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6
Nov

Ralph D. Zammit

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Monday, November 14th in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for Ralph D. Zammit, who passed away on November 6th at 72 years of age. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be Private.

Born in Malta, Ralph was the son of Sebastian & Mary Zammit. As a young child, at the age of 2, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Boston area, he remained in the Boston and South Shore area. Ralph attended local schools and would eventually become a Master Plumber and he established “Plumber Time”, a company he owned and operated for over 40 years. He retired only a few years ago. Ralph was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with family. He also enjoyed fishing and visiting casinos.

He is the former husband of Alice L. Zammit-Baldassari & Margaret Zammit-Donahue. Loving father of Ralph Zammit, Jr. & his late wife Kelly Astrofsky of Dorchester, Rachelle Zammit of Dorchester, Domonic J. Zammit & his wife Michelle Nadeau of Ft. Myers, Florida, Raphael Zammit & his wife Roselyn De Leon of Saugus and Angelo Zammit & his wife Ami Pancholi of Lynn. Cherished grandfather of Skye Brittaney Ortiz, Nico Zammit, Ralph Zammit, III, Shawn Whittier, David Olcott, Domonic Zammit, Jr., Giovanni Zammit, Julian Zammit, Nevaeh Zammit, Aaliyah Zammit, Colby Zammit & Virgo Vyara Zammit. Treasured great grandfather of Sienna Nee, Rheya Nee, Giabella Nee, Alyssa Zammit, Amiyah Zammit. Dear brother of Sebastian Zammit, Anthony Zammit, Mary Nicotera, Rose Zammit, Nina Farrell, Andy Zammit, Georgina Noyes, Charles Zammit and the late Silvia Zammit & Marguerite “Maggie” Zammit. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews & cousins.


Services

Visiting Hours

Monday, November 14th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Monday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Interment

Will be Private


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30
Oct

Michael W. Riordan

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, November 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for Michael W. Riordan, who died on Sunday, October 30th at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, following a brief illness, he was 79 years old, he would have celebrated his 80th birthday on Christmas Eve. His funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Saturday, November 5th at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere at 11:00 a.m. Entombment will follow immediately in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett (Versailles Mausoleum)

Michael was born in Winthrop, to his late parents Thomas J. & Louise (Santarpio) Riordan. He was raised in Winthrop and educated at the Higgins Classical Institute in Charleston, ME. Michael, married his sweetheart, Assunta “Susan” (Donisi) in 1969. The couple moved to Revere where they remained, to begin their life and family together. He was a very proud father of his four sons. He was ever present as they were growing up and participated in all their extracurricular activities.  In 1986, Michael began Delta Management Associates, a collection agency that he started from a home office and grew successfully into a national 3rd party debt collection firm. In his spare time, he was an avid coin and stamp collector. He enjoyed the occasional trip to one of the local casinos where he could be found at a black jack table. He was a family man, through & through, and nothing brought him more happiness, pride & joy than his seven beautiful grandchildren.

He is the beloved husband of 53 years to Assunta “Susan” (Donisi) Riordan of Revere. Loving father of Thomas J. Riordan & wife Michelle of Georgetown, Atty. Michael A. Riordan & wife Atty. Kate Riordan of Methuen, Christopher A. Riordan & wife Holly of Georgetown, & Atty. David M. Riordan of Danvers. Cherished & adored papa of Emma, Kaitlyn, Charlotte, Grayson, Abigail, Michael & Madison. He is the dear cousin of Leonard Timpone & wife Janise & Frank Santarpio & wife Carol.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Services

Visiting Hours

Friday, November 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

Saturday, November 5th at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere

Entombment

Woodlawn Cemetery – Versailles Mausoleum, Everett


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28
Oct

Linda L. (Napolitano) Barys

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, for Linda L. (Napolitano) Barys who died at her home in Saugus on Friday, October 28th unexpectedly, she was 72 years old. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Linda was born in Chelsea, on March 6th, 1950 to her late parents Roger & Alice (Neri) Napolitano. She was raised & educated in Revere and was an alumna of Revere high School, Class of 1968. Linda’s working career was spent in retail. She began working at Jordan Marsh Co. in Boston, then later at Assembly Square Mall in Somerville. She left and went to work for Filene’s at the Square One Mall in Saugus until they closed. She retired at 65 years old, while working at Target.  Linda’s greatest joy was her son, Rick. She loved him unconditionally. She was blessed with a wonderful daughter-in-law when Rick married his wife, Diane (Crivello). They gave her biggest joy & gift with two grandchildren, Brandon & Dillon. Linda enjoyed her bowling league at the Town Line, as well as playing bingo and watching her beloved Boston Bruins.

