Obituaries 11-04-2020

Sophie Galardi

Retired Seamstress Who Loved Her Family and Enjoyed Life

Sophie (Rizzo) Galardi of Revere passed away surrounded by her loving family on October 27 at the age of 98. 

Sophie worked as a seamstress for many years in Boston, Revere and Chelsea.  A member of the Teamsters Union 841 of Boston, she was a woman who loved family, enjoyed life and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. 

Born in Boston on July 1, 1922 to the late Martin and Elizabeth Rizzo, she was the beloved wife of  61 years to the late Guy Galardi, devoted mother of Elaine Draper and her late husband , Fred “Skip” of Revere, Cheryl DiChappari and her husband, Frank of Burlington, and the late Robert “Bobby” Galardi and his surviving wife, Ruthann; cherished grandmother of Eric Galardi and his wife, Kim, Marc Galardi and his wife, Olga, Craig Draper and his wife, Lynn, Wendy Ward and her husband, Joe, Derek DiChappari, and Ashley Moore and her husband, Kyle; adored great grandmother of Michael, Kimberly, Joseph, Joshua, Jack, Benjamin, Adelina, Capriana and Bellezza and the dear sister of the late Arthur Rizzo and his surviving wife, Josephine “Tootsie,”, Salvatore Rizzo, Carmella Lombardi, Florence Rizzo, Samuel Rizzo and Edith Mercurio.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Sophie worked as a seamstress for many years in Boston, Revere and  Chelsea.  She was in the Teamsters Union 841 of Boston.  She was a woman that loved family, enjoyed life, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, November 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. (The family respects your decision if you can’t attend due to the current circumstances we are facing with Covid-19).  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Due to Covid-19 guidelines and due to strict capacity limits, we ask everyone to make a brief visit and then exit the funeral home so others may enter. Social distancing and masks are required at the funeral home and church.  Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere on Friday, November 6 at 11 a.m. Everyone to meet directly at church (Names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance).   Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sophie’s name to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 28 West 44th St, suite 609, New York, NY 10036 or at  For guest book please visit

Theresa Marks

All Who Loved Her Will Never Forget Her Tenacity, Thoughtfulness and Undying Love and Devotion for Her Children and Family

Theresa (DiRuzza)  Marks of Saugus, formerly of Revere, passed away surrounded by her loving family on October 27 at the age of 92. 

Theresa was born and raised in Revere and left school at an early age to help her mother and father support the family.  She worked in the factories her whole life and retired from Standard Box of Chelsea after 20 years.  Theresa was great at what she did and was a hard worker and recalled after many layoffs she would be the only woman that they kept on the payroll.  Our mother was 4’6” feisty little fire cracker who had no problem telling you what was on her mind and was the strongest women you would ever know.  She was loyal, loved unconditionally, and was the sweetest most forgiving person.  Our mom would give all that she had and go without.  She was nurturing and loved playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Theresa enjoyed bingo, playing cards and Pokeno with her family, and was a great bowler.  We have many fond memories of our camping trips with mom like making apple pies, building the fires (she would stand in the fire pit to build because she was so little), and driving the golf cart and boat.  She was a great cook who made awesome gravy.  Her famous spicy hot sausages and potatoes as well as her onion, pepper and mushrooms were loved by everyone.  All who loved her dearly will never forget her tenacity, thoughtfulness, and undying love and devotion for her children and family.  

Born in Revere on July 27, 1928 to the late Philip DiRuzza and Mary (Christello), she was the beloved wife of 34 years to the late Joseph Marks, devoted mother of Al and his late wife, Judy, Charlie and his late wife, Carmela, Mel and his wife, Terry, Phyllis and her husband, Jim and Joseph; dear sister of Jeanne, Dolores, Pat and the late Mariano, Mario “Sonny,” Angelo “Mousie,” Felix “Junior,” Antoinetta “Netta,” and Geraldine “Gerry.” She is also survived by her god daughter, Lynda and by many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

  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 Paul Bounfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Theresa’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or at For guest book please visit 

Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Carruthers

Retired Lead Secretary to the Revere High School Principal

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on November 2 in the Immaculate Conception Church for Dorothy A. “Dottie” (Perotti) Carruthers, 89, who passed away on October 28 following a long illness.

“Dottie” retired after 34 years of outstanding service within the Revere School System as Lead Secretary to the Principal of Revere High School.

She was the cherished mother of Marcia M. Skinner and her husband, Charles “Jess” Skinner of Middleton, Debra A. Carruthers of Kingston, NH and John W. Carruthers and his wife, Mara of Ocala, FL; adoring grandmother to Jenna M. Carruthers of Kingston, NH and Bethany G. Skinner of Middleton; doting great-grandmother to Maiya “Rae R.” Bryant of Kingston, NH and dear sister to John Perotti and his late wife, Marcella of Topsfield and the late Margaret T. Murphy and her late husband, Brendan M. Murphy and the late Marie Foster and the dear aunt to John Perotti and his wife, Catherine of Beverly and Jeremy Perotti of Topsfield.

Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

Remembrances may be made to the Dorothy A. “Dottie” Carruthers Scholarship Fund at Revere High School, 101 School Street, Revere MA 02151.

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 Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Mary Vigilante

Former resident of Revere and East Boston

Funeral Services were held privately for Mary (Simonelli) Vigilante, 94, formerly of Revere and East Boston, who passed away in Arlington on October 25 following a long illness.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward A. Vigilante, Sr., cherished mother of Joyce Mastrogiovanni and her husband. Carmine of Arlington, formerly of East Boston and Salem and Edward A. Vigilante, Jr. and his wife, Grace Kim of Burnsville, MN; devoted grandmother of Cheryl Mastrogiovanni and her husband, Thomas Dentremont of Arlington and Sarah K. Vigilante R.N. with the U.S. Airforce of Burnsville, MN. She was the dear daughter of the late Domenico and Giovanina “Jennie” (Ambrosino) Simonelli, precious sister to the late Anna M. Simonelli, adoring great grandmother to Louie Carmine Dentremont and faithful friend to Joan, Carol and Arthur.

For the extraordinary care, attention and respect accorded our dear mother and grandmother, we are most grateful and will long remember the many acts of comfort and love bestowed upon her by the entire staff at the Park Avenue Health Center of Arlington.

Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the Beth Israel – Lahey Health at Home & Hospice, One Arsenal Market Place, Watertown, MA 02472.

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Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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