Obituaries 04-03-2024

Paul Graf

Accountant Who Owned PJG and Associates Accounting Firm

Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Thursday, April 4th at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere for Paul J. Graf.

He died in the loving presence of his family on Tuesday, March 26th at the Melrose – Wakefield Hospital in Melrose following a long illness. He was 84 years old. Interment will immediately follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Paul was born in Boston on August 2nd, 1939, to his late parents, Robert W. Graf, Sr. and Grace E. (Myette) Graf. Paul and his three brothers were raised in Revere. Paul was educated in Revere Public Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1957, where he was captain of the hockey team. He enrolled in Northeastern University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Paul had an instinctive intuition when it came to numbers and pursued a career in accounting. Paul worked for both Suffolk Downs Racetrack and Wonderland Racetrack in an accounting role for several years. He also worked independently as an accountant for his own firm, PJG and Associates.

Paul also had a great love for horses and owned several racehorses throughout the years. His other passion was hockey and he was the proud coach for several years in the Georgetown youth hockey program. Paul’s greatest life’s achievement and love was his family. He was blessed with his three children and his grandchildren.

He cherished spending time with them. His family will cherish him in their hearts and celebrate him with the many wonderful stories they will share and remember him for.

He was the loving father of Kristine P. McCarthy and her husband, Gerald of Chester, NH., Paul D. Graf and his wife, Laurie of Quincy and Brian J. Graf of Revere; the cherished grandfather of Alexandra O. Graf, Ryan P. Graf, Adam R. Graf, all of Quincy and Keegan J. McCarthy of Chester, NH. He was the former spouse of Lillian McGuirk-Graf of Quincy and the dear brother of the late Ret. RFF Robert W. Graf Jr, Edward E. Graf and Donald L. Graf. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Paul’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023. ?

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

Katherine Roberto

Dedicated Mom, Grandmother and Sister

Katherine R. (Nalen) Roberto of Revere, formerly of East Boston, passed away on March 28th. She was 82 years old. Born in Boston, she was the cherished daughter of the late Gertrude M. (Marshall) and Anthony W. Nalen.

Katherine was a dedicated mom, grandmother and sister. She was a member of the Winthrop Lodge of Elks #1078.

Katherine was the beloved mother of Katherine R. Kneeland (Paul) of Saugus, Laura M. Roper (Larry) of Lynnfield and Toni M. Roberto (Jarred Ciampi) of Wakefield; the adored grandmother of Alex and Jordan Roper, Paul and Christopher Kneeland and Domenic Ciampi and she was the dear sister of the late George, Louis and Anthony Nalen. Katherine held a special place in her heart for her Godson, Steven Nalen (Diane) of Winthrop.

Visiting hours will be held in the Maurice W. Kirby Funeral Home, 210 Winthrop St.,

Winthrop, Thursday, April 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. followed by a funeral service in the funeral home beginning at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Please omit flowers.

Donations in her memory can be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA. 18901. To sign Katherine’s guestbook, please visit:

Joseph A. Pesce, Jr.

Commercial Lobsterman for More than 65 Years

Family and friends attended Visiting Hours on Monday, April 1st in the Vertuccio Smith & Vazza, Beechwood Home for Funerals, 262 Beach St., Revere for Joseph A. Pesce, Jr., who passed away peacefully on Monday, March 24 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness. He was 85 years old. His Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere after the visiting hours and Interment followed in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Joseph was born in Revere on September 15, 1938, the son of the late Joseph A. and Anna (D’Ambrosio) Pesce. He was a lifelong resident of Revere and attended Revere Public Schools.

Following high school, Joe worked at the Boston Ship Yard as a pipe fitter until he decided to pursue his passion to be a lobsterman.  Joe began working as a commercial lobsterman, which was a career that would span over 65 years. His devoted son, David, joined in his passion for lobstering and worked alongside him for the last?30 years. They were the best partners.

He was a dedicated and hard-working man who devoted his life to providing for his family.