She is the beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Barys. Loving mother of Richard A. “Rick” Perry & wife Diane L. of Peabody. Cherished Nana of Brandon M. Perry & Dillon T. Perry both of Peabody. Dear sister of the late Roger A. Napolitano. She is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews & friends.

Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Ave, Waltham, MA 02451.


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28
Oct

William E. “Bill” Johns

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for William E. “Bill” Johns, who passed away on Friday, October 28th at the Newbridge on the Charles Nursing Facility in Dedham following a brief illness., he would have celebrated his 86th birthday this December 4th.  A funeral will be conducted from the funeral home on Thursday, November 3rd beginning at 10 am, followed by a funeral mass at 11 am in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St. Revere. Interment will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne with Military Honors.

Bill was born in Boston to his late parents, Edward & Theresa D. “Eileen” (Morrissey) Johns. Bill was one of 5 children, raised in East Boston’s Jeffries Point. He was educated in Boston Public Schools and his catholic faith was a very important part of his upbringing. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 and served until 1957, then transferring into the US Army Reserves, until 1963. He proudly served his country and when he completed his service, he focused on his career & life. He married his wife Margaret E. (Hutchinson) on June 14, 1964. He & his wife would begin their life together residing in East Boston, where they began their family. Bill took a position with the Alleghany Airlines which later became US Air. He worked as an Aircraft Maintenance Cleaner, a career that spanned 34 years of service with the company. Bill & his family later moved to Winthrop for several years before moving back to East Boston. In 2015 they sold their home in East Boston where they shared great memories & moved to Revere. Bill was a devoted loving husband & father. He was also smiling, and usually telling a very comical story. Bill was hardworking, humble & seeking to do good deeds. In his younger days, Bill enjoyed sharing his joy of boating with his family, but especially with his son, Billy. He was a past member of the Jeffries Yacht Club, in East Boston.

He is the beloved husband of 58 years to Margaret E. “Margie” (Hutchinson) Johns of Revere. Loving father of Mary T. Hibbard & husband John of Walpole, Maureen A. Torres of Winthrop, &  William M. Johns & wife Julie of Weymouth. Loving papa of William T. Johns & wife Renee, Ryan J. Hibbard, Alisha Torres, Justin P. Hibbard, Andrew E. Johns, Rachel Torres, Megan E. Hibbard, & Danielle Torres. The adored great papa of Aliyah & Nora.

He is the dear brother of George Johns & wife Rita, & the late Ret. BPD Detective Edward Johns, & his surviving wife Allowyn. Ret. BPD Patrolman Robert Johns & Sr. Mary Martin, O.S.F.  Also, lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers the family would like for donations to be made to: Missionary Franciscan Sisters 790 Centre St. Newton, MA 02458.


Services

Visiting Hours

Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

Thursday, November 3rd at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere

Interment

Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne


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24
Oct

Mildred E. “Millie” (LeGrow) French

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for Mildred E. French (LeGrow) who passed away peacefully at the age of 95 on October
24, 2022 after a short illness.

Born in Chelsea she was the daughter of the late William and Ellen (Parsons) LeGrow. She grew up in Chelsea and lived in Revere since 1960. She leaves behind her three daughters, Bonnie-Ellen Bryson of Revere, Robyn J. Vesce and her husband Joseph of Chelsea, and Allyson S. French of Revere, as well as five grandchildren, Julie-Ann Bryson Casavant (Brant) of Medford, Amy A. Bryson Carfagna (Chris) of Revere, Alex P. Cabral of Medford, Kyle W.L Speroni of Revere and Zachary C.T. Sperori of Revere. She was also the sister of the late William, Harold, Arthur, Ralph, Allan and Robert LeGrow, Dorothy King and Winnie LeGrow. She is survived by her sister Phyllis LeGrow of Saugus.

