Obituaries 07-15-2020

Charles Caccamesi

Acupuncture physician and Black Belt instructor

Charles Caccamesi, 69, formerly of Revere, died suddenly in Naples, FLA. on June 30. The son of Charles and Susie (Scifo) Caccamesi, Charles was a graduate of New England School of Acupuncture and a board certified acupuncture physician, licensed in Florida and Massachusetts.

He was also a black belt instructor in Kenpo Karate, and Tai Chi.

Charles leaves a brother, Vincent and his wife, Jackie of Wilmington, sisters, Linda Snyder of Naples FLA. and Carolyn Tucceri and her husband, Warren of Cambridge and nephews, a grandnephew and a grandniece  and his beloved, companion Donna Pearce of Naples, FLA. 

Private services were held in Florida.

James Furlong

Gilette retiree

James (Jim) P. Furlong passed away in peace on July 7.

Born in Medford on June 10, 1939, Jim attended St. Joseph’s Parochial Grammar School and Matignon High School in Medford. After graduating high school, Jim attended Northeastern University earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in accounting and economics. After college, Jim enlisted in the military serving for two years in the Army Signal Corps. During his military service, Jim served in Seoul, S. Korea, and in Arizona.

Following his honorable discharge from the service, Jim had the good fortune to work for The Gillette Company for 37 years in various capacities. Jim joined the company as an internal auditor, then advanced to positions within the finance, employee benefit, human resource, and community affairs departments. Jim enjoyed his time at Gillette and developed close ties to a number of terrific people.

Jim loved the theatre and was an avid movie buff, particularly of film noir. He was also a voracious and lifelong reader.

 He was a devoted uncle to his nephew, James Alberetti and his wife, Maria and a beloved great uncle to his great nieces, Ava and Tess Alberetti. He is also survived by many loving cousins and friends.

At Jim’s request, all services will be privately held. Jim will be buried alongside his sister, Ann Elizabeth (Furlong) Alberetti and his parents, Irene (Gillespie) and James Furlong in the family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.  For guest book, please visit

Rita Vitale

Loving wife, mother, grandmother and crackerjack bookkeeper

Rita (D’Ortona) Vitale of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away at the age of 89 on July 5.

Rita and her late husband, Charlie raised their family in the Beachmont section of Revere. In the early years, Rita entertained her family by playing the organ and ukulele, which she taught herself to play. She and Charlie sang along with the kids often. Rita enjoyed doing crafts of all sorts, including sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching and cake decorating.

In more recent years, her favorite hobby was scrapbooking. She lovingly made beautiful scrapbooks for her children and grandchildren using the many pictures she took over the years. Before and after raising her family, Rita was a cracker-jack  bookkeeper.

Born in Boston on March 4, 1931 to the late Nicholas and Mary Costa)  D’Ortona, she was the beloved wife of 56 years to the late Charles (Charlie) Vitale Sr., devoted  mother to Charles (Chuckie) Vitale Jr. of Lynn and his partner, Debbie Dwyer, Patti  Vitale Cameron and her husband, Dan of Reading and Maria Vitale Cannatella of  Peabody; dear sister of Lorraine Repoli and Marianne Fiore, both of Revere and the proud grandmother of John Jr. and Joseph Cannatella, Christopher, Gregory  and Stephanie Cameron, and Darla Vitale.  Rita was mother in law to Cindy Vitale of Medford and John Cannatella of Salem, NH.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held privately due to Covid-19. The family is planning a memorial service to celebrate Rita’s life  in early August.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome to Dementia Society of America, PO  Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901  For guest book please visit

Columbia LaRosa

Proprietor of Family owned LaRosa Bakery and “My Donut”

Funeral Services and entombment were held privately at Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden on July 10th for Columbia M. “Lola” (Petrillo) LaRosa, 92, who passed away on July 6 following a long illness.

For over 40 years, until the early 90’s, the LaRosa family owned and operated LaRosa Bakery of Jeffries Point, East Boston and “My Donut” at Brown Circle, Revere. Lola worked alongside her devoted husband “Sal” until the bakery closed in 1995. She was a member of the Revere Patriots Club for over 35 years.

The beloved wife of the late Salvatore “Sal” LaRosa, she was the cherished mother of James R. LaRosa of Rockland, formerly of Hull, and the late

Lorraine M. Tedeschi, devoted “Nonnie” to James S. LaRosa, USMC and his wife, Melissa of Rockland and Laura L. LaRosa of Hull; dear sister to Lena Ferrari of East Boston and Norwell and the late Grace Staffieri and the late Joseph, Palmarino, Henry, Gaetano and Genaro LaRosa. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Celebration of Life/Memorial Funeral Mass will be scheduled and announced on social media and the Funeral Home’s website  

Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. To send online condolences, please visit   

Barbara Craig

Of Missouri, formerly of Winthrop and Revere

Barbara Craig of Kansas City, MO passed away peacefully at her home on July 12. She was 81 years old.

