Obituaries 01-13-2010

Jerri-Ann Massucco

Resident of Beachmont Revere

Jerri-Ann Massucco, a lifelong resident of Beachmont Revere, died unexpectedly at home on January 9. She was 45 years old.

Born in Boston, she was raised in Revere and was a graduate of Revere High School.

She was the daughter of Ernest and Norma (Romano) Massucco; mother of Ernest Belmonte and Nikki Belmonte, both of Revere; sister of Deborah Massucco of Revere, Laura Massucco-MacClellan of Everett, Dawn Buccieri of Winthrop and Kristen DiBarri of Swampscott. She was the beloved aunt of Dominique, Demitria, Dawson and Devin.

Visiting hours will be held in the Porcella Funeral Home, 876 Winthrop Avenue, (Beachmont) Revere on Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial will be in St. Michael Cemetery, Roslindale. For directions, please visit:


William Nickerson

Of Florida, formerly of Revere

William Nickerson of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Revere, died on Christmas Eve Morning, December 24 after a long and courageous batle with colon cancer. He was 85 years old.

Born in June of 1924, he served in the Pacific with the US Air Force during World War II and his plane was shot down in combat. He survived and returned home to marry his sweetheart, Dottie Nickerson, in December of 1945. Together, they built a home and raised a family in Malden where he served on the Malden Police Force in the 1950’s. The couple volunteered their time with the 27th Lancers Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1970’s with Mr. Nickerson keeping the instruments in excellent condition.

The couple lived in several cities in Massachsuetts and eventually settled in Revere where they lived until Mrs. Nickerson died in February of 1988. Mr. Nickerson continued working at the Seaview Towers and Waters Edge Apartments where he ran the maintenance divisions until finally retiring at the age of 82 when he moved to Florida to live with this oldest son, Leigh, in Port Charlotte.

Mr. Nickerson will be greatly missed and always loved by those who knew him. He is survived by his two sons, Leigh, and his wife, Debbie of Port Charlotte and Scott and his wife, Janet, of Tewksbury. He also leaves four grandchildren, Sandy Monaco, Brian Nickerson, Robert and Andrew Nickerson and seven great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held this spring when he will be brought home to Massachusetts for burial alongside his wife. Details will be announced later.  Friends and Family are invited to view an online Tribute for Bill Nickerson and leave remarks in his “Memory Book” at

Donald Lee Sally

Everett resident

Donald Lee Sally of Everett died on January 7.

A member of the Melrose VFW Post, he was the husband of Margaret (Meaney) Sally; beloved father of Dawn Crawford, Stacey Parsons, William, Patricia and Diana Fitzpatrick; dear brother of James Sally and Patsy Drowns; loving grandfather of Matthew, Zachary, Amanda, Olivia, Marissa, Katie and Gianna and is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Casper Funeral Home, 187 Dorchester Street, South Boston today, Wednesday, January 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Burial services will be private. For guestbook and directions

James Benton PhD

Of Canada, formerly of Chelsea

James A. “Jim” Benton PhD, formerly of Chelsea, died peacefully at his home in King’s Bay Seagrave, Canada on November 28. He was 63 years old.

He was the beloved husband of Coral (Shifrer) Benton; dear brother of Kathleen “Ginger” of Revere and Patricia “Patti” and her husband, Gerry, of Westport; loving uncle of John, Vincent, Victor, Timothy and Gina Russo and is also lovingly remembered by his extended family in Canada.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life in the Chapel of the Resurrection in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere, on Saturday, January 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 3815-1942 or the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For directions and guest book, please visit:


Evelyn DiMuzio

Century-long member of First United Parish of Everett

Evelyn E. (Swanson) DiMuzio of Malden, formerly of Everett, died at home on January 8. She was 104 years old.

Mrs. DiMuzio was a member of the First United Parish for over 100 years and a retired secretary for a brokerage house.

The beloved wife of the late Nicholas DiMuzio, she was the dear and devoted mother of Jean E. Luciano and her husband, Joseph, of Malden and the late Esther Young and her late husband, John; sister of the late Otto Swanson, Eleanor Stokes, Esther Foster, and Elsie Ahlstrand; loving grandmother of John, Paul and his wife, Linda, and Jean Young; great-grandmother of Sarah Donadio, Elizabeth Donadio, Karen Young, Paul Young, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, Allison Young, Jessica Young and John Young, III; and great-great grandmother of Matthew Young and Nella Ann Marshall.

Funeral Services will be held in the First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett, today, Wednesday, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Funeral arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Contributions in her memory to the First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett, MA, 02149, would be sincerely appreciated.


Honorable Sumner Gage Whittier

Distinguished Public Servant

Honorable Sumner Gage Whittier of Ellicott City, MD, formerly of Everett, died on January 8. He was 98 years old.

A distinguished public servant, he was a graduate of Everett High School and Boston University, served as Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs under President Eisenhower, and as a Massachusetts Lt. Governor, Senator and State Rep., Everett Alderman and City Councilor and was a U.S. Navy Lt. in World War II.

