Obituaries 04-11-2012

Stephen Mandracchia

Everett Resident

Stephen C. Mandracchia of Everett died on April 8. He was the beloved husband of Judith (Boudreau); loving father of Stephen A. Mandracchia and his wife, Alessandra of Revere and Lori Mancaniello and her husband, Bruno of Malden; beloved son of the late Onofrio and Mary Mandracchia. He is also survived by his three loving grandchildren, Gianna, Thomas, and Alexa, his brother, John T. Mandracchia, Diana Sanborn, and Charlotte Romano and many loving nephews and nieces and the late John S. Mandracchia.

A Funeral Mass will be held today, Wednesday, April 11 at St. Anthony’s Church, Oak St., Everett, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Burial will be at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett.

Roslin Kirstein

Worked in Computer Systems

Roslin (Madfis) Kirstein, formerly of Brookline and Revere, died on April 3at her residence at The Courville, Manchester, NH, with her daughters Ann (Ernst) and Margie by her side. She was 85 years old.

Trained as a bookkeeper, “Roz” worked at Charlestown Navy Yard during World War II and went on to a career in computer systems. She loved skiing, golf, tennis, bridge and travel. She is also survived by her grandchildren Zachary Ernst of Pembroke, NH, Evan Ernst of Manchester, NH and Louis Cancel of Jamaica Plain. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. at McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover Street, Manchester, NH. Condolences may be offered at

Joseph Habeeb

Everett Resident

Joseph R. Habeeb of Everett died on April 7.

He was the beloved husband of Pauline (Moscaritolo); father of Kathleen of Melrose, Maureen of Methuen and Joseph and Richard, both of Revere; brother of Freddie of Peabody, Priscilla Paone of Tewksbury, Marilyn Palermo of Everett, and he was predeceased by three other siblings. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, April 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Joseph Felzani, Sr.

Active at St. Anthony’s Church

Joseph Felzani, Sr. of Revere, formerly of East Boston, went home to the lord suddenly with his loving family by his bedside on Easter Sunday, April 8.

Mr. Felzani was a lector and usher for many years at St Anthony Church as well as a Past member of St Anthony’s Holy Name Society, St. Anthony’s Parish Council, Past President of Point of Pines Beach Association, a US Army veteran of World War II, Past Grand Knight K of C Ausonia Council 1513 North End of Boston, Past President of St. Domenic Savio Father’s Club and Past Vice President of Girls Latin High School.

He was the beloved husband of over 59 years of

to Ann B. (Cacchiotti) Felzani; devoted father of Jane A. Manning of East Boston, Joseph Jr. of Revere and Annette M. Felzani Dwyer of New Jersey; dear brother of the late Ernest and Marianne Felzani and Dora Pearson; cherished grandfather of Kathryn, Matthew, Lauren, Liam, Adam and the late Christopher Manning and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of Mr. Felzani’s life will be held in his adored parish, St Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere on Saturday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held in St. Anthony’s Church on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited., Services will conclude with Mr Felzani being laid to rest with his mother and father in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. May they all rest in peace. For more information or to send an online Arrangements are under the personal care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St. East Boston

Valarie Jean Coro

Worked for Cataldo Ambulance Co.

Valarie Jean Coro of Revere died on April 1. She was 25 years old.

She was a member of the MA Army National Guard PV2 Chemical Company, Recon Platoon, an employee of the Cataldo Ambulance Co. and a graduate of Revere High School.

The beloved daughter of Nelson and Susan A. (Pointer), she was the devoted sister of Christina Coro and her companion, Richard Coscia of Winthrop and Robert Coro of Boston; loving fiancé of Roger Gendrin of Medford; cherished aunt of Angela and Nicholas Coscia and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial donations may be made to Massachusetts Veterans Emergency Fund, 351 Bedford St., Fall River MA 02720. For guest book please visit

Richard Pucillo, Sr.

Beachmont Resident 

Richard J. Pucillo, Sr. of Beachmont Revere died on April 3.

He was the husband of the late Joanne (Esposito) Pucillo; loving father of Barbara A. Cioffi and her fiancé, Gary Gonsalves of Peabody, Richard J. Pucillo, Jr. and his wife, Pamela of Revere, Kristine M. Wheater and her husband, Robert of Rochester, NY and the beloved grandfather of Joseph and Michelle Jason.

Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, (Beachmont) Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For directions and condolences,

Anna Gazzana

Retired Stitcher

Anna E. (Longo) Gazzana of Revere died on April 5 at Buckley Health Care in Greenfield, MA. She was 93 years old.

