Rosalie Blanche D’Eramo Gibson
Of Marblehead, formerly of Revere
Rosalie Blanche D’Eramo Gibson of Marblehead, formerly of Revere, much beloved wife of John (Jack) Otto Gibson and devoted mother of Joan Rosalie Gibson Call and her husband, Brian Todd Call of Levant, Maine and Jill Renee Gibson Frenette and her husband, Michael Frenette of Gloucester, “journeyed on” on August 21, 2013, the birthday of her mother, after a long illness. She was 79 years old. Blanche, as she was called, was born July 8, 1934 in East Boston to Andrew D’Eramo and Rose Gallerani D’Eramo and moved to Revere as a child. She was proud of her Italian heritage and was an honors student at Revere High School where she had many friends. She graduated from Revere High School in 1952 and later proudly graduated with honors in 1954 with a dental hygiene degree from Forsyth, Tuft’s Dental College after a rigorous two year training program. Being a practical person, yet against family wishes, she insisted on attending college in order to be self-supporting and instilled a sense of independence and a strong Puritan work ethic in her two daughters of whom she demanded industry, accountability, and honesty beyond reproach. She taught them foremost to be true to oneself and to God, and to take nothing from anyone, but, to give. It was love at first sight on a blind date in late August of 1953 when Blanche met John Otto Gibson of Marietta, Ohio, a USAF MIT meteorological graduate student and petroleum engineer. They were married September 8, 1956 and enjoyed 60 years of companionship. One of the highlights of Blanche’s life was the time she and Jack spent in Caracas, Venezuela from 1959 to 1964, while he was employed for Mobil Oil. In 1964 she, Jack, and their young daughter, Joan, settled permanently in Marblehead. Their second daughter, Jill was born in 1965. Blanche spent her life caring for her family and was an exceptional homemaker. She was an indefatigably dutiful daughter, wife and mother, providing a much needed home for her mother and sister during her early married life. She was reliable and trustworthy and enjoyed keeping an ordered, clean, and tastefully decorated home. Blanche will always be remembered as a baker extraordinaire and her daughter, Joan, cherishes the many recipes she inherited, continuing to delight family members with the family kitchen magic. Blanche’s beauty, joyful exuberance, humor, energy, generosity, creativity, economy and industry, devotion, selflessness and strong will added to the light in this world, and continue to shine in her next experience, hidden from our senses, but, known to God. She left a “plus” balance in this world’s account which continues to reap fruit. “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household…..her candle goeth not out by night. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come..” Proverbs 31: 10,15,18,25 In addition to her immediate family, she leaves siblings Andrew (Skippy) D’Eramo, Jr, of Revere, William ( Billy) D’Eramo of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and Janet Bozek of Danvers and several nephews, nieces and cousins. She was predeceased by a younger brother, Richard (Dicky) D’Eramo in 1955, her parents, and more recently her sisters-in-law, Pat and Carolyn D’Eramo. At Blanche’s request there was no memorial or committal services. Condolences may be sent to Joan at: [email protected]
Enjoyed Being With Her Family
Esther R. (Acquaviva) Spagnolo of Revere died on December 18. Beloved wife of the late Domenic. She was 92 years old. Born in Boston, the daughter of the late Sebastian and Caroline (Cece) Acquaviva, she was a home maker who enjoyed being with her family. She was the devoted mother of Carolyn Sweezey and her husband, Robert of Melrose, Annette “Tina” D’Augusta and her husband, Peter of Revere, Linda Lattanzi and her late husband, Peter of Revere, Ross Spagnolo of Virginia, Christina Wilder of Wakefield, Janet Walsh and her late husband, Jack of Wilmington and Domenic “Paul” Spagnolo of New Jersey; the dear sister of Caroline Hamilton of Revere and the late Anna Musto, Rita Presterone, Rose Holden, Josephine Triulzi, Jerry, Joseph, Sebastian and Anthony Acquaviva. She is also survived by 18 loving grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Monday, December 23 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Esther’s memory to the Activities Fund, Hammersmith House, 73 Chestnut St., Saugus, MA 01906. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Dominic Torchetti of Winthrop died on December 20. The devoted father of Ann Cerato and her husband, Gregg of New Hampshire, Linda Silvestro and her husband, Mark of Rowley and Nancy Marshall of Florida, he was the dear brother of Dolly Paciotti and Rachel D’Eramo, both of Melrose, and the late John Torchetti; cherished grandfather of Mark, Christopher, Kara and Shannon. Family and friends will honor Dominic’s life by gathering Saturday, December 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston with a service starting at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers and to honor Dom’s life, donations may be made to JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th fl, New York, N.Y 1004. For more information: www.ruggieromh.com
Former Lead Singer of The Golden Image Band
David V. Concannon of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died on December 18 at the Light House Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his family. A late employee of the City of Somerville, he was a US Army veteran and the former leader singer of the Golden Image Band. He was the beloved husband of Mary (Hughes) Concannon with whom he shared 50 years of marriage; loving father of Dianne Concannon of North Carolina, Debra DeRosa, Darlene Concannon and Donna Concannon, all of Revere and Dawn Concannon of Haverhill; cherished son of the late Marie (Lemos) Concannon; dear brother of Maureen O’Reilly of Maine and the late Carol Hardy. He was the grandfather of 10 and also leaves six nieces and two nephews. Family and friends will honor David’s life by gathering Monday, December 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. In Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere with a service in the chapel of the resurrection with military honors at 7:30 p.m. Committal will be private. For directions and guest book:www.vazzafunerals.com
