Obituaries 02-06-2012

Edward Palumbo

Retired US Postal Clerk

Edward F. Palumbo, a 20 year resident of Lynn, formerly of East Boston, died unexpectedly on January 31 at the Union Hospital in Lynn. He was 68 years old.Born in Everett, he lived in East Boston for most of his life and was a 1962 graduate of Sacred Heart High School, East Boston. He joined the US Army during the Vietnam Era on August 18, 1962 and served until February of 1963. For more than 35 years, he worked for the US Postal Service in many of offices and finally at the South Postal Annex of Boston.He was the devoted father of Michelle A. Palumbo of Haverhill, Dawn M. Palumbo Buono and her late husband, Michael of Methuen and Kevin E. Palumbo and his fiancée, Kristen McCarter of Lynnfield; the dear brother of John B. Palumbo and his wife, Catherine of New Boston, NH and the late Frank R. Palumbo; the cherished grandfather of Daniel, Tyler, Elizabeth, Emily, Chloe, Haylie, Valerie and Sabrino. He is also survived by many friends at the Ocean View Apartments in Lynn where he lived for the past 20 years.Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

H. Jeanette Hickey

Member of Winthrop Seniors,

Excellent Cook who Prepared Meals on Wheels

H. Jeanette (Buckley) Hickey, a longtime resident of Saugus and Winthrop, died unexpectedly on February 2, just three days before her 97th birthday, at the Annemark Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Revere.Born in Boston, she spent her early years in East Boston and then moved to Winthrop for more than 25 years and for over 30 years lived in Saugus. She was a most active member of the Winthrop Seniors and a volunteer for the many committees serving the elderly and shut ins of the area. She was a great cook who took special joy in preparing “meals on wheels” for the elderly and disenfranchised population.She was the wife of the late Thomas F. “Red” Hickey, Sr., who died in April of 2007 – at that time, the couple had celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary; the cherished mother of Thomas F. Jr. and his wife Linda, of Winthrop, Charles E. Hickey and his wife, Pamela of Saugus and the late Francis P. Hickey and his late wife, Janet; the adored grandmother of F. Paul Hickey and his wife, Melanie of McDonough, Georgia, Thomas J. Hickey and his wife, Jan of Hanson, and Kellie A. Hickey and her fiancée, Eric Conrad of Haverhill. She is also lovingly survived by two great grandsons, Matthew T. and Aidan T. Hickey, both of Hanson, her sister in law, Evelyn M. (Crotty) Hickey of Essex and by many caring and faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews and by her large extended “Hurley” family of Crest Avenue in Winthrop.Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Home for Little Wanderers, Development Department, 271 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115-9849.

Marie Jeanette Burke

Longtime AA Activist and SponsorMarie

Jeanette Burke of Chelsea passed away on December 4 at the Katz Rehab Facility in Chelsea after a brief illness. She was 85 years old.She was the loving stepmother and grandmother to Linda MacTaggart, Carol Rampino and Judy Miraldi and their families.  Known as Jeanette, she had many friends as she was very active in AA for 39 years providing sponsorship for many in need.Funeral arrangements were by the Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Robert Day

Member of Winthrop Elks and Beachmont Yacht Club

Robert Day, a longtime Winthrop resident, passed away on February 1 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.Born in Woburn, the dear son of the late Walter Day, Sr. and Alice (Blake), he attended Winthrop Schools, graduated from Winthrop High School andwas a retired Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserves, a Life Member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078 and the Beachmont Yacht Club. For a number of years, he was employed in sales for Cyro Plastics and also from Schefeld Plastics.He is survived by four children: Lorraine Benoit and her husband, Gary of Somerville, Robert Day and his wife, Maria of Arlington, Kerry Tacey of Arlington and Lisa McCaffrey of Woburn; loving grandfather of Keith, Jennifer, Daniell, Sean, Ashley, Samantha, Matthew, Mollie, Seamus and the late Erin. He was the loving brother of Mary DeAngelis of Billerica and the late Walter Day, Jr. of Winthrop.A memorial visitation was conducted at the Joseph R. Frazier Funeral Home on February 5. A Memorial Mass will be held today (Wednesday) at Saint John The Evangelist Church. Internment will be private. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be donated to the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118 or to the N.E. Home for Homeless Vets, 17 Court st., Boston, MA 02108.

