Obituaries 06-24-2020

Ronald Jannino

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School representative and retired Revere School teacher

Ronald J. Jannino passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 20 at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was 75 years old.

Born in Chelsea, Mr. Jannino was a lifelong Revere Resident. He was a graduate of Everett Vocational School, Class of 1963, Fitchburg State College, Class of 1967, received his Master’s Degree in 1971 from Boston State Teachers’ College and was the recipient of a second Master’s Degree in Advanced Education from the University of Massachusetts. He had a twenty (20) year career with the Revere School System as a Cabinetry and Woodworking Teacher. There he made many friends as a mentor to the students he taught. He became both their teacher, mentor and lasting friend.

Since 1986, he was elected to the Northeast Regional Vocational School, Wakefield as a District School Committee Member. He remained as Chairman of the Safety /Security Committee and never ceased working for the good and safety of his students.

Following retirement from the Revere School System, he began a six-year stint with Parkside Middle School in Manchester, New Hampshire teaching in the Computer Division.

“Ron’s” affiliations and memberships were many. He was longtime member of the Revere Council, Knights of Columbus, #179, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose, #1272 and the Revere American Legion, Post #61. He was a proud Navy Veteran of Vietnam and carried a lifetime membership in the Disabled American Veterans Association.

Ron and his family had an intense working relationship with St. Mary of the Assumption Parish for over eighty (80) years, serving as a member of the Holy Name Society, Past President and member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the Parish and also as a member of St. Mary’s Baseball League. Furthermore, He was the M.C. for the annual Telethon for the Revere League for Special Needs, an advocate for Diabetes, especially Juvenile Diabetes and he has served as a member of the Advisory Council at of the Joslin Patient Family Association of Boston.

His entire working career has been a journey of caring, giving and sharing. The characteristics that drew people to Ron were instilled in him by his dear late parents, Anthony J. “Tony” and Louise (Verderico) Jannino. He was the beloved husband of 48 years to Linda D. (Roche) Jannino, the devoted father of Melissa A. Elam and her husband, Craig of Revere and John A. Jannino and his wife, Elizabeth of Hopkinton; the cherished grandfather of Catherine M. Elam and Jack W. Elam, both of Revere and Ava D. Jannino and Rachael E. Jannino, both of Hopkinton. He was the dear brother to the late Anthony J. “Slim” Jannino, Jr. and his late wife, Dorothy M. (Smith) Jannino. He is also lovingly survived by many cousins.

All are invited to attend the Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 670 Washington Ave., Revere on Friday, June 26 at 1 p.m. Masks and/or facial coverings are required, and social distancing guidelines must be strictly adhered to. Family and close friends may visit with the family briefly in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere beginning at 10 a.m. Social distancing guidelines and capacity limits are in effect in the funeral home and visitors are asked to visit briefly and exit the funeral home to allow for other guests to visit. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215 or to the Cardiology Department Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, One Deaconess Road, Boston, MA 02215.

Thomas Michael Burke

Of Revere

Thomas Michael Burke of Revere died on June 20 at the age of 69. 

Thomas was a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and received the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. 

Born in Boston on January 27, 1951 to the late James Burke and Virginia Mary (Barry) Mantica, he was the beloved husband of the late Evelyn (O’Neil), dear brother of Loretta Adreani and her husband, Raymond of Winthrop and the late Steven J. Burke and the adored uncle of Melissa and Raychel Adreani. 

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  A private interment will be held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court St. #2601, Boston, MA 02108. For guest book please visit

Lillian Giles

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Lillian T. (Fiore) Giles, 91, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on June 8.

