Obituaries 07-15-2010

Phyllis Minichello

Resident of Revere and East Boston

Phyllis M. Minichello of Revere and East Boston, died on July 6.

She was the loving daughter of the late Anthony J. and Emily (Silva) Minichello; dear sister of the late Anthony J. Minichello, his wife, Marjorie Minichello, of Revere, Michael Minichello and his wife, Marylou, of Dennisport and the late John Minichello; cherished aunt of Deborah Latina, Denise Doyle, Frederick Minichello, Susan Marquis, Regina Minichello, Michael Minichello and Michelle Hynes and is also survived by several great nieces and nephews and great great nieces.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Son’s Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook, please visit


Barbara Jean Ligget Starrett

Chelsea resident

Barbara Jean Ligget Starrett of Chelsea died on July 10.

She was the beloved spouse of Elizabeth Joy Jordan; devoted mother of Gregory “Kip” Starrett of Nashville, TN, Maryann Starrett of Arcadia, FL, Elisabeth DeVore of Hagerstown, MD, Susanna Starrett Tobon of Boston and the late Michael Starrett. Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charlestown,


John ‘JD’ DePalma

Of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop

John R. “J.D.” DePalma of East Boston, formerly of Winthrop, died suddenly on June 29. He was 55 years old.

He was formerly employed as a maintenance supervisor at the Columbus Nursing Home.

Born in Winthrop, he was the beloved son of the late Robert DePalma of East Boston and Carole Wells of Winthrop; devoted husband of Theresa “Amaru” DePalma of East Boston and loving father of Jessica DePalma of East Boston. He is also survived by Theresa McIntosh of Beverly, Patricia Wells of Winthrop and Roy A. Wells of Winthrop and by many nieces and nephews.

Services and committal were private with arrangements by the Caggiano Funeral Home, Winthrop. Memorial services are pending.


Rose Orlandello

GE Retiree

Rose M. Orlandello, a life long Revere resident, died recently. She was 92 years old.

A General Electric retiree, she was the beloved daughter of the late Gaetano and Angelina (Solimine); dear sister of the late Josephine Petillo, Louis Orlando, John “Cal” Orlandello and Mary Orlandello and is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons -Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. For guest book, please visit


Paul Loiselle

Retired Construction Laborer

Paul J. Loiselle, a lifelong Chelsea resident, died unexpectedly at his home on June 27. He was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1959. He entered the US Air Force in September of 1959 and served until January of 1964. Mr. Loiselle worked as a construction laborer for most of his working career.

He was the son of the late Homer J. and Lucille M. (Thibault) Loiselle; brother of Christine A. DeSantis, uncle of Rick DeSantis and grand uncle of Christine DeSantis, all of Holiday, Florida. He is also survived by his uncle, Raymond Noftle of Chelsea, several cousins and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Private burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA, 02108.


Ralph Elfman

Member of JWV and Knights of Pythias

Ralph P. Elfman of Chelsea died on July 10.

Born in Boston, he was a life long resident of Chelsea. He attended Chelsea schools, graduated from Chelsea High School and served in the US Army-Air Corps during World War ll with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He worked for many years in the auto industry manufacturing auto parts. He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans and the Knights of Pythias Lodge 53 in Chelsea.

He was the beloved husband the late Doris (Smith); devoted father of Barry Elfman and Marlene Lewis and the late Sheryl Serpa; dear brother of Barbara Green and Mildred Baritz; loving grandfather of Robyn, Matthew, Jeremy, Sabrina, Justin and Jesse.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was at the Tifereth Israel of Everett Cemetery, Everett. Donations in his memory may be made to the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, 17 Lafayette Ave., Chelsea, MA. 02150. For on line guest book, visit


Antonina ‘Nina’ LaBella


Antonina “Nina” (Vona) LaBella of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 12 at the Lighthouse Nursing Center.

Mrs. LaBella came to the United States from Sicily in the early 1960’s and worked as a stitcher in a clothing factory. She was a member of the Golden Age Club.

She was the beloved wife of the late Paolo LaBella; devoted mother of Rosaria Caradonna and her husband, Leonardo, of Revere and Salvatore LaBella and his wife, Katherine, of Longmeadow; dear sister of Paola Sciacca of Italy and the late Maria Rizzuto and Vito Vona; loving grandmother of Daniela, Giuliana, Nikki, Paul and Alexandra; great grandmother of Michaela and Layla Szymezak and Mackenzie Arcovio.

Her Funeral will be held from the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere on Friday, July 16 at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Woodlawn Mausoleum. For guestbook or flowers, visit:


Miron Mark

Retired truck driver

Miron Mark, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 8. He was 95 years old.

A retired truck driver for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25, he worked for United Parcel Service for many years until his retirement in 1980. He was a US Army veteran of World War II.

