Obituaries 03-23-2011

William Grover

Longtime Whidden Hospital

Security Officer

William H. “Billy” Grover of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Everett Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tuesday evening, March 15. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Frederick L. and Celia (Mroz) Grover. He grew up in Chelsea attending local schools and enlisted in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He returned to Chelsea and began working for Sweetheart Paper for several years.

In 1970, he settled in Everett with his beloved wife and has resided there for the past 41 years. He also worked for many years as a security officer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He retired 15 years ago.

He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Rose (Bruno) Grover of Everett and the dear brother of Florence Mandracchia of Everett and the late Frederick L. Grover, Jr.

Honoring his wishes, services were strictly private.

To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

William Hudson

Of Weymouth, formerly of Everett

William E. Hudson, Jr. of Weymouth, formerly of Everett, died on March 18. He was 70 years old.

He was born and raised in Everett and has lived in Weymouth since 1982. Mr. Hudson was a supervisor at H.A. Johnson Company in Brighton many years ago.

He was the beloved husband of the late Carol A. (Palingo) Hudson; devoted father of Denise A. Hudson, William E. III, Pamela J. Kearney and Steven E. Kearney, all of Weymouth; beloved brother of Edith Parks of Medford and grandfather of Christopher.

His Funeral will be held from the Clancy-Lucid Funeral Home, 100 Washington St., Weymouth today, Wednesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, East Weymouth at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Arthur ‘Sonny Boy’ Harrington

Veteran of Three Wars

Arthur C. “Sonny Boy” Harrington of Charlestown died unexpectedly on March 19. He was 82 years old.

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, he was a member of Seafarers International Union and the Old Charlestown Schoolboys Association.

He was the beloved husband of 56 years to Mary E. (Toland) Harrington; devoted father of Karl Harrington of So. Boston, Elizabeth Harrington-Jefferson of Dorchester, Jeremiah Harrington of Honolulu, Hi., Julianna McCormick and her husband, Frank, of Charlestown, James Harrington of Everett, Arthur L. Harrington and his wife, Patricia, of No. Reading, Leo Harrington and his wife, Fabiola, of No. Andover and the late George Harrington; loving Papa to 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; beloved brother of Daniel “Danny Boy” Harrington of Norwood, Rose Langley of Wollaston, the late Dorothy Mullis, Raymond, Bernard and Jeremiah Harrington; loving uncle of Christine Celata of Medford.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral today, Wednesday, at 9 a.m. from the Frank H. Carr Funeral Home, 220 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown followed by his Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. For obituary, directions and online condolences,

Anthony Silva, Jr.

General Electric retiree

Anthony J. Silva, Jr. of Newburyport, formerly of Wakefield and Everett, died on March 17.

Born and raised in Everett and a graduate of Everett High School and Northeastern University, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a designer for General Electric Co. in Lynn for 39 years before retiring in 2009.

He was the devoted father of Wendy Karlon and her husband, John, of Bolton and Adam Silva of Phoenix, Arizona; brother of Robert Silva of Malden, Thomas Silva of Saugus, and Terri Baker of Wilmington; loving grandfather of Christian Karlon and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was the former husband of Christine (Ford) Silva, son of the late Anthony J. Silva Sr. and is survived by his mother, Yolanda (Lamacchia) Silva.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc., Hudson, MA. ( In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mr. Silva may be made to: Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, 2 Shaker Road, Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01464.

Corrine Ferrante

Everett resident

Corrine R. (Cocorochio) Ferrante of Everett died on March 17.

She was the beloved wife of Constantine “Charlie”; mother of Donna Sullivan and her husband, Ernie, and Thomas and his wife, Darlene, all of Everett; sister of Thomas Cocorochio of Florida, Florence Vassallo of Winthrop and the late Mary Mandracchia, Eleanor Parente and John Cocorochio. She is also survived by four grandchildren Michael, Andrea, Thomas, Nadine, and four great grandchildren, Kayla, Keara, Gianna and Zachary.