Mario Cacici

Of Boston’s North End

Mario Cacici of Boston’s North End passed away unexpectedly and peacefully on February 1with his family by his side.His loving family includes his devoted sister and caretaker, Anita Cacici of the North End and his brother, Bob Cacici and his wife, Marina of Miami, Florida. He also leaves his loving niece, Soraya Cacici of Lynn, loving nephew Paul Cacici of Manhattan and several cousins. One of five children born to the late Josephine (Arigo) and Americo Cacici, he was predeceased by his brothers, John and Arthur.Arrangements were by Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. His Funeral Mass was held at St. Stephen’s Church in the North End. Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Roslindale. For guestbook please visit:

Murry George Simon

Owned Ace Burglar and Fire Alarm of Revere, Member of Revere Planning Board Committee, Active in Many Organizations

Murry George Simon died on January 30 after a long  illness. He was 88 years old.Born, raised and educated in Chelsea, he graduated from Chelsea High School, Class of 1943. He later spent more than 67 years living in Revere.During World War II, he worked as a civilian employee of the Charlestown Navy Yard. Later he founded and owned Ace Burglar and Fire Alarm in Revere. He also was a licensed real estate broker.Mr. Simon was very active in many organizations. He was a former Mason, member of the Square and Compass Club, Past President of MA Alarm Assoc., former member of the Brotherhood of Temple B’Nai Israel of Beachmont and Congregation Tifereth Israel were he also sat on the Board of Directors and served as an officer. He was also a former Noble Grande of Kearsage Lodge of the Odd Fellows, Revere Ward 2 State Democratic Committee Delegate and Treasurer and was currently a City of Revere Planning Board Committee Member.He was the beloved husband of  Jeanette “Janet” (Seltzerman) Simon; devoted father of Natalie Simon, Lois Simon Sauls and her husband, Allen Sauls; loving son of the late Nathan Simon and the late Bessie (Fisher) Simon; dear brother of the late Max Simon and the late Frieda Bell and loving grandfather of Charlee Bianchini and Iladro Sauls.Arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea. Burial was in Temple B’Nai Israel Cemetery, Everett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to Support Pancreatic  Cancer Research at MGH, c/o MGH Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114Visit for guest book.

Loretta Verrico

Of Beverly, formerly of Revere

Loretta C. Verrico of Beverly, formerly of Revere, died on January 30. She was 72 years old.Born and raised in Revere, she graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1958 and was a former employee of Becton Dickinson Corp in Waltham. She was an avid fan and supporter of the St Anthony CYO Band.She was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph and Laura (Terminiello); devoted sister of Verna Cefalu of Peabody; dear friend of Jeannie Mammola of Beverly; loving aunt of Joseph Cefalu of Ipswich, Christopher Cefalu of Peabody and Maria Parsons of Methuen and cherished great aunt of Derek, Rachael, Christopher, Tommy and Christina.Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Virginia Schepici

Of East Boston

Virginia A. (Morelli) Schepici of East Boston died on January 30.The beloved mother of Eugene Schepici and his wife, Lisa of Revere, she was the cherished daughter of the late Anthony and Aida Mirabello and Eugene Morelli; loving sister of Ann Salamone and her husband, Frank of Winthrop and Frank Mirabello and his wife, Joanne of Saugus and the dear niece of Joanne Ciampa and her husband, Carmine of East Boston. She was the former wife of the late Arthur “Butchie” Schepici and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, New England Affiliate Central Processing Center, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For guestbook:

Avery Franklin Foley

Retired Revere Firefighter, Member of Beachmont VFW

Avery Franklin Foley of Coconut Creek, Florida, formerly of Revere, died recently of natural causes. He was 86 years old.Mr. Foley was a US Navy veteran of World War II who saw active duty as a signalman on a destroyer escort. He was a retired firefighter with the Revere Fire Department who served for many years with Engine 3 in Beachmont and was a member of the VFW in Beachmont.
The beloved husband of the late Marie (Goodwin) and former husband of the late Helen (Laurenson) of Revere, he was the loving father of Patricia Lauren-Magrath of Winthrop, Kathleen Mack of Naples, Florida and John A. Foley of Chelsea and father-in-law of Heloisa Miranda-Foley of Chelsea; loving father of the late Joyce Brandano, the late Daniel Foley, and the late Timothy Foley, all of Revere; loving stepfather of Elaine Griffin of Coconut Creek, Florida, William Quirk of Revere, the late Ann Marie Mclean of Ocala, Florida and the late Chuckie Quirk of Revere.  He is also survived by many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.The family plans a private service in his memory.

