Obituaries 05-08-2013

Phillip Antonucci, Jr.

Lynn School Teacher

Phillip D. Antonucci, Jr. of Revere died on May 4. He was 64 years old.

Born in Malden and a teacher in the Lynn School System, he was the beloved husband of Diane (Delaney) Antonucci of Revere; devoted father of Kimberly M. Colon of Chelsea and Phillip D. Antonucci III and his companion, Donna DiVenuti of Revere; dear brother of Elaine Antonucci of Revere; brother-in-law of John and Gloria Williams of Maine and Fraser Delaney of Merrimack; cherished grandfather of Brianna, Alexandra, Phillip, Michael, Tylor and Kyle and great-grandfather of Na’leah;  the loving nephew of Richard Monti and uncle of Amy, Stehanie and Chris.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, May 9 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting Hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook and online memorial please visit:

Gloria Partin

Revere Homemaker, formerly of East Boston

Gloria R. (Croce) Partin, a 30-year resident of Revere and former longtime resident of East Boston, died at home on May 3 following a long and courageous battle with kidney disease. She was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Boston, Mrs. Partin was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who was anticipating with much joy the arrival of her first great grandchild, a baby girl, in September.

She was the wife of the late Ralph Partin who died in June of 2001 and the cherished mother of: Anna Wilson and her husband, Charles of West Roxbury, Brenda Francis and her partner, Roland Varley of Revere, Maureen Bailey and her husband, Thomas of Quincy, Beverly Hardgrave of Revere and Rebecca Spinelli and her husband, Steve of Peabody; the adored grandmother of: Jessica, Zachary and Seth Wilson, Ashley Francis, Paige Esposito, Bridget Bangs, Nicholas and Matthew Spinelli and Olivia and Liam Bailey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was with her husband in the Mass. National Veterans’ Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Avenue, Norwood, MA 02062. For more information, please visit:

Donald Bennington, Sr.

Retired Electrical Design Engineer; Member of American Legion and the Marconi Club

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, May 9 at 1 p.m. in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for Donald F. Bennington, Sr. of Revere who died on April 24 at the Soldiers Home in Chelsea following a long illness. He was 84 years old.

He was born and raised in Plainville, Indiana and lived there until joining the US Navy in October of 1947. He served until September of 1951 and was discharged as a Radioman – 2nd Class.

Mr. Bennington lived in Brockton and the Cape Area, particularly in Bourne, until moving to Revere nine years ago. He was a member of the American Legion Post 35 of Bourne, American Legion Post 18 of Brockton and the Marconi Club. Most of his working career was spent as a self employed Electrical Design Engineer.

He was the beloved husband of the late Thelma (LaRoche) Bennington who died in July of 1971 and the late Emma (Principe) who died in May of 1999; the devoted father of Margaret “Peggy” Hathaway of Revere, Michael J. Bennington and his wife, Cesidia of Newton, James W. Bennington and his wife, Karen of Malden, Terry A. Waterman of Belmont, New Hampshire and the late Donald F. Bennington, Jr., who died in March of 1996. He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and by Millie Arthur, Robert Arthur, Elaine Lebeouf, their children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Recreation Fund at Chelsea Soldiers Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn: John Davis. For more information, please visit:

Walter Jackson

Bluc Cross/Blue Shield Printer

Walter R. Jackson of Revere, formerly of Everett, was stricken at work with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurism on April 25 and taken to Boston Medical Center where he died on April 28. He was 59 years old.

Born and raised in Everett and a 1972 graduate of Everett High School, he entered the US Air Force in May of 1973 and served until December of 1974 during the Vietnam Era. He had a 34 year career as a printer with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Boston.

For the past nine years, he and his beloved wife of 17 years, Peggy A, (Hibbard) Jackson, were residents of Revere. In addition to his wife, he leaves his devoted mother, Norma Jackson; he was the dear brother of: Luther Jackson of Revere, Trenace Jackson, Robert Jackson and Norma Jackson, all of Everett, Robin Jackson of Malden, Yvette Jackson of Worcester and the late Ross Jackson. He is also lovingly survived by a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was private. For additional information, visit:

Arthur Amato, Jr.

