Longtime Whidden Memorial Hospital Dietary Worker
Barbara A. (Clough) Upton of Beachmont Revere died on December 14 at the Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge. She was 74 years old.
The wife of the late John Upton, she was born in Medford and raised in Medford and Malden, the daughter of the late Ralph and Alice (Robb) Clough. She was a graduate of Beebe Junior High School and Malden High School. A resident of the Beachmont section of Revere for the last 30 years, Mrs. Upton was a dietary worker for many years at Whidden Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by three children; Jeffrey Upton and his wife, Sumiko of Saugus, Kenneth Upton of Everett and Renee O’Brien of Winthrop; six grandchildren: Christina, Julia, Alice, Cindy, Kenneth and Stephanie and one great grandson, David. She was the sister of Ralph Clough, Herbert Clough, Albert Clough, William Clough, Edith McGillen and the late Richard Clough. Mrs. Upton, who is also survived by many nieces and nephews, was the mother of the late Steven Upton.
Funeral arrangements were by the Porcella Funeral Home, Beachmont-Revere. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. For condolences please visit, www.BisbeePorcella.com.
Of Melrose, formerly of Everett
Deborah J. (Lancia) Borella of Melrose, formerly of Everett, passed away on December 6 at the Tewksbury Hospital. She was 58 years old.
She was born in Revere on July 3, 1958, one of six children of the late Anthony and Harriet (Bos) Lancia. She grew up in Everett and only recently moved to Melrose. She attended Everett Schools, graduated from Everett High School and worked in the curtain industry as a stitcher.
She was the sister of Diane Masucci of Chelsea, Lucille Najarian of New Hampshire, Anthony of Boston, Lisa Lancia of Melrose and the late Joanne King. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.
Member of the Sons of Orsogna
Vincent J. Desiderio of Everett, formerly of Medford and Stoneham, died on December 14.
A member of the Sons of Orsogna, he was the son of Rocco of North Reading and the late Rosalie Ciaramitaro; brother of Debbie Ismail of Leominster and is also survived by many cousins and friends.
Arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Rocco – Carr – Henderson Funeral Service 1-977-71-ROCCO www.roccofuneralhomes.com
Dominic ‘Dickie’ Tarantino
Malden DPW Retiree
Dominic A. “Dickie” Tarantino of Everett, formerly of Malden, died unexpectedly on December 15 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 70 years old.
He was a US Army veteran, a retired employee of the City of Malden, DPW with 20 years of service and a member of the Malden Moose #1910. Born in Malden and a longtime resident of Malden before moving to Everett many years ago, he also worked for many years for Malden Taxi and HomeDepot in Everett
He was the beloved husband for more than 48 years of Nancy J. (Dascoli); dear and devoted father of Paul T. and his wife, Theresa of Malden, Mark J. and his wife, Elizabeth of Florida and Michael D. and his wife, Laura of Peabody; dear brother of Marie Buckelew and her husband, Roy of Revere, Joseph Tarantino and his wife, Nancy of East Boston and Josephine Epps of Lynnfield; loving grandfather of Nicholas, Antonio, Marcus, Joseph, Sophie, Dylan and Natalie Tarantino.
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. Joseph’s Church, 770 Salem St., Malden, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in his memory to the National Kidney Foundation, 11 Vanderbuilt Ave. Ste. 105, Norwood, MA 02062-5056, would be sincerely appreciated.
Patricia ‘Pat’ Power
Of Newburyport, formerly of Charlestown
Patricia A. “Pat” (Ellgner) Power of Newburyport, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 14. She was 73 years old.
She was the devoted mother of Donna Dacey of Charlestown, Charles Power of Seabrook, N.H., Bobby Power of Everett, Joey Power of Somersworth, N.H., Anthony Power of Revere and Tina Gillen of Somersworth, N.H.; loving Nana Pat to 12 grandchildren and to four great-grandchildren; beloved sister of Kay Coughlin of Florida and the late Peggy Galipeau. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 22 at 10 a.m. in St. Francis De Sales Church, 313 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown. Burial will be private. There are no visiting hours. For obituary and online condolences, please visit www.carrfuneral.com.
Mary C. (McNamee) Griffis of Everett, formerly of Charlestown, died on December 14. She was 69 years old.
A volunteer at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital “She made the program.”
She was the beloved wife of 48 years to Phillip Griffis, devoted mother of Patrick Griffis of Cambridge and Patricia Griffis of Everett; beloved sister of Margaret “Peggy” Loftin of Tewksbury, Henry “Buzz” McNamee of Peabody, Eileen Nye of Everett and John McNamee of Tewksbury and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For obituary, and online condolences, please visit www.carrfuneral.com.
