Obituaries 07-25-2018

Anthony Joseph Bianchi

Co-founder and operator with his wife of Bianchi’s Pizza on Revere Beach

Anthony Joseph Bianchi of Danvers, formerly of Revere, beloved husband of Josephine E. (Tuccelli) Bianchi passed away on Friday, July 6, at Beverly Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was 86 years old.

Born in Revere, the son of the late John and Nora (Loicono) Bianchi, he was raised and educated in Revere and attended Revere Public Schools.

An honorably discharged veteran, Anthony proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Airforce.

In 1951, Anthony and his wife, Josephine founded and created the well-known Bianchi’s Pizza at their famous location on Revere Beach where people came from all over just to try the freshly cooked slices straight from the oven. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Bianchi dedicated nearly 60 years to their business serving the many people of the North Shore and beyond.

A loving husband, father and grandfather, Anthony enjoyed sharing and creating memories with his wife, daughters and grandsons. He was an avid and fearless outdoorsman and a member of the Fish and Game Club of Danvers and will be dearly missed by his loving family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Josephine with whom he shared 65 years of marriage, Anthony is survived by his daughters, Donna M. Bianchi and her husband, Nicholas Coppola of Danvers and Deborah Bianchi and her husband, Lewis West of Revere; his grandsons, Nicholas G. Bianchi-Coppola and Anthony J. Bianchi-Coppola, his sister, Arlene DiGregorio of Revere; his brothers, Robert Bianchi of Lynn and John Bianchi, Jr. of Florida and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Violet, Rocco, Lorrey, Pat, Albert, Joseph, George and Salvatore Bianchi.

At the request of the family, all services were private. The family was assisted with the arrangements by the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Route 62) Danvers. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Anthony’s name to Beverly Hospital c/o Critical Care Unit, 85 Herrick St., Beverly, MA 01915. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit

Alfred ‘Al’ Rosi

Home Depot customer service rep.

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Friday, July 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Alfred J. “Al” Rosi, who passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 17 at the Melrose-Wakefield  Hospital after being stricken at his Saugus home. He was 77 years old.

A Memorial Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home on Friday following the visitation at 7:15 p.m. Interment is private.

Born and raised in Medford, he was a student of Malden and Medford Schools. Early in his working career, he began working in the Beauty Supply Industry. For many years, he worked as a warehouse foreman for Boston Beauty Inc. He then joined the firm of Caldwell Barber & Beauty Supply before moving on to a career in electrical supply. He began working on a part-time basis for Home Depot in Saugus, as electrical supply foreman, where he was working at the time of his untimely passing. At Home Depot he was regarded as the “go-to” guy for anything electrical and was always ready to be more than helpful and courteous. Many of his colleagues are truly and sincerely mourning his passing.

He and his family have lived in the Saugus area for about 38 years, especially in the Golden Hills area of Saugus/Melrose.

The beloved husband of 46 years to Patricia L. “Patty” (Butler) Rosi, he was the devoted father to Melissa M. Rosi and the cherished grandfather of Arianna M. Rosi, all of Saugus; the brother of the late Ronald Rosi, the loving brother-in-law of Theresa Rosi of Maine, Atty. Christine L. Butler of Somerville, James W. Butler and his wife, Deborah J. of Malden and the dear uncle to Ronald Rosi and Michelle Rosi-Pasciuto, both of Maine.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Wolf Hollow, 114 Essex Road, Ipswich, MA 01938 or by visiting For more information, please visit

Marilyn Cunio

25 Year Stop & Shop employee

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, July 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Marilyn J. (Kehoe) Cunio, who died unexpectedly on Friday, July 26 at Burlington’s Lahey Clinic. She was 76 years old.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home on Thursday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 10:30 a.m. and immediately followed by Entombment at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden.

Marilyn was born, raised and a lifelong resident of Revere, the youngest in a family of 10. She attended Revere schools and was a 1960 graduate of  Revere High School.

