Obituaries 08-28-2013

Maura DiBattista

Of Revere, formerly of Ireland

Maura (Kelly) DiBattista of Revere died on August 25 at the MGH after a brief illness. She was 76 years old.

Born in Ireland, the daughter of the late William and Mary (Beatty) Kelly, Maura came to the United States in 1963 and was employed as a Nanny. Shortly after that she married, settled in Revere and raised her family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Philip; devoted mother of Darrow and his wife, Andrea of Winthrop, Emmet and his wife, Patty of Revere and Emory of Revere; loving grandmother of Ryan, Robert, Philip, Jordyn, Charlie and Cali and the dear sister of Michael, William, Aamond and  John Kelly,  all of Ireland.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere on Thursday, August 29 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St Anthony’s Church at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visiting hours will be today, Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maura’s memory to the North East Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave, Salem MA 01970. For guestbook please visit

Ronald Russo

Union Bricklayer

Ronald Russo of Winthrop, formerly of Orient Heights East Boston died unexpectedly on August 24.

A Union Bricklayer, he was a member of Local 22 Allied Crafsman Union and one of the Bricklayers of the Rumney Marsh Academy of Revere.

He was beloved son of Salvatore “Sammy” Russo of Winthrop and the late Patricia A. “Patty” (Sullivan) Russo; loving brother of Thomas R. Russo and his wife, Jodi of Revere, Salvatore J. Russo and his wife, Andrea and Kenneth P. Russo, all of Winthrop and Patricia M. Lio and her husband, Anthony of Westwood; cherished uncleof Philip and Anthony Lio, Thomas J. Russo, Amanda M. Rivera and her husband, Odie, Richard Russo, Amanda C. Di Cicco, Rochelle Marzano and also leaves his great niece Zoey Rivera. He was the loving nephew of Marie Papandrea and her husband, Ben, Margaret Selvage and her late husband, Robert and Alice Teneriello and her husband, Sal, Philip Russo, Richard Russo and his wife, Joann and Marie Gulsti, all of Revere, Edward Russo and his wife, Louise of Oklahoma and Josephine DiMinico of Norfolk and many loving cousins.

Visiting hours will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach street, Revere followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph-St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley St., East Boston at noon.  Entombment will be in the Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Ronald’s name to Epilepsy Foundation, 540 Gallivan Blvd., Boston, MA 02134. For directions and guest book:

Patricia Duval

Of Revere

Patricia A. Duval of Revere passed away suddenly on August16 in her home. She was 59 years old.

Patty devoted her life to her job at UTI as an Export and Branch Manager for more

than 30 years but most recently spent her time at home with her two dogs Spikey and Sadie.

Patty is survived by her three sisters: Joan King and Kathleen Moomau of Connecticut, Deborah

DeMattio of Rhode Island, her brother Ronnie of Saugus and several nieces, nephews and good friends.

At her request her services will be private.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Northeast Animal Shelter where she loved to volunteer.

Taylor Richards

Of Saugus, formerly of Revere

Taylor E. Richards of Saugus, formerly of Revere, died unexpectedly on August 23.

A food server for the Texas Roadhouse in Medford, she was the beloved daughter of Audrey Richards Hudson and her husband, Thomas of Saugus and Mark Richards and his wife, Cynthia of Florida; dear sister of Jaime Richards of Saugus and Emily and Aiden Richards of Florida; cherished granddaughter of Allen A.  and Carole( Schwade)  Lipson  and great granddaughter of Frances ( Schwade) Fein,  all of Revere. She also leaves many uncles, aunts and cousins .

Family and friends may visit today, Wednesday, from  4 to 8 p.m. in Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, 262 Beach Street, Revere. Committal private. Remembrances may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For directions and guest book.

Elaine Sforza

25-year Employee of Stop & Shop

Elaine (Orsini) Sforza, a lifelong Revere resident, died at the Hammersmith Nursing Care Center of Saugus on Thursday, August 22 following a brief illness. She was 72 years old.

Born in Chelsea and a lifelong resident of Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1958. Elaine worked for Stop & Shop of Revere for more than 25 years as a demonstration hostess and clerk, a position she enjoyed immensely. Interacting with many hundreds of people over the years was and always remained exciting to her and her work provided her with great comfort, especially after the death of two of her sons in 2001 and 2007.