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

Robert Risdon

Medford resident

Robert H. Risdon of Medford died on March 16. He was 80 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Theresa F. (Condon) Risdon, the loving father of Thomas W. Risdon of Medford and the late John R. and James J. Risdon; brother of Marion Roberts of Concord; grandfather of Michael Risdon of Texas, Robert Risdon of Everett and Lisa Risdon of Woburn and great-grandfather of Mason, Rileyfaye, Alana, Cecelia and Sienna. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Beals-Geake-Magliozzi Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. For additional information please visit,

Eugene ‘Gene’ Conlon

Malden resident

Eugene “Gene” Conlon of Malden died on March 16.

A US Navy veteran, he was a member of the Danvers Rifle Club, VFW and the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors.

He was the beloved husband of the late Barbara (Laft) and long time companion of Martha Virginia “Ginney” Gallella; father of Thomas of Lynn, Eugeneia May and her companion, Roger Callahan, of Everett and the late Diane Nazzaro and is also survived by seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Donations in Mr. Conlon’s memory may be made to The Zuni Maritime Foundation, PO Box 28042, Henrico, VA 23228.

Anne Picone

Wakefield resident

Anne C. (Henderson) Picone of Wakefield died on March 15.

She was the wife of the late James N. Picone; mother of Melinda Parry and her husband, David of Wakefield, Pamela Turner and her husband, Bret, of Standish, ME, and Glenn Picone of Wakefield; sister of John C. Henderson and his wife, Louise, of Pepperell; sister-in-law of Mary Borges of Wakefield and is also survived by her grandson Jordan Parry of Wakefield, and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held in the First Baptist Church, Wakefield. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Messenger Corps of the First Baptist Church, 8 Lafayette St., Wakefield, MA 01880 or to the charity of one’s choice. For obit and guestbook,

Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Alba

Everett resident

Eleanor “Ellie” (Yanucci) Alba of Everett died on March 13.

She was the beloved wife of the late Ignatius “John”; mother of Jacqueline Michalski and her husband, Joseph, of Morristownship, NJ, and John and his wife, Karen, of Windham, NH; sister of the late Michael Yanucci. “Mema,” as her grandchildren called her, is also survived by two grandchildren Lisa and Lynne, and two great grandchildren Nicholas and Christian.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Alba’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , 9 Riverside Rd., Weston, MA 02493. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.

Catherine Phelan

Active at Immaculate Conception Church

Catherine A. (Maddox) Phelan died at the Whidden Hospital on March 14. She was 89 years old.

Born in Everett and a life- long Everett resident, she was very active in The Immaculate Conception Church.

A loving wife and mother, she raised her seven children with her late husband Joseph ‘Joe’ Phelan and was the caring and loving mother of Susan Kulmacz of Florida, Ann Phelan of Spencer, Cheryl Campbell and her husband, Shawn, of Tewksbury, Joseph Phelan and his wife, Patricia, of Saugus, Patricia Astuti and her husband, Thomas, of Tewksbury and the late Kathleen Dinan and Michael Phelan. She was the mother-in-law of William Dinan and the sister of the late Joseph, Thomas, Mary Leonte, Margaret MacDonald, and Barbara Maddox; the  grandmother of Diane, Sean, Narada, Joe, Sara, Nicholas, Denis, Jillian, Kristina, Michael, Matthew, Christopher, and Joshua. She is also survived by nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations may be made to The Immaculate Conception Renovation Campaign in her name.

Dorothy Costigan

Telephone Operator

Dorothy A. (Grace) Costigan died March 15 at Lakes Region General Hospital. She was 69 years old.

Born in Everett, the daughter of S. Fred and Alice (Carroll) Grace, she grew up in the Everett and Revere area later moving to Winthrop before her move to New Hampshire in 1996. While living in Winthrop, Mrs. Costigan worked as a telephone operator for Winthrop Hospital. She was also a member of the Winthrop Emblem Club. After her move, she worked at Speare Memorial Hospital in Plymouth, NH also as a telephone operator. She had a flair for baking and was known for her magnificent decorated cakes. She also enjoyed doing ceramics.

Family members include her husband of 49 years, Thomas Costigan Sr. of Bristol, NH; five sons: Thomas Jr. and Kevin, both of Bristol, NH; Patrick of Winthrop, Brian of Plymouth, NH; Daniel of Hill, NH; 16 grandchildren; two sisters: Althea Clark of Tewksbury and Lorraine Washburn of Merrimack, NH and a brother, Fred Grace of Middleton  as well as many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Bob and Bill Webster.