Cosmo DiFusco of Somerville died on December 14. Born in Gaeta, Italy, he was the beloved husband of Antonietta (Perrone); father of Damiano and his wife, Sandra of Newton, NH, Robert and his fiancée, Eli Payano of Everett, and Luca and his wife, Melisa of Somerville; brother of Joseph of Somerville, Frank of Somerville, Liliana Valente of Randolph, Maria and Angelina, both of Italy and is also survived by five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was in Woodlawn Mausoleum, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105. www.roccofuneralhomes.com
Eleanor G. (Mann) Russell of Everett passed away on December 11. She was 91 years old.
She was the beloved mother of Robert H. Russell and his wife, Regina M. Russell of Wakefield, Laura J. Lally of Lowell, and William A. Russell of Billerica; cherished grandmother of Catherine D. Russell, Drew M. Russell, US Army Major James R. Lally, Jr., Thomas P. Lally, and Alex M. Russell; cherished great-grandmother of James Lally, Theodore Lally, and Raeanne Russell and dear sister of Mabel H. Mann and the late Robert Mann. Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For online guest book, please visit: jfwardfuneralhome.com.
Served with B26 Marauders in World War II
Theodore D’Andrea, a resident of Wellesley for over 60 years, passed away December 13. He was 94 years old.
Mr. D’Andrea was a proud veteran of the US Army Air Corps, having served with the B26 Marauders in World War II as a staff sergeant and small arms expert. After completing his service, Mr. and Mrs. D’Andrea settled in Wellesley to start their family. In 1955, he graduated from Boston University with a BS in Business Management, having spent the previous nine years attending night school through the GI Bill.
Throughout his career, Mr. D’Andrea worked as a purchasing agent for several high tech companies and as a nursing home administrator. He was a member of Toastmasters International, a jazz music aficionado and a naturally talented pianist, having learned to play his favorite pieces by ear. He loved to cook and entertain and was one of the founding members of the former St. James the Great Church in Wellesley.
He was the beloved husband of the late Juliette (Ferrara); loving father of Joanne Cook and her husband, John of Plymouth, Patrice Massaro and her husband, Nicholas of Yorktown Heights, NY and Jill Fischmann and her husband, Hans of Wellesley; grandfather of Kathryn and Thea Fischmann and dear brother of Angelo D’Andrea of Malden, Phyllis Trigilio and her husband, Joseph of Everett, and the late Peter, Merlin and Albert D’Andrea, Cora Trubiani, Mary Lou DeFilippo and Loretta Amato. He is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews and godchildren.. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, December 18 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley Hills, followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellesley. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial ProgramP.O. Box 14301Cincinnati, OH 45250 www.DAV.org. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley Hills. www.BurkeFamilyFuneralHomes.com.
Santa ‘Sandra’ Bordinaro
Santa “Sandra” (Foti) Bordinaro of Everett died on December 11.
He was the beloved mother of Anna Chiarello, Nancy Caccavaro and her husband, Marshall and JoAnn Wilichoski and her partner, Bobby Gatta; loving sister of Paul Foti and the late Frank and Ralph Foti and Virginia Iacoviello who is survived by her husband, Carlo. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren: Dawn, Jimmy, Joseph, Dean and Matthew and great-grandchildren Thomas and Jaida.
Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034 roccofuneralhomes.com
Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Frazier
Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea
Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Hemeon) Frazier of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died on December 8.
She was the wife of the late Clement P. Frazier; loving mother of the late Catherine M. Leuci; cherished grandmother of Edward M. Nazzaro and Paula M. Nazzaro, both of Everett; great grandmother of Daniel E. McTigue of Everett; dear sister of Gertrude Ciarlone of Chelsea, Mildred Nickerson of Malden, Doris Davis of Franklin and the late Helen Palumbo, Ralph Hemeon, Alfred Hemeon, Theresa Bradbrook and Anna Deal.
At her request, services were private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to The Massachusetts Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donations, 89 South St., Suite 406, Boston, MA 02111. For condolences www.BisbeePorcella.com Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home
Justin Chinal of Everett died on December 10.
The loving son of Jeffrey R. and his wife, Janis Chinal of Everett and the late Judith (Murphy) Chinal, he was the beloved brother of Steven, Samantha, Michaela and Caeden, all of Everett; step brother of Candice and Ashley LaRose of Everett; grandson of the late Helen (Delay) Chinal of Arlington and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral arrangements were by The DeVito-O’Donnell Funeral Home, Arlington. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to International Down Syndrome, PO Box 382083, Germantown,TN 38183 (The IDSC.org). For condolences, visit devitofuneralhomes.com
Retired USDA Inspector
Cono A. “Tony” Donnaruma, a longtime resident of Everett, died at home on December 12. He was 84 years old.
