Obituaries 11-02-2011

Antonetta Horton

Worked at Almy’s and Brandano’s Bakery

Antonetta T. (Terenzio) Horton, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on October 26. She was 91 years old.

A former employee of Brandano’s Bakery and Almy’s Department Store, she was a member of the Revere Moose Ladies Auxiliary and the Revere Senior Center.

She was the daughter of the late Domenic and Rose (Fusco) Terenzio; the beloved wife of the late Thomas; devoted mother of Kathleen Branzell and her husband, George of Revere, Rosemarie Bachand and her husband, Armand of Burlington; loving grandmother of Kimberly Branzell, Jamie Branzell and his wife, Nicole, Nicole Bachand, Noel Fink and her husband, Andrew and is also survived by her three great grandchildren Cooper, Chase and Myer Lucas. She was the dear sister of her twin, Ralph Terenzio and Joseph “Red” Terenzio, both of Revere, Phyllis Capuano of Melrose and the late Mary Siciliano, Connie Messina, Dominic Terenzio and Rose Sunderland.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905. For guestbook please visit

Bruce Wayne Johnson

Hairdresser and Animal Lover

Bruce “Cristal” Wayne Johnson of Revere, formerly of Worcester, died unexpectedly at home on October 25. He was 60 years old.

Born in Worcester, he graduated from Doherty Memorial High School and Broms Hair Academy with a cosmetology degree. He worked as a hair dresser, loved to cook, travel and was an avid animal lover.

He is survived by his father, Leonard W. Johnson, Jr. of Worcester; six brothers, Richard, Keith, Leonard, III, Derek, Troy and Shawn Johnson, all of Worcester; three sisters, Lynnier and Crystal Johnson and Tina Hughes, all of Worcester; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was the son of the late Jessie I. (Bates) Johnson and brother of the late Craig Steven.

His funeral service will be held on November 4 at 11 a.m. in the Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery where he will be laid to rest alongside mother. A calling hour will be held from 10. to 11 a.m. prior to the celebration of his life. To share your thoughts and memories of Bruce, please visit his personal guest book at:

Rose Rutberg

Swampscott resident

Rose (Stoller) Rutberg of Swampscott, formerly of Medford, died on Monday, October 31.

She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Rutberg; devoted mother of Michael Rutberg, Janice Cantor, Martin Rutberg and Pamela Greenwald; loving daughter of the late Harry and Polly (Avner) Stoller; dear sister of the late Samuel Stahler and Mollie Shapiro; loving grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of six. She is also survived by her devoted care-giver Irene Cyr.

Graveside Services were held at Temple Shalom of Medford Cemetery, Peabody. Contributions in her memory may be made to the JRC-Activities Dept. 330 Paradise Road, Swampscott, MA 01907. For online guestbook and directions, please visit the funeral home website Torf Funeral Service (

A. Guadalupe Ochoa

Of Revere, formerly of El Salvador

A. Guadalupe Ochoa of Revere, formerly of El Salvador, died on October 24 at Boston Medical Center following a year long battle with metastatic lung cancer. She was 46 years old.

A native of Chalatenango, El Salvador, she came to this country and settled in Revere five years ago.

She was the devoted wife of Balbino Mendez and the cherished mother of Balbino Antonio, Jose Nelson and David Alexander Mendez, all of Revere who are students at Immaculate Conception Grammar School. She was the dear daughter of Anselmo and Isabel (Landaverde) Ochoa of Chalatenango, El Salvador and the beloved sister of Reina, Anna Maria, Jose A., Edwardo A. and Velma Ochoa, all of New York,  Rosamilia Ochoa of New Jersey, Sister Laura deJesus Ochoa, O.F.M. and Tomaso deJesus Ochoa, both of El Salvador. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere. Burial will be in her native El Salvador. Remembrances may be made directly to the family and will be most humbly appreciated. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals of Revere.

Miranda Sugarman

Prima ballerina and dance instructor

Miranda E. Sugarman of Peabody, formerly of Revere and Germany, a gifted Prima Ballerina and Dance Instructor, died October 26. She was 87 years old.

A German immigrant, she danced with her partner and life companion, Vladimir Jakovlevs from Latvia, Russia. She had a studio in Revere, partnered with Gene Murray, and later taught at Sandra School of Dance.

She leaves several friends, including Karen Harribine of Peabody, Nancy Baldwin of Peabody, Sandra and Malcolm Rice and family of Chebeague Island, ME, Richard and Susan West and family of Kennebunkport, ME, her dear friend, Eleanor Hill, formerly of Malden and now residing on Chegeague Island, as well as many other dear friends and her associates and grateful dance students. She also leaves a sister, Renate Kraube, living in Germany.

Following cremation, a private family gathering and ceremony will be held in Maine. Expressions of sympathy may be made with donations to the MSPCA, or to an animal shelter or an animal rescue league in her memory. A cremation service is planned with Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.

Joseph Rubbico


Joseph M. Rubbico of Lynnfield, formerly of North Reading and East Boston, died on October 25 following a 28 year struggle with laryngeal cancer. He was 76 years old.

The beloved husband of 57 years of Barbara R. (Morgan), he and his wife established Crystal Fruit in Wakefield in 1955. He was a young entrepreneur who built a successful life in the produce business. Crystal Fruit eventually became JJ Fruit as he expanded his business into Lynnfield and Saugus where he was successful in introducing fruit to Frank Giuffrida’s “Hilltop”. He held a patent and trademark for the “FruiTree” which was sold to national supermarket chains.

He was a member of the North Reading Lodge of Elks, a proud member of the Produce Marketing Association as well as an owner and trainer of greyhound dogs. Mr. Rubbico was a generous supporter of local organizations, schools, churches and sports teams. He took tremendous pride in the quality products and customer service he provided to his loyal customers for more than 50 years.