Throughout her working career, she wore many hats, sometimes working two jobs concurrently and taking superb care of her six children, 10 grandchildren and several of her brothers and sisters. To say, she was busy was an understatement.

Her first job was with Transitron as an assembly worker for over 10 years. She also worked for the former Grover Manor Hospital of Revere as a nurse’s aide, for about seven years until its closing in 1986. There was also a time when Marilyn worked in the catering business for the former, “Jeanne’s Catering” of Milford.

In 1993, she began her 25 year career with “Stop & Shop” of Revere, up and until her untimely death. Marilyn enjoyed the reputation of being one of the most proficient cashiers at Stop & Shop for years. She worked all the Revere stores at one-time as a training supervisor for cashiers and clerks. Most recently, and for the past few years, she was at Store 11 (at Furlong Drive) at the racetrak. She enjoyed a large following of friends and associates and was at the center of the Stop & Shop extended family. In spite of her years long affliction with Crohn’s Disease, she was able to return to her post at Stop & Shop repeatedly.


Marilyn was the beloved wife of the late Arthur Joseph Cunio, who died on January 8, 2000; the adored mother of Theresa E. “Terry” Anacki and her husband, Michael of Chelsea, Deborah A. Gold and her husband, David of Lynn, Barbara A. Cunio and her best friend, Dominique Gabriel of Revere, Arthur J.Cunio, II and his wife, Cynthia of Jacksonville, No. Carolina, Pamela M. Macdonald and her husband, Charles of Lynn and Marilyn J. Frederico and her husband, Robert of Quincy. She was the dear sister of Francis W. Kehoe and his wife, Mary Helen G. of Revere, Lillian R. Capone and her late husband, Michael of Quincy, Marie Cutillo and her late husband, Revere Police Detective Michael Cutillo of Medford and the late Helena R. Kehoe, Loretta M. Ristino and her late husband, Paul, Patricia Giordano and her late husband, Robert, Emma Hatfield, Margaret Poirier, James and Bernard Kehoe. She was the cherished grandmother of Arthur J. Cunio,III of Pennsylvania, Amanda Perez and her husband, Peter of Lynn, Anthony Tucker and his wife, Katlyn of Winchester, VA., Maria Ferragamo and her fiancee, James Arrico of Canton, Jonathan Tucker, Justin Cunio and Leah Cunio, all of Jacksonville, N.C. and Samantha Gold, Caroline Macdonald and Charles Macdonald, all of Lynn. She is also lovingly survived by two great-grandchildren, Lucas and Evelyn and by many caring nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Northern N.E. Chapter, 280 Hillside Ave., Needham, MA 02194.

Phyllis Walsh

Longtime active member of the First Baptist Church of Revere

Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation today, Wednesday, July 25 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere from 9 to 11 a.m. for Phyllis M. (Burns) Walsh who passed away at her Revere residence following a long illness on Sunday, July 22. The Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home following the visitation at 11:15 a.m. and by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Mrs. Walsh was born and raised in Medford, attended Medford schools and was an alumna of Medford High School, Class of 1950. She spent the greater part of her life as a Revere resident for over 65 years. She married Laurence E. Walsh in November of 1955 and came to live in Revere at that time. “Larry” passed in January of 2007.

Phyllis was a devotee of the First Baptist Church of Revere for over 50 years, serving as “Church Collector” for over 25 years. She served the church in many voluntary efforts with church suppers and bazaars. However, above all, Phyllis was the quintessence of Wife, Mother, Nana and Grammy. She thoroughly enjoyed the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was the cherished mother to Laurence E. Walsh and his wife, Linda of Wilmington, Scott R. Walsh of Amesbury, Richard W. “Rick” Walsh and his wife, Lorna M. of West Newbury, Phyllis A. Walsh of Revere and David C. Walsh of Bradford; dear sister to the late Charles Burns, Barbara Spirito and Ruth Proper. She is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren, two great-grandsons, two great-granddaughters and by many nieces and nephews.       In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hallmark Health VNA & Hospice, 178 Savin St. Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.

