Obituaries 10-26-2011

Mildred Hansen 

Melrose resident

Mildred L. “Mickey” (Bell) Hansen, a longtime resident of Melrose, formerly of Revere, died Sunday evening, October 23, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. She was 82 years old.

Mildred, who was lovingly known as “Mickey,” married Earl Hansen on January 31, 1950 and they made their home in Melrose since 1958.  She loved family get-togethers, first with her large extended family, and then later at events celebrating her grandchildren’s milestones and activities including 4-H horse shows, school plays, and Boy Scout Courts of Honor.  She also enjoyed Steve’s visits home from out-of-town.  She was great friends with her neighbors, and with the regulars with whom she shared coffee at Friendly’s, Brigham’s, and later Bruegger’s in Melrose.

Born in Revere on October 20, 1929, she was one of 14 children of the late Edwin and Ellen (Conrad) Bell.

She was the beloved wife for 61 years to Earl N. Hansen; devoted mother of Richard E. Hansen and his wife, Janet Bersani of Westford, Steven C. Hansen of Eagle Point, Oregon and the late Elaine N. Hansen; loving grandmother of Grace K. Hansen of Somerville and Ethan Q. Hansen of Silver Spring, MD.  She is also survived by her brother and sisters and their spouses, Dorothy “Dot” Wareham and her husband, William of Lake Suzy, FL, Rosemary Cavanaugh and her husband, Richard of Malden, Helen Cummings of Santee, CA, Lorraine Byrne of Revere, Joseph Bell of Fort Myers, FL, and Robert Bell of Kittery, ME.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was the sister of the late Evelyn DiMarzo and Charles, James, Edwin, Thomas, John and Albert Bell.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the medical staff at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital for the compassionate care Mickey and her family received during her stay.

Relatives and friends will honor and remember her life by gathering for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose today, Wednesday, October 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning when her Funeral Service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose.   Memorial gifts may be made to Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148. For directions, condolences, or to share a memory, visit

Ricky Michael Emilio Curzi-Laaman 

East Boston resident

Ricky Michael Emilio Curzi-Laaman of East Boston died on October 21.

He was the adored son of Barbara Curzi of East Boston and Jaan Laaman of Buffalo, NY; cherished brother of Lucia Colombaro and her husband, Jeremy Stark of Dorchester and Nina Colombaro and her husband, Edward Bordas of Dorchester; beloved fiance of Susan Finocchio of East Boston; loving grandson of the late Emilio and Ida Curzi and John and Ella Laaman; dear nephew of Sandra, Dennis and Richard Curzi, Ulle Lewes, Joseph, Thomas, Michael and Anne Maria Laaman; uncle of Maia, Giulia and Lorenzo; cousin of Roxanne, Rachel, Laura and Bridget Curzi, Melissa, John, Craig, Sarah, Reina, Derek and Kristin Laaman.

His Funeral Service will be held in the Rapino Memorial Home, 9 Chelsea St. (Maverick Sq.) East Boston on Saturday at 1 p.m. The family will receive visitors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For online condolences and/or directions, please visit

Frank Giordano 

Retired Self Employed Hairdresser

Frank J. Giordano of North Andover died Sunday at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. He was 92 years old.

He was born in Revere on July 17, 1919 to the late Emilio and Rose Giordano, served in the US Army during World War II and was a self-employed hairdresser for many years.

He is survived by his wife Esther L.(Abate) Giordano of North Andover, his daughter Paula Clinard and her husband, Stephen of Boxford and his son, Alan Giordano of Danbury, New Hampshire. Also among his survivors are his brother, Thomas Giordano of Saugus, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services and burial will be private.

Family and friends may call today, Wednesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Avenue, Haverhill MA 01830. For directions or to offer on-line condolences, please visit

James Lewis 

Died by accident

James R Lewis of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died by accident on October 21. He was 51 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he attended Chelsea Schools and was the beloved son of Angela (Taranti) Lewis and the late Kenneth E.; dear brother of Steven and his wife, Maureen of Chelsea, John of Revere, David of Chelsea and the late Kenneth, Eugene and Thomas Lewis; loving grandson of Joan Silverman of Revere and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held prior to the services from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Lawrence Salvatore 

Retired barber and businessman

Lawrence J. “Buzzy” Salvatore of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died October 21 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

Born in Revere, he was the son of the late Pasquale and Mary (Paone) Salvatore and the devoted husband of Patricia (Chandler) Salvatore with whom he shared over 48 years of marriage. He was raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School. He has lived in Peabody for the past 46 years.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean War, he was honorably discharged in 1955. After his military service, “Buzzy” became as barber and opened his shop in Lynn. He later moved his shop to Swampscott and among his most loyal customers were Johnny Pesky and Tony C.

