Obituaries – 10/6/09

Deborah Rockwood

Of New York, formerly of Winthrop

Deborah J. (Nalen) Rockwood of Chittenango, NY died suddenly on September 24 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. She was 40 years old.

Raised in Winthrop, she was the daughter of George J. Nalen and the late Loretta (Dolan) Nalen; beloved wife of the late Keith Rockwood and devoted mother of Dolan Rockwood, both of Chittenango, NY; sister of George J. Nalen of Baldwinsville, NY, Donna Boudreau of Derry, NH, John Nalen, Katherine Velardo  and Steven Nalen, all of Winthrop, Anthony Nalen of Everett, Mary Lockeyer and Regina Bonarsi of Revere. She is also remembered by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated at the Maurer Funeral Home in Baldwinsille, NY. A memorial service will be held at the Holy Rosary Church, 1015 Shirley Street, Point Shirley, Winthrop, on Saturday, October 10 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. 


Leah Hussey

Longtime member of Glendale United Methodist Church

Leah Hussey of Woburn, formerly of Winchester, died on October 3. She was 107 years old.

Mrs. Hussey was a long time member of The Glendale United Methodist Church in Everett.

The wife of the late Samuel E. Hussey, she was the beloved mother of Warren Hussey and his wife, Jean, of Stoneham, Mabel M. Albano of Woburn; mother-in-law of the late Joseph Albano and is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Mark Albano of Acton and Karen Sculos of Rhode Island and three great grandchildren, John, Erin and Thomas.

Funeral services will be conducted in the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Wednesday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting will be held one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.


Carol Tuohy-Hamilton

Medford resident

Carol M. (O’Rourke) Tuohy-Hamilton of Medford died on October 3. She was 81 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Albert L. Tuohy, she was the loving mother of Charles L. “Chip” and his wife, Janice T. Hamilton, of Somerville, Cynthia M. Baldassari of Everett, William P. and his wife, Lisa A. Hamilton, of Atkinson and Kathy, Karen and Paul Tuohy and cherished grandmother of Charlotte, T.J., Sara, Billy and Brenna.

Her Funeral will be held from the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home, 29 Governors Avenue, Medford, today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. Joseph Church, 118 High Street, Medford, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be in the VA National Cemetery, Bourne. For additional information, please visit,


Marguerite DeStefano

Billerica resident

Marguerite (Collins) DeStefano of Billerica, formerly of North Revere, died on October 2.  She was 93 years old.

Born and raised in Everett, the daughter of the late Cornelius and Mary (Sawless) Collins, she was a long time resident of North Revere before moving to Billerica. Mrs. DeStefano was the bookkeeper at the Jurgensen Gauge & Valve Co. in Burlington for 20 years prior to her retirement and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the V.F.W.

She was the wife of the late Vincent J. DeStefano; beloved mother of James DeStefano of Lowell and Robert Singer of California; loving grandmother of Brian DeStefano, James R. DeStefano, Robert Singer, Jr. of California, Marion Singer of California and Christopher Singer of Arizona. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. She was the sister of one late brother and three late sisters.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee – Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Randolph. For obituary, please visit:


Antonetta Scibelli

Everett resident

Antonetta (Ronga) Scibelli of Everett died on October 1.

The beloved wife for 48 years of Alfred Scibelli, she was the loving mother of Filomena Scibelli and Palmarina Tabicas and her husband, Manuel, all of Everett, Maria Johnson and her husband, David, of Winthrop and Angelo Scibelli of Everett; loving daughter of Palmarina Ricci and the late Roberto Ronga; beloved sister of Louis and Michael Ronga, Louise Rumson and the late Robert Ronga. She is also survived by five loving grandchildren, Julia, Cassandra, Matthew, Alex, Ryan and Nicholas and many loving nephews and nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation , 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

Mary Abbene

Everett resident

Mary Abbene of Everett died on September 30.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Leonard and Lucy (Indelicato) Abbene; loving sister of Anne Piantedosi and the late Anthony L. Abbene, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was at the Holy Cross Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


Sheila Carla Santos

Everett resident

Sheila Carla Santos of Everett died on October 2.

She was the loving daughter of Jose Carlos and Tereza Dos Santos of Brazil; beloved sister of Ana Paula Dos Santos of Malden and Rosangela Dos Santos of Everett, Cleberson and Genivaldo Dos Santos, both of Brazil.

Funeral Services were held in the home of Funerarias Multi Culturel, 238 Court Street, Brockton with the Pastor Sandro Bengnani officiating, George F. Fiske III, Director. Burial will be in the Community Cemetery of Mirante Da Serra, Brazil. For additional information, please call 508-586-0030


Mary B. Mahfuz

Member of BU Alumni Association and Most Blessed Sacrament Women’s Guild

Mary B. (McGrath) Mahfuz of Melrose, formerly of Malden, died on October 4. She was 85 years old.