The cherished daughter of the late Antonio G. and Pasquelina (DeLuca) Fiore, she was the beloved wife of the late George Giles, loving mother of George A. Giles and his wife, Wendy of Melrose, Dennis K. Giles of Wakefield, Gerard Jesse Giles and Brenda J. Rosato, both of Revere and the late Kathleen Luongo; caring sister of Theresa Niekirik, Patty Doria and the late Mary Campanaro, Olympia Mulloy, Dorothy Flammia, Jeanette Ferro and Anthony Fiore and his surviving wife, Anna Marie; adored grandmother of Nick and Brenda-Marie Rosato, James, David and Christopher Luongo and Gregory, Jarett, Camden and Tyler Giles  and great grandmother of Parker, Carter, David Jr, Taylor-Marie and Adelyn. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

At the family’s request, services were private. Please send messages of condolence to the family on our memory wall at

John Papa

Member of Pipefitters Local 537, worked at Revere Public Library

John R. Papa, 89, of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End and West End, passed away at home on Friday, June 19 surrounded by his loving family. 

John was a member of the Pipefitters Local 537 and also worked at the Revere Public Library.  He was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. 

The cherished son of the late Antonio and Josephine (DeBlasio) Papa, he was the beloved husband of Loretta (Gigante) Papa, loving father of Debra Gonzalez and her husband, Julio and the late John J. Papa and Dan Papa and his surviving wife, Gina Papa; adored grandfather of Thomas and Daniel Ryan and John, Michael, Christopher, Dan, Anthony, Angela and Anthony Papa and the cherished great-grandfather of eight. He was the caring brother of the late Frank, Rocco, Lena, Rose, Nicky, Vinny and Sammy and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends honored John’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Tuesday morning, June 23rd followed by a private Funeral Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere.  Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford. 

Florence Santiano

Former owner of Katie’s in Winthrop

Funeral services and interment were held privately due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic for Florence K. (Rich) Santiano who died in the comfort and presence of her loving family at her Beachmont residence at the proud age of 97 on June 16th, just one week shy of her 98th birthday, after a brief illness.

Florence was born in Boston and raised in Winthrop. She was a graduate of Winthrop High School and was married for 70 years to the love of her life and best friend, Dominic Santiano. Together, she and her husband raised their two daughters in the Beachmont section of Revere.

Florence was a proud wife and mother and later grandmother. Her family was paramount in her life and she treasured many family gatherings in her home. Florence was a woman with great creativity who had an eye for design. She was the proud owner of “Katie’s,” a children’s boutique in Winthrop. Florence operated the store for over 38 years, retiring at the age of 95. Florence also had a gift shop prior to Katie’s and she sometimes helped her husband operate his business. Choosing to work into her nineties allowed her the opportunity to make many friendships and fond memories at her shop.

Florence developed a love of the ocean since she was 7 years old. She built historically correct ship models, most notably, “The Shamrock.” She would competitively race them and won often, always beating the boys. She also received fan letters from far away, such as from London and Cuba. Florence will be remembered as a kind and loving person, who took the time to listen and cared for all of her family and friends. Her humble and quiet demeanor was simply her true self.

She was the devoted wife of the late Dominic Santiano, the loving mother of Kathleen V. Santiano amd Deborah Santiano – McHatton and her husband, William A. McHatton, all of Revere; proud and cherished grandmother of Katherine A. Santiano – McHatton and Theresa F. Santiano – McHatton. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to a charity of your choice. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Thomas A. Ferraro, Jr.

WWII veteran and retired chemist for US Army

Funeral Services and interment will be held privately for Thomas A. Ferraro, Jr. who died on Saturday, June 13 at his residence in Kingman, AZ, following a brief illness. He just celebrated his 95th birthday on May 5th.

Tom was born in Boston and raised and educated in Revere. He was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1943.

Tom enlisted in the United States Army during the height of the World War II. He proudly served his country until March of 1946. His service brought him to battle overseas. He received a Good Conduct medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal.

After returning home, he enrolled at Boston College to further his education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Tom began a career as a chemist with the United States Army at the Watertown Arsenal Army Base. He worked there until retiring in 1980 at the age of 55.

Tom married the love of his life, Yolanda “Viola” (Balzi) on June 25, 1950. He and his wife remained in Revere where they raised their two children, Susan and Michael. Tom enjoyed his retirement with his wife, spending eachsummer and fall at their cottage on Mousam Lake in Acton, Maine. In 2015, he and his wife moved to Kingman, AZ to be closer to their daughter.  Tom enjoyed working with electronics and woodworking, but spending time with his loving family mattered most in life.