A US Coast Guard veteran, he was a retired Federal Inspector for the United States Department of Agriculture where he worked for 30 years.
He was the beloved husband of the late Marie F. (Barresi); dear and devoted father of Karen A. Haskell of Everett and the late Kim Donnaruma; brother of Gerald of Charlestown, Carmen of Melrose, Rosanna Shea of Revere and the late Eva and Frances. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in the MA National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, contibutions in his memory to the charity of one’s choice would be sincerely appreciated.
Leonard T. Palmer of Everett passed away on December 11. He was 78 years old.
A retired carpenter Union Local #40 and a US Navy veteran, he was the former husband of the late Joan M. (Morgan) Palmer, the loving father of Evelyn Palmer and Leonard T. Palmer, Jr. ; cherished grandfather of Ashley and Brandy Liljeblad, and Leonard T. Palmer III; dear brother of Muriel Marsch, the late James R., Albert M., Richard J., Alvin C., and Vincent N. Palmer. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. In his memory, donations may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. For online guest book, visit jfwardfuneralhome.com JF Ward Funeral Home (617) 387-3367
Worked for Forbes Lithograph; Among Original Sagamore Social Club Members
David F. Carleton of Everett passed away on December 9. He was 94 years old.
“Dave” was born on January 29, 1914 in Boston, one of two sons of the late William and Beatrice (Corbett) Carleton. He grew up in Chelsea but has been an Everett resident for the past 67 years.
He began working at the age of eight in a grocery store on Sagamore Avenue in Chelsea, the street where he lived, to earn money to pay for his own clothes and school books. At the age of 18, he paid $50 to Mass General Hospital for a tonsillectomy from his own earnings.
He graduated from Chelsea High School in 1932, attended Burdett College and was one of the original founders of the Sagamore Social Club.
Dave served his country in the US Navy and after an honorable discharge, he returned home and worked as a lithographer at Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company in Chelsea. At times, he worked three jobs to support his family.
He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth J. (Small) who died in 1995. He was the loving father of James F. and his fiancée, Lorraine Lonardelli, of Florida, David and his wife, Nancy of Saugus and Susan Giannelli and her husband, Carl of Everett. He was the brother-in-law of Rita Carleton and her husband, the late James.
Dave’s eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren enjoyed many wonderful times with their “Pa” and he had a generous heart with each and every one of them. He opened his home to many over the years, offering them a place to stay, never saying no to anyone in need. He gave generously to his church and to many charities.
David Carleton was a man of great character, humility, strength, integrity and limitless kindness. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
His Funeral was held from The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church.. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Grace A. English of Malden died on December 7.
She was the devoted daughter of Vincent J. and Mary V. (Rodden) English; cherished sister of Margaret Richardson of Florida and the late Mary Bavota, Ellen Noonan, Susan Whalen, Vincent English, Cecelia Dean, and Bernard English and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. www.weirfuneralhome.com
Noresco Corp Senior Project Engineer
Anthony C. Primo of Weymouth, formerly of Somerville and the North End, passed away December 9. He was 63 years old.
A Senior Project Engineer for Noresco Corporation in Westborough, he was formerly employed by Parsons Corporation, Vanderweil Engineering, and Raytheon (United Engineering). He was an active member of the Fisherman’s Feast “Madonna DelSoccorso Society” in the North End for many years, a former CCD teacher at St. Francis Xavier Church, a Weymouth Youth Soccer Coach and former President of Weymouth Youth Soccer. He graduated from English High School and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (Lowell Tech.)
He was the beloved husband of 40 years of Barbara A. (Sullivan) Primo; devoted father of Anthony J. and his wife, Kate Primo of Quincy, Michelle Primo-DeRosa and her husband, Keith of Wrentham and Mark J. Primo of Weymouth; loving son of Vincenza “Tina” (Misuraca) Primo of Revere and the late Joseph Primo; brother of Salvatore Primo of Mansfield and Joseph Primo of Everett; loving grandfather of Michael and Anna Primo and Giuliana DeRosa and is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were by the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth. Burial was in Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Boston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association , 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. See McDonald-FuneralHomes.com for online condolences.
Curtain Industry Stitcher
Deborah J. (Lancia)Borella,, a resident of Melrose, formerly of Everett, passed away on December 6 at the Tewksbury Hospital. She was 58 years old.
