Obituaries 09-01-2021

Anna Robnik

Retired Waitress at Hilton Hotel at Logan Airport

Family and friends are invited to attend a Visitation in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere today, Wednesday, September 1, from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Anna L. (Zampanti) Robnik who died peacefully on Thursday, August 26 in her home, surrounded by her loving family following a long illness. She was 87 years old. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home following the visitation at 1 p.m., immediately followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Anna was born in Boston and raised and educated in East Boston. She married her husband, John R. Robnik and the couple remained in East Boston where they began to raise their family. They moved to Revere over 50 years ago.

Anna worked as a waitress at the Hilton Hotel at Boston Logan International Airport for 34 years until she retired. She was a charismatic woman who had a great personality and quick wit. Her customers loved her for her humor, excellent service and the honest attitude you got, whether you liked it or not. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was everything to her.

The devoted wife of the late John R. Robnik, Sr., she was the loving mother of Cheryl A. Evans of Revere and the late Paula A. Reardon and John R. Robnik, Jr., cherished grandmother of Christopher M. Evans of Revere, Lauren A. Reardon of Ashland and Chase A. Reardon of Lakeville; dear sister of Angela Reynolds of Norfolk, VA, the late Joseph Zompanti and his surviving wife, Joanne D’Angelo of Winthrop, Helen Angelini, Rose Barrasso, Antonette Azzarita, Theresa Weaver and Catherine Zompanti. She is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

To send online condolences or for more information, please visit

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

Mario Cardinale

Retired Boston Police Officer

Mario S. Cardinale, 91, of Middleton, formerly of East Boston, Revere and Boca Raton, FL passed away on Sunday, August 29. 

Mario was a Boston Police Officer for 27 years retiring in 1993.  He loved watching the New England Patriots.  While growing up in East Boston, he played handball at the Paris Street gym and was an avid bowling and bocce player.  He will be missed by all. 

The beloved husband of the late Dolores A. (Suarez), he was the loving father of Carol Rogers and Richard A. Cardinale and his wife, Diane; adored grandfather of Suzanne

Peters and her spouse, Tarra, Lesley Rogers-Do and her husband, Trung, Laura Rogers and her fiancé, Ken and Richard and Michael Cardinale; cherished great-grandfather of Jordan Turcotte; caring brother of the late Joseph, John, Salvatore, Anthony, Katherine and Elizabeth; caring brother in law of Mercedes Politano and her husband, Joseph and Camille Casarano and her late husband, Anthony.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mario’s life by gathering in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Friday, September 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service in our Chapel of the Resurrection at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Middleton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting  For guestbook and directions, please visit

Paul Marcinowski

Proprietor of P&D Convenience on Ocean Avenue in Revere

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday, August 28 in St. Anthony of Padua Church for Paul F. Marcinowski, 70, of Revere who died unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, August 23. Services concluded with Military Honors.

Paul was born in South Boston and the family later moved to Malden, where he was raised. He was educated in Malden Public Schools and was a graduate of Malden High School, Class of 1968.

During his youth, he played the trumpet and was a member of Malden Drum & Bugle Corps.

Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard serving his country for six years.

He married his one true love, Donna L. Cafarelli in 1971 and Paul and Donna recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Paul was the proprietor of P & D Convenience Store on Ocean Avenue in Revere for over 16 years. He also had a catering business within the store, a passion of his which was he loved to cook.    

He had a personality that captured people and he made friends very easily. He was the kind of man who would help anyone and he would go to great lengths to help resolve their problems.

Paul was a very artistic man and had an incredible flair for cooking, a talent for writing poems and a beautiful voice for singing. He would very often sing at family functions and weddings. In his younger days, he was one of the lead vocals in his band. His talents were unassuming because of his mild and humble demeanor. Paul also loved the beach and warm weather and was an avid walker on the beach.

He was the loving and devoted husband of 50 years to Donna L. (Cafarelli) Marcinowski of Revere, the dear brother of Thomas E. Marcinowski, Sr. and his wife, Margaret of Rocky Point, NC, formerly of Everett; beloved son of the late Edward and Julia (Pannese) Marcinowski, cherished uncle of Thomas E. Marcinowski, Jr and his wife, Kimberly “Missy” of Wilmington, NC, Michael C. Marcinowski and his wife, Deborah of Rockland, Michael Joseph Marcinowski and his wife, Ingrid of Orlando, FL, Carol Marcinowski of Rocky Point, NC, Lisa Marcinowski of Rocky Point, NC and Steven Marcinowski of Wilmington, NC; loving brother-in-law of Leonard G. Cafarelli of Revere, Arlane L. Zagami and her husband, Peter of Alton Bay, NH and the late Diane M. Ceruolo. Paul is also lovingly survived by many other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many dear friends.

Remembrances may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

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

Virginia LeClair

Affectionately Known as “Aunty” to Many Young and Old

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, August 30 in St. Anthony of Padua Church for Virginia M. (Fay) LeClair, 78, affectionately known as “Aunty” to many children and adults. “Aunty” passed following a valiant struggle with leukemia and kidney disease at Boston Medical Center on Wednesday, August 25.

