Obituaries 10-25-2017

Ray ‘Raia’ LaRosa

Department of Transportation retiree

Ray J. “Raia” (Tkachuk) LaRosa of North Reading formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on October 20th 2017 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Lynnfield at 90 years of age. Wife of the late Ben LaRosa. Loving sister of George Tkachuk of Revere. Philip Tkachuk and his wife Karin of West Peabody. Judie Giannetto of North Reading. Sister-in-Law Jean Tkachuk of Dennis and the late Lillian Grady, and Leon, Edward, Walter and Paul Tkachuk. Ray was affectionately known as “Auntie Raia” by her many loving nieces and nephews and was adored and loved by Lloyd Dickson of Deltona, Fla. Funeral from the Cota Funeral home, 335 Park St. (corner of Park St. and Rte. 28) NORTH READING at Reading line, on Tuesday, October 24th at 9:30am. Funeral Services will be held at the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett at 11:00am. Relatives and friends may visit at the funeral home on Monday October 23rd from 5-8pm. Entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s memory to All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street. Lynn, MA 01901 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road. Waltham, MA 02452.

Ray had an engaging personality, a happy disposition and was pleasant and kind to all, even when she no longer could speak due to her advancing Alzheimer’s disease. She had a big smile and shoulder shimmy to greet her caretakers, family and friends. Ray had a long career working as a secretary at the MA Department of Transportation in downtown Boston. She loved to frequent Filene’s Basement during her lunch hour and had a knack for finding the best bargains. Always stylish, she enjoyed dressing up especially for many nights out ballroom dancing which was her passion. Ray was devoted to her family, especially her late mother. She made the best lasagna and meatballs. May she rest in peace.

Louis Rossi, Sr.

Dedicated family man and retired Massport Authority Supervisor

Services were held privately on October 19 for Louis J. Rossi, Sr., long time Revere resident, formerly of Boston’s North End who died on October 15 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. He was 95 years old and passed one month before his 96th birthday.

Louis was born and raised in Boston’s North End. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and was an alumnus of Boston English High School, Class of 1939. He furthered his education at a trade school earning a certificate as a Boiler Engineer 1st Class.

Like many men of his generation, Louis enlisted in the U.S. Army and served his country during World War II. During his time in the Army, he operated a “Side Gunner” on a P-17 Bomber. He returned home to the North End after his honorable service.

On June 11, 1950, Louis married Mildred T. Bucci. The couple remained in the North End where together they began their family. In 1965, Louis relocated his family to Revere, where they remained. Louis had a 30 plus year career as a supervisor of maintenance at Massport Authority and a love for baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. A special highlight was when he was able to meet Ted Williams with his family.

He will also be remembered as a dedicated family man who loved nothing more than simply spending time with them. Humble, gentle and kind is exactly how Louis Rossi will be remembered.

The loving and dedicated husband of Mildred T. (Bucci) Rossi of Revere, together they shared 67 years of marriage, he was the cherished father of Louis J. Rossi and his wife, Joan A. of Saugus, Cathy A. Cecere and her husband, Daniel, Mildred T. Cooke and her husband, Donald of Wakefield and the late Richard Rossi. He is the adored grandfather of 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was the dear brother of eight late brothers and sisters and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Arrangements were in the care of Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151. For more information, visit

Stephen ‘Steve’ Munafo

Longtime owner of Royal Taxi of Revere

Stephen “Steve” Munafo. of Everett, formerly of Revere, died on October 24 at the age of 57.

Stephen was the owner of the Royal Taxi in Revere for many years.

The beloved husband of Alice (Bonet) Munafo of Everett, he was the devoted father of Marissa, Gabrielle, and Stephen Munafo, Jr. all of Everett; dear brother of Robert Munafo of Saugus, Denise DiBlasi of Revere and the late John Munafo and is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and friends.  Stephen was the owner of the Royal Taxi in Revere for many years.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, October 27, at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St Joseph’s Parish in Malden at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Attn: Dave, 320 Haverhill St, Reading MA 01867. For guest book, please visit

Nancy Muise

Financial analyst

Nancy L. Muise of Wilmington, formerly of Revere, died on Tuesday, October 17 at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading. She was 56 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the loving daughter of Leo and Virginia (Lee) Muise. Nancy worked for the majority of her career in the finance industry as a financial analyst. She had a passion for golf, Cher’s music and enjoyed maintaining her beautiful yard and spending time with her family. She was also an avid Boston sports fan.

In addition to her parents, Nancy leaves her siblings Kevin Muise and his wife, Carolyn of Mendon, Mary Muise of Saugus, Steven Muise and his wife, Debbie of Tewksbury; niece and nephews, Brianna, Kevin, Jr., Ryan and Nicholas.

The family wishes to extend much appreciation to Sawtelle for their devotion and care.

Arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.  Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Brain Tumor Research Fund, c/o Dr. Patrick Wen, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215 or at

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Franklin Jeffrey

Retired truck driver

Franklin G. Jeffrey of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died at his home on October 20 after a long illness.

