Lifelong Revere resident
Mildred (Ferrera) King Garrett, a lifelong resident of Revere and a long-time summer resident of Dennisport, died on April 12 at St. Andrews Estates in Boca Raton, Fla., where she had lived for the past two years. She was 94 years old.
Born and raised in Revere and a 1942 graduate of Revere High School, she worked as an administrative supervisor at Raytheon Company in Waltham after World War II.
She was the beloved wife of 61 years to the late Austin Ellsworth Garrett; devoted mother of Wayne P. Garrett and his wife, Terry L. of Boca Raton, Fla.; the cherished grandmother of Taylor L. of San Francisco, Calif., and Austin E. Garrett III of Stowe, Vt. and mother of the late Austin E. Garrett II; the beloved daughter of the late Alice V. (King) Ferrera; dear sister to the late Robert Ferrera of Revere and beloved by her godfather, the late Henry C. Winslow of Revere. She was the cherished sister-in-law of Marion (Garrett) Maniff of Revere, Stella B. Pierce of Littleton, F. Jean Flight of Wilmington, Phyllis Garrett of Wilmington and Stephen Garrett of Florida. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on July 1 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Andrews Estates Samaritan Fund, 6045 S. Verde Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33433.
Passed in her 102nd year
Margaret (Camerlengo) Freda of Peabody, formerly of East Boston, passed away on April 27. She was in her 102nd year.
The beloved wife of the late Pasquale Freda, she was the loving mother of Dennis Freda of Beverly and the late Ronald Freda; dear sister of Alice Seracusa of East Boston and the late Mildred Favors and Alfonso Camerlengo; cherished grandmother of Theresa Ferullo, and Bernadette Freda; great grandmother of Nicholas, Nikole and Jenna Ferullo and adored great great grandmother of Bradlee Ferullo. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Margaret’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Thursday morning, May 2 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For guest book and directions, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Noreen Michele Colannino
Former teacher in Revere and Peabody Schools, current Everett High School chemistry teacher and department chair
Noreen Michele Colannino of Revere died on April 29 at the age of 64.
She was a dedicated educator who devoted her life to science. A graduate of Revere High School, class of 1973, she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from UMASS Boston. She also received her certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) from Salem State University. She was a candidate in the M.D./Ph.D program at Boston University and was currently completing the Ed.D. program at UMASS Boston.
After 15 years in Science research, she decided to dedicate her career to Education Sciences. She was a teacher in Revere Public Schools, Peabody High School, and, most currently, a chemistry teacher and department chairperson at Everett High School.
Born on April 16, 1955 in Boston to Norina (Longo) Colannino and the late Ralph Colannino, she was the adoring sister of Rose DeLuca and her husband, Antonio, Dennis M. Colannino and his wife, Amy and the late Ralph Nicholas Colannino; cherished aunt of Anthony DeLuca and his wife, Laura, Christofer DeLuca and his wife, Aurora, Andrew Colannino and Adam Colannino. She also leaves five great nieces and nephews and many loving friends.
Her Funeral will be from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, May 3 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 on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Mausoleum. For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Community Advocate for more than 40 years
Patricia “Pat” Hill of Lynn, formerly of Revere, died on April 28.
A community advocate for more than 40 years, Pat challenged the system when it was wrong. She won some important battles including one for legislation to protect guide dogs from being attacked by other dogs. She was active for many years with the IBC New England Support Group and several guide dog groups and was an avid reader of mysteries and thrillers. Humor, facing tough decisions head on, and an inner strength combined with stubbornness got her through so much. A big joy in Pat’s life was the Harry Potter books and movies.
She dealt with her Inflammatory Breast Cancer when it returned in 2007 by naming it “Draco” and said when it got really bad, she added its last name – “Malfoy.” She took Draco Malfoy with her this last week. Her wonderful guide dog, Beacon will go back to Guiding Eyes for the Blind in the hope that he may be able to work with a new partner and bring that person the independence, love, comfort and stability that he brought to Pat’s life.
