Obituaries 03-17-2010

Anna ‘Annie’ Pacella

Of Winthrop, formerly of Revere

Anna "Annie" (Giamattei) Pacella of Winthrop, formerly of Revere, died on March 13 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. She was 94 years old.

A homemaker, she lived most of her life in Revere and was the beloved wife of the late Frank; devoted mother of Richard and his wife, Carolyn, of South Carolina and the late Ann Marie Nardone; loving grandmother of Lisa Nardone of Winthrop; dear sister of Alfred Giamattei of Revere and the late Margaret DelGrasso, Armando, Joseph and Patrick Giamattei; loving aunt of the late Ann Mottola and Mary Ghedoni and is also survived by her sister in law Caroline Giamattei and many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.


George Bonfiglio Jr.

Co-Founder and Director of 27th Lancers

George A. Bonfiglio Jr. of Revere died at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, on March 12 following a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was a life long Revere resident. After graduating from Revere High School in 1948, he began a three year course at the New England Conservatory of Music before joining the US Air Force in 1951 where he served until October of 1955. During his time in service, he developed and designed "Aircraft Parts" from "Automotive Parts" for the Squadron Planes used in the Korean Conflict. These were so successful that he received several national commendations for his inventions from President Harry S. Truman. His inventions made military history.

He spent most of his working career as the automotive mechanic teacher for Malden High School and also taught sixth grade in Malden Schools before retiring in 2002 at the age of 72.

He was a 1967 graduate of Fitchburg State Teachers College and, along with his late wife, Margaret P. "Patsy" (MacLeod) founded the 27th Lancers.

This organization was and remains a part of both of them for all the devotion and the incessant work ethic they provided for the young boys and girls who became Lancers. Many "Older Reverites" associate Drum & Bugle Corps with George and Patsy, hand-in-hand. They directed the Corps until 1986 and the 27th Lancers won national and international acclaim. Each and every member of the Corps became "extended family" of the Bonfiglios. They were not only their teachers but their mentors. When the need arose, they became "Surrogate Parents" to the youth in their care. Their responsibility was overwhelming – as their competitions took them throughout the country.

In 1994, the 27th Lancers Alumni presented their final performance, "One More in ’94." It was a tremendous success.

The Lancers were the first class in 1985 to be appointed to "Mass Drum & Bugle Corps of Mass." Mr. Bonfiglio was one of the founding members of "Drum Corps International" and became its first President in 1972.

Although he was an only child, Mr. Bonfiglio married into the "MacLeod – McLeavey" families of 11 children and that earned honorary family with so many other old Revere families, the Myers, the O’Briens, the Hendersons, the Pounds, the Andersons, the Whittens and the O’Manleys.

Mr. Bonfiglio was the father of Patricia Blake and her husband, Steven, of Georgetown, Denise Bonfiglio of Revere, George P. Bonfiglio and his wife, Sheila, of Lawrence, Jeanine M. McWIlliams and her husband, Michael, of Malden and the late Darlene Stannard. He was the father in law of Scott E. Stannard of Boxford and also leaves five grandchildren, Tiffany P. Stannard of Revere, Taylor M. and Tory L. Stannard, both of Boxford, Jessica M. McWIlliams and Nicholas G. McWilliams, both of Malden. He is also lovingly survived by many, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Visiting hours will be Thursday, March 18 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. His Funeral will be held on Friday, March 19 at 9 a.m. from the Funeral Home followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Charles LaRocca

Former North End resident

Charles LaRocca, formerly of Boston’s North End, died on March 15. He was 80 years old.

He was beloved by family and friends and he liked to cook for them. He was Sergeant-of-Arms for the Sulmona Club on Fleet Street, Boston for many years.

