Obituaries 04-02-2014

Arthur Campatelli

Retired Manager of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston

Arthur J. Campatelli of Wakefield, formerly of Revere, died on Friday, March 28 at his residence. He was 95 years old.

Born in Revere on February 20, 1919, the son of the late Joseph and Virginia (DePisa) Campatelli, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1937. He had been a Wakefield resident for the past 20 years. Mr. Campatelli was a retired manager for the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston for 35 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Revere, an avid golfer, painter and competitive chess player. He enjoyed spending his summers on Cape Cod.

He was the husband of the late Dororthy (Capone) Campatelli and is survived by his daughter, Diane Onorio and her husband, Anthony of Wakefield and his granddaughter Danielle Onorio of Wakefield. He was predeceased by his grandson Eric Onorio, his brother Alfred Campatelli and his two sisters; Inez DeAngelis and Eleanor Brown.

His funeral will be held from the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave, Wakefield on Saturday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Joseph Church, 173 Albion St., Wakefield at 10 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will in be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc., 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.

Grace Lewis

Avid Gardener and Wonderful Italian Cook

Grace N. (Rizzo) Lewis died in Revere on March 29.

An avid gardener and wonderful Italian cook, she was the beloved wife of the late Michael E. Lewis; mother of Robert Lewis of Revere, Judy Flynn of Nahant and Ellen Lewis of Monument Beach; grandmother of Jesse, Addie, Frances and Patrick Flynn USN; sister of the late Philomena “Fifi,” Carmella, Mary, John, Amorino and Ernest Rizzo.

Memorial Service and visiting will be in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St [at Day Sq] East Boston on Sunday, April 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01907 would be appreciated. (Indoor parking and entrance to funeral home available from 340 Bremen St.)

Alice Weaver

Of Peabody, formerly of Point of Pines

Alice E. Weaver of Brooksby Village, Peabody, formerly of Point of Pines, Revere, passed away unexpectedly at her residence. She was 89 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a 1943 graduate of St. Rose High School of Chelsea and worked as a comptometer operator (comptometers were the parents of today’s computers) for General Electric of Lynn. She worked at the GE for about 10 years before marrying and moving to Revere where she lived in the Point of Pines Section for more than 40 years before moving to Booksby Village nine years ago.

She was the beloved wife of 58 years to Arthur E. Weaver; the devoted mother of Arthur E. Weaver, Jr. and his wife, Donna of Oviedo, Florida and David M. Weaver of Tewksbury; the cherished grandmother of Andrew E. Weaver of Oviedo, Florida, David M. Weaver, Jr. and Jessica N. Weaver, both of Wilmington. She is also lovingly survived by her adoring niece, Linda Hurley-DelVecchio and her husband, Robert and their children their children, Sean, Shannon and Siobhan, all of Chatham.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For further information, please visit:

Joseph Gallant

25-Year Bartender at the French Club

Joseph H. Gallant of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 20 at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 83 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a resident of Chelsea until moving to Revere, for many years he worked for Rev-Lynn Contracting in Winthrop and for over 25 years, he was a bartender at the French Club.

He was the devoted husband of the late Eleanor Gallant; beloved father of Joseph Gallant and his wife, Diane of Saugus, Marianne Hansen and her husband, Dale of Chelsea and the late Carol Ann DeRosa; father-in-law of Victor DeRosa; loving companion for 17 years to Alice Perry; brother of Rita Moscatelli of Chelsea and the late Gerald Gallant, Aldine Catalano, Kevin, Paul, Jackie, Frederick and Robert Gallant; cherished grandfather of Lisa Bell, Jamie DeRosa, Derek Gallant, Christopher LaChance, Joseph LaChance, John Hansen and Kevin Hansen and is also lovingly survived by his great grandchildren David Bell and Victoria Bell, Ava Duarte and Audrina LaChance as well as by many neices and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Roberta Selbovitz

Longtime Former Bookkeeper for Hooker Oil and Beloved Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Homecare Caseworker

Roberta (Tarr) Selbovitz of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on March 26.

The beloved wife of the late Max “Cremo” Selbovitz and long time companion of Tim Murray, she was the longtime bookkeeper at Hooker Oil and was a beloved caseworker at Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Home Care for over 15 years. An accomplished ballet dancer, she was a member of Hadassah, the Chelsea YMHA, and a member of the Sisterhood at Orange Street Shul.

