Obituaries 10-21-2020

Elaine Byrne

Passed in the Company of Her God and Her Caring Family

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on October 19 for Elaine (Karas) Byrne, 78,  of Revere and East Boston who passed away on October 14 following a brief illness and in the company of her God and her caring family.

The beloved wife of the late James M. Byrne, she was the adoring mother to James M. Byrne, II and his wife, Melissa A. and cherished grandmother of James M. Byrne, III and Riley R. Byrne, all of Danvers; dear sister of Phyllis D’Antona and her late husband, Leo and Lucille Ciampa and her late husband, Louis, all of East Boston and the late James Karas; faithful sister-in-law to Barbara Bernis and her husband, Edward of Somerville and the late Pauline Marchant and Margaret Brady. She is also lovingly survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and cousins. Entombment was in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum (Chapel Hill Site), Malden. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Dawn Jeffries

Partner at  D.A.M. Depot

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Service on Saturday,

October 24 in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte.

107) Revere at 3:15 p.m. for Dawn M. Jeffries, 62, a 41year resident of Revere and a partner at Dam Depot of Revere for 20 years, A visitation will precede the service from 1 to 3 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

Dawn passed most unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 14 at Whidden Memorial Hospital, Everett. Although she has had serious health issues, her death has shocked the community and her fiancée, Anthony S. Muollo, Jr. with whom she made her home.

Dawn moved to Revere in 1979 from Turner Falls, MA, where she was raised and educated. She was a 1976 graduate of Turner Falls High School.

Twenty years ago, she and her fiancé, Anthony S. Muollo, Jr. “Tony”, went into a business partnership, on Revere St., Revere “Dam Depot.” The couple are well thought of throughout the community and were planning a wedding sometime in 2021.

Dawn was also a long-time member of the Wang-Change Pizzeria Club. And until recently, she had “gigs” as a stand-up comedian at several clubs, caffes, lounges and Eateries, both here and in Turner Falls.

The devoted daughter of Sandra J. (Morris) Cronin of Lunenburg, Vermont

and the late Robert “Moon” Mullen, she was the dear sister to Wayne Mullen and his wife, Wendy of Turner Falls, MA, Maria Mullen-Morse of West Concord, VT, Celina Mullen-Waryasz of Laconia, NH, Deborah Mullen of Revere and Richard Mullen of Lunenburg, VT. She is also lovingly survived by her Feline Companion, “Ziggy” and by many nieces and nephews. She also leaves to mourn her, the  Muollo family of Revere, who Dawn adopted as her surrogate family. Her faithful feline friends “Honey-Bear” and Bubba-Lou” also predeceased Dawn.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society 3 Speen St., Framingham, MA. 01701. Please remember, that we continue to be in the Pandemic and that masks must be worn and social distancing maintained in the funeral home.

And a lasting message from Dawn, to all of her family, friends and extended family; “The Bird is the Word.” To send online condolences or for more information, please visit

Joseph Ferdinand

Sears & Roebuck Retiree

Funeral Services and Interment were held privately for Joseph A. Ferdinand, 80, who died on Saturday, October 17 at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital following a long illness with Kidney Disease.

Joe was born and raised in Cambridge, attended the Sacred Heart Grammar School and later the Somerville Trade School. Joe had a 25-year career with the Sears & Roebuck Company as a Supervisor in the Shipping & Receiving warehouse in Allston. Joe retired, after many years of service due to the company moving out of state.

In 1984, Joe married his best friend, Louise Goffredo, the couple resided in Revere during their entire marriage and enjoyed their time with close friends and family. Joe had a gift to gab; he would often visit Market Basket several times per week early in the morning and talk to all of the friends he made there. Joe was also very proud of his Portuguese heritage and upbringing.

He was the beloved son of the late Joseph Ferdinand and Ellen (Frazier) DaCosta and her husband, the late Augusto DaCosta; the loving and devoted husband of Louise (Goffredo) Ferdinand of Revere for 36 years of marriage, the dear brother of the late Emma Cook and her husband, Roy and the late Maryellen Silva and her surviving husband, Jorge Silva of Barrington, NH. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and great grand nephews, whom he treasured and loved.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central Street, Suite 220, Natick, MA 01760 to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Charles Rossetti

Owner of Gatewat Graphics Printing for Over 40 Years

Charles P. Rossetti, 78, of Revere, died peacefully on October 8 after a brief illness.

