Obituaries 01-11-2012

Lorene Favreau

Billerica Resident

Lorene M. Favreau died on January 5 at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital surrounded by her family after a long illness. She was 55 years old.

Born in Everett on September 10, 1956, the daughter of Stephen and Justine (Vetrano) Vuolo, she lived in Malden for many years before moving to Billerica in 1978.

She was employed by MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Pope John High School in Everett and Hallmark Health Systems prior to her retirement.

In addition to her husband, Joseph R. Favreau, and her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Favreau of Billerica and her fiancé, Tim Scalley of Tyngsboro; her sisters, Maria Maser and Lisa Lamonica of Saugus, Stephanie Vuolo of Alton, NH, Mary Felts of Woburn and Annette Ruplis of Everett.

Funeral arrangements were by the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, Billerica. Burial was at Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, c/o Dr. Suzanne Berlin, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

James Wells

Had Long Career in Insurance Business

James J. Wells left this world on January 7. He was 88 years old.

Mr. Wells was born on October 17, 1923 in Bristols Hope, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.  He was the only son of Annie Maria Wells and Walter Wells.

On December 15, 1942, during World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  His boot camp training was at Great Lakes Naval Station in Michigan.  He was then assigned to the Naval Radio Operator School at the University of Wisconsin and graduated from there on Sept. 27, 1943.  From there he was sent for advanced training at Noroton Heights, Connecticut.

After graduation from advanced radio training, he taught the Morse Code at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York.  He was later assigned to convoy duty as a naval radio operator with the Armed Guard.

His first convoy was Nov. 18, 1943 to April 4, 1944 from New York to Iran (Persian Gulf) and he returned to New York aboard the Liberty Ship S.S. Frederick H. Newell. His second convoy was Sept. 28, 1944 to Dec. 21, 1944 from Baltimore, Maryland to Naples, Italy via Auguste, Sicily, Piambino and Leghorn and returned via Algiers and Oran to the Port of New York aboard the Liberty Ship S.S. Joseph Leidy.

The third convoy was Feb. 4, 1945 to March 20, 1945 from Philadelphia, PA. to New York to Cherbourg, France and returned via the English Channel to the Solent (Isle of Wight) and then to New York aboard the Liberty ship S.S. Joseph Leidy.

His fourth and final convoy was April 8, 1945 to June 2, 1945 from New York to Antwerp, Belgium and returned via the Downs, England, LeHavre, France to the Isle of Wight to Boston, MA aboard the Liberty Ship S.S. Joseph Leidy.

Mr. Wells finished his naval career as a first class radio operator aboard the U.S.S. Papago, a fleet tug, for the period October 3, 1945 to March 18, 1946. The Papago was stationed at St. George in Bermuda and the sole purpose was to rescue ships in distress. Mr. Wells spent a total of 15 months at sea and saw his share of torpedo and aircraft action.

After his service in the Navy, he was employed by Ernest Nixon Insurance. This later was named the John P. Nixon Insurance Agency, followed by John P. Nixon Insurance, Inc. Mr. Wells was an officer of the corporation and retired after being with the company for 48 years. He loved the insurance business and John P. Nixon, Sr. was his mentor.

Mr. Wells leaves a married son, James J. Wells, Jr. of Woburn, MA (U.S. Army retired) who has no children; a married son, Ronald B. Wells of Cooper City, FL, a Police Sgt., and two grandsons, William Christopher Wells and Robert James Nowland Wells. He also leaves a married daughter, Carol Elaine Miller of Roslyn, PA, a secretary in the Science Dept. at La Salle University in Philadelphia and two granddaughters, Jane Leslie Miller and Lisa Anne Miller.  He also leaves his sister, Marjorie L. Dacko of Everett and last but not least, the love of his life, Nancy B. Hemmerich with whom he had spent 30 most enjoyable years.  Between them they have six children and 14 grandchildren.

He was a long-time member of the Newport Congregational Church, 73 Pehlam St., Newport, RI, and of the Masonic Lodge in Everett.

