Obituaries 07-14-2010

Daniel Aragona

National Guard retiree

Daniel Aragona of Wakefield, formerly of Malden, died on July 10 at the Kaplan Family Hospice in Danvers. He was 82 years old.

A faithful member of the Eagle Heights Assembly of God Church, Chelsea serving in many capacities for over 64 years, he was a retired member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard proudly serving for 35 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer.

He was the beloved husband of Evelyn E. (Rizzo); dear and devoted father of Deborah A. Sensale and her husband, Louis and David W. Aragona and his wife, Patricia of Malden; brother of Anthony Aragona of Maryland, Frank Aragona of Arizona, Josephine Fantuccio of Quincy and the late Rose O’Brien; loving grandfather of Danielle and Samantha Aragona and Louis Sensale.

Funeral services will be held in the Vineyard Metro North Church, 47 Adams Ave., Saugus, today, Wednesday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Arrangements entrusted to Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home Everett 617-387-3120


Arthur Todisco

Owned AT Construction

Arthur R. Todisco of Saugus died on July 8.

He owned AT Construction since 1975 and was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

He was the loving husband of Sharon (Staples) Todisco; son of the late Antonio and Antonetta Todisco; beloved father of Tracie Parker and her husband, Mark, of Lynn, Christopher Todisco of Lynn, Thomas Cennami, Jr. and his wife, Tricia, of Lynn, Lisa Phillips and her husband, George, of Saugus, Janice Cennami of Saugus, Joseph Repetto of Saugus, Mary Sue Repetto of Brockton, the late Arthur “Beau”, Dean, and Renee Todisco; father-in-law of Joanne Todisco of Chelsea; dear brother of Lenora Dragone of Swampscott, Guido Todisco of Reading, Antonio Todisco of Winchester, Florence Ciulla of Beverly, Antonetta Marino of Saugus, Angela Lavasco of Melrose, Joseph Todisco of Everett, the late Vincent, Pasquale, Armando and Mario Todisco. He is also survived by many special grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For obit, please visit:


Vernon Mayo

Mass Turnpike Authority retiree

Vernon B. Mayo in Everett, formerly of Deer River, MN, died on July 7 following a long illness.

He was a Mass. Turnpike Authority retiree and a US Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Era.

He was the beloved husband of 23 years of C. Diana (Albano); devoted father of Leanne Anderson of Lewiston, ME, Thomas J. Mayo of Waterboro, ME, Rhonda L. Vidaurie of Revere and Catherine M. Sutton of Sabattus, ME; dear brother of Donald, Richard and Thomas Mayo, Evelyn Lee, Carol Thompson, Catherine Parks, Viola Thompson, all of Minnesota, and the late James and William Mayo; cherished uncle to Ashley Speer of Everett, Anthony Albano of Lynn, Robert Albano of Stoneham, Brooke Armstrong of Sandown, NH and Karen Osman of Melrose. He is also lovingly survived by 13 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Deborah Noyes of Sandown, NH and Jerry J. Albano of Salem, NH and many nieces and nephews in Minnesota.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38148-0142.


Dorothy D’Amico

Revere resident

Dorothy E. (DeNisco) D’Amico of Revere died on July 6.

She was the beloved wife of Andrew R. D’Amico with whom she shared 61 years of marriage; loving mother of Andrew “Bob” D’Amico and his wife, Geri, of Danvers, Lauragale “Laura” D’Amico and her companion, Thomas Desisto, of Revere, Rosemary “Cooki” DiBartolomeo and her husband, Darren, of Lynnfield, and Dorothy “Donna” Petrella and her husband, Peter, of W. Peabody; dear sister of Connie LaPawgh of Everett, William DeNisco of Chelsea, Laura White of Everett, Peter DeNisco of Lynnfield, and the late Mary D’Orlando, Josephine Palmieri, Theresa Elios and Virginia Cataldo. She was the cherished grandmother of nine and great grandmother of one and fond sister-in-law of Mary Gagliardi of Somerville and Vito D’Amico of New Hampshire.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Remembrances may be made in her name to Dana Farber Cancer Institute Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, Floor 6, Brookline, MA 02445-9924. For guest book, please visit:


Richard Damien Hogan Jr.

Worked for Hudson General Aviation

Richard Damien Hogan Jr. died suddenly at home on July 6. He was 40 years old.

