Dr. Joseph DiPietro
Caring longtime Revere Dentist
Dr. Joseph “Joe” DiPietro of Lynnfield, residing in Naples, Florida and formerly of Revere, passed away at home surrounded by his family on September 2.
After graduating from Revere High School, Joe attended Boston College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Shortly afterward, Dr. Joe opened his dental practice in Revere where he practiced from 1954 to 1993. He started two generations of dental care serving the Revere community for over 60 years.
Dr. Joe was proud of his profession and was compassionate to all his patients. He would frequently travel to nursing homes to care for elderly patients. He would work long hours and travel during snow bans to make sure his patients got the care they needed.
Before serving in the United States Navy, Joe taught Sunday School while in high school. He played baseball and football in high school and was proud to be selected by his teammates to be captain of the Thanksgiving Day football game his senior year.
Dr. Joe was a big Red Sox fan and was thrilled to experience three world championships. He was a long time member at Salem Country Club where he enjoyed golfing with his wife and friends. This is where he started the “Friday Morning Golf Group,” with some of the elder members of the club.
He and his wife, Regina split their time between Massachusetts and their home in Naples, Florida for the last 30 years. Dr. Joe was a past president of the Revere Rotary Club and an active member of the St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society in Revere. He will be truly missed by all his patients, friends, and family.
The beloved husband of Regina (Bindon), he was the devoted father of Dr. Bill DiPietro and his wife, Betty of Boxford, Robert “Tino” DiPietro of Lynnfield, Dr. Chris DiPietro and his wife, Tiffany of Lexington, Paul DiPietro and his wife, Becky of Beverly, Gina DiPietro and her companion, David Theriault of Middleton and the late Joseph P. DiPietro; dear brother to the late John and Ignazio DiPietro and brother in law to Gloria DiPietro of Agawam and the late Katie DiPietro and cherished grandfather of Michael, Joseph Jr., Martin, Nicholas, Alexandra, Ryan, Lauren, Sean, Eric, and David. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For guest book, visit www.Buonfiglio.com
Of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere
Louise (Sena) Palladino of Lynnfield, formerly of Revere, died on September 3.
Louise was past president and vice president of the Zonta Club of Medford, secretary of the Daughters of Italy and past president of the Lynnfield Tenants Association. She will be sorely missed by all who knew here.
She was the beloved wife of the late Patrick Palladino; loving mother of Paul Palladino and his wife, Karen of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Stefanie McLaughlin and her husband, Brett, Stephen Palladino and his wife, Kristen and Marissa McKenna and her husband, Bill; cherished great grandmother of Kevin McKenna and dear sister to Robert Sena and his wife, Francis of Saugus, Ralph Sena and his wife, Drina of Revere, Richard “Dicky” Sena of Florida and the late John, Emily De’Angeles, Anthony, William, and Angelo Jr. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a funeral service for Louise at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday September 8 at 11 a.m.. Visitation will be Thursday, the morning of the funeral, from 9 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Louise’s name to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. For guest book, visit: www.Buonfiglio.com
John Vozzella, Sr.
Retired proprietor of Superior Steel
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, September 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for John S. Vozzella, Sr. who died on Friday, September 2 at his home in Saugus surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. He was 77 years old. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, September 8 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 St. Anthony’s Restoration Fund, 250 Revere St. Revere, MA 02151.
Born and raised in Boston’s North End, John was educated at St. Anthony’s School and Christopher Columbus School, both in the North End. He graduated from Charlestown High School in 1956. After graduation, John joined the Iron Workers Union Local #7, he became an “Apprentice” and later became a “Journeyman”. John later owned and operated his own business “Superior Steel”, and was a sub-contractor for the Local 7.
In 1956, Joe married Roberta Penta, the couple remained in the North End before settling in Revere, where they raised their children. In 1998, John and his wife moved to Saugus and shortly afterward he retired from his business, passing it on to his sons to continue. John was known as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to be around his family and loved to socialize with people.
The devoted husband of 60 years to Roberta F. (Penta) of Saugus, he was the beloved son of the late Domenic and Josephine (Galeno) Vozzella; the loving father of Joseph S. Vozzella, Jr and his wife, Cheryl of Barnstable, Maria J. Ferro of N. Andover and her late husband, Michael, Christine A. Cavagnaro and her husband, Louis III, Robert Vozzella of Revere and Anthony J. Vozzella and his wife, Astrid Prackatzsch of San Francisco, CA.; the cherished grandfather of Domenic DeAngelis of N. Andover, Louis Cavagnaro, IV of Revere, Christine Cavagnaro of Revere, Nicholas Vozzella of South Boston, Michael Jones of Rhode Island, Alexander Vozzella of Brookline, Michael Ferro of N. Andover, Vincent Vozzella of Boston, Angelika Prackatzsch of San Francisco, CA and the late Stephanie DeAngelis; the dear brother of Marie Russo and her husband, Manny of Lynnfield and the late Annette Gaglione and her surviving husband, Ronnie Gaglione; the beloved brother in law of Christine Penta of Boston, Maryanne Penta Of San Francisco, CA and the late Paula DiMarino. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Thomas Tuite, Jr.