She was the beloved wife of 49 years to former Broadway National Bank Vice President Patsy F. Sforza; the devoted mother of David M. Sforza of Revere and his companion, Deanna Fitzgerald of Saugus and the late Joseph F. Sforza and Paul F. Sforza; the cherished daughter of Jessie (Beloski) Orsini of Revere and the late Americo “Rico” Orsini; the dear sister of Daniel A. Orsini and his wife, Marian of Gibraltar, Michigan, Michael M. Orsini and his wife, Sandra of Peabody and Lisa M. Corso and her husband, Robert of Middleton. She is also lovingly survived by two grandchildren, Alexander P. Sforza and Kaitlyn Sforza, both of O’Fallon, Illinois and her sister-in-law, Anna Marie Walsh and her late husband, Joseph of Beverly. She also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be conducted form the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere today, Wednesday, August 28 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For more information, visit:

Michael McDonald

Devout Catholic and Lifelong Revere Resident

Michael J. McDonald died unexpectedly at his Revere residence on August 15. He was 57 years old.

Michael was born in Boston and was a lifelong resident of Revere. He graduated from Revere High School, Class of 1974 and most of his working career was as a laborer within the construction industry. Michael was a devout Catholic and attended Mass daily at either St. Anthony’s or Immaculate Conception Church of Revere.

He was the beloved son of the late Boston Police Patrolman Frank J. McDonald and Judith V. (Gallagher) McDonald; the devoted brother of: Donna L. McDonald of Revere, Thomas F. McDonald and his wife, Susan of Winchester, Margaret Gamel and her husband, Jay of East Milton, Glenn Ross of Connecticut and the late Stephen F. McDonald. He was the dear uncle to Christine E. Bagnera and Matthew S. McDonald, both of Revere and the late Christopher J. McDonald.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, August 31 from 2 until 4 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. The Funeral service will follow the visitation in the Funeral Home at 4:15 p.m. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to your favorite charity. Please visit: for additional information.

Marie Gioiosa

Former resident of East Boston and Winthrop

Word has been received here of the untimely death in Toms River, New Jersey of Marie A. Gioiosa, formerly of East Boston and Winthrop, who died at the Hospice of Toms River, NJ on August 14 following a two year battle with metastatic cancer.

Ms. Gioiosa moved to Toms River, New Jersey more than 20 years ago and up until very recently she worked for the Lakewood, New Jersey Board of Education as a Teacher’s Aide (Para Professional) for all that time.

A native of East Boston, she was a 1969 graduate of Fitton Catholic High School and an alumna of Bryant-Stratton Business College, Class of 1971. She lived in Winthrop for about 10 years before moving to Toms River, NJ.

She was the beloved mother of: Jonathan Elliott of Lovell, Maine and Lt. Robert Elliott, US Army of Germany; the dear fiancée of John Conway, with whom she made her home; the devoted daughter of the late Daniel and Josephine (Geraci) Gioiosa; the cherished sister of: Charles Gioiosa and his wife, Barbara Brainin of Seattle, Washington, Denise Giangregorio and her husband, Alan of Winthrop, John Gioiosa and his wife, Mary of Malden, Anne Gioiosa and her wife, Linda Stilles of Saugus and the late Anthony Gioiosa. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were held in Toms River. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a time and place to be announced. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham MA 01701-9376. For more information, please visit:

Alice Longo

Lifelong Revere Resident, Member of The Greatest Generation

Alice G. (Fabian) Longo, a lifelong Revere resident, died on August 2 following a brief illness at the Rosewood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Peabody. She was 95 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she attended Revere Schools and was a 1936 graduate of Revere High School. Mrs. Longo was, what one would classify as a “stay at home Mom,” a role that she loved and epitomized. Born on June 1, 1918, so many women of that era were, indeed, equaled, if not excelled, their male counterparts as members of “The Greatest Generation.” Their inimitable style in the discharge of their responsibilities as wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend are legendary. Although the majority of these women viewed their role as “not extraordinary,” they were indeed often the force behind the success of their husbands and children and such was the likeness of Alice G. Longo.

