Obituaries 03-28-2018

John Gentile

Will be missed by all who knew him

John Gentile of Revere, formerly of Somerville and Italy, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on March 25 at the age of 90.

John was born on May 12, 1927, in Prezza, Italy to Antonio Gentile and Donatella (Pasquale). He moved to America, settling first in Somerville and then in Revere where he raised his family. He was a hard working laborer for many years. He loved visiting his family in Arizona. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The beloved husband of Gina (Iacoviello) Gentile, he was the devoted father of Donna Gentile DiLeone of Lynn and Mary Jane Batchelder of Arizona; cherished grandfather of Vinnie, Johnny, Ryan and Robbie, adored great grandfather of Gemma and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor John’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial home, 971 Saratoga St., East Boston, today,  Wednesday, March 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. for a funeral service in celebration of John’s life. Services will conclude with John being entombed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Beverly Gallant

Of North Andover, formerly of Revere

Beverly Gallant of North Andover, a former longtime resident of Revere, died on March 20.

Beverly was a fixture with her sister at Maggio’s and Renzo’s in Revere, where she enjoyed the music and had many laughs with her friends. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by everyone.

The beloved wife of the late Alfred Gallant, she was the devoted mother of Lisa MacGillivray and her husband, Dan of Peabody, Vickie Gallant-Pacios and her husband, Joe of North Andover, Clifford Kelly and his wife, Barbara of Saugus and the late Pam Sullivan and her surviving husband, Daniel of Scituate; cherished grandmother of Jenna Ryan, Sarah Doxsey and her husband, Sam, Shauna Levin and her husband, Marcus, Colin MacGillivray, Lindsey and Drew Pacios, Patrick and Ryan Kelly, Daniel Sullivan and the late Patrick Sullivan; dear sister of Bette Mohr and her late husband, Russ of California, Patricia Sobolewski and her late husband, Robert of Revere, Rick Budney and his wife, Sandy of North Brookfield, Sandra Laft and her husband, Richard of Saugus and the late Sheila Howard and her surviving husband, Robert. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Entombment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the LUNGevity Foundation, 228 South Wabash Avenue, Suite 700, Chicago, Ill. 60604. For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Edward Holt

Longtime plasterer

Edward R. Holt of North Revere died on Sunday morning, March 25 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 87 years old.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Revere, Mr. Holt was the son of the late Doris Beatrice Holt.  A plasterer for many years, Mr. Holt was a familiar face to many local contractors. He was an active member for many years at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

He was the husband of the late Annie Christina (LaFauci) Holt and is survived by his children; Richard E. Holt of Everett, David R. Holt of Revere, Cherylann Holt Smith and her husband, Gary of Middleton; grandchildren: Nicole Taylor, Edward Holt, Rachel Holt, Christina Smith and Victoria Smith. He was the great-grandfather of Hayden and father in law of Rosemarie Holt of Everett.   Mr. Holt was predeceased by his son, John M. Holt.

Visiting hours will be held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, on Tuesday, April 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. A funeral service will be held in St. John’s Episcopal Church, corner of Central and Prospect St., Saugus, on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8 Prospect St., Saugus, MA 01906. For directions and condolences:

www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Benito ‘Benny’ Tauro

Longtime East Boston community activist

Benito “Benny” Tauro of East Boston passed away surrounded by his loving family on March 24 at the age of 85.

Benny was a devoted member of the East Boston community constantly serving on various boards and committees that helped make the neighborhood a better place. Benny served Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church for decades in various roles. He was a true champion of the Parish and fought for years to keep the church open. A past member of the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals, Benny hosted an annual BBQ for the Boston Police and the men and women of East Boston District Court for many years. It was his way to honor those who served the community. He was instrumental in helping the community and will be missed by all.

