Obituaries 05-06-2015

Rose Gordon

Active at St. Mary’s Church

Rose (Zarba) Gordon died at her Lynnfield home on Saturday, May 2 after a brief illness. She was 84 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a life long Revere resident. A 1950 graduate of Revere High School, she was an active member of St. Mary’s Parish Community and a member of St. Mary’s Sodality and their bowling league. Early in her career, she worked at Grover Manor Hospital in Revere and, as the mother of four boys, she became a “Supreme Mom.”

Rose’s beloved husband, Arthur M. Gordon passed away on February 1, 2004. She was the devoted mother of : A. Marte Gordon and his wife, Susan of Gloucester, Michael B. Gordon and his wife, Susan of Danvers, Matthew J. “Matt” Gordon and his wife Doreen of Lynnfield and Mitchell L. Gordon and his husband, Dwayne Bryant of Revere; the cherished grandmother of Daniel M. Gordon and his wife, Hilary, Elyse S. Gordon and her fiancee, Carl Gosowski, all of Beverly, Myla M. Gordon of Reading Matthew J. Gordon, Jr. and his fiance, Sarah Curran of South Boston, David C. Gordon of Everett, Kyle G. Gordon of Manhattan, NY, Bryan A. Gordon of Gloucester, Dayna S. Gordon of Revere and Max J. Gordon of Gloucester; the dear sister of Ida Nastasia of Palm Bay, Florida, Anthony “Tony” Zarba and his wife, Martel of Munich, Germany and the late Salvatore, Philip and Frederick Zarba, Minnie Lozzi, Mary Cangiamila and Alice Remon. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, May 7 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 Friday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 660 Washington Avenue, Revere at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: CARE DIMENSIONS, 75 Sylvan St., Suite 102-B, Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information, please visit:

Charles Barter

US Postal Service retiree

Charles Barter of Revere, formerly of Winchester, died on May 1 at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston. He was 93 years old.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 23, 1922, the son of the late Albert and Annie (May) Barter, Mr. Barter had been a resident of Revere for the past 17 years. He was a retired mail clerk for the U.S Postal Service in Boston and a US Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his daughter Vera Barter and her husband, Peter of Lynnfield, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Mr. Barter was predeceased by three sisters; Irene Ochs, Pearl Roussos and Frances LaCava.

A funeral service will be held in the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield on Friday at 11a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington D.C. 20090-6929.

Evelyn Therese Cunningham

Retired Registered Nurse and Book Lover

Evelyn Therese Cunningham died on April 27 in Winchester after a full life and a brief illness. She was 84 years old. Born in Swampscott on October 9, 1930, she grew up in Revere (Point of Pines), the adopted daughter of Joseph John and Alice (Mahoney) Conway and sister of Olive Costin and Jack Conway.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Revere, she went on to nursing education at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston. She became an RN and had a career of adventure and experience working as a visiting nurse throughout the country and for many decades at Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She lived in Florida for several years in the 1980s, but at the end of the day, her life was centered in the Boston area (Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Woburn, Winchester.)

For 17 years she had the pleasure of working with a Winchester family and their daughter. The parents knew that their daughter would thrive in the care of a pediatric/emergency room nurse, and Evelyn rose to the challenge, sharing with their daughter her love of books, among other things. As a prolific reader, Evelyn is said to have checked out 6,608 books from the Winchester Public Library alone!

She was the former wife of Francis X. Cunningham and together they had eight children: Susan of Brookline, Francis X., Jr. “Buddy” (Charlotte) of Chevy Chase, MD, Denise (Ellen) of Takoma Park, MD, Carolyn of Sierra Madre, CA, Patrick (Debbie) of Revere, Kevin (Lisa) of Belmont, Daniel (Mary) of Takoma Park, MD and Joan (John) of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren.

It was clear that Evelyn was getting near the end when she said she could no longer read while in the hospital. As a tribute to her memory, donations may be made to: Honor and Memorial Gifts (in memory of Evelyn T. Cunningham), Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington Street, Winchester, MA 01890. Interment is private. A memorial service to honor her life will be held during the summer.

Marilyn Clements

Entrepreneur and real estate broker of Malden

Marilyn Clements of Malden died on May 3 at the Hunt Nursing and Retirement Home. She was 84 years old.

Marilyn was an entrepreneur owning several franchises as well as a real estate broker.

She was the daughter of the late Phillip and Leah (Brody) Clements; beloved mother of Lisa Clements of Lexington, Linda Berube and her husband, James of New Hampshire and Donna Gramolini of Revere; dear sister of Walter Clements of Texas; loving grandmother of Robert Gramolini and his wife, Kelley, Matthew Gramolini and the late Heather Berube and Lucas Baxter. She is also survived by one loving great grandchild, Emma Gramolini.

Funeral Services will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, May 8 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For guest book, please visit

Frank Arancio

Polaroid retiree

Frank J. Arancio of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Jamaica Plain, died at home surrounded by his family on May 2.

Born in East Boston, he was raised in Jamaica Plain and moved to Revere in 1974. He retired from Polariod after 23 years of employment as lead boiler mechanic at the Cambridge site. Before Polariod, he was employed at Boston Sausage and Sacks and Sons Antique Reproductions. Frank loved spending time with his family, woodworking and gardening.

He was a US Navy veteran of World War II who served from March of 1945 to July of 1946 as a Fireman Second Class.

