Persevered with lifelong challenges and needs and love and devotion of a caring family
Michelle B. Pizzano passed away on February 6 at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River after a very brief illness. She was 46 years old.
Born in Everett, she was the beloved daughter of Olivette M. (Dion) Pizzano and the late Frederick Pizzano.From the time of her birth, Michelle had persevered with difficult lifelong challenges and needs. She remained in the family home in Revere where she received the love and devotion of her caring family. For the past 30 years she was in residence at Crystal Springs in Assonet a long-term care and special needs school facility.
She is survived by her devoted mother Olivette M. Pizzano of Revere and her dear sister and brother-in-law Elisa and Dennis Brelsford of Revere.
She was the cherished aunt of Adam Brelsford and his wife, Crystal, Seth Brelsford and his wife, Kelly and Keith Brelsford; adored great aunt of Adam Jr., Alexander, Aaron, Morgan, Benjamin and Payton Brelsford. She is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Thursday February 12 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church 133 Beach St., Revere. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to Crystal Springs School Inc., 38 Narrows Road, Assonet, MA 02702 or by visiting http://www.crystalspringsinc.org/donate-now/ For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit:www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Long time secretary to US Coast Guard Admiral
Margaret A. (Quish) Tracia of Peabody, formerly of Revere, died on February 5 at Rosewood Nursing and Rehab. She was 78 years old.
Margaret worked as the secretary to the Admiral of the US Coast Guard for many years.
She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony F.; devoted mother of John and his wife, Audrey of Weymouth, Cheryl Sullivan and her husband, Robert, Margaret Cravotta and her husband, Dave, Patrice Schrimpf and her husband, Andrew, all of Peabody, Carla Ligocki of Revere, stepmother of stepsons, Steven and Anthony Tracia of Saugus; dear sister of Dennis Quish and his wife, Rose of New Mexico, Marie Martin and her husband, Leo of Walpole, Judith Long of Walpole and the late Gerry, John and George Quish; beloved niece of the late Frank Falzarano and is also survived by 13 loving grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St. Revere today, Wednesday, February 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Parkinson Association of MA, 72 East Concord St. C3, Boston MA 02118. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Coca Cola retiree; bartender’ transported special needs students
Michael J. Cornetta passed away suddenly on February 4 at the North Shore Medical Center Union Hospital in Lynn after a sudden and unexpected illness. He was 64 years old.
Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of Benjamin Cornetta of Deltona, FL. and the late Evelyn V. (Chiano) Cornetta. He grew up in Revere and graduated from Revere High School. He continued his education at Massachusetts College of Art where he received an associate’s degree in the arts.
Michael worked as a forklift operator for the Coca-Cola Company in Waltham, retiring in 2013. Most recently he worked chauffeuring special needs students for “Bridgewell” in Lynnfield. He also worked as a bartender for various local establishments such as Jacob’s Ladder, The Chandlery, The Speak Easy, the Dublin and Companions. He enjoyed telling many interesting stories, golf and fishing.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his beloved wife and companion for 25 years, Linda G. (Bowers) Cornetta. He was the loving father of Derek Brent Cornetta of Orlando, FL; dear brother and brother-in-law of Frederick Cornetta, Diane MacDonald and her husband, James, all of Deltona, FL, Karen Conrad and her husband, Michael of Chelsea, and Debbie Dennis of Plaistow, NH. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 14 at a time to be announced at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea. Should friends desire, contributions in Michael’s memory may be made to “Bridgewell”, 471 Broadway, Lynnfield, MA 01940. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com
Malden District Court Officer
Randolph ‘Randy’ Divino of Revere died suddenly on February 2.
A court officer at the Malden District Court, he was the beloved son of the late Lawrence and Amelia (Ciampoli); dear brother of Lawrence Divino of Revere and the late Amelia Divino and is also survived by his long time companion, Susan Lyons of Everett.
His Funeral Services will held be in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, February 12 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www. Buonfiglio.com
Brian Stuart Chait
Brian Stuart Chait of Revere entered eternal rest on January 28. He was 47 years old.
