Obituaries 11-05-2014

Barbara Tildsley

Of Revere, formerly of California and Medford

Barbara M. (Murphy) Tildsley, a Revere resident since 2008, formerly of Medford and a California resident for more than 31 years, died on Monday, October 7 at the Masachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Medford, she attended Medford schools and remained in Medford until moving to Vallejo, California with her husband and 10 children in 1977. She returned to Masachusetts in 2008 after 31 years in California to make her home with her daughter, Joanne, of Revere.

While in Vallejo, she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at the VFW Post in Fallejo.

She was the wife of the late William H. Tildsley, Sr. who passed away in June of 1991; the devoted mother of Joanne L. Tildsley and her husband, Henry R. of Revere, William H. Tildsley, Jr. and his wife, Patti of Hawaii, Paul A. Tildsley of Fayetteville, No. Carolina, Sidney A. Tilsley and his wife, Mary of Aurora, Ohio, Barbara “Sissy” Schmidt and her husband, Ritchie of Vallejo, California, Thomas S. Tildsley of Vallejo, California, Dorothy E. “Dolly” Sturtevant and her husband, Wayne of New Haven, Vermont, Robert A. Tildsley and his wife, Nan of Vallejo, California, Michael S. Tildsley and his wife, Beckie of Silver Springs, No. Carolina and Victor L. Tildsley and his wife, Cheryl of Vallejo, California. She was the dear sister to: Pauline E Howley of Thomas River, New Jersey, Willoiam T. Murphy of Oklahoma, Janice E. Nowak of West Medford, Virginia L. Matt and her husband, Francis of Revere and the late Majorie R. Murphy and Robert A. Murphy. She is also lovingly survived by 24 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and by many nieces and nephews. She was the daughter of the late Paul W. Murpy and Dorothy M. (McMullen) Murphy.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc., Revere. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Arlington. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Vets., 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108. For more information, please

Joseph ‘Giuseppe’ Bottari

Hotel Service Retiree; Of Revere, formerly of Italy

Joseph “Giuseppe” Bottari of Revere died at home on November 1. He was 82 years old.

Joseph, who served in the Italian Army before moving to the United States from Itala Italy in 1964, retired from a career in hotel service.

He was the son of the late Giuseppe Luigi and Domenica (D’Attila); beloved husband of 46 years to Carmela (Cacciola); devoted father of Louis and his wife, Jennifer of Marblehead and Steve and Donna Bottari, both of Revere; loving grandfather of Massimo, Sofia and Giorgio; dear brother of Maria Gammacurta of Roslindale, Carmelo and Giovanni, both of Everett, Agatina Rinella of Medford, Nino of Brighton and the late Stefano Bottari. He is also survived by many loving 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, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham Ma 01701. For guest book, please visit


Armando Salvatore Cantino

Of Revere, formerly of the North End, Italy and Puerto Rico

Armando Salvatore Cantino of Revere died on Thursday, October 30 at the E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital of Bedford following a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Born in Messina, Sicily, Italy on November 8 1932, he was brought to America in 1936. The family settled in Boston’s North End where Armando attended schools and graduated from Boston Trade School in 1950. He worked briefly at the former West End House in Boston as a physical instructor. He entered the US Army in February of 1953, serving as a Corporal until February of 1955. During his time in the service, he met an attractive Registered Nurse with the US Army and they were wed in February of 1954. Maria was a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico, where they spent the majority of their lives until coming to Revere in 2008. The couple celebrated their 60th wdding anniversary this past February.

In addition to his beloved wife of 60 years, Maria J. (Lope) Cantino, he was the devoted brother of Anthony P. Cantino of Revere and the late Carmela J. Caputo and Philip Cantino; the dear uncle of Angela J. Tabb and her husband, Robert, Joseph A. Caputo, Jr. and his wife, Mary-Lou, Camille M. Punch and her husband, William A. and Joanne J. Caputo-Carfagna and her husband, Alfred. He was the cherished grand uncle of Denise Tarro, Jeffrey Tarro and his wife, Michele, Devon Punch and her husband, Matthew Smith and Anthony J. Caputo. He is also lovingly survived by three great grand nieces, Chelsey, Gianna and Ciara.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the in the Woodlawn Community Mausoleum (Versailles Building) Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Patients’ Activities Fund at E.M. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

 Joseph ‘Generoso’ Ambrosino

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Joseph “Generoso” Ambrosino of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 29.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Joe worked for Bonano Linen Services for many years.

He was the husband of Rose (Mirabile); devoted father of John and his wife, Rhonda of Revere and Frank and his wife, Tammie of East Boston; loving grandfather of Gina, Maria, Joseph, Frankie, Bianca, Alexa, Destiny and Kaylee and also leaves two great grandchildren, Bobby and Michael, many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook visit


Camille Lapio

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Camille Lapio of Revere, formerly of East Boston, died on October 29 at Aviv Center for Living.