Born in Boston and a proud lifelong Revere resident for all of her 78 years, she attended Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1961. While a student at Revere High School, she worked part-time in her mom and dad’s restaurant, “The Prospect Grill” in Revere. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fay (Edward C. and Mabel E. (Bunnell) Fay operated the restaurant for nearly 20 years. Virginia was a “Dynamic Personality, waiting on tables, cleaning and yes, sometimes asked to hone her cooking skills. The restaurant was a landmark within Revere.

Virginia moved on and sought waitress positions locally at the “Barn Deli” Restaurant. Then after falling in love with Carl E. LeClair, Sr. and the advent of a large family of six, she became a stay at home “Mom” until the youngest was of age. Then she returned to the work force, part-time and multi skilled.

Both, Virginia and Carl had a proud and stalwart association with their church, St. Anthony of Padua Church of Revere for many, many years. She was a devotee of the game of “Bingo” and suddenly found herself “in charge” and also a “Senior caller” for over 200 anxious senior players. Only Virginia could handle such a feat. Liturgically, she was appointed lector and was dedicated to that position at St. Anthony’s.

Virginia also worked for over 20 years at the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, helping with maintaining the interior of the funeral home, in which she took great pride.

Besides her beloved husband of 59 years, Carl E. LeClair, Sr., she was the devoted mother of Carl E.LeClair, Jr. and his fiancé, Denise A. Killoren of Stoneham, Rosanne E. Frongillo and her husband, Vincent of Saugus, Marie V. Fronduto of Lynn and Michael A. Fronduto of New Hampshire, April J. DeLuca and her partner, Christine MacInnally of Lynn, Derek A. LeClair of Revere and the late Cheryl A. Ferragamo. Thirteen proud and faithful grandchildren also survive Virginia as well as five great grandchildren and one on the way. She was the dear sister of Diane Crowley and her late husband, Michael of Marshfield, Donald Chapman and his wife, Myrna of Summerside, P. E. I., Canada and the late Grace E. Cutillo and her late husband, Frank R., the late Edward C. “Eddie” Fay, Jr. and his surviving wife, Dolores Fay of Allenstown, NH and the late Joseph E. Fay and his late wife, Lillian. Virginia is also lovingly survived by her closest friends: Dottie “Missy” Bernstein and her husband, Stephen of Saugus and Lorraine Todisco and Joann Giannino, both of Revere. Many caring nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive Virginia as well as an uncountable number of extended family and friends.

Remembrances may be made to the Rose Ferron Foundation of Rhode Island, 339 Arnold St., Woonsocket, RI 02895. The Rose Ferron Foundation of R.I., is very special to the LeClair Family, as they have spent many years of fundraising and prayer times for this most worthy cause.

To send online condolences, please visit www.vertuccioandsmith.       

Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of her dear friends and family at the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Clara Cacciola

Former Revere Resident Who Was Loved and Appreciated by Many

Clara M. (Jensen) Cacciola, formerly of Revere, passed away peacefully on August 26 at her daughter’s home in Arizona.

Clara loved boating and seafood while she lived on the East Coast as well as cooking, trying new restaurants and traveling with family and friends while living on the West Coast. She was loved and appreciated by so many during her lifetime.

Clara was born in Revere on February 12, 1932 to the late Peter and Anna (Keates) Jensen. She was the devoted wife of the late Peter B. Cacciola, beloved mother of Steven Cacciola and his wife, Andrea of Saugus and Joanie Cacciola and her husband, Timothy Bryant of Arizona along with her two devoted step granddaughters, Courtney and Brittany Bryant; dear sister of the late Peter C. Jensen, Roberta “Babe” Melone and her late husband, Fred and she is also survived by four loving nieces and three furry grandchildren who made her laugh and smile all the time. Clara loved boating and seafood while she lived on the East Coast as well as cooking, trying new restaurants and traveling with family and friends while living on the West coast.

All services were held privately.  Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to For guest book, please visit

Anthony Polidoro

He Will Forever Be Remembered for His Kindness and Infectious Laugh

Anthony Polidoro, 59, of Deltona. FL, formerly of Revere, passed away on Friday, August 27. He was born on August 12, 1962 and was the son of Joseph and Carmela Polidoro. 

Anthony’s love for cars and cooking for his family, as well as fishing and hunting with his friends, brought him the most joy in his life.

Anthony  will forever be remembered  for his kindness and infectious  laugh; he certainly  knew how to light up a room. 

Anthony  is survived by his parents, Joseph and Carmela (Fusco) Polidoro; Sister, Linda (Polidoro) Trapane, her husband, Paul and their children, Olivia and Michael; Brother Joseph Polidoro Jr and his wife, Lisa and their children, Joseph III and Gabriella as well as  many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to visit at the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, September 4  from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 12 Noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorial     contributions  in Anthony’s name, may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research  Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to a charity of your choice.

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