She was a skilled seamstress making clothes and unique Halloween costumes for each of her daughters. But it was her creativity and imagination that she utilized as a single parent to provide for her family crafting all kinds of favors for parties, showers and weddings, along with various Christmas ornaments. in
1975 she graduated from Wheelock College with an Associate Degree in childhood education and worked as a pre-schoolteacher at Little Folks Daycare in East Boston for many years. She was exceptional with children and created a rock garden with children in her neighborhood. An avid reader, she enjoyed
books about true crime and anything pertaining to US history. She also enjoyed participating in Walk Boston tours. But her passion was children’s’ books, especially pop-up books which she collected. She worked at Bradlees’ in Chelsea until its closing and she began making lap-size afghans which she
dubbed “French Toasties.” She made hundreds of these warm and colorful afghans which she donated to local rehab and nursing centers most notably the Lighthouse in Revere.

Remembrances in her memory may be made to a charity of your choice.


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23
Oct

Ruth M. (Rourke) Better

Funeral Services were held privately in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, Revere for Ruth M. (Rourke) Better, who died on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at the Mass General/Brigham Salem Hospital in Salem, MA she was 91 years old.  Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA.

Ruth was born on May 9, 1931, to John J. and Mary (Berg) Rourke in Chelsea.  She was the sister of the late Anna E. Quinlan and the late Edward J. Rourke.  She was the beloved wife of the late Ret. Chelsea Deputy Chief Robert Better, Sr. Loving mother of Ret. Chelsea Fire Chief Robert Better, Jr. and his wife Diana of Marblehead, Gayle L. Jones of Cobbleskill, NY and Paula M. Kerrins and her husband Atty. Michael P. Kerrins of Lynn. She was raised and  educated in Chelsea.  She attended Our Lady of Grace Elementary School, St. Rose High School and graduated from Chelsea High School, Class 1949. She married Robert Better, Sr. in 1951 and the couple remained in Chelsea, where they began their life together, raising their three children.  Ruth was a loving and dedicated wife and mother who also worked as a bookkeeper.  During her career as a bookkeeper, she worked for Union Oil in East Boston, the New England Casket Company and finally retiring from Northeast Petroleum Corporation.  Ruth enjoyed her lake house in New Hampshire, spending time with her family and travelling with her friends.

Ruth is the cherished grandmother of Lindsay Northrop and her husband Bryan of Marblehead, Chelsea Fire Lt. Robert Better, Jr. and his wife Christine of Medway, Marybeth Bartlett and her husband Brian of Schenectady, NY, Sarah Cole and her husband Sean of Latham, NY, Sophia M. Kerrins of Lynn, and Benjamin D. Kerrins of Lynn.  She is the great grandmother of Jake, Sam, Jackson, Ryan, Connor, Lenox, and Zadie.  She is also lovingly survived by her dear brother-in-law, Richard (Red) Quinlan and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

 Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.


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16
Oct

Salvatore Simili

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend Visiting Hours on Friday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere, for Salvatore Simili, who died at the CHA – Everett Hospital, with his family by his side following a brief illness, he was 90 years old.  A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in the Immaculate Conception Church, 133 Beach St., Revere at 11:00 a.m., followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

Salvatore was born in Mineo, Sicily, Italy. He was raised & educated there. He was married to his wife Josephine (Cardello) in 1956. He was a proud father of his two daughters, and in 1966 they traveled from Italy to the United States, settling in Revere. When Salvatore arrived here in the United States, he began working at Schraffts Candy Co. in Charlestown, before starting his own painting business, where he worked very hard & diligently to provide for his family. He would later work in the produce department in Cerratani’s for several years before retiring, almost 30 years ago at the age of 60. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren & great grandchildren.

He is the beloved husband of the late Josephine (Cardello) Simili of 53 years. Loving father of Anna B. Kulakowski & husband Kerry C. of Lynnfield & Maria G. Simili – Croteau & husband John of Danvers. Cherished grandfather of Sandra L. Campbell & husband Maj. Matthew Campbell, U.S. Army National Guard of Peabody & Caitlyn K. Kohler & husband Richie of Sutton, MA. Adored great grandfather of Ava E. Campbell, James T. Campbell & Emma O. Campbell. Dear brother of Mario & Iris Simili, Pina Simili, Pippo Simili, all of Italy & the late Carmela Bucchieri. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.


Services

Visiting Hours

Friday, October 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

Friday, October 21st at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, Revere

Interment

Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett


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11
Oct

David J. Drinan, Sr.

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) Revere for David J. Drinan, Sr., who died at the Winchester Hospital on Tuesday, October 11th following a lengthy illness, he was 75 years old. A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 3:15 p.m. Interment will be held privately.

David was born in Somerville on December 23, 1946, to his late mother, Patricia (Drinan) Gravell. He was one of five children. The family later moved to Chelsea, where David was raised & educated. He was a graduate of Chelsea High School, Class of 1965.  On of David’s first jobs was at Bradlees in Chelsea where he met Rosemarie.  The majority of his working career  was spent at the Chelsea Soldier’s Home as a Purchasing Agent where he worked for many years before he retired  On May 19, 1967, David married his wife, Rosemarie (Mastascusa). They remained in Chelsea until 1987 then settling in Saugus. David was a proud & loving father of his son & two daughters. He was an active parent in his children’s lives and coached baseball & basketball in the City of Chelsea. David was a dedicated family man and adored his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially loved when he & his wife Rosemarie would take their “casino trips”.  Unfortunately, David lost his best friend, on April 10, 2021 and a big part of him went with Rosemarie. They are undoubtedly together in heaven.

He is the beloved husband of 54 years to the late Rosemarie (Mastascusa) Drinan, the loving father of David J. Drinan, Jr. & wife Joyce of Revere, Denise M. Grassa & her husband Nicholas of Saugus & Diana M. LaVertue & husband George also of Saugus. The cherished grandfather of Sabrina, Justin, Katie, & Isabella. He is the dear brother of Carol Rosnov & husband Theodore “Ted” of Wakefield, Joseph Weinstein & wife Patricia of Mashpee, Patricia Weinstein of Somerville, & Jean Gately & husband Richard of Reading. Also lovingly survived by his sister-in-law Joyce Di Nuccio & husband Thomas, Sr. of Revere & many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, & grandnephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital 501 ST. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.


Services

Visiting Hours

Saturday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Saturday, October 22nd at 3:15 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Interment

Will be Private


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10
Oct

John P. “Jack” Donahue

Family & friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Visitation on Friday, October 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals 773 Broadway (Rt. 107) Revere for John P. “Jack” Donahue who died on Monday, October 10th at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston following a lengthy illness, he was 65 years old.  A Funeral Service will be held in the funeral home at 7:15 p.m.  Interment will be held privately.

Jack was a lifelong Revere resident who was educated in Revere Public Schools. During high school, Jack was a standout on the Revere High School Track Team. He was an alumnus of Revere High School, Class of 1975. Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country for five years & eleven months. During his military service, Jack served overseas in Germany, when he was discharged, he was a Specialist 4th Class. Jack returned home to Revere, and he began to drive for a living. For many years he drove a Taxi for the Green Cab Company. Unfortunately, Jack’s health began to decline, and he was forced to stop working. For the past seven years, Jack came back into the life of his high school sweetheart, Sandra L. (Long) Davis. His past seven years has been filled with much happiness and contentment, especially with his declining health, he had his Sandy by his side.

He is the beloved son of the late James J. & Helen (Eismonth) Donahue.  Cherished brother of Ann Schulchter of Portland, OR, Joseph D. Donahue & his wife Cherie of Doswell, VA, the late James Donahue & his wife Patricia Donahue, the late Mary Fitzpatrick & the late Helen Doucette. Loving companion of Sandra L. Davis of Revere with whom he made his home. He is also lovingly survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central Street, Suite 207, Natick, MA 01760.


Services

Memorial Visitation

Friday, October 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Friday, October 14th at 7:15 p.m. in the Funeral Home

Interment

Will be Private


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9
Oct

Joseph P. Ranese

Funeral Services were held in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals for Joseph P. Ranese, who passed away suddenly on October 9th. He was 60 years of age. Interment was in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.

Born in Winthrop, he was a graduate of St. Clement High School in Medford. He soon entered the workforce and began a career with the United State Postal Service. He worked as a mail handler at the South Postal Annex and retired just 2 years ago after 35 years of service. Joseph enjoyed spending time with his family and friends would regularly meet with his closest friends at Margaritas Restaurant in Revere. He was also a sports fan, especially enjoying hockey and he was a devoted fan of the Boston Bruins.

He is the loving father of Danny Bua & his wife Lauren of Nashville, TN, Virginia Matyka & her husband Jarred of North Andover, Matthew P. Ranese & his wife Nicole of Danvers & Rachel M. Ranese of Winthrop. Adored grandfather of Tyler & Emily. Devoted son of Mary N. (Nargi) Ranese of Revere and the late Peter J. Ranese, Sr., who passed away in January. He is the dear brother of Peter J. Ranese, Jr. of Revere.


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