He was the beloved son of the late Carmine and Assunta (Dinunzio) LaRocca; loving husband of more than 60 years of Anita (Rosati); father of Robert and his wife, Lorna LaRocca, of Chelsea, Charles LaRocca of Revere, Steven LaRocca of East Boston, Eliane Walsh of Somerville, Gail LaRocca and Vincent Ferrara of Boston’s North End, Sandra Forte of Saugus, and Anita and her husband, Louis Vaccaro, of Winthrop. He is also survived by grandchildren Nicole, Michael, Charles, Lia, Erika, Bianca, Sal, Tara and Alexis; great grand-children, Ryan, Tayla, Michael, Ava and Laila; his brother, Carmen LaRocca of Florida and his sister, Anne DiMaria of Malden and his sister-in-law, Theresa LaRocca of Cambridge.

His Funeral will be from the Boston Harborside Home at 580 Commercial St, Boston on Thursday March 18 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Leonard’s Church on the Corner of Prince and Hanover Streets at 9:45 a.m. Family will be accepting visitors today, Wednesday, March 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society , 18 Tremont Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108.


Grace Peroni

"Sunshine Lady" for Revere League for Special Needs

Grace (Dibilio) Peroni of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Boston’s North End, died on March 13 at Woodbriar Rehabilitation Center of Wilmington after a brief illness. She was in her 94th year.

Born and raised in the North End of Boston, she came to East Boston as a young woman and then to Revere in 1966. For 14 years, she worked for the Stop & Shop Bakery and then for Blue Cross-Blue Shield in Boston as a secretary for more than 10 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary-DAV 6712 and a former "Sunshine Lady" for the Revere League for Special Needs.

She was the wife of the late Clement Peroni; devoted mother of Dr. John Peroni, PhD, former dean at North Essex Community College and his wife, JoAnn Peroni R.N., of Newburyport and Guy S. Peroni and his wife, Margaret, of Revere, both retirees of the Revere School System; cherished grandmother of Jessica D’Angelo and her husband, Ralph, of Wilmington, John G. Peroni and his wife, Tina, of Thornton, NH, Brett Peroni and his wife, Kerry, of Lakeville, MA and Michael Peroni and his wife, Nadine, of Wilmington. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Joseph, Alexa, Taeya, Rachelle, Ryan, Devon, Alex and Sarah.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt 107) Revere on Thursday, March 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Parking is available in the lot left of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice.


Judith Cooper

Florida resident

Judith N. (Faber) Cooper of Bay Harbor Islands, FL, formerly of Medford and Revere Beach, died on March 12.

The beloved wife of the late J. George Cooper, she was born in Chelsea and attended the Chelsea schools and high school. She was the Vice President of the Medford branch of Hadassah as well as a life-long member and "Angel" of the Brandeis Women’s Club. She is described as being very charitable and dedicated to her family.

She was the devoted mother of Lois Kaufman and her husband, David; the dear sister of Ruthann Alpern and her husband, Dr. Asher Alpern, and the loving grandmother of Matthew and Carolyn Rachel.

Graveside services will be held at Temple Emmanuel of Chelsea Cemetery, 50 Buxton Rd., Danvers on Friday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice. For online guestbook and directions please visit the funeral home website,


Irene Golden

Of Revere, formerly of Everett

Irene L. (Enos) Golden of Revere Beach, formerly of Everett, died peacefully on March 12 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, surrounded by her daughters and loving hospice staff. She was 91 years old.

Born in Malden, the former Irene Louise Enos, she was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1935. She and her husband of nearly 50 years, the late George H. Golden, raised their family in Everett. Upon his death, she moved to the Seawatch Tower at Revere Beach to be near her daughter.

She was the devoted mother of Judith and Roger Oakley of Revere; Joyce Dane of Bass River MA; and Jane and Michael Reilly of Ridgewood, NJ; loving grandmother of Veronica Gilton, Sam and Alison Dane, Trevor Reilly, Kaitlin Reilly, and Jonah Oakley and great grandmother of Lucy Gilton; loving sister of Muriel Sopper and the late Helen Cotillo, James Enos, and Buddy Enos. She also leaves many devoted nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends. She will long be remembered for her kind and generous spirit and love of life.

