Obituaries 10-10-2013

William DeNisco, Sr.

Raytheon Retiree

William DeNisco, Sr. of Chelsea, formerly of Everett, passed away at his Chelsea home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, October 8. He was 84 years old. Born and raised in Everett, the beloved son of the late Antonio and Laura (DeFillippo) DeNisco, Bill attended Everett schools and  graduated from Everett High School where he played varsity Football with the Crimson Tide, he was also a member of the “Swan St. Rats” and a longtime member of the Everett “E” Club.

He enlisted in the US National Guard in 1944 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sgt. in 1955. After his discharge, he married Salle Montefusco and together they shared 58 years of marriage. They settled in Chelsea where they raised their family of two sons and one daughter.

Bill worked at Raytheon Electronics in Waltham as an equipment mechanic, retiring after 35 years of service.

He was known as one of the oldest fans of Everett High Football and most enjoyed time spent with family, friends and his grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Sabatina “Salle” (Montefusco) DeNisco. He was the devoted father of William P. “Billy” DeNisco, Jr. and his wife, Deena of Everett, John “Jack” DeNisco of Chelsea, Linda Marie Tigges and her husband, Thomas of Chelsea; dear brother of Laura White of Everett, Peter DeNisco of Lynnfield, the late Connie Lapaugh, Mary D’Orlando, Josephine Palmeri, Dorothy D’Amico,Virginia Cataldo and Terry Elios; cherished brother in law of Virginia “Ginny” Montefusco; adored grandfather of Tiana Marie DeNisco, Billie DeNisco, Alexa Marie Tigges, Brielle Ann Tigges, Christopher William DeNisco, Jennifer DeNisco, John Sam DeNisco and the late Alicia DeNisco and the loved great grandfather of Emilio and Macy Jobert. He is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews.

His Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Friday, October 11 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church, 59 Nichols St., Chelsea at 10:30 a.m. Services will conclude with Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home today, Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to VNA Hospice Care, 100 TradeCenter G-500, Woburn MA 01801. For directions or to send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Jewel Francis

City of Boston Retiree

Jewel A. (Dunbar) Francis, an East Boston native, died on October 4 at Mass General Hospital in Boston following a long illness. She was 83 years old.

Born and raised in Boston, she spent most of her life in East Boston before moving to Admiral’s Hill in Chelsea about two years ago. For more than 20 years, she spent her time living in East Boston and Ft. Myers, Florida.

She was the widow of Ralph H. Francis who died in Dember of 1997; the mother of: Darlene R. Naso and her husband, Salvatore L. Naso, Jr. of Revere, Mark S. Francis and his wife, Lois of East Boston, Charlene Francis of South Boston and her late husband, Robert Featherplace and the late Ralph J. Francis and his late wife, Julie R. Francis. She was the dear sister of Edward J. Dunbar and his wife, Doris of Oklahoma, Pauline Sabella of Tewksbury, Gloria Santaniello and Patricia Viola, both of Ft. Myers, Florida and the late June Bartolo, Murlene Marchese and Gladys Dunbar; the cherished grandmother of: Keith E. Naso, Craig F. Naso and Melissa A. Francis, all of Revere; Mark Francis Jr. and Melissa Vasczy, both of Lynn, Ralph M. Francis of Saugus, Jared Francis of South Boston and the late Chanel Francis. She is also lovingly survived by her devoted surrogate daughter, Linda C. Hildenbrand and her husband, Gary of Ft. Myers, Florida; her three great grandchildren, Eva Ravesi, Isabelle Francis and Damien Vescy and by several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Her funeral will be conducted from the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway, Revere, today, Thursday, October 10 at 9 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere at 10 a.m. Entombment will be at a later time at the Mass. National VA Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, One Bullfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2031 or to the American Lung Association of Mass. Inc., 460 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451. For more information visit:

Theresa Olivero

Lifelong Chelsea Resident

Theresa L. (Gargano) Olivero, a life long Chelsea resident, died unexpectedly on October 2 at Bear Hill Nursing Center of Stoneham following a brief illness. She was 98 years old.

Born, raised and educated in Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident, her unusual but wonderous strength allowed her to live a most alert and productive life until a fall four weeks ago brought her to the hospital and her final illness.

Her working career began when she was but a teenager in Chelsea at Walton Shoe Co. She also worked for the former W.T. Grant Department Store, Herman’s Apparel, the Chelsea Memorial Hospital and finally at the Massachusetts General Hospital for 12 years from where she retired.

She was married to Vincent J. Oliver for more than 70 years, until his death in January of 2008. She was the adored mother of Vincent J. Olivero, Jr. and his wife, Maureen of Melrose, Frederick J. Olivero and his wife, Donna of Billerica, Robert Olivero and his wife, Kathleen A. of Tewksbury and Virginia Browne and her husband, Leo of Saugus. She was the dear sister of Clara Mongiello of Medford and John Gargano of Chelsea; the mother in law of the late Diane E. Olivero and she is also lovingly survived by nine grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.  Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For additional information:

Patricia Hatfield

Devoted Mother and Homemaker, Former Chelsea Resident

Patricia A. (Jakusiak) Hatfield, a former Chelsea resident,  passed away on September 30 at the Union Hospital in Lynn following a brief illness. She was 60 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the daughter of Chester and Constance (Indorado) Jakusiak, she attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School.

A devoted mother and homemaker dedicated to her children and grandchildren, she was the wife of Robert Hatfield of Lynn; devoted mother of Eric Donaher of Swampscott, Robert Hatfield, Jr. of New Hampshire and Jennifer Hatfield of Lynn; dear sister of Lawrence Scacchi of Revere, Gloria Morris of San Antonio, Texas, Diane Testa of Revere and Maryann Scacchi of Chelsea. The adored niece of Helena Jakusiak of Chelsea, she is also survived by two grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit

Lucille Josephine Spinale

Restaurant Owner Who Was All About Family

Lucille Josephine Spinale passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 3 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a long battle with Lymphoma. She was 73 years old.

Lucille was born on June 30, 1940 in Revere to her parents, the late Michael and Lucy Agri. She grew up in Everett and married her high school sweetheart, Frank Spinale on June 7, 1959. They moved to Saugus where they were happily married for 54 years and the proud parents of five children.

They owned and operated Spinale’s Pizza on Lincoln Avenue in Saugus before opening two restaurants; Top of the Hill Steak House and Spinale’s Italian Restaurant in Milton ,New Hampshire which they owned and operated with their sons, Frank and Robert Spinale for more than 20 years.

Lucille and her husband retired to their home in Deltura, in Fort Myers Florida and spent many wonderful years with friends and family.

Lucille had a passion for cooking, and a love for entertaining. She was all about family and her children and grandchildren were the most cherished part of her life. She will always be admired for her optimism and her ability to love with her whole heart completely and unconditionally.

She is survived by her husband, Frank of 54 years, her sisters Rosemarie, (George), Theresa (Bob) and brother Michael. Lucille will be remembered and deeply missed by her children; Frank (Tiffanie), John (Colleen), Daniel, Robert (Susan) and Elena (Al) and her grandchildren, Anthony, Bryana, Gina, Alyssa, Celia, Danny, Derek, Johnny and Roman. Lucille was predeceased by her parents, her oldest brother Joseph Agri, and her beloved grandson, Frankie.

A Memorial Service was held at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to Boston Children’s Hospital in memory of Lucille Spinale.  Contributions can be made online at or checks made payable to Boston Children’s Hospital can be mailed to Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215.  The William R. Carafa & Son Home for Funerals in Chelsea, assisted the family with the final arrangements.

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