Barbara was born on June 25, 1939 in Winthrop to Alfred and Dorothy (Kelly) Silva. She grew up in Winthrop and graduated from Winthrop High School in 1956.  She lived in Revere for 49 years.

On May 30, 1968 she married the love of her life, John E. Craig. From this marriage they had two children. While in Revere, Barbara was a member of the Revere Society for Cultural and Historic Preservation (RSCHP) and the Immaculate Guild. In 2017, she and John moved from the East Coast to Kansas City to be closer to her beloved grandchildren.

Barbara loved Elvis Presley; one of the family’s favorite memories is taking her to visit Graceland. In her later years, Barbara found enjoyment going out to eat with her family and catching the latest episode of Days of Our Lives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John, who passed away in October of 2017 and her sister, Elaine Cleary. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by her children: William (Charlene) Craig and James (Kathleen) Craig; grandchildren, Meadow, Danica, Cory, Kyle, Leah, and Ailsa; her sister, Geraldine Crombie and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately in Massachusetts.

Marie Suppa

June 28, 1941 — June 25, 2020

Marie (Mastrain) Suppa of Revere passed away on June 25, 2020. Marie was born in Winthrop, MA on June 28, 1941 to the late Frank and Nellie (Caporale) Mastrain. She was the beloved wife of the late Dominic Suppa.

Marie was the devoted mother of Adriana DelGreco Tringale. She was the caring sister of Jeanne Hare and her husband Gary Hare. She was the step mother to Lorraine Suppa and James Suppa. Marie had 3 loving godchildren – Ed Steriti, Carolyn Cucurullo, and Bobby Jo Martocchio. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marie worked for many years for the Stride Rite Corporation as well as the Visiting Nurses Association of Boston before entering retirement. Marie lived life to the fullest. She was known for her positive attitude and vibrant spirit. Her friends and family will truly miss her. Marie fought breast cancer for 18 years. She spent endless hours and days at Tufts Medical Center with her daughter by her side. Her sense of bravery and courage was admired by all. Marie’s life was honored at a funeral mass on Monday, June 29 at St. Anthony’s of Padua Church in Revere, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marie’s name to the Tufts Medical Breast Health Center by visiting Please choose Breast Health as your designation. For guest book please visit 

Paula M. Capraro

Hilton Corp. retiree

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Thursday, July 16 at 12 noon in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, 185 Lake St., Peabody for Paula M. Capraro, 76, who passed away on July 8 after a valiant struggle with metastatic cancer. In compliance with the pandemic mandates, all mourners and visitors must wear masks and maintain social distancing.

A retiree of Hilton Corp., serving as an Assistant Property Manager for well over 40 years, she was the beloved daughter of the late Joseph A. and Louise A. (Troisi) Capraro, she was the devoted sister to Joseph A. and his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” of Saugus, adored aunt of Kristen-Louise Capraro-Picozzi and her husband, Dario of Saugus. She is also lovingly survived by her best friend of over 50 years, Deanna Rauseo of Saugus, formerly of East Boston.  

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit

Mary Dever

Family was the heart and soul of her life

Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic for Mary A. “Maureen” (McManus) Dever, 84, who passed on Saturday, July 11 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a brief illness.

Maureen was born and raised in Londonderry North, Ireland. She was educated in Ireland and came to the United States when she was just 19 years old. She married Robert J. Dever and the couple spent many years raising their family in East Boston. They moved to Revere in 1985, where she remained until her death.

Maureen was a dedicated homemaker to her family and after her children were in High School, she took a position at M.I.T., in the food service area of  the campus working there for approximately 15 years before retiring. Maureen loved being with her family and sharing many laughs and wonderful memories. She loved walking Revere Beach and enjoyed the beauty of the ocean. She enjoyed playing Bingo and was also an avid reader of many types of books. She loved to travel and would often return to Ireland to visit with her family.

Family was the heart and soul of her life. However, one of Mary’s very favorite treats was to embark on a spontaneous suggestion to take a quick trip up Route 1 Saugus for lunch or dinner at the Border Cafe. Surely, it brought to mind many tender memories, as this was also a special place for her late husband and she to enjoy their time together.

The beloved wife of the late Robert J. Dever, who passed on April 18, 2003, she was the loving mother of Christine E. Harmon and her husband, Tommy of Woburn, Robert F. Dever of Revere and Cathleen P. Dever and her longtime companion, Robert DeFronzo of Saugus; cherished grandmother of Jennifer N. Melville R.N. and her husband, Joseph of Westwood and Derek M. Harmon of Woburn; adored great grandmother of Aria, Ava and Logan and dear sister of the late Richard “Dickie” McManus (Former Band Leader of the “Irish Revolution”) and Christina Young. She is also lovingly survived by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth “Eilish” (Young) McManus of Revere and her brother-in-law, Patrick Young of Derry, Ireland. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive Maureen, both in the USA and Ireland.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Massachusetts General Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114-1101. To send online condolences, please visit   Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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