Obituaries 08-19-2020

Michael Joseph Seniti

Animal Lover

Michael Joseph Seniti of Revere passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 8, at the age of 29.

Born March 9, 1991, the beloved son of Frances Wahbi and Sean Leonard, Michael was a kind and loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He has always had a love for animals. Michael cherished his dog, Ivy, who meant the world to him. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The grandson of the late John and Rose Seniti, Michael is survived by his grandparents, Francis and Elizabeth Leonard of Revere; his loving siblings Briana Seniti, Sean Leonard, Jr., Matthew Leonard and Ayman Wahbi of Revere. He was the beloved nephew of Joe and Kellie Seniti of Medford and Maria and Paul Dercolo of Revere and is also survived by his loving cousins: Justin Seniti of Saugus, Ashley and Samantha Seniti of Medford, Britney Lounsbury and Giavana Seniti of Revere.

Services will be held at noon on Tuesday, August 25 at the First Congregational Church, 230 Beach St, Revere.

Remembrance may be made to American Diabetes Association at

Dana Geremonte

Of Brockton, formerly of Revere

Dana R. Geremonte, 71, a resident of Brockton for almost 50 years, passed away on August 13. Born in Somerville, the son of the late Louis and Alida (Young) Geremonte, he was raised in Revere.

He played drums in The Wild Kats here and the band cut a record on the Parsay label “You Know You Make Me Want To Cry.”

After serving in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, Dana returned to work at Waltham Beef and together with his best friend, Al DePaoli, helped create the “Cooked Perfect” meatball recipe. It became Home Market Foods, now in Norwood, and his career as an “M.D.” Meatball Dealer finished after 48 years there. He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, cooking, Vietnam War history, making up words and telling corny jokes.

Dana was the beloved father of Danae Lamarre and her husband, Lloyd of Brockton and James M. Geremonte of Fall River; loving grandfather of Caleb, Dante, Giana and William Lamarre and Kailyn Shepherd; former husband of the late Patricia (Piana) Geremonte, brother of Dawn Hunt and her husband, Thomas of Plymouth, Frances Doyle and her husband, Kevin of Tewksbury and the late Joseph Geremonte and the uncle of many.

All are welcome to attend calling hours on Thursday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon followed by a 12 noon prayer service at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St. Brockton. Committal at V.A. National Cemetery in Bourne will be at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Colony Center Activity Fund, 277 Washington St., Abington MA 02351. For additional information, visit or call 508-583-7272.

Michael Francis Giarla

His Family Was His Greatest Accomplishment

Michael Francis Giarla of Revere, formerly of Boston’s North End, passed away surrounded by his loving family on August 13 at the age of 96. 

Michael proudly served his country in the US Navy as a motor machinist II in WWII and received the World War II Victory Medal, American Area Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon 2 Stars, and the Good Conduct Medal. He survived an explosion in the South Pacific on PT boat 110. Mike was a life member of the Plumbers Local 12 and has been a member since October 27, 1952. 

He was an avid gardener who enjoyed searching for wild mushrooms and caning his own tomatoes every summer. A proud moment for Mike was when he appeared in the movie “they were expendable” and personally drove General MacArthur as well as John Wayne and his date on the PT boat during filming.  His greatest accomplishments were his family. He especially loved them and was proud to be called papa. 

Born in Boston on December 2, 1923 to the late Michael and Consiglia (Melillo), he was married for 49 years to his late wife Columbina (DiMaina) and was the devoted father of Celia Diakogeorgiou and her fiancé, Robert Stegmaier of Peabody, Michael J. Giarla and his wife, Joanne, Christopher Giarla and his wife, Denise, John Giarla and Robert Giarla and his wife, Karen, all of Revere and the late Richard Giarla; dear brother of Adeline Ameno and her husband, Gennaro of  Boston’s North End and the late Fannie Giarle, Lucy Giarle, Mary Totorici, and Louis Giarla.  He was the cherished grandfather of Sevi Mulcahy and her husband, Steve, Julianne Erazo and her husband, Hugo, Jennifer Giarla and her husband, Michael Salsgiver, Selina Giaquinto and her husband, Chris, Christopher Giarla, Joseph Giarla and his fiancé, Nicole Lauro, Michael Giarla, Robert Giarla Jr. and his wife, Jill, Tiffany Bohen and her husband, Brad, Tina Marie Baptista and her husband, Gabe, Janine Giarla and her wife, Katelyn and Richard Giarla Jr. and the adored great grandfather of Brian, Mila, Michael, Jordyn, JoJo, Jayden, Charley, Vincent, Richie, Brianna, Dominic, Madison, Isabella, Aria, and Olivia.  He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and his best friend, Kei Ikeda who visited him daily and now lives in Japan. 

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Archdiocese of Boston and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family.  Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to D.A.V, Room 546 State House, Boston, MA 02133.  For guest book 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, 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.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. For guest book, please visit:

Evelyn DiCologero

Longtime Member of Eagle Heights Church in Revere

Evelyn V. (Shearin) DiCologero, 92, died on Tuesday, August 11.

