Mary Eleanor Siraco
Of Revere, Formerly of East Boston
Mary Eleanor (Mombourquette) Siraco of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sunday, July 16. She was 91 years old.
The beloved wife of the late Domenic J. Siraco, she was the loving mother of John Siraco and his wife, Myriam, Michael Siraco and his wife, Lisa, Mark Siraco and his wife, Maureen, Annmarie Siraco and the late Stephen Siraco and his late wife, Debbie; cherished grandmother of Stephen, Richard, Jamie, Michael, Marissa, Mark, Susan and John and adored great-grandmother of Sebastiano, Ava, and Lola. She was the caring sister of Marilyn Worob and the late Marie and Rita Colantuouni, Arlene Daly, Shirley DiSario and Charles and John Mombourquette and is also surived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere, on Thursday, July 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. on Friday morning before leaving in procession to St. Anthony Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis TN 38105. For guestbook and directions, please visit:
Of Revere, Formerly of Chelsea
June C. (Zajac) Dingwell of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away on July 13.
The beloved wife of the late Richard Dingwell Sr. , she was the daughter of the late Henry Zajac and Norma (Hildner) Sinnott; loving mother of Nancy Cardinale and her husband, James of Billerica, Carol Armstrong and her husband, David of New Hampshire and Richard Dingwell of
Revere; cherished grandmother of Joseph Cardinale and his fiancé, Alysha, Jesse Armstrong and his fiancé, Catherine, Richard Cardinale, Chrishelle Armstrong and Richard Dingwell III; dear sister of Norma Barbara Morvan, Dorothy Ekey, Alice Suloff and the late Carol Higgins. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces and cousins.
At the family’s request, all services are private. For online guestbook , visit: www.vazzafunerals.com.
Norma Iris Ayala
Well known and loved by many people in East Boston and Revere
Norma Iris (Torres-Miranda) Ayala of Revere, a long time resident of East Boston, passed away from a brief illness in the early morning hours of July 12, at the age of 71.
Born on July 24, 1945, in Puerto Rico, she was raised in an orphanage by nuns where she received her strong religious teachings. In 1966, she moved to the United States. Many of you may know her by her cheerful “Hellos” and “God Bless You.” She called everyone by either “Bella” or “Bello.” And you may have received a four-leaf clover from her as she explained in her typed biblical interpretation that she had attached to the clover.
She served on the board of directors for the East Boston Area Planning Action Council, Inc. She volunteered as a greeter at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and she worked at Deaconess Hospital as a translator for the Hispanic community. She was well known and loved by many people.
She enjoyed the summer music series, which takes place at the American Legion in Revere. She had looked forward each year for this summer music event. She enjoyed dancing, greeting friends, and the lively atmosphere. Last Sunday, on July 9, upon listening to the music, her desire was so great that she asked her daughter Ann to please wheel her in her wheelchair so that she could see old friends while participating in the event.
She will always be known for her loving and caring demeanor for everyone she met, as well as for the abundant four leaf clovers she passed out to all who met her.
She will be mourned as a mother, grandmother, friend, and an always present member of the city and church communities.
As a mother. she will always be remembered as courageous, strong, loving, nurturing and as an independent survivor who had a heart after God. She always encouraged and blessed her daughters with the Lord and prayed with them and for them.
She was the beloved and devoted mother of Katherine Donaldson, Ann Vincenzo, Iris Santana (Aka Normita), Levia Grace Fox (Janette). Also survived by grandchildren, Paul Vincenzo, Christopher Wright, Andrew Right, Lexus Ayala, Lorne Donaldson, and Samuel Fox.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22 at 12 noon at The First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St., Revere. Should any friends decide, a financial contribution will be greatly appreciated.
Retired truck driver for Roadway Express
Richard F. Jankowski of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away Tuesday evening, July 11 at the Cambridge Hospital after a long illness. He was 78 years old.
Born and raised in Chelsea, a son of the late Charles and Lillian (Schrimpf) Jankowski, he attended local schools and graduated from Chelsea High School. In the mid 1960s, Richard settled in Michigan, worked as a professional truck driver with Roadway Express and was a member of the Teamsters Local 486 in Saginaw, MI. After a chronic back injury, In 1997, Richard took early retirement from driving and moving heavy freight. He resettled in Revere 20 years ago and was a resident of the Jack Sater House in Revere for most of that time. He also began a new career as a shoe salesman working for the next five years with Michelson’s Shoes in Lexington.
He was a former member and past president of the Arlington Touchdown Club, enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Chelsea Night Owls League. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.