He was the beloved husband of 38 years to the late Jessie (Johnston) Whittier. He leaves his children, Jaye Whittier and her husband, Alexander H. Sands III, of Gloucester, Janis Whittier of Ellicott City, MD, and Jill Kelly of Vancouver, WA; his sister, Mona Jeane Somerville of Everett; four grandchildren, Alex Sands IV and his wife, Lidiane Sands, Ashley Sands, Jennifer, Heather and Elizabeth Mackenzie; his great-grandson, Alexander Sands V; sisters-in-law, Margaret Whittier and Virginia Johnston and many loving nieces and nephews. He the son of the late Eva and Edgar Whittier, brother of the late Robert Whittier and brother-in-law of the late William Somerville, Arthur Johnston, and Ronald Johnston and his wife, Alice.

His Funeral Service will be held at the First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett on Saturday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose will be held on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Gifts in his honor may be made to First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149. For online tribute, directions, or to send a condolence, please visit:


Harry Mobilia

Retired Accountant and Decorated Veteran

Harry W. Mobilia of Sagamore Beach, formerly of Everett, died suddenly on January 8 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He was 89 years old.

A retired accountant in the banking industry and a US Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the 30th Infantry (Old Hickory), 117th Regiment, Bronze Star recipient and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, France. He was and avid fan of fishing, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.

The son of the late Guy and Vincenza Mobilia, he was the beloved husband of Carmela (Foti) Mobilia; dear and devoted father of Linda Chovanes and her husband, Michael, of Billerica, Guy Mobilia and his wife, Barbara, of Wareham, and Joseph Mobilia and his wife, Debbie, of Everett; brother of Joseph Mobilia of Deerfield Beach, FL and the late Nicholas, Albert, William, Mary Foti and Emily Rocci; proud grandfather of Cailyn, Michael and Lindsay Chovanes, Allison and Brian Mobilia and Paul and Steven Mobilia; loving uncle to many nieces and nephews; loving son-in-law of the late Domenico and Stefana Foti; loving brother-in-law of Jaqueline and Sam Colangelo of Everett and the late Dom and Helen Foti.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the American Legion, 546-2 State House, Boston, MA 02113 or to the VFW, 406 West 34th St., Kansas, MO, 64111, would be sincerely appreciated


Charles ‘Chuck’ Wilson

Longtime director and volunteer for Everett GBARC

Charles F. “Chuck” Wilson of Everett died on January 7. He was 79 years old.

A US Army Korean War veteran, he was a retired sales manager for Home Lines Cruise Co. and a longtime volunteer and director for Everett GBARC.

The beloved son of the late Charles and Lillian Wilson, he was the loving brother of Marcella A. Wallace of Everett and the late Robert J. Wilson; loving uncle of Robert C. Wallace of Wakefield, Charles F. Wallace of Lawrence, James M. Wallace of Everett and Annmarie Harrison and her husband, Steven, of Saugus; cherished great uncle of Patrick, Brooke, and Morgan Wallace. He is also survived by many loving friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Donations in his memory may be made to Everett GBARC, c/o Lou Siriani, 5 Cataldo Drive, Revere, MA 02151. For online guest book visit

Stephen Cardillo

Retired Everett School custodian

Stephen M. Cardillo of Everett died at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home on January 1. He was 82 years old.

Born in Everett, he was a retired custodian for the Everett Public Schools and also retired from the South Postal Annex in Boston. He was a US Army veteran, a member of the Saugus-Everett Lodge of Elks 642 and the VFW.

He was the beloved husband of the late Jacqueline A. (Barchard); dear and devoted father of Stephen J. Cardillo of Amesbury, Stephanie M. Cardillo and her companion, Cynthia Wall, of Salisbury and the late Pierre Morel and his surviving wife, Josephine, of Amesbury; brother of Edward Cardillo and Antonetta Edwards of Everett and the late Walter Cardillo, Florence Pini and Blanche Steidl; loving grandfather of Peter Morel and Jacqueline Cialone and loving great grandfather of Brianna, Nicole and Nadia Morel.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Marie Oliveri

Haverhill resident

Marie C. (DePauw) Oliveri of Haverhill, formerly of Peabody, died on January 7.

She was the beloved wife of the late Charles; mother of Carl and his wife, Pam, of Peabody, Lynne of North Andover, and C.J. and his wife, Jessica, of Haverhill. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, Michael, Adam, Joey, Nicky, Jonathan, Sammy, and Emma.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society , 9 Riverside Rd., Weston, MA 02493.


Annette Wareham

Retired Hairdresser

Annette J. (Hall) Wareham, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on January 8 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a short illness. She was 72 years old.

A graduate of Chelsea Schools and Chelsea High School, she retired as a hairdresser after working for 30 years with her sister at the “House of Rose” in Lynn and at another salon in Chelsea.

