Obituaries 01-22-2010

Helen Benevento

Of Marshfield, formerly of Chelsea

Helen A. (Daloia) Benevento of Marshfield, formerly of Chelsea and East Boston, died on January 16. She was in her 90th year.

Wife of the late Nunzio J. Sr., she was the devoted mother of Nunzio J. Benevento Jr. and his wife, Marguerite (Webber), of Marshfield and Joseph Benevento and his wife, Maryann, of Stuart, FL and Lunenburg, MA; dear sister of Theresa Pawlak and her husband, Anthony, of Jackson, MI and the late Florence R. Kelley, Jennie Daloia, Anna Pawlak and Angie Swankowski. She is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visit with the family today, Thursday, January 21 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Vertuccio Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, (Rte. 107), Revere followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.


Anne Tenofsky

Soloist and member of many organizations

Anne (Busook) Tenofsky, a long time resident of Chelsea and Revere, died on January 17 at the Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale. She was 96 years old.

She was a graduate of Malden High School and was a life member of the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Auxiliary, the Shurtleff Street Synagogue Sisterhood and Temple Emmanuel Sisterhood of Chelsea and a past member of Presidium Greater Boston Council, Pioneer Women. She was the past president of the Brandyl Shuman Club of Chelsea, a member of the Jack Satter House Choral Group and a life member of Hebrew Senior Life Center in Roslindale.

Mrs. Tenofsky preformed as a soloist for many charitable organizations in Boston, Brown’s Hotel in the Catskills and King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

She was the beloved wife of the late Saul “Mickey” Tenofsky; devoted mother of Elliot Tenofsky and his wife, Sandra, Steven J. Tenofsky and his wife, Ruth; loving sister of the late Eleanor Busook and Albert Busook; loving grandmother of Deborah Gail Tenofsky, Adam David Tenofsky and Russel Evan Tenofsky and great grandmother of Josh, Katie and Livy.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was in Everett. Donations in her memory may be made to the Hebrew Senior Life 1200 Centre St. Boston, MA 02131. For online guestbook visit


Carol Ann Nardizzi

Worked at former Nardizzi’s Restaurant of Chelsea and Revere

Carol Ann (Brennan) Nardizzi, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died at home surrounded by her loving family on January 16. She was 71 years old.

Born in New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late Richard F. and Anna “Gert” (Lawless) Brennan. She was raised in Chelsea, attended St. Rose Elementary School and was a graduate of Chelsea High School. She worked as an office secretary for local independent insurance agencies.

Devoted to home and family, she also worked at the family owned Nardizzi’s Restaurant, originally located in Revere in the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, the restaurant was last located at the Parkway Plaza in Chelsea, from 1976 to 1982.

She was the beloved wife of 50 years of James V. Nardizzi Sr.; devoted mother of Mary Ann Cimino and her husband, Pasquale “Pat,” of Revere, Donna Forgione of Chelsea, James V. Nardizzi Jr. and his wife, Angela, of Bourne and Vincent Nardizzi PhD. of Vancouver BC; dear sister of Mary Lou Rossetti of Chelsea; cherished grandmother of Adrianna Forgione, Shannon Nardizzi, Jennifer and Michael Cimino and is also survived by many nieces and nephews

A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Rose Church and services concluded with Entombment in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.StJude,org or Partners Hospice 281 Winter St Ste 200 Waltham MA 02451 For online guest book please visit


Nicole “Nikki” Phillips-Ashley

Reiki Master and Kriya Massage Therapist

Nicole Phillips-Ashley of Marstons Mills died peacefully in the early morning hours of January 15 after a short but very courageous battle against breast cancer. She was 53 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Nina (née Dobrenchuk) Parrotta and a native of Chelsea. Some of her most cherished memories were of spending every summer at the family home in Falmouth Heights. She was a true lover of life whose passions included spending time with her family and many friends, travel, offroading and bonfires at Sandy Neck Beach, photography and various holistic healing arts. Through her work as the housing coordinator of Baybridge Clubhouse and with over 15 years in Narcotics Anonymous, she was able to touch innumerable lives with her unfailing compassion and strength. She also shared herself with others as a Reiki master and a certified Kriya massage therapist.

She is survived by her husband David V. Ashley, daughter Alix Phillips of New York, NY, stepdaughters Grace, Iris and Annabelle Ashley of Cape Cod, her sister Theodora Pawlak of Gaithersburg, MD and family, her brother Guy Parrotta of Saugus and family, former husband Thomas of Brookline and his mother, Rosemarie Phillips, of Chelsea, brother-in-law Glenn Ashley of Eastham and family and extended family scattered all over the United States and the unbelievable number of friends she had collected throughout the years who had become her second family.

The family would like to offer their immense gratitude to the staff of Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, RHCI and the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, and all others who helped her throughout her journey.

A Celebration of Life will be held January 23 at the Unity Church of the Light at 147 Walton Avenue in Hyannis. All who were blessed enough to know her are welcome to attend the service which will commence at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following organizations as she had requested: Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod/McCarthy Care Center, Friends of Baybridge, and Angel House.


Mary LoRusso

Homemaker, Activist and Realty Proprietor

Mary (Sciola) LoRusso of North Everett died on January 16 at Bear Hill Nursing Home in Stoneham. She was 84 years old.

