Obituaries 03-24-2011

Sukontha ‘Susie’ Rockwood

Waitress at Revere’s China Roma

Sukontha “Susie” Rockwood died at her Chelsea home after a two year battle with cancer on March 20. She was 65 years old.

A native of Bangkok, Thailand, she arrived in the United States in 1970, making her home in Everett. In 1988, she moved to Chelsea. For more than 20 years, until February of 2010 when she retired due to illness, she was a popular waitress at the China Roma Restaurant on Broadway, Revere. “Susie” as she was affectionately known, was a “most popular personality” at the restaurant. She had an uncanny energy about her work and life in general. She had a faithful following and people always asked for her when they patronized the restaurant.

She was the cherished mother of Tommy S. Rockwood and his wife, Margo, of Chelmsford and Deborah L. McKinnon and her husband, James, of Everett; the devoted grandmother of Amaya N., Stone E. and Solenn L. Rockwood, all of Chelmsford, and Shaymus S. and Skyar S. McKinnon, both of Everett. She also leaves behind her faithful and loving companion, “Miss Ruby D” and three brothers, one sister and several nieces and nephews in Thailand. She was the loving and caring companion of 30 years to Kenneth J. Higgins of Chelsea and the dear surrogate sister of Michelina “Michelle” Cardone of Chelsea.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Friday, March 25 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Puritan Lawn Memorial Cemetery, West Peabody. Remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-ANGELL, 350 So. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-9923.

Maria DiSalvo

Accomplished Bocce player, played every year with Boston’s Mayor Menino

Maria D. (Padula) DiSalvo died at the Kindred Hospital in Peabody on March 20. She was 84 years old.

Mrs. DiSalvo was born in Civitanova del Sannio, Italy on May 14, 1926 to the late Domenico and Lucia (Lastoria) Padula. She was raised in Italy and came to the United States in 1957 at the age of 31. She lived in Revere for a short time and was a resident of Chelsea until 2005. She has lived in Melrose with her daughter for the past six years.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker who cherished the time spent with her family, Mrs. DiSalvo was a longtime member of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea and was well known at the Chelsea Senior Center; where she enjoyed dancing, bowling and was an accomplished bocce player. She looked forward to playing bocce with Mayor Menino every year.

She was the beloved wife of 64 years of Michael DiSalvo; devoted mother of Domenic DiSalvo and his wife, Dorothy, of Billerica, Adele Dantona of Melrose and the late Rita DiSalvo and the late Lucia “Lucy” DeSimone; loving grandmother of Michael and his wife, Gen, of Montreal, Daniel and his fiancée, Arlene, of Stow, Andrea and her fiancé, Matthew, of Tewksbury and Brittany and Anthony Dantona of Melrose; great grandmother of Ariana, Bella, Lauren, Domenic and Ashley.

Her Funeral will  be held from the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose, today, Thursday, March 24 at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass to celebrate her life will be held at St. Rose of Lima Church, 601 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Entombment will be at the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Malden. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. To sign guest book please visit

Ruth Fox

Chelsea resident


Ruth (Mendoza) Fox of Chelsea died on March 22. She was 91 years old.

She was the beloved wife of the late Harry Fox; devoted mother of Elinor O’Neill and her husband, James, of Malden and Gabriel Fox and his wife, Sandra, of Stoughton; beloved sister of the late Zara Milaned and Joel Mandoza; cherished grandmother of Michele Foulks, retired Lt. Commander Brian O’Neil US Navy, Lisa Galante, Deborah Large, Leslie Fox, and great grandmother of nine.

Services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington St., Canton today, Thursday, March 24, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at the Hand in Hand Cemetery, Centre St, West Roxbury. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Gabriel and Sandra following the burial until 8 p.m., Friday until 6 p.m.,Saturday evening and on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

William Grover

Longtime Whidden Hospital Security Officer

William H. “Billy” Grover of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died at the Everett Nursing and Rehabilitation on Tuesday evening, March 15. He was 79 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Frederick L. and Celia (Mroz) Grover. He grew up in Chelsea attending local schools and enlisted in the U.S Army during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He returned to Chelsea and began working for Sweetheart Paper for several years.

In 1970, he settled in Everett with his beloved wife and has resided there for the past 41 years. He also worked for many years as a security officer at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett. He retired 15 years ago.

He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Rose (Bruno) Grover of Everett and the dear brother of Florence Mandracchia of Everett and the late Frederick L. Grover, Jr.

Honoring his wishes, services were strictly private.

To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home.

Reva Stone

Former Chelsea resident

Reva (Park) Stone, born and raised in Chelsea and a long time resident of Medford, died peacefully on March 19 at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, three days after her 92nd birthday.