In addition to his parents, Richard was also preceded in death by his sister, the late Lorraine Sian, and brothers, the late Ernest, Edward and Jerry Jankowski. He was the dear brother of Charles Jankowski and his wife, Joan of Wakefield, Mary Morelli and her husband, George of Danvers and Paul Jankowski and his fiancée, Susan Foley of Woburn, He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.
Steven Greenberg of Revere, formerly of Stowe, Vermont, entered into rest suddenly on Saturday, July 8. He was 64 years old.
The devoted father of Michelle Greenberg and her significant other, Kevin of Morrisville, VT, and Eric Greenberg of Morrisville, VT, he was the loving son of Irving “Hank” Greenberg and Nancy (Trager) Greenberg of Revere and the dear brother of Edward Greenberg of Beverly.
Graveside services were held at the B’nai Israel Beachmont Cemetery-232 Fuller Street, Everett. Contributions in Steven’s memory may be made to Temple B’Nai Israel Beachmont, 1 Wave Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For guestbook and additional information, visit www.torffuneralservice.com.
Joseph Bianchi of Revere died on July 9.
The beloved father of Jason Bianchi of Melrose and Kristen Bianchi of Revere, he was the dear brother of Anthony Bianchi of Danvers, Arlene DiGregorio of Revere, John Bianchi of Florida, Robert Bianchi of Lynn, and the late Salvatore, Roland “Pat,” Albert, Violet Dellert, George, Col. Rocco and Lorrey Bianchi. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial visitation was held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. Revere on Sunday, July 16 followed by a prayer service. For guest book please visit: www.Buonfiglio.com.
Co-founder of the “Forever Young Group”
Theresa M. (Poto) Meads, a five-year Middleton resident and a former longtime East Boston and Revere resident, passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 11 after being stricken at her home and taken to Beverly Hospital.
Born and raised in East Boston, she was a graduate of Fitton Catholic Central High School, Class of 1953. Theresa and her late husband, Stanley lived in East Boston, then moved to Revere for over 45 years before moving to Middleton about five years ago.
Mrs. Meads was a stay-at-home mom, serving and spoiling her husband and two sons daily. Her ability to spoil and indulge was not confined to her immediate family. Grandchildren, and now especially her dear great granddaughter, Mia Rose, have also been the recipients of her never-ending love and attention.
Theresa thoroughly enjoyed her family. Among her epiphanies in life, was five years ago, when she relocated to Middleton, she came upon St. Agnes Church in Middleton. This chapel-like Parish became a tremendous source of comfort, peace and joy for her and the rest of the family. Her late husband, Stanley J. Meads, who died on August 22, 2014, passed following a very long and agonizing period of declining health and without the nurturing and comfort that St. Agnes Parish and their community provided, the struggle would have been impossible. Her kindness and overwhelming generosity to St. Agnes is rather unique and inspiring. The cherished mother of Gary J. Meads and his wife, Patricia of Revere and Mark M. Meads, the Proprietor of Rapid Flow, Inc. and his wife, Roberta of Middleton, she was the devoted grandmother of Amanda M. Meads and Mark A. Meads, both of Middleton; dear sister to Philomena Betano and her late husband, Roy of East Boston, Eleanor T. Hitchings and her late husband, Kenneth of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law; Philomena “Philly” Meads of East Boston and Theresa Merino of Peabody. “GGT” also leaves her precious great-granddaughter Mia Rose, many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews and her dear friends, Rosemary “Buzzy “Russo” and her husband, Joseph of Winchester. A special remembrance to Theresa’s late canine companion “Teddy.”
Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment services were held privately.In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston St., Middleton, MA 01949-2199. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Retired Revere School custodian and quintessential family man
Anthony J. “Tony” DeSisto, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Tuesday, July 11 at the Spaulding Rehabilitation of Cambridge following a 10-week illness. He was 86 years old.
Born and raised in Revere, he was a 1949 graduate of Revere High School. “Tony” entered the U.S. Army at the rage of the Korean Conflict in August of 1952 and served until July of 1954. He returned home to his dear and beloved wife, Geraldine (Frongillo) DeSisto and the couple began raising a family of six children.
His careers, were multi-oriented, beginning with milk delivery for the old and former McAdams Milk Co., the Whiting Milk Co. and finally as custodian for the Revere School Department at the Revere High School and at the Lincoln School. He retired in 1997. Later, he drove for the former Fusco Oil Co. and N.E. Produce Center. Mr. DeSisto was the quintessential “Family Man” working to support and educate his six children. Mr. DeSisto was also a long-time member of the Giuseppe Mazzini Lodge-Sons of Italy.
