Obituaries 11-17-2011

James ‘J.J.’ McCarthy

Wenham Resident

James “J.J.” McCarthy of Wenham died on November 12. He was 86 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine M. (Kopaczynska) McCarthy, uncle of Carol Pompeo and her late husband, Joseph of Chelsea, Irene Lombardozzi and her late husband, Richard of Chelsea, Helen Kopaczynska of Revere, Dennis Kopaczynski of Chelsea, Fr. Germaine Kopaczynski of Florida, Richard Kopaczynski and his wife, Kathy of Georgetown and the late Paul Kopaczynski and his wife, Lucille of Stoneham and uncle of many grand nieces and grand nephews including his grand niece and caretaker, Andrea Gustin of Stoneham, brother-in-law of Victoria Kopaczynska of Beverly.

His funeral Mass will be held at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union St., Hamilton, Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m. A visiting hour will be held at the Campbell – Lee, Moody, Russell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly (North Beverly location) prior to the Mass on Friday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be in the Wenham Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in J.J.’s memory to the Wenham Council on Aging, P.O. Box 576, Wenham, MA 01984 or the D.A.V., P.O. Box 945, Salem, MA 01970. Information, directions and condolences at

Jim Bridges

Worked for Gans Tire Company

Jim Bridges of Chelsea died on November died unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett on November 11 shortly after being admitted from home. He was 80 years old.

Born in Dawson, Georgia and an employee of Gans Tire Company for over 36 years, he was the devoted husband for 61 years of Mamie (Marshall) Bridges; beloved brother of Betty Flemming and Lois Crumbley, both of Georgia, and the late Rufus Bridges, Jean Bonner, Shirley Smith and Callie Battle. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral services were in the Emanuel Baptist Church, Malden. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. To send a message of condolence to his family, please visit

Barbara Schweitzer

Chelsea Resident

Barbara Schweitzer of Chelsea died on November 10. She was 65 years old.

Graveside services were held at the Beth Israel Cemetery, Everett with arrangements by Torf Funeral Service. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Patricia Dente

East Boston Resident

Patricia M. (Powers) Dente of East Boston died on November 13.

The devoted wife of 58 years of Frank N, Dente, she was the beloved mother of Frank J. and his wife, Lois of Revere, David and his wife, Lisa of Wakefield, Mary Messina and her husband, Anthony of Danvers and Erica Dente of the North End of Boston; dear sister of Margaret Montgomery of Vermont, Tom Powers of Virginia, Alice DeSimone of Chelsea, Angela “Cora” Webster of Malden, Jimmy Powers of Malden, Rita Capezzuto of East Boston and the late Ellen “Ella” Hayes; cherished grandmother of Anthony, Taylor and Kelsey Messina and Diandrea Dente. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held from the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home today, Thursday, November 17 at 9 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Mrs. Dente’s life in Sacred Heart Church, Brooks Street, East Boston at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In honoring Mrs. Dente, memorial donations may be made to B.I.D.M.C Palliative Care, 330 Brookline Ave., Boston 02215 (in memo, please put Patricia Dente Fund.) For complimentary transportation to and from the Funeral Home, please call 617-569-0990. For more information, please visit

Thomas Grillo

Of Everett, formerly of East Boston

Thomas Grillo of Everett, formerly of East Boston, died on November 9.

He was the beloved husband of Pamela (Decuyke) Grillo; loving father of Gary Grillo and his wife, Dayna of Winthrop, Kimberly Brennan and her husband, Patrick of Everett, Tia-Maria Brennan and her husband, John of Chelsea, Thomas Grillo and his wife, Shirley of Everett, Frank Grillo and his wife, Rebecca of Swampscott and Thomas Williams of Medford; cherished grandfather of Robert, Amanda, Michael, Casey, Patrick, Olivia, Alanna, Connor, Reily and Sayer; dear brother of Frank Grillo of Revere, Kenneth Grillo and his wife, Maryanne of Hyde Park and the late Marylou Cahoon. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Rapino Memorial Home, East Boston. Donations in his memory may be made to: MGH Development Office, Oncology Dept., 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences, please visit:

Geraldine VanBobo

Former Secretary to Peabody Mayor

Geraldine (Carcione) VanBobo of Chelsea, previously of Peabody, died peacefully at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, on November 5 after a brief period of failing health. She was 93 years old.

