Obituaries 01-20-2021

Harriett Portney

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Harriett (Mandell) Portney, 92, of Saugus, formerly of Revere, beloved wife of the late Bernard A. Portney, died January 17 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late Samuel and Frances Mandell, she was raised and educated in Winthrop. Harriett was a stay-at-home mom who enjoyed her family and will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her daughter, Shari Lyn Losanno of Saugus and her son, Steven Portney of Revere. She was predeceased by her brothers: Herbert Mandell and Irwin “Jack” Mandell. Contributions in her memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Ste. B-102 Danvers, MA 01923.  Due to COVID-19 pandemic private graveside services were held. Sharing written remembrances and condolences during this time will be essential in helping the Portney family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting:

Patricia “Pat” Cunningham

Member of the Former Immaculata Guild of ICC

Patricia A. “Pat” (Curry) Cunningham of Shutesbury, formerly of Revere, passed away on January 12, peacefully and with dignity, meeting her God at the age of 92.

A member of the former Immaculata Guild of ICC, she was the beloved wife of the late John A. Cunningham, cherished mother of Michele D. Cunningham of Shutesbury, Michael J. Cunningham of Winthrop, John “Jay” Cunningham of Salem, Margret A. “Peggy” Cunningham of Groton, Kathleen “Kathy” Brainerd of Salt Lake City, UT, Steven E. Cunningham and his wife, Kathleen of Reading, Karen M. Garrett and her husband, Patrick of Derry, NH and the late Patricia M. Cunningham-Healey; dear sister of the late Sylvia M. Creed, John “Jack” Curry, Lorraine Herosy & Brian Curry. She is also lovingly and proudly survived by 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. 

Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Thursday, January 21 in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.), Revere at 11 a.m. All attendees are asked to report directly to church. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett will be held privately. A Celebration of Life will also be announced at a later date when it is safer for family and friends to gather in her memory.

A reminder: due to the ongoing pandemic, all attendees must wear masks and maintain social distancing. Temperatures will be taken prior to entering the church and all are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Hospice of the Fisher Home, 1165 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. To send online condolences, please visit   

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

Sharkey Zoulalian

March 22, 1923 – January 17, 2021

Sharkey (Djinivis) Zoulalian passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021 at Charlene Manor in Greenfield at the age of 97.

Sharkey was born on March 22, 1923 in Watertown to the late Hovhannes and Siranoush (Mahakian) Djinivis. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Zoulalian and is survived by her devoted children; George Zoulalian and his wife, Mary Ann of Jamaica Plan and Nancy Zoulalian and her husband, James Robertson of Easthampton. She was the loving grandmother of Stephen Major Zoulalian, the dear sister of Arshalous Ksayian of New Jersey and the late John Djinivis. She is also survived by her niece, Siobhan Hutchinson.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and public safety concerns, funeral services and interment are private. In lieu of flowers donations may

be made to Rossetti-Cowan Senior Center, 25 Winthrop Avenue, Revere, MA 02151.

For online guestbook please visit

Betty Argenzio

Retired Revere Public School Nurse

Betty (Wert) Argenzio of Revere died on January 18.

The beloved wife of the late Vincent P., she was the devoted mother of Superintendent of Public Works, Paul Argenzio and his wife, Colleen of Revere and the late Mark and Ronald Argenzio; cherished grandmother of Vincent, Kathryn and Laura; great-grandmother of Mark, Alexa, Brennan, David, Anthony and Emma; dear sister of the late Marilyn Harwin and loving aunt of Debra Doene and Steven Harwin.

Betty and Vincent met in Colorado while on a double date. Vincent was in the Air Force and Betty was in nursing school. Later they were married and raised their family in Revere. Betty was head nurse at Malden Hospital for a few years before becoming a school nurse in the Revere Public Schools. In her free time Betty enjoyed gardening, crocheting, coin collecting and was an avid Red Sox fan.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Habitat for Humanity, 240 Commercial St, FL4 Boston, MA 02109 or Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, all services were held privately. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook please visit

Vincent “Big Vin” Cianciaruso

The Family He Built Was His Greatest Achievement

Vincent (“Big Vin”) Cianciaruso passed away on January 18 after a courageous battle with gastro-intestinal cancer in the loving presence of Pamela, his wife of 49 years.

“Big Vin” was born in Gaeta, Italy but he was as American as apple pie, having spent his entire career as a laborer with the Laborers’ Union Local #151 proudly helping build most major high-rises in Cambridge and downtown Boston.

His greatest achievement, however, was the family he built.  Always in his heart were his two sons, Vincent (“Little Vin”), Billy, and daughter, Trystan.  He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, TJ, Alex, and Abby Cianciaruso.

Due to precautions surrounding Covid-19, services will be held at a later date when it is safe to gather.   

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Vincent Cianciaruso to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via

Jane Inglese

Her Life Was Filled With Family and Friends

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, January 23, from 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for Jane C. (D’Alessandro) Inglese who died on Thursday, January 14, at the Winchester Hospital, with her sisters by her side, after a courageous battle with Lung Cancer. She was 54 years old. A Funeral service will be held in the Funeral Home at 2:45 p.m., Interment will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all mandates and regulations will be in effect. Temperature checks, facial coverings, social distancing and a 25-person capacity.

Jane graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1984. Most of her working career was in the restaurant industry, both as a waitress and a bartender. Her personality and wit kept her customers happy and coming back.

Unfortunately, due to declining health, she was forced to no longer work. Her life was filled with family and friends who loved her and will miss her.

The beloved daughter of the late Robert A. “Della” D’Alessandro and Geraldine A. (Mugford) D’Alessando, she was the cherished and loving sister of JoAnn M. Carr and her husband, Robert of No. Reading, Judith A Bonacci of Peabody, Janet E. D’Alessandro of Saugus, Julianne Dulong and her husband, Lawrence of Billerica and Christopher A. D’Alessandro of Boston; the mother of Amanda M. Inglese of Manchester, NH and Lauren J. Breen and her husband, Paul of Beverly. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

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