Obituaries 10-10-2012

Charlotte Anna Bessler


Charlotte Anna (Bakeman) Bessler of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett, died on October 8 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill.  She was 89 years old.

A homemaker, born in Everett and a lifelong resident of Everett until settling in Tewksbury a few years ago, she was the beloved wife of the late Carl A. Bessler, Jr.; dear and devoted mother of  Charlotte Ann Ball and her husband, Thomas of Bermuda Dunes, California, Herbert W. Bessler and his wife, Louise “Dolly” of Dracut and the late Carl A. Bessler, III and his surviving wife, Josephine of Everett.  She was predeceased by nine siblings and is also survived by 12 loving grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  Her Funeral will be held from the Cafasso  & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St. (Corner of Main St.) Everett,  Thursday morning at 10.  Funeral services will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel, 302 Elm St., Everett at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. p.m.  Contributions in her memory to the  Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St. Lawrence, MA 01843, would be sincerely appreciated.

Edith Festa

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston

Edith (Marciano) Festa of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died recently. She was in her 103rd year.

She was the beloved wife of the late Gabriel R. Festa with whom she shared 61 years of marriage; loving mother of Danny Festa and his wife, Mary of East Boston, John Festa and his wife, Phyllis of Revere, Marilyn Gaylardi and her husband, Joseph and Karyn Russo and her husband, Michael, all of Everett and Judith Storella and her husband, Lawrence of Revere; cherished grandmother of 12 and the late Michelle Fiorentino Olga Ann Festa and Allison Festa; 14 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She was the sister of three late brothers and two late sisters.

Her Funeral will be held from Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach St., Revere on Thursday at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Grace Church, Everett/Chelsea Line at noon. Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mass. General Hospital Palliative Care, 55 Fruit St., Boston, MA 02114. For directions and  guest book, visit:

Michael Gill, Jr.

Longshoreman’s Association member, avid sports fan

Michael J. Gill, Jr. of Everett died on October 3. He was 29 years old.

A member of the I.L.A. Local 799 International Longshoreman’s Association and an avid Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox Fan, he was the son of Michael J. Sr. and Ann (Rynne); brother of Beth of Everett and Jason Mason of Stoneham and is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett today, Wednesday, October 10, at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in Immaculate Conception Church at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to A.-Keiki’s Dream Program Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku, HI., 96793. Burial was at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

Lawrence Smith

Everett Resident

Lawrence H. “Larry” Smith of Everett died on October 5. A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of Lucy (Murphy); father of Kathleen and Michael Iandolo of Saugus, Ann Marie Halliday and her husband, Ishmael of Reading and Rita and Christopher Hooper of Everett; brother of June Donahue and Dorothy Moore, both of Wakefield. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Ann Gagliardi and Lucy and Amanda Halliday and by many nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco and Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett on Thursday, October 11 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church, Everett at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Visiting hours are today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Smith’s memory may be made to the Allcare Hospice, 210 Market St., Lynn, Ma. 01901  Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Complimentary valet parking will be available tonight, Wednesday evening.

Gertrude Geldreich

Malden Resident

Gertrude C. (Boudreau) Geldreich of Malden died on October 3.

She was the beloved wife of the late Louis T. Geldreich; devoted mother of Judith L. Dingwell and her husband, Robert of Revere, Richard P. Geldreich and his wife, Josette of Vero Beach FL, Janet S. Yarosewick and her husband, Walter of Exeter NH, and Louis R. Geldreich of Malden. She was the adored grandmother of seven grandchildren and great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren; the loving sister of Louise Elliot of Everett and the late Rita Smith and Edward Boudreau. Funeral arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden. Entombment was in the Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden. For obituary, please visit:

Jessie Ferrandi

Revere Resident

Jessie (Monterisi) Ferrandi of Revere died on October 5. She was the beloved wife of the late Dewey; mother of Susan Fantasia, Kenneth and the late Virginia Puopolo Shea and Anthony Giannasoli; sister of Sergi Monterisi, Joey Monterisi, Vera Celeste and the late Frank and Peter Monterisi. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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

Mildred ‘Millie’ Tricca

Of Revere, formerly of Everett

Mildred J. “Millie” Tricca of Revere, formerly of Everett, died on October 5. She was 82 years old.

She was the beloved aunt of Anita V. Graffeo-Quinn and her husband, Donald of Scituate; daughter of the late Joseph and Adelina (DiGiovanni) Tricca; sister of the late Octavio Tricca, Joseph Tricca, Gilda Greene, Matilda Fanelle and is also lovingly survived by five nieces, two nephews, two great nephews, Joseph M. Graffeo and his wife, Debra, Michael R. Graffeo, great-great niece, Briana Graffeo and great-great nephew Corey Graffeo.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church, Everett. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett.  For those who wish. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 85 Astor Ave., Norwood, MA 02062 or on-line at:

Stanley Morrill
Everett Resident

Stanley D. Morrill of Everett died on October 4. He was 83 years old.

