Obituaries 01-14-2015

Ronald Gillis

Talented artist

Ronald C. Gillis, a former resident of Revere and Everett, died on January 8, the eve of his 69th birthday, at the Brockton V.A. Medical Center following a long illness.

Born in Malden, Ronald was raised in Medford, attended Medford Public Schools and in March of 1965 he enlisted the United States Air Force during the Viet Nam Era.  After his return from military service, he worked at various jobs. One of his favorite jobs was as a security guard at the Museum of Science.  Ron loved to see the many exhibits and learn about the fascinating history that the museum showcased.

Ron’s passion in life was his talents as an artist. He was a gifted artist being able to paint portraits of people, landscapes, seascapes, nature and many other unique settings. He began his very own “On – Line” Art Studio. Due to  declining health, he was forced  to become a resident at the Chelsea Soldiers Home at an early age, then the Brockton V. A. Medical Center where he passed.

 He was the loving son of the late Charles and Florence (Young) Gillis; the cherished father of Rachel M. Gillis – Hood and her husband, Brandon of Everett, Leah M. Gillis of Revere and Mica D. Gifford and her husband, Zachary of Cloverdale, CA; the adored grandfather of Caleb G. McCarthy;  the beloved brother of Richard Gillis and his wife, Anna of Florida and Dorothy Perelli and her husband, Edward of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by his former wife Laura A. Karabello of New Hampshire and by several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, January 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will follow the visitation in the funeral home.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: The Chelsea Soldiers Home Activities Fund, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea, MA 02150. For more information:

Marguerite Frew

Avid volunteer; past president and current chaplain of the VFW Women’s Auxiliary Post #834; past president of Everett Moose Lodge

Marguerite (DeCastro) Frew, a lifelong resident of Everett, passed away on January 1 at the Kaplan Family Hospice of Danvers. She was 88 years old.

Marguerite was born and raised in Everett.  She attended Everett schools and was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 1944.  After graduation Marguerite worked at various places but her favorite was the famous Blinstrom’s in South Boston.

In 1948 she married her sweetheart and the couple remained in Everett to raise their five children.  In later years she went to work at Palmer Manufacturing, where she held an administrative position for many years.  Marguerite loved to be involved and was the past President of the VFW Women’s Auxillary Post #834 0f Everett.  At the time of her death, she was the current Chaplain. She was also past president of the Moose Lodge Everett.

She also gave of herself and took charge of many charitable works and fundraisers. She volunteered her time at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, running holiday parties and making sure the residents enjoyed themselves. She led a busy and active life but always made time for her family, which was paramount.

She was the devoted wife of the late John A. Frew with whom she shared 42 years of marriage; loving and dedicated mother of Gerald F. Frew, Brian W. Frew and Douglas A. Frew, all of Everett, John A. Frew and his wife, Paula of Wakefield and Paul C. Frew and his wife,, Donna of Revere.  She was the cherished grandmother of Brandon I. Fisher, Clinton Fisher, Jonathan Frew, Sarah Frew, Nicholas Frew, Samantha Frew, Jacqueline Frew and Patrick Frew and the adored great grandmother of Emily, Ava, Lillian, James, Isabella and Starla.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m. in St. Theresa’s Church, 63 Winter St., North Reading, MA 01864.

Interment will be private.  In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142 , Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information, visit

Mary Bonner

John Hancock Insurance Co. retiree

Mary A. Bonner, a lifelong resident of Everett, passed away on January 5. She was 94 years old.

Mary was a US Navy veteran of World War II. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by John Hancock Insurance Company for over 45 years. She was a member of St. Therese Ladies Sodality and Our Lady of Grace 1000 Club.

The beloved daughter of the late John and the late Amanda (Sampson) Bonner, she was the loving sister of John Bonner of Chelsea, William Bonner of Everett, Helen Frackleton Shea of Wilmington, the late Evelyn Nolan and the late Agnes Patenaude. She is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews, 24 great nieces and nephews, and five great great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  In Mary’s memory, donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606 or For  online guestbook visit

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