Obituaries 01-02-2013

Ida Shuman

Active in Many Organizations

Ida H. (Solomon) Shuman died on December 27. She was 887 years old.

Born in Brooklyn, New York to the late Philip Solomon and Bessie (Glassman), she was a native of Revere but lived in Everett for 32 years. She was educated in Chelsea Schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and  enlisted in the US Army in 1949. She served our country during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1951.

Ida was very active in many organizations; Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Life Member, Everett Hadassah, B’Nai Brith Women Past Service Commander-Everett #187, Past Sgt of Arms War Chapter #14 Bay State, Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett Sisterhood, Congregation Agudos Shalom Chelsea, Disabled American’s Veterans Assoc.-American Legion #176 Assoc Member 152nd Infantry Assoc. Past Commander, Chelsea Post J.W.V #71, a member of the Korean War Veterans Malden Post #74 and a member of the AARP.

She was the beloved wife of the late William Shuman; devoted mother of Marc M. Shuman of Melrose; loving Aunt of Michael and Marjorie Solomon of Winthrop; sister of the late Sylvia Solomon; loving cousin of Adele Forosisky and family of Revere and the loving grandmother of William Ahearn.

Funeral services were held at the Torf Funeral Chapel,  Chelsea. Burial was  in Onikchty Society Cemetery, Melrose. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Korean War Veterans of MA. Inc., State House 5th Flr, Room 546-4, Boston, MA 02133.  For guest book, visit:

Ellen Risteen

Of Everett

Ellen B. (Powers) Risteen of Everett died on December 26.

She was the mother of Linda Furtado and her husband, George of Everett, Julie Constantine and her husband, Robert of Wakefield, Daniel F. Jr. (MSP) and Leigha Genduso of Peabody, and Joseph M. (MSP) of North Reading; sister of Joan Shanks of Cotuit, Edward Powers of Pelham, NH, her twin Eleanor Sclafani and Richard Powers,  both of Florida, Kenneth Powers of Melrose, and the late Patrick Powers. She was the former wife of the late Daniel F. and is also survived by six grandchildren: William, Daniel, Renee, Ashley, Sarah and Jessica and by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the M.S.P.C.A., 350 South Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain 02130, attn: Developmental Office.

Eleonora DiBenedetto

Orsogna Womens Club Member

Eleonora (Arpino) DiBenedetto of Medford died on December 26.

Mrs. Di Benedetto worked side by side with her beloved husband of 48 years, Philip in their family owned businesses while always adoring her children and grandchildren. She was also a member since 1964 of the Orsogna Womens Club.

Born in Italy, she was the beloved wife of Philip for 48 years; cherished mother of Mena Lombardo and her husband, Domenic of Stoneham, Maria Pisano and her fiance James De Feudis of Medford, Angela Di Blasi and her husband, Kenneth of Stoneham, and Rina Lo Grasso and her husband, Calogero of Stoneham; sister of the late Lisetta Le Mare and Alessandro Arpino; adoring Nana of nine grandchildren: Marina, Cristina, Alaina, Amanda, Alyssa, Calo, Nicholas, Marco and Carina.

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

Eleanor Colarusso

Of Malden, formerly of the North End

Eleanor G. (Imbriano) Colarusso  of Malden, formerly a life-long resident of the North End, died on December 23. She was 101 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Frank A. Colarusso; devoted mother of Anthony Colarusso of Naples, FL, Phyllis Giove and her husband, Edmund of Everett, and Mimi Chiesa of Delray Beach, FL; loving sister of Anna Amaru, Louise Malatesta, and Peggy Caso; adored grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of 17 and great-great-grandmother of three and is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Marie Colarusso, her son-in-law, Louis Chiesa, as well as eight siblings.

Arrangements were by the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eleanor’s memory may be made to the American Heart Assoc. , PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049. For obituary, please visit:

Margaret Comeau

Of Melrose

Margaret A. (Walsh) Comeau of Melrose died on December 25.

She was the beloved wife of Donald A. Comeau; cherished aunt of Richard Greene of Everett and Patricia Green of Florida; caring sister of John Walsh of Saugus and is also survived by several other nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Gately Funeral Home, Melrose. Burial was in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. To sign on line condolences, visit

Kenneth Fisher

Worked in Accounting

Kenneth M. Fisher died on December 24 at Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, NH. He was 78 years old.
Born in Boston, Ken grew up in Everett, the son of the late Royden and Flora Fisher. He graduated Everett High School, Bentley College and Suffolk University. After school ,he joined the U.S Army serving during the Korean War. He worked in Accounting.