Funeral services were held at the Bristol United Church of Christ, Bristol, NH. Funeral Services will be observed at 3:00 pm in the Church. Private burial will be held in the spring.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to the American Diabetes Association , PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. Arrangements were entrusted to the Emmons Funeral Home of Bristol, NH

Michael Tholen

Retired Lineman

Michael Tholen of Sheffield, formerly of Everett, died on March 15 at his sister Terri’s home in Everett. He was 58 years old.

He was born in Malden and resided in Everett for many years. He was a retired lineman for the former New England and Nynex telephone companies, retiring after nearly 40 years of service.

The son of the late John H. and Theresa H (White), he was the dear father of William D. and his wife, Kortney, of Buffalo, NY and Danielle M. of Methuen; brother of John of Malden, Ted, Steve and Terri of Everett and the late Elaine Pace and is also survived by five grandchildren.

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

Louis ‘Butch’ DiSabatino

Of Maine, formerly of Malden

Louis G. “Butch” DiSabatino of York, ME,  formerly of Malden, died on March 14.

A member of the American Legion, York, ME and the Malden Moose 1910, he was the beloved husband of Jeanette A. (Castellano); dear and devoted father of Louis G. Jr. and his wife, Beverly, of Old Bridge, NJ, Denise Novak and her husband, John, of Wilmington and Christine Dorazio and her husband, Henry, of York, ME; brother of Lois Cinelli of W. Peabody; loving grandfather of Wil, Ben and Owen DiSabatino, Emily and Sophia Novak and Sarah and Jillian Dorazio.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society,  30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, would be sincerely appreciated.

Grace Evelyn Evans

Former Everett resident

Grace Evelyn Evans, formerly of Melrose and Everett, died March 14. She was 101 years old.

Born February 14, 1910 in Nova Scotia, Canada, the daughter of Frank and Addie (Chetwynde) White, she was the widower of John W. Evans, Sr., survivors include one son, John W. Evans, Jr. and his wife, Dottie, of Dover, one daughter, Dorothy E. Della Croce of Newfields; five grandchildren, Ken and his wife, Anne, Deb and her husband, Kenny, Dan, John, III, and Chris; one great-grandson, Nathan, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Rose Benard, Beatrice Fulton, Joseph White, and Raymond White.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Tasker Funeral Home, Dover, NH. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery (Hillside Section), Everett. Memorials may be made to Wentworth Homecare and Hospice, 113 New Rochester Rd., suite #6, Dover, NH 03820.

Annmarie Cerra

Of Wilmington, formerly of Everett

Annmarie M. (Donovan) Cerra of Wilmington, formerly of Everett, died on March 15.

She was the cherished daughter of Anna C. (Higgins) of Tewksbury and the late Edward J. Donovan; devoted and beloved mother of Justin and Cody Cerra, both of Wilmington; former wife of John Cerra of Burlington and is also survived by many loving cousins and extended family members.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Wilmington. Inurnment services will be private. For obituary or to leave an online message of condolence please visit

Stephanie Wells

Chelsea resident

Stephanie Wells of Chelsea died unexpectedly on March 20.

She was the beloved mother of John J. Hunter, Michael A. Viele, Isabella A. Viele and Dante J. Otero, all of Chelsea; dear and devoted daughter of Christine Wells-Amodeo and John F. Amodeo of Malden; devoted granddaughter of Anna Maria Patti of Revere and the late John Patti; dear sister of Stephen M. Wells of Malden, Christopher J. Wells of Everett, Nicholas J. Wells of Malden, Stacy Ann Pagliaro of Florida and Kristie Leigh Buccieri of Derry, NH; loving niece of Rosanne “Queenie” DiCicco of Malden, Sandra Valeri of Middleton, Loriann Goodwin of Revere and Doreen Faretra-Wiggins of East Boston.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass in the Sacred Hearts Church,  297 Main St. Malden, Thursday, March 24 at 9 a.m.  Funeral arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

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