Aveteran of the Korean war, he worked as a forman at Systems Resources for fiberglass specialties and also, as a retiree, at the Stop & Shop in Revere. Mr. Morrill loved playing softball and basketball and was a big fan of the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics.

He was the beloved husband of  Mary (Costa); loving father of Stanley, Stephen, Kenny and Nancy ; brother of Judy (Rush) and the late Patsy (Cruce), and is also survived by many grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at the Vazza Funeral Home in Revere. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden today, Wednesday, October 10.

Arlene Murphy

Loved by all Who Knew Her

Arlene T. (Hehir) Murphy  entered into eternal rest on October 2. She was 86 years old.

She was born in Everett in 1926 and was a lifelong Everett resident. In 1967, she began working at Pope John XXIII HS on Broadway, where her son was a freshman. Her son graduated in 1970 but she continued her job as head of the cafeteria for many more years.

In the 1970’s, when Bingo games began at Pope John, she was not only a player but a volunteer who tirelessly showed up hours early to help set up, sell tickets and put the coffee on.

Arlene lost her husband and later her son, much too soon, which only allowed her to commit her time even more. Her dedication as a worker and a volunteer at Pope John HS for the past 45 years has been unheralded and is an attributing factor to the success of the PJ Bingo.

She made many friends at Pope John and throughout the City of Everett and she was loved by all who knew her. Her absence has left a void that cannot be filled.

The daughter of the late Mary (Griffin) and the late James Hehir, she was the beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Murphy and devoted mother of the late Thomas J. Murphy;  the loving sister of Mary Hehir of Everett and the late James Hehir. She will also be remembered by her dear friends Jo-Jo and Steve Vuolo and Dan and Anna Doherty.

Her Funeral was held from The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home  followed by a Funeral Mass in The Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend Gerald Osterman officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please make memorial donations to Pope John XXIII High School, 888 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149.

Ann Copeland

Whidden Hospital Retiree

Ann F. Copeland of Everett died on September 30. She was 81 years old.

A retired long-time employee at Whidden Hospital, she was the beloved wife of the late William N. Copeland; loving mother of Thomas N. Copeland and his wife, Patricia of Shirley; loving sister of Joseph Gillespie and his wife, Marie of Virginia; cherished grandmother of Shaun Copeland, Bryan Copeland and his wife, Emily and Scott Copeland and his wife, Susan; cherished great-grandmother of Austin Senn, Jillian and Keith Copeland. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the JF Ward Funeral Home, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook, visit

Sister Irene Goode, CSJ


Sister Irene Goode, CSJ (Sister Mary Beatus, CSJ),

a beloved member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston for 67 years, died October 1.

Formerly missioned as a staff member at St. Catherine, Norwood and as a teacher at Immaculate Conception, Everett and St. Joseph, Amesbury, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Hannah (Callahan) Goode and sister of the late Joseph, Mary Goode, William, Catherine O’Hara, Robert, John, Bill and Richard.  She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, great grandnieces and grandnephews, and two great great grandnieces.

Her wake and funeral were attended by family and friends at Holy Spirit Chapel, Bethany Health Care Center, Framingham. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.  Arrangements were by Norton Funeral Home, Framingham. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Bethany Health Care Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA  01702.c

Karen Byrnes

Of Everett, formerly of Charlestown

Karen A. Byrnes of Everett, formerly of Charlestown, died on September 29.

She was the beloved daughter of the late Richard and Edwin (Conroy) Byrnes; devoted mother of Stephen, Jonathan, Ryan and Courtney Byrnes; loving sister of Richard, Steven and Michael Byrnes and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the John H. Sawyer Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial was private.

Jean Aceto

Devoted and Loving Mother

Jean (LaLicata) Aceto died while undergoing palliative care at Wingate of Reading on October 1, her 85th birthday, with her loving family at her bedside.

Born and raised in Boston’s North End, she was the beloved daughter of Sicilian natives, Aggrippino and Josephina LaLicata.  She married Antonio Aceto and together they resided in Boston’s West End, Cambridge and East Boston where she settled for most of her adult life.

A devoted homemaker, Catholic and beloved friend, she enjoyed cooking and caring for her family.  For the past several years she was a daily visitor with Community Family in Medford, a senior care center. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 1986, and lived in Everett with her son for the last several years.

She was the beloved wife of the late Antonio Aceto; devoted mother of Angela Aceto Mila of Quincy,  Peter Aceto of Everett, JoAnn Santaniello of North Reading,  Michael Aceto of Boston and the late Lorraine Aceto; dear sister of the late Salvi Alegata, Joseph Alegata and Mary Tracy.  She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 311 Arsenal St., Ste. 4, Watertown MA  02472.  To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

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