Obituaries – 05/12/09

Diana Borgosano, 62

North Andover resident

Diana M. (Ferrario) Borgosano of North Andover, formerly of Revere, died on May 2. She was 62 years old.

Born in Revere, she was a salesperson for a shoe company.

She was the beloved wife of Anthony Borgosano of North Andover; loving daughter of Margaret (Verrengia) Ferrairo of Waltham and the late Alfred Ferrairo; devoted mother of Brenda A. and Diana M. Borgosano, both of North Andover; dear sister of Ann Lupo of Cambridge, Alfred Ferrairo Jr. of Peabody, Thomas Ferrairo of Lynn, David Ferrairo of Haverhill and Joseph Ferrairo of Peabody.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: VNA Care Network and Hospice, 5 Federal Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For her guest book, please visit

Ricardo Restrepo

Cook in local restaurants

Ricardo Restrepo of East Boston, beloved husband of Alicia (Jaramillo) Restrepo, died May 9 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Colombia, he was a cook in local restaurants and is survived by many loving children in Revere and East Boston.

His funeral was held Tuesday from the Paul Buonfiglio and Sons-Bruno Funeral Home of Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

Phyllis Desner

Revere resident

Phyllis (Haas) Desner of Revere died on May 11.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph M. Desner; devoted mother of Steven Desner and his wife, Laurell, of Rockville Center, NY and Audrey Pransky and her husband, Gary, of Swampscott; loving sister of the late Lillian Abo; cherished grandmother of Jason and Justin Desner of Rockville Center, NY, Jessica Pransky of Arlington, Va. and Jon Pransky of Swampscott.

At the family’s request, graveside services were private. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Gary and Audrey Pransky today, Wednesday, and tomorrow, Thursday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Jack Satter House, c/o Development and Community Relations Dept., Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St, Boston, MA 02131. Funeral arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem.

Felix Zullo Sr., 88

Letter carrier

Felix A. Zullo Sr., a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died May 6 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett, after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Christopher and Angelina (Riccio) Zullo. He attended local schools, enlisted in the US Army during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. He worked for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier in the Prattville neighborhood of Chelsea, retiring in 1988.

Named the Happiest Person of the Year by the National Enquirer, he was an active member and participant at the Chelsea Senior Citizens Center, a Tuesday morning Bocci player at Voke Park, Candlepin Bowler with the seniors and enjoyed playing pool, cards and golfing. He was also a member of the Mixed Couples 10 pin Bowling League and a lifetime member of the VFW.

He was the beloved husband of 57 years of Eugenia R. “Jean” (Doucette) Zullo of Chelsea; devoted father of Chris Zullo Sr. and his wife, Marie, of Everett, Felix A. Zullo Jr. and his wife, Vicky, of Niceville, Fla., Donna Allevato and her husband, Louis, of Franklin, Eugenia “Gina” Kearns and her husband, Robert, of Pepperell; loving son of the late Christopher and Angelina (Riccio) Zullo; dear brother of Barbara Libby of Chelsea, Jerry Zullo of Revere, Mario Zullo of Chelsea, the late Elizabeth Sofia, Michael, Joseph, Carmen, James, John, Tony and Chris Zullo; cherished grandfather of Jaime Zullo, Joshua and Melissa Zullo, Emily and Amy Kearns, Nicholas and Alex Allevato and the late Chris Zullo Jr. and adored great-grandfather of Elizabeth.

Burial with military honors was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home of Chelsea.

Robert Carapellucci, 62

Somerville resident

Robert R. Carapellucci, a 15-year resident of Somerville, formerly of East Boston and the West End of Boston, died May 9 after a long illness. He was 62 years old.

He was the husband of Linda Romanowski of Somerville; father of Sarah Romanowski of Saugus and Robert Carapellucci of Chelsea; brother of Carmella Carapellucci of Wrentham, Peter of East Boston and Frank Storace of Allston, Rocky Carapellucci of Revere and the late Anna Storace; grandfather of Sophia Luberice and Robert Carapellucci Jr. and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews.

A prayer service will be held in the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Square) Somerville, tonight, Wednesday, at 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Calling hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, please visit

William Christoforo

Patent Attorney, Annapolis graduate

William G. Christoforo of Maryland, formerly of Revere, died in Maryland on May 8, after a long illness.

A patent attorney, practicing in Maryland, he was a 1946 graduate of Revere High School and a 1951 graduate of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He was the son of the late John and Lucy (Meli) Christoforo; loving husband of 57 years of Louise Christoforo; father of William Jr., Paul and Beth Whitefield; beloved brother of Florence Pretti of Melrose and the late John Christoforo.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Elaine Dombrowski

Graduate of RHS, Class of 1961

Elaine Frances (Smith) Dombrowski of Revere died on May 8.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1961, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Dombrowski and her life partner, Richard Tobin; loving mother of Annemarie Hodgson Mahoney and Susan Whitney McAdams, both of New Hampshire, Elaine and Ken Sherman of Vermont, Karen Downie of Florida and Frances Mahoney of Amesbury; dear sister of Chester Smith of Revere and Harold Smith of Florida; cherished grandmother of 25 and great-grandmother of 25.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. For her guest book, visit

Winifred Amoroso

Sienna Guild member

Winifred (Moran) Amoroso of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on May 5.