She was born on July 3, 1958, one of six children of the late Anthony and Harriet (Bos) Lancia, in Revere and grew up in Everett only recently moving to Melrose. She attended Everett Schools, graduated from Everett High School and worked in the curtain industry as a stitcher. She was the sister of Diane Masucci of Chelsea, Lucille Najarian of New Hampshire, Anthony of Boston, Lisa Lancia of Melrose and the late Joanne King and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.
Of California, formerly of Everett
Peter Sacco of California, formerly of Everett, died on December 14.
The beloved husband of Angelina “Ann” Sacco, he was the loving father of Larry Sacco and his wife, Carol of Byfield and Frank Sacco of Lynn and is survived by three loving grandchildren, Jessica, Andrea and Lauren. Funeral will be held from the Salvatore, Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett, today, Wednesday, December 19 at 10:30 a.m. with services in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. roccofuneralhomes.com
Donna Marie Perretti
Mass. Dept. of Revenue, Retiree; “Everett Huskies” Volunteer
Donna Marie (Sledzinski) Perretti died at her York, Maine home on December 18 following a long illness. With the first Christmas snow falling and her family surrounding her with love, she peacefully walked into the Kingdom of Heaven at the age of 69.
Born in Chelsea, she lived in Revere until she was a young woman. She was a 1961 graduate of Revere High School. For many years, she worked as a clerk-typist for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in Chelsea until her retirement. She was a long time resident of Everett and an avid supporter and volunteer for the “Everett Huskies.”
She was also a long time summer resident of York, Maine and spent all of her time between her Everett home and her home in York.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 50 years, Carl D. Perretti and her spirit lives on through Carl’s life. She is the cherished mother of Everett Firefighter Derek C. Perretti and his wife, Brenda of Cape Neddick, Maine and Dale T Perretti and his wife, Lois of Everett; adoring grandmother of: Rory D. and Dierk Perretti; dear sister of May Hanson and Dorothy Hearn and her husband, Donald, all of West Palm Beach, Florida and Danielle Brogna and her husband, Robert. She also leaves her aunts: Marilyn Carroll and Rita Kehoe and her husband, Joseph, all of Revere.
Embracing her at the Gates of Heaven are her late son David T. Perretti of Revere, her late parents, Isabel M. (Kehoe) and Anthony Constantino and her late siblings, William and Carol Sledzinski.
The Perretti Family extends sincere thanks to the American Medical Response Ambulance of Kittery, Maine for making Donna’s last trip home amazing as they stopped at her two favorite spots, “The Nubble Light House” and “York Beach.” The family also extends deepest gratitude to Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Harvard Vanguard, Boston and York Hospital Hospice for their extraordinary support and care.
Her funeral will be conducted in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere on Thursday, December 20 at 10 a.m. followed by burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Day Care Provider
Helene Nigro-Shepard died peacefully with her adoring family by her side on December 15. She was 39 years old.
She recently moved to Salem after living in Virginia for 10 years.
Since she was a teenager, she helped shape the lives of children entrusted to her in her work as a babysitter and day care provider. She left an indelible heart print on so many.
Helene grew up in Everett and married her high school sweetheart. She was the beloved wife of Frederick and extraordinary mother to Harley, Frederick, and Brady; loving daughter of Joseph W. and Ann M. Nigro and special daughter-in-law to Charlotte and Donald Shepard; cherished sister of Kelly Doherty of Everett, Joseph III and his wife, Barbara of Salem, Shannon Amsler and her husband, Joe of Lexington, Erin Straticos and her husband Jimmy of Everett and John and his wife, Gina of Melrose; admired sister-in-law of Roxanne Shepard, Tommy Doherty and Maria Freni; faithful and best friend of Karen Sears and Chrissy Mojica, idolized aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and treasured by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Her Funeral Mass will be on Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Church, Everett at 10:30 a.m. Visiting Hours are today, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Murphy & O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shepard Family Fund, c/o PO Box 550227, North Waltham, MA 02155.
Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea
Madelyn Dubon of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly at Boston Medical Center on December 13 from complications of Lupus.
Born in Boston and a Chelsea resident for many years, she was the devoted daughter of Jenak Martinez of Everett and Victor M. Dubon of Honduras; beloved sister of Victor Y. Dubon, Ronny R. Zelaya and Celinet Zelaya, all of Chelsea, Felix A. Dubon, Flor M. Dubon and Victoria M. Dubon, all of Honduras; cherished granddaughter of Victor M. Dubon, Florida Dubon and Juana M. Martinez, all of Chelsea and the late Evaristo Soto.
Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.