Obituaries 08-15-2018

Gloria Ciulla

March 8, 1929 – August 7, 2018

Gloria B. Ciulla passed away Tuesday evening, Aug. 7. She was 89 years old. Born and raised in Revere, a beloved daughter of the late Agrippino and Antonette (Alicata) Padova, Gloria received her education and attended Revere High School.

She married Anthony J. Ciulla, raised a family of three and worked outside of her home for many years as a private homemaker with Inter-City Home Care.

She lived in Chelsea for many years and was an attendee at the Salvation Army Social Club, the former Chelsea Golden Agers and Chelsea Senior Citizens. She was proud of her Italian/Sicilian heritage and lived a vibrant, exciting life. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Coney Island and listening to the music of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and other crooners. She was an avid reader, enjoying horror stories, science fiction and romance novels. She followed pro-wrestling, the Red-Sox, enjoyed old movies, soap-operas, sci-fi episodes and many of the new TV shows. She would regale others with the recent episodes of her stories. She stayed involved with family and friends following many of them on Facebook, sharing many likes and comments.

Gloria was widowed in 1991 with the passing of her beloved husband, Anthony J. Ciulla after sharing 43 years of marriage. She was also predeceased by siblings: Mary Cardillo, Helen Benedetto, Joseph, Anthony and James Padova. She is survived by her loving children, Mary-Lou Ciulla and Jo-Ann Lassiter, both of Saugus and Michael Ciulla of Woburn. She was the dear sister of Louis Padova of Revere and is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Funeral arrangements were by the Anthony Memorial – Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Hol Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Vivian Cash

Longtime supporter of Sacred Heart Parish & Food Pantry in Lynn

Vivian A. (Vannelli) Cash of Lynn passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at CHA-Everett Hospital following a sudden decline in health. She was 78 years old.

Born and raised in Boston’s West End, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Dorothea  (Foss) Vannelli. She attended local schools and was a graduate of St. Rose High School in Chelsea.

She married David E. Cash and the couple settled in Lynn and remained longtime residents. She was predeceased by her husband in 2014 after sharing 50 years of marriage.

Vivian’s life work was her devotion to her faith and to her many nieces and nephews. She was a supporter and parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Lynn for many years, never missing an opportunity to donate her time and energy. She was very active in the Sacred Heart Food Pantry for many years as she had a passion for helping those less fortunate.

She was the dear sister of the late Deborah “Debby” Racki and the late Leonora Cataldo, cherished godmother and aunt to Roberta L. Racki of Chelsea, devoted aunt of Brian R. Racki and his fiancée,

Athanasia Dariotis of Lynn, Nicole L. Pasco of Revere and Anthony D. Pasco and his fiancée, Nicole Tedesco of Taunton; adoring grand-aunt to Ottavia J. Racki of Chelsea and Stephanie A. Racki of Allston. She is also lovingly survived by two great-grand nieces, Yassmina and Sophia, two great-grand-nephews, Giovanni and Izaiah and by many extended relatives.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Services concluded with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. For more information, please visit

Clara Ferri

Known in her neighborhood in Italy during World War II as ‘La Piccolo Rebela’ – The Little Rebel; worked in Boston’s Garment District

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours today, Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the Vertuccio and Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere for Clara A. (DelMonoco) Ferri who died unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Massachusetts General Hospital after being stricken at her home. She was 84 years old.

A funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, Aug. 16,  at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere. Services will conclude with entombment in Woodlawn Versailles Community Mausoleum, Everett.

Clara was born in Sulmona, Italy and grew up during World War II. During her early years, she learned how to ration food, exist amongst the German soldiers who were camped not far from her home and watched as her family helped hide Americans within their family farm. She was known throughout her neighborhood as “La Piccola Ribela”- the little rebel. As a curly-haired child, she knew how to push her way through food lines to get necessities for her family of six.

During her late teenage years, she corresponded through letters with her future husband, Felix, who was living in America. She married her husband, who she only knew through these letters, at the age of 19, as the marriage was prearranged. She settled in the United States with her husband in 1955. The couple was married for almost 50 years and had three boys whom she cherished dearly. She was predeceased by her dear husband in 2003.

She was also “Nonni” to her three loving grandchildren.

