Obituaries 05-10-2023

Toby Grubert

Retiree of the First National Bank of Boston

Toby Grubert of Revere entered into rest on May 3 at the age of 87.

She was a lifelong resident of Revere a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1953.

She was a loan manager at First National Bank of Boston. She loved creative cooking, reading and watching sports. She cherished time spent with family, friends and respected colleagues and clients.

The loving sister of the late Roslyn Wiseman and her husband, the late Aaron J. Wiseman, she was the dear daughter of the late Hyman Grubert and Mollie (Bloom) Grubert. She leaves a niece, Leslie (Wiseman) Garber and her husband, Douglas of Peabody and a nephew, Howard Wiseman and his wife, Jane of Newton.  She also leaves two grandnieces, Melanie Garber-Letitia of Allston and Rebecca Lee of Martinez, Calif.

A funeral service and Shiva for Toby will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to American Heart Asssociation:

Isabel Ciulla

Being A Loving Wife and Doting Mother Was Her Most Important Role

Isabel L. (Barr) Ciulla of Revere entered into eternal rest, unexpectedly, on Saturday, April 29 in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.  She was 90 years old.

Born in Chelsea, Isabel lived in Revere for many years. She worked at various occupations during her lifetime but her most important role was being a loving wife and doting mother.

She was the daughter of the late Walter and Mary (Love) Barr, beloved wife of the late Thomas Ciulla, dear and devoted mother of Diana L. Ciulla of Revere, Leonard “Lee” Ciulla and his companion, Jacqueline Deeran of Peabody, Darlene M. Ciulla of Revere and the late Thomas Ciulla, Jr.; sister of Janice Barr of Swampscott and loving grandmother of Jesse Ciulla.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home,  65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett.  Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in Isabel’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 would be sincerely appreciated.

Michael Ragusa

Automotive Educator

Michael Ragusa of Revere passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on May 7.

Michael was born on July 28, 1945 in Sicily to the late Giuseppe Ragusa and Marianna Ragusa (Rizzotto). He was the beloved husband of Marsha; dear brother of Carmelina Guarino, Marion Ragusa and the late Mario Ragusa and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and close friends.

After moving to the United States as a young boy, Michael’s family settled in Revere where he grew up and graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1963. Michael then proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. After serving honorably, he  went on to work for Stone & Webster as an electrical engineer before eventually starting his own auto repair business. Later in life, his passion for auto-repair led him to pursue a career in teaching. Michael loved being able to pass on his knowledge to the next generation of auto mechanics. Most of all, Michael loved gardening and spending time with family and friends. He will truly be missed.

A Visitation will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere on Monday, May 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. and a Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook, please visit

Mary Ann Polito

Of Revere, formerly of East Boston

Mary Ann (Giordano) Polito of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away peacefully on May 7.

The loving daughter of the late Wilfred and Antoinette (DeAngelico) Giordano, she was the devoted mother of Deborah Addario and her partner, Douglas Cali, Denise D’Olimpio and her late husband, James and Joseph Polito; dear sister of Wilfred “Buster” Giordano and his wife, Valerie and Richard Giordano and his wife, Nancy; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Nicholas, Jessica, Victoria, Sabatino, Gia and Nicholas. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Mary Ann’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, (Orient Heights) East Boston, on Monday, May 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. and again on Tuesday morning, May 16 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Anthony’s of Padua Parish, Revere for a Funeral Mass celebrating Mary Ann’s life at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Mary Ann being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. May she rest in peace.

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Rosario Cirmia

Revere Housing Authority Retiree

Rosario Cirmia, 91, of Revere passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, May 6 surrounded by his loving family.

Rosario leaves his devoted wife of 53 years, Mirella and two children, Maria DeCicco and her husband, Carmine DeCicco of Burlington and Josephine Jolly and her husband, Mark Jolly of Tewksbury. Rosario’s two grandchildren, Dominic Alan Jolly and Nathan Rosario Jolly were the light of his life. Rosario was predeceased by his brothers, Mario, Salvatore and Giuseppe. He is also lovingly survived by several nephews and nieces.

Rosario, the youngest of four brothers, was born on August 26, 1931 to Giovanni Cirmia and Maria Antonia Battaglia in Alimena, Sicily. He served in the Italian Army and eventually followed his brothers to Germany and then to the United States where he met the love of his life, Mirella. After starting a family and settling in Revere, Rosario worked as a maintenance supervisor for The Revere Housing Authority, where he worked for 25 years. Retirement allowed him to focus on his passions: gardening, flea markets, making homemade wine, sausages and cheese, playing Italian card games and hitting the slot machines at Mohegan Sun. He was a strong-willed man who could fix or build anything. His thumbs were green, and his hands were skilled, helping anyone who called upon him. Rosario, his talents, and passions will be deeply missed.

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Thursday, May 11 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Vertuccio, Smith and Vazza Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach Street, Revere. A Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption Parish, 670 Washington Street, Revere immediately followed by entombment in Holy Cross Community Mausoleum, Malden.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. To send online condolences, please visit​.

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

Phyllis Carifio

Retired Secretary and Bookkeeper

Phyllis M. Carifio of Revere passed away following a tragic accident at her second home in Ossipee, NH. She was just shy of her 81st birthday.

Phyllis worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for over 50 years before retiring to spend more time with her husband, Bill, who she married at age 40. They enjoyed traveling, horseback riding, gardening and working outdoors. Phyllis liked cooking, baking, sewing and crochet. Most of all, she cared for her sisters, their children and her cousins: Rosemarie, Esther, Anthony and Danny as well as other friends and godchildren.

The beloved wife of the late William Carifio, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Congetta (Ciccariella) Botelho, sister of Geraldine Gilbert of New York, Barbara MacMillan and her husband, John of New Hampshire and the late Paul and Theresa Botelho. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews as well as several close cousins.

A memorial visitation will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons ~ Bruno Funeral Home, Friday, May 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 250 Revere Street, Revere at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. At Phyllis’ request and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the William Carifio Memorial Scholarship Fund, Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School, 100 Hemlock Road, Wakefield, MA 01880 or to a charity of your choice. To share a memory or condolence, please visit the guestbook at

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