The wife of the late Anthony J. DiCologero, she was born and raised in North Carolina, the daughter of the late Norman and Lillian (Little) Shearin. She had been a resident of Revere for 73 years and was a member of the Eagle Heights Church in Revere for many years.

Evelyn is survived by four children: Anthony N. DiCologero and his wife, Marie and Patricia Hubisz and her husband, Tom, all of Saugus, Stephen DiCologero and his wife, Vicki of Florida and Eric DiCologero and his wife, Elaine of Revere; 13 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Marshall of Sandwich and three sisters. She was predeceased by three children: Albert Marshall, Richard Marshall and his wife, Mary and Philip DiCologero; two brothers and one sister.

A private graveside service was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Arrangements were by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.

Donations in her memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice at or the American Cancer Society at For condolences please visit

Susan DiGregorio

RHS Class of 1963

On August 11, 1945 our beloved Susan was born in Boston, Massachusetts and introduced to the world as Susan Beth Stolman, daughter of Albert and Ruth Stolman, and younger sister of Marjorie (Stolman) Alberti.

Susan’s roots began in Boston in The West End (Beacon Hill), and Dorchester, where she had a unique diverse upbringing and made tight knit friends that lasted a lifetime. She moved to the beach with her family and graduated Revere High School with the class of 1963, where she jumped right in with the in-crowd — bonding with girlfriends who became instant “sisters” — all of them sharing and celebrating life together for nearly 60 years.

At age 25 she fell in love with David DiGregorio who she nicknamed “Greg”, eloping 5 months later. They had two beautiful daughters, Marcy DiGregorio — a Registered Dietitian living in California; and Amy DiGregorio — a jeweler and handbag designer living in Santa Barbara. They moved to Stoneham, where Susan lived for 25 years, and then retired to Naples, Florida.

Living life to the fullest, she and her husband of 42 years took their last trip together, a Mediterranean cruise, before he became very ill and passed away. A couple of years later Susan reunited with Ernie her high school sweetheart. Susan worked in Boston for her father’s print shop, Stolman Printing; spent the majority of her career as a typesetter for the Stoneham Independent; and worked for Northeast Airlines which afforded many travel opportunities all over the world before getting married — she tangoed in Buenos Aires, shopped in London, and took her parents on a tour all around Israel. One of Susan’s favorite roles was being a Mother. A natural caregiver always offering her advice, and doing everything she possibly could for her daughters with endless love. She always made sure they never had to ask for a thing throughout her lifetime — she selflessly gave, it was just her way. She spoke so proudly of the confident, successful daughters she raised, and they often let her know she was their biggest hero. Susan had a strong appreciation for the arts. Being very artistic herself, she especially loved to paint. She embraced and cherished all of life’s gifts. We are heartbroken to lose one of the world’s finest, kindest, funniest, most generous and loyal and gorgeous souls anyone could ever wish to meet. We miss her immensely. Susan’s final hours were spent with her immediate family — her two daughters, Marcy and Amy; and her sister, Margie. They reminisced with stories, sang songs, laughed, cried, kissed, hugged, held hands, said their final thank you’s and goodbyes…until Susan took her final breath, soaring off with an abundance of Love into her next Big Life…   Susan’s ashes will be scattered, upon her request, with her late husband, and with her parents. Due to Covid-19 we will be holding off on her Celebration of Life (for now) and will keep friends and family posted as soon as we have more freedom to honor her memory — even if it takes a year or more, it will happen.

 Donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Eastern Divisional Headquarters, 440 West Nyack Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994 or by going to For guest book please visit

William O’Connell, Jr.

Founder of Financial Insurance Services and OM Financial group

William H. “Bill” O’Connell, Jr., 84, of Rhode Island, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully.

The beloved husband of Cynthia A. (Mancini) O’Connell for 33 years, he was born in Winthrop, the son of the late William H. O’Connell, Sr. and Margaret (O’Hara) O’Connell.

Bill grew up in Revere, went to Revere High School and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME in 1958. While at Bates, he excelled in academics and athletics and was an active member of the Bates community. He was a talented football player and worked on the school newspaper and radio station. Following graduation, Bill served his country honorably as a member of the United States Marine Corps.

Bill achieved great success in his professional career. He was elected president of Providence Washington Insurance Company at age 37, and later became Chairman of the Board for NN Corporation. After leaving NN, Bill founded and built two successful companies: Financial Insurance Services and OM Financial Group. Bill finished his professional career with OM Financial in 2018.

When he wasn’t working, Bill loved spending time with his family, particularly on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. He was also an avid sports fan who held season tickets for the New England Patriots since the team moved to Foxborough in 1971.

In addition to his wife, Cindy, Bill is survived by four children, William H. O’Connell, III (wife, Sharon), Kelly A. O’Connell (husband, Michael), Darci M. Detorie (husband, Frank), and Christopher R. Colapietro (wife, Jennifer); eight grandchildren: Sarah, Andrew, Jake, Madeline, Tyler, Erin, Samantha and Julia; and a sister Margaret “Peggy” Coates. Bill also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Maureen Scanlon and Patricia Anderson.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to  the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Please visit for information and online condolences.

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