The beloved husband of 64 years to Geraldine (Frongillo) DeSisto, he was the devoted father of Donna M. Ferrante and her husband, Revere Fire Lt. Frank Ferrante, Doreen M. Aloisi and her husband, Anthony, Deann M. Iandolo and her husband, Normand, all of Revere, Dwayne A. DeSisto and his wife, Somijit of Bethlehem, NH, Danae M. McLaughlin and her husband, John of Saugus and Darren J. DeSisto and his wife, Gina M. of Revere; proud grandfather to Anthony R. Aloisi and his wife, Amie of Haverhill, Nichole Guilherme, Danielle Iandolo of Revere, Joseph D. Aloisi and his wife, Melissa of South Boston, Frank T. Ferrante and his wife, Elizabeth of Burlington, Dr. Dianna M. Iandolo and her wife, Jenna Iandolo of Lynn, Christina M. Aloisi and her fiancé, Paul Scali of Lynn, Christen M. McLaughlin of Saugus, Michael A. Ferrante of So. Boston, Anthony D. DeSisto of Derry, NH, Gino A. DeSisto of Bethlehem, NH, Matthew J., Emily M. and Ryan A. DeSisto, all of Revere and the late Andrew J. DeSisto. He was the dear brother of Ronald L. Ludiovici of Revere and the late Evelyn Acquaviva, Sylvia Spadaro, Patrick DeSisto and Rosemarie Still. He is also lovingly survived by seven great grandchildren: Gianna, Isabella, K.J., Eva, Michael, Joseph and Joseph and by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio and Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. For additional information, please visit:
Jennie L. Fulco, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died at home on Thursday, July 6 following a long illness. She was 89 years old.
Born and raised in East Boston, her family moved to Chelsea over 70 years ago. Miss Fulco spent her entire career in the garment industry (Boston’s Garment District), as a seamstress.
She was the daughter of the late Calogero and Carmella (Lazzaro) Fulco; the devoted sister of Josephine Vitale and her late husband, Robert, Grace Navarro and her late husband, Pat “Nicky” and Michael “Mike” Fulco and his wife, Margaret “Peggy,” all of Chelsea and the late Domenica Medige, Lena and her late husband, Anthony “Tony” Stec, Charles Fulco and his late wife, Virginia, Salvatore Fulco and Frank Fulco. She is also lovingly survived by her sisters-in-law: Helen Fulco of Revere and Rosalie Fulco of Cailfornia. An extended family of cherished nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, who loved and respected her as their second mother also survive her.
Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Restoration Fund at Immaculate Conception Church, 22 Lowe St., Revere, MA 02151. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
SkyChef retiree; great storyteller with a passion for creative writing
Francis T. Biggie of Revere passed away on July 17.
Francis was a proud Marine and radar operator in Southeast Asia, later working and retiring from the airlines at Boston Logan Airport’s Sky Chefs.
With an amazing command of the English language, he was a great storyteller and had a passion for creative writing. He enjoyed spending time with family and sharing little known facts and anecdotes on a variety of historical subjects. His love, stories, and kindness towards others will be greatly missed. We love you.
The beloved husband of Angela (Ciulla) Biggie, he was the loving father of Keri Russo and her husband, Gennaro of Revere and Brian Biggie and his wife, Sandra of Wakefield; dear brother of Maureen Varney of Peabody, James Biggie of Melrose, Thomas Biggie of Everett, Barbara Criss of Somerville, and the late Charles Biggie; cherished grandfather of Devin and Tyler Russo.
Family and friends will honor Francis’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Thursday, July 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again Friday morning at 8 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s Church in Revere for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in his name at 9 a.m. Committal will be private. At the family’s request, please omit flowers.
Robert Norman Weldon
Robert Norman Weldon of Revere passed away unexpectedly on July 16. He was 75 years old.
A US Navy veteran, he was the cherished son of the late Norman and Ursula (Norton) Weldon; beloved husband of the late Paula E. (Graham) Weldon; loving father of Wendy L. Donahue, Amy R. Sarel, and the late Matthew P. and Robert B. Weldon; adored grandfather of Samantha, Shawn, Rebecca, Rachael, Mary and Madyison and dear brother of Paul and Leonard Weldon and Norma Jean Clausen. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will honor Robert’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “ Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St. Revere today. Wednesday, July 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service to be held in our chapel of the resurrection at 7:45 p.m. Committal services are private. At the family’s request, please OMIT flowers. For guest book and directions www.vazzafunerals.com