Obituaries 03-11-2015

Rocco Anthony Jesso

Gifted and Much Loved Educator

Rocco Anthony Jesso, a Charlestown native, formerly of Revere, died on Wednesday, March 4 after a long illness at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 83 years old.

Mr. Jesso was born and raised in his family home in Charlestown. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and graduated from Boston Technical High School, Class of 1949. He then attended Boston University, earning a B.S. in Public Relations in 1954.

After he graduated from Boston University, he was compelled to join the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, serving his country for two years. He returned home from service and continued the pursuit of his education. Rocco returned to Boston University, earning his Masters’ Degree in Education, for “Special Needs”.

That same year, on October 13, ,1958, Rocco married his long time sweetheart, Rosalie L. Bravoco. The couple then moved to Revere to raise their three children and they later returned to his native Charlestown.

Rocco began his teaching career in Special Education in the Boston Public School System, specifically East Boston High School. During his tenure, he became the Department Head of Special Education. This was not a job for him, it was his life’s passion. He poured himself into his work to help enrich the lives of every student that he encountered. He also taught classes at the Barnes School in East Boston on American Immigration.

Rocco also found time to dedicate to other kids, in sports. He coached J.V. Track, J.V. Baseball and Soccer – but above all he was the Hockey Coach at East Boston High School for 26 years.

Rocco had a gift whether in the classroom, on a field, on the ice or in the streets to take the time to listen to what was happening in a person’s life and guide them. He truly inspired these children to better themselves, to help them see a different path in life and make better choices for themselves, because he genuinely cared.

In 1984, Rocco earned another Master’s Degree from Salem State College in School Administration. He was a prime example of a man of great character and determination, all that he had attained in his life, he did while being a caring and loving father and devoted husband while caring for his ailing wife for many years. He endured hardships in his life and felt the pain of losing his wife and his son. He was a man who loved what he did made a difference in many of the lives he encountered.

He was a member of; Knights of Columbus (Revere) East Boston Athletic Board , Special Class Teachers’ Assoc. Boston Coaches Assoc., Mass State Hockey Association and the V.F.W.

The devoted husband of the late Rosalie L. (Bravoco) Jesso with whom he shared 36 years of marriage, he was the loving father of Laura M. McDonald of Winthrop, Christine J. Pasquariello of Peabody and the late Michael J. Jesso; the cherished grandfather of Michael T. Jesso of New Hampshire and Matthew M. McDonald of Florida; the beloved brother of Mary Jesso and Lee Jesso, both of Charlestown and the late Phyllis Perrone. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and by many extended family, colleagues former students and players.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place Suite 201, Boston, MA 02114-2031.

George Corbett

Retired Revere Police Chief

George P. Corbett, retired Revere Police Chief, died on Monday at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 91 years old.

The husband of Anna (Donovan) Corbett, he was born in East Boston and raised in Revere, the son of the late Thomas and Helen (Reed) Corbett. A United States Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Corbett was a member of the Massachusetts Police Chief Association. A resident of Peabody for the last 10 years, he enjoyed gardening, travel and most of all, his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Thomas Corbett and his wife, Darlene of Revere, Linda Troupe and her husband, William of Topsfield and Pamela Cella and her husband, Michael of Peabody, seven granchildren and six great grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Thomas Corbett, John Corbett, William Corbett, Harold Corbett, Dennis Corbett, James Corbett, Helen Cogger and Rosalie Anderson.

Visiting hours will be held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus on Thursday, March 12 from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. A funeral will be held from the funeral home on Friday, March 13 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the March of Dimes,112 Turnpike Road, Suite 300, Westborough, MA, 01581. For directions and condolences


Marion LaCau

Of Brockton, formerly of Revere

Marion A. (Petrilli) (Arsenault) LaCau of Brockton, formerly of Revere, passed peacefully at her home on March 3 with her children at her side. She was 82 years old.

She was a 1950 graduate of Revere High School. Marion retired after many years at Sears, and had previously been employed by John Hancock Insurance and as a Car Hop at Howard Johnsons. The greatest joys in her life were her family, faith and friends. She was a longtime communicant of Christ the King Parish and was a Lector and member of its Bereavement Group. She was also a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Connected Catholics, 21st Century Group, Red Hattitudes, the Mad Hatters and was an Election Commission Warden.

She was the wife of the late Andrew D. Arsenault and the late Donald J. LaCau and is lovingly survived by her children: Andrew M. Arsenault and Diane M. Bernard and her husband, Robert and her three grandchildren, Sasha Patricelli, Andrew “Drew” Arsenault and Angelica Grace Bernard.

