Loving Husband, Wonderful Father and Grandfather Who Cherished His Whole Family
Robert “Bob” Roberto of Revere died on January 30 at the age of 80.
He was the loving husband of the late Angela (Diecidue) Roberto; beloved son of the late Angelo H. Roberto and his wife, Mildred F. (Salamone); devoted father of AnnMarie Lepore of Revere, Robert Roberto and his wife, Cheryl of Saugus, Lisa Rusconi and Michael Roberto and his wife, Lori, all of Revere; cherished brother of Gerard Roberto of Wakefield, Richard Roberto and his wife, Maureen of Florida, John Roberto and his wife, Joann of Wilmington, James Roberto of Dedham; cherished grandfather (Pa) of Angela, Tiffany, Nicole, Michael, Robert, Jennifer, Christopher, Mikey, and Leah. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Bob was a loving husband, a wonderful father and grandfather who cherished his whole family.
His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere Saturday February 6 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance with capacity limits (masks and social distancing are required). Relatives and friends are kindly invited. A visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Susanne (DiMattio) Goodrich of Revere passed away on January 29 at the age of 70.
Born in Winthrop on November 15, 1950 to the late Edward DiMattio Jr. and Angelina (Lombardi), she was the cherished wife of Albert Goodrich and is also survived by many loving family members.
A Visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday, February 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Capacity limits will be enforced and masks and social distancing are required. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere at 12 noon (names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance.) Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.
Patricia Anne Aiello
Time With Family Mattered Most
Patricia Anne Aiello, 78, of Andover, passed away on Tuesday, January 26 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a courageous five and a half year battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was the beloved wife of Lawrence P. Aiello, Sr., with whom she shared over 60 wonderful years of marriage; beloved daughter of the late Salvatore and Josephine (Oborski) Panarello,
Patricia was born in Boston and raised in Revere. She attended Merrimack College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Patricia first met Larry during high school when they both worked at Stop & Shop Supermarket. In 1960, they married and settled in Revere and then moved to Andover in 1973, where they raised their four children.
Strong in her Catholic faith, Patricia was an active member of St. Augustine’s Parish, where she taught Religious Education and was always willing to help as needed. She was part of the initialstart-up of the Andover Recycling Committee along with other town committees. She loved to go to Ogunquit Beach, ME, where she enjoyed flying kites on the beach and spending time with her family.
She enjoyed swimming in her pool, flowers, gardening and dancing. Pat was always the first one out on the dance floor with Larry.
Time with family was what mattered most to Patricia, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to cook traditional Italian and Polish foods for her family and friends. She also loved to travel, having taken trips to Europe, Hawaii and Ireland, where she and Lawrence went for their fifty-ninth anniversary.
For the past six years she led her family’s annual cancer walk team named “Nana’s Ninjas” and raised over $25,000 for the Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Foundation.
Along with her parents, Patricia was pre-deceased by her sister, Maryellen McLaughlin and her brother-in-law, Kenneth. Patricia will be deeply missed by her husband, Lawrence P. Aiello; children, Patricia O’Leary and her husband David of North Andover, MA, Susan Cavanaugh and her husband William of Hampstead, NH, Lisa Aiello-Slayton, of Andover, MA, and Lawrence P. Aiello Jr., and his wife, Alison of Hampstead, NH; brother William Panarello and his partner Carol Norton of Marblehead; grandchildren: Andrew MacMillan and his wife, Abby, Ashley MacMillan and her fiancé. Andrew Nelson, Maria Aiello, Megan Aiello, Victoria Slayton, David O’Leary, Michael Slayton, Joseph Aiello, and Melissa Cavanaugh; great-grandchildren, Josephine Nelson, Ava MacMillan; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend a visitation between the hours 4 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, February 3 at Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley Street, Methuen. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Patricia at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 4 at St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover. Interment will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Patricia’s memory to the Lustgarten Foundation at https://lustgarten.org/donate/
For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit www.cataudellafh.com.
Ralph F. Forgione, II
A Family Man
Funeral Services and interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett were held privately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, January 28 for Ralph F. Forgione, II, 87, who passed following a brief illness on Sunday, January 24 at his Revere residence in the presence of his loving God and devoted family.
Born and educated in Revere, he was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1951. In September of 1952, he enlisted in the US Air Force at the time of the Korean Conflict. Ralph served for four years and was discharged on Sept. 2, 1956 with the rank of Airman First Class.
He began a working career with J.N. Phillips Glass Co. as a glass glazier and quickly rose in position in the managerial department and retired in 1987, with 38 years of service. Ralph was born into an era of unmatchable work ethic, with the sole purpose of providing the very best for his wife and children. And to that, he did splendidly, enjoying beyond measure the little precious time he had with his wife and children. During his younger years, he maintained two and three jobs, he was indeed “a family man” barring none.