Funeral arrangements are private. In her memory, contributions may be sent to the Dr. Matthew Shwartz Hospice, 285 Commandants Way, Chelsea Ma 02150.


Andrew Gairachty

Revere resident

Andrew ‘Andy’ Gairachty of Revere, formerly of Cambridge, died on March 12. He was 59 years old.

A decorated US Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, he was the beloved husband of Mary "Sparky" Gairachty; devoted father of Irene Dunbar of Cambridge, and Wendy McDaniel and Christine Gairachty, both of Portland, Oregon; brother of Dorothy Santiago, Catherine Burke, Theresa Soriano- Santiago, Wendy Vazquez, Marylin Gairachty, and the late John Gairachty. He is also survived by six loving grandchildren, his aunt Marie Blanchard and by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral Services will be held in the Burns Funeral Home, 305 Broadway, Cambridge, today, Wednesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA, 01901.


Jean Connors

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

Jean E. (Doucette) Connors died Friday evening at the Hackett Hill Healthcare Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. She was 80 years old.

Born in Everett, she was the beloved daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Melanson) Doucette. She was raised in Everett, Malden and Chelsea and attended local schools. A resident of Derry, NH for the past 30 years, she lived in Chelsea for most of her early years devoting her life to home and family. She was beloved by all who knew her.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael J. Connors Sr.; devoted mother of Jeanne Snow of Lowell, Michael J. Connors Jr. and his wife, Sally, of Revere, (the late Robert S. Connors), Judy Starke and her husband, Andy, of Andover, Kathy Connors of Chelsea, Danny Connors and his wife, Ann, of Everett, Patty Foster of Florida and Michelle Richard of Everett; dear sister of George Melanson, Robert Doucette of Spanaway WA, Marie Ardizzone of Texas, Richard Doucette of Largo, FL and the late Arlene Boucher. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, many nieces nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea today, Wednesday, March 17, at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. For online guestbook and directions, please visit


Tudina ‘Trudy’ Misiano

Revere resident

Tudina M. "Trudy" (Paglierani) Misiano, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on March 12. She was 86 years old.

Mrs. Misiano worked with her husband in the family shoe business.

She was the beloved wife of the late Savino "Salvy" Misiano; devoted mother of Robert Misiano and his wife, Carol, of Revere, Grace Marie Greeno and her husband, Ladd, of Concord, Lorraine Sacco and her husband, Gene, of Lynnfield; dear sister of Eileen Pescatore and her husband, Louis, of Lynn, the late Albertina Montesanti and her late husband, Harding "Slickey" of Revere, and the late Henry "Eddie" Paglierani and his late wife, Theresa; loving grandmother of the late Reid Sacco and of Weston Sacco, Michele and Dean Harris, Patrice and Scott Fogg, Robyn and Sara Misiano, Meredith Greeno, and Jane Greeno; great-grandmother of Joey, Tommy and Lucy Fogg and Olivia Harris.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Reid R. Sacco Memorial Foundation Cancer Research Fund, 18 Sylvan Circle, Lynnfield, MA 01940


Julie Brooks

Revere resident

Julie Brooks of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, Swampscott and Florida, died on March 10. She was 97 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late Calman and Esther (Gelmane) Flaxman, she was the beloved wife of the late Maurice Sokol, Hyman Simches and Thomas Brooks; devoted mother of Kenny Sokol of Swampscott and Stanley Sokol of Marblehead; sister of the late Martha Siegel and Pauline Milller; cherished grandmother of Scott Sokol and his wife, Nicole, and Great Grandmother of Ethan Sokol as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at Beth El Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements were by Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels


John Fineran

Decorated World War II veteran

John J. Fineran, a-65 year resident of Chelsea, died on March 11. He was 88 years old.

