Obituaries 07-22-2020

George Sullivan

U.S. Postal Service retiree

George J. Sullivan, 72, died on Thursday, July 16.

Born in Chelsea and raised in Revere, George was the son of the late Thomas L. and Irene B. (McGrath) Sullivan, Sr. He was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in Revere and Bridgewater State College and worked as a clerk for the U.S. Postal Service for 22 years before his retirement.

George is survived by five brothers and sisters: Thomas L. Sullivan, Jr., Dennis G. Sullivan and his wife, Carmela, Bernadette M. Hyyti, Irene P. Larcome and her late husband, Robert, John P. Sullivan and his wife, Janice; 10 nieces and nephews: Shawn and his wife, Sory, Mark and his wife, April, Tom and his wife, Sheri, Julie and her husband, John, David Scott, Robert and his wife, Andrea, Jay, Melissa and her husband, Bill, Ryan and his wife, Amanda and Brendon and his wife, Bethany and 16 great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his nephew, Bryan.

A graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett on Tuesday, July 21.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to St. Jude Childrens research Hospital @ or the Northeast Animal Shelter @

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Barbara Eisenberg

City of Revere retiree

Barbara (Levine) Eisenberg, 90, of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, entered Eternal Rest on July 16 after a brief illness. Born in Boston, she was a resident of Revere for many years. Barbara was a retired City of Revere employee.

She was the devoted wife of Carl Eisenberg, dear sister and sister-in-law of the late Melvin and Edith Levine, the late Albert and Gertrude Eisenberg and Evelyn and the late Harry Beder; beloved aunt of Ilene and Jonathan Cutler, Dianne and Burton Gesserman, Dr. Jerold Levine, Rhonda and Scott Marks, Dr. Mitchell Pressman and late Carol Jacques, Ruth Pressman and late Peter Pressman and the late Kenneth Pressman and the cherished grand aunt of many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Due to current health conditions, services were private. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be donated to Dana Farber Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445 or Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131. For online condolences, go to:

David Croce

Of Florida, formerly of Beachmont

David R Croce, 71, from Beachmont (Revere), currently of Oviedo, FL, passed away Sunday, July 12 at Advent Health Winter Park after a brief fight with the COVID-19 virus.      

The beloved husband of Anne Marie (Scarino) Croce of Oviedo, Fl, formerly of Revere, he was the loving and cherished father and Papa of Deana Mignacca (S. Daytona), Nick Mignacca and their children, Mikayla and Nicolas, Danielle O’Hara (Casselberry) and her husband, Sean O’Hara and their children, Brady and Riley and Diana Ferro (Winter Springs) and her future husband, Douglas Johnston and their dog, Bailey.  David was the son of the late Charles L Croce and June Levina (Broscoe) Croce and the adored “baby brother” of Catherine Marzeoti and her husband, Frank, the late Charles L Croce and his wife, Barbara, Joan Tuberosa and her husband, Ed, Robert Croce and his wife, JoAnn,  Daniel Croce and his wife, Elizabeth; dearest brother in law to Sandra (Scarino) Yakoobian and her husband, Johnny. He was a genuinely kind hearted and beloved uncle to a large clan of nieces and nephews.  

Always a gentle man with a big smile, loved a good joke, hardworking and determined and always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who was in need, especially for his family.   

He was a fighter all his life, always fighting to bounce back from several different surgeries, always with his family by his side.    

His youngest daughter was by his side and he was surrounded virtually by his wife and other two daughters.   He left to go home to his eternal family but will always remain watching over his four girls and entire family.    He is forever in all of our hearts.    We love you always.

Past Present And Future

Ernest Sacco, Jr.

He will be missed dearly by all those lucky enough to have known him

Ernest L. Sacco, Jr. of Revere died on July 8 at the age of 57.

Ernie was a proud member of the Triangle community in Malden for many years, having participated in Impact and Ablevision. He was a kind and gentle soul who could forever be found with a smile on his face. He was always ready and willing to help others. He will be missed dearly by all those lucky enough to have known him.

The devoted son of the late Ernest Sr. and Frances (Limoli) Sacco, he was the dear brother of the late Kenneth J. Kennedy and adored uncle of Lisa Kennedy and Brigit Kennedy, both of Revere; cherished nephew of John Limoli and Jennifer Sclafani. Ernie is also lovingly survived by many cousins and countless friends.

Due to the ongoing restrictions with COVID-19, all services will be held privatelyand under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ernie’s memory to Triangle, Inc., ATTN: Development, 420 Pearl Street, Malden, MA 02148 or at To share a memory or condolence, please visit

Judith Hanly

Retired deli clerk whose friendly face was beloved by patrons of several local supermarkets

Judith A. (Stratos) Hanly passed away unexpectedly in her home on Friday, July 17.  She was 65 years old.  A longtime resident of East Boston, she was born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Peter and Viola (Saggese) Stratos.  She attended Our Lady of Grace Parochial School and graduated from Chelsea High School.  She worked briefly for the Commonwealth of Mass. with the Office of Finance.  

