Obituaries 11-30-2010

Janet Pizza

Of Peabody, formerly of Everett

Janet C. (Kisilowsky) Pizza of Peabody, formerly of the West End of Boston and Everett, died on November 27. She was 84 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Eugene T. Pizza, she was the dear mother of Paul and Barbara Pizza of Peabody, James and Brenda Pizza of Georgetown, Neal and Amy Pizza of Middleton, Tom and Peggy Pizza of Dracut and Bob Piza of Peabody; cherished grandmother of Jacqueline Piza of Peabody, Jill Pizza of Dracut, Bradford Piza of Peabody, Jared Pizza of Georgetown, Kasey Pizza of Dracut, Joshua Pizza and Benjamin Pizza, both of Middleton and sister of Anne Simmons of Middleton. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St, Peabody, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Adelaide’s Church, Peabody to which relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation , 89 South St., # 802, Boston, MA 02111. Please visit for online obit and to sign condolences.

Juana Monzon

Devoted homemaker

Juana Monzon, devoted homemaker, died on November 18 at the Kaplan House Family Hospice in Danvers after a heroic battle with overwhelming illness.  She was 65 years old.

Born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, daughter of Concepcion Ortega and the late Heraclio Monzon, she was raised in Bayomon and attended schools there. She came to Lawrence as a young lady and settled in Chelsea 15 years ago.

She was receiving supportive care at the Chelsea skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after suffering a major debilitating stroke two years ago.

The devoted mother of Marisol Monzon and her husband, Hector Balcarel, she was the cherished grandmother of Hector A. Balcarcel, Vanessa Balcarcel and Michelle Balcarcel, all of Everett; loving daughter of Conception (Ortega) Alers and the late Heraclio Monzon; dear sister of Herman Alers of Haverhill and Jose Alers of Methuen.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  For online guestbook, please visit

Antatilde Silva

Cambridge resident

Antatilde (Pereira) Silva of Cambridge died at the Neville Center in Cambridge on November 24. She was 96 years old.

Born in the Azores, Portugal, she has been a longtime resident of Cambridge and was a retired stitcher for the Hyde Shoe Company of Cambrige.

She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Silva; dear and devoted mother of Donald Silva and his wife, Tina, of Medford, Richard Silva and his wife, Carol, of New Hampshire and Dennis Silva and his wife, Elaine, of Wakefield; loving grandmother of Deborah Savola of North Andover, Anna Catherine Bromander, Thomas Silva  and Paul Silva of Medford, Kenneth, Silva, Clifford Silva and Kathleen Silva of Wakefield and the late Stephen Silva and Richard M. Silva Jr. She is also survived by 15 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Cambridge Cemetery. Contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN, 38101-9950 would be sincerely appreciated..

Gino DeSimone

Of Italy and Everett

Gino DeSimone of Vittorito (Abbruzzi) Italy and Everett died on November 25.

The beloved husband of Maria (Civitareale), he was the loving father of Nancy DiFilipo and her husband, Thomas, of Peabody, Marilena Toomajian and her husband, Charles, of Malden, Viviana Cunsolo and her husband, Vincenzo, of Peabody, Gino DeSimone, Jr. and his wife, Roseanne, of Everett and Marco DeSimone and his wife, Maria Patricia, of Peabody. He is also survived by 11 loving grandchildren, Gina, Nicole, Kirk, Marc, Rocco, Vincenzo, Jr., Regina, Gino, III, Maria, Sofia and Marco, Jr. He was the brother of the late Pacifico who is survived by his wife, Anna, of Italy and his loving nephews, Michele and Peppino.

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

Janice Lee-McLellan

Everett resident

Janice (Oliver) Lee-McLellan of Everett died on November 25.

She was the loving mother of Karla Ossorio and her husband, Nebio and is also survived by her three loving grandchildren, Melissa, Alicia, Christopher and five loving great grandchildren, Michael, Christian, Nicholas, Kayley and Arianna as well as her longtime companion, Arthur “Joey” DeMaria.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial will occur at a later time.

John Paul Copello Jr.

Certified nursing assistant

John Paul “Jaggar” Copello Jr., a former Certified Nursing Assistant, died suddenly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on November 26. He was 50 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of John P. Sr. and Clarice (Howe) Copello of Chelsea. He was a lifelong Chelsea resident, attended local public schools and worked here all his life. He worked as a mail sorter for Watson Mailing Service for several years and later became a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home for many years. A caring man who enjoyed helping others, he also cared for his parents in their home, enjoyed movies, being in the sun and spending time on the beach.

He was the loving son of John P. Sr. and Clarice (Howe) Copello of Chelsea; devoted brother of Helen Fahey and her husband, George, of Saugus, Anna Marie Breen of Lynn, Joanne Eli and her husband, Larry, of Everett, Paula MacDonald of Revere, Patricia Muse and her husband, Larry, of Maine and the late Catherine Ippolito; dear brother in law of John Ippolito of California and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, a great-great niece and many friends.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated in St. Michael the Archangel Chapel on November 30. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to Dr. Matthew S. Shwartz Hospice and Palliative Care, 285 Commandants Way, Chelsea, MA 02150. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Pauline Florio

East Boston resident

Pauline (Romano) Florio of East Boston died on November 24.

