Obituaries 04-02-2014

Catherine Haley

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Everett

Catherine (Poskis) Haley of New Hampshire, a former longtime resident of Everett, died on March 28 at Laurel Center in Bedford, NH. She was 96 years old.

Born in South Boston and a retired assembler in electronics who worked for Stryco Electronics, Raytheon and Orion Research, she was the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Haley; dear and devoted mother of June C. Sheehan and her husband, Robert J. of Londonderry, NH; loving grandmother of Robert M. Sheehan and his fiance, Kimberly Conant and Jennifer C. Sheehan; sister of the late Theodore Urbaczewski and Sophie Welnicki; aunt of James Welnicki, Robert Welnicki and Arlene Welnicki; sister-in-law of the late Leo, Francis and Margaret Haley, Dorothy Mullen, Evelyn Petti and Mary Morgan and is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Catherine’s visiting hours in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main Street) Everett today, Wednesday, April 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Her funeral will be held from the funeral home on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St. Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in Catherine’s memory to the charity of one’s choice -would be sincerely appreciated.

Victor D’Amelio

Proud to be an American; He Touched Everyone’s Heart

Victor D’Amelio, formerly of Everett, died at home in Cava De’Tirreni, province of Salerno, Italy on March 28 He was 89 years old.

Retired from the United States Postal Service, South Boston Annex with over 40 years of service, Victor was proud to be an American. He served with honor in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a hard worker who loved gardening and the Boston Red Sox. He had a huge heart and sense of gratitude for everything in life. He was very loving, caring and generous person who touched everone’s heart. The twinkle in his eyes and his great sense of humor will be greatly missed. He was life member of the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks, #642 and the VFW, Everett.

He was born in Gesualdo, Avellino, Italy, the son of the late Giuseppe and Angelina D’Amelio and lived in Everett for most of his life. Victor was the beloved husband of Rita (Porpora) D’Amelio; dear and devoted father of Angela Acierno and her husband, Luigi of Saugus, Joseph D’Amelio of Atlanta, GA and Patricia Ann Santostefano of Nashville, TN; brother of Ralph D’Amelio of Chelmsford and the late Elisa Barnes; loving grandfather of Paula Pellissier, Stefanie Acierno, Gina Acierno and Angelo Santostefano and loving great-grandfather of Margaux and Leo. Victor is also survived by several nieces, nephews, dear friends and in-laws.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Victor’s Celebration of Life in the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Victor’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02427 would be sincerely appreciated.

Laura White

Retired Hairdresser and Late Vice President of Everett Foundation for the Aged

Laura A. (DeNisco) White, a lifelong resident of Everett, died at home on March 28. She was 82 years old.

She was born in Medford and was a retired hairdresser having owned and operated a hair salon in Everett for many years. She was also the late vice president of the Everett Foundation for the Aged.

The beloved wife of the late Robert F. White, she was the loving daughter of the late Antonio and Laura (DeFilippo) DeNisco; dear and devoted sister of Peter DeNisco and his wife, Joan of Lynnfield and the late William DeNisco, Mary D’Orlando, Josephine Palmieri, Concetta LaPaugh, Theresa Elios, Dorothy D’Amico and Virginia Cataldo.  Laura is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and dear friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in Laura’s memory to the Immaculate Conception “Restoration Fund” would be sincerely appreciated.

John O’Brien

Retired Metal Technologist

John J. O’Brien of Wakefield, formerly of Everett, entered into rest at home on March 25. He was 90 years old.

Born in Malden and a US Navy veteran of World War II, John was a resident of Everett for many years before settling in Wakefield. He was a retired metal technologist who worked for both NRC and Exxon Oil and Refining Company in Everett and a true and avid Red Sox fan.

He was the beloved husband of the late Gloria C. (Marchetti) O’Brien; dear and devoted father of Anthony F. O’Brien and his wife, Karen of N. Reading, Jack O’Brien and his wife, Sharon and Edward O’Brien and his wife, Joanne of Attleboro, Michael D. O’Brien of Quincy and Christine Collins and her husband, Richard of Wakefield; brother of Ann Gibbons of Brownfield, Maine, Lee Connolly of Everett and the late Margaret Ahlin, Edward and Robert O’Brien. He is also survived by 14 loving grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory to Crossroads Family Shelter, 56 Havre St., East Boston, MA 02128, would be sincerely appreciated.

