Political and environmental activist, member of Revere Elks and Moose
Thurston E. Ege of Revere passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge following a long illness.
Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1944 graduate of Revere High School. Shortly after graduation, in September of 1944, Thurston joined the U.S. Navy and served until July of 1946 as Seaman 1st Class on the U.S.S. Arcadia and the U.S.S. Kearny.
Early in his working career, he worked for New England Tel & Tel and later he became a foreman supervisor at General Electric of Lynn. He had a keen interest and knowledge of politics and the environment, which encouraged him to enter politicson two separate occasions—running for ward councilor. Although unsuccessful, he was a strong and knowledgeable environmental activist. He attended many, many City Council meetings well into his 80s.
He was a longtime member of the Revere Lodge of Elks #1171 and the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose #1272.
The husband of the late Leah “Stella” (Murchison) Ege who passed in October of 2003, he was the devoted father of John E. Ege and his wife, Debra L. of Oak Island, Revere, the cherished grandfather of John T. Ege of Lynn, Leah L. Ege of Medford and Justin E. Ege of Revere, the dear brother of the late Esther, John F. Russell and Dorothy Ege, and he is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Longtime Chelsea High School teacher of English as a Second Language
Rosaria (LaBella) Caradonna of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on March 7.
Born in Palermo, Italy on Feb. 26, 1946, to the late Paolo and Antonina (Vona) LaBella, she immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old.
Rosaria graduated from Chelsea High School. She then received a bachelor of arts from Emmanuel College and later in life, she went back to school and received a master’s in education from Lesley University.
Rosaria spoke many languages and had a passion for the arts and poetry. Language was very important to Rosaria as she taught English as a second language for many years at Chelsea High.
She was the beloved wife of Leonardo “Dino” Caradonna; devoted mother of Daniela Szymczak and her husband, Michael of Melrose, and Giuliana Arcovio and her husband, Matthew of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Michaela, Layla and Mila Szymczak and Mackenzie and Rose Arcovio; dear sister of Salvatore LaBella and his wife, Katherine of Long Meadow; caring sister in law to Maria Alvino and her husband, Alfonso of Norwood, Concetta Nicolaci and Giuseppa Favuzza, both of Italy. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Rosaria was devoted to her family as a wife, mother, and grandmother who will be sorely missed.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral, Revere. Interment was at Woodlawn Mausoleum. If you are considering a donation in Rosaria’s name, it can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Rita A. Turner
Lovingly known as “The Mayor of Beachmont” at the Senior Center
Rita A. (Dolan) Turner of Beachmont Revere died on March 11 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere. She was 94 years old.
The wife of the late Patrick “Greg” Turner, she was born and raised in Revere, the daughter of the late Patrick Dolan and Isabelle (McGregor) Kiernan. She had worked as a telephone operator.
Rita was most happy visiting and socializing with family and friends. She loved traveling and cruising with her beloved Greg. She was an avid and lifelong bowler, card and Bocce player. She could frequently be found at the Revere Senior Center where she was lovingly known as the “Mayor of Beachmont.” Rita was always ready with a smile on her face to go anywhere and do anything to get the ‘group’ going.
Rita is survived by six beloved children: Patricia Hughes and her husband. William of Melrose, Gregory Turner and his wife, Shirley of South Carolina, Thomas Turner and his wife, Mary of Revere, Theresa Colella and her husband, George of Burlington, Benadette Leslie and her husband, Timothy of Revere, Mary Jewkes and her husband, Joseph of Wilmington; 12 cherished grandchildren: Shannon Philbrick, Jennifer Ortleb, Brian Hughes, Erin Cook, Steven Turner, Sean Colella, Stacie Colella, Michelle Mignogna, Matthew Leslie, Brendon Leslie, Amanda Leslie, Julie Jewkes; seven great-grandchildren, Declan, Ryan, Drew, Audrey, Lila, Max, Kendra; her former daughter-in-law, Paula Turner of Saugus and by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, John and Thomas Dolan and three sisters, Isabel Ryan, Loretta Dolan and Mary Kiernan.
Visiting hours will be held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Friday, March 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment Holy Cross, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s name may be made to Revere’s Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center, 25 Winthrop Ave., Revere, MA 02151. For directions and condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Robert Emelio Iantosca
Member of Winthrop Elks and Lynn American Legion
Robert Emelio “Bob” Iantosca of Revere, formerly of Roslindale, died on March 6.
Robert served with honor in the military U.S. 46th Redstone Artillery Group Neckarsulm, Germany and served with honor. He was a member of the Winthrop Elks Lodge 1078 and American Legion Post 6 Lynn. He was Vice-President of Human Resources with Trans-Lease Group for 36 years and was also Vice-President of DiSilva Transportation Company for four years. Robert enjoyed watching all Boston sports teams and was an avid basketball and horse racing fan. He leaves behind a loving family and will be dearly missed by all.
The beloved son of the late Emelio and Anna (Ptzynska) Iantosca, he was the devoted husband of 54 years to his guardian angel, Marianne (Schmitt); loving father of Mark and his wife, Jane of Hummelstown, Penn. and James and his wife, Michele of Reading; cherished grandfather of Ariana, Robin, Jaime, Kristine, and Alex; dear brother of Camille (Dolly) Weller and dearest brother in-law to Magda and Waguih Ouess of N. Bellmore, N.Y. He is also survived by seven loving nieces: Tanja, Nadja, Anna, Nancy, Julie, Kathy and Marion.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mass General Hospital, Prostate Cancer Center 55 Fruit St. Boston, MA 02114 or Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102 Danvers, MA 01923. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, March 15 from 9 to 11 a.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for Raymond F. Brinig who died on Friday, March 9 at St. Luke’s Hospital of New Bedford ending a 25-year battle with diabetes. He was 54 years old.
His visitation will be followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held privately at a later time in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Born and raised in Revere, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1982.
The only son of the late Harold B. and Elizabeth J. “Betty” (FitzGerald) Brinig, he lived almost all of his life on Page Street, Revere, his mother’s family-home. Raymond had a career with Verizon for over 30 years and retired in 2013 because of failing health. His battle with diabetes and diabetes related illnesses led to his early retirement.
The beloved husband to Theresha “Terry” (Andrews) Brinig of Revere and the cherished father of Aleczandre Robert Brinig of Revere and his girlfriend, Colleen Ryan of Salem, he was the devoted brother to Kathleen A. Scherber and her husband, Paul of Danvers, the dear uncle to Daniel Scherber and his companion, Amanda Ortiz of Revere and Kelleigh E. “Kelly” Scherber of Danvers. He is also lovingly survived by his grand-nephew, Frankwes Lee Scherber of Danvers.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Perkins’ School for the Blind, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472-9982. For additional information, please visit. www.vertuccioandsmith.com.