Obituaries – 9/10/09

Fred Savignano, 81

Owner of Concrete Construction

Fred D. Savignano of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died unexpectedly  at Tufts Medical Center of Boston, following a brief illness, on September 5. He was 81 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1948 and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Class of 1950. During his senior year at Chelsea High School, he was elected class treasurer. He was the chairman of all of his class reunions for Chelsea High School, including his 50th reunion in 1996.

During his long career in home and industrial construction, he specialized in multi-family housing projects, churches, libraries, hospitals and schools. He was involved in local housing projects in Revere, Chelsea, Everett, Somerville, Nahant, Lynnfield and Wakefield and his was the resident construction company for St. Anthony’s Church of Everett as well as for several Newton synagogues.

Hospital additions were also a specialty of his firm, including Hunt Memorial Hospital in Danvers, Chelsea Memorial Hospital, Taunton State Hospital and Revere Memorial Hospital and the Resident Construction Company for the addition to the Rocco Funeral Home of Everett in the 1960s.

He was a member of the Revere Council Knights of Columbus #179 and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member of the Bishop Cheverus Assembly. He was also a member of the Massachusetts Builders Association and the Greater Boston Builders’ Association.

When he retired in 1992, the construction company was then known as Fenno Realty of Revere, of which his son, Paul, is CEO and president.

He leaves his beloved wife of 58 years, Joan H. (Arnold), and he was the father of June M. Bowman and her late husband, James, of Newton, Mary Ellen Wilson and her late husband, Robert, and Paul S. Savignano and his wife, Joan M Niles, all of Revere and Jo-Ann Woodland and her husband, Stephen, of Southborough. He was the cherished grandfather of Brian P. Savignano of Everett, Jake S. and Chelsey E. Bowman, both of Newton, Marissa A. Savignano of Dover, NH. Rachel L. Dubiel and James T. Wilson, both of Revere, and Olivia J. Woodland of Southborough. He was the dear brother of Nicolette DeFeo of Assonet Bay, Rose Marie Brandano of Saugus, Louise Solomita and her husband, Anthony, of South Dennis, Mary Ann Gianasca and her husband, Armando, of Chelsea and the late Lorraine M Magazzu. He is also lovingly survived by his brother-in-law, John R. Magazzu, of Chelsea, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend his funeral from the Vertuccio Home For Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Route 107), Revere, on Thursday, September 10, at 9:30 am, followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Parking is available in the lot left of the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Tufts Medical Center, (Department of Hematology & Oncology), 800 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111.

Charles Caporrella, 62

Sales Representative

Charles P. Carporella of Franklin died on September 6. He was 62 years old.

A 15-year sales representative for Creative Packaging Co. of Worcester, he was the beloved husband of Janice E. (Tedeschi) Caporrella; son of Gilda (Alimenti) Caporrella of Foxboro and the late Anthony Caporrella; father of Phillipo Caporrella of Boston, owner of Phillipostyle Hair Studio, and Andrea C. Krause and her husband, Tobias, of Everett; brother of Andrew Caporrella of Bellingham and Dolores DeLuca of Foxboro. He is also survived by his grandson, Nicolas Krause.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home, 33 Cottage St., Franklin, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. Calling hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory sent to the Tippett Hospice Home, C/O VNA Care Hospice Network, 920 South St. Needham, MA 02492 or would be appreciated.

Rudolph Bottaro, 89

Retired Everett High Schoolteacher

Rudolph V. “Rudy” Bottaro died at the Melrose Wakefield Hospital on August 25, after a period of failing health. He was 89 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a retired Everett schoolteacher who taught at Everett High School for many years. He and his beloved wife, Mary M. (McCormick), shared 64 years of marriage and he and his family enjoyed family times at their home in Everett and also at their home on Cape Cod.

He was the devoted father of Thomas of Everett and Linda and her husband, Bill Clark, of Saugus; brother of Yolanda Gonzales; grandfather of Brian and his wife, Elizabeth, and Julie and her husband, Richard, both of Rhode Island; and the great-grandfather of two.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy-O’Hara Funeral Home of Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Hazel Whitney

Everett resident

Hazel G. (Hone) Whitney of Everett died on August 31.

She was the loving mother of Linda and her husband, John McVane, of Everett, Diane and her husband, David McGrath, of Everett and New York, Harvey Whitney and his wife, MaryAnn, of Medford; sister of Helen Arsenault and Marion Smith, both of Everett, and the late Ted Hone. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Murphy-O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent in her name to Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Rocco Antonelli, 86

Decorated veteran, GE retiree

Rocco J. Antonelli died at the Whidden Memorial Hospital, following a long illness, on September 3. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Antonelli was born and raised in Revere and was a 1941 graduate of Revere High School. In May of 1943, he joined the US Army, serving until November of 1945. During his tour of duty, he was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for Courage and Bravery Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. He was also a recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Arrow Head.