Francis McCormick

MBTA Retiree; A True Gentleman and Teacher of Life Lessons

Francis McCormick, a lifelong resident of Everett and a true gentleman,  passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 23. He was 83 years old.

Frank was an airplane mechanic in the US Air Force during the Korean War, a member of the National Guard and the son of two wonderful parents from Newfoundland, Canada. Frank always proclaimed his heritage as a proud “Newfoundlander.” The love of his life was his wife Elaine, his four children, eight grandchildren and many friends who all called him “Ol’ Dadil.”

Frank had the gift of gab, a love of country music, dancing to happy music and was a teacher of sorts (especially when it came to life lessons, carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and waterskiing). He taught hundreds of people to waterski on Lake Attash and his favorite place on earth “Rock Haven Lake in Maine.”

Although he was a dedicated bus driver and retired trackman for the MBTA for 38 years, Frank was a carpenter at heart. He had a love for fixing things and repaired many cars, homes and hearts with his loving spirit.

Frank exemplified “love” each day through his random acts of kindness. He touched so many of us with simple conversation, humorous stories and his smile. Frank was an inspiration to many and a living example of God’s love and grace. Frank “lives, laughs and loves” now from heaven.

Frank was the son of James and Mary Ann (Southwell) McCormick; the beloved husband of the late Elaine A. (Barbuto) McCormick and the loving father of Darlene and her husband, Brian Power of Melrose, Joseph F. McCormick of Melrose, Sandra and her husband, Robert Pothier of Tewksbury; and Frank II and his wife, Rosanna of Peabody. Lovingly known as “Ol Dadil” Frank was very proud of his eight grandchildren: Elizabeth, Frankie III, Joseph Jr., Alicia, Courtney, Jillian, Robert and Janelle. He was also the dedicated uncle of 56 nieces and nephews and many more grand nieces and grand nephews. He was the brother of John “Jack” McCormick and his wife, Louise of East Boston, Pauline and her husband, Jackie of Everett, Betty Carr (special cousin) and the late James, Geraldine, Dorothy, Mary, “Jim,” Paul, Gerald and Donald.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Interment was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Doheny Eye Institute “LHON Research”, 1450 San Pablo St., Suite 3050, Los Angeles, CA 90033.

Lawrence Elliott

Retired Everett Sealer of Weights & Measures; Ballroom Dancing Enthusiast

Lawrence L. Elliott of Everett died at his residence following a brief illness on March 24. He was 92 years old.

Mr. Elliott was born and raised in Everett and lived here his entire life. He graduated from Everett High School with the Class of 1939; entered the US Navy during World War II in July of 1942 and served until February of 1946 with the rank of Aviation Ordinanceman 1st Class. He was a long time member of Post #18 Everett American Legion.

In the summer of 1946, he went to work for the City of Everett and rose to the position of Sealer of Weights & Measures, a position he held until retiring in 1992.

Mr. Elliott was a dynamic personality and remained most active until just two weeks ago. He had been diagnosed with squamous cell-esophaegeal cancer one year ago but maintained a full schedule even to his fond passion for ballroom dancing. His late wife, Rose M. (DellaPiana) Elliott was his dance partner until her death in 2007. After her death, he returned to the dance floor, “Never in need of a partner.” He was an inspiration to all who came to have the honor and pleasure of meeting him.

He was the devoted father of Michael L. Elliott and his wife, Anne E. of Revere, Debra A. “Debbie” Heckber and her husband, Ronald of Bridgewater and Linda M. Donnelly and her husband, Mitchell of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, one great grandaughter and by many nieces and nephews. He was the dear brother of the late Dorothy Alexander, Ruth Foster, Joan MacDonald and Maxine White.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Peabody. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: “The Restoration Fund” at Immaculate Conception Parish, 489 Broadway, Everett,  02149-3603. For more information, visit:

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