Former member of Patriots Civic Club, ITAM Club, Sons of Italy and Moose Club, all of Revere

Arthur H. Amato, Jr. passed away on May `1 after a two-year courageous battle with cancer.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1975, he spent his last few years with the family of his longtime girlfriend, Doreen Manzo of Revere.  He was a former member of the Patriot’s Civic Club, ITAM club, and Sons of Italy and the Moose Club, all of Revere.

He leaves three children and three grand-children:  Arthur III and his daughter, Isabella.  Andrew Amato, Jaime Amato and her two sons, Zachary and Frankie. He was the beloved son of Arthur H. Amato, Sr. and Raffaela “Dolly” Barrasso-Amato and also leaves three siblings and five nieces and nephews:  Arlene Amato-Hanson, her husband Michael, and son, Matthew of Peabody, Richard and his wife, Joyce and their four children of Malden, Richie Jr, Michelle, Alicia, Kristen and Alan and his wife, Krisann of New Hampshire.  He also leaves grand-nieces and grand nephews along with many relatives and friends.

As per his wishes, services and burial were private. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society in Arthur’s name.

Richard Clayman


Richard I. Clayman of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on May 1.

The founder of the Law Firm of Clayman and Dodge in Chelsea, he was the beloved husband of Deborah A. (Bradley) Clayman; devoted and loving father of Katie Clayman Huggard and her husband, Josh of Swampscott and Erica Colombo of Boston; loving son of the late Arthur Clayman and Anne Novack Clayman; dear brother of Steven G. Clayman and his wife, Nancy of Boston.  He is also survived by many extended family, friends, nieces, nephews and colleagues.

Services were held at the Temple Emmanuel, Chelsea. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150 and/or the Jack Satter House 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151. Visit for guest book.

Estelle Andrews

Retired Telephone Operator

Estelle P. (Boc) Andrews, a retired telephone operator, passed away on April 6 at Kindred Harborlights Nursing and Rehabilitation in South Boston. She was 83 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Josephine (Pawleczyk) Boc. She was raised in Chelsea, attended local schools and was a Chelsea resident for the early part of her life. She relocated with her family to Dorchester and has lived there for over 40 years.

She worked as a telephone operator for New England Telephone and Telegraph until her retirement. In her retirement years, she spent winters with her husband in Port Charlotte, Florida where she was a member of the South West Polka Boosters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Mrs. Andrews was the beloved wife of the late Stanley Andrews who died in 2003; devoted mother of Jeffrey Andrews of Revere; dear sister of Stanley Boc of North Weymouth and the late Ben and William Boc, Sophie Lehan, Wanda Dykas and Josephine Gorman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church, Chelsea and services concluded with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Shirley Vinciarelli

Of Revere

Shirley M. (Ruscitti) Vinciarelli of Revere died on May 1.

She was the loving mother of Fred Ferragamo and his wife, Sandra, Patricia Antar and Barbara Coleman; beloved sister of Barbara and Kathy Ruscitti and Patricia D’Antona and her husband, Bruce and is also survived by her five loving grandchildren, Felicia, Samantha, Leonard, Antonio, and Paul, as well as a loving niece, Gabrielle D’Antona.

Her funeral is private. Memorial donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Hospital, 736 Cambridge St., Brighton, 02135. Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO

Dr. Gerald Sowsy

Retired Dentist

Dr. Gerald Sowsy of Revere, formerly of Chestnut Hill and Sunapee, NH, passed away on April 29. He was 84 years old.

Dr. Sowsy was born in Boston and raised in Chelsea. He graduated from the New Preparatory School, Cambridge in 1946, from Harvard University, Class of 1950 and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry, Class of 1955. Dr. Sowsy, who had his own dental practice in Newton Center for many years, was a Captain in the United States Air Force following the Korean War. He was also a member of the Alpha and Omega Dental Society and the Massachusetts Dental Society.

The beloved husband of Shirley (Hoffman) Sowsy for 62 years, he was the devoted father of Gail Katz and her husband, Dr. Steven Katz, Craig Sowsy and his wife, Amy and Marjorie Boyle and her husband, Terence; the loving son of the late Henry and Lena Sowsy;  the dear brother of Dr. Paul Sowsy and his wife, Sabina and the loving grandfather of Tracey, Michael, Allison, Bradley, Colin and Caitlin. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Services were held. Donations in Dr. Sowsy’s memory may be made to the Autism Society of America, 47 Walnut St. Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 or to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St. Danvers, MA 01923

Patricia Magliano

Of East Boston

Patricia C. (Cone) Magliano died in East Boston on April 30.