A shy and retiring gentleman, he never discussed his military service until recently when his grandson, Douglas, prevailed upon him to do so. Like so many of the men who served during World War II, he saw his time overseas as an obligation and his accomplishments as a grace from God. When he returned from the service, Mr. Antonelli began a 43-year career as a machinist for General Electric Co., retiring in 1988.

He was the beloved husband of 63 years of Phyllis M. (Reid); devoted father of Rosemarie Antonelli and her companion, Tony Cappoccia, retired from the Revere Fire Department, and the late Anthony J. Antonelli; cherished grandfather of Revere Police Detective Douglas Zingali and his wife, Vivianne, of Salem, Toni Antonelli-Alterio and her husband, Paul, of Malden, Whitney Antonelli of Danvers and Alanna Antonelli of Everett. He is also lovingly survived by his daughter-in-law, Kathleen (Horgan) Antonelli of Everett. He was the great-grandfather of Douglas Zingali Jr., Anthony Alterio and Ava Cozzolino and also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Sarah, Mary, Susie, Louis and Peter.

Funeral arrangements were completed by the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, Revere.  Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody.

Antonio Spadafora

Founder of Spadafora Iron Works of Everett

Antonio “Tony” Spadafora of Everett died on September 3.

The founder and operator for 40 years of Spadafora Iron Works of Everett, he was the beloved husband for 56 years of Lucy (Gentile), loving father of Frank, Linda and Sandra Spadafora, and he is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Christine, Mark, Vanessa and Amanda. He was the beloved brother of the late Franceso, Vincenzo, Maria and Antonietta.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Rocco-Carr-Henderson Funeral Homes.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , 9 Riverside Road, Weston, MA 02493.  Burial was private.

Chester Janiak, 88

Draper Labs retiree

Chester W. Janiak of Chelsea, formerly of Revere and Everett, died on September 4 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. He was 88 years old.

Born in Chelsea, son of the late Martin and Stella (Kasczmarek), he was a former technician at Draper Labs, where he built navigation and guidance systems for the Trident Missile. He also was a US Navy veteran of World War II.

He was the beloved husband of Helen (Binkowski); devoted father of Martin and his wife, Marie, of Middleton and the late Chester and his surviving wife, Rise, of Cambridge; loving grandfather of Andrew, Jessica, Elizabeth and Melissa; great-grandfather of Isaac and Paul; and the dear brother of Martin Janiak of Danvers and the late Edward and Dorothy Dolan.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For his guest book, please visit

Charles Fiorino, 75

Retired Orthopedic Technician

Charles J. Fiorino of Randolph died unexpectedly on August 31. He was 75 years old.

He was born in Boston and grew up and was educated in East Boston. A resident of Randolph for the past 47 years, he worked as an orthopedic technician at Boston City Hospital for 40 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Sons of Italy in Braintree and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Randolph, where he enjoyed catering.

He was the beloved husband of the late Pansy T. (Hazelwood) Fiorino; father of Charles A., Patrick J. and Deborah A. Fiorino, all of Randolph; brother of Phillip Fiorino of Revere, Tony Fiorino of East Boston and the late Vinnie Terranova, Jean Privitera, Joseph Fiorino and Josie Cheffro. He is also survived by three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Hurley Funeral Home of Randolph.

Frederick Milley, 84

Flew 33 Missions over Japan during World War II

Frederick J. Milley of Ocean Park and Landing Road, Saco, Maine, died on August 31 at the Southern Maine Medical Center. He was 84 years old.

Born in Everett on July 25, 1925, son of F. James and Daisy Hillier Milley, he graduated from the local schools. After school, he served in the US Army Air Corps in the South Pacific. While there, he served as a gunner on B-29s and flew 33 missions over Japan.

After World War II, Mr. Milley graduated from Franklin Institute and Boston University. A project manager in the commercial electrical construction field, he worked for Kenworthy and Taylor for over 30 years, doing projects that included the rewiring the State House on Beacon Hill, runway lighting for Logan Airport and early television towers. His final place of employment was with Guzovsky Inc. of Boston, retiring in 1990.

His survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carolyn Milley of Saco; three sons, Jonathan J. Milley and his wife, Gabriella, of Princeton, NJ, Robb D. Milley and his wife, RaeLynn, of Moorpark, Calif., and Ethan W. Milley and his wife, Marilyn, of Marietta, Ga.; a daughter, Beth Milley, of Danvers; and five grandchildren: Benjamin, Joseph, David, Alexander and Isabel.

