Obituaries 11-5-09

William O’Brien

West Yarmouth resident

William J. O’Brien of West Yarmouth died on October 25.

He was the beloved husband of 59 years of Ethel L. (Morris) O’Brien, formerly of Everett; father of Erin A. O’Brien of West Yarmouth, Dr. William P. O’Brien of Lunenburg and Dr. Neil P. O’Brien of East Falmouth and is also survived by four grandchildren.

His Funeral Mass will be Saturday, November 7 at 11 a.m. at Saint Pius X Church, Station Avenue, So. Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to the New England Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115. For complete obituary visit


Samuel Covino

World War II POW

Samuel J. Covino of Melrose died on October 31. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Covino was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, a prisoner of war for 16 months and a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1941.

The devoted husband of Marie L. (Cafasso) Covino, he was the loving father of Nancy M. Covino of Melrose, Samuel J. Covino, Jr. and his wife, Ruth, also of Melrose and the late Susan M. Covino; cherished grandfather of Christopher and James Covino, both of Melrose; caring brother of Anne Goldenberg of Belmont, Robert Covino and his wife, Janet, of Rye, NH and the late Josephine Mutti, Agnes Commito and her husband, Elio, of Stoneham and the late Dr. Mario Covino and his wife Virginia of Winchester. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

His Funeral Service will be held in the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose, today, Wednesday, November 4 at 10 a.m. Family and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Memorial contributions may be made to Hallmark Hospice 178 Savin St., Malden, MA 02148 or Triangle, Inc. 420 Pearl St., Malden, MA 02148. For directions, obituary, flowers or to sign guest book, please visit


Betty Barisano

Of Melrose, formerly of Everett

Betty M. Barisano, a lifelong resident of Everett, died on October 31 at the Epoch Senior Health Care Center in Melrose. She was 101 years old.

A retired retail sales person, she was the daughter of the late Michele and Maria (LoPriore); beloved sister of the late Leonard, Edward, Richard, Anthony, Armand, Arthur, Jeanette, Mafalda Scarpaci, Florence Sweet, Elena Giacobbe, Margaret Diozzi and Anna Gould and is also survived by her loving sisters-in-law, Madeline Barisano and Mary Barisano, of Everett and several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Her 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 Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.


Albert Maser

Veteran of Two Wars

Albert A. “Al” Maser of Everett died on October 21.

A veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband of Mary (Massapica); father of Sandra Geddry and her husband, Leo, of Maine and Craig and his wife, Maria, of Woburn; brother of the late Harold and Karl and is also survived by four grandchildren,  Eric, Andrew, Stephen and Lorraine “Rainie” and two great grandchildren,  Isabella and Sophia. 

A private committal service was held in the Woodlawn Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor, Washington, DC  20036-3604 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Arrangements were by Rocco-Carr- Henderson Funeral Homes,


Eugene Carr

Dorchester resident

Eugene R. Carr of Dorchester died in Everett on October 29.

He was the beloved father of Kevin, Eugene Jr. and Derick; loving son of Marva Carr and the late Albert Pandy; brother of Laurel, Marva, Egbert and Jason. He also leaves two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Davis Funeral Home, Roxbury,


Kerri Anne Feeley

Everett resident

Kerri Anne of Everett died on October 26.

She was the beloved daughter of John and Mary (Skeffington) Feeley; loving mother of Cameron; sister of Shauna, Jennifer, Erin, and John; fiancee of Robert Usher and aunt of Michael, Brianna, Shaun, Matthew, and Morgan.

Funeral arrangements were by The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery.


John Francis Upton

Skilled Carpenter

John Francis Upton of Revere, formerly of Everett and Malden, died on October 29 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after a courageous battle with a long illness. He was 75 years old.

A skilled carpenter, He was born in Waltham, the son of the late Harold and Helen (Allen) Upton; beloved husband of Barbara A. (Clough) Upton; dear and devoted father of Jeffrey and his wife, Sumiko, of Saugus, Kenneth of Everett, Renee of Revere and the late Steven; brother of Linda Goodhale of Virginia, Allen Upton of Florida, Donald Upton of So. Hadley and Caroline Upton of Malden; cherished grandfather of Christina Upton Fitzgerald, Julia Upton and Alice Upton of Saugus; Cindy Peters, Kenneth Upton and Stephanie Upton and his great-grandson David Malonson, all of Everett. He is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan St., B-102, Danvers, MA 01923, would be sincerely appreciated.


Edward Joseph Roche

US Postal Service retiree

Edward Joseph Roche died suddenly on October 13 at his home in San Antonio (Windcrest) Texas from an apparent heart attack. He was 63 years old.