He was the owner of Gateway Graphics Printing Company which he ran successfully for over 40 years. More than anything else, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and they absolutely adored him. Charlie loved travelling to Florida with his wife and their pups. They were blessed to have many good friends as well as endless laughs while they were there. As a huge Red Sox fan, he could be heard yelling at the TV during the summer nights and you always knew if they were winning or losing. Charlie was a phenomenal cook and would spoil his family with delicious Italian dinners. His grandchildren loved his gravy and meatballs and his chicken cacciatore was delicious. His generous nature was completely unmatched on this Earth. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

The son of the late Patrick and Phyllis (Merullo) Rossetti, he was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Jane A. (Taylor) Rossetti. They were happily married for 49 years. Charlie was the beloved father to Susan A. Rossetti and Jana T. Suozzo and her late husband, Ralph Suozzo; Proud Bampy to Zachary, Taylor, Sydney and Kyle.
At his request, and due to Covid-19, services will be private. To leave a message of condolence, please go to

Michael Lucente, Sr.

Deeply Rooted in Italian Traditions He Passed on to His Family Who Will Continue the Legacy

Michael Lucente, Sr. passed away on October 15 at the age of 90.

Born in Acerenza, Italy on November 13, 1929 to the late Canio and Antonia (Miglionico), he was the beloved husband of 57 years to the late Rita (Napoleone), devoted father of Anthony Lucente of Wakefield, Gina (Lucente) Farrell and her husband, Stephen of Wakefield and Michael Lucente Jr. and his wife, Renee (La Voie) of Westford; cherished grandfather of Kaitlin (Farrell) Dolan and her husband, Michael of Wakefield, Kathleen Farrell of Wakefield, and Nicole, Marissa, and Michael Lucente III, all of Westford and adored great grandfather of Madelyn Grace Dolan and the dear brother of the late Maria DeBonis. He is also survived by five loving nieces in the United States and many loving family members in Italy.

Michael (Mike) spent his early years in the beautiful town of Acerenza in Southern Italy. While growing up in Italy he was trained as a blacksmith. Following World War II, at the age of 18, he immigrated to the United States arriving at Ellis Island in 1948. After arriving in the US, he lived with his father in East Boston and met his beautiful wife, Rita during a visit to Revere Beach.

After marrying, Mike and Rita lived for several years in East Boston, before settling in a home in Revere built by Mike with the help of his friends. His blacksmith training as a youth led to his lifelong work as a lighting fixtures model maker. He loved gardening and making wine, was a talented cook, and loved working with his hands. Mike was deeply rooted in Italian traditions which he has passed on to his family who will continue his legacy.

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made in Michael’s name to the Italian Home for Children, Attn: Development, 1125 Centre St, Boston, MA 02130 or at For guest book please visit

John Naglieri, Jr.

Saugus Police Force Retiree

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on October 17 for John J. Taglieri who passed away in Peabody, formerly of Saugus and East Boston, at 61 years on October 12 following a long illness in the loving presence of his God and devoted family.

John “Nags” retired from the Saugus Police Force in 2018 with 28 years of impeccable service. He was a member of the Saugus Police Officers Union.

The best friend and beloved husband of 29 years to Patricia J. “Patti” (Doherty) Naglieri, he was the adoring father to Trevor J. Naglieri of Dallas, TX, Kelli J. Celentano and her husband, Gregory T. of Hamilton and Shane M. Naglieri of Peabody; dear brother of Ann Kusch and  her husband, James of Windham, NH., beloved son of the late John J. Naglieri, Sr. and the late Angela C. (DiCocco) Naglieri and the devoted son-in-law to the late Daniel J. Doherty, Jr. and the late Jeanne F. (McCarthy) Doherty. He is also proudly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Interment was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody.

Remembrances may be made to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, One Concord Farms, 490 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 01742. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Alexander Ryan-Novin

April 22, 1987 — October 8, 2020

Alexander “Alex” Novin of Vancouver, Washington, died on October 8. He was 33 years old.

