Obituaries 02-26-2014

Brenda Beaton

Retired Foreign Disclosure Policy Officer, Real Estate Enthusiast; Worked part time at Suffolk Downs

Brenda (Bernard) Beaton of Woburn, wife of Douglas H. Beaton, Jr., died Friday, February 21 at home surrounded by her family. She was 69 years old.

Born in Danvers, the daughter of the late Henry L. and Eva (Rogers) Bernard, she was raised and educated in Danvers and was a graduate of Danvers High School.

Brenda had been employed for more than 25 years with the United States Government as a Foreign Disclosure Policy Officer then worked for General Dynamics in the same capacity until the time of her retirement in 2006. Brenda also worked part time at Suffolk Downs Race Track in East Boston.

Real estate was a passion of Brenda’s and she was active in real estate ownership, rentals and property management in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. Her business acumen and keen sense of finance helped make her business very successful.

loving and dedicated wife, sister, aunt and friend, she was outgoing and had an infectious smile. She will be remembered for her thoughtful and giving nature.

A 30 year resident of Woburn, Brenda enjoyed spending time at her home in The Villages in Florida. Her home was always filled with warm feelings, friends, laughter and love and Brenda was the spark within it all. She enjoyed every moment she could spend with family and friends. She was eager to help those in need and supported all of her friends in each one of their endeavors.

In addition to her loving husband of 30 years, Brenda is survived by her siblings, Marilyn Lord and Carol Plante, both of Peabody, Henry Bernard and his wife, Lorraine of Salem, Patricia Sarantis of Danvers, Nancy O’Connell and her husband, Daniel of Wenham and Michael Bernard and his wife, Doreen of Peabody; her brother-in-law Leon Pelletier of The Villages, Florida and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Beaton of Revere and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and friends. She was also the sister of the late Claire Pelletier.

Her funeral will be held from the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte 62) Danvers, on Thursday, February 27 at 8:15 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Conant Street, Danvers at 9 a.m. Relatives and friendsare invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, February 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Brenda’s memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please

Clara Tollo

Family Was Her Priority

Clara (Vega) Tollo, a 38 year resident of Revere, formerly of East Bowton, passed away on February 21 after a brief illness.

Born in Italy, she came to the USA as a young girl with her family settling in East Boston. A homemaker, who spent her working career as a stitcher in Boston’s Garment District, Mrs. Tollo was the “hallmark” Mom Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. Family was indeed her priority.

She and her late husband, Joseph Tollo (who passed in February of 1999) were long time devotees of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Revere. She was the devoted mother of: Arleen C. Puccia and her husband Philip of Andover and Joanne DiGregorio and her husband, Eugene of Melrose; the dear sister of the late Olga Conklin, Rose C. Sistis, Amadeo and Domenic Vega; the cherished grandmother of: Phili Puccia, III and his wife, Dorothy of Andover, Joseph D. Puccia of Boston, Jessica L. Hudson and her husband, Ross of Chicago, Roger M. DiGregorio and his wife, Eden of Wellington, Florida and Tamara L. Josti and her husband, Timothy of East Brookfield, MA and Dean Jeffrey DiGregorio and his wife, Tonya of Methuen. She is also lovingly survived by 10 great grandchildren: Alexandra, Lilliam and Madeline Puccia, Cody, Logan and Tyler Josti, Brook and Gia DiGregorio, Siana Quillen and Tessa Rose Hudson and by seveal nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, February 26 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 further information, please visit:

Carmen ‘Skippy’ Guarnera

Retired Salesman

Carmen J. “Skippy” Guarnera died unexpectedly at his Revere home on Saturday, February 22.

Skippy was born and raised in East Boston, attended Boston Public Schools and was a graduate of East Boston High School, Class of 1956. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Air Force and proudly served his country for several years. He returned home, worked for several different companies in the contracting field, married Arlene A. Leonard and they settled in East Boston to start their family.

