Obituaries 09-24-2020

Rita Tentindo

Dedicated Wife, Mother and Daughter

Rita M. (Citro) Tentindo of Revere died peacefully at home on Sept. 15 surrounded by her family and with her husband of 70 years by her side. She was 92 years old.

Born in East Boston to Italian Immigrants, Michelina and Carmine Citro, she moved with her family to Chelsea where she grew up with four brothers and attended St. Rose and Shurtleff Schools. She left school after 9th grade to support her family.

She met George Tentindo at her 21st birthday party. They married in 1950 and with their three children moved to Revere in 1959. Although she lived in Revere for 58 years, she was a Chelsea girl at heart and told many colorful stories of her youth here. In 2017, she and George moved to Lexington to live with their daughter.

Rita was a dedicated wife, mother and daughter caring for her family throughout her life. She and George raised their children and created a loving and beautiful home on Victoria Street in Revere. She was known for her delicious and creative cooking, making Italian dishes by instinct and often using the fresh tomatoes that grew in their garden. She enjoyed gardening and collecting antique glassware and china. Throughout her life, she worked outside the home as a seamstress and waitress. Having missed so much of her education herself, she placed extra value on education for her children.

Rita had a vibrant personality, a gregarious nature and was extremely social. She was not afraid to chat up anybody. She had a generous heart and supported many charities. She was resilient and resourceful, traits born of hard work and sacrifice.

She is survived by her husband, George of Revere, their three children: Dr. Christine Tentindo of Marblehead, Vincent (and Marylyn) Tentindo of Marblehead; and Nancy (and Daniel Finkelman) of Lexington; five grandchildren: Michael Tentindo (and Ajisa Liti) of Boston; Mark (and Jaleesa) Tentindo of Marblehead; Will Tentindo of Los Angeles; and Amy and Sarah Finkelman of Lexington; and two great-grandchildren Hunter and Amelia Tentindo of Marblehead. She is also survived by her brother, Romolo (and Jennie) Citro of Burlington; her godson, Thomas (and Gina) Maniscalco of Danvers; and her dear friend, Janet Maniscalco of Chelsea.

Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and local officials, funeral services will be privately held for the immediate family under the direction of the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home 128 Revere St, Revere, Ma 02151. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Please sign the guestbook or share a memory at: At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Rita’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. 

Alan Bruce Orloff

Educator and Copywriter

Alan Bruce Orloff, 71, of Chelsea, passed away on Sept. 16 at Tobey Hospital.

Alan was the son of Saul and Ruth (Ross) Orloff and was born in Boston on August 9, 1949. He received his academic scholarship to Clark University, received a Master’s Degree in English, taught at Salem State College and also worked as a copywriter.

In his free time, Alan enjoyed listening to music and collecting various items.  

He is survived by two brothers: Steven Orloff of East Sandwich and Stuart (Sharon) Orloff of West Newbury as well as three nephews:  Joseph, Michael and Samuel.

A service was held at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 154 MA-6A, Sandwich, MA on Sunday, September 20. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Alan’s name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Leslie Alan Hicks

3/27/1929 — 9/12/2020

Leslie Alan Hicks, known to everyone as “Les,” a longtime resident of Everett, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the age of 91. He died peacefully at his home in McKinney, Texas with his loving family by his side.

Les was born on March 27, 1929 in Everett, and grew up in Chelsea and Boston with eight brothers and sisters. He was a resident of Woodlawn Avenue, Everett.

For most of his wonderful life, Les was a skilled construction craftsman who gladly volunteered his skills to all who needed his professional workmanship, advice and help. Those that benefitted from his generosity included his family, his many friends and the Catholic Church. He and his wife Sophie freely donated their time to the Outreach program at Our Lady of Grace Church for many years.

He was also a master fisherman and spent much of his time sharing his love of the sport and his knowledge with his friends at Horn Pond in Woburn.

Les married the love of his life, Sophie Hicks, in 1952 and always called her his beloved wife for 67 years before she passed in October of 2019.

He raised his two daughters, Karen Bourque (Paul Bourque) and Susan Clapp (Dave Clapp), to become strong, selfless and caring mothers and grandmothers. The impact “Papa” had on his grandchildren, Brian and his wife, Katie Bourque of Simsbury, CT, Leslie Groves and her husband, Craig and Eric Bourque and his wife, Shannon, all of McKinney, Tx, Stephanie Omobono and her husband, Mark of Burlington and Kimberly Clapp, of Boston and his great grandchildren: Landon Stevenson, Carson Stevenson, Harper Bourque, Sophie Groves, James Omobono, Thea Bourque and Brooks Bourque, cannot be put into words. He was simply the most kind and caring man they had ever known.

While the love for his family and friends was second to none, his love for sports was nearly as great. He was a dedicated fan of all Boston sports and one of the longest and most passionate of Red Sox and Patriots loyalists.

Les will forever be known by his family and friends as the model father, grandfather and great grandfather. He always put others ahead of himself and had a positive impact on everyone he met. He will be missed, but more importantly, remembered by all who had the pleasure to know and love him.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on October 3 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 194 Nichols Street, Everett. Attendance at the burial will be limited to immediate family only at Glenwood Cemetery, Everett.

Carl Christie, Jr.

Retiree of Former Revere Memorial Hospital and West Lynn Creamery

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass on Monday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., Revere for Carl W. “Sonny” Christie, Jr., who passed following a long illness on Friday, Sept. 11 at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Interment will be held privately. Due to the pandemic, visiting hours are respectfully omitted. Attendees are to report directly to St. Anthony’s Church, masks must be worn at church and social distancing maintained.

Born in Chelsea, he was a lifelong Revere resident and a member of the graduating Class of 1968 of Revere High School.

Early on, as a young man, while still a student at Revere High, he worked for the former Revere Memorial Hospital until the hospital closed. He then began a 15-year career with the former West Lynn Creamery as a Truck Driver.

Carl “Sonny” never married and remained with his parents until their deaths at which time, he made his home with his sister, Lee C. Nugent-Rorie.

“Sonny” was the beloved son of the late, Carl W. Christie, Sr. and the late Doris A. (Dolan) Christie, the cherished brother to Lee C. Nugent-Rorie and her husband, Dennis S. Rorie and Martin J. Christie and his wife, Margaret, all of Revere, Doris A. Jaeger and her husband, Dennis and William C. Christie and his wife, Michelle, all of Cape Coral, Florida and the late Richard F. Christie. He is also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law, Doreen A. Christie of Revere, seven faithful nieces, four caring nephews and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970.            

The staff at Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals of Revere is honored to have assisted the family in the completion of funeral arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit

Anna Burke

Oct. 23, 1956 — Sept. 17, 2020

Anna M. (Badowski) Burke passed away on Thursday, Sept. 17 after a brief illness in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her loving and caring husband at her side.  She was 63 years old. 

Born and raised in Chelsea, the beloved daughter of the late Kazimierz “Charlie” and Stella (Botka) Badowski, Anna attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1974.  After graduation she began working with Kayem Foods and remained there for the next 30 years.  For the last 15 years, Anna worked as a lab technician for DiLuigi Foods in Danvers. 

She was married to Michael E. Burke and together spent the past 21 years together sharing their lives while caring for their pets and traveling.  A resident of Chelsea for most of her life, she and Michael made their home in Middleton for the past 20 Years.  Her life was devoted to work and home. 

In her life time, Anna enjoyed bowling from a young age and belonged to various leagues at Chelsea Square Alleys.  Most recently she enjoyed visiting many craft fairs shopping for all things dog related.  

In addition to her parents, Anna was also predeceased by a nephew, Stephen Badowski and her mother-in-law, Caroline A. Burke. 

She is survived by her beloved and devoted husband of 21 years, Michael E. Burke and she was the dear sister and sister-in-law of Frank C. Badowski of Middleton, Robert Burke and his wife, Phyllis of Scituate, Nancy Burke, Edward Burke and Patricia Burke, all of Chelsea; cherished aunt of Kimberly and Dan Kocur and Christina Culgin; adored great auntie of Colton and Lyla Kocur, beloved niece of Al Botka of Chelsea and loving cousin of Frank Ciulla and his wife, Cathy.  She is also survived by many friends, extended family members and her canine companion, “Riley.”

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Saturday Sept. 26 from 12 noon to 2 p.m.  Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend. All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.  A Prayer Service for the immediate family will follow the visitation at 2 p.m. We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card by visiting links below: 

DONATIONS: Should friends desire, contributions in Anna’s name may be made to the MSPCA-Angell Memorial, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02135,  MSPCA-Angell

Francisco Pena

Chelsea High School Custodian

Francisco Pena, 61, passed away on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Born and raised in Queserita, El Salvador, he was one of twelve children given to Domingo DeJesus Peña and Felicita Interiano.  Francisco received his early education in El Salvador and was inducted into the El Salvadoran at an early age.

He married Maria Pineda and began to raise his family in El Salvador.

Seeking a better life for his young family, he came to the United States, settled in Chelsea in 1985 and labored for the next five years to reunite his family with him. A Chelsea resident for over 30 years, Francisco worked for the past 23 years with the Chelsea School Dept as a High School Custodian.

In his lifetime, he enjoyed gardening around his home, growing flowers to beautify his home and growing a large bounty of vegetables for his family and friends.  “He didn’t give away his harvest because he grew too much, he grew too much so he could give it away.”

He will forever be remembered for his giving heart, devoted to home and family, and always ready to help anyone in need. 

He also delighted in fishing and time spent outdoors enjoying all that nature had to offer.

The loving son of the late Domingo DeJesus Peña and Felicita Interiano, he was the beloved husband of 41 years of Maria R. (Pineda) Peña, devoted father of Wilfredo Peña of Revere, Marvin Peña and his wife, Kenia of Saugus, and Jose Peña and his wife, Veronica of Dracut; cherished grandfather of Josue Peña, Emily Peña, Camila Peña and Lucas Peña; dear brother of Marcos Tulio Peña, Jorge Peña, Delia Peña, Mario Peña, Marina Peña, Misael Peña, Santiago Peña, Dolores Peña, Maria Cruz, Gregorio Peña, and David Peña.

Arrangements were given to the care and direction of the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  We continue to encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book or to send a personalized sympathy card visit:

Paula Hatfield

35 Year Employee of KAYEM Foods

Paula   Hatfield, 59. of Everett,   formerly   of   Chelsea,   passed   away   on Sunday, Sept. 20 after a brief illness with her loving and caring sister, Carol by her side.

Born and raised in Chelsea, she was a beloved   daughter   of   the   late   George   F.   and   Emma   F.   (Kehoe) Hatfield.  Paula attended school in Chelsea and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1980.  She worked for KAYEM Foods for over 35 years.   Her life was devoted to work, family, home and her pets.

Paula enjoyed gardening, attending concerts, Red Sox games and watching the Patriots play.

In   addition   to   her   parents, she   was   also predeceased   by   two   brothers;   Philip   Kehoe   and Richard Hatfield.  She was the loving sister and sister-in law of Robert Hatfield of Chelsea, Judith Hatfield of Dover, DE, her twin brother, Paul Hatfield of Chelsea, Carol Manzo of Everett and Yvonne   Kehoe   of   Revere.  She was the cherished   aunt   of   Jennifer,   Robert,   Jr.,   Eric,   Stephanie, Meghan  and   Tabatha and the   adored   great   aunt   to   several   grand   nieces and nephews and the dearly beloved friend of Roseann Gill, Chuckie Garvey, John Tracy and Geanne Lacroix.  She is also survived by several extended family members and friends.

Visiting hours will be held from the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea on Monday, Sept. 28  from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by  graveside   services   at   Puritan   Lawn   Memorial   Park,   185   Lake   St.,   Peabody   at 12 Noon.     Relatives   and   friends   are   most   kindly   invited   to   attend.    All attendees are required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing when greeting the family, pay their respects and exit the funeral home to allow other guests to enter.

Should   friends  desire,  contributions   in   Paula’s   name   may   be   made   to   the   MSPCA-Angell Memorial, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02135,

MSPCA-Angell or to   St.   Jude   Children’s   Hospital,  501   St.   Jude   Place,  Memphis   TN,   38105.

Anthony Lanci, Sr.

A Hero Who Died the Same Way He Lived, With Passion and Vigor

Anthony Lanci, Sr., 74, of Chelsea passed away on September 18 from a heart attack while battling his house fire.

Tony was born in Caldari, Italy, immigrated to the United States in 1955 and was a lifelong resident of Chelsea. He was a baker, master carpenter and a jack of all trades.

In Tony’s younger years, he enjoyed karate and succeeded in achieving 3rd degree black belt status. He was an avid Harley Davidson and classic car collector. He nurtured his family, helped every neighbor, rescued animals and could grow a garden anyone would be envious of. He was a hero who died the same way he lived, with passion and vigor. Tony. The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

Tony was the beloved son of the late Malvina Palermo and Vincenzo Lanci. He is forever loved and survived by: Robin Raymondi, his longtime love of 18 years; children: Gina and her husband, David; Anthony and his wife, Kathy; Michael and his spouse, Melissa; Lindsey and her husband, Eli and stepsons, Blane and Bobby; grandchildren: Kailey, Milana, Liana, Michael, Christian, Nicholas, Kayley, Steven and David; sisters: Mary Spathanas of Holbrook and Gabriella Hamilton of Chelsea; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held in the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere Street, Revere today, Thursday, Sept. 24 from 2 to 6 p.m. followed by a private Prayer Service for the immediate family only. Due to the current spike in Covid-19, the guidelines issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and local officials, we are limited to 25 people at a time in the funeral home. Social distancing will be enforced and masks are required. Please make your visit brief to allow others to pay their respects. 

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