One of 11 children, the seventh of seven daughters of the late Phillip and Maria (Campomizzi) Carcione, she was born in Swampscott on August 29, 1918, and named Justice, the name she would shed as a teenager growing up in Medford. In her teens she sang at Kimball’s Starlight Ball Room, performing as “Jessie Carson.” She rode horseback along The Fels with girlfriends, enjoyed summer days at Hampton Beach, and sold cosmetics at WT Grant’s in Medford, then clerked at The Atlantic Lobster House in Boston.

She enlisted in the US Navy WAVES during her lunch break the day following the attack on Pearl Harbor, becoming one of the First 100. (A photo from the period showing Geraldine and four other Waves gathered at a flagpole (Hunter College, NYC or Cedar Falls, Iowa?) was used by Tom Brokaw in his 2005 Super Bowl Pre-Game Salute to the “Greatest Generation”).

In her role as a Pharmacists Mate, she was charged with attending to the health concerns of troops as they were readied for deployment, escorting them by train to their new destination.

Post World War II, with her husband, the late John M.VanBobo, they bought their first home in Peabody, where she would spend most of her adult life. She served as the Mayor’s Secretary for 10 years followed by 15 additional years in other City Offices. Among her many civic duties, she served as the Commandant of the American Legion Post 153 in Peabody, and presided over the Emblem Club of Peabody. She volunteered at JB Thomas Hospital, was a Den Mother and Pack Leader for the local Boy Scouts, and was Treasurer of the Center School PTA. She was the commentator for numerous charity-sponsored fashion shows.

For two decades post-retirement, she busied herself with her family, innumerable creative projects, singing with the Lynn Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, perfecting her soup recipes and traveling all over the World. As she moved from Bartlett Street to The Arboretum and later to Brooksby Village, she added to her supply of good friends and great memories.

In 2007, as she met with health challenges that made independent living impossible, “Geri” (her latest name choice) first moved to Sunrise of Lynnfield then to the Admiral Hill Assisted Living in Chelsea where her days held laughter and song, field trips to restaurants, scenic rides and people who cared about her deeply.

Her sense of humor remained intact through even the last, fortunately brief illness. In true Groucho Marx style, when asked “How are you feeling?” she would respond “With my hands.”

She is survived by her daughters JanetVanBobo of Kwandedamme, The Netherlands, Cheryl and her husband, William Tanguay of Ipswich, Debbe and her husband, Alan Lacey of Brunswick, GA, and her son, John Gary VanBobo of Orange, MA; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; her siblings, Essie Carcione of Holbrook, John Carcione of Royal Palm Beach, FL and Vincent Carcione of Everett and a legion of nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Arrangements will be announced later. For Guest Book, please visit

Janet Doyle

Of Woburn, formerly of Chelsea

Janet M. Doyle of Woburn, formerly of Chelsea and Cambridge, died suddenly on November 10. She was 54 years old.

She was the beloved daughter of Virginia T. (Hughes) Doyle of Woburn and the late Robert F. Doyle; dear sister of John R. Doyle and his wife, Deborah of Somerville and the late Mark F. Doyle; loving aunt of Michael and Krista Doyle.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later. Donations may be made in her memory to AIDS Action, 1730 M Street NW, Suite 611, Washington, DC 20036, or to the charity of one’s choice . (Obituary and guest book at Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home (781) 933-0400

Evelyn Clements

Woburn resident

Evelyn C. (McIntyre) Clements died in Woburn on November 11.

