Obituaries 09-04-2013

John McKinley, Jr.,

Of Virginia, formerly of Revere

John P. McKinley, Jr.  entered into Eternal Rest on August 15 after a long and courageous battle against cancer.  He was 70 years old.

John graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1960.  He loved gardening and had a special talent for growing plants of all kinds, but especially roses, and he loved designing and making special cards for friends and relatives for special occasions.  He loved music and loved to dance.  He also loved communicating with everyone on email and keeping up with Revere news and with his friends all over the United States.

He will be sadly missed but lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.  He leaves behind two sisters, Kathleen McKinley and Mae McKinley, both of Revere, his niece and Goddaughter, Lillian McKinley, of Revere, his lifetime friend and partner of over 51 years, Aubrey A. Phillips of Vienna, Virginia, two nephews, his Godson, William McKinley, Jr. and Shawn McKinley, and a niece, Dawn McKinley, all of Lynn, and many relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by his parents, John P. McKinley, Sr. and Mary “Lillian” McKinley, and his brother William McKinley, Sr.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere, MA.   All of John’s friends and relatives are kindly invited to attend.

Angelo Petruzzelli

MBTA Retiree, Former Rome Policeman

Angelo Petruzzelli of East Boston, formerly of Pratola Serra, Avellino, Italy, died on August 27.

Angelo was an Italian Army veteran, a policeman in Rome and a millworker for the MBTA for more than 23 years.

He was the beloved husband of Maria M. (Tranquillino) Petruzzelli with whom he shared 61 years of marriage; loving father of Angela Puccini and her husband, Paul, Anthony Petruzzelli and his wife, Irene, all of Winthrop and Anita Davis and her husband, Brian of Revere; dear brother of Antonio and Gerardo Petruzziello, Maria Morlando and Luigi Petruzzelli and the late Pasqualina DeFalco and Domenico Petruzziello; cherished grandfather of Angela Maria and Marisa Puccini and Michael and Alexa Davis.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. For guest book:

Emma Freni

Member of Ladies Auxiliary Revere Moose

Emma (DeLuca) Freni of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, died at home surrounded by her family on August 31. She was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, Emma moved to Revere in 1958 and was a member of the Revere Loyal Order of Moose, ladies auxiliary.

The daughter of the late Nicola and Louisa (Vigilante) DeLuca, she was the beloved wife of 61 years to Dominic Freni; devoted mother of Jocelyn Coleman and her husband, Mark of Wilmington, Kirsten Freni and her companion, William “Billy” Ruliera of Winthrop; dear sister of Lena DeLuca of Boston’s North End and the late Vincent DeLuca and Marie Bailey; cherished grandmother of Christopher and Nikkia Marcin, both of Wilmington and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, September 5 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guest book please visit


Alfred ‘Freddie’ DelMuto

Retired Master-Finish Carpenter

Alfred R. “Freddie” DelMuto died after a long illness on August 29 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. He was 88 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1942. He entered the US Navy in June of 1943 and served until December of 1945. For all of his working career, he was a master-finish carpenter. He worked for the Carpenters Union, Local 22 and was also self-employed. He retired at age 65 and for the past 20 years he was a resident-patient at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home where he volunteered in the Adjutant General’s Office.

He was the son of the late Frank and Philomena (Raimondi) DelMuto; the cherished father of: Doreen P. Miele and her husband, John of Medford, Sandra L. “Sandy” Osterweil and her husband, Alan of Saugus, Alfred “Freddie” DelMuto and his wife, Sharon and Frank DelMuto and his wife, Maria, all of East Boston; the devoted grandfather of John S. Miele and his wife, Stacia of Medford, Rebecca M. Anoli and her husband, Michael of Stoneham, Lara M. Miele of Dorchester, Danielle E. Osterweil of Saugus, Alfred DelMuto II and his wife, Ana, Dimitri J. DelMuto, Kristen E. and Jacqueline M. DelMuto, all of East Boston and Justin M. DelMuto and his wife, Melissa of Saugus. He is also lovingly survived by his former wife, Lucy (Grande) DelMuto of East Boston, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late: Liberatore “Libby” DelMuto, Mary Fuccillo, Grace Shifino, Rose Coppney and John DelMuto.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Activities Fund at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, 91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA 02150. For further information, please visit:

Richard Martel

Massport Heavy Equipment Operator

Richard P. Martel, of Winthrop died unexpectedly on August 30 at the Lahey Medical Center in Peabody. He was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was the son of the late Berchman and Louise (LeBlanc) Martel and was currently working at Massport as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and also enjoyed playing golf.

