Obituaries 05-09-2018

Robert John Coscia

Retired Revere Public Schools assistant superintendent

Robert John Coscia of Revere passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 6.

Robert proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.  After serving his country, Robert received his BS from Fitchburg State and his master’s in education at Boston State.  He retired as an assistant superintendent of Revere Public Schools. He taught adult education in woodworking at Revere High School and was a former member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the American Federation of School Administrator.

He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Frances (Buckley) Coscia, devoted father of Nicholas Coscia and his wife, Marianne of Stoneham, Robert Coscia of Revere and Christopher Coscia and his wife, Stefani of Wakefield; adoring grandfather of Nicholas, David and Eli Coscia; dear brother of Carmela Coscia of Stoneham, Richard Coscia and his wife, Scarlett of Revere and the late Joseph, Jennie Anzuoni, Josephine Reppucci and her surviving husband, John, Eugene, Phyllis, Anthony, Dante and his surviving wife Marie, Gloria Gazo, Gilda, and Phillip; dear brother-in-law of Jane Palumbo, Edward Buckley and Eileen Buckley. He 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 Friday, May 11, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to All Care VNA, 210 Market St, Lynn, MA  01901or to Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., #19, Malden, MA 02148. For guest book please

Edith Antzak

Longtime Chelsea City Hall telephone operator

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, May 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Edith M. (Keating) Antzak who passed away on Friday, May 4, at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after a short illness. She was 93 years old.

Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Edith was born and raised in Chelsea. She was educated in Chelsea Public Schools and is a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. Early on, Edith began to work at Conrad Chandlers Women’s Clothing Store in Boston. She worked there for 10 years beginning in sales and, after several promotions, she became a supervisor in the cashier’s office.

On Feb. 19, 1957, Edith married her one and only true love, Charles J. Antzak. As young children they lived across the street from one another and fell in love early on. They were married for 58 years before losing her husband on July 28, 2015.

Edith and Charlie remained in Chelsea and raised their son, Charles Jr. She returned to work as a telephone operator in Chelsea City Hall for over 25 years. Edith was a loving and gracious woman. She always had a beautiful glow and was an impeccable fashion statement. People who knew her, knew that she loved a good laugh and loved to play cards. She was an avid fan of hockey and baseball. She was also a legendary baker; her delicious treats of blueberry bread and pies were her staple. She also taught Sunday school at her old church, the Horace Mann Baptist Church in Chelsea.

The devoted and beloved wife of the late Charles J. Antzak, Sr., she was the adored and loving mother of Charles J. Antzak, Jr. and his husband, William J. Regan of Chelsea; dear sister of the late former Chelsea Police Chief Thomas Keating and his wife, Rita, Edward Keating and his wife, Lolly and Robert Keating and his wife, Barbara. She is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family and friends.

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Zachary Raymond Turner

Died unexpectedly

Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 21, in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals for Zachary Raymond Turner who passed home to God unexpectedly at his Wakefield residence on Monday, April 16. He was 17 years old.

Services concluded with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Zachary was born at Boston’s Brigham & Woman’s Hospital and lived most of his young life in Melrose before moving to Wakefield about five years ago. A victim of a rare neurological disease, he has been enrolled as a student in the Campus School at Boston College in Chestnut Hill for the past several years.

The family acknowledges with profound and abundant gratitude the entire staff at Campus School for their incessant patience, care and loving attitude they have bestowed upon, not only Zachary, but to all of the students, as well.

He was the adored son of Bonnie A. (Paragona) Turner of Wakefield, the cherished grandson of Betty Paragona of Revere and the late Joseph L. Paragona, Sr., the beloved nephew of Brenda L. Columbus and Beverly J. Paragona, both of Winthrop and Joseph L. Paragona, Jr. of Peabody and the  proud cousin to Lauren, Melissa, Carlos, Stephanie, Matt, Rachel, Joseph, III and Jake.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the The Campus School at Boston College, Campion Hall, Rm. 197, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 or on line at

Chester ‘Chet’ Lander

Longtime operations manager at Boston Children’s Hospital

Chester L. “Chet” Lander of Revere passed away on Tuesday, May 1, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston following a long illness. He was 73 years old.

Chet was born, raised and educated in Salem and an alumnus of Salem High School, Class of 1963.

At a very young age, Chet possessed a strong work ethic, and he worked in the shoe department of J.M. Fields while in high school. He later became manager and loved helping people find the right pair of shoes.

He then became interested in computers and took several classes earning certifications on operating various types of software programs.

Chet worked at ADP for approximately 10 years, then for Digital, which later became Hewlett Packard, for 15 years. He then took a position at Boston’s Children’s Hospital as an operations administrator, a position he held for nearly 21 years until he was  forced to retire due to his failing health.

He married Clara A. (Zeoli) and the couple settled in Revere to raise their family. Chet and Clara shared 51 years of marriage and would have celebrated their anniversary later this month.

Chet worked hard to provide for his family, which was always his first priority. He was a family man with humble needs. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Chet was an avid bowler and he was also a Bocce referee with the Chelsea Senior Center. He was a former Boy Scout Master with his sons and he was “Santa Claus” at the Pine Banks Park in Malden for several years.