She was the beloved wife of Joseph M. Clements; devoted mother of Catherine F. Cosentino and her husband, Alfred of Hampstead, NH, Dale R. and his wife, Roberta of Wilmington, Douglass J. and his wife, Jean of Reading, and Debralea E. Courtois of Haverhill; dear sister of Stacy Wyrosdic of Somerville and the late Lawrence McIntyre.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main St., Woburn, on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. There are no calling hours, and burial is private. Donations may be made in her memory to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57326, or to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844-2052. (Obituary, directions & guest book at: Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home (781) 933-0400

Richard Churchill, Sr.

Retired Electrician

Richard A. “Dick” Churchill Sr., a longtime resident of Revere, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly on Thursday evening, November 10 at the Whidden Memorial Hospital in Everett.  He was 65 years old.

Born in Chelsea, he was the son of the late Samuel P. and Ethel M. (Garland) Churchill of Everett. He grew up in Everett, attended the local schools and graduated from Everett Vocational in 1965.  He went on to acquire his electrical license through the union’s educational advancement program.  He was a retired electrician of the I.B.E.W. Union Local #103.

He was the beloved husband of Lorraine A. (DeMaria) Churchill, with whom he shared 41 years of marriage; devoted and loving father of Richard A. Churchill, Jr. of Revere and Leanne M. Churchill of Peabody; dear brother of Donald of Wilmington, Robert of Peabody, Winston of New Hampshire, Eleanor McMurrer of Haverhill, Elizabeth Sheehan, D. Maria, Jean Smith, all of Malden and is also lovingly survived by one granddaughter, Alana G. Churchill.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Congregational Church, Burial was at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the William R. Carafa & Son Home For Funerals, Chelsea. Donations in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army, 258 Chestnut St., Chelsea, MA 02150 and/or South Shore Ferret Care. 2 Lantern Rd.. Holbrook, MA 02343.

Jacinto Ariel ‘Jack’ Frometa

Of Everett, formerly of Chelsea

Jacinto Ariel “Jack” Frometa of Everett, formerly of Chelsea, died on November 10.

A late member of Local 1066, International Longshoremen’s Association, he was the beloved husband of Sylvia (DelToro) Frometa of Chelsea; devoted father of Cecilia Frometa Singh and her husband, Dinesh of Hamden, CT and Ariel Onecimo Frometa and his wife, Elizabeth of Everett; loving son of Domitila Frometa of Cuba and the late Onecimo Frometa; dear brother of Ranelfo, Delvis, and Alquidia Frometa, all of Chelsea, Onil Frometa of Florida as well as several additional siblings living in Cuba. He was the cherished grandfather of Shalani Singh and is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice. To  send expressions of sympathy, visit:

Benjamin Calo

Retired Civil Engineer

Benjamin A. Calo of Revere died on Nov 9. He was 93 years old.

A US Army veteran of World War II, he was the Past Commander and a life member of the American Veteran Club Post 125, Everett and a former Civil Engineer, Department of Public Works, Commonwealth of MA.

Born in Boston, the son of the late Pasquale and Amelia (Sarpi) Calo, he was the beloved husband of the late Amelia “Mitzi” (DeAngelis); devoted father of Robert A. and his wife, Karen and Denise Sao Pedro and her husband, Carlos, all of Revere and the late Roberta Ciampa and her surviving husband, Anthony R. of Saugus; loving grandfather of Robert Calo Jr., Michael Sao Pedro, Nikki Sao Pedro and Caroline Coughlin and is also survived by three loving great grandchildren, Kathryn Calo, Krystina Calo and Anthony Coughlin.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons –Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. For guest book please visit

Frances Doucette

Malden Resident

Frances R. (Loman) Doucette of Malden died on November 10.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Doucette; devoted mother of Ida M. Reardon of New Hampshire, Cherly A. Doucette of Malden, Betty J. Bernard of Malden, and Linda J. Doucette of Andover, and the late Ruth Ellen Nicoli; loving grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of seven.

Funeral services will be held at the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden today, Thursday, November 17 at 10 a.m. with visitation for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemtery, Everett. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street Framingham, MA. 01701 For obituary and directions,

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