Mr. Martel is survived by his son Andrew Martel and his wife, Sarah of Lynn, daughter; Mariah MacDonald-Martel of Billerica and grandchildren Maxwell and Dylan. He was the brother of Paul of Boxboro, David and his wife, Jane of Revere, Charles and his wife, Barbara of Melrose, Leonard of Florida, James and his wife, Sheila of Winthrop and John and his wife, Barbara of Scituate. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

His  funeral will be held from the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Ave., Revere today, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Winthrop Cemetery, Winthop. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For condolences


Jerry Attenazio

Died After Long Illness

Jerry R. Attenazio of Revere died on August 30 after a long debilitating illness.

He was the devoted father of Jeanine Attenazio of Revere; dear brother of Patricia Devaney and her husband, Ed of Saugus; former husband of Elaine Attenazio of Revere and is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and friends who will sorely miss him.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. A memorial mass will be celebrated in his honor on September 29 at 6 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Parish, 71 Central Street, Stoneham. For guestbook and online memorial please visit:


Josephine Abbruzzese

Retired Waitress

Josephine T. (Failla) Abbruzzese of Revere died on September 3. She was 92 years old.

A retired waitress, born in Woburn, she was the beloved wife of the late Paul Abbruzzese; devoted mother of Paula Rowe and her husband, Walter of Revere and the late James J. Abbruzzese; dear sister of the late Mike, Sadie and Sammy Fialla and Virginia Stoico; cherished grandmother of Michelle Rezendes and her late husband, Michael of Billerica; step-grandmother of Pamela Gilman and her husband, Matthew of Billerica and great-grandmother of Madison and Matthew Rezendez and step-grandmother of Georgia Gilman.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Saturday, September 7 at 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 12 noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to: St. Jude Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905. For online memorial and guestbook please visit:

Michael ‘Mike’ Caponigro

Retired Massport Foreman; also worked for United Paper and Grocers

Michael S. “Mike” Caponigro of Beachmont Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on August 31 surrounded by his loving family.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was a foreman for Massport and was employed by United Paper and Grocers for many years.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Serafino and Angelina (Matterese) Caponigro, he was the loving husband of Ruth (Wolf) Caponigro with whom he shared 65 years of marriage; loving and devoted father of Michael Caponigro and  his wife, Catherine of Malden and Karen Verrill and her husband, Lawrence of Revere; dear brother of the late Gelsimina Masucci and Angelo, Andrew, Vincent, Peter and George Caponigro; cherished grandfather of Lisa, Michael and Morgan Caponigro and Sarah and Vincente Salvo and great grandfather of Kelly Ann Salvo.

Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere with a service at 7:30 p.m. Inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date at the VA National Cemetery. For directions and guest book:

Elvira ‘Vera’ Celeste 

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Elvira A. “Vera” (Monterisi) Celeste of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on September 3. She was in her 92nd year.

The beloved wife of the late Angelo “Scungie” Celeste with whom she shared 67 years of marriage, she was the loving mother of Robert Celeste and his wife, Patricia, of Roslindale; dear sister of Joseph Montreisi of Hyde Park, Sergio Montreisi of Wakefield and the late Jessie Ferandi, Frank, Peter and Mina Montreisi; cherished grandmother of Robert A. Celeste, Patricia R. Celeste, Marie Christine Mates and her husband, Rick and Martin P. Celeste and his wife, Jenny and great grandmother of KalthLynn and Valintino.

Her funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Friday morning 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. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. For directions and guest book:

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