The couple and their four children moved to Revere in the 1970’s. Skippy then started his career as a salesman for All Nu Vinyl Siding in Revere. He made many friendship though his years there.

He is the beloved father of: Revere Firefighter Joseph P. Guarnera and his wife,, Gail of North Chelmsford, Julie A. Butt and her husband, Jeffrey J. of Peabody, Michael S. Guarnera of Sherman Oakes, CA and Lisa M. Mignosa and her husband, James of Winthrop; the cherished grandfather of Amanda G., Joseph C. and Joshua V. Guarnera, all of North Chelmsford, Kayla M. and Kassidy A. Butt, both of Peabody and Tyler J. and Sydney A. Mignosa, both of Winthrop; the loving brother of Lucille Loadman and her husband, James of Florida, Catherine Selvitella and her husband, Richard of North Eastern and the late Stephen Guarnera and the former husband of the late Arlene A. (Leonard) Guarnera. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, February 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Jimmy Fund, Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 022084-9168. For more information, visit

William Dolan

Former Owner of Billy’s Dry Dock and the Light House Lounge

William H. Dolan of Revere passed away on February 19.

The former owner of Billy’s Dry Dock and the Light House Lounge, he was the beloved husband of Carmella (Polsonetti) Dolan; loving father of Martin Dolan and his wife, Nancy of Revere, Kathleen Dolan and her partner, Barry of Lynn, Donna Dolan of Revere, Anthony Guthro of Saugus and Ronda Sabbio of Lynn and the former husband of Roberta Dolan. He was the cherished grandfather of 18 and great grandfather of four He was predeceased by his sons, Robert Guthro and William “Billy” Dolan, Jr.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial donations may be made in William’s memory to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism Inc., PO Box 767, Framingham, MA 01701.

William Freitas

Former Suffolk Downs Bartender

William J. Freitas, a lifelong resident of Revere, died unexpectedly at home on February 16. He was 67 years old.

William “Billy” was born and raised in Revere. He was educated at the Immaculate Conception School, graduating in 1964. Several years after graduation, Billy joined the US Army and proudly served his country as a Viet Nam veteran. When he returned from his service, he began to work as a bartender at Suffolk Downs Race Track where he worked for over 20 years making many friendships through the years.

He was the beloved son of: the late James D. and Catherine E. (O’Connor) Freitas; the loving brother of: Carol A. Nardone and Mary A. McMahon and her husband, James A., all of Revere; the cherished uncle of Laurie A. Nardone of Beverly, Paul B. Nardone and his wife, Laura of Lynnfield, Brian J. McMahon and his wife, Maria of Revere and Kristine C. McMahon and her husband, Brian Perry of Revere; the loving grand uncle of: Max, Oz, Casey and Hope. He is also lovingly survived by Elaine Elliot of Florida.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, March 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere followed by a service in the Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Development Office, 17 Court ST. Boston, MA 02108. For more information

Generoso ‘Gene’ Alfano

CPA, Retired Assistant Director of Boston Small Business Administration Office

Generoso M. “Gene” Alfano, former Revere resident, died in Woodbriar Nursing Center of Wilmington on February 20 after a long illness. He was 93 years old.

Gene was born in Boston’s North End. The family moved to East Boston and as a young boy, he attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from East Boston High School, Class of 1938. After graduation, Gene worked for a couple of years before joining the United States Army. He proudly served his country during World War II and received the American Theatre Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal. When Gene came home from his service, he began to focus on his education. He enrolled in Boston College and graduated in the Class of 1949 with a degree in Accounting. He also went on to earn a degree at Northeastern University.

In 1952, he married Theresa (DiMinico) who he met at a dance hall on Revere Beach. The couple resided in Revere and raised their three children.

Gene was a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the Small Business Administrations Boston’s Office for 32 years. He was the Assistant Director and was cited numerous times by Congressman, Senators and Governors for his valuable and diligent work for many of the major economic development projects throughout New England. One of Gene’s proudest accomplishments was the role he played during the recovery period of the Blizzard of 1978, assisting Revere and many other North Shore communities.

Gene will best be remembered for the everlasting love he had for his family and all the joy they shared together, as well the treasured friendships he had for decades.

He was the beloved husband of the late Theresa R. (DiMinico) Alfano with whom he shared 52 years of marriage; the loving father of Linda A. Johnson and her husband, Robert A. of Lynnfield, Atty. Anthony V. Alfano and his wife, Margaret of Boca Raton, FL and Janice M. Chouinard and her husband, Roger L. of Wakefield. He was the cherished grandfather of Elizabeth M. Hurton and her husband, Ryan of No. Reading, Caroline M., Christine M. and James Alfano, all of Boca Raton, FL, Jacqueline T. Chouinard of Wakefield and the late Meredith Johnson. He was the proud great grandfather of Lillian Hurton; the loving brother of Mario Alfano of Winchester and Ida Young of Kansas City, MO and the late Jennie Alfano, Domenic and Vincent Alfano. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Pl., Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2031.For more information, visit:

George Palladino, Jr.

Retired Machinist

George V. Palladino, Jr. died on February 19 at The Rehabilitation & Nursing Center of Everett following a long illness. He was 74 years old.

George was born, raised and educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1956. After graduation, George pursued a trade and became a machinist. He began to work for G.E. and later worked at Gaulin Inc. of Everett.

He married his high school sweetheart, Roseanne Foster in 1958 and the couple settled in Revere and began their family. George became the proud and loving father of five daughters. It was poor health that forced George to an early retirement.

He was the devoted husband of Roseanne (Foster) Palladino of Everett with whom he shared 56 years of marriage; the loving father of: Lynn Palladino of Florida, Debra Fileccia and her husband, Nicholas of Malden, Sandra Parziale and her husband, Robert of Florida, Cheryl Holland and her husband, Robert of Wakefield and Tina Palladino of Everett; the cherished grandfather of: Frank Gioia, Nicholas Fileccia, Robert and Christine Parziale and Cade Robert and Coby George Holland and the proud great grandfather of Angelina and Danielle; the brother of Albert O. Palladino and Peter A. Palladino, both of Revere and the late Marilyn A. Palladino and Charles A. Palladino. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Make A Wish Foundation of Massachusetts, One Bulfinch Place, Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2031. For more information, visit:

Lisa Morgan


Lisa M. (Gaylardi) Morgan, a longtime resident of Revere, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on February 20 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 58 years old.

A homemaker, born in Everett, she was the beloved wife of William J. Morgan for over 16 years; dear and devoted daughter of Joseph S. Gaylardi and the late Marilyn C. (Festa) of Everett; loving sister of Lois Dulkis and her husband, Richard of Peabody; devoted aunt of Lauren, Lia and Richard Dulkis, Jr.; daughter –in-law of Eileen and Tony Morgan of Revere; sister-in-law of Chris Morgan of Brighton and also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins and her cherished pets-Buddy and Hailey.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Lisa’s Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea, today, Wednesday, February 26 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Lisa’s memory to the Jimmy Fund/Dana Farber cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA 02446 or to the MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jaimaca Plain, MA 02130, would be sincerely appreciated. Arrangements are by the: Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,, Everett 617-387-3120

Stephen White

Retired Gillette Company Senior Executive

Stephen E. White of Sarasota, Florida and Duxbury, MA. died on February 18 surrounded by his loving family at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 75 years old.

Born June 12, 1938 to Anna L. White in Revere, Steve attended Immaculate Conception in Revere and went on to achieve a BA in Political Science from Boston University. He was with The Gillette Company for 32 years, beginning as a simple sales rep., holding various sales and management jobs in different parts of the country and finishing as a senior executive in charge of strategy for the PaperMate Division.

His greatest loves were watching his grandchildren play sports, golfing, sailing, reading about history and politics, conducting classes at the senior education level and spending time with his extended family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Rosalie W. White; his children, Jennifer A. N. White of Washington, DC, Stephen E. White, Jr. and his wife, Heidi of Franklin and Kathleen M. Yesinko and her husband, Jason of Marshfield; his grandchildren, Kyle and Brendan White and Patrick and Maeve Yesinko and by many cousins.

Stephen will be missed dearly by all who loved him.

Funeral arrangements were by the MacDonald Funeral Home, 1755 Ocean St., Rte. 139, Marshfield. Interment was in Mayflower Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Stephen’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office, Smoking Research Fund, 100 Cambridge St, Suite 1310, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Allison London. For online guestbook please visit:

Mary B. Mondello

Married 71 Years

Mary “Bea” (Cassidy) Mondello died on February 18 at Genesis Healthcare in Saugus. She was 92 years old.

Born in Chelsea, she was the daughter of the late Bernard and Nellie (McDevitt) Cassidy. She was the loving wife of Frank Mondello with whom she shared 71 years of marriage. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mondello leaves three daughters: Ellen Lewis and her husband, Wayne of Malden, Mary Jane Burton and her husband, John of Saugus and Patricia Bell and her husband, Michael of Chelmsford; three sons: James Mondello and his wife, Patricia of Swampscott, Robert Mondello and his wife, Lynda Pearson of Marblehead and Thomas Mondello and his wife, Janice of Mablehead. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Mary was predeceased by five sisters and two brothers.

Her funeral was held from the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus on February 22 followed by a funeral mass in St. Margaret’s Church, Saugus. Donations in her memory may be made to Perkins School for the Blind at For condolences,

Mona Nigro

Of Hyannis, formerly of Revere

Mona J. (Smith) Nigro passed away peacefully of natural causes on February 14 at the age of 96.

Born and educated in London, England, she became a nanny for the Eastwood family and remained lifelong friends with their children, David and Diana. Throughout her youth, Mona was a dedicated Girl Guide (the precursor to the Girl Scouts of the USA). The resourcefulness and teamwork the Girl Guides taught her led Mona to enlist in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women’s branch of the British army, at the start of World War II. She was selected as a driver for the Welsh officer training school staff and the military ambulance corps. While stationed in the city of Hereford, Mona met American GI George A. Nigro of Revere at an allied service dance. They married in Revere in 1947, where they resided for 25 years before relocating to Hyannis in 1971.

Mona worked at Boston’s legendary Filene’s Dept. Store, transferring to their new Cape Cod Mall branch upon settling in Hyannis. She became a top salesperson for ladies’ fashion accessories, especially Dooney & Bourke luxury handbags, retiring after 34 years at age 83.

Travel was an important part of Mona’s life as she and her family visited relatives in Britain and New Zealand as well as many locations in the US and Canada. She enjoyed sports, too, cheering for World Cup soccer, the New England Patriots and her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox.

Mona was predeceased by her husband, George; her brother, Ernest C. Smith of Britain and her sister, Peggy Hearn of New Zealand. She leaves her daughters: Deborah M. and Pamela A. Nigro, both of Hyannis, plus loving nieces and nephews in Britain, New Zealand and Australia.

The Nigro family wishes to thank Cape Cod Hospital, The Pavilion Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and the Visiting Nurse Assoc. of Cape Cod for the quality care Mona received.

Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence can be sent to

CONTACT INFO: Deborah Nigro 18 Vandermint Ln, Hyannis MA 02601 508-775-4465


Vincent ‘Jimmy’ LaConca

Of Revere

Vincent J. “Jimmy”LaConca of Revere died on February 22.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Josephine (DeSisto), the devoted father of Louise LaConca-Brown of Maine and Diane Brown and her husband, Kevin of Revere; dear brother of Edward LaConca and his wife, Marie of Lynn and Rose Cimmaruta of Revere; cherished grandfather of Tracey Heyland and Ronald F. Brown Jr. and great-grandfather of Mason, Maxwell, Jacob, Caleb and Lilly.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, February 28, at 8 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to New England Center For Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, Ma. 02108. For guestbook, please visit:

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