Obituaries 09-25-2013

John Giuffre

50-Year owner and operated of the Do-DROP-In Restaurant of Boston

John J. Giuffre, a long time resident of Beachmont Revere, died on Saturday, September 21 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere. He was 94 years old.

Born in Boston’s North End, he moved to Beachmont Revere more than 60 years ago. For more than 50 years he owned and operated the Do-DROP-In Restaurant of Boston. John was also a truck driver and a member of Local #25.

He was the husband of the late Helen (Cullen) and the devoted and cherished father of John H. Giuffre, Peter Giuffre and his wife, Joanne and Cynthia LaBointe, all of Revere; the dear brother of Raymond Giuffre of Revere and the late Leah Clifford and the loving grandfather of Nicholas R. and Peter Giuffre, Renee and Juliette LaBointe, all of Revere.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, September 25 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.For more information, visit:

Mary Alvino

Family and Home Was Her First Priority

Mary A. (Procopio) Alvino, a lifelong resident of Revere, died at home on Monday, September 23 following a long illness. She was 92 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere Schools and was, indeed, a devoted homemaker, housewife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Her first priority was to her family and the maintenance of her gracious and beautiful home.

She was the beloved wife of 65 years to Robert A. Alvino; the cherished mother of Anthony M. Alvino and his wife, Carol of Danvers and Robert A. Alvino, Jr. of Revere; the adored grandmother of Anthony J. “TJ” Alvino and his wife, Kristi of Cary, North Carolina, Paula M. Potvin and her husband, Benjamin and Michelle C. L’Italien and her husband, Peter, all of Salem; the dear sister of Pauline Terranova and her husband, William of Revere, Gloria Torre and Marie Procopio, both of Revere, Albert Procopio of Medford, Andrew J. Procopio, Jr. and his wife, Marie of Revere and the late: Jean R. Angelone, Anthony, Joseph, Dominick and John Procopio. She is also lovingly survived by four great grandchildren: Molly, Gracelyn, Brent and Jack and by many faithful nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, September 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. In the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, September 27 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information, visit:

Joseph Hanscom

Welder and Lifelong Revere Resident

Joseph L. Hanscom, a life long resident of Revere, died on September 18 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital. He was 35 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere Schools and the Vocational High School. He had been in the construction field as a welder for most of his working career.

He was the beloved son of Roger D. Hanscom and Debra J. (Iovine) of Revere; devoted brother of Jennifer A. Duggan and her husband, Patrick and Roger D. Hanscom and his wife, Kristen, all of Revere; the loving grandson of Edith L. (Kingsbury) Iovine and her late husband, Louis R. Iovine of Revere and Hollywood, Florida; the dear uncle of Tyler J. and Jaxson P. Duggan, Ryan J., Khloe E. and Kasey K. Hanscom. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, September 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday, September 28 at 10 a.m. followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make-a-Wish Foundation, One Bullfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2031. For more information, visit:

Ann Silva

Lifelong Revere Resident

Ann (DiStefano) Silva of Revere died after a brief illness at the Kaplan Family Hospice House of Danvers on Monday, September 23. She was 85 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere Schools.

She was the cherished mother of Jacqueline “Jackie” Sasso of Revere and the late Michael J. Hare; the devoted grandmother of David J. Sasso of Danvers and Lawrence J. Guarino, III of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandson, David J. Sasso, Jr. She was the beloved companion of the late Daniel Cash of Winthrop and the sister of the late Josephine Natola, John DiStefano and Jean Rich.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, September 28 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a Memorial Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 4:15 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later time at Winthrop Cemetery, Winthrop. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, visit:

Joanne ‘MiMi’ DeFelice

Outstanding Chelsea Resident

Joanne D. (Goffredo) “MiMi” DeFelice, a long time resident of Chelsea, died at home on September 12 after a long illness.

Born in Boston and beloved by all, “MiMi,” as almost everyone called her, was very active with both her family as well as in civic undertakings. She was past President of Zonta, a Eucharistic Minister as well as lector at St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, and Past President of both the Carter and Chelsea High School P.T A.’s

In 1966, she taught a defensive driving course for the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce under the auspices of the Massachusetts Safety Council. In 1967, she was selected as one of the outstanding civic leaders in the City of Chelsea by the Chicago based organization, Outstanding Civic Leaders of America.

A talented seamstress, she made uniforms for both the Chelsea High School cheerleaders and majorettes in the late 60’s. While working in the fabric division for Jordan Marsh, she was responsible for making clothing for their fashion shows as well as for mannequins.

Not to sit idle for long, she and her dear friend, the late Marie Iantosca, started a wedding ensemble business named Giuseppe Originals. In the years that followed, she worked with and appeared in many dance recitals. At her granddaughter Gina’s dance studio, Dance, Inc., she spent countless hours behind the scenes and was given the beloved title of CIO, Chief Inspirational Officer.

She was the devoted wife of Joseph DeFelice; beloved mother of Rosemarie DeFelice and her husband, Joseph Fineran of Revere and Angela DiPerri and her husband, Ronald of Wakefield; dear sister of Francis Goffredo of Saugus, Robert Goffredo of New Hampshire, Joseph Goffredo of Stoneham, John Goffredo of Peabody, Marie Montville of New Hampshire, Michael Goffredo of Malden and the late Barbara Goffredo; cherished grandmother of Regina Colombo of South Boston, Ronald DiPerri II of California and Jessica Fitzgerald of Marshfield. She is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Jack, Griffin, Julia and Declan as well as by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea.   Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joanne’s name may be made to St. Michael’s Chapel. To send a message of condolence, please visit

Stephen E. Kelley

Retired Mass. State Police Lieutenant

Stephen E. Kelley died on Tuesday, September 17 at Whidden Hospital in Everett. He was 68 years old.

Stephen was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served several tours of duty in Vietnam before joining the Massachusetts State Police.

The loving husband of Jacqueline J. (Wilson) Kelley, he was born in Everett and raised in Revere,  the son of the late Roger and Rita (Murray) Kelley. He lived in Winthrop for many years. In addition to his wife, he leaves two brothers and one sister, Kevin Kelley of Londonderry, NH, Christopher Kelley of Gloucester and Lorraine McLean of Virginia.

Services were private at the request of the family with arrangements by Porcella Funeral Home, Revere.

Louis Cutillo

Longtime Revere Resident

Louis M. Cutillo, a long time resident of Revere, passed away of Advanced Leukemia on September 15 in Port Orange, Florida.

He leaves his wife of 41 years, Loretta; a daughter, Cheryl and a son, David as well as several grandchildren. Louis was well loved and will be missed.

Rita Dellofano

Longtime Revere School Lunch Worker

Rita (Casali) Dellofano of Revere died at home on September 19.  She was 91 years old.

Rita was born in Cambridge, raised in Somerville and later in life moved to Revere to raise her family. She worked for over 50 years serving lunches in the Revere School System.

She was the daughter of the late Peter and Julia (Romelli) Casali, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Dellorfano; devoted mother of Joseph of Revere and Debra Paul and her husband, Christopher of New Hampshire; dear sister of Mabel Oakley of California, Alma Casali of New Hampshire and the late Mary Macarelli, Nora Greely, Josephine Gallozzi, Claire Casali and Edith Mariano. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren and three loving great grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, September 27 at 9:30 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m.  For guestbook please visit

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