Obituaries 06-16-2010

June 17, 2010
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Judith Alter

Vocalist and member of American Guild of Variety Artists

Judith M. Alter of Revere died unexpectedly on June 9. She was 77 years old.

She was born in Winthrop and was a lifelong Revere resident. She was educated in the Revere Schools and was a graduate of Revere High School. She was a vocalist and preformed in Massachusetts and throughout New England. She was also a member of the American Guild of Variety Artists.

She was a member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Tifereth Israel of Revere, and a member of the Sisterhood of Temple B’nai Brith. She was an employee of the Food and Drug Administration and a retired employee of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. She was a National Honor Society member and actively involved with the Revere High School class reunion committee.

She will be remembered for her warmth, compassion, sense of humor and of course her beautiful smile. She is also admired for her strength and endurance in the upbringing of her three sons on her own. One last thing give Gram a big hug and a kiss for us, we love you.

She was the devoted mother of Keith Sugarman, Robert Alter and his wife, Suzanne, and Judd Alter; the loving daughter of the late David and Frieda Schwartz; the dear sister of Janet Katz and Philip Schwartz and the loving grandmother of Rhiannon Alter.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Tifereth Israel, 43 Nahant Ave., Revere, MA 02151.

 

Kenneth Smith

New Hampshire resident

Kenneth M. Smith of Londonderry, NH, formerly of Medford, died on June 10.

He was the beloved husband of Donna (Hammersly) Smith, former husband of Kathy Smith; devoted father of Kimberly Smith and Jaime Smith of Everett, Kenneth Smith of Florida and Daniel Smith of Londonderry, NH; loving grandfather of Tayla Smith, Joseph Smith and Savannah Starr; dear brother of Sr. Paula Smith, MMM of California, Robert Smith and his wife, Maria, of North Andover and Richard Smith and his wife, Janice, of Arizona and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Clement Church, 71 Warner Street, Medford, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be private. Contributions in his name may be sent to the Medical Missionaries of Mary, 178 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA. 02143. For directions, guestbook and obituary www.dellorusso.net

 

Harold Whelan Jr.

Polaroid retiree, long active in Everett community

Harold W. “Harry” Whelan Jr., a lifetime resident of Everett, died peacefully on June 12.

Born and raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School and Northeastern University, his involvements included president and coach of Everett Youth League, Cubmaster of St. Therese Cub Scouts, and member of the City of Everett Board of Registrar of Voters. He served his country with the National Guard, volunteered at Malden Catholic Bingo, and his most passionate devotion was to the vigil at St. Therese Church. He was a retiree of Polariod Corporation, having worked there for 27 years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

He was the beloved husband of Lorraine B. (Wright); loving and devoted father of Robert H. and his wife, Katherine, of Reading, Ronald E. and his wife, Paula, of Wakefield, Raymond J. and his wife, Kimberly, of Bradford, and Richard C. and his fiancée, Celia Valada, of Somerville; proud and adoring grandfather of Zachary, Meghan, Matthew, Julia, Lauren, Brittany, Isabella, and Taylor; brother of Beverly Haneffant of Haverhill, Sr. Barbara Whelan of South Yarmouth, and the late Florence Matteucci. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and lots of friends.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral from the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, today, Wednesday, June 16 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 670 Washington Ave., Revere at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Diabetes Association in his memory would be appreciated. For directions and online guest book visit: www.jfwardfuneralhome.com

 

Rita Winsor

Past President of Everett Arts Association

Rita M. (Perrotta) Winsor of Everett died on June 10.

The Past President of the Everett Arts Association and a former aid in the Everett public school system, she was the beloved wife of the late Edward T. Winsor; dear and devoted mother of Stephen C. Winsor and his wife, Elaine, of Stoneham and Carol L. Winsor of Everett; sister of Max Perrotta and Gloria Braunhardt of Newburyport, Anita Dwyer of California and the late Helen McKenzie; loving Nana of Stephen D., Mark C. and Lisa M. Winsor and is also survived by family friend, Peter Grava.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her memory to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482, would be sincerely appreciated.

 

Richard Primrose

Of Alabama, formerly of Everett

Richard E. Primrose of Tuscaloosa, AL, formerly of Everett, died on June 9.

A US Marine Corp Veteran and member of the Knights of Columbus, he was the beloved husband of Jean Primrose and loving father of Richard M. Primrose and Scott G. Primrose and his wife, Maureen; beloved brother of Norma Lewerenz and the late Louise Primrose and is also survived by two loving grandchildren, Ryan and Melissa.

Burial services were held at the Beverly City Cemetery, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the West Alabama Hospice, 3851 Loop Rd, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404. Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO www.roccofuneralhomes.com

 

Beulah Kanarkiewicz

Of Saugus, formerly of Everett

Beulah M. (Newell) Kanarkiewicz of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on June 11.