He later worked alongside his wife at Pat’s Discount Store in Peabody Square for 20 years before finally retiring. He had eclectic taste in music. He enjoyed mixing music from all different styles and would make cassette tapes for his family and friends, ranging from old Christmas carols to modern day rock-n-roll.

In addition to his loving wife of 48 years, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah and Timothy Gould of Peabody and Laurie and Brett Zimmerman of Groveland; a brother, Robert Salvatore and his wife, Edie of Peabody, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Patricia and Sal DeSalvo of Belmont, Dolores and James Cohen of Melrose, and Joan Gavengano of Revere and is also survived by six grandchildren, three great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy can be made in his name to the North Shore Elder Services, 152 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923.

Mabel Meola 

First woman alderman of Chelsea Ward 5

Mabel Meola, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on October 21 just after noon at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehab where she had been receiving supportive care. She was 87 years old.

Devoted to her family and community, she was a devoted wife for 59 years to her beloved Carl. She was the Past Commander of Chelsea DAV Chapter 62 Auxiliary, a member of Mottola VFW Post in Revere and the first woman Alderman of Chelsea Ward 5 from 1985 to 1987.

She was the devoted wife of the late Cavalieri “Carl” Meola; beloved mother of John Meola and his wife, Tanya of Florida, Gerald “Skipper” Meola and his wife, Cindy of Salem and Lou-Anne Meola of Revere; mother-in-Law of Eric Knight of Revere; loving sister of the late Chelsea Firefighter George Borden, Jr., past President of Firefighters Union Local 937 and his wife, Barbara Borden of Chelsea and their children Donna, Peter and Debbie. She was the cherished grandmother of Carla Anne, Gerri Lynn, Lisa Marie, Gerald, Jr. Stephen, Jennifer Anne, Fred Anthony “Rocky,” and Stefanie; great grandmother of Anthony, Matthew, David, Felicia, Geoffrey, Gianna, Alanna, John Carlo, Nathan, Alexa, Gabby, Vincent and Gemma and great great grandmother of Marina and Halayna.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend her Funeral from the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, October 29 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 o’clock. Visiting Hours in the Smith Funeral Home on Thursday and Friday will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

To send a message of condolence to her family please visit

Clifford Lusso, Jr. 

Peabody resident

Clifford L. Lusso Jr. of Peabody died on October 21.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of Josephine (Cannarozzo) of Peabody; devoted father of Cliff Lusso and wife, Cheryl of Middleton, Ron Lusso of Saugus, Joseph Lusso and his partner, David Kaley of Minnesota; dear brother of June Schwalbe of Minnesota and the late Ronnie Lusso.; cherished grandfather of Christopher, Cassandra, Ronnie, Joseph and Larissa Lusso.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, today, Wednesday, October 26 at 9 a.m. A service will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. For guestbook please visit:

John Roach 

Gulf Oil retiree

John J. Roach, a lifelong resident of Revere, died October 20 after a long illness at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. He was 81 years old.

He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War and Retiree of Gulf Oil where he worked as a clerk.

He was the beloved husband of Barbara A. (Boyle) Roach; devoted father of John W. and his wife, Joyce of Rowley, Joanne of Florida, Robert and his wife, Maureen of Revere, Barbara E. and her husband, Robert DeFronzo of Milford; cherished grandfather of Colleen, Andrew and Kerri Roach, Patrick and Isabella DeFronzo; brother of Arlene of Peabody, Richard of New Hampshire and the late Thelma Belli and Paul.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Porcella Funeral Home, Beachmont-Revere. Burial was at  St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated by the family. For directions and condolences

Fannie Franca 

Seamstress, bridal consultant

Fannie M. (Maimone) Franca of Holland, Michigan, formerly of Everett and East Boston, died on October 18 following a long illness. She was 87 years old.

Mrs. Franca left Everett to live with her daughter, Susan M. Seidelman of Holland, Michigan, about five years ago. She was born in Boston, attended Boston Schools and, from an early age, she displayed an aptitude for sewing and designing ladies’ clothing. For most of her working career, she was a seamstress in Boston’s garment district. But her real forte was bridal gowns and all that came with it – maids’ gowns, mother of the bride creations etc. Over the years, she designed and executed many of the wedding gowns, etc. for her immediate and extended family.

She was the wife of the late Manuel V. who died in November of 1999. She was the cherished mother of Susan M. Seidelman of Holland, Mi., Elizabeth A. “Liz” Franca of Graham, Washingon and the late Thomas Franca; cherished sister of Anna Gramaglia of Foxboro, Lucy Maimone of Lutz, Fl., Anthony Maimone and his wife, Claire of Georgetown, MA. and the late Josephine Giusto, Mary Franco and Jennie Berte. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren 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 Alzheimers’ Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, Ma. 02472.