The beloved husband of 57 years of Debora (Colarossi), he was the devoted father of Mark Tauro and his wife, Mina of Westwood, Paul Tauro and his wife, Diana of Melrose, Linda Scarpa and her husband, Michael of Melrose, Daniel Tauro and his wife, Lena of Stoneham and the late Steven Tauro and his surviving wife, Michelle of Winthrop; dear brother of the late Patrick Tauro and the cherished grandfather of 12 loving grandchildren. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Family and friends will honor Benny’s life by gathering at St. Joseph – St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Benny’s life. Services will conclude with Benny being laid to rest with his beloved son, Steven at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. At the family’s request, floral contributions are respectfully omitted. Memorial donations may be made in Benny’s memory to Mass General Hospital Transplant Center, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit ruggieromh.com. Arrangements are under the care of Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston.

Eileen Galletta

Longtime Stop & Shop employee

Eileen R. (McManus) Galletta of Revere died on March 22.

Eileen worked many years for Stop & Shop.

Born on March 27, 1929, to her beloved late parents, Edward and Mary (Mead) McManus, she was the adoring wife of the late Thomas A. Galletta, devoted mother of Linda Churchill and her husband, William of Wells, ME, Thomas Galletta and his wife, Cheryl of Wakefield and Janet Galletta of Amesbury. She is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren: Katelyn Stevens and her husband, Andrew, Daniel Churchill and his wife, Jannette, Alison Churchill, Sean Galletta, Chrissy Galletta and Guy Mancini and cherished great grandmother of Charlotte Stevens and Robbie Churchill. She was the dear sister of the late John McManus, Edward McManus, Phillip McManus, Joseph McManus, Dorothy Pratt and Marge McManus and is also lovingly remembered by her best friend, Ruthie Horrocks and sister in law Jennie Galletta.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.   Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.  For guest book, please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Michael Amore

Revere Firefighter, died unexpectedly

Revere Firefighter Michael G. Amore, died unexpectedly on March 19. He was 41 years old.

A 1994 graduate of Revere High School and a 1990 alumnus of Immaculate Conception Grammar School he attended the Police Academy and was appointed to the Revere Fire Department seven years ago.

He was a member of the Revere Firefighters Local 926 and a past Junior Vice Commander of the American Legion Post #61 of Revere for over eight years. Four years ago, he founded “Amore Electric” of Revere and the North Shore and was working anxiously and completely for his family around the clock.

The beloved husband of Jillene M. Amore of Danvers, he was the adored “Dad” to Dominic M. Amore of Revere and Brooklynn M. Amore of Danvers. He was the cherished son of Retired Revere Fire Lt. Gerald A. Amore and Kathleen A. (Ryan) Amore of Revere; the devoted brother to Christine M. Malley and her husband, Revere Police Lt. Glenn Malley of Danvers, Kathleen R. Amore and Jennifer E. Amore-Angiulo, both of Revere, Revere Fire Lt. Kevin M. O’Hara of Saugus and Lt. Michael S. O’Hara of North Reading. He is also lovingly survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Michael is also survived by his faithful four-legged girls, “Lily” and “Lola.”

His funeral will be held from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, today, Wednesday, March 28 at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.), Revere at 10:30 a.m., immediately followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Revere Firefighters’ Local #926, 4 Freeman St., Revere, MA 02151, Attn: Children of Michael G. Amore. For additional information, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Peter Joseph McNeff

Longtime U.S. Postal worker

Peter Joseph McNeff passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 14 at his Seabrook, N.H. residence. He was 55 years old.

Peter was born in Everett, raised there briefly and the family then moved to Winthrop. He was a graduate of Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, a private school where he matriculated quickly and was awarded an early associate’s degree. He continued on to Harvard Extension and pursued a curriculum in pre-law.

For over 33 years, he has had a constant career with the U.S. Postal Service at South Postal Annex as a mail handler. Within the McNeff family, several share the comradery of occupation, i.e., his brother Matt and his sister Maria also work for the U.S. Postal Service. He sought the outdoors and was an enthusiastic traveler and especially enjoyed boating, biking and other outdoor sporting events.

Peter moved to Seabrook, N.H., over 10 years ago.

He was the cherished son of Anne M. (Todino) McNeff of Winthrop and James V. McNeff of Somerville, the beloved brother of Matthew J. McNeff and his husband, David J. Russo of Watertown, Maria A. Hawkins and her husband, Russell of Burlington, Indiana, Christina M. McNeff and her husband, David Bowles of Portland, Oregon and the dear uncle to Sarah E. McNeff and Keith R. McNeff, both of Winthrop.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Entombment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery Columbarium Chapel. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. For more information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Louis Golfieri

Of Revere

Louis Golfieri, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on March 19. He was 92 years old.

