this continued until her passing. Elaine was a daddy’s girl and proved to be his spitting image in her later years.

At age 19, Elaine had the first of four beautiful daughters. She worked as a hairdresser and retired from New England Telephone Company.  She loved fashion and was known for her great sense of style. Elaine loved Italian food and was a master cook; she enjoyed nightlife, the beach, dancing, and cooking for her family.

Until her passing, she continued to light up the room with her presence, welcoming smile, easy laugh and her signature leopard print outfits. Throughout her life, she was a great, loyal friend, and possessed a natural ability to make you feel special. Affectionately known as “Nana Ma” to her grandchildren, she was a self-proclaimed QVC connoisseur, always on the lookout for a good deal.

We cannot begin to imagine life without her. She will be missed more than words can ever express. She is in a better place now, dancing with her dad and free of all earthly constraints. We love you, and know that we have a special guardian angel watching over us forever. Until we are together again – Godspeed!

Elaine is survived by her daughters: Angela E. Ciccolo of Revere, Brigadier General Theresa B. Prince   U.S.A.F.  and  her husband,  Ken  Prince, both of South Carolina, Gina LoConte of Saugus and Frank LoConte of Ipswich and Debra A. Clayton and her husband, Roy of  East Wareham. She was the loving sister of  Barbara  Icovitti  of  York, Maine, Daniel and Edward Frauton, both of  Malden and the late Paul Frauton, formerly of Malden and also leaves behind the father of her children, Martin Ciccolo.  She was the cherished grandmother of Tony, Frankie and Dominic LoConte, Gia Ciccolo and Elaine McCarthy, K.P. and Julia Prince and her great grandson, Sonny LoConte.

Elaine’s Funeral Mass was held in the Sacred Hearts Church, Malden Entombment followed in the Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Everett.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests those who would like to honor Elaine, make a donation to: Memory Disorder Unit, MGH, Attn: Seema Shaikh, Department of Neurology, 15 Parkman Street, Suite 835 Boston, MA 02114. Memo line: CBD Research. For obit:

Nancy Wall

Lifelong Revere resident

Nancy G. Wall died on Tuesday, July 4 at her home in Revere. She was 61 years old.

Born, raised and a lifetime resident of Revere, she was the loving daughter of the late Edward and Eileen (Aylward) Wall, Sr.

Nancy enjoyed line-dancing, bingo and bowling. She was a member of the Revere League for Special Needs and a fan of Elvis, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins.

Nancy is survived by her beloved siblings: Edward Wall, Jr. and his wife, Jean of Winthrop, Elizabeth Roper and her husband, Michael of Revere, Joan Consilvio and her partner, Ralph of Winthrop and John Wall and his wife, Deirdre of Salisbury. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Suzanne Wall of Dunstable, many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Joseph Wall.

A funeral service was held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Ave., Revere, MA 02151. For condolences:

Donna Placet

Of Dennisport, formerly of Revere

Donna M. Placet of Dennisport, formerly of Revere, passed away on Sunday, July 9 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 61 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Armand R. Placet with whom she shared 34 years of marriage, she was the loving daughter of Jane (Mulvey) Covino of Dennisport, a true testament of a mother’s love as she never left her daughter’s side.

She was the devoted mother of Doreen Placet Kobierski and her husband, Adam of Peabody, Robert Placet of Revere and stepmother of Joseph Placet of Nahant; cherished grandmother “Nana” to Brendan and Sarah Kobierski and a special Auntie Donna to Emily Placet. She was the dear sister of the late Gerard LeTourneau, Thomas LeTourneau and his wife, Laura of Westwood and Regina LeTourneau of Florida. Donna was predeceased by her father Reginald LeTourneau and her stepfather Renato Covino. She is also survived by many loving family members and friends.

Donna had a heart of gold and will be truly missed by all who knew her.

A special thank you to the Kaplan Family Hospice House (Care Dimensions) for walking us through this very difficult journey. Erik, Jackie and Juliette you were all an amazing gift to our family. The love, care and compassion you gave to our mother will never be forgotten. One last dance….

Family and friends will honor Donna’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere today, Wednesday, July 12  from 5 to 8 p.m. and again at 11 a.m. Thursday morning before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 12 Noon. Committal will be private.

Gabriel ‘Billy’ Furia

Retired draftsman at G.E. Lynn plant

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere for Gabriel “Billy” Furia, who died on Saturday, July 8 at the Life Care Center of Acton. The funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m. followed by his Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.), Revere at 10:30 a.m.

Born in Pescara, Italy and raised in Naples, Italy, the family came to the USA in December of 1956, settling in Revere.

Interested in architectural engineering, Gabriel returned to school at Boston’s Wentworth Institute and received his Associate’s Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology in 1979. After working for a period at Carlylse Engineering of Jamaica Plain, he began a 28 year career as a draftsman at General Electric of Lynn.

“Billy,” as he was affectionately known and remembered, was well-liked by all who met him.

He was the beloved husband of the late Joanne M. (Pedro) Furia who died on August 17, 2003; the cherished and proud father of Mark J. Furia and his wife, Louise of Ayer  and Daniel W. Furia and his wife, Kathrina of Chelmsford; the dear brother of Adele “Lilla” Alessandroni of Treasure Island, Florida, Giovanni Furia and his wife, Rossana and Elena Furia, all of Revere and the late Gennaro “Rino” Furia and the late Maria Cronin. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 ( or to the Resident Council Fund of Bridges by Epoch of Westford, 108 Littleton Rd., Westford, MA 01886. For additional information, please visit:

John Anthony Casazza

GE Retiree

John Anthony Casazza of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on July 8 at the age of 83.

