Obituaries 10-19-2011

Rev. Paul R.E. Francis 

Former Pastor of St. Theresa’s Parish in Revere

Reverend Paul R. E. Francis of Boston entered into eternal life on October 16. He was 96 years old.

Father Francis was born in Belize, formerly British Honduras, on June 16, 1915. He was raised in Belize and attended St. John’s College before entering the seminary at the Pontifical Urban University Rome. He was ordained on December 22, 1941 and his first assignment was in Belize City.

He moved to New York in 1952 serving parishes in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He transferred to the Archdiocese of Boston in 1959 serving at St. Francis de Sales in Roxbury and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. His next assignment was as Associate Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Weymouth from 1969 until 1982.

Father then served as pastor of St. Theresa’s Parish in Revere until he moved to Regina Cleri Residence, Boston in 1988. For many years he continued to assist at St. Gerard Majella in Canton and St. Bridget in Abington.

Father Francis was the devoted son of the late George and Bernice Francis; beloved brother of the late William Francis, Gwendolyn Smith and Sister Barbara Marie Francis and is survived by his loving nephews Norman, Paul, Andrew and Franklin Francis and nieces Karen Francis and Ann Belizaire.

Father Francis will lie in repose today, Wednesday, October 19 at Sacred Heart Church, Weymouth from 4 to 7 p.m. and at Regina Cleri Residence, 60 Wm Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are  respectfully invited. His Funeral Mass on Friday will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Church, Weymouth at 10 a.m. with principal celebrant Sean Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Weymouth. Donations in memory of Father Francis may be made to Regina Cleri Residence, 60 Wm Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements are by the Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, Weymouth.

Frank Ippolito, Jr. 

Owned Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea

Frank J. Ippolito, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 16.

He was the proprietor of Mill’s Corner Service Station in Chelsea and Sponsor and Manager of Ippy’s fast pitch soft ball team. He was a member of the Mass. National Guard, Sagamore Club and 5-2 Club of Chelsea and a late employee of H.O.P. Oil Co.

He was the beloved husband of Patricia Ann (Frongillo) Ippolito with whom he shared 40 years of marriage; loving father of Frank J. Ippolito III of Boston and Melissa M. Ippolito of Revere; cherished son of the late Frank J. Ippolito, Sr. and Mary “Connie” (Benedetto) Ippolito; dear brother of James C. Ippolito and his wife, Jane, Joseph A. Ippolito, and Patricia O’Sullivan and her late husband, Bobby, all of Chelsea; adored grandfather of Haley and Ethan.

His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to Spaulding Rehab of the North Shore, Stroke Program, 1 Dove Way, Salem, MA 01970 or online: www.spauldingnetwork. org. For directions and guest book, see:

Rev. Jean Russo-Parks 

Pastor of Rhode Island Methodist Church

Rev. Jean Russo-Parks, the Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, Lincoln, RI, and a resident, of Barberry Hill Road, Cumberland, RI,  died October 4 at the Philip Hulitar In-Patient Center, Providence, RI. She was 54 years old.

The beloved wife of Paul Parks, Jr., she was born in Revere, the beloved daughter of Charles P. and June (Doherty) Russo of Saugus. She lived in Reading, MA for 10 years before moving to Cumberland, RI 11 years ago.

She was the former Pastor of Old South United Methodist Church, Reading for 10 years before becoming the Pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Rhode Island 11 years ago.

She was a graduate of Simmons College and Andover-Newton Divinity School and was an active member of Fore Court, Cumberland.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her beloved twin children, Paul Parks III and Victoria Parks, both of Cumberland, RI; one stepdaughter, Alexandria R. Parks of Houston, TX; her loving sisters and brother, Rosemary McLaughlin of Lloyd Harbor, Long Island, NY, June Richardson of Swampscott, MA and Charles P. Russo, Jr. of Lynnfield, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

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Mary R. Ginsburg 

Matriach of a well known family

Mary R. (Sciarappa) Ginsburg, matriarch of a well known family, died peacefully October 15. She was 88 years old. She was called home by the Lord to join her husband Mitchell Ginsburg, who died three weeks ago, on September 26. They had been married for 67 years.