Born in Everett, he graduated from Our Lady of Grace Grammar School and Newman Prep in Boston. He was also a graduate of The Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He worked as an operating technician at Hudson General Aviation.

At one time, he did the Crossroads Walk across America for saving the unborn walking from California to Washington D.C. He also enjoyed traveling abroad and he was an avid reader.

He was the beloved son of Richard D. and Christina (Stack) Hogan and the brother of Atty. Julia Hogan Drozdick and her husband, Michael, of Milton, Katherine Hogan and her husband, Stephen, of South Boston; the uncle of Katherine, Daniel, Brianna, Stephanie, and Max and the grandson of the late Atty. Joseph C. and Julia A. Hogan and Michael and Mary Stack; the devoted nephew of Atty. Frances X. Hogan of Everett, Dr. Joseph C. Hogan of Belmont, Margaret Walsh of Everett, Jacinta Leyne of Lexington, Sean, Martin, James, Stephen, Delia, Elizabeth, Alice, Mary, and Eileen, all of Ireland.

His Funeral was held from the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett followed by a Concelebrated Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend Joseph Gaudette officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to the Immaculate Conception Parish, 489 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.


Andrew ‘Junior’ Brancato


Andrew R. “Junior” Brancato of West Peabody died on July 9 with his family by his side. He was 77 years old.

Mr. Brancato was born September 3, 1932 in Chelsea to Andrew and Angelina Brancato. He grew up in Chelsea and served in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany. He opened his first beauty shop, Brancato’s Beauty Supplies in Chelsea in 1961. He was an entrepreneur who knew how to create a successful business. For example, in 1974 he opened Andy Panda Ice Cream of East Boston.

1964 he married his wife, Ronnie, and moved to Peabody where she still resides. He loved his family, traveling and work. He also enjoyed sharing his life stories with everyone he met. He always told a good story and was a generous man. He will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him.

He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Ronnie (Joyce); loving father of Andrew and his wife, Quenia, and their children Andrew, Joey and Rebekah; Andrea Brancato-Walke and her husband, Alan, and their sons Mathew and Michael, and Karla Brancato and her daughter, Santina; beloved brother of Nettie and Mary and the late Minnie, Gracie, Josie, Janice, Connie and Angie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabody.


Paul Tierney

Somerville resident

Paul J. Tierney of Somerville, formerly of Charlestown, died on July 6.

A US Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved son of the late Mary (Ryan) and Francis V. Tierney; brother of the late Edward J., Francis and Patricia Tierney; brother-In-Law of Florence J. Tierney of Somerville and Rita Tierney of Everett; loving uncle of Denise, Francis, Patrick, Paul, Michael, Anne-Marie, William, John and Susan.

A graveside service was held in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For more information, please visit


Clara Schena

Everett resident

Clara (Galante) Schena of Everett died on July 7.

She was the beloved wife of Patrick Schena and loving mother of Patrick Schena and his wife, Tina, of Windham, NH, Patricia Schena and her husband, Bouchaib Chmal, of Everett and John Schena and his wife, Christine, of Andover. She is also survived by her three loving grandchildren; Michela, Nicole and Patrick She was the beloved sister of Mary Lynch and the late Rachel, Margaret, Rena Lena, and Nicholas.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to St. Anthony’s Parish, 38 Oakes St, Everett, 02149.


Dorothy DeVico

Of Reading, formerly of Everett

Dorothy (Pacillo) DeVico of Reading, formerly of Everett, died on July 7. She was 85 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jerry DeVico; devoted mother of Carol Ann Cerasuolo and her husband, Anthony, of Reading and Cheryl Ann Brown and her husband, Robert, of Everett; cherished grandmother of Marisa Cerasuolo of N. Andover and Marc Cerasuolo and his wife, Giuseppina, of Reading; great grandmother of Rocco-Antonio; dear sister of Lucy Carpenella, Gilda Tammaro, Mildred Murphy, Anthony Pacillo and the late Emma Bosco, Josephine Hadge, Michael Pacillo, Marji Bertone; loving daughter of the late Michelina (Maffeo) Pacillo and Antonio Pacillo. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass Celebrating her life will be held today, Wednesday, July 14 in St. Patrick Church, 71 Central Street, Stoneham at 10 a.m. Please honor her by making donations in her memory to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Jimmy Fund, 44 Binney St., Boston, MA 02115. For directions or to send a memorial condolence, please visit:


Nicola D’Angelo

Member Sons of Orsogna

Nicola D’Angelo, a longtime resident of Everett, died on July 7 at the Leonard Shattuck Hospital in Boston. He was 78 years old.