Jean Louise Roebuck

Of Virginia Beach, VA

Jean Louise Roebuck, born November 9, 1934 to Roger and Mildred Callahan, passed away on January 16 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert; son, Paul and daughter, Susan Lang of New Hampshire and a sister, Lois Nilson of Revere. She was also the sister of the late Warren of Puyallup, WA.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA, Children’s Camp Fund.

Francis ‘Frank’ Grillo

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Francis “Frank” Grillo of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on January 28.He was the loving father of Frank and his wife, Doris of Saugus, Thomas and his wife, Janice of Lynnfield and Samantha Amico and her husband, Michael of Winthrop; dear brother of Kenneth Grillo and his wife, Mary Ann of Lakeville and the late Thomas Grillo and Mary Lou Cahoon; cherished  grandfather of Tyler, Tarin, Frank III, Nicholas and Richard Grillo and Alex Amico. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home,  Revere. Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to VNA of Middlesex East &Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Ave., STE 17,  Wakefield, MA 01880.For guestbook

Millie Doheney

Owned Cleaning AgencyMillie (Minichino)

Doheney of Georgetown, a former 75 year resident of Revere, died on February 4 at the Cedar Glenn Nursing Facility of Danvers following a long illness. She was 94 years old.Born in Melrose, Mrs. Doheney lived in Revere for more than 75 years before moving to Georgetown. For many years, she owned and operated Millie’s Cleaning Services of Revere servicing Revere and the surrounding communities.She was the wife of the late Lawrence H. Doheney who died in 1980; the mother of Jacqueline Sweeney-Saulnier of Seabrook, NH, John L. Doheney and his wife, Kathy of Georgetown and Lawrence P. Doheney and his wife, Barbara of North Charlestown, South Carolina. She is also lovingly survived by six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was the daughter of the late Mary Minichino-LaRosa and Joseph Minichino and the sister of the late Vincent J. Minichino and John V. Minichino.Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be held from the Funeral Home on Friday, February 8 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere, at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688. For more information:

Rose Marie DeGruttola

Rose Marie DeGruttolaWorked for First National StoresRose Marie (Gallo) DeGruttola, a long time East Boston resident, died on February 3 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. She was 91 years old.Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1939. In her early working career, she was a stitcher in the Boston Garment District and for several years later, she worked as a baker for the First National Stores in Somerville.She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony D. DeGruttola who died in April of 1999; the cherished sister of Marguerite A. Capone of Revere and the late John, Carmen, Frank and Ralph Gallo and Eleanor Tavella; devoted aunt of Richard S. Capone and his wife, Carol of Wilmington, John A. Capone and his wife, Colleen of Manchester, NH, Marianne LeBlanc and her husband, Frederick LeBlanc of Melrose and she also leaves several other nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, February 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted form the Funeral Home on Thursday, February 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to : Prospect House, 420 Reservoir Avenue, Revere, MA 02151, Attn: Patients’ Recreation Fund. For more information:

Louis Popps

Computer Tech

Louis A. Popps of Revere died unexpectedly at his Revere home on February 2. He was 31 years old.Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere Schools and was a 1999 graduate of Revere High School. He worked as a technician for several computer companies.The beloved son of Sandra L. (Fusco) Popps of Revere and the late Louis A. Popps, Sr., he was the cherished brother of Lyndsay M. Popps of Somerville and the devoted grandson of Marie D. Fusco of Revere and the late John L. Fusco. He is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, February 9 beginning at 3 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701-4708. For more information: www.vertuccioands

Thomas Ciulla

Of Lynn, formerly of Everett

Thomas L. Ciulla of Lynn, formerly of Everett, died on February 4. He was 72 years old.He was the beloved husband of Mary ( Demakis) Ciulla; cherished son of Agnes (Sutera) and the late Accursio “Gus” Ciulla; loving father of Thomas G. Ciulla and his wife, Lillian of Methuen and Stormy and Italiana Ciulla of Lynn; dear brother of Angela Biggie and her husband ,Francis and Roseann Ciulla, all of Revere.His Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street,  Revere on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 10:30 a.m.Family and friends may visit Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, Boston Office, 330 Congress Street, 5th Floor,  Boston, MA 02210. Committal private. For guest book and directions

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