Judith married Gerard J. Hanly and raised two daughters.  A stay at home mom and beloved homemaker for several years, she later returned to work outside of her home.  She worked as a Deli Clerk at several local supermarkets; Cerretani’s in Revere, Wild Harvest in Saugus and lastly at Shaw’s in Revere before retiring.  She was always a friendly face and beloved by many store patrons.

In her life time, Judith enjoyed reading, time spent at the beach, she loved watching football, following the New England Patriots and TV crime shows.  She was the beloved wife of 44    years to Gerard J. Hanly, devoted mother of Kristyn Hanly, Jennifer Polsonetti and her husband, Michael, cherished grandmother of Ella, Emilia and Michael Polsonetti, all of East Boston.  She is also survived by her aunt, Pauline Lyons and her husband, Lloyd of Winthrop as well as by many loving cousins and extended family members. 

Visiting hours will be from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, on Saturday July 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Memorial Mass at 12 Noon in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.  We encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit;   Should friends desire, contributions in Judith’s memory should be directed to Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6 th floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7226

Donald Hagstrom

John Hancock Co. retiree and 20-year U.S. Army veteran

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) Revere on Thursday, July 23 at 11:30 a.m. for Donald F. Hagstrom of Revere, 89, who passed on July 18. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. All attendees are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Donald leaves his beloved wife of 58 years, Gilda (Ambrosino) and his children: Geraldine (Hagstrom) Paskowski of Danvers, John Hagstrom and his partner, Rangsun Sitthichai of Watertown and Frederick Hagstrom and his wife, Julianne of Andover. He was the son of the late Oliver and Martha (Lee) Hagstrom; the adored grandfather of Alexander Roberts and his wife, Madelyn of Marblehead; Erik, Genevieve, Ian and Aaron Paskowski of Danvers and Elizabeth and Catherine Hagstrom of Andover and loving great- grandfather of Finn and Soren Roberts and the well-respected uncle of many nieces and nephews. Donald was predeceased by his siblings: Earl, Charles, Robert, Norman (Red), Thomas Hagstrom, Geraldine Cann and Clare West. He will be greatly missed by all who knew this outstanding man.

Born in Arlington, Donald grew up in East Boston. He was very proud of his 20-year career in the US Army, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his time spent in Vietnam, as well as the Commendation Medal from the Military Police. He attended Newbury Junior College where he obtained an Associate’s Degree. He retired from John Hancock Insurance Company after 23 years of service.

Donald enjoyed classical music, French wine and Italian food. He loved entertaining family and friends throughout the years with cookouts, birthday parties and celebrating the holidays, especially Christmas Eve.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Emphysema Foundation of America, 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 302, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or to the Restoration Fund at the Immaculate Conception Church, 119 Beach St, Revere, MA 02151.

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

Loretta Ravagno

Adored mother and doting and devoted grandmother

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 24  in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. for Loretta A. (Church) Ravagno, who passed away on July 17 resulting from complications due to COVID-19. She was 86 years old.

Interment will follow immediately in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. All attendees are asked to report directly to church and to observe the pandemic mandates, i.e. masks must be worn and social distancing must be observed.

The wife of the late Carmen M. Ravagno, Sr., she was the adored mother to John L. Ravagno and his companion, Patricia of Gloucester, Diane R. Colella and her husband, Thomas of Revere, Lisa M. Licata – Schepici of Saugus and the late Carmen M. Ravagno, Jr.;  doting and devoted grandmother to John L. Ravagno, Jr. and his wife, Kate of Salem, NH, Jarrod M. Ravagno of Gloucester, Carmen M. Ravagno, III and Christopher P. Ravagno, both of Grafton, Vito Michael Licata of Waltham and Ariana M. Licata of Saugus; dear sister to Edith M. Beninati of Derry, NH and the late Luke Church, Jr. and cherished daughter of the late Luke Church, Sr. and Edythe V. (MacCormack) Church.

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

Amelia DeCristoforo-Frederick

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Amelia B. (Masiello) DeCristoforo-Frederick, 82, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on Sunday, July 19.

Amelia was the cherished daughter of the late Valentino and Stella (Terilli) Masiello, the beloved wife of the late Robert DeCristoforo and Lawrence Frederick, loving mother of Robert DeCristoforo Jr. and his wife, Carol of Danvers, Marie Namey and her husband, John of Revere and Karen Corolla and her husband, Robert of Winthrop; adored grandmother of Jennifer Hincman and her husband, Dave, Michelle Hinchey and her husband, Dave, Michael Namey and his wife, Patricia, Janelle Namey, Kristen Suozzo and her husband, James, Alysse Corolla and Lauren Corolla and her fiancé, Charles Ahern; great grandmother of Ayla, Lianna, Natalie, Blake, Stephen, Everleigh and Christopher; caring sister of Thomas Masiello and his wife, Diane, Raymond Masiello and his wife, JoAnn and Marion Costigan and her late husband, George. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends will honor Amelia’s life by gathering in Vazza’s Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere on Friday, July 24  from 9 to 11 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. John the Evangelist Church in Winthrop for a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in her honor at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Adhering to the guidelines of the CDC, all attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and are respectfully asked for no physical contact with the family.

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