A US Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient, he participated against the enemy on Saipan, Marianas Islands 15-26 June 1944, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands 19 Feb. 1945. He was a retired printer of Forbes Lithograph and Bicknell & Fuller Printing and a former member of the St. Andrew’s BBC.

He was the husband of the late Louise G. (McCann) Fineran; beloved father of Daniel J. Fineran and his wife, JoAnn, of Jefferson, MD, Richard F. Fineran and his wife, Marlene, of Everett, Mary C. Lapointe and her husband, Joseph, of Brockton, Joseph J. Fineran and his wife, Rosemarie, of Revere, Eleanor M. Murphy of Rochester, NH, Joan Tucker and her husband, John, of Chelsea; son of the late John J. and Eleanor (Cass) Fineran; dear brother of Rita Fineran of New York and the late Eleanor Gresham. He is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home Recreation Dept. Attn: V.A. Adult Day Care Health Program, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA.


Ethel Watson

California resident

Ethel L. (Niles) Watson of Long Beach California died February _27. She was 88 years old.

Born October 19, 1921 in Revere, she was the wife of _the late Otis P. Watson and daughter of the late Henry W. Niles and Ethel E. (Hollien) Niles. She graduated from Revere High in 1940 and was the last of a family of 14 children. She is survived by her four children, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.


Janette Dishler

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Janette (Miller) Dishler of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Revere, died recently. She was 85 years old.

She was born in Lynn, daughter of the late Harry and Ida Miller and later moved to Revere which she call "home." She was an avid leader, captain of the Revere High School cheering squad, captain of the Melley Club softball team, a Wave in the U.S. Navy and traveled entertaining the troops playing softball. She was active in city and state politics and was a strong Democrat. She worked with Ted Kennedy on his first election for US Senator, led the mother’s march to create a new school in the City of Revere, resulting in the Whelan School and was one of the first women to run for local office in the City of Revere. She worked for many years for the Boston Postal Service and was the EEO Specialist for the Northeast Region.

The loving wife of 57 years of the late George Dishler, she was the devoted mother of Jeri Moffie and her husband, Barry, of Peabody, Ilene McCarter of Delray Beach, FL, and the late Ronni Lee Dishler; adored grandmother of Mara Moffie, Leah Bordieri and her husband, Charles, Micah and Melanie McCarter; great grandmother of the late Noah McCarter-Lindsley. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Herman Disler and his wife, Elaine; special friends of Libby and Sonny Kaminsky, Sylvia Shaponick and Ethyle Waxman. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews.

She resided in Delray Beach, FL for the last 27 years where she will be missed by the entire community.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapels, Salem. Shiva will continue today, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m.

at the home of Jeri and Barry Moffie. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jewish Family Service of the North Shore.


William Balliro

Revere resident

William J. "Little Billy" Balliro of Revere died unexpectedly on Febuary 11. He was 50 years old.

He was the cherished son of Rosario C. "Billy" Balliro and his wife, Linda L., of Revere and Maryanne (Tardif) St. Sauveur of Las Vegas, NV; beloved father of Rosario and Gabriel of Wisconsin; dear brother of Michael T. Balliro of North Attleboro, George Patnode of Florida, Jeffrey Patnode of Revere, Tia M. Balliro of New Hampshire and the late Michelle Balliro-Cummings, Renee Balliro and Lisa Patnode. He is also lovingly survived by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to Revere Business Men’s Association, 163 Squire Road, Revere, 02151.


Lester ‘Leroy’ Powell

Worked for Tigh Warehouse, Woburn

Lester "Leroy" Powell of Revere, formerly of Oklahoma, died at home surrounded by his family on March 6.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a Tigh Warehouse Woburn, employee, he was the beloved husband of Marie (Cameron) Powell; loving father of Cheryl Johnson, Robin Powell and Scott Powell, all of Florida, Darlene Cunday and her husband, Eric, of Taunton, Bonnie Sanford and her husband, Glen, of Peabody, Scott Powell of Virginia, Richard Benoit of Wakefield, Diane Donahue and her husband, Brian, of Hanover, Kathleen O’Donnell and her husband, Shawn, and Kevin Cameron and his wife, Terri, all of Saugus, Edward Cameron and his wife, Diane, of Burlington and Brian Cameron and his wife, Patricia, of Amesbury; cherished grandfather of 26 and great grandfather of 24.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For guestbook


Marilyn Mary Melone

Revere resident

Marilyn Mary (McCarthy) Melone of Revere died on March 9.

