Obituaries 05-16-2012

Helen Puopolo


Helen R. (Musto) Puopolo of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died on May 14. She was 94 years old.

A homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late Rocco Puopolo; devoted mother of Marie L. Luzzo and her husband, Bruno of Florida and Louise A. Murphy and her husband, Harold of Revere; cherished grandmother of Robert Murphy and Kate Bean and great-grandmother of Jake Bean, Abby Murphy and Ruby Murphy.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. For guestbook, please visit:

Carol Ann Sinclair


Carol Ann (Lombardi) Sinclair of Revere died on May 8 after a long illness.

A realtor, she was the devoted mother of Scott and William Sinclair, both of Revere and dear sister of Ronald Lombardi and Dorothy Goss.

Arrangements were by Simplicity Cremation Service.

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Joseph ‘Joe’ Jansen

Somerville Resident

Joseph F. “Joe” Jansen of Somerville died on May 14.

A U.S. Army National Guard, veteran of Vietnam, he was the beloved husband of Clara (Caranfa); devoted father of Joseph Jansen and his wife, Traci of Somerville, Jeffrey Jansen and his wife,  Cathrine of Medford; brother of William “Bill” Jansen and his wife, Barb of Mashpee and David Jansen and his wife, Linda of Revere.

His Funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 262 Washington St., Somerville, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the Scleroderma Foundation, Attn: Donations, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 or the American Lung Association of Massachusetts, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Sylvia DeLong


Private services were held for 35-year Revere resident Sylvia K. (Booras) DeLong at the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere last week. Mrs. DeLong died on May 10 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford after a brief illness. She was 87 years old.

A homemaker, born and raised in Everett, she lived in Chelsea for many years before coming to Revere.

She was the wife of the late William DeLong and the devoted mother of Darlene F. Swan-Shea and her husband, Thomas J. Shea of Revere; the beloved grandmother of Melanie Blackstock and her husband, Adam, of Stoneham and Julie Antonious of Marblehad. She is also lovingly survived by three great grandchildren, Samantha, Isabelle and Eric. She was the daughter of the late Frederick Booras and Rita (Sepitas) Boras and the sister of the late Peter Booras.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, please visit:

Rose Tenaglia

Medford Resident

Rose (Cieri) Tenaglia of Medford died on May 4.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank P.; devoted mother of Tina Fitzgerald of Califrnia, Ellie Thompson of Arizona, Nicholas Tenaglia of Medford, and Frances Tenaglia of Wakefield and is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren and many loving great grandchildren. She was the sister of Pasqualina Cieri of Revere, Helena Pollock of Newburyport, and Clara Polizzi of East Boston

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. To leave a message of condolence, please visit:

Maureen Brassil

Charlestown Resident

Maureen P. Brassil of Charlestown died on May 13. She was 52 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Thomas E. and Margaret (Toomey) Brassil; devoted sister of Margaret Cameron and her late husband, Paul of Hanson, Thomas Brassil and his wife, Pam of Florida., John Brassil and his wife, Marilyn of Charlestown, James Brassil and Sandy McCabe of Revere, Paul Brassil of Charlestown, Robert Brassil and his wife, Lillian of Florida., Mary Luzzo and her husband, Vincent of Lexington, Fred Brassil and his wife, Linda of Wilmington, Richard Brassil and his wife, Joyce of Seebrook, N.H., Joseph Brassil and his wife, Deidre of Bridgewater, William Brassil and his wife, Katherine of Charlestown, the late Dorothy Gavin and her surviving husband, Tom of E. Bridgewater and the late Rita Carroll and her surviving husband, Joe of Halifax. She was the loving aunt of many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and is also survived by many friends at The Life Focus Center.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown.  Burial was at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Arlington.. In lieu of flowers, kindly make a memorial donation in her name to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 101, Charlestown, MA 02129. For obituary and online condolences, please visit

Helen Zajac

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Helen B. (Naumee) Zajac, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on May 14. She was in her 93rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late William R. Zajac with whom she shared 35 years of marriage; loving mother of Robert W. Zajac of Fitchburg, Paula V. Zajac of Revere and Karen L. Zajac of Chelsea; dear sister of the late Jennie Duc; cherished grandmother of Jeffrey W. Zajac of Woburn; fond aunt of Joey Duc and his wife, Debbie, Michael Duc and his wife, Jean and Stephen Dc.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere Friday morning at 9:30 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Rita Leach

New England Conservatory of Music Graduate

Rita M. Leach, a 12 year resident of Winthrop and a former lifelong resident of Revere, died at her Winthrop home following a long illness on May 8. She was 92 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she came to live in Revere as a young girl, graduated with High Honors from Revere High School, Class of 1938 and was invited to enroll in the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she graduated with honors in piano. For many many years, she played privately for social gatherings, political functions, weddings, funerals, etc. She had the personality of a true entertainer, vivacious, attractive and outgoing.  While at the New England Conservatory of Music, she worked for the former rather upscale Thompson’s Spa of the Back Bay where she met many celebrities and politicans. She was the Head Hostess there and at the Boston to New York Railroad Executive Dining Car.

Mrs. Leach was a campaign director for Endicott “Chub” Peabody in the 1960’s,she also led the coalition to help keep Pebble ”Rocky” Beach in Beachmont open to the local  residents. Rita loved the ocean and spent many summer days on Rocky Beach.

Her music career was close to her heart and, in spite of failing health for over 17 years, she played the piano almost daily.

She was the widow of Revere Police Sergeant Edward B. Leach who died in September of 1966; the cherished mother of Katherine C. “Cindy” Leach of Winthrop, her devoted caregiver for the past 17 years, Candace L. “Candy” Pippi and her husband, Frank C. Pioppi of Winthrop, Kevin and Daniel Leach of Boston and the late Attorney Edward J. Leach, who was also a former Revere Patrolman. She was the devoted grandmother to Jason E. Leach of Reading, Edward G. Leach of Georgetown and Juustin F. and James E. Pioppi, both of Winthrop; sister of the late Dr. Denis O’Reilly, Charles O’Reilly and Eileen Gibbon; dear ant f Faith O’Reilly of France, Gerard Gibbon of England, Paul O’Reilly and his wife, Linda, Denise Hurley and her husband, Owen, all of Salem, NH and Michael O’Reilly of Revere.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc., Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. Memorial remembrances may be made to the Pulmonary Rehab program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Governor’s Drive, Medford, Ma., in care of Mary Margaret Winter, RN, program director. For more information, please visit:

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