Obituaries 10-02-2013

George ‘Butch’ LeBlanc

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

George F. “Butch” LeBlanc of Thonotosassa, Florida, fomerly of Beachmont-Revere and Maine, died on September 17 after a long battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Born in Boston, he is survived by his long time life partner Beverly Davis of Thonotosassa and his son, Peter LeBlanc, Sr.; daughter-in-law, Beth and three loving grandsons: Peter, Jr., Joseph and Collin LeBlanc, all of Revere. He also leaves behind his brothers: Richard and his wife, Patricia and Michael LeBlanc of Brockton and Edward LeBlanc of Pennsylvania and a sister, Carolyn Mason and her husband, Richard of Virginia as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. He was the father of the late John LeBlanc and former husband of the late Janice (Murphy) LeBlanc.

A Memorial Mass will be held in Revere at a later date and his ashes will be placed in Maine according to his wishes. Donations in his memory may be made to the Melech Hospice House, 11125 N52nd St., Temple Terrace, Florida, 33617 or to the Haley House c/o James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Dows Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612.

Eda Raia

Shawmut Bank Retiree

Eda (Buonasaro) Raia of Tewksbury, formerly of Revere and the North End of Boston, died on September 26 at Saints Memorial Hospital in Lowell. She was 84 years old.

A long time clerk at Shawmut Bank in Boston, she was born and raised in the North End before moving to East Boston and Revere.

Mrs. Raia was the wife of the late Filippo Raia; devoted mother of Anthony and his wife, Lori of Haverhill, Filippo II and his wife, Rose of Pennsylvania, Mathew of Tewksbury and the late Francesco and his surviving wife, Stephanie of Malden; dear sister of the late Peter Buonasaro and Sarah Fatalo; cherished grandmother of 22, great-grandmother of 10 and great-great grandmother of two.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For online memorial and guestbook please visit

John Stack

Retired Cook

John Stack of Revere died on September 24 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Boston following a long illness. He was 71 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s Mission Hill Section, he lived for a time in Jamaica Plain before coming to Revere more than 41 years ago. For all of his working career, he was a cook for the New England Baptist Hospital of Boston retiring in 2004 after 40 years of service.

He was the husband of the late Theresa Lou (Skelton) Stack, who died in August of 2012; the beloved father of Bryan E. Stack of Birmingham, Alabama and Kimberly Beaupre and her husband, Bryan of Derry, New Hampshire; the cherished grandfather of: Sarah E. and Victoria G. Black, both of Birmingham, Alabama, Brennah, Kyle and Brayden Beaupre, all of Derry, NH; the dear brother of: Catherine Tobin of Arlington, Gerald Stack and his wife, Roseanne of Orlando, Florida, Margaret Stack of Tacoma, Washington and the late Joseph Stack, Jr. He was the son of the late Joseph and Marie (Sullivan) Stack of Boston and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Funeral Service was held in the Chapel at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden followed by entombment at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, visit:

Peter Zirpolo, Jr.

Self Employed Welder

Peter A. Zirpolo, Jr. of Revere, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston, died on September 26 after battling terminal cancer with the greatest care at Cambridge Hospital. A special thank you to the attending staff in the Emergency Room and the ICU. He was 60 years old.

The cherished son of Mary (Amerault) Zirpolo of New Hampshire and the late Peter A. Zirpolo, Sr., he was the dear brother of Honey Soroka and her husband, Ed of New Hampshire; Caroline Cantone and husband, Michael of Revere; Sharon D’Orlando and her husband, Billy of Beverly; and Gail Gioioso and her husband, Domenic of New Hampshire and the children of their beloved uncle. He is also remembered by all the Zirpolo and Amerault Families of East Boston and by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was the grandson of the late Sophie and Anthony Zirpolo; Madeline and Edward Sr. Amerault and Uncle Johnny and remaining brothers and sisters of Peter Sr, aunts and uncles: Anna, Margie, Gracie, Louie, Joe, Dickie, Frankie, their husbands and wives; special nephew to Marion “ Auntie Marion” and Anthony “Uncle Jr-Zip” and Cousin Vincent and special family friend of Bill Toppi of Revere (With all due respect to any family members not mentioned, too many to include.)

