His life and loved centered around his family
William R. Toppi, a resident of Revere for 61 years, peacefully passed into the presence of his Lord Jesus on Monday, October 3. He was at his home (his wish fulfilled) at the Jack Satter House on Revere Beach where he resided since 1978. He was 95 years old.
William was the cherished son of the late John and Anna (Cereni) Toppi of Italy. He was the beloved husband of the late Nancy C (Napert) Toppi, now reunited, with whom he shared 72 years of marriage. He was the loving, caring father of seven children; Madeleine Garon Sitton and her husband, Ben of Oklahoma, John D. Toppi of Revere, Sharon L Healy and her husband, Bill of New Hampshire, Susan M Toppi of Revere and the late William J Toppi, Carol A Jones and Michael P. Toppi. He was the adored grandfather of 22, great grandfather of 34, and great-great grandfather of seven. That totals a family of 70 members for Bill and Nancy! How we would love to have listed each of his descendants here! Nancy and the family were his greatest loves, his life centered around them, and he will be deeply missed by all; especially when he would let one know they had been prayed for saying, “the prayers are in”.
“Willie” was the caring brother of five sisters: Josephine Toppi, Ann Buckovitch, and Jayne Toppi, all of New Hampshire, Barbara Mitchell of Florida and the late Irene Hennessy of Medford. They were in constant touch throughout their lives. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were so much a part of his life.
We remember his 50+ years of actively participating at the Lynn YMCA; jogging, swimming, boxing, weights, zumba, step aerobics to name some; and making lots of lasting friendships at “the club.” He was often seen on bicycle paths around the North Shore area, biking many miles per day, often stopping at the homes of family and friends to pay a brief visit and enjoy a cup of coffee.
He and his wife, Nancy also hiked many trails in their beloved White Mountains where they grew up. Active, always on the go, always lending a helping hand to anyone in need – that was Bill.
We also want to extend sincere gratitude to Bill’s care givers these last months: Denise, Kesler, Simon and Doris, as well as to Care Dimensions of the North Shore, all of whom went above and beyond to provide excellent care for him. Any donations in William’s name may be sent to Care Dimensions at 75 Sylvan St, Ste B-102, Danvers MA 01923.
Bill was a faithful member of St Anthony of Padua Church in Revere where a Funeral Mass took place on October 7. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza Beechwood Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. To send a message of condolence to Bill’s family, please visit www.vazzafunerals.com.
Pauline (Matton) Pagliarulo of Revere, formerly of Medford, passed away October 6 surrounded by her loving family. She was 87 years old.
The devoted wife of Emil Pagliarulo, she was the loving mother of John Olivito and his wife, Carole of Lynn and Joanne Fisher and her husband, Alan of Wilmington; dear sister of Eleanor Molligi of New Hampshire and the late Louise Carignan and Jean Tagney; cherished grandmother of Kara Spera, Kelsey Olivito, Allison Frazier, Adrienne Byrne and Amy Fisher.
Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For Guest Book and directions: www.vazzafunerasl.com.
NE Tel & Tel retiree, member of one of Revere’s oldest families and Immaculate Conception Parish devotee
Eleanor L. (Cowhig) Fielding died at her Revere residence on Friday, October 7 following a brief illness. She was 96 years old.
Eleanor was a member of the one of the oldest settling families in Revere, who migrated from Ireland in the late 1880s and settled in the Proctor Avenue district. Mrs. Fielding is one of the last survivors of that generation to be still living in the city.
Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1938. She began working for New England Tel & Tel and remained with the company until retiring in October of 1982. She worked with the system as a lead telephone operator in Revere and Malden. Mrs. Fielding was a devotee of the Immaculate Conception Parish serving as a member of the Immaculata Guild and the Maria Assunta Guild. She and her late husband, Revere Fire Lt. Roger N. Fielding, who passed in January of 1999, were a popular couple on Revere’s social calendar.
She was the cherished mother of Ellen Jane Stratton and her husband “Sandy” of Plymouth, Marion L. Farnham and her husband, Edward J. of Lynn and Dr. Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D and his wife, Susan M. Blanchard of Point of Pines, Revere; the devoted grandmother of Michael N. Stratton and his wife, Stephanie of Hingham, Lupe E. Stratton of Plymouth, Ivonne E. Shea and her husband, John of Reading, Paige B. and Grace B. Fielding, both of Point of Pines, Revere. She is also lovingly survived by two great-grandsons, Michael N. and Matthew Stratton, both of Hingham and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She was the dear sister of the late Revere Police Cpt. James R. Cowhig, Dennis P. and John P. Cowhig, Anna J. Russo, Marjorie E. McPike and Dorothy K. Spinazolla.
Family and friends are invited to attend her funeral at the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere, today, Wednesday, October 12 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue), Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O.Box 1000, Dept.142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Of Revere and Florida, formerly of Italy
Lidia (Granese) Guarracino of Revere and Florida died on October 4 at the Beth Israel Hospital. She was 76 years old.
Lidia arrived in Boston from Italy on October 23, 1969. She settled and raised her family in Revere before moving to Florida in 1999.
