Obituaries 08-12-2010

Antonio Cafarelli

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant, founding member of Revere Little League

Antonio J. "Tony" Cafarelli, Revere Police Lieutenant (Retired), died on August 7 at his Revere home following a long and stoic battle with serious illness. He was 88 years old.

Born to Nicholas and Maria (Panebianco) Caferelli, Italian immigrants, he was one of 18 children, 13 of whom survived to adulthood. A lifelong resident of Revere, he served with the US Army during World War II from 1941 until February of 1946.

He joined the Revere Police Force and rose to the rank of Lieutenant, retiring in 1984 after 35 years of service.

"Tony" was one of the founding members of the Revere Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union and remained active until recently. He was also a founding member of the Revere Little League and Revere Pop Warner, acting as umpire and a member of the Revere Council K of C.

He and his wife, Malvina C. (Tata), passed their 63rd wedding anniversary yesterday (August 10.)For years the couple was enthusiastic participants in many square dance competitions on the North Shore. Their legacy is legendary. Both the Cafarellis and the Tatas spent a lifetime of dedication to the education, betterment and sociality of Revere youth.

He was the devoted father of Nicholas L. Cafarelli and his wife, Patricia, of West Peabody and Wendy M. Douvros and her husband, Vincent M., of Atlanta, Georgia; cherished grandfather of Susan M. Grayson of Pembroke, Jeffrey A. Cafarelli and his wife, Kristin, of Peabody, Matthew E. Cafarelli and his wife, Tina, of Salem, Danielle M. Hayes and her husband, Stephen, of Methuen, Vanessa M. Kessinger and her husband, Matthew, and Stephanie J. Montgomery and her husband, Justin, all of Atlanta, GA; dear brother of Yolanda Criscuoli and her husband, Alfonso, of Revere, Mafalda Russomando and her husband, Ralph, of Springfield, Anna Formica and her husband, Charles, of Danvers, Anita Smith and her late husband, Thomas, of Nahant, Rita Presley of Revere, Lydia O’Connor and her husband, Al Fischer, of Cornelius, NC, George Cafarelli and his wife, Margaret, Emily Warren and her husband, Edward, all of Revere, Vienna Mooney and her husband, Samuel, of Youngsville, NC and the late Olga and Leonard Cafarelli. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law Marie Cafarelli of Revere and many nieces and nephews. He was the special great grandfather of Geoffrey, Tyler, Bryce, Vincent, Desiree, Mackayla, Amelia-Marie, Blakely-Joe, Wyatt and the late Davin.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Thursday, August 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 5 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the VNA Hospice Care, 100 Sylvan Rd., Woburn, MA. 01801.


Lucia Martorano

Of California, formerly of East Boston and Revere

Lucia Martorano of California, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on August 4. She was 88 years old.

She was the wife of the late Gaetano Martorano; mother of Antonette Squillante-Chiampa and Frank Martorano, both of Revere and Lucille and Joseph Martorano of California; sister of the late Carmella Attardo, Rose Rossi, Greta, Frank, Michael, Albert and Anthony Avellino and Lettie Kelly of Everett; grandmother of Flora and Albert Squillante of Revere, Anthony and his wife, Jodi Squillante of New Hampshire, Sandra and her husband, Eddie Campagna, of California, Carolyn and her husband, Ricky Raposa, of California and Stephanie Cupp of Washington; Brenda, Jessica and Jodie Martorana of Revere and the late Frank Martorana of East Boston, Francesca and Nicole of Somerville, Frank Martorano of Salem, Frank, Anthony, Joseph and Michael Martorana of California; great grandmother of Anthony Squillante Jr. of New Hampshire, Eddie, Steven and Kristina Campagna and Ricky and Melissa Raposa of California and Hannah Cupp of Washington and great great grandmother of the late Bella Squillante of Revere, Olivia Squillante of New Hampshire and Ashton Campagna of California and Gianna, Isabella, Francesca and Santino Martorana of California. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will be announced.