Family and friends are invited to attend a service in our chapel of the resurrection on Thursday, October 3 at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere at 11 a.m. Family and friends may visit Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Committal will be private. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. For directions and guest

Evelyn DiCalogero

Revere Homemaker

Evelyn A. (Juliano) DiCalogero of Revere died on September 28. She was 87 years old.

A homemaker, born in Everett, she was the beloved wife of the late John P. DiCalogero; devoted mother of John and his wife, Janet of Revere, Anthony and his wife, Cindy of New Hampshire, Jean Farrell and her husband, Robert of Revere, Lucille O’Connell and her husband, Leo of New Hampshire, Elaine Ross and her husband, Lada of Revere, Edward and his wife, Tina of New Hampshire and the late Vincent and his former wife, Christine of Revere; cherished grandmother of 16 and great-grandmother of 16; dear sister of Rose Russo of New Hampshire and Arthur Juliano of Everett; treasured sister in law of Eleanor Cappello of Somerville; loving aunt of Sis “Margaret” Paolucci of New Hampshire and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere, today, Wednesday, October 2 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Service in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m. For online memorial and guestbook please visit:

Louis Cutillo

US Postal Service Retiree, Served in US Navy and US Coast Guard

Louis M. Cutillo, beloved husband of 41 years to Loretta E. Cutillo, died of Cardiac Arrest on Septenber 15 .

Mr. Cutillo was a long time resident of Revere but moved to Florida with his wife to enjoy the warm weather. He retired from the Navy and also from the Coast Guard then settled for a career with the U.S. Postal Service in a supervisory capacity. He remained with the Post Office when he transferred to Florida. After retiring from the Post Office, Mr. Cutillo worked in transportation in a part time position with the Council Of Aging in Palm Coast.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 41 years, Loretta E. Cutillo, his Poodle, GiGi; a son, David Cutillo, a daughter, Cheryl Pacheo and grandchildren. He also leaves three sisters: Florence Cantone, Lorraine Malanaski and Janet Stupial, all long time Revere residents.

Mr. Cutillo was much loved and will be missed.

Remembrance for Phyllis Mary Hanson

Phyllis Mary Hanson was born in Chelsea on December 11, 1925 and passed away on September 4, 2013 at the Lighthouse Nursing Home where she was lovingly cared for by a devoted staff of truly special people.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Elizabeth (Dobbyns) and Clarence F. Hanson. Elizabeth unfortunately passed away when Phyllis was in the first grade and she was then raised by her father and Mary (Dobbyns) Hanson, who became her second mother. Phyllis moved to Reading with her parents before purchasing her home on the Riverside of Revere, where she lived next door to Carl and Jennie Cirafice, who soon became like second parents. After they died, she continued her close friendship with their niece, Delia Sculla.

Along with other friends, including Evelyn and Bernie Atkins, they enjoyed a variety of senior events and particularly relished their weekly line-dancing classes!

When Delia passed, Phyllis took on the role of beloved aunt to her daughter, Jan Sculla McWilliams and her family, never missing a function or holiday celebration over the course of 30 years.Her presence will be profoundly missed.

Phyllis is also deeply missed by her lifelong friend, Maureen Gavel, with whom she shared a love of baseball and her favorite team, the Red Sox. She is also missed by her beloved neighbors, Jeannie and Jim Nowlan, as well as her many friends and church members at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and an active participant in many parish activities.

Phyllis attended St. Rose Catholic School in Chelsea. She began her college career at Emmanual College in Boston and went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Mount St. Mary’s College in Hookset, New Hampshire. She received her Master’s Degree from Northeastern University.

Upon graduation, Phyllis embarked on an adventure with her parents to Puerto Rico, where she resided for a number of years after her father, a Chelsea firefighter, was offered the position of Chief. She would speak often and with great fondness of those years in Puerto Rico and Panama where she mentioned with pride the generosity of her parents toward many people in need in that part of the world.

After working in the business world, Phyllis decided to transfer those skills to the field of education, where she acquired a position as a business educator in the Chelsea Public School System. After she obtained certification as a guidance counselor, she spent the remainder of her educational career in the fulfilling role of counseling and advocating for her students. She was extremely proud of the fact that she was evaluated by her supervisor as a “caring educator whose low-key manner instilled trust in her students while she worked tirelessly for their well-being.” She retired in 1998.

Phyllis leaves behind that same legacy of quiet support for those whose lives she has touched. She will be deeply missed by those who loved and cherished her.

