Obituaries 11-02-2010

Virgil Carifio

Member of Elks and many veteran’s organizations

Virgil A. Carifio of Revere, formerly of California, died at the VA Medical Center in Boston on October 30. He was 78 years old.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the Revere Elks, VFW, D.A.V., American Legion and a sponsor of the National Veteran Foundation.

He moved to Long Beach, California in 1960 where he opened an auto repair shop. He operated the shop for 25 years from 1960 until 1985 when he returned home to Revere.

Born in Revere, the son of the late Luigi and Concetta (Franco) Carifio, he was the beloved husband of the late Sandra J. (MacKnight); dear brother of William and his wife, Phyllis M., of Revere and the late Joseph, Nicolina, Olga, Edward, Albert, Julia, Theresa Piccariello and Yolanda Krovitz and is also survived by his nephew and Godson, Steve Krovitz, of Everett and many more nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons –Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, November 4 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown MA 02472. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park. For guest book please visit


Thelma ‘Joan’ Drapinski

Worked for East Boston Savings Bank

Thelma “Joan” (Britton) Drapinski of Malden, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital after a long illness. She was 77 years old.

Born in Everett, she was a longtime Chelsea resident until moving to Malden seven years ago. A member of the Red Hat Society, her working career started first at the Saugus Bank and Trust, and then for five years she worked as the manager of Alves Hallmark, also in Saugus. Her last job, for almost 20 years until her retirement, was in the ATM accounts department at East Boston Savings Bank, Central Square, Maverick Square and Orient Heights branches.

She was the devoted wife of the late Frank J. Drapinski; beloved mother of Francis J. Drapinski and his wife, Anne, of Malden and the late Carol Ann Drapinski; dear sister of Gina Fortier and Donna Ashman, both of New Hampshire, and the late Joseph Britton, Florence Bocchino and William Barry; cherished grandmother of Lauren, Alexander, Jonathan, Jason and Samantha and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Expressions of sympathy in “Joan’s” name may be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit www.smithfuneralhomes


Alfred Sabella

Everett resident

Alfred A. Sabella of Everett died on October 30.

The loving husband of Rita (Sutera), he was the beloved father of Camille Herbert, and her husband, Anthony, Vincent and his wife, Debra, Alfred and his wife, Gail, and Anthony and his wife, Christine; beloved grandfather of 12, Anthony Herbert, Brian Herbert, Trinna Flemming, Melissa Rois, Jenifer Carbone, Alfred, Stephen, Nicholas, Michael, Nicole, Kristen, and Anthony Sabella and 16 great grandchildren.

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


Jose Cazeau

Longtime employee of Tufts University

Jose Cazeau of Tewksbury died on October 27. He was 62 years old.

A customer service receiver at Tufts University for more than 33 years, he was the beloved husband of Marie M. Cazeau; loving father of Mitsie Cazeau of Malden and Maxine Cazeau of Tewksbury; loving brother of Paul Cazeau, Daniel Francillon, Harold, Yves, Alex Cazeau and Eunice Cazeau Montinat; loving step son of Mary Rose Cazeau; loving cousin of Pierre, Alexandre, Bernard, Nerette and Cazimir-Couloute. He is also survived by many loving family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Friday, November 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. His funeral will be held on Saturday, Nov 6 in Holy Bible Baptist, Church, 64 College Ave., Somerville, at 8:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For directions and online guest book, visit


Marguerite ‘Mary’ Lucia

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett

Marguerite “Mary” (Sheehan) Lucia of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett, Barre, Vt. and Medford, died on October 28. She was 72 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late John Lucia; daughter of the late Anthony and Stella (Boudreau) Sheehan; devoted mother of Karen Jamerson and her husband, John, of Wilmington, Linda Salines and her husband, Robert, of Melrose, Charles Lucia and his wife, Carol, of Tewksbury, Joanne Haddad and her late husband, Albert Haddad, Jr., and Michelle Padden and her husband, Scott, all of Tewksbury; loving grandmother of John Jamerson and his wife, Stacey, Lt. Daniel Jamerson, Eric and Kevin Salines, Chrystal, Charles Jr., Candace and Cory Lucia, Andrew Haddad, Christine, Jennifer and Michael Padden; great grandmother of Colby Jamerson and the late Connor Jamerson; sister of Janet DeSimone and her husband, Francis, of Stoneham, Robert Sheehan and his wife, Beverly, of Wakefield, William Sheehan of Tewksbury, James Sheehan and his wife, Donna, of Billerica, and Jean Sheehan of Reading, and the late Shirley Cavanaugh, Elaine Bottoms, Patricia Cerrato and Thomas Sheehan. She is also survived by several aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. At her request, kindly make donations in memory of her first Great Grandson, Connor James Jamerson, to the March of Dimes, 114 Turnpike Rd. #202 Westborough MA 01581 (


Lucia ‘Lucy’ Di Leo

Of Lynn, formerly of Everett

Lucia “Lucy” (Rizza) Di Leo of Lynn, formerly of Everett and the North End of Boston, died peacefully on October 28 at home with her family by her side.

A loving mother, grandmother and homemaker, her favorite pastime was cooking Italian feasts for her Sunday family dinners.

