Obituaries 03-03-2021

James Mulligan

Polaroid retiree

James Mulligan passed on February 13 at his Manchester, NH home after suffering dimentia.

 A former lifelong resident of Revere, he was born May 21, 1942 as the son of the late James and Loretta Mulligan.  He is survived by; his wife of over 40 years, Del and he was the brother to Irene Daley of Melrose, father of Christine, Doreen, Kim, Jame, and Michael (Mick), grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of five.  Jim was an Army veteran, retired Polaroid employee, an avid Red Sox fan who lived a casual lifestyle best described by Bogarts quote – “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz anyday.”  Jim’s passionate cheers and laughter will forever be missed but not ever forgotten.

Nancy DeMaino

Former Boston Globe employee and wife of late proprietor of DeMaino’s restaurant

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church for Nancy A. (Pisano) DeMaino, 91, who died in the presence of her God on Saturday, February 27 at her home in Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Nancy was born and raised in East Boston. She was educated in Boston Public Schools and attended East Boston High School. She was married to Nicolo DeMaino, the proprietor of DeMaino’s Restaurant in Revere and the couple had two children. In 1961, Nancy suffered the sudden loss of her dear husband, Nicolo and was faced with raising her two children as a single mother.

Nancy was a strong and brave woman who rose to the challenge. She also ran the family restaurant for several years before turning to a more stable career. She worked for the Boston  Globe for over 10 years and later returned to working at DeMaino’s Restaurant when her son Lenny owned and operated it.

Nancy was a very wise woman who always spoke her mind. Like a true friend, she always told you the truth, not just what you wanted to hear. She always put her family first, especially as a young mother who made her way through life on her own.

Nancy’s family will be forever grateful to the staff and nurses at the Prospect House for the professionalism, care and compassion that was demonstrated for their mother.

She was the beloved wife of the late Nicolo DeMaino; loving and devoted mother of Leonard N. “Lenny” DeMaino and his wife, Freida of Revere and Annette N. Abbas of Salem, N.H., and her late husband, Adam; cherished grandmother of four grandsons and great grandmother of six great grandsons and one great granddaughter; dear sister of Vito Pisano and his wife, Yvonne of Revere, Marion Kelleher of Lynn and her late husband, Edward and the late Virginia Perius. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please visit: www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

Edward DeMauro

Of Revere

Edward DeMauro of Revere died on February 26 at the age of 81. 

Edward proudly served his country in the United States Army. 

Born in Boston on June 7, 1939 to the late Vincent and Jenny (Chiota), he was the beloved husband of 59 years to Monica (Buettner), devoted father of Edward DeMauro and his wife, Michelle of Revere and Lauren Wilson and her husband, William of Saugus, formerly of Revere; cherished grandfather of Olivia DeMauro and brother of Robert DeMauro, Jean Allen and the late Jimmy DeMauro.  He is also survived by many dear friends.

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Thursday March 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited and masks and social distancing are required while in the funeral home.  We ask that you keep your visit brief to allow others to pay their respects to the family.  Interment will be at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem, MA 01970 or at www.neas.org.  For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

Vincent J. ‘Vinnie’ Blengs

He will be remembered for living life His way

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, March 6 for Vincent J. “Vinnie” Blengs, a lifelong resident of Revere, who passed away peacefully after a long battle with cancer at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers on February 25. He was 65 years old. Interment will be private.

Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing must be maintained in the funeral home. All attendees are required to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be checked prior to entering the funeral home. Only 25 people are allowed in the Funeral Home at one time. Guests are asked to visit briefly and to exit the funeral home to allow others to enter. A strict limit of 25 people in the funeral home will apply for the Funeral Service.

Vinnie was graduate of Revere High School, Class of ’74. His work as a painter and his taste for adventure took him around the world, making friends and memories everywhere he went. He will long be remembered for his sense of humor, his gift of storytelling, genuine kindness and ability to make anyone laugh in any situation.

He was the highlight of the family, a walking party who innately pulled anyone around him into his orbit of laughter and fun. But also, he had a soft spot in his heart for anyone less fortunate than himself, and could often be seen volunteering at food distribution sites for the homeless.

