Obituaries 05-05-2021

Maria DiPascale

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

Maria G. DiPascale, 83, Sarasota, FL formerly of Revere, MA died April 13, 2021.

She was born April 4, 1938, in Rome, Italy to the late Maria and Otto Mini. She was a Mutuel Teller at Suffolk Downs Racetrack for over 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband Pietro DiPascale. Survivors include her daughters Tina Brenes of Sarasota and Barbara Richardson of Bradenton; sons Danny DiPascale and Marco DiPascale of Sarasota, FL; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial Donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Disease Research Foundation dba Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Wellesley Hills, MA.

Richard Giordano

Boston University Police Officer for 37 years

Richard Giordano of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on April 30 at the age of 75.

Richard worked as a police officer for 37 years at Boston University. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching war movies, old westerns and shows on military history. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The cherished son of the late Albert and Serafina (Castorina) Giordano, he was the beloved husband for 35 years of Patricia (Jones), devoted father of Stacey Zolla and her husband, Christopher of Derry, NH, Richard Giordano and his wife, Kristen of Pelham, NH, loving step-father to Robin Noble of Wakefield, Melissa Haugh and Jeffery Blanchard, both of North Carolina. He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery on Friday, May 7 at 11 a.m. For guest book, please visit

Carmine Pettinicchio, Jr.

Well-Known Revere Mechanic

Funeral Services were held privately for Carmine L. “Chuckie” Pettinicchio, Jr., 56, who passed away on April 25     following a courageous two-year battle with ALS.

Born on February 9, 1965, the son of the late Carmine Pettinicchio and Eileen (Desmond) Pettinicchio of Revere, he is survived by his dear brother, James “Jimmy” and his wife, Barbara of Revere and the dear uncle to James and Tayla Pettinicchio and great uncle to Giovanni Pettinicchio, all of Revere.

Chuckie was a well known  mechanic in and around the City of Revere. He loved life and for the past two years he battled ALS with pride and courage and fought hard till the end of his life.

Remembrances may be made to the ALS Association – Massachusetts Chapter, 685 Canton Street, Suite 103, Norwood, MA 02062.

To send online condolences, please visit 

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

Carlo Franzese

Of Revere

Carlo Franzese of Revere passed away on April 30 at the age of 91.

Born in Naples, Italy on October 19, 1929 to the late Andrea and Louise (Dell’Avesano),  he was the beloved husband of the late Emma (Todisco), dear brother of Giuseppe Franzese, and the late Mario Franzese and Paolo Franzese, all from Italy and cherished uncle of Gary Clemons, Wesley Clemons, Marie Baker, Kathleen Brodie, Cynthia Gill, Dolores Webber, Wayne and Joseph Dupont and many surviving nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere today, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service in the funeral home at 12 noon. Capacity limits are in effect. Masks and social distancing are required in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit

Joseph DiGianni, Jr.

Dedicated Family Man

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church in Revere on Monday, May 3 for Joseph R. DiGianni, Jr., 88, who died on Wednesday, April 28 at the Massachusetts General Hospital following a brief illness. Services concluded with interment and Military Honors in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Joe was born in Everett, raised and educated in Chelsea and was a graduate of Chelsea High

School, Class of 1950. He went on to Boston College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Accounting. Joe enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged following his faithful service to his country.

On September 12, 1959, he married Marie (Reddington), sharing over 61 years of marriage. The couple began their family and moved to Revere in 1967 where they remained.

Joe had a wonderful education and a true knack for business. He worked at Raymond Silver, later becoming Towle Manufacturing & Syratech. He worked there throughout all the buyouts and personnel changes because he was an asset to the company. Joe was in the accounting department and salesforce. His steadfast personality and knowledge is what made him such value to the company. He retired after 49 years of dedicated and proven service.        

His love for family was most important to him. Joe was a dedicated family man through and through. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother. He and his wife enjoyed some traveling in their later years to Italy and the Midwest. He was an avid reader, especially political books being his favorite reads.

The beloved husband of 61 ½ years to Marie C. (Reddington) DiGianni of Revere, he was the loving father of Linda M. Hunter, Michael E. DiGianni, Sr. and his companion Donna Hoey, all of Revere and Richard J. DiGianni of Everett; devoted son of the late Joseph R. DiGianni, Sr. and Clara A.