A retired truck driver, he was the beloved husband of Paula M. (Santamaria) Jeffrey; devoted father of Scott Jeffrey and his wife, Judy Favro of Ipswich, and Michele Jeffrey Peltroche and her husband, Elias Peltroche of Revere and the cherished grandfather of Jessica Santiago of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere.  A private burial was held at the family grave at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.  For guest book,  please visit:

Frank Viviano

Home exterior supplies and Contracting representative

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, October 28 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere for Frank D. Viviano who passed unexpectedly on Friday, October 20 at the Burlington Lahey Clinic following a tragic auto accident. He was 50 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1985 graduate of Revere High School. All of Frank’s working career was spent in the construction business, particularly as a sales representative within the vast home-exterior-supply construction industry.

Frank would want to be remembered for his love of nature and the great outdoors. He could always be found hunting and fishing anywhere throughout New England, particularly the western part of the State of Massachusetts into the Berkshires.

A most generous young man, he truly enjoyed the best his short life had to offer. Notably and most importantly, Frank’s love and tireless care for his mom shall never be forgotten by anyone who knew him.

He was a longtime member of the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners’ Action and Protection Organization.

In addition to his beloved mom, Viola M. (Capozzi) Viviano of Revere, he was the son of the late Michael F. Viviano who passed in December of 1997; the devoted brother of Stephen D. Viviano and his longtime companion, Kathleen Campbell of Revere, Revere Fire Lt. Michael G. Viviano and his wife, Carla J. Viviano of Middleton; dearest uncle to Maureen R. Viviano and her companion, Murray Constant and their daughter, Jordyn, all of Everett, Stephen D. VIviano, Jr. and Michael J. O’Brien, both of Nahant, Michel P. Viviano of Arlington, Va. and David A. VIviano of Middleton.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.

Arrangements in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. For additional information, please visit:

Maxine Teixeira

Commonwealth of Mass DPW retiree

Maxine T. Teixeira, a lifelong resident of East Boston, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 20 at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital. She was 74 years old.

The daughter of the late Massimiliano “Max” and Archetta “Annie” (Saccardo) Tassinari, she attended St. Mary-Star of the Sea Grammar School in Orient Heights, East Boston and graduated in 1957 with honors. She continued at Fitton’s Girl High School (Fitton Catholic Central) in East Boston and graduated in 1961. She was also a 1963 alumna of Windham Secretarial School of Boston. Maxine was an active member of the former Star of the Sea Young Adult Club of East Boston from about 1963 to 1977.

She began her career with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Department of Public Utilities in 1983, after raising her family and worked until she retired in 2013. At the time, she was Executive Secretary within the complex Department. of Public Utilities as their executive payroll administrator. All of the time spent at the DPU, undoubtedly, Maxine held positions at the Administrative Level.

She was an active member of the Fitton Alumni, forever and maintained a close relationship with many former “college” friends and former colleagues at the DPU. Along with her work, she became an activist for the fight against the Logan Airport Expansion, working with members of her Dad’s (Tassinari) family; the late Emilio J. “Legs” Vertuccio and Mary Ellen Welch.

She was the beloved wife of the late Roger F. Teixeira; cherished mother to Brian J. Teixeira of East Boston, Carole J. Rizzo and her husband, John F. of Swampscott, Maria J. Votava and her husband, Michael of Richmond Hill, GA and Michael J. Teixeira of Taunton. She was the dear sister of Thomas J. Tassinari and his wife, Deborah, Mark J. Tassinari and his wife, Therese, all of East Boston and Atty. Stephen J. Tassinari and his wife, Sandra of Peabody and the Proud “Nonne” to Gabrielle, Samantha and Veronica Rizzo, all of Swampscott, James R. and John P. Votava, both of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Lucy Rose and Mason R. Teixeira, both of Middleboro. She is also lovingly survived by her faithful “In laws”, Edmund J. Teixeira and his wife, Mary of Wakefield, Ellen T. Selnick and her husband, Mitchell of Foxboro and John P. Teixeira of East Boston and her best friend, Joyce Scialabba. She was also the devoted companion to the late William Meloni who passed in March of 2016, and the amazing aunt to many nieces and nephews, to whom she became a surrogate Mom.

Her funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, at 10 a.m. today followed by a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 11 a.m.

Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by visiting For additional information, please visit

James Dorr

Retired master chef

Services were held on Saturday, October 21 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, for James L. Dorr who passed away at his Revere residence on Sunday, October 15 following a brief illness. He was 91 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Leicester, Mass, he entered the service in May of 1944 and served with the U.S. Navy until April of 1945 as a Coxswain (V-61.)

All of his working career was spent as a Master Chef and most prominently at the Vesper Country Club of Tyngsboro for over 15 years. He retired from the Food Service Department at Wonderland Dog Track. He was also an active member of the Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center of Revere.

The beloved husband of 30 years to Louise M. (Cardillo) Dorr of Revere Beach Blvd., Revere, he was the devoted father of Deborah L Puglia of Tewksbury and James B. Dorr of Brookline, the cherished grandfather of: Jessica and Laura Puglia, Amanda, Claire, Ian, and Olivia Hickey. He is also lovingly survived by his only great-granddaughter, Isabella “Izzy” and by Louise’s children: James Hickey of Revere, John Hickey and his wife, Marie of Somerville and Gary Hickey of Wakefield. He was the dear brother of the late Raymond F. Dorr, Jr. and Robert and Nancy Dorr. Many adoring and faithful nieces and nephews also survive him.

Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For additional information, please visit:

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