Obituaries 03-24-2021

Elaine DiSerio

Lifelong Advocate for Children

Elaine V. DiSerio of Revere passed away on March 20.

Elaine had a career in Child Protection with DCF and was a lifelong advocate for children. She was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1970 and Tufts University. She loved spending time with family and friends and in her spare time she enjoyed traveling, dancing, and Karaoke.

The devoted mother of Adriana DiSerio of Revere, she was the beloved sister of Joanne McLean and her late husband, John of Revere, Jacqueline “Jackie” Hanson of New Jersey, Catherine “Kiki” Catizone of Lynn, Mary Martin of Chelsea and the late Barbara Weatherly and her husband, Robert of North Carolina; dear lifelong friend of Linda Ciampa of East Boston.  She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere will be on Wednesday, March 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine’s memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St, unit B-102 Danvers MA, 01923 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at  For guest book, please visit

Sandra Stasio

Of Saugus

Sandra M. (Penta) Stasio of Saugus passed away on March 17. 

She was the loving daughter of Alyce Penta (McInnis) and the late William Penta, beloved mother of Joseph Stasio and his wife, Brianna and Tanya Stasio, dear sister of William Penta and the late Judith Forte, cherished aunt and guardian of Julianna Taylor and Adrianna Pesci. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor Sandra’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Saturday, March 27 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.  All services will be held in accordance to the Commonwealth of MA COVID-19 reopening regulations. For more information please visit

Robert ‘Bobby’ Gallo

Retired Boston Police Detective

Robert “Bobby” Gallo, 79, of East Boston passed away on March 18 surrounded by his children, grandchildren and beloved first wife, Lucille McCauley.

Bobby was the first of five children born to late Phyllis (Buonopane) Gallo and Marco Gallo on April 19, 1941;  PROUD FATHER to Doreen Blaisdell and her husband, Liam of Peabody, Cheryl A. Leon-McCormick and her husband, Thomas of Middleton and Robert P. Gallo and his wife, Natalie of North Reading; Stepfather to Lyn Macaskill and David Curcio; loving Papa to Nicolas and Ariana Blaisdell, Aaron, Naomi, and Andre Leon, Mia and Domenic Gallo; step-grandchildren, Brianna and Kylee Macaskill, and lastly, his beloved Chihuahua, Paco.

He is also survived by his brothers, Peter and Marco and sisters, Josephine Antico and Nancy Russell as well as his sister-in-law, Angela Ciulla, former wife, Marie Curcio, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who loved him dearly.

Bobby graduated from East Boston High and earned an associate degree from Bunker Hill Community College. He served in the United States Navy before going on to become an Officer and Detective for the Boston Police Department. After a 39-year tenure, he retired from the BPD.

Family always came first for Bobby. He loved life and left a lasting impression on everyone he met. Bobby will be deeply missed.

Visiting hours are at the Conway Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn Street, Peabody, Thursday, March 25, from 4 to 8 p.m.. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society at

Frank Romano

Retired Precision Machinist

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church on March 22 for Frank C. Romano, 87, a lifelong Revere resident, who passed away on March 15 in the presence of his God and family. He was 87 years old.

Frank was a Precision Machinist retiring after 25 years with Nevron Plastics.

The best friend and husband of 58 years to Elaine M. “Ginger” (Kirkpatrick) Romano, he was the Proud Dad to Michelle M. Romano of Revere, Kristina E. McDonald and her husband, Gary T. of San Lorenzo, CA, Laura J. Speliotis and her husband, James C. of Danvers; Special Papa to Kailee E. Speliotis and her companion, Aleks Nowicki of Connecticut and Alexandria L. Speliotis of Danvers. He is lovingly survived by his sister-in-law, Pauline L. Romano of Revere, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Frank is also survived by his faithful feline buddy, “Lorenzo.” He was the respectful son to the late Joseph Romano and Josephine (Marotta) Romano and brother to the late Henry P., Richard J. and Joseph F. Romano.

Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

In memory of Frank, remembrances may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 636 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135, Attn: Carol Mack.

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

To send online condolences, please visit

Joseph Fitzgerald

Retired Educator and True Family Man

Joseph T. “Joe” Fitzgerald, 89, of Middleton, formerly Peabody and Lynnfield, loving husband of Virginia T. (Deveney) Fitzgerald, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 18 at home with his family by his side.

Born in Lynn, Joe was the son of the late Michael and Catherine (Coleman)Fitzgerald. Raised and educated in Lynn, he was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Class of 1948.

