Obituaries 12-16-2020

Stephen Joseph Cummings

He Will Be Forever Missed by His Family and Those Blessed Enough to Have Known Him

Stephen Joseph “Stevie C” Cummings, a longtime Revere resident, who was born on March 31, 1959 to the late Constancia Caico and Harold Cummings, passed away on November 30 due to Covid-19. 

Steve was a proud US Army veteran and happily wore his Boston Bruins hat everywhere he went; nothing made him happier than watching the Bruins beat the Montreal Canadiens! He loved watching the waves and the people on Revere Beach, and he made Christmas time extremely special for those he loved. Steve was always making others laugh, and always helping others regardless of the situation or time of day. He made time for others, and did his best to brighten up people’s day, regardless of how he himself was feeling. 

Steve was extremely proud of his son, Derek and did all he could to let everyone know how proud and happy he was of his son’s accomplishments. He was especially proud of how much Derek has helped others in need. 

Steve’s wife Jaqueline, “Jackie,” as he lovingly called her, was the light of his life and he found great joy in celebrating her every chance he could. He would always say how lucky he was to have found such a beautiful, wonderful and patient person to share his life with. 

Steve leaves behind his son, Derek, his wife, Jaqueline Cummings, to whom he had been married since Dec. 12, 1988, four brothers, two sisters and his wife’s family. He is dearly missed and will never be forgotten by his wife’s entire family, all of whom considered Steve a brother and he remains the favorite uncle to many of his nieces and nephews. 

Steve was such an amazing person in so many ways, and he will forever be missed by his family and those who were blessed enough to have known him.

Gloria Ferrante

Wife of Late Deputy Fire Chief

Gloria A. (Cataldo) Ferrante of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on December 9 at the age of 87. She was the beloved wife of the late Deputy Chief RFD Theodore “Teddy” Ferrante, devoted mother of Retired. Lt. RFD Frank Ferrante and his wife, Donna, Cpt. RFD Steven Ferrante and his wife, Melinda, all of Revere and the late Revere firefighter Teddy Ferrante and his surviving wife, Karla of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Nichole, Frank, Teddy III, Rachel, Ashley, Steven Jr., Brittany, Michael and Katherine and loving great-grandmother of 13.   

Gloria enjoyed reading, movies, and dancing. Due to the current spike in COVID-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local officials, funeral services were held privately for the immediate family with arrangements by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. At the family’s request and In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gloria’s memory to St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, please visit guestbook at:

Mary Anne ‘Tootsie’ Bacigalupo

Former Employee of Annemark Nursing Home, All Who Knew Her Loved Her

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals on Dec. 15 for Mary Ann “Tootsie” (Capano) Bacigalupo who died on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Lahey Clinic Hospital in Burlington after falling ill from COVID-19. She was 86 years old.

Mary, affectionately known as “Tootsie,” was born and raised in Revere. She was a proud alumna of Revere High School, Class of 1952 and  a cheerleader for the school.In 1953, She married her love, Walter Bacigalupo and the couple raised their family in Revere.

Tootsie worked for the Annemark Nursing Home in North Revere, for over 30 years in the Housekeeping Department. All who knew Tootsie, loved her. Her amazing personality was always a pleasure to be around. She and her husband would spend their summers in Naples, Maine and winter in Islamorada, Florida. They moved to Lynnfield approximately six years ago and, on March 22, 2017, her husband of 64 years, passed away.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her unwavering spirit to love, share and be with family is what made her so special. She was an incredible cook and she loved to feed everyone, it was certainly one of her hallmarks. She also loved any opportunity to go to the casino, whichever one she could get to. Her life was filled with so much love, joy, happiness and countless memories.

The devoted and beloved wife of the late Walter L. Bacigalupo, she was the loving and dear mother of Dawn M. Sylvia and her husband, Stephen of Peabody and Thomas W. Bacigalupo and his wife, Donna of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Bianca M. Bacigalupo of Lynn, Gregory M. Sylvia and Sasha Lee Sylvia, both of Peabody and

Stephen M. Sylvia and his wife, Kelly of Fitchburg and the treasured great grandmother of Armani, Alexis, Matthew and Gavin Thomas. She is also lovingly survived by her canine companion, “Hunter” who was always by her side and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.   

The staff of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals is most honored to have assisted the family in completing funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit:

Ursula Maccaro

One of the First WWII War Brides

Ursula (Wehren) Maccaro of Revere passed away on December 7 at the age of 94.