He was the most beloved husband of 62 years to the late Mary E. (McNamara) Forgione who passed on May 14, 2020, the cherished father to Ralph R. Forgione, III and his wife, Linda, Joan M. Forgione and her husband, Dennis Forgione, Thomas F. Forgione and Frederick J. Forgione, all of Revere and Edward R. Forgione and his wife, Sheryl of Winthrop. He is the very proud grandfather to Kasey L. MacLean and her husband, Robert of Scituate, Ryan Forgione and his wife, Jessica of Brighton, Lauren Ward and her husband, Benjamin of Sarasota Springs, New York, Amber Forgione of Revere, Adrianna Forgione of Chelsea, Laritza Forgione of Lynn, Priscila Forgione of Maui, Hawaii and Jake Forgione of Winthrop; dear brother of Richard Forgione of Revere and the late Robert Forgione. He is also lovingly survived by his great granddaughter, Charlotte MacLean and his faithful and caring brother-in-law and best friend and his wife, Thomas Rossetti and his wife, Ruth of Revere. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.
Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Retired RN Long Time Beth Israel Nurse Who Helped Launch the First Hospice in the Boston Area
Mary E. (Barry) Gesek, 89, of Point of Pines, Revere, passed away peacefully on January 23.
The beloved wife for over 50 years of the late Stanley F. Gesek, she was the daughter of the late James and Marion (Evans) Barry of Revere.
Born in Boston and raised in Revere, Mary graduated from Immaculate Conception High School and then received her R.N. from Chelsea Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. While raising her three children, she furthered her education with a B.S degree from Emmanuel College followed by a Masters degree in Social Work from Lesley College. Mary helped launch the first Hospice in the Boston area and spent many years working with the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and continued to work in the nursing field through her mid-seventies.
Mary and her husband, Stan loved to travel, often with their close circle of friends, and enjoyed many trips throughout the United States and Europe along with treasured memories of winter vacations in St Martin with their children and families.
Mary’s had a passion for reading, theater, and music, especially “Old Blue Eyes” concerts. She had a deep interest in politics and was a talented artist of many paintings cherished by her children.
She is survived by her three children: Christine Michelini of Marblehead, John Gesek and his wife, Sareen Sarna of Newmarket, NH, and Robert Gesek and his wife, Jane of Revere. Mary was a caring grandmother and held a special place in her heart and life for her grandchildren who will deeply miss her warmth and presence: Alex and Zachary Michelini and Gabrielle and Bianca Jayne Gesek. She will be missed by dear nieces: Marion Donahue, Mary Jane Kalinoski, and Susan Whitmyer Blanchard and their families as well as countless friends and colleagues. She was predeceased by two sisters, Elizabeth (Betty) Brack and Geraldine Whitmyer.
Mary’s kind spirit, love for family and friends, and contagious passion for life’s adventures will be missed by all. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to My Brother’s Table at mybrotherstable.org.
For condolences, visit: www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Her Humor, Great Laugh, Dedication and Strong Opinions Will Be Missed
Ellen T. (Soreff) Schneider, 81, of Revere, beloved wife of the late Walter “Paul” Schneider, died Jan. 26.
Born in Boston, Ellen was the daughter of the late Max and late Esther (Becker) Soreff. She was raised in Revere, surrounded by her loving and boisterous extended Jewish family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, who will be deeply missed.
She took care of so many people – through her professional ties in local and state government services and the DMV; by caring for her family, including her treasured Aunt Sally “Bubbie,” who Ellen called a second mother (and who called Ellen “the mayor” because she always knew people wherever they went); and through Ellen’s decades of volunteer work and leadership, especially with her adored son Mark, at the Revere League for Special Needs.
Ellen is survived by her sons, Mark Schneider and Michael Schneider, her grandchildren Connor and Katie, her dear cousin. Alan Cohen and his wife, Carole, sisters-in-law, Doris (the late Sheldon “Shelly”) Soreff, Cindy (the late Irwin) Soreff, and Myra (the late Arthur “Tutsy”) Soreff, and her cherished niece, Michelle Soreff LeFrancois, plus many relatives and friends.
We will miss Ellen’s humor (and great laugh), her dedication, and her strong opinions.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Revere League for Special Needs (200 Winthrop Ave, Revere, MA 02151), in memory of Ellen.
Due to COVID-19, private graveside services were held at Everett Cemeteries, with a public livestream online. For information and to share memories and condolences: TorfFuneralService.com/Obituaries.html.
Janice Marie Guyer
The Ultimate Caregiver
Janice Marie (Abate) Guyer, 86, of Salem passed away suddenly, after a brief illness, on January 26 with her family at her side.
Born April 14, 1934 to Arthur and Mae Abate in Boston, she was raised in East Boston then Revere. Janice was a proud graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1951. Her first step into the outside world was as a stewardess (a proper and proud term at the time) for Eastern Airlines, flying between Boston, New York and Montreal. She loved flying, and it kept her reasonably close to the love of her life, Gerald Guyer. They met at Revere High – she a drum majorette and he the star running back. Her total devotion to Jerry was unwavering over 60 years of marriage.