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Frank A. Tranfaglia, Jr.

Longtime Union #35 painter

Frank A. Tranfaglia, Jr. died at his home in Beachmont on Saturday, July 21. He was 68 years old.

Born in Revere, he was the son of the late Frank A. and Mary A. (Fiore) Tranfaglia.  He was a painter for many years with Union #35.

Mr. Tranfaglia is survived by his loving children: Nicole Brightman, Vincent Tranfaglia, Ashley Tranfaglia, Frank A. Tranfaglia III, all of Winthrop and Tara Mowery of Sturbridge. He was the brother of James Tranfaglia of Bradford, Frances Griffin, Thomas Tranfaglia, both of Revere and the late Lee Farley, Anthony Tranfaglia and Mary Ann Tranfaglia. He was the former husband of Lisa (Stathopulos) Tranfaglia of Winthrop and the grandfather of seven cherished grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, today, Wednesday, July 25 from 4 to 8 p.m.   A funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For directions and condolences

Dorothy Margaret Foley

Esteemed educator and retired principal of

the Wolcott, Lincoln, and Garfield Magnet schools in Revere

Dorothy Margaret (Mauriello) Foley of Swampscott, died on Saturday, July 21 following a brief illness.  She was 91 years old.

The dearest wife of the late Dr. James J. Foley, who predeceased her in 1983, she was born in Boston in 1927, the daughter of the late Eugene and Angelina (Caggiano) Mauriello.

Dorothy grew up in Beachmont, Revere, and was an honors graduate of Revere High School and a summa cum laude graduate of Salem State College.  She received her graduate degrees in education and counseling summa cum laude from Boston University, where she was the senior graduate assistant on the projects creating the psychological tests for the first (“Right Stuff”) astronauts and developing the first Scholastic Aptitude Test.

She taught elementary school, middle school and high school in New Hartford, New York and Revere, Massachusetts.  She was a guidance counselor in Revere and later the principal of the Wolcott and Lincoln schools.  Her proudest professional achievement was writing the grant for and then serving as principal of the Garfield Magnet School in Revere.  Under her leadership, the K-8 Garfield School was nationally recognized as a model for integrating a culturally diverse city.  Delegations from all parts of the United States and several European and Asian countries visited the Garfield to learn how Dorothy integrated technology into the classroom, developed curricula that taught to all learning styles, and treated every student, parent and teacher with respect, kindness, dignity, integrity and a passion to help each person whose life she touched reach his or her potential.

After her retirement at age 70, she received many lifetime achievement awards from educational honor societies and universities.  She was a selfless leader in alumni organizations and scholarship selection committees at SSU and BU, in educational honor societies and the Revere Retired Teachers Association.

She was a devoted member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott and worked tirelessly for the Sodality and Social Committees and as a lector and lay minister.  She was a Town Meeting member in Swampscott for many years and tried her best to preserve and nurture what was good about the town.

Dorothy had the energy and sharpness of mind of a woman half her age.  She was the model of what a mother, mother-in-law, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend should be. She was especially proud of her granddaughters, Erin and Jenna and counted on them to keep her abreast of pop culture.  She loved to sing and dance and was talented at doing both.  She loved to travel with her late husband, children, granddaughters, SSU alumni groups and her sister, Edna. Dorothy traveled throughout Continental Europe and the United States.  Her most recent trips were to Florida, Bermuda, Maui and London, all enjoyed in the company of family.

She was a wonderful gardener and prided herself on her beautiful beds of roses, tulips, day lilies, begonias and hydrangeas, which is why she requested that floral tributes be sent to the funeral home for her services.