Retired Revere Fire Captain, International Watchman’s Association member
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, September 7 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (RT 107) Revere for Retired Revere Fire Captain Thomas J. Tuite, Jr. who died on Thursday, September 1 at the Salem Hospital following a long illness. He was 83 years old. A funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Tom was born in East Boston and the family moved to Revere when he was just two years old. He was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1950.
When Tom was a young man, like his father, he became “Watchman” for the Cunard lines at various terminals along Boston Harbor. He later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served his country with great pride. Tom, remained in the Naval Reserves for a total of nine years of service.
In 1953, Tom wed his long time sweet heart, Virginia Olsen. In 1966, Tom joined the Revere Fire Department, a career that would span 30 years of dedicated service. In 1986, Tom was promoted to Captain, a rank at which he later retired.
Tom was known as a quiet and humble man, he enjoyed his home, his city, spending time with his family and above all, he loved his wife. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of the International Watchman’s Association.
The devoted and loving husband of 63 years of Virginia J. “Ginger” (Olsen) Tuite of Revere, he was the cherished brother of Irene T. “Reenie” Kippenberger of Topsfield and her late husband, Ret. Revere Fire Captain Paul F. Kippenberger, and the late Nancy Polcaro and Margaret Tuite. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Gerald ‘Gene’ Smith
Past Commander of Beachmont VFW Post 6723
Gerald E. “Gene” Smith died on August 28 at the Don Orione Nursing Home in East Boston. He was 99 years old.
The husband of the late Anna (Corbett) Smith and Mary (Connor) Angeleri-Smith, he was born and raised in Malden and was a longtime resident of (Beachmont) Revere, briefly living in Hopkington.
A member of Pipefitters Local #537, Mr. Smith was a United States Coast Guard veteran of World War II, a Past Commander of the Beachmont VFW Post 6723, a member of the American Legion Post 19 in Orlando, Florida and VFW Military Order of Cooties Den 42 Beachmont.
He is survived by his daughter; Susan Martel of Winthrop; grandchildren, Anne Francullo, Paul Francullo and Andrew Martel and great grandchildren, Max and Dylan. He was the step father of Sandy Fillmore, Pamela Angeleri and Peter Angeleri and the long time companion of the late Francis Canty and her son, Vincent Sabella and his wife, Rosemary of Hopkington. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his daughter, Mary Lou Francullo and Herbert and Clyde.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Interment with full Coast Guard Honors took place at the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. For condolences, visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Concetta ‘Connie’ Tagliamonte
Caring wife, doting mother, loving grandmother, and political activist; of Melrose, formerly of Revere
Concetta “Connie” (Sardo) Tagliamonte, a longtime resident of Melrose, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 5. She was 91 years old.
Born in Boston on April 30, 1925 with roots in the North End, Connie learned the importance of family from a young age. She was one of nine children of the late Cologero Sardo and Rosa (Cammarata) Sardo. Her childhood was spent in the North End until the family moved to Revere when Connie was 10 years old. Connie graduated from Revere High School, and met her future husband Vincent “Tag” Tagliamonte while in confirmation class. After he returned from the war, they married on October 13, 1946 at St. Anthony’s Church and settled in Melrose to start a family.
For many years, Connie worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, first as a secretary, and worked her way up to become a Jr. Civil Engineer. First and foremost a family woman, she was a caring wife, doting mother and later a loving grandmother.
Connie was also a passionate political activist who served as a Massachusetts Delegate for the Democratic Party for several years. She started locally as a vocal supporter of the Melrose Democratic Committee and later became involved on the State level.
On a personal level, Connie’s generosity and caring nature were well known. She was always looking for ways to help her neighbors or even strangers she met who needed help. She loved shopping, so she frequently bought gifts or clothing for those in need. She was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church for many years.
With her easy smile, and endearing charm, Connie was a sociable, fun loving and friendly person. Spontaneous and funny, she kept everyone guessing and most of the time, laughing. Connie loved entertaining at the Tagliamonte home in Melrose which served as a central gathering place for many family parties, holidays and events. She also loved ballroom dancing together for many years with husband, Tag, every Saturday night at Broadway Manor in Malden.
She and Tag enjoyed their time spent together, whether with family, or on their own. They did some traveling to Italy, Hawaii, Florida, and more regular vacations to their home in W. Yarmouth on Cape Cod. Connie loved the beach, and the warmth of the summer sun on her skin. Most of all, Connie’s life centered around the many activities of her family. Her grandchildren’s school events and games were never missed and she was forever loyal to her husband, and supportive of her children. She will be dearly missed, but always lovingly remembered.
Connie was the beloved wife of Vincent W. “Tag” Tagliamonte with whom she shared 70 years of marriage; devoted mother of Salvatore “Sal” Tagliamonte of Malden and Maria “Ria” Leach and her husband, Gary of Lynnfield; dear sister of Rosemarie Cattoggio and her husband, Joseph of Revere and the late Philip, Vincent, Charles, Dominic, Lucia Stott, Anthony and his surviving wife, Nina and the late Joseph. She was the cherished grandmother of Vincent Leach and his wife, Alison of Waltham and Charles Leach and his wife, Luisa of Lynnfield and the loving great-grandmother of Silvio Leach. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Connie’s life during visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose today, Wednesday, September 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday at 8 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Mary’s Church, Herbert Stree, Melrose for her Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Gifts in Connie’s memory may be made to Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commercial St., #19, Malden, MA 02148.