A member of the Sienna Guild, she was the beloved wife of Paul J. Amoroso Sr.; mother of Paul J Amoroso Jr. and his wife, Sheila, of East Boston, Alan Amoroso of Lynn and Susan Daigle and her husband, Christopher, of Westminster; sister of Irene Prodanas of Peabody, Louis Moran of East Boston and the late Marie Cannata, Frederick and Francis Moran; grandmother of Amanda, Jessica, Alexander and Abigail; and the aunt of many.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home, East Boston. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St., Boston, MA 02110 would be appreciated.

Albert Orsini, 97

East Boston resident

Albert Orsini of East Boston died on May 6. He was 97 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Lena (Hartley) Orsini, with whom he shared 26 years of marriage; loving father of Michael Montecalvo and his wife, Elaine, of New Hampshire and Gracie Fabiano and her husband, Ralph, of Revere; dear brother of Anto Todesco of Revere, Lola Pardi and Ann Cologiavanni, both of Peabody, and the late Viola Bagnera, Dante and Americo Orsini; cherished grandfather of Michael and Melyssa Montecalvo and Steven, Nancy, Sandra and Linda Fabiano.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s East Boston Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. For his guest book, visit

Joseph Grammier III, 55

Former Revere History Teacher

Joseph E. Grammier III of Fitchburg, formerly of Revere and Texas, died unexpectedly at Leominster Hospital on May 2. He was 55 years old.

Born in McAllen, Texas nd raised and educated in Roswell, NM, he was a graduate of New Mexico State University, Class of 1976, and lived in the Massachusetts area for the past 15 years. From 2002 to 2004, he taught history as a substitute teacher for the Revere School System. In 2004, he moved to Fitchburg, where he began a teaching assignment at Leominster Regional High School. For the past two years, was the head of the Mathematics Department of Oxford Regional School in Oxford.

He was the beloved husband of 14 years of Paula J. (Woodland); devoted father of Christopher S. Grammier and his wife, Julie, of Orlando, Fla. and Nicole M. Grammier of Denver, Colo.; dear brother of Richard S. Grammier and his wife, Laura, of California and David Grammier of Michigan; and he is also lovingly survived by his grandsons, Xander P. and James R. Danilchuk of Harrisonburg, Va. and Christopher E. Danilchuk of Derry, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130-9923.

Arthur Tranfaglia Jr., 83

Teamsters Union Member

Arthur A. Tranfaglia Jr., a former 60-year resident of Revere, died at the Putnam Hospital of Carmel, NY on May 5, following a long illness. He was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he attended Chelsea schools and moved to Revere with his family while he was in high school. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Teamsters Union Local 25. He drove a truck for most of his working career, retiring at the age of 65.

Shortly after the death of his wife, the late Lorraine M. (Santini) Tranfaglia, in June 2007, he moved to his daughter’s home in Carmel, NY. He was the devoted father of Judith Ann Welsh and her husband, Jeffrey, of Carmel, NY, Donna Marie Albert and her husband, Harvey, of Walpole and the late Christopher D. Tranfaglia, who died in January 1980. He was the dear brother of Carl and Alfred Tranfaglia, both of Revere, and the late Eugene and Edward Tranfaglia. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Anna Migliozzi, 90

Melrose resident

Anna R. (Merullo) Migliozzi of Melrose, formerly of Tewksbury, died May 4. She was 90 years old.

She was born in East Boston on July 31, 1918, daughter of the late Angelo and Stella (Fantasia) Merullo; wife of the late Rocco John Migliozzi; beloved mother of Joan Wright of Williamsburg, Va., R. John Migliozzi and his wife, Rose, of Andover, and Pasquale “Pat” Migliozzi of Melrose; sister of Marie Skovinski of Melrose and Ralph Merullo of Springfield. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Burial was in Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

Virginia Melchionno

Past President of St. Mary’s Sodality

Virginia L. (Cutler) Melchionno of Revere died on May 5.

Past president of St. Mary’s Sodality, she was the beloved wife of the late Antonio “Hank” Melchionno; devoted mother of William Melchionno and his wife, Heather, of Revere; dear close friend of the late Joanne C, Amirault and Howard DeSisto; and she is also survived by three loving grandchildren, Ryan, Casey and William.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For flowers or guest book, visit

Rita Thomas

Revere resident

Rita E. (Foppiano) Thomas of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on May 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Thomas; loving mother of James D. McCraney and his wife, Debra, of Revere and the late Robert McCraney; dear sister of the late Celia Beckwith, Rose Giordano and William Foppiano; and the cherished grandmother of Scott Raun and Jill McCraney.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. For her guest book, visit

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