Marion was born in Boston and raised in Revere, the daughter of the late Michael and Angelina (Fronduto) Petrilli. She was the cherished sister of the late Nellie, Chick, Tony, Freddie, Johnnie, Billy, Grace and Al. She also leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conley Funeral Home, 138 Belmont Street (Rte 123) Brockton. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Please consider donations in Marion’s name to the Daughters of Isabella, C/O Mrs. Phyllis Hancock, 20 Swift Rd, Brockton, MA 02301. For condolences, visit




Doris Nicotera

Homemaker and long time Revere resident

Doris M. (Maggioli) Nicotera of Revere died on March 8 after a long illness. She was 92 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Orlando A. Nicotera; loving mother of Diane C. Cohane and her husband, Dennis and Dennis V. Nicotera, all of Revere and the late Patricia M. Nicotera; cherished grandmother of Courtney C. Cohane, Justin J. Cohane and his wife, Nicole and Brandon M. Cohane and his wife, Heather, all of Revere and Michael Nicotera and his partner, Nicole Mulla of Winthrop; adored great grandmother of Anthony R. and Devon J. Molineaux; beloved sister of the late Leo and Donald Maggioli. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere on Friday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere. Visiting hours will be on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., Parking is available in the lot left of the funeral home. Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to: Care Dimensions 75 Sylvan St. B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For more information, visit


Stellario ‘Larry’ Malta

Retired Revere Police Detective; veteran of World War II and Korea

Stellario A. ‘Larry’ Malta passed way peacefully at his home on March 8 following a long illness. He was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, Larry attended Revere schools before enlisting in the US Navy in November of 1942. He served his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict. During his time in the Navy, on September 1, 1946, he married his love, Anna M. DeAngelis. The couple made their home in Revere raising their three children.

Larry became a Revere Police Officer and later rose to the ranks as Detective in the Juvenile Office, a career that spanned 20 years.

After retirement, Larry and his wife moved to Port Richy, Florida, where they remained for almost 30 years. While in Florida, Larry remained active and social. He was a past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council #6476 in Port Richy, FL.

He was the devoted husband of Anna M. (DeAngelis) Malta of Saugus with whom he shared 68 years of marriage; the loving father of Laura A. Tully and her husband, Thomas of Lynnfield, Linda E. Almieda of Tewksbury and the late Michael Malta; the beloved brother of Michael Malta of Arlington and the late Samuel Malta, Anna Santoli and Laura Ferraro and the cherished grandfather of five and adored great grandfather of 12. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Family & friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, March 11 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 Thursday, March 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 Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Massachusetts Chapter, 495 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham, MA 01701-4567. For more information,

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Wareham

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Dorothy “Dot” (Bell) Wareham of Lake Suzy, Florida, formerly of Revere, passed away on February 6 surrounded by her loving family. She was 86 years old.

Dot grew up in Revere in a family of 14 brothers and sisters. She spent 23 years of her life working at Prince of Pizza in Saugus before retiring and moving to warmer climates with her husband, Wilson in 1988. For three months every summer she would come back home to Revere to spend time and make memories with her family. Her greatest joy was the quality time she spent with the newest additions to her ever-growing clan of great grandchildren, Cooper and Remy.

It has been quoted by her niece, Darlene Pinkerton, that Dot was “one of the funniest, craziest women I know” and “always there for me when I needed her, ” and this couldn’t be more representative of the person she was. Her uncanny sense of humor was well known, and she took pride in being known as the “woman who slept through the Revere Tornado.” Dot was also known for her tenacity, including an unfailing ability to get the final “goodbye” in on any phone conversation. Wherever she went, she brought warmth, laughter and caring to everyone she met. She will be remembered for her wonderful laugh, her big heart, her faith, her spirit, and her strength.

The world has lost a true light. We love you and we will miss you always!

She was the devoted wife of 67 years of Wilson ( Will ) Wareham; mother and friend to Patricia and her husband, William Stowell of Revere. She was predeceased by her daughter, Lori Palladino, her son, William Wareham, her grandson, Chris Wareham, her granddaughter, Tiffany Wareham, her brothers Edwin, Albert, Joseph, John, Charles, and James, and her sisters Evelyn DiMarzo and Mildred Hansen. She is survived by her brother, Robert, her sisters, Rosemary Cavanaugh, Helen Cummings, and Lorraine Byrne, and her daughter-in-law, June Wareham. She is also survived by many grandchildren: Whitney and her husband, Anthony Mugford, Jillian and her husband, Robert Penfield, Kelly Wareham, Alyssa Palladino, Chris Palladino, Richie Palladino, and Elizabeth Simone, and by her great grandchildren: Monicka, Mikey, Derek, Nico, Cooper, and Remy.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Dot’s favorite charity, Make-a-Wish, or send a donation to Tidewell Hospice of Port Charlotte, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL. 33952.’



Joan G. Pagliaro

Formerly of Revere

Joan Grace “Pagliaro” DiStefano of Victorville, CA, formerly of Revere, MA, passed away at Chantilly Lace Manor in Hesperia, CA. Joan leaves her daughter Elizabeth Marie DiStefano and grandson Kole Noble of Woodland Hills, CA. A sister Phyllis Hope and her husband Paul of Sturbridge, MA and Ann Marie Pagliaro of Berkeley, CA.

Joan was born in Medford, MA, daughter of the late Joseph F. Pagliaro and Marie A. D’Ambrosio Pagliaro of Las Vegas, Nevada.

She was brought up in Revere, graduating from Revere High School class of 1959. In 1961 she worked for Capital Airlines as a hostess for 2 years out of N.Y. In 1968 she and her late husband Bob DiStefano and their daughter Liz, two years old, moved to sunny California. There she worked for Howard Hughes, Hughes Aircraft for over thirty years.

Joan was a good person with a good heart. She will be missed by her family and friends. Joan was laid to rest after cremation in Oakwood Memorial park, Chatsworth, CA.

Out family would like to thank Teri Baddeley and her staff at Chantilly Lace for their love, care and comfort.

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