He is survived by one sister, Marie Tyler of Concord, NH, several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Allan Fisher. A memorial service will be held in the spring at the Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.

Sylvia Klein

Of Everett

Sylvia (Slotnick)Klein of Everett entered into eternal rest on December 25. She was 81 years old.

She was the beloved mother of Arthur and his wife, Doreen Klein and Jed Klein; adored grandmother of Michael Klein and Marissa Klein and loving sister of William Slotnick.

Services were held at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. Memorial week was private. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to the Greater Boston Diabetes Society, 1980 Centre St., Boston, MA 02132. For online condolences:

Kathryn Dannenberg

Kathryn (Kudryk) Dannenberg of Everett died on December 26.

Born in Everett, she was the beloved wife of the late Charles W.; loving mother of Gayle Dannenberg, Karan Dannenberg and the late Charles “Wannie” Dannenberg Jr. and Donna Dannenberg and is also survived by two grandchildren:  Erik Dannenberg and Kathy Brazao and two great grandchildren:  Lana and Landyn Dannenberg.  Her Funeral will be held from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett today, Monday, December 31 at 10:30 a.m. with a service to be held in Funeral Home at 11 a.m.  Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.

Etta Davis

Retired Nurse

Etta (Dunstan) Davis of Everett passed away on December 16 at the Sherrill House in Boston. She was 85 years old.

She was born on July 31, 1927 in Windsor, NC one of five children of the late Joseph and Etta (King) Dunston. Etta graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Nursing. She worked for many years at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston. Etta was a member the Emmanuel Baptist Church family and she was a member of the choir.

She was the beloved wife of the late Jesse Davis and the loving mother of Vanessa Davis  and Linda Davis, both of Worcester, Marilyn Watkins of Wilmington, Joseph Davis of Everett and the late James King; sister of Maryland Mobley of New Jersey and the late Emmanuel King, Amazie McCain, and Joseph Dunston. She was the grandmother of seven and great grandmother of 11 and is also survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Reverend Wayne Gadie officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Boston. Arrangements were by The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett.

Helene Nigro-Shepard

Left an Idelible Heart Print on So Many

Helene Nigro-Shepard, died peacefully with her adoring family by her side on December 15.  She was 39 years old.

Since she was a teenager, Helene helped shape the lives of children entrusted to her in her work as a babysitter and day care provider. She left an indelible heart print on so many.

She recently she moved to Salem after living in Virginia for 10 years.  Helene grew up in Everett and married her high school sweetheart.  She was the beloved wife of Frederick and extraordinary mother to Harley, Frederick, and Brady, the loving daughter of Joseph W. and Ann M. Nigro and special daughter-in-law to Charlotte and Donald Shepard. Helene was the cherished sister of Kelly Doherty of Everett, Joseph III and his wife, Barbara of Salem, Shannon Amsler and her husband, Joe of Lexington, Erin Straticos and her husband, Jimmy of Everett and John and his wife Gina of Melrose. She was the admired sister-in-law of Roxanne Shepard, Tommy Doherty and Maria Freni and faithful and best friend of Karen Sears and Chrissy Mojica. She was the idolized aunt to 14 nieces and nephews and she was treasured by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Donations may be made to the Shepard Family Fund, c/o PO Box 550227, North Waltham, MA 02455.  Her Funeral was held  from The Murphy O’Hara Funeral Home, Everett followed by a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Grace Church with Reverend James Barry officiating.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Madeline Mottola

Of Stoneham

Madeline M. (Mazzone) Mottola of Stoneham died on December 23. She was 101 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Orlando “John” Mottola; dear and devoted sister of Lucy A. Finos of Wakefield, Mary Starble of Bradford and the late Alphonse and Marino Mazzone, Christine Tavano, Susan Barbo and Edith DiCicco. She is also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Barile Family Funeral Home, Stoneham. Burial was in Lindenwood Cemetery, Stoneham. Please honor Mrs. Mottola by making donations in her memory to St. Patrick’s Church. To send a memorial condolence

Alexis D. “Lexii” Hightower

Party and Event Planner, Chelsea Kiwanis Club Member

Alexis D “Lexii” Hightower passed away unexpectedly on December 20. She was 35 years old.