John served in the United States Army Air Force during the Korean War. He was a former Mason and was a member of the Gun Club in Danvers and “My Pals” of Everett.  He worked for General Electric for over 25 years and enjoyed cooking and hunting.

The beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Savino), he was the devoted father of Donna Grieco and her husband, Gerardo of Revere, John C. Casazza of Revere and Corinne Casazza of Tewksbury; dear brother of the late Louise Hayes; loving brother in law to Marie Reid (Sauro) of Hyannis and cherished grandfather of Carla Donati and her husband, Darrell of Revere and Gina Casazza of Danvers.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday July 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery.  For guest book, please visit

Dominic ‘Don Castle’ Foti

Race horse owner

Dominic “Don Castle” Foti of Revere, formerly of the North End, died on July 8 at the age of 85.

Dominic, who cherished telling stories and singing, was a race horse owner who enjoyed cards.

He was the dear brother of Margie Miller and her husband, Jim of Revere, Louis “Lemon Lou” Foti of the North End, and the late Stephen “The Horse” Foti and George Foti Jr.; loving cousin of Leo Scillia and his family of Connecticut and is also survived by many caring nieces, nephews and cousins.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday July 14 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, Attn Business Office Donations, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA  02150.  For guest book please visit

Madeline Amrhein

A Woman ahead of her time

Madeline Amrhein of Revere died on July 2 at the age of 87.

Madeline was born in Boston where she graduated from Girls Latin School and later spent many years in Florida, working for the police department. She returned to Boston where she eventually took a clerk position with the Post Office.

After retiring, she moved to Galway, Ireland which she called home for almost 20 years.

Madeline was a woman ahead of her time, an inspiration to the young women around her. She was always up for an adventure and had too many interests to list them all. She was exceptionally intelligent (having graduated early due to a double promotion), she loved to study languages and history. She was passionate about collecting anything rare; books, china and other antiques which led her to open her own shop on South Street in Jamaica Plain in the 70’s.

Her friends and family have many fond memories of summers spent camping with Madeline, the endless supply of hand knitted mittens, her passion for gardening and her many endearing quirks that make for great stories. She enjoyed painting, word puzzles, opera and reading.

Madeline was exceptionally intelligent and pursued knowledge of any kind throughout her life making her one of the most interesting people you could talk with. She was admired and loved by many and will be so greatly missed.

The mother of Susan Jones of Revere and the late Richard Bullens and Caroline Bullens, she is survived by her grandchildren: James Jones and his wife, Christine Thompson of Saugus, Julie Jones and her husband, Michael Falzone of Revere and Jason Jones and his wife, Katie Jones of Rowley. She was great grandmother to Keara, Ryan, Sofia and Michael; sister to loving brother Paul Amrhein of Medford and the late Joseph, George, Robert and Walter Amrhein; sister in law to Harriet (Pitts) Amrhein, the late Beatrice F. (Doherty) Amrhein and the late Margaret “Peg” (Comer) Amrhein. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Private Services will be held.

Salvatore ‘Sal’ Bellanti

Worked as parts manager at Pallin Chrysler Plymouth in Chelsea

Salvatore J. “Sal” Bellanti of Bellingham, MA, passed away on Thursday, July 6 at Landmark Medical Center after being stricken at home. He was 61 years old.

Sal has been a resident of Bellingham since 1989 and was a former resident of East Boston where he was raised. A graduate of Brighton High School, Class of 1974, Sal worked as a construction foreman for the Mirra Construction Company in Newburyport for several years and at Pallin Chrysler Plymouth in Chelsea as a parts manager.

Sal loved animals and his walks with his golden retriever “Bruiser.” Devoted to his family, Sal will be greatly missed.

The beloved husband for 41 years of Linda J. (DeMers) Bellanti, he was born in Winthrop on February 23, 1956, the son of the late Guiseppe and Tina (Bellante) Bellanti. He was the loving father of Salvatore Jr. Bellanti of Fall River, Christopher M. Bellanti of Bellingham, Joseph A. Bellanti and his fiancée, Jacki Rose of Bellingham, Michael Bellanti and Stephanie Clark of Woonsocket, RI and Nicholas D. Bellanti of Bellingham. He also leaves his cherished grandchildren: Desmonde Bellanti, Isabella Bellanti, Christopher Sawka, Gavin Bellanti-Shunney, Nathan Bellanti, Jonathan Bellanti, and Dayne Sawka. He was the brother of Joseph Bellanti and his wife, Elizabeth of Winthrop, Anthony Bellanti and his wife, Susan of East Boston, Tina Zagarella of Ft. Pierce, FL, and the late Steven Bellanti and Camella Anderson.

His Funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 18 at 9 a.m. from Cartier’s Funeral Home, 151 So. Main St. (Rte 126), Bellingham, MA with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at All Saints Church, 323 Rathbun St., Woonsocket, RI. Interment will follow at St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery, Bellingham.

Visiting hours are on Monday, July 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. To sign the guest book, visit:

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