He was the devoted husband of 66 years to the late Yolanda M. “Viola” (Balzi) Ferraro, the loving father of Susan M. Crews and her husband, Robert of Kingman, AZ and Michael T. Ferraro and his wife, Sandy of Somerville; the cherished grandfather of Michele Agri and her husband, Joseph of Hampton, NH, Kirsten Rogers of Pelham, NH, Mallory M. Yates and her husband, David of Somerville and Madison L. Ferraro of Manchester, NH; adored great grandfather of Austin Phibbs-Nichols, Lillian C. Bowes, Violet J. Agri and Cameron B. Yates. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit

Ethel Doherty

Former Revere Police matron and crossing guard

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church on Monday, June 22 for Ethel G. (McCracken) Doherty who died on Tuesday, June 16 following a brief illness at Fairview Healthcare in Hudson, NH. She was 99 years old. Services concluded with Interment in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Ethel was born and raised in Revere. She was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1939. Ethel was married just two years later on April 19, 1941 to her love, Leo F. Doherty. The couple remained in Revere where they raised their four children. Ethel was a devoted and loving mother and homemaker. She had a passion for learning and a strong desire to further her education. When her children were older, she enrolled in Northeastern University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Ethel worked for the City of Revere Police department as a Matron for about 15 years and later became a crossing guard for a number of years.

Ethel had many passions and loves. First and foremost, was her family, she treasured each and every one of them and she was an extraordinary caregiver. Her second was Revere Beach, she had a deep love and affinity for being on the beach, as a young girl and throughout her lifetime.

Many people who knew Ethel, knew that she was most proud of being a Revere native and all that it had to offer, especially for her generation, who genuinely enjoyed the simple things in life. She was a First-Class knitter who could make or recreate anything. Many of her family have those treasures today. She was often found in her garden and enjoyed making her yard look beautiful. Ethel would winter in Florida for many years in Indian Rock Beach, it was there where she began to take up golf and, of course, the beach there as well, but she always looked forward to return home to Revere. She was a late member of the 14th Airforce Flying Tigers Association of the Northeast Branch.

She was the devoted wife for 42 years of the late Ret. Revere Firefighter Leo F. Doherty, Sr.; loving mother of Leo F. Doherty, Jr. and his wife, Stephanie of Aurora, CO, Judy L. Gallant and her husband, Gerald of Milford, NH, Ret. Revere Firefighter John M. “Jack” Doherty and his wife, Maryellen of Revere and the late Cindy R. Foulds; cherished grandmother of Craig L. Gallant and his wife, Karen of Bedford, NH, Ryan Doherty and his wife, Shelly of Colorado, Melissa Long and her husband, Christopher of New Market, NH, Matthew Doherty and his wife, Adrienne of Colorado, Colin Doherty and his wife, Terri of Salem, Amanda Foulds of Danvers and Connor Doherty of Revere; adored great grandmother of Morgan, Mikey, Addy, Rhys, Audra and Jillian; dear sister of the late Robert McCracken and Doris McCracken. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to the New England / American Diabetes Association, 260 Cochituate Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 200, Framingham, MA 01701 or to the NF Neurofibromatosis Northeast, 9 Bedford St., Burlington, MA 01803. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Frances Minichello

Past Exalted Ruler and HLM of Winthrop Lodge of Elks and 47-year employee of Blue Cross Blue Shielf of Massachusetts

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, June 20 for Frances M. (Hickey) Minichello, 73, who was stricken at her home and later passed at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem. Services concluded with interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

A current resident of Swampscott, Fran was a native of Boston and a resident of East Boston for over 65 years. She was educated in St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School and was a graduate of the Fitton School, Class of 1964. Fran then attended Emanuel College and Boston State College.