She was the beloved mother of Susan Wareham of Chelsea and Linda D. Wareham of Everett; dear sister of Edward Hall and his wife, Mary Ann, of Florida and Rose Allen of Wakefield.

Her Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, today, Wednesday, January 13 at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.


Brian Showstead

Everett resident

Brian Showstead of Everett died on December 29.

He was the father of Brian Jr., Mark and Tammy Showstead; son of Evelyn and the late John Showstead; brother of Danny, Chris, Bruce, Joyce and Janet Showstead; grandfather of Sara-Lynn, Zachary and Kayla Showstead.

A memorial service was held. Arrangements were by the Mann & Rodgers Funeral Home, Jamaica Plain.


Raffaela “Fannie” Giarle

North End resident

Raffaela “Fannie” Giarle of the North End of Boston died on January 7. She was 95 years old.

She was the dear sister of Lucy Giarle of Boston, Mary Tortorici and her husband, Bennie, of Everett, Michael Giarle and his late wife, Columbina, of Revere, Adeline Ameno and her husband, Gennaro, of Boston, and the late Louis Giarle. She also leaves her dear friend, Mary Frasca, of Boston and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Boston Harborside Home of J.S. Waterman & Sons-Langone, Boston. Burial was in in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 N. Bennet St, Boston, MA 02113.


Eleanor Taft

Of Revere, formerly of Everett

Eleanor (Edison) Taft of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on January 5. She was 85 years old.

Mrs. Taft was born May 6, 1924 in Portland, ME, daughter of the late Benjamin and Bessie Edison. She was the devoted wife of the late Jack Taft; beloved mother of the late Leonard Taft; dear sister of Estelle Fineman of Newport News, VA and Leona Roberts of Norfolk, VA. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Goldman Funeral Chapel, Malden. Burial was in Peabody. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Chelsea-Revere-Winthrop Hadassah Chapter c/o Maureen Appel, 22 Sanders Dr., Saugus, MA. 01906. For online condolences go to www.

Patricia Geremonte

Brockton resident

Patricia L. Geremonte of Brockton died on December 30. She was 58 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Danae A. Lamarre and her husband, Lloyd, of Brockton and James M. Geremonte of Brockton; loving grandmother of Caleb J. Lamarre, Dante L. Lamarre, Giana C. Lamarre and Kailyn P. Shepherd; sister of Kevin Piana of Revere, Stephen Piana of Everett and John M. Piana of Florida and the wife of Dana Geremonte for 39 years.

Arrangements were by the Waitt Funeral Home, Brockton. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Salvation Army, 281 North Main St., Brockton, MA 02301.


Emma Hensey

Everett resident

Emma L. (Willis-Desmond) Hensey of Everett died on December 31.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harold and loving mother of Harold Jr., Ellen Underwood, Richard and his wife, Heidi, and the late Emma C. Hensey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.


Helen Glendyne Carpenter LeBaron

Retired Bursar of Curry College

Helen Glendyne Carpenter LeBaron of Quincy, formerly of Everett, died on January 2.

The daughter of the late Lillian Steeves and Seymour Carpenter, she was born in 1911 in Everett and graduated from Everett High School, Class of 1929. After graduation, she worked for Mills Automatic in Boston before marrying the late Edward S. LeBaron in 1934. In the 1940’s the family moved to Quincy and she was Head of Payroll Department for Parker House of Boston. She then became Bursar of Curry College in 1963 until her retirement in 1981. She was a member of the Wollaston Baptist Church for over 60 years and an active member of the Marston Class early on.

She was an extremely loving and caring mom, grandmom and great grandmom. We all learned a lot from her. “Memories of Helen-Extraordinary moments of riches in every soul.”

She leaves two daughters: Ruth Mahoney and her husband, John “Butch,” and Judith L. Badger of Quincy; four grandchildren: Jon L. Badger and his wife, Karen, of Whitman, Daniel E. Mahoney, Jeffrey A. Badger, and Susan A. Storer and her husband, Ronan, all of Quincy; 13 great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; one brother, Dr. C. Bernard Carpenter and his wife, Sandra, of New Hampshire. She was the sister of the late Averill M. Olson.

Funeral arrangements were by the Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. A special thank you goes to Grove Manor Estates, Braintree and the Pope Nursing Home, Weymouth, for the exceptional care given to her. Donations in her memory may be made to First Baptist Church, Wollaston, 81 Prospect Ave., Quincy, MA, 02170 or to South Shore Elder Services, 159 Bay State Dr., Braintree, MA, 02184. See for online condolences.


John Nugent

Malden resident

John A. Nugent of Malden died on December 31.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (McDermott) and Alba (Angelli) Nugent; father of Richard Nugent of Everett; grandfather of Marie, Lori, John and great grandfather of Tara, Ariana and Lindsey.

Funeral arrangements were by the Leo M. Norton Funeral Home, Malden Square. Burial was in Forest Dale Cemetery Malden. For obit and guestbook,

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