Stanley Belinsky 

New Hampshire resident, formerly of Revere

Stanley “Mitch” Belinsky of Seabrook, NH, formerly of Beverly, Revere and East Boston, died on August 4.

He was the beloved husband of Joanne Sweeney-Belinsky and is also survived by two sisters, a brother, a son and five grandchildren.

At his request, funeral services, which have already been held, were private.  Memorial Donations  may be made to The American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005 or the MSPCA Nevins Farm (from which he adopted his beloved companion, Timmy), 400 Broadway, Methuen,

MA 01844.

Philip Fiorino 

Retired Boston Health Inspector, member of many veteran’s organizations

Philip V. “Phil” Fiorino of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on October 20.

A US Army veteran of World War II and a retired Boston Health Inspector, he was  a member of the D.A.V. John F. Kennedy Chapter 44 Boston, American Legion Flaherty Post East Boston and a  Life Member of the VFW Mottola Post Revere.

He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy T. (Guarino) Fiorino and his former wife, Laura ( Voci) Fiorino of Orient Heights; loving father of Vincent Fiorino and his wife, Lorraine of Revere and Philip Fiorino and his wife, Diana of Saugus; dear brother of Anthony Fiorino of East Boston and the late Jenny Privitera, Josephine Cheffro, Vincenza Terranova, Charles and Joseph Fiorino; cherished grandfather of Vincent Fiorino Jr. and his late wife, Jessica, Michael Fiorino and his wife, Kristin, Stephen and Ava Fiorino and great grandchildren Alessandra, Alyssa and Craig Fiorino.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook: Vazza Funeral Home Revere, 1-800-252-1127.

Benita Valentin 

Longtime Chelsea resident

Benita Valentin, a longtime Chelsea resident, died at home on October 15 surrounded by her loving family. She was 72 years old.

Born in Patillas, Puerto Rico, she was the daughter of the late Rogue and Josefa Ramos. She was raised in Puerto Rico and after coming to the United States, settled first in Everett and has been living in Chelsea for the past 35 years. She devoted her life to her home and raising her children. She was a devoted parishoner and supporter of St. Rose Church.

She was the devoted mother of Miguel Valentin and Neury Valentin, both of Chelsea, Carlos Valentin and his wife, Rosa of Everett, Jose Valentin of Marblehead, Junior Valentin of Revere and the late Louis Valentin; dear sister of Basilio, Ines, Felipe, Angel Louis, Jose Antonio and Gonzalez Ramos and is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Rose Church. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Ronald Brooks 

Florida resident

Ronald Brooks of Lakeworth, Florida, formerly of Boca Raton Florida and Peabody, died on October 18. He was 85 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Margaret Feldman and the late Norma Zand Brooks; devoted father of Ellen and her husband, Dr. Marc Mosier of North Andover, Lisa and her husband, William Frank of Newton; loving brother of Muriel Bertman of Revere and the late Cyrus Brooks; cherished grandfather of Shelby and Rachel Mosier, Jason and Adam Frank.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel, Salem-Swampscott line. Burial was in Lebanon Tifereth Israel Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the American Diabetes Foundation, 10 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701; or to any Hadassah Chapter.

Robin Tortora 

Of Medford, formerly of Revere

Robin (Pisano) Tortora of Medford, formerly of Saugus and Revere, died unexpectedly October 15.

She was the loving mother of Nicholas Tortora of Medford; cherished daughter of Joanne (Murphy) Pisano of Saugus and the late Thomas Pisano; dear sister of Tom Pisano of Florida and Susan Spaziani of Salem.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For guest book.

Hannah Marcinkowski 

Dorchester resident, formerly of Chelsea

Hannah Marcinkowski of Dorchester, formerly of Chelsea, Shrewsbury, East Boston, Enosburg Falls, VT and Beachmont, died on October 16.

Born on September 22, 1973, she was the cherished daughter of Carl Marcinkowski and her stepmother, Cynthia Marcinkowski and the late Annette Sala Herbert and Mark Herbert. She leaves 18 uncles and aunts, 10 first cousins and many other family members and close friends including her housemates and caregivers at Pond Street and at her day program at the May Institute in Revere.

Hannah loved swimming, music and dancing. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts and decorating.

She will rest in peace with her mother, Annette, her grandmother, Frances (Ferro) and her aunt, Carmella at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Lynn. Sincere thanks to her caregivers, nurses and the staff at Bay Cove Human Services and Beacon Hospice.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Contributions in her name may be sent to the Beacon Hospice Inc., 529 Main St., Charlestown, MA 02129. For directions and guest book:

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