(Scarpetti) DiGianni); cherished grandfather of Joseph J. DiGianni of Everett, Michael E. DiGianni, Jr., Kristian Anderson, Brittani Anderson and Kayla DiGianni, all of Revere; adored great grandfather of Dylan, Luna, Addison and Ariella; dear brother of Donna Pantano and her husband, Alfred of Saugus and the late Vincent A. DiGianni and his wife, Margaret E. DiGianni of Peabody. He 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.    

To send online condolences or for more information, please visit 

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

Karen Hoffman

Registered Nurse

Karen C. (Cotter) Hoffman, formerly of Revere and Swampscott, died on April 18 in Golden, Colorado following a long illness and in the loving presence of her God and family.

Karen was born in Revere to Phil “The Chief” and Pat C. “Nana” Cotter, she attended Mt. St. Joseph Academy before earning her nursing degree at UMass Amherst.

Putting that degree to use, she worked in Boston and then moved to Steamboat, CO to pursue skiing and nursing. It was there that she met her husband and lifelong ski partner, Jeff, with whom she had two adoring children, Drew and Jessa. She continued her education earning her master’s in nursing administration at the University of Colorado and then worked as the Director of Nursing in Steamboat. Karen’s nursing career touched many people and forged many friendships that she held dear over these last few years.

She was the beloved wife of Jeffrey Hoffman, cherished mother of Drew and Jessa of Denver, CO; dear sister of Trisha C. Nagle and Dr. Janis M. Cotter, both of Swampscott and Philip J. Cotter and his wife, Alice of Revere and the late Susan E. Coughlin and her surviving husband, Robert H. Coughlin of Wilmington; devoted daughter to the late Philip M. “The Chief” and the late Patricia “Nana” (Hennebery) Cotter. She is also lovingly survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the family, in most sincere regard to the welfare of the anticipated large group of mourners, held private services including interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at The Vista at Applewood Golf Course in Golden, CO. We invite anyone who was touched by Karen’s love to join us on this date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a remembrance to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or the Denver Harlequins Wheelchair Rugby Team ( 

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere are honored to have assisted the family with local funeral arrangements. Please visit

Patricia Anne Riley

She Cared Generously, Loved Greatly and Prayed Often

Patricia Anne Riley of Plymouth, formerly of Revere, passed away on April 29 surrounded by her loving family.

Patricia was born on July 22, 1946 in Waltham to the late Lincoln J. and Blanche P. (Dodge) Chinchillo. She worked in the Human Resource Department for the Department of Defense until her retirement. In addition to being an avid gardener, she was a masterful scrabble player who also loved solving crossword puzzles. She relished walks on the beach and playing card and board games with her entire family. She cared generously, loved greatly, and prayed often.

She was the wife of Albert “Al” F. Riley, loving mother of Judith Dixon and her husband, Scott of Lynn, Joseph Galvin and his wife, Karen of Wilmington and Joy Leone and her husband, John of Revere; Proud Nanny of Scott Dixon, Jr. and his wife, Chantal, Allison Dixon, Kristina, Julia, and Joseph Galvin, Joseph, Nicholas, John, Steven, Andrew, and Matthew Leone; sister of A. Robert Chinchillo and his wife, Elaine, Diane Kelly and her husband, Lance, and the late Gary Chinchillo. She also leaves her sister-in-law, Patsy Chinchillo as well as many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at St. Bonaventure Church, 803 State Road, Plymouth (Manomet). The burial will follow the mass at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Summer Street, Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s name may be made to St. Jude Child Research Hospital,  181 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI 02919 or

For more information or to sign the online guestbook, please visit

Anthony DeCata

Boston Globe Distributor and Longtime Fixture with His Twin Brother, at Dunkin’ Donuts on Shirley Avenue

Anthony J. DeCata of Revere died on April 29 at the age of 72.

The cherished son of the late Michael A. and Dorothy (Volpe) DeCata, he was the dear twin brother of Joseph DeCata of Revere, Elizabeth Polino and her husband, James of Winthrop, Paul DeCata of Swampscott and the late Ralph DeCata;  loving uncle of James Polino Jr, and Jonathan Polino and his wife, Miranda; adored great uncle of Dominic, Dante, Jonathan and Julian Polino. 

Anthony, and his twin Joseph were distributors of the Boston Globe and longtime fixtures at the Dunkin Donuts on Shirley Ave. Services were privately held under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home. At the family’s request, memorial donations may be made in Anthony’s name to the American Stroke Association, PO Box 417005, Boston MA 02241-7005

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