Natalie Gatto

Member of Several Revere Senior Groups

Natalie Gatto of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died August 6 quietly and peacefully in her sleep at her assisted living residence at Prospect House. (It may seem strange to say unexpectedly, but her death was unanticipated since she was living beautifully and peacefully and was up and around until early Friday evening.) She celebrated her 100th birthday on April 25.

A native of East Boston, she came to Revere in 1972 when her family bought a home on School Street. That is where she, together with her late sisters, Rose V. Gallo and Anna M. Fitzgerald and her late brother, Natale Gallo made their home.

She was born and raised in East Boston and was a 1928 graduate of East Boston High School. Early in her working career, she worked for the former Schrafft’s Candy of Charlestown for more than 20 years. She finished her career as a secretary for John Hancock Insurance Co. of Boston. She was a devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Revere Smart Set Seniors and several other Revere senior groups. She was also a long time member of the Anthonian Club of St. Anthony’s Parish.

She was the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Rochina (Tramonte) Gatto; sister of the late Rose V. Gatto, Anna M. Fitzgerald, Natale Gatto and Carmen Gatto and his late wife, Mildred; devoted aunt of Vincent Gatto and his wife, Ann, of Aiken, S.C., Camille Gatto and Barbara Albers, both of Swampscott, and Elizabeth Roble and her husband, Andrew, of Lynn. She is also lovingly survived by eight grand nephews and nieces and 17 great grand nieces and great grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere today, Wednesday, August 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


Margaret ‘Margie’ Buttiglieri

East Boston resident

Margaret "Margie" (Burke) Buttiglieri of East Boston died on August 3.

She was the beloved wife of 62 years of Sonny Buttiglieri; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Burke; devoted mother of Jack and his wife, Christine, Jimmy and his wife Karen, and George, all of East Boston, Bob and his wife, Christine, of Stoneham and Tom and his wife, Carla, of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Mark, Steven, Caroline, Allison, Becky, Lauren and Erica; adored great-grandmother of Domenic Anthony; dear sister of Sr. Jean Burke, Catherine Mahoney and the late Joseph, Raymond, John and Mary. She is also survived by her many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home (Orient Heights), East Boston. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated or in honoring her life memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association , 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge 02140. For more information or to send the Buttiglieri Family an online condolence, please visit:


F. Edna French

Past Member of Courageous Generation

F. Edna (Creeden) French of Beachmont Revere died on August 6.

A past member of the Courageous Generation St Lazarus Parish, she was the beloved wife of the late John P. ; the devoted mother of John French of Charlestown, David of Westport, Connecticut, Mark of Everett and James of Brookline; dear sister of Barbara Creeden of Beachmont and the late Bob Creeden and is also survived by five cherished grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., (Orient Heights) East Boston today, Wednesday, August 11 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of her life in St. Joseph St Lazarus Church, Ashley Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information or to send the French Family an online condolence, please visit:


Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Geary

Of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere

Elizabeth A. "Betsy" (Calhoun) Geary of Lynnfield, formerly of Somerville and Revere, died unexpectedly on August 6. She was 67 years old.

At her request, all services and burial were private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Globe Santa Fund Trust, c/o Citizens Bank, PO Box 845059, Boston, Ma 02284-5059. Funeral arrangements were in the care of Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.


Michael Gaglione

Retired Truck Driver

Michael Gaglione of Everett died on August 7. He was 91 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired truck driver for General Motors, a long time family business associate with Riviera Auto Body Inc. in Everett and a former member of the Local 25 Teamsters Union and the Knights of Columbus Chapter 97.