Joe was an avid football fan. He loved the New England Patriots and watching Sunday night football with family and friends. He was an amazing cook and specifically enjoyed cooking Italian food for holiday gatherings. Joe had a strong affection for cats and was always taking in abandoned cats and kittens. He adored his fur babies,?Buster, Feebe, Bella, Kitty and Cali. ?

Joe was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed by all who knew him. He was the beloved husband of Rita (Fredericks) Pesce with whom he shared 63 years of marriage; devoted father of Sherri Headley and her husband, Robert B. Headley, John J. Pesce and David F. Pesce and the brother of Charles Pesce. He is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Because of his love for cats, donations may be made in his memory to the Animal Umbrella, P.O. Box 2675, Acton, MA 01720-6675,

Anthony Jan Saponaro

April 4, 1954 – March 27, 2024

Anthony Jan Saponaro of Revere passed away unexpectedly on March 27 at the age of 69.

Born April 4,1954 in Boston, Jan was a lifelong resident of Revere but also enjoyed the home he owned in North Reading.

From a young age, Jan was an integral member of the various Saponaro successful ventures that his father, Anthony (Tony) founded. Beginning with the well known “Las Vegas Nights “ and “Tiffany’s Restaurant” in Everett to one of New England’s largest rental/special event companies, Camelot Special Events in Wakefield, run by Jan and his two brothers after their Dad`s passing.

Jan was the dedicated son of the late Anthony Saponaro and Bernadette (Slaney) Saponaro. He leaves his long time companion of 30 years, Evelyn French of North Reading; his loving daughter, Danielle Saponaro Zaccaria and her husband, Michael of Revere; his brothers, Mark and his wife, Stephanie of Stoneham and William and his wife, Gail of Wakefield; his cherished grandchildren, Natalia and Michael Anthony of Revere and his nieces and nephews. He was the husband of the late Karen Nutile Saponaro.

Jan will be greatly missed by his dozens of cousins and innumerable friends.

He was a longtime member of The Patriots Civic Club in Revere. A lifelong biker with no particular affiliation, Jan was welcomed to ride with all, that is how much he was respected. His favorite ride was his Harley.

One could say Jan was a big car enthusiast. He loved everything from his tiny smart car to his huge Cadillacs — from pickup trucks and a van to vintage classics. But his favorite was his “1963 split window Corvette.”

Oh yes, Jan was one of a kind, sincere, loving and dedicated. If he knew you needed or just wanted something it would somehow appear at your door. Hiding behind his bellowing exterior was his teddy bear interior which really wasn’t hidden at all. We don’t say goodbye to Our Jan we will simply say, “Till we see you again.  Heartbroken forever and will be greatly missed by all your family and friends. “

There are no services at this time however the family is planning a celebration  of Jan ‘s life this spring.

Annamarie Haggerty

She Was a Beacon of Light and Warmth to All Who Knew Her

With a heart full of loving memories, we announce the passing of Annamarie Haggerty, who began her earthly journey on January 17, 1942 in Revere and completed it on March 25, 2024. Known and celebrated for her loving nature and smart wit, Annamarie was a beacon of light and warmth to all who knew her. Thoughtful and ambitious, she lived a life defined by her passion for her family, her friends who became family, her work and the simple joys of life.

Annamarie designed her own home and saw it built, a testament to her ambition and creativity.  A top leader in sales at Queens Way to Fashion, Annamarie’s smart business acumen and people skills set her apart.  She then devoted 15 years of her life to the noble profession of nursing, where her thoughtful compassion touched countless lives. From walking the sands of Revere Beach and hiking trails to cooking and contributing time to political campaigns, she embraced life with a loving spirit. A die-hard fan of Boston sports, she held a special place in her heart for the Red Sox. She never ceased to learn, taking courses and nurturing her intellect, making her a well-rounded, knowledgeable individual.  Her love for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, trips to Martha’s Vineyard, the Cape, and Italy were highlights of her life. Family was the most important thing to her; she deeply loved all her children and grandchildren.