The cherished son of Laura Taglieri of Saugus and Sam Blengs of Revere and Pompano Beach, Florida, he was the beloved brother of Diane Blengs and her fiancé, Robert A. Flammia of Tewksbury and Jason Blengs of Middleton; adored uncle of William Walker of Saugus, Rachel Walker of Charlestown and David Walker of Medford. He also leaves behind his aunt and uncle, Judy and Bobby Anderson of Revere. He will be missed by many cousins and their children who will always remember him as the “fun cousin” as well as many, many friends. He was predeceased by his stepfather, Leo Taglieri of Saugus, his grandparents, Rae Smith, Ruth Howes, Josephine and Louis Blengs, all of Revere, his aunt and uncle, Florence and Al LaPorta of Revere and Vinnie and Terri Blengs of Dania Beach, Fla..

He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him and will no doubt think of him anytime they hear a Frank Sinatra song. Truly, one of a kind, and a man of unforgettable quirks, he will, above all else, be remembered for living life HIS way.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or by visiting      www.GBFB.org          Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals. To send online condolences, please

visit www.vertuccioandsmith.com.

 Nancy Pagliaro

She was happiest surrounded by her children and grandchildren

Nancy A. (Cogger) Pagliaro, 81, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on Thursday, February 25 at her home. 

The wife of the late Leonard Pagliaro, she was born in Winthrop, the daughter of the late John and Helen (Corbett) Cogger.  Nancy enjoyed going to Foxwoods, lunch with her friend Carol Barrett and spending time talking with her sister and brother.  She was happiest at home surrounded by her children and grandchildren. 

Nancy is survived by her four children: Lenore DiLiegro and her husband, Michael, Lisa O’Brien and her husband, Jack, all of Revere, Laureen Neil and her husband, William of Peabody and Leonard Pagliaro and his wife, Lauren of Swampscott; her eleven grandchildren: Amanda Fabiano, Alexa-Rae Carpinelli, Alandra Fabiano, Dylan and Dakota O’Brien, Nanci Haas, L.J. and Layla Pagliaro, Krystal Patch, B.J. and Brandon Neil: and her seven great-grandchildren: Leilani Carpinelli, Anthony Carpinelli, RJ Haas, Aliyah O’Brien, Ava Patch, Abby Patch and Christopher Neil;  her sister, Maureen Wilkie and her late husband. Joseph of Dracut and her brother, John Cogger and his wife. Barbara of Andover.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s name may be made to the American Liver Foundation liverfoundation.org.  

Private services were held.  For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com.

Michael Kearney

Devoted coach for many sports

Michael T. Kearney of Everett died on February 25.

He was the beloved father of Michael J. Kearney and his wife, Terri, Theresa Toma and her husband, Gerson and the late Mark Kearney and his surviving wife, Sharon; loving grandfather of Amanda, Tamara, Paige, Caitlin, Hayley, Michael, Matthew, Joseph and Anna; brother of Gerry Gillis and her late husband, Fred and the late Mary Fitzgerald. He is also survived by his grand-puppies, nieces, nephews and many good friends.

Michael graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 1947 and Northeastern University in 1954. He was a lifelong sports enthusiast as he grew up playing baseball, football and hockey then later on he played fast pitch softball including many years catching for the New Bridge Cafe. Along with playing, he was a devoted coach for many sports, one was baseball in which he coached from Little League to Junior Babe Ruth, American Legion and finishing up with Revere High School at the age of 83. Also, he coached football from the 1980’s until 2014 for Revere Pop Warner and Savio Prep, Malden Catholic High School and Revere High School and other local leagues. Michael will be remembered for his love of sports and animals. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

A Memorial Service will be held at Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral, 331 Main Street, Everett on Saturday, March 6. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. A Prayer Service will immediately follow in the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Mr. Kearney to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Rocco, Carr & Henderson Funeral Home: www.roccofuneralhomes.com

Anthony Alphonse Lavargna Jr.

Of Malden

Anthony Alphonse Lavargna, Jr. of Malden died on February 25 at the age of 60.

Born in Chelsea on July 17, 1960 to Anthony Lavargna Sr. of Malden and Patricia Sorrentino (Freda) and her husband, Anthony of Plymouth, he was the devoted father of Robert Lavargna of Imperial Beach, CA., cherished grandfather of Dominic Lavargna of California; dear brother of Leanne Trauger and her husband, Alex of Reading, Paul Lavargna of Malden and Lori Murphy and her husband, Richard of Marshfield; adored uncle of Anthony, Bianca, Nick, Elizabeth, Max, Christian, Jake and Mackenzie; cherished great uncle to Matthew Hamilton and dear nephew of Paul Lavargna of Malden. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere. Private Interment. For guest book please visit  www.buonfiglio.com

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Joseph Botticelli, Jr.