The beloved husband of Annette (Tammaro) Gaglione of Everett, he was the dear father of Dolores M. Gaglione, Michael Gaglione Jr. and his wife, Maureen, of Wilmington and Robert Gaglione and his wife, Lorraine, of Everett; brother of Peter Gaglione, Frank Gaglione and his wife, Carol, Antonetta Gaglione and Milley Magnante, all of Rhode Island and numerous late brothers and sisters. He is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren, Michele O’Donoghue and her husband, Denis, Michael Gaglione III and his wife, Kim, Lisa Crivello and her husband, Michael, Pamela LePore and her husband, Joseph, Marc Gaglione, Roberta Bereznoski and her husband, John, and eight great-grandchildren.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Wednesday, August 11 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.


Benjamin Spracklin

Retiree of GE and Eastern Gas, known for his wonderful dancing techniques

Benjamin N. Spracklin a long time resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, affectionately known as "Gramps" to all, died on August 4 following a brief illness. He was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he attended Chelsea Schools and was a 1935 graduate of Chelsea High School. He entered the US Army in April of 1942 and served until December of 1945. He worked for the former Eastern Gas for over 20 years before beginning a 25 year career with General Electric of Lynn as a crane operator.

He was a long time member of the VFW Post 6712 of Beachmont, Revere where he was a popular and beloved personality. He was famous for his "Wonderful Dancing Techniques" and he enjoyed dancing up to and including his 90th birthday. Everyone referred to him as "Gramps" an endearment of which he was most fond.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy E. (Sinopoli) who died in January of 2003; devoted father of Norman G. Spracklin and his wife, Jan, of Revere, with whom he made his home, and Paul N. Spracklin and his wife, Linda, of Windham, NH; cherished brother of Marion White of Saugus, Millie Downy of Quincy, Dorothy Powers of Billerica and Roger Spracklin of Revere; adored grandfather of Lisa and Eric C. Spracklin, both of Revere, and Jason Spracklin of Windham, NH. He is also lovingly survived by his great granddaughter, Courtney, of Billerica and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Recreation Fund at Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151.


Dorothy Ossen

Of Dedham, formerly of Revere

Dorothy (Krinsky) Ossen of Dedham, formerly of West Palm Beach, Florida and Revere, died on August 6.

The beloved wife of the late Clarence, she was the loving mother of Gerry Goldstein of Brockton and Ron and Vera Ossen of Winchester; adored grandmother of Mark and Mary Goldstein, Karen Goldstein, Matthew and Karen Ossen, Jennifer Ossen and great grandmother of Hannah, Lila, Lilly and Lexi; dear sister of Lou Krinsky of Revere, Myra Haffer of Florida, Charlotte Freedman and her husband, Sonny, of Sharon and Julie Krane and his wife, Rena, of Everett.

Graveside services were held at the Independent Workmen’s Circle Cemetery, West Roxbury with arrangements by Levine Chapels, Brookline. Remembrances may be made to HebrewSenior Life, 1200 Centre Street, Roslindale, MA 02131-1011 or your choice of a Dementia research group.


Margaret Keefe

State Auditor’s Office retiree

Margaret A. "Peggy" Keefe of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on August 5.

A retired employee of the Commonwealth of Mass. State Auditor’s Office, she was the daughter of the late John and Amelia (McGrath) Keefe, Sr.; loving sister of Catherine Girard of No. Reading, Patricia Walsh of Saugus, the late Barbara DiPasquale and the late John Keefe, Jr.; aunt of Donna Kaplan and her husband, Rick, of Melrose, Stephen DiPasquale and his wife, Bonnie, of Uxbridge, Deborah Walton and her husband, Todd, of California and Lynne Copelas and her husband, George, of No. Reading.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For condolences,


Norma Dorfman

Retired US Postal Service Secretary

Norma B. (Halper) Dorfman, a Revere resident for more than 40 years, died on August 5. She was 82 years old.

Born in Hartford Ct., she was a graduate of Roxbury Memorial High School, Boston and a a retired secretary for the U.S. Postal Service. She was also a graduate of Academie Moderne-Model Finishing School. She was a charter member of Hadassah, Past President of weight loss tops of Lynn, a member of the Sisterhood of Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont and Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere.