Born and raised in Chelsea, he was the son of Peter and Sadie (Prokepivniko) Mark; the husband of the late Eileen (Norftill) Mazzone-Mark and the beloved father of Donna Mark, Phyllis W. Williams-Harkins, John Mark and his wife, Debbie, and Frederick Mark, all of Chelsea; stepfather of the late Richard and Joseph Mazzone; dear brother of the late John Mark, Sophie Sheppard and Naja Sheppard. He is also lovingly survived by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the North Shore Hospice 75 Sylvan St. Ste. B102 Danvers, MA 01923.


Andrew ‘Junior’ Brancato


Andrew R. “Junior” Brancato of West Peabody died on July 9 with his family by his side. He was 77 years old.

Mr. Brancato was born September 3, 1932 in Chelsea to Andrew and Angelina Brancato. He grew up in Chelsea and served in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany. 1961 he opened his first beauty shop, Brancato’s Beauty Supplies in Chelsea. He was an entrepreneur who knew how to create a successful business. For example, in 1974 he opened Andy Panda Ice Cream of East Boston.

1964 he married his wife, Ronnie, and moved to Peabody where she still resides. He loved his family, traveling and work. He also enjoyed sharing his life stories with everyone he met. He always told a good story and was a generous man. He will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him.

He was the beloved husband for 45 years of Ronnie (Joyce); loving father of Andrew and his wife, Quenia, and their children Andrew, Joey and Rebekah; Andrea Brancato-Walke and her husband, Alan, and their sons Mathew and Michael, and Karla Brancato and her daughter, Santina; beloved brother of Nettie and Mary and the late Minnie, Gracie, Josie, Janice, Connie and Angie.

Funeral arrangements were by the Salvatore Rocco & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Burial was at Puritan Lawn Cemetery in Peabiody.


Elia Reina, 61

Cafeteria Cook at Emerson College

Elia Reina died suddenly at the Massachusetts General Hospital on June 26 following a brief illness. She was 61 years old.

Born in San Miguel, El Salvador, she was the daughter of Hernesto Reina and Maria Hernandez. She was raised and attended schools in El Salvador and after arriving in the United States she had been residing in East Boston. She worked in the kitchen at Emerson College in Boston as a cafeteria cook.

She is survived by her sons Oscar Hernandez and his wife, Dalia, of Lynn and Adolfo Hernandez of East Boston.

She was returned home to El Salvador and laid to rest in the Municipal Cemetery in Yucuaiquin, Depto de la Union, El Salvador. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.


Beverly Montague

Medical Secretary

Beverly A. (Thetonia) Montague, a medical secretary, died suddenly at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Brighton on June 30. She was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Brockton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lena (Catravone) Thetonia. She attended schools in Brockton and was a graduate of Brockton High School. A resident of Brockton and Plymouth for many years, she settled in Chelsea in 1992 and worked as a medical secretary in the office of Dr. Osman in Chelsea and Revere. In her spare time, she enjoyed trips to Foxwoods.

She was the beloved wife of 18 years to Raymond “Monty” Montague of Chelsea; devoted mother of Diane Ghalbouni of Chelsea, Tracy Dunnington of Plymouth and John Woodbury Jr. of Bradenton, FL; dear sister of Frank Thetonia Jr. of Taunton and the late Richard Thetonia; cherished grandmother of Jason Fitzpatrick, Stephen Dunnigton Jr. and Taylor Dunnington, all of Plymouth.

Funeral Services were conducted at the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Services concluded with burial in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. For online guestbook, please visit


Phyllis Twombley

Of Revere, formerly of Chelsea

Phyllis (Belli) Twombley, a recent resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on June 29 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She was 79 years old.

She was the devoted wife of Bowden Twombly; beloved sister of Frances Zullo and Pauline Indresano, both of Chelsea; loving daughter of the late Paul and Minnie (Palladino) Belli and is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews including Donna Donovan and her husband, Court, of Wakefield and Barbara Santolucito and her husband, Roy, of Milford.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit


Arthur Todisco

Owned AT Construction

Arthur R. Todisco of Saugus died on July 8.

He was the owner of AT Construction since 1975 and a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

He was the loving husband of Sharon (Staples) Todisco; son of the late Antonio and Antonetta Todisco; beloved father of Tracie Parker and her husband, Mark, of Lynn, Christopher Todisco of Lynn, Thomas Cennami, Jr. and his wife, Tricia, of Lynn, Lisa Phillips and her husband, George, of Saugus, Janice Cennami of Saugus, Joseph Repetto of Saugus, Mary Sue Repetto of Brockton, the late Arthur “Beau”, Dean, and Renee Todisco; father-in-law of Joanne Todisco of Chelsea; dear brother of Lenora Dragone of Swampscott, Guido Todisco of Reading, Antonio Todisco of Winchester, Florence Ciulla of Beverly, Antonetta Marino of Saugus, Angela Lavasco of Melrose, Joseph Todisco of Everett, the late Vincent, Pasquale, Armando and Mario Todisco. He is also survived by many special grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, Saugus. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice. For obit

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