For 60 years she was the beloved wife of the late Henry Stone. She was the devoted daughter of the late Esther and Samuel Park of Chelsea; loving sister of Ida Glickman and the late Gertrude Davidson, and the late Israel Park. She was loved by her children, Margie and Alan Glou of Needham, Robert and Susan Stone of Billerica and adored by her grandchildren, Adam Stone of Billerica, Lisa Tanzer and Harmon Lewis of Needham, Kevin and Tara Tanzer of Weston, CT, Karen and Robert Joseph of Natick, Lori and Robert Shone of Sharon, and Brian and Jodi Glou of Rockville, MD. She was the proud great grandmother of 12 great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Jessica Lewis, Owen, Abby and Scarlet Tanzer, Melanie, Ryan and Talia Joseph, Ethan and Jeremy Shone, Jarod and Justin Glou.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was at the Onikchty Cemetery, Melrose. Donations in her memory may be made to Temple Beth Shalom, Chesed Fund, 670 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494, or Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863. For online guestbook please visit the funeral home website:

Stephanie Wells

Chelsea resident

Stephanie Wells of Chelsea died unexpectedly on March 20.

She was the beloved mother of John J. Hunter, Michael A. Viele, Isabella A. Viele and Dante J. Otero, all of Chelsea; dear and devoted daughter of Christine Wells-Amodeo and John F. Amodeo of Malden; devoted granddaughter of Anna Maria Patti of Revere and the late John Patti; dear sister of Stephen M. Wells of Malden, Christopher J. Wells of Everett, Nicholas J. Wells of Malden, Stacy Ann Pagliaro of Florida and Kristie Leigh Buccieri of Derry, NH; loving niece of Rosanne “Queenie” DiCicco of Malden, Sandra Valeri of Middleton, Loriann Goodwin of Revere and Doreen Faretra-Wiggins of East Boston.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Mass in the Sacred Hearts Church, 297 Main St. Malden, today, Thursday, March 24 at 9 a.m.  Funeral arrangements are by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett.

Beverly Sousa

Worked to better the Chelsea community

Beverly (Goldman) Sousa , a Chelsea native, died at the EastPointe Rehabilitation & Skilled Care Center on March 17.   She was 71 years old.

Ms. Sousa devoted much of her life to bettering the Chelsea Community.  Her involvement included:  Chelsea Summer Expressions, Board Member of Community Action Programs Inner City (CAPIC), and a long-term commitment to and increasing responsibility within the Chelsea Housing Authority commencing with Tenant Council member and progressing from Tenant Coordinator to Housing Manager, ultimately earning certification as Public Housing Manager.

An eager learner, Ms. Sousa returned to school in her late 50s following her retirement, and earned a GED.

She was the cherished daughter of Jack Goldman and Dorothy (Zirlin) Goldman,  devoted mother of Brian Sousa and his companion, Lisa Amaru, and Jody (Sousa) Coogan and her husband,  James Coogan; beloved sister of Lois Wallace and her husband, Elvis Wallace,  Nancy Miles and her husband, Jeffrey Miles, and Neal Goldman and his wife, Angela Goldman; loving grandmother of Edward Hennessey,  Lila Sousa, Brandon Lampron,  Christopher Sousa and Ashley Coogan; devoted aunt of nephews, Gregory Wallace, Sean Wallace, Benjamin Goldman, and nieces Sarah Davis, Emilia Miles, and Juliana Miles.  She will also be missed by many close friends and neighbors.

Marion Borrazzo

Of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea

Marion F. (Josephs) Borrazzo of Tewksbury, formerly of Chelsea, died on March 17. She was 71 years old.

She was the daughter of the late Max Josephs and the late Ann D. Mugford and her late husband Benjamin Mugford; devoted mother of Rico Borrazzo and his fiancé, Robin DeRoche, of Nashua, NH, Gina M. Borrazzo and her husband, James Johnson, Judy Page and her husband, Michael, all of Tewksbury and Laurie Miller and her husband, Thomas, of Londonderry, NH; loving grandmother of Zachary Johnson, Catlyn Miller, T.J. Miller, Jr., Kristen Page, Lauren Page, Michael Page, Jr., Alyssa Borrazzo and Arianne DeRoche; sister of Lawrence L. Mugford and his wife, Debbie, of Naples, FL and Robin L. Granville and her husband, Maurice, of Sandown, NH. She was the former wife of Henry E. Borrazzo of St. Petersburg, FL and also leaves many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were by the Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. Burial was at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472. For obituary, see

Fannie Fanos

Member of Eastern Star

Fannie ( Zouras) Fanos of Revere, formerly of Chelsea and Springfield, died on March 16. She was 95 years old.

She was an active member of St George Greek Orthodox Church Springfield, a member of the Eastern Star and worked for many years at Breck Products, a hair product factory in Springfield.

Mrs. Fanos, moved to Springfield 65 years ago before recently moving back to this area.  She was the beloved wife of the late Sofoulis “Phil”; devoted daughter of the late Demetrious and Julia (Marcopoulous) Zouras; loving aunt of James Zouras and his wife, Paula, of Revere and great aunt of Charles Zouras.

Funeral arrangements are by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St., Revere. Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 25 in the Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield MA.

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