Louis proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

Born in Revere on Sept. 8, 1925, to the late Anthony and Adeline (Buonatane) Golfieri, he was the dear brother of Tony Golfieri of Revere, Eleanor Cerabone and her late husband, Tony of Revere, Caroline Norman and her late husband, Albert of Revere and Roberta Beatrice and her husband, Joe of Lynnfield; adoring uncle of Anthony Cerabone and his wife, Donna, Anne Norman, Albert Norman III and his wife, Aksana, Nancy Paulson and her late husband, Stephen, Michelle Boyle and her husband, Matthew, and John Beatrice and his wife, Mary Beth. He is also survived by many loving great nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675. . For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Anna Croteau

Of Revere

Anna (Bova) Croteau of Revere passed peacefully on March 21.

Born on May 7, 1938, to the late Paul and Anne (Esposito) Bova, she was the beloved wife of the late Albert Croteau Sr., devoted mother of Denise M. Sharkey-Croteau and her partner, April of Toronto, Ontario, Albert Peter Croteau Jr. and his wife, Lisa of Medford, Nicole Dapolito of Lynn and Suzane Croteau and her partner, Angel Rojas of Revere and the cherished grandmother of Albert Peter Croteau III, Jenna-Lyn Croteau, Sean McCarrick, Edward E. Hayes Jr., Alejandro R. Rojas, Tyler A. Hayes, and Sofia N. Rojas.  She is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472.  For guest book please visit www.Buonfiglio.com.

Mildred Delano

Lifelong Revere resident

Mildred R. Delano died at the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center in Revere on March 25. She was 95 years old.

Born, raised and a life-long resident of Revere, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Philomena (Gaeta) Delano. She worked as a candy packer for over 40 years for the Schrafft’s Chocolate Factory in Charlestown, retiring in 1983.

Ms. Delano was the loving sister of Michael Delano of Winchester and the late Florence Pennacchio and Teresa Delano; sister- in-law of the late Ruby Delano and the late Tony Pennacchio; cherished aunt of Linda Pennacchio of Revere, Dr. Joseph Pennacchio and his wife, Carla of Reading, Frank Pennacchio and his wife, Priscilla of Melrose, Christine Delano of Woburn, Michael Delano of Sudbury, Martha Morin and her husband, Marc of Dracut and Lisa Shattuck and her husband, John of Andover. She is also survived by nine great nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center who treated Mildred with great care, love and respect. Special thanks is extended to the first-floor activities staff; Yolanda, Lori and Wendy for enriching Mildred’s life during her stay at Lighthouse.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus today, Wednesday, March 28 from 9 to 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Summer St., Saugus. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Lighthouse Nursing Care Center Activities Fund, 204 Proctor Ave., Revere, MA 02151. For directions and condolences: www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Danielle ‘Dani’ Cafarelli

Nurse’s aide and home health care specialist

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, April 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere, for Danielle C. ‘Dani” Cafarelli who passed unexpectedly on Saturday, March 24, at the Whidden Memorial Hospital of Everett. She was 33 years old.

Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday, April 3, immediately following the visitation, in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, at noon. Entombment will be held privately.

Born in the former Malden Hospital, ‘Dani’ was raised and educated in Revere and lived here all her life. She was a graduate of Pope St. John Central High School of Everett, Class of 2002. She spent most of her career in home health care, specializing in the care of the elderly. “Dani” was a gentle girl who spent her life relatively close to her dear family.

The cherished daughter of Leonard C. Cafarelli of Revere and Mary G. (Yasi) Cafarelli of Malden, she was the dear sister to Jenele C. Cafarelli and her fiancée, Kevin M. Finn of Revere; the adoring aunt to Joseph A. Finn of Revere and is also lovingly survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and her faithful feline companion, “Schoodle.”

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to “Best Friends” Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741 Attn. In memory of “Dani” or: bestfriends.org. For additional information, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.org.

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