Obituaries 07-12-2012

James Pinksten

Of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea

James E. Pinksten  of New Hampshire, formerly of Chelsea died on July 7 at Exeter Hospital surrounded by his loving wife and children following a long illness.

He worked for U.S. Gypsum Co. and Eastern Tool and Stamping Co. from which he retired as Union President of Local IUE #263. He moved to Sandown, NH in 1996 where he led a rich and wonderful life enjoying his home by the lake, playing golf with friends, and he especially enjoyed ballroom and square dancing with his wife, Joan (Petricone) and their many friends from all over New England.

Born and raised in Chelsea, the son of Ernest and Anna (O’Regan), in addition to his loving wife, he will be deeply missed by his children, Michael and his companion, Gina White of Chester, NH, Sharon and her fiancé, Mark Williams of Chelsea, Steven and his companion, Gail Mazzio, and James Jr, and his companion, Christine Landry of Revere. He was the beloved stepfather of Donna and her husband, Jim Gabriel of Newburyport, Michelle Proto and her fiancé, Rich Mullins of Nashua, NH and Robert Proto of Everett. He was the devoted brother of Hazel and her husband, Bill Cordeau and Charlie Pinksten, all of Saugus and the brother of the late Robert Pinkesten and Joan McCann. He was also lovingly embraced by his eight grandchildren, Alanna, Erik, Michael, Jenna, Allison, Ryan, Brooke and Emma and many, many friends. He was the former husband of Rita Eriesian (Camarot) of Revere.

His funeral service was held on July 11 at the Brookside Chapel and Funeral Home in Plaistow, NH.

The family requests donations be sent to the Rockingham VNA and Hospice at 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833.

Lucia ‘Lucy’ Costello

Worked at Forbes Lithograph

Lucia “Lucy” (Barbati) Costello, a lifelong resident of Chelsea, died on July 4 at the Glen Ridge Nursing Care Center in Medford after a brief illness. She was 94 years old.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a former member of the St. Rose Mother’s Club. In her early years, she worked at her family’s shoe factory in the North End of Boston and later at Forbes Lithograph.

The devoted wife of the late James H. Costello, she was the beloved mother of Kathleen DiPanfilo and her husband, Ronald of Everett and James Costello and his wife, Dorothy of Reading; cherished grandmother of Melissa Scoppettuolo and her husband, Antonio, Daniel, Kristine and Caroline Costello and great grandmother of Nicholas and Arianna Scoppettuolo.

Funeral arrangements were by the Smith Funeral Home, Chelsea. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.  To send a message of condolence to her family, please visit

Ethel Salvo

Former Bank Manager

Ethel (McKenna) Salvo, a former local bank manger, died unexpectedly after a brief illness at the Eastpointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on July 2 with her daughter and family by her side. She was 86 years old.

Born and raised in East Boston, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Elizabeth (Curran) McKenna. She attended schools in East Boston, married Dominic Salvo and as newlyweds they settled in Chelsea and she lived here for most of her life.

She began working as a bank manager for the Atlantic Savings Bank located in Prattville and continued working under the Boston Five and Citizens Banks.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1972. She retired in 1991 and moved to southern New Hampshire, where she lived for 14 years. She returned to Chelsea in 2004 and recently relocated to Everett.

Mrs. Salvo enjoyed traveling, singing in the Church Choirs in New Hampshire and was active in the Our Lady of Grace P.T.A. in the 1960s and 70s.

She was the beloved wife of the late Domenic Salvo; devoted mother of Jean Troville and her husband, Thomas Sr. of Everett and the late Stephen Salvo; dear sister of the late Henry McKenna and Evelyn Haines; cherished grandmother of Thomas Troville Jr., Brian Troville Sr., Dominique Lander and Stephen Salvo and adored great grandmother of William and Christina Troville, Matthew, Brian Jr. Jojo, Arianna, Gianna, Julianna Troville, Dylan Lander and the late Stephen and Savannah Lander.

Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Assoc. 311 Arsenal St. Watertown MA 02472. To send expressions of sympathy, please visit Funeral Arrangements entrusted to the care and direction of the Frank A. Welsh and Sons Funeral Home.

