Obituaries 02-29-2012

Linda Siuda-Valentin

Chelsea resident

Linda Siuda-Valentin of Chelsea died on February 20. She was 49 years old.

She was the devoted wife of the late Luis A Valentin and  devoted mother of Erik Scriven of Chelsea;  loving daughter of Helen (Riley) Siuda and the late Stephen Siuda of Chelsea; cherished granddaughter of Sophie (Kupczewski) Siuda and the late Vincent of Revere; dear sister of Darlene Siuda of Chelsea, Mark Siuda and his wife, Annette of Everett, Cathy Todisco and her husband, Pat of Peabody and Stephen Siuda Jr. and his wife, Charlotte of Malden and is also survived by many fond aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.Funeral arrangements were by the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, (Orient Heights) East Boston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MGH Ellison 16 Nursing Fund, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston 02114. For more information:

Frank Parisi, Sr.

Longtime Owner of Frank’s Grocery and Coffee

Frank J. Parisi, Sr. of Everett died on February 21. He was 85 years old.

The owner of Frank’s Grocery and Coffee Shop in Somerville for 36 years and a US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Giovanna (Mogavero) Parisi; devoted father of Ralph J. Parisi and his wife, Annette of Tewksbury and Frank J. Parisi Jr. and his wife, Joanie of Wilmington; cherished grandfather of Steven Parisi and his companion, Tabetha Finn, Kevin Parisi and his wife, Meghan, Michael Parisi and his fiancé, Lauren Gauthier, Kimberly Parisi and her companion, Kris Manning and Danielle Parisi; loving great grandfather of Janitsa, Gianna, Angelo and Ryan; dear brother of Mary T. Parisi of Everett and the late Salvatore, Carlo, Josephine, Santa and Joanna and the son of the late Joseph Parisi and Rose (DePietro) Parisi. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home of Stoneham. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a memorial condolence:

Marion Frances Palmitesta

Florida resident, formerly of Everett

Marion Frances Palmitesta of Pompano Beach, FL, died on February 15. She was 89 years old.

Born in Everett to Charles and Marion Bowen on January 18, 1923, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Peter Palmitesta.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. (954) 941-4111

Ella ‘Fran’ Garneau

Everett resident

Ella “Fran” Garneau, of Everett, formerly of Winchester and a longtime resident of Cambridge, died on February 25.

She was the beloved wife of Wilfred R. “Bill” Garneau; loving mother of Madelon L. Falter of Ocala, Florida, Ernest Garneau of Boston, Stephen E. Garneau of Reading and Eugene F. Garneau of Stratham, NH; sister of Irene Lucreziano of Arlington, Carol Beaulieu of Stoughton and the late Eugene, Ernest and Arnold Winchester. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Arrangements are by the George L. Doherty Funeral Home, 855 Broadway (Powder House Square) Somerville with a Funeral Home Service today, Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial at Gethsemane Cemetery, Boston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130. For more information, visit: www.dohertyfuneralservice.

Catherine ‘Rita’ O’Malley

Of Everett, formerly of Charlestown

Catherine “Rita” O’Malley of Everett, formerly of Charlestown, died peacefully at home on February 22 surrounded by her loving family. She was 81 years young.

The beloved wife of the late Paul F. O’Malley, she was the loving mother of Bernice Stover, Rosemary Massey, Cathy Ahearn, Robert Flaherty, Debby Micozzi, Paula Doucette, Butch O’Malley, Scott O’Malley and their loving spouses; loving sister of the late Margaret Costin and the late Helen Fitzpatrick. She is also survived by 20 cherished grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed at her New Hampshire summer camp, where she was well loved. Rest in peace Mom, we love you.

Funeral arrangements were by the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. For online guest book, visit

George Thomas Patrick Doyle

Retired member of Ironworkers Local 7

George Thomas Patrick Doyle of Dracut died on February 20. He was 73 years old.

A former resident of Tewksbury and Everett, he was a  U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired member of Ironworker’s Local 7.He was the beloved husband of Roberta G. (Robbins); son of the late Augustine P. and Margaret (Keating) Doyle; father of Augustine Scott Doyle of Dracut and Jennifer L. Krider and her husband, Micah of Valparaiso, FL; adored grandfather of Hayden, Carsen, Toby and Duncan Krider; brother of Paul G. Doyle and his wife, Mary of Medford, Ronald J. and his wife, Mary, Jean Hussey and her husband, Warren, all of Stoneham, Michael A. and his wife, Pauline, Adrian J. and his wife, Ann, all of Everett and Mary Burton and her husband, Frank of Revere. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Donations in his memory may be made to Local # 7 Scholarship Fund, 195 Colony Ave., PO Box 7, S. Boston, MA 02127. For obituary see

Norma Merrihew

Worked at Sears and for NAFA

Norma L. (Porreca) Merrihew of Winthrop, formerly of East Boston, died at home on February 18 surrounded by her loving family.