The devoted husband of 51 years to Clara A. (Zeoli) Lander of Revere, he was the loving father of Cheri A. Lander of Revere, Shawn M. Lander and his wife, Teresa M. “Terrie” of Hampton, N.H., and Craig N. Lander of Revere; adored Grampie and Papa to David A. Donnelly of Revere, Daniel W. Donnelly of South Carolina, Karissa K. Lander of Goffstown, N.H., Rebecca P. Lander of Manchester, N.H., Dominic J. Lander of Hampton, N.H., Dylan J. Lander and Nathan A. Lander, both of Revere and the late Stephen and Savannah Lander. He was the cherished brother of Sally Lander of  Salem and the late Carroll “Skippy” Lander, Arlene Hope Lander and Donna M. Lander. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and his faithful canine companion, Kayla.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central Street, Suite 220, Natick, MA 01760.

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Stanley DeMartinis

Entrepreneur, beloved by his family and many friends

Stanley DeMartinis of Lynnfield, formerly of East Boston, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 1. He was 73 years old.

Beloved by his family and many friends, those who were fortunate to know him will remember Stanley as entrepreneur who started working in his family’s meat market on Maverick Street in East Boston at a very young age.  In the late ’70s and ’80s he owned Penn’s Pub & Sandwich World on Bromfield Street near Downtown Crossing and in the early ’90s, Prime Time on Revere Beach Parkway. In 1993, he brought his entrepreneurial spirit back to East Boston and opened World Gym on McClellan Highway, now Planet Fitness, where he has lovingly served the community of East Boston for over 25 years.

The cherished son of the late Salvatore and Anna (Mazzone) DeMartinis, he was the devoted husband of Linda (Ciampa) DeMartinis with whom he shared 50 years of marriage, loving father of Stanley C. DeMartinis Jr. and his wife, Nikki, and Salvatore F. DeMartinis and his wife, Janeen; adored grandfather of Stanley III, Nicolas, Salvatore Jr, Francesca, Antonia and Dominic and dear brother of the late Ann Marie (DeMartinis) Visvis.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association or  Union Hospital. For guest book, please visit

Liane R. MacDonald

Retired secretary for former Mayor William G. Reinstein

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation today, Wednesday, May 9, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 5:45 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Liane R. (Russo) MacDonald, who passed away on Thursday, May 3, at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers following a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Liane was born and raised in Revere. She was educated at Brimmer May and Cushing Academy schools and later attended the Mt. Ida College secretarial Program. Liane became the secretary for the late former City of Revere Mayor William G. “Billy” Reinstein. Liane also worked various jobs after her tenure at City Hall.

Liane was known for her warm, vibrant smile her wonderful and caring disposition. She had many passions, her biggest was being a mom and grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and she loved her City of Revere. She would often be seen walking throughout the city. She enjoyed wintering in Long Boat Key, Fla., which she did for over 25 years.

She is the devoted companion of 27 years to Eugene E. Zollo of Revere; loving mother of Lani C. Miraglia of Stoneham, Revere Firefighter Samuel A. MacDonald of Revere and the late Michael MacDonald; the adored grandmother of Kayla M. Richards of Marblehead and  Milly MacDonald of Revere and the cherished great-grandmother of Sawyer; dear cousin of David Coscia of Los Angeles, California and Steven Coscia of Winthrop. She is also lovingly survived by many extended family members and friends.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Elaine Pitler

Published poet, also known as Matriarch of First Congregational Church of Revere

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Thursday, May 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Elaine (Zides) Pitler who died on Saturday, May 5 at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers following a long illness. She was 90 years old.

Her Funeral service will be conducted on Friday, May 11 at 11 a.m. in the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St. Revere. Please meet directly at Church. Interment will be in Greenview Cemetery in Everett.

Elaine was born and raised in Roxbury and she was a graduate of Memorial High School for Girls, Class of 1945. She was a devoted and loving mother who raised her children in Revere. Elaine worked as waitress for many years in the Boston area and on the North Shore. She then took classes to learn to type and was able to secure a secretarial position in area offices. She later worked for Mass. Electric in Customer Service for 15 years before retiring.

One of the fascinating attributes of Elaine is that she was a published poet. When she was a young girl, she was on the radio reciting some of her poems and later on and throughout her life they were published in newspapers and magazines. Her other passion was her faith. She was known as the “Matriarch“ of the First Congregational Church in Revere. She was a faithful and devoted member of the church for over 40 years.

The loving mother of James P. Pitler and his wife, Robyn of Blackstone, Martin A. Pitler and his wife, Linda of Randolph and Maureen L. Pasek – Tourville and her husband, James of Haverhill, she was the cherished grandmother of Rachel Greenberg of Port Charlotte, FL, Michael Pitler of Blackstone, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Adam B. Pitler and his wife, Carissa of Germany, Tova Pitler and her companion, Jonathan Burton of Weymouth, Joshua Sandals and his companion, Kim Troung of Brooklyn, NY, Marc S. Pitler of Somerville and Luke Pasek of Haverhill and the adored great grandmother of David J. “D.J.”, Hannah, Nathan, Joseph, Zachary, Abbey, Elijah, Aiden, Ellie and Shoshannah; dear sister of Lillian “Libby’ Tarr and her husband, Ralph of Framingham & Rosalyn “Rozie” Track of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is also lovingly survived many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 94 Central Ave. Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, please visit

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