Born in Pennsylvania, she lived on Washington Street in Revere for many years and worked as a stitcher at Tuck Inc., a clothing company. She was a member of the Garment Workers Union and ACTWU.

She was the beloved wife of the late James; devoted mother of the late Frances A. Cautillo; dear sister of the late Mario Longo, Lena LaCarbonara, Jean Embree, Ida Aho and Violette Amirault and is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today,  Wednesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 12 noon. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Bemvinda Sanford Gentile

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Bemvinda (Carvalho) Sanford Gentile of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 2 at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Salem following a short illness. She was 86 years old.

Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the daughter of the late Mario and Joanna (Oliveria) Carvalho, she grew up  in the Beachmont section of Revere and attended Revere public schools.

She married and settled in New Jersey raising her daughter and two sons there.  In the mid 1960’s she moved to Chelsea and lived on George Street for nearly 18 years before returning to Revere 28 years ago.  She worked outside of her home for several years as an assembler at Transitron Electronics in East Boston.

In 2008, she was predeceased by her beloved husband and companion, Philip F. Gentile after sharing 35 years together.  Devoted to home and family, “Grandma” was the forever dependable and always available babysitter for each of her nine grandchildren.

She was the beloved and devoted mother of Joann M. Murphy and her husband, Robert of Lynn, Russ C. Sanford and his wife Suzanne of Winthrop, Ron J. Sanford and his wife, Deborah of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Wayne Cocorochio,  Michael Cocorochio, John Cocorochio, Philip Hunt, Casey Hunt, Melanie D’Orio, Veronica Brooks, Jacqueline Sanford, Lauren Sanford and the adored great-grandmother of 12.  She was the dear sister of the late Gus, Bernie, Ben and Tony Carvalho and Bellamina Diaz.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Ralph ‘Rara’ Ruzzo

North End Resident

Ralph “Rara” Ruzzo of Boston’s North End died on April 2. He was 66 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Olympia M. (Ciampa) Ruzzo; loving father of Ralph P. Ruzzo Jr. and his wife, Janet and Roseann Ruzzo, all of Revere; cherished brother of Domenic Ruzzo of Peabody, Theresa Rizzo and Dorles Pezzano, both of the North End, Paula Bonasoro of Groveland and the late Anthony Ruzzo, Antoinette Ventole and Gina Mederias; loving grandfather of Anthony and Amara Ruzzo. He is also survived by many loving nephews, nieces and friends. Funeral arrangements were by the Boston Harborside Home, Boston. Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Boston Harborside Home J.S. Waterman & Sons-Waring-Langone

John ‘Jasper’ Bell

Past Commodore of  Broadsound Tuna Club

John “Jasper” P. Bell died unexpectedly at his Revere home on April 7. He was 60 years old.

The husband of the late Sheila Horton, he was born in Medford, the son of the late Charles and Margaret (Clancy) Bell. He attended Boston College High School and Newman Preparatory School and worked as a carpenter for Local 218 of Medford. He was past Commodore of the Broadsound Tuna Club, past trustee of the Revere Lodge of Elks and a member of the Carpenters Local 218 of Medford.

Mr. Bell leaves three brothers, Charles Bell and his wife, Sue of Natick, William Bell and his wife, Kaye of Wakefield and Richard Bell of Revere; two sisters, Peggy Egan and her husband, James of West Newbury and Catherine Bell-McPhee and her husband, Paul of Kingston. He was also the favorite uncle of Paul, Cathybelle, Dennis and Michael.

His Funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., (Beachmont) Revere on Friday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. For directions and condolences:

Richard Casale

Registered Architect

Richard H. Casale of Hollis, NH died on April 7 surrounded by his loving family. He was 79 years old.

Born April 10, 1931 in East Boston, he was the son of the late Richard and Elizabeth Casale.

He was a graduate of Boston Technical High School and Wentworth Institute of Technology and proudly served his country in the US Airforce, graduating from Hawthorne School of Aeronautics in 1953. He went on to get a B.S. in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and in 2004 received an honorary Masters Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

He was a registered architect in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. He was a member of the B.A.C., where he later taught composition and design and a member of the A.I.A. and NCARB and a charter member of the Hollis/Brookline Rotary Club. He was a partner of Keyes Association and went on to own his own architectural firm, RHCPA, of Hollis.