Alex was born on Wednesday, April 22, 1987 to Mitchell and Barbara (Livick) Novin (formerly of Revere) in Lynn and was raised in Derry, New Hampshire where he attended Pinkerton Academy and later moved to Hawaii Kai, Hawaii where he graduated from Kaiser High School.

Alex was an avid sports fan and was quite supportive of his favorite Boston teams. He had a passion for cars, motorcycles, dirt bikes or really anything with an engine. In his spare time, he enjoyed going for a round of golf and he held a special place in his heart for any and all animals.

He is survived by his father, Mitchell Novin and his brother, Nick Novin of Honolulu, Hawaii, his loving companion, Megan Faber of Vancouver, Washington, stepfather Jerry Blair of Brightwood, Oregon, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins back in Derry, New Hampshire.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of your choice in Alex’s name.

Memorial services are to be held at a later date due to Covid-19.

Sandy Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Adam Joshua Rodriguez

Will be Dearly Missed

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on October 10 for Adam Joshua “A$tacks” Rodriguez, who died on Saturday, October 3 at the Boston Medical Center from multiple injuries sustained in a tragic automobile accident. He was 20 years old. Interment followed in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Adam was born in Boston, raised and educated in Revere and was a proud alumnus of Seacoast Academy, Class of 2018. He worked at the ABM Cleaning Company as a janitor. He had a deep love for his family and all of his friends. He will be missed dearly as he was always known as a “Good Kid”.

The cherished son of Manuel D. Rodriguez of Revere and Zoraida Morales of Clinton, he was the adored brother of Mauricio Rodriguez of El Salvador, Zuleyma Rodriguez Manuel E. Rodriguez, all of Revere, Alex J. Rodriguez, his twin brother, of Clinton and Michael I. Rodriguez of Revere. He was the beloved companion of Estefafia Velasquez of Winthrop, treasured uncle of Jowell, Aaliyah, Camden, JuJu and Manuel, Jr. and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.   

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit

Marie Roucher

Devoted Wife and Mother

Marie C. (Coco)  Roucher, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 10 after a long illness. 

The beloved wife of the late John A. Roucher, she was the loving mother of Jude Roucher and her husband, Josman Colon and John J. Roucher and his wife, Graciela and the daughter of the late Carmela (Sciuto) and Mariano Coco.

Marie worked for over 30 years at Lacy’s Department Store in East Boston until her marriage.  She was a full time devoted wife and mother until her death. Private Graveside Services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Marie’s memory to Oceanview Kennel, 705 North Shore Road, Revere, MA 02151 would be appreciated. Please send messages of condolence to Marie’s family on the funeral home Tribute Page –

MaryAnne Katherine Sullivan-Nappi

A Strong Independent Woman Who Carried God in Her Heart Always

MaryAnne “MA” Katherine Sullivan-Nappi, a longtime resident of Revere, died peacefully at home on October 3 at the age of 75.

Born January 28 1945, she was the eldest daughter of Anne and Edward Sullivan, who were blessed first with MaryAnne and then nine others.  As the oldest of ten children, MaryAnne quickly took on the role of Big Sister (Big Sista!) a role she carried with pride throughout her life.

MaryAnne leaves behind two children, Stephanie Sullivan and James Venezia, ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, nine brothers and sisters, thirty plus nieces and nephews, thirty plus great nieces and nephews, her best friend, Barbara and a trail of lives she touched throughout her adventurous life!

In remembering our mother, we would like to ask this of God:

If Roses grow in Heaven, Lord please pick a bunch for us. 

Place them in our Mother’s arms and tell her they are from all of us.

Tell her that we Love Her and Miss Her, and when she turns to smile,

place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for a while.

Because remembering her is easy, we do it every day,

but there is an ache within our heart that will never go away.

We love and miss you MA, more than you know!

In closure:

MaryAnne was a strong, independent woman who carried God in her heart always and had an affinity to the patron saint, St. Anthony.  Therefore, we will be holding a full service for her at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere on October 24 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend but because of the trying times we are in, we will be streaming the service live online.  If you wish to attend the service remotely, please email:  Stephanie Sullivan at [email protected]            .

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation via online at or by mail at 1355 Peachtree St. NE Suite 600 Atlanta GA 30309.