He was the devoted son of Sara-Herma (Cohen) Chait and the late Gabriel Chait; beloved brother of Heidi Chait and Brandon and his wife, Tina Chait; proud godfather of Jalen Chait-Green; cherished uncle of Jessica, Meaghan, Zackary and Haley Chait; loving nephew of Laraine and Alan Alpert; dear cousin of Robert Alpert, Amanda and Stacie Alpert, Justin and Lindsay Alpert, Jonathan Alpert and Hayley and Anthony Ferrara. He is also survived by grand-cousins Devin Alpert, Owen Alpert and Leo Ferrara. Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Interment was in Greenview Memorial Park, Everett. For online condolences go to www.goldmanfc.com. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be donated to the Brian Chait Memorial Fund c/o Chelsea Bank, PO Box 505687, Chelsea, MA 02150-5687.
Former Proprietor of Maverick Cleaners; woman of great faith with a zest for life
Theresa J. (Cianfrocca) Lanciotti of Revere; formerly of East Boston, died on February 6 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere following a long illness. She was 93 years old.
Theresa was born and raised in East Boston by her Italian Immigrant parents, Emilio and Assunta (Perotti) Cianfrocca. She was one of six children and had four sisters and one brother. She was educated in the Boston Public Schools.
Like many families of this generation, Theresa grew up very close to her sisters and brother but she was also close to her aunts, uncles and cousins – a truly very tight knit family.
In 1943 she married the “love of her life” Victor R. Lanciotti. After the couple wed, they remained in East Boston, raising their only child, Linda.
For many years, Theresa worked by her husband’s side, at their business, Maverick Cleaners, located in Maverick Square and later in Day Square in East Boston.
In 1964, Theresa lost her husband but she continued on with her daughter and all of her loving family around her.
Theresa was a woman who had a great faith and a zest for life.
She was the devoted wife of the late Victor R. Lanciotti; the loving and cherished mother of Linda D. Pastore of Revere; the beloved sister of Gilda Fontes of Beverly and the late Elena Zullo, Caroline Sullo, Linda Dias and Joseph Cianfrocca. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, February 11 from 4 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, February 12 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances, may be made to: Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or The Lighthouse Nursing Care Center, 204 Proctor Ave. Revere, MA 02151. For more information, visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
James ‘Sonny’ Robertson, Jr.
Retired Revere Firefighter; former proprietor of Robertson Construction; Past President of Revere Orioles
James F. “Sonny” Robertson, Jr. died on February 5 at the Tremont Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center of Wareham after a long illness. He was 85 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, Sonny was educated in Revere Schools before attending St. Rose High School. After high school, Sonny enlisted in the United States Navy, post World War II. Once he returned from his military service, he joined the Revere Fire Department.
Sonny was known for having a tremendous work ethic and he also worked with his father in the family business, Robertson Construction. In later years, Sonny took the business over and operated the business while on the Fire Department.
1954, Sonny married Marjorie E. O’Hara. The couple remained in Revere to raise their daughter. Sonny was also known for his cooking, especially at the Firehouse. The firefighters knew that when Sonny was working his shifts he would be making something delicious.
He was the past president and a member of the Fraternal Order of Orioles, 123 Revere Nest.
He was the devoted husband of Marjorie E. (O’Hara) Robertson of Revere and Middleboro with whom he shared 61 years of marriage; the loving father of Patricia L. Cautillo and her husband, Alphonso A. “Al” of Middleboro; the cherished grandfather of Christopher J. Cautillo and his wife, Erin E. of Taunton and Robert J. Cautillo and his wife, Sara of Franklin. He was the beloved brother of Ruth “Chickie” Guarino of Revere, Jean Giguere of Revere and June Littlefield of Lynnfield and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, February 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A Funeral Service will follow the visitation in the Funeral Home. Interment private. In Lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Alzeheimer’s Association, MA & NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472. For more information, visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Dennis C. Toomey
Dennis C. Toomey, of Revere passed away on February 6. He was born in Chelsea and grew up in Revere. He attended Immaculate Conception Grammar school, Revere High school, and Staley College. After college, he became a buyer for Jordan Marsh in Boston, and later moved to New York City, where he became a successful businessman for major department stores.