In 1966 Janice and Jerry moved their young family to the “country” 25 minutes north. Middleton, which at the time had more cows than people, was the perfect setting – a new development of 60 homes, all with young children, and a golf course within walking distance. Later in life she worked for many years in social services, managing incoming traffic at the Center for Addictive Behavior in Salem.
She never forgot a birthday or missed an opportunity to celebrate life’s many joys, and took great pride in buying the perfect gift and preparing special meals. Christmas was an especially happy time as she filled her home with family, friends, decoration, and good cheer.
Hosting parties was her passion – large amounts of Italian food and hospitality were thrust upon all who entered 13 Fuller Road. The ultimate caregiver, she spent her life providing support to anyone and everyone in need. Her example was beyond compare.
Janice lived the last year of her life at the Brookhouse Home and seemed never happier or more grateful. Her days there were spent with newfound friends, watching old movies, and enthusiastically participating in all the activities she could fit in a day.
Janice was predeceased by Jerry and her four siblings – Arthur (in WWII), Gerard aka Red, Gilda and Norma. She is survived by Wayne (and Jean) from Beverly, Keith (and Lorraine) from Grafton, and Eric (and Katie) from Georgetown, and eight grandchildren – Andrew, Dylan, Ryan, Kasey, Kelly, Evan, Julia and Christopher.
There is a private service with plans for a celebration of her life later in the year.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Brookhouse Home, 180 Derby St., Salem MA 01970 who take remarkable care of 35 women. Complete details at www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Her Love Will Carry on With Her Family
Funeral Services were held privately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, for Phyllis M. (Amato) Mirasolo, 94, who died at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, January 24.
Phyllis arrived in the United States at the age of three with her family. They settled in East Boston, where she was raised and educated. She married Leo Mirasolo and the couple began their family while in East Boston, then moved to Revere in 1956 where they remained.
Phyllis was a dedicated and hardworking homemaker, proudly raising her children and caring for her family. She had many talents and cooking was at the top of the list. It gave her great joy to make many delicious meals but she also enjoyed seeing her family and friends enjoying them. She was a gifted seamstress who could make outfits, dresses, replicate something and repair anything. She and her husband enjoyed traveling extensively throughout Europe, Hawaii, the West Coast, Aruba, the Bahamas and Florida.
Phyllis always enjoyed being surrounded by all her family for any event. She would knit many wonderful blankets and children’s sweaters for many of her close relatives. Her love will carry on with all her family.
The devoted wife of 73 years to Leo F. Mirasolo of Revere, she was the loving mother of Ret. Revere Patrolman Joseph L. Mirasolo of Groveland, Leonard F. Mirasolo and his wife, Ann Marie of Saugus and Lisa A. Mirasolo of Revere; cherished grandmother of Michelle L. Korisianos and her husband, Peter of Peabody, Stephen J. Mirasolo and his wife, Nicole of Groveland, Meghan Allen and her husband, Edward of Melrose and Brian W. Mirasolo and his fiancé, Sheila Jameson of Wakefield; adored great grandmother of Gianna, Ava, Alexa and Georgia; dear sister of Concetta “Connie” Pace and the late Fannie Marotta, Frances Vadala and Joseph Amato. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery – Sheffield Community Mausoleum. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, is most honored to have assisted the family in completion of funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.
Burton W. Gerrig of Revere passed away peacefully in his home in Ashland on January 28 at the age of 92 with his daughter by his side.
By the many who knew him, he was known as Burt, Barry or Lefty and as Pa by his beloved grandchildren.
Burt was born in Revere on March 19, 1928, the son of Samuel and Rose Gerrig. He was the husband of the late Marcia Gerrig and father to his wonderful sons, Robert and the late Daniel Gerrig, and his cherished daughter, Jennifer. Burt grew up in Revere, and raised his children in Marblehead. He was a veteran of the Korean War, an Attorney, and a trusted friend to many. He spent most of his life practicing law in both Chelsea and Revere where many came to know him as Lefty and he would often be seen walking the streets of Chelsea with a newspaper in hand. Burt was a loyal and trusted friend to many of those who had the pleasure of meeting him.
Burt was adored by his five grandchildren: Craig, Christopher and Brian Walsh of Medway and Aylon and Ariella Gerrig of Leesburg, VA. He had no greater joy than watching his grandchildren’s endeavors, whether it was football, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, tennis or acting. You would often see Burt strolling the sidelines or cheering them on from the stands with a proud grandfather’s voice.
Funeral Service and shiva will be private.
Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for Cynthia A. (Dougherty) Gannon, 83, who passed on on January 18 in the loving and caring presence of her family.
She was a retiree of the First National Bank of Boston and Metropolitan Credit Union of Chelsea.
The beloved wife of the late Mathew R. “Rick” Gannon, she was the devoted mother to Retired Boston Police Lt. Richard J. Gannon and his wife, Donna of Rowley and Suffolk Deputy Sheriff, Michael P. Gannon and his wife, Connie of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Samantha Gannon of Dallas, TX and Jeffrey Gannon of Lynnfield. She is also lovingly survived by many caring friends and extended family. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Lake St., West Peabody.
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. To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.