He was born in Everett, on February 26, 1946. He moved to San Antonio in 1997 from Boston after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service in Brookline. He was a graduate of Peabody High School and served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was the son of the late William and Mary Trickett-Roche of Everett and is survived by a brother, William Roche of Gulfbreeze, FL, a sister-in-law, Willienma (late Thomas) Roche of Gulfbreeze, FL, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins in Florida, Massachusetts and Newfoundland. He is also survived by his special friend of Earl Jackson, Jr., his foster-son, Eddie Jr. and additional friends in the San Antonio area.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the American Heart Foundation. A Graveside Service was held at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett with local arrangements by the Murphy-O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Please go to to leave a message of condolence.


Anthony Catalano Sr., 81

Of Tyngsboro, formerly of Everett

Anthony M. Catalano Sr. of Tyngsboro, formerly of Tewksbury and Everett, died October 27 at E.N. Rogers VA Hospital in Bedford. He was 81 years old.

He was the husband of the late Angelina T. (Pinieri) Catalano; father of Anthony M. Catalano, Jr. of Tewksbury, Stephen R. Catalano of Stoneham, and Deano M. Catalano and Maria A. Ryan, both of Tyngsboro.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dracut Funeral Home, Dracut. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the DAV of MA, 85 Willow St., Malden, MA 02148. For online condolences, please visit


Jose ‘Mickey’Rivera

Retired Malden Fire Alarm Superintendent

Jose M. “Mickey” Rivera of Wilmington, formerly of Malden, died on October 25.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he was the retired Fire Alarm Superintendent for the City of Malden Fire Department.

Mr. Rivera was the beloved husband of Judy L. (Parsons); devoted father of Paul Rivera Illingsworth of New Hampshire, Justin and Jessica Rivera, both of Wilmington; brother of Gladys Rivera- Rogers of Malden and Angel Rivera of Florida; son-in-law of Maxwell and Virginia Parsons of Everett and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo – Cavanaugh Funeral Home, Wilmington. Services with military honors and burial were at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. For obituary and guestbook, please visit


Paul Allen Mercer

Lahey Clinic Systems Analyst/Programmer

Paul Allen Mercer of Arlington died on October 24 after a battle with lung cancer. He was 56 years old.

Born in Everett, he was raised in Saugus, and graduated from Saugus High School. He was very active in the school band, and was an accomplished trombone player. He attended Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy and Northeastern University in Burlington. He spent his entire career in the health care field and was employed by Lahey Clinic as a systems analyst/programmer in the laboratory.

He was the loving husband of Kiki Olson Mercer and devoted father of Robert Gordon Mercer; the beloved son of Rev. Dr. Gordon and Winnie Mercer of Saugus, and son in law to Dolores Olson of New Jersey; dear brother of Rev. Dr. David and Donna Mercer of Raymond, New Hampshire, Rev. Dr. James and Debbie Mercer of Homestead, Florida, and Karen and Robert Milordi of Lynnfield; uncle to Lauren, Meredith and Rachele Milordi, James and Adam Mercer, Sarah and Alex Morales and Heidi and Cristo Jelev.

Services were held at Trinity Evangelical Church, North Reading. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to either St. John’s College in support of Paul and Kiki’s commitment to classical education or to the MA General Hospital Cancer Center in support of Dr. Alice Shaw’s lung cancer research, Advancement Office, St. John’s College, Box 2800, Annapolis, MD 21404. MA General Hospital, c/o Development Office, 165 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Please specify the Paul A. Mercer Memorial Fund on the check. Funeral arrangements were completed by the Cremation Society of Massachusetts


Florence Matteucci

Registered Nurse, worked for children with learning disabilities

Florence (Whelan) Matteucci of Melrose, formerly of Everett, died on October 24. She was 76 years old.

Mrs. Mateucci graduated from Cheverus High School and the Malden Hospital School of Nursing as Valedictorian. She worked for many years at NE Memorial Hospital and Wakefield Medical Center. She was the President of the Melrose Chapter of the MACLD for 10 years working tirelessly helping many students with learning disabilities.

She was the beloved wife of 54 years of Vincent T.; loving mother of Irene, Thomas and his wife, Debbie, Stephen and his wife, Lisa, David and his wife, Janet and Kenneth and his wife, Ann-Marie; devoted grandmother of Sarah, Mark, Tommy, Abigail, Danny, Joseph, Andrew and Susan; dear sister to Beverly Haneffant, Sister Barbara Whelan, Harold Whelan Jr and his wife, Lori, and sister in law of Charlotte.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers. please give to the charity of your choice:


Edward Johnson

Of Everett, formerly of Revere

Edward E. Johnson of Everett, a former long time resident of Revere, died at the Everett Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on October 21. He was 59 years old.

He was the beloved son of the late William A. Sr and Cornelia Johnson; dear brother of Susan H. Johnson of Revere and Charles B. Johnson, both of Revere, Jane Johnson-Davis of Scarborough ME and the late William A Johnson Jr. He is also survived by his loving niece, Libby Davis, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park.

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