Obituaries 10-27-2021

Joan DeStefano

Revere School Department Retiree

Joan M. (DiModica) DeStefano of Revere passed away peacefully on October 20 at 90 years of age.

Joan’s tireless dedication to her family and extended family was evident in everything she did. She was anchored by her Catholic faith and never missed Sunday Mass.  Joan was a proud member of the Revere School Department for many years before her retirement in 1994. 

Joan was born to the late Philip and Mary (Coco) DiModica and was the beloved wife of 70 years to the late Edward J. DeStefano, Sr., cherished mother of Jane Murphy and her husband, Robert of Melrose, Denise Cole and her husband, Mitchell of Peabody, Edward DeStefano Jr. and Michael DeStefano and his wife, Rosemarie, all of Revere; cherished grandmother of Sarah Murphy and her husband, Adrian Haimovich, Robert Murphy, Julia DeStefano, Christopher Cole and Sophia DeStefano; adored great-grandmother of Luca Haimovich and dear sister of Marie Fallon of Revere and the late Frank, Domenic, Joseph and Catherine DiModica, Rose Carroll, Carmela Doherty, Frances Dakin and Celia Kelleher. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St, Revere at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 29 (Masks are requested upon entrance to church). Private Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.  For guest book, please visit

Dr. Albert A. Bonasoro, Jr.

a.k.a. ‘Dr. B’ — Practiced Dentistry in Revere for More Than 40 Years

Dr. Albert A. Bonasoro, Jr, 79, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on October 21. 

Born in Revere on October 2, 1942 to the late Albert Bonasoro Sr. and Lucy (Lenci), he was the cherished brother of Elisa Cowhig and her husband, Vincent of Wenham and the late Vern Bonasoro; adored uncle of Elizabeth Cowhig and her husband, Paul Rowe of Billerica and Sean Cowhig of Los Angeles and is also survived by his dearest friends: Darlene, Darice and Karen. 

He proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Army after attending the University of Pennsylvania.  Albert, who was also known to his many patients as “Dr. B,” practiced dentistry for over 40 years in the City of Revere.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. 

A Visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 12 noon in the funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment with Military Honors will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Association at or to The Greater Boston Food Bank at  For guest book please visit

Marilyn Bruno

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Marilyn D. (Umbro) Bruno, 84, of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20.

The beloved wife of the late Kenneth A. Bruno, she was the devoted mother of Ken Bruno and his wife, Gloria of Saugus and Mark Bruno and his loving companion, Janet Funari; dear sister of Camille Tuttavilla of East Boston, Richard Umbro of Malden, Elizabeth Cavallaro of Lynnfield and the late Rocco and Anthony Umbro and cherished grandmother of Michael, Laura, Jessica and Gina. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends will honor Marilyn’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Thursday, October 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Saint Joseph – Saint Lazarus Church, East Boston for a Funeral Mass celebrating her life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Marilyn being laid to rest with her beloved husband, Kenneth, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. 

In accordance with the City of Boston Five-Point Plan for the Delta Variant of COVID-19, face masks are required at all times when indoors. To leave an online condolence, please visit

William O’Neil

Now at Peace and Restored

A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, October 25 in St. Anthony of Padua Church for William J. “Bill’ O’Neil who died on Tuesday, October 19, at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a result of sustaining a brain injury that occurred on July 29 while at home.

Bill, with his family by his side every step of the way, with love, support and prayers, battled toward recovery. He was 74 years old. Interment was private.

Bill was born in Newport, RI to Charles and Catherine E. (Donovan) O’Neil. He and his siblings lived in Newport until Bill was 10 years old when the family moved to New Bedford. Bill was educated in New Bedford Public Schools and was an alumnus of New Bedford High School, Class of 1965. He attended Dartmouth College and then entered the workforce.

Bill worked various jobs before beginning a career with the newly opened Dunkin Donuts franchises. He became a lead baker, relocated in Revere and worked at the Dunkin Donuts at Bell Circle for many years. He later went on to work for New England Caterers and Docy Donuts and eventually left the baking business and joined the Laborer’s Union.         

During a hiatus in construction, Bill worked at Vertuccio Home for Funerals for 10 years, then returned to the Laborer’s Union Local #22.

In 1982, Bill married Elaina M. Ricciardelli and the couple moved to Revere where they raised their son, Brandon and daughter, Taylor.

Bill loved to work in his garden at home. Anyone who knew Bill, knew that his front yard garden displays were pure beauty, and it was all a result of his creativity. He was also known for his many wonderful and large holiday displays that he created every year. His unfortunate accident while at home was tragic and now his suffering is over and he is now at peace and restored.

Elaina, Brandon and Taylor are most grateful for the wonderful care and support from all of the nurses and staff provided to Bill at the Brighton House and for all of the overwhelming love, support and prayers they received as they endured this journey.

The devoted husband of 39 years to Elaina M. (Ricciardelli) O’Neil of Revere, Bill was the cherished father of Brandon C. O’Neil and Taylor M. O’Neil, both of Revere; dear brother of James O’Neil of New Bedford, Margaret M. “Peggy” O’Neil of W. Covina, CA, John O’Neil and his wife, Kay of Carson City, NV, the late Charles O’Neil and Maureen Kevan and her late husband, Jack Kevan. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many friends. 

Remembrances may be made to The Brighton House Activities Fund, 170 Corey Rd., Brighton, MA 02135. To send online condolences, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals.

Ruth Cronin

Enjoyed an Uninterrupted 101-year Residency Within the City of Revere, the City She so Loved

Family and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere on Friday, October 29 from 4 to 8 p.m., for Ruth C. (Harding) Cronin, 101, who passed away on Sunday, October 17 in the presence of her God and her faithful family in the home that was hers for 99 years. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, October 30 at 10 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. & Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 11 a.m. immediately followed by interment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Ruth passed away at 101 years old and enjoyed an uninterrupted 101-year residency within the City of Revere, the city she so loved.

Ruth was born on June 10, 1920 on Barrett Street, Revere, approximately six blocks from Park Avenue, Revere. She was the beloved wife of the late Revere Fire Captain John R. Cronin, who passed on March 15, 2006; the cherished mother to John R. Cronin, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl of Beverly, Paulette F. Gallagher of Revere and her late husband, Walter, formerly of Everett and Robert H. Cronin and his wife, Christine of Boxford. Ruth also leaves 11 adoring grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. She was the caring daughter of the late Robert and Catherine (Ring) Harding and best sister to the late Daniel Green. Many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews also survive her.

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

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