She began an exceptionally long and rewarding career with Blue Cross – Blue Shield of Massachusetts that spanned 47 years. Her hardworking and diligent personality allowed her to rise to the title of Provider Relations Manager. Fran took such pride in anything she did.

She married her one and only true love, William R. Minichello, on June 10, 1979 and they just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary together.

She was the very proud mother of her only son, Andrew. Fran was devoted to her family and to anything she believed in.

Both she and her husband were active in the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078. Fran was the Past Exalted Ruler (P.E.R.), Past District Deputy (P.D.D.) State Chairman of the Elks National Foundation and an Honorary Lifetime Member (H.L.M.). She was also the past President of the Association of the Notre Dame Alumni. Fran was committed to these causes because of her strong convictions and her belief to make a difference.

Wherever she went, she made friendships that lasted a lifetime. She remained close to her childhood friends, classmates, work colleagues and her brother and sister Elks throughout the country. Her small stature and bright smile was nothing compared to her enormous heart and unwavering love for life and family.

The beloved wife of 41 years to William R. Minichello of Swampscott, formerly of East Boston, she was the loving and proud mother of Boston Police Sergeant Andrew J. Minichello and his wife, Maria of East Boston, cherished grandmother of Matthew Daniel; dear sister of Evelyn M. “Lynn” Wilson and her husband, R. Lee of New Hampshire, James A. Hickey and his wife, Nancy of Virginia and the late George B. Hickey, Jr. and his surviving wife, Ann Hickey of New Hampshire; devoted daughter of the late Ret. Boston Fire Captain George B. Hickey, Sr. and Evelyn M. (Crotty) Hickey. She is also lovingly survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, four godchildren, lifelong friends, extended family and colleagues.

Remembrances may be made to the Elks National Foundation c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191Washington Ave., Winthrop, MA 02152 or Mass State Elk’s Scholarship Fund, c/o Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078, 191 Washington Ave. Winthrop, MA 02152. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Judith Greco

She leaves behind her loving warmth, strength and unique ability to make things better

Judith “Judy” A. Greco, 80, of Revere, formerly of Winthrop and the North End of Boston, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loved ones and into the arms of her Angels.

Judy was a pillar of love and strength and her life is marked by the profound and unwavering love and dedication to her children, grandchildren and family. She was fun loving and mischievous in her youth and a trailblazer in living outside the lines. She loved entertaining, cooking and making everyone feel loved and cared for.

Judy grew up on Hanover Street in the North End as part of a large and loving extended family filled with happy memories. She was a graduate of Julie Billiart High School class of 1958. She was also a graduate of Bunker Hill Community College’s Associate Degree program in travel. She was one of the first reservation agents at Eastern Airlines and led the team which opened their first international reservation center in Gatwick, London. Following her retirement from Eastern, she was a travel agent for Airwaves travel in Winthrop and Revere. Judy was also a hardworking and revered waitress through her younger years at several well known establishments throughout the area.

She leaves behind her loving warmth, strength and unique ability to make things better which will remain with all those who were fortunate enough to experience them.

Judy was predeceased by her wonderful parents, Yolanda (Martini) Masciulli and Albert Masciulli whom she adored and cared for in their elder years and also by her devoted husband, Victor, her “Second Mother” and loving aunt, Marie McCormack of Sharon.

She was the beloved, devoted and adored mother of Jodi Greco of Revere with whom she shared a very special bond and Victor Greco, her loving son, of Revere, with whom she resided and who was her caregiver and confidant. She was the cherished and loving grandmother to Catherine Rose Greco of Florida and Thomas Joseph Russo of Revere; loving sister to Ralph J. Masciulli and his wife, Mary of Lexington; cherished aunt of Michael J. Masciulli and his family of Norwood and David Masciulli of Medford. Judy is also survived by several loving cousins and dear friends. A Celebration Mass of Judy’s life will be held on Monday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere. Expressions of remembrance in Judy’s name may be made to her favorite charity, The Listening Place in Lynn Massachusetts, c/o Father Alfonse Ferreira, 36 Michigan Ave. To leave an online condolence for the family on our memory wall, please visit

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