The daughter of the late Giuseppe and Virginia (Mauro) Granese, she was the beloved wife of the late Pasquale; devoted mother of Mario and his wife, Cindy of Billerica and Florida and Adelaide Guarracino of Revere; cherished grandmother of Danielle Marie LoPresti, Nicholas Mario, and Christina Rose Guarracino and dear sister of Lucio Granese, Adelina Granese, Maria Granese and Rosa Granese, all of Italy and the late Guido Granese. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A prayer service was held in Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel (Everett). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Tribute Giving, Office of Development, Beth Israel Deaconess Med Center 330 Brookline Ave, Boston MA 02215 or www.bidmc.org In honor of Lidia Guarracino to help support Dr. Benjamin L Schlechter Research Activities. For guestbook, please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Antonette R. (DiMarino) D’Alessandro of Revere passed away October 6. She was 85 years old.
She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony D’ Alessandro; loving mother of Maryann Mazzola and her husband, Richard of Lynnfield, Leonard A. D’Alessandro of Salisbury and the late Janet Lembo and her surviving husband, Philip Lembo; caring daughter in law Ann D’ Alessandro; cherished grandmothera of Amanda Weiss and her husband, Wayne, Philip Lembo and his wife, Christine, Carolyn Mazzola, Isabel and Nicholas D’Alessandro and great grandmother of Hailey Weiss. Family and friends will honor Antonette’s life by gathering Saturday, October 15 in St Mary of the Assumption Church, Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 9 a.m. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 660 Washington Ave. Revere, MA 02151. For online guest book www.vazzafunerals.com.
Founding member of Parents Professional Union at Revere Schools and former Revere Water Department employee
Louise M. (Necco) Bernard of Saugus, a former 45-year resident of Revere, died following a brief illness at her residence on Saturday, October 8. She was 73 years old.
Born in East Boston, she attended Revere schools and was a 1962 graduate of Revere High School. A large segment of Louise’s career was spent as a clerk in the water department at Revere City Hall where she was almost a fixture during her many years of service. Lately, for over 10 years, she worked at the Saugus Senior Center until her recent and sudden onset of leukemia. Many years ago, while her children were in Revere schools, Louise was active with the Parent-Teacher Association. She was the founder and organizer of the Paraprofessional Union within the Revere Public School System.
The devoted wife of 46 years to Joseph M. Bernard, she was the devoted mother of: Karen L. Bernard and her companion, Antonio Altimari of Saugus, Michelle J. ”Shelly” Johnson and her husband, Geoffrey M. of Canton, Michigan and David J. Bernard and his fiance, Brandi Ditch of Danvers; the cherished grandmother of: Kyle E. Bernard, Cameron D. Bernard, Sarah M. and Abby L. Johnson and Scott Simmons; dear sister of Janice B. Necco and Anita D. Quevillon, both of Saugus. She is also survived by two nieces, Danielle Holmes and her husband, Robert of Saugus and Amanda Quevillon of Revere, and also by her two “Best Buddies,” Canine “Lucky” and Feline “Bambi”.
Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Wednesday, October 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107), Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, October 13 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Margaret’s Church, 431 Lincoln Ave. Saugus at 10 a.m. Interment will be held privately at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden at a later time. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701. For additional information: please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Massachusetts Park Serviceas retiree; life member of Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, Revere Chapter of Hadassah, Hebrew Rehab Center for the Aged and a former member of Temple B’nai Israel, Beachmont
Marilyn Charak of Revere, formerly of Malden and Chelsea, died on Sunday, October 9.
Marilyn was a Life Member of Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home, Revere Chapter of Hadassah and Hebrew Rehab Center for the Aged and a former member of Temple B’nai Israel of Beachmont. Marilyn was retired from the Park Services of Massachusetts.
The beloved wife of the late Frank Charak to whom she was married one month shy of 69 years, she was the devoted mother of Gail Volk and husband, Douglas of Maine and Kenneth Charak and his wife, Adrienne of Ohio. She was the loving daughter of the late Frank Saltzman and Lillian (Cohen) Saltzman; dear sister of Leonard Saltzman and the late Melvin Saltzman and the late Arnold Saltzman; loving and cherished grandmother of Adam and Danielle Illfelder of Pennsylvania, Jonathan Volk and Alan Le of California, Rachel and Elliot Carlson of Minnesota and Jessica Charak of Las Vegas; loving great-grandmother of Ilana, Isabelle, Benjamin Illfelder, Ana Jane Carlson and Martin Charak Carlson, and twins-Maddox Khoi Le-Volk and Frankie Mai Le-Volk.
Funeral Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, on Friday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Chevra Kadisha Cemetery, Everett In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marilyn’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Foundation, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150 or to the Jack Satter House 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151. Visit www.torffuneralservice.com for guestbook and directions.
David B. Irwin of Revere passed away October 9. He was 66 years old.
A US Army Vietnam veteran, he was the beloved husband of Kimberly ( Mooradian) Irwin; loving father of David N. Irwin and Danielle Irwin, both of Revere; dear brother of Steven Irwin of Needham, and Kenneth Irwin of Florida; fond uncle of three nieces and one nephew. Family and friends will honor David’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street Revere on Friday, morning, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a service in our chapel of the resurrection at 12 noon. Inurement will be held in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St. Boston, MA. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com.