Dennis had an absolute passion for life and love of people. To anyone who met him, he made a lasting impression. He had a truly unique gift of making every person feel special. He always had a million questions, because he cared so very much about others. Rather than talk about himself, he loved to listen to other people’s life stories.
Friends have described him as a, “man about town,” who had the ability to connect with people of any age, and he especially loved young people. He was a guiding figure for his adoring nieces and nephews, always lending advice about their lives, hopes and dreams. His nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews, loved to spend time with him, as he was truly, “young at heart,” and related to every one of them, no matter what their age, through every stage of their lives.
He loved to travel, lived in Honolulu, New York and New Jersey, and traveled to many places around the world, including his family’s homeland of Ireland. Also of Italian descent, Dennis loved “good food,” and was an amazing cook, a most decadent host, and party planner who made any gathering elegant and truly special.
Most important, Dennis was absolutely devoted to his family, moving back to Revere to care for his parents, Margaret and Thomas B. Toomey. He was a giving, loving man to his family and to numerous friends, and he was generous to a fault. Throughout his life he shared a very special bond with his siblings, Katherine, “Kay,” Marilyn and his brother, James “Bobby,” and his six nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.
He was deeply committed to his hometown of Revere and worked tirelessly on numerous mayoral campaigns. Dennis also worked as a substitute teacher at Revere’s Seacoast School, where he was beloved by his students who called him, “Mr. T.”
Dennis was truly unforgettable, unlike anyone most of us will ever have the pleasure of knowing in our lifetimes, a rare human being, taken from us much too soon, and he will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
Dennis was the beloved brother, of James “Bobby,” Toomey of Revere and sister, Marilyn Longden and her husband Raymond Longden of Fairfield, CT; the cherished uncle of Christina M. Longden and Sarah Longden Ulc and her husband, Kenneth Ulc of Fairfield, Connecticut, Kathleen Bright-Procopio and her husband, David Procopio of Revere, Paul A. Bright Jr. of Revere, Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Bright and his wife, Mary Ellen Bright of Wakefield, and Amy Ciccone and her husband Eric Ciccone of Marblehead. He is also lovingly survived by several great nieces and nephews. Dennis is pre-deceased by his parents, Margaret and Thomas B. Toomey, and his sister, Katherine, “Kay,” Bright and her husband, Paul A. Bright Sr.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, February 12th from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. The internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: North Suffolk Mental Health Association (Conexions), 301 Broadway, Chelsea, MA, (617) 889-4860.
Josephine Marie Cavignano
Retired switchboard operator of Danvers, formerly of East Boston
Josephine Marie (Delfino) Cavignano of Danvers, formerly of East Boston, died on February 3.
Josephine worked for many years at Americall as a switchboard operator.
The beloved daughter of the late Alexander and Loretta (Johnson) Delfino, she was the dear sister of the late William A. Delfino; loving aunt of Gennette Kukla of Saugus and the late Leanne Kukla, Edward Kukla and Denise Kukla and is also survived by her grand niece and nephew Kelsie Crowley and Joseph Crowley.
Funeral services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Monday, February 16 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno
Retired beautician of Melrose, formerly of Revere
Marie (Merullo) Skovinski of Melrose, formerly of Revere, died on February 7.
A very successful beautician for many years, she was the beloved wife of the late William; devoted mother of Wanda Kyle and her husband, Bob of Glen, NH, Valerie King and her husband, Bill of Nahant, Claire Selvitella and her husband, Jerry of Saugus, Wilma Skovinski of Saxtons River, VT and the late Bernadette Skovinski; dear sister of Ralph Merullo of Longmeadow and the late Ann Migliozzi, Vera Mariani, Lucy Falcucci and John Merullo. She is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
A celebration of Marie’s life will be scheduled at a later date. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com Paul Buonfiglio &Sons-Bruno
Jean Marie Manley
Jean Marie (Manley) Goscinak of Revere died on February 1 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. The wife of the late Edward Goscinak, she was born in Boston, the daughter of the late Henry and Hazel (Sanford) Manley. Mrs. Goscinak worked for 20 years as a healthcare worker at North Shore Mental Health.
She is survived by two sons: Daniel Bochetti of Revere and Steven Bochetti of Lynn and one granddaughter, Morissa Jeanne Bochetti of Worcester. Mrs. Goscinak was the aunt of Chris Woodland and Larry Murray, both of Saugus and the sister of the late Lawrence Manley and the late Dorothy Murray.