Born in Boston, the beloved daughter of Patricia A. Hightower-Moreno of Chelsea and the late Samuel A. Moreno, she was raised in Chelsea, attended Chelsea public schools and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1995.  After high school, Lexii attended classes for fashion design at Bay State College in Boston.  For the last several years, she worked as an education instructor of new employees at in Boston.  Lexii enjoyed life, loved spending time with her family and friends and was a kind, loving young woman.  She enjoyed party and event planning so she dedicated spare time to her side business, Lexii’s Party Planning.  Her business helped sponsor the Chelsea Youth Basketball League.  She also helped plan events for SoulKore Productions in Boston and was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Chelsea.

Lexii was a dedicated mother, loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend.  She was compassionate and always willing to help others and will be greatly missed by all.

The devoted mother of Jaysen Hightower of Chelsea, she was the loving sister of John P. Bruttaniti of Lynn, Jason S. Hightower of Saugus, Jasmine A. Hightower of Chelsea, Austin R. Hightower of Dartmouth, Samira P. Hightower of Chelsea and the late Samuel A. McLure and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea.

Concetta Maria “Tina” D’Angelo

December 4, 1925 – December 22 , 2012

Concetta M. D’Angelo passed away at her North Andover home surrounded by her loving family on December 22.She was born on December 4, 1925, in Orsogna, Italy to Vincenzo and Maria D’Angelo and immigrated to the United States with her father in 1938, after the death of her mother, settling in Everett.

Concetta had only her father when she came to this country 73 years ago.  Her driving desire was to build a family and transfer her love based values and traditions to her immediate and extended family.   She and Joseph moved to North Andover in 1968 where she continued to extend her love to her neighbors and friends.

She was a lifetime member of the Orsogna Womens Club in Everett, serving as treasurer for many years.  She was a certified infant cuddler, volunteering her time at the Lawrence General Hospital in the newborn I.C.U.  She also volunteered at the North Andover Thrift Shop, only taking time off during the winter months when she and husband,  Joseph would spend time in Davie, Florida, entertaining a host of friends and relatives around her southern table.

She was happiest when her family and friends where at her home around her table enjoying her magnificent meals with lots of conversation and laughter.   She will be sadly missed, but we take solace knowing that she resides in all of us through the values she transferred.

She leaves behind her loving husband of 66 years,  Joseph, and their children  James and his wife, Linda (Kahn) of North Andover, Joseph and his wife, Kathleen (Skerry) of Middleton, and Marylinda and her husband, Michael O’Grady of North Andover.   She also leaves behind her treasured grandchildren, Joseph D’Angelo and his wife, Sarah, Matthew D’Angelo and his wife, Angela, Kristina Monk and her husband, Robert,  David and his companion, Ashley Lwowski, and Laura D’Angelo, all who affectionately called her Mimi.   She also leaves three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Samantha and Madeline D’Angelo.

The family extends special thanks to Beacon Hospice and Fireside Home Health Services who helped care for her at home.

Her funeral was held on December 28 with arrangements by Conte’s Funeral Services, North Andover.   Family and friends may make memorial contributions to the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club, 36 Water Street, Lawrence, MA to fund a scholarship in her name.

Placida Hagopian

Of Revere

Placida (Rivero-Ruiz) Hagopian of Revere died on December 22 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. She was 80 years old.

Born in Montijo, Spain, the daughter of the late Brijdo and Elvira Rivero-Ruiz, she was the beloved wife of Sam; devoted mother of Victoria Rose of Revere, Samuel Paul Hagopian and his wife, Maryann of Everett; loving grandmother of Jennifer DeRose; great grandmother of Sarah and Joseph Baker and is also survived by four sisters and many nieces and nephews, all in Spain.

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 American Cancer Society 30 Speen St Framingham MA 01701. For guestbook please visit

Laura ‘Lina’ Surdo

Of Everett

Laura “Lina” Surdo of Everett died on December 23.

She was the beloved wife of Vincenzo; loving mother of Giovanna Angelo and her husband, Franco, Vinceza Talluto and her husband, Salvatore Jr., Vito Surdo and his wife, Sherri; sister of Anna Parrinello and is also survived by five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Internment was at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Malden.

Joseph Costa

Of Peabody, formerly of Everett

Joseph V. Costa of Peabody, formerly of Everett,  died at Rosewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Peabody on December 22. He was 100 years old.