David W. Green of Revere died on December 16. He was 53 years old. A US Army veteran, he was the devoted son of the late Charles Green, Jean (Viola) and Raymond Scarino; dear brother of Cheryl Green-Vargas, Charles Green and Kenneth Green, all of Revere; loving uncle of Tiffany and Chloe; fond nephew of Philip Viola, Marie Graziano and her late husband, William and Eddie and Lucille Abate. He also leaves many other loving relatives and friends. His Funeral will be held on Monday, December 23 from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Celebration of David’s life in the Immaculate Conception Church, Beach Street, Revere at 10: a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Services will conclude with David being laid to rest with full Military Honors at Woodlawn Cemetery. For more information, please visit: www.ruggieromh.com
Revere ITAMS Member
Anthony C. DiGiovanni of Revere died at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Medford on December 20 following a brief illness. He was 95 years old. Born and raised in Revere, he attended Revere Schools until the premature death of his father, Carmine A. DiGiovanni, demanded that he leave school and help his mother support his four siblings. Tony cared for his dear mother, Maria G. (Capone) DiGiovanni until her death at 97 years old. All of his life, he was hardworking and aggressive. He entered the US Army in May of 1939 and served until July 1, 1945. He worked in the early years at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard and later became a security guard at the Watertown Arsenal from where he retired. “Uncle Tony” always maintained an affable personality, quick to laugh and eager to be of help to anyone and everyone, especially his family. His photos attest to his gentleness and his joviality. His beloved wife, Eleanor I. (Bernardi) died in November of 1988 and he was the cherished father of: Anthony DiGiovanni and his wife, Donna M. of Peabody, Joseph F. DiGiovanni of Dedham and Irene M. DiGiovanni-Yardaro and her husband, Pat A. of Wilmington; the devoted grandfather of: Danielle J. Kempe and her husband, David of Quincy and David A. DiGiovanni of Lowell. He is lovingly survived by five nieces: Joanne Nardone and Marie Chadwick, both of Revere, Marie Atchles of Billerica, Joan Steeves of Newburyport and Theresa MacDonald of Lowell. His nieces regarded their “Uncle Tony” as a surrogate father. He was also the dear brother of the late James and Leo DiGiovanni, Louise DiGiovanni and Mary Nardone. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc. of Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Esther R. (Acquaviva) Spagnolo of Revere died on December 18. She was 92 years old.
A homemaker, who enjoyed being with her family, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Sebastian and Caroline (Cece) Acquaviva. She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic; devoted mother of Carolyn Sweezey and her husband, Robert of Melrose, Annette “Tina” D’Augusta and her husband, Peter of Revere, Linda Lattanzi and her late husband, Peter of Revere, Ross Spagnolo of Virginia, Christina Wilder of Wakefield, Janet Walsh and her late husband, Jack of Wilmington and Domenic “Paul” Spagnolo of New Jersey; dear sister of Caroline Hamilton of Revere and the late Anna Musto, Rita Presterone, Rose Holden, Josephine Triulzi, Jerry, Joseph, Sebastian and Anthony Acquaviva. She is also survived by 18 loving grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Esther’s memory, to the Activities Fund, Hammersmith House, 73 Chestnut St., Saugus MA 01906. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Natalie J (Veglia); the devoted father of Francis Monzione of Revere, Ruth Lamphier and her husband, Lawrence of Swansea, Cathy Forgione and her husband, Edward of Peabody, Nicholas Daley Jr. and his wife, Kristine of Saugus and the late Michael Monzione; dear brother of the late Charles, Patrick, Edward, Norbert, Adrian, Anastasia, Lucy, Laurene, Agnes, Lizzy, Loretta and Lillian. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Tuesday, December 24 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 Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Louis J. Petillo of Revere died on December 18.
A US Army veteran of World War II and a member of the MSPCA, he was the dear brother of Angela D’Alessandro of East Boston, Joseph Petillo of Salisbury and the late James V. Petillo, Clementina Schettini, Anthony A. Petillo, Rena Rossi and Theresa Petillo and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: NE Center for Homeless Veterans 17 Court St, Boston, MA 02108. For online guestbook and memorial please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
Helen Terranova of Revere, formerly East Boston, passed away on December 20. A homemaker, she was the cherished daughter of the late Carmello and MIchelina ( Princepato) Terranova; dear sister of Josephine Terranova of East Boston and James Terranova of Revere and the late Natalie DeAmelio, Mary Miraglia, Jennie Scandora, Thomas, Carl, Frances and John Terranova and fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor Helen’s life by gathering for calling hours Tuesday, December 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For directions and guest book. www.vazzafuneals.com.