Obituaries 06-08-2011

Lillian Tirro

Retired Secretary and long time dance enthusiast

Lillian G. (Reid) Tirro, a 63 year resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 26 following a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma at the Life Care Center of Stoneham. She was 85 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, she moved to Revere 63 years ago when she married Angelo L. Tirro, a commercial artist for the Boston Globe. She worked for many years as a medical secretary for the former New England Life Insurance Company, which was taken over by Met. Life. She retired in 1988. She also worked for the former Forbes Lithograph early in her working career. Both she and her husband enjoyed square and line dancing and were member of local dance clubs.

She was the adored wife of Angelo L. Tirro; cherished mother of Robert L. Tirro and his wife, Maureen, of Georgetown and Donna M. Farrell and her husband, Paul F., of Peabody; dear sister of Harold Reid and his wife, Diane, of Saugus, John Reid and his wife, Jean, of Waltham, Phyllis M. Antonelli and her late husband, Rocco J., of Revere, Joseph Reid and his wife, Mary, and Robert Reid, all of Chelsea. She was the devoted grandmother of Lt. Paul F. Farrell, Jr., USN and his wife, Lt. Billie June Farrell, USN of Memphis, TN, Allison M. Farrell of San Francisco, CA, Robert L. Tirro, Jr. of Maine, Ann Stohrer of St. Joseph, MI and Dina and Paula Tirro of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by three great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere League for Special Needs, 200 Winthrop Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

M. Elizabeth Tilden

Formerly of Revere

M. Elizabeth (French) Tilden of Sanford, ME, formerly of Revere, died very peacefully at her daughter’s summer home surrounded by her loving family on June 3.  She was 89 years old.

Born on October 6, 1921, in Newfoundland, Canada, a daughter of the late Edward and Blanche (Snow) French, she came to this country at a young age and was raised in Revere. For many years she was employed by the Credit Bureau.

She was a much loved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother.  She was known as “Gram” to everyone and to her great grandchildren she was “G.G.” She loved her family dearly and enjoyed their visits.

“Gram” lived to play the Upwards Scrabble game with anyone who would be willing to play.  She loved to win and would occasionally use Newfoundland words to cheat just a little.

She enjoyed spending summers at the family camp and watching the loons from her chair on the porch.

She was the wife of the late Myron (Bill) Eugene Tilden; sister of the late Constance Mary Abrams and Elsie Veilleux, John and Donald French. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Leck and her husband, David, and Barbara Dankos and her husband, Brian; her brothers, Edward and Elmer and their wives and children.  She is also survived four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.  For many years she was lovingly cared for by Beverly Delano.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 9 at 2 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 3 Emerson Street, Sanford, ME. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in her memory to the Maine State Library-Large Print Program, 64 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0064. Condolences may be expressed at

Josephine Danieli

Revere resident

Josephine (Vento) Danieli of Revere, formerly of the North End, died on June 5.

She was the beloved wife of the late Italo Danieli with whom she shared 55 years of marriage; loving mother of Daniel Danieli and his wife, Lorraine, and Gordon Danieli, all of Revere and dog, Jasman; dear sister of the late Frances DeMeo, Margaret Russo, Anna, Lily, Michael, Anthony and John Vento.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, Tuesday, June 14 at 10 a.m. Burial was private. For online condolences, Arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere.

Stephen Colvario

Auto Mechanic

Stephen Colvario of Winthrop died at home on June 4. He was 55 years old.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Madeline (Carcerano) and Joseph Colvario, he was a longtime resident of Revere and Winthrop. He worked as an auto mechanic.

He was the beloved husband of the late Donna (White); loving father of April M. Colvario of Gloucester and Wendy A. Colvario of Rock Hill, CT.; dar brother of Joseph, Thomas, John Colvario, all of Winthrop, Maria Minichella of Beverly and the late Anthony Colvario; cherished grandfather of Donna and Jeffrey; beloved son of the late Madeline (Carcerano) and Joseph Colvario.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 PM at the Ernest P. Caggiano and Son-O’Maley Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop.  His Funeral will be on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Burial will follow the Mass in the Belle Isle section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Madeline Gravellese

Chelsea resident

Madeline H. (Sico) Gravaellese of Chelsea died on June 4. She was 82 years old.

A homemaker who especially enjoyed singing, dancing and Italian music, she was the beloved wife of the late Angelo Gravellese; devoted mother of Michael and his wife, Patricia, of Florida, Linda Wertz and her husband, Bill, of Brighton, Angelo and his wife, Donna, of Hansen, Mary Cahill and her husband, Tom, of Canton, John and his wife, Diane, of Georgia, James and his wife, Susan, of Revere and Madeline Favaloro and her husband, Michael, of Winthrop. She was the sister of seven late siblings and is also survived by 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, June 9 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Cambridge City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105-1905 will be appreciated.

Edward Yetman Jr.

Member BPOE Elks

Edward Yetman, Jr. of Malden, formerly of Revere, died on June 4. He was in his 82nd year.

