Obituaries 05-28-2014

Stephen A. Foti

Of Revere

Stephen A. Foti “Horse” of Revere formerly of Boston’s North End. Entered into eternal rest after a brief illness on May 27th. Beloved husband of the late Mary (Capodilupo). Beloved father of George and his wife Mary Ann and Sandra Foti all of Revere. Loving grandfather of Adrienne Foti, Anna Foti and Salim Berrechid. Dear brother of Dominic Foti, Marjorie Miller and her husband James and Louis ‘Lemon Lou” all of Revere and the late George Foti. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St Revere on Friday May 30th at 9:00 am. Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10:00 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be Thursday 4-8 pm. Stephen was a Korean Conflict Army Veteran. He retired from Dunkin Donuts as a Master Baker, traveling across New England assisting in the Start up of new locations. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Stephen’s memory to the charity of one’s choice. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit

Joseph Bertocchi

Retired Teacher; Past President of Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation

Joseph C. Bertocchi, a life long resident of Revere, died on May 22 at the Rubin-Thompson Assisted Living of Saugus following a long illness. He was 75 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, his family moved to Revere when he was a young boy. Joseph was a 1956 graduate of Revere High School, a 1960 graduate of Northeastern University and taught elementary school for more than 30 years retiring in 2000. Most of his career was at the Whelan School of Revere where he taught fifth and sixth grades.

He entered the US Army in October of 1961 and served until October of 1963. As Past President and member of the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation, he was passionate about the organization’s success. He was also a long time active member of the ICC Parish Community and a member of the Revere Retired Teachers’ Association.

He was the beloved son of the late Joseph A. and Margaret M. (McCarthy) Bertocci and the devoted brother of Robert F. Bertocchi of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by several cousins and former colleagues.

Visiting hours are Friday, May 30 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 Saturday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mas in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Frank Streker, Jr.

Owner of Family Business, “Strecker Press”; Past Commodore of Beachmont Yacht Club; Active in Many Revere Organizations

Frank E. Strecker, Jr. of Revere died at Massachusetts General Hospital on May 20 after a brief illness. He was 91 years old. The beloved husband of the late Mary (Solemina) Strecker and the dear son of the late Frank E. and Lillian May (Shackford) Strecker, Sr., he was born in the Beachmont area of Revere and was a 1940 graduate of Revere High School, where he met his future wife Mary. Frank served the US Army in World War II and just 17 days after returning from defending his country, he married his beloved Mary.

Being a devoted son, Frank decided to join his father in their family business, “Strecker Press” which was founded by his grandfather, Julius, and he served as owner and president until only several years ago.

Frank became a life member of the Beachmont Elks, Beachmont VFW and American Legion, and as he became more involved his interest in service and elected office flourished. Frank was a Past Commodore at the Beachmont Yacht Club for eight straight years. While he was Commodore, he was elected President of the Council of Organizations that consisted of the Revere Moose, the Elks, the VFW, the ITAM, the Patriots Club and the Jewish War Veterans.

Frank spearheaded numerous projects and events as a past Governor and Pilgrim Degree of Merit recipient of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1272 Revere. He was very fond of the close-knit community within the Moose Lodge.

Mr Strecker is survived by his daughter Agnes L. Strecker of Revere who is the owner and director of Strecker Dance Studios of Revere and Groveland, his grandson, Dr. Anthony M. Zizza III and his wif,e Serena of Saugus, his great grand daughters Angelica Maria and Giulia Grace Zizza of Saugus and is also survived by many loving cousins and nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. The Family prefers donations to Eternal Word Televison Network (EWTN) c/o Mother Angelica, 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, AL 35210, or online at For more information, please visit:

Josephine Melchionno


Josephine C. Melchionno passed away peacefully on May 21 after a short illness surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on March 15,1922, Josephine was a long time resident of Revere who moved to Hallandale Beach, Florida in 1988.

She was the beloved wife of the late Thomas Melchionno, daughter of the late Vincent and Theresa D’Alise, beloved mother of two children: the late Vincent Melchionno and is survived by her beloved son,Thomas Melchionno. She is also survived by her sister, Angie Boscoe, her beloved grandchildren:Michele Iacobucci, Maura Zaccaria, Nicole Willis and Jenna Melchionno Marshal and her beloved great grandchildren: Justyn and Jayden Willis, Christian Marshall, Michael and Marissa Zaccaria and Isabella Iacobucci and by many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 7 at 12 noon at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ann Merullo

N.E. Tel & Tel Retiree; Loved to Cook and Entertain Family and Extended Family

Ann M. (Montanaro) Merullo, a life long resident of Revere, died on Thursday, May 22 following a long illness at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 88 years old.

Born and riased in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943. She worked for N.E. Tel. & Tel. At their main office in Boston for several years before retirement and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

Ann’s greatest joy came from her ability to entertain and cook for not only her immediate family but for her extended family as well. The Holidays, “all the holidays” were special to her and her family.

Her beloved late husband, Raymond J. Merullo, died in November of 2008. She was the cherished mother of Denise M. Merullo of Revere and Carol. A. Pizziferri of Winthrop; special aunt to Paul Giampa of Somersorth, NH and the dear cousin of Stella DiVenuti and her husband, Albert of Malden, Barbra Woods of Peabody, Ralph DeMarco of Revere and Dr. Robert Pitzi and his wife, Mary of Plaistow, NH. She was also the sister of the late Ella Giampa.

In keeping with Ann’s intrinsic quality of charity, entertaining and preparing lavish food tables, not only at the holidays but all the “days,” the family asks that rembrances be made to “My Brother’s Table,” 98 Willow St., Lynn, MA 01901.

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

Charles Hersey

Longtime Boston Garden Concessions Worker

Charles J. Hersey of Revere, formerly of Winthrop, died on May 4 at Beth Israel Hospital. He was 53 years old.

He was born in Winthrop and was the beloved partner of Susan Ann Gelormini; father of Samantha Hersey of Illinois; brother of Allan Hersey of Winthrop and CC Ring of New Hampshire; son of the late James W. and Irene (Hamilton) and is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book, please

Anthony Paolini

Of Saugus, formerly of East Boston

Anthony J. Paolini of Saugus, formerly of East Boston, passed away on May 8 at home surrounded by his loving family.

A member of the Laborers Union, Local 22, he was the beloved husband of Patricia (Walsh) Paolini, the loving father of Anthony Paolini of Revere, Denise Stella and her husband, Joe of Revere, Jeff Paolini of Saugus, Lisa Bodoin of Lynn and Debbi Paolini of East Boston; cherished grandfather of Anthony IV, Alicia, Krystie, Derek, Michael, Hugh III, Kristina and the late Toni-Marie Paolini and great grandfather of Elijah, Anthony and Staria. He was the dear nephew of Dolly Malinowski.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook:

Paula Grosso

Former Thomson Country Club Employee

Paula A. (Kulvin) Grosso of Saugus, formerly of Everett and Revere, died at Spaulding North Shore on May 21. She was 70 years old.

A former employee of the Thomson Country Club, she was raised in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph; devoted mother of Jill M. Grosso of Revere; dear sister of the late Joan Miller, Beverly Kalil, Donald Kulvin and Barbara Kulvin and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

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 to the American Diabetes Association 10 Speen St Framingham MA 01701. For guest book please visit

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