She was born in Boston on April 10, 1923, one of three children of the late Oliver R. “Happy” and Mary E. (Murray) Sciarappa. She was raised in Revere, and graduated from Revere High School. She raised her family in Revere and lived in Malden from 1979 until moving to Tewksbury in 1989. She and her husband wintered in Pembroke Pines, Florida, during their retirement years.

She worked at General Electric in Lynn during World War II. She also worked part time throughout her life as a receptionist for a local hairdresser, but devoted her life to raising her family as a “stay at home Mom.” Later in life, she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren along with the many family gatherings that brought everyone together.

As a resident of Revere, she was active in the Immaculate Conception Parish in Revere where she was past President of the Immaculata Guild. She was also active in the Revere Knights of Columbus as she supported her husband during his years as Grand Knight. She was organizer and participant of the K of C Minstrel Shows, and was active in the K of C Couples Club.

In addition to family activities, she enjoyed sewing, bowling, and playing “penny ante” cards with her girlfriends.

She is survived by seven children; Richard T. Ginsburg and his wife, Kathy MacInnis of Tewksbury, Richard’s twin brother, Robert E. Ginsburg and his wife, Susan Conley of Revere, Ellen Salipante and her husband, Anthony of Tewksbury, Michael F. Ginsburg and his wife, Karen (Kline) of Norwell, Amy Scarpa and her husband, Pastor Nick Scarpa of Tewksbury, Maribeth Crupi and her husband, Carl of Wilmington, Maribeth’s twin brother, Marc P. Ginsburg and his wife, Leisa (Burnett) of Tewksbury; 17 beloved grandchildren; ten adoring great grandchildren; a sister, Caroline (Gilbert) Taylor of Tewksbury; a sister-in-law Nancy Sciarappa of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Michael Sciarappa, and sister-in-law of the late Anna Wigderson and Murray Ginsburg.

Funeral arrangements were by the Tewksbury Funeral Home, Tewksbury Center. Services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101, or visit, will be appreciated.

Bernice Shuman 

TV Industry Makeup Artist

Bernice (Waterman) Shuman of Revere died on October 14.  She was 93 years old.

Born in Boston, she spent most of her life in Revere.  She was educated in the Chelsea schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and was a make-up artist in the television industry.  She was a great spirit who was very loved and will be missed by all.

The beloved life partner of Louis Rasetta, she was the devoted mother of Linda Puzzo, Steven Emerson, and the late Robert Emerson and the loving grandmother of many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Greenview Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.  For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website: Torf Funeral Service, 800-428-716,

Mario Polidoro 

General Motors Retiree

Mario J. Polidoro of Reading, formerly of Revere, died at home on October 14. He was 71 years old.

A US Army veteran, he was born in Revere and was a retired automobile assembler for General Motors.

He was the beloved son of the late Anthony and Maria Grazia (Fusco) Polidoro; dear and devoted father of Stephen J. Polidoro and his wife, Jennifer, of Reading and Lisa M. Pellegrino and her husband, Flavio of Saugus; brother of Joseph A. Polidoro and his wife, Carmela of Revere, Carmela “Chickie” Zani of Middleton, Rosalie Perry and her husband, William of Florida and the late Joanna Vesce and her surviving husband, Stephen of Middleton; loving grandfather of Isabella, Nicholas and Gianna Pellegrino and Stephen J. Jr. and Sophie Polidoro.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his  memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, would be sincerely appreciated.

Martin Green 

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Martin Greenstein of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Marblehead, died on October 12.

He was the beloved husband of Roberta Greenstein; devoted father of Meryl and her husband, Timothy Wolff of Exeter, NH and David and his wife, Jori Greenstein of Northborough; loving brother of the late Jerome Greenstein; cherished grandfather of Sam Wolff, Macy and Ari Greenstein.

Funeral arrangements were by the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was in  the Tifereth Israel of Revere Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the charity of your choice.

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