She was the beloved wife of the late Saul Dorfman; devoted mother of Sherri Zand of West Palm Beach FL. and Lisa Dorfman of Revere; loving companion of Philip H. Dublin and the dear sister of the late Norton Halper.

Graveside Services were held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Everett. Arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Service of Chelsea. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc. 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA. 01701. For online guestbook visit


Walter Dwyer

Retired Sheet Metal Worker

Walter T. Dwyer of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on August 2.

A US Army veteran of the Korean War, he was a sheet metal worker and a member of Local 17.

He was the beloved husband of Josephine (Gentile) of Revere; devoted father of Dianne M. (Dwyer) Campbell and her husband, David E., of Revere; dear brother of Anna Kemp and Margaret Kuhn, both of Tewksbury, John Dwyer of Florida, Albert Dwyer of Allston, and the late Robert Dwyer, James Dwyer and Mary Jelley. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial donations in his name may be made to American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit


Cheryl Ann Winter

Of Revere, formerly of Winthrop

Cheryl Ann Winter of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly July 17.

The daughter of Janet (Buontempo) and the late Arthur Winter, she was the sister of William Winter, Karen Laurino and Donna Winter, all of Winthrop, and Nancy Berube of S. Berwick, ME, She is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Private services were entrusted to the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of your choice. To sign her online guest book go to


Rose Frances Mellace

Walgren’s Clerk, member of John’s Sports Club of Swampscott

Rose Frances (Naples) Mellace of Wellesley, formerly of Swampscott, died on August 4. She was 78 years old.

Born in Lynn, she was a clerk at Walgreens in Swampscott for 17 years and a member of St. John’s Sports Club of Swampscott.

She was the beloved wife of Anthony Mellace of Wellesley; devoted mother of Virginia Mellace of York, ME, Toni Ann Mellace-Murray of Roxbury, CT and Theresa Marie Levine of Wellesley; dear sister of John Naples of Saugus, Virginia Fichera of New Hampshire and Anna Celentano of Saugus and cherished grandmother of Justin, Christopher and Sarah Linn.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, Revere. Donations in her name may be made to: VNA Care Network & Hospice 5 Federal Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For guestbook,


Francis McQuaid

Retired Atlantic Savings Bank Vice President

Francis A. McQuaid died in Pittsfield, Maine on August 5. He was 91 years old.

He was born January 24, 1919 in Chelsea, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Culliton) McQuaid. He graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, Revere, Class of 1932.

Mr. McQuaid retired as Vice President of the Atlantic Savings Bank in Revere and was a member of the American Institute of Banking . He was a Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and a past member of the Lions Club, a communicant of St. Agnes Church in Pittsfield, ME and a longtime communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere.

He is survived by three daughters, Patricia, and her husband, William Eagar, of Middleboro, Frances Kemp of Plymouth, ME, Rita and her husband, Dr. Paul Fallon, of Georgetown; 11 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two nieces, Elizabeth Marden of Worcester and Dorothy (Roy) Gonnella of North Carolina as well as special friends, Mae Corkran, Wayne and Sandra Richards, Kevin and Mary Ellen Burke and a sister-in-law ,Mrs. Hugh A. McQuaid of Revere. He was the husband of the late Florence (Adgate) McQuaid who died in 1970; father of the late E. Patrick McQuaid, who died in 1998; and a daughter, the late Catherine F. Steiner who died in 2004.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to his fine caregivers, Kim Whitney, Alison Hamilton, Barbara Wade, and Debbie Chute.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 PM Monday, August 9th, Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, ME, where a prayer service will be held at 3 PM, with Deacon Frederick Harrigan officiating.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. today, Wednesday, August 11 at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe Street, Revere. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Somerset County, P. O. Box 468. Skowhegan, ME 04976. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home, Crosby & Neal, 117 Main Street, Newport, ME. Those who wish may leave written tributes at


James Murray

Avid Sportsman

James R. Murray died unexpectedly in North Reading on August 1. He was 51 years old.