We invite you to attend a memorial mass in her honor in St. Anthony’s Chapel on Saturday, October 12 at 11: a.m. The church parking lot is at 250 Revere Street in Revere. Walk to the left hand side of the church and the chapel is around the corner.

Gerald Fiumara

Worked for the MBTA

Gerald Fiumara of Revere, formerly of Cambridge, died on September 23. He was 70 years old.

A late employee of the MBTA, he was the beloved husband of Pamela “Palmy” Rago; son of the late Gaetano and Theresa (Casseso) Fiumara; devoted father of Kathleen Fiumara Maggellet and her husband, Frank of California, stepfather of Jody LaBella-Conner and her husband, Brian of Medford, Anthony LaBella of Lynn and Joseph Bondanza of Revere; dear brother of Marie Bradbury of Medford and the late Michael Fiumara; loving grandfather of Bryan, Jordana, Alana, Nicolas, Rayna, Tayla, and Sofia. He also leaves many friends and his canine companion, Ana.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Interment will be at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. in St Michaels Cemetery. For guestbook please visit

William Carifio

Master Carpenter, Craftsman and Artisan

William A. Carifio, a lifelong Revere resident, died on September 22. He was 86 years old.

Bill was a master carpenter, craftsman and artisan who built his own home. He was a longtime member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. Local Union 51.

He began his trade as a youngster making furniture in his family’s basement. While developing his career, he took time off to serve his country during World War II as Private First Class with the U.S. Army Radio Security Detachment. Upon his return, he started his own business, Carifio Architectural Woodworking. He was known for his ability to layout and manufacture the most Intricate and complicated designs.

The beloved husband of Phyllis (Botelho) and the late Antoinette (Pasquale), he was the devoted son of the late Luigi and Concetta (Franco) Carifio; the loving brother of the late Joseph Carifio, Nicolina Carifio, Olga Carifio, Julia Carifio, Albert Carifio, Theresa Piccariello, Edward Carifio, Yolanda Krovitz and Virgil Carifio. He is also survived by his nephew, Steven Krovitz, who was more like a son as well as 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 Alzheimer’s Foundation,311 Arsenal St., Watertown MA 02472.

Richard ‘Rick’ Evans, Sr.

Real Estate Agent

Richard A. Evans, Sr. a recent resident of Revere, died unexpectedly on September 30 at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett after being stricken at home. He was 60 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s Roslindale Section, he lived most of his life in Roslindale and Hyde Park and served in the US Navy for five years during the Vietnam Era. In 1998, he and his beloved wife of 15 years moved to Howlett, Texas. Two years ago they returned to Massachusetts and settled in the Point of Pines Section of Revere.

Most of his working career was spent as a real estate agent for Caldwell Banker & Re-Max. In Texas, he worked as a sales associate at a local furniture store outlet.

He is survived by his dear wife Felicitas A. “Fely” (Amanuevo) Evans and was the devoted father to Michelle A.Brown and her husband, Tyler of Medford and Richard A. “JR.” Evans, Jr. and his wife, Rachael A. of Point of Pines, Revere. He was the cherished grandfather of Sofia M. and Maison V. Brown, both of Medford; the dear son of Dorothy J. (Kraft) Evans of Roslindale; the loving brother of Stephan Evans of Florida, Kenneth Evans, Robert Evans and his wife, Patricia, Gary Evans and his wife, Amy, all of Roslindale; Joyce Evans of San Antonio, Texas, John Evans and his wife, Carol of Canton, Mark Evans of Walpole and William Evans of Los Angeles, California. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, October 3 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, October 4 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua, Church, Revere at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For additional information, visit:

Theresa Adamson

Of Peabody, formerly of Revere

Theresa A. “Terry” (Rolli) Adamson of Peabody, formerly of Revere, passed away on September 25 surrounded by her loving family.

She was the beloved wife of William “Billy” Adamson; cherished daughter of Anthony and Mona (Bertolino) Rolli of Peabody; loving mother of William A. Adamson and his fiancée, Sarah Seidman of N. Andover and Ryan J. Adamson of Peabody; adored sister of Christopher Rolli and his friend, Scott Berry of Peabody and Brenda (Rolli) Newman and her husband, William of Peabody. Terry was also a dear sister in law to Thomas Adamson and his late wife, Gail of Peabody and James Adamson and his wife, Helen of Winthrop and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Puritan Lawn, Peabody.

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