Born in Boston’s North End, she was the loving daughter of the late Francesco and Guiseppina (Spiculia) Rizza; the beloved wife of the late Antonio R. Di Leo with whom she shared 60 years of marriage; loving mother of Ronald Di Leo and his wife, Sandra, of California, Joanne Mellen and her husband, Bill, of Lynn, Anthony Di Leo and his wife Rosanne, of Everett, Theresa Burns and her husband, David, of Arizona, Thomas Di Leo and his wife, Cheryl, of Georia, Joseph Di Leo and his wife, Mary Kelley of Revere and the late Dennis Di Leo; dear sister of Luciano Rizza and his wife, Nina, of Connecticut. “Mama “Lucy” was the cherished grandmother of 16 and great grandmother of seven.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. MemoriaI gifts can be made to All Care Hospice, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. For guest book,


Patricia Sharkey

Cambridge resident

Patricia M Sharkey of Cambridge died on October 21 after a brief illness, She was 57 years old.

The beloved sister of Raymond A. Sharkey of Everett, Russell Sharkey of Indiana, and Denise Sharkey of Cambridge, she was the loving daughter of Raymond Sharkey of Cambridge and the late Margaret (Bradbury) Sharkey; loving cousin of Eddie Bradbury, Lisa Ortolani and Debbie Migliozzi; loving niece of Marie Bradbury and cherished aunt of Melinda Sharkey and Steven Sharkey.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a memorial service at the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Saturday, November 6 at 11 a.m. In her memory, donations may be made to the Pine Street Inn, 363 Albany St., Boston, MA 02118. For directions and online guest book, visit


Sebastiano Barbagalo

Rowley resident

Sebastiano Barbagalo of Rowley, formerly of Malden, died on October 28. He was 79 years old.

Born in Italy in 1931, he was the beloved husband of the late Carolina (Salamone) Barbagalo with whom he shared 47 years of marriage; loving father of Bernadette DeLucia and her husband, Luigi, of Malden and Mary Guglielmi and her husband, Ernest, of Florida and the late Salvatore Barbagallo. He was the dear brother of Angelo Barbagallo of Peabody, Charles of Everett and John, Maria Gentile, Gianina Caputo and Josephine Pillotta, all of Italy; cherished grandfather of Anthony, Sabrina, Gino and Kristina and great grandgranfather of Noah and the late Valentina and Natalia Passariello.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Entombment was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For guest book,


Michael O’Connor

Waltham resident

Michael O’Connor of Waltham died on October 26 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 73 years old.

He was born in Galway, Ireland on May 21, 1937 and immigrated to the United States in 1956, settling in Brighton. He and his family moved to Waltham more than 40 years ago. Until his retirement, Mr. O’Connor worked for 27 years for the Polaroid Corporation in Waltham. He was also a longtime member of the Boston branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann and had served with the Massachusetts National Guard.

He was the husband of Brigid (McBrien) O’Connor; father of James M. O’Connor and Kevin J. O’Connor, both of Waltham, Terence F. O’Connor of Everett and Paul V. O’Connor of Woburn; grandfather of Jessica, Colleen, Ryan, Camren, Hunter, Devin, Aidan and Gavin O’Connor; brother of the late Brigid O’Connor.

Funeral arrangements were by the Joyce Funeral Home, Waltham. Burial was in Mount Feake Cemetery, Waltham. Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude School, 175 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02453. For complete obituary and guest book, please visit


Donald Holland Sr.

Retired Finish Carpenter

Donald J. Holland Sr., a retired finish carpenter, died on October 26 in his Chelsea home after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness. He was 74 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Edward P. Sr. and Ann G. (Carey) Holland. He graduated from St. Rose School and Boston Trade High School. He enlisted in the US Army, served during the Viet-Nam (Era 1) and was honorably discharged at the rank of SP-3. He returned to Chelsea, married Helen M. MacGinnis and together they shared the past 47 years of marriage raising their three children and welcoming four adoring grandchildren. He worked as a finish carpenter and was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 51. He was an active member of the Sagamore Club and the Former St. Andrews BBC in Chelsea.

The beloved husband of Helen M. (MacGinnis) Holland; he was the ,devoted father of Donald F. Holland Jr. and his wife, Geri, of Chelsea, Raymond Holland of Wilmington, Tricia Swarms and her husband, Dan, of Somerville; loving and adored “Papa” of Kerri Holland of Port Charlotte FL, Sam, Max and Jake Swarms of Somerville; dear brother of Edward P. Holland Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Lynn, Lois Hutchinson of Chelsea and her late husband, Eben, Robert Holland and his wife, Cheryl, of Norton, Marie Ranciglio and her husband, Tony, of St. Louis MO; brother in law of Marion McDonough of Chelsea and dear friend of Jimmy DiNapoli of Everett. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For online guestbook, please visit


Edward Casey

Of Carver, formerly of Everett

Edward G. Casey of Carver, formerly of Chelsea and Everett, died October 24 at the Golden Living Center in Plymouth. He was 84 years old.

Born on August 13, 1926 in Chelsea, the son of the late Peter and Sarah (Barnes) Casey, he attended the Chelsea School System and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He worked as an Elevator Mechanic for the National Elevator Company for many years, loved salt water fishing and was an avid Red Sox fan.

He was the loving father of Kathy Nadworthy and her husband, Michael, of Revere, and Diane MacPherson and her husband, John, of Manchester NH. He is survived by his brother, Frank Casey and his wife, Rita, of Waltham, five grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long time companion Marie C. Benson and her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cartmell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Burial was at the MA National Cemetery in Bourne. Donations in his memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project,, 7020 AC Skinner PKWY, Jacksonville FL, 32256. For more information and online guestbook, please visit

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