Retired Everett Health Inspector
Joseph A. DeVito, a lifelong Everett resident, entered into rest on June 25 in the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 71 years old.
Born in Everett, Joe served in the Massachusetts National Guard for a short period of time. He retired from the City of Everett, Health Department, where he worked as a Health Inspector for over 20 years.
He was the beloved husband of Denise F. (Trosper) DeVito for over 47 years; dear and devoted father of Brenda L. Rybicki and her husband, James of Georgetown, Debra A. Bonia and her husband, Michael of Georgetown and Karen M. Draper and her husband, Dr. Timothy of Boxford. He was the son of the late Elvira (DeFeo) DeVito; brother of the late Patrick A. DeVito; loving “Papa” of Avery Rybicki, Hailey and Ryan Bonia and Sydney and Jordan Draper. Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory to the Immaculate Conception “Restoration Fund” would be sincerely appreciated.
Michael Anthony Lanier, II
Graduate of Everett High School, Class of 2008; Died Tragically
Michael Anthony Lanier, II of Everett entered into rest tragically on Sunday, June 22. He was 24 years old.
Michael was born in Cambridge, lived in Everett for many years and worked for Rent-A-Center Furniture Rental Company. He was a graduate of Everett High School, Class of 2008.
He was the beloved and cherished son of Barbara M. Owens of Everett and Michael A. Lanier; fiance’ of Brittany Turner; dear and devoted father of Mekhi Lanier, Madison Cole and Jovan Johnson; loving brother of Lewis Owens; devoted grandson of Margaret Owens of Everett and Willa Lanier of Ohio.
Funeral Services were held at Grace Episcopal Church, Everett. Interment was in Cambridge Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, 65 Clark St., Everett, 617-387-3120
National Park Service Retiree, Formerly of Everett
Merrill May (Sargent) Callender died peacefully in Springfield, Virginia, on Saturday, June 28. She was 91 years old.
Born in Cambridge in July 1922 to Henry and Edith Sargent, Merrill was a longtime resident of Everett before she and her husband moved to live near their son and his family in Springfield, Virginia in 2000.
She worked for the National Park Service for many years before retiring in 1993 and for most of her life was an active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge.
Merrill was predeceased in 2006 by Allen Ansley, her husband of 60 years, and an infant son, Paul Frederick, in 1947. She is survived by her beloved children: Steve of Springfield, Virginia and Linda of Goodyear, Arizona, their spouses Julie Clark and Richard Isaac, and her three grandchildren whom she loved deeply, Catherine and her husband, Kartick Subramanian of Lorton, Virginia, Christopher of Burke, Virginia, and Rebecca, of Springfield, Virginia. In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Sylvia Burke of York, Maine, and Edna Greene, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, her dear nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Visiting hours with the family will be today, Wednesday, July 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, July 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. funeral service, all at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 838 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. Memorial contributions may be made in Merrill’s name to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.