Obituaries 10-18-2012

Norman Alpert

Salvatore ‘Sam’ Dellaquilla

Frances Sylvia Merlino

Gerald Porter

Frances Sylvia Merlino

Founder and Owner of the “Ultimate Women’s Apparel” Store

Frances Sylvia Merlino of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 12.

She was the founder and owner of the “Ultimate Women’s Apparel” Store originally established in 1969 in Revere then later moved to Peabody.

She was the beloved companion of Donald Dickerman; former wife of the late Arnold Siegel and the late Anthony Merlino; devoted mother of Heather Joy Siegel-DeMuro and her husband, Theodore, and Fawn Merlino and her companion, Mark Ringenwald and the late Ted Siegel; dear sister of Shirley Tocman; loving grandmother of Erik Ringenwald, Kristin Siegel, Krystal Siegel and Alexander Siegel; loving great-grandmother of Trinity Cabrera and aunt of Alan and Howard Tocman.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Torf Funeral Service, Chelsea. Burial was at Sudlikov Cemetery, Everett. Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc . of MA, 460 Totten Pond Road, Suite 400, Waltham, MA 02451. For on-line guest book visit: Torf Funeral Service 1-800-428-7161

Gerald Porter

Retired Machinist

Gerald J. Porter of Saugus, formerly of Everett, died on October 12 at the Epoch of Melrose Nursing Center. He was 77 years old.

A US Navy veteran of the Korean War and a retired machinist from the R and D Machine Shop, he was the beloved husband of Joan A. (Sperlinga); dear and devoted father of Amberlynn Porter; brother of Roy Porter of Lowell,  Carol Parent of Florida and the late Patricia Doherty.

Funeral arrangements were by the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Entombment  was in Holy Cross  Chapel Mausoleum, Malden. Contributions in his memory to MSPCA, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or to any Disabled American Veterans’ organization would be sincerely appreciated.

Norman ‘Nargie’ Alpert

Of Peabody, Formerly of Chelsea

Norman “Nargie” Alpert of Peabody, formerly of Chelsea, died on October 11.

He was the beloved husband of Frances (Baer) Alpert; devoted father of Chelsea Emergency Management Director Allan Alpert and wife, Laraine; loving son of the late Joseph Alpert and Sara (Brown) Alpert; dear brother of the late Julius Alpert, Charles Alpert, Samuel Alpert, Nettie Klarfein Charlotte Weiner and Ruth Dickerman; loving grandfather of Robert, Jonathan, Justin and Lindsay, Amanda Alpert and delighted great-grandfather of Devin James Alpert.

Funeral arrangements were by Torf Funeral Chapel, Chelsea.  Burial was at Temple Emmanuel Cemetery, Danvers. Memorial donations may be made to the Leonard Florence Center for Living, 165 Captains Row, Chelsea, MA 02150. For on-line guest book visit:

Salvatore ‘Sam’ Dellaquilla

Lifelong Revere Resident

Salvatore “Sam” Dellaquilla, a lifelong resident of Revere, died on October 11.

He was the beloved son of the late Donato and Addolorada (Palumbo); devoted brother of Anna Dellaquilla of Revere and the late Camille Milano and Pat Dellaquilla and is also survived by many loving extended family members and friends.

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. For guest book please visit

Lillian Risco

Former Owner of Lillian’s Beauty Salon of Chelsea

Lillian M. (Terrio) Risco of Point of Pines, Revere and Cape Cod, died unexpectedly on October 16. She was 93 years old.

A former member of the Merritt Club of Chelsea, Lillian owned and operated Lillian’s Beauty Salon of Broadway, Chelsea for over 50 years.

The beloved wife of the late Edward J. Prisco, she was the devoted mother of William R. Prisco and his wife, Joan C. and cherished grandmother of Rachael A. Evans and her husband, Richard A. “J.R.” Evans, all of Revere; dear sister of the late Lorraine Mahan, Rita M. Pfiel, Walter A. Terrio, Jr. and Doris E. Terrio. She is also, lovingly survived by her sister-in-law Rita Terrio of Chatham, many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107), Revere on Friday, October 19 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere, at 10:30 a.m. Visiting hours are today, Thursday only, from 4 to 8 p.m. Parking available left of the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. For further information & directions, visit

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