Obituaries 11-14-2013

Ondina Nobre

Instilled Education and Family Values in Her Children

Ondina C. Nobre  passed away in her Revere home surrounded by her loving family on November 8. She was 79 years old.

Born and raised in Brava, Cape Verde Island where she received her early education, she married Raenaldo Pires and their union produced eight children. They left Cape Verde and briefly settled on the African coast and Angola.

A Revere resident for the last three years, she first immigrated to the United States in 1989 bringing her family to Chelsea. She frequently attended Mass at St. Rose Church in Chelsea and St. Patrick’s Church in Dorchester. She was devoted to her family and strived to instill the value of a good education and family values to her children.

She was the beloved wife of the late Raenaldo Pires; devoted mother of Jose Nobre Pires of Italy, Joao N. Pires of Lisbon, Portugal, Mario N. Pires of Chelsea, Vera Maria N. Pires of Revere, Elcides N. Pires of Revere, Raenaldo N. Pires of Chelsea, Antonio N. Pires and Aquinaldo N. Pires, both of Revere. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the  Anthony Memorial Funeral Home, Chelsea. Interment was at Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden.

Patricia Jones

Devoted Mother and Grandmother

Patricia A. (Woodward) Jones passed away on November 9 at the Ellis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Norwood following a brief illness. She was 78 years old.

Born in Providence, RI, she was the daughter of the late Emit and Mary (Murphy) Woodward. Her family settled in Chelsea shortly after her birth and she was raised in Chelsea and attended local schools. In 1955, she married Alvin “Skippy” Jones and together they settled in Norwood to raise their family. After spending a number of years in Norwood, they later settled in Duxbury for a short time before taking residence in Boston’s North End.

A devoted wife and mother who was dedicated to her home and family, Patricia was predeceased by her beloved husband in 2004 after sharing 49 years of marriage. She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed traveling with friends, watching movies and loved the Boston Red Sox. Patricia will be remembered for having a lot of spunk.

She was the beloved wife of the late Alvin D. “Skippy” Jones; devoted mother of David Jones of Norwood, Robert Jones and his wife, Marcie of Mansfield, Michael Jones and his wife, Kim of Norton, Patty Hubbert and her husband Ted of Jacksonville, OR, Julie Roche and her husband, Sean of Milton and the late Steven Jones and his surviving wife, Karen Sennett; dear sister of the late Mary “Adeline” Aiken, Emmett “Buddy” Woodward, Roy “Mickey” Woodward and sister in law of Richard Aiken; cherished grandmother of Samantha, Alex, Julia, Morgan, Mary Rose, James, Jack, Marilyn, Robbie and Ruby. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will begin from the Frank A. Welsh & Sons Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday, November 16 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 Holy Cross Cemetery, Malden. Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held at the Welsh Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Joyce Halopoff

Trucking Company Accountant

Joyce M. Halopoff of Salem, formerly of Chelsea, passed away at her sister’s home on Tuesday morning, November 12. where she had been receiving supportive care since beingdiagnosed with lung cancer in March of this year. She was 60 years old.

A longtime Chelsea resident and a graduate of the Shurtleff School and Chelsea High School, she was a faithful and avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, enjoyed spending time at both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun and, until her health made her unable to work, she worked as a accountant for ADCOO, Inc. a transportation and distribution trucking company in Lynn.

She was the devoted mother of Keven Halopoff and his fiancee, Paige Doherty of Salem; long time companion of Maribeth Reagan of Salem; loving daughter of Anthony Citro of Revere and the late Jeanette (Tracia) Citro; dear sister of Donna Tobin and her husband, Fred of Peabody, Fr. Anthony Citro of Michigan and Thomas Citro and his wife, Elaine of Saugus; former wife of Michael Halopoff of California; cherished aunt of Renee Russo of Lynn, Jason Coelynn of Lynnfield and Erica Citro of Saugus and great aunt of Brianna and Anthony Russo.

Family and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours in the Smith Funeral Home, 125 Washington Avenue, Chelsea on Saturday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a Graveside Service in Woodlawn Cemetery, 302 Elm St., Everett. Expressions of sympathy in Joyce’s name may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack St., Building 9, Lawrence, MA 01843. To send a message of condolence to Joyce’s family, please visit

Mary Cosco

Retired Waitress; Longtime Member of Catholic Daughters

Mary V. (Shea) Cosco died at her Revere home after a brief illness. She was 98 years old.

Born in Charlestown, she was raised in Chelsea and lived here until marrying Albert J. Cosco on September 5, 1938. As a young bride, she lived in Medford before moving to Revere more than 65 years ago.

She was a graduate of St. Rose High School, Chelsea, Class of 1934 and worked as a waitress for Jean’s Caterers of Milford for over 45 years until retiring at the age of 84. She was a remarkable and fiercely independent woman who prided herself on her determination to continue her working career. For several years, she was a ceramics teacher at the Revere Youth Center. She also taught the art in Charlestown for several years. She was a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America (former Court James Lee) and a volunteer for the Salvation Army (Chelsea Citadel.)