Jessie Flagg

40-Year Supervisor of Records at Soldiers Home

Jessie A. (Sacco) Flagg of Revere died unexpectedly at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on July 5. She was 91 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, she was a graduate of Revere High School, Class of 1939. She went to work for the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home as a young girl and retired in 1991 after 40 years of service as the Supervisor of Medical Records.

At the Soldier’s Home, she made many friends and remained in contact with them until recently. She was the recipient of several awards, citations and commendations for outstanding performance in the execution of her duties as Supervisor of Medical Records.

As a member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Revere, she was active in many activities and, for many years, she was the personal secretary to Msgr. Guido Pallotta, one of the early pastors of the church. She was also a member of St. Anthony’s Ladies’ Sodality and the Anthonian Club of  the parish.

“Jessie” was most proud of two early accomplishments at the age of 13. That’s when she competed and won “School Champion Speller” for the Paul Revere School of Revere. Days later, she won the title of “District Champion Speller” for the Revere area in competitions sponsored by The Boston Evening American and the Boston Sunday Advertiser Spelling Bee in April of 1934!!!

She was the wife of the late Charles P. Flagg, the cherished mother of Albert E. Flagg and his wife, Anita of Salem; beloved grandmother of Amy Jessica Livermore and her husband, Parker and adoring great grandmother to Madison A. and Halle M. Livermore, all of Marblehead; dear sister of Marie Gatto of Reading, Anthony Sacco and his wife, Joan of Revere and the late Evelyn Femino, Francisco and Nicola Sacco; loving companion of the late Anthony Longo and is also survived by many caring, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, Revere. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Lung Assoc. of MA, 460 Totten Pond Rd., Waltham, MA 02451. For more information, please  visit:

Meyer Leavitt

Of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea

Meyer Leavitt of Winthrop, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 8. He was 97 years old.

He was the beloved husband of the late Ruth (Belsky) Leavitt; devoted father of Richard Leavitt, Ellen Leavitt,  Heidi Leavitt and Jeffery Leavitt and dear brother of Dorothy Goodman and the late Victor Leavitt, Edward Leavitt, Marion Bean, and Ruth Thaler.

Graveside Services were held and memorial donations may be made to the All Care Hospice, 210 Market Street, Lynn, MA 01901. For online guestbook, please visit the funeral home website:

Ann Marie Louanis

Revere Resident

Ann Marie (Currie) Louanis of Revere died on July 4.

She was the beloved wife of Guild S. “Steve” Louanis with whom she shared 27 years of marriage; cherished daughter of the late Eugene and Nellie (Messer) Currie; loving sister of Mary Byrne and her husband, Jim of New Hampshire, June O’Connor and her husband, Kevin of Braintree, Nancy DeSisto and her husband, Richard of Georgetown, and Susan Lanceleve and her husband, Felix of Everett. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thankyou is extended to her care giver and best friend, Rose M. Cruzado of Chelsea.

Funeral arrangements were by Vazza’s “Beechwood” Funeral Home, Revere. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her name to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 8960, Phoenix, AZ 78960.

John Benko

Of Medford, formerly of Chelsea

John Benko of Medford, formerly of Chelsea, died on July 3.

A U S Navy veteran of World War II and an avid model airplane hobbyist, he was the beloved husband of Rita (Vendola); devoted father of Susan Benko of Stoneham and Paula Bernaiche and her husband, Bob of Medford; brother of the late Walter and Michael Benko.

Funeral arrangements were by the Dello Russo Funeral Home, Medford. Burial was at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford. To leave a message of condolence:

Carl Myers

Disabled Veteran

Carl V. Myers of Chelsea, formerly of Revere, died recently. He was 63 years old.

A US Army veteran of the Vietnam War who served two tours of duty before finally being discharged in September of 1972, he was a 100 % service related disabled veteran. He later was a well driller, cab driver, and also worked in the maintenance department at the Miami Veterans Hospital.

He was the beloved son of Alice (Porter) Perry of Revere and the late James Myers, brother of Jim and Tom Myers and is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral arrangements were by the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, Peabody. For on-line obituary, visit

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