Longtime Sears Automotive employee

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church on Friday, February 26 for Joseph Botticelli, Jr., who died on Tuesday, February 23 at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital following a brief illness. He was 87 years old. Services concluded with entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery – Community Mausoleum, Malden.

Joe was a Revere native. He was educated in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1951. Shortly after High School, Joe enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Joe rose to the rank of Sargent and when he was honorably discharged, he earned the Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

Joe returned home after his proud service for his country and began a career in auto mechanics. He was very mechanically inclined in many facets. He also went to school to learn about aircraft mechanics. His passion was automobiles and he began a career at Sears Automotive that spanned 33 years.

He married the love of his life, Linda Alexander on January 21, 1962. The couple moved to Saugus, where they remained their entire marriage. Joe was always fixing things inside and outside the home and also working on cars. His fastidious nature, some would call obsessive, was more simply that he took care of his things.

One of Joe’s passions was horses, he loved them so much. He enjoyed riding them and owned one as well. He thought they were they most beautiful animal God created.

Joe and his wife were both dedicated and faithful parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Revere. He was a man of deep faith and love of God and a wonderful husband, brother, uncle and friend.

The loving and devoted husband of 59 years to Linda (Alexander) Botticelli of Saugus, he was the beloved son of the late Joseph Botticelli, Sr. and Elinor Helen (Cataldo) Botticelli, cherished brother of Marie S. McAveeney of Leesburg, FL and her late husband, Thomas B. and treasured brother-in-law of Alfred L. “Freddie” Alexander and his wife, Carol of Chicago, IL and Rennie Alexander and his wife Gail P. of North Reading. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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

Joseph ‘Digger’ (DeGulielmo) Williams

Military veteran, attorney, avid golfer, loving husband and father

Joseph “Digger” (DeGuglielmo) Williams of Malden, 79, peacefully passed away of natural causes on February 22. 

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph DeGuglielmo and Maria Assunta (Januario) DeGuglielmo of Revere; his siblings Victor DeGuglielmo, Carmine DeGuglielmo, Lucy Cifuni and Jeannie “Chickie” Carbone and wife Lana Canavan Williams.  He is survived by his children: Robert DeGulielmo, Matthew Williams, Amy Neal and grandchildren, Jake Neal and Rebecca Neal. 

Joe attended Revere High School, received his undergraduate degree at Boston College, and graduated from Suffolk Law School.  He was a military veteran, attorney, avid golfer, loving husband, and father. Throughout his life he remained close to his high school and college friends who describe him as unselfish, generous, gregarious, close to brilliant, unwavering, faithful and an all-star athlete.  His childhood dream was to play third base for the Boston Red Sox. Joe spent many years in Bedford, NH raising a family with Lana while running a successful law practice.  He formed life-long relationships with neighbors, friends, and business partners. 

At Joe’s request, no service will be held.  Donations may be made to the Revere Beach Partnership, www.reverebeachpartnership.com or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org  For guest book please visit www.buonfiglio.com

John Alesio Perrella, Jr.

Massachusetts  Bay Transportation Authority retiree

John Alesio Perrella, Jr., lifelong resident of Revere, died on February 24 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 71. 

John relished in the time he spent with his family and would do anything for them.  He was a driver and collector for the M.B.T.A. before his retirement. John enjoyed the countless trips he took with his friends on his Harley Davidson. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. 

Born in Revere on April 30, 1949 to Marie (Frongillo) of Revere and the late John Perrella, he was the beloved husband of 36 years to the late Janis (Wood).  John has spent the last 12 years with his partner, Diane Selvitella.  He was the devoted father of Lori Farrington of Connecticut, Leanne Perrella and her fiancé, Robert Pagliarulo of New Hampshire, Anthony Perrella and his fiancé, Michelle Onessimo of Rever, and the late John Perrella III; dear brother of Janice Modica of East Boston and Kenneth Perrella and his wife, Nancy of Revere and the cherished grandfather of 10.  He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.  For guest book, please visit www.buonfiglio.com.

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