She was the wife of the late Albert J. Cosco, who passed in 1981; the devoted mother of Robert A. Cosco and his wife, Judy of Naples, Florida, Judith A. Spellman and her husband, Charles J. Spellman of North Reading, Edward F. Cosco and his wife, Patricia J. of Revere and the late Albert J. “Bert” Cosco, Jr. She was the dear mother in law of Sandra G. Cosco of Saugus and the cherished grandmother of eight: Deborah Chen and her husband, Karl of Broomfield, Colorado, Michael J. Cosco and his wife, Kimberly, Peter G. Cosco and his wife, Stacey, all of Middleton, Robin Cosco of Winchester, Karen Pietrafesa and her husband, John of Wellington, Florida, James Spellman and his wife, Heather of Derry, NH, Craig Spellman and his wife, Sinead of Methuen, Lynne Spellman of Somerville, Brian F. and Krista A. Cosco, both of Revere. She is also lovingly survived by 15 great grandchildren and by several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Timothy Shea and the great  grandmother of the late Evan.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours today, Thursday, November 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere. Her funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Friday, November 15 at 8 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue) Revere at 9 a.m. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:

Lorraine MacLellan

N.E. Tel & Tel Retiree, Woman of Strength and Faith

Lorraine T. (Bronsdon) MacLellan of Florida, formerly of Revere and Chelsea, died unexpectedly at her Spring Hill, Florida residence on Saturday, November 9, three days after her 84th birthday.

Born in Chelsea, she lived here for 25 years before moving to Revere in 1954. She lived in Revere until 1999 when she moved to Spring Hill, Florida.

For more than 30 years, she worked for N.E. Tel & Tel (now Verizon) as a telephone operator. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She was the wife of the late Robert S. MacLellan who passed in September of 1985.

From Christmas of 2006 through August of 2011, she sustained the deaths of a grandson, four sons, a brother and a sister. To say that she was a woman of strength and faith is indeed an understatement. She always maintained her role as a mother to be strong and an inspiration to her remaining family.

She was the devoted mother of: Susan M. Noble and her husband, William M. and David P. MacLellan, all of Spring Hill, Florida and the late: Stephen R., John M., Robert T. and Thomas M.MacLellan. She is also lovingly survived by 10 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and by many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. She was the dear sister of June Gallagher and her husband, Leon of Omaha, Nebraska and the late Dorothy A. Cadogan, Retired Revere Police Detective Thomas C. Brondson, Helen Shea, Mildred Grasso, Chester H. “Bud” Brondson, Jr., James and Richard Brondson.

May God reward her with that perfect peace of spirit that she richly earned.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours on Monday, November 18 in the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Route 107) Revere beginning at 9 a.m. Following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. In the Immaculate Conception Church of Revere followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. For more information, visit:

Anthony ‘Chickie’ Giannino

Former Proprietor and Operator of Giannino’s Greenhouse; Member of Revere Moose and Revere Elks

Anthony P. “Chickie” Giannino of Revere died on Thursday, November 7 at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Melrose, following a long illness. He was 69 years old.

Born and raised in Revere, he was a proud life-long resident of Revere and a 1962 alumnus of Revere High School. From age 14, Chickie worked in the family business, “Giannino’s Greenhouses” of Revere, being the proprietor and operator of the business until the business was dissolved in 2004. Concurrently, along with his responsibilities at the Greenhouse, he worked for over 30 years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in snow removal. Following the close of the Greenhouse, he worked for the Revere DPW until debilitating health forced him to retire.

Chickie was a long-time member of the Revere Elks Lodge #1171, the Revere Loyal Order of the Moose #1272 and a long-time supporter and benefactor of the many Revere sports and community action organizations.

He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Nancy T. (Lepito) Giannino; the devoted father of Joseph A. Giannino and his wife, Debra of Boxford and Anthony P. Giannino, Jr. of Revere;  the cherished grandfather of: Alexa A., Taylor M., Nicole A., and Anthony P. Giannino, III; the dear brother of Theresa J. Hogrell and her late husband, John, Retired Revere Firefighter, Crescenzo C. “Christy” Giannino and his wife, Joann, all of Revere and Roseann Waite and her husband, Harvey of Topsfield and the late: Maria D. “Mary” Lospennato, Florence L. Maglione, Barbara A. Gambale, Joseph L. Giannino, Carmella “Millie” Piscopio and Marie A. “Dolly” Giannino. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nephews and grand-nieces.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Vertuccio & Smith Home for Funerals,  Revere.

Joseph Cataldo

Decorated World War II Veteran; Recipient of the French Legion d’Honneur

Joseph A. Cataldo, a longtime resident of Chelsea, formerly of Everett, died unexpectedly at the Whidden Memorial Hospital on November 5.

He was a retired laborer, a member of Local 22, Laborers’ Union and a proud US Army veteran of World War II. Joseph was the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with Bronze Service Arrowhead. He was also  a survivor of the Normandy Invasion on D-Day and was awarded France’s highest decoration, The Legion d’ Honneur.

He was born in Boston and was the beloved husband of the late Jennie V. (Carideo); devoted son of the late Emerina (Cataldo) and Enrico Cataldo; dear and devoted father of Ellen M. Cataldo of Chelsea; loving brother of Mary Cataldo of Everett and the late Angelo, Amoreso and Dominic Cataldo and Margaret Avakian.

Funeral arrangements were by  the Cafasso & Sons Funeral Home, Everett. Interment was in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, 17 Court St., Boston, MA 02108 would be sincerely appreciated.

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