Visiting hours and a funeral service were held at the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Saturday, February 7. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may made to American Stroke Assoc., PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.
William L. Guinasso Jr.
William L. Guinasso Jr. 77, of Revere, died on February 9th. Beloved son of the late William L. Sr and Clara (DeSisto). Devoted father of William F. and his wife Christine of Revere, and Stacey Langton and her husband John of Lynnfield. Adored grandfather of Andrew, Emily, Matthew, Cordelia, and James. Dear brother of Claire O’Donnell and her husband Frank of Swampscott. Loving uncle of Debra, Frank, Kevin, Julie and Brian. Dear friend of Catherine Kelly of Revere. Funeral from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St Revere on Friday February 13th 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. William was a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School class of 1955, and Bentley College class of 1967. Long time proprietor of White Hen Pantry in Revere and a United States Air Force Veteran. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Massachusetts General Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Foundation C/o MGH Developmental Office 100 Cambridge St Boston Ma 02130 Attn: Dr Allen Lapey. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Lifelong Revere resident
Walter F. Horton, a life long Revere resident, died on February 5 at The Soldier’s Home in Chelsea following a long illness. He was 88 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, Walter was educated in Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1944. After high school, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during World War II.
In 1947, Walter married Una C. Marsilia. The couple settled in Revere and raised their family. Walter worked as an aviation mechanic at Northeast Airlines for several years. He then took a position at Atlantic Paper Box Co. that lasted for over 30 years.
He was the devoted husband of the late Una C. (Marsilia) Horton; the loving father of Paul L. and Mark J. Horton, both of Revere; the beloved brother of the late Albert Horton and is also lovingly survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery (Peabody). In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Activities Fund at The Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information, visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com
Frank ‘Shoezy’ Pennachio
Frank “Shoezy” Pennachio of Middleton, formerly of Revere, died on February 9 in the Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was 86 years old.
A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, Frank was a well known shoe cobbler in Revere for many years and a member of the D.A.V.
Born in Revere, the son of the late Frank and Raphaela (Fabiano), he was the beloved father of Lisa Calnan and her husband, Michael of Middleton and Kenny Pennacchio of Middleton; dear brother of the late Pasquale, Antonio, Lugo, Mary Twigs, James and Josephine DiLando; loving grandfather of Colby Calnan and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 4 p.m. in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202 Cambridge MA 02140. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Thomas ‘Sugar’ Scicchitani
Dedicated and hardworking family man; Boston Globe retiree
Thomas R. “Sugar” Scicchitani passed away on February 5 at the Lahey Clinic of Burlington following a long illness. He was 86 years old.
Tom, better known as “Sugar,” was born and raised in Revere, attended Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1946. After High School, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He provided service to his country for several years and was Honorably Discharged in 1949. Shortly after he returned home, he married Leona “Lee” Pearlman. The couple remained in Revere, where they raised their family.
He later enrolled in Wentworth Institute of Technology for two years studying in the “Machinist Program.” After working several jobs, he gained experience and mastered his craft and began to work at The Boston Globe, a career that spanned well over 30 years of service and where he worked with great pride.
Sugar was well known as a dedicated and hardworking family man. In addition to being a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, he was a past member of the Soccorso Club and the Joseph l. Mottola VFW Post 4524.
He was the devoted husband of Leona “Lee” (Pearlman) Scicchitani of Revere with whom he shared 63 wonderful years of marriage; the loving father of Stephen Scicchitani and his wife, Nancy of Acton, Amy Scicchitani of Reading and Jody Scicchitani of Revere; the cherished grandfather of Anthony Fiorita, Alexa Fiorita, Stephen Ward, Alana Fiorita and Emma Scicchitani; the beloved brother of Gloria Johnson of Illinois, Alice Fitch of Virginia and the late Victor Scicchitani, Catherine O’Dell and Evelyn Mattarocchia.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on February 9. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: A.L.S. Association Massachusetts Chapter, 315 Norwood Park S., 1st Floor Norwood, MA 02062. Funeral Arrangements were under the direction of the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals.