Obituaries 02-18-2021

Alfred Zani (a.k.a. Zarni)

Former President of Rocky DeCamillo Steel Erection Co who loved the City of Chelsea

Alfred A. Zani (AKA Zarni), 91, of Chelsea died on January 30 in Revere following a long illness.

Alfred loved the City of Chelsea and as an activist, fought for the benefit of the entire community, especially the downtrodden and marginalized. He was the former president and operator of Rocky DeCamillo Steel Erection Co. for over 43 years. His memberships include the Saugus Lodge of Elks #642 and he was a founding member of the Cary Square Associates.

He was the beloved husband of  the late Dorothea P. “Dot” (Sexton) Zarni; cherished father of Bernadette H. Moore, James A. Zarni and his wife, Paula G., all of Revere, John A. Zarni and his wife ,Patricia of Chelsea and the late Richard N. Zarni and the late Robert F. Zarni; devoted grandfather of Eric S. R. Moore of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Jessica A. White and her husband, Brian of Melrose, Katie E. Lombardi and her husband, Carl of No. Reading and Amanda E. Zarni of Chelsea; proud great-grandfather of Eric T. Moore, Eric J. Moore & Devon R. Moore, all of Royal Palm Beach, FL, Jacob C. Lombardi,  Gracie E. Lombardi and Quinn Lombardi, all of No. Reading and Jaxson T. White of Melrose; dear  brother to Lena R. Dieso of Revere and the late Elmo Zani-Zarni. He is also lovingly survived by his  great-great- grandson, Shawn J. Many respectful nieces and nephews also survive him.

Family and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Funeral Mass on Saturday, February 20 in the Immaculate Conception Church (Corner of Beach St. and Winthrop Ave.) Revere at 10:30 a.m. Interment is private.

Attendees are reminded to proceed directly to church and in keeping  with the ongoing pandemic, maintain social distancing and masks must be worn in the church at all times. Attendees must provide their name and telephone number for contact tracing and temperatures will be taken prior to entering the church.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 333 Wyman St., Waltham, MA 02451.

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

Collette Grant

Of Revere

Collette (Costello) Grant of Revere  died unexpectedly  on February 12 at the age of 75.

Born in Chelsea on October 15, 1945 to the late Joseph and Yvette (Giguere), she was the devoted mother of Eric M. Grant and his husband, David Finkelstein of Brooklyn, NY, and Heather Ford of Revere; cherished grandmother of Lynsdale Ford Jr., Sydney, Casey and Zachary Ford; dear sister of Michael Costello and his wife, Jane of New Hampshire, Cathy Costello of Malden and the late Raymond Costello and his surviving wife, Pastor Catherine Costello of North Carolina. She is also survived by countless friends.

Due to the current restrictions with Covid-19, all services were privately held by the immediate family.  Interment at Puritan Lawn Memorial Park in Peabody.  A Celebration of Collette’s Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Rossetti Cowan Senior Center, 25 Winthrop Avenue, Revere, MA 02151. For guest book please visit

James DeSantis

Sports and music enthusiast

James R. DeSantis, a lifelong resident of Revere, passed away on February 13 surrounded by his loving family at the age of 58. 

Born in Revere on November 13, 1962 to Joseph DeSantis and the late Frances (DePaolo), he was the cherished father of Rachael DeSantis and longtime friend of her mother, Valerie DiSalvo Green, dear brother of Joseph DeSantis Sr. of Revere and Janice DeSantis and her longtime companion, Rob McPherson of Chelsea; adored uncle of Joseph DeSantis Jr. and his wife, Erin, John DeSantis and Jenae DeSantis and great uncle to Lola Bartlett. He was the beloved nephew of Richie DeSantis and the late Bobby DeSantis and is also survived by cousins and countless friends.

James played hockey his entire life and more recently picked up tennis and racquetball. He coached all of Rachael’s sports growing up and loved all the New England teams especially the Boston Bruins. James had a great knowledge of music going to every concert he possibly could and Rock and Roll being his favorite. He never missed a Revere High School football game on Thanksgiving.

 A visitation will be held at the Paul Buonfiglio & Sons-Bruno Funeral Home, 128 Revere St, Revere on Friday, February 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (capacity limits are in effect, please make visits brief so others may enter the funeral home).  Funeral Mass to follow at St. Anthony’s Church in Revere at 12 noon (names and temperatures will be taken upon entrance).  Masks and social distancing are required at church and funeral home. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.  You can send flowers or donate to 

Samantha Lynne  “Sam” Lockard

Feb. 18, 1987 – Feb. 10, 2021

Samantha Lynne “Sam” Lockhard, 33, passed away unexpectedly in her Billerica home on Wednesday, February 10.  Sam had been living courageously with severe asthma for many years.

Born and raised in Lynn, she was the beloved only child of Mark A. and Donna M. (Borden) Lockard of Bern, KS.  Sam was a self-employed Web Designer and also worked full time with Answer Net as a national sales exec. where she applied her skills as a customer service rep, a skill she learned working earlier with West Lynn Creamery.

She was raised in Lynn and was a resident of Lynn for most of her life until settling in Billerica several months ago.  Sam attended St. Pius grammar school and graduated from Lynn Classical High School. She continued her education at Framingham State College. 

While attending High School, she was awarded for her time and performances in the school Drama Club. She later joined the Hilltop Players where she enjoyed acting and singing.  She taught Sunday school at St. Pius in Lynn and enjoyed her summers with the church youth group “CAMPS.” 

An avid reader and movie buff, she would always recite movie quotes to real life situations and she enjoyed lively political debates with her father Mark.

She is survived by her loving parents, Donna and Mark Lockard. She was a dear niece of Peter Borden and his life partner, Dawn Wright Pajala, Rhonda Borden, Debbie and Joe Visconti, Betsy and Bobby Jackson, Linda and Johnny Ray Freeman and Billy and Melissa Lockard; beloved fiancé of Ralph Moody of New Hampshire; devoted best friend of Billy Moglia, Jackie Twomey, Lindsay Reading and Chris Hernandez.  She is also survived by her munchkin, Farrell Visconti and by numerous cousins, extended family members and friends and her canine babies, “Mama” and “Harley.”

Visiting hours were held from the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea on Wednesday, February 17 and a Catholic prayer service was lifestreamed and conducted during the visitation by her family friend, Deacon Jim Hinkle of St. Pius R.C. Church, Lynn.

  Should friends desire, contributions in her memory should be directed to either the Northeast Animal Shelter, Alzheimer’s Research or Asthma Research Fund.

Family and friends who wish may offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book by visiting:

Marcos Antonio Chirino Sosa

March 21, 1978 – February 8, 2021

Marcos Antonio Chirino Sosa, 42, died tragically as a result of a motor vehicle collision on Route 495 in Marlborough on Monday, February 8.  

Born and raised in San Vicente, El Salvador, he was a beloved son of Marcos Chirino and Vilma Candelaria Sosa de Reyes.  He received his early education attending school in El Salvador and came to Chelsea in 1999 seeking gainful work.  He settled briefly in Kansas and returned to Chelsea more than 10 years ago.  He worked as a professional truck driver and was employed with North Coast Seafood for several years. 

He was a dedicated parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Church in Chelsea for many years and a vibrant member of the church community there.  He was an enthusiastic fan of Tom Brady “TB 12” and followed FC Barcelona Soccer.   

He is survived by his beloved parents in El Salvador, his daughter Karla Guadalupe Montano Villanueva and his grandson of Hampton NH. He was the dear brother of Maria Julia Chirino of El Salvador and Maria Alvarado of California and is also survived by several extended family members and friends in the local area.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Welsh Funeral Home, Chelsea.  A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday morning in St. Rose Church, Chelsea.  Marco will be returned to El Salvador for interment in Parque Memoria in San Vicente.  

We encourage family and friends who wish, to offer condolences at this time by means of the online guest book by visiting:

A los 42 años de edad, Marcos murió trágicamente como resultado de una colisión de vehículos de motor en la ruta 495 en Marlborough el lunes 8 de febrero.  

Nacido y criado en San Vicente, El Salvador fue un amado hijo de Marcos Chirino y Vilma Candelaria Sosa de Reyes.  Recibió su educación temprana asistiendo a la escuela en El Salvador. 

Llegó al Chelsea en 1999 en busca de un trabajo lucrativo.  Se establecería brevemente en Kansas y regresó a Chelsea hace más de 10 años.  Trabajó como conductor de camiones profesional y trabajó con North Coast Seafood durante varios años.   Fue un feliz dedicado de la Iglesia de Santa Rosa de Lima en Chelsea durante muchos años.  Era un miembro vibrante de la comunidad eclesiástica allí.  Fue entusiasta fan de Tom Brady “TB 12” y siguió al FC Barcelona Soccer.   

Le sobreviven sus queridos padres en El Salvador, su hija Karla Guadalupe Montano Villanueva y su nieto de Hampton NH. Era el querido hermano de María Julia Chirino de El Salvador y María Alvarado de Calif.  También le sobreviven varios familiares y amigos en el área local. 

Familiares y amigos están muy amablemente invitados a asistir a las horas de visita en el Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea el lunes 15 de febrero de 4 a 7 P.M. y de nuevo el martes 16 de febrero de 4 a 7 PM.  Todos los asistentes deben usar revestimientos faciales, practicar distanciamiento físico al saludar a la familia, presentar sus respetos y salir de la funeraria para permitir que otros invitados entren.

El martes 16 de febrero a las 10:00 a.M. se celebrará una misa fúnebre en St. Rose Church, 600 Broadway Chelsea.  Todos los asistentes deben proporcionar información de contacto, usar revestimientos faciales, practicar distanciamiento físico mientras asisten a la misa en la iglesia. 

Marco’s será devuelto a El Salvador para su entierro en el Parque Memoria en San Vicente.   Animamos a familiares y amigos que deseen, a ofrecer condolencias en este momento a través del libro de visitas en línea o a enviar una tarjeta de simpatía personalizada utilizando el siguiente enlace.

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