Obituaries 03-02-2022

Gennaro “Gino” Donisi

Former Owner of Blades Hair Salon in Wakefield and Owner of Thoroughbred Horses at Suffolk Downs

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Thursday, March 3 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for Gennaro “Gino” Donisi who died on Saturday, February 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a brief battle with COVID-19. He was 81 years old.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m., followed with entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery – Versailles Mausoleum, Everett.

Gino was an immigrant from Arpaise, Benevento, Italy. He traveled to the United States as a young man with his family, arriving in New London, CT. Two years later, the family settled in Revere, where he remained until his passing. Gino worked alongside his father for several years as a barber. He later opened his own Hair Salon in Wakefield named “Blades,” which he owned and operated for 20 years. Gino had a great love and passion for racehorses. He owned many thoroughbreds throughout the years, mainly stabled at Suffolk Downs Racetrack.

Gino married his wife, Marlene, later in life. The couple never had any children, but his four nephews were like the sons he never had. The close relationship he had with his sister was special and they were devoted to each other. Family was most important to Gino.

The beloved husband of Marlene (Saturnino de Souza) Donisi of Revere, he was the cherished brother of Assunta “Susan” Riordan and her husband, Michael W. of Revere; devoted son of the late Arduino and Maria Grazia (Parrella) Donisi; treasured uncle of Thomas J. Riordan and his wife, Michelle of Georgetown, Atty. Michael A. Riordan and his wife, Atty. Kate of Methuen, Christopher A. Riordan and Holly of Georgetown and Atty. David M. Riordan of Danvers. He is also lovingly survived by his grandnieces and grand nephews; Emma, Kaitlyn, Charlotte, Grayson, Abigail, Michael and Madison.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.      

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

Providenza “Prudy” Masciulli

Fondly Known as a Fiesty Hard Worker Who Will Be Missed by All

Providenza “Prudy” Masciulli  of Revere formerly of the North End and East Boston, passed away surrounded by her loving family after a brief illness on February 23 at the age of 78.

Prudy was born in Boston on August 22,1943 to Paul and Anne (Vitale) Firicano. She loved her roots in Boston’s North End. She was a waitress and bartender for many years, loved all the feasts particularly the Fisherman’s Feast. She was fondly known as a fiesty, hard worker and will be missed by all.

Prudy is survived by her loving children: James Masciulli and Lorraine Burri and her husband, Steven; cherished grandchildren: Jimmy, Janea, Paul and Philip Masciulli, Steven Burri and Kristina Codispoti and adored great grandson, Gennaro Masciulli. She was predeceased by her son, Paul Masciulli and sisters, Bridget DeBella and Paula Polci.

Family and friends will honor Prudy’s life by gathering at St. Joseph-St.Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston on Monday, March 7 at 10 a.m. for a memorial mass at 11 a.m. in celebration of Prudy’s life.

Charlotte Sweeney

Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church for Charlotte R. (St. Croix) Sweeney, 95, who died on Sunday, February 20 at the Leonard Florence Center for the Living in Chelsea following a long illness. She was 95 years old. Interment followed in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.

Charlotte was a native of East Boston, one of 14 children born to the late William J. St. Croix and Charlotte (Dobbins) St. Croix. She was raised and educated in East Boston and was a proud alumna of East Boston High School, Class of 1944. 

Charlotte was happily married to her husband, Charles J. Sweeney, Sr. and together they raised their eight children in East Boston, later moving to Revere in 1977.

Charlotte was all about family, coming from a large family and then having her own large family, she was committed to being the best mother she could be. She enjoyed being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren for any occasion. She loved having a good time and making wonderful memories.

The devoted wife of 50 years to the late Charles J. Sweeney, Sr., she was the loving and proud mother of Susan Leary and her husband, Dennis, Sr. of Malden, Charles J. Sweeney, Jr. and his wife, Terri of Billerica, William Sweeney of Revere, Gerald Sweeney and his wife, Susan of Sharon, Francis X. Sweeney of Revere, Mary (Sweeney) Pappas and her husband, James “Jimmy” of Essex and the late Charlene Sweeney and Jane M. Cox and her late husband, John “Jack” Cox. She was the cherished Nana of 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren who she treasured dearly and the dear sister of 13 late brothers and sisters. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith is most honored to have assisted the family in completing funeral arrangements. For online condolences please visit

Salvatore Bucchieri

Fondly Remembered for His Kindness, Generosity, Love of Family, Friends, Wine and for His Famous Garden Whose Bountiful Vegetables He Shared with All

Salvatore Bucchieri died on February 21 at the age of 95. 

Salvatore immigrated to the United States from Italy on March 26, 1956 after marrying Marianna and moved to Revere where the couple resided for over 50 years until a recent move to be closer to their daughter.  Salvatore worked at the Schrafft’s candy factory as a supervisor until it closed.  In later years, he worked for the Hilton Hotels until his retirement. 

He is fondly remembered for his kindness and generosity and for his love of family, friends, wine and his famous garden whose bountiful vegetables he shared with all.

Born in Mineo, Sicily on September 9, 1926 to the late Rosario and Maria (Bellino) Bucchieri, he was the beloved husband of 66 years to the late Marianna (Cardello) Bucchieri, devoted father of Maria Salvatore and her husband, John of Westwood, cherished grandfather of Jake, Georgia and Zachary, dear brother of the late Sebastiano “Yanno,” Agrippina “Pina,” Maria and Paola “Lina” Bucchieri.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews, and great great great nieces and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.  For guestbook, please visit 

Louis Rossetti , Sr.

Co-Owner of Nardizzi’s Restaurant in Revere and Chelsea

Louis A. Rossetti, Sr. of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on February 21.

A US Army veteran, who saw action during the Korean Conflict, Louis was born and raised in Revere, graduating from Revere schools prior to moving to Chelsea where he raised his family and resided until his passing. He was active in the Chelsea, Revere and Everett Youth Hockey programs as well as the Chelsea Senior Center and was co-owner of Nardizzi’s Restaurant in Revere and Chelsea.

The devoted husband of Mary Lou (Brennan), he was the beloved father of Robin McCarron and her husband, James of Revere, Louis A. Rossetti, Jr. and his late wife, Kathy (Hartman) of Chelsea and Richard Rossetti and his husband, Cameron Harris of Chelsea; brother of Susan Benenati, Dominic, Thomas, Dennis, Robert and Steven Rossetti, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Ashleigh Rossetti of Chelsea, Kayla and James McCarron, both of Revere and John Mederios of Chelsea. He is also lovingly survived by his great granddaughter, Destiny Rossetti and his daughter-in-law, Cheryl Rossetti as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment with Military Honors was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.

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