He wa the beloved husband of Elizabeth (Ferrelli) Arancio of Revere; devoted father of Susan White of Hyde Park, Patricia Rafferty and her husband, Edward of Framingham and Karen Knowles and her husband, Mark of Littleton; dear brother of Nicholas Arancio of Cambridge, John Arancio of Dedham, Joseph Arancio of Virginia and the late Rose Bellitti and Salvatore Arancio. He was the cherished grandfather of eight and great-grandfather of two and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, May 8 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting Hours will be Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer’s Assoc, MA Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. For online guestbook and memorial, please visit:

Giuseppe “Gino” Trichilo

Self employed carpenter

Giuseppe “Gino” Trichilo of Revere died at home surrounded by his family on May 1.

Gino immigrated to the United States from Calabria, Italy in 1969. He was a self employed carpenter. In his free time, he enjoyed playing cards and hunting.

He was the beloved husband of Carmela ( D’Ambrosio); devoted father of Revere Fire Fighter Frank, Gino, Sandro and his wife, Renee and Anna Maria Trichilo, all of Revere and Joseph of East Boston; dear brother of Rosetta Tropiano, Anna Puertorico, Lucia Trichilo, Antonio Trichilo, all of Italy, Pietro Trichilo of Toronto, Canada and the late Dominic Trichilo. He is also survived by three loving grandchildren: Alexio, Alessandro and Abriana. Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA ,480 Pleasant St, Watertown MA 02472. For guest book, please visit

Alvera Covitz Paris

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Alvera Covitz Paris passed away in Port Charlotte, Florida on April 28.

Born in Revere on September 7, 1927 to Fred Covitz and Lottie Primack, she was an accountant by trade and spent many years volunteering at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, the V.F.W Auxillary and the Port Charlotte Cultural Center.

She was predeceased by her loving husband James (Sonny) Paris, three sisters: Natalie, Lilian and Shirley and a brother, Wilbur. She is survived by a sister, Elaine Whitman and by many nieces and nephews. She will be missed. Cremation has been chosen and any services will be private. Arrangements are by Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home, Cemetery and Crematory in Punta Gorda, FL. Pay respects at

Frances Bonner

N.E. Tel & Tel retiree; community activist

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, May 6 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 10 a.m. for Frances J. (Toomey) Bonner who died following a long struggle with metastatic carcinoma at Emerson Hospital in Concord on Friday, May 1. She was 84 years old.

Her Funeral Mass will follow the visitation at 12 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue.) Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.

Born and raised in East Boston, the family moved to Beachmont, Revere. ”Franny” was a 1950 graduate of East Boston High School and went to work for New England Tel & Tel. where she worked for many years before taking a position with James F. Murphy Inc. of Cambridge as an office manager.

In 1968, she and her family moved to Concord where she became most active in the Girl Scouts as a den mother. She was also a team mother and chaperone for the Haydenettes Recreation Center of Lexington (Synch Ice-Skating Competitions) traveling all over the country in the sixties and seventies. She was a most active member of St. Michael’s Parish of Bedford where she served on many committees and taught CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) ie Sunday School. She was also a member of the “Ladies Slippers” a group who design and create doll house furniture. She was a gifted crafter in the realm of knitting, crocheting, needework and afghan design,

The beloved wife of 51 years to James A. “Archie” Bonner, her childhood sweetheart, she was the devoted mother of Kassia W. Reynolds of Columbia, Missouri, Kim A. Bonner of Littleton, and Kara J. Dobbins and her husband, Kenneth of Stow; the dear sister of the late Ellen Kahall, Margaret Viera, Catherine Reynolds, Mary Tierney, Anna M. Pedro, Alice M. Toomey, Agnes F. Toomey, Thomas J. and William J. Toomey. She is also lovingly survived by 28 nieces and nephews and by many grand nieces and grand nephews.

Franny’s love for animals is legendary and for that reason, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, remembrances by sent to “Kitty Angels” P.O. Box 638, Tyngsboro, MA 01879 or at: For more information, please visit:

Robert Howell

Raytheon retiree

Robert J. Howell of Revere died at the Academy Manor Nursing Center of Andover on April 29 following a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was raised and educated in Revere and lived in Revere until moving 13 years ago. He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1951. In January of 1952, he joined the US Navy serving until January of 1956 during the Korean Conflict.

His working career was as a draftsman for Raytheon Co. of Bedford and Lexington and he eventually became manager for almost 50 years of the entire draftsman force at Raytheon.

Bob’s hobbies were many. He was an avid golf player for many years and a skilled dancer. He particularly enjoyed ballroom dancing with his wife in and around Revere Beach Boulevard. He was a voracious reader particularly of history and mystery novels. His long illness was especially sad in that it impeded his ability to enjoy his interests including reading.

In 2002, he and his devoted wife built a home in Ogunquit, Maine where they lived for about four years until failing health brought them to Merrimac, MA, to be close to their daughter, Karol.

During the sixties and seventies, Robert was a most active member of the 7th Lancers-Drum & Bugle Corps and later of the Revere Reveries, serving with the parents and other friends of the Corps.

In addition to his adoring wife of 57 years Marjorie G. (Ellsworth), he is survived by three cherished daughters: Kerri M. Howell of Folsom, California, Katherine M. Howell-Gallant of Deerfield, NH and Karol M. Flannery and her husband, Coburn of Merrimac, MA. He was also the beloved grandfather of Deidre M. Gallant, Gunnar H. Gallant, Sean H. Flannery and Kyle H. Flannery; the dear brother of William Howell of Saugus and the late John “Chuck” Howell.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Inc. Interment will be held privately at a later time. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (MSPCA), 350 So. Huntington Aenue, Boston, MA 02130-9923. For additional information, visit:

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