She was the wife of the late Stanley Kanarkiewicz; beloved mother of Gary Kanarkiewicz of Saugus and Marie Mullen of Windham, NH; sister of Phyllis Leston of Danvers, Fern Ruble of Woburn and the late Donald Newell, Chesley Newell, Ruby MacDonald and Bertha Newell. She is also survived by her loving grand-dog Prancer.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Saugus.

 

Ida Finamore

Everett resident

Ida Finamore of Everett died on June 11.

She was the loving daughter of the late Antonio and Nicoletta Finamore; loving sister of Ella Salvatore and Dorothy Vitale and the late Florence Spaulding and Ruth Pipitone and the late Mario and Richard Finamore. She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. Memorial donations may be made to the Glen Ridge Center “Activity Fund,” 120 Murray St, Medford, 02155 or Mystic Valley Elder Services, 300 Commericial St, Malden, 02148.

 

Stephen Arsenault

Of Nevada, formerly of Everett

Stephen M. Arsenault of Las Vegas, NV, formerly of Everett, died on June 9.

He is survived by four children, Renee, Michael, Adam, and Paul. He was the brother of Diane Nicolai of Burlington and Judith Behning of Hanover.

The family has planned a private memorial.

 

John Pavone

Everett resident

John M. Pavone of Everett died on June 11.

He was the son of the late Donato and Carmella (Orsini) Pavone; brother of Josephine Clifford and her late husband, Francis, of Melrose, the late Joseph Pavone and his wife, Grace, of Melrose, the late Dominic Pavone and late Anna Zitchetella. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hallmark Health Hospice, 178 Savin St., Malden, 02148. For obituary or to sign guest book, please visit www.gatelyfh.com

 

Josephine ‘Evelyn’ Briley

Everett resident

Josephine “Evelyn” (Coviello) Briley of Everett died on June 10.

She was the beloved wife of Thomas F.; mother of Thomas F. Jr. of Malden, Marilyn DeSalvo of Everett and the late William John; sister of James Coviello of Chelsea and the late Joseph Coviello, Anthony Coviello, Lena Trunfio, Edith DeSimone and Lillian McGrath.  She is also survived by one granddaughter, Natalie J. DeSalvo, and many nieces and nephews. 

A private service was held with arrangements by Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes 1-877-71-ROCCO www.roccofuneralhomes.com

 

Helen Triant

Long time Secretary at Chelsea Soldiers Home

Helen (Theophiles) Triant of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea, Revere and East Boston, died on June 9 at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading in the comforting presence of her family. She was 92 years old.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James and Bessie (Cosmos) Theophiles. She grew up in East Boston, and was a graduate of East Boston High School. She lived in Chelsea for 35 years, and also spent much time in Revere. She recently moved to Saugus to live with her daughter.

Mrs. Triant always delighted in her role as nurturing homemaker. Intelligent as she was, she passed certifications and trainings easily without college study. She was a Senior Clerk Typist and secretary at the Chelsea Soldiers Home, and used her special gifts for getting things done that it seemed as though she practically managed the volunteers at the hospital. She enjoyed her career there for 20 years, retiring in 1986.

She was a longtime member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England in Boston, active in the Hellenic Women’s Benevolent Association. She was a passionate Red Sox fan and enjoyed reading novels among other things. She lived with great joy while hosting a very close family and cooking for everyone.

She was the dear wife of the late Nicholas Triant, loving mother of Penelope and Nicholas Kanellos of Saugus, Ross and Angelike Triant of Everett, Dimitri Triantafillakis and Alexandre Drolet of New Haven, CT, William and Gail Triant of Danvers, and George and Janet Triant of East Boston. She leaves five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Jennie Theophiles, Georgia Hegner, Speros Theophiles, Stella McGrane, and Mary Ackerman.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 or Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England, 162 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA 02445. Please visit www.ccbfuneral.com for online obit and to sign condolences.

 

Leonard Bishop

Past Trustee of Eagle Bank, active with Everett Boy Scouts and Masons

Leonard G. Bishop, a five year resident of East Walpole and a former life long resident of Everett, died on June 9 at the Caritas Norwood Hospital, Norwood. He was 87 years old.

Born on October 3, 1922 in Lynn, the son of the late William H. and his wife Gertrude (Beck) Bishop, he graduated from Everett High School with the Class of 1940, entered the US Army Air Corps and served his country as a Sergeant during World War II.

A tester in the the Riverworks General Electric Plant in Lynn for many years, he retired in 1984 as part of the management team.

Mr. Bishop was a member of the Masons in Everett, and was formerly involved with the Everett Boy Scouts and a former Trustee of Eagle Bank in Everett.

