Obituaries 07-27-2011

Ruth Spinelli

Retired Revere Teacher

Ruth C. Spinelli of Stoneham, formerly of Reading and Revere, died July 23 at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Stoneham.  She was 100 years old.

She was born in Revere on October 18, 1910, the daughter of Tommaso Spinelli, born in Lucazano, Italy and Margaret (Forsythe) Spinelli, born in Dunloghaire, Ireland.  She graduated from Lesley College in June of 1931 and was a teacher in the Revere school system for 38 years.  She was a life-long member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Educators. An accomplished visual artist, she traveled extensively throughout Europe on many trips with her sister, Gertrude, from 1960 to 1978.  She will always be remembered as a generous and loving aunt to her many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

She was the sister of the late Edward Spinelli, Sr., the late John Spinelli, Sr., the late Remo Spinelli, the late Gertrude Spinelli and the late Alma Spinelli Reid; the cherished aunt of Linda Bova and her husband, Basil of Revere, John Spinelli, Jr. and his wife, Teresa of Everett, Patricia Romeo of North Reading, Norma Vito and her husband, Edward of Peabody, and Susan (Reid) Larson of Stoneham and the late Dr. Edward Spinelli, Jr. and his wife, Rosemary Spinelli of Peabody.  She is also survived by 27 loving grandnieces and grandnephews and many great grandnieces and great grandnephews.

Her funeral will be held from the Douglass, Edgerley & Bessom Funeral Home, 25 Sanborn St. (Corner of Woburn Street) Reading today, Wednesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Athanasius Church, 300 Haverhill St., Reading at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.  For information, directions and on line guest book visit:

Donna Hartung

Retired Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff

Donna M. (Hennessey) Hartung of Revere, formerly of Charlestown, died on July 24. She was 63 years old.

Born in Somerville on August 4, 1947 to the late Joseph and Frances (Cunha) Hennessey, she grew up in Charlestown where she attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Charlestown High School in 1968. She furthered her education at Bunker Hill Community College and Suffolk University and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. She began working for The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department in 1991 as a Deputy Sheriff. She retired in 2009 after 18 years of service. She was also the first woman member of the Revere Police Auxillary.

The beloved wife of 28 years to Lady June Baker, she was the devoted mother of Janet Hartung of Revere, Tricia Avery of Woburn and Mark Luiso of Everett; loving Nana “D” to Eric, Kaileen, Adam, Devon and Anthony; beloved sister of Tom Hennessey (Ret. B.P.D.) and Jack Hennessey, both of Everett, and Mike Hennessey of Malden. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral on Thursday at 10 a.m. from the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown followed by her Funeral Mass in St. Francis De Sales Church, Charlestown, at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. For obituary, directions and online condolences, please visit

Louis Gianatassio

Everett resident

Louis Gianatassio of Everett died on July 23. He was 86 years old.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he was born on  February 3, 1925 and was the beloved husband of the late Marie (Tammaro); father of Dennis, Louis Jr. and his wife, Susan, Paul and his wife, Mira, and Karen, all of Everett; brother of the late Antonio, Alexander, Michael, Lena, Regina Moreschi, and Mary Guarino. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Brendon, Ryan, Heather, Christopher, Janelle, Paul, Kelsey, and Joseph.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, July 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony Church, Everett at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m, Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Complimentary valet parking will be available this evening.

Evelyn ‘Ella’ Salvatore

Everett resident

Evelyn “Ella” (Finamore) Salvatore of Everett died on July 18.

She was the beloved wife of the late James; daughter of the late Antonio and Nicoletta Finamore; sister of Dorothy Vitale of Peabody, the late Florence Spaulding, Mario Finamore, Ida Finamore, Ruth Pipitone and Richard Finamore. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Boston.  Memorial donations may be made to The Make A Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, 2nd Flr, Boston, MA 02114.

Eric Tempesta

Worked for Charles River Development

Eric M. Tempesta of North Reading, formerly of Everett, died on July 12 at the Winchester Hospital. He was 38 years old.

He was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception Grammar School, Malden Catholic High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Boston College Carroll School of Management. He worked for Charles River Development in Burlington as a product specialist.

He was the cherished husband of Laura (Hartman) Tempesta and loving father of Peter, Juliana, and Ava; the treasured son of Maureen Timmons and Don Tempesta and the beloved brother of Shawn Tempesta of Nevada and Dan Holmes and his wife, Rebecca of Virginia and the grandson of Pauline and Arthur Timmons.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading. Donations may be made to the Family of Eric Tempesta Memorial Fund, c/o TD Bank., 470 Main St., Reading MA 01867.