Ursula was one of the First War Brides in the Boston area coming to Revere in 1947. She met her future husband “Mac,” as he was called, while he was stationed in Berlin. Their story made the Boston Globe when they arrived. Ursula, along with her husband, owned “Tony’s Fruitland” in East Boston from the mid 50’s to the early 80’s. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

Born in Berlin, Germany on September 25, 1926 to the late Johann and Gertrude (Wagner) Wehren, she was the beloved wife of 40 years to the late Anthony Maccaro, devoted mother of Peter Maccaro and his wife, Maureen of Dracut, and Maryann Russo and her husband, Stephen of Winthrop; cherished grandmother of Michael and his wife. Sharon, Rebecca Maccaro, Kimberly Cash and her husband, William, Jennifer Green and her husband, Joshua, and Stephen Russo Jr. and his wife, Emily; adored great grandmother of Sophia, Audrey, Scarlett, Kyle, Elise, and Benjamin. 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 Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethany Health Care Center, In care of Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, 97 Bethany Rd, Framingham, MA 01702. For guestbook, please visit

Jean Martin

Beloved Wife of the Late Former Lynn City Clerk

Jean A. (Kelly) Martin, 94, formerly of Lynn and Litchfield, ME, died unexpectedly in Revere, on December 12 in the presence of her compassionate God and faithful family.

Jean was a member of St. Anthony’s Ladies Sodality and the Wakefield Garden Club.

The beloved wife of the late former Lynn City Clerk, Joseph F. Martin, she was the cherished mother of Lance A. Kelley and his wife, Diane of Wakefield, Donna J. Dicks of Revere, Cynthia A. Welch and Colleen C. Kelley-Wakely and her husband, James Wakely, all of Lynn, Joseph F. Martin, Jr. and his wife, Denise of Danvers and the late Marna S. Carroll; devoted grandmother to Kimberly A. Penney and her husband, Matthew and Heather E. D’Ambrosio and her husband, John, all of Wakefield, Richard Dicks and his wife, Lisa of Peabody, Derek Dicks and his wife, Hayley of No. Andover, Patrick and Caitlin Welch, both of Revere, Laura McCarthy and her husband, Michael of Danvers, Brian J. Carroll of Revere and the late Honorary Revere Firefighter, Michael J. Carroll and dear sister to the late Carolyn DiGiovanni, James and Donald Kelly. She is also lovingly survived by 13 great-grandchildren and many proud nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Friday, December 18  at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere followed by interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn.

Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained at the church and cemetery. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the church.

The family does welcome flowers; however and remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. 

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

Rosalie Morelli

Co-Proprietor of Carter’s Day Cleaning & Tailoring of Everett

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals on Dec. 14 for Rosalie (Ballerini) Morelli. 78, of Saugus and a former resident of East Boston and Malden, who passed on Thursday, Dec.10 at her Saugus residence following a long illness and surrounded by the overwhelming presence of her God and her adoring family.

She lived in East Boston and Malden in the early years of her life until 1996 when she moved to Saugus. Born and raised in Boston, Rosalie was a graduate of Boston Girl’s Trade School, Class of 1960. As a young lady, she began a career with the prestigious “House of Bianchi” for some 10 years. She was an outstanding seamstress in spite of her youth. She was taught at her mother’s knee and subsequently enjoyed a fine background in the art of repairing and designing ladies’ fashions.

For the next 20 years, Rosalie accepted a position with “Marlena Ladies Sportswear of Boston.” She was most content at “Marlena’s” and remained with the company for 20 years.

In 1984, she and her husband, the late Luca Morelli, opened Carter’s Dry Cleaners & Tailoring of Everett. Luca passed in November of 2014 and later in December of 2014, Rosalie retired. To this very day, Carter’s Dry Cleaning & Tailoring is operated by her son, Louis Morelli and his family.

If one were to be asked to render a brief profile of Rosalie, they would have to admit that her family was her first joy and in that role she excelled. She was the youngest of nine children and when the other eight needed her, she was there with high support and loving care. To her late parents, Domenic Ballerini and Philomena (Perrotti) Ballerini, she was devoted and kind. She was the cherished mother of Louis Morelli and his wife, Maureen of Everett, Lisa D’Alleva of Melrose and Lydia Howard and her husband, David Howard of Medford. She is the proud “Nonnie” to eight grandchildren: Zackary T., Madelaine R., Isabella M. and Luca F. Morelli, Charles D’Alleva, Lauren M., Rosalie M. and Henry L. Howard; the devoted sister of Domenic Ballerini and his wife, Beverly of Tewksbury and the late Angie Maurello, Norma Forgione, Gloria A. Forgione, Anthony Ballerini, Anna Scofield, Mary West and Ramilda Vaccaro. She is also  lovingly survived by her grandnephew, Edward Scofield, her brother-in-law, Earl West of Florida and her sister-in-law, Nancy Moniz of Hansen, MA. Many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews proudly survive Rosalie. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or to All Care Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, MA 01901.    Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit

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