Born in Italy  and a longtime resident of Everett before moving to Peabody, he was a retired presser in the clothing industry, a member of Amalgamated Garment Worker’s Union and the Everett Knights of Columbus, Council #97.  Joe was socially active at the Peabody Senior Center and the Connolly Center in Everett.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ida T. (Tamburino); father of Joseph Costa of Everett; brother of Phyllis Kasiecki of Medford, Josephine Grasso of Indiana, and the late Vincent Costa; grandfather of Robin Costa of South Boston and Jodi Costa of New Jersey and great-grandfather of Jada Albasi of New Jersey; loving uncle of Lisa A. Polignone and her husband, Robert of Peabody and great-uncle of Brandon and Jonathan Polignone of Peabody.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment was at Woodlawn Community Mausoleum, Everett.  Please omit flowers. Contibutions in Joe’s memory to the charity of one’s choice, would be sincerely appreciated.

Gardner Dow Gray, Sr.

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Everett

Gardner Dow Gray, Sr. of Tewksbury, formerly of Reading and Everett,  died on December 20.

A US Navy veteran of World War II, he was the beloved husband of the late Margaret “Peg” L. (DeLorey) Gray; cherished father of Gardner D. “Sandy” Gray, Jr and his wife, Deborah of Billerica and Susan Greeley and her husband, Jack of N. Andover; loving grandfather of Jonathan Gray and his wife, Jennifer of Stoneham, Joel Gray of Billerica, Brendan Greeley of Medford, and Justin Greeley and his wife, Jacqueline of Amesbury, and brother of the late Myrtle Waelde.

Funeral arrangements were by the Douglass, Edgerley and Bessom Funeral Home, Reading. Burial was at Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gardner’s memory to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. For information and on line guest book, please visit:

Salvatore Saporito

Hub Paper Box Retiree

Salvatore Saporito of Everett died on December 19 at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford. He was 95 years old.

Born in Riesi, Sicily, Italy and an Everett resident for many years, he was a retired factory worker for Hub Paper Box Company and a long time member of the St. Joseph Society in Boston.

He was the beloved husband of more than 71 years of Grazia (Brancato); dear and devoted father of Rocco and his wife, Giuseppa of Sicily, Italy, Angela Giardina and her husband, Giuseppe of Everett, Maria Gendron and her husband, Gerald of Tewksbury, and the late Giuseppe, Vincenzo and his surviving wife, Antonietta of Somerville and Carmela; brother of the late Giuseppa LaIacona,Vincenzo and Giuseppe.  He is also survived by nine loving grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.  Entombment was at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, Malden.

William ‘Papa’ Pothier

Of Malden, formerly of East Boston

William A. “Papa” Pothier of Malden, formerly of East Boston, died on December 18.

A US Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was the beloved husband for 52 years of Estelle (Doucet); dedicated Father, Role Model and Friend to Paul Pothier and his wife, Mary Ellen of Wilmington, Thomas Pothier and his wife, Robin of Tewksbury, Suzanne Olszak and her husband, John of Danvers, Peter Pothier and his wife, Debbie of Townsend, Joanne Catizone and her husband, Dante of Tewksbury, Roxanne Bournazian and her husband, Harry of Franklin and Leanne Guzman and her husband, Ignacio of Everett; son of the late Laurene and Ann Genevieve (Cotreau) Pothier; brother of Edwin Pothier of Revere, James Pothier of Taunton, Marjorie Delorey of East Boston, Ann Kramer of Taunton and the late Emilie Mascis; beloved grandfather to 27 beautiful grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Stoneham. In lieu of flowers, please make personal donations to Hallmark Health Visiting Nurse Assoc. and Hospice, 178 Savin St., Suite 300, Malden, MA 02148.

Janina Artroogian

Of Chelsea

Janina (Panasink) Artroogian of Chelsea died on December 18 at the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home. She was 89 years old.

Born in Lowell and a long time Chelsea resident, she was the devoted wife of the late Sooren, the beloved mother of Diane Flynn and Francis Flynn, both of Everett, Janina Flynn of Falmouth and Kenneth Flynn and his wife, Rita of Saugus and is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Agnes Marchese

Of Chelsea

Agnes M. (LaRosa) Marchese  of Chelsea died on December 26. She was 89 years old.

The beloved wife of the late Edward J. Marchese, she was the loving mother of Edward J. Marchese and his wife, Susan of Saugus and John C. Marchese of Tewksbury and his companion, Roseta; dear sister of the late Salvatore, Anthony, and Frank LaRosa, Vivian Leone, Frances Marino, Mafalda Marchese, Angela Montalbano, and Josephine Loretti and dear grandmother of Edward Jr., Janine, Paul, John, and Andrew, and is also survived by one loving great grandson, Edward III.

Funeral  will be from the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, 331 Main St., Everett today, Monday, December 31 at 9:30 a.m. Services will be held in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m.Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery,  Everett. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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