Mr. Wells has asked that his remains be returned to his place of birth by being cremated and his ashes scattered in the ocean at Conception Bay in Newfoundland, and on the land of his birth, at the old homestead.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 12, at 11 a.m. in Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI. Information and directions are available at

Rosemary Napoli

Caring, Compassionate Everett Resident

Rosemary (Harrison) Napoli of Everett died on January 6. She was 86 years old.

A caring, compassionate person, she enjoyed reading and theology.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph; loving mother of
Gerald, Lorraine Churchill and James; daughter of Earl and Alice Harrison; sister of Francis Foley, Jack Harrison, Eunice Barnes, Edward Harrison, John
Harrison, George Harrison and William Harrison and is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco &
Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Jessica Barbara Rose Cormier

Everett Resident

Jessica Barbara Rose Cormier of Everett died on January 3. She was 20 years old.

She was the devoted daughter of Walter and Barbara (Melesciuc) Cormier; beloved sister of Nicole Cormier and her fiancé, Lee Thomas and his son, Samuel Thomas of Everett; granddaughter of the late Stephen and Barbara Melesciuc and Walter and Catherine Cormier and is also lovingly survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to any cause or organization that assists families who have lost a loved one to a violent crime.

Harry Kibby 

HP Hood Retiree 

Harry C. Kibby, a lifelong resident of Everett, died at Windgate Healthcare in Andover on January 6 after a period of failing health. He was 93 years old.

He was born on May 28, 1918 and was one of three children of the late Harry and Jenny (Brown) Kibby. He and his late wife, Lucille (Kelly) were married for more than 64 years and the couple raised their four children in Everett. He attended the Everett Public Schools and after graduation he served his country in the US Army during World War II and worked for over 35 years for HP Hood. He and his son were the proud owners of a restored HP Hood Milk Truck which was parked in front of the funeral home during his services.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille L. (Kelley) and loving father of Linda Abate of Wilmington, Deborah Kosak and her husband, Rick of Danville, NH, David and his wife, Marie of Methuen, and Gary and his wife, Janis of Everett. He was the brother of Dorothy Evans of New Hampshire and the late Leslie Kibby;  the cherished grandfather of Lisa Trevisani and her husband, Tommy, Richard and Matthew Kosak, Kristen Wallace and her husband, Eric, Alyssa Borgonzi and her husband, David, Mark and Juliann Kibby and great grandfather of Justin, Amanda, Michael and Olivia.

Funeral Services were held at the Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Donations may be made in his name to Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street – Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843.

Mary Foglia 

Former Everett Resident

Mary D. (Banville) Foglia, formerly of Everett, died on January 6. She was 96 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis A. Foglia; loving mother of Marylou Tobin, Janet Primo, and Sharon Lanciani Sloman and their families. She is also survived by seven cherished grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Memorial donations may be made to Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360. For online guest book, please visit:

Thomas Cafarella 

Winchester Resident

Thomas J. Cafarella of Winchester died on January 7.

He was the beloved husband of 52 years of Phyllis (Moscia) Cafarella; loving father of Guy T. and his wife, Marlene of Woburn, and Thomas J. Jr. and his wife, Jennifer of Winchester; cherished grandfather of Brittany, Casey, and Mia Cafarella; dear brother of Helen Barbati and her husband, Ernie of Everett, Catherine Ingalls of California, Joseph Cafarella of Everett, and the late Vincent, Rose Muollo, Mary Perrella, and Evelyn Giannino and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Lane Funeral Home, Winchester. Burial was private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Winchester Hospital Oncology Dept., 41 Highland Ave., Winchester, MA 01890 or to Winchester Home Care, 800 W. Cummings Property, Suite 5000, Woburn, MA 01801. For on line condolences, please visit:

Charles Santagate 

Of Florida, formerly of Malden 

Charles J. Santagate of Florida, formerly of Malden, died on Christmas Day in Florida.

