Obituaries 09-25-2019

Elaine Riley

City of Revere Crossing Guard

Elaine E. (Haarman) Riley of Revere died on Sept. 20.

Elaine was born in Chicago and raised in Medford. She graduated fromMHS, Class of ‘53.

She settled in Revere where she raised her family. She moved to Florida to be with her mother and enjoyed many years with her family and friends. She worked for many years at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. After her Mom’s passing, Elaine moved back to Revere to be with family and friends. Elaine worked as a crossing guard for the City of Revere.

The beloved wife of the late Frederick Riley, she was the devoted mother of Phillip Douglas and his fiancée, Shirley Duddy of Revere, Joni Scimone and her wife, Lee Baena of Lynn and Gail Scimone of Revere; loving grandmother of James and Anthony Diaz of Revere and dear sister of William Haarman of Williston, Fla.

Visitation will be held at Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Revere at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

Emily Griffin

The Lord has Called back to Heaven one of his Most Special Angels

Emily A. Griffin, formerly of Revere, died in Taunton on Sept. 17 following a long illness. She was 76 years old.

The beloved daughter of the late Mary (Dalton) and James Griffin and Paul Acquaviva, she was the cherished sister of Patricia D. Maillette and her husband, Guy of Ottawa, Canada and Paula M. Acquaviva and her partner, Carol Shaheen of Palm Coast, FIorida and dear aunt to Nicole M. Maillette of Ottawa, Canada.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

The Lord has called back to heaven one of his most special angels. Remembrances may be made to Southeastern Residential 

Services, 29 Wales St., Taunton, MA 02780. Please visit

Lena D’Ambrosio

Arts Patron and Retired Executive Secretary

Lena D’Ambrosio died unexpectedly in East Boston on Sept. 17. She was 90 years old.

Lena worked as an executive secretary for several large companies in Boston’s Financial District for over 25 years.

She also enjoyed attending the Boston Ballet. She was a great patron of

the arts and always enjoyed completing arts and crafts projects in her spare time.

She was the dear sister of the late Louise Mackay and her late husband, William M. and the late Concetta “Connie” Vitale, beloved sister-in-law of Henry F. Vitale of East Boston, cherished aunt of William M. Mackay Jr. and his wife, Lisa M. of Stoneham, Henry F. Vitale Jr. and his wife, JoAnne of Jamaica Plain and John R. Vitale and his wife, Muna of Brighton. She is also lovingly survived by many great nieces and a great nephew.

Private funeral services and interment were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice. For more information, please visit

Rose Aloisi

Fiercely Loyal, Naturally Inquisitive Voracious Reader and Avid Follower of Local and National Politics

Rose (Costa) Aloisi died at home, in the loving care of her family, on Tuesday, Sept. 24. She was 93 years old.

Rose was born and lived her entire life in East Boston, the youngest of the five children of Stefano and Antoinette (Schire) Costa. Her sisters Jennie, Mary and Connie, and her brother Peter, predeceased her.

In her youth. she lived the life of an immigrant’s daughter in Depression-era America, a life focused on family and hard work and aspiration. In this setting she learned many valuable life lessons, as well as the frugal tricks of “cucina povera,” a skill set that would eventually launch her on a culinary career of modest but impactful scale.

Rose married Jim Aloisi, a Medford native, four years after he returned from naval service in World War II. They settled in East Boston, had two children, and lived and loved through good times and bad through 70 years of marriage. They especially enjoyed holidays, centered as they were on family and food, and in retirement they summered in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

She worked for many years cooking evening meals for the Salesian priests and brothers assigned to Domenic Savio High School in East Boston. In this role she expanded her culinary skills in ways that invigorated her and delighted her friends and family. The day she tossed cauliflower flowerets with lemon juice, olive oil and cumin, and roasted it on high heat with plump raisins, everyone knew she had moved beyond her culinary roots to a new place of creativity and satisfaction.

