Obituaries 04-09-2014

Anthony Ambrosino

Worked for Commercial Union Insurance Company; Revere Senior Center Member

Anthony J. Ambrosino, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on April 3 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center. He was 88 years old.

He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, a former employee of Commercial Union Insurance Company and a member of the Revere Senior Center.

The son of the late Alphonso and Genevieve, he was the beloved husband of the late Fortunata (Magazzu); devoted father of Anthony and his wife, Nancy of Middleton, Maria Goodwin and her husband, Donald of North Reading, John and his wife, Amele of Wakefield, Genevieve Barrett and her husband, Philip of North Reading and Lucia Pagliarulo and her husband, John of Stoneham; dear brother of Mary Alba, Frederick Ambrosino and Gail Hagstrom, all of Revere, Louis Ambrosino of Methuen, Dolly Finamore of Waltham, Alphonse Ambrosino of Winthrop and the late Philip Ambrosino. He is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anthony’s memory to the Light House Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere Ma 02151 C/o Patient Activities fund. For guest book, please visit www.

Earl Kent Burton, Jr.

Decorated US Army Captain; Bankruptcy Court Budget Analyst

Earl Kent Burton, Jr. died at his Revere residence on April 1 following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was 74 years old.

Born in Melrose, raised in Larence and a resident of Revere for more than 24 years, he attended Lawrence Schools and continued on to Northeastern University, graduating in 1964. In December of 1964, he entered the US Army during the Vietnam era rising to the rank of Captain and served until November of 1975. He had a brilliant career in the military and was the recipient of a Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal for Five Campaigns, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

He retired from the Federal Bankruptcy Court at Boston in 2007 as a budget analyst after 25 years of service.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of over 30 years, Carol A. (Walsh) Burton; the devoted father of: Laura Hollis and her husband, William of Whitman and Debra Kaake and her husband, Douglas C. Kaake II of Plymouth; the cherished grandfather of: Kristina. Gregory, Angelica, Joseph, Douglas. Daniel, Olivia and the late Jennifer; the dear brother of: Katherine Giles and her husband, Raymond of Salem, NH and he is also survived by two great grandaughters Fiona and Alanna and two nieces Katherine Poirier and her husband, Timothy of Celebration, Florida and Patricia Scala and her husband, Christopher of Salem, NH.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was at the Mass. National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box780, New York, NY 1008-0780. For additional information, visit:

Paul Pruitt

Kelley’s Manager For More Than 30 Years; Baseball Enthusiast and Outstanding Youth Baseball Coach

Paul W. Pruitt, manager of Kelley’s for over 30 years, died on March 31 following a long and arduous struggle with cardiac disease at the Eastpointe Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Chelsea. He was 58 years old.

Born in Union, South Carolina, Paul spent all of his life in Revere, graduating from Revere High School in 1973 with his identical twin brother, John E. Pruitt. Paul also attended Bunker Hill Community College.

For more than 30 years, Paul worked in managerial positions for “Kelley’s” on the beach. He also worked part time for McDonald’s locally. He was an alumnus of “McDonald’s Burger College” and was awarded the “Silver Spatcheler.”

However, Paul’s passion was baseball and his drive to teach and instruct the game to young children. From 1986 to 2003, he was the Freshman Baseball Coach for St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers. He was also the past Vice President of the Revere Little League and one of the founders of the “Revere Little Giants.” His enthusiasm for baseball and all things “Red Sox” was legendary.

As a teenager, he began to step into the role of “Mentor” for almost anyone who sought his advice, instruction and expertise. It is an understatement to refer to his generosity, both financially and emotionally, and to say “Paul was generous to a fault.”

Paul was the son of the late Paul AE. And Joan (Altri) Pruitt; the devoted identical twin brother of John E. Pruitt and his wife, Revere School Committee Woman Donna Wood Pruitt and is also the brother of Mary Vigliotta and her husband, Gerardo “Jerry” of Revere; dear uncle of Kristen Wood and Robert Wood and his wife, Jennifer and their children, Olivia and Addison, all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by: Lucy (Camacho) Patrie, her daughters, Nayade Toro and Joanne Rivera and their children, Justin, Devin, Ashley, Sophia, Diego and Kamila. Also surviving are Lucy’s Mom, Mami Aida Valez and her daughter, Maria “Vicki” Tejada and her son, Luis Tejada, all of Chelsea. He was also the faithful and loving surrogate brother to Waldirene Lemos of Winthrop. Paul enjoyed a large extended family of friends and co-workers all of his adult life.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, April 9 from 3 to 7:45 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home following the visitation at 8 p.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Soup Kitchen” at Salvation Army Citadel, 258 Chestnuut St., Chelsea, MA 02150, Attn: Cpt. Sacott Peabody. Please visit: for additional information.

Jeanne Avellino

Retired AT&T Telephone Operator

Jeanne M. (Landry) Avelllino of Revere died on April 2.

Jeanne was a long time Telephone operator for AT&T before retiring in 1980.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis “Brother”; devoted mother of Vicki Gomes of Revere, Janet Massone and her husband, James of Wakefield and the late Mark and Paul Avellino; dear sister of the late Carolyn D’Eramo; cherished grandmother of Nichole Millea, Jason Massone, James Massone and Jillian Massone and is also survived by her great grandchild, Ruby Mae Millea and by many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Constance ‘Connie’ Giangregorio

A True Matriach and Guiding Light

Constance E. “Connie” (D’Amico) Giangregorio of East Boston and Revere passed away on April 1. She was 88 years old.

Connie graduated from Boston English High School and worked her entire life, most recently at Boston Biomedical Research Institute where she retired at age 75. After retirement she volunteered at the Lyman School facility for several years.

Connie was a fun loving and wonderful friend, sister, grandmother and mother. She was an avid card player, enjoyed travel, and was a wonderful Italian cook. She made friends everywhere she went and her children adored her. She was a true matriarch and guiding light. She will be missed by all who came into contact with her.

The wife of the late Antonio A. Giangregorio, she was the loving mother of Elena Ahlin and her husband, Nils of N. Providence, RI, Patricia Brouillette and her husband, Donald of Wrentham, Michael Giangregorio of Clinton CT, Gina Costanzo and her husband, Salvatore of Healdsburg CA, Anthony Giangregorio of Amesbury and the late Thomas Giangregorio; mother-in-law of Viola Giangregorio; cherished grandmother of Erica Chandler, Salvatore Costanzo, Desiree, Michael, Paul, and Marissa Giangregorio; loving sister of Rita Capuano of Wilmington and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Committal was private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Connie’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.

Rita Rasetta-Primo

Hair Dresser

Rita Rasetta-Primo of Revere, formerly of Somerville, died on April 7 after a long illness. She was 53 years old.

Born in Las Vegas and a hair dresser for many years, she was the beloved wife of Anthony Primo; the devoted mother of Anthony, Zachary, Michael, John and Thomas Primo, all of Revere; loving daughter of Louis Rasetta of Revere and the late Esther (Ortega); dear sister of Linda Moccia and her husband, Robert of Pennsylvania, Louis Rasetta and his wife, Sherri of Norton, Michelle LeVie and her husband, Kenneth of Franklin, Stephen Rasetta and his wife, Karen of Abington and is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

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