A member of the North Reading Moose Lodge 1511, he was an avid sportsman excelling in golf and sports fishing. Mr. Murray worked in the cable TV industry as a private contractor for more than 25 years.

He was the cherished son of Paul V. Murray of So. Conway NH and the late Evelyn M. (D’Eon); husband of Helen (Rufo); devoted father of Preston D. and Alison L. Murray, both of Middleton; beloved brother of Joseph N. Murray of Edisto Island, SC, Margaret L. Murray, Paula M. Frew and her husband, John, and Nelson J. Murray, all of North Reading, Thomas P. Murray and his wife, Rosemary, of Revere and Rose McCann and her husband, James, of Manchester, NH. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be to the Preston and Alison Murray Fund, Sovereign Bank, 39 So. Main St, Middleton, MA 01949, Attn: Karen Davis. Arrangements were in the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere.


Edith DeYeso

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston retiree

Edith R. (Perullo) DeYeso of Revere died on August 3. She was 88 years old.

A Federal Reserve Bank of Boston retiree, she was the wife of the late Eugene Noble DeYeso; devoted mother of Janice A. Cuozzo and her husband, Robert P., of North Reading; cherished grandmother of Alyssa M. Bernier and her husband, Adam, and adored great grandmother of Jillian N. Bernier, all of Dracut. She was the cherished sister of Rita O. Enos, Charles G. Perullo and his wife, Lucy M., all of Revere, Ronald A. Perullo and his wife, Eva M., of North Reading and the late Rose M. Hayman, Mary L. Fuccione and Eugene and Edward Perullo. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc, 311 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472.


Cecilia Manzi

Retired Whidden Hospital C.N.A.

Cecilia "Ceil" (Manganiello) Manzi of Everett died on August 3. She was 73 years old.

Mrs Manzi was a retired C.N.A. at the Whidden Hospital, Everett.

The beloved wife of the late Theodore "Teddy", she was the daughter of the late Emilio and Marie Manganiello; sister of Charles J. Manganiello and his wife, Nancy, of Pennsylvania and the late Raymond Manganiello and his surviving wife, Marie, of Revere; aunt of Kim (Manganiello) Walsh of Lynn, Joseph and Nicholas Manganiello, both of California.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore, Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Alan Fairbank

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Alan H. Fairbank of Concord, New Hampshire died March 6, He was 75 years old.

He was born Sept. 12, 1934, the son of Dexter H. Fairbank Jr. and Gertrude (Hagert) Fairbank of Foxboro. He also lived for many years in Chelsea, Revere, Manchester, Conn.; and finally in Concord. He served with the U.S. Army, briefly worked as a salesman and machinist, developed a business, and built a long career in sales and general services to commercial properties in Greater Boston and Greater Hartford, Conn. Before retiring completely due to illness, he enjoyed a few years working as a chauffer, where he would discuss current events and share his sense of humor with his passengers.

He was a caring, honest and hardworking person who built a strong reputation with clients and associates and supported his family always.

He is survived by his wife, Celina (Leclair) Fairbank of Concord; two sons, their wives and his daughter, Mark and Denise Fairbank of Concord, Michael and Patricia Fairbank of Hampstead, and Michele Fairbank of Marina Del Rey, Calif.; his sister, Jane K.(Fairbank) Mowatt of Florida; his grandchildren, Trevor and Emily Fairbank of Concord and Max and Benjamin Fairbank of Hampstead; and all of the nephews, nieces, friends, associates and acquaintances who had the pleasure of working or playing with him.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 14 at Saint Michael’s Chapel located at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Payson Center for Cancer Care at Concord Hospital

1 comment for “Obituaries 08-12-2010

  1. fay snow
    January 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    to Jane Fairbank Mowatt, Jane I was shocked to see on my computer the death of your brother, Alan. DO you remember me? I am Fay Snow, I spent many days with Alan and you. My deepest sympathy to you. Always, Fay

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