She was employed at Sears Roebuck and NAFA at the US Coast Guard Base in Boston, as well as being a longtime nanny, becoming an integral part of the lives of many children and their parents. Mrs. Merrihew was also a member of the Winthrop Mixed Lodge 2057, Sons of Italy of Massachusetts.

She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen Merrihew; mother of Arlene Rizkovsky and her husband, John of Ocala, FL, Wanda Ervin of Haverhill, formerly of East Boston and Revere, and the late Carol Sue Ervin. She was the most cherished aunt and second mother to Jacqueline Varnauskas and her husband, Robert “Bobby” of Naugatuck, CT; Nana to Carol Sue Lanni and her husband, Michael of Haverhill, Johnny Rizkovsky and his wife, Christina of North Carolina, Sheryll Lewis and her husband, Don, James Porreca and his wife, Yvonne, Anthony Porreca and his wife, Michele, Roberta Rauch and her husband, Marty, Wanda Campbell, Stephen and Tina Varnauskas, all of Florida.

She is also proudly survived by eight great-grandchildren: Shauna Rigsby, Dianne, Kristina and Anthony Porreca, Shianne Rauch, John Calia, Casey and Jaden Rizkovsky and her great-great-grandson, Tyler. She was the sister of Guido Porreca and his wife, Carmie of Everett and Leonora Whilden of Randolph, NJ.
She will be missed beyond measure by all her loving nieces and nephews, of whom she was a constant in their lives. Known as “Nana Norma”, she was Godmother and “Auntie” to many and will be forever cherished in their hearts.
Mrs. Merrihew requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Arrangements were private.

Stephen Goodwin, Jr.

Drain Technician

Stephen T. Goodwin, Jr., a lifelong resident of Everett, died unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on February 20.  He was 32 years old.

A drain technician for more than 10 years for Rapid Flow, he was born in Malden and was the beloved son of Stephen T. and Geraldine (Marchetti) Goodwin of Everett; loving father of Mickayla Rose Goodwin of Revere; dear brother of Melanie Marie Goodwin of N. Andover and Derek J. Goodwin of Clinton.  He is also survived by Mickayla Rose’s mother, Gina Ballantine.

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

Claire Cella

Avid Bingo Player and Bowler

Claire G. (McClure) Cella of Everett died in her home on February 27. She was 82 years old.

An avid Bingo player and bowler, she was the beloved wife of Ralph A. Cella; loving sister of Richard McClure of Florida, Ralph McClure of Tennessee, Jessie Catalfamo of Florida and the late Donald, Louise, Olga, and Dorothy. She is also survived by many dear nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a funeral from the JF Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, on Thursday, March 1 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Of Padua Church, 38 Oakes St., Everett, at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will conclude with burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to Home For Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115. For directions and online guest book

Kevin Clifford

Well Known Football and Baseball Coach

Kevin C. Clifford of Reading, formerly of Everett and Melrose, died suddenly at Winchester Hospital on February 26. He was 57 years old.

Mr. Clifford was born in Boston to Warrant T. and Josephine (Covino) Clifford of Everett. He was raised in Everett and graduated from Pope John High School in Everett.

He worked for the United States Post Office as a letter carrier and then as a mail handler at the South Boston Postal Annex for the past 26 years.

He was best known as “Coach” to the many kids he had on his football and baseball teams throughout the years. Mr. Clifford coached Everett Eagle Pop Warner Football for 17 years, was an assistant football coach at Reading Memorial High School for four years, assistant coach at Stoneham High School for two years and the last two years, he was an assistant coach at Medford High School. He also coached little league baseball in Everett and Melrose for several years. He lived in Melrose for 17 years before moving to Reading in 2001. He enjoyed taking cruises, scuba diving and taking rides in his little red corvette.

Mr. Clifford was the loving husband of Julie A. (Mahoney) Clifford; devoted father of Brendan R., Colby M. and Kyle C. Clifford; cherished son of Warren T. and Josephine (Covino) Clifford of Everett; beloved brother of Joy Pippy and her husband, Glenn of Peabody. He is also survived by several, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, a niece and numerous friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, on Friday, March 2 at 9 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial in his memory will be celebrated at The Church of the Incarnation, 425 Upham St., Melrose at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours are Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Clinic, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02115. To send a message of condolence or to view an online tribute please visit:

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