She was the wife of the late Edward H. Longo, Sr., who died in 2003 after their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple was married in 1938. She was the cherished mother of: Carol J. Longo of Lynn, Edward H. Longo, Jr. and his wife, Victoria of Wakefield and John M. Longo and his partner, Steven Clark of Chatham; devoted grandmother of: Lori Joyal and her husband, Paul of Sudbury, Edward H. Longo, III and his wife, Laurie of Westboro, Debra Longo of Salem and Jennifer Hickey and her husband, Christopher of Wakefield;  the dear sister of Doris McCarthy of Revere, Frank Fabian of Rhode Island, Edith Palmer of California, Phyllis Lee of Virginia, Barbara Ventola of New Jersey and the late Carl Fabian and the late Beatrice Cortese. She is also lovingly survived by five great grandchildren: Timothy, Jeffrey, Olivia, Emily and Benjamin and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Private services and interment were held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Seasons Hospice Palliative Care, 275 Grove St., Newton, MA 02566. For more information, please visit:

Joseph Goodrich

Retired Auto Mechanic

Joseph P. Goodrich of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at the Life Care Center of Stoneham on August 21.  He was 72 years old.

Born in Chelsea, the son of the late Clarence P. and Lillian M. (McCarthy) Goodrich, as a child, Joseph attended St. Rose School in Chelsea.  He was the beloved husband of Cynthia “Jean” (Wry) Goodrich, with whom he shared 42 years of marriage.  Together they settled in Revere and have been Revere residents for over 40 years.

A dedicated automotive mechanic, Joseph retired after 45 years of service.  Throughout the years he worked at several automotive garages, servicing numerous cars and trucks.  He was a social member of the Beachmont VFW Post 6712 in Revere.

Joseph was the devoted father of Lillian K. Goodrich of Revere; dear brother of Margaret “Peggy” Rivera of Chelsea, Kathleen Iannuzzi of Georgia and the late Thomas Goodrich, Robert Goodrich and Dorothy Butts; brother-in-law of Rose Goodrich of Medford and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals, Chelsea. Interment was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

Ruth Goldberg

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Ruth (Frim) Goldberg of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on Monday, August 26.

She was the beloved wife of 60 years of the late Jack Goldberg; devoted mother of Alan Goldberg and his wife, Lynne Goldberg and Sandra Abramson and her husband, Dr. Mitchell Abramson; loving daughter of the late Morris Frim and Gertrude (Kaplan); dear sister of the late Albert Frim and Melvin Frim; loving grandmother of David Goldberg and his wife, Allison, Jeffery Goldberg and his wife, Alisa, Daniel Goldberg and his wife, Sarah, Jason Abramson and Jennifer Abramson; great grandmother of Lexi, Levi, Drew and  Max.

Services will be held at the Torf Funeral Chapel, 151 Washington Avenue, Cary Square, Chelsea today, Wednesday, August 28 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at New Tifereth Cemetery, 232 Fuller St., Everett. Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home 17 Lafayette Ave. Chelsea, MA 02150. Memorial Observance will be held immediately following the interment at the Jack Satter House, 420 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA. Memorial Observance will resume Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. at the residence of Sandra and Dr. Mitchell Abramson.  Visit for guest book and directions.

Edward Korzeniowski 

Of Revere

Edward P. “Eddie” Korzeniowski of Revere, died at his daughter’s North Andover home surrounded by his loving family on August 27. He was 85 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Virginia “Ginger” M. (Clark); loving father of Paul K. Korzenioski and his wife, Clare of Sudbury, Joyce Arrigo and her husband, Anthony of North Andover and Diane J. Korzeniowski of Revere; brother of Mary Pinkman of Chelsea, Charles Korzeniowski and his wife, Alice of Rockland, Helen Pierce of Chelsea and the late Michael Korzeniowski; brother in law of the late Lillian Korzeniowski, James Pinkman and Linwood Pierce and grandfather of Christine M. Arrigo, Anthony E. Arrigo and Edward J. P. Arrigo of North Andover, David E. Korzeniowski and Mary B. Korzeniowski of Sudbury. He also leaves loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will be held from the William R. Carafa and Son Home for Funerals, 389 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, on Saturday, August 31 at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at St. Stanislaus Church, Chelsea at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Visiting hours are Friday, August 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the :MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

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