Obituaries 08-15-2013

Dorothea Gesamondo

Retired Registered Nurse, Member of Many Organizations

Dorothea E. (McCellan) Gesamondo, a longtime resident of Revere, formerly of Chelsea, died after a brief illness at Winchester Hospital on August 11. She was 92 year old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a 1939 graduate of Chelsea High School and a 1943 alumna of Chelsea Memorial Hospital – School of Nursing. After receiving her R.N., she worked at Chelsea Memorial Hospital for about 10 years.

She moved to Revere with her husband, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Sr. in 1944 and remained in Revere until his death in 1993 when she moved to her daughter’s home in Lynnfield.

Always an energetic woman, she managed to be an exemplary mother, grandmother, daughter and care giver while maintaining an active social calendar. A faithful member of Immaculate Conception Parish Community, she was a past president and member of the Immaculata Guild at Immaculate Conception School and a Eucharistic Minister for the Parish. She was also a volunteer at Lighthouse Nursing & Rehab center, as a pastoral assistant.

“Dottie” was a Past Regent and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America-Court James Lee and a member of COA at St. Agnes Church in Reading. She was a member and a past officer of the Revere Woman’s Club. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of Revere’s Smart Set Bowling League and the City of Revere’s Senior Bowling League.

She was the cherished mother of: Anita M. Lalicata and her late husband, Anthony of Reading, Salvatore J. Gesamondo, Sr. and his wife, Doris of Lynnfield, Anthony M. Gesamondo, Jr. and his wife, Frances of West Newbury and Mary B. DeMaina and her husband, Joseph of Lynnfield; devoted grandmother of: Anthony Lalicata of Reading, Anthony Gesamondo, II of Lynn, Gina Gesamondo of Chestnut Hill, Deanna Moran of Dorchester, Doris Fournier of Reading, Salvatore Gesamondo, Jr. of Lynn, Anthony Gesamondo, III and John Gesamondo, both of West Newbury, Michael Gesamondo of Mansfield, Christopher DeMaina of Newton, Daniel DeMaina of Medford and Meredith (DeMaina) Kells of Wenham. She is also lovingly survived by 11 great grandchildren: Dante, Trinity and Dino Gesamondo, Sophia and Griffin Fournier, Emerson and Genevieve Moran, Christian DeMaina, Anabelle (Gesamondo) Acari, Enzo and Stella (Lalicata); dear aunt to Jo-Ann Sarro of Revere, Grace Statuto of Danvers and the late Betty-Ann Santosuosso. Mrs. Gesamondo was the daughter of the late Hugh F. and Rosanna M. (Wilneff) McClellan.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, August 15 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 771 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her Funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, August 18 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Fund for Autistic Children, 22 Meeting House Hill Road, West Newbury, MA 01985. Please visit: for additional information.

Angela Durante

Former Proprietor of Angie’s Variety Store

Angela M. (Giordano) Durante, former proprietor of Angie’s Variety Store, passed away on August 12 at Woodbriar of Wilmington where she had been receiving care for the past several years. She was 90 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of the late Anthony and Rosa Giordano, she attended local schools. She married John P. Durante and together they raised their daughter in Chelsea. Angela worked in the office at the Schrafts Building and later become the proprietor of Angie’s Variety Store which was located on the corner of Congress and Hawthorne Street.

She was the beloved wife of the late John P. Durant; devoted mother of Terry Lembo and her husband, Rick of Wakefield; dear sister of Anthony Giordano of Chelsea and the late John, Paul, Joseph, Andrew, Salvatore Giordano and Mary Santagate and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 16 in St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway, Chelsea at 11 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Joseph Constantino

Of New Hampshire, Formerly of Chelsea

Joseph D. Constantino of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea, died suddenly on August 6

The loving son of Cheryl (Adams) and the late Joseph Constantino, Sr., he was the dear brother of Jolene Adelin-Constantino, cherished uncle and Godfather of Gianna Shea-Constantino and is also survived by his  adored aunts and uncles.

His Funeral service was held in the Serenity Chapel of the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home, Orient Heights, East Boston. Joey was laid to rest with his dad, Joe in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody. May they both rest in peace.  For more information:

Antoinetta DiRuzza

Longtime Box Company Machine Operator

Antoinetta DiRuzza died at her Revere home on August 8 surrounded by her family.

A lifelong Revere resident, she worked for many years as a machine operator in a box company

She was the beloved daughter of the late Phillip and Mary (Cristello) DiRuzza; dear sister of Theresa Marks of Lynn, Jennie Robichaud, Dolores Daigle, Pasquale “Pat” and the late Mario , Angelo and Felix and is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews

Funeral arrangements were by the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, Revere. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MA 9 Erie drive Natick MA 01760. For guest book please visit www.

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