Obituaries 09-30-2020

Lucille Smith

Retired Waitress

Lucille H. “Lou” (Ventola) Smith, 85, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Sept.18.          

Lucille waitressed at the Union Oyster House of Boston for over 25 years. She had a love for the ocean, enjoyed Revere Beach and vacationing in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The beloved wife of the late Stephen L. Smith, she was the loving mother of David Ventola and Stacey Ventola, both of Revere and Steven Ventola of Port St. Lucie, Florida; cherished grandmother of Krista Ventola of Port St. Lucie, Florida and devoted daughter of the late James Marino and Helen (Canning) Marino.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Funeral Services were held privately. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To send online condolences, please visit

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care & direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Timothy Countie

RHS Basketball Standout, Class of 1976

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, Oct. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt.107) Revere for Timothy R. Countie who passed on Saturday, Sept. 19. He was 62 years old.

Tim was a proud Revere native, born and raised in Revere and a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1976. During his time in high school, he was a basketball standout. His size allowed him to be a dominant player for the high school during his four years there. His stature was intimidating but he was the quintessential “Gentle Giant.” His mild personality and good heart were known by all.

For most of Tim’s career, he worked as a courier, for himself. Tim was also seen frequently walking around the City of Revere with his pal, Schultzie. He will always be remembered as a friend that you could always rely on.

He was the beloved son of the late John J. Countie and Mary E. (Roberts) Countie, loving and faithful longtime companion of the late Janet M. Sullivan, dear brother of John T. Countie and his wife, Karen of Merrimac, Richard M. and his wife, Ping of New Zealand, Edmund A. Countie of Lynn and Kerry S. Countie and his wife, Patricia of Londonderry, NH. He is also lovingly survived by several loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and his late canine companion, Shultzie. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may made to MSPCA-Angell, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Edward F. Ryan

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant

Retired Revere Police Lieutenant Edward F. “Eddie” Ryan, 89, died peacefully Sept 22 at the VA Nursing Home in Tilton, NH. 

Ed served in the Navy from 1947 to 1951, deploying to the Mediterranean on the USS Fargo and Colleton.  Upon being Honorably Discharged, he worked as a laborer helping to build the Callahan Tunnel, as an insurance salesman and joined the Revere Police Department in 1962.  He loved being a policeman and dedicated the next 34 years of his life to serving the City of Revere as a Patrolman, Detective, and Shift Supervisor.  He was an honest and compassionate cop who believed in giving people a chance, providing many a wayward person with a stern warning and an opportunity to change their lives. 

In 1971, he graduated from Northeastern University’s College of Criminal Justice and then taught Police Procedures and Administration there to thousands of law enforcement personnel until 1983.  In 1992, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of Revere on the platform of saving the Police Department from neglectful and corrupt politicians.  He retired as a Lieutenant in 1996 and enjoyed walking Revere Beach with a good cigar, reading, playing poker in his basement with friends and traveling the world.  

He quietly took care of his neighbors wherever he lived, providing meals, trips to the store, companionship and whatever help he could procure when needed.   

He was a great storyteller who found humor in life and told his stories with an easy charm that endeared him to friends and acquaintances.  He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, and the staff at the VA Home who loved him dearly.   

Born in Boston on Dec 4, 1930, he was raised in Revere where he lived for most of his life on Vinal Street surrounded by family and friends.  He moved to Londonderry, NH with his son and his family in 2005. 

He is survived by his daughter, Maureen (James)Tully of Peabody, his son Michael (Deena) Ryan of Londonderry, NH and his daughter Mary A. Ryan Blaney of Lynn; eight grandchildren: Ryan (Lisa) Tully, Meaghan (Corey) Cedorchuk, Bridget Tully, Cameron, Connor, Colin, Katherine and Maeve Ryan and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Kathleen (Gerald) Amore and his brother, Kenneth (Cynthia) Ryan, all of Revere as well as many nieces and nephews.  Ed was preceded in death by his parents: Edward Sr. and Josephine Ryan, his wife of 33 years, Noreen (Cunningham), his infant daughter, Linda and his brother, Donald Ryan.   

Following cremation, memorial calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH.  Due to State of NH guidelines, all guests are required to wear masks, minimize contact and maintain social distancing.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s memory to Visions For Creative Housing Solutions – Green Street, 8 Sunrise Farm Lane, Enfield NH 03748.  To send a condolence or for more information, please visit

Donna Lee Janiak

Certified Nurse’s Assistant

Donna Lee (Fenstermaker) Janiak, 60, of Lynn passed away in the peaceful surroundings of her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Sept. 21.