As a veteran of the Korean War, Joe proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. Upon honorable discharge from the military, Joe continued his education at Boston College earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1963, followed by his Certification in Education at Salem State University. 

Joe embarked on an extensive and rewarding career as a Special Education Teacher with Lynn Public Schools until the time of his retirement in 1997. His devotion and commitment to give back to a community that nurtured him through his youth gave him joy as he tended to many generations of students over the years.

Extremely proud of his strong Irish heritage, Joe was proud to hold citizenship in both the United States and Ireland. He loved to visit with his family overseas where he valued their traditions, culture and basically, all things Irish.

Joe was a true family man, devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoyed raising his family and spending time vacationing at their home in Rangeley, Maine. Joe lived a simple life full of love and laughter and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, Virginia with whom he shared 65 wonderful years of marriage, Joe is survived by his son, Paul W. Fitzgerald and his fiancé, LeeAnn Pawlowski of Beverly, daughter, Jane F. Rizzo and her husband, Daniel of Revere, son, John M. Fitzgerald of Stratton, Maine, daughter, Virginia Ann Fitzgerald and her husband, Yoel Roznitsky of Arlington; grandchildren Hannah Rose and Lily Clare Roznitsky, Ryan and Nicholas Rizz, and sister, Claire Zinner of Salem as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Catherine “Gloria” Gill and brother-in-law to the late Robert Zinner and Frank Gill.

Joseph’s funeral services were held. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Lynn. Assisting the family with arrangements was the Peterson-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers. ​

Donations in Joseph’s memory may be made to American Legion Post 227, 69 River Street, Middleton, MA 01949. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit:

Richard Larivee

Co-Proprietor of Donlin Contractors

Richard A. Larivee, 75, died on Sunday, March 14 at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston. 

The husband of Linda Larivee with whom he shared fifty-one years of marriage, he was born in Salem, raised in Beverly and has been a resident of Revere for the past 51 years.

Richard was the co-proprietor of Donlin Contractors, a carpentry remodeling business.

The son of the late Neil and Norma (Knowlton) Larivee, in addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, Michelle McCormack and her husband, Corey of Revere and Susan Miller and her husband, Bryan of Malden; grandfather of Michael McCormack and Sarah Miller; brother of Robert Larivee of Beverly and Joyce Clohecy of Merrimac. He was predeceased by his brother, Neil Larivee and sister, Brenda Walton.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Boston at 

Services were private and provided by Bisbee Porcella Funeral Home.  For condolences

Dr. Thomas Franklin Hopkins

Distinguished Educator, Scientist, Medical Researcher and Beloved and Treasured Member of the Board of Directors of Building Bridges Through Music

Dr. Thomas Franklin Hopkins, 98, formerly of Salem, MA passed away on March 6, 2021.

Thomas was the eldest son of Thomas and Dorothy Hopkins. He was born on December 16, 1922 in Culpeper, Virginia, grew up in Revere and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1942. Upon graduation, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and served proudly during World War II in the Military Police of his Marine Corps unit ahead of his stint as a boxing coach for the Marine Corps, among other roles.

Following his service in the Marine Corps, he continued his education and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree from Brandeis University, and a PhD in Biology from Boston University. As a medical researcher at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, he became the first African-American laboratory investigator, whose work supported the Worcester Foundation’s development of the first female oral contraceptive.

He subsequently went on to teach Biology at the University of Connecticut. Finally, as Chairman of the Natural Sciences Department at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, he mentored PhD students and taught Biology as well as serving as the dean of the university’s honors program. He published countless scientific papers during his career in academia.

He was a beloved and treasured member of the Board of Directors of Building Bridges through Music, Inc.- a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization co-founded by his sister Virginia and niece Doreen. Thomas was an avid reader, writer, photographer, coin collector, inventor, and scientist until his passing. He loved nature and especially taking long walks along the beach at Salem Willows while residing in Salem.

Dr.Hopkins was preceded in death by his sister, Laura Dorothy Jones and brother, Sim Hopkins.

He leaves a daughter, Thea Hopkins of Somerville, sons: Thomas of Milton, Charles of Worcester, Michael Franti of San Francisco, CA, and Arthur of Smyrna, GA; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves his sister, Virginia, “Ginny”, of Reverewhom he adored, to cherish many shared memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that friends consider making a donation to Building Bridges Through Music in his memory.

Joseph Moscato

He Lived the American Dream and Brought Smile and Laughter to Everyone He Met

Joseph Moscato, 83, of Revere, passed away unexpectedly on March 14 surrounded by his family.