Camille moved to Revere from East Boston in the late 70’s. A homemaker who enjoyed sewing and knitting, she was the daughter of the late Dominic and Frances Amato; beloved wife of the late Francis; devoted mother of William and his fiancé, Nancy Landry of Lynn; dear sister of the late Arthur, Albert, John, Pat, Ella, Marie, Ann and Angie and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, friends and her pet cockatiel named Wally.

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


Ethel Elfman

Newton Marriott Retiree


A Memorial Service was held Sunday, October 26 at Stanetsky-Hymanson Memorial Chapel in Salem for Ethel (Lichman) Elfman of Revere who died suddenly and peacefully at home. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. Elfman was born in Chelsea. She graduated Chelsea High School in 1948 and remained friends with many classmates attending all of her high school reunions. She moved to Revere where she lived for 59 years with her late husband, Edward Elfman and family.

Mrs. Elfman had a career as a caterer and accommodator as well as a server in the Newton Marriott Banquet Department. Although the hours might have been long, she loved going to work to help make someone’s wedding or Bar/Bat Mitzvah a joyous success by providing her version of white-glove service. Throughout her 37-year career there she received accolades from many who had attended a function at the hotel from which she retired in 2007.

As a volunteer, she sold savings stamps at the Shurtleff School and often visited the local Veterans Hospitals with the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary.

She was the beloved wife of the late Edward “Eddie” Elfman, with whom she shared 49 years of marriage; the devoted mother of Beth Wallace of East Haven, CT, Linda Elfman of Stoneham, Paula Daniels of New Hope, PA and Steven Elfman of Swampscott; dear sister of the late Jack Lichman and Sarah Nathan; aunt of Marilyn Steinberg and Eric Nathan and the late Billy Lichman; and proud grandma of Alex and Julia Daniels.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity.


Mary Cassani

MBTA Retiree

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, November 5 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Mary L. (Hartnett) Cassani, who died quietly on Saturday, November 1 at Boston’s Mass. General Hospital following complications related to Leukemia. She was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she lived her entire life in Revere and was a 1948 graduate of Revere High School. Mrs. Cassani retired in 1989 after over 10 years of service as a secrretary with the MBTA.

She was the dear wife of the late John A. Cassani who died in 1974; the daughter of the late John T. Hartnett and Mary L. (Turner) Hartnett; the beloved sister of Joan T. Hartnett of Orlando, Florida and is also survived by many cousins.

Her Funeral Mass will follow the visitation today at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere. Interment will be in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Dr. Richard Lee Cancer Research Fund at Mass. General Hospital, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 0114 or to your favorite charity. For more information, please visit:


Vincent Federici

Retired Human Resource Manager, Animal Lover and Eucharistic Minister of Mashpee, formerly of Revere

Vincent M. Federici of Mashpee, formerly of Revere, died at Falmouth Hospital on October 26 after a long illness. He was 71 years old.

Vinnie was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. He was very strong in his faith and served as a Eucharistic Minister for years. He was a retired human resource manager. After retirement, Vinnie spent much of his free time with his friends and family. He loved fishing and was an active member of the Wareham Lodge of Elks. He loved animals and enjoyed volunteering at Friends of Falmouth Dogs.

The loving son of the late Vincent and Mildred Federici of Revere, he was a caring and devoted brother to the late Louise Azzari (Federici) and her husband, Edward of Revere and the late Joanne Felci (Federici) and her husband, Paul of Saugus; loving uncle to Edward Azzari and his wife Michelle of Saugus, John Azzari and his wife, Kristin of Bradford and Joanne Felci of Saugus; beloved cousin of William and Nancy McDermott of Mashpee, Theresa and Tom Walles of Wilmington, Anthony and Mary Ioven of Mashpee and his dear friends, Dave and Yvette Fennessey of E. Falmouth as well as many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St, Revere on November 10 at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friends of Falmouth Dogs, PO Box 438, Falmouth, MA, 02541 and Dana-Farber Cancer Research, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Mashpee. For on-line guest book and directions, please visit


Joseph Mercurio

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Joseph W. Mercurio of Naples, Florida, formerly of Revere passed away unexpectedly on October 27 from a heart attack. He was 63 years old.

He was the son of Antoinetta and William Mercurio of East Boston and the devoted husband of Lidys Mercurio. He leaves behind seven children: Heidi Heyland and Joseph Mercurio of Maine, Holly Dobson of Massachusetts and Luis, Gregory, Desiree and Sophie of Florida. He was the grandfather of eight grandchildren; the loving brother to Elizabeth Furkart and her late husband, Paul of Florida, Vera Scolastico and her husband, Tom of Wilmington, Marie Santora of East Boston, Patricia Cataldo and her husband, Ricky of Saugus, Billy Mercurio and his wife, Dana of Saugus and Pamela Mercurio of East Boston (pre-deceased. )Services were held in Florida. A “Celebration of Life” is being held Thursday, November 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Point of Pines Yacht Club in Revere for Joe’s family and close friends.

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