In his retirement years he enjoyed, cooking, gardening and spending winters in Florida and he has left a wonderful legacy of kindness and strength that will not be forgotten by those who knew him.

He was the cherished father of Barbara P. Studdert and her husband, Edward of Lynnfield, Joseph M. Rubbico of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ellen E. Crawford and her husband, Philip B., Susan M. Castadoro and her husband, Edward A., all of Lynnfield, James M. Rubbico of Las Vegas, NV, Sherri L. Harvey and her husband, Alex J., Patricia R. Torosian and her husband, Thomas R., Marilyn A. Rubbico, all of Lynnfield, John M. Rubbico and his wife, Vanessa of Las Vegas, NV and the late Joan M. Rubbico; dear brother of Theresa Puleio of Cape Coral, FL and the late Richard Rubbico and Barbara (Christie) Rubbico; adored grandfather of Courtney and Eddie Studdert, Jimmy, Ashley, Brittany and Nicole Crawford, Christina Castadoro, Morgan Rubbico, Jackie, A.J. and Michael Harvey, Tucker, Nicholas and Vanessa Rose Torosian and John and Victoria Rubbico. He is also lovingly survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his Funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church, 112 Chestnut St., Lynnfield, at 11 a.m. Burial will be  in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Remembrances may be made to the Lynnfield Recreation Commission, 55 Summer St., Lynnfield, MA 01940 or to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.

Barbara Jean Holden

John Hancock retiree

Barbara Jean (Homer) Holden of Chelsea died on October 27 following a valiant 20-year battle with cancer. She was 79 years old.

She was a gradudate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1950, and a retiree of John Hancock Life Insurance Co.

She was the beloved wife of 60 years of Edward A. Holden; cherished mother of Scott A. Holden and his wife, Catherine L. of Peabody and Laura J. Holden of Chelsea; devoted grandmother of Pvt. Cameron E. Holden, U.S. Army and Dylan R. Holden, both of Peabody; sister of the late Warren W. Homer; dear aunt of William Homer and his wife, Debbie of Charlton, MA, Lynda Suarez and her husband, Paul of Bensalem, PA and Lawrence Homer of Chelsea. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law Winnifred Homer of Bensalem, PA.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-9376.

Giovanni Grieci

East Boston resident

Giovanni B. Grieci of East Boston died on October 28.

He was the beloved husband of more than 60 years of Pasqualina (Moscato) Grieci; devoted father of Connie Allen and her husband, Butch of Wilmington, Emily DiMaggio of East Boston, Joanne DiRoberto and her late husband, Robert, Anthony and Thomas Grieci, all of East Boston; cherished grandfather of five and adored great grandfather of six. He is a also survived by many fond nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero-Mazzarella Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. For more information or to send an online condolence please visit:

Vincenzo Iapicca

Of Charlestown, formerly of Orient Heights

Vincenzo C. Iapicca of Charlestown, formerly of Orient Heights, East Boston and Mirabella Avelino, Italy, died on October 28.

He was the cherished son of the late Rocco and Linda (Capodanno) Iapicca; loving father of Linda Iapicca of East Boston; dear brother of Bernadina Scippa of South Yarmouth, Amalina Scippa of Revere, Rocco Iapicca of Reading and Pasquale Iapicca of Peabody and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St Anthony’s Church, Revere Street, Revere, today, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn. For online guest book, please visit: Arrangements entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere.

Ruth Kassoy

Co-owned Crown Cosmetics

Ruth (Cohen) Kassoy of Swampscott and Marblehead, formerly of Revere, died on October 26 at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center-Swampscott. She was 92 years old.

Born in Winthrop and a resident of Marblehead for 55 years, she was educated in Revere Schools and was the Co-Owner of Crown Cosmetics. A member of the Marblehead Garden Club, Sisterhood of Temple Israel in Swampscott and Hadassah, she was an avid Bridge and Mah Jongg player.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Kassoy; devoted mother of Dr. Gerald Kassoy and his wife, Felice, Alane Gardner and her husband, Lester, Iris Fulton and her husband, Grant and Eric Kassoy; loving daughter of the late Max and Sadie (Janofsky) Cohen and dear sister of the late Goldie Broomfield, Evelyn Goldberg, Charlie Carroll and Charlotte Green. She was the loving grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of two.

Funeral arrangements were by the Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Sudilkov Cemetery, Fuller Street, Everett. Memorial contributions can be made to the JRC-AVIV Activities Department, Attention: Kim Pierce. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Louise Vazza

Revere Resident

Louise (Palladino) Vazza of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 18.

She was the beloved mother of Cheryl Rothwell and Laurie Vazza, both of Centerville, MA; devoted daughter of Elizabeth (Ferrara) Palladino of Revere and the late Peter Palladino and is also survived by four loving grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. At the request of the family, all services were private. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Charles Dempsey

Of Melrose, formerly of Revere

Charles E. Dempsey of Melrose, formerly of East Boston and Revere, died on October 25.

He was the loving brother of Raymond J. Dempsey Jr. and his wife, Sophie of Canton and Alice M. (Dempsey) Sullivan and her husband, Thomas of Peabody; devoted uncle of Regina Sullivan of Peabody, Suzanne Craig and her husband, Chris of Stoughton and Sandra Hillcoat and her husband, Glen of Halifax, MA. He is also survived by several great nieces and one great nephew. He was the good friend of Bob Linehan of Melrose.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Charlie’s name to Parkinson’s Disease Association, 720 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02110 or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241. For obituary and to sign guest book visit

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