Annamarie is survived by her children, Stacia (Michael) Zatsiorsky, Paul Haggerty III, Leah (John) Aiossa, Sean Haggerty; her adored grandchildren, James, Jaclyn, John Jr., Natalie, Ariana, Nico and Conor. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, James and Pauline Webb.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4). In this time of loss, we take comfort in knowing that Annamarie’s love continues to live in the hearts of those she touched.

Visitation was on Monday, April 1 at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere. A Funeral Mass followed the same day at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach Street, Revere.

Please join us in celebrating the life of Annamarie Haggerty by sharing your memories and photos on her memorial page. In her memory, let us remember the love, laughter, and wisdom she shared with us. Her legacy endures in the hearts of all who knew her.  For guest book please visit

Maria Domenica Champoux

A Spirited Soul Who Lived Life to the Fullest

Maria Domenica Champoux, affectionately known as “Re”, was called home by our Lord Jesus Christ on March 29, 2024.

Born on September 30, 1943 in the quaint town of Chiusano di San Domenico in the Province of Avellino, Italy, Maria was a spirited soul who lived life to the fullest. Her vivacious personality was evident from her early years, where she danced her way to being known as “Best Dancer” in Revere High School Class of 1963. After high school, Maria and her husband, Ronnie, made homes in Somerville and Kingston, Massachusetts, then settled back in Revere. Still, her heart always held a special place for her birthplace, Avellino, Italy.

Maria was a resilient woman who faced life’s challenges with determination and grace. She spent many years working as a Patient Accounts Representative for Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, showcasing her care and dedication to those she served. Maria’s creativity was best expressed through her love for knitting, crocheting, crafts, gardening, and making beautiful bows for weddings and all holidays. Her vibrant gardens were a testament to her love for life and the beauty it holds. Maria found joy in the simplest of things – a shopping trip to Marshalls, getting a manicure or pedicure, leaf-peeping, or attending a Boston Celtics game. Her love for Doo-Wop music and travel took her to many concerts, musicals, and corners of the world. Maria’s love for the beach, sunbathing, and water fountains was a reflection of her free spirit.

Maria was a loving wife to Ronald Champoux, a doting mother to her daughters, Noelle Champoux and Danielle Champoux Bohnke, and a cherished mother-in-law to Nathan Bohnke. Her love extended to her grandchildren – Lilly and Bennett Olson and Travis Bohnke, as well all her granddogs, Louis and Ruby, to whom she snuck many a treat. She is survived by all of them including her brother, Mario Meriano, and her sister, Angelina Harrington, and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Carmine and Morosa Meriano and her brothers, Walter Iandolo and Michael, Carmin, and Anthony Meriano, as well as her grandson, Gavin Bohnke. Her love was immeasurable, and what mattered most to her were her family, close friends, neighbors, gardening and cooking. She was often asked to bring salad with her famous homemade dressing to family events.

Everyone loved Maria – her spirit was infectious, and her resilience was admirable. Her life was a testimony to her creative, loving, and spirited nature. We invite you to share your memories, stories, and pictures of Maria on her memorial page. Your recollections and photos will serve as a tribute to the wonderful woman that she was and will continue to bring smiles to our faces as we remember her. As we say goodbye to our dear Maria, we celebrate her life, as she lives on in our hearts.

A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere, today, Wednesday, April 3 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Funeral from Buonfiglio Funeral Home on Thursday, April 4 at 9 a.m. followed by a service in the First Congregational Church  in Revere at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are warmly welcome to attend. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. For guestbook, please visit

Rosemarie Sorrentino

Active Member of the Madonna Della Cava Society and a Charismatic Person Loved by Everyone Who Knew Her

It is with profound grief and a sense of loss that we announce the passing of Rosemarie “Chickie” (Falzone) Sorrentino. Born in Boston on March 25, 1935 to the late Michael and Santa Falzone, she was the cherished wife of her dearly departed husband, Albert Sorrentino.

