Obituaries 02-03-2016

Rosemarie Candelora

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Revere

Rosemarie J. Candelora of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Revere, died recently.

She was the beloved wife of Anthony R. Candelora, Sr.; devoted mother of Kris-Ann Amato and her husband, Alan of Pelham, NH, Anthony R. Candelora, Jr. and his wife, Jill of North Andover and Michael A. Candelora, Sr. and his companion, Darlene Morrison of Londonderry, NH; cherished grandmother of Michael A. Candelora, Jr. of Londonderry, NH; dear sister of Francis Gifford of Somerset, NH and the late David Melanson and Theresa Scolastico. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, February 4 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For online memorial and guestbook, please visit:

George Shaheen

Retired design draftsman for Aerospace Industries

George G. Shaheen of Revere died on Wednesday, January 27 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center following a long illness. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Shaheen was born in Boston’s South End, lived his early years in East Boston and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1944. In April of 1945, he began service in the U.S. Army, as a rifleman and snare drummer with the 88th Infantry Division in Italy and Yugoslavia until the conclusion of hostilities in November of 1946.

He married the love of his life, Edith M. (Mastromarino), in 1949 sharing some 66 years. He was a devout family man, reveling in his role as a father and husband. He worked a full career as a design draftsman in the aerospace industry with a number of companies including Raytheon and G.T.E. Sylvania. During the 1960s, he worked on designing electrical parts for the lunar module. He was an avid bowler and was well known as a gifted jokester.

A devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish Community of Revere, he served as president of the Holy Name Society. He was a talented soloist and dancer and once performed as a solo vocalist for a minstrel show held by the Immaculate Conception Reveries. He also served as president of the Revere Senior Center for several years during the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

He was the cherished father of George P. Shaheen of Revere, Thomas J. Shaheen of Nashua, NH, Stephen J. Shaheen of Miami, Fl., David J. Shaheen and his wife, Minda of Nashua, NH and Philip H. Shaheen and his wife, Martha of Williamsburg, VA;  the devoted grandfather of Zachary Shaheen and his wife, Brittany of Rochester, N.H., Molly Shaheen of Oregon, D.J. Shaheen of Gloucester,  Aja Lee Shaheen of Ipswich and Harrison G. Shaheen of Williamsburg, VA. He was the dear brother of the late Ruth Brangiforte, Catherine Gomes, Mary Shaw and Alice Nichols. He is also lovingly survived by his brother-in-law, Joseph Mastromarino and his wife, Claudette and his sisters-in-law Dorothy Trapane and Clara Mattola.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Peasant St., Watertown, MA 02472 or by visiting For additional information, please visit

Robert Wolfgang

Member of Revere Historical Commission and Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

Robert Wolfgang of Revere, formerly of Lowell, died January 26 following a long illness.  He was 62 years old.

The husband of Nguyet (Nguyen) Wolfgang, he was born and raised in Chelmsford, the son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth (Conlon) Wolfgang.

Mr. Wolfgang was a graduate of Suffolk University and earned his Masters at George Washington University.  From 1994 to1999, he was employed as Director of International Trade for the City of Boston.   He later worked as a State Ranger at the Massachusetts State House.

‘Bobby’ was a history buff; he enjoyed reading it and enacting it.  He was a member of the Revere Historical Society and Chairman of the Massachusetts Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He was a football fan and favored the Green Bay Packers.  He also enjoyed travelling.

In addition to his wife, he leaves two daughters, Heidi Dukeshire and her husband, Scott of Methuen and Kelly True and her husband, Scott of Uxbridge.  He was the grandfather of Samuel and Jacob True and Nolan Dukeshire and brother of Eileen Reid of Nashua , NH,  James Wolfgang of Rhode Island and Andrew Wolfgang Jr. of Andover.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church, Revere, followed by burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Tewksbury. Arrangements were by  Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.

Joseph Bocchetti

Active in many fraternal organizations

Joseph M. Bocchetti of Revere, formerly of East Boston and Chelsea, died on Saturday, January 30 at the Lahey Clinic, Burlington following a long illness. He was 80 years old.

Born in Tewksbury and raised in East Boston, he attended Boston Public Schools and entered the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, proudly serving his country. When “Joe” returned home, he began a career in the construction field. He worked as a “Rigger” for several of the larger construction companies in and around the Boston area. Due to failing health, he was forced to retire.

Joe was a  member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1272 , Revere, Beachmont V.F.W. Post #6712, American Legion Post #61, Joseph L. Mottola VFW Post # 4524 and The Sons of Italy of Revere.

He was known for being very social and was very active in many of the area’s fraternal organizations. He had a love for playing cards with the guys at many of the social clubs. He especially liked playing “Gin” and “Texas Hold’em.” He was a regular at Suffolk Downs, betting or just socializing. During his life, Joe resided in East Boston, Chelsea and Revere.