Rose was fiercely loyal, naturally inquisitive and had a generosity of spirit that would often amuse and sometimes vex her children. She was a voracious reader and an avid follower of local and national politics.

Her son James and daughter Carol Ann would like to acknowledge the support and care of the Care Dimensions hospice team, and the home care support provided by truly wonderful people who seamlessly worked with the family to make a challenging time manageable.

Rose Aloisi is mourned by her husband and her two children who loved her, as she loved them, as much and as deeply as anyone can possibly love, their spouses Paul Rehme and Susan Ward, and many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.The family strongly prefers that In lieu of flowers donations be made to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Care Dimensions.

A Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Monday, Sept. 30 at 9:45 a.m. A Funeral Mass will follow at Sacred Heart Church, 45 Brooks St., East Boston at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home.

Paul Pedone

Longtime All State Fire Inc. Employee, Member of Revere Moose and Revere Elks and 1984 RHS Graduate

Longtime All State Fire Inc. employee, member of Revere Moose and Revere Elks and 1984 RHS graduate

Paul M. Pedone, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a three year battle with a rare disease, Interstitial Lung Disease.

Paul was 10 days shy of his 53rd birthday.

Paul was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1984. During his high school years, he was on the varsity gymnastics team.

Paul began working in the Fire Suppression System field and he had a career with Allstate Fire Inc. which continued there throughout all of his working life. He started as an installer and soon worked his way up to inspector. Paul took such great pride in his work and survived each of the company’s “buy outs.” He was such a good employee that he was considered an asset with each new ownership.

Paul had many loves, his first being the love for his family. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them and enjoying “family time” and events.

Watching the Patriots, Bruins and Red Sox was another of his loves and he was a Boston Sports Fan. Paul also enjoyed golfing and he always made time with friends and family to head out to the golf course.

Paul’s true passion was cooking and all who knew him raved about his fine cooking. He truly enjoyed creating many dishes for all those who he loved to enjoy and that gave him such great pleasure in life.

Unfortunately, three years ago, Paul became afflicted with a very rare  lung disease and he was forced to stop working due to declining health. Though limited with his daily routines, it didn’t stop his witty sense of humor and spending time with friends and  family.

Paul was also a member of the Revere Moose and the Revere Elks.

The beloved son of the late Dorothy (Potenza) Pedone, he was the cherished father of Taylor Tobey of Melrose, loving brother of Edward Pedone and his wife, Renee of Saugus, Annette D. Boccuzzi and her husband, Anthony of West Peabody, Phillip F. Pedone and his wife, Tracey of Danvers and the late Daniel A. Pedone and surrogate brother of John W. King of Revere; adored “Papa” of Lilyana Grace Como and dear uncle of Matthew E. Pedone of Saugus and Kevin P. Pedone, both of Saugus, Anthony  A. Boccuzzi and Rebecca D. Boccuzzi, both of West Peabody, Alexia E. Pedone of Danvers and Danielle Hylton and Colleen King, both of Salem. He is also lovingly survived by his son-in-law,  Brian Como of Wareham and by many aunts, uncles and caring cousins.

His funeral was conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere on Sept. 24. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. For more information, please visit

Robert Long Sr.

Retired Revere Journal Editor and Retired Revere Fire Lieutenant

Robert A. Long, Sr., 92, retired editor for the Revere Journal, and Retired Revere Fire Lieutenant passed away on Wednesday, Sept, 18 at Winthrop Place in Winthrop following a long illness.

He was married for 56 loving years to his classmate, the late Rita Marie (Leslie) Long.

He was a lifelong resident of Revere and the only child of the late Retired Revere Fire Chief Alfred H. Long and Doris (Pike) Long.

A graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Harrison DD573 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He had the honor of being on one of five destroyers, a week before the first atomic bomb was dropped to conduct a bombardment raid on Suruga Bay, and being one of the deepest surface ships to penetrate Japan during the war.