Chickie was a charismatic person who was loved by everyone who knew her. She was an active member of the Madonna Della Cava Society and had an exciting life with her husband, Al. They enjoyed going on trips to Las Vegas, spending winters in their home in Naples, Florida, and having late-night card games with friends from “Al’s Toys” in The North End. You could also find her hanging out at Suffolk Downs, enjoying bus trips to Foxwoods with her pals or making homemade pizza, cookies and meals for her family. Chickie was known for her unwavering devotion and generosity towards her loved ones. She was the life of the party and her absence will surely be felt in all future celebrations.

Rosemarie is survived by her children: Vincent Conte and his wife, Patricia from Marblehead and Donna Conte and her husband, Thomas Jacob from Peabody. She was a grandmother to Nicole Ranese and her husband, Matthew from Beverly, Julie D’Arcy and her husband, Quentin from Billerica, Ariana Conte and her fiancé, Zachary Anderson from New York City and Eva Conte Gillis and her husband, Liam from Marblehead. She is also survived by Anthony Belmonte, Spencer Jacob, Sera Jacob and her great-grandchildren, Domenic Belmonte and Claudia Jacob; her Goddaughter, Sandra Prezioso and her husband, Louie, Phillip and Gerry Vasapolli, Cathy Ciampi, Michael Vasapolli, and his companion, Phyllis, Linda and Paul Lysiack, Carol Conte and her husband, Michael Cusato, Lisa and Robert Shind, Henry and Richard Sorrentino and Albert Sorrentino III, along with many cherished extended family members and close friends who will miss her dearly.

Rosemarie was predeceased by her sister, Phyllis Vasapolli and her husband, Joseph, Bessie Ferrante and her husband, Richard, Sebastiana Falzone and her first husband, Vincent Conte, Senior.

The family is dedicating a bench in Christopher Columbus Park in The North End of Boston in memory of Chickie and Al Sorrentino’s joyful life. If you wish to contribute, please make a check payable to Vincent or Donna Conte.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to honor Rosemarie’s life at Funeral Services to take place at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere today, Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. before leaving in procession to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Revere, for a Funeral Mass in celebration of Chickie’s life at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For guestbook, please visit

Margaret Corso

Her Spirit Lives On in the Hearts of Those She Knew and Loved, and in the Beautiful Gardens She Cultivated During Her Lifetime

Margaret H. Corso, a loving and compassionate woman and a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on March 22, 2024, at the age of 98. Born on March 18, 1926, to the late Antranig and Aida Kapamagian in the same town she would call home her entire life. She was the beloved wife of the late Vincent Corso for 67 years, and their love story was one of deep connection and shared joy, a testament to their enduring bond.

Margaret’s career, spanning 40 years, was with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in a clerical role. Her dedication and hard work were evident to all who worked with her. But it was her passions outside of work that truly defined her. Margaret had a unique love for gardening, a hobby that allowed her to cultivate beauty and life around her. Her garden was a testament to her nurturing spirit, a place where she could express her creativity and share the bounty of nature with others.  Another passion was baking cookies for all the holidays and family events.  In the winter months, she enjoyed traveling to Del Ray Beach, Florida, a place she held dear and considered her second home.

Margaret was a dear sister to the late Mario Kapamagian and his late wife, Hilda, the late Louise Barthelmess and her late husband, Lester and the late Alexander Kapamagian, whose wife Camille survives. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

Private services were held for the immediate family and Margaret’s final resting place is in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

We encourage all who knew Margaret to celebrate her life and the love she shared. Please visit the memorial page to leave memories, share stories, and upload photos of Margaret. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of those she knew and loved, and in the beautiful gardens she cultivated during her lifetime.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Care Dimensions (Kaplan Hospice), Ste. B-102, 75 Sylvan St, Danvers, MA 01923.  For guest book please visit

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