Mr. Casale had a love of old planes, sailing, and taking fishing trips with his friends. His talents are to be seen in the design of many schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and he was involved in many local municipal projects.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Regina Casale; his son, Mark, and daughters, Beth McGavock and her husband, Jeff, and Nicole Lowe and her husband, Alex; two sisters, Barbara Casale of Revere and Charlotte Graceffa and her husband, Jack of Hollis; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are by the Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua, NH. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, April 11 at the Parish of the Resurrection, 449 Broad Street, Nashua. Family and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Home Health and Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054. An online guest book is available at:, (603-883-3401)

Sylvia Capozzo

Resident of Friendly Gardens

Sylvia J. (Ruggia) Capozzo, a resident of Friendly Gardens and a long time resident of Beachmont, died on April 5 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a brief illness. Born and raised in East Boston, she lived there until moving to Revere 52 years ago.

She was the wife of the late Anthony C. Capozzo, the cherished mother of John F. Capozzo of San Diego, California, Joseph J. Capozzo and his wife, Jane of Hudson, New Hampshire, Theresa Cristoferson of South Salem, New York, Janet Morin and her husband, Mark of Salem, New Hampshire and Lynda Ciombor of Phoenix, Arizona. She was the sister of the late Joseph Ruggia and is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, April 14 beginning at noon at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral Service will be conducted in the funeral home at 2:15 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston, MA 02108. For information

John Hopkins

GE Retiree

John “Jack” Hopkins, a long-time resident of Peabody, died in peace at home on April 3. His wife and two daughters were by his side.  He was 79 years old.

Born in Central Woods Harbour, Nova Scotia, he was raised in Revere by his parents, the late Cleveland and Vivian Hopkins. He graduated from Revere High School in 1950 and bravely enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 14, 1952 and served in the Korean War as an MM3 aboard the U.S.S. WASP (CRV 18) prior to being honorably discharged on Nov. 7, 1956.

Seeing education as an honor, Jack attended Boston University where he studied Aircraft and Aircraft Engine Maintenance and obtained his Associate’s Degree in 1958. He soon put his skills to the test, opening his own business in Revere– The Marine Engineering and Transmission Co. Inc. in 1970. He then went on to a very tenured career as a machinist at the GE Riverworks Plant in Lynn. As he was known there, “Hoppy” retired in 1994 after 17 years of dutiful employment. Until recently, he remained active working as a courier at the Freedom Pharmacy in Byfield.

In his younger years, he was the secretary and then President of the Broad Sound Tuna Club in Revere. Throughout his life, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, wood-working, and painting. And while all of these hobbies brought him much happiness over the years, he expressed that his greatest joy came from his 41 years of marriage, the ability to watch his girls grow up, and laughter with his grandchildren.

Jack’s patience, kindness, security, and love will be missed by his wife Janet (Gainor) Hopkins of Peabody; daughters Elisha (Hopkins) Ewing of Peterborough, NH and Elizabeth (Hopkins) Moughan of North Andover; son-in-law Joshua Moughan; grandchildren Jack Moughan, Liberty Ewing, and Ty Moughan; siblings, Leslie Hopkins, Sylvia and Chet MacDonald, Pauline and Robert Redding; Karen and Paul Munson and nieces, nephews, extended family, and many new and life-long friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923: in appreciation for all of the care and support that was provided by the entire Hospice family. Please visit for online obituary and memorial guest book.

Dominic Santiano

Former Proprietor of Dom’s Garage

Dominic “Uncle Dom” Santiano, formerly of East Boston, died at the VA Medical center of West Roxbury on Good Friday, April 6 following a long illness. He was 93 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston and a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1937, he served with the US Army as a Staff Sergeant from June of 1942 until January of 1946. He also served with the Army National Guard from May of 1951 until May of 1954.

In 1946, he and his wife, Florence K. (Rich) Santiano moved to Beachmont, Revere and later that year, he opened Dom’s Garage on Bennington Street, Revere which he operated until 1979. The couple would have celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in May.

Besides his wife, he leaves two devoted and cherished daughters, Kathleen V. Santiano and Deborah A. Santiano-McHatton and her husband, William A. McHatton of Revere. He is the adored grandfather of  Katherine A. and Theresa F. Santiano-McHatton of Revere; dear brother of the late Michael, Vito, Anthony, John, and Joseph Santiano, Phyllis Caruso, Lena Marrama, Theresa Lozzi, and Frank DeMarco and is also lovingly survived by many 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, April 11 at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Service in the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Brockton V.A. Medical Center, 940 Belmont St., Brockton, MA 02301, Attn. Patients Activities Fund. For further information & directions, please visit:

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