 Joe was born in in Mirabella Eclano, Italy on April 18, 1937, immigrated to the United States from Italy as a teenager with his family and lived the American Dream. A successful local business owner, he married the love of his life, took pride in his family’s successes, and never failed to bring smiles and laughter to everyone he met. Quiet, kind and always willing to lend a hand, he will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

The beloved husband of over 43 years to the late Rosamond F. (McInnis) Moscato, he was the son of the late Michele and Antonina (DeSimone) Moscato, cherished father of Annette M. Papia and her husband, Vincent of Revere, Joseph J. Moscato and his wife, Lisa of Kingston, NH and Jeanne M. Morello of Clermont, Florida; loving Papa of Kailey, Lauren and her husband, Jeffrey, Jessica, Andrew and his wife. Mariah, James and his wife Cassidy, Ryan, and Nicholas; dear brother of Phyllis Moscato and her late husband, Mario of Wakefield, Sandra Terramagra and her husband, Louis of North Andover, the late Antonio Moscato and his late wife, Julia and the late Lena Grassia. Joe is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 25 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere. Due to capacity limits, we ask that you keep your visit brief to allow others to pay their respects to the family. Masks and social distancing are required when entering the funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. His funeral service will be held on Friday, March 26 at Buonfiglio Funeral Home at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 10 a.m. (names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance). Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guestbook, please visit

Stephen Stofflet

February 18, 1958 — March 17, 2021

Stephen J. Stofflet, 63, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, March 17. 

A resident of Revere for the past 25 years, he was born in Boston and raised in Chelsea, a beloved son of the late Darlton J. and Joan M. (Helfrich) Stofflet. 

He attended Chelsea schools, worked as a warehouseman at a Chelsea furniture store, and has been retired for the past 20 years following a workplace injury.  

Stephen enjoyed his time with family and friends, singing karaoke and playing games of chance. 

He is lovingly survived by his twin sister, Susan Fetanat and her husband, Alex of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, his brother, William J. Stofflet and his wife, Jeanne of Taunton and sister, Nancy Bailey of Revere.   He was the cherished uncle of several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and is also survived by extended family members and friends.  

Visiting hours will be held in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea, today, Wednesday, March 24 from 9 to 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited.  Funeral Services will follow the visitation in the funeral home at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  All services will be held in accordance to the Commonwealth of MA Covid-19 Phase-IV regulations.            

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:

George Allen Pinksten

Retired Carpenter, Past President of State and National Federation of Bible Classes,  Certified Lay Speaker, Late Member of  I.O.O.F.

George Allen Pinksten entered eternal rest Sunday morning, March 21.  He was 96 years of age.

Born in Chelsea, the son of Edward T. and Elizabeth (King) Pinksten, when George was four years old, he returned to his parent’s home in Newfoundland, Canada.  George grew up in Canada and went to school there.

On May 8, 1943 he enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment of the Canadian Army.  PVT Pinksten was a WWII Veteran and was honorably discharged on August 4, 1945.  He returned to the United States in 1950.

George was a carpenter by trade. In 1988 he retired from Dupont in Billerica.  He was a late member of the Carpenters Union Local #218 in Boston, a Past President of State and National Federation of Bible Classes, a certified lay speaker, a late member of Zenith I.O.O.F #42 in Winthrop and an associated member of Everett I.O.O.F #136.  George enjoyed building boats and bowling as hobbies.

He was the beloved husband of Gladys Pinksten, devoted father of William A Pinksten, Carolyn M. Ranere and her husband, Ron, George L. Pinksten and his wife, Rosemary and Robert E. Pinksten and his companion, Julie Harrington; dear brother of Mildred J. Noftle and her husband, Ronald of Ontario, Canada and the late Edward T. Pinksten, John William Pinksten and Cecelia Thistle.  He is also, lovingly survived by four grandchildren: Jaclyn Ranere, Jared Ranere and his wife, Amanda, Megan Pinksten and her wife, Caitlin and Kristen Sherlock and her husband, William and also, loved by his five great-grandchildren: Adrian, Nathan, Charles, Graham and Shea.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Glendale United Methodist Church, 392 Ferry Street, Everett on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visitation will precede the service in the church from 10 to 11 a.m.  All attendees are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when greeting the family.  Services will conclude with Military Honors at the Church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Carafa Family Funeral Home in Chelsea.  We encourage family and friends to visit to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card.

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