She was the beloved wife of the late Giacomo “Jack” Florio; loving mother of Giacomo Florio Jr. and his wife, Louise, of South Carolina, Annette Florio of Everett and the late Pauline Baldassari, Paul, Martin and Joseph Florio; dear sister of the late Marion Colangelo, Frank, Arthur and Christy DeRosa, Louis, Prince, Frank and Vincent Romano.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For  guest book.

Geraldine Oswald

Worked at Revere City Hall for 32 years

Geraldine M (Travalini) Oswald of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on November 24.

The beloved wife of the late Donald E., she was the devoted mother of Ellen Beatrice and her husband, Pellegrino, of Revere, Donna Beatrice and her husband, Angelo, of Swampscott and Donald Oswald Jr. and his wife, Kim, of North Andover; dear sister of John Travalini of Florida, Joseph Travalini and Robert Travalini, both of Boston; loving grandmother of Christina, Robert, Alexa, Nicholas, Kaleigh and Payton. She also leaves many friends at Revere City Hall where she worked in the auditing office for 32 years.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio &  Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Arthritis Foundation MA Chapter, 29 Crafts St., Suite 450, Newton MA 02458.

Arthur Webber

Member of several organizations

Arthur V. Webber of Everett, formerly of Revere, died at Salem Hospital on November 24. He was 71 years old.

He was born and raised in Revere, the son of the late Richard and Mary (Brewster) Webber. Mr. Webber was a US Air Force veteran, a member of Teamster’s Local 25, Boy Scouts of America, Danvers Fish and Game Club and The Knights of Columbus. A boiler technician, he was a former employee of Atlas Oil.

He was the beloved husband of Carol J (Goullaud); devoted father of Anne M Ciavola of Everett, Edward J and his wife, Lisa, of Litchfield, NH and Robert C. and his wife, Alison, of Quincy; dear brother of Ralph of Middleborough, Melvin of Florida, Rosemary Callahan of Rowley, Gloria Rains of Maine, Charlotte Weber of Lynn and the late Richard and Frank. He is also survived by 10 loving grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Memorial donations may be made to NSMC Development Office, 81 Highland Ave., c/o Ed Ground, Salem, MA 01970.

Steven James Milley

Co-founder of Anesthetic Solutions PC

Steven James Milley of Everett, North Andover and North Reading died on November 20. He was 56 years old.

Born in Everett, the son of the late George and Helen Milley, he was a member of Everett High School, Class of 1972. He went on to receive his BS from Boston University in 1977, and CRNA license from Tufts New England Medical School in 1979. With over 25 years of experience in his field, he has long been a known and respected member of the Merrimack Valley Medical Community. He co-founded the anesthesia group Anesthetic Solutions PC, which services the Merrimack Valley Endoscopy Center in Haverhill, MA, Andover Surgery Center, and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Worcester. He will be remembered for his intelligence, selflessness, quick-wit, and unparalleled sense of humor. He lived and breathed for his children and for his profession, and will be forever loved and missed by all.

He was the loving father of Jessica, Carolyn, Caitlin, Zachary, and Ambrielle Milley, beloved of Sharon Kavanaugh, father-figure to Chris Kavanaugh, and cherished brother of Fred, Bob, and George Milley, Judy McCrea, Sharon Lacerda, and Janice Summering.

A memorial service was held at New England Bible Church,  Andover. Memorial contributions may be made to The American Brain Tumor Association c/o Mass General Hospital Brain Tumor Center, Cox 315, Boston, MA 02114. For more information contact JF Ward Funeral Home (617) 387-3367.

Giuditta Fabrizio

Chelsea resident

Giuditta (Sabatino) Fabrizio died unexpectedly early Thanksgiving morning in her Chelsea home, sadly overwhelmed by grief for the past six months since the loss of her beloved husband, Sabino, in May. Together the couple shared 54 years of marriage and great devotion to one another. She was 76 years old.

Born and raised in Montefalcione, Avelino Region of Italy, she was the beloved daughter of the late Vincenzo and Raffaella (Ciampa) Sabatino.  In 1956, she married Sabino, and in the early 1960’s the couple settled in London, England for 10 years.  While in London she worked outside her home for the European Division of Polaroid.  Together with her husband and daughter they came to the United States and resided in Boston’s North End for nine years before locating to Chelsea 31 years ago.

She worked for many years as a machine operator with Northeastern Envelope Company located in Boston and Braintree.  She retired at the age of 67 when the company relocated to Chicago. A hardworking, loving homemaker, she devoted most of her time to family and enjoyed gardening, growing flowers and house plants.