She was the beloved wife of the late Vito E Magliano; devoted mother of Jodi Celona and her late husband, Domenic and the late Robert J. Magliano; daughter of the late Louise (Silva) and Carl Cone; loving grandmother of Jennifer, Matthew and Jillian Celona and great-grandmother of Samantha Lee, all of East Boston; dear friend of Peter Catizone of Revere and sister of the late James Cone.

Funeral arrangements were by the Magrath Funeral Home. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in Pat’s memory to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.

Robert Daviaux

Of Florida, formerly of Chelsea

Robert D. Daviaux of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Chelsea, died on April 27. He was 70 years old.

A US Army veteran, he was the beloved husband of Carolyn P. (Donovan) Daviaux with whom he shared 50 years of marriage, the loving father of Michelle C. Miles and her husband, David of Florida; adored grandfather of Kerri and Cody; cherished son of the late Elizabeth (Mercurio) Daviaux Fusco and Samuel Fusco of Revere; dear brother of Margaret E. Hegan and her husband, Paul of West Peabody and David J. Daviaux of Melrose.

Services were held in Florida. For online guest book, visit:

Cheri Anne DeBorba

Of Stoneham, formerly of Malden

Cheri Anne (Ellis) DeBorba of Stoneham, formerly of Malden, died on April 27.

She was the beloved wife of Aldo; mother of John; daughter of G. Paul Ellis and his wife, Joan Keirstead of Watertown and Marion Ellis (Gagliardi) and her fiancé, Salvatore R. Saldutti of Everett; sister of Kim Shelton of Everett, Paula Ellis of Melrose, Tina Saldutii of Revere, Toni Cullen of Centerville and Jill McGovern of Norwood. She is also survived by two nephews, Joshua and Tyler and one niece, Sienna. She will also be missed by many aunts and uncles.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cheri’s memory to the Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Pl. #201, Boston, MA 02114.

Stephen Cobe

Former Member of “The Mission  Hill Post”

Stephen Cobe of Revere died on April 25.

Born in Boston and a former member of “The Mission Hill Post,” he was the devoted husband of Sandy DeChristoforo; father of Scott Cobe and his wife, Janice, Brian Cobe, David Cobe and Gina Bassant, Brenda Spinelli and her husband, Jim, Johnna Wallace and her husband Bruce; son of the late Dawn (McPhee) Cobe; brother of Dawn Bryant, Bruce Cobe and his wife, Donna and the late Barbara Birks, Brian Cobe and David Cobe. He was the grandfather of Jordan, Cassandra and Nikolas and the uncle of Nicole, Craig, Brian, Christopher, Tim and Barry.

Funeral arrangements were by the Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. For online condolences, please visit:

Juliana Dragani

Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Elder Services Volunteer

Juliana (Picardi) Dragani of Revere died on May 5. The former owner of J.E.M.S. Family Hair Care in Medford and money manager volunteer at Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Elder Services, she was the beloved wife of Roger Dragani; devoted mother of Melissa McDonnell and her husband, Paul, Jason Dragani and his wife, Nicole and Erica Dragani and her fiancé, Steve Knowles; loving grandmother of Jason Dragani, Jr. and Ezekiel McDonnell and the dear sister of Maria Picardi Marena, John, Aldo and Robert Picardi.

Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere. Her Funeral will be held from the funeral home on Thursday at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115. For guest book, please visit

Florence DiGiacomo

Of New Hampshire, formerly of East Boston

Florence M. (Salerno) DiGiacomo of Milton, NH, formerly of East Boston, died on May 5.

She was the beloved wife of Charles S. DiGiacomo of New Hampshire, loving mother of Michele Sullivan of Rochester, NH, Charles P. DiGiacomo of Winthrop,  John S. DiGiacomo and his wife, Diane of East Boston and Paula Cincotti of Revere; dear sister of Nicholas Salerno and his wife, Teresa of East Boston and the late Virginia Moulaison and Marie Mazziotta. She is also survived by nine loving grandchildren, one loving great granddaughter and by many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Committal will be private. At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. For directions and guest book:

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