She was born in Orsogna, Abruzza, Italy, October 10, 1925, high on the Apennine mountain range near the Adriatic Sea. In 1934, she and her mother traveled from Naples, Italy on the cruise ship, Rex, the fastest and most luxurious liner of the day, to the United States. Arriving in New York City, they stayed briefly meeting her father there and later the family traveled to Boston’s North End.

In 1941, the family moved to North Everett into their own home. In 1942 she graduated from Michael Angelo High School and then worked in the Boston area as a seamstress. She had many suitors and eventually married in June of 1945 to a highly decorated aviator, John LoRusso, who had returned home from the European air war. After honeymooning in Northern New England, the couple was transferred to the US Army Air Corps base at Sioux Falls, South Dakota for eventual departure to the west coast. However, with VJ Day, in September of 1945 and the end of World War II, they returned back east settling in Boston’s West End.

The couple began family life, raising three sons. Later, they acquired land to build their own brick cobblestone ranch in 1954 in North Everett, which was personally planned and designed by Mrs. LoRosso. Gradually, over time, several realty properties were acquired and managed successfully.

She also became involved in community organizations such as St. Therese Ladies Sodality, Catholic Charities, My Brother’s Table, and the Salvation Army. At Everett’s Seniors Club, she was active in elder affairs, a member of the Everett/Malden Orsogna Club she was involved with immigrant concerns, at the Schiavo Club she organized travel ventures around the country, and with the Melrose VFW Armory Post, she was an advocate for disabled veterans.

In her younger days she enjoyed traveling around North America and Europe. She was fond of dining, music, culinary arts, gardening, family, and faith. Her motto was do good, be charitable, have empathy.

She was the beloved wife for 53 years to the late John A. LoRusso; dearest mother of Joseph A. LoRusso of Stoneham, Richard J. LoRusso and his wife, Jo Anne, of New Orleans, LA, John A. LoRusso and his wife, Camille, of Dracut; cherished grandmother of Dina Overland and her husband, Dean, and Kathryn LoRusso, all of Metairie, LA; loving sister of Anthony “Tony” Sciola and his wife, Charlotte, of Wenham, and Luciano “Sonny” Sciola and his wife, Grace, of Saugus. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend her funeral from the J.F. Ward Funeral Home, 772 Broadway, Everett, today, Thursday, January 21 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere, at 10 a.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Mass General Hospital Cancer Center, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114; or to the charity of your choice. For online guest book visit


Elvira Cammisa

Revere resident

Elvira (Prizio) Cammisa of Revere died on January 13.

The devoted wife of the late James Cammisa, she was the beloved mother of Brenda Fantasia and her husband, Chick, and Denise Bowlen, all of Revere; daughter of the late Angelo and Angelina (Forgione) Prizio; dear sister of Mary Spinelli and the late Virginia Mosko, Philemina Santoro, Anthony and Henry Prizio; cherished grandmother of Edward Fantasia and his wife, Leala, Joyce Traill and her husband, Kevin, James Fantasia and Marc Bowlen and is also lovingly survived by her great grandchildren, Kevin E. Traill, Steven P. Traill and Edward V. Fantasia, as well as a special nephew, John Mosko and his wife, Jan, of Peabody.

Funeral arrangements were by the Carroll Funeral Home, Malden. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Expressions of sympathy in her name may be made to The Saugus Care and Rehabilitation Center Family Council, 266 Lincoln Ave, Saugus, MA 01906.


Walter Szalkowski, 68

GE Retiree

Walter Szalkowski of Derry, NH, formely of Chelsea, died January 15 at his home. He was 68 years old.

Mr. Szalkowski was born in Chelsea on June 27, 1941, son of the late Anthony and Helen (Skonetski) Szalkowski. He was a recent resident of Derry, NH, an eight year resident of Moultonborough, NH and was raised in Chelsea.

A US Marine Corps Vietnam Era veteran, he worked for 32 years for GE Aircraft in Lynn, MA as an assembler, retiring in 2001. He was a fantastic provider and you knew you could count on him for anything. He enjoyed the beach, the sun and his condo in Florida. Walter loved tattoos, classic cars and Harleys. He was a member of the NRA and the Iron Eagles. A talented artist and machinist, he enjoyed football, playing in High School and while in the marines. He loved having a beer with the boys and enjoyed having a good time.

He is survived by his daughter, Cristi Elinor Szalkowski, of Derry; his beloved dog, Lucky, a sister in law, several nieces and nephews, many friends and Big Bri. He was the husband of the late Gail W. (Barrar) Szalkowski who died in 2001 and his brother, Anthony Szalkowski.

Funeral arrangements were by the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Derry, NH. Burial with military honors was in the NH Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH. Memorial contributions may be made to the NHSPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, NH 03885.


Howard Toltz, 62

Entrepreneur and Democratic Party Activist

Howard Toltz of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on January 16. He was 62 years old.

He was born in Chelsea and educated in the Chelsea schools and high school. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Kansas State University.

Mr. Toltz was an entrepreneur involved with automobiles and recreational vehicles. He was also very involved with the Democratic Party and grant writing for the elderly. He is described as having a “Zest for Life” as a person who “put in 150 years of living in 62 years”. He was very generous and loved boating, skiing, traveling (especially cruises), snowmobiling, and motorcycles.

He was the beloved husband of Robin (Allard) Toltz and the dear brother of James Toltz.

Graveside services were held at Temple Emmanuel Cemetery, Danvers. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website

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