He is survived by family members: Anthony Antonio Santagate, Joseph John Santagate, and Natalie Santagate. He was preceded in death by Antonio Santagate, Jenny (Cristifulli) Santagate, Steve “Spike” Santagate, Paulette Santagate, and Jane Santagate.

A memorial Mass will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church, 487 Broadway, Everett, today, Wednesday, January 11 at 7 a.m.

Robert Marques, Jr. 

Of Maine, formerly of Everett 

Robert “Bob” A. Marques, Jr. of Maine, formerly of Everett, died on January 5.

He was the beloved husband of Rosemary (Scola); father of Gary W. and his wife, Kathleen of No. Reading, Robert J. and his wife, Melinda of Connecticut, Kimberly Marie Varga and her husband, Wallace of Ipswich, and Christopher Eric and his wife, Amanda of Kentucky. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

Joseph DiPrima 

Carpenter and Educator 

Joseph H. DiPrima, a long time resident of Everett, died on January 4 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. He was 83 years old.

Born in Boston, he was a carpenter and also taught carpentry at the North Bennett St. Industrial School in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of Elena A. (Chirichiello); dear and devoted father of Charles J. DiPrima and his wife, Donna of Merrimack, NH and Ella DiPrima-Spayne of Revere; loving grandfather of Charles J. DiPrima, Jr., Lisa M. DiPrima and Jennifer E. Spayne and great-grandfather of Alyia Pizarro; brother of Stephen DiPrima of Charlestown, Jerry DiPrima of Medford, Mary Romano of Malden, Carmella Gilardi of Medford, Phyllis DiPrima, Anna DiPrima and the late Phillip DiPrima.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.  Contributions in his memory to the American Lung Association, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Ste. 400, Walthan, MA, 02451 would be sincerely appreciated.

Richard John Ward 

Retired Funeral Director 

Richard John Ward of Duxbury, formerly of Centerville and Everett, died peacefully at home on January 3. He was 88 years old.

The devoted husband of Eleanor Marie (Cahill) Ward, he was born in Somerville on December 9, 1923 a son of the late John F. and Helen (McGlinchy) Ward. He was educated in Everett and was a 1943 graduate of Everett High School. He entered the US Army Air Corps and proudly served with the 423rdArmy Air Force Base Unit as a Corporal. He worked as an Engine and Airplane Mechanic and was a recipient of the Victory Medal as well as the American Theater Campaign Ribbon.

Mr. Ward then received his Funeral Director and Embalmers Degree from the New England Institute School of Sanitary Science and Embalming in 1946. He was a second generation licensed funeral director for the John F. Ward and Son Funeral Home in Everett for most of his life.

Mr. Ward retired in 1988 at age 65 and moved to Centerville. He recently moved to Duxbury. He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid sports fan. He loved traveling with his wife, especially cruising. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Everett, the B.P.O.E., and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

As a true gentleman, he was affectionately known for the compassion he so generously showed to the many families he served as a funeral director. More importantly, he held a strong devotion to his family and friends alike.

Besides his wife Eleanor, Mr. Ward was the loving father of Kathleen M. Ward and her husband, Raymond Waddington of Woodland, CA, Nancy W. Cole and her husband, Philip Cole of Duxbury and Ellen Kontos and her husband, Kevin Kontos of Boxford; the cherished grandfather of Jessica Ann Kontos, Kevin Kontos, Jr., and John Henry Cole.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cartmell Funeral Home, Plymouth. Burial was in Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, MA. Donations in his memory may be made to the Cranberry Hospice, Inc, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Dorothy Halloran 

Malden Resident 

Dorothy M. (Gilmore) Halloran died on January 2.

She was the beloved wife of Philip B. Halloran of Malden; devoted mother of Philip R. Halloran of Winchester, Patrick G. Halloran of Beverly, and Cathleen M. Halloran of Nashua, NH; cherished sister of Lillian Patruzello of Malden, Annette Burkhardt of Revere, Elizabeth Catanazariti of Malden, Joseph Gilmore of Boston, and the late Earl Gilmore and loving grandmother of Marina, Brian, and Stephanie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was private. For obituary,

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