She was the devoted mother of Raffaella F. DiStefano of Lynnfield; cherished grandmother of Raffaella, Oriana and Gianluca DiStefano, all of Lynnfield; dear sister of Mario and Vincenzo Sabatino, both of Canada, Armando Sabatino of Belgium and the late Anthony Sabatino; dear sister in law of Maria Sabatino of Readville, Domenico and Mafalda Fabrizio of Everett, Antonia and Giuseppe Pagliuca of Chelsea, Giuseppe Fabrizio of Chelsea, Gerardo and Antonietta Fabrizio of Saugus, Delia and Antonio Cassano of Lynnfield, Joann Fabrizio of Chelsea, Francesco Garofalo and Rosetta Brusaporco, both of Italy and the late Anna Fabrizio, Maria Garofalo and Antonio Fabrizio. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Anthony’s Church in Everett. Services concluded with entombment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.   Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or by visiting To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea

Joseph DeGilorama

Revere resident

Joseph P. “Bill” DeGilorma of Revere died on November 24.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marguerite (Russo); devoted father of Margie Handy of Revere, Kathy Cristiano and her companion, James Bond, of Malden and the late Nancy Maffeo and her surviving husband, Michael, of Everett; brother of William of North Reading and the late Michael, Angelo, Domenic, Rosario, Antonio, Charles, Rose DeGilorma, Florence Leo, Albina DeMato, Chicki Aldo and Ella Foppiano. He is also survived by four loving grandchildren, Michael Angelo Maffeo III, Renee Conte, Todd  Cristiano, and Marguerite Bond and four great grandchildren, Tyler Mullen, Makayla, Michael Maffeo IV and Nicolas Cristiano.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons -Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. For guest book, please visit,

Andrew Cullen, DVM

Owned the Everett Animal Clinic

Doctor Andrew Cullen DVM passed away peacefully on November 17 surrounded by family members.  Doctor Cullen was most well-known as a life-long resident of Everett and owner of the Everett Animal Clinic at 456 Ferry Street in Everett.

Having left home as an adventuresome teenager, Doctor Cullen made his way to a horse farm where he shared living accommodations with the horses.  This is where he first developed his passion for animals and returned to Everett with a firm goal in mind – to become a veterinarian and care for animals for the rest of his life.

After serving as an officer in the US Army working as a cryptographer outside of Washington D.C. during the early 1950’s, Doctor Cullen attended Northeastern University in pursuit of this goal.  His exceptional grades earned him acceptance into the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, from which he proudly graduated in 1961.

Doctor Cullen opened the Everett Animal Clinic in 1964 to serve the residents of Everett and the surrounding communities.  Doc Cullen, as he was fondly known, practiced veterinary medicine with compassion, integrity and respect for his entire professional life.  Doc Cullen’s passion and dedication to his profession and the beloved animals he cared for as well as his commitment and service to his community endured for the last 46 years.  Even at the age of 80 his door remained open until medical complications prevented him from returning to the work he so dearly loved.  Doc Cullen will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his family, friends, clients and community.

Doctor Cullen was the father of Steven and David Cullen of Lynn and Lenore DeLaine of Tyngsboro; brother of Joseph of Tewksbury and the late Dorothy Ferullo of Milton; and former husband of Celine Cullen of Nashua, NH. He is also survived by four beloved grandchildren, Lenore, Steven, Derek and Kevin. He is also survived by his son, David’s, three dogs, Milo, Sherry and Duke.  What will we do without him?

Doctor Cullen would have felt it appropriate that donations in his memory be made to the Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem MA 01970 so that his life’s work of providing care for animals can continue on. May he rest in peace.

Carol May

Nurse’s aide

Carol A. (Strong) May of Saugus, formerly of Chelsea and Malden, died on November 28. She was 71 years old.

She was a retired nurse’s aide having worked at the Annemark Nursing Home in Revere for 20 years and a former member of the Tontoquan Chapter 100 Order of the Eastern Star in Saugus.

She was the beloved mother of Robert E. May and his wife, Patricia, of Peabody, Robin A. Manning and her husband, John, of Groveland, Nancy E. May and her partner, Barbara Silva, of Arlington; daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Ada M. (House) Strong; sister of the late Kenneth R. Strong and Warren Strong and also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren.

A Holy Eucharist Service will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 127 Summer St., Lynnfield, Thursday,  December 2 at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.  Visiting hours will be held at the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Ave., Chelsea, today, Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.  Interment of cremains will take place at Glenwood Cemetery in Everett at a later date.

Christopher Siriani

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston

Christopher P. Siriani of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on November 29.

The beloved husband of Jodi (Quirk) Siriani, he was the father of April Leone of Lynn, Michelle Siriani of Everett and Erin Siriani of Revere; brother of Catherine, Kenneth, Carole, Warren and Louis Siriani and is also survived by 13 grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held in the Magrath Funeral Home, 325 Chelsea St [at Day Sq] East Boston Thursday evening, December 2 at 8 p.m. Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Committal will be private.

Elvira Amabile

Of Saugus, formerly of Everett

Elvira L. (Spada) Amabile of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on November 23.

She was the wife of the late Carmine Amabile; loving mother of Nina Shanahan of Saugus, Sebastian Amabile and his wife, Janice, of Maine and the late Mary Craig; beloved grandmother of 10 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.

Services at the request of the family were private. Donations in Mrs. Amabile’s memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, One Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02114. Arrangements were by Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus.

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