Obituaries 08-15-2018

Gerald ‘Jay’ DeBenedetto

Retired typesetter and active member of Elks and American Legion

Gerald  “Jay” DeBenedetto passed away on August 10 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston after a short illness.

Jay was born in East Boston on July 9, 1932, one of four children of the late Agostino and Mary (Pierro) DeBenedetto.  The family moved from East Boston to Everett when Jay was a teenager and he has lived in Everett his whole adult life.

He graduated from high school, enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict. In 1958, he married the love of his life, Marguerite and at the end of this month the couple would have been married for 60 years. They began their life together in Everett and raised their four children. Before his retirement, Jay worked as a printer/typesetter for T.O. Metcalf Company. He was active in his community and served as Exalted Ruler of the Stoneham Lodge of Elks, member of The American Legion, Lynn and member of the Saugus/Everett Lodge of Elks. Besides being active in various organizations, Jay was a true New Englander with his love of the Red Sox and the New England Patriots. You could also find him with his other hobbies of gardening, fishing and boating.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Marguerite (Parsons) DeBenedetto; his children: Kevin DeBenedetto of Methuen, James DeBenedetto and Naomi Gonzalez of Billerica, Karen Haggerty of Leominster and Denise Costa of Malden. He was the proud grandfather of 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, the brother of Josephine Caprio of Billerica, Albert DeBenedetto and his wife, Sandra of New Hampshire and the late Anthony DeBenedetto.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, 519 Broadway, Everett at 11 a.m. followed by interment in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Winifred ‘Winnie’ LeVine Sawyer

Retired RN

Winifred “Winnie” LeVine Sawyer of Everett entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, August 8 in the Boston Medical Center after being in failing health.  She was 75 years old.

Born in Boston, Winnie lived in Everett for most of her life.  She was a Registered Nurse by profession and worked as the triage nurse for the Massachusetts General Hospital Revere Healthcare Center for many years.

The beloved and devoted wife of Alan Sawyer for over 32 years, she was the loving daughter of the late Herbert and Martha (O’Connell) LeVine, dear sister of  Rita Nevulis of Braintree and Joanne Strano of Everett, loving aunt of John Nevulis, Jr. of Florida, Rita Nevulis of Easton, Karen Akins of Braintree, Stephen Nevulis of Quincy, Joseph Strano, Jr. of Everett and Jacqueline Strano of Brooklyn, NY. She leaves her grandniece, Amanda and grandnephew, Andrew Akins.  Also surviving are her beloved canine companions, Lulu and Lisa Marie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in Winifred’s memory to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Rd., Ste. 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Mary D’Antona

Of Chelsea

Mary D’Antona of Chelsea passed away on August 14.

She was the beloved wife of the late Anthony D’Antona, loving mother of William Thompson and his wife, Prudy of Georgia, Elaine Thompson and her companion, Henry Cataldo of Tewksbury, Anthony D’Antona and his fiancé, Deirdra Alba of Melrose and Susan D’Antona of Chelsea, dear sister to the late Bridget, Bertha and Bretelle and cherished grandmother of Michael Thompson, Lauren Thompson, Christopher Brown, Brittany D’Antona, Anthony D’Antona and five great grandchildren.

Family and friends will honor Mary’s life by gathering at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, 971 Saratoga Street, East Boston on Sunday, August 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. and again on Monday, August 20 at 8:30 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 303 Paris Street, East Boston for a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass celebrating Mary’s life. Services will conclude with Mary being laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm Street, Everett.

Joan May Crowell

Retired Everett City Hall Senior Clerk

Joan May (Knight) Crowell of New Hampshire and Florida, formerly of Everett, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, August 9 in the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers after being in failing health.  She was 87 years old.

Born in Cambridge, Joan lived in Everett for most of her life before settling in later years in New Hampshire and Florida. She worked at Everett City Hall retiring as a senior clerk.

The beloved wife of the late Robert Crowell, she was the dear and devoted mother of Linda J. Biondo and her husband, Richard of Epping, NH, Robert P. Crowell of Lantana, FL, Lloyd Crowell and his wife, Donna of Leominster, Keith A. Crowell and his wife, Maureen of Everett, William S. Crowell and his wife, Patricia of Plaistow, NH and Lois Dunkman of Everett; sister of Richard Knight and his wife, Joyce of a California, Robert Knight and his wife, Patricia of Sun City, AZ, Pamela Knight of Danvers, Susan LaRosa and her husband, Leonard of Gloucester and the late Wallace S. Knight and the loving grandmother of Jodi Montalbano, Paul Parisi, Jr., Michael F. Parisi, Nicole O’Donnell, Robert Crowell, Catherine Wolf, Lisa Kelly, Renee Dunkman, Roger Dunkman, III, Kristina Crowell, Matthew Crowell, Colleen Elsey, William Crowell, Jr., Michele Crowell, Nicholas Crowell and Ryan Crowell. Joan is also survived by 19 loving great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in Joan’s memory to the  National Multiple Sclerosis Society of NE, 101A First Ave., Waltham, MA 02451 or to the Kaplan Family Hospice House, C/O Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., B-102, Danvers, MA 01923 would be sincerely appreciated.

Elizabeth Dimitruk

A strong and vibrant woman of great faith and conviction

Elizabeth M. Dimitruk, of Centerville, VA, formerly of Everett, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Joanne, with whom she has lived for the past 10 years.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Everett, the daughter of Michael and Anne Thomas. She was a strong and vibrant woman of great faith and conviction.  Above all, she had a boundless love of her family and many cherished friends.

After graduating from Everett High School, she worked in accounting before marrying John G. Dimitruk and raising her family.   Later, she went to work for Sieler’s Catering Company as function manager. Retirement gave her time to travel with friends and extended family. She especially enjoyed trips to California, Las Vegas and Europe with her life-long friend Nellie Siracco, gambling with her Mihovan cousins at Foxwoods and spending time “making memories” with her devoted children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 30 years, John, her sister Olga Mosack and brother Eugene Thomas.   She is survived by her son, John Dimitruk and his wife, Perri of Vermont, son Donald Dimitruk and his wife, Barbara of California, daughter, Joanne Glufling and her husband, John of Virginia, son, Michael Dimitruk and his companion, Linda Aldrich of Massachusetts, daughter, Beth Dimitruk and her husband, Jeff Jasukonis of New Hampshire, son, Paul Dimitruk and his wife, Patricia of Massachusetts and daughter, Karen Keslar and her husband, Shawn of Ohio. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 6720 Union Mill Road, Clifton, VA 20124.

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