Born in Chelsea on April 14, 1924 to the late James and Nora (Glynn) McGrath, she grew up in Everett, attended St. Joseph’s Grammer School and graduated from Chevrus High School in Malden. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in history. Mrs. Mahfuz was an active member of The Boston University Alumni Association, an avid reader and was also involved in the many activities at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield where she was a member of Most Blessed Sacrament Church Women’s Guild. She was a homemaker who dedicated herself to her husband and six children.

She was the beloved wife of the late Albert Mahfuz; devoted mother of Arthur Mahfuz and his wife, Linda Konnersman, of Boston, James Mahfuz and his wife, Linda Hart, of Chelsea, Geoffrey Mahfuz and his wife, Beverly, of Dracut, Clare Moss and her husband, Stephen, of Brunswick, ME., Alice Brown and her husband, Gary, of Melrose and Mary Schwengel and her husband, Gavin, of Oregon; loving grandma to Justin, Nora, Tristan, Emily, Hanna and Noah. She was the sister of the late Clare Noonan.

Her Funeral will be held from The Carr Funeral Home, 1159 Main St., Melrose on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by her Funeral Mass in The Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial donations in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association , 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA. 02472. For obituary, directions or to send a condolence, visit


Neil ‘Hammy’ Hamilton

Everett resident

Neil “Hammy” Hamilton of Everett, formerly of Medford, died on October 2. He was 43 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Stephanie (Drake) Hamilton; devoted father of Matthew N. Hamilton of Everett; loving son of Patricia Hamilton of Medford and Allan Hamilton of Malden; dear brother of Allan Hamilton and his wife, Michelle, of Billerica, Charles P. Hamilton and Michael Hamilton, both of Medford; cherished son in law of Adeline and Daniel Drake of Medford; brother in law of Patricia Hickey of Florida, Carolyn Roberts and Frank Drake, both of Medford; nephew of Linda Hardy of Center Conway, NH and Jack and Carol Blundon of Melrose. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his dog, “Lucky”.

His Funeral will be held from the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St., Medford, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated in St. Francis Of Assisi Church, 441 Fellsway West, Medford, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Services will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his name may be sent to the Everett Little League, 143 Bucknam St, Everett, MA 02149. For directions, guestbook and obituary, please visit:


Leslie Ferguson

Lynnfield resident

Leslie C.R. Ferguson of Lynnfield died on September 14.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Florence (Moreschi) Ferguson, his daughter, Donna, and her husband, George Kachen, of Reading; his sons, Stephen Ferguson and his wife, Dolores, of Victorville, CA and Scott Ferguson and his wife, Dawn, of Peabody and his grandchildren, Derek Eno and his wife, Samantha, of Cambridge, Michele and David Ferguson of California and Ian and Eric Ferguson of Peabody.

No funeral services were held as he donated his body to Tufts University. Donations in his memory may be made to the Anatomical Gifts Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, 136 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02111.


William Prodanas Jr.

Worked as Laborer and Mason at historic sites

William Prodanas Jr. of Salem, NH died unexpectedly on October 1 at his home.

Born in Chelsea, he was raised and educated in Everett and attended Everett High School. He worked for many years for Local 22 as a laborer and most recently worked for Local 3 as a mason prior to his retirement. Throughout his career, he worked on numerous historic sites in and around Boston. He was well respected in his career and was very proud of his accomplishments within his field. In his free time, he enjoyed antiques, various types of artwork and cars. He was also an avid New England sports fan and especially enjoyed the Boston Bruins.

He leaves his loving wife of 27 years, Donna (Chapski) Prodanas of Salem, NH; his three children, Lisa M. Rinaldi of Litchfield, NH, Jonathan William Prodanas and Alexander Z. Prodanas, both of Salem, NH; three grandchildren, Alicia, Brianna and Anthony, all of Litchfield, NH, a brother, Michael Prodanas and his wife, Carole, of Salem, MA and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass in his honor will be held today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Salem. Cremation will follow. Arrangements are by Goundrey and Dewhirst Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 42 Main Street, Salem, NH. Donations in his name may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children-Boston, 51 Blossom St., Boston , MA 02114 . For directions or to send an online condolence, please visit


Michael J. Bolger Sr.

Retired MDC Fireman

Michael J. Bolger Sr. of Revere, formerly of Medford, died on October 3.