Mary Louise Bell

North Shore Community College teacher

Mary Louise Bell, who taught English composition at North Shore Community College for more than two decades died on July 21. She was 80 years old.

Committed to her students and her profession, she continued to teach as she battled cancer, retiring only after completing her students’ final grades in May. It was a heroic effort for a woman who has been a life-long advocate of the value of a liberal arts education. The daughter of immigrants from Newfoundland, Daniel and Mary Shaw, Mrs. Bell was born in Boston on May 13, 1931, the eldest of five children. Her mother died when she was 12 years old, and at an early age she felt a strong sense of responsibility for her younger brother and her three younger sisters.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in education from Salem State College and a Master’s degree in English from Boston University. In 1958, she began her teaching career in the North Reading School System. Also, with her husband, Thomas R. Bell, she owned the Chapman Nursery School in Everett and later the Baskin Robbins ice cream store in Central Square, Lynn. She also was the director of the Late Training Center, a workforce and personal development center, in Chelsea. She was a patron of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 50 years. She was the wife of the late Thomas R. Bell, a former police sergeant of the Revere Police Department and is survived by her son, Thomas D. Bell and his wife, Svetlana of Yarmouth, ME, and her grandchild Ihila; her daughter, Barbara Richard and her husband. Dennis Richard of Newburyport and their daughters, Kerry and Shawna; her sisters, Kathleen Harvey and Dorothy Barbaccia of DelRay Beach, FL, Barbara Pouliot of Goffstown, NH; and her brother, Fred and his wife Carolyn Shaw of North Reading.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, care of the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

C. Diana Mayo

Everett resident

C. Diana (Albano) Mayo of Everett died on July 21 following a valiant battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.

Wife of the late Vernon B. Mayo who died on July 7, 2010, she was the devoted sister of Jerry A. Albano of Salem, NH, Deborah N. Noyes of Sandown, NH, Eileen Osman of Wakefield, John L. Noyes of Bedford and the late Nicholas A. Albano. She is also lovingly survived by Thomas J. Mayo and his wife, Donna and their children, Kelly N. and Thomas J. Mayo, Jr., all of Waterboro, ME; cherished aunt of Ashley Spear of Everett, Anthony Albano of Lynn, Robert Albano of Stoneham, Brooke Armstrong of Sandown, NH and Karen Osman of Melrose. She was the beloved niece of Diane Rossetti of New Jersey and James Rossetti of New Hampshire; dear cousin of Denise Gallo of Gloucester and several other cousins. She was the daughter of the late Gennaro and Rosalie (Rossetti) Albano.

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

Maria Grava-Maffei

Died recently

Maria M. (Accettullo) Grava-Maffei died on July 23.

The beloved wife of the late Ralph R. Grava and Louis P. Maffei, she was the dear and devoted mother of Richard R. Grava and his wife, Gertrude P. of Lynnfield, Peter M. Grava and his dear friend, Carol Winsor of Medford and Elaine M. Ciaburri and her husband, Francis of Stoneham; sister of Janette Doherty of Stoneham, Elena Caggiano and her husband, Anthony of California, Rita Buccheri and her husband, Salvatore of Everett and the late Tina Pepicelli and Joanne Daniels; loving grandmother of Richard S. Grava, Darrin J. Grava, Christopher J. Grava, Ralph A. Grava, Peter R. Grava, Eric J. Grava, Camille Pipitone, Sharon Viveiros and Steven Ciaburri and loving great-grandmother of 17 great-grandchildren.

Her Funeral will be held from the Cafasso & Sons Funeral  Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main Street) Everett, today, Wednesday, at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Pleasant Street, Malden, at 9 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Daniel Doherty

Monsanto retiree

Daniel F. Doherty of Everett died on July 20. He was 87 years old.

A 30-year employee of Monsanto Co., he was the beloved husband of Esther (Hegarty) Doherty; loving father of Sheila Doherty of Everett, Maureen Cognata and her husband, Gus of Malden, and Daniel Doherty and his wife, Joyce of Stoneham; cherished grandfather of Kristen, Gus, and Kevin Cognata.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to SMD Charity Fund c/o Malden Masonic Building, 142 Pleasant St., Malden, MA 02148. For online guest book visit

Robert Randall

Melrose resident

Robert F. Randall of Melrose died on July 21.