A longtime resident of Lynn, formerly of Revere, Donna was born in Saugus, a beloved daughter of the late Jackson and Frances (Scarpa) Fenstermaker.  She spent her early childhood growing up in Hollis, Maine where she attended grammar school. Her family later settled in East Boston and she graduated from East Boston High School.  

A longtime companion of Stanley G. “Beamo” Janiak, Jr., she married “Beamo” in 2001, sharing her love and devotion for the past 32 years.  Donna was mostly devoted to home and family especially to her children and grandchildren.  She also worked outside outside of her home for the past 10 years as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant in various area nursing homes and care facilities.

During her lifetime, Donna enjoyed traveling and camping, making annual trips to Atlantic City and Foxwoods, playing bingo and other games of chance.   Together with her husband, she liked visiting many area beaches and swimming.   She hosted family gatherings and cooking and barbequing were her specialties. 

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by a daughter, Denise Konan and a sister, Deanna Lewis.  She was the beloved wife of Stanley G. “Beamo”Janiak, Jr. and the devoted mother of Michelle Naughton of Maine and John Janiak of Lynn, cherished grandmother of Kyle Pamphile, Robert Konan, Brianna Goodoak, Kevin Goodoak, Jinonni Janiak and Hunter O’Donnell; dear sister of Kathleen Butler and her husband, Bruce of Marlborough, NH, Carolyn Stewart and her husband, John of Porter, ME, Deborah Gaouette of Ashlet, NH, Linda Fenstermaker and her friend, Frank West of Biddeford, ME and Jackson Fenstermaker and his wife, Chariene of Moxville, NC.  Donna is also survived by many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. 

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  We continue to 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 Donna’s Name should be directed to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215.

Francis Michael Mahoney

Decorated veteran and United Airlines Retiree

Francis Michael “Fran” Mahoney, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 88. 

Fran proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and received numerous medals for his service to his country.  After returning home from the war, Francis worked for United Airlines, retiring after 30 years.  He was an avid sports fan with all of the Boston teams being his favorite.  He will truly be missed by all who knew him. 

Born in Revere on Sept. 6, 1932 to the late Michael and Ethelyn (Mallison) Mahoney, he was the beloved husband of the late Jeanne (Roy), devoted father of Karen Ruggieri and her partner, Bastiano Mancuso of Wayland and Philip Mahoney and his late wife, Kathleen of Weymouth; cherished grandfather of Tyler Ruggieri and Olivia Mahoney; dear brother of Ethelyn Mitchell and her husband, Jim of Revere and the late Helen Vorhees and Philip Mahoney.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW, Processing Center, P.O. Box 8958, Topeka, KS 66608-8958 or at   For guest book please visit

Regina Sanders


Regina (Kehoe) Sanders, 92, of Revere, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 24. 

The wife of Hugh R. Sanders with whom she shared 71 years of marriage, Regina was a homemaker who enjoyed helping others. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons and their spouses, Hugh T. and Darlene Sanders of Whitman and John H. and Etta Sanders of Newmarket, NH. 

Her graveside service was held in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. 

For those desiring, memorials may be made to The American Society of the Blind. 

Arrangements were by Goodrich Funeral Home, Lynn.  

Ann Felzani

Traffic Supervisor for the Boston Police Department for 40 years

Ann B. (Cacchiotti) Felzani passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 18.

Ann was raised in Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in East Boston and then spent over 40 years as an active member of the St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Revere. Ann’s faith and family were always at the center of her life. She wanted her children and grandchildren to be surrounded by the loving presence of family and to have the privilege of the best education. She taught these values to her family through her example and through the stories she told. She loved to socialize in the communities of East Boston and Revere. She always worked hard, loved to be busy and had high expectations for herself. 

She was very proud of her baking. She was famous for her biscotti, apple cakes and custom birthday or special occasion cakes for grandchildren. 

She was a traffic supervisor for the Boston Police Department for 40 years. She not only safeguarded children crossing the street, but also questioned anyone she did not recognize before letting them pick up a child after school. Her winning smile lit up Day Square, but she had a fierce instinct when something did not look right.