Funeral arrangements were the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, 365 Main St, Saco, Maine. Private family burial was at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to CCMR, PO Box 424, Hathorne, MA 01937 or to The Ocean Park, Association, 14 Temple Ave, Ocean Park, ME 04063.

Thomas Sorrenti Sr.

Of Chelsea, formerly of Everett

Thomas W. Sorrenti Sr. of Chelsea, formerly of Everett, died on September 2.

He was the beloved husband of Mary (Breda) and the late Katherine Sorrenti; loving father of Thomas W. Sorrenti Jr. and his wife, Bernadette, of North Reading and Lucille Gunn and her husband, Thomas, of North Billerica; beloved brother of Anna McGee and the late Joseph, Anthony, John, and Frank Sorrenti, and Annette DeLuca, Lillian Porcaro and Mary Wood.

He is also survived by four loving grandchildren: Michael and Christine Sorrenti, John Gravallese and Danielle Stone, three loving great-grandchildren, Erica, Gianna, and Samuel, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home of Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472.

Ramon Marco Rodriguez, 71

Owner of Rent-A-Labor

Ramon Marco Rodriguez of Everett died August 28. He was 71 years old.

The owner of Rent-A-Labor in Everett, he was born in Puerto Rico on October 22, 1937, son of the late Candido and Jeronena Rodriguez. He is survived by his wife, Candidad Rodriguez, of Everett, 18 sons and five daughters.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the McHoul Family Funeral Home, 354 Adams Street, Dorchester. Burial was in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester. To sign Mr. Rodriguez’ online guest book, visit

William Petricca, 83

Television Repairman

William J. “Bill” Petricca of Chelsea died at home, surrounded by his loving family, on August 24, following a brief illness. He was 83 years old.

Born in East Boston, Mr. Petricca spent his early years living in Everett and was a graduate of Everett High School. He enlisted in the US Navy during World War II, was a member of the Navy Seabees and was honorably discharged at the rank of coxswain. He returned to Everett briefly and worked as a television repairman and salesman for D.A. Petricca TV and Appliances in Everett.

A resident of Chelsea for the past 45 years, he was a longtime parishioner of the former Our Lady of the Assumption Church. In recent years, he was a devoted supporter of St. Michael the Archangel Chapel at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home.

He was the beloved husband of 43 years of Regina L. (Cenga) Petricca of Chelsea; loving son of the late Natalino and Mary (Fioretti) Petricca; devoted father of Charles Gallagher and his wife, Jeanne, of Oklahoma, Regina Bellerose and her husband, David, of Maryland, John Gallagher and his wife, Maureen, of Beverly, Daniel Gallagher of Chelsea, Kathleen Murphy and her husband, Edmund, of Quincy, Joanne Aleo and her husband, Barry, of Tewksbury; dear brother of Frank, Daniel and Anthony Petricca, all of Everett, Carmella Shea of Lynn and Eleanor DeYeso of Saugus.  He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to St. Michael’s African Missions, 91 Crest Ave., Chelsea. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Theresa Mastone, 91

Everett resident

Theresa V. Mastone of Everett died on August 29. She was 91 years old.

She was the beloved aunt of Maryann and Richard Walsh of Winter Garden, Fla., Joseph and Laurie Mastone of Tewksbury, Victor and Sharon Mastone of Peabody, Joanne and Robert Mercier of Newry, Maine, Robert Toomey of Acton, and Marlene Gath of Tewksbury. She is also survived by many cherished grandnieces and grandnephews, and great-grandnieces great-grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Teresa ‘Tess’ Carey

Of Lynnfield, formerly of Everett

Teresa M. “Tess” (Maddaleni) Carey of Lynnfield, formerly of Stoneham and Everett, died on August 31.

She was the beloved wife of the late George L. Carey; devoted mother of Carla Jennings and her husband, Hon. Joseph W. Jennings III, of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Ryan Jennings of Lynnfield; dear sister of Carl Maddaleni and his wife, Denyse, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Andrew Maddaleni of Malden, and Susanne Flick and her husband, Robert, of Wakefield; loving aunt/”Gram” of Amy and Samantha Flick and several other nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and nephews; lifelong friend of Grace Sasso, Marilyn Greenfield and dear cousin and friend of Ethel Bonaccorsi.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Washington Avenue, Everett.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Mass. General Hospital Oncology Unit, c/o Development Office, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. Her online obituary and guest book are at

Inez Bencivenga, 96

Longtime Everett resident

Inez M. (Zannotti) Bencivenga, a longtime Everett resident, died at home on August 30. She was 96 years old.

Mrs. Bencivenga loved making crafts and enjoyed cooking for her entire family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen F. Bencivenga and the loving sister of the late Rose Montello, Theresa DeFelice, and Vincent Zannotti. She is survived by four generations of cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

In her memory, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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