Born in Orsogna, Italy, he was a member of the Sons of Orsogna, Everett and a retired construction worker.

He was the beloved husband of Delia (Petino); dear and devoted father of the late Maria Primeterra; loving grandfather of Amedeo Primeterra of Colorado and Mary Primeterra of Everett; brother of Raffaele of Italy, Maria Bartoletti of Michigan, Tina Lucky of Kentucky and the late Alfredo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Everett Murray

Of Lowell, formerly of Everett

Everett J. Murray of Lowell, formerly of Everett, died July 5 following a brief illness. He was 54 years old.

Born in Medford on July 19, 1955, son of the late Edward McDonald Murray and Enid Ursula (Callender) Murray, he was the beloved husband of Debbie Mains, beloved father of Everett Mains, “Jr.” and twin daughters, Brenda and Rachel Mains, all of Lowell; beloved brother of Al Murray and his wife, Tammie, of California, Liz Murray of Randolph, Ellen Murray of California, and Elaine Caldwell of Everett.

Funeral arrangements were by the M.R. Laurin & Son Funeral Home, Lowell. For guestbook visit:


Roberta Larffarello

Charlestown resident

Roberta F. (Stewart) Larffarello of Charlestown died on July 1.

She was the beloved mother of Anthony Larffarello of Charlestown; loving sister of Janet Dickerson of Everett and the late Carol McGrath.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown.


Mafalda ‘Rose’ Rizzo

Longtime member of the

Revere Moose Lodge

Mafalda “Rose” (Carrillo) Rizzo of Chelsea, formerly of Malden, died on July 5 after a short illness. She was 83 years old.

The wife of the late Dominic J. Rizzo who died in 1988, she was born on June 15, 1927 in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Achille and Maria Romano Carrillo. She was educated in Chelsea and was a former resident of Malden.

A housewife and loving mother, she enjoyed spending time with her famiy, listening to Italian music and watching Lawrence Welk and American Idol on TV. She was a longtime member of the Revere Moose Lodge.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph Rizzo of Revere and Paul Rizzo of Malden and her daughters, Lois Hussey of Everett and Gloria Power of Chelsea; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ermani, Joseph, Salvatore, Dante, Alba, Norma and Helen and stepsister to Mario, James, Clara and Dora.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Reynold Vitale

Former Owner of Reynold A. Vitale Complete Printing Services

Reynold A. Vitale of Revere died on July 1. He was 66 years old.

Born, raised and a life long resident of Revere, he was a 1961 graduate of Revere High School. He trained in the printing business at the Boston Herald and later opened his own business, ”Reynold A. Vitale Complete Printing Services of Revere” which he ran for more than 20 years. He was also a member and officer of the Revere Auxiliary Police and a former member of the Franklin Typographical Society.

The son of the late Henry L. and Louise M. (Zolla) Vitale, he was the devoted father of Glenn E. of Malden and Eric J. Vitale and his wife, Deborah, of Londonderry, NH; cherished grandfather of Theodore J. and Emily “Kate” Vitale, Michael G. and Kevin J. Pementel, all of Londonderry, NH; dear brother of Annette M. Thompson and her husband, Bernard, of Cape Coral, FL, Henry F. Vitale and his late wife, Connie, of East Boston, Russell E. Vitale and his companion, Beverly Rogers, and Elaine L. Bougiouris and her husband, Kyriacos E., all of Revere. He is also lovingly survived by his former wife, Linda A. (Killion) Vitale and his former mother-in-law, Helen Killion, both of Malden, and his dear friend, Robin Reed, of Everett and by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Private burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Pl. West, Brookline, MA 02445-9924.


Jean Delaney

Of Saugus, formerly of Everett

Jean C. (Cutting) Delaney of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on July 11.

She was the wife of the late Allan M. Delaney; loving mother of Mark A. Delaney and his wife, Carol, of Centerville, Deborah Cox and her husband, Ernest, of Saugus; beloved grandmother of Kerrin Delaney, Mark Cox and Brian Delaney; sister of Viola Hackett of Wakefield and the late Ruth, Peggy, Frederick and John.

A funeral service will be held in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., Saugus, today, Wednesday, at noon. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o The VNA of Middlesex-East and Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607North Ave., Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880. For directions and condolences,

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