She was the daughter of the late Francesco and Antonetta (Cardinale) Cacchiotti, beloved wife of the late Joseph Felzani, Sr., beloved and devoted mother of Jane and her late husband, William D. Manning Jr. of East Boston, Joseph Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Revere, and Annette and her husband, Terence Dwyer of Summit, NJ; sister of Rita Sorrento and her late husband, James, of Revere and the deceased Carmella, Costanzo (Chris) and Vincent (Jimmy). Ann also leaves her grandchildren: Matthew Manning and the late Christopher Manning of East Boston, Kathryn (Felzani) Tocci of Wilmington, Lauren Felzani of Manhattan, NY, Liam Dwyer and Adam Dwyer of Summit, NJ; her great-grandson, Nicholas of Wilmington as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ann’s memory to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere, MA 02151; Amedisys Foundation, 3864 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70816; or Mass General Hospital at A Memorial Mass celebrating Ann’s life will be held at a later date.

Marilyn Walsh Whipple

Of Revere

Marilyn Walsh Whipple of Revere died on Sept. 21 at the age of 92.

The wife of the late Robert Whipple, she was the cherished mother of Dawn D’Ambrosio of Revere, Robert Whipple and his wife, Debbie and Damien Gray and his wife. Stacy, all of Florida and the late James “Moosie” Whipple; dear sister of Andrea Caggiano of Peabody, adored grandmother of Peter D’Ambrosio, Jr., Wyatt Gray, Bryn Whipple, Ashley Hutchison and Ryan Whipple and great-grandmother of Gianna and Gabby D’Ambosio and Anastasia, Bella and Ezekiel Hutchison and the mother-in-law of Peter D’Ambrosio.

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 and under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere, MA 02151. 

Thomas Santiano

True Patriot, Veteran of Two Wars and Member of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club

Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Thursday, Oct. 1  at 12:45 p.m. at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne for Thomas William Santiano, 96, who passed on Tuesday, Sept. 22  at his residence in Orient Heights, East Boston.

Born and raised in East Boston, he was a 1942 graduate of the High School of Commerce in Boston. “Tommy” entered the U.S. Navy in October of 1942 and served through January of 1946. At that time, he began working for the Boston Housing Authority.

A true patriot and a defender of all things U.S.A., he re-entered the U.S. Navy at the time of the Korean Conflict and served for another three years. Throughout his working career, he worked in the field of construction and industrial arts. He worked for over 25 years with the Perini Corp. of Framingham as a lead laborer and foreman.

He was an avid rock and precious metals collector and a longtime member of the North Shore Rock & Mineral Club. His collection is vast and bares proof of many hours and years of avid searches throughout National Parks, local parks and forests. He enjoyed family outings and gatherings and the conversation they provoked.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth A. (Kelly) Santiano who passed in January of 2010; the devoted son of the late Michael J. and Madeline G. (Nealon) Santiano and the dear brother to the late Louis R. Santiano, the late Michael J. Santiano, Jr.and the late Lawrence F. Santiano; the cherished father to Mary F. McIntosh of Madison, NH and the proud grandfather to Paul W. Dunn and his wife, Dolores of Sutton, MA and Brian D. Dunn and his wife, Linda of Marshfield, MA. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law Phyllis E. Santiano of Saugus, his three great grandchildren, Tristan E. Dunn of Sutton, MA and Tyler W. Dunn and Rachael C. Dunn, both of Marshfield. He is also lovingly survived by his niece, Michelle Santiano, with whom he made his home, her son, Antonio Santiano, his daughter, Adriana Santiano, all of Orient Heights, East Boston and the special uncle to Maureen D. Santiano, Rose Sarro, Robert J. Santiano and his wife, Anne, all of Saugus and the late Richard L. Santiano and the late Michael J. Santiano, III. His extended family includes Montana S. Santiano of Saugus, Michael A. Santiano of Haverhill, Maryanne Santiano of East Boson and Julie E. Santiano of Revere. Many caring cousins also survive “Tommy.”

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MPSPCA – Angell, 350 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02130-9923. To send online condolences, please visit

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere is honored to have assisted the family with the completion of funeral arrangements.

Lillian Melchionda

Passed in her 103rd year

Lillian (Falanga) Melchionda AKA Letteria Frances Melchionda, 102,  passed away in her 103rd year on Sept. 24 following a brief illness.

The beloved wife of the late Alfred S. Melchionda, she was the cherished mother of Ralph J. Melchionda and his wife, Janet R. of Chelmsford, Florence Grieco of Dracut, Mary-Frances LaBrecque and her husband, Dennis of Salem, NH and Alfred J. Melchionda and his wife, Nancy of Amesbury; dear sister of the late Leo, Charles, Frank, Andrew, Rudolph and Joseph Falanga and Frances Alberti. She is also lovingly survived by eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, six great great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Graveside Service was held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett followed by interment. Remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements werenentrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

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