Clara loved spending her time with her family. She enjoyed sharing her cooking with her children and grandchildren, often and unexpectedly changing the ingredients thus always keeping her family on their toes.

Another treasured pastime of Clara’s was going to the casino to play the slot machines and attending Monday night bingo at Saint Anthony’s.

She spent the last few years of her life battling Multiple Myeloma, visiting Mass. General Hospital weekly to meet with her amazing oncology team and was greeted by name by every member of the staff with a warm smile. Even as her disease progressed, her will and stubbornness to persevere continued. Clara would occasionally make cannoli’ or Italian cookies to bring along to share with her friends at Mass. General.

She will be missed greatly by her family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

She was the wife of the late Felix C. Ferri, devoted mother of John Ferri and his wife, Elizabeth H. (Tillinghast) Ferri of Rockland, Pasquale “Patsy” Ferri of Revere and Peter A. Ferri and his wife, Tame Dunn-Ferri of Katy, Texas,; cherished grandmother of Alyssa R. Ferri of West Springfield, Jonathan M. Ferri of Rockland and Hunter Dunn-Ferri of Katy, Texas,; dear sister of Maria Curini of Sulmona, Italy, Nicola DelMonaco of DelRay, FL and Sylvana A. DelMonaco of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews both here and in Sulmona, Italy.

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Salvatore ‘Salvy’ Memmolo

Longtime contributor to the East Boston community

With deep sadness we mourn the loss of Salvatore “Salvy” Memmolo of Revere who passed away on Aug. 9.

Salvy will always be fondly remembered as co-owner of Continental Cleaning and Tailoring East Boston and Cleaning Town of Saugus with his brother Pat and for his many contributions to the East Boston community which spanned decades. He will be sorely missed and will remain forever in our hearts.

He was the beloved husband of Joan (Russo) for over 57 years, loving father of JoAnn Giuffrida and her husband, Anthony of Saugus, Andrea Pagano and her husband, Bobby of Lynnfield and Sally Ann Teebagy and her husband, Jason of Revere; dear brother of Alex Memmolo and his wife, Emanuela of Revere and Pat Memmolo and his wife, Dolly of Peabody. He is also survived by eight loving grandchildren; Ashley, Alexandra, Tayla, Robert, Frank Salvatore, Kaylee, Jason and Ava as well as by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, East Boston. He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information:

Marlene Spagnuolo

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Marlene Spagnuolo of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Tuesday, August 7.  She was 81 years old.

Born on Dec. 12, 1936 in Monessen, Pa. Marlene and her beloved husband, Jerry, moved from Revere to Port Charlotte in 1993.

She loved to read, enjoyed playing dominoes and would not pass up a good shopping trip.

Marlene is profoundly missed by her family and her husband of 62 years, Jerry. She was the beloved mother of Duane (Robin) Spagnuolo and Renee Spagnuolo, both of Revere, and Marlene (Mark) Carr of Rowley; her siblings, Karen Ladonne, Ermeline (Russell) Haley and George (Carol) Vogel, all of Pennsylvania and four grandchildren, Duane Robert, Wesley, Cole and Christian.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to TideWell Hospice Inc, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238.

Arrangements are with National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla. Visit the following site to sign the guest book:

Steven Consolo

Retired Massport electrical foreman

Steven Consolo of School St., Norwood, formerly of Beachmont, Revere passed away at the Norwood Hospital on August 14. He was 61 years old.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Lena (Forti) and Angelo Consolo. A longtime resident of Beachmont, Revere he was employed as an electrical foreman at Massport for over 33 years before he retired. He was also a member of Union Local 103, the Beachmont VFW and the Beachmont Yacht Club.

He was the devoted husband of the late Linda M. (O’Neill) and the loving father of Michelle Consolo, Nicole Marotta and her husband Mathew, Lisa Consolo and Lynda Lee Consolo, all of Revere; dear brother of Janet Dente and her husband, Michael of Saco, Maine and Joseph Consolo and his wife, Carol of Plymouth; proud grandfather of Robert, Kayla, Justin and Max, great grandfather of Lila and loving companion of Catherine Walsh.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home 147 Winthrop St., Winthrop on Saturday, August 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 11:30 a.m. Committal will be private. For directions or to sign the online guestbook go to

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