Dorothy was the beloved mother of Dorothy L. Foley of Salem and James E. Foley of Lynn; devoted sister of Dr. Edna Mauriello of Swampscott and the late Frederick Mauriello and Marie Mauriello Smolinsky; adored grandmother of Erin and Jenna Foley of Lynn; cherished mother-in-law of Jacqueline Rowley Foley of Lynn and Moira Macdonald of Salem.  She is also survived by her loving sister-in-law, Mary Foley of Haverhill, her brother-in-law, Robert Foley of Chandler, Arizona and by many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 26 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott, at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held Wednesday, July 25 at the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Rt.1A), Lynn.  Directions and online guestbook at

Robert ‘Bob’ Willis

Enjoyed sports, the beach, and family time

Robert “Bob” Willis of Revere died on July 17 at the age of 66.

Bob loved watching sports especially the Red Sox and the Patriots and in particular enjoyed playing softball. Bob also enjoyed spending time with his family and going to the beach. Bob will be missed by all his of family and friends.

He was the beloved husband of Kathleen A. Willis (Nutile), loving son of the late Lowell Willis Sr. and Eileen (McCarthy) Willis, cherished brother of Lowell Willis Jr. and his wife, Jean of Saugus and Sharon (Willis) McDonald and her husband, the late William of Revere. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Visititation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio and Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, on Thursday, July 26, from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.  For guest, book please visit

Ernest Sofia, Jr.

Of Merrimac, formerly of Chelsea and Medford

Ernest “Ernie” Sofia, Jr. of Merrimac, formerly of Chelsea and Medford, passed away on July 18 at the age of 78.

He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Charlotte (Barton), devoted father of Lisa Pelonzi and her husband, Michael of Danvers, Susan Sofia-McIntire and her husband, Michael of Newburyport and Dr. Mark Sofia and his wife, Dr. Diane of Merrimac; cherished grandfather of Jonathan, Benjamin, Erica, Reid, Anthony and Sorell; dear brother of Robert John Sofia Sr. of Winthrop and the late Linda Sica and adoring godfather of Robert John Sofia Jr. and the late Melissa Sica. He is also survived by his best friend, Robert “Rocky” Quinn and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Constellation Hospice, 180 Low St, Newburyport, MA 01950.  For guest book, please visit

Schomara Gomez

Of Chelsea, formerly of New York

Schomara Gomez of Chelsea, formerly of New York, passed away on July 20 at the age of 74.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic to Ana (Franco) and the late Luis Gomez, she was the devoted mother of Felix Silverio and his wife, Jennifer of Ware and Paul Silverio and his wife, Raphaela of Glendale, N.Y. cherished grandmother of Benjamin, Natalie and Valentina and dear sister of Clara Gomez of Forest Hills N.Y., Franklin Gomez and his wife, Besaida of Chelsea, Carmen Morales and her husband, Adin of Revere, Luis Jose Gomez of the Dominican Republic, and Yira Gomez of Chelsea. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and special friends.

A memorial visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451.  For guest book, please

Barbara Goldstein

Lifelong Revere resident

Barbara A. (Trovato) White Goldstein, a life-long Revere resident, passed away on Sunday, July 22. She was 72 years old.

She was the cherished daughter of the late John A. Trovato Sr. and Anne B. (Masiello) Trovato; beloved wife of the late William A. Goldstein, loving mother of Robert White, Barbara Walker and her husband, Michael Walker III, Walter White and the late Christopher White; adored grandmother of Michael Walker IV and John and Jake Walker, caring sister of Joanne Trovato and the late John A. Trovato Jr. and loving aunt of Michael Trovato and his wife, Johanna and their daughter, Elaina Trovato.  He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

Family and friends will honor Barbara’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, on Friday, July 27,      from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning at 9:30 before leaving in procession to the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 10:30 a.m.  Committal service is private.  At the family’s request, please OMIT  flowers.  Donations may be made in Barbara’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting        For guestbook and directions, please visit

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