Obituaries 08-21-2013

Rebecca Dorson

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Rebecca (Goldman) Dorson of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on August 19. She was101 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Allan Dorson, she was the devoted mother of Barbara Slayton and Barry Dorson; loving grandmother of Anita Slayton; loving daughter of the late Harry and Lena Goldman and dear sister of the late William Goldman, the late Morris Goldman and the late Rose Levine. Graveside services were held at the New Jewish Deed Holders Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Rebecca’s memory may be made to the Jack Satter House Tenants Association, 420 Revere Beach Blvd. Revere, MA 02151. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Nancy DiBello


Nancy A. (Januario) DiBello of Revere died on August 17. She was 88 years old.

Born in Revere, the beloved wife of John F. DiBello of Revere with whom she shared 62 years of marriage, she was the devoted mother of Adolphine F. Vogt and her husband, Terry of Virginia and John J. DiBello and his wife, Denise of Lynnfield and the late Anthony D. DiBello and his surviving spouse, Lisa DiBello of Ipswich and Domenic DiBello; cherished grandmother of Alysson, Justin, Matthew, John Robert, Nicholas and Benjamin; dear sister of the late Anthony Ianurio, Arthur Januario and Jean Nickerson and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, August 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a  Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in Nancy’s name may be made to: St. Jude Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. For guestbook and online memorial please visit:

Margaret Cholewinski

Of Saugus

Margaret (Dantone) Cholewinski of Saugus, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, died on August 15.  She was 89 years old.

Born in Jeanette, PA, she lived most of her adult life in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Saugus to be closer to her daughter.

She was the beloved wife of the late Michael, the devoted mother of Kathleen Ricottelli of Saugus, formerly of Revere and Michael Cholewinski of Brooklyn, NY; loving grandmother of Kimberly and Christopher and is also survived by her cherished three great grandchildren Patrick, Jason and Nathan.

Arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book please visit

Carolyn Mastrorio

Enjoyed spending time with her family, shopping, cooking and gardening

Carolyn (Shanahan) Mastrorio of Revere died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on August 15. She was 67 years old.

Carol enjoyed spending time with her family as well as shopping, cooking and gardening.

The daughter of the late John F. Shanahan and Viola Johnson, she was the beloved wife of the late Anthony “RFD”; devoted mother of Robert Mastrorio of Revere and the late William Mastrorio; dear sister of Eileen Ginepra of Chelsea, Robert Ginepra of Everett and the late Linda Ginepra and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the German Shepherd Rescue of New England PO Box 299 Wayland MA 01778. For guest book please visit


Edward ‘Eddie the Mechanic’ Smaldone

Retired Boston Police Department Auto Mechanic

Edward “Eddie the Mechanic” Smaldone of Orient Heights East Boston, passed away at home August 4 surrounded by his loving family. He was in his 92nd year.

Eddie was a retired auto mechanic for the Boston Police Department Station Area “D”. He was an Italian War Veteran of World War II and spent two years in a German concentration camp. He was also a member of the Orient Heights Civic Club.

Born 1921 in Castelcivita ( Salerno ) Italy, the son of the late  Nunziante and Giovanna ( Vicinanza ) Smaldone, he was the beloved husband of the late Sara M. ( Bamonte ) Smaldone with whom he shared 60 years of marriage; loving father of Jo-Ann Russo and her husband, Richard and Elisa LaPlante and her husband, Edward, all of Revere; cherished grandfather of Richard E. Russo. Eddie was one of nine siblings and has a surviving sister Elisa Gaudieri of Eboli ( Salerno) Italy.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood “ Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was in the Mausoleum  at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Ida DeAngelico

Longtime Waitress for Salenora Catering Inc.

Ida (Montagna) DeAngelico, a 55 year resident of Revere, died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere on August 12. She was 82 years old.

She was born and raised in Boston’s North End where she attended school and lived until moving to Revere 55 years ago. For more than 15 years, she worked as a clerk typist for the Commonwelth of Massachusetts in the Department of Public Welfare. Concurrently, for over 25 years, she worked as a waitress for Salenora Caterers of Revere where she met thousands of people during her career.

“Ida” was a strikingly attractive woman who had an instant recall memory for faces – which made her an often requested waitress at functions and receptions.

She leaves her beloved husband of 55 years, Vincent P. “Da” DeAngelico. She was the cherished mother of: Donna F. Gigliello and her husband, James “Tony” of Revere and Vincent P. Jr. “Sonny” DeAngelico and his wife, Kim of Rowley; the devoted grandmother of: Anthony J. Gigliello and

his wife, Rebecca of Mendon, Michael J. Gigliello and his wife, Theresa, Crystal D. Aquaouz and her husband, Mustassa “Mossie” and Jason J. Gigliello, all of Revere, Julie-Anne DeAngelico of Jacksonville, Florida, Dena A. and Dylan T. DeAngelico, both of Rowley. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren: Justin, Adam, Michael, Toni and Ryan. She was the dear sister of the late John “Sonny” Montagna.