JoAnn Alexander

Spaulding Rehab Retiree

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals on October 14 for JoAnn M. (Bocuzzi) Alexander, 82, who passed away on October 10 following a brief but courageous battle with metastatic cancer. Entombment was in Woodawn Cemetery – Versailles Mausoleum, Everett.

JoAnn retired from Spaulding Rehab, Inc. of Boston where she was an   Insurance Coordinator for over 40 years.

She was the cherished mother of Marc S. Rizzo of East Boston, Frank R. Alexander of Peabody with whom JoAnn made her home, JoAnn Alexander and her husband, Thomas Pellegriti of Stoneham and the late Vincent R. W. Rizzo, Jr.; devoted grandmother of Mark A. Rizzo and his companion, Gia of Wilmington, Michael S. Rizzo of Lynn, Nicholas F. Alexander of Peabody, Peter J. Pellegriti of Stoneham, Tanya A. Rizzo of Peabody, Vincent R. W. Rizzo, III and Joseph S. Rizzo, both of Revere; dear sister to Phyllis Jones and her husband, Harvey of Virginia Beach, VA and the late Samuel “Sonny” 

Bocuzzi. She is also lovingly survived by three great-granddaughters, Isabella, Cassandra and Natalia.

Remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital (Cancer Center), Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114.

To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Sister Avis Joyce, CSJ

(Sister Marie Frederick)

Sister of Saint Joseph of Boston for 67 Years

Sister Avis Joyce, CSJ, (Sister Marie Frederick), in her 67th  year as a beloved member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, died Friday, October 16, 2020.

She was the devoted daughter of the late William J. Joyce and Kathryn F. Reardon and loving sister of the late Marie LaCoco and Wilma Nazzaro.  Sister Avis is survived by her cherished nephew, John Nazzaro and his wife, Kathrine, her niece, Joyce (LaCoco) Shultz, grandnieces and grandnephews, her devoted cousins Fred, Marion, Paul and Robbie Rupp, along with and her Sisters in the Congregation.

She was formerly missioned as a teacher at St. Matthew School, Dorchester; St. Joseph School, Medford; St. James School, Haverhill; Star of the Sea School, East Boston; St. Francis DeSales, Charlestown; and East Boston Central Catholic School in East Boston.  Sister Avis also served as teacher and principal at St. Lazarus School, East Boston; and interim principal at St. Catherine of Sienna School, Charlestown.

Private Burial.   A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Arrangements by Norton Funeral Home, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, c/o Mission Advancement, 637 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA  02135

John Pastore, Sr.

Will Be Remembered by Friends and Family for His Welcoming Presene, Good Humor and Sincere Heart

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, October 20 at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett for John C. Pastore, Sr. Affectionately, known by family and friends as “Chuck,” he passed on Friday, October 16 at his Revere residence, following a long illness. 

Born, educated and raised in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1959. For many years, John “Chuck “CHURCH” and his beloved wife, Judith A. (Longo) Pastore, were devotees of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community of Revere, serving on several committees and were members of the “counting” team at I.C.C. for over 20 years.

John also known to many as “Chuck” will be remembered as a wonderful and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, uncle, proud veteran and man of great Catholic faith.  He always put his immediate and extended family as his first priority.  He had the gift to say “just the right thing” when you needed it most.

John grew up in the West End of Boston where his love story started with his girlfriend, Judy who became his devoted wife of 57 years. The West End community was a tight knit group of caring people who maintained deep and lasting lifetime friendships. John loved to attend West End events.    John shared endless West End stories which would have anyone laughing for hours.

John was very proud of his service in the US Army and his missile work. He had many entertaining stories of his Army experiences while stationed in New Mexico. Those experiences and friendships shaped him in the most positive way for the rest of his life. He was a proud veteran!

John spent over 25 years with Northeast “Yellowbird” and Delta Airlines Air Freight in many roles. He worked with many clients globally and enjoyed his team.  His work provided him with many opportunities to travel to locations like Disney, Bermuda and Las Vegas including a cameo appearance in “Honeymoon in Vegas” in 1994. The “Delta Gang” was a group of lifelong friends that regularly got together to reminisce at the Hilltop and Kowloon. John spent endless hours of planning so that the gang would be together.