He was the beloved husband of Althea J. (Hand) Bishop; loving father of Allen L. and his wife, Valerie J. (Conway) Bishop,
of East Walpole, and the late William L. Bishop; cherished grandfather of Joshua W. Bishop and Rebecca L. Bishop, both of East Walpole; brother of the late Frances Jordan and is also survived by many nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements were by the James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home, Walpole. Memorial donations may be made to Caritas Visiting Nurse Association, 3 Edgewater Dr., Norwood, MA 02062.

 

Carmella ‘Chubby’ Lombardi

Of Peabody, formerly of Everett

Carmella M. “Chubby” (DiLorenzo) Lombardi of Peabody, formerly of Everett, died on June 9.

She was the beloved wife of Carl A. Lombardi and loving mother of Carl A. Lombardi Jr. and his wife, Maria, of Everett, Karen Connelly and her husband, Patrick, of Braintree, Keith Lombardi of Florida and Kevin Lombardi and his wife, Judith, of Peabody and the late Kevin Arthur; loving sister of Esther Higgins and John DiLorenzo. She is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by The Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the M.S. Society, 101A First Ave., Waltham 02451. www.roccofuneralhomes.com

 

Paul Leyden

Longtime MGH employee, veteran of two wars

Paul J. Leyden of Everett died on June 7. He was 95 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he worked for Mass General Hospital for more than 42 years.

The beloved friend of Larry Kelly of Everett, he was the loving brother of Tom Scanlon of Pennsylvania and loving cousin of Barbara and Fred Waggett of Dorchester.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain.

 

John Bickerstaff, 55

Cambridge resident

John C. Bickerstaff of Cambridge died on June 2. He was 55 years old.

He worked at Stadium Auto Body in Brighton for 25 years. When he wasn’t working, he loved to go to Sebago Lake in Maine, go camping, and always loved to help others.

He was the beloved father of Richard and Erik Bickerstaff of Cambridge; loving brother of Ann Bayne and her husband, Leonard, of Saugus; nephew of Barbara Horsman of Malden and Betty Horton of Melrose. He will be missed by his best friends Rick Lyons of Saugus, Leo Fisher of Maine, his many cherished cousins, and his former wife Irma Bickerstaff.

Funeral arrangements were by the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, Everett . Burial was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718. For online guest book visit jfwardfuneralhome.com

 

Elizabeth Lopes, 100

Former Seamstress and Teacher’s Aide

Elizabeth C. (Russell) Lopes, a former seamstress and teacher’s aide, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family early Sunday morning, June 6 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a brief illness. She was in her 100th year.

Born in Winchester, she was the daughter of the late William and Isabelle (Sickles) Russell. She was raised in Chelsea and Everett and attended Chelsea Public Schools.

A loving and caring mother, she also worked outside the home as a seamstress at Emerson Textile in Chelsea and later worked as a teacher’s aide at the Children’s Community Corner in Chelsea. She was an active member of her church and a member of the Everett Women’s Progressive Club. An avid crocheter and knitter, she also had a natural talent to learn and speak many different languages including Yiddish, Polish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. She impacted many lives throughout her long life and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was the beloved wife of the late Theophilo Lopes; devoted mother of Anthony Fortes Sr., Edwin Fortes Sr., Joel Lopes, Isabelle Martin-Allen, Norman “Gary” Lopes, Carolyn Hardwick and Cathleen Santio; loving daughter of the late William and Isabelle (Sickles) Russell; dear sister of the late Grayson, William, Warren, Paul Sr., Russell, Virginia Tyre, Audrey Singletary, Barbara Wolcott, Alice Johnson, Thelma and Natalie Russell and sister in law of Pauline Russell. She is also survived by her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. For online guestbook please visit www.WelshFuneralHome.com.

 

William Masella, 60

Of Florida, formerly of Everett

William J. Masella, a long time resident of Merritt Island, Florida, died on June 4. He was 60 years old.

Born in Everett, he was the beloved son of Mary (Ragucci) Masella and the late Mario of Florida; dear and devoted brother of Joanne Mazzie of Everett, Mario Masella of Revere and Joanne San Fillippo of Florida. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombent was in Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. Contributions in his memory to the charity of one’s choice will be sincerely appreciated.

 

Mary Green, 96

Homemaker

Mary C. (DeTore) Green, a lifelong resident of Everett, died at the Chelsea Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chelsea, on May 13. She was 96 years old.

Born in Boston and a homemaker, she was the beloved wife of the late Thomas J. Green, dear and devoted mother of Thomas J. Green Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, of Saugus, Richard Green and his wife, Eileen, of Port Orange, Florida and Joseph Green and his wife, Patricia, of Everett; sister of Arthur DeTore of Everett and the late William DeTore, Lillian DeBenedict and Helen Dowgiallo. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandson.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.