He was the loving and devoted father of James J. Bocchetti of Revere, Joseph V. Bocchetti and his wife, Lisa L. of Haverhill and Joanne M. Peters and her husband, Carleton M. of Lynn; cherished grandfather of Vanessa M. Pozerski and her husband, Christopher of Crofton, Maryland., Eric Russano of Revere, Marissa C. and Ashley N. Bocchetti, both of Haverhill; adored great grandfather of Hayden Robert Pozerski. He was the beloved son of the late Vincent Muscara and Concetta “Connie” Bocchetti. and is also lovingly survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107 ) Revere, today, Wednesday, February 3 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere at 11 a.m.. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, N.E. Chapter, 60 Walnut St. Wellesley, MA 02481. For additional information, please visit

Stephen Chamberlin

Retired Revere Fire Department Lieutenant

Stephen A. Chamberlin of Revere died on January 28 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He was the beloved husband of Maureen (Gillis); devoted father of Stacey Buonfiglio and her husband, Paul, Stephen A. Chamberlin, Jr. and his wife, Angela and Amy Chamberlin; loving grandfather of Paul S. Buonfiglio and his wife, Bianca, Alexandra Buonfiglio, Ava Buonfiglio and Nicholas Chamberlin; great-grandfather of Roman Buonfiglio; dear brother of Carla Zdanowicz and her husband, Dan, Debbie Grandstaff and the late Henry Chamberlin and brother-in-law of Eileen Gillis. He is also survived by his uncle Anthony Romano and by many loving sisters and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home,  Revere.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

Rose Gaff

Retired waitress, her life was wrapped around husband and family

Rose P. (Teneriello) Gaff of Revere  passed away on January 22 at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere.

Rose was born in 1927, one of eight children of Angelo and Luigia Teneriello.  In 1949, Rose married her sweetheart, Francis L. Gaff, and the two settled in Malden to raise their family. After Frank’s retirement, the couple moved to Hallendale, Florida in the late 80’s where they lived for 20 years, splitting time between Malden and Florida. They shared nearly 60 years together until Francis’ passing in 2007. For many years Rose worked as a waitress, in Malden at the South Pacific Restaurant and in Boston at Polcari’s.

Rose’s life was wrapped around her husband and family. She enjoyed going dancing with Frank. Also with her being an excellent cook, she regularly hosted family events, notably her Christmas Eve dinners. She enjoyed RV’ing and camping, traveling around the country with Frank to destinations like Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Rose was a member of the Moose Lodge of Malden and also joined a Moose Lodge while in Florida. She was an avid bingo player.

She is survived by her children, Geraldine G. Egner of North Carolina, Joanne G. Monteforte of Revere, Sandra J. Anzalone of North Reading, and Frank L. Gaff, Jr. and his wife, Lois of Peabody; her grandchildren: Sheryl, Sandra, Julie, Jeff, Jacquelyn, Amy, Gina, Andrew, Richard, and Joseph, and her great grandchildren: Jordan, Kendra, Madison, Annabella, Robbie and Elizabeth Rose. She was also know as “Auntie Rose” to many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank, her siblings, Anna Scacchi, Arthur Teneriello, Joseph Teneriello, Rico Tenerielli, Alfred Teneriello, Helen Delmonte, and Peter Teneriello, and her son in Law, Anthony Anzalone.

Funeral services were held from the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home  followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere.  Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Julia Fraga

Member of one of Revere’s oldest professional families

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett on Thursday, February 4 at 11 a.m. for Julia L. (Della Porta) Fraga who passed away on Monday, February 1 at Salem Hospital following a long convalescence. She was 90 years old. Mourners are asked to congregate at 10:45 a.m. inside the main gate of Woodlawn Cemetery.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a member of one of Revere’s oldest professional families. The Della Porta family owned and operated a number of businesses locally and on the boulevard. She was a graduate of the Class of 1943 of Revere High School.

She and her beloved husband of 69 years, George T. “Buddy” Fraga left Revere to move to Saugus over 50 years ago. Earlier in her life, she and her dear late mother, Jennie (Malta) Della Porta were active members of the Revere Woman’s Club.

In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by her beloved brother, Joseph Della Porta and his wife, Gladys A. (Capone) Della Porta of Swampscott. She was also the sister of the late Annette DeCotis; the dear aunt of Douglas J. Della Porta and Philip  J. Fraga, both of Revere and the late Steven J. Della Porta. She was the loving daughter of the late Anthony and Jennie (Malta) Della Porta.

Visiting hours have been respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers and because of Julia;s intense concern for the welfare of animals, remembrances may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Avenue, Salem MA 01970 or to the MSPCA at ANGELL, 350 South Huntington Avenue, Boston MA 02130-9923.   Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. For additional information, please visit:

Roger Scales

Graduate of RHS, Class of 1969

A graveside funeral service was held Tuesday at Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Peabody for Roger W. Scales who died unepectedly at his Revere home on Monday, January 25.

A Revere native and lifelong resident, Roger was a 1969 graduate of Revere High School. A work related accident rendered Roger disabled at a very early age.

He was the beloved son of the late Frank and Anna (Scott) Scales; the devoted brother of Anita Maggarett of Revere and the late Harold, John and Leonard W. Scales. His brother, Leonard W. Scales, died on January 16. 2016, nine days earlier than Roger. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Roger’s family were long time members of the First Congregational Church of Revere and  the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, rememberances be made to the Food Pantry at First Congregational Church, 94 Central Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. Arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals of Revere. For additional information,, please visit:

Charles Karpenko

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea’

Charles R. Karpenko of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on February 2. He was 98 years old.

A member of the 5-2 Club of Chelsea, he was the beloved husband of the late Jennie (Scrivano); devoted father of Jeanette Durgin of N. Andover, Charles A. Karpenko of Amesbury, Richard Karpenko and his wife, Ernestine of Saugus, Alfred Karpenko of Saugus and Carol DeSimone of Revere; dear brother of Frederick Karpenko and his wife, Carmela of East Boston and the late Anna Palermo, Helen Palermo and Rose Williams; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of 13.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons~Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Friday, February 5 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours are Thursday from 4 to  8 p.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For online guestbook and memorial please visit:

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