She was the beloved wife of the late Lawrence P. Melone; devoted mother of Kathleen M. Angelini and her husband, Gary, Judy H. Rizzo and her husband, David, and Shawn M. Cook and her husband, Michael, all of Revere; dear sister of Jackie McCarthy of Revere; cherished grandmother of Jason and Nicholas Rizzo and Michael and Matthew Cook.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit:


John Costello Jr.

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

John D. Costello Jr. of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere and Hyde Park, died on March 9.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was the beloved husband of Charlotte (Chisholm) Costello of New Hampshire with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; loving father of Charlotte Messina of Malden, John III of Shelburne, Thomas of Saugus, James of Florida, Elizabeth Long, Edward, Robert and Eric, all of New Hampshire; dear brother of Claire Ells of Chelsea, Virginia Legerner of Jamaica Plain, Helen Condelli of Medford, Dorothy Doherty of Wilmington and the late Edward Costello; cherished grandfather of 26 and great grandfather of 17.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s "Beechwood" Funeral Home, Revere. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date. For guest book:


Marianne Scarlata

Randolph resident

Marianne P. Scarlata of Randolph, formerly of South Boston and Quincy, died on March 7.

The beloved daughter of the late Vincent and Gladys (Griswold) Scarlata, she was the loving sister of Camella Sullivan and her husband, John, of East Bridgewater, Rosalie Sanchez and her husband, Raymond, of Whitman and Thomas Crane of Revere; and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the dear friend of Daniel Marr of Milton.

Funeral arrangements were by The O’Brien Funeral Home, South Boston. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. Memorial donations may be made to either Hospice of the South Shore, 100 Bay State Dr., Braintree, MA 02184, Angell Memorial Shelter, 350 Huntington Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester, 35 Deer Street, Dorchester, MA 02125


Karen MacDonald

N.E. Coffee Company employee

Karen M. (Danielson) MacDonald of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died suddenly on March 7. She was 41 years old.

She was an employee of the N.E. Coffee Company.

The beloved mother of Danielle M. and Erick J. Kemp, both of Revere, she was the loving daughter of Dorothy (Lanza) Danielson of Somerville; sister of Maryann Zeletsky and Kathleen Castaneda, both of Somerville, and Michael Danielson of Tewksbury; dear grandmother of Erick J. Kemp Jr. and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and her dog "Baby."

Funeral arrangements were by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Karen M. MacDonald Memorial Fund at Citizens Bank 385 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151-3098. For more information visit


Louise Blasi

Member of DAR and Revere Seniors

Louise G. (Davis) Blasi of Revere, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on March 8. She was 73 years old.

She was a member of Mass Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Revere Seniors.

She was the beloved wife of 51 years to Albert J. Blasi, retired Athletic Director-Revere High School; devoted mother of Anthony A. Blasi and his wife, Terri, of Auburn, ME, Barbara A. Lospennato and her husband, Robert J., of Revere, Roxanne Pittman and her husband, James M., of Auburn, MA and Brenda L. Spinney and her husband, Wayne, of Melrose; cherished grandmother of Nicole M. and Patrick A. Lospennato, both of Revere, Andrew Spinney of Melrose, James M. Pittman III and Jessica L. Pittman, both of Auburn, MA, and Anthony P. Blasi of Auburn, ME; dear sister of Carol Davis of Saratoga Springs, NY, Wesley Davis of Malden and the late Nellie Georgeklopolos. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 20 Walnut St., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.

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