Chuck will be remembered by his friends and family for his welcoming presence, good humor and sincere heart. Saint Mother Teresa’s quote says it best about Chuck, “Spread love everywhere you go   Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

He was the beloved husband of 57 years to Judith A. (Longo) Pastore, cherished father of Lucy McCarthy and her husband, David of Lynnfield and John C. Pastore, Jr. and his wife, Karla of Wellesley;.proud grandfather to Madelyn E. McCarthy and Liam V. McCarthy, both of Lynnfield and Cole D. Pastore and Chloe A. Pastore, both of Wellesley; dear brother of Florence Marcotullio and her late husband, Robert of Peabody, Patricia Marshall and her husband, Merrill of Bridgewater and the late Angela Griffin. He is also lovingly survived by several nephews     .

Remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. To send online condolences, please visit   The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals is honored to have assisted the family with the completion of funeral arrangements.

Thomas Memmollo

Former Exaulted Ruler and Treasurer of Winthrop Lodge of Elks

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals on October 9 for Thomas M. Memmolo, 82, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston, who passed away in Winthrop, on October 4 after a long illness.

Tom was a 36-year member and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, serving as Exalted Ruler from 1979-1980 and Treasurer of the organization for 31 years. He was also a former member of the MA Army National Guard.  

The husband of the late Janice C. (Hogarty) Memmolo, he was the devoted son of the late Thomas and Grace M. (Seppe) Memmolo; cherished father of Michelle A. Tower and her husband, Erik of Winthrop and Michael T. Memmolo and his wife, Marnie of Alpharetta, GA; adoring grandfather to Danielle J. Trainor and her husband, Jake of Winthrop and Ava Grace Memmolo of Alpharetta, GA and the dear fiancée of Brenda Carrozza of Winthrop. He is also lovingly survived by his cousins; Louis R. “Buddy” Belmonte and his wife, Janis, of Windham, NH, Diana G. Reppucci and her husband, James C. of Melrose and the late John Belmonte and his surviving wife, Rita Belmonte of Brentwood, NH.

Remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central St., Natick, MA 01760. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Edward ‘Red’ Horrocks, Sr.

Retired painter for City of Revere, Proud WWII and Korean Veteran of U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Force

Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, State Mandates & CDC Guidelines for Edward W. Horrocks, Sr., 92, who died on Wednesday, October 7 at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness.

Ed was born, raised and educated in Atlantic City, NJ. and after High

School, he enlisted in the US Marine Corps, during World War II. Ed,

later reenlisted in the U.S. Airforce during the Korean War. He was most proud of his service for his country and being a Marine.

When he returned home, he met and married Ruth Chiary and the couple settled in Revere where they remained and raised their family. Ed was a dedicated ardworking family man. He worked for the City of Revere, a career that spanned 35 years, retiring in 1993. He was affectionately known as “Big Red” due to his tall stature and red hair.

Ed loved being surrounded by his family whatever the event. He was also a man who stood out in the neighborhood and he was the surrogate father of several other kids and relatives. He was also known as a “magician” who would perform magic tricks at get togethers and parties. He was certainly, the Patriarch of his family. The devoted husband of 70 years of the late Ruth E. (Chiary) Horrocks, he was the loving father of Edward W. “Buddy” Horrocks, Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Palm Harbor, FL., Kathleen G. Horrocks and her husband, Robert Boudreau of Waltham, William E. Horrocks and his wife, Deborah of York, ME and the late Kenneth F. Horrocks and his wife, Brenda Horrocks of Worton, MD;  the cherished grandfather of Cindy Horrocks and her companion, Christopher Harrington of Clearwater, FL., Jill Horrocks of Largo, FL., Kristi Horrocks of Safety Harbor, FL, William Horrocks and his wife, Samantha of Salisbury, MA, Chelsea Jennings and her husband, Roland of Chestertown, MD and

Stacy Heredia of York, ME; great grandfather of Ryan, Ben, Luke, Grey and Samuel and dear brother of the late Joseph Horrocks. He was the Special Surrogate father of Robin Upton of Idaho and Nancy and Roy Upton of California and is also, lovingly survived by Daniel J. Doherty and his wife, Kim of North Reading and by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA 02108. For online condolences visit

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