He was the beloved husband of Diane M. (Glancy) Randall with whom he shared 39 years of marriage; devoted father of Robert P. Randall of Melrose, and Lindsay R. Clifton and her husband, Jeremy of Baltimore, MD; loving grandfather of Finley B. Clifton; dear son of the late Frederick B. and Ruth F. Randall and cherished son-in-law of Dora M. Glancy of Everett and the late Albert F. Glancy; dear brother of Ruth Sentas and her husband John of Lynnfield and Stephen Randall of Lynnfield. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Robinson Funeral Home, Melrose. Gifts in his honor may be made to Mass General Hospital, Robert F. Randall Fund, 165 Cambridge St., Ste. 600, Boston, MA 02114. For online tribute or to express condolences, visit

James Moccia

Died recently

James R. Moccia, son of the late Edith (Di Mazio) and William Moccia, died on July 13.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Ascolillo); his sister, Anne Marie Moccia and his brother, Robert Moccia of Everett; his son James Moccia, Jr., of Salem, his daughter and son in-law, Sandra and Wayne Paradis of Port Orange, FL, his grandchildren, Jamie Orsini and Jannell and Jason Foster and his great grandson, Brendyn, of Wakefield.

An inurnment graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 9 a.m. at Fairview Cemetery, Hyde Park. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

Nunzio ‘Mac’ Imbrescia

Longtime Everett Housing Authority Foreman

Nunzio P. “Mac” Imbrescia of Peabody, formerly of Everett, died on July 19. He was 73 years old.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was employed for 28 years as a foreman for the Everett Housing Authority.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years to Jeanne M. (Carozza) Imbrescia; loving father of Cheryl Kennedy and her husband, Terrence, Richard Imbrescia and his wife, Annette, Sheila Shedd and her husband, David and Philip Imbrescia and his wife, Maureen; loving brother of Theresa Harris and Caroline Kioussis. He is also survived by 12 cherished grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For online guest book visit

Raymond Dunbrack

Longtime Everett School Lunch Program employee

Raymond W. Dunbrack of Everett died at home on July 18. He was 71 years old.

Mr. Dunbrack was born in Everett and was a lifelong resident of this city. He retired as a mechanical technician for a machine shop. He also worked for the Everett school lunch program for many years.

He was the beloved husband of more than 49 years of Judith R. (Carroll); dear and devoted father of Christine Dunbrack and George W. Dunbrack, all of Everett, and the late David, Joseph and Raymond W. Dunbrack, Jr.; brother of Marilyn Faia, Charlotte Grande, Dorothy Foresteire and Deborah Dunbrack, all of Everett, and the late Valerie Foti; loving grandfather of Eric D. Dunbrack, Lauren R. Boudreau, Joseph M. Dunbrack, Andrea Dunbrack, Megan Smokler, Jessica R., Sydney R., and Ciara R. Dunbrack and great-grandfather of Jaelyn Dunbrack.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901, would be sincerely appreciated.

Richard Sullivan

Died from fall

Richard J. Sullivan, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on July 15 at the Brigham & Womens’ Hospital of Boston after sustaining multiple injuries as the result of a fall at the “Franklin House” of Roslindale where he has been a resident. He was 46 years old.

He was born and lived in Revere all his life until moving to “Franklin House” in 2009. He was a 1985 graduate of Wakefield Vocational School – Special Needs Program and worked as a maintenance man for VINFEN, a program within the special needs agenda for Franklin House.

He was the beloved son of Robert E. Sullivan, Sr. and the late Celia P. (Rost-DeCelia) of Revere; the devoted brother of Robert E. Sullivan, Jr. of Everett, Charles E. Sullivan of Gloucester and Michael J. Sullivan and his wife, Karen of Melrose. He is also survived by three nephews and one niece; an uncle, Paul Sullivan of Lakeville, MA and two cousins, Ralph Vito and his wife, Cheryl of Melrose and Alyce Vito of Revere. He was also the nephew of the late Dorothy Sullivan Vito.

Services and burial were private with arrangements by the Vertuccio & Smith Home For Funerals of Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the “Franklin House” – Vinen Corp., 15 Catherine Street, Roslindale, MA 02131 Attn. Ms. Sydney Rives.

Carol Clementi

Everett resident

Carol E. (Resselar) Clementi of Everett died on July 16.

She was the devoted wife of the late Antonio Clementi; beloved mother of Harry J. Templeton of Everett, Thomas N. Templeton of Everett and Hampton, NH, and Major Domenic P. Clementi and his wife, Marie of Richmond Hill, GA; mother in-law of Nancy (Templeton) Seaver; sister of Cynthia Hede and the late Rhoda Cleer and Hazel Anderson; cherished grandmother of Joseph, Thomas, Jr. and John Templeton, and Alegra and Oona Clementi; great grandmother of Thomas III and Matthew Templeton and Ashlee Locke. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the A.J. Spadafora Funeral Home, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Flr., Brookline, MA, 02445-7295. For guestbook see

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