Born Sept. 20, 1954, in Revere to the late Ralph and Margaret (Dacey), she was the beloved spouse of fourteen and a half years to Claire A. Murray (together for 36 years.); dear sister of Joan Della-Croce and her late husband, Al of Maine, Linda Cirino and her late husband, George of Middleton, and Cheryl Lusso and her husband, Cliff of Middleton and 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 Saturday, May 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat Hill’s name to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Attn: D M Department, 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Gloria M. (Gassiraro) DiMartino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Tuesday, April 16 surrounded by her loving family. She was 84 years old.
She was the cherished daughter of the late Baldassaro and Maria (Sicurella) Gassiraro; beloved wife of Joseph A. DiMartino, loving mother of Karen Bertolino and her husband, Richard and the late Sharon DiGregorio and her surviving husband, Dan; adored grandmother of Marissa Docter and her husband, Bryan, Bianca Dickey and her husband, Joshua, Cassaundra DiGregorio and step-grandmother of Nicole Bertolino and Tayla Gomes and her husband, Brian and the caring sister of the late Frank Gassiraro, Elsie DiPerri, Jennie Anzalone, Yolanda Zappulla, Josephine Marotta and Joseph Gassiraro. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. At Gloria’s request and in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Gloria’s late daughter Sharon’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org. For guestbook, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Retired welder who would do anything for his family
Carmelo Mannara of Revere, formerly of Sicily, died on April 27 at the age of 84.
Carmelo proudly served in the Italian Navy before coming to the United States. He worked for over 40 years as a welder. Carmelo adored his wife, Maria and would do anything for his family. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Born on July 14, 1934 in Porto Empedocle, Sicily to the late Francesco and Francesca Mannara, he was the beloved husband of 58 years to Maria (Hamel), devoted father of Franco Mannara and his wife, Franca and the cherished grandfather of Maria Sirignano and her husband, David, Carmelo Marco Mannara and Matteo Nicolo Mannara. 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, May 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Retired Revere teacher
Funeral Services were held in the First Congregational Church of Revere on Saturday, April 27 for Carol A. Perullo-Trefrey who passed away following a long illness at Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere on Wednesday, April 24. She was 76 years old.
Born in Boston, Carol was raised and educated in Revere and was a 1961 graduate of Revere High School and a 1965 graduate of Boston University. Carol spent the greater part of her working career with the Revere School System, completing 20 years. Prior to her time with Revere Public Schools, she was a teacher for the Immaculate Conception School of Revere for about five years. Carol’s passion was working closely teaching children who spoke English as a second language. Her devotion was to make sure these students excelled in the English language affording them equal opportunity for success in life. She was a member of the Retired Revere Teachers’ Association.
The beloved wife of Richard J. Trefrey of Revere, she was the devoted sister of Louis C. Perullo, Jr. and his wife, Chantal of Leon, France, and Ferma J. Perullo-Kipnes and her husband, Barry of Scottsdale, Ariz., beloved aunt to Wendy Perullo-Diozzi and her husband, Peter and their children: Anthony and Nicholas, all of Scottsdale, Ariz. She was the loving daughter of the late Louis C. Perullo, Sr. and Ferma (Fiore) Perullo. She is also survived by many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Remembrances may be made to the Food Pantry at the First Congregational Church of Revere, 94 Central Ave., Revere, MA 02151. For more information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Of North Carolina, formerly of Revere
Mary A. (DeCristoforo) Bono, formerly of Boston’s North End and Revere, passed away in Waynesville, North Carolina on April 22. She was 90 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale Bono, cherished daughter of the late Orazio and Mary (Ferrara) DiCristoforo, loving mother of Victor Bono of North Carolina and dear sister of the late Norma Smith.
Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, today, Wednesday, May 1, from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery in Boston. For guest book and directions, visit: www.vazzafunerals.com or call Vazza Funeral Home 800-252-1127.