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

Philip Cotter

Proprietor of Parkway Optical; Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 179

Philip M. Cotter died peacefully in his Swampscott home surrounded by his family on Monday, August 19. He was 90 years old.

Phil was born to Daniel and Augustine (Gagne) Cotter on August 2, 1923 in Salem. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Revere in 1941. Shortly after graduation, he joined the US Marine Corps and served in the Pacific as a Master Sergeant during World War II.

When he returned from the war, he married Pat Hennebury, the love of his life. Their marriage was a true “Love Story” for 61 years. They were each others best friend. The couple settled in Revere where they raised their five children and were active members of the Immaculate Conception Parish. Phil was Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #179.

Phil and Pat and their family enjoyed camping. The children have fond memories of their many camping adventures including a six week long camping trip to Alaska. This was Phil’s dream trip. He also enjoyed vacationing with family and friends at “Sheila’s Grove” in Merrimack, NH, “Candle Pine Village” in Tamworth, NH and “CampmanyKidamongus” in Lebanon, Maine.

For 40 years, Phil was the owner and manager of the Optical Department at Jordan Marsh in Downtown Boston. He also founded Parkway Optical in Revere more than 40 years ago. Parkway Optical is still owned and operated by his children and family.

Phil has always been known for his great sense of humor, kindness and ability to tell a good story. After retiring, Pat and Phil moved to Swampscott. When Pat developed Alzheimer’s Disease during the later years of their marriage, Phil lovingly cared for his soul mate and best friend. His tireless devotion was both touching and inspiring. Phil will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him – he made the world a better place.

He was the beloved husband of the late M. Patricia (Henneberry) Cotter for over 61 years; the cherished father of Trisha Nagle of Swampscott, Susan Coughlin of Wilmington, Karen Hoffman of Colorado, Dr. Janis Cotter of Swampscott and Philip Cotter of Revere; the beloved father in law of Robert Coughlin, Jeffrey Hoffman, Elizabeth Arnold and Alicc Cotter; the adored grandfather of Jonathan and Lynnette Coughlin, Jeffrey and Lauren Coughlin, Elizabeth and Tyler Polumbus, Victoria Cotter and Lloyd Stevens, Catherine and Daniel Cummings, Caitlin Nagle and Rick Franton, Christopher and Karen Nagle, Drew Hoffman and Jessa Hoffman and is also lovingly survived by six great grandchildren. He was the cherished brother in law of the late James A., Michael, Daniel A., John F. and Francis J. Cotter and Catherine Kiernan.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, August 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107), Revere. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, August 23 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, 178 Humphrey St., Swampscott. Followed by interment at Swampscott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly), 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly, MA 01915.

Mildred Carafa

Of Revere

Mildred R. (Harrington) Carafa of Revere passed away unexpectedly on August 18 at the Brigham & Woman’s Hospital in Boston.  She was 70 years old.  Born in Chelsea, the daughter of the late John and Mary (Buckley) Harrington,  Mildred graduated from St. Rose High School in Chelsea in 1961.  Just after high school, Mildred soon married her beloved husband, Edmund J. Carafa, Jr., with whom she shared 51 years of marriage.  She is a late social member of the Irish American Club.

Mildred is the devoted mother of Edmund J. Carafa III of Methuen, Janice M. Leonforte and her husband ,Anthony of Peabody and Brian K. Carafa of Medford and his girlfriend, Amanda; dear sister of Paul W. Harrington and his wife, Maureen of Wakefield, Janice M. Harrington of Florida and the late John Harrington; sister-in-law of Maureen Harrington of Revere; dear friend and devoted Auntie of Betsy Ollis of Florida and is also lovingly survived by three grandchildren: Elizabeth Carafa of Reading, Matthew Leonforte and Katie Rose Leonforte, both of Peabody.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea on Friday, August 23 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held Thursday only from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment will be private.

Stephen Lake

Proprietor of Marble and Tile Specialist

Stephen G. Lake of Danvers, formerly of Revere, died suddenly on August 18.

Stephen was the proprietor of Marble and Tile Specialist.  He was a late Lance Corporal intelligence specialist in the US Marines and a member of the Danvers Fish and Game Club.

Born in Melrose, the son of the late Joseph F and Barbara (Ahern), he was the beloved husband of Tess (Luga); devoted father of Faissal Ferouni of Danvers; dear brother of Paula McGann and her husband, William of Beverly and Joseph Lake Jr. and his wife, Denise of Peabody and the loving uncle of Caitlyn Wallace and Brittany Lake.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 23 in St. Mary of the Assumption Church (Revere) at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, Ma 01701. For guest book please visit

Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno

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