A US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Tewkskbury Lodge of Elks, he was the husband of the late Vera C. (Chapman); father of the late William E. Yetman; cherished brother of Stella Mattson of Billerica and the late Dorothy Mugford and Kenneth Yetman; beloved brother in law to Lillian G. “Annabell” Carriere and her husband, Joseph, of Revere; dear uncle of Peabody Deputy Police Chief Scott A. Carriere of Revere and Patricia Marchese of Peabody. He is also lovingly survived by several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Robert O’Connell Sr.

Revere resident

Robert B. O’Connell, Sr. of Revere, a former longtime Wrentham resident, died on June 3. He was 74 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Dorothy (MacDonald) O’Connell. In addition to his loving and devoted wife Dorothy, he leaves their dear children, Nadine O’Connell of North Andover, David Ceppi of Mansfield, Denise LaVallee of Whitefield, NH, Anita Stramieri of Wake Forest, NC, Kathleen O’Connell of Wrentham, Monique Connors of Mansfield, Shawn Ceppi of Salem, Kristen Roe on Manlius, NY, and Robert B. O’Connell, Jr. of Wrentham. He was the dear brother of Marie O’Connell of Pawtucket, RI, and Janet O’Connell of Manchester, NH and the devoted grandfather of 13 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the RJ Ross Funeral Home, Wrentham Centre. Burial was in the Wrentham Centre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to either the St. Charles Children’s Home, 19 Grant Street, Rochester, NH 03837-3001 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 A First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. Please visit the website at for additional information.

Antonio Coco

Waltham resident

Antonio C. Coco of Waltham, formerly of East Boston and Medford, died on June 2.

He was the beloved husband of Leda F. (Barsottini) Coco; devoted father of Anthony M. Coco and his wife, Kathie Smith-Coco, of Chelmsford, Leda E. Coco of Peabody, Lisa C. Hayes and her husband, James Hayes, Jr., of Waltham, and Steven Coco of New York City; cherished grandfather of James “J.J.” Hayes III, Jonathan Hayes and Tyler Coco; dear brother of Salvatore Coco of Dedham, Marie Roucher of Revere, and the late Maria, Charles, Carmelo, Orazio “Archie” and Joseph Coco, Rose Anzuoni, and Rafaella Salvo; brother-in-law of Laura Barsottini of Somerville. In addition he is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Brasco & Sons Memorial, Waltham. Burial with Military Honors was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For complete obituary, guestbook, and additional information please refer to:

Esther Mollie Weiner

Recognized by MassAging for her volunteer services

Esther Mollie Weiner of Revere, formerly of Randolph, died on June 4. She was 88 years old.

Mrs. Weiner was recognized by MassAging for her volunteer services for the benefit of the Jack Satter House and the Greater Community.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nathan Norton Weiner; devoted mother of Cheryl Weiner of Scottsdale, AZ, and Steven Weiner and his wife, Betty, of Wellesley; loving sister of Abraham Cohen of Boston; cherished grandmother of Nathan and Alyssa Weiner and great-grandmother of Lily.

Graveside services were held at  Shepetovka Cemetery,  West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to the Jack Satter Tenants Association. Brezniak-Rodman-Levine-Briss 617-969-0800.

Anne Sarcia

Revere resident

Anne S. (Amoroso) Sarcia of Revere died on June 3.

She was the wife of the late Vincenzo “James” Sarcia; loving mother of Joanne Verrette and her husband, Marc, of Saugus; beloved grandmother of Michelle, Katy-Lyn and Kristin and great grandmother of Micayla; sister of the late Anthony, Phillip and Salvatore Amoroso.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Guardian Hospice & Palliative Care, 1214 Park St., Suite 203, Stoughton, MA 02072. For condolonces,

Edith Tacelli

East Boston resident

Edith Tacelli of East Boston died on June 2. She was in her 101st year.

She was the loving daughter of the late Joseph and Carmela (Carcieri) Tacelli; dear sister of the late Emily Zito, Margaret Caruso, Vincent, William, Arthur and  Albert Tacelli and is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Ruggiero Mazzarella Memorial Home,(Orient Heights) East Boston. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Boston College, Campion Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave.  Room 197, Chestnut Hill, 02467. For more information or to send the family an online condolence:

Giacomo Cangemi

Letter carrier

Giacomo S. “Papa Jack” Cangemi of Jensen Beach, Florida, formerly of the North End of Boston, Medford and Revere, died on May 29. He was 69 years old.

A letter carrier for the US Postal Service, born in the North End of Boston, he was the beloved son of the late Salvatore and Marianna (Baudanza) Cangemi; loving husband of Joanne (Sestito) Cangemi of Florida; devoted step-father of Dominic Scott Serino of Louisiana, Christopher Michael Serino of Chelsea and the late Christine Marie Serino; cherished grandfather of Dario, Marissa, Dominic, Christopher and Connor Serino; dear brother of Maryanne Tordiglione of Nevada and the late Antoinina Cangemi.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to: Christine Serino Art Scholarship Fund, c/o Joanne Cangemi, 89 Olive St. Revere, MA 02151.  For guestbook please visit:

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