A US Navy Veteran of World War II and a retired MDC fireman in Revere and Nahant, he was the beloved husband of the late Mary C. (Dunne) Bolger with whom he shared 21 years of marriage; loving father of Michael J. “Mick” Bolger Jr. and his wife, Jane, of Beverly and Maureen Romano and her husband, Peter, of Everett; stepfather of Eileen McCann of New Hampshire and the late Ann McCann; dear brother of the late Robert and Francis Bolger; cherished grandfather of Lauren and Megan Bolger, Thomas Romano, Tracy Robertson and her husband, Michael, and great grandfather of Kristen, Brianna and Michael Robertson.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to St. MichaeI the Arc Angel Chapel, 91 Crest Avnue, Chelsea, MA 02151. For guestbook, please visit:  


Frank Cacchiotti

Of Malden, formerly of Everett

Frank Cacchiotti of Malden, formerly of Everett, died on September 30.

He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor (Polin); loving father of Nancy Cacchiotti of Malden and Paul Cacchiotti of Manchester and is also survived by one loving grandson, Bryan Cacchiotti of Phoenix, AZ.

  A graveside service was held at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, with arrangements by Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes,


Mary Agnes Cody

Everett resident

Mary Agnes (Callahan) Cody of Everett died on September 27.

She was the beloved wife of the late Francis Cody and the late James McArthur; sister of the late Helen Wharton; devoted aunt of Judith and Louis Silva and Nancy Wharton; loving great aunt to Jessica, Leah and Rebecca Silva.

The family would like to acknowledge the Lighthouse Nursing Care Center of Revere for her exceptional care. Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.


Randie Y. Gore

Revere resident

Randie Y. (Rios) Gore of Revere died on September 25.

The beloved wife of Ronald Gore of Revere, she was the loving daughter of Dolly Rios of Malden and Victor Rios of Waltham; dear sister of Robin Messina of Everett, Darlene Angiolillo and her husband, James, of North Reading and is also survived by her loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons – Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guestbook or to send flowers:


Nils N. Lyons

Everett Highway Department retiree

Nils N. Lyons of Everett died on September 28. He was 76 years old.

A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a retired employee of the City of Everett Highway Department.

He was the beloved husband of 50 years of Leah B. (Marchese) Lyons; devoted father of Charles Lyons, Christopher Lyons and his wife, Tricia, all of Everett; loving Pa to Emerson and Nolan Lyons and beloved brother of 14 deceased brothers and sisters. He was the beloved brother-in-law of Anna Glencross of Stoneham and Frances Morton of Medford. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Carr Funeral Home, Melrose. For obituary or to send a condolence, visit


James Hadge

Retired President of Goodway Graphics

James Hadge died at his Burlington home on September 29. He was 78 years old.

Born in Lebanon, he was the retired president of Goodway Graphics.

He was the beloved husband of the late Josehine A. (Pacllo) Hadge; dear and devoted father of Robert Hadge of West Palm Beach, Florida, Doreen and Richard, both of Burlington, Deborah Hadge-Negrete and her husband, Michael, of Tully, NY and Denise Hadge-Foley  and her husband, Michael, of Stoneham; loving grandfather of Samantha Patterson, Kelley, Sarah, Demi, Haley and Ty Foley and James, Anthony and Dominque Negrete.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Cafasso and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Francis ‘Buzz’ Pare

Middlesex County Constable

Francis R. “Buzz” Pare of Malden, formerly of Haverhill, Everett and Revere, died on September 26 at Melrose Wakefield Hospital. He was 65 years old.

A retired Senior Programmer from Honeywell/Bull, he was presently serving as a Constable for Middlesex County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Blue Knights Chapter 18 of Malden.

He was the father of Leslie (Mrs. Kenneth) Nollet of Haverhill and Scot Pare of Haverhill; brother of Carol (Mrs. Brian) Dacey of Haverhill and grandfather of Alisha Nollet.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted Brookside Chapel & Funeral Home, Plaistow, NH. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to COPS, C/O Heather Rossetti, 26 Summit Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.


William V. Bonanno

A&P and Stop & Shop retiree, decorated veteran

William V. Bonanno, a long time resident of Everett, died on October 4 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He was 84 years old.

Born in Fairview, NJ, he was a retired produce manager for the former A&P Stores after 30 years and the Stop & Shop Companies for 10 years. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and former member of the Knights of Columbus #97.

He was the beloved husband of more than 64 years of Kathleen (Bryan); dear and devoted father of Kenneth W. Bonanno and his wife, Camille, of Wilmington; loving grandfather of Kenneth C. Bonanno and his wife, Stacy, and Jill Wile and her husband, Paul.

His Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett, today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, Oakes Street, Everett, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

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