Upon being discharged, he returned home and became a member of the Revere Fire Department, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant. He served 26 years and during his service he served two years as President of the Revere Firefighters Local 926 and six years as its secretary. He also served two terms as historian of the Mass. State Firefighters Association.

Mr. Long was also editor and part owner of the Revere Journal newspaper for a number of years. During his tenure, the publication received numerous journalism awards on the New England State and National levels. His wife was also a member of the editorial staff.

Upon leaving the journal, he became a racing official at Wonderland Park.

He is survived by four children: Robert Jr., and his wife, Gail, Russell, Janis Halloran and her husband, Paul and Joanne Licata and her husband, Thomas. He also leaves nine grandchildren: Alexis, Adrienne, Christopher, Andrea, Kevin, Justin, Jason, Ryan and Paige. Four adored great grandchildren also survive him: Amelia, Isabel, Charlotte and Benjamin.

Private Funeral Services were held for the immediate family at the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery of West Peabody. Memorial remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit

Isminy and Frank Ruberto 

Husband and Wife, Beloved by Generations of Revere School System Students, Staff and Faculty

Isminy (Fanikos) Ruberto of Revere passed away on Sept, 14 surrounded by her loving family at the age of 91.

Her devoted husband of 55 years, Frank A. Ruberto, passed away one week later, on Sept. 21 at the age of 90.

Isminy was born in Boston on Feb. 16, 1928 to the late Gregory and Louise (Papavrami) Fanikos.  Frank was born in Revere on Dec. 26, 1928 to the late Carmelo and Mary (Manconi) Ruberto.

Lifelong residents of Revere, Isminy graduated from Revere High School in 1946 and Frank graduated from Boston College High School in 1947 and Boston College in 1951.

Isminy worked as a secretary in the Revere High School Principal’s Office from 1946 to 1970. In 1978, she returned to the School Department as a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, retiring in 2009. Frank became a science teacher at Revere High School in 1951 and was appointed Director of Science in 1968, retiring in 1991. A dedicated teacher and administrator, Frank was a tireless advocate for science education for the children of Revere.

Isminy was known throughout the Revere School system for her intelligence, her work ethic, and her warm and sunny personality. Both Frank and Isminy were recognized as kind and generous souls and were beloved by generations of students, staff, and faculty. In retirement, Frank and Isminy enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially their grandchildren.

Isminy and Frank were the devoted parents of Charles Ruberto and his wife, Sarah Gore of Arlington, Christine Berentsen and her husband, Richard of Los Angeles, and Diane Frey and her husband, Michael of San Diego.  They were the cherished grandparents of Chiara and Gabriela Ruberto, Brock Berentsen and Max Frey.

Isminy was the dear sister of Elli Catalucci and her late husband, Aldo of Revere, James Fanikos and his wife, Florence of Melrose, Antigone Love and her late husband, Robert of Merrimac, Victor Fanikos and his wife, Aphrodite of Danvers and the late Dr. Peter Fanikos and his surviving wife, Elizabeth (Lee) of Ipswich. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

A visitation for Frank and Isminy will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. followed by a joint funeral service at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn at 11 a.m. Interment will be Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. For guestbook, please visit

Emilio Grasso

Of Winthrop, Formerly of East Boston

Emilio L. Grasso of Winthrop passed away Sept. 23 at the age of 89.

The beloved husband of the late Rita (Miano) Grasso, he was the cherished father of Sandra T. Bagley and her husband, Stephen, James Grasso and his wife, Karen, all of Tewksbury; dear brother of Pasquale “Pat” Grasso of Wakefield, Charles Grasso of Peabody and the late Anthony and James Grasso and adored grandfather of Stephen Bagley, Jr., Lauren Bagley-McTigue and her husband, Joseph, Michael Grasso and his fiancé, Kara, Daniel Grasso and his wife, Natalia.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere on Monday, Sept. 30 at 8:45 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. John the Evangelist, 320 Winthrop St., Winthrop at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home.

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