Roberta was the devoted mother of Stephen Selbovitz and his wife, Susan and Dr. Leslie Selbovitz and his partner, Marcy Solomon Slovin and daughter-in-law Leslie Zide. She was the dear sister of Ralph Tarr, Barry Tarr, and the late Paul Tarr; the dear sister-in-law of Zoey Tarr and Libby Tarr and the loving grandmother of Mariel, Michael, David and Matthew. She was the dear niece of the late Etty and Meyer Swerling and Ida and Bill Cohen.

Services were held at Temple Emeth, Chestnut Hill. Interment was in Lynn. Contributions in Roberta’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA. 02150. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website,

Lawrence Elliott

Retired Everett Sealer of Weights & Measures

Lawrence L. Elliott of Everett died at his residence following a brief illness on March 24. He was 92 years old.

Mr. Elliott was born and raised in Everett and lived there his entire life. He graduated from Everett High School with the Class of 1939; entered the US Navy during World War II in July of 1942 and served until February of 1946 with the rank of Aviation Ordinanceman 1st Class. He was a long time member of Post #18 Everett American Legion.

In the summer of 1946, he went to work for the City of Everett and rose to the position of Sealer of Weights & Measures, a position he held until retiring in 1992.

Mr. Elliott was a dynamic personality and remained most active until just two weeks ago. He had been diagnosed with squamous cell-esophaegeal cancer one year ago but maintained a full scheduled even to his fond passion for ballroom dancing. His late wife, Rose M. (DellaPiana) Elliott was his dance partner until her death in 2007. After her death, he returned to the dance fllor, “Never in need of a partner.” He was an inspiration to all who came to have the honor and pleasure of meeting him.

He was the devoted father of Michael L. Elliott and his wife, Anne E. of Revere, Debra A. “Debbie” Heckber and her husband, Ronald of Bridgewater and Linda M. Donnelly and her husband, Mitchell of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandaughter and by many nieces and nephews. He was the dear brother of the late Dorothy Alexander, Ruth Foster, Joan MacDonald and Maxine White.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: “The Restoration Fund” at Immaculate Conception Parish, 489 Broadway, Everett, 02149-3603. For more information, visit:

Joseph Santoro

Worked for US Postal Service

Joseph J. Santoro of Revere, formerly of Medford, died on March 25 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 90 years old.

Joe was a US Army veteran of World War II serving from April 16, 1943 to January 22, 1946. During that time he received the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Theater Campaign Ribbon. After the war, he worked for many years at the U.S. Postal Service.

Born in Medford, he was the beloved husband of Alice (Coppola); devoted father of Joseph and his fiancé, Cheryl of Revere and Richard and his wife, Susan of Peabody; loving grandfather of Jonathan Starkey of Peabody; dear brother of the late Annie DiLullo, Rose Rizzo and Mary Santoro and is also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Mildred Colantonio

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere and the North End

Mildred (Tracia) Colantonio of Saugus, formerly of Revere and Boston’s North End, passed away Sunday, March 23.

The beloved wife of the late Joseph Colantonio, she was the loving mother of Diane Caporale of Middleton and her late husband, Michael, Richard Colantonio and his wife, Joanne of Saugus, Doreen Colantonio of Middleton and the late Joseph “Joey” Colantonio; dear sister of Louise Blake of Chelsea, Judith Mitchell of Revere, Louis Tracia of Arkansas, Thomas Tracia of California, Michael Tracia of Chelsea and the late Jeanette Citro and Anthony Tracia; cherished Grandmother of six grandchildren and the late Brittany and eight great grandchildren and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

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

Richard DeSisto, Jr.

Bank of America Sr. Vice President Service Manager

Richard T. DeSisto, Jr of Revere died suddenly on March 31.

Richard was the Sr Vice President Service Manager of Global Service Technologies at Bank of America where he was employed for 35 years.

He was the beloved husband of 36 years to Andrea (LeSage); devoted father of Lynne Mailhot and her husband, Benjamin of Belmont, Marissa Mousseau and her husband, Jeremy of Peabody and Richard T. III and his partner, Nathan Fog of Revere; loving son of Rose (Ciancarelli) of Revere and the late Richard T. Sr.; dear brother of Carole Stowell and her husband, James of Revere and Robert and his wife, Christy of Westford and is also survived by two loving grandchildren, Gabriella and Evangeline and by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, April 4